Vancouver Moving Theatre with the Carnegie Community Centre and the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians with a host of community partners presents
16 th Annual Downtown Eastside
Heart City 30 Festival 10 of the
over 100 events at over 40 locations
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312 Main | Aboriginal Front Door | Atira/EWMA (Enterprising Women Making Art) | Audain Gallery Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art | Carnegie Community Action Project | Carnegie Cultural Sharing Ca r n e g i e Lea r n i n g Ce n t re | Ca r n e g i e N ews l e t te r | Cave m a n Ca fe | Ch e e k y Pro l e t a r i at A r t G a l l e r y Chinese Cultural Centre Museum & Archives | Centre A | City Opera Vancouver | Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5FM Connection Salon | Diwali in BC | Downtown Community Health Centre | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden DTE S Centre for the Ar t s (DECA) | DTE S Ne igh bourhood House | DTE S Small Ar t s Grant s DTES Women’s Centre | DTES Writers Collective | EartHand Gleaners Society | Eastside Culture Crawl Evelyne Saller Centre | Fazakas Gallery | Firehall Arts Centre | Gallery Gachet International Web Express | InterUrban Gallery | Intragroup Dynamics and Social Exclusion Research Project Instruments of Change | Karen Jamieson Dance Company | Kokoro Dance/KW Studios | Listening Post Lord Strath cona E l ementary Sch ool | Massy Books | Megaph on e | Mur i e l ’s J ourn ey Poetry Pr i ze NOW Soci ety | Oppen h e i mer Park | Or Gal l ery | Paci f i c Canada Heri tage Centre Museum of M i grat ion Phoenix Artist Collective | Portland Hotel Society | Powell Street Festival Society PTC (Play wrights Theatre Centre) | Pulling Together Canoe Society | Ray- Cam Cooperative Centre RayCam Ren ew | Red J am Slam Soci ety | Ri ght to Remai n | Run gh | Russian Hal l | Sacred Ci rcl e Soci ety S a l i s h Coa s t L I V E | S B C Re s t a u r a n t | S F U ’s Va n c i t y O f f i ce o f Co m m u n i t y E n g a g e m e n t S i n ister S isters Ensembl e | Son of James Ban d | S RO Col laborati ve | St . James’ An gl i can Ch urch Stand Up For Mental Health | Strathcona Community Centre | Street Vendors Collective | SUM Gallery T i g h t Cl u b | T h e H e a t l ey | T h e a t re Te r r i f i c | U B C L e a r n i n g E xch a n g e | U r b a n I n k Pro d u c t i o n s Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre | Vancouver Asian Film Festival | Vancouver Cantonese Opera Van couve r J apan ese L an guage S ch ool & J apan ese Ha l l | Van couve r Pol i ce M useum & Arch i ves Vancouver Public Library (Carnegie Reading Room, nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch) | Visceral Visions Watari Youth & Family Services | WePress | Woodward’s Atrium (Westbank Corporation) | Youth Collaborative for Chinatown
Word cloud – Ronnie Dean Harris Reframing Relations workshop 2017
16 th Annual Downtown Eastside
Heart City 30 Festival 10 of the
Produced by Vancouver Moving Theatre with the Carnegie Community Centre
& the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians & a host of community partners A wise Inuit poem recognizes our longing for light:
“In the eternal darkness\the crow unable to ﬁnd food longed for light
and the earth was illumined.” – Sandy Cameron, Longing for Light
INSIDE Welcoming Statements ............................................... 2 – 3 Locations & Venues, with Map ..........................................4 Holding the Light, a personal reflection ..........................5 Schedule at a Glance ................................................... 6 – 7 Pre-Festival Events ............................................................8 Festival Events .........................................................10 – 44 Visual Arts ................................................................46 – 47 Post Festival Events .........................................................48 Congratulations ...............................................................50 Vancouver Moving Theatre News ...................................51 In Memorium............................................................52 – 53 Credits & Thanks ......................................................54 – 55 Holding the Light, a poem ..............................................56
Ticket Information Many festival events are free, by donation or pay what you can. Tickets must be purchased for some events. Please consult each event description for ticket information.
FESTIVAL MISSION, MANDATE & PROGRAM PRACTICE The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival is an annual cultural and heritage ﬂagship event with the mission to serve as a bridge-building force that gives voice to the Downtown Eastside and its low income residents, cultural communities and neighbourhoods. The mandate of the Festival is to promote, present, and facilitate the development of artists, art forms, cultural traditions, history, activism, people and great stories about the Downtown Eastside. Program choices are developed via collaborative consensus with community partners and artists, many of whom partner with additional organizations for additional support. Some events are produced by the festival; some are presented in partnership with other organizations, artists and residents; and some are self-produced and presented under the festival umbrella. The festival also supports and partners with art-based community development projects that give birth to new art and voice local concerns. If you have a project or program idea for future festivals, please contact Terry Hunter at 604.628.5672. The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival acknowledges and honours that we live and work on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓ witulh (Tsleil-Waututh).
FRONT AND BACK COVERS Photo: David Cooper | Design: Big Wave Design Appearing on the front: Louisa Starr Appearing on the back: community members, Festival photo shoot 2019 Lanterns: Secret Lantern Society
Festival phoenix logo and banners : Diane Wood
On behalf of my colleagues on Vancouver City Council and the citizens of Vancouver, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the 16th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival.
On behalf of Premier John Horgan and the Government of British Columbia, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the 16th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival.
The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival celebrates the tremendous diversity of people who call this place home. It also showcases the Downtown Eastside as one of the City of Vancouver's most vibrant cultural hubs. Holding the Light, the theme of this year's 2019 Festival, illuminates the vitality and relevance of the Downtown Eastside community and its diverse and rich traditions, knowledge systems, ancestral languages, cultural roots and stories. The Festival is a way for the people who live here to share their stories with each other, the rest of the City and the world. Thank you for sharing those stories with us.
Arts and culture are an essential part of strong communities. This year’s theme, Holding the Light, highlights the vitality, diversity and rich cultural traditions of the
I am pleased to acknowledge the efforts of the organizers of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, the artists who showcase their talents, and everyone who makes this event such a success. Enjoy the Festival everyone! Mayor Kennedy Stewart
For twelve days, the Heart of the Festival will illuminate Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with over 100 events in 40 different locations. The theme of this year’s festival is Holding the Light. There are so many stories about this place and the people who call it home that need to be illuminated. It’s inspiring to see artists and residents come together to tell the stories that reﬂect the vibrancy and diversity of this community. The BC Arts Council is proud to support the Heart of the City Festival and, on behalf of the Council, I would like to thank the organizers, artists, and community members who bring this important festival to life. Susan Jackson, Chair BC Arts Council
I’m delighted at how accessible and affordable this festival is, as many events are free or by donation. Everyone in our communities should be able to share in the joy of festivals like this one. That’s why our government has made a record investment in the BC Arts Council this year, and we are proud to support the Heart of the City Festival through the Council. Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers for filling the Downtown Eastside with enthusiasm and creativity over the next twelve days. Sincerely, Hon. Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Congratulations Vancouver Moving Theatre and partners for sixteen years of creating an accessible, courageous and communitydriven arts festival! This year, Heart of the City Festival's programming is truly holding the light by providing a platform for local Downtown Eastside storytelling, cross-cultural community dialogues and arts productions. You are a shining example of social justice and true grassroots representation in the arts. I want to commend your 'nothing about us without us' principle by acknowledging the free screenings of two documentaries filmed right in our neighbourhood and directed by East Vancouver artists, exploring urban Indigenous and multicultural history, collaboration, resilience and pride. T’ooyaksim’ N’iisim to the artists, performers, crew and production staff for providing our community with education, entertainment and healing, and for being a bright beacon of hope. Melanie Mark, MLA Vancouver-Mount Pleasant 溫哥華-快樂山省議員
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WELCOME Welcome to the 16th Annual DTES Heart of the City Festival! And welcome to twelve jam-packed days where the Downtown Eastside community shares with each other, and our guests, our stories, history, heritage, culture, concerns, hopes, dreams and visions for the future. This year’s theme, Holding the Light, has emerged from compelling needs of DTES-involved artists and residents to counter dark challenges and illuminate the vitality and concerns of the Downtown Eastside community. This year we are honoured to collaborate with remarkable artists, residents, activists and organizations who hold the light for our communities. To name just a few: Urban Ink Production’s community-engaged project Home, Homelessness and the Cultural In-Between sheds light on challenges and hopes experienced by residents of SRO hotels and the Downtown Eastside; Taninli Wright’s Sis Ne’ Bi -Yïz: Mother Bear Speaks, and Yvonne Wallace’s ūtszan inspire us with their personal stories of courage, conviction and learning; Tale of the Eastside Lantern lights new pathways that weave ancient art forms with popular music; and Spotlight on the East End profiles exceptional local Indigenous, PoC and marginalized musicians. We raise our hands in thanks to all who make our festival possible; it could not happen without you. Thank you Carnegie Community Centre, AUUC Vancouver, and all our community partners, sponsors and donors. Thank you to all the dedicated artists, festival staff and organizations involved in the festival; and our supportive Board of Directors. Special thanks to Operations Manager Lalia Fraser who has made a significant contribution to strengthening our administrative and operations systems. And a HUGE thanks to Associate Artistic Producer extraordinaire Teresa Vandertuin who has worked with intelligence, passion, dedication and communitysmarts to weave this year’s incredible festival. Enjoy the Festival everyone! And may you walk with light and hope. Terry Hunter Executive Director, Vancouver Moving Theatre Artistic Producer, DTES Heart of the City Festival Savannah Walling Artistic Director, Vancouver Moving Theatre Associate Artistic Director, DTES Heart of the City Festival
Welcome to the Heart of the City Festival, a celebration of the activism, creativity, guts, and heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that connects us all. We members of Carnegie Community Centre are proud to be an integral part of this festival, not only in being the venue for many of the productions, but also as the home-away-from-home that nurtures many of our activists and artists. This year’s theme, Holding the Light, reminds us that we must continue telling our stories, that we must bring to light adventures often overlooked by mainstream media and academic histories. It reminds us also to continue honouring the creative spirit that illuminates all of the women and men of this community. As I have done for the last several years, I will be working at many of the events during the festival and I am looking forward to seeing, connecting, and personally welcoming you. There is much to enjoy, much to learn, and much to experience as we greet the light in one another. Namaste Gilles Cyrenne President, Carnegie Community Centre Association
THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE DISTRICT Vancouver’s Oldest Neighbourhood – the Historic Heart of the City Founded on unceded Coast Salish territories and ancient seasonal village sites, today’s Downtown Eastside district is made up of several historic neighbourhoods: Victory Square, Gastown, the Hastings Street Corridor, Chinatown, Strathcona, Thornton Park, Powell / Oppenheimer (aka Nihon-machi, Powell Gai, or Japan Town), North Hastings industrial area, and the Port of Vancouver.
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149 W. Hastings, 778-782-9102, sfu.ca/galleries (5) Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
639 Hornby, 604-682-3455, billreidgallery.ca (6) Carnegie Community Centre
401 Main, 604-665-2220 (7) Caveman Cafe
88 W. Pender, 604-331-0668, cavemancafe.ca (8) CBC Studio 700
700 Hamilton, 604-662-6692 (9) Centre A
#205 - 268 Keefer, 604-683-8326, centrea.org (10) Cheeky Proletariat Art Gallery
320 Carrall, cheekyproletariat.com
(11) Chinese Cultural Centre Courtyard
50 E. Pender
(12) Chinese Cultural Centre Museum & Archives
(20) EWMA Studio
(21) Fazakas Gallery
688 E. Hastings, 604-876-2729, fazakasgallery.com (22) Firehall Arts Centre
280 E. Cordova, 604-689-0691, firehallartscentre.ca (23) Gallery Gachet + WePress
9 W. Hastings, 604-687-2468, gachet.org (24) InterUrban Gallery
1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall, 604-629-8396 (25) KW Atrium Studio
111 W. Hastings, 604-662-7441, kwstudios.ca (26) Listening Post
(27) Lobe Sound Media Gallery
713 E. Hastings
(28) Lord Strathcona Elementary School
592 E. Pender, 604-713-4630, strathcona.vsb.bc.ca (29) Lost + Found Cafe
33 W. Hastings, 604-559-7444, lostandfoundcafe.com (30) Massy Books
88 W. Pender, 604-806-0799
229 E. Georgia, 604-721-4405, massybooks.com (31) nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch 730 E. Hastings, 604-665-3967 vpl.ca/location/nə́c̓aʔmat-ct-strathcona-branch
(•) Co-op Radio
(32) Or Gallery
CFRO 100.5 FM, 604-684-7561, coopradio.org
236 E. Pender, 604-683-7395, orgallery.org
(14) CRAB Park
(33) Phoenix Gallery *
555 Columbia, 604-658-8850, cccvan.com
(13) Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
45 W. Hastings (basement, alley entrance), (15) Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Woodward’s thephoenixgallery.ca (34) PHS Skyroom 149 W. Hastings, 778-782-9149 131 W. Hastings, 10th Floor, 604-683-0073, phs.ca (16) Downtown Community Health Centre North end of Main, 101 E. Waterfront Road
569 Powell, 604-255-3151
(35) Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre
(17) Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
920 E. Hastings, 604-257-6949, raycam.org
(18) DTES Neighbourhood House
600 Campbell, 604-254-9932, russianhall.ca
578 Carrall, 604-662-3207, vancouverchinesegarden.com 573 E. Hastings, 604-215-2030, dtesnhouse.ca
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(19) Evelyne Saller Centre
800 E. Hastings, 604-685-8043, atira.bc.ca
(4) Audain Gallery
384 Main, 604-697-5662, abfrontdoor.com
320 Alexander, 604-665-3075
(3) Aboriginal Front Door
312 Main, entrance on Cordova 312main.ca 8 E. Pender, nowsociety.org
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4) (1) 312 Main
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Most festival venues are wheelchair accessible.
