Discover the Universe at SFU

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Promotional piece I produced for SFU’s Faculty of Science. Music by Dan Moxon of Bend Sinister, motion graphics by Matt Schilling, The Little Motion Company.

SFU Faculty of Science builds a state-of-the-art public Observatory on the Burnaby campus.

The Sky’s the Limit: SFU announces Trottier Observatory and Studio

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A feature I produced and directed for the SFU Faculty of Science for SFU’s Creative Services. Some phenomenal motion graphics and drone helicopter footage went into the making of this short.

SFU has unveiled its plan for a $4.4 million facility on its Burnaby campus dedicated to engaging children and youth in science.

David Byrne, Gregor Robertson to Talk Bicycles

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This I want to see.  Byrne has been a bicycle activist in NYC for some time.  He’s also not a bad lead singer.


From The Tyee

On Oct. 24, David Byrne will host Cities, Bicycles, and the Future of Getting Around. It’s a new take on Talking Heads: a lecture series that brings the Grammy/Oscar/Golden Globe winner together with a civic leader, an urban theorist and a bike advocate to discuss how to make Vancouver more bike-friendly.

The Tyee is the media sponsor for when Byrne fastens his u-lock to a Vancouver rack for this event, part of Capilano University’s Pacific Arbour Speaker series. Our team will be there with our helmets firmly fastened, ready to take part in this one-of-a-kind discussion.

RBC GranFondo Whistler Bike Ride

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grandfondo_2090, originally uploaded by Dustan Sept.

Some outstanding photos here of the RBC GranFondo Whistler bike race this past weekend by Dustan Sept.

Here’s some coverage:

They came, they cycled, and most of them got here in the inaugural RBC GranFondo Whistler bike ride.

The event, which featured 4,000 keen cyclists pedalling the 120 kilo-metres from downtown Vancouver to Whistler mostly on a dedicated lane on the Sea to Sky highway, went off with few hitches on Saturday.

“We’re very proud of what we accomplished, proud of all the 4,000 riders and the 600 crew and volunteers who made it happen,” said RBC GranFondo Whistler cofounder Kevin Thomson.

A serious crash occurred early in the ride on the Upper Levels highway in West Vancouver, however. A male rider was rushed to Lions Gate Hospital under emergency conditions. Thomson said he was still waiting for details on the accident, and added that all aspects of the event would be reviewed over the next few weeks.

In light of the enthusiastic response to the event, which is modelled after mass rides of the same name held in some parts of Europe for decades, the plan is to increase the race to 6,000 next year and 10,000 in 2012. A Gran Fondo is also planned for the Okanagan next summer. The results and complete times of finishers was to be available on the event’s website ( http://www.rbcgranfondowhistler.com)at midnight Saturday.

Read more here.


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History made in an E-Beetle.

This is an amazing accomplishment!  6,400 km in 16 days, showing the durability of electric-powered cars.  If you want to follow their whole journey in retrospect, here’s the UBC Electric Car Club’s E-Beetle blog.  And here’s their video:

From their site:

At 6:00 PM AST, the UBC Electric Car Club’s E-Beetle arrives at ALDERNY LANDING, DARTMOUTH NS and is the first-ever electric car  to complete a coast to coast voyage across Canada. Starting on August 21st, 2010, the E- Beetle has covered 6400 kilometers in 16 days (2 days break in Quebec

waiting for Hurricane Earl to pass) without any support vehicles, using only existing infrastructure.

The E-Beetle’s voyage has been featured on Wired.com, CTV, CBC, and in print media across Canada. The public is able to track the E-Beetle’s arrival by GPS via the UBCECC website.

The E-Beetle is powered by a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery pack with a capacity of 50 Kilowatt Hours, giving it a range of 300km at 100km/h and 500km at 50km/h with a top speed of 140kmh. Charging time is approximately 4 hours.

zombies in the hood

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zombies in the hood, originally uploaded by inklake.

Annual Vancouver zombie parade. Lots of impressive make-up and SFX. A few interesting prosthetics and internal organs on display too.

Does it get better than speed skating gold?

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Only skiing gold would be better.

Christine Nesbitt’s gold has been the highlight of the Games so far for me. This medal will resonate like no other with the nations that founded the Winter Olympic Games. And yes, that matters in the world of Olympic competition. See the orange Dutch uniforms on either side of her? That colour composition will matter to the Dutch, the Norwegians, the Germans, and to all the other countries who value the tradional core sports of the Games so highly.

Congrats to Chrstine!


Of the seven medals won by Canadians thus far, five have been won by women, including two of the three gold medals.

You can discuss among yourselves the significance of those numbers. But, for the Canadian Olympic Committee, it means any thought of owning the podium is inexorably tied up with the XX-chromosome set.

“They’re fierce competitors,” said Marcel Lacroix, the Canadian speedskating coach who works with Nesbitt specifically and Kristina Groves, Clara Hughes and others generally. “They’re going for the kill. Yeah, they’re girls and all that.

“But you know what? Deep down inside they want to win as much as the guys. Put a hockey stick in their hands and I can guarantee they’re going to go into the corners and plow someone. That’s how bad they want to win.”

And in Nesbitt’s mind, that’s how she won.

Vancouver Sun

How a Tofino Guy Earned a Surfing Crown

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Congratulations to Peter Devries on winning the Cold Water Classic in his own home town a couple of weeks ago. Had to feel good.

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How did Pete Devries win big at home in Tofino? Like any water creature, he evolved to fit his environment.
By Insiya Rasiwala-Finn, 10 Nov 2009, TheTyee.ca

When Pete Devries launched his board out of the choppy surf off Chesterman’s Beach and into the international surfing spotlight last week, it sounded like an impossible Hollywood fairy tale. The reality is a hard-won achievement 30 years in the making, a victory not just for Devries but for his home town of Tofino and the family who raised him to appreciate the wind-lashed west coast and the sublime challenges it can offer a young surfer.

Great article in the Tyee here.

BC flickr photographers help speak out against arts cuts

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Recently I had the privilege of producing a PSA with Jenn Strom for the Alliance for Arts and Culture in response to the BC government’s funding cuts to the arts. About a month ago the Vancouver arts community put together a huge rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery. This PSA starts with that event.

Thanks to a big community of flickr photographers and several BC artists (listed below) who contributed their time, images and music to this video. Very special thanks to Jenn for contributing her talent and insight.

Please share it widely and spread the word.

Featured photography: Russ Beinder, Jeremy Crowle, Jurek Durczak, Derek von Essen, Dan Fairchild, Electric Company Theatre, Jonathon Evans, Gale Franey, John Goldsmith, Ivan Grabovac, hundrednorth, Ahmad & Graça Kavousian, Peter Kim, Mark Klotz, Kris Krug, Joao Marcelino, Jenn Perutka, Philip, Tony Puerzer, Philippe Sokazo, Susannah Steers, Peter Suk Sin Chan, Vancouver Opera.

Time Lapse sequence (moving): David Suggitt; Time Lapse sequence (still): Tim Matheson; Video clips of rally: Paul Bennett; Audio clips: Keith Higgins.

Producer: Kevin Teichroeb
Editor: Jenn Strom
Composer: Christian Prohom

If you would like to speak out, follow this link to a webform where you can write in support of BC arts.


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A strong case for arts funding at the Arts Umbrella rehearsal studios on Granville Island yesterday. This was an afternoon preview of “Samsara”, choreographed by Margo Sappington, music by Tony De Vit, and performed by their Senior Dance Company. All of these dancers are between 16-19.

"Samsara", originally uploaded by inklake.

The video clip was shot on my iPhone.

bike on 3rd beach

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bike on 3rd beach, originally uploaded by inklake.

The kind of fall day I’d like to see next weekend.

A call for photos!

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Some extraordinary photos are being uploaded to the Alliance for Arts and Culture’s flickr photo group here.

We’re working on a video to promote the arts in BC and we need your photos.

If you have photos of your work, or photos of artists performing, painting, dancing or creating, please follow the link to our group and post the photos there. We’ve already had some great contributions, but we need more.

“You’ve seen us when we’re grey, now you’re going to see us when we’re working!

after a week long rain

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after a week long rain, originally uploaded by inklake.

This was taken after a long period of rain and fog in Vancouver. Just thinking today that the good weather we’re having isn’t going to last forever … or is it?

Shot was taken from third beach looking across English Bay toward UBC.

Kootenay Rockies Film Festival announced

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In Rossland, winter promises a flurry of skiers and snowboarders not just on the slopes, but on the big screen as well. Cued to roll November 19 – 22, the 10th annual Rossland Mountain Film Festival will usher locals and visitors alike into screening rooms throughout town for four days of film, visual arts, music and multi-media productions.

Screening work from up-and-coming Kootenay filmmakers, photographers and visual artists (think: reel upon reel set to immortalize a region where powder is king), this marquee event kicks off Thursday with cool beats and plenty of libations during a gala gathering in the town’s Old Fire Hall. Friday follows with screenings for all ages, and late night festivities for the older set, complete with feature films and a live band.

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Vancouver, originally uploaded by mobilevirgin.

Docks and train station, downtown Vancouver. Burrard Inlet in the background.

Fund-raiser for Arts Umbrella “nothing short of perfection”

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Summer Sessions with Sarah McLachlan in West Vancouver nothing short of perfection
By Sarah Rowland
At Ambleside Park on Saturday, September 12

To say Saturday was the perfect day for an all-day benefit concert at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park would be a grotesque understatement. Not even the best set decoration crew in all of Hollywood could have created a more picturesque setting. The short walk to the venue’s ticket booth offered a spectacular view of a glistening ocean, warm sandy beaches, and lush greenery. Once inside the concert grounds, ticket holders were surrounded by mountains, trees, and a clear blue sky. Yes, mother nature, you done us proud on this fine day.

And so did the musicians.

All proceeds from this event—billed as Summer Sessions at Ambleside—went to the Sarah McLachlan Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making music education accessible to inner city youth.

Read the entire article here.

Kamloops’ Reed captures 800m silver

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Great way to close out the season! Reed was also third in the last Golden League event of the season a week ago in Brussels.

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2009

British Columbian Gary Reed’s silver-medal finish in the 800-metre race led Canadians at the IAAF World Athletics Final meet in Thessaloniki, Greece Saturday.

Racing before a crowd of 27500, Reed was lying in seventh place with 200 metres to go when he put in his final kick that pushed him past South African Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the world champion at that distance.

Reed finished in second behind Kenya’s David Lekuta, who claimed gold with a 1:44.85 time.

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If only dancing in parks were an Olympic event, B.C. would be in great shape

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Saturday, Sep. 12, 2009
04:01AM EDT

Marie (“Let them eat cake”) Antoinette, rest easy. You have company. Step forward, Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid.

What was Dr. MacDiarmid thinking? Was she thinking at all, when the respected family physician and ex-president of the B.C. Medical Association responded to the growing outcry over cutbacks to school sports programs with a suggestion that students might compensate by “walking or dancing or playing in parks”?

Yes, nothing like a bunch of high-school rugby players keeping fit by dancing around a larch or playing rumple-my-stiltskin in the nearest park.

elaine tannerAmong those outraged by the rookie minister’s seemingly callous remark was none other than Elaine Tanner. Yes, that Elaine Tanner, the dynamic Mighty Mouse of the pool who won a record three swimming medals for Canada at the 1968 Olympics.

Ms. Tanner e-mailed me out of the blue. “WOW!” she wrote of Dr. MacDiarmid’s prancing-in-the-parks idea. “I can’t wait to see what type of world-class athletes that will create for Canada.”

Read the entire article here.

BBC latest to pick up on Vancouver’s gang violence problem

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The reputable British Broadcasting Corporation is the latest international media outlet reporting on the dramatic increase in gang violence in Metro Vancouver.

The BBC reports – on radio, television and online – highlighted the increase in organized crime murders in the last two years, interviewing police, victims’ families and an ex-gangster.

“Drug Trouble in Paradise,” one BBC headline blared online.

“The west coast Canadian city of Vancouver, home to the 2010 Winter Olympics, is routinely voted one of the best communities in the world to live in, a place people here like to think of as paradise. But there is a dark side to paradise,” the article continues. Over the last few months, the Los Angeles Times, the London-based Independent newspaper and the Economist magazine have all focused on Vancouver’s gang wars.

Read the rest of the article here.

Flex Your Muscles, BC Arts Community

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By Charles Campbell, 4 September 2009, TheTyee.ca

bicepsWhy has the provincial government singled out the arts for the most brutal budget cuts it has inflicted on any sector of the economy?

The numbers are remarkable — a decline in core funding over two years of more than 88 per cent, from $19.5 million down to $2.25 million, according to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture service plan released after the budget update on Tuesday. ArtsClub-02On Wednesday morning, NDP culture critic Spencer Herbert figured that when cuts to gaming funding are included there is a 92 per cent overall cut over the same period, from $47.8 million in 2008-09 down to $3.7 million in 2010-11.

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