Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on February 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

For Immediate release
February 20, 2013

Popular Museum of Vancouver pillows gain wider market with Pillow Décor Ltd

(Vancouver, BC) — The Museum of Vancouver’s popular bus-scroll pillows hit the market only last November and were quick to sell out at all partnering locations. Now, Pillow Decor Ltd. is partnering with the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) to manufacture more of the unique line of memorabilia throw pillows to be sold online. The first of these pillows are already being sold as part of a new and innovative retail program that is being piloted by the museum.

“We are very excited to be working with the MOV,” said Jonathan Forgacs, co-owner at Pillow Decor. “We are all used to seeing images of cities such as Paris, New York and London applied to home décor products. You just have to take one look through the MOV’s collection to see that the possibilities for Vancouver themed products are endless.” 

The throw pillows are created with licensed designs inspired from some of the estimated 70,000 artifacts held by the museum. With limited retail space at the Museum, the MOV has partnered with local Vancouver retailers to stock and sell the pillows, along with a range of other products including coasters, key chains and carpets. “Throw pillows serve as an excellent canvas upon which to display historical images from Vancouver’s colourful past,” said Kate Follington, director of development at the MOV. “Pillow Décor is creating some wonderful vintage style pillows that we believe will have appeal even beyond the Vancouver market.”

The MOV throw pillows can be bought online at as well as through several Vancouver retailers. A list of these retailers can be found on the MOV website at


About the MOV
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About Pillow Decor Ltd.
Pillow Decor is a specialty retailer and wholesaler of decorative throw pillows. Pillow Decor’s website,, offers consumers a selection of over 1000 quality throw pillows in a wide range of colors, styles and designs.  Pillow Decor’s wholesale division supplies pillows to the retail, hospitality, promotional and special event markets.  Pillow Decor’s head office is located at #101-196 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Y1E9, Canada.

Jonathan Forgacs
Pillow Decor Ltd.
(604) 879-8488


Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on January 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm

For Immediate Release
January 17, 2013

Winter Wander celebrates Vanier Park, a Vancouver hidden treasure

(Vancouver, BC) – The six cultural institutions of Vanier Park are celebrating their Kitsilano location again during their second Winter Wander. Vancouverites are invited to attend all locations on Saturday, January 26, for one significantly reduced rate.

“We had such a wonderful turn out at our first Winter Wander that we’ve been looking forward to doing it again all year,” says Simon Robinson, Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum “For us, it’s a great way to showcase what’s down here in Vanier Park, and to work together as institutions. This park and its venues are truly a Vancouver treasure.”

Vanier Park is home to the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the Museum of Vancouver, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Bard on the Beach, the Vancouver Academy of Music, and the City of Vancouver Archives.

The Winter Wander in Vanier Park is a one day event in which Vancouverites and their families can enjoy a taste of what Vanier Park’s cultural institutions have to offer for one rate that includes admission to all venues. Adult admission will be just $5 to visit all locations, and children 16 and under will visit for free.

“When the Royal Canadian Air Force station that occupied this area was decommissioned in the 1960’s the Vancouver Parks Board took over management of the land,” explains Robinson. “This enabled the space to become public park land and a cultural hub. It's very unique, but sometimes overlooked. Adjacent to the downtown heart of our city, today it’s a place where Vancouverite’s can spend the day enjoying the beauty of the park, visiting museums, taking in a play, discovering music, or learning about Vancouver’s history.”

In addition to visiting the museums, Winter Wanderers will be able to enjoy a talk by Christopher Gaze of Bard on the Beach, performances by Vancouver Academy of Music students, and visiting food trucks.

For full schedule of events, visit www.museumofvancouver/winterwander.

The Winter Wander is supported by Port Metro Vancouver.


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Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on January 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm

January 8, 2013

Talking Sex in Vancouver
Museum of Vancouver tackles taboo subject by exploring its cultural history

(VANCOUVER, BC) – What better to do on Valentine’s Day, than throw open the doors to an exhibition dedicated to Vancouver’s sexual history? Sex Talk in the City, the Museum of Vancouver’s newest exhibition, opens February 14, 2013, and will give visitors a chance to consider how sexuality is not only biological, but also cultural and political. 