(36) Russian Hall
(37) SBC Restaurant
109 E. Hastings, 778-846-6775, sbcrestaurant.ca
4@ Strathcona Community Garden
(4) SFU Woodward's, Frances & Samuel Belzberg Atrium
149 W. Hastings, sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards (39) St. James’ Anglican Church
303 E. Cordova, 604-685-2532, stjames.bc.ca (40) St. James Community Square
3214 W. 10th Ave, 604-739-9373, sjcommunitysquare.org (41) Strathcona Community Centre
601 Keefer, 604-713-1838 (42) Strathcona Park
SE corner of Prior & Hawks (9) SUM Gallery
#425 - 268 Keefer, sumgallery.ca (9) Sun Wah Centre
268 Keefer, 604-684-2925 (45) Tetrault/ Rausenberg Studio
884 E. Georgia, 604-813-2700 (46) The Heatley
696 E. Hastings, 604-336-3958, heatley.ca (47) Tight Club
261 Union, 604-620-0209, tightclubathletics.com (48) Ukrainian Hall *
805 E. Pender, 604-254-3436, auucvancouver.ca (49) Union & Main, SE Corner (50) Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre
1607 E. Hastings, 604-251-4844, vafcs.org
(51) Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall
487 Alexander, 604-254-2551, vjls-jh.com
(52) Vancouver Police Museum & Archives *
240 E. Cordova, 2nd Floor, 604-665-3346 vancouverpolicemuseum.ca (53) Watari Youth & Family Services 678 E. Hastings 2nd floor, 604.254.6995, watari.org (4) Woodward's Atrium
111 W. Hastings
*venue is not wheelchair accessible
Holding The Light , a personal reflection by Savannah Walling Over a year ago, Terry Hunter, Gunargie O’Sullivan, Teresa Vandertuin, I and others held ongoing conversations to uncover a strong guiding theme for this year’s 2019 Festival. Out of these conversations emerged this year’s theme Holding the Light. Who holds the light? And how? Some days I need reminders of hope. Some days when I look around at my DTES neighbourhood and the world of which we’re a part … I lose hope. Dark challenges overwhelm: urgent needs for housing, safe regulated drugs, mental health and addictions treatment, living wages, clean water, protected parks, safe streets, people who treat others with dignity and respect, people who care for each other and future generations. I have been remembering where I have found light from other artists who restore Mural-in-development: Through the Eye of the Raven hope in my heart. In 2003, when VMT colCreated by Richard Tetrault & Jerry Whitehead with a team of urban Indigenous artists laborated with Carnegie for their 100th Anniversary, Terry and I traveled to Enderby, BC to consult with the artists who created the community play honour Indigenous sisters, daughters and clan mothers … Paul (Not The Way I Heard It) that inspired the collaboratively-creWong’s mural honouring “everyday things” … DTES muralists ated DTES Community Play. Here we met Rosalind Williams, a putting their stories on alley walls behind the Overdose PrevenSplatsin Elder, mentor, teacher, writer and now friend and coltion site … Skundaal Bernie Williams’ totem pole in Pigeon Park league. When the surrounding darkness overwhelms, Rosalind’s honouring all our survivors ... memorial stones commissioned by words for the play Tuwitames (Runaway Moon/Splatsin Learning the Larson family, and a memorial quilt created by Diane Wood Centre) restore hope in my heart: and community members honouring missing and murdered "We gotta be brave, We gotta know all about the half and half way things gotta be. Half light, half dark...half good, half bad...half ease, half struggle. That’s just the way things were made to be. And it don't matter what we do, the dark will come again… and it don't matter what we do, the light will come again. We just have to accept it." “The play was written”, Rosalind said, “to help children and adults of the 1960s scoop understand how and why it happened and in understanding, to hopefully begin the journey back to strength.” I also turn for inspiration to words, music and images created by artists, writers, journalists, activists and community members, past and present, who shine light on stories and cultural traditions of this neighbourhood: people who do the hard work to help us understand what has happened, to help us work together to care for our future, and to initiate and sustain journeys to strength. Local holders of the light that inspire me include Paul Taylor and the Carnegie Newsletter … Co-op Radio and its dedicated volunteers … playwrights, writers, visual artists, theatres, museums, archives, and cultural centres … Richard Tetrault and the circle of collaborators who put stories on local streets as murals … Haisla Collins’ mural for the Vancouver Library main branch to
Indigenous women and girls … EartHand Gleaners who create art out of local plants … language teachers who hold light on the cultural wisdom and knowledge of mother tongues … community activists who shine light on displacement as they work to preserve culture, homes, communities and legendary businesses … the Right to Remain Project … Wendy Pedersen and SRO Collaborative … Chinatown Transformation Team … Youth Collaborative for Chinatown … Strathcona Residents Association … Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts … Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre … Enterprising Women Making Art … PHS … Gunargie O’Sullivan and Red Jam Slam Society … and many, many more. I hold up my hands to artists, cultural practitioners, activists, educators and allies from our neighbourhoods and beyond, and from the host First Nations. They hold up the light of our stories, hopes and concerns, helping us to build strength and overcome obstacles, helping us to work together in ways that ensure we will have a future. No matter how dark the night, tomorrow light will be on its way.
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PAGE 8 Thursday October 24 9:30am - 12pm Workshop Piñatas Carnegie Art Room
Saturday October 26 12pm - 4pm Homing Pidgin, Reception Centre A 7:30pm Berlin: The Last Cabaret Carnegie Theatre
October 27 to 29
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7pm - 10pm Hallowe’en Movie Festival Evelyne Saller Centre
Monday October 28 6pm - 8pm Edge of the Knife Carnegie Theatre
Wednesday October 30
PAGE 10-12 2pm - 4pm Festival Opening Ceremony Carnegie Theatre 2pm - 2:30pm Wax Poetic Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM 5pm - 6:30pm EWMA Artists Closing Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery 6:30pm - 8:30pm Orange & Black Hallowe'en Party Ray-Cam CC 7pm - 8:30pm Cantata Singers Open Rehearsal St. James' Church
Tuesday October 29 3pm - 4pm Meet the Artists EWMA Studio
7pm - 9pm Hallowe’en Arts N' Crafts Evelyne Saller Centre
7:30pm - 9pm Diwali in the DTES Carnegie Theatre 7:30pm Sis Ne’ Bi-Yïz: Mother Bear Speaks Firehall Arts Centre
Visual Arts during the Festival
Thursday October 31
Friday Saturday November 1 November 2 All Saints Day Day of the Dead
9:30am - 12pm Bunting & Decorations Carnegie Art Room
1pm - 2pm Billie's Blues Carnegie Theatre
12:30pm - 1:30pm Warrior Ethos SFU Woodwards lobby
1pm - 3pm Spirit Has No Colour SFU World Art Centre
1pm - 2pm World Poetry Cafe Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM 1pm & 2pm Hastings Street Band Carnegie front steps 5pm - 6pm Kla How Ya Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM 6pm - 9pm SRO, a play InterUrban Gallery 7pm - 9:30pm Hallowe'en Dance Carnegie Theatre 7pm Tale of the Eastside Lantern CBC Studio 700 7:30pm ūtszan Firehall Arts Centre 9pm - 11pm Arts Rational Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM
9:30pm - 11pm Hip Hop Ladies & Photographers SBC Restaurant
2pm - 5pm Crafts & Conversation Bill Reid Gallery 3pm Sis Ne’ Bi -Yïz: Mother Bear Speaks Firehall Arts Centre 3pm - 5pm My Art is Activism SUM Gallery 3pm - 5:30pm Visit the Space InterUrban Gallery 4pm - 5pm Cracking Up Carnegie Theatre 5pm - 8pm Day of the Dead Celebration/ Celebracion del Día de los Muertos Watari
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All Souls Day
Daylight Savings Time ends
10am - 11am Chinese Seniors Choir Carnegie Theatre
10am - 12pm On Stage Walking Tour SE corner Union & Main
11am - 3pm Canoe Landing CRAB Park 1pm - 2:30pm Sandy Cameron Memorial Writing Contest Carnegie Theatre 1pm - 4pm Speaking in Tongues Centre A 2pm - 5pm A Banquet of Stories Russian Hall 3pm ūtszan Firehall Arts Centre 3pm - 5:30pm Visit the Space InterUrban Gallery 3:30pm - 5pm DTES Writers Collective Carnegie Theatre 4pm & 5pm Hastings Street Band Woodward's Atrium 6:30pm - 9pm Urban Indigenous Drum Groups InterUrban Gallery
6:30pm All Souls' Mass St James' Church
7pm - 9:30pm Sing Along Choir Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery
7pm - 9:30pm Comedy at Carnegie: Funny Side Up Carnegie Theatre
8pm ūtszan Firehall Arts Centre
Monday November 4
6pm - 8pm SRO Indigenous Women's Project InterUrban Gallery
8pm - 9pm Tuff City InterUrban Gallery
Heart of the City Festival
Sunday November 3
7pm - 9:30pm DTES Poets Open Mic Carnegie Theatre 7:30pm - 9:30pm Spotlight on the East End The Heatley 8pm Sis Ne’ Bi-Yïz: Mother Bear Speaks Firehall Arts Centre
10:30am - 12pm All Saints Day Mass St James' Church 11am Snooker Tournament Carnegie Pool Room 1pm & 2pm Hastings Street Band Hawks & E. Pender 1pm - 2:30pm SRO Collaborative InterUrban Gallery 1:30pm - 3pm Japanese History Walking Tour VJLS & JH 2pm - 4pm Block Printmaking Workshop Gallery Gachet + WePress 3pm Sis Ne’ Bi-Yïz: Mother Bear Speaks Firehall Arts Centre 3pm - 5pm SRO, a play InterUrban Gallery 3pm - 7pm Ukrainian Hall Concert & Supper Ukrainian Hall 4pm - 5pm Recollect, A Work in Progress SFU World Art Centre 6pm - 7:30pm Poetry Night & Open Mic EWMA Studio 7pm Hold the Light Listening Post
1pm & 2pm Hastings Street Band Carnegie front steps 1pm - 2:30pm When Spirit Whispers Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM 2pm - 3pm Seniors Improvisation Group Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery 5pm - 7:30pm Big House Feast Carnegie Theatre 7pm HERE - Placement/ Displacement Tetrault/Rausenberg Studio 7pm - 8pm SRO Indigenous Women's Project InterUrban Gallery 8pm - 9pm TUFF CITY InterUrban Gallery
Tuesday November 5
Wednesday November 6
10am - 12pm Butoh Workshop KW Atrium Studio
11:30am - 12pm Moving Stories: Healthy Aging Through the Arts Strathcona CC 12pm - 2:30pm Treasuring Strathcona Stitching Circle Strathcona CC
9am - 5pm Open House Vancouver Police Museum 1pm - 3pm Crafty Wednesday Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery
1pm - 2:30pm Sne'waylh Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM
1pm Opening Doors, pwyc preview Firehall Arts Centre
1:15pm Uzume Taiko Strathcona Elementary School
2pm Guided Tour St James' Church
2pm - 4pm Learn the Big Drum Carnegie Patio 3pm - 4:30pm Spaces & Places Part III KW Atrium Studio 5pm - 6:30pm A Joyous Celebration, Reception Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery
6pm - 8:30pm Poetry on Page and Stage nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch 6pm - 9pm Red Women Rising InterUrban Gallery 6:45pm - 9:45pm Cabaret Coffee House Carnegie Theatre
3pm - 5pm Afternoon with Elders in Residence Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery 3pm - 5:30pm Visit the Space InterUrban Gallery 3:30pm - 5pm The Art of John Yuris, Reception Downtown Community Health Centre 5:30pm - 7:30pm Metis Night: Heart of the North Van. Aboriginal Friendship Centre 6pm - 9pm SRO, a play InterUrban Gallery 7pm - 9pm Close Connections: Writers Panel Massy Books 7pm - 9:30pm DTES Front & Centre: Here We Are! Carnegie Theatre 7pm - 8pm Life Lessons on a Bicycle nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch 7:30pm Opening Doors Firehall Arts Centre
PAGE 34-36 9:30am - 4pm In the Way/ Out of the Way 312 Main 12pm - 4pm Street Vendors Woodward's Atrium
9am - 11am National Aboriginal Veterans Day Carnegie Theatre 12pm - 4pm Street Vendors Woodward's Atrium
12:30pm - 2pm DTES Collection 1pm - 3pm & Book Launch 35th Anniversary Carnegie Theatre Book Launch 1:30pm - 3pm Carnegie Learning Hand Drum Centre Circle 2pm - 3pm Aboriginal Front Women's Art; Door Women's Issues 2pm - 4:30pm Bill Reid Gallery Beneath the 4pm - 6pm Surface Finding Light In Van. Aboriginal the Darkness Friendship Centre Carnegie 3rd Floor 3pm - 4:30pm Gallery "Irreparable 5pm - 6pm Harm?" Kla How Ya Carnegie Theatre Co-op Radio CFRO 3pm - 8pm 100.5 FM Red Jam Slam 5pm - 11:30pm Caveman Cafe Trading Places: 4pm - 6pm Un Échange Synergy, 8EAST Reception 7pm - 10pm Lost + Found In the Shadow of Cafe the Mountains 5pm - 7pm Chinese Cultural Hope In Centre Museum Shadows, 7pm - 10pm Reception Light And InterUrban Gallery Shadow 6pm - 9pm Phoenix Gallery Annual 7:30pm Members Show, Opening Doors Reception Firehall Arts Gallery Gachet Centre 7pm 8pm - 10pm Design Your Spotlight on the Life! Reception East End Lobe Sound Russian Hall Media Gallery 9pm - 11pm 8pm Arts Rational Daylighting Co-op Radio CFRO Ukrainian Hall 100.5 FM 8pm Opening Doors Firehall Arts Centre
Saturday November 9
Sunday November 10
11am - 12:30pm Gentriﬁcation Tour Carnegie front steps
10am - 1pm Together: Celebration and Reconciliation 312 Main
12pm - 1:30pm Treesong Woodward's Atrium 12:30pm - 3pm Because We Are Girls Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas 1pm - 3pm "V6A" Carnegie Theatre 1pm - 4pm Walking Tour Strathcona Strathcona Park 2pm - 4pm Roots and Seeds DTES Neighbourhood House 2pm - 4pm Ukrainian Beading Workshop EWMA Studio 3pm Opening Doors Firehall Arts Centre
10:30am - 11:45am Carnegie Classics Carnegie Theatre
Post Festival Events
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11am - 12:30pm Chinatown Public Art Walk Chinese Cultural Centre courtyard
7pm - 9:30pm Carnegie Newsletter Fundraiser St. James Community Square
12pm - 1pm Workin' Woodward's Atrium
Eastside Culture Crawl
November 14 to 17
Friday November 15
2pm - 4pm Carnegie Jazz Band Carnegie Theatre
5pm - 7pm Festival Closing Reception Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery
6pm - 8:30pm Feast & Water Ceremony PHS Sky Room
Sunday November 17
12pm - 2:30pm Fall Food Bazaar VJLS & JH 2pm - 4pm Industry Panel Strathcona CC
3:30pm - 4:30pm Workin' Woodward's Atrium 4:30pm - 5pm DTES Tales of Shadow and Light Carnegie Theatre 5pm - 6:30pm W(e)aves 0.7 Sun Wah Centre 7pm - 8pm Story Behind Weaving Reconciliation Carnegie Theatre 8pm - 9:30pm Survivors Totem Pole Documentary Carnegie Theatre 8pm Opening Doors Firehall Arts Centre 8pm - 10pm Spotlight on the East End Tight Club
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6pm - 8pm Moving with Joy across the Ice, Reception Fazakas Gallery
2pm - 4pm CHAJI Curatorial Tour Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Friday Thursday November 7 November 8
8pm - 10pm Lessons from I-Hotel InterUrban Gallery
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PIÑATAS Thursday October 24, 9:30am - 12pm Carnegie Art Room basement, 401 Main Free
BERLIN: The Last Cabaret Saturday October 26, 7:30pm - 9pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
Enjoy a piñata making workshop! Practice working with paper mache to create and decorate piñatas, which come in many different sizes and shapes (like an animal or an object). They transform into hanging containers filled with candy or treats, then are broken as part of a ceremony or celebration. It’s a fun party activity where guests are blindfolded and take turns hitting the piñata with a stick. When the piñata finally breaks open, everyone rushes to grab as many treats as they can. Hosted by members of the DTES Latin American Community.
It is 1934 in Berlin. The Weimar Republic has collapsed, and the world is turning upside down. Members of a cabaret troupe gather one last time to perform for their friends, some of whom have already gone missing. Charles Barber, music director of City Opera Vancouver, brings a sneak preview of the new opera Berlin: The Last Cabaret that premieres in January 2020 at Performance Works. They introduce five remarkable singers new to City Opera, Julia Munčs, Meaghan Chenosky, Alen Dominguez, Brent Hirose, Dan Doerksen, and repertoire authentic to the Weimar Republic.
