MOV Set to Launch A Provocative Photo Exhibition on Vancouver Activism

Thousands of people fill the Vancouver Art Gallery lawn as part of Occupy Vancouver, a global movement to protest corporate greed, chronic unemployment and government inaction, 2011. JASON PAYNE/PNG

Vancouver has a long history of public protest by ordinary citizens, as recently evidenced by an anti-racism demonstration, which promoted love and tolerance, at City Hall last month.

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) has collected photo imagery and multimedia material in a stunning showcasing of a rich trajectory of activism in the city from the early 1900s to the present. It certainly will be a provocative and engaging visit.

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MOV Set to Launch A Provocative Photo Exhibition on Vancouver Activism

Unbelievable, A Provocative Exhibition About Stories, Opens at the Museum of Vancouver

A carved wooden bear with open jaws. Collected at Nootka Sound by Midshipman Thomas Dobson on HMS “Discovery” under Captain George Vancouver 1791-1795.

Whether you’re a visitor to Vancouver or a long-time resident, we often conceive of the city through stories, symbols, and purported truths. In our own way, we ponder what Vancouver is, what its history is, and what our place is within these narratives.

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) has taken these questions, delved into their vaults, and created a new, provocative exhibition that allows visitors to explore and consider the many threads of perception that make-up this vibrant and diverse city.

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Unbelievable, A Provocative Exhibition About Stories, Opens at the Museum of Vancouver

Explore 20 Fascinating and Quirky Collections at the Museum of Vancouver

Photo Credit: Tara Lee

Photo Credit: Tara Lee

If you’re looking to escape the heat into an air-conditioned, educational space, the Museum of Vancouver’s new exhibit, All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds, is just the activity for you.

I’ve gone to all of MOV’s recent exhibits and, honestly, this one is my favourite so far. It’s incredibly cool, there are tons of things to see and do, and the history and culture of Vancouver are intertwined throughout the many displays.

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Explore 20 Fascinating and Quirky Collections at the Museum of Vancouver

Explore Vancouver’s Kitsilano Neighbourhood: The 11 Best Attractions

photo: Rick Chung / Flickr

photo: Rick Chung / Flickr

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

A lively, beautiful, and eco-friendly beachside community close to Downtown Vancouver, the neighborhood of Kitsilano – known more commonly by locals as ‘Kits’- is one worth exploring! Here are a few of our must-do attractions!

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5 lazy things to do on Labour Day weekend 2015 in Vancouver

Photo sourced from Vancouver Brewery Tours on Facebook

Photo sourced from Vancouver Brewery Tours on Facebook

Labour Day weekend is the last hurrah of summer, the final chance to cram in some seasonal fun before the old routine resumes.

Sure, you could huff it up the Grouse Grind or jog around Coal Harbour this long weekend. But in honour of Labour Day, which marks how Canadians fought for better working conditions and shorter hours, why not celebrate the fact that you have a glorious day off (or three) by doing nothing strenuous?

In other words, milk the “lazy” part of the “lazy hazy days of summer”.

Here are 5 laidback ways to celebrate the Labour Day weekend.

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5 lazy things to do on Labour Day weekend 2015 in Vancouver

New Interactive Exhibit Comes to the Museum of Vancouver: Wearable, touchable art

Photo sourced from MuseumofVancouver.ca

Photo sourced from MuseumofVancouver.ca

In most museums, works of art are meant to be respectfully observed from a distance.  Not so in the latest exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver.

Lively Objects, which debuted earlier this month, consists largely of objects that call out to be picked up, held, interacted with and admired. Artworks vibrate – sometimes quite literally – with mechanical, digital and even “magical” forces. The result is an exhibition that turns the traditional museum experience on its head – instead of quietly awaiting our appreciation, the exhibits demand our attention.

Visitors wander through galleries filled with multiple pieces of interactive art in a variety of forms – from special gloves to machines and projected images. Some works hide in plain sight and may only catch the eye of an astute passerby. Others make a ruckus and force interaction.  Continue reading:
New Interactive Exhibit Comes to the Museum of Vancouver: Wearable, touchable art

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show brightens up Museum of Vancouver

Image courtesy of Sagmeister & Walsh

Image courtesy of Sagmeister & Walsh

You may have already pondered it while bopping along to the infectious tune by Pharrell Williams. But what really makes us happy? It’s time to find out.

On April 23, the Museum of Vancouver premieres a new exhibition, one of the largest in its 120-year history. It focuses squarely on happiness–with the understanding that it’s not so easy to just “get happy”.

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Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show brightens up Museum of Vancouver