East Van Love #EVL8

April 12, 2013

I spent yesterday evening at the truly marvelous East Van Love 8 tweetup event at the theatre in SFU Downtown; last night’s edition was all about historical stories from the East End.

Moderated by Ajay Puri and Michael Kluckner, there were five main speakers:  Am Johal spoke about the history of militancy in the East side in the mid-1930s; Grandview’s own Jill Kelly regaled us with tales of civic activism and self-help in the 1970s leading to the founding of the CCEC credit union; the always expressive Jason Vanderhill showed some of his vast collection of slides from Illustrated Vancouver; the ever-interesting John Aiken talked about the changing signs on the Hotel Strathcona/Paris Shoes building on East hastings; and Navreen Girn taught us about the interconnectedness of various cultures (East Indian, Chinese, First Nations etc) in Vancouver’s early days.

In addition, the folks behind The Drive: Web Series talked about their love of the neighbourhood and showed their trailer.

It was an impressively well presented event and, best of all, it was attended by a large number of young folks who were just digging the history.  Well done to everyone who arranged and participated!