Metro Media Society

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Metro Media Society of Greater Vancouver | 1971-1985

Metro Media was founded in 1971, one of the groups to grow out of Intermedia. Its activities included “training citizens in the use of of small format television equipment, cable casting community programs over Channel 10 in Vancouver, and, bringing awareness of communications policies to the community level.” (A History of Vancouver Community Television Association). In addition to providing access to video equipment for the alternative and art communities, Metro Media worked closely with educational and social service agencies to promote media democracy. Metro Media provided access to video equipment to many Vancouver producers. Between 1971 and 1974, Metro Media was responsible for over 500 hours of cable programming.

In 1974, Metro Media developed the concept of a split cable license between a representative community  group and the commercial company operating the community station as a means of improving the community’s ability to broadcast issues of immediate concern and to be more effective in creating “positive social change.” They advocated this concept at the Cable Television Hearings in Ottawa, the C.R.T.C., and directly with Premier Cablevision. This lead to the incorporation of The Vancouver Community Television Association on October 8, 1976.

In the late 1970s, Metro Media suffered a number of setbacks including losing its federal funding as a video access centre. By the early 1980s the organization pivoted.

“Our organization is primarily concerned with community art access. We do not make the distinction between the community and the artist. The artist, in our view, is an integral part of the community who involves him/herself in a cultural discourse with other members of his/her community.”

Metro Media became  a multidisciplinary art space with facilities for exhibitions of sculpture, video, photography, mail art, paintings, films, publications; and a performance space for music, art dance, poetry, and more. For a period it was the only permanent experimental film theatre in Western Canada and the only monthly mail art show in North America. Metro Media continued to struggle with funding decreases. 


Excerpt from “Skid Row”, Metro Media / Terry Ketler, 1973, 30 minutes.
“Skid Row” was digitized through our Adopt-A-Tape program, thanks to the generous donation of Ali Lohan.

 

The Action Committee for Unemployed Youth Demonstration 1970 , 35 minutes.
Digitization made possible through the generous donations received at EATa II: The Metro Media Fond, December 2014

“Metro Media Explanation Tape” c1972, 25:19 minutes.
Digitization made possible through the generous donations received at EATa II: The Metro Media Fond, December 2014

“VCTA at CRTC Hearing May 1980” 1980, 43:50 minutes
Digitization made possible through the generous donations received at EATa II: The Metro Media Fond, December 2014

“Stan Persky” c1971-1974, 29:46 minutes
Digitization made possible through the generous donations received at EATa II: The Metro Media Fond, December 2014

“Bill Bargeman on Billy Clubs | Strathcona | Tiny’s Intervention”  1970, 14:52 minutes
Digitization made possible through the generous donations received at EATa II: The Metro Media Fond, December 2014

Notes

The CDMLA holds approximately 60cm of textual records of The Metro Media Society of Greater Vancouver. The include records held in the S.V.E.S. Archive and the Lenore Herb Archive (LHA). Lenore (Coutts) Herb was Director of Metro Media from 1980. These items are currently being catalogued. The following are a sampling of what can be found at the CDMLA.

Content

Certificate of Incorporation issued by the Province of British Columbia for The Metro Media Society of Greater Vancouver

Registered April 29, 1971

Constitution and By-laws of The Metro Media Society of Greater Vancouver
Registered April 29, 1971

MM-Constitution page 1 rough photo for research only

 

 

 

 

 

“Metro Media Presentation – the Community Channel”
Presented by Gloria Kieler at the Cable Television Hearings, Ottawa, June 1975

“A Community Cable Station Model for Vancouver, British Columbia”
Distributed to the C.R.T.C. and to Premier Cablevision Ltd., January 1976

Constitution and By-laws of The Vancouver Community Television Association
Registered October 8, 1976

Notes

The video listed was purchased at a garage sale in June of 1982 and does not represent the breadth of Metro Media productions. It also includes off-air recordings and the works of artists which may, or may not, have been broadcast by Metro Media.

We are currently cataloguing Metro Media produced videos that we acquired through the Lenore Herb Archive, c1979-1984. Contact for information.

