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Get ready to learn, mingle, and share! Northern Voice is just around the corner, now in its seventh year. Billed as a two-day, non-profit personal blogging and social media conference, this informative and social event brings together creatives, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and tech geeks alike. It will be held again this year at the UBC Life Sciences Centre.

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I attended for the first time last year and have already purchased my two day pass for 2011.

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This year’s Keynote speaker will be April Smith, founder of AHA Media, whose company focuses on the faces of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

[Photo credit: Jonathon Narvey on Flickr]

April emerged onto the scene during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, offering a very different view of the Games with regard to local politics, VANOC, and the DTES. She has been interviewed by the CBC, Globe and Mail, and other media outlets for her perspective on DTES issues. Getting behind the real story is what makes April so successful.

Here’s last year’s Georgia Straight interview with April for their Technology section.

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Northern Voice features well-known (and regular!) social media people of all backgrounds who share their knowledge through workshops. Clear your calendar for May 13 and 14. With over 500 attendees, 60 speakers, and a variety of sessions, organizers, and volunteers, it’s more than worth the admission price (the $90 Early Bird full package includes a t-shirt, party, and both days’ admission). I didn’t find an official link to purchase tickets on the site (though I’m sure it will be up there soon), so here’s their Eventbrite page.

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  • Comment by Chris (@lyteforce) — March 26, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Although my twitter personality doesn’t really show it, I’m actually quite shy & reserved (aka: scared) which is why I “probably” won’t be going to NV11. That’s not to say I don’t want to make an appearance, just can’t shake the butterflies..

  • Comment by arianec — March 26, 2011 @ 10:45 am


    We probably know a lot of the same people and judging from that alone, you’d never feel out of place there. First off, the venue itself is very pleasant, has a lot of light and high ceilings, and there’s a café next door for taking a breather. I’m not behind their marketing team, but maybe the answer is a one-day ticket, just to see if it’s something for you.

    Hope to see you there, but will understand if I don’t 😉

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