Posted by: Anna Wilkinson on June 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

MOVments: current events in Vancouver by the Museum of Vancouver

Expo 86 postcardEven for a forward-looking city, Vancouver seems to be on the verge of some particularly big changes this week. Maybe it's because we just finished watching a Franklin Templeton commercial which features a decidedly Vancouver-shaped, futuristic city, but this week's MOVments has us thinking about what the city is going to look like in 5, 10, or 20 years. Check out these links for some clues to what might be in store.

Floating Houses (Maybe...) Vancouver's new Task Force on Housing Affordability will present its second set of findings and recommendations to City Council tomorrow (June 27). One of the suggestions that's gotten a bit of press involves converting container ships into low-income, floating houses. Cool? Oh yeah. Feasible? We'll have to see.

Art Spaces in Unexpected Places. A new art space called The Nines at the former Budget car rental office at Pender and Abbott could be part of a larger trend towards more studios and art spaces in the city. The Tyee explains that the city recently approved a plan to  convert a number of former industrial spaces into art studios. Artists, makers, and multi-media-ers all across Vancouver are optimistic.

A Leader in Refugee Care. As new laws make life more difficult for many refugees in Canada, Vancouver will become home to a world-class Welcome House Centre for people escaping dire circumstances in their countries of origin. The Immigration Services Society of B.C. plans to combine a variety of services including short-term housing, language training, and medical care at the facility that will be built at 10th and Victoria.

Life Without Luongo (Maybe...) Speculation abounds over where Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo will end up as the NHL draft finishes this week. Although backup goalie Corey Schneider becomes a free-agent after July 1, opening him up to offers from other teams, the Canucks' manager maintains that they won't be rushing to make any decisions about trading Luongo. And, while you're in a sporty state of mind, check out this little article about the Vancouver Canadians minor league baseball team and what they're doing to help the Toronto Blue Jays in the major league.

At the MOVeum:
Sunday, July 1 (Canada Day) - All general admission is FREE
June through September 30 - Reading the Riot Boards exhibit

[Image: Expo '86 Souvenir Postcard from the MOV collection H2008.23.2501]

Posted by: Anna Wilkinson on June 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

MOVments: current events in Vancouver by the Museum of Vancouver

Runner on the seawallIt's almost officially summer and true to form, the weather in Vancouver is an unpredictable mix of downpours and sunshine. As those clouds hurtle across the sky, things are moving just as quickly on the ground below. This week MOVments looks at the shifting cultural landscapes and the influential movers and shakers that are setting Vancouver in motion.

The Loneliness of the Vancouver Runner. As the weather improves (slightly), more of us are getting out for a morning run. But, unlike in Miami or Toronto, we're not greeting each other as we pass on our running routes. A new Vancouver Foundation survey suggests that this could be a symptom of the broader social isolation many Vancouverites feel. A quick fix? Flash a big smile at your fellow runners, folks!

Marpole Midden. It appears that the dispute over development on a 3,000 year-old village site may be closer to a resolution. The provincial government has offered the Musqueam First Nation cash in exchange for land previously owed to them, so that the group can purchase the historic midden. A condo development was halted when burial grounds were discovered at the Marpole site in January.

Happy 45th Anniversary Vancouver Magazine! To celebrate 45 years of engaging and entertaining readers with insightful content, Vancouver Magazine has put out a fantastic list of 45 people who have helped shape the city.

Northern Exposure. Are British Columbian cultural sensibilities and aesthetics invading the American psyche? Knute Berger suggests BC urban design, sports, and film sets have a greater influence on our neighbours to the south than we realize.

Book Ending. And finally, the St. George Bike Lane Library is putting books, ideas, and people into circulation in an exciting way. Everybody should go check it out!

At the MOVeum:
June 19, 6 pm – Home: Inspiration from Three Vancouver Communities

[Image: Runner in Stanley Park. Photo by Arlene Gee]

Posted by: Joan Seidl on June 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

On Thursday I  returned from Churn Creek with my coworkers, having completed repatriation of the petroglyph to the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation.  I am still coming down from the intense excitement, anxiety, and joy of the previous three days.

