Ceremonial Welcome: Coast Salish Style

Join us for a Tsleil-Waututh welcome blessing, and a performance by Tatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack). This portion of the day is open to the public. Select cast and crew of Shana: The Wolf's Music will be in attendance. Light snacks will be served. 

Presented with the generous support of and in partnership with the Consulate of Switzerland in Vancouver

Swiss Consulate

Photo Credit: Don Erhardt Photography (The Coastal Wolf Pack dance in 2013 at UBIAS Conference at UBC)
Image Compliments of: University-Based Institute for Advanced Study Conference at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC

Do It Yourself: Storymaking Demystified

This interactive presentation is designed to engage you in the storymaking process. The hosts are local composer and screenwriter Paul Donnet, and artist in residence Rickie Lea Owens, who joins us from Montréal. Paul will show you how every story has a beginning, middle and end. Rickie Lea will demonstrate the simplest form of digital storymaking. She will animate the audience in a group GIF!

Then, Paul and Rickie Lea will introduce you to other artists involved in the DIY movement. Vincent VanHaff, of and Vancouver Mini Maker Faire will share his latest work. Aili Meutzner will talk about Girls Rock Camp, which gives young women the opportunity to explore, access and play music with positive mentors. Aili will be joined by Adrienne LaBelle, director of the Safe Amp Site Society, a nonprofit collective dedicated to creating a venue for people of all ages. We will end with a break-out session in which students use flip cameras or their phones to create a visual story.

Opening Night Party


The celebration of R2R's Sweet 16 Birthday will begin with a reception and an installation in the theatre's atrium. The reception is catered by Nelson the Seagull, with cake by EastVillage Bakery. There will be an installation by R2R's artist in residence Rickie Lea Owens, who will be joining us from Montréal, and Sweet 16 photographs by Rachel LandoThe theme song for If I Had Wings was written and performed by Scott MacIntyre—a visually impaired singer, songwriter, pianist, and quarter finalist on American Idol. He will perform live, and will be joined by young performers are from the “Steinway Young Artist Society.”



Piano generously provided by:

Tom Lee


Pajama Party

Keep your pajamas on and join us for breakfast!

R2R will be serving up some yummy breakfast snacks that every kid and parent will enjoy. Then watch R2R's Family Shorts program in the comfort of your PJs. Those who come in pajamas receive free breakfast snacks (served from 10:30 am - 11:30 am).

After breakfast you can take part in a GIF demonstration, or make your own film at our animation station. All activities take place in the Vancity Theatre's Atrium, and are free (10:30 am - 4:30 pm). 

Sunday morning you can return for a free screening of Path Waves: An Indigenous Showcase. We also have an in depth pre-registered workshop: How to Make an Animated GIF.  Checkout the R2R GIF-tastic tubmlr page.


Photo credit: Matthew Coughlin



Workshop: How to Make an Animated GIF

GIFs are animated images that work in all web browsers. In this workshop, students will learn how to create GIFs and experiment with moving image techniques such as stop motion animation and pixilation. Their GIFs will then be added to a tumblr page on the R2R website. This 90-minute workshop will be taught by Montréal artist, Rickie Lea Owens, known for her quick and squeaky animated short films, which have screened around the world. Check out the R2R GIF-tastic tubmlr page.

School Groups, please see the Talent Lab program for school pricing. Space is limited.

A Short History of the GIF from The Academy on Vimeo.