Content

Format: 1″ Open Reel Broadcast Masters;  1/2″ Open Reel Sub-Masters

M001

Burnaby Mountain Dance Company

M002

Burnaby Mountain Dance Company

M003

Burnaby Mountain Dance Company

M004

Burnaby Mountain Dance Company

M005

Burnaby Mountain Dance Company

M006

Aerial Theater

M007

Restaurant

M008

Hermann Ortago – Chilean United Front For National

M009

Allied Part 1

M010

Allied Part 2

M011

Papandreou Part 1

M011a

Papandreou Part 2

M012

Richard Nixon

1974

M013

Quebec At Crisis

1970

M014

Quebec At Crisis

1970

M015

Kits Area Council

1972

M016

CRTC

M017

CRTC

M018

CRTC

M019

CRTC

M020

Zimbabwe

M021

Karate Demonstration

M022

Violence

M023

Vancouver Peoples’ Law School

M024

Vancouver Society For Total Education

M025

Skid Road – Under The Rug Series

M026

The Sea’s Children

M027

Animals

M028

Artists’ Probe

M029

Black Response

M030

Yew Street

M031

West Broadway Citizen’s Committee Vs.central Mort

M032

Continental Diary #1

1979

M033

French-Canadians In British Columbia

M034

Johnny Videotape

Copy of original work by Johnny Videotape

M035

Gloria Galiano – Under The Rug Series

M036

Poetry Readings

M037

Noni Howard

M038

Bulldozers

M039

Mount Pleasant Fairview Visuals

M040

Blank Visuals

M041

Fraser Valley Visuals – Part 1

M042

Fraser Valley Visuals – Part 2

M043

Camera Test

M044

False Creek Autumn Fair

1973

M045

Multi-cultural Festival – Part 1

M046

Multi-cultural Festival – Part 2

M047

Childcare – Part 1

m048

Childcare – Part 2

M049

Children At Play

M050

Lord Tennyson School

M051

Jim Watson

M052

Portable Channel – Compilation Tape

M053

Chief Dan George

M054

Women’s Play – A.M Documentary Film Corp.

M055

“Whale Celebration, Stanley Park – Part 1”

M056

“Whale Celebration, Stanley Park – Part 2”

M057

“Whale Celebration, Stanley Park – Part 3”

M058

South Hill Daycare Presentation

M059

Mount Pleasant – A Changing Neighborhood

M060

Dick Payne – Part 1

M061

Dick Payne – Part 2

M062

Leon Russell

M063

Rock N’ Roll Movie

Recorded broadcast

M064

Goose Creek Symphony – Part 1

M065

Goose Creek Symphony – Part 2

M066

Folk Songs And Improvisational Theater

M067

Folk Songs And Improvisational Theater

M068

CKLG ’73 Flashback

1973

M069

Cowichan Center Requiem

M070

The Rolling Stones

Recorded broadcast

M071

Monty Python Series

Recorded broadcast

M072

Monty Python Series

Recorded broadcast

M073

Monty Python Series

Recorded broadcast

M074

Monty Python Series

Recorded broadcast

M075

Monty Python Series

Recorded broadcast

M076

Monty Python Series

Recorded broadcast

M077

Monty Python Series

Recorded broadcast

M078

Pink Floyd – Part 1

Recorded broadcast

M079

Pink Floyd – Part 2

Recorded broadcast

M080

Zimbabwe – Part 1

Recorded broadcast

M081

Zimbabwe – Part 2

Recorded broadcast

M082

Eunuchs Of Forbidden City – Part 1

Recorded broadcast

M083

Eunuchs Of Forbidden City – Part 2

Recorded broadcast

M084

Eunuchs Of Forbidden City – Part 3

Recorded broadcast

M085

Eunuchs Of Forbidden City – Part 4

Recorded broadcast

M086

Two Families – Part 1

M087

Two Families – Part 2

M088

Glider

M089

Glider

M090

Cat Stevens

Recorded broadcast

M091

Cat Stevens

Recorded broadcast

M092

Cat Stevens

Recorded broadcast

M093

Spontaneous Music Workshop

M094

The Rolling Stones On Stage

M095

Arts Access

M096

Michelle Cohen – Poetry

M097

Stan Persky

M098

City Stage/front Street/ugandan Family/daycare Occ

M099

From Time To Timbuktu: Kurt Vonnegut – Part 1

Recorded broadcast

M100

From Time To Timbuktu: Kurt Vonnegut – Part 2

Recorded broadcast

M101

Noise Pollution – Pbs

M102

The Vasulkas Video Feedback

Copy of original

M103

Fine Art Of Goofing Off (pbs)