On Monday, June 11, after two years of work and months of intense planning, the MOV welcomed members of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, including Councilor Dean Tenale; elders Mary Boston, Theresa Jack, and Rose Wilson; and teaching staff, parents and children from Rosie Seymour School at Canoe Creek (returning from a field trip to Victoria). We had lunch in a wonderful room overlooking the water, where Wade Grant from the Musqueam First Nation welcomed everyone to Coast Salish territory. We adjourned to the rock’s location in the courtyard for a ceremony led by Chief Fred Robbins and Irvine Johnson from the Es’ketemc First Nation and Spiritual Leader Gwen Therrian from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation who lives in Vancouver.  Around the rock, the people from Canoe Creek and Dog Creek placed branches of sage, juniper, and wild rose, intense with the smells of the high grasslands. Gwen involved everyone in the ceremony, blessing Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vancouver councilors Andrea Reimer, Geoff Meggs, and Adrienne Carr as well as MOV board and staff, and sharing the pipe with the First Nations people.

Moving the petroglyph from the courtyard

We thought the next day would be easy: we just had to move the rock on to a truck.  We hired the very professional Pro-Tech Movers (who had previously moved totem poles and other large, awkward objects for the MOV).  Their crew of four guys arrived at 8 am and by 10 am had wrapped the rock carefully in blankets and straps, erected a portable gantry crane over it, and lifted it on to a palette.  Then, for the next six hours, we watched as the crew tried first one thing and then another to no avail: they could not get the rock out of the courtyard.  The courtyard is so cramped that their equipment could scarcely be used. Poor guys – struggling inside the courtyard while the folks from Canoe Creek, Dog Creek, and the MOV sat on chairs lined up outside the glass walls watching it all.

As the hours passed, we bonded in boredom, desperation and jokes (about the comeliness of the various guys and our apparent error in failing to bring in a team of ten horses, as used in the 1926 move). About 3:30 pm, Chief Hank Adam arrived from Dog Creek (he had to miss Monday’s ceremony because of a death in his family.) Chief Hank brought renewed energy to the gathering. About 4 pm to great applause, the forklift and come-along pulled the palette jack loaded with the rock out of the courtyard and into the lower lobby.  From there it was quick and easy.  By 5 pm, Pro-Tech’s large forklift lifted the rock gently on to the bed of the truck graciously provided by Caribou Interior Crane Services.

Returning the petroglyph to Churn Creek

I next saw the rock the following day, as we assembled with people from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation for the procession to bring the rock to its new resting place at the entrance to the Churn Creek Protected Area.  We walked near the back of the procession, following the school kids and leading the horses and riders, with the truck bringing up the very rear. The crane on the truck easily lifted the rock onto the resting place that BC Park Ranger Tom Hughes had prepared for it. It looked so small against the vast scale of the landscape.  How could it have confounded us for six hours back in Vancouver! The pecked glyphs that seemed so inscrutable in Vancouver showed up in sharp definition in the clear Cariboo air.

Elder Ron Ignace from Skeetchestn Band hosted the program which included remarks and a pipe ceremony by elder Arthur Dick and a presentation by Chief Hank.  In attendance, there were Secwepemc Elders and leadership from Adams Lake, Neskonlith, and Whispering Pines as well as a representative from Stl’atl’imc community Seton Lake.  There were a number of Tsilhqot'in First Nation supporters also in attendance.

At the end of the ceremony, they called up the four of us from the MOV (CEO Nancy Noble, Professor Bruce Miller of UBC, grad student Emily Birky, and myself), and the chiefs and Elders sang a song to us.  It was a playful song from the gambling game lahal that is used to distract and fake out opponents.  Chief Hank and Chief Fred Robbins had grins and twinkling eyes as they let us know that to their understanding they had used superior strategy to get their rock back!  There was laughter and tears, as the ceremony broke up and members of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem approached the rock and laid their hands on it for the first time.

Make no mistake, there was a degree of anxiety in the air too. There were eight RCMP officers present; three were in red serge as pre-arranged decoration to the event.  The presence of the others had been requested by the Elders.  They had accompanied the rock from Williams Lake as there was concern that some members of the Tsilhqot'in First Nation felt that the rock should have been repatriated to them, and not to the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem, who are part of the larger Secwepemc Nation that includes 17 bands in the BC interior.

