The Jolification Protest

“Honk if you’re happy!”

Sunday was another Vancouver Improv Anywhere flashmob! They hosted vancity’s first Jollification Protest.

The Jolification Protest

My sign said “BE THE CHANGE (LIKE THIS SIGN)” on one side. The other side said “Please & Thank You” with a smiley face saying “Raa!” and a picture of a sun. My mom told me it looked juvenile. I told her we aren’t all artistic haha (I FAIL at arts and crafts).

At times it was a little bit uncomfortable for me. On a few occasions we got to chanting negative things about protests “Ban protesting”. I went to the event because a) flashmobs are amazing and b) it was kind of a joke about protests. I think protests, sit-ins and other activist campaigns can be good. They raise awareness and help to educate people. Also, as a participant it’s good to know that you aren’t alone (in your beliefs). A few times I had to remind myself we were being silly, and poking fun. I mean protestors chanting “Ban protesting”, you must admit, there’s a little irony there : P

We did meet some opposition…

"Everyone else holding a sign in an idiot!"

via flickr user eych-yoo-bee-ee-ahr-tee

However for the most part it was good fun. We marched, chanted, played duck-duck-goose, sang, and danced…

These dudes are wicked!

I met some friends of friends, and got to use the megaphone! Awesome! I think my favorite chants were “When I say flash you say mob”, “Eat crayons, poop rainbows” and “I have a sign”. It was cool when people would smile back at us. We even made one girl’s day (she told us so haha)! Also, this was a good opportunity to practice being a “Yes!”, sometimes someone would yell something strange but everyone would just go with it anyway. Sometimes I said strange things but everyone just went with it. It helped me to accept ideas that were different from my own and be open to new things.

FREEZE, vol.2!

Yesterday I attended another Vancouver Improv Anywhere Flashmob. After having so much fun at the 2010 Silent Skytrain Dance Party (video) how could I say no?

Everyone met at Burrard Station and then we went to the “secret location”, which was Metrotown. There was a little confusion because the guy told everyone to go to the Atrium Court when he meant the Grand Court but we figured it out. They kept asking everyone to look around and see the people that were with the group (so that everyone could tell when others were freezing) and I was

identified as “blued haired chick” : P

After the first freeze we all went to the skytrain platform and did it again. The second time was easier, I was more focused. During the first freeze I almost lost it several times. COMPOSURE! It was good fun and on the rude home we met some other Surrey people and theatre kids. I’m sure i’ll be out at more flashmobs like this in the future!

Here’s a recap of the event…