HOMING PIDGIN Haruko Okano Saturday October 26, 12pm - 4pm Centre A, #205 - 268 Keefer Free Exhibition October 21 to December 14 Homing Pidgin introduces visitors to words and phrases recovered by artist Haruko Okano from hybrid trade languages developed and spoken by early settlers during the late 1800s and early 1900s on the West Coast. “Pidgin” incorporated snippets from Chinese, South Asian, French and Chinook, woven in with portmanteaus or “Janglish” (a fusion of Japanese and English). This installation symbolizes the meeting of two cultures; it offers an opportunity to experience the challenges of communicating when one is unfamiliar with another’s mother tongue and to learn a little of a lost oral tradition. Gallery hours: Tues to Sat 12pm - 5pm. During the opening reception, Haruko invites the public’s help in making 1000 paper boats for an environmental art project, Ocean Flotilla. The boats are made of unbleached kraft paper made water-resistant with kakishibu, an organic multi-purpose medium from Japan. Each boat will be numbered and participants can track their boat’s journey on the BlogSpot. Suitable for 12 years or older; younger children can contribute a message. Space is limited, first come first serve. More info: oceanﬂotilla.blogspot.com.
HALLOWE’EN MOVIE FESTIVAL Sunday to Tuesday, October 27 to 29, 7pm - 10pm Evelyne Saller Centre, 320 Alexander Free Three nights of Hallowe’en movies; it’s a frightfully entertaining movie festival. Are you brave enough? Can you handle the thrills headed your way? Come on down to the Evelyne Saller Centre and creep into the spooky season with some of your favourite Hallowe’en movies! Everyone is welcome.
EDGE OF THE KNIFE (2018, 1 hr 40 min) Monday October 28, 6pm - 8pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free Join the Cultural Sharing Program as we celebrate the United Nations observance that proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. We are proud to share a screening of Edge of the Knife, a Canadian film co-directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown. Filmed entirely in Haida Gwaii, it is the first feature film spoken in only Haida dialects. Set in 19th-century Haida Gwaii, the film tells the classic Haida story of the traumatized and stranded man transformed to Gaagiixiid, the wildman. Come early at 5:30pm to pick up a ticket to the November 4, Big House Feast.
MEET THE ARTISTS FarLee Mowat & Deanna Cuthand Tuesday October 29, 3pm - 4pm EWMA Studio, 800 E. Hastings Free Join Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA) for a Meet & Greet! with artists FarLee Mowat and Deanna Cuthand. View their work, ask them questions and take in the EWMA studio. EWMA is a developmental program of Atira Women’s Resource Society that works to facilitate female or female identified individuals art and art practices. For more information visit www.atira.bc.ca/enterprising-women-making-art or www.facebook.com/EWMA-store. We invite women, two spirit and women identified folk to drop-in and socialize with the artists!
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THE FESTIVAL FESTIVAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 2019 – 2020
KHARI WENDELL MCCLELLAND The Festival is thrilled to welcome Strathcona/DTES resident Khari Wendell McClelland as Artist in Residence for this year’s Festival and next. Originally from Detroit, Khari is a talented and ever-evolving artist whose creativity, drive and clever mix of soul and gospel has established him as a bright light on the local and Canadian music scene. DTES residents often see Khari, string instrument in hand, strumming and singing as he walks the streets of Strathcona. A member of the award-winning roots gospel group The Sojourners, Khari also created Freedom Singer, tracing his ancestor Kissy’s journey north to Canada from
slavery, and the music carried by fugitive slaves. On stage or in the studio, Khari’s passion for community, equality and justice is palpable, as is his belief in the redemptive power of music. For the 2019 Festival, Khari has curated the music series Spotlight on the East End (Nov 2, Nov 7, Nov 9); will host Close Connections at Massey Books (Nov 6); and leads a walk and conversation, Walking Tour: Strathcona Past, Present and Future (Nov 9). Khari will also present Daylighting, a workshop iteration of his show We Now Recognize (Nov 8); and will appear at the Festival Opening Ceremony (Oct 30).
SPOTLIGHT ON THE EAST END The Heart of the City Festival is honoured to partner with the Vancouver Music Fund and CREATIVE BC to present an exciting live music and music industry development series that supports and profiles local Indigenous, PoC and Downtown Eastside-involved musicians. Spotlight on the East End features a three-concert series at local venues (The Heatley, Russian Hall, Tight Club), a music industry panel workshop, mentoring, and the development of promotional tools for the participants. Festival Artist in Residence Khari Wendell McClelland has curated a dynamic lineup of local professional and semi-professional musicians. Their breadth in style and musical genres reﬂects the rich diversity of music in Vancouver’s East End, and the talent of these musicians speaks to the exceptional quality of the local music scene.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE EAST END #1 Saturday November 2, 7:30pm The Heatley, 696 E. Hastings
SPOTLIGHT ON THE EAST END #2 Thursday November 7, 8pm Russian Hall, 600 Campbell,
SPOTLIGHT ON THE EAST END #3 Saturday November 9, 8pm Tight Club, 261 Union
$20/15 Tickets at door or advance sales: spotlightrussianhall.eventbrite.com
$20/15 Tickets at door or advance sales: spotlighttightclub.eventbrite.com
With Desirée Dawson, Francis Arevalo, Edzi’u, and Chelsea Johnson
With Kimmortal & Megang & Estiqw, JB the First Lady, MIssy D, and Haisla with Nasty, Brutish and Short!
With Tonye Aganaba, Khari Wendell McClelland, Alfredo Flores, and Shannon Bauman
INDUSTRY PANEL: Passing of the Keys Saturday November 17, 2pm. Strathcona Community Centre, Seniors Lounge, 601 Keefer, Free Guests: Tarun Naylor, Jarrett Martineau, Aurora Jane, Rob Wright. Moderator: Khari Wendell McClelland. Everyone welcome. See Event pages for more details
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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30 festival OpEninG CeReMoNy Wednesday October 30, 2pm - 4pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
Join friends from the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood and special guests for this year’s Opening Ceremony with a focus on the 2019 Festival theme Holding the Light. Featuring Les Nelson, Carnegie’s Elder in Residence, and Kat Norris, Festival Elder in Residence, who will lead the afternoon’s cultural work. Also: Khari Wendell McClelland, Festival Artist in Residence, singer and community worker; lexwst’i:lem Drum Group, the exciting addition to the Carnegie community; blues and jazz singer Dalannah Gail Bowen singing This Little Light of Mine, accompanied by pianist Michael Creber; Chinese folk dancer Eva Cho with Wilson Liang; and the Strathcona Red Fox Drum Group from Strathcona Elementary School who will lighten our spirits with song. We will also thank and honour individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to our community. For a special treat to celebrate Diwali, the multicultural South Asian festival of lights, Carnegie Artists in Residence, Amal and Erv of Cambium Arts & Education will display handmade lanterns for the festival opening. Made collaboratively with DTES community members. Refreshments! Everyone welcome.
WAX POETIC on CO-OP RADIO Wednesday October 30, 2pm - 2:30pm Live Broadcast Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5FM Join hosts RC Weslowski and Lucia Misch for their weekly program that highlights poet laureates, the latest up-and-coming poetry slammers, the most seasoned spoken word artists, and poets with new books hot off the presses! They let each poem guide the conversation to see how the words and the world inspire. Today’s special guests for the Heart of the City Festival are poets Isabella Mori and Kyle Hawke who will read poetry from entries in the first Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize in honour of Muriel Williams, beloved actor and spoken word artist of heart of the city.
ORANGE & BLACK HALLOWE’EN PARTY Wednesday October 30, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre, 920 E. Hastings Free
Dalannah Gail Bowen
THREE EWMA ARTISTS Karen Colville, Penny Lim, Rosina Santillana Wednesday October 30, 5pm - 6:30pm Carnegie 3rd ﬂoor Gallery, 401 Main Free Join three artists from Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA) for the closing reception of their exhibition. The three artists are diverse in their approaches to their work: Karen Colville paints abstracts and landscapes that capture the beauty in natural environments; Penny Lim is a mixedmedia artist who explores banner art, photography, and wood laser work; and Rosina Santillana experiments with all sorts of media, creating colKaren Colville lages and altered art. For more information about EWMA, visitwww.atira. bc.ca/enterprising-women-making-art or www.facebook.com/ EWMA-store.
Join the gang at Ray-Cam for games and other entertainment! Montana King will be there to add decorations with face paint and sparkles. Family fun with good tricks and treats. Especially for children and families.
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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30
VANCOUVER CANTATA SINGERS Wednesday October 30, 7pm - 8:30pm St. James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova Free St. James’ welcomes the Vancouver Cantata Singers as they offer a free, open rehearsal. If you have ever wondered how to teach a choir to sing and perform in perfect harmony, this is a great opportunity to hear some beautiful singing, and learn from commentary by Paula Kremer, Artistic Director. Vancouver Cantata Singers was founded in 1958, and is one of Canada’s pre-eminent, award-winning choral ensembles. For more information about the choir go to: www.vancouvercantatasingers.com. All welcome. Taninli Wright
SIS NE’ BI-YÏZ: Mother Bear Speaks Wednesday October 30, 7:30pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20/15. Tickets at door or advance sales: 604-689-0926 boxofﬁce@ﬁrehallartscentre.ca or www.Firehallartscentre.ca Also November 1, 2, & 3 A play written and performed by Taninli Wright (Wet'suwet'en) about her remarkable Messenger of Hope Walk. Inspired by the true story of this emerging artist who walked 1,600km across British Columbia to give voice to First Nations children and other marginalized youth. Developed in collaboration with Laura Barron, Jason Clift, Julie McIsaac and Jessica Schacht. Produced by Instruments of Change.
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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30 WoRkshOp
HALLOWE’EN ARTS & CRAFTS Wednesday October 30, 7pm - 9pm Evelyne Saller Centre, 320 Alexander Free The folks at Evelyne Saller are getting ready for everybody’s favourite time, Hallowe’en. Costumes, crafts, tricks, and spirits; come and join in the Hallowe’en-themed arts and crafts making workshop. Everyone is welcome.
MusiC & PhOtOs
HIP-HOP LADIES with GENTLEMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS Wednesday October 30, 9:30pm - 11pm SBC Restaurant, 109 E. Hastings Free Come dressed to impress to the famous SBC RESTAURANT for a night of live hip-hop music. Performing are Ghetto Bunny, Miss Christie Lee, and BonaFyde; with DJ Kate Moe Dee. Get your photo taken by local legend DTES photographer Tom Quirk, with his trusted assistant Quin Martins. Join us for 'STYLIN’ AT THE BUDDHA'! Prize given for best Hallowe’en costume!
DIWALI IN THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE Wednesday October 30, 7:30pm - 9pm (doors 7pm) Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free The Festival is thrilled to collaborate with the multicultural festival Diwali in BC and its award-winning Artistic Director and storytelling host for the evening, Rohit Chokhani, to bring the radiant light of South Asian dance and music to Carnegie: the heart of our community. The evening features three exceptionally talented and exciting acts: Ashvini Sundaram, an award-winning Bharatanatyam performance artist also trained in ballet, contemporary dance and Canatic music; Karima Essa, a charismatic and passionate performer, three-time Canadian National Dance Champion, and Vancouver’s very own Bollywood star; and performers from South Asian Arts, practitioners of high energy bhangra dance, a form of North Indian dance popular in India and locally. A not-to-be-missed evening. Expect to be up on the dance ﬂoor! Refreshments to follow. Diwali is an annual festival of lights, a celebration of light overcoming darkness, that originated in cultural communities of South Asia and today is celebrated around the world. “As a kid”, Rohit Chokhani says, “Diwali for me was visiting family and friends, giving gifts and eating together and sharing a cup of chai. My goal with Diwali in BC is to take that experience beyond families and into communities. If two diﬀerent communities come together over a cup of chai and have a good conversation, that is Diwali.” South Asian Arts
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HOME, HOMELESSNESS AND THE CULTURE IN-BETWEEN Thursday October 31 to Wednesday November 6 InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall By donation at the door Home, Homelessness and the Culture In-Between is a week-long artistic exploration of the challenges and hopes experienced by residents of Single-Room-Occupancy hotels and the Downtown Eastside. This project, led by Renae Morriseau with Sophie Merasty, features an array of activities including visual art, facilitated discussions, ceremony, theatre, and live performances. Come and witness the heart of the DTES community and what it means to live here.
SRO, a play by Middle of the Sky (aka Brenda Prince) Thursday October 31, 6pm; Sunday November 3, 3pm; Wednesday November 6, 6pm The new play SRO follows the story of Pinishi, an Anishinabe Ikwe and Ojibway woman trapped in a Downtown Eastside SRO hotel and her efforts to escape from her circumstances both physically and spiritually. The play uses a fascinating storytelling style, both intimate and expansive, to create a world that helps the audience understand the constraints of being trapped in an SRO, and witness how Indigenous people use their traditional stories, songs, and memories to escape their confined living situation.
Visit the Space Friday November 1, Saturday November 2, Wednesday November 6, 3pm - 5:30pm Drop by the InterUrban Gallery to see the art created over the eight-month community-engaged process, including body mapping and videos from the SRO Indigenous Women’s Project.
SRO Indigenous Women’s Project Friday November 1, 6pm; Monday November 4, 7pm Performances and vignettes developed through an eight month community engaged art process; the participants of the SRO Indigenous Women's Project share stories that honour their lived experience of 'home' – within themselves, from where they were born, and within the DTES.
Tuff City: Lessons from a determined community Friday November 1, 8pm; Monday November 4, 8pm To help people understand what has been happening in the Downtown Eastside overdose crisis, front line responders and harm reduction workers have created Illicit projects: installations and workshop performances to express the realities of drug users. They transform the lived experiences and direct knowledge of those most impacted by the opioid crisis into shadow stories that bring the understanding that reduces stigma towards people who use drugs. Lead artist is David Mendes.
Urban Indigenous Drum Groups on Coast Salish Territories now Known as Vancouver Saturday November 2, 6:30pm Singing to our Ancestors. Join the evening of traditional Indigenous songs and stories from various First Nations that have made their home on the traditional territories of the Squamish, Tseil Wahtuth, and Musqeum people. Music will be woven with discussion on protocols, cultural practices and how Indigenous settler singers and storytellers navigate their cultural practice within these lands. Facilitators: Renae Morriseau and Wes Nahanee.
SRO Collaborative Sunday November 3, 1pm Come and hear from Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel tenants who are organizing with their neighbours for more safety around evictions and habitability in their hotels. Moderated by Wendy Pedersen.
Red Women Rising Book Reading: DTES Women’s Centre Tuesday November 5, 6pm The DTES Women’s Centre shares readings and writings from the recently published seminal report Red Women Rising: Indigenous Women Survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Based on the lived experience, leadership, and expertise of Indigenous survivors, this comprehensive report is the culmination of a participatory process with 113 Indigenous women and 15 non-Indigenous women regarding the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Ceremony, music and celebration, with readings from the writers and talk back conversations.
Home, Homelessness and the Culture In-Between is produced in partnership with Urban Ink Productions Society. With special thanks to PHS and the InterUrban Gallery for opening their space to this residency.
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THURSDAY OCTOBER 31 WoRkshOp
MusiC in thE stReEts
BUNTING & DECORATIONS Thursday October 31, 9:30am - 12pm Carnegie Art Room basement, 401 Main Free Come join our bunting and decorations workshop to make Day of the Dead and Halloween inspired arts and crafts. This workshop will be led by Erin, a staff member of Oppenheimer Park.
HASTINGS STREET BAND Thursday October 31, 1pm & 2pm Starts at Carnegie, 401 Main Free Also November 2, 3 & 4 Itâ€™s music in the streets! Join the Hastings Street Band and their upbeat New Orleans style jazz and blues. Led by multiinstrumentalist and composer Brad Muirhead, the band is composed of enthusiastic Downtown Eastside involved amateur, semi-pro musicians playing with professional musicians from across Vancouver.
