This year has flown by in a flurry of events that have elevated the city of Vancouver to all new heights. From preparation to the 2010 Winter Olympics to beautification of local neighbourhoods to headlining world tours, this city has been a hotpot of activity that has stretched culturally across many areas. Static Photography has had the chance to participate in many of these events with photographer Kris Krüg being front and center with his camera capturing all the highlights.
Without further hesitation here is the best of 2010 in our beautiful city of Vancouver, BC!
The W2 Arts and Media Centre opened its doors officially just before the 2010 Winter Olympics Games in Vancouver. One of their first programs was based around the acquisition of a historical and working letterpress. Artist Jeremy Crowle facilitated workshops around the letterpress and many artists have used the letterpress in creating different bodies of work.
The month of February of this past year brought with anticipation what the city of Vancouver had been planning for in the last five years - the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The Olympic Games are a highly covered media event with accreditation usually coming from one main media centre. This set of Games was a bit different because there were three distinct media centres providing accreditation: the official media centre, the unofficial media centre and self-accreditated media centre known as True North Media House. TNMH was the first of its kind and allowed many local and international journalists the ability to cover the Games in their own format and voices. TNMH raised the bar for what accreditation can look like for future Olympic Games.
Like many previous Olympic Games and other internationally held events, the 2010 Winter Olympics was not a completely welcomed event by all the resident of the city of Vancouver. With as much time that had spent planning the 2010 Winter Olympics, that same amount time was spent also organizing a movement to try to stop the 2010 Winter Olympics from happening. Like scale protests and movements were organized during the two weeks of official Olympic scheduling.
The very successful restaurant Nuba opened its official third location coincidentally on 3rd and Main in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver. Their flagship location in Gastown is constantly packed day and night for their cuisine caters to foodists from the hearty meat-eaters to the raw vegans.
The geeks rejoice in the city of Vancouver! The local blogging conference Northern Voice held its tenth year conference on the beautiful University of British Columbia campus in May. This two conference hosted sessions that covered the breadth of all things geek related, from photography, sexuality, programming and online identity.
Another celebration of the ever growing tech community that is present in the city of Vancouver is the diverse collection of the events that are held here. 2010 brought around another installation of the one day conference Wordcamp YVR. This event showcased some of the best minds in the local community talking about a range of topic revolving around the very popular blogging platform Wordpress. This event included a talk about art and digital media creation by Static Photography's friend and artistic collaborator Dave Olson.
One of the newest developments to the city of Vancouver was the revitalization of the Waldorf Hotel, located in the East Vancouver neighbourhood. This longstanding iconic venue was given a new facelift mixed with a healthy dose of energetic event planning. Their kickoff/grand opening party on Halloween was the place to be that night!
The New Beatty Street Mural
One of the unfortunate side effects of city wide clean-up effort in Vancouver just before the Winter Olympic Games was that some amazing artistic street murals got repainted over, such was the case for the original Beatty Street mural. In August 2010 Vancouver based artist Vince Dumoulin was commissioned by the city to repaint the mural. Kris documented the whole process as portraits of iconic Vancouver figures were etched into the walls for a grand display of public art.
2010 brought the city of Vancouver one of its most successfully curated fashion weeks ever. Ecofashion Week kicked off its inaugural celebration in the brand new Olympic Village with a socially conscious presentation of eco-friendly designers. Some of the Vancouver designers that were featured were Kim Cathers, Red Jade and Nicole Bridger.
Die Antwoord World Kickoff Tour
This past year was a doozy for the South African electro-inspire rap group Die Antwoord. With their widely acclaimed success online and a few smaller end tours, they decided to launch their first full international tour (plus the release of their album) in none other than the beautiful city of Vancouver. Die Antwoord knows how to party and this city sure got a handful of it with their tour kick-off show.
Just before the official start of United Nations Climate Change Conference in Mexico City this year, a group of Vancouver climate change activists participated in 350.org's climate change awareness art project called the 350 eARTh Project. This project inspired groups around the world to create visible art installations that would create dynamic and inspiring aerial photos. Kris had a chance to participate as the official photographer for the Vancouver installation of this project where a giant green footprint was created in the downtown core of the city.
This past November the second annual TEDx Vancouver was held in West Vancouver and gave space to bring the energy of the large scale TED conferences to smaller communities like the city of Vancouver. A number of Vancouverites graced the stage and discussed topics from intentional spiritual communities to progressive health awareness campaigns. The one day event may have made TED history when musical icon Nardwuar the Human Serviette made an impressive stage dive at the end of his presentation and crowdsurfed to the back of the auditorium successfully.
With the new revitalization of the Waldorf Hotel as a prime spot for cultural events in Vancouver, this iconic East Vancouver venue has been jam packed with some very interesting and creative events. One such event in 2010 was their DIY inspired Comic and Zine Fair. Headlined by the infamous Dame Marcy this fair was a packed house of sharpies, homemade zines and punk rock music.
23rd Annual Christmas Wish Breakfast
The annual Christmas Wish Breakfast was held at the Pan Pacific Hotel this year which helps collect toys for donations during the holiday season. This extremely well attended event is a family style event that includes a free full breakfast for every attendee who brings a toy for donation.
Local boys (and girls) make good! Love and respect to Dario , David , Ryan , Grace, Nadia, Uncleweed, Richard, Donnelly & and all the other geeks nerds and dorks at Hootsuite and Invoke who have come out atop of the internet heap this year.
As 2010 comes to a close, the city of Vancouver will definitely look back at this full year in high regards. In a short timeline of twelve months, a world of change can occur within a single city. With the momentum of 2010 rolling into the New Year, one can only imagine what 2011 has in store for Vancouver, BC.
See you next year!