Welcome to the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive

The Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive (CDMLA) is situated on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.  VIVO Media Arts Centre houses a significant repository of videotapes by artists and independent producers. Spanning 60 years of production, its 8000 media works reflect the complexity of video art history.


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Sara Diamond
Image: Lenore Herb. Photographer: Unidentified. Date: c1980s
WIF_008  Women In Focus at Cable 10 studio c.1970s
Video Inn, 261 Powell Street, Vancouver, c.1978


Now Online at Virtual Museum Canada

Celebration ’90
Gay Games III & Cultural Festival

Celebration ’90 chronicles the fascinating eight-year journey taken by a small group of Vancouver amateur athletes which led to the first Gay Games to be hosted outside the United States. The story is told through the lens of LGBTQ2S+ video producers and the voices of their community as the events unfolded. Candid footage and insightful interviews from the Mary Anne McEwen Archive capture Celebration ’90’s ambition, complexity, and joyous accomplishments.




Every Queer Thing

A Subject Guide to Archival Materials
of Queer Identity or Experience



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Women & West Coast Labour 

80 years of action for equity in domestic & workplace labour by women in BC


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Metadata Revision: First Steps

The Archive has begun a long-overdue review of Indigenous and First Nations materials in our collection and instituting new policies and protocols for description, acquisition and accessibility.
Please contact us by email to update information and permissions.

Remote Research Requests

VIVO is currently closed to the public but the Archive is still working.
Please forward all research enquiries to library@vivomediaarts.com.
We’ll do our best to fulfill your requests remotely.