Marshall Trammell and Kage
WARRIOR ETHOS: Drumming Narratives of Interculturality Thursday October 31, 12:30pm - 1:30pm SFU Woodward's, Frances & Samuel Belzberg Atrium, 149 W. Hastings Free Performing together, Japanese Canadian taiko artist Kage (Eileen) and African-American percussionist and Music Research Strategist Marshall Trammell explore emergent and collaborative narratives in sound. Their exploration combines their idiosyncratic approaches to new and ancient instruments with the unique acoustics of the inner architecture of the performance space. Presented with SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement. More info: www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2019Fall/warrior-ethos-drumming-narratives-of-interculturality.html
SRO, a play by Middle of the Sky (aka Brenda Prince) Thursday October 31, 6pm - 9pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrell By donation at the door Also November 3 & 6 The new play SRO follows the story of Pinishi, an Anishinabe Ikwe and Ojibway woman trapped in a Downtown Eastside SRO hotel and her efforts to escape from her circumstances both physically and spiritually. The play uses a fascinating storytelling style, both intimate and expansive, to create a world that helps the audience understand the constraints of being trapped in an SRO, and witness how Indigenous people use their traditional stories, songs and memories to escape confined living situations. SRO is part of Home, Homelessness and the Culture In-Between, a week-long residency led by Renae Morriseau with Sophie Merasty that explores the challenges and hopes experienced by residents of SRO hotels and the DTES. Produced by Urban Ink Productions. See page 13 for more information.
WORLD POETRY CAFE Thursday October 31, 1pm - 2pm Live Broadcast Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5FM Ariadne Sawyer, host of World Poetry Cafe, is pleased to celebrate the Heart of the City Festival with poetry, interviews, creative tips, and music. Today, Ariadne welcomes musical guest Alfredo Flores, one of the musicians featured in the Festivalâ€™s Spotlight on the East End music series! Alfredo Flores
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THURSDAY OCTOBER 31 Yvonne Wallace
DID YOU KNOW? Cantonese Opera is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its listing by UNESCO as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage. Transmitted from generation to generation, the art form involves music, singing, dancing, beautiful regalia and large ensembles of performers and musicians. It is a contemporary art form with ancient roots, practiced by artists who are committed to its preservation and those who are innovating and testing the limits for new generations.
This passionate story about language and how it informs identity, follows the journey of a woman and her quest to reclaim her language. In the process, she uncovers Indigenous knowledge, humour, strength and resilience. Directed by Jefferson Guzman, ūtszan (to make things better) is written and performed by artist Yvonne Wallace (Lil̓wat7úl), making the Downtown Eastside the first stop after her world premiere in Whistler.
KLA HOW YA on CO-OP RADIO Thursday October 31, 5pm - 6pm Live Broadcast Co-Op Radio CFRO 100.5FM Host Gunargie O’Sullivan kicks off this year’s Heart of the City Festival on a number of radio programs with news, interviews and music that explore the struggle of Indigenous people for freedom and liberation. For today’s program, Gunargie will field live phone-ins from festival staff and artists participating in the October 31 festival events. Be sure to tune in to hear about the events that will be going on at this year’s Festival!
Gunargie O'Sullivan Welcome back to Gunargie O'Sullivan, this year in the capacity of Associate Programmer. Gunargie will also attend Festival events to livestream, and interview artists and audience members for social media.
Shon Wong, Rosa Cheng
ŪTSZAN Thursday October 31, 7:30pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20/15. Tickets at door or advance sales: 604.689.0926 boxofﬁce@ﬁrehallartscentre.ca or www.Firehallartscentre.ca Also November 1 & 2
RoCk OpEra in-DeVeLoPmEnt
TALE OF THE EASTSIDE LANTERN Thursday October 31, 7pm CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton $15. Tickets at the door, or advance sales: www. eastsidelantern3.eventbrite.ca Experience a Chinatown story in the making. Join Vancouver Cantonese Opera and playwright/ composer Shon Wong, the bandleader for Son of James, for an excerpt from their hybrid Chinese rock opera in-development. In the shops and neon lit streets of Chinatown, Jimmy wrestles with his personal demons and sets out to solve a mystery guarded by spirits living in the underworld. Jimmy is led by the sounds of rock and motivated by the oldest feeling in the world … love. Directed by Andy Toth, the cast includes Rosa Cheng (Artistic Director of Vancouver Cantonese Opera), Ukrainian Chinese guitarist Henny Young, guzheng player Michelle Kwan, erhu player Lan Tung, and lead vocalist Shon Wong – whose father James founded the Chinatown Hillbillies band to fundraise for Chinatown causes. Stay afterwards for a chat with the creators of the show. Co-produced by Vancouver Cantonese Opera and Son of James, and presented by Vancouver Moving Theatre.
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THURSDAY OCTOBER 31 Rollin' and Tumblin'
HANDY GUIDE TO WALKING TOURS 2019 ON STAGE: THE LOST THEATRE HISTORY OF THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE with John Atkin Sunday November 3, 10am (approx. two hours) Meet: SE corner of Union and Main $10/pay what you can for local residents
JAPANESE HISTORY WALKING TOUR with Laura Saimoto Sunday November 3, 1:30pm - 3pm Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander $10/pay what you can for local residents
CARNEGIE HALLOWE’EN DANCE Thursday October 31, 7pm - 9:30pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free Featuring Rollin’ and Tumblin’, a band known for their electric and eclectic blend of blues and soul. Enjoy music from blues legends such as T-Bone Walker, Elmore James and Sam Cooke, along with funky jazz instrumentals by Earl Hooker and Nat Adderly. Led by Dave Paterson on vintage guitar and harmonica, with blues piano great Dave Webb, and Sandy Smith (The Twisters) on drums. Come dressed in your most creative costumes to win a prize!
ARTS RATIONAL Thursday October 31, 9pm - 11pm Live Broadcast Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5FM Interviews and commentary on the local arts scene. For this special Festival program, host Jay Hamburger interviews Jim Sands about Finding Light in the Darkness: Stories About Community, Change and Hope, a storytelling project he is leading at this year’s Heart of the City Festival. Other invited storytelling guests will be in the studio to share their own stories. An exciting and innovative program of storytelling, and a show to listen to for those interested in creative writing!
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GUIDED TOUR OF ST. JAMES’ CHURCH Wednesday November 6, 2pm St James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova Free
GENTRIFICATION TOUR with Herb Varley Saturday November 9, 11am (approx. 60 minutes) Meet on front steps of Carnegie, 401 Main $10/no charge for local residents
WALKING TOUR: Strathcona Past, Present and Future with Khari Wendell McClelland Saturday November 9, 1pm - 4pm Strathcona Park, corner of Hawks & Prior; ends at Strathcona Community Centre for a talk $10/pay what you can for local residents
CHINATOWN PUBLIC ART WALK with Youth Collaborative for Chinatown Sunday November 10, 11am - 12:30pm Meet at Chinese Cultural Centre courtyard, 50 E. Pender $10/pay what you can for local residents See Event pages for more details
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1 MusiC
Billie Holiday was an African American blues and jazz singer whose 25 year career navigated many challenges; she died in 1959 at the age of 44. Known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills, she was one of the foremost blues singers of the 20th century. She is also one of Michael Creber's favourite vocalists. As a regular accompanist to the DTES-own powerful blues and jazz singer Dalannah Gail Bowen, Michael asked if she would put together a program of Billie Holiday blues. And Dalannah said yes. We are the lucky listeners of this favourite conﬂuence of song, music, blues and soul. With Dalannah Gail Bowen, pianist Michael Creber, and Dave Say on saxophone.
Join the Carnegie Cultural Sharing Program and members of the lexwst’i:lem Drum Group for an afternoon of Indigenous crafts, including cedar weaving and necklace and bracelet beading. The lexwst’i:lem Drum Group will also perform during the afternoon, sharing their songs, dance and culture.
BILLIE’S BLUES Friday November 1, 1pm - 2pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
fiLm & PaNeL DiscUssiOn
SPIRIT HAS NO COLOUR Friday November 1, 1pm - 3pm Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Woodward’s 149 W. Hastings Free Spirit Has No Colour, co-produced by Norma Jean McLaren, is a training film for BC’s municipal police recruits about the relationship between police and Aboriginal peoples. The film covers many issues: the history of Aboriginal peoples particularly in BC; the role of police in the enforcement of laws in Canada that proved to have been damaging to Aboriginal peoples; the experience of Aboriginal peoples showing what police see on the streets and in communities today, both the powerfully positive and the profoundly negative; the consequence of generations of children taken from families and placed in residential schools; and finally, connecting issues of drug and alcohol abuse, family disintegration and loss of identity to sexual, psychological, physical and other abuses common in the schools. A panel discussion follows with Jerry Adams and Rick Lavallee, moderated by Nathan Edelson.
CRAFTS AND CONVERSATION Friday November 1, 2pm - 5pm Bill Reid Gallery, 639 Hornby Free
SIS NE’ BI-YÏZ: Mother Bear Speaks Friday November 1, 3pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20/15. Tickets at door or advance sales: 604.689.0926 boxofﬁce@ﬁrehallartscentre.ca or www.Firehallartscentre.ca Also October 30, November 2 & 3 See description October 30
MY ART IS ACTIVISM: Direct Action and the Archive Friday November 1, 3pm - 5pm SUM Gallery, #425 - 268 Keefer Free A screening of selections from Sid Chow Tan’s archive of selfproduced video journalism. For decades, Sid has been active as a documentarian and organizer across social movements in the Lower Mainland. His vast archive of stories and video works record decades of organizing and direct action in environmental activism, anti-Olympics mobilizations, and the ongoing struggle for housing. Chow Tan will speak to how his self-taught video practice has complemented his activism work and the importance of insurgent archives today. This project received support from the DTES Small Arts Grant program.
Visit thE spacE
SRO Indigenous Women’s Project Friday November 1, 3pm - 5:30pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, enter on Carrall Free Also November 2 & 6 Drop by the InterUrban Gallery to see the art created over the eight month community-engaged process, including body mapping and videos from the SRO Indigenous Women’s Project. The SRO IWP is part of Home, Homelessness and the Culture In-Between, a week-long exploration of the challenges and hopes experienced by residents of SRO hotels and the DTES led by Renae Morriseau with Sophie Merasty. Produced by Urban Ink Productions. See page 13 for more information. Nathan Edelson, Norma Jean Edelson
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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1 fiLm
CRACKING UP (2006, 48:26 min) Friday November 1, 4pm - 5pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free "Twelve people, multiple personalities, one dream – standup comedy". Written and directed by Tara Shortt, produced for CBC, Cracking Up follows a year in the life of brave individuals who take a course in stand-up comedy though David Granirer's program Stand Up For Mental Health. The comedy class offers a “safe place” where everyone in the group is free of stigma and treated with respect. One of the featured comics is Paul Decarie, longtime DTES-involved performer who passed away last year. You’ll see the comics from their first time at the mic to their graduation showcase in front of a packed house! The film is funny, inspiring, and educational. You’ll come away with the hope that recovery is possible!
In Memorium PAUL DECARIE “I went to a support group for shy people. No one showed up.”
Also on the bill: Marlene Swidzinski, a writer and comedian who performs regularly in local comedy shows. We’re tickled to bring her back to her old neighbourhood to share her dry, deadpan humour. Two guests from Storytelling with Drag Queens Foundation take the stage promoting inclusion through stories and song: Tara Beladi, the Swedish snack from South Van who loves tastefully cut pantsuits; and Homo Hardware, your non-binary dad in drag – even if you've never met, they're proud of you kiddo. Merlin closes the night with a set of hilarious magic; to quote his audience – “Hilarious!” “Merlin cracks me up!” “Amazing!” Merlin
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Join award-winning counselor and stand-up comic David Granirer with comedians from Stand Up for Mental Health to look at the lighter side of taking meds, getting diagnosed and surviving the mental health system. Stand Up for Mental Health teaches stand up comedy to people with mental illness, www.smhsociety.org.
– Teresa Vandertuin
Laugh your head off with a night of stand-up comedy, magic and storytelling.
Those two jokes make me laugh as I remember Paul Decarie – a hilarious person who knew how to laugh at himself. Paul was a stand up comedian with Stand Up for Mental Health, and a long-time participant in the Carnegie Theatre Workshop where his final turn as a dancing roast goose had us giggling in the wings. An actor in many Vancouver Moving Theatre productions and a Heart of the CIty Festival favourite, Paul was a wild man who brought so much to our community; I really miss his wonderful sense of humour. Rest in peace Paul.
COMEDY AT CARNEGIE: Funny Side Up Friday November 1, 7pm - 9:30pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
“I tried to go to paranoids anonymous. But no one would tell me where the meetings were.”
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1 CoMmUnitY
DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION/CELEBRACION DEL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS Friday November 1, 5pm - 8pm Watari Youth & Family Services 678 E. Hastings 2nd ﬂoor Free The Day of the Dead is a celebration that takes place throughout Latin America between October 30 and November 2. Each town, village or farmhouse prepare altars, offerings, and ornaments, and gather for food and music in the cemeteries. It's time to remember family and friends who have moved to another life; and it's time to cry and laugh. The tradition was brought to the Downtown Eastside by Isabel Ramirez who, with her joy, dancing and singing, made the one who was sad, laugh; made the one who could not dance, step up and enjoy; and made the weeping person, sing. Isabel left us some time ago but this November 1st she will see us from the beyond and ask "Where are my Oppenheimer Park people?" Stand up and fight for justice! Presented with Oppenheimer Park and Watari Youth & Family Services.
SRO INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S PROJECT Friday November 1, 6pm - 8pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrell By donation at the door Also November 4 Performances and vignettes developed through an eight month community engaged art process; the participants of the SRO Indigenous Women's Project share stories that honour their lived experience of 'home' - within themselves and within the DTES. The SRO IWP is part of Home, Homelessness and the Culture In-Between, a week-long exploration of the challenges and hopes experienced by residents of SRO hotels and the DTES led by Renae Morriseau with Sophie Merasty. Produced by Urban Ink Productions. See page 13 for more information.
ALL SOULS’ SOLEMN REQUIEM MASS Friday November 1, 6:30pm St. James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova All Souls’ Day commemorates All Souls, the Holy Souls, and the Faithful Departed. On this day we remember deceased relatives and loved ones. Join the St. James’ congregation for a Solemn Mass with choir and special prayers of remembrance for those who have gone to their eternal rest. All are welcome.
ŪTSZAN Friday November 1, 8pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20/15. Tickets at door or advance sales: 604.689.0926 boxofﬁce@ﬁrehallartscentre.ca or www.Firehallartscentre.ca Also October 31, November 2 See description October 31
TUFF CITY: Lessons from a determined community Friday November 1, 8pm - 9pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrell By donation at the door Also November 4 To help people understand what has been happening in the Downtown Eastside overdose crisis, front line responders and harm reduction workers have created Illicit projects: installations and workshop performances to express the realities of drug users. They transform the lived experiences and direct knowledge of those most impacted by the opioid crisis into shadow stories that bring the understanding that reduces stigma towards people who use drugs. Lead artist is David Mendes. Tuff City is part of Home, Homelessness and the Culture In-Between, a weeklong exploration of the challenges and hopes experienced by residents of SRO hotels and the DTES led by Renae Morriseau with Sophie Merasty. Produced by Urban Ink Productions. See page 13 for more information.