M104

Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention

Likely recorded broadcast

M105

Canadian Folk Law Concert

M106

Fred Quilt Program/indian Alliance Forum

M107

Indian Culture

M108

Gay Activists Alliance: Transsexual Lifestyle

Copy of original work by Roberta Kalligarou

M109

Gay Alliance

M110

Youth Media ’71 Compilation Tape

1971

M111

B.C. Environmental Council

M112

The Mighty Fraser/Electoral Reform – Under The Rug Series

M113

Victoria Unemployment Demonstration

m114

Vancouver Law School – Fighting City Hall

M115

The Action Committee Of Unemployed Youth

M116

Mrs. Allende At S.F.U.

M117

David Suzuki/Wired City

M118

Loneliness/community #2

M119

Little People/Little School

M120

Alternate Education

M121

Relevant High School Assn. Of Co-op Pre-schools

M122

School Drop-outs

M123

Community Learning Festival

M124

Alternate Education Systems/Fraserview Area Council

M125

Local Initiatives Program – Under The Rug Series

M126

Unemployment

M127

West End: Collage Of Opinion

M128

Metro Media Historic Meeting

M129

Serendipity

M130

Consumer Credit Program/recycling/teen Consumer

M131

York Street Commune

M132

John Bremier

M133

Food Co-operatives

M134

Making It On Welfare

M135

Abortion Play And Discussion Panel

M136

Handicapped: Four Programs

M137

Catholic Children Aid – Part 1

M138

Catholic Children Aid – Part 2

M139

Social Workers

M140

Metro Media Explanation Tape

M141

Grandview Crackerjacks

M142

Metro Media Meeting June 1971

1971

M143

Window On The World – Channel 10 Program

M144

“Metro Media Presents “”Metro Media”””

M145

Mccabe And Mrs. Miller – Part 1

1971

Recorded Broadcast

M146

Mccabe And Mrs. Miller – Part 2

1971

Recorded Broadcast

M147

Billy Club/Strathcona/Intervention At Social Work

M148

The People Speak

M149

Unemployment

M150

Theater Co-op

M151

Midnite Concert

M152

Interviews With Dancers/artists With Objects

M153

Ballet Horizons – Part 1

M154

Ballet Horizons – Part 2

M155

Greydon Gibson: 12 String Guitar/balbir Singh

1974

M156

Japanese Flute Music/south American Music

1974

M157

Iberian Folk Evening

M158

Vinery/Folk Singer Lois Theaker

M159

Community Learning Festival/arts In The Forum

1973

M160

Festival Of Fine Arts

1973

M161

Young People Playing/musical Sculpture/grayson

1974

M162

Italian Song Festival Contest

1974

M163

Wounded Knee

1974

co producation w/David Gerrick/Paul Watson

M164

Various

M165

Vancouver Peoples’ Law School: Fighting City Hall

M166

Canada, Angola And Portugese Colonialism

1974

M167

Metro Media Program

1973

M168

Knight Street/Open Studio/learning Festival

1973

M169

Natural Highways

M170

Queen Mary Community School/Clare K.

