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With Glowing Hearts… Webisode – The True North Media House

With Glowing Hearts… Webisode – The True North Media House

It’s apparent by the way we speak about the Games that we are passionate about the Olympics. We love to create fan stories and talk about the culture behind these amazing international events..

As individuals we have had the honour to attend, cover and enjoy several Olympic games.

In 2006, Kris and I where part of a delegation of Vancouver companies that attended the games in Torino, Italy. Accredited by the Piedmonte Media Centre, we generated fan stories, using YouTube and other web tools to share our experiences. We tested a new video streaming device built by iMate (JazJar), running on a software created by ComVue. We also held a symposium on Social Media and the Olympics at the BC Canada House.

This first hand experience helped us create our strategy for 2008 where we attended the games in Beijing, China. Again, we covered fan and cultural stories and took part in an academic symposium on Olympic research. Some of our social media coverage gain popularity and was distributed by the BBC, the LA Time and various other media outlets.

Before our adventures in Torino and Beijing, our multi-talented friend Dave Olson attended the games in Salt Lake City and was living in Nagano before the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Over the past few years, as a group, we have spoken at various conferences and events about the impact of citizen journalism, social media and the internet on the various Olympics, IOC and “ANY”OC brands. We sent VANOC several letters over the past 18 months requesting to meet with them, and have a discussion about this change in culture… Without any replies.

Andrew Lavigne, a filmaker has been working on a project called “With Glowing Hearts” a documentary film about the use of social media and the upcoming 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver..

In this webisode, Kris, Dave and Rebecca speak about an ad-hoc project we have been tinkering with since November 2008, it’s called the True North Media House.

“The True North Media House project aims to inspire social media creation and educate about best practices for sharing content with audience. We’ll do this through a variety of meet-ups, photo walks, field trips, and outings with international media makers and aggregating Olympic culture-related content licensed with a Creative Commons license.”

If you would like to register with the True North project, it’s simple.. just fill up our online application.

To find out more about Andre and his project, follow him on Twitter

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Attention Curling Fans!!!

Attention Curling Fans!!!

For all you Curling fans out there, you will have the unique opportunity to attend a special appearrance by curling superstars, Team Bernard & Team Martin at The Olympic Superstore, The Bay Downtown Vancouver!

On Thursday, January 28th, the first 200 curling fans to purchase a Signature Series item at The Olympic Superstore at The Bay Downtown Vancouver have a chance to meet curling superstars Team Bernard and Team Martin.

One of the following items must be purchased at The Olympic Superstore at The Bay Downtown in order to meet Bernard and Martin and have it autographed in person:

* Signature Series Men’s Team Signed 8×10 Matted Photo
* Signature Series Woman’s Team Signed 8×10 Matted Photo
* Signature Series Men’s/Women’s Combined Team Signed 16×20 Photo
* Signature Series 2010 Curling Poster

Prices start at $49. Signature Series items are currently on sale at The Bay Downtown Vancouver.

Thursday, January 28th
The Olympic Superstore, The Bay Downtown Vancouver
Team Bernard 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Team Martin 6:30 – 8:30 pm

(Please remember that the Olympic Superstore accepts only Visa and cash.)

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Arch-Bishop to Bless the Grand Opening of Irish House 2010

Arch-Bishop to Bless the Grand Opening of Irish House 2010

The Reverend J. Michael Miller (CSB) rings in the Olympic Eve with a blessing of Irish House February 11, 2010 at 4:30PM, marking the official Grand Opening of Irish House. His Grace will anoint each room with holy water and prayers to the melodious sounds of bagpipes provided by BC Regiment Irish Pipes and Drums, one of only five serving Irish regimental pipe bands in the world.

“We wish all of you who have come to our beautiful city a satisfying and rewarding competition during the 2010 Olympiad,” said His Grace from his headquarters at the Archdiocese of Vancouver. “Most of all, we hope you will experience the ‘radical hospitality’ of Vancouverites.”

Hosted by Irish House Ambassador Dave Abbott, visitors will also be treated to traditional Irish entertainment with performances by De Danaan Irish Dancers and Murphy’s Lagh Band. Doors open at Noon, with ceremonies commencing at 4:15PM. Minors accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome to attend until 7PM.

After the ceremony, everyone is encouraged to experience the biggest craic (party) in the city with DJ Matt and live music by The Roxy’s house band Joe’s Garage.

(source: Pearl Lam, Granville Entertainment Group)

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A Quick Look At Events

A Quick Look At Events

Below is a great overview of the events during the Olympics. Use it for planning your trip & events! Cheers!

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Deadline Approachin to Get Yer Photos Included in Vancouver Olympics

Deadline Approachin to Get Yer Photos Included in Vancouver Olympics

The deadline is quickly approaching for the end of submissions to the Canada CODE website as part of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Canada CODE is part of the digital edition, CODE, of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. CODE is made up of four parts: CODE Live, an 18 music and digital media festival, CODE Screens 2010, an interactive journey that brings the art to your home computer, CODE Motion Pictures, which is a film line-up of commissioned short films from Canadian filmmakers and Canada CODE, a user-generated photo, text and remix experience. The coolest thing is that all of the content that is uploaded to the Canada CODE website, including remixes, will be put into a pool of potential material that could appear on the giant projection screens during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
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Media Art Installations Comin to Vancouver 2010 CODE Live Festival

Media Art Installations Comin to Vancouver 2010 CODE Live Festival

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games are right around the corner and the town is buzzing. Every set of Olympic Games has a separate cultural line-up that showcases the country’s communities in the arts, theatre and music. This line-up is curated by the Cultural Olympiad by every host city and runs parallel to the official sporting events through out the host city. Vancouver is putting its name on the historical map by adding an additional component to its Cultural Olympiad 2010 called the Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition, or CODE for short.

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‘Streb: RAW’ Dance Theatre Comes to Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

‘Streb: RAW’ Dance Theatre Comes to Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

The 2010 Cultural Olympiad kicked off its 60 days of curated arts, music, and theatre events for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics this past weekend in the city. One of the shows that was brought to Vancouver for the Cultural Olympiad was Elizabeth Streb‘s dance theater piece titled STREB: RAW. Elizabeth Streb is a performer and choreographer who focuses on human movement that flirts with risk. STREB: RAW is a performance piece that pushes the boundaries of human capabilities and challenges extreme human ability to attain flight.

Elizabeth Streb - Pop!Tech 2007

Kris Krüg from Static Photography had the opportunity to meet Elizabeth Streb in 2007 when she spoke at the PopTech conference in Camden, ME. During her talk at the conference in Maine, Elizabeth spoke about her fascination with human flight and how that has manifested in her performance career.

Kris Krüg had the chance to photograph STREB: RAW during its full dress rehearsal. The photos are amazing captures of the human body’s physical potential!

Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010 Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010 Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

More Information:

Elizabeth Streb on Wikipedia

STREB website

Elizabeth Streb Popcast 2007 “Extreme Moves”

STREB! video on Youtube

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BC Stadium Place – Opening & Closing Ceremonies

BC Place – The Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games will be held in BC Place Stadium in downtown Vancouver.

This will also be the site for nightly Victory Ceremonies presentations.

BC Place Stadium – will seat approximately 55,000 spectators for the Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies and features the largest air-supported stadium roof in North America. The enclosed venue offers many advantages in addition to protection from winter weather, including an unprecedented opportunity to stretch the boundaries of ceremonies’ spectacle using state-of-the-art lighting, projection, sound and special effects technology.

Gates open 4 hours prior to the ceremonies & People will be let in 2 hours prior to the event.

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