100th ANNIVERSARY ARMY AND NAVY DEPARTMENT STORE In 1919 Sam Cohen, an immigrant from San Francisco, opened a store with his brothers at 44 W. Hastings. Originally called the Liberty Shop, it took on a new name because it sold war surplus supplies. Sam’s philosophy was to sell products at affordable prices, constantly change his merchandise and serve all members of the community. The store expanded over the years, adding 27 W. Hastings, the Dunn Miller heritage building at 36 W. Cordova and the Rex Theatre in 1959. One hundred years later Army & Navy is still a family business, run by Sam’s granddaughter Jacqui Cohen. It is Gastown’s oldest surviving business and Canada’s longest running family-owned department store, and site of Vancouver’s first Jewish congregation.
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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2 spOkEn WoRd
SANDY CAMERON MEMORIAL WRITING CONTEST AWARD CEREMONY Saturday November 2, 1pm - 2:30pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free Sandy Cameron was one of the best-loved writers to ever publish work in the Carnegie Newsletter. Sandy consistently contributed essays and poetry, sharing stories of the low income neighbourhood's 100 year struggle for human rights. Now in its fourth year, this writing contest was established to honour Sandy, to support local writers, and to encourage never-beforepublished writers to submit their work for publication. This year the contest focuses on poetry and essaywriting. It is an exciting and inspiring event, with many of the award-winning writers reading work they submitted to the contest. The free twice-monthly Carnegie Newsletter is now available online at www.carnegienewsletter.org.
DTES WRITERS COLLECTIVE Saturday November 2, 3:30pm - 5pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free The Downtown Eastside is blessed to be home to numerous writers, poets, essayists, and inspiring writing groups. When the highly-regarded Thursdays Writing Collective said goodbye after ten years, the writers picked up the pen and started a new group, the DTES Writers Collective, which continues to meet weekly. We are excited to host them at their second Heart of the City Festival appearance. Come and hear what they have to say! Presented with the support of the VPL Carnegie Reading Room.
CARNEGIE CHINESE SENIORS CHOIR Saturday November 2, 10am - 11am Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free The Carnegie Chinese Seniors Choir have been meeting and singing every week for the past twenty years, with members now up to 90 plus years old! Their love of song still brings this group together: songs the seniors have been listening to and singing since they were young and first heard popular songs during Chinese festivals. Led by Olivier Wong. Drop in and see if you can sing along!
SPEAKING IN TONGUES Saturday November 2, 1pm - 4pm Centre A, #205 - 268 Keefer Exhibition October 21 to December 14 Free Join guests Woody Morrison, David Ng, Grace Eiko Thomson, and Dalannah Gail Bowen in a conversation that explores mother tongues and how their interactions can give birth to hybrid languages such as Japanese Pidgin, a language unique to the west coast of Canada. This conversation is part of Homing Pidgin, an interactive installation and residency at Centre A by artist Haruko Okano that explores how language is a living and historical component of all cultures. Speaking in Tongues begins with the different perspectives of the guest speakers then invites the audience to join in the conversation.
A BANQUET OF STORIES: Sharing Migration Stories Through Food Saturday November 2, 2pm – 5pm Russian Hall, 600 Campbell $5, pre-registration required at www.pchc-mom.ca Celebrate Strathcona’s multicultural past and present through storytelling and food! Pacific Canada Heritage Centre Museum of Migration Society hosts an afternoon of diverse communities sharing family dishes and the migration stories they hold. One of the story sharers is Festival Artistic Producer Terry Hunter, who will share a personal story about how Chinatown dramatically inﬂuenced his work and the work of Vancouver Moving Theatre. And yes, there will be food sampling!
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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2 CoMmUnitY CeReMoNy & CuLtUral sharinG
CANOE LANDING, PROCESSION & EXHIBIT Saturday November 2, 11am - 3pm Starts at CRAB Park, north end of Main Street; travels to Vancouver Police Museum & Archives, 240 E. Cordova Free A Witness to the Journey event presented by the DTES Heart of the City Festival, in partnership with Pulling Together Canoe Society, and the Vancouver Police Museum & Archives. We invite you to the beach at Crab Park to witness a mini-landing of canoes by the Pulling Together canoe families. The canoes will be welcomed to the traditional Indigenous territories with a ceremony at the water. Following the landing, the canoe paddlers and guests will walk together to the Vancouver Police Museum & Archives for a public reception. The exhibition Healing Waters: Healing Through Culture will be on display at the museum, presenting an exploration of how communities heal through connecting to cultural practice. This event is being presented by the Festival to honour the inaugural Pulling Together canoe journey of 2001, and to launch a year of storygathering and history sharing preparation, leading to the twentieth anniversary of Pulling Together Canoe Journeys in 2020. Next year, the Vancouver Police Museum & Archives will present an exhibition on the history of the journeys, and more events will be presented during the 2020 Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival.
ŪTSZAN Saturday November 2, 3pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20/15. Tickets at door or advance sales: 604.689.0926 boxofﬁce@ﬁrehallartscentre.c or www.Firehallartscentre.ca Also October 31, November 1
PULLING TOGETHER CANOE JOURNEYS Since time immemorial, Salish people have hunted, fished, gathered resources, and welcomed visitors from their canoes on these lands and waters. Although canoe culture diminished as immigrant settlement spread, it never ceased. Since 1986, Indigenous people from Alaska, BC, Washington and beyond have participated in tribal canoe journeys, reviving an ancient tradition of ocean-going canoes. For almost twenty years, police and government public agencies have partnered with First Nations communities with a focus on youth. Together they embark on annual ten day canoe journeys traveling the traditional waterways. Recognizing the past by Pulling Together, the journeys enhance understanding between public service agencies, Indigenous peoples, elders and youth. In planning and canoeing traditional “highways”, the paddlers are building relationships that grow beyond the canoe journey. Since 2001, Pulling Together Canoe Journeys have visited over 100 First Nations. This past summer, the twentycanoe 300-person journey was hosted by the Tla’amin Nation near Powell River. This journey drew canoe families from the Tla’amin, Sechelt, Squamish, Katzie and Splatsin Nations, along with Indigenous youth, social workers, police, Canadian Navy, Ministry of Children and Families and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Representatives from the Vancouver Police Museum and the Festival were on the journey to connect and begin archiving the stories for Witness the Journey: A Celebration of 20 years of Pulling Together Canoe Journeys.
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SRO Indigenous Women’s Project Saturday November 2, 3pm - 5:30pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, enter on Carrall Free Also November 1 & 6 See page 13 for more information
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HASTINGS STREET BAND Saturday November 2, 4pm & 5pm Starts at Abbott & W. Hastings Free Also October 31, November 3 & 4 See description October 31
photo courtesy of Pulling Together Canoe Society
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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2 soNg & stOrY sharinG
URBAN INDIGENOUS DRUM GROUPS ON COAST SALISH TERRITORIES now KNOWN AS VANCOUVER Saturday November 2, 6:30pm - 9pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall By donation at the door Singing to our Ancestors. Join us for an evening of traditional Indigenous songs and stories from First Nations that have made their home on the traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil Waututh, and Musqeum people. Music will be woven with lively discussion on protocols, cultural practices and how Indigenous settler singers and storytellers navigate their cultural practice within these lands of the Squamish, Tsleil Waututh and Musqueam. Facilitators: Renae Morriseau and Wes Nahanee. This evening is part of Home, Homelessness and the Culture In-Between, a week-long exploration of the challenges and hopes experienced by residents of SRO hotels and the DTES led by Renae Morriseau with Sophie Merasty. Produced by Urban Ink Productions. See page 13 for more information.
DTES POETS OPEN MIC Saturday November 2, 7pm - 9:30pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
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The Carnegie Sing Along Choir, led by local guitarist Mike Richter, meets regularly twice a week to raise their voices in song. For the Festival, they open their regular session to you, the audience. It’s a choir! It’s a sing-along! Pull up a chair, follow the posted lyrics, and raise your voice with the Sing Along Choir. We are harmony!
SPOTLIGHT ON THE EAST END #1 Saturday November 2, 7:30pm - 9:30pm The Heatley, 696 E. Hastings Free The first show of a special three concert music series that profiles an exciting line-up of local POC, Indigenous and marginalized emerging and professional musicians. This evening features musicians Tonye Aganaba, Khari Wendell McClelland, Alfredo Flores, and Shannon Bauman. Collectively they shine the light on, in the words of Khari: “traditional and acoustic sounds; singer/songwriters who connect to people’s hearts with an honest and authentic performance style; and real stories and real people who care and have a strong connection to community and the place they come from”.
CARNEGIE SING ALONG CHOIR Saturday November 2, 7pm - 9:30pm Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main Free
Downtown Eastside poets and writers meet on the first Saturday of every month to read original poetry, plays, prose and works-in-progress. The evening is free, friendly, and packed with local talent both on the microphone and in the audience. Special guest for the evening is Amber Dawn, whose memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir (2013) won the Vancouver Book Award. She currently teaches creative writing at Douglas College, as well as guest mentors at several drop-in, communitydriven spaces, including the DTES Writers Collective. This evening is presented with the support of the VPL Carnegie Reading Room. Sign up for a ten minute spot at the Open Mic. Hosted by Diane Wood.
SIS NE’ BI-YÏZ: Mother Bear Speaks Saturday November 2, 8pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20/15. Tickets at door or advance sales: 604.689.0926 boxofﬁce@ﬁrehallartscentre.ca or www.Firehallartscentre.ca Also October 30, November 1 & 3 See description October 30
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ON STAGE: THE LOST THEATRE HISTORY OF THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE with John Atkin Sunday November 3, 10am (approx. two hours) Meet: SE corner of Union and Main $10/pay what you can for local residents Discover the historic theatre scene that used to be in Chinatown, and along Main and Hastings. Led by civic historian, author and community member John Atkin, who has explored Vancouver’s past and present like few others. Did you know? After Vancouver’s 1886 Great Fire, the undertaker put up Hart’s Opera House at Carrall and Pender. Within forty years, the “Great White Way” theatre district, named for the glowing white lights of the theatres, was hosting performances from the international vaudeville, concert and Chinese Opera touring circuits as well as by locals. Within this ten-block radius, there were over ten theatres with a total of over 10,000 seats! www.johnatkin.com
ALL SAINTS’ DAY SOLEMN MASS Sunday November 3, 10:30am - 12pm St. James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova On All Saints’ Day we remember those who have gone before us. The Solemn Mass with Choir and Procession will celebrate the Saints of Christendom with pageantry, traditional ritual and inspiring music. All are welcome to attend.
HEART OF THE CITY FESTIVAL SNOOKER TOURNAMENT Sunday November 3, 11am Carnegie Centre Pool Room, 401 Main Free Games, fun, prizes! The Carnegie Pool Room hosts a sixteen player, single-elimination Snooker Tournament. Sign up at 10am in the pool room. First come, first served. The day ends when the game is finished. First, second and third place prizes! Pool room open to the public. Everyone is welcome! For further information: Carnegie Volunteer Coordinator 604-606-2708.
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HASTINGS STREET BAND Sunday November 3, 1pm & 2pm Starts at Hawks & E. Pender Free Also October 31, November 2 & 4 See description October 31
JAPANESE HISTORY WALKING TOUR with Laura Saimoto Sunday November 3, 1:30pm - 3pm Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander $10/pay what you can for local residents This walking tour is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the buildings, stores and people of the Powell Street district. Participants will begin with a tour of the 1928 Japanese Language School Heritage Building (home of the Children's World Childcare Centre), then walk the Powell Street district to reimagine the prewar Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. Limited room on the tour, first come, first served.
BLOCK PRINTMAKING with WePress + Gallery Gachet Sunday November 3, 2pm - 4pm WePress + Gallery Gachet, 9 W. Hastings Free Join us for a free block printmaking workshop. Draw, carve, and print your own rubber blocks on paper or fabric. Design cards, artwork, patches, and more! Print onto your own clothing or use our fabric and/or paper. A collaboration between Heart of the City Festival, Gallery Gachet, WePress, and Powell Street Festival Society. Open to all. Snacks, materials, and Cantonese, Mandarin, and ASL interpretation provided.
SRO COLLABORATIVE Sunday November 3, 1pm - 2:30pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrell By donation at the door Come and hear from Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel tenants who are organizing with their neighbours to improve living conditions and safety around evictions. Moderated by Wendy Pedersen. This discussion is part of Home, Homelessness and the Culture In-Between, a week-long exploration of the challenges and hopes experienced by residents of SRO hotels and the Downtown Eastside led by Renae Morriseau with Sophie Merasty. Produced by Urban Ink Productions. See page 13 for more information.
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3 Vostok
UKRAINIAN HALL CONCERT & SUPPER Sunday November 3, concert 3pm, supper follows Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender $25. Advance tickets: auuc-concert-at-heart-of-the-city-festival.eventbrite.com Enjoy the tradition of choral music, exciting dance and exquisite costumes, and a traditional Ukrainian supper! This annual favourite, co-produced with the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians, features the Barvinok Choir, the Vancouver Folk Ensemble, and the award-winning Dovbush Dancers. This year’s special guests are Arno Kamolika, a charismatic and talented Vancouver-based Bharatanatyam dance artist; Vostok (The East), an East Vancouver vocal trio bringing music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, sung by Aliya Griffin, Jessica Hood, and Emily Villavicencio; and Sudanda, a world music band led by Vancouver’s Alaaeldin Abdalla, a master Sudanese musician. Sudanda is known for its rich, lively arrangements and crystalline sound! Band members include Alaaeldin Abdalla on oud and lead vocals, Earle Peach on guitar, Jane Kalmakoff on accordion, James Griffiths on trumpet, and Wesley Skakun on drums and percussion. Immediately following the concert is the always-delicious sit-down Ukrainian Supper. The best full meal and concert deal in Vancouver! For information contact 604-254-3436.
SRO, a play by Middle of the Sky (aka Brenda Prince) Sunday November 3, 3pm - 5pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrell By donation at the door Also October 31, November 6 See page 13 for more information.
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DID YOU KNOW? The first South Asian immigrants to the Downtown Eastside were Sikhs from Northern India – mainly Punjab. The first waves of Sikhs arrived in 1904, most from Chinese cities of Guangzhou (Canton), Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Immigrants were reminded of their Punjab homeland by this terrain. Some of them camped on Hastings Street between Abbot and Carrall Streets, and went on to find jobs in sawmills around False Creek. A thriving South Asian residential community sprang up near the sawmills, centred around the Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) – the first in North America. Canada is the first country to recognize April as Sikh Heritage Month.
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SIS NE’ BI-YÏZ: Mother Bear Speaks Sunday November 3, 3pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20/15. Tickets at door or advance sales: 604-689-0926 boxofﬁce@ﬁrehallartscentre.ca or www.Firehallartscentre.ca Also October 30, November 1 & 2 See description October 30
RECOLLECT, A WORK IN PROGRESS Sunday November 3, 4pm - 5pm Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Woodward's, 149 West Hastings Free The Carnegie Dance Troupe presents a work-in-progress that will contribute to the group’s next production Recollect (working title). Since 2006, the principle supporting the Carnegie Dance Troupe is absolute inclusivity. Performances are created through processes of collaboration, seeking to connect us to our body, to our breath, to the energy of the earth, to each other and to our diverse communities. The Carnegie Dance Troupe is part of Karen Jamieson Dance, and partners with the Carnegie Community Centre and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.
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POETRY OPEN MIC NIGHT Sunday November 3, 6pm - 7:30pm EWMA Studio, 800 E. Hastings Free Join Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA) for Poetry Open Mic Night, with guest readers and writers, followed by a community open mic. EWMA is a developmental program of Atira Women’s Resource Society that facilitates women and women-identified individuals in art and art practices, creates a safe place for expression, communal involvement and learning, and holds space for creative endeavours. For more information: www.atira. bc.ca/enterprising-women-making-art or www.facebook.com/ EWMA-store. We invite the neighbourhood to an evening where everyone is welcome to participate and to share their written art!
