Field House

Publik Secrets began a multi-year residency at Hadden Park’s field house in August 2015. Located at 1015 Maple St, the field house is a site for multi-disciplinary creative engagements with the park, neighbours, and the city at large. Stay tuned for more updates on this page.

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Upcoming Events

2017


FEBRUARY 17 – SHADOW JAM

Shadowjam is a fully participatory event where everyone is a performer and everyone is the audience. It’s a magical blend of improvised musical jam, in-the-moment shadow puppetry, and spontaneous storytelling. Hosted by Mind of a Snail Puppet Co, Shadowjam provides a framework for unconditional play within an expressive, inclusive group experience. Participants often describe it as a shared dream. Come for snacks and shadow puppet crafting at 7pm. The shadowjam runs from 8 to 10pm. Free! All are welcome.


FEBRUARY 13  – FREESTYLE FOCUS GROUP

Freestyle Focus Group’s workshops embrace the truth that everyone can freestyle. From beginner to advanced improv exercises, FFG uses freestyle rap as a technique for mental liberation, to not overthink expression but to exist in the moment where true creativity and originality can flow, building self confidence and skills that will help you in all aspects of your life. 8 to 11 pm. Free! All are welcome.


FEBRUARY 9– SEE SOUNDS LISTENING SERIES

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 8pm, event starts at 8:30.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome Professor Alejandra Bronfman to be this month’s guest.


FEBRUARY 4 – WINTER WANDER

Gamelan Bike Bike will be performing throughout the day at Winter Wander.  A $5 ticket gets you access to this hot-spot of cultural institutions next to Hadden Park, including the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives! Winter Wander goes from 10am to 5pm, with Gamelan Bike Bike performances at noon and 2pm in the Vancouver Maritime Museum.


JANUARY 23  – FREESTYLE FOCUS GROUP

Freestyle Focus Group’s workshops embrace the truth that everyone can freestyle. From beginner to advanced improv exercises, FFG uses freestyle rap as a technique for mental liberation, to not overthink expression but to exist in the moment where true creativity and originality can flow, building self confidence and skills that will help you in all aspects of your life. 8 to 11 pm. Free! All are welcome.


JANUARY 12 – SEE SOUNDS LISTENING SERIES

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 8pm, event starts at 8:30.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome composer, radio-artist, teacher and sound ecologist Hildegard Westerkamp to be this month’s guest.

2016


NOVEMBER 3 – SEE SOUNDS LISTENING SERIES

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 8pm, event starts at 8:30.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome composer Ben Wylie to be this month’s guest. Ben recently completed his Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at SFU, and has his work explores perception and acoustics, tuning systems, and the theatrics in musical performance.


OCTOBER 21 – SEE SOUNDS LISTENING SERIES

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 7pm, event starts at 7:30.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome Annie Chiavaroli as our guest presenter this month.


OCTOBER 1 – BIG DRAW VANCOUVER

Birdsong, crashing waves, dogs on the seawall…go on a sound hunt through Hadden Park and create a graphic zine from what you hear. Marks, gestures waves and notations from the scientific to the eccentric are welcome. Then add your marks to a massive, collaborative Sidewalk Sound Portrait of Hadden Park. From 12 to 4pm, FREE – ALL-AGES no registration required. Hosted as part of the BIG DRAW VANCOUVER FESTIVAL


AUGUST 17 – OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT

Join us in Hadden Park for a special pedal-powered screening of Josh Fox’s “How To Let Go of the World and Love Everything Climate Can’t Change”. Participants will take turns powering the projector through the use of a bicycle energy generator.

“In How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change, Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?”

Movie starts at 9pm
bring a blanket!
yes there will be popcorn 🙂

This is a FREE ALL-AGES event


AUGUST 4 – FESTIVAL FOR PUBLIK SPACE

Join us in Hadden Park for a celebration of art in the park! Its been one year into Publik Secret’s field house residency, and we’d like to pack in many of our favorite things into the park for a one-day mini-festival of creative loitering and performances. This is a FREE ALL-AGES event, held outdoors on unceded coast salish territory.
▼Performances by ▼
Only a Visitor
Graftician
Gamelan Bike Bike
Bill Jr Jr
Martin Reisle
▼Also Featuring▼
Publik Secret’s Mobile Tools for Conviviality
ReeWahyld – an outdoor-specific dance piece by Kelly McInnes
Sound Installation by George Rahi
Tea by Pandora Benevolent Society
bring a blanket and a friend!

all forms of creative loitering encouraged!


JULY 21 – SEE SOUNDS LISTENING SERIES

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 8pm, event starts at 8:30.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome George Rahi as our guest presenter this month, who will be presenting a work-in-progress sound installation using analog and electronic organ technology.