Moving from the classroom, to the bedroom, to the streets, Sex Talk in the City explores how sexuality is learned (at school, in the media, through popular culture) and how these conversations have impacted the way people self-identify and relate to each other.

“Exploring what people in Vancouver think about sex becomes a telling way to know the city,” explains Viviane Gosselin, Sex Talk’s curatorial lead. “Looking at Vancouver’s sexual history has enabled us to see that many people in the city have challenged the sexual norms of their time — whether it is on issues of contraception, gay rights, or the ergonomics of sex toys — to create communities that are more inclusive and educated.”

The exhibition shares stories ranging from early sex education in Vancouver, to political movements that began at our local universities, to the local origin of the iconic black cougar logo that for decades warned movie audiences about sexually explicit content. It also touches on issues of sex trade work, the role of the Internet as “sex educator” to many children, and how the pleasure of belonging can be as important as pleasure itself.

In the collaborative style that Gosselin brought to the award-winning exhibition, Sex Talk in the City was created with an advisory panel of 17 people, and a team that included the design studio Propellor, a writer, filmmaker, and several historians.

“Working with a large advisory committee has played a crucial role in this project,” says Gosselin. “Committee members stressed the importance of featuring diverse perspectives while highlighting concerns that are often shared across age, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation.”

Sex Talk in the City is a unique opportunity to reflect on personal ideas about sexuality (where they came from, the values that shaped them, and how they help or impede our ability to live a healthy sexual life) in a safe, fun, and interesting environment. Visitors are sure to leave wanting to share their own quirky stories about their first time, their sex ed class experience, or the awkward birds and bees conversation they had with their parents.

The creation of Sex Talk in the City involved the participation of Options for Sexual Health, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, the Vancouver School Board, public health experts, activists, sexologists, educators, youth, and historians.


Large format images of Sex Talk in the City and related artifacts are available on request.

The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization with the mandate to hold a mirror to the city and lead provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

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Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on November 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

Media Release
November 6, 2012

Museum of Vancouver launches retail collection around the city

Vancouver (BC) — The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) has partnered with local businesses to breathe new life into artifacts and make them available for culture lovers to take history home with them via a new retail collection.

In an initiative that goes beyond the traditional approach of cultural institutions of hosting a gift shop on location, the MOV has created a model that works directly with local retailers to produce and stock items inspired by the MOV collection.

“This new model is a great way to take the MOV brand and our array of historical artifacts out to the city,” says Kate Follington, Director of Development at the MOV. “Given that we can only ever display a fraction of our collection, it is a way for us to breathe new life into artifacts and raise funds to continue our work.”

The project sees the MOV working with multiple Vancouver businesses, including Harvey Burritt’s 2nd Century Rug Company, Country Furniture, Cascade Room Restaurant & Bar, Walrus, Make Vancouver, Vancouver Special, Bookmark at the Vancouver Public Library, London Drugs, and Murchie’s Teas.

“When the MOV approached us to be part of the program, we jumped at the opportunity,” says Harvey Burritt of 2nd Century Rug Company. “We are known for our ability to create high quality, custom area rugs from items that are meaningful to our clients. We have applied this ability to the treasure trove of MOV’s collection. I can’t think of a better way for my family to support one of our city’s cultural institutions.”

In addition to the rugs, products include keychains, coasters, T-shirts, pillows, beer glasses, and a specially concocted Smilin’ Buddha tea from Murchie’s. Each product comes with a history of the original artifact and a catalogue number so that buyers can look the artifact up on openMOV ( Products and locations can be found online at .

The retail line is part of a project supported by the Vancity Social Enterprise Portfolio and is being developed as an alternative line of revenue for the MOV. Funds raised through the retail initiative will benefit MOV’s special exhibitions and its school programs that reach 10,000 elementary school students annually.


The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

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Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on October 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

October 4, 2012

The Museum of Vancouver Honours Robert Fung and the Wong Family as Vancouver City Shapers

(VANCOUVER, BC) If the city itself is looked at as an artifact, to whom do we credit its creation? The Museum of Vancouver — in its ongoing mission to hold a mirror to the city and provoke dialogue about its past, present, and future — has responded to this question with a new award. The first inaugural Vancouver City Shapers Award will be presented on Wednesday, October 11, at the MOV Legacy Dinner.

Uniquely positioned to look at the entire city as an artifact, the MOV pulled seven well recognized city historians, urban planners, influencers in the business and philanthropic sector, as well as representatives from the MOV Board of Directors to select recipients for two new awards. They spent two months reviewing over 50 families and individuals who have helped to mould the city as we know it today, and who continue to influence its path to tomorrow.

The resulting selection brought forward three extraordinary individuals for this inaugural year:

City Legacy Award:                                      Milton and Fei Wong
Emerging City Visionary Award:                Robert Fung

The City Legacy Award acknowledges Milton and Fei’s extraordinary contribution and influence over the city’s celebration of diversity, academic success, and mentorship of business innovators and new entrepreneurs.

“They touched so many sectors in Vancouver with their idealism and leadership, from finance and philanthropy to diversity and culture,” explains Nancy Noble, Museum of Vancouver CEO. “Their legacy is our harmonious and diverse city.”

The Emerging City Visionary Award recognizes individuals shaping Vancouver for tomorrow. Salient Group partner and developer Robert Fung will receive this award for his successful preservation and revitalization of Gastown.

The Museum of Vancouver’ City Shapers Award legacy dinner will be an ongoing annual award.


The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

For full background on selection committee and criteria, download the PDF.

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Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on October 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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October 3, 2012

Giant Dice Portrait Pays Homage to Vancouver Artist

Vancouver (BC) — There are few better ways to pay homage to an artist/designer than to create a portrait made of the same number of dice as the days they lived. Frederick McSwain, a friend of Tobias Wong’s, did just that, creating one of the world’s largest dice portraits using 13,138 die.

Now accompanying the exhibition Object (ing): the art/design of Tobias Wong, at the Museum of Vancouver, McSwain’s piece “DIE” is a tribute to Wong, a Vancouver/New York artist who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 35 in early 2010.

 “The idea of a die itself was appropriate—the randomness of life,” explains Frederick McSwain, who produced the dice portrait for NY Design Week, 2011. “It felt like a medium he would use. The idea of every decision you make and everything you’ve done in your life defines who you are. All of those days symbolically make up the image of Tobi.”

The medium was chosen from an exchange McSwain once witnessed — a stranger approached Wong to ask for a cigarette, and Wong accepted a cheap six-sided die in exchange.

The portrait also pays homage to Wong’s own style of conceptual art/design. Wong was well known in New York as a provocative artist, re-designing every-day objects and making poignant statements about the world around him.

The dice were organized into individual sheets of 361 pieces and then laid to rest free on the floor without adhesive. A time lapse video of the piece being assembled can be seen online.  

US Furniture giant Bernhardt Designs bought the piece in 2011 and is currently touring it across North America. The portrait will be on display at the Museum of Vancouver until the end of October.

The exhibition Object(ing) at the Museum of Vancouver is the first major showing of Tobias Wong’s body of work. Since opening on September 19, it has received public accolades from the likes of Douglas Coupland and Jason Heard (show director of IDS West). Wong himself has been referred to as one of more influential and provocative designers of his generation.


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Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on August 17, 2012 at 9:48 am


Interesting Vancouver returns to reveal the passions of eight interesting Vancouverites

(VANCOUVER) – Interesting Vancouverites from various walks of life will be sharing personal stories at the fifth annual Interesting Vancouver on Friday, September 28 at the Museum of Vancouver from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Interesting Vancouver is a conference that seeks to reveal the richness of Vancouver’s cultural DNA through stories exploring possibility, curiosity and adventure. In 2011, the Museum of Vancouver became the official co-host and presenting venue. There are no corporate sponsors, themes or agendas. The format is the same every year: eight Vancouverites drawn from the city’s diverse and multi-disciplinary fields are selected to speak for 15 minutes each and answer questions from the audience.

