MOV Presents City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism

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The Museum of Vancouver (“MOV”) explores our city’s rich history of protest demonstrations with City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism, a new photo-based exhibition showcasing rarely seen walks of resistance.

The collection features 650 photographs of demonstrations, occupations, riots, blockades, and strikes from the early 1900s to the present day, capturing those transformative moments when the city showed up, stood up, and rallied for change – or exploded in anger.

MOV Presents City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism

Dates: September 28, 2017 to February 18, 2018
Where: Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver)

City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism
1993 Clayoquot: Clayoquot Sound logging protesters gather at daybreak at the Kennedy River Bridge in preparation for another day of confrontations with loggers and RCMP enforcing a Supreme Court injunction, 1993. MARK VAN MANEN/Vancouver Sun

Visitors will find themselves in a dynamic and interactive environment of large digital projections, short films, and animated sounds of protest rallies and choirs, inviting the public to engage with and think about the impact of grassroots activism in their lives.

The photos capture emotionally raw and transformative moments in the lives of Vancouverites. Large digital projections and films coupled with animated sounds of protest choirs will create an immersive environment that will inspire the public to think about the impact of grassroots activism in their lives.

From the shore workers’ strike at the Battle of Ballantyne Pier in 1935 to rallying of anti-logging groups at Clayoquot Sound in 1993, these records demonstrate the power of “ordinary people” in mobilizing public opinion and effecting change locally and globally.

The exhibition is designed by Amir Ofek and co-curated by Kate Bird, a retired Pacific Newspaper Group librarian, and Viviane Gosselin, Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV. Kate Bird’s new book will be published in the fall by Greystone Books entitled City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes. MOV’s upcoming exhibition expands on this book, showcasing a significantly larger number of photographs in a dramatic multimedia environment.

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Update The winner is @threndyleski!

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24 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. ShawnThursday, September 21st, 2017 — 7:50pm PDT

    This is going to be an incredible show!

  2. AaronThursday, September 21st, 2017 — 8:00pm PDT

    Can’t wait to check it out!

  3. EileenThursday, September 21st, 2017 — 9:05pm PDT

    It’s been a while since I’ve visited the MOV.

  4. MilynneThursday, September 21st, 2017 — 11:06pm PDT

    This looks like an awesome exhibit!

  5. SheilaFriday, September 22nd, 2017 — 6:25am PDT

    Would love to see this exhibit!

  6. WesFriday, September 22nd, 2017 — 7:35am PDT

    Would love to check this out, the MOV puts on some great exhibitions!

  7. LindaFriday, September 22nd, 2017 — 8:46am PDT

    I enjoy the exhibitions that the MOV puts on.

  8. TazimFriday, September 22nd, 2017 — 9:03am PDT

    I haven’t been to MOV in a few years and would love to check out this exhibit

  9. NarceliFriday, September 22nd, 2017 — 11:14am PDT

    Yes,please! Thank you!

  10. ShredderFriday, September 22nd, 2017 — 2:33pm PDT

    Even if I don’t win, I am still going to check out this exhibit! (I hope i win though) this looks fantastic!

  11. StephanieFriday, September 22nd, 2017 — 3:39pm PDT

    Very neat exhibition!

  12. Bob JonesFriday, September 22nd, 2017 — 8:41pm PDT

    I’d love to learn more about Vancouver’s history.

  13. LauraSaturday, September 23rd, 2017 — 6:50am PDT

    Love the MOV.

  14. SteveSaturday, September 23rd, 2017 — 6:50am PDT

    Please enter me!

  15. Tabby72Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 — 7:17am PDT

    I always enjoy a visit to the MOV. Thanks for the post!

  16. LyndaSaturday, September 23rd, 2017 — 9:23am PDT

    Would LOVE to see this fascinating exhibit 🙂

  17. TammySaturday, September 23rd, 2017 — 10:49am PDT

    How awesome!

  18. Teresa KSaturday, September 23rd, 2017 — 11:43am PDT

    Would love to go!

  19. Chad NehringMonday, September 25th, 2017 — 9:38am PDT

    This looks super cool! Would love to check it out!

  20. Steve ThrendyleMonday, September 25th, 2017 — 10:32am PDT

    Next to Kits Pool, MOV is the best thing about Kitsilano!

  21. Jason BamfordMonday, September 25th, 2017 — 10:35am PDT

    Sounds like a good night out.

  22. Dale KMonday, September 25th, 2017 — 12:50pm PDT

    Art and History are essential to move forward

  23. bjhMonday, September 25th, 2017 — 4:57pm PDT

    Would love to take my dad to this!

  24. Paul BaconTuesday, September 26th, 2017 — 5:32am PDT

    I will be in Van City first 2 weeks in October and would love to go!!!

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