Interesting Vancouver Presents, is a series of conversations with ordinary Vancouverites leading extraordinary lives.
This podcast is hosted and produced by David Swanson, with support from Brett MacFarlane and Mark Busse, in association with SFU Woodward’s, Graphic Designers of Canada, and CreativeMornings/Vancouver.
Interesting Vancouver is a celebration of the curious and unexpected. Through talks, workshops, and programs, Interesting Vancouver explores the community and activities that can only happen in Vancouver and by Vancouverites. Once a year we gather together to showcase the region’s most interesting people and the myriad ways they express their creativity through hobbies, passions, and obsessions. There is always a degree of spontaneity, unexpected moments, and discovery which makes it exciting and inspiring. What makes you interesting?
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Ep. 10 - IV Portraits - Vanessa Richards - The Organizer
Hogans Alley was once the heart of Vancouver's black community - home to Nora Hendrix, Vies' steakhouse and the African Methodist Episcopal Fountain Church. But in 1970 the city tore down the neighbourhood in order to build the Georgia viaduct. Black Vancouverites have been fighting for Hogans Alley ever since.
Artist and community organiser Vanessa Richards is part of the effort to bring back Vancouver's black neighbourhood. She's an organiser with the Hogans Alley Trust, a group that's hoping to revive the neighbourhood as a land trust, with community infrastructure and affordable housing for all.
After it was announced in 2015 that the Georgia viaduct is set to be bulldozed, a revived Hogans Alley is in reach. The team behind the Hogans Alley Trust has been meeting with residents, community leaders and world-class architects.
You can learn more about the Hogans Alley Trust here (hogansalleytrust.ca). More info about Vanessa and her work can be found here (https://vanessarichards.wordpress.com/about/)
Paul Fast Roundhouse Radio Interview 102417
Architect (and hunter!) Paul Fast was interviewed by Gene Valaitis on Roundhouse Radio about his upcoming talk at the 10th anniversary edition of Interesting Vancouver on Nov 10, 2017. More information and tickets for the event can be found at www.interestingvancouver.com
Ep. 9 - IV Portraits - Gaby Eirew - The Matchmaker
Gaby Eirew is a master matchmaker. She may work in the UBC Palliative Medicine department today, but in her 20’s her and her brother ran a large pre-internet dating service.
With “Dining Club,” Gaby ran matchmaking sessions all across London, pairing up Jewish singles young and old. The dinners were lively, but as the club expanded to hundreds of members, Gaby started running into some odd situations.
In this episode Gaby reveals the secret to hitching up strangers and the tragic fate of Dining Club.
Gaby Eirew runs Record Me Now, an app that lets you leave a loving legacy after death.
Ep. 8 - IV Portraits - Tom Carter - The Painter
In 1933 debris from an explosion flew through the window the Vancouver Cafe and Grill, a restaurant Tom Carter’s grandfather owned on the Hastings strip. It was the end of his grandfather’s restaurant, but years later it would be the starting point for Tom’s investigation into Vancouver’s nightlife history. Tom started collecting artifacts from The Pantages - the theatre across the street from his grandfather’s restaurant that had been bombed by the Chicago mob. He started painting scenes from the city’s nightlife district as well - neon lights, rainy streets, and Vancouver’s once vibrant Vaudeville performance culture.
But the history Tom started rescuing is at risk of disappearing without a trace. Real estate development, old age, and fading memories make it difficult to conserve the city’s past. Tom is collecting stories and archiving Vancouver’s nightlife history - all while trying to recreate the scenes he feels on the canvas.
You can view Tom’s artwork at his website here: http://www.tomcartergallery.com/
Ep. 7 - IV Portraits - Claire Berg - The Ghost Hunter
Kelly "Claire" Berge has always felt a connection with the spirit world. As a child, she found herself face to face with ghosts, and she kept seeing them through her teenage and adult years. But Claire never knew how to deal with the apparitions - she never knew what they were or why they were following her around. Then Claire got a message from the other side and she decided to take things into her own hands.
Today, Claire is the co-vice president of the Vancouver Paranormal Society, a small non-profit investigative team that hunts for ghosts across metro Vancouver. Using scientific instruments and recording equipment, the group sets up at haunted sites and attempts to connect with the other side.
Interesting Vancouver 2016 CJSF PSA
Our friends at CJSF 90.1 FM generously produced this PSA running on air for Interesting Vancouver 2016 happening on November 10th at SFU Woodward's. We think it's pretty interesting, what you think?