“The vision for Interesting Vancouver is to give smart and dynamic people the opportunity to share their close kept passions and stories with an audience of curious minds,” says Lauren Isaacson, conference organizer and Senior Researcher and Analyst at Motion Canada. “We hope to spark conversation, interest, and investigation about new topics, events, and people, and for attendees to walk away with new ideas and inspiration to make their own lives a little more interesting.”

“Partnering with groups like Interesting Vancouver is exactly how the MOV aims to catalyze meaningful, interdisciplinary, and socially rich experiences for Vancouverites, and break down cultural and civic silos in the city”, adds Hanna Cho, Curator of Engagement & Dialogue at the MOV. “It’s amazing for us to be able to connect with such a fantastic and creative group of volunteer organizers, and we can’t wait to see what’s ahead as we continue to grow together.”

Interesting Vancouver 2012 with the Museum of Vancouver has curated a selection of speakers:

  • Ron Skewchuck, a Public Relations guru who is also an international BBQ champion;
  • Roy White, a successful international designer who found an avocation in middle age as a dancer;
  • Lloyd Bernhardt, a software developer who turned Ethical Bean coffee guru as a result of adopting a child in Guatemala;
  • Boris Mann, a tech entrepreneur who spent a year sailing a tall ship;
  • Aamer Haleem, co-host for CTV Morning Live who has interviewed celebrities such as George Clooney and Madonna, and covered international events such as Hurricane Katrina and the Concert for Diana;
  • Tori Holmes, the youngest women to row an ocean -- as a novice -- and live to write about it;
  • Corinne Lea, an artist turned business woman who successfully fought city hall at the Rio Theatre;
  • Toby Barazzuol, who spent his childhood in the Stanley Park Teahouse, became an entrepreneur, and then found a vocation restoring buildings and supporting community in the Downtown Eastside.

Driftwood Beer returns as the 2012 sponsor, and is joined by Mark Anthony Wines, Field Notes and Eventbrite.

For more information and ticket sales, please visit and Tickets go on sale on September 3.

Interesting Vancouver is an offshoot of Interesting, an event that takes place in cities worldwide and was founded by Russell Davies. Brett McFarlane founded Interesting Vancouver in 2008.

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Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on June 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

July 23, 2012

Tobias Wong’s clever art/design comes home
Museum of Vancouver to hold first solo exhibition of the forerunner of conceptual design


(VANCOUVER, BC) – Opening this September 20, 2012, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present the first time solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed, Vancouver-born artist, Tobias Wong in Object(ing): The art/design of Tobias Wong.

Wong has been lauded as “contemporary design’s most nimble provocateur” by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is considered a forerunner of conceptual design. He appropriated, manipulated, manufactured, mass-produced, and re-issued everyday objects — from candies and dollar bills to box cutters and neon signs — pouring new meanings into them in the process. Like many pioneers, his art both seduced and upset.

“Tobias’ work and artistic trajectory are fascinating,” explains Viviane Gosselin, senior curator and project lead at the MOV. “I view Tobias as a poet who didn’t play with words but with objects; most of the time, familiar ones. He took the mundane, the utilitarian, and turned it into incredible sculptures. People ‘get it’ because it’s funny or it connects to popular culture and current events. However, more deeply considered, you can see all these clever references to the history of art/design.”

Although Wong was a ‘Vancouver boy’, his work is better known internationally than in his hometown. Leaving when he was 20 to study architecture in Toronto, he eventually moved to NYC to attend the sculpture program at the prestigious Cooper Union School of Art in 1998. His career soon took off in a big way provoking responses from globally recognized designers like Alessi, Philippe Starck and Karim Rashid and brands including Burberry. Wong kept close ties with friends, family, and collaborators in Vancouver. He came back regularly and worked with people here.

