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MOV Presents City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism

Thursday, September 21st, 2017 — 10:01am PDT
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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.

Enter to Win Passes

I have a pair of passes to give away to this fascinating exhibition, here’s how you can enter to win:

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Update The winner is @threndyleski!

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  1. Shawn says:

    This is going to be an incredible show!

  2. Aaron says:

    Can’t wait to check it out!

  3. Eileen says:

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

  4. Milynne says:

    This looks like an awesome exhibit!

  5. Sheila says:

    Would love to see this exhibit!

  6. Wes says:

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

  7. Linda says:

    I enjoy the exhibitions that the MOV puts on.

  8. Tazim says:

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

  9. Narceli says:

    Yes,please! Thank you!

  10. Shredder says:

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

  11. Stephanie says:

    Very neat exhibition!

  12. Bob Jones says:

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

  13. Laura says:

    Love the MOV.

  14. Steve says:

    Please enter me!

  15. Tabby72 says:

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

  16. Lynda says:

    Would LOVE to see this fascinating exhibit 🙂

  17. Tammy says:

    How awesome!

  18. Teresa K says:

    Would love to go!

  19. Chad Nehring says:

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

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

  21. Jason Bamford says:

    Sounds like a good night out.

  22. Dale K says:

    Art and History are essential to move forward

  23. bjh says:

    Would love to take my dad to this!

  24. Paul Bacon says:

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

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