Next Event

25 FEB



Predictably GOOD FUN.

Started in Tokyo in 2003 by Klein Dytham Architecture firm, PechaKucha Night began as a fun and unique night of local culture and entertainment. Ten presenters from a range of fields share their interesting projects, inspirations and passions. There's only one catch - presenters get 20 images, 20 seconds each, making for a 6 minute and 40 second shot of ideas and inspiration.

Join us for drinks at starting at 7:00 pm on the 14th floor and enjoy local craft beer, wine and relaxed sounds from DJ Mutes Ito. At 8:00 the fun starts with our ten PechaKucha talks and a short intermission mid-way.

And once it's all over, join us for a late-night reception with more to drink, more relaxed sounds from our resident DJ and some snacks to enjoy.

Prepare to be engaged, entertained and inspired.



Finding Place

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 05, 2016

Albert Crescent Park is the focus of this presentation on place making as it relates to sites of heritage significance in the City of New Westminster.

Rob McCullough highlights the physical, cultural, and social identities of this park  in a journey through the Park’s historical past.


Responding to a Drought in Zambia


Mike Hoyer shared how he and his fellow Canadians responded to a drought in Zambia, Africa while visiting the country. 


Cracking Open the Conversation on Menopause

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 05, 2016

When Shirley Weir mentions the word “menopause" at a cocktail party, she often gets some peculiar reactions. People don’t like talking about it, and when they do, it is mostly in a negative context. Fact: women live beyond the retirement party of their ovaries. Yet, perimenopause and menopause continue to be misunderstood.

In Cracking Open the Conversation on Menopause, Shirley uses examples from her own personal journey, as well as from advertising, media and the internet, to help reframe menopause from something that is solely negative—into a conversation that women (and men!) embrace, look forward to and celebrate!


Living the Dream

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 05, 2016

When Kelly Slade-Kerr achieved her goal and became a successful lawyer in a prestigious law firm at the age of 26, she was supposed to be living the dream. In her talk, she relates how living the dream can sometimes change, especially when other life goals intervene, and what she did to find work life balance and a career she loves.


Breaking Botanical

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 05, 2016

Jordan Samek compares his own cancer experience (in humorous terms) to that of the character Walter White from his all-time favourite show, Breaking Bad. At 35 years old, he was a high school teacher with a young family, when he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. During his recovery from chemotherapy treatment, he found gardening, or maybe it finally found him in the spacious backyard of his newly acquired home in New Westminster. And he never returned to teaching. He became a stay at home parent for a while, re-formed and cultivated his gardens and yard, and started a business in landscaping and fence building. Gardening and landscaping reshaped the narrative of his life, while also healing him, and opened him up to the brilliance of botany.


Embrace Mistakes, Laughter, and Connections

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 05, 2016

Mistakes are a wonderful part of life. You can't prepare or plan for them.

Janice Bannister shares a journey through Scientific and personal mistakes that lead to new inventions and new connections in her life. And how laughter is always the best way to cope with life's mistakes.


Tinder and the Dating Culture it Created

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 05, 2016

After divorcing her husband who she was together with for 12 years, Anita Dunn dives into the world of online dating as a single mother. Her first foray into online dating was with the Tinder dating app and it lead to many unexpected surprises and left her with one message for single men.


Music in My Life

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 05, 2016

People often say there are two kinds of people in the world; those who eat the pizza crust or those who don't, those who see the glass half-full or  those who see the glass half-empty, those who think toilet paper should go over the roll or those who think toilet paper should go over the roll. For Ross Arbo, you are either into music ...or you're not.



Four more sleeps!

In just four more sleeps we'll be back with Volume 7 at our favourite hub for food, culture & entertainment River Market. Be sure to join us this Friday December 5th from 6:30 pm onwards with presentations getting started at 8:00 pm. 
We've got one of our most diverse lineups yet and are excited to have some new faces from Vancouver added to the mix alongside some fantastic locals from the the neighbourhood. 
If you haven't picked up your ticket be sure not to delay. There are still tickets available, but that could change quick. Check out our ticketing site to get your hands on a ticket. 
Hope to see you Friday!

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About the City's Organizers

  • PechaKucha New West Organizing Committee

    PechaKucha New West was started by Melinda & Neal Michael, but is now organized by a committee of passionate and engaged residents including; Jen Arbo, Erin Jeffery, Wes Kinna, & Stephen O'Shea.

  • Stephen O'Shea

    Stephen Carl O'Shea is a dedicated and passionate arts advocate. Growing up in Abbotsford, BC, he is the founding member and bass player of international touring New Wave band You Say Party. He was the Artistic Director of Jam in Jubilee Music Festival for 3 years and sat on the Board of Directors of the Devon Clifford Music Foundation before moving to New Westminster in the fall of 2013. He is currently the Executive Director of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

  • Erin Jeffery

    An actor by training and a communicator by trade, Erin has a thing for language. She is the Communications Manager for Uptown New Westminster BA as well as providing marketing and communications assistance for other fabulous clients like the Vancouver Circus School and Tenth to the Fraser. She first developed her passion for New Westminster and its environs as the Account Manager at Hangar 18 Creative group in charge of the visual identity redesign of River Market. She is the Vice President of the Board of the Arts Council of New Westminster where she uses her 'jazz hands' to get people as excited about the arts as she is. She is involved in the Ecole Qayqayt community school PAC, plays flag football and has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, Concentration Acting from the University of British Columbia. She is a New West resident who is proud of her city, passionate about the arts, and a bit too obsessed with cheese.