JUNE 18 – OPEN STUDIO

You’re invited to the Hadden Park Fieldhouse for an open studio. Drop in to meet George Rahi and Robyn Jacob of Publik Secrets. Check out their fieldhouse studio and try their experimental musical instruments, such as the Bass Piano, an upright piano tuned down an entire octave by Andrew Wedman, courtesy of the Western Front. There will also be an all-ages hands-on musical instrument making workshop using found objects. The open studio runs from 1 to 5pm.


JUNE 13 – FREESTYLE FOCUS GROUP

Freestyle Focus Group’s workshops embrace the truth that everyone can freestyle. From beginner to advanced improv exercises, FFG uses freestyle rap as a technique for mental liberation, to not overthink expression but to exist in the moment where true creativity and originality can flow, building self confidence and skills that will help you in all aspects of your life. 9 to 11:30 pm. Free! All are welcome.


JUNE 9 – SEE SOUNDS LISTENING SERIES

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 8pm, event starts at 8:30.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome Elliot Vaughan as our guest presenter this month.


MAY 5 – SEE SOUNDS LISTENING SERIES

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 8pm, event starts at 8:30.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome Lief Hall as our guest presenter this month.


MAY 2- FREESTYLE FOCUS GROUP

Freestyle Focus Group’s workshops embrace the truth that everyone can freestyle. From beginner to advanced improv exercises, FFG uses freestyle rap as a technique for mental liberation, to not overthink expression but to exist in the moment where true creativity and originality can flow, building self confidence and skills that will help you in all aspects of your life. 9 to 11:30 pm. Free! All are welcome.


APRIL 24 – SPRING FORTH

Come take a walk around Hadden Park to learn about the flora that is blooming all around. From trees in blankets of dogwood flowers to peonies emerging from large buds, enjoy the day as it springs forth. Mayan Vered, a trained horticulturalist, will lead the guided walk and share knowledge about commonly found flora, from Latin and common names to site specific cultural conditions.


APRIL 17 – SPRING FORTH 

Stop by the field house for demonstrations on seed starting procedures. This hands-on workshop will also answer any questions about how to get your garden ready for the upcoming growing season.Materials for starting seeds will be on hand so you take something home to grow on. Seeds will also be available for seed swapping, feel free to bring any seeds to share!

All-Ages! Free!
Presented in conjunction with Spring forth photography exhibition by Mayan Vered as part of Capture Photography Festival


APRIL 9 – 24 HOUR KARAOKE

Publik Secrets, in collaboration with Weekend Leisure, invite you to the Hadden Park field house studio for 24 Hours of Karaoke! Yes! 24 consecutive hours of karaoke!

Starts: Saturday, April 9th at 10am
Ends: Sunday April 10th, 10am

Inspired by the weekly outdoor karaoke found in Berlin’s Mauerpark and the thriving 24-hour karaoke clubs in Tokyo, we are creating a continuous participatory event that aims to stretch our sense of what is possible in our city.

This free, all-ages event is collaboratively produced. If you are interested in helping plan an activity for one of the 24 hours, contact us and submit your idea using this form. http://goo.gl/forms/XE0xn5hvZb

Idea Due Date: If you can commit to planning something for one of the 24 hours, please let us know by Sun, March 20th.

A catalogue of all the songs that will be available for singers can be found here http://karaoke.weekendleisure.ca/


APRIL 6 – SEE SOUNDS LISTENING SERIES

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 8pm, event starts at 8:30.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome Martin Reisle as our guest presenter this month.


MARCH 14- FREESTYLE FOCUS GROUP

Freestyle Focus Group’s workshops embrace the truth that everyone can freestyle. From beginner to advanced improv exercises, FFG uses freestyle rap as a technique for mental liberation, to not overthink expression but to exist in the moment where true creativity and originality can flow, building self confidence and skills that will help you in all aspects of your life. 9 to 11:30 pm. Free! All are welcome.


MARCH 2 – SEE SOUNDS LISTENING SERIES

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 8pm, event starts at 8:30.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome Giorgio Magnanensi as our guest presenter this month.


FEBRUARY 4 – SEE SOUNDS LISTENING SERIES

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 8pm, event starts at 8:30.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome Soledad Muñoz as our guest this month.


JANUARY 25 – FREESTYLE FOCUS GROUP

Freestyle Focus Group’s workshops embrace the truth that everyone can freestyle. From beginner to advanced improv exercises, FFG uses freestyle rap as a technique for mental liberation, to not overthink expression but to exist in the moment where true creativity and originality can flow, building self confidence and skills that will help you in all aspects of your life. 9 to 11:30 pm. Free! All are welcome.


JANUARY 7 – SEE SOUNDS LISTENING SERIES

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 8pm, event starts at 8:30.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome Dr. Michael Tenzer as our guest!