HOLD THE LIGHT AT THE LISTENING POST Sunday November 3, 7pm - 9pm Listening Post, 382 Main Free Come and "hold the light" at a candle lighting ceremony at the Listening Post. Bring a poem or a song to share, relating to the festival theme "Holding the Light". This will be followed by a time of silent meditation and lighting candles for those we love, those we have lost, and for the Downtown Eastside. Led by Karen Thorpe and Kim Seary. Everyone welcome.
Kat Norris The Festival is pleased to welcome back Kat Norris as our Elder in Residence. In this role Kat advises on community protocol, and participates and shares knowledge at selected Festival events.
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MONDAY NOVEMBER 4 RaDiO
WHEN SPIRIT WHISPERS on CO-OP RADIO Monday November 4, 1pm - 2:30pm Live Broadcast Co-Op Radio 100.5FM In the landscape of reconciliation, host Gunargie O’Sullivan focuses on the current relationship between Canada and First Nations in urban Vancouver. Gunargie has been dedicated to community and campus radio since 1989. She loves to chat up a storm, and produce, produce, produce. For today’s program Gunargie has a phone interview with LaTiesha Fazakas, author of Beau Dick: Devoured by Consumerism. A master carver, Indigenous activist, and Kwakwaka’wakw hereditary chief, Beau Dick was an inspiration to many in our Downtown Eastside community.
CARNEGIE SENIORS IMPROVISATION GROUP Monday November 4, 2pm - 3pm Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main Free Arts & Health: Healthy Aging Through The Arts returns to Carnegie with the Seniors Improv Group! Join the seniors in some fun improvisation games that unlock imagination and spontaneity. Led by Amy Shostak and Jeff Gladstone, the seniors meet every Monday afternoon to work on a collaborative improv theatre piece they will perform at the Roundhouse Community Centre in June 2020. They will share some of their theatrical hijinks with the Festival. Laughs guaranteed!
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HASTINGS STREET BAND Monday November 4, 1pm & 2pm Starts at Carnegie, 401 Main Free Also October 31, November 2 & 3
HERE - PLACEMENT/DISPLACEMENT Monday November 4, 7pm Tetrault/ Rausenberg Studio, 884 E. Georgia Free "They (City developers) might have, through urban renewal, destroyed the homes that once were there, but they did not destroy the community spirit that continues on today”. Jeanette Lee and Esther Rausenberg will talk about HERE, their public art piece that traces lives from the community, past and present. HERE will present a mosaic of imagery of working class people in community, in contrast to monuments that typically exalt a single individual. The piece will shine a light on the enduring qualities of these groups, reinforcing the truth of the statement above. This talk is part of the series Talking Art, presented by the Eastside Culture Crawl. Seating is limited, first come, first serve.
SRO INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S PROJECT Monday November 4, 7pm - 8pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall By donation at the door Also November 1 See page 13 for more information.
TUFF CITY: Lessons from a determined community Monday November 4, 8pm - 9pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrell By donation at the door Also November 1 See page 13 for more information
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MONDAY NOVEMBER 4 CuLtUral sharinG
BIG HOUSE FEAST Monday November 4, 5pm - 7:30pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free see below for ticket information The Carnegie Community Centre Cultural Sharing Program celebrates members of the DTES community who have come together to form The lexwst’i:lem Drum Group. As we all live and learn on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations – Cultural Sharing is honoured to share the Halq'eméylem word lexwst’i:lem for “always singing”. The drum group is made up of diverse people from many cultures who perform and share songs from various Indigenous Nations across Canada. They are proud to learn Indigenous languages, music and songs; and to keep Indigenous culture alive. Running every Monday night for 26-plus years, the ever popular Cultural Sharing Program is an inclusive space where First Nations and non-First Nations share, learn and participate in Indigneous cultural nights and traditions, from Pow Wows, singing and drumming, to arts and crafts. Today the Carnegie kitchen is cooking up a delicious menu and the evening is filled with singers and drummers from the Coast Salish Territory and beyond. Admission is free, but tickets are required for the dinner. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis at the Cultural Sharing group on Monday October 28. Tickets are also distributed throughout the community; any remaining tickets will be available at the door of the Theatre on a first come, first served basis. We hope you can join us!
The lexwst’i:lem Drum Group
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TUESDAY NOVEMBER 5 WoRkshOp
BUTOH with Barbara Bourget Tuesday November 5, 10am - 12pm KW Atrium Studio Free Barbara Bourget’s approach to butoh aesthetics, informed by her early training in ballet, modern, tap dance and years of study with renowned butoh artists, builds a highly responsive body through dynamic exploration and development of technical and performance skills. The workshop begins with an investigation of one’s butoh body where each part of the body is viewed poetically rather than anatomically. Participants discover how a butoh dancer walks, a journey that begins the stretching of time and space. Building on this foundation, the workshop then explores how imagery is translated into choreography. Presented with Kokoro Dance.
MOVING STORIES: Healthy Aging Through the Arts Tuesday November 5, 11:30am - 12pm Strathcona Community Centre Activity Room, 601 Keefer Free After thirteen years exploring together the art of puppetry, the Cantonese-speaking seniors participating in this program have made lasting bonds. This year they are doing something completely different: a short dance and movement demonstration piece. Led by lead artist and facilitator Veronica Berezowsky of the Moving Stories: Dance for Older Adults program - part of the Strathcona Community Centre Arts & Health Project. Come and see what they’ve been up to. All ages welcome.
TREASURING STRATHCONA STITCHING CIRCLE Tuesday November 5, 12pm - 2:30pm Strathcona Community Centre Activity Room, 601 Keefer Free Join EartHand Gleaners Society and Amy Walker for a collaborative stitching circle. We will piece and stitch with fibres and fabric, dyed with plants harvested from around the neighbourhood. Stitchwork underway is part of the Treasuring Strathcona textile-based wall piece that will be on display at the Community Centre: a project of the Vancouver Park Board's Artist in Community residency program. Throughout 2019 EartHand artists have been facilitating a collaborative mapping project with community members. Treasuring Strathcona events consider Strathcona from the perspective of plants, textiles, decolonization and resilience. For more information: earthand.com
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SNE’WAYLH on CO-OP RADIO Tuesday November 5, 1pm - 2:30pm Live Broadcast Co-Op Radio 100.5FM In many Coast Salish dialects, “sne’waylh” is the word for teachings or laws. Hosted by Gunargie O’Sullivan, this Aboriginal language-learning radio program begins with teachings of the skwxwu7mesh snichim (Squamish language) and also provides lessons in Haida, Gitzan and Cree. For the third of her radio programs for this year’s Heart of the City Festival theme Holding the Light, Gunargie talks with guests from the Union Gospel Mission. Musical guest, Spiritual Warriors.
UZUME TAIKO Tuesday November 5, 1:20pm Lord Strathcona Elementary School, 592 E. Pender Students, parents and teachers only Uzume Taiko, one of Vancouver’s dynamic taiko groups, have crafted a unique brand of West Coast taiko drumming. The drummers perform martial arts-based drum choreographies in an energetic and spirited show of taiko drumming. They share stories of musical instruments of rural Japan and how the ensemble drumming style developed after the Second World War to become popular around the world. The Festival is pleased to present their performance to the young students at Strathcona Elementary.
SPACES & PLACES PART III: The Future Tuesday November 5, 3pm - 4:30pm KW Atrium Studio, 111 W. Hastings Free, see below for information This panel, moderated by Terry Hunter (Artistic Producer, Heart of the City Festival), will explore the state of artmaking in the Downtown Eastside today and what we imagine for the future ….. How can creative spaces for artists be protected, created, shared, and expanded? Panelists include: • Mira Malatestinic, Chair of Space Committee, Eastside Culture Crawl Society • Olivia C. Davies, Program Manager, Artist In Residence – Skwachàys Lodge • Carmut Me 米家 , Operations Manager, BC Artscape This is a co-presentation of Heart of the City Festival and the DTES Small Arts Grant Program. The last of three discussions about creative spaces + places in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). Space is limited. If you would like to reserve a space, or request interpretive services please email: dtesartsgrants@gmail. com.
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LEARN THE BIG DRUM with John Sam Tuesday November 5, 2pm - 4pm Carnegie patio (weather plan Gym), 401 Main Free John Sam of Love Medicine leads a regular workshop to learn the big drum. For the Festival, John will spend the afternoon with us so everyone can have an opportunity to learn rhythm and protocol of the big drum. Sophie Merasty, Robin Raweater, Priscillia Tait
A JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF LIFE, Photos by Tom Quirk November 5, 5pm - 6:30pm Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main Free Exhibition November 2 to 28 The Festival is thrilled to present this exhibit of photographs by Tom Quirk, an onsite photographer with the Heart of the City Festival since 2013. This exhibit reﬂects on Tom’s long-standing relationship with the Downtown Eastside; he has been immersed in the DTES arts and outreach community since 2004. As a videographer and photographer he has documented theatre, music, festivals, artist profiles, and has produced stories for Fearless Mobile: ‘Fearless Streams’, ‘Streamwalk’, Out Of The Rain Program and the Mad Pride Exhibit. Tom is grateful to be an associate member at Gallery Gachet, and an active participant in the Downtown Eastside creative, cultural and outreach community.
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RED WOMEN RISING: DTES Women’s Centre Tuesday November 5, 6pm - 9pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E.Hastings, enter on Carrall By donation at the door The DTES Women’s Centre shares readings and writings from the recently published seminal report Red Women Rising: Indigenous Women Survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Based on lived experiences, leadership, and expertise of Indigenous survivors, this comprehensive report is the culmination of a participatory process with 113 Indigenous women and 15 nonIndigenous women regarding the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. This event includes ceremony, music and celebration, readings from the writers. and talk back conversations. The evening is part of Home, Homelessness and the Culture In-Between, a week-long exploration of the challenges and hopes experienced by residents of SRO hotels and the DTES led by Renae Morriseau with Sophie Merasty. Produced by Urban Ink Productions. See page 13 for more information.
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TUESDAY NOVEMBER 5 ReadinG & WritinG
POETRY ON PAGE AND STAGE Tuesday November 5, 6pm - 8:30pm nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, 730 E. Hastings Free
Whether you're about to write your first poem, or have already published hundreds of them, come and hang out with fellow poets for an evening of poetry. Poetry on Page and Stage is sponsored by the Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize in honour of Muriel Marjorie, beloved actor and spoken word artist in the heart of the city. We will read Muriel’s poetry, along with poetry from the first Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize held last year. There will be opportunities to write poetry, read what you have written, and for feedback. Facilitated by poets Kyle Hawke, Cecily Nicholson, Isabella Mori and Diane Wood. Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library. Everyone welcome!
In Memorium MURIEL MARJORIE WILLIAMS We remember Muriel as a very powerful performer, in Heart of the City productions every year. She owned the ﬂoor when she was onstage. The German tourists slumming it in the DTES was an idea Muriel had during rehearsals for a Downtown Eastside Romeo and Juliet. Her poetry didn't rhyme, but she introduced herself as “Muriel, rhymes with cereal”. She had a clever, quirky way of playing with words to describe everyday things. She questioned everything, maybe because of all the injustice she'd seen and experienced. She spoke up about violence against women in her poetry and her personal life.
She was deeply spiritual. Many experienced her impromptu prayers in the middle of the street, or a conversation. She contributed to the Listening Post and Rivendell, sanctuaries for prayer and meditation. She warmly greeted us with her signature two hugs. She was an exuberant, joyful, outrageous person who made a big impact on us all. She died of cancer in the Red Deer hospital November 3, 2018. – Diane Wood
MOVING WITH JOY ACROSS THE ICE WHILE MY FACE TURNS BROWN FROM THE SUN Maureen Gruben Tuesday November 5, 6pm - 8pm Fazakas Gallery, 688 E. Hastings Exhibit November 5 to December 15 Free
Maureen Gruben is an artist based in Victoria, BC and Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. Her artistic practice forges a link between threatened arctic lands and communities, as well as international environmental and human conditions. Gruben has a tacit knowledge of arctic land and the rich but increasingly precarious resources it offers for both survival and creation. Her work frequently addresses themes such as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), melting ice, and the rights of Indigenous hunters to maintain their way of life. Maureen’s practice is permeated with activism while at the same time allowing generous room for the materials themselves to speak. Gallery hours: Tues - Sat 11am - 5pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm
Listen or participate in one of the neighbourhood’s longest running regular community music programs. Led by talented guitarist Ken Tabata, this wonderful program provides an important venue for local Downtown Eastside-involved musicians to practice, learn and share music on a regular basis. You will be delighted by the range and diversity of talents of the musicians in the Downtown Eastside. Open Mic. Musicians and singers of all styles and skill levels welcome. Sign up at 6:45pm and show your stuff!
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CARNEGIE CABARET COFFEE HOUSE Tuesday November 5, 6:45pm - 9:45pm CARNEGIE THEATRE, 401 Main Free
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6 OpEn HoUsE
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One of Vancouver’s most interesting attractions, the Vancouver Police Museum is located in the former Coroner’s Courtroom and City Analyst Laboratory. Built in 1932, the building is a municipally designated heritage structure and houses an extensive collection relating to the history of the Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Coroner's Services. Check out the museum's new Healing Waters: Healing Through Culture exhibit, a collection of shared stories from the Pulling Together canoe journeys, in partnership with the Pulling Together Canoe Society and the Heart of the City Festival. Join us at the museum for fifteen minute exhibit talks at 12pm and 2pm on November 6th. For more information: 604-665-3346 or www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca or check out facebook and twitter! Everyone welcome.
Join Lam Wong, curator and artist of the current garden exhibition ‘Chaji’ for a curatorial tour. Learn more about the meaning of the artworks in the Chaji exhibition and join Wong as he conducts a tea ceremony following the tour. Bring your own small Chinese tea cup or purchase one from the garden to enjoy. Today's tour is by donation to the Garden.
VANCOUVER POLICE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES Wednesday November 6, 9am - 5pm Vancouver Police Museum 2nd Floor, 240 E. Cordova Free
CRAFTY WEDNESDAY Wednesday November 6, 1pm - 3pm Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main Free Drop by for an afternoon of cultural crafts and conversation with Pat Mah and Louisa Starr, two of our Carnegie Elders. Learn how to make an eyeglass holder featuring the wonderful colours of the West Coast and beyond!
GUIDED TOUR OF ST. JAMES’ CHURCH Wednesday November 6, 2pm St James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova Free
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SRO Indigenous Women’s Project Wednesday November 6, 3pm - 5:30pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, enter on Carrall Free Also November 1, November 2 See page 13 for more information
As the 2019/2020 artist in residence at the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Wong’s exhibit may be enjoyed daily Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 4:30pm (closed Mon, beginning Nov 4) with general admission to the Garden.
AFTERNOON WITH ELDERS IN RESIDENCE Wednesday November 6, 3pm - 5pm Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery 401 Main Free What is an Elder? Drop by for our weekly “Elder Chat” program with Carnegie Community Centre Elder in Residence Les Nelson. This special chat session for the Festival brings together Les and Kat Norris, Heart of the City Festival Elder in Residence, to chat about what it means to be an Elder. Les and Kat will share stories, songs and knowledge around the crucial role that Elders traditionally hold in supporting both formal and informal education in First Nations communities and urban settings. This is certain to be an informative and engaging afternoon.
St. James’ invites you to a guided tour of their historical heritage space. Come learn about its history and enjoy the balance of the art deco and gothic architecture. Accessible entry is on Cordova Street through the Chapel entrance; volunteers will be available to meet you. There will also be a tour of the bell tower which requires participants to be able to climb the steps. All are welcome to attend.