1974

M171

West Dunbar: Old Folks

M172

SFU Senate Speakers

M173

Vancouver Free Program

1973

M174

Primal Therapy

M175

Metro Media Program

1973

M176

Greater Vancouver Regional District Conference

M177

Welfare Rights Commercial

M178

Paris Compilation Video Assembly

M179

Paris Compilation – French Version

M180

Compilation Of Metro Media Programs

1973

M181

Metro Media Compilation

1974

M182

Net City Dub/gluttony

M183

Point Grey And Environmental Discussion

1971

M184

John Bremmer Talk At Learning Festival

M185

Citizen Participation

M186

Iberian Folk/Burnaby Coop/Wounded Knee Open Studio

1973

M187

Contents Unknown

M188

Gay Symposium

1974

M189

Truck Tape/Larry’s Leap

M190

Interview With Percy W. Bishop

M191

Fred Quilt

M192

Raymur Project/Life On Wheels/Women’s Self-help

M193

School Days/box Camera/angolese Boycott/handi-

M194

Metro Media Presents Metro Media

M195

NAF Arts & Crafts/Kraft Boycott/Wounded Knee

1973

M196

Nucleus: Carmon Cadillac, Crystal, Smilin Jack

M197

Metro Media Program

1973

M198

Compilation Music Tape

M199

Jazz Quartet

M200

Monty Python

 Recorded Broadcast

M201

Plan Mayardville

M202

Daycare/Chinese New Year

M203

Life On Wheels/Alexis (folksinger)

1974

M204

Cable Assembly

1972

M205

Automatic Pilot Easter

M206

Glorious People Television

M207

Metro Media

1973

M208

Canada Council Application

M209

Poetry Reading At Metro Media – Part 1

M210

Poetry Reading At Metro Media – Part 2

M211

Restaurant And Glider Tape: Silent Flight

M212

Autumn Crafts Fair

M213

Fine Arts Forum

M214

F.G.R. Drug Tape

M215

Memorandum

1980

M217a

Public Access To N.E.B.

1980

M217

Monty Python

Recorded Broadcast

M218

Dick Payne Music/The Day Sex Ended

M219

Canadian Shield

M220

Multi-cultural Festival

M221

Reach Dental Clinic

M222

C.R.T.C.

1979

M223

Strathcona Community Day Activities

M224

Canada, Angola And Portugese Imperialism

M225

Sikh Tape

M226

Cooking Demonstration

M227

Paul Spong On Whales

M228

Ann Kinney: Artist

M229

Goose Creek Symphony

M230

Family Service

M231

Theater Piece

M232

Gloria K. Galiano – Part 1

M233

Gloria K. Galiano – Part 2

M234

Sam Agee

M235

Glorious People

M236

Public Meeting At Langara College – Part 1

M237

Public Meeting At Langara College – Part 2

M238

Goose Creek Symphony

1974

M239

Homeskin – Part 1

Copy of original Peter Berg work

M240

Homeskin – Part 2

Copy of original Peter Berg work

M241

China Report Tape #2

M242

China Report Tape #4

M243

China Report Tape #5

M244

Larry’s Leap Daycare

M245

“CRTC: A. Clements, D. Seeley, Jim Lipkovitz”

M246

Four Sets

M247

Community Learning Festival At East Van Cult. Cntr

M248

Beacon Hill Daycare Tape

M249

N.E.B.

1980

M250

Body Language

Notes

The CDMLA is actively seeking photographs of Metro Media activities. If you can help, please contact us.
Photographs are not yet catalogued.  The following is a selection only and not complete.

Content

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Mail art

5 large binders of original and xeroxed mail art. ��Metro Media held monthly mail art exhibitions from 1982. Donated through the Lenore Herb Archive.

In 2014, G.X. Juppiter-Larson provided context for the collection by participating in a project with VIVO curator, Elisa Ferrari. G.X. narrates the history of the mail art exhibitions at Metro Media over video images from one of the binders.

Examples: Postcards ��from GX Jupiter-Larson, c1982

MM mail art GX Jupiter-Larson The Obsession with Light front MM mail art GX Jupiter-Larson front

 

 

 

 

 

 

A large collection of Metro Media posters produced from 1980, original and copies. Donated through the Lenore Herb Archive.

Examples:  Colour xerox, c1980s

MM-Poster-Colour Xerox for Artists-1982 MM-Poster-Xerox-Acoustic Sound Explorations-1983 MM-Poster-Central Intelligence Agency-c1982

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