DCTRL Media Interviews

DCTRL Media Interviews

DCTRL in the News Since 2014

Blockchain Hangout V1.0 Lightning Talks for Dec 1, 2018 at a spacious venue with beers* on Bitcoin, along with food sponsorships from Blockchain companies.


Named DCTRL–pronounced “decontrol”–the location is a radical, artist-run basement that has acted as the crucible for the majority of the city’s blockchain companies. Local hacktivists debate ideas in a central room with well-worn, movable couches; congregate in a small jam space with a free-for-use keyboard and rudimentary soundproofing; and sit quietly in a separate, disorderly area earmarked for coding. The walls are covered with haphazard meme-related murals, and the washroom is marked with a sign that reads “cemetery.”


The most passionate individuals formed the Vancouver Bitcoin Co-op—a group closely associated with those who would go on to operate the first bitcoin ATM. Leasing a space underneath a downtown barbershop, they established a location to meet, code, and talk shop about cryptocurrency and the untapped promise of blockchain. They dubbed the new hub DCTRL.


On a recent night, computer-controlled lights were using old sidewalk glass prisms to play Tetris alongside a street in downtown Vancouver. Underneath the pavement and the adjacent hair salon, a Bitcoin ATM sat in one corner while coders gathered for a meet-up about the Go programming language. This ramshackle basement is home to Decentral Vancouver. Opened in 2014, Decentral is a Bitcoin-inspired community incubator for decentralized-technology projects.


Decentral Vancouver’s drop-in members pay $25 per month for access to the space. For $50 a month, premium members get workshops, meet-up hosting privileges, and maybe even a key to the basement, which Gray and Heartline are renovating.

“We hack in here,” Heartline said. “We’re building companies in here. We hang out and exchange information. We play video games. We have meet-ups.”


“Many Bitcoin conferences end up being kind of an elitist thing,” Wagner, a director of the Bitcoin Co-op—a local group that promotes the use of Bitcoin—said during an interview at the Decentral Vancouver incubator (436 West Pender Street). “They charge hundreds of dollars to attend.”


CoinFest is a fun event where the Bitcoin community gathers to demonstrate how cryptocurrency works. Here you can practice and learn about the revolutionary technology and concept behind new digital money. It’s also the perfect place for Bitcoin afficionados. Each venue will have its own activities and themes; they will all be within close walking distance, or access to Bitcoin-themed transportation will be provided.

Vancouver English Centre is a large building downtown that can be booked using Barter Dollars, another alternative currency that’s been around for a while. We have 8,000 square feet of space, large monitors for digital presentations, a sound system and high speed Internet with livestream capability to the International Hangout and Utherverse. We have dozens of booths showcasing art and creative projects related to and/or available for Bitcoin, facilitating attractions.


Start A Soup Guild Manual

Start A Soup Guild Manual

Based on DCTRL Soup Guild for Hacker Spaces

A successful guild requires a commitment from members to pull together for the common good:

“Hippie Soups is AO Commons and Community Outreach.”

Using the free DCTRL AO will help keep your Soup Guild organized. The AO is a lightning payment that enables members to contribute their ideas and to facilitate common ground towards a desired outcome.

Step 1: Write a card about the Soup Guild in the AO.

Step 2: Lead member accepts the Soup Guild card in the AO.

Step 3: Lead members assigns tasks to other members to further the DCTRL Soup Guild in the AO.

Step 4: Other members accept the AO card for tasks.

Step 5: Members of the DCTRL Soup Guild produce Hippie Soups fresh frozen and stored at the DCTRL freezer.

Step 6: Each DCTRL Soup Guild member contributing Hippie Soups receives points in their AO account.

Step 7: Each member’s points in the AO account can be used towards  their membership fees. Excess points can be stored in their AO account.

The AO is similar to a barter exchange that helps members share their skills, talents and products, with minimal  or no fiat currencies.

What is the AO? 

The AO is Autonomous Organization. It is open source web application and server for replicating community commons. The AO generates a commons wallet and is an open-source web application which governs crypto lightning micropayments.

What is DCTRL? 

DCTRL is community commons with a non-hierarchical shared leadership structure to maintain a unique autonomous event space and ‘clubhouse’ in the middle of Vancouver city. By splitting the rent and voting on activities, decisions, and ‘spends’ from our commons wallet, we are able to share resources and equipment with a diverse and exciting group of friends!

Vegan Soup Recipe and Vegan Markets

Vegan Soup Recipe and Vegan Markets

Basic Vegan Soup Recipe 

Here’s an easy, everyday recipe for lentil soup with potatoes, carrots, kale, and simple herbs and seasonings. It’s the perfect plant-based main or side that requires just 10 ingredients and 30 minutes to simmer in a big soup pot:


  • 2 tbsp oil of choice, such as avocado or coconut
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (or 2 tbsp garlic-infused oil)
  • 2 small shallots (or 1/2 white onion)
  • 4 large carrots (thinly sliced)
  • 4 stalks celery (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 3 cups yellow or red baby potatoes (bite-size pieces)
  • 4 cups water and 1 vegetable soup cube
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary or thyme 
  • 1 cup uncooked lentils (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 cups chopped kale or collard greens

Where to Buy Other Vegan Soups in Vancouver?

