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Sharing “Oft-Forgotten Vancouver Stories” at Northern Voice 2013

Dave at Northern Voice 2009 by Megan Mallen
Dave at Northern Voice 2009 by Megan Mallen

I’m speaking at noted, long-time personal expression/blogging conference: Northern Voice, this time held at Museum of Vancouver. I’m bringing an old-timey suitcase and possible costume changes.

Details and tickets are at northernvoice.ca but basics are: June 14-15 (my gig is last on Saturday, 15th 3:30-4:30) at Museum of Vancouver (same building as the Planetarium with the crazy metal crab out front).

Blurb: Vancouver, The Untold Stories 

The core of personal expression is in the stories we create. Indeed, we humans are defined by the stories we tell and the people we tell them to. No matter what form your stories take – digital or analog – they come alive when shared with an audience.

By exploring an oft-forgotten and eclectic variety of Vancouver stories, Northern Voice veteran (this is his 10th talk) Dave Olson @uncleweed, will send you on personal quests to discover new heroes, sort out conundrums, and collaborate with other storymakers to and remix artifacts from our local life. Along the way, you’ll explore forms your mixed media stories might take, and ways to share with audiences you’ve yet to meet.

Start your journey by finding inspiration and interestingness in the  history of our own Vancouver, perhaps: forgotten breweries and legendary blues venues, wealthy recluse at the Bayshore, intrepid punk rock photographer, bohemian group of seven painters, storytellers past and future, true heavyweight champ in an unmarked grave, a dead Hollywood star and his grisly autopsy, stoner comedians’ first meeting, Jimi/Janis/Jerry, summer of love shakedown #nofun, Sammy Sr. at the Cave, Jello at the York, everyone at the Buddha,  and a host of our distant forebears and peers.

Your speaker Dave grew up in Guildford > Whalley > Newton and now lives in Lynn Valley and works in Mt. Pleasant – while he’s spent time in 29+ other countries – he takes distinct interest in getting lost in neighbourhoods seeking craft ales, chill gardens and curious tales. You may have caught him sharing at Pecha Kucha, SXSW, TedX or local community clubs.

History:

For the record, my previous talks were:

  1. Blogging your Passion (with Rachel Ashe, Andre Charland and …)
  2. Three Ps of Podcasting (intro’ed by Roland Tanglao)
  3. Crazy Canucks panel (with John and Rebecca Bollwitt, JJ Guerrero, Alanah McGinley)
  4. Fuck Stats, Make Art (dedicated to Derek K Miller)
  5. Story of a Story (Letters from Russia)
  6. Rock n Roll Photo (with Kris Krug and Bev Davies)
  7. Citizen Journalism and Vancouver 2010 Olympics (with Robert Scales, Andy Miah, Kris Krug, Debbie Lander)
  8. Japan photo project (with John Biehler’s photo camp)
  9. Finding your Voice with Storymaking (delivered via video due to hospitalization)
  10. Vancouver: The Untold Stories (with you, i hope)

My blurb follows, perhaps we’ll see ya there? Oh, a load of my pals are spieling too.

 

Ramble on to New Orleans – Choogle On! #102

Ramble on to New Orleans

Just back from New Orleans, Uncle Weed shares anecdotes from a stop on hi-jinks-laden drive-away car delivery journey from Miami to Dallas and recounts recent culinary forays including turtle soup, Po’boy sandies and crawfish ettouffee, along with social observations about the French Quarter and Frenchmen’s street including the joy of brass bands and convenience of “go” cups. Recorded on a backyard in Squamish, BC on the late Jerry Garcia’s birthday.

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Anthropological Essay in Austin – Choogle On! #101

Anthropological Essay in Austin

Geeky discourse about the culture and rituals of the people at SXSW Interactive conference/festival specifically with cyborg anthropologist Amber Case who gamely banters about: human-techno-social-experience within information revolution; how future is created; how geek inherit/acquire power; micro-economics of start-ups; perils of venture capital; survivability of these commercial endeavors; industry-culture power structures; checking-into lines; affection for robotic devices; time and space compression; durability of books; importance of archiving; and attempt to manifest of a documentarian to articulate how to preserve invisible artifacts which exist every/nowhere. 

