Oct 24-Nov 4 - DTES Heart of the City Festival, Vancouver
With 80+ events at 20+ locations over 12 days, the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival celebrates the stories, concerns, values, heritage, art forms, community plans and exciting art generated in Vancouver’s founding community. Longtime residents and newcomers alike can draw strength from the community’s heritage, feel pride in its residents and understand its roots through an eclectic mix of programming. 2012 Festival Picks / Info
Oct 27 - E-volving Democracy Dialogue: Engaging Citizens, Vancouver - FREE
Are citizens apathetic about politics, or simply excluded? What could draw them in? Fair Voting BC and Party X present this dialogue event to explore questions related to engaging citizens in the political process. Do citizens have a real opportunity to influence policy, do politicians listen, and how might we do things better? Panelists include: professor Max Cameron, UBC Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions; Geoff Campbell, Citizens' Assembly Foundation; Tyrone Reitman, Oregon Citizens' Initiative Review; Mark Milke, Fraser Institute; and Andrea Reimer, Vancouver City Councillor. Expect stimulating presentations and lively discussion. Register
Oct 27 - Hot One Inch Action, Vancouver - FREE
Perhaps Vancouver’s most interactive group art show, the 9th Annual Hot One Inch Action returns for one night only. Buy and trade the tiny art of 50 different local artists reproduced on limited edition one-inch buttons and displayed on the gallery wall. Five dollars gets you a mixed bag of five randomly selected buttons. Didn’t get the button you want? Trade with the people around you… How bad do you want that button?! That’s when the hot action starts. Open 8-11pm at Hot Art Wet City Pop-Up Gallery in Vancouver. Info
Oct 27 - Secret Souls Walk & Parade of Lost Souls Dance Party, Vancouver
This year, Public Dreams’s popular East Van Halloween event invites “artists, performers and patrons to explore what the end of this world age could look like – to explore, and to create what awaits us just over the horizon. Will our future be dark and depressing, or bright and beautiful? The choice is one for each of us to make…” Join for the walk, the dance party or one of the workshops leading up to the event. Tickets / Info
Oct 27-31 - The House of Forsaken Gods, Vancouver
In the House Festival invites you to journey through a haunted house like no other and experience the torrid and terrifying lives of the gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, monsters and demons of Greek Mythology. During the hour-long performance, breathtaking visual artistry and stunning live performances including aerial circus, prop manipulation, theatre, puppetry, physical comedy, and music will make your heart pound with fear, excitement and wonder. Several performances nightly. Purchas tickets in advance ($35 adults/$30 students). Tickets / Info
Oct 29-Nov 2 - Bike to Work Week, Metro Vancouver - FREE
Join the Fall Bike to Work Week Challenge! Bike to Work Week encourages avid cyclists and new riders alike to sign up, log their commutes, win prizes and be a part of making Metro Vancouver a better place to live, work and play. Use the online tracker to log your commutes, greenhouses gases saved and calories burned. And, stop by the Celebration Stations for snacks, maps, free bike repairs and chances to win prizes. More than 16,000 people competed from hundreds of workplaces last year! Register / Info
Oct 30 - Cool Drinks: The Green Mile, North Shore
How can we evolve our transportation options for the next generation? CoolDrinks is a casual monthly gathering to connect and inspire community members interested in taking action on climate change. Share drinks, conversation and inspiration after short presentations by Modo Executive Director Phil Baudin, Jean-Michel Toriel of Big Green Island Transportation, and biologist and LEED GP Andrew Vander Helm. Registration and socializing start at 6:30 pm at Cheers Restaurant, 125 East 2nd St, North Vancouver. Tickets
Oct 31-Nov 4 - South Asian Film Festival, Lower Mainland - Modo member discount!
The first annual South Asian Film Festival launches this month in Abbotsford, Surrey, and Vancouver, presenting a collection of recent feature, short, documentary and animated films from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the Maldives. SAFF Canada honours and reflects the diversity of cultures and the passion for cinema that is such a potent force throughout all of South Asia and engages the dynamic cross-generational South Asian communities of British Columbia. Tickets / Info
Get 30% off tickets to all SAFF films using the Modo member promo code: SAFFPPZ!
Nov 1 - FarmFolks/CityFolks fundraiser: A Farm to Cart event, Vancouver
Join FarmFolk CityFolk and The World In A Garden for a thoughtful event featuring the film The Apple Pushers at the Ridge Theatre in Vancouver. Tickets include film, food, drink, community, speakers and a "fabulous" gift bag. Tickets
Nov 2-3 - Media Democracy Days, Vancouver - FREE
“Know the media, be the media, change the media.” The 12th annual Media Democracy Days is filled with panels, speeches, films and workshops addressing the politics and biases linked to our increasingly concentrated media environment. MDD promotes democracy both of the media system itself as well as through the media. The two-day event takes place at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and the Vancouver Public Library. Info
Nov 2-4 - The Rio Grind Film Festival, Vancouver - Win tickets!
Vancouver’s Rio Theatre off Commercial Drive brings the first instalment of its new genre film festival, The Rio Grind, serving up some of the biggest titles from the international genre film festival circuit in a diverse lineup featuring new horror, sci-fi, action, fantasy, cult, erotica, grind house, documentaries and short films. Tickets / Info / Updates
CONTEST: The Rio Grind is offering one lucky Modo member two tickets to any film in the festival. To be entered to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org (with the subject "The Rio Grind contest entry") with your answer to the following question: What year was the Rio Theatre built? Deadline: Oct 30.
