Announcing: Vancouver Stories 2010

Last year, Think City held the first annual “Vancouver Stories” fundraiser event at Heritage Hall here in Vancouver. This event is a fundraiser for our now third annual Jane’s Walk event, in celebration of Jane Jacobs. This year’s event is coming up very soon, March 24th, also at Heritage Hall.

Vancouver Stories is a cocktail party and silent auction featuring Vancouver products, services and experiences, along with stories past and present as told by Vancouver notables. Last year, over 130 people turned out to listen to the tales told about our city (you can watch my embarrassingly amateurish video of Kim’s introduction from last year on YouTube). My bias is clear (I’m a Think City board member), but the silent auction had some pretty awesome items last year, and it looks even better this year.

Storytellers for 2010 include First Nations government advisor and Musqueam member Michele Guerin, recording artist Veda Hille, and architect and past Jane’s Walk host Annabel Vaughan.

The cost to attend this event is $60, and you can buy a ticket at the Think City website.

When: March 24th, 2009, 7-10 PM
Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St., Vancouver
How Much: $60.00

Note: If you’d like to come, but cannot afford $60, contact Think City – we have a limited number of sponsored tickets for people who cannot afford to come but would like to be there. Likewise, if either you yourself cannot come, or would like to sponsor a ticket for someone else, you can do so on the registration page.

Sign up for Jane’s Walk 2009, May 2nd & 3rd

Don’t Miss Out on Jane’s Walk, Tours Selling Out – May 2 and 3

Think City is still accepting walk sign ups for our May 2 and 3 Jane’s Walk. And if you have not reviewed our Jane’s Walk page by now, you will wish you had visited sooner.

Already John Atkin, Gordon Price and Bruce Macdonald’s tours are booked out, with over 300 people signing up for walks in the first six days. The good news is more walks are being posted every day.

Join Annabel Vaughan on her tour of the ancient Leqleqi portage, a tour that grew out of a response to the public process around the development of the Carrall Street Greenway. Visit grocery stores, community gardens including a fruit orchard, a roof top garden and a Green Table accredited restaurant with Wendy Mendes and Spring Gillard. Or hear the history and the facts from the perspective of the residents of the Downtown Eastside, as well as poetry by some of their famous DTES poets, on Wendy Pederson’s tour.

For more information, visit the May 2 and May 3 Jane’s Walks on the Think City web site

UPDATE: We are also looking for volunteers to help with walks and more walk hosts, so please sign-up.

Vancouver Stories – a Think City Fundraiser

I would like to invite you to join Think City and me for an evening of Vancouver stories on Thursday, March 19 at the Heritage Hall.

Hosted by CBC Radio’s Bill Richardson, Vancouver Stories is a cocktail party and silent auction featuring Vancouver memorabilia and experiences, along with stories past and present as told by Vancouver notables. Storytellers include former CBC Radio Basic Black contributor Andreas Schroeder, community advocate Shirley Chan and civic historian John Atkin.

What: Cocktail party, story-telling and silent auction
When: Thursday, March 19, 7:00-10:00 PM
Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St., Vancouver
Cost: $50

Last May, Think City, along with 600-plus Vancouverites celebrated the legacy of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs with a series of free walking tours called Jane’s Walk. Over 30 Jane’s Walks were held in neighbourhoods all over the city. Help make this year’s Jane’s Walk an even greater success and buy or sponsor a ticket to Vancouver Stories.

Click here, for more information or to register.

Be a Jane’s Walk 2009 Tour Guide!


JANE’S WALK May 2 & 3 2009

Think City in partnership with The Centre for City Ecology nationally ( is celebrating the legacy of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs with a series of free walking tours that emphasize the importance of building strong, connected communities through diverse and walkable cities and neighbourhoods. We would like to invite you to lead a walking tour in your neighbourhood as part of this event.

Leading a tour is simple. It merely involves planning a route, thinking through the stories, places and people you want to talk about, then walking participants through it. Be as creative as you like, Jane’s Walks are meant to be fun, engaged and participatory.  All tours are given, and taken, for free. We handle all the publicity, logistics and website management.

Last year, Jane’s Walk was held simultaneously in 11 cities across the country and this past year was a first for Vancouver. Inspired by Jane Jacob’s grassroots vision of the city and her belief that in order to know your city “you have to get out and walk”, Jane’s Walk is a simple idea. It is free, it connects people and builds communities by promoting urban literacy and citizen engagement.

You don’t have to be familiar with Jane Jacobs’ work to lead a tour. Many of her tenets have long been incorporated into today’s urban planning. To learn more about Jane Jacobs and for details of what Jane’s Walk was like last year in other cities visit the national website.

Jane’s Walk is an exceptional opportunity for people to discover their city; both places they think they know well, and places they want to explore.  We hope you’ll join us in offering an insider take on our city’s vibrant and fascinating neighborhoods. To learn more about this exciting event or to apply to be a tour guide visit our website or send an email to

I look forward to hearing from you,

Kim Fleming
Jane’s Walk Vancouver

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