This is discouraging but understandable fallout from 150 years of colonialism in BC that has seen virtually no treaties signed with First Nations.  The Secwepemc and the Tsilhqot'in have overlapping, outstanding land claims, as do dozens of other BC First Nations. At the MOV we did due diligence to find the appropriate nation to whom to repatriate the rock. We researched the records thoroughly and consulted an expert in petroglyphs who knew the general area well. We approached the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem in good faith.  It is the MOV’s hope that the return of the rock will be an occasion for unity and empowerment among all the First Nations of the region. The decision to place the rock at Churn Creek may aid in this, as it’s a traditional gathering place and point of trade for many interior First Nations.

Meanwhile, back at the party, food (tons of it) followed - barbecued meat, corn on the cob, bannock, baked potatoes, and coleslaw.  There were giant sheet cakes decorated with frosting versions of the glyphs and the exhortation “Rock On!”.  An impromptu band played from the back of a pickup truck, including an ode to the rock created on the spot. Pretty soon we could hear drumming and singing in the distance, where a proper game of lahal had started. The teasing and baiting was intense as teams battled to bluff their opponents and show off their own skills.

Rock on cake

We left about sunset. As we drove away, we looked back at the rock. It looked right at home in that landscape, surrounded by the songs and drums of its people.

Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on June 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

This Friday (June 15) is the official launch of our Reading the Riot Boards exhibition – a display of 15 of the plywood boards that were put up to hoard windows after the riots, and which were then covered with messages of hope, love, and more.

The boards demonstrate that what began as a utilitarian reaction to broken windows grew into an open source work of art, with messages from thousands of Vancouverites and visitors to the city. At a time when world media fixed on Vancouver’s wrongs, residents-as-authors and as-artists used the riot boards to examine our collective conscience, encourage reconciliation, address the city’s social ills, and remind us that hope persists.

Riot boards tote bagLast year the MOV received assistance from the Enterprising Non-Profit program to develop a business plan to help diversify and expand our current revenue streams. Among other projects to help meet this goal, Richard Muller of Sum Things Ventured, has been working tirelessly with the MOV’s Kate Follington, Director of Development and Marketing, to come up with  merchandise that embodies the MOV's mission and vision while fostering our unique personality.

The first of these pieces are a tote bag and a t-shirt which display an interpretation of the messages of the board – showing and celebrating Vancouver’s resiliency and community.

The bags and t-shirts will be available for sale at The Latest Scoop and Book’mark, the Vancouver Public Library store.

Riot boards tshirt


The Latest Scoop
2928 Granville St. (between 13th and 14th).
Store hours for our South Granville location are: Mon-Wed: 10-7 Thurs & Fri: 10-8 Saturday: 10-6 Sunday & Holidays: 11-5

Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
350 West Georgia Street

With every item purchased you'll receive $2 off your next visit to the MOV.





Posted by: Anna Wilkinson on June 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm

MOVments: current events in Vancouver by the Museum of Vancouver

Kitsilano coast guard stationThis week MOVments gets messy. From dirty history to density wars, we've rounded up some of the complicated stories that make Vancouver so interesting. Read on for the nitty-gritty on Vancouver tourism, plywood protests, high-rise politics, and the logistics of bike sharing.

Vancouver's messy past. For many, Vancouver’s historical walking tours are how they come to know our city. Unsurprisingly, these tours often choose to focus on positive, uncomplicated aspects of Vancouver's past. Chances are if you take a city tour of Vancouver you won't be hearing much about the Komagata Maru or the 1907 Race Riots. In contrast, local tour guide, Jessica O'Neill, encourages tour-takers to tackle these difficult histories and argues that they make for more accurate, and ultimately more compelling tours.

The writing on the (plywood) wall(s). In a bit of synchronicity, plywood boards have recently gone up at the Kitsilano Coast Guard station, just as MOV unveils its exhibit of the 2011 Stanley Cup riot boards. Scrawling comments like "Trading dollars for lives" on the plywood boards outside the Kitsilano office, locals have been expressing their outrage at the federal government's money-saving decision to close the search-and-rescue station.

