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Interesting Vancouver Presents, is a series of conversations with ordinary Vancouverites leading extraordinary lives. This podcast is hosted and produced by David Swanson, with support from Brett MacFarlane and Mark Busse, in association with SFU Woodward’s, Graphic Designers of Canada, and CreativeMornings/Vancouver. Interesting Vancouver is a celebration of the curious and unexpected. Through talks, workshops, and programs, Interesting Vancouver explores the community and activities that c ...
 
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Hogans Alley was once the heart of Vancouver's black community - home to Nora Hendrix, Vies' steakhouse and the African Methodist Episcopal Fountain Church. But in 1970 the city tore down the neighbourhood in order to build the Georgia viaduct. Black Vancouverites have been fighting for Hogans Alley ever since.Artist and community organiser Vanessa…
 
Architect (and hunter!) Paul Fast was interviewed by Gene Valaitis on Roundhouse Radio about his upcoming talk at the 10th anniversary edition of Interesting Vancouver on Nov 10, 2017. More information and tickets for the event can be found at www.interestingvancouver.comInteresting Vancouver Portraits による
 
Gaby Eirew is a master matchmaker. She may work in the UBC Palliative Medicine department today, but in her 20’s her and her brother ran a large pre-internet dating service. With “Dining Club,” Gaby ran matchmaking sessions all across London, pairing up Jewish singles young and old. The dinners were lively, but as the club expanded to hundreds of m…
 
In 1933 debris from an explosion flew through the window the Vancouver Cafe and Grill, a restaurant Tom Carter’s grandfather owned on the Hastings strip. It was the end of his grandfather’s restaurant, but years later it would be the starting point for Tom’s investigation into Vancouver’s nightlife history. Tom started collecting artifacts from The…
 
Kelly "Claire" Berge has always felt a connection with the spirit world. As a child, she found herself face to face with ghosts, and she kept seeing them through her teenage and adult years. But Claire never knew how to deal with the apparitions - she never knew what they were or why they were following her around. Then Claire got a message from th…
 
When Rob Hill was 23 he noticed something was wrong when he started experiencing abdominal pain, diarrhea and nausea. At the time he didn’t even have a GP, being a healthy young man, never having the occasion to need one. He was soon diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a chronic autoimmune disorder with no known cure that affects the digestive tract. H…
 
The first time a doctor told Sarah Jickling she had bipolar disorder, she didn’t believe her. In Sarah's mind, bipolar was a scary word reserved only for crazy people.It wasn’t Sarah. She was a musician who played glockenspiel and sang about boys and had just done a photo shoot lying in a field of 300 homemade cupcakes. The third time a doctor told…
 
Jamie D. Grant is a Vancouver paramedic. He's also one of the happiest people we've ever met. He's been on thousands of calls and helped save counts lives and his love for life is probably why he's so good at saving it. In this episode, you'll learn how Jamie became a paramedic, hear a disturbing story about his most memorable call and learn how he…
 
Jonathan Tippett graduated from UBC Mechanical Engineering in 1999. He’s since worked in the fields of marine hydraulics, fuel cells and neurovascular implants.In 2007, he co-founded the eatART Foundation, an educational art research laboratory with a 3000sqft R&D space in Vancouver, supporting artists who use engineering to educate the public abou…
 
Craig Addy is no ordinary pianist. He runs a sound spa from his apartment called Under The Piano. So what is it like at Craig's sound spa? People lay under his grand piano, on a extravagant bed of pillows, while he composes an original piece of music for them.It's both a personalized concert and a therapeutic experience. It’s a really interesting w…
 
As a photographer, there have been many chapters in Bev Davies‘ work, but music has always been the thread that held it together.One of her favourite spots to photograph was at Vancouver’s legendary cabaret bar,The Smilin’ Buddha, where she captured the performance of legendary local acts like Vancouver's D.O.A.The bands, the music and the friends …
 
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