2015


DECEMBER 14 – FREESTYLE FOCUS GROUP

Freestyle Focus Group’s workshops embrace the truth that everyone can freestyle. From beginner to advanced improv exercises, FFG uses freestyle rap as a technique for mental liberation, to not overthink expression but to exist in the moment where true creativity and originality can flow, building self confidence and skills that will help you in all aspects of your life. 9 to 11:30 pm. Free! All are welcome.


DECEMBER 3 – SEE SOUNDS LISTENING PARTY

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 8pm, event starts at 8:30. It will be a phones off environment! If you are arriving late please be quiet when you come in.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome local drummer Selina Crammond as our guest!


NOVEMBER 16 – FREESTYLE FOCUS GROUP

Freestyle Focus Group’s workshops embrace the truth that everyone can freestyle. From beginner to advanced improv exercises, FFG uses freestyle rap as a technique for mental liberation, to not overthink expression but to exist in the moment where true creativity and originality can flow, building self confidence and skills that will help you in all aspects of your life. 9 to 11:30 pm. Free! All are welcome.


NOVEMBER 5 – SEE SOUNDS LISTENING PARTY

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 8pm, event starts at 8:30. It will be a phones off environment! If you are arriving late please be quiet when you come in.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome composer/harpist Elisa Thorn as our guest!


NOVEMBER 4 – SHADOW JAM

Shadowjam is a fully participatory event where everyone is a performer and everyone is the audience. It’s a magical blend of improvised musical jam, in-the-moment shadow puppetry, and spontaneous storytelling. Hosted by Mind of a Snail Puppet Co, Shadowjam provides a framework for unconditional play within an expressive, inclusive group experience. Participants often describe it as a shared dream. Come for snacks and shadow puppet crafting at 7pm. The shadowjam runs from 9 to 11pm. Free! All are welcome.


OCTOBER 5 – FREESTYLE FOCUS GROUP

Freestyle Focus Group’s workshops embrace the truth that everyone can freestyle. From beginner to advanced improv exercises, FFG uses freestyle rap as a technique for mental liberation, to not overthink expression but to exist in the moment where true creativity and originality can flow, building self confidence and skills that will help you in all aspects of your life. 9 to 11:30 pm. Free! All are welcome.


OCTOBER 1 – SEE SOUNDS LISTENING PARTY

Bring something you would like to listen to together. Discussion will follow. We will have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). Meet at the field house at 8pm, event starts at 8:30. It will be a phones off environment! If you are arriving late please be quiet when you come in.

As part of our See Sounds series, we are featuring a guest artist to curate part of the evening. We welcome the amazing Gabriel Solomon as our first guest!


SEPTEMBER 26 – CULTURE DAYS OPEN HOUSE

Drop in to meet George Rahi and Robyn Jacob of Publik Secrets. Check out their new Fieldhouse Studio and participate in a demo of their homemade musical instruments. The open house runs from 1-5pm.


SEPTEMBER 9 – PEDAL POWERED BIKE-IN MOVIE NIGHT 

Featuring fabulous cartoons from the NFB achives plus made-in-Vancouver independent works from The New National Film Board. Meet at Kickstand Community Bikes (1739 Venables Street) at 8pm for a leisurely ride to the park. Movie starts at 9pm. all ages! free! bring a blanket!


AUGUST 28 – HAPPY AS A BUTTON

Happy as a Button invites people to create their own button (or two) showcasing the things that make them happy and their personal maxims/words they live by. The ‘happy buttons’ are inspired by the Museum of Vancouver’s The Happy Show, an interactive and thought-provoking exhibit that showcases Stefan Sagmeister’s 10 years of research into his own personal happiness. Happy as a Button encourages people to think about their own happiness, all the while stretching their artistic muscles and having fun! Button-making will go from 2-4pm at the Field House


AUGUST 23 – GAMELAN GITA ASMARA PERFORMANCE

Come enjoy a free summer afternoon performance by Gamelan Gita Asmara! The ensemble will showcase repertoire learned over the past year with two performances on the afternoon of August 23rd at the Hadden Park Field House at 3pm and 4pm.


AUGUST 19 – Wandering Stranger TEA GATHERING 

In partnership with the Pandora Benevolent Society for New Media and Happiness Research, the field house with be host to a tea-gathering on Thursday August 20. Doors at 18:00.  Tea will be served after dinner.


AUGUST 18 – PEDAL-POWERED BIKE-IN MOVIE NIGHT

Come join us for a group bike ride to Hadden Park, where we’ll be screening Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (a hilarious re-telling of the classic ‘The Bicycle Thief’)
meet at Kickstand Community Bikes (1739 Venables Street) at 8pm for a leisurely ride to the park. all ages! free! bring a blanket!


hadden park field house