Local Stories

Introducing local stories, created inside and outside community digital storytelling workshops and our artist-led research. These are people’s stories about where they live.

Noel at the Farm (detail) by artist Angela Walcott

The People’s Garden Project

Noel at the Farm, watercolour by Angela Walcott Toronto artist Angela Walcott presents her second geolocation project with Digital Stories...

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Donut Holes on the Playa

Vicki Moulder and her husband Todd attended Burning Man for years, making donuts in the desert with a group of...

An ocean wave is painted in blue and green colours, overlaid with the image of the artist in a bathing suit. A black title reads QUANTUM SMACK!

QUANTUM SMACK!

High tide and sunrise coincide on a chilly winter's day at the edge of the North West Pacific Ocean 0717hrs...

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Silent Azaan

Zool Suleman explores the Silent Azaan, the Muslim call to prayer heard five times daily around the world but not...

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But where are you from from?

My short story focuses on a walk towards China Creek North Park which was once a critical point of convergence...

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A Reno of Love

Artists renovated and beautified a heritage house with family and then lost it in Vancouver's red hot housing market.

Toby Sharp explains academic connections to the Trans Mountain pipeline

Toby Sharp Energy Dragon

Heather McLean reflects on the gendered dimensions and settler colonial politics of corporatised university research.

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signals

The storyteller photographed orange fencing around the trees of Mount Pleasant as she walked, documenting gentrification.

Mural of crows painted on the side of a building shows two crows

Echoes of Movement

A soundscape inspired by the comings and goings of people, creatures, and things over time. From the historic train-stopping Militant...

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JD Phone Home

James Diamond's personal tour of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, sharing his personal experiences of housing and reflecting on the meaning of...

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Lulu’s Story

Moving to big town Vancouver helped Lulu to develop her fashion career and connect with other trans folks.

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City We Live In

Roll through Vancouver's Olympic Village with Roberto Molino (retired Paralympian athlete) as he experiences the physical barriers that are an...

Bonnie Says

Bonnie Says

Jackie Dives’ brilliant homage to living under the initial pandemic lock-down. In April 2020, many of us looked forward to...

Indigenous woman with happy face paint including Green Turtle image over her eye is asking Hello. Is everything OK?

Everyone Belongs

Coco Eskotew’s powerful challenge to a bully’s “silent treatment” grows out of her ability as a painter to express metaphors.

Graphic collage of Love and Peace and participant faces for Talking Poles

Talking Poles

A collaboration between Lorna Boschman, Victoria Moulder, T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and local community members who shared their voices and drumming.

Meeting a Unicorn

Michelle La Flamme and her friend Cappy the horse Introducing Michelle La Flamme and her friend Cappy the horse. Cappy...

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belvedere / a love story

Alice Hamilton's lyrical homage to the Belvedere, a local apartment building where residents are threatened by renoviction.

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Streetcars of Mount Pleasant

Quick history of the streetcars of Mount Pleasant and how they helped early residents of Vancouver travel back and forth...

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Labyrinths

Imagine the 13 Labyrinths are portals to one another, making travel from one Vancouver neighbourhood to another a form of...

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No Vacancy

No one believed her when she said that wildlife occupied her basement so this artist set up a camera, recording...

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Here We Come Mount Pleasant

Don Martin's delightful tour of Mount Pleasant breweries with an old friend includes a musical tribute to classic television.

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Kelly Roulette’s Small Dog

Kelly Roulette's family dog was named Small by her daughter when he joined their household. His job is to be...

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Mother Daughter Bake-Off

Our episodic cooking show, Jill and Lorna’s Kitchen, travels to exotic Finn Slough (outside Vancouver BC), home of Lady Justice...

Relaxing at Peterson Creek with Chris Bose

Kamloops Art Tour

Artist Chris Bose takes us on a tour of his favourite Kamloops arts spots. He begins with murals he co-created...

Folk Costume Fashion

Folk Costume Fashion

Folk Costume Fashion traces the story of my mother’s folk costume and her journey to meet family in Finland and...

Big Blue

Built in 1889, the big blue James Black Gallery has been a live-in art collective since the early 2000s in...

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