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Stanley Cup Riot Marks One Year Anniversary At The Vancouver Museum

With all the talk of the Stanley Cup Finals taking place for the L.A. Kings and the New Jersey Devils, Vancouverites can’t help but think back to last year’s heart wrenching  Game 7 results. Which, as we all know, didn’t end so well.

The Museum of Vancouver has decided to mark the anniversary of the 2011 Stanley Cup Riots, on June 15 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. A roundtable discussion will take place in hopes of bringing together artists and policymakers, while real pieces from the riot will be present in order for us to look back on the unfortunate events that occurred, and plan together where we’re going next.

Hanna Cho, MOV curator of engagement and dialogue, believes this event will cause a lot of finger-pointing to resurface, however we should be more productive and ask questions like “where are we going as a city?” instead. Cho claims she got many public phone calls and e-mails urging her to preserve the riot boards, as they literally speak for themselves. The MOV got a hold of 76 plywood boards, including the “Wall of Hope” which covered the Bay building’s broken glass. Cho plans to use the boards as a starting point when she moderates the roundtable at the event next Friday.

Roundtable participants include city councillor Andrea Reimer, local playwright Kevin Loring, and photographer Maurice Li, who will each contribute a unique perspective of the riot. Li will be presenting a slideshow of his work from the riot, and the evenings and days which followed. Loring, will read excerpts from a stage play that he wrote which follows fictional Vancouverites during the 2011 riot, called A Thin Veneer.

Cho believes that as a young city, we really must question, where we plan to go, and who we are as a city. This event will be by donation, with the suggested price of admission be anywhere from $5 to $10.

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