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Harmonica and Hash at the Hume – Choogle On! #100

Choogle On! #100photo by UW on Christmas Eve at the hotel bar, art’ed up by Bread the Producer who also edited and mixed this episode

During the Festive season – holed up at an historic hotel in Nelson BC sampling local hashish – a sloppy Uncle Weed stumbles through stories with the loquacious harmonica master Xomaha who shares songs and harp licks while annotating the history of the mouth harp from German beer halls to American plantations. Along with wise ganja analysis comes a story about a trippy night in Peru influenced by giant psychedelic Morpehus mushroom moths; his roots from Seattle “paying dues” in a changing city; youthful times in the Bay Area seeing Taj Mahal, Grateful Dead, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jefferson Airplane, Steve Miller, Cat Stevens… Plus anecdotes from Hunter S. Thompson and Dalai Lama, and a call to action to contribute to the collective intelligence. 

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Festive Flashbacks from Orion to Nelson – Choogle On! #99

Festive Flashbacks from Orion to Nelson - Choogle On! #99

Hustling to a bus, Uncle Weed ends the festive period with vaporization session and recounts highlights, hi-jinks and life remixes from 2010 including gut surgery, True North Media House social reporting at the Olympics including Olympic Outsider podcasts, Subpop Records, Hockey Hall of Fame, SXSW, Komasket Music Festival, UW40 party, Halloween at the Waldorf hotel, visits from friends, and then a decompression road trip to Nelson with forays to ferries, hot springs and local organic beers. Ends with clumsy thanks to the Chooglers who had my back during the past year. Musical interludes including an skat/vocal rendition of a Charlie Parker tune by Nico from Savage Blade. See also Best Year in Years ~ 2010 Flashback blog post including more 2010 highlights a video from the aforementioned ferry ride. 

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Kayaks and Jams at the Church of Komasket – Choogle On #97

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Wandering through the festival grounds, Uncle Weed talks to first aid crew, interviews a 2nd year attendee about a kayaking trip, tipi camping, Brazilian capoeira and dancing workshops, while Canadian entertainer Fred Penner shows his multi-linguistic skills. Plus bits of other artists, and chatter about vendor alley, African drums and recounting jam tent performances. Musical interludes feature Fred Penner, and the jam session with Bocephus King, Oka and Kia Kadiri — plus various snippets from Doug Cox and Pacific Poi Boys and other artists. Part 6 in a series from Komasket Music Festival. 

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Love and Freedom with The Wailers at Komasket – Choogle On! #96

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Koolant, sitting in the Bob Marley hot seat singing with the legendary Wailers featuring Aston “Family Man” Barrett, speaks about the joy of singing reggae music for people around the world.

He recounts growing up in Jamaica learning the music and mentions the beauty of the Komasket location and audience.

Plus peaceful warrior troubadour Fred Penner sings about our right to be free and happy. Musical interludes feature “Redemption Song” from The Wailer’s Saturday night performance and “Right to be Happy and Free” by Fred Penner from Sunday jam tent performance. Part 5 in a series from Komasket Music Festival.

Cowboy Bandit Renegade Storytime at Komasket – Choogle On! #95

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Renegade musician Ken Giles recounts stories about backwoods huckleberry pancakes and picking with the Beaver Bottom Boys with Uncle Weed backstage at Komasket Music Festival near Vernon, BC.

He also tells about hijinks ensuing when moose hunting en route to recording sessions, hijinks with Merry Pransters and Hunter Thompson, and the importance of living a life worthy of original songs.

Musical interlude by Wolf Child and the Cowboy Bandits recorded Sunday. Part 4 in a series from Komasket Music Festival.

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Reconstructing Mesopotamia with Lt. Magnum – Choogle On! #94

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With a US Naval Lieutenant at the table, Uncle Weed traces the history of the Tigris and Euphrates crescent and discusses the ground level experience of life in Iraq. Lt. Magnum explains his rebuilding mission to Kurdistan, plus quests to various coalition bases including visits with Korean, Slovakian and Polish forces. Anecdotes include Haliburton food, hookah shishas sessions in Qatar, religious concessions, cables on marble walls, hiking in rolling hills and meeting local folks getting just getting by in their war-torn world. 

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Oka Improvising from Australia to Komakset – Choogle On! #93

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Australia’s organic electronic band Oka talks with Uncle Weed backstage at Komasket Music Fest to discuss trips across Canada, the perils of equipment damage, psychology of jamming, global nature of music, combining ancient and modern instruments and keeping it all together — plus the happiness of the lovely locations and the power of community and the tubes. Featuring Oka’s DidgeriStu and drummer Zappa. Musical interludes feature jams Oka‘s Friday night closing performance. Part 3 in a series from Komasket Music Festival. 

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