A tribute to Lee Matasi
Five years ago, Vancouver lost a young man who encompassed creativity, non-violence, comedy and community. He was an artist. He built a skate park and increased community cohesion. Lee was welcoming to everyone. This city will always miss him.
This Saturday (December 11th), there will be an intergenerational tribute to Lee Matasi. The legacy that remains is maintained by all ages and cultures. The central message of the event is that we can create a city that is creative and non-violent. Lee proved that it is possible for youth to create their own culture. Instead of complaining about what the city lacks, we can create cultural innovations...Just like Lee created the Lee Side skate park during a time when the city lacked dry spaces to skate.
- The Freshest Kids (above) are an important group of DJs who are are prevalent throughout some of Vancouver's best parties. They feature an eclectic selection of music that is discovered through their tireless efforts to bring you the freshest music possible. Ivan/DJ Seko (above with the ice-cream cone) was close with Lee Matasi and he has put together a short documentary about Lee, that will be screened on Saturday.
- Rob Geary is a central component of POS (purple orange silver) and Welcome to Eastvan. Rob was close to Lee and he exemplifies the Do-it-yourself approach that Lee demonstrated throughout his life. Rob's clothing line celebrates various neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver. He is also publishing books and he has produced creative representations of Vancouver's history. Rob created the poster and flyers for our event.
- Vancouver Parks Board Commissioner Sarah Blyth (above middle) has been a central advocate within the Vancouver Skateboard coalition. She works with youth and makes our parks more intergenerational. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson (above right) is an innovative mayor who wants our city to become a creative capital. He also lives and breaths inclusivity, because he connects with every day citizens face to face. He engages with local issues through processes that engage multiple faiths, cultures, socio-economics, ages and genders. Jason Lamarche (above left) has been an important contributor to Vancouver's skateboard culture and he is a successful political blogger.