On June 15, 2011 the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. After the game, people who gathered downtown rioted. Cars were overturned and burned. Stores were looted. This incident tarnished the reputation of Vancouver The following morning, "real" Vancovuerites showed up with brooms and garbage bags and began to clean up the mess left by the rioters. People started leaving messages on the plywood covering the broken windows at the Bay department store. Then, more and more people left messages on the plywood. Also, messages were written on pieces of cloth and hung in front of the plywood. These messages became a way for Vancouverites to heal and show that the rioters did not represent the "real" Vancouver. Here are some photos of the riot wall. Please read some of the messages. They are very emotional. The riot healing wall was dismantled when the glass was replaced on the windows at The Bay department store. The panels were saved by the Museum of Vancouver for future display.
The 2011 Stanley Cup Finals Playoffs Riot Wall does not exist anymore, but was on the 3 sides (Granville St, Georgia St, and Seymour St) of the Bay Department store in Downtown Vancouver. There were also riot wall on other businesses on Seymour Street, and Sears and Chapters on Robson Streets.
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