CHAJI EXHIBITION: Curator’s Tour with Tea Ceremony Wednesday November 6, 2pm - 4pm Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall By donation to the Garden Exhibition: Until January 10
THE ART OF JOHN YURIS Wednesday November 6, 3:30pm - 5pm Downtown Community Health Centre, 569 Powell Free Exhibition November 5 to 10 Staff at the Downtown Community Health Centre (DCHC) have long been aware of the many artists in the community. One prolific artist in their midst is John Yuris who works in the tradition of found objects and mixed media. John works on his art every day; collecting, assembling, and often working in public spaces in the Downtown Eastside. He illustrates and draws, writes and performs, and mostly he makes assemblages. Drop by November 5 to 10, Tues to Fri, 4:30pm to 7:30pm; Sat and Sun, 10am to 4pm. Note that on Tues Nov 5 the clinic is open to women only after 5pm for Womxn’s Night.
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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6 CuLtUral sharinG anD PrEvieW
In association with the weekly Métis Cultural Night, the Festival is delighted to welcome back to Vancouver long-time collaborator Neil Weisensel (Bah Humbug!, I Love the DTES) and his Métis collaborator lyricist Susanne Steele to preview a song from Li Keur: Riel’s Heart of the North, sung by Leah Alfred; and to introduce to our community this new and exciting musical theatre production from the prairies. Written in Cree-Michif, French-Michif, Saulteaux, French and English, Li Keur focuses on Riel’s ‘missing’ years (1870-72) and his love for the ‘heart of the north’, the land, the people, his nation, and a previously unknown woman. Then it’s time for “get-on-your-feet” Métis jigging led by Yvonne Chartrand, whose father, historian Jules Chartrand, is one of the Heart of the North translators. “My people will sleep for 100 years but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.” – Louis Riel
SRO, a play by Middle of the Sky (aka Brenda Prince) Wednesday November 6, 6pm - 9pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall By donation at the door Also October 31, November 3 See page 13 for more information
LIFE LESSONS FROM A CYCLE ACROSS A CONTINENT Wednesday November 6, 7pm – 8pm nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, 730 E. Hastings Free
In the summer of 2018 Suzie O’Shea decided to make the journey home to Ireland by bicycle. Passionate about mental health, she has been sharing openly and honestly about her experiences of the cycle across Canada. Join Suzie for an evening of storytelling as she brings you on a visual journey of the ups and downs, twists and turns of the 7,500 km road home. Suzie works in the community with the UBC Learning Exchange. Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library.
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CLOSE CONNECTIONS Wednesday November 6, 7pm - 9pm Massy Books, 229 E. Georgia Free Three powerhouse writers read and reﬂect on their close connections to Vancouver’s historic East End, Strathcona and the Downtown Eastside: Amber Dawn, recipient of the Lambda Literary Award and the Vancouver Book Award; Jen Sookfong Lee, teacher, popular CBC broadcaster, and writer of The End is East and Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone; and Cecily Nicholson, recipient of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (2015) and the Governor General's Award for English-language poetry (2018). With host Khari Wendell McClelland. Cecily Nicholson
MÉTIS CULTURAL NIGHT with LI KEUR: RIEL’S HEART OF THE NORTH Wednesday November 6, 5:30pm - 7:30pm Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Chief Simon Baker Room, 1607 E. Hastings Free
OPENING DOORS Wednesday November 6, 1pm pay-what-you-can preview & 7:30pm opening Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20/15. Tickets at door or advance sales: 604.689.0926 boxofﬁce@ﬁrehallartscentre.ca or www.Firehallartscentre.ca Also on November 7, 8, & 9 This work-in-progress dramatization draws on Daphne Marlatt and Carole Itter’s extraordinary local legend of a book Opening Doors in Vancouver’s East End. First published in 1979, this “basket” of oral histories is celebrated as one of the best books about this city. Now in 2019, collaborators Donna Spencer, Rosemary Georgeson and Savannah Walling are re-opening the doors to focus on stories of the neighbourhood surrounding the historic Firehall building. The workshop presentation is inspired by the oral history and lived experiences of Indigenous and immigrant women from many cultural heritages and backgrounds who helped to build this vibrant community and whose stories often go untold. A Firehall Arts Centre and Vancouver Moving Theatre production.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6 Apendiglo Duo
DTES FRONT & CENTRE: Here We Are! Wednesday November 6, 7pm - 9:30pm Carnegie Theatre, 400 Main Free The Downtown Eastside is alive with talent and the Festival brings together music, stories, dance and ‘cypher’. Enjoy artists who are longtime community members, and artists who are relative newcomers. We hold the light, saying “Here we are!” Our favourite emcee Heidi Morgan guides the evening and will warm the house with her soulful blues. For her first festival appearance, we welcome Vancouver-born singer/songwriter Bre McDaniel and her band, with their mix of smokey folk-pop, indie rock and bare acoustics. Festival Elder In Residence Kat Norris shares original poetry and prose; and local star and musical veteran Michael Edward has a few new original ballads for us. After discovering each other at Carnegie, Erin Ryan and Johnny Shy formed Apendiglo Duo, and will share roots-based covers and original songs. Shelley Cox and Henry Wong perform a new dance/ spoken word piece about devastating loss: New and Revised, Connection is the Opposite of Addiction. Safe Supply Saves Lives. And we are excited to bring Afro Van Connect to Carnegie: featuring Kor Kase, ebonEmpress, Vuyo and Ital Blue, doing a cypher with live music. You ask, what’s a cypher? As ebonEmpress says “A cypher is a jam with improvised lyrics inspired by the topic of the evening.” We look forward to seeing what happens when we all say “Here We Are!”
Afro Van Connect
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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7
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STREET VENDORS IN THE ATRIUM Thursday November 7, 12pm - 4pm Woodward's Atrium, 111 W. Hastings Also on November 8 IN THE WAY / OUT OF THE WAY: REDRESSING ARTS POLICY Thursday November 7, 9:30am - 4pm 312 Main, entrance on Cordova Tickets: redress2019.eventbrite.ca A workshop for cultural workers to place colonial redress in their practice. Mi’kmaq lawyer activist Pam Palmater describes reconciliation as “ﬂuff”, so how can redress bring change to Vancouver’s economic dominance of settler culture? Hear from Coast Salish, settler artists and policy workers about experiences navigating this time and space. See how “good intentions” and “performing reconciliation” can miss solutions needed to get out of the way of Coast Salish cultural sovereignty. Today’s sessions are structured for deeper learning through a mix of panel discussions and small group discussions. This is the fifth annual session on decolonizing Vancouver’s arts community by Salish Coast LIVE. Produced in partnership with the DTES Heart of the City Festival. Morning treats and a healthy lunch is included. Advance sign-up required.
WOMEN’S ART; WOMEN’S ISSUES Thursday November 7, 2pm - 3pm Bill Reid Gallery, 639 Hornby Free Engage in a guided exploration and discussion of the themes of Indigenous women’s art in current exhibitions at the Bill Reid Gallery. Royal Portrait features a collection of carvings, jewellry and portraits by Morgan Asoyuf; and Out of Concealment is a solo exhibition featuring the work of Haida artist, performer, activist, and lawyer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson. Gallery winter hours: Wed - Sun, 11am - 5pm. For more info: www.billreidgallery.ca.
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The Street Vendors Collective is a peer-managed, independent collective of vendors from the Downtown Eastside community. Based out of the Carnegie Community Centre, the pilot project offers vending opportunities to low-income artists, craftspeople, and entrepreneurs with experience in the informal economy. The project aims to grow accessible legal low-barrier economic opportunities for community members. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase locally made jewelry, carvings, cards, paintings and more! The Street Vendors Collective is thrilled to be part of Heart of the City again this year! Stop by and visit us at the Woodward's Atrium! Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 604.353.6729
KLA HOW YA on CO-OP RADIO Thursday November 7, 5pm - 6pm Live Broadcast Co-Op Radio 100.5FM Exploring Indigenous people's struggle for freedom and liberation, with news, interviews and music. For her final radio program for this year’s Heart of the City Festival, host Gunargie O’Sullivan invites guests from Pivot Legal Society to talk about the work they do for inclusion, housing, sex workers’ rights, drug policy and police accountability.
ARTS RATIONAL Thursday November 7, 9pm - 11pm Live Broadcast Co-op Radio 100.5FM As the 16th Annual DTES Heart of the City Festival nears its final weekend, there are still many great events to attend. Tune in to this live broadcast and find out what’s happening. For this special Festival program, the team of Co-op Radio’s Arts Rational will discuss art as activism with a panel of local artists and organizers to talk about their work. Not to be missed!
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7
Join the Carnegie Learning Centre as they celebrate the launch of their new book: Listen to our Voices: Stories from the Learning Centre 1983-2018. Over the years, many publications have showcased the talents of learners, volunteers and staff. Together, they have collected many stories into this one book. Chapters include “Learning Together at Carnegie”, “The Downtown Eastside Community” and “Indigenous Stories”. Come and help honour the writers and hear some of the poems and stories; 35 years of writing, 74 authors, 1 big celebration!
“In a dark time, the eye begins to see” (Theodore Roethke). The journey through darkness into the light can be both perilous and empowering. Along the way, we meet shadows, ghosts and guides to discover the shining gold that hides within. Join us for an afternoon of real-life stories, folktales, and songs that explore the interplay between darkness and light in the Downtown Eastside and beyond, as told by storytellers from the Downtown Eastside. Curated and facilitated by Jim Sands, an East Vancouver based storyteller, actor, songwriter, musician, occasional clown and participant in the 2003 Downtown Eastside Community Play: In the Heart of a City.
CARNEGIE LEARNING CENTRE 35th ANNIVERSARY BOOK LAUNCH Thursday November 7, 1pm - 3pm Carnegie Learning Centre, 3rd ﬂoor, 401 Main Free
FINDING LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: Stories About Community, Change and Hope Thursday November 7, 4pm - 6pm Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main Free
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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7 MusiC
SPOTLIGHT ON THE EAST END #2 Thursday November 7, 8pm - 10pm Russian Hall, 600 Campbell $20/15. Tickets at door or advance sales: spotlightrussianhall.eventbrite.com
TRADING PLACES: UN ÉCHANGE MARATHON Thursday November 7, 5pm - 11:30pm 8EAST, 8 E. Pender $20 / $10 / Pay what you can. No one turned away for lack of funds. One of Vancouver’s premier improvising ensembles, the NOW Society Ensemble, joins Trading Places: Un Échange resident artists Elizabeth Miller and Sam Shalabi and over twenty Vancouver musicians to present the world premiere of new collaborative work by Elizabeth Lima and Ben Brown. Join the NOW Society for this extraordinary five hour music marathon in a night of unexpected sounds and musical energy!
OPENING DOORS Thursday November 7, 7:30pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20/15. Tickets at door or advance sales: 604.689.0926 boxofﬁce@ﬁrehallartscentre.ca or www.Firehallartscentre.ca Also November 6, 8 & 9 See description November 6
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The second show of a special three concert music series that profiles an exciting line-up of local POC, Indigenous and marginalized emerging and professional musicians. This evening features musicians Desirée Dawson, Francis Arevalo, Edzi’u, and Chelsea Johnson; who collectively shine the light on, in the words of Khari: “a new frontier of those who carry the torch of local music from singer-songwriter to rap to experimental, powerful young artists who have cut their teeth in East Vancouver; all have a very distinct style, have found voice at a young age, are passionate and reveal how powerful music can be for change and healing.”
IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAINS Thursday November 7, 7pm - 10pm Chinese Cultural Centre Museum & Archives, 555 Columbia Free Join the Festival for a staged reading of a new play-indevelopment. A family gathers to discuss Esther, a ChineseCanadian WWII veteran with growing dementia; she talks to her beloved brother whose WWII death in Borneo she blames on the Japanese. His best friend was her husband, an Indigenous WWII vet. When their son arrives with his Caucasian wife and daughter, followed by an estranged daughter with children and a Japanese-Canadian husband, the tensions within the extended family are exposed. But the real fireworks begin when the Prime Minister apologizes to Japanese Canadians for their internment. Will the weight of Canadian history tear them apart? Written by Valerie Sing Turner, produced by Visceral Visions and presented with the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum & Archives.
LIGHT AND SHADOW Thursday, November 7, 7pm - 10pm Phoenix Gallery, 45 W.Hastings (alley entrance) Free Experience a unique world of shadow and light in this group show at the Phoenix Gallery. The gallery will turn off their lights to showcase pieces that emit their own light. The Phoenix Gallery is an underground studio/gallery run collectively by an eclectic mix of artists in the Downtown Eastside. They create work that ranges from painting to pottery, from weaving to conceptual art. Come and experience the creative spirit to be found in the Downtown Eastside.
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NATIONAL ABORIGINAL VETERANS DAY COMMUNITY CEREMONY Friday November 8, 9am - 11am Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main You are invited to attend and witness this special ceremony to honour and give tribute to our local Aboriginal veterans. After the ceremony, follow the honour march through the Downtown Eastside, concluding with a wreath laying ceremony at Victory Square Cenotaph.
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STREET VENDORS IN THE ATRIUM Friday November 8, 12pm - 4pm Woodward's Atrium, 111 W. Hastings Also on November 7
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DTES COLLECTION & A CARNEGIE COMMUNITY CENTRE STORY: Tales for the Telling As We Lived Them (1995-2005) Friday November 8, 12:30pm - 2pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free The stories about the Carnegie Centre and Downtown Eastside are vast and varied; viewed from many perspectives; historical, cultural, personal, tragic, interwoven with threads of community, friendship, hope and strength. Captured in the writings of poets, writers, and storytellers, and published in many forms – zines, the Carnegie Newsletter, in scripts and books – the Carnegie Reading Room has amassed an amazing array of these publications, held for the community in the DTES Collection. The newest publication to join the Collection is the fascinating new book, A Carnegie Community Centre Story: Tales for the Telling As We Lived Them (1995-2005), co-written by Michael Clague, former Director of Carnegie, and Peter Fairchild, a past member of the Board of the Carnegie Community Centre Association: a story about two people whose lives intersected in time and found common cause in the life of Carnegie. Join Michael Clague, who will read excerpts from the book, fresh off the press, along with Carnegie Librarian Randy Gatley and invited DTES writers reading selections from the DTES Collection. Share memories and conversation. A partnership with the VPL Carnegie Reading Room. Refreshments.
HAND DRUM CIRCLE Friday November 8, 1:30pm - 3pm Aboriginal Front Door, 384 Main Free Join the Aboriginal Front Door for a hand drumming circle with Rory Dawson. Rory teaches songs and words, and shares the stories behind the words. Learn Rory’s original compositions on the hand drum. The Front Door has some hand drums available to use; if you have your own drum, bring along. Everyone welcome.
BENEATH THE SURFACE Friday November 8, 2pm Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Chief Simon Baker Room, 1607 E. Hastings Free In 2015, Vancouver Moving Theatre and the DTES Heart of the City Festival partnered with the grassroots imagin’NATION Collective to present their powerful teen suicide prevention show Beneath the Surface at Templeton Secondary School. Now, in 2019, in response to the continued Indigenous teen suicide crisis, imagi’Nation Collective is developing the Beneath the Surface Youth Outreach Program scheduled to be launched in September 2020 across BC and Canada. You are invited to join Artistic Director Jenifer Brousseau and her cast of Indigenous actors to listen and provide supportive feedback on the reading of the Beneath the Surface script. All welcome.