Tower power. Are high-rise developments the solution to Vancouver's sky-rocketing real-estate prices? Harvard professor Edward Glaeser says yes. His main argument: building more high-density residences will ease the gentrification of middle-income neighbourhoods and decrease suburban sprawl. Sounds simple, but as we know, the reality is anything but. For more on this issue, read about former-mayor Sam Sullivan's new found respect for Vancouver's glass towers.

The politics of sharing. As we wait to hear who wins the bid to implement the city’s bike sharing system, Vancouverites are thinking about the dirty business of sharing bike helmets. In a city with a mandatory helmet law, some argue that the idea of sharing sweaty, germy helmets is what will doom the project to failure. Meanwhile over in Montreal, an independent helmet advocate is loaning and disinfecting helmets for free for BIXI users.

At the MOVeum:
June 15 - Is This Vancouver? Reflections on the 2011 Hockey Riot Boards
June 19 - Jane’s Walk Recap and Dialogue

[Image: Plywood boards outside the Kitsilano Coast Guard station. Photo by Clive Camm]

Posted by: Joan Seidl on June 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Museum of Vancouver conservation staff clean the petroglyph

For many years, I squinted at murky black and white photographs taken in 1926 showing a great petroglyph-covered rock as it was hauled away from the Fraser River somewhere in the interior. I despaired that we would ever know the rock’s original location with any certainty. It seemed that removing the rock back in 1926 had been utter folly. It felt against nature to even consider hauling a six ton rock from the interior of BC and move it to Vancouver. But driven by compulsion and arrogance (to my understanding), people did it, and the great rock now sits at the Museum of Vancouver after many years in Stanley Park.

For the last 20 years, the huge rock has lay in the Museum’s interior courtyard, its many petroglyphs slowly disappearing under a layer of moss and lichen. Next week, it will be repatriated to Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nations and taken back home to the Fraser River at Churn Creek Protected Area, about two hours east of Clinton.

The great rock has been on a long journey. In 1925, a gold prospector in the Cariboo named H.S. Brown came across the petroglyph partially hidden in a grove of cottonwood trees when he was fetching water near Crow’s Bar along the Fraser River. Brown was an admirer of the Mohawk poet Pauline Johnson who was buried in Stanley Park after her death in 1913. His original plan was to sell his placer gold claim and use the proceeds to place the stone by her grave in Stanley Park. When Brown was unable to sell his claim, the chair of the Vancouver Park Board, W.C. Shelly, stepped in.

Shelly wanted the petroglyph in order to add it to the collection of totems poles, house posts, and other First Nations art that he was assembling from throughout BC in order to create a faux “Indian Village” in Stanley Park. (Shelly was apparently indifferent to the fact that the government was trying to evict the real Coast Salish settlements in the Park at the time).

Moving the rock (dubbed the “Cariboo Monolith” by news reporters) was a massive undertaking. Shelly hired Frank Cross to bring the rock out over land. Cross worked with a team of ten horses. It took a month to drag the rock up the 3,000 foot ascent from the bank of the Fraser River. Then, taking advantage of winter snow, Shelly’s team hauled the rock overland to the Pacific Great Eastern railhead and then down to Vancouver, where it was placed in Stanley Park, near the totem poles. Increasing incidents of vandalism led the Park Board to ask the Museum to look after the rock in the early 1990s. In 1992, the petroglyph was moved from Stanley Park to the Museum’s interior courtyard.

In 2010, Bruce Miller, an anthropology professor at UBC who also chairs MOV’s Collections Committee, brought the petroglyph to the attention of the Committee. Bruce explained the contemporary understanding of petroglyphs as highly sacred objects that are integral to their original sites (the power is in the place as well as the rock), and encouraged MOV to work towards repatriation. Bruce brought in archaeologist Chris Arnett who specializes in BC petroglyphs. We shared the documentation we had with Chris. After researching, Chris advised us that we ought to speak with the Canoe Creek Indian Band, now known as Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, from whose territory the petroglyph had been taken without permission in 1926.

