2017, archival imagery & digital media, 35 minutes 28 seconds
Community-engaged storytelling workshops culminating in an onsite installation, website and video celebrating the exciting history of the
5670 East Blvd, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Rene Cherrie and I were artists in residence at the Kerrisdale Arena - it was so fun to learn about all the concerts, sporting events and special events that happened there! We set up a storytelling center on-site and met folks around Kerrisdale and beyond to hear their tales. The website contains all the individual stories - audio, text and video and the final video walks you through from 1949 until 2017!
Commissioned by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation in partnership with Kerrisdale Community Centre Society.
After contacting Terminal City Roller Girls about this project, Booty Quake so kindly offered to meet and talk about her derby experience. She has been involved with TCRG, and in particular her team The Bad Reputations, since 2007.
"It's such a good example for little girls who want to have a hero. Having women play a sport and being aggressive and confident and doing something a little outside of the norm. It's a really fantastic role model to have!"
Red Robinson so kindly sat down with us to talk about his first hand experience with the concerts at the Kerrisdale Arena...
"In essence Bill Haley and the Comets in June 1956 was the first Rock and Roll show EVER in Vancouver!"
Bev Davies is a Vancouver legend for her incredible body of work surrounding the documentation of punk, rock and reggae shows.
"The spot for me was at the front of the stage, sitting on my camera case, my camera around my neck with the energy of the crowd behind me and just trying to be absolutely as still as I could... prepared for the onslaught!"
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