The show will feature over 50 pieces, including well known items like Bulletproof Quilted Duvet, the Ottoman, the “I Want to Change the World” book, and This is a Lamp. Some items have been re-issued specifically for this project (based on documentation and assistance of original collaborators). Reissuing works will allow new audiences to see pieces like Room Partition, the Anus sign that hung in the window of his East Village apartment, Chocolate Wood produced in collaboration with Chocolate Arts , and a series of candies created for Papabubble, a high end candy store based in NYC.

Wong passed away suddenly in 2010 at age 35 in his home in New York City. The MOV has been incredibly fortunate to work with close friends, collaborators, family and guest curator and project instigator Todd Falkowsky in making this exhibition a reality. The exhibition has mobilized the participation of over 50 collectors, curators, and artists from Vancouver, NYC, San Francisco, UK, and elsewhere, including pop culture commentator and artist Douglas Coupland and senior curator of design from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Paola Antonelli.

"I no longer worry about what title people give me,
I’m happy being whatever fits the context.
I don’t draft or create models/prototypes,
I don’t problem solve,
and I definitely don’t make things to make life easier."
— Tobias Wong


Large format images of Tobias Wong and his work are available on request.

The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

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Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on May 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm

May 29, 2012

Young Makers’ Workshops prep kids for MakerFaire Vancouver

June 16, 2012 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Museum of Vancouver

If you have a young family member aged 13–18 who loves to create and get hands-on, then Young Makers Day is an excellent opportunity for them to build and to introduce them to a community of “Makers” — creative folks who range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors.

Participants will become part of Maker Faire, a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Come to the Young Makers Day at the Museum of Vancouver to make a cool team project to show-and-tell at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire to be held June 23 and 24 at the PNE!   

At the MOV your young maker can:

  • Create a giant ugly creature
  • Build paper and PVC pipe lanterns lit with LED lights
  • Hack a spray paint can to make virtual graffiti

Young Makers will work with an expert Maker from the community to learn how to manipulate materials, foster creativity and collaboration, inspire other makers, and grow the Maker Movement.  AND participants get to attend Vancouver Mini Maker Faire on June 23 and 24 as a featured Makers to show-off their team’s project.  How cool is that?  Participants become a Maker in just one day! 

Registration is limited and includes all food and material costs for the day. For more information or to register online, visit .


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Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on May 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm

June 4, 2012

One year later – Stanley Cup riot boards from downtown
windows go on display at MOV

(VANCOUVER, BC) – A year after the Stanley Cup Riots of June 15, 2011, the Museum of Vancouver will open Reading the Riot Boards, a small exhibition displaying 15 of the plywood panels used to board up broken windows in downtown.

Boards on display include selections from the windows of the Bay. The exhibition will run from June 15 to September 23, 2012.

For the opening of this small MOV Studio exhbiition, the MOV invites the public to join in dialogue with Vancouver playwright Kevin Loring, City Councillor Andrea Reimer, and photographer Maurice Li in a multi-faceted examination of how the riots altered our collective conscience, spurred new civic conversations, and changed how Vancouverites see themselves and each other.  That is, we invite you to pause, reflect, and share in a discussion that asks: “Is this Vancouver?”

The roundtable will include a visual street-view storytelling of events by Maurice Li, excerpts from “The Thin Veneer” a play written as Loring’s response to the riots, and policy insights from Councillor Reimer.  A moderated Q&A and closer look at selected boards installed in the MOV Studio will follow.

The event is by donation (suggested $5-10, none turned away for lack of funds) | MOV Members free. RSVP online:


The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

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About the Speakers:
Kevin Loring is the recipient of the 2009 Governor General’s Award in Drama. "The Thin Veneer" is Loring's response to the 2011 Stanley Cup riot. This profoundly beautiful play investigates who we are as Vancouverites.

Andrea Reimer was elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008. Her appointments include Chair, Standing Committee on Planning and Environment; Greenest City Action Team; Vancouver Economic Development Commission. Andrea is a fourth generation British Columbian who lives right across from her father’s family home at Trout Lake on Vancouver’s east side.

Maurice Li is a Vancouver-based photographer and visual storyteller.  Maurice’s work is informed by his passion for commercial, documentary, and fine art work that focuses on the urban form, cultural narrative, and experiential travel.



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