In September 2010 Chief Hank Adam and Phyllis Webstad of the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation visited the MOV to see the petroglyph and meet with our staff. In October, the First Nation formally requested repatriation. After working through the process required by MOV’s Collections Policy, the MOV’s Board of Directors voted to repatriate the petroglyph in March 2011 — lightning speed in the Museum business.

Meanwhile members of the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem scouted the banks of the Fraser to find the rock’s original location. On a glorious day in late August 2011, Chief Adam led us to the exact spot where the rock had stood. It was a powerful experience — the Fraser rushing by, the sun beating down, velvety hills all around. Even the skeptics among us (me) were convinced when we held up the historical photographs of the petroglyph move in 1926 and matched up the silhouettes of the mountains, ridge for ridge. And then, standing there, Chief Adam said, “Look down.” At our feet were more rocks with petroglyphs — as the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation say, “sister rocks”. This was the place.

That brings us to today. We have been invited to join Chief Adam and the members of the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation to the ceremony on June 11 that will begin the rock’s journey home. Over the past weeks, MOV’s conservator Carol Brynjolfson has carefully removed the moss and lichen. On June 12 Pro-Tech industrial movers will move the rock through the museum and on to a waiting truck for transport to Churn Creek. Then on Wednesday, June 13 it will be welcomed home by the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation at a ceremony at Churn Creek to which all are invited. I will be there, filled with joy to see this important work to completion. 

Posted by: Viviane Gosselin on June 5, 2012 at 12:57 am

Sex Talk in the City exhibition blog

Sex Talk in the City exhibition drawing

















Conceptual drawing of a section in the Pleasure Zone. The bed mattress becomes the projection surface. Design by Propellor Studio, February 2012.


We could say that the dust has settled since the announcement from Heritage Minister James Moore concerning Sex: the Tell-all Exhibition and his view that its an inappropriate use of funds for that specific museum. The controversy over an exhibition designed by the Montreal Science and Technology Museum to educaete teens about their sexuality has made one thing very apparent: some interest groups will mobilize a lot of energy to discourage public institutions (schools and museums alike) from relaying valuable information to youth about sexuality. It would be naïve to think that MOV’s 2013 exhibition Sex Talk in the City project will be immune from similar criticism. The exhibition may not be presented in the national capital and in a national museum, but like most museums, MOV relies, in part, on public dollars to provide its services. And that’s usually enough to get some critics going.

We feel completely comfortable with embracing the topic of sexuality at MOV. Developing an exhibition that investigates the evolution of "sex talk" in Vancouver. Addressing issues of sexual health, diversity and education helps us fulfill our mandate . . . in a big way.  To put it succinctly:

  1. People in the city work, play and . . . have sex. Exploring how people think and talk about sexuality is one way, among many, to understand and investigate the city.
  2. We want a healthy city. The Sex Talk in the City project advocates for more open and public conversations about sexuality. The more knowledgeable people are about their sexuality, the more informed decisions people will make.


Sex Talk in the City project at MOV and the larger museum picture:

Recent practice and studies have demonstrated that museums, with their unique resources, can play an important role as agents of social services. Some museums today take on starkly bolder roles (than the traditional institutions) as a way to influence social change and promote social inclusion. Canadians and international studies have shown the potential for museums to raise public awareness and contribute to attitudinal changes concerning public health, social inclusion and social justice (Sandell, 2005, 2007; Silverman, 2010). What is also important to remember is that studies  confirm that museums benefit from an incredible capital of public trust. As a result, the museum, as site of public education, holds a privileged position to convey and engage the public with critical social issues. 

A number of museums have taken an active role in fostering new understandings related to the issue of sexual diversity, and in promoting safer sex to prevent infection as well as (unwanted) conception.  Close to us we have Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the Tacoma Art Museum. In Canada, recent examples include as mentioned above Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition at the Science Centre in Montreal and Hello Sailor an exhibition exploring the lives of gay and lesbian mariners at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. Both exhibitions (as we know more than ever now) were able to stir provocative discussions involving visitors, the broader public, the media and policymakers.