IRREPARABLE HARM? Friday November 8, 3pm - 4:30pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free The question is “who is causing Irreparable Harm?” Is it the activists or Trans Mountain Pipelines? Who decides? The BC Supreme Court wants the job. But, is it unbiased? Can the judge hear the land and water protectors? What power does a citizen have when they believe their future is at stake? Using videos and transcripts of the court proceedings, this production shines a light on our justice system. Produced by the Sinister Sisters Ensemble, composed of activists and theatre folk, young and old, First Nations and settlers, many of whom were arrested in the protests against the twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Mairy Beam
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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8 OpEninG ReCePtioN
RED JAM SLAM Holding the Light, Honour Native War Veterans Friday November 8, 3pm - 8pm Caveman Cafe, 88 W. Pender Live broadcast CJSF 90.1 FM, www.cjsf.ca Free
SYNERGY Meet the Artists, Friday November 8, 4pm - 6pm Lost + Found Cafe, 33 W. Hastings Exhibition November 8 to February 7 Free
The Heart of the City Festival is pleased to partner with Red Jam Slam to honour Native war veterans with live performances and a national Live Remote! Curated and hosted by Gunargie O’Sullivan; presented with the Red Jam Slam Society, CJSF 90.1 FM, and Caveman Café. Gunargie has brought together a remarkable lineup of performers to honour Aboriginal Veterans. Guests include: war veteran Brenda Wesley, who will open the broadcast; followed by traditional hand drummer Kelly White; singer/ songwriter/guitarist Mark McLeod; and young singer and activist Ta’kaiya Blaney. Cindy Jim Woods plays the traditional ﬂute, and young country blues singer Tia Woods wows with her vocals. Delores Dallas and friends will share a spoken word performance, and Anthony Favel will share his ﬂute playing. We are also very thrilled that Sandy Scofield is joining the lineup! Grabbing the groove in the afternoon is Shed the band, renowned local blues and jazz singer Dalannah Gail Bowen, and special guests Spiritual Warriors, who fuse songs and chants with contemporary roots and reggae. More highlights include: Vancouver singer/songwriter Norine Braun; electric guitarist Clayton Brown; fireball-comedy warrior Melanie Rose; and actor, singer and songwriter Nayden LA Palosaari. What a lineup! Not to be missed. The Red Jam Slam Society encourages strategies that honour Aboriginal voices and encourages all to participate with continued growth, presence and expression. For full schedule and lineup: facebook.com/redjamslam. With special thanks to CJSF for providing the live feed and simulcasting to other on-air stations to enable this year’s Red Jam Slam to reach far and wide! Listen on the air - cjsf.ca / 90.1 FM - or come on down to the Caveman Cafe and be part of the live audience.
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Synergy is a group exhibition of visual art works by the founding members of Connection Salon: Sharon Burns, Stella Castell, Edzy Edzed, Karen Irving, Pierre Leichner, Quin Martins, and Zola Star. Connection Salon was created to provide a low barrier exhibition space for under represented artists in Vancouver. The Connection Salon appreciates the support of the Lost + Found Cafe management.
GALLERY GACHET ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW Opening Reception Friday November 8, 6pm - 9pm Gallery Gachet, 9 W. Hastings Exhibition November 8 to December 21 Free Celebrating Gallery Gachet's 25th Anniversary, an exhibition of recent works by the artists who keep this valued Downtown Eastside gallery space going. Gallery hours: Tues to Sat, 12pm - 6pm.
OPENING DOORS Friday November 8, 8pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20/15. Tickets at door or advance sales: 604.689.0926 boxofﬁce@ﬁrehallartscentre.ca or www.Firehallartscentre.ca Also November 6, 7 & 9 See description November 6
DAYLIGHTING Khari Wendell McClelland Friday November 8, 8pm - 9pm Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender By donation at the door, $10-20, no one turned away A new workshop iteration of Khari Wendell McClelland’s nationallytoured show We Now Recognize; woven with music and story about the power of apologies and the redemptive potential of music. “Daylighting” is the term for restoration of waterways; and this performance explores what we have lost and what we might gain. How might apologies move us toward healing and connecting in empowering ways? What if we explore apology through work focusing on African Canadian people, their histories, current realities and possible futures? How do we grow and ﬂourish while attending to messes we’ve created or inherited? When we clear debris and wounds heal, what awaits us?
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8 Jeremiah Kitch Keesic and Auntie M share a tender moment outside the Savoy Pub
DESIGN YOUR LIFE! Are you a 13-18 year old DTES youth looking for creative adventures in design, tech, sound, printing and photography? Sign up for RayCam Renew and DTES Heart of the City Festival's free five day program, running November 4 to 8.
MONDAY November 4, 4pm - 7pm Intro to letterpress with your print being exhibited at the final Friday wrap up event
HOPE IN SHADOWS Photo Exhibition Friday November 8, 5pm - 7pm InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall Exhibition November 8 to November 15 Free
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY November 5 & 6, 3:30pm - 6:30pm Maker Lab introduction to Arduino and Floppotron. Youth will learn the basics and complete a small project
Hope in Shadows presents an exhibition of photographs by Vancouver and Victoria Megaphone magazine vendors. Using disposable cameras, vendors capture images of their communities that are compassionate, celebratory, and always from their own lens. Thirty vivid prints of the over one-thousand photos submitted by vendors are displayed by Megaphone, in partnership with Heart of the City Festival and with the support of SPARC BC. A selection of these images are included in the 2020 Hope in Shadows calendar, available for purchase from vendors in Vancouver and Victoria. Light snacks will be served. Gallery hours Wed to Sat, 1pm to 5pm.
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LESSONS FROM I HOTEL Karen Tei Yamashita Friday November 8, 8pm - 10pm InterUrban Gallery 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall Free In this conversation between author Karen Tei Yamashita and writer/community organizer Erica Hiroko Isomura, stories from I Hotel (Coffee House press, 2010) are discussed through the context of Vancouverâ€™s Downtown Eastside, a community where low-income, racialized, and stigmatized residents struggle for justice everyday. What lessons can we take away from Yamashitaâ€™s book on the Asian American civil rights movement in 1960s San Francisco and its fight to halt redevelopment? Japanese American writer Karen Tei Yamashita is an Associate Professor of Literature at University of California. The conversation and reading will be followed by dialogue featuring members of SRO Collaborative and Right to Remain, and opens to questions from the audience. Presented with Right to Remain, SRO Collaborative and Powell Street Festival Society.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY November 7 & 8, 3:30pm - 6:30pm Inscapes Spatial Sound each youth will participate in a field recording project and build an immersive sound experience To register for Design Your Life! (one, or all five days) contact RayCamCentre, 920 E. Hastings, phone 604-2576949.
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DESIGN YOUR LIFE! Friday November 8, 7pm Lobe Sound Media Gallery, 713 E. Hastings Free Join in a celebration of the youth who participated in the Design Your Life creative adventures, a creative technology program based on architecture, design and engineering. The youth will share their creations with the community in a pop-up exhibition at Lobe Sound Media Gallery, a ground-breaking spatial sound studio space opening in November. Presented with RayCam Renew.
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GENTRIFICATION TOUR, with Herb Varley Saturday November 9, 11am (approx. 60 minutes) Meet on front steps of Carnegie, 401 Main $10; no charge for local residents
Herb Varley (right), Vancouver Police
The Carnegie Community Action Project offers an ethical Gentrification tour which supports local area residents and builds a strong sense of our community and challenges it faces. Walk the area of Main and East Hastings to learn about the history of social justice in the Downtown Eastside. You can gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of issues that play out in the community, from SRO hotels and homelessness to tent cities, and more. To book a tour for your organization, contact CCAP, 605665-2105 or email@example.com. Todayâ€™s walk concludes in the Carnegie Theatre for questions and hot beverages. Limited room on the tour, first come, first served.
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V6A (2019, 67 min) Saturday November 9, 1pm - 3pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free Ruggero Romano
Join CCAP for a screening of the documentary V6A, followed by a panel on housing justice. Director Ruggero Romano has called Vancouver home since 2016. After witnessing struggles with homelessness, poverty and addiction, he was moved to make a film about our home community, commonly known as the Downtown Eastside. V6A is an unexpected celebration of the resilience and beauty of the human spirit in its fight against the toughest, often human-made odds. Presented by the Carnegie Community Action Project, who works to increase welfare rates, improve social housing, and slow gentrification in the DTES. CCAP supports residents to speak out for the changes they would like to see in the neighbourhood. Followed by a discussion on housing justice with housing activists including City Councilor Jean Swanson. Refreshments.
Stills from V6A
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BECAUSE WE ARE GIRLS (2019, 85 min) Saturday November 9, 12:30pm - 3pm Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, 88 W. Pender Tickets $15, available at www.vaff.org
TREESONG Saturday November 9, 12pm - 1:30pm Woodward's Atrium, 111 W. Hastings Free Treesong has something for everyone – it’s a fun, musically interesting, visually striking, artistically advanced, and entertaining musical spectacle not to be missed. The new musical group features Brad Muirhead’s original compositions for visual artist David Gowman's hand-carved instruments he calls "Fuhorns". Made mostly of empress wood (a fast growing hardwood), the Fuhorns are weird, wonderful, and unique pieces of musical sculpture. One way to describe sounds produced by a group of Fuhorns is "trees singing" – exactly where the group name came from. The music Brad is writing ranges from rambunctious groove-based Afro-minimalism or angular rhythmic complexity to sonorous and soulful ballad-like songs, with improvised material featured prominently. The "Fuhornists" are highly accomplished brass players from Vancouver's music community, with percussion rounding out the group.
The Vancouver Asian Film Festival presents Because We Are Girls directed by Baljit Sangra, a Vancouver-based filmmaker who uses factual entertainment to explore social issues. The documentary tells the story of a conservative Indo-Canadian family in small-town British Columbia who must come to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an older relative beginning in their childhood years. After remaining silent for nearly two and a half decades, the sisters decide to come forward; not only to protect other young relatives, but to set an example for their daughters as well.
ROOTS AND SEEDS: An Interactive Encounter Saturday November 9, 2pm - 4pm DTES Neighbourhood House, 573 E. Hastings Free Every Saturday morning, Urban Farming Poh-Pohs (grandmothers) gather at the corner of East Hastings and Jackson to grow fresh veggies, friendship and a strong sense of belonging. Their group was launched in April 2018 by the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House and Carnegie Community Centre. Join the Urban Farming Poh-Pohs and playwright Veronique West as they celebrate the gardeners’ harvest, while exploring questions of inheritance, resilience and legacy. All are invited to talk, drink tea and eat dumplings. This event emerges out of the gardeners’ weekly gatherings and Veronique’s research into her matrilineal Polish heritage. Presented by PTC in collaboration with the Chinese Senior Gardeners.
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WALKING TOUR: Strathcona Past, Present and Future with Khari Wendell McClelland Saturday November 9, 1pm - 4pm Strathcona Park, corner of Hawks & Prior $10/pwyc for local residents Are you excited to learn more about Strathcona? To explore where we have been and where we are going? Join Khari Wendell McClelland and learn through story, song and experiential activities more about the natural and community histories of Strathcona. We will look at the current moment and what the future might bring. Walk begins in Strathcona Park, on the northwest corner of the Park (SE corner of Hawks and Prior). We recommend dressing for the weather, bring an umbrella and water. We will end our walk at the Strathcona Community Centre, Multipurpose Room, 601 Keefer for an opportunity to share thoughts following the walk, with refreshments served.
Urban Farming Poh-Pohs
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UKRAINIAN BEADING with Tetiana Zaruba Saturday November 9, 2pm - 4pm EWMA Studio, 800 E. Hastings Free Just around the corner from the EWMA Studio is the Ukrainian Hall, home to an active cultural community of artisans, performers and history buffs. EWMA and the Festival are pleased to offer a workshop with one of these artisans, Tetiana Zaruba, who will lead a session on beadwork inspired by the intricate designs of Ukrainian folk art. You can complete a bead project at the workshop! Printed schemes (plans) and bead kits provided. Workshop for women only.
OPENING DOORS Saturday November 9, 3pm & 8pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20/15. Tickets at door or advance sales: 604-689-0926; firstname.lastname@example.org; or www. Firehallartscentre.ca Also November 6, 7 & 8
THE STORY BEHIND WEAVING RECONCILIATION: OUR WAY (2018, 25 min) Saturday November 9, 7pm - 8pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free In 2018, Vancouver Moving Theatre, in a collaboration led by Indigenous artists, knowledge-keepers and partners across the land, toured Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way to cities and communities across Canada. This play and cultural encounter was created in the Downtown Eastside by Renae Morriseau with Rosemary Georgeson and Savannah Walling, with contributions from the cast, knowledge-keepers and partnering communities. Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way brought to life the story of Old One and his heartbreaking and hilarious journey to reconcile with himself, his family and community. Local filmmaker Jessica Hallenbeck (Lantern Films) has created an exquisite short film that traces the national tour, cultural practices across the land, and the reﬂections of participating actors, youth and elders.
See description November 6
DID YOU KNOW? The year 2019 was proclaimed the International Year of Indigenous Languages by the United Nations General Assemble. “BC is home to 60% of all Indigenous languages of Canada”, reports the “Our Living Languages” touring exhibit. “There are over 203 First Nation communities in the province, with 34 languages and over 30 dialects.”
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The Festival is pleased to present Workin’ produced by Theatre Terrific. The question commonly asked of us is “What do you do?” What defines ‘something’ as work and ‘something else’ as NOT work? Susanna Uchatius directs the large all-inclusive cast in a musical play that addresses the personal and public value of work, using dance, song, live music, humour and more. "I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker." – Helen Keller
Skundaal Bernie Williams
WORKIN’ Saturday November 9, 3:30pm - 4:30pm Woodward’s Atrium, 111 W. Hastings Free Also November 10
SURVIVORS TOTEM POLE (2016, 24 min) Saturday November 9, 8pm - 9:30pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free In 2016, the Survivors Totem Pole was carved by Downtown Eastside resident and activist Skundaal Bernie Williams and her team of carvers, then raised at Pigeon Park in a powerful pole raising and potlatch witnessing ceremony attended by over 1,000 residents, Elders and VIPs. This moving film, by filmmaker Susanne Tabata, follows the extraordinary community-led journey to create and raise a monument to survivors: a tribute to the enduring strength, resistance, persistence and inclusion of the Downtown Eastside community. Following the film presentation Susanne Tabata, Skundaal Bernie Williams, and guests from the Sacred Circle Society will speak.
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DTES TALES OF SHADOW AND LIGHT Saturday November 9, 4:30pm - 5pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
PeRfOrMaNcE & CoMmUnitY DialOgUe W(E)AVES 0.7 (work-in-progress) Saturday November 9, 5pm - 6:30pm Sun Wah Centre, 2nd ﬂoor, 268 Keefer Free
W(e)aves is an ongoing research-creation: a solo new media performance work investigating migration, race politics, transcultural identity, queerness and spiritual philosophies. During this research phase, Sammy Chien interweaves digital technologies, audiovisuals, text, contemporary dance, and qi gong to shine a light on dialogue centring Chinatown and its sociopolitical context in relationship to changes in Ancient Chinese pictograms. Sammy Chen, co-founder and Artistic Director of Chimerik似不像, is a first generation TaiwaneseCanadian immigrant and queer artist-of-colour; interdisciplinary artist, director, performer, researcher and mentor who works with film, sound art, new media, performance, movement and spiritual practice. www.sammychien.com Presented in partnership with Centre A.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE EAST END #3 Saturday November 9, 8pm - 10pm Tight Club, 261 Union
Haisla Collins, Father Theo
The DTES Tales of Shadow and Light is a community shadow puppet/spoken word micro-play shining a light on stories of the DTES! The show is led by Carnegie Community Centre Artistsin-Residence, Amal and Erv of Cambium Arts & Education (cