A year after the June 15, 2011 Stanley Cup Riots, the Museum of Vancouver will open Reading the Riot Boards, a hyper-local exhibition displaying 15 of the plywood panels used to board up broken windows in downtown Vancouver. Boards will include sections from the windows of The Bay. The exhibition will run from June 15 to September 23.

For the opening of this small MOV Studio exhibition, the MOV invites the public to join in dialogue with Vancouver playwright Kevin Loring, City Councillor Andrea Reimer, and photographer Maurice Li in a multi-faceted examination of how the riots altered our collective conscience, spurred new civic conversations, and changed how Vancouverites see themselves and each other. 

Pause, reflect, and share in a discussion that asks: “Is this Vancouver?”

The roundtable will also include a visual street-view storytelling of events by Maurice Li, excerpts from “The Thin Veneer” (a play written as Loring’s response to the riots), and policy insights from Councillor Reimer. A moderated Q&A and closer look at selected boards installed in the MOV Studio will follow.

Is This Vancouver? Reflections on the 2011 Hockey Riot Boards

Date: Friday, June 15, 6:30 pm
Venue: Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Tickets: By donation (suggested $5-10, none turned away for lack of funds); MOV Members free. RSVP online.

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