Gayblevision Pacific Wave

Television Producer
Vancouver , BC
British Columbia CA
December, 1986

Canada’s first television program made “for gay people by gay people”, the Gayblevision program was produced through Vancouver’s West End Cable 10 between 1980 and 1986. It documented the local LGBTQ community – the issues, people, events, businesses and organizations that defined the early 1980s in the city. The collection includes rare interviews with community leaders and cultural icons, and provides insight into the formation of the Pride movement and the impact of AIDS.

The archive was donated to VIVO Media Arts / Video Out Distribution by Gayblevision co-founder, Don Durrell. It includes over 80 Gayblevision episodes and those of Pacific Wave, a series initiated December 1983 by Durrell and other Gayblevision producers. Co-founder Mary Anne McEwen donated additional Gayblevision videos including raw footage of their Tennessee Williams interview. Other videos include an “AIDS Special”, Pride tapes, promotional segments, audio tracks, and working cassettes. In 2014 a donation of production stills and other ephemera was made in honour of McEwen.[1]

Online capsules “Coronation Ball ’82”, “Declaration of Vancouver’s 1st Pride Week”, and “Author Jane Rule” were edited and uploaded to the VIVO site in 2015, along with an hour-long fourth capsule “Celebration of Two Years on Air”, excerpts of which were screened at the launch event with the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in the program Still Not Over It” 70 Years of Queer Canadian Film.   

[1] Video Media Arts Centre website, accessed 2015.