The multi-media nature of museum exhibitions, which includes videography, installation, display of material culture, graphics, text, programming, social media campaigns, soundscape as well as the social quality of museum visiting make up powerful learning vectors in regards to sexual education. And so we have come to view MOV as uniquely positioned to co-produce with community partners, a learning experience that is less medicalized than the visit at the health clinic and less didactic than sex education in the classroom context while promoting meaningful cross-cultural and inter-generational dialogue about sexuality.

From this perspective, addressing the topic of sexuality becomes a particularly compelling way to fulfill MOV’s mission to lead provocative conversations about Vancouver’s past, present and future. 

Sex Talk in the City brainstorming paper

Group discussion at a meeting with the advisory meeting, May 2012
Posted by: Gala Milne on May 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm

MOVments: current events in Vancouver by the Museum of Vancouver

Gather round park imageVancouver got hot this week, and the people have flooded back to the streets! Before we get sunstroked, this week’s MOVments attempt to hydrate you, dear reader, on thoughtful events from around Vancouver and Canada.

The City of Vancouver wants you to combat glass-tower syndrome with a touch of green. They’ve announced two-million dollars in grants for the Greenest City Fund. Need inspiration? Check out the latest Nerd Jam event on turning streets into parks. Who knows, maybe our next exhibit will be a comparison of New York- styled high lines, rather than Dubai-esque sea walls.

On the industrial fence, Vancouver prepares to demolish a 100-year old school house, designated as having significant historical and cultural value. It appears seismic upgrades are too expensive for the large brick building. In its wake, perhaps a mini-school could replace this large antiquated schoolhouse? Some Gastown residents are making due with only 226 square feet of breathing room - in what is known as a, ‘micro-loft’. If that’s not enough leg-room for you, maybe you’d like to get out of town on a spacious “Bolt Bus”. This extremely cheap bus service transits between Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland for as little as $1 each way. Personally, I find this very confusing.

Provincially, BC marks a significant move this month with an official apology for internment of Japanese Canadians.

At the MOVeum:
May 24 - Vintage Voltage! MOV Youth Council - Free - rsvp to
May 31 -  MOV AGM - come vote, meet the board and MOV staff. Exclusive talk and tour from Ivan Sayers
June 2 - Swaporama
June 8 -  Dapper/Flapper Formal

Posted by: Guest Author on May 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

By guest author Tyaka Graves, High Tea @ MOV organizer

With the High Tea @ MOV fast approaching, we decided to touch base with Anita Suri the Marketing Manager from Herbal Republic Fine Tea Corp to find out a little more about the official tea sponsor for the High Tea @ MOV and how we can all ‘sip to save the planet’.

To start, tell me a bit about Herbal Republic and what you do?

Herbal Republic has been in the business of fine teas for over 15 years. Originally located on West Broadway in Vancouver, five years ago we merged the Herbal Republic brand with our TEAZ Tea Boutique location on Granville Street. Our objective is to offer the best quality of whole leaf at reasonable prices. We have always sourced and blended, using the very best ingredients with the quality teas from around the world.

Apart from our retail location on Granville Street, we recently launched products under our ‘sip to save the planet’ initiative, for the wholesale and food service market. Our objective is to ensure that all our products are the best quality and also meet our environment mandate to ensure that we can give back to the planet as well as our industry. My role in the business is focused on marketing, business development, and assisting in creating new products.

Herbal Republic tea farmers

What is your favorite Herbal Republic tea and why?

My favourite Herbal Republic tea is the Ambassador Tea which is our house specialty English breakfast house blend. This was conceived and blended after I lost my father and in his memory we created a blend to reflect his favourite tea region of the world. He was an Ambassador, a diplomat in the Foreign Service, and had travelled the world extensively.

Tell me about the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), and what this means for Herbal Republic and your customers?

The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) is an organization based in the UK with a primary mandate of ensuring that the tea producing estates meet all of the standards commonly associated with the symbol fair trade. Together we ensure that the workers get a fair wage, their working conditions are improved and finally their estates meet standards of sustainability.

