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SPUR 2014: In Praise of Noise: That’s Punk Rock

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2014-05-24
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In partnership with the National Music Centre, Spur makes some noise with Chris Walter, Heather Haley, Luke Meat, Tim Bogdachev and Jesse Gander to discuss the punk aesthetic and the pivotal role of the renegade artist in society and culture.

Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, claimed the success of the punk movement was its ability to make ugliness beautiful. Read another way, punk was successful because it made noise out of stale silence. It took a stand against stagnant and stodgy culture. Punk was never just about the music: it was a movement, a style, a state of mind adopted by those that saw the beauty in ripped jeans and safety pins and the power in cacophony.

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SPUR 2014: Quantified Culture

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Date created: 
2014-05-24
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Cultural data crunchers discussed their craft. This panel discussion features Salon’s Andrew Leonard, CBC Music’s Managing Editor Jonas Woost, and Jentery Sayers, Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Maker Lab in the Humanities. Moderated by The Globe and Mail’s Marsha Lederman. 

In the data age, every book you read, TV show you watch and movie you see feeds into the spreadsheets of companies such as Netflix and Amazon. Their data scientists “know” what makes a hit and have started creating programming like House of Cards based on the data metrics they think are important.

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Heroin Assisted Treatment: Saving lives during the overdose death crisis

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Date created: 
2019-03-27
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In 2016 there were a total of 922 overdose deaths in British Columbia. The province is experiencing the worst opioid overdose crisis in its history. Due to the unprecedented number of overdose deaths in the province in April 2016 a public health emergency was announced by the BC Provincial Health Officer.

How did we get here? How can we prevent more deaths?

This panel provides a unique opportunity to learn about the benefits of heroin-assisted treatment (HAT), one viable option to reduce opioid overdose deaths. Not one HAT patient has died of an overdose death in Canada and Europe.

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SPUR 2014: Managing a Political Brand

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Date created: 
2014-05-25
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Groucho Marx perhaps said it best: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” Politics and politicians are always good for a laugh, but in a job that relies entirely on public opinion this might be a problem. How does one manage a political personality amidst the noise of politics?

This talk features pollster and political strategist Hamish Marshall, strategist Mira Oreck and communications consultant Bob Ransford. Moderated by Vancouver Sun columnist Barbara Yaffe.

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Why Your Vote Counts: Women's Equality and BC's Provincial Election

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Date created: 
2019-04-01
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A community-driven event about how we can achieve women's equality in BC.

On April 1 the Single Mothers' Alliance BC held an all-candidates debate and keynote speakers on women's rights in BC. Ahead of the May 9 provincial general election, learn about BC political party platforms on gender equality and discuss the issues that matter to you in community roundtables.

With lived experience testimonials from Debbie Henry and Mai Eaglespeaker, on violence against women, housing, poverty, work, wages, childcare and more!

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SPUR 2014: Signal & Noise in the Brain

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Date created: 
2014-05-25
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In a 2012 editorial, the well-respected scientific journal Nature called out the Harper government for muzzling Canadian scientists, claiming it was not allowing scientists to speak freely about their research. Science, ideally, is objective, universal and disinterested, but what happens when politics get in the way? How, as citizens, are we to first understand the scientific signal from the noise, and, second, know when it is presented without an agenda?

In a world where it’s getting harder and harder to discern the PR policy press release from objective scientific research, award-winning journalist and writer Chris Turner joins writer, broadcaster and composer Paolo Pietropaolo to discuss the changing nature of science communication.

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100 Ways to Kneel & Kiss the Ground

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Date created: 
2014-07-05
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In a rare Vancouver appearance, Coleman Barks leads the audience on a journey through the life and works of Rumi. His recitations will be accompanied, as Sufi poetry often was, with music. On stage with Barks are a group of exceptional musicians. On the barbat (precursor to the Persian oud) is the foremost player of the instrument, Iranian musician Hossein Behroozinia. Behroozinia performed with Barks on his last Vancouver visit, almost a decade ago, at the Chan Centre. On sitar is maestro Mohamed Assani. The musicians will trace Rumi's own life journey, by playing music from Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey. 

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Passages: Cultural Legacies of the Komagata Maru

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Date created: 
2014-07-06
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Jazz, poetry and the visual arts meet in this presentation of cross-media storytelling. Inspired by the Komagata Maru Episode and other narratives of the South Asian Canadian experience, eight brilliant artists take to the stage to produce a collaborative work. Artists include: The Neelamjit Dhillon Quartet, Phinder Dulai, Renee Saklikar Priscila Uppal and Orijit Sen.

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Artpolitik: Culture and the Graphic Novel

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Date created: 
2014-07-09
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Listen to these three-image makers talk of their work, and the intersections between art, aesthetics, memory and politics. For Orijit Sen, David Wong, and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, the graphic novel is an extension of an older form of storytelling. It is a format that they have each reinvented or used in particular ways to commemorate and to question. 

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Laughing All the Way to the Mosque

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Date created: 
2014-07-09
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Zarqa Nawaz (creator of the hit TV series Little Mosque on the Prairie) has always straddled two cultures. She finds herself agonizing about which sparkly earrings will ‘pimp out' her hijab, or flirting with the WalMart meat manager just to score the best Halal chicken just before Eid. Little Mosque on the Prairie's success brought Zarqa's edgy, irreverent, laugh-out-loud humour to the world. Now in her just-released book Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, Zarqa tells the sometimes absurd, sometimes challenging, and always funny stories of being Zarqa. Spend an evening with this delightful, sharp, witty storyteller, as she invites us into her world.

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