Nov 5 - Power Plant XI Special Edition, Vancouver
Modo is proud to sponsor Power Plant, an innovative and casual approach to networking and knowledge sharing to promote growth of Vancouver's green economy. Think mini-TED talks or Pecha Kucha style presentations and purposeful connections while sipping on after-work drinks. The Nov 5 Special Edition event features quick presentations from several green community leaders, all of whom are 1% for the Planet members or the organizations they support. Tickets
Nov 6 - LOCO BC's First Tuesday Business Mixers, Vancouver
Modo Community Partner LOCO BC is working to create a diverse, vibrant local economy, strengthening small and mid-sized businesses by promoting buy local, fostering business networking and ensuring businesses are on the path to sustainability. Hosted by Hastings Crossing BIA, this mixer event takes LOCO BC members on a tour of Wildebeest, Catch 122, The Warehouse and The Ascot. See pics from previous First Tuesday events. Tickets / Waitlist
Nov 7 - MEC Learn to Ride Workshop, North Vancouver
This free beginners session will help you to gain traffic and group-riding skills. Topics include basic bike fitting (saddle height and position, handlebar height, finding the right frame size), safety equipment, dressing for the weather, basic riding skills and riding in traffic. Please note that you must bring your bike to the clinic. Register / Info
Nov 7 - MEC & BEST Members Night, Vancouver - 10% off
Get 10% off all regularly priced items in Mountain Equipment Co-op's Vancouver store when you present your membership to both MEC and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST). Info
Nov 8 - Beauty For A Cause 2012, Vancouver
Beauty Night Society builds self-esteem and changes lives for women and youth living in poverty through wellness, life skills development and makeovers. With 11 years, 16,000 life-makeovers and 500+ volunteers under its belt, the organization hosts its annual fundraiser, Beauty for a Cause 2012, a unique night of "women helping women" plus mingling, networking and a menu of beauty services. Drink wine and connect while getting a blow out, a Dermalogica MicroZone Skin Treatment, an RMT back massage, a make-up touch up and a manicure. Find out firsthand how it feels to help the women of the Downtown Eastside through the magic of Beauty Night. Tickets
Nov 9-11 - Farm Folk/City Folk: BC Seeds Gathering 2012, Richmond
FarmFolk CityFolk and Kwantlen Polytechnic University sponsor the first BC Seeds Gathering, with seed growers, community leaders and farmers from across BC gathering to trade seeds and knowledge, and strategize how to protect locally grown seeds from GMO contamination. Join for the full conference. Tickets
Nov 17 - Canzine West, Vancouver - FREE
Modo is proud to sponsor Canzine West, a one-day showcase of independent publishers—from small-circulation magazines and small-press publishers to artists, illustrators and zine makers—offering an opportunity for creators and admirers of indie culture to meet, swap stories and share their wares. Presented by Broken Pencil Magazine, Canzine offers a giant zine fair that runs throughout the day and features zines, comics, small press books and more, with more than 100 titles on display! Plus, a variety of programming, such as “Get in Where You Fit In: A Participatory Drawing Show with curators Alex Stursberg and Brennan Kelly”, “1-2 Punch Book Pitch” with a panel of judges and moderated by Hal Niedzviecki, and “Dissent Chill: The Chill Against Political Dissent in Art” with author, comedian and activist Charles Demers.
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Nov 18 - Vancouver Tool Library: Intro to Tools Workshop, Vancouver
The goal of this workshop is for you to feel comfortable working with a variety of different tools in your home. Safety around power tools will be discussed and your new skills will be put to use with a fun, hands-on project that you may take with you! $15 for VTL members/$20 for non-members. Register
Nov 19-25 - Living the New Economy, Vancouver
This grand hands-on experiment about the new economy aims to accelerate social enterprises and entrepreneurs and connect ideas with guidance and resources. Find new collaborations and project partners, tune your work to align with your values, be inspired by the ideas of others and unearth new ideas of your own through this week-long intensive of hands-on, skill-building workshops and activities and real-time opportunities to collaborate with others, alongside heart-healing arts, music, poetry and film. Anchor speaker Charles Eisenstein sets the tone and opens the conversation for the week, drawing from his work for the book
Sacred Economics, a lucid, clear and practical discussion of the history, issues and resolutions of our current economic state. Tickets / Info
Nov 23 - The Co-operative City Conference, Vancouver
As the City of Vancouver engages in an unprecedented effort to make sustainability the driving force that defines the city's aspirations and operations, the Co-operative City conference will showcase the ways in which co-operatives can strengthen key sectors and essential services while improving the quality of life for citizens. The objective of the conference is to generate strategic partnerships between the co-op sector and the City of Vancouver to advance sustainability goals: arts and culture; local food systems; affordable housing; green industry; and community energy. In addition to presentations and workshops, the conference will feature site visits with projects that exemplify what is possible through the strategic use of co-operative models.
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Nov 24 - Vancouver Tool Library: Intro to Electrical Workshop, Vancouver
Circuity is a mysterious and potentially dangerous creature. This workshop will go over the types of projects in which you might encounter electrical work, the tools needed to complete this projects, and different variations of circuits and voltage. Above all, safety measures will be the focus (in other words, you won't be sporting a new, spiky hairdo by the end). Register