Revolutions, Punks & Poets: Vancouver’s forgotten stories

Storymaker Dave 'uncleweed' Olson launched the video today of the last talk he gave at Northern Voice 3 years ago.

In the video, Olson shares an eclectic variety of stories from Vancouver’s counter-culture history on a stage adorned with a record player, campfire & cub scout blanker, art easel, flowers and an Expo 86 mug – plus pulls artifacts from an old-timey suitcase to illustrate the forgotten past of a city which is/was much cooler than most realize.

Filmed by Bruce Sharpe and Andrew Lavigne
Edited, Directed, Produced by Andrew Lavigne (also: With Glowing Hearts and Generation Social).

Music: Derek K Miller (RIP) “(You’re the) Big Sky”

Topics:

  • Frederick Varley – group of 7 painter who live in Vancouver for 10 years
  • Grateful Dead – (tried to) play free shows at Second Beach and Kits Beach in 1966
  • Bob Masse poster artist
  • Gastown Riots, March on Blaine, Rock Against Racism
  • bev. davies – rock n roll photographer, community chronicler, punk rock mom
  • Blues in Vancouver – Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee at the Bunkhouse
  • Vancouver punk rock glory days DIY spirit and fanzines (+ final days of The Clash and importance of ephemera)
  • Clayoquot Sound logging blockades
  • Jake Milford and the Canucks recruiting Swedish players in the 1970s
  • United Empire Loyalists + Burner Boys bringing jam band culture to
  • Venues of note: Afterthought, Retinal Circus, York Theatre, the Cave, the Bunkhouse
  • Cubscout campfire blankets
  • Howard Hughes, Errol Flynn
  • ++ bits of Kris Krug, Bob Kronbauer, Rebecca Bollwitt, Dan Mangan, Jason Vanderhill and campfire helpers: Mark Blevis, Kemp Edmonds, John Biehler, James Lester, Ariane Colenbrander, Nicholas Demers

By exploring an oft-forgotten and eclectic variety of Vancouver stories, Dave shares new heroes, sort out historical conundrums, and remix artifacts from our local life. Plus explores ways to effectuate positive change in the city – and shares changes he’d like to see.

Vancouver: Untold Stories, Anecdotes and Heroes from Dave Olson


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