We are also members of the Rainforest Alliance and buy tea from estates monitored by the Rainforest Alliance and in the future will be using their logo on our packaging. Finally, we are also supported by the Green Table for launching products that are sensitive to the environment, biodegradable, and compostable.

What are your suggestions for storing tea to ensure freshness?

To maintain freshness, we recommend that you buy tea in smaller quantities and store the tea in an air tight container away from light. Most teas should not be exposed to light for continued lengths of time.

Now summer is approaching, what refreshing tea would you recommend for a hot summers day?

You can use all of our teas at TEAZ Tea Boutique for making ice tea.

We are launching and sampling healthy ice tea smoothie and ice tea mixes where you can add whatever you wish to the base. It is a tea leaf product allowing you to make ice tea instantly. Of course, you may add whatever you wish to the tea. We are offering the instant leaf to get you started. It is a great product and we definitely enjoyed developing it.

What is the most interesting ‘old wives tale’ you have heard about making the perfect cup of tea?

I don’t think I have ever heard any old wives tales about how to brew tea. We offer instructions to our customers based on our expertise and experience. There is one brewing instruction which we find most people are unaware of. Green and white teas require little infusion time with water temperatures  between 80–90 degrees Celsius. We find that most people are completely unaware of this. You can find detailed instructions on how to brew all our teas on our Herbal Republic website.

Posted by: Zaena Campbell on April 30, 2012 at 10:23 am

Regent tailors neon signThis Museum Monday we’re basking in the glow of this iconic Regent Tailors sign (circa 1946 to 1975). Today, the sign hangs in the MOV's Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver exhibition, but it was originally located at 324 West Hastings, it hung across from another famous neon display (at “the Sally Shop”). The Regent Tailors Sign was installed in 1946 — the early beginning of the 1950s neon boom in Vancouver.

You’ll find several smaller treasures in our OpenMOV Collection related to Regent Tailors. These include technical drawings, a business card circa 1950-70, and a couple of charming items collected by Ivan Sayers (of “Art Deco Chic” fame).

One such item is a “Tailors box” (circa 1945-1959). It’s decorated with a quaint picture of a ‘tailor at work’ alongside a snappy blue slogan, “Regent Tailors Ltd. Where Smart Styles Originate”. The strangest find of all? A branded pocket knife (circa 1925-45). Emblazoned with “Regent Tailors Vancouver BC” on its plastic handle, this promotional pocket knife was probably given away with a newly tailored suit. What an odd marketing choice! “Like your suit? We’ll here’s a trusty knife for you…”

The sign itself, was designed and manufactured by the Neon Products Company of Vancouver (located at 1885 Clark Drive). Other custom creations to their credit include the whimsical Artistocrat Restaurant sign and that monolithic beacon for the BOW MAC car dealership. Established in 1928, the Neon Products Company was the earliest and most prolific manufacturer of neon signs in Western Canada.  It is now the largest company of its kind in the world, putting Vancouver squarely on the ‘neon map’ despite local city bi-laws which today strictly limit installations here at home. Ralf Kelman, an artist and self described ‘lighting activist’, collected signs from the Neon Products scrap yard. In 1977 he sold part of his collection to the Museum of Vancouver. As they say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” (or perhaps as museums would say: one man’s “I just don’t possibly have any place to store this old thing anymore” become museological points of interest).

The MOV’s neon collection is still buzzing in the electric glow of our Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver exhibition (which runs through to August 12). The latest news? The Green Couch Sessions and rising indie songbird Adaline came to MOV for a live video shoot in the Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver Exhibition. The humming sound created by the signs was a perfect fit for her song “The Noise”.


This video features Adaline on an analogue keyboard/drum machine with Adrian Glynn on acoustic guitar. I especially love this ‘paired down’ production which shows off Adaline’s sweet vocal tone and blends seamlessly into the neon hum. Adaline’s black and silver sequined outfit picks up on the neon scene –shimmering like puddles on a cool midnight street.

Not only did we rock out in the Neon room but we got to explore the vintage clothing exhibit happening in the gallery next door. It was one of the best Monday mornings the Green Couch has ever had…” - Green Couch Sessions


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