The dates are set for the 2013 volunteer orientation sessions for the major Car Free Day festival sites! Please plan to attend one of the orientation sessions for the location(s) where you want to volunteer:
- Sunday, June 2nd, 3:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 5th, 8:00 p.m. – followed by a pub night!
Location & details: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/west-end/
- Thursday, June 6th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
- Sunday, June 9th, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Location & details: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/commercial-drive/
- Sunday, June 9th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
- Monday, June 10th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location & details: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/main-street/
Volunteer registration forms for all festival sites are available online. No experience is necessary! Thank you for being so generous with your time. We know you’ll have fun, meet great people, and love our fabulous after-party!
We need your help. All of the Car Free Day festivals in Vancouver are 100% volunteer organized and run, and we hope you’ll sign up to volunteer with your friends, family and neighbours. We also encourage you to sign up on your own – volunteering at any of our festival sites is a great way to connect with fellow Vancouverites. No experience is required!
The best and easiest shifts we need filled are our opening and closing barricaders. If you volunteer for these shifts, you get to volunteer before or after the festival, enjoy the entire Car Free Day, and still have energy leftover to attend our super fun after-party!
Volunteer orientations for the major festival sites begin very soon, so don’t delay in submitting your volunteer application form! Thank you for helping us make this year’s festival wonderful.
Our May newsletter is now available online. This month we’re revealing some fantastic festival highlights including roller disco and derby, community-supported stages featuring dozens of bands, kids’ yoga, a pet parade at “Bark”lay & Denman, and more!
The newsletter also includes information about how to volunteer with your friends and neighbours at this year’s street festivals. Sign up today!
There’s plenty more to read in the May newsletter – enjoy and get ready for all the fun we’re going to have in June!
Show us what Car Free Vancouver Day means to you! Based on the success of LA’s CicLAvia Facebook cover series, Car Free Vancouver Day 2013 is launching a contest to gather your images for our own get-the-word-out campaign.
Send us your image (photo or drawing) and we’ll choose up to five for Facebook cover photos or social media profile pictures that Car Free supporters can use in the days leading up to June 16th, 2013.
For any images we receive:
- The image needs to convey the spirit of Car Free Vancouver Day (no cars, fun-for-free, D.I.Y.)
- You need to own the image or have rights to reproduce it
- You acknowledge that we may alter the image by including the Car Free Day logo, date and time, etc.
- You acknowledge that we will be releasing the image on social media for other supporters of Car Free Vancouver Day to use.
Contest winners will receive two wristbands to the Car Free Vancouver Day organizers’ after-party!
Contest deadline is Monday, May 13, 2013. Please email your submissions to email@example.com with “Facebook Contest” in the subject line.
Our April 2013 Car Free Vancouver Society newsletter with the latest information about Car Free Vancouver Day planning is now available online.
This month’s newsletter highlights include:
- How to submit a Car Free Vancouver Day participation form and get in touch with us to tell us about the creative and fun-for-free activities you would like to bring to one of our festival sites
- Information about core and day-of volunteers needed for the street festivals on Commercial Drive, Main Street and in the West End
- For Kitsilano residents, tips to help you host a block party with your neighbours on Saturday, June 15th or Sunday, June 16th
- The full details of our Facebook cover photo and profile picture contest
- Art made by Jim Dewar at the 2012 Car Free Vancouver Day festival on Main Street
- Information about the BC General Election and why you should consider riding your bicycle to vote
Planning for Car Free Vancouver Day 2013 is underway. Whenever we’re looking ahead to upcoming festivals, we often find ourselves reflecting back on the successes, special moments and creativity of past festivals. Car Free Vancouver Day is all about fun-for-free for communities, and we love to see what you bring to the streets each year.
Last year, we were moved by artist Jim Dewar’s contributions to Car Free Vancouver Day on Main Street. Jim was a participant in Vancouver’s now-dormant Artists in the Streets program, and he spent his time at the Main Street festival drawing in the street and pleasing passersby with his art. He and photographer Adrienne MacAllum have kindly allowed us to share these photographs with you:
All of the above photos are courtesy of photographer Adrienne MacAllum and artist Jim Dewar.
Adrienne states: “We had a lot of fun at Car Free Day last year. The day was sunny and hot. While Jim sketched I walked up and down the street enjoying all the fun things that were happening. A lot of people stopped to watch Jim working on his street scenes and seemed to be fascinated watching him work. We stopped in two places along the way. At the last stop he did a great drawing of one of the heritage buildings across the street. I am not sure what we will be doing this year as far as events go but the experience we had at last year’s event was encouraging and gave us confidence to try more public events like this one in the future. Thanks to all for a wonderful day.”
We hope Jim has inspired you. What will you do for your community this year at Car Free Vancouver Day? Tell us about the creative activities you want to bring to car-free streets by submitting a participation form, or run your ideas by us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is YOUR festival!
The next round of Car Free Vancouver Day festival planning meetings begins this Sunday. If you missed our initial meetings, don’t let this prevent you from getting involved. We look forward to meeting you and working with you. And it’s a lot of fun!
West End: Sunday, March 24th, 1:30-3:30 p.m., West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street, Meeting Room 1 (upstairs; look for signs on the staircase): http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/west-end/
Main Street: Sunday, Mar. 24th, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Mt. Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway, Multipurpose Room 3: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/main-street/
Kitsilano: Sunday, April 7th, 2:00 p.m., Juliet’s Cafe, 1905 Cornwall Avenue: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/kitsilano/
Commercial Drive: Sunday, April 7th, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Mosaic Community Room, 1720 Grant Street: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/commercial-drive/
Photo credit: Rob__ (Flickr)
Kitsilano does something different for Car Free Vancouver Day: Instead of closing off a major street, people throughout Kits host block parties with their neighbours! This year, the block parties will take place on Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th.
The Kitsilano team needs your help organizing this year’s block parties. The first organizational outreach meeting for Car Free Vancouver Kitsilano is scheduled for Sunday, April 7th, 2:00 p.m. at Juliet’s Cafe, 1905 Cornwall Avenue. Everyone is welcome and no experience is required. We encourage you to bring a neighbour or two to the meeting.
For more information about Kitsilano block parties, please visit the Car Free Vancouver Kitsilano web page. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with the Kitsilano crew at email@example.com.
Mark your calendars! The 2013 Car Free Vancouver Day festival planning meetings begin this Sunday:
West End: Sunday, Feb. 24 @ 1:30pm: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/west-end/
Main Street: Sunday, Mar. 3 @ 3:00pm: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/main-street/
Commercial Drive: Tuesday, Mar. 5 @ 7:00pm: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/commercial-drive/
Photo credit: monnibo (Flickr)
You don’t need any experience to participate as a festival organizer. We encourage you to bring your friends to the planning meetings — the more the merrier! We can’t wait to meet you and to hear your wonderful ideas for making this year’s festivals amazing.