There are now more plant based lifestyle events in Vancouver than ever where you can find vegan soups.

June 6, 2019: The Vegan Night Market

We’re back for our first #vnm summer edition!!!

We want to see your lovely faces at the next instalment of
The Vegan Night Market on June 6th at The Waldorf Hotel!
Happening inside and outside, join us for another fun-filled evening of Vegan Food from Vancouver’s best, Drinks, Music, Shopping, Connecting + Giving Back.

We LOVE how much you LOVE supporting vegan business all while giving back to our local NPO’s and sanctuaries. It’s a beautiful thing!

This time we’re raising funds for The Save Movement at the door with a $2 min donation OR canned food, clothing or pet food for the WISH Drop-In Centre Society.

**This is a 19+ event**
The Vegan Night Market acknowledges that this event takes place on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh & Musqueam First Nations.

Accessibility: A portable ramp will be on site. Accessible washrooms are located on the street level inside Nonna’s.

Brought to you by Peaces + The Vegan Project xx


July 27, 2019: Vancouver Vegan Festival 2019

Coming to #Vancouver this summer!!!!


An all-ages celebration of vegan food & culture located at the beautiful, waterfront and mountain-view, Creekside Park

This is a FREE community event brought to you by The Vegan Project + Peace People Project + Peaces + Earthsave Canada.

SAT. JULY 27, 2019

Over 70 vendors + Live Music + Inspiring Speakers + Free Yoga + Views + Good Vibes ☆
⇾ vegan food, apparel, activism and more!

Our inspiring guest speakers:
⇾ Internationally-renowned animal rights activist James Aspey
⇾ Local chef and business owner Asha Wheeldon of Kula Kitchen
⇾ Animal rights lawyer and vegan food activist Anna Pippus of Animal Justice
⇾ Zero-waste vegan apparel maker and activist Tosha Lobsinger of Peace People Project

Hosted by: The Vegan Project + Peace People Project + Peaces

Sponsored by: Earthsave Canada

VENDOR INQUIRIES: vancouverveganfestival@gmail.com
Vancouver Vegan Festival acknowledges that this festival takes place on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh & Musqueam First Nations.

We have a no-tolerance policy for any prejudice based on gender identification, sexual orientation, cultural and/or racial background, religion, level of ability, and/or financial status.

Accessibility information will be available once the site map is finalized. Thank you for your patience!


East Vancouver Communities

East Vancouver Communities

List of East Vancouver Communities

Welcome to the launch of Hippie Soups from DCTRL Soup Guild members at the DCTRL Hacker Space. We’re residents of several East Vancouver communities known for the arts, vegan foods and Happy Hours through The Art Party.

Hastings East / Chinatown

Hastings East includes Canada’s largest Chinatown and North America’s third largest Chinatown by population, after San Francisco and New York. Located on the downtown east side of Vancouver, Chinatown, has grown into a proud centre of Chinese culture, home to traditional restaurants, markets, temples and gardens. Hastings East extends from Chinatown along Hastings East to Nanaimo Street. The region also includes Strathcona and within it, the Downtown Eastside (DTES), Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods. In recent years, Hastings East has experienced a renaissance, with trendy bars, shops and restaurants, along with new art spaces reclaiming historic spaces. Hastings East has transformed dramatically, with the young and cultured relocating and co-creating a trendy art scene.

Chinatown has a much higher percentage of retail businesses than average for Vancouver, with food stores being the most common. So not surprisingly, food stands are popular at the Chinatown Night Market on Keefer Street, open every weekend from May to September. Enjoy live music, storytelling, and Mahjong, as well as authentic dim sum treasures.

Within Hastings East’s Chinatown, are the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Park and the Classical Chinese Garden. Although they share the same pond, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is different from the adjacent Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park. The park is a public space, while visitors pay an entrance fee at the garden. In recent years, the Classical Chinese Garden has hosted the annual Vancouver Fashion Week, attracting world-class local designers and international media.

Hastings Sunrise

Hastings Sunrise is located in the northeastern corner of Vancouver. Hastings Sunrise is best known as the home of the Pacific National Exhibition, at Hastings Park for over 100 years. The area is mainly residential, while the shops and services along Hastings Street’s are part of Vancouver East Village from Commercial Drive to Renfrew, as well as parts of Powell Street. The affordable Hastings Sunrise is an ethnically diverse and working-class area that in more recent years have attracted young professionals, artists and musicians. Most Hastings Sunrise businesses are ‘micro’ sized – less than 5 employees. Major business types include eating and drinking establishments, food stores, retail, automotive dealers, service and repair, as well as health and personal services.

Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Hastings North. Since the first Fair, the event has become the largest annual ticketed event in the province, and continues to draw over 900,000 visitors during its 17 days.  Year-round, residents also enjoy Britannia Community Centre to the west and Hastings Community Centre to the east. Recently opened, The Brighton is a pub-style restaurant at 2471 East Hastings referencing the community’s history of New Brighton, a popular resort in the area over 140 years ago in Hastings North.

Hastings Park was home to two institutions: the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) and the Hastings Racecourse, and the PNE’s amusement park, Playland. The City is transforming Hastings Park into a greener, more active, year-round destination, with renewal of the annual PNE Fair and Playland, and improvements to greenspaces, the waterfront, and the surrounding community. Creekway Park connecting the Sanctuary in Hastings Park to Burrard now connects a new bicycle and pedestrian pathway system to provide a safer, more convenient connection from Hastings Park to New Brighton Park. Over 140 years ago, Hastings Sunrise developed out of the popular resort of New Brighton. Today, New Brighton exists as a public park at 3201 New Brighton Road. The public park is an unusual combination of outdoor recreation space, industrial facilities, and memorable views of the North Shore, Burrard Inlet, mountains and the grain elevators of Cascadia Terminals from the walking trails, outdoor pool and beach areas.


The Grandview area in East Van includes Commercial Drive aka The Drive is known for over 300 shops, restaurants and cultural facilities along the long Commercial Drive roadway, mostly single-location and owner-operated. Most businesses are micro-sized – with less than five employees. Commercial Drive is also a mixed residential-commercial area with family-oriented parks, a large number of local ethnic stores and community groups, Edwardian-style heritage buildings, European-style cafes, bars, alternative shops and entertainment venues.

The Granville area is known for its East Van roots in arts and culture. Notable venues and events include: Havana Restaurant & Gallery at 1212 Commercial Drive, East Side Cultch at 1895 Venables, which is a gathering place at a former abandoned church re-developed into a diverse performance space with weekly showings, the Wise Hall at 1882 Adanac Street which supports local artists, performers and promoters, including flea markets with over 200 local vendors, The Drive Murals along Commercial Drive from Salsbury Park to Grandview Tire are painted by Vancouver artists and sponsored by Commercial Drive Business Society. And every November, the area is part of Vancouver’s Eastside Culture Crawl with over 300 artists participating and over 15,000 art-goers attending. The neighbourhood also hosts the annual Car-Free Day where over 10,000 Vancouverites gather to enjoy a day of celebration, shopping and eating along Commercial Drive.

Grandview Park located at 1657 Charles Street was upgraded with a new playground, pathways, stage, sport court, field house with accessible washrooms, lawns, gardens and restored cenotaph area. During summer months, you can find buskers performing live and artisans selling their wares. Grandview Park also hosts the Public Dreams annual Parade of Lost Souls at Halloween.

Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant aka SoMa for South of Main is a vibrant and eclectic area known for its unusual stores, heritage buildings, artistic residents, and arts-focused festivals. The area is popular with urban professionals and families. Mount Pleasant is a young adult, well-educated and mobile community with a high population density. Most businesses are ‘micro’ sized – less than 5 employees. Recently, South of Main (SoMa) has transformed from a former working class neighbourhood into a cultured area with new upscale restaurants and bars along Main Street. There is a new area with commercial art galleries called near the 2nd Avenue-Great Northern Way route called The Flats.

In more recent years, The Flats is now Vancouver’s hottest art district with galleries that have relocated to the affordable and large warehouse spaces along East 2nd Avenue and Great Northern Way. All within walking distance for convenience, galleries include: Catriona Jeffries, Chernoff Fine Art, Equinox Gallery, Gallery 295, Grunt Gallery, Macaulay Fine Art, Monte Clark and more.

Mount Pleasant residents enjoy several parks in the neighbourhood. Mount Pleasant Park is a newly redeveloped park at 3161 Ontario Street, featuring a central great lawn area, new playgrounds, sports court, parking lot, entry-level skate spot, a community garden, seating, universally accessible paths and picnic areas. Jonathan Rogers Park at 110 West 10th Avenue offers playing fields, playground, and spots for resting; a lovely community garden adds colour and vitality to the park while, Tea Swamp Park at 266 East 15th Avenue is a small and beautiful park that is a pleasure to visit. The name is a reminder of the Labrador tea plants that once flourished in the area. Then we have Robson Park at 599 Kingsway is a gateway from a busy road into a colourful neighbourhood. Stroll past the lovely community gardens, or bring a blanket and relax on the grass. And finally, there is Guelph Park at 2390 Brunswick Street is an ideal place for morning exercise or an evening stroll. An open walkway in the park connects a tree-lined field and a recreation area with playground and tennis courts.