Vancouver Special

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Description: In this episode of Vancouver Special, we’re talking about the year – 2001 – when a little thing called the iPod was launched. That pocket-sized gadget changed a lot and made digital content more accessible than ever. We’re joined by several guests who talk about the shift to digital – for musicians, for libraries and for the entire creative community. CBC's Ian Hanomansing sets the scene for 2001 as we feature interviews with Nettwerk Records co-founder and CEO Terry McBride, two-time Juno Award winner Dan Mangan and VPL chief librarian Sandra Singh. Terry McBride co-founded Nettwerk Records in his apartment in 1984, and since then the Vancouver label has released more than 500 albums selling more than 150 million copies around the world. He talks about those earlier days, and about how digital technology and the VPL Inspiration Lab opened up a world of possibility for creating and sharing. Dan Mangan financed his first album with a loan from a local credit union. Digital technology was always a part of recording his albums, and over the years the technology has become more accessible – with more impact – than ever. Dan talks about his music, his songwriting and how the free VPL Inspiration Lab can help anyone bring creativity to life. Sandra Singh worked as a cybrarian in 2001, when job titles reflected the dot-com enthusiasm of the day – a time when Internet domains sold for millions and dozens of search engines wanted to dominate the ‘information superhighway.’ Sandra is now the chief librarian at VPL and she reflects on some of the profound digital changes that transformed how we access and experience our world. And VPL librarian Tim McMillan brings it all together with some great titles you can find at your library. Hear more about the stories behind Vancouver’s famous music label, a local legendary concert venue and Apple’s iconic design. The theme song is “North Wind” by Vancouver band Lakefield, from the album Sounds from the Treeline.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: In this episode, Vancouver Special takes look back at 2009. Co-founder of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education Victor Chan shares his experience organizing the Vancouver Peace Summit and HUB's Colin Stein talks about the opening of Vancouver's Burrard Bridge bike lane. CBC's Ian Hanomansing sets the scene for the year and VPL librarian Tim McMillan is back with some great reads you can find at your library. Victor Chan has known the Dalai Lama for more than forty years and was instrumental in organizing the Vancouver Peace Summit, a three-day conference that provided an intimate forum for the Dalai Lama and other brilliant minds to consider issues of universal responsibility, education and compassion as a foundation for peace. Joining the Dalai Lama at the summit were Nobel Laureates Jody Williams, Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams and Murray Gell-Mann, and numerous highly-respected international leaders from the realms of education, the arts, business, politics and social transformation. More people in Vancouver are choosing cycling as a sustainable and healthy way to get around our city. In the summer of 2009, the City of Vancouver launched a pilot project to make commuting between Kitsilano and the downtown core safer and more bike-friendly by opening a bike only lane on the Burrard Bridge. A year later, the pilot was deemed a big success and, since then millions of cyclists use the lane to cross the bridge each year. The theme song is “North Wind” by Vancouver band Lakefield, from the album Sounds from the Treeline.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: In this episode, Vancouver Special investigates the Hollywood North film industry with a behind the scenes look at shooting The X-Files in 1998 with actor Bruce Harwood, best known as X-Files Lone Gunman John Fitzgerald Byers, and veteran location mangers Kirk Johns and Julie Bernard. CBC's Ian Hanomansing sets the scene for the year and VPL librarian Tim McMillan returns with some great reads you can find at your library. Vancouver actor Bruce Harwood is no stranger to the Vancouver film industry. He has appeared in numerous television series, including The Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1 and Supernatural. However, he probably is best known for his role as John Fitzgerald Byers in The X-Files television series. Veteran location manager Kirk Johns and Creative BC Manager of Production Services Julie Bernard have been a vital part of Vancouver's film industry for more than twenty years. They join us today to talk about filming The X-Files in Vancouver and why our city is such a hot spot for film and television productions. Over the past few decades hundreds of productions have been filmed in Vancouver. With its accessible and diverse landscapes, highly-skilled film crews and world-class talent, the city is a major player in the international film industry. However, it was shows like The X-Files that truly set the scene and established Hollywood North as an ideal film destination. One of the first big network hits to be filmed in Vancouver, the popular award-winning paranormal sci-fi series debuted in 1993. Soon after X-File film shoots began to pop up across the city. Unfortunately in 1998, fans and film crews were shocked and saddened to hear that the show – after filming for five seasons in Vancouver – was moving its production to Los Angeles. Though it was a definite blow to the city's fledgling film industry at the time, Hollywood North weathered the storm. Today, thanks to productions like The X-Files, Vancouver's film crews are known as some of the best in the world and the city has earned a reputation for its ability to become the perfect backdrop for countless movies and TV shows. The theme song is “North Wind” by Vancouver band Lakefield, from the album Sounds from the Treeline.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: In this episode, Vancouver Special takes a look at 2003, the year that same-sex couples won the right to legally marry in British Columbia and the opening of InSite, North America’s first and only legal supervised injection site. Vancouver City Councillor and United Church minister Tim Stevenson shares his memories of this pivotal occasion in our city’s history, and Dr. Patricia Daly, Chief Medical Health Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health, talks about the impact InSite has had on our city. CBC's Ian Hanomansing sets the scene for the year and VPL librarian Tim McMillan is back with some great reads you can find at your library. On July 8, 2003, after years of heated discussion and numerous legal battles, the British Columbia Court of Appeal lifted the last restriction on same-sex couples legally marrying in B.C. and the province became the second region in Canada to legalize same-sex marriage. Within an hour of the decision, Antony Porcino and Tom Graff were married by Tim Stevenson just outside of the Vancouver courthouse, becoming the first same-sex couple to be married in B.C. Tim Stevenson is Canada's first openly gay minister and is a long time champion of gay and lesbian rights. He gained international attention when he represented Vancouver at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, where he met with the IOC to promote the protection of LGBTQ rights in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Operated by Vancouver Coastal Health and the PHS Community Services Society, InSite plays a key role in the Vancouver's Four Pillars Drug Strategy. Part of a continuum of care for people with addiction, mental illness and HIV and AIDS, the service operates on a on a harm-reduction model. It provides a safe, health-focused supervised environment where people can inject drugs and connect to a variety of addiction, health care and community support services. Since opening its doors in September 2003, this ground-breaking health care service has saved thousands of lives, connecting people to crucial health care services and significantly decreasing overdoses in the vicinity of the site by 35% - compared to a 9% decrease in the city overall. The theme song is “North Wind” by Vancouver band Lakefield, from the album Sounds from the Treeline.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical