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July 23, 2014 / 5:00 PM
OFFSITE: Markers of the Past and Present: A Historical Walking Tour of the Komagata Maru Episode | July 23

Join Guest Curator Naveen Girn and Komagata Maru historian Kalwant Singh Nadeem Parmar for a walking tour tracing the shores of the Burrard Inlet and through Downtown Vancouver on the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru's departure from Canadian waters. Beginning at the Komagata Maru Memorial at Harbour Green Park, this tour will highlight buildings, spaces, and landscapes that were historically important to the narrative of the Komagata Maru and continue to influence the city today.

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time: 5:00pm offsite at Komagata Maru Memorial in Harbour Green Park, Coal Harbour (map) | Ends approx. 6:30pm outside the Vancouver Art Gallery
Admission: General $20 (includes admission voucher to the Museum of Vancouver for a future visit) | MOV Members $14 | Limited space, preregistration recommended | Rain or shine with light exertion, please dress appropriately
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This event is part of a series of programs that coincide with the Museum of Vancouver’s exhibition, Unmoored: Vancouver’s Voyage of the Komagata Maru.

100 years ago, 376 British Indian passengers on board the Komagata Maru were denied entry into Canada. While moored in Burrard Inlet for two months, the passengers were racially discriminated by local and international powers intent on keeping Canada “a white man’s country.” In 2014, this event remains an important marker of our inherited history and a launching point from which to imagine our collective future.

Kalwant Singh Nadeem Parmar is a writer and poet who has published five novels in Punjabi, four ghazal books in Punjabi and Urdu; and contributed to several anthologies. His translation work includes the novel Atma by A. C. Frazer about the last Sikh war with Britain; as well as numerous Urdu poetry books into English and Punjabi, and vice versa. Mr. Parmar has assisted the Khalsa Diwan Society – Ross Street Gurdwara (KDS) in writing its history, including its struggle to win the right to vote and provide support to the Komagata Maru passengers. As a member of the Komagata Maru Project Scholars’ Focus Group, Mr. Parmar has provided essential guidance and support, as well as assistance with translation and editorial work. 

This program is part of the 1914-2014 Komagata Maru: Generations, Geographies and Echoes Project: Support for this program is provided by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. Additional support in media outreach provided by explorASIAN 2014.

*This walk will be held in rain or shine. The tour begins at Komagata Maru Memorial in Harbour Green Park, Coal Harbour (map). Please expect light exertion, and dress comfortably for walking and for the weather.

August 07, 2014 / 7:00 PM
Curator's Talk & Tour: Rewilding Vancouver, with Viviane Gosselin | August 7

The first major exhibition on urban historical ecology in Canada, Rewilding Vancouver features 12 tableaux that mix taxidermy, material culture, projection and sound to reveal the natural “understory” of familiar Vancouver locations. Guest curated by J.B. MacKinnon (co-author of The 100-Mile Diet), Rewilding Vancouver applies locally the global themes in MacKinnon’s recently published book The Once and Future World. Join us for an in-depth talk and tour with MOV Curator of Contemporary Culture Viviane Gosselin, who will delve into the details of the exhibitions striking roster of artifacts and design.  

Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: $14 Adults | Seniors & Students $11 | Youth $8 | MOV Members attend free
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Funding for this program is provided by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation’s Greenest City Fund.

October 08, 2014 / 5:30 PM
2014 MOV Legacy Dinner & City Shaper Awards

We are of a city of innovators and visionaries. At the Museum of Vancouver, we aim to look at Vancouver’s past, present, and future, and this fall we invite you to join us for our 3rd annual MOV Legacy Dinner, an awards dinner that honours those individuals, families and companies who have contributed to this city.


Please join us on October 8th, in paying tribute to Morris and Yosef Wosk, Dr. Julio Montaner and Wade Grant as we recognize them for their commitment to Vancouver. Guests will enjoy an exclusive evening of good company, interesting ideas, great wine, and a sit-down dinner. Enjoy live musical entertainment and participate in a silent auction.


2014 Award Winners:

Legacy Award Honourees: Morris and Yosef Wosk
Livable City Award Honouree: Dr. Julio Montaner
Emerging City Visionary Award Honouree: Wade Grant

Early Bird tickets are now available!




About the 2014 City Shaper Award Winners


MOV Legacy Award Honourees: Morris and Yosef Wosk

Father and son, Morris and Yosef have contributed to many local charities. Born in Russia, the late Morris Wosk moved to British Columbia in 1928. His hard work and strict adherence to honesty, fairness and respect for all, earned him success in business, a success he shared widely with the people of B.C. After nearly four decades building a family retail business, Morris turned his attention to the hotel and residential sector. For Morris, achievement in business is only one measure of success. The other being contribution to community. He generously gave his time, energy and resources to numerous causes, both locally and abroad, supporting diverse non-profit organizations. Morris Wosk is a member of The Order of British Columbia, The Order of Canada and has also been recognized for his philanthropic work internationally.

Morris and Dena’s son Rabbi Dr. Yosef Wosk serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University where he developed seminal programs such as The Philosophers' Café and The Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars. Active in communal affairs, Yosef is a media commentator, public speaker and published author who has founded and supported hundreds of libraries worldwide, endowed Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, and has lectured at a number of universities and institutes of higher learning throughout the world.  Identified as one of the top ten thinkers and most thoughtful citizens in the province, he is an appointed Member of The Order of British Columbia, a recipient of both The Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and is included in the Canadian Who's Who.


MOV City Shaper Award Honouree: Dr. Julio Montaner

A Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of AIDS at UBC. He played a key role in establishing the efficacy of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) and since then has established the role of ‘Treatment as Prevention’ using HAART to simultaneously decrease progression to AIDS and death, as well as HIV transmission. He was inducted into the Order of British Columbia in 2010, in part for his work resulting in a decrease in HIV/AIDS infections and mortality. Dr. Montaner was born in Argentina and completed his M.D. with Honours from the University of Buenos Aires in 1979. After completing a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at UBC and meeting his future wife, Montaner decided to remain in Vancouver, joining the faculty of St. Paul’s Hospital/UBC. He was invited to run the new HIV department that was being established in response to the emerging AIDS crisis. In 1992, he was joined by Michael O’Shaughnessy to found the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. In 1996,  Dr. Montaner presented the results of his pioneering research on triple therapy to treat HIV infections at the XI International AIDS Conference in Vancouver, creating new standard for HIV drug therapy. Dr. Montaner served as the President of the International AIDS Society from 2008 to 2010, and as of 2013, continues to serve as an elected member of the Council of the International AIDS Society.


MOV Emerging City Visionary Award Honouree: Wade Grant

The son of former Chief Wendy Grant-John and Councillor Howard E. Grant, who was born and raised on the Musqueam Indian Reserve. After receiving an Arts degree from UBC, Wade worked in many different areas and attended UBC Law School.  He has participated on many volunteer boards and committees around the city and has been actively involved forging new relationships between Aboriginal people and the City of Vancouver. In 2004, at the age of 26, Wade was elected to Musqueam Chief & Council for the first time.  Wade was the Executive Assistant to the Provincial Minister of Public safety from 2006-2007.  In 2007, Wade accepted a role in the office of Shawn Atleo who was the Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief at the time.  In 2009, Wade was named the Assistant General Manager of the Aboriginal Pavilion for the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Wade is particularly proud of his work as Co-Chair for the Vancouver Urban Dialogues Project, which brought together the First Nations, Urban Aboriginal, and New Immigrants in ways that had never been done before. Recently, Wade accepted a role in the Office of the Premier as Special Advisor on First Nations and Aboriginal Issues.