TOP: Paying respects at Main & Hastings

BOTTOM L to R: Saluting the VPD, ABORT’s Amalia Nickel, Reminding the boys in blue, BWSS’s Angela Marie MacDougall

(All photos by Scott Alexander |

VANCOUVER, BC – Spirits lingered on Main and Hastings as hundreds of people gathered on Valentines Day to remember the women lost and murdered from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). The 18th Annual Women’s Memorial March maintains that “their spirits live within us” and indeed their presence was felt in the smoking sage, cyclical chants, and ubiquitous drumming. [read more]


ABOVE : Joose and Talk-S.I.K of Plazma Crew

(Photo – Chris Webber|

Live Review – Black History Month Showcase
Friday, February 13, 2009
BSS, Vancouver, BC

Friday the thirteenth of February, Britannia Secondary School’s hundred year-old auditorium was host to the ancient rhythms and oral traditions of hip-hop.

As proof that there are rappers in Vancouver who care, Killawatt’s HeatWave and Plazma Crew shared the stage with Discreet Da Chosen 1 of Snake Eyes Crew to entertain and educate hundreds of enthusiastic teen-agers about Black History Month.  Hosted by Scruffmouth the Scribe, stories of injustice and resistance were told as DJ D-Rec’s pounding beats flooded the space. [read more]

By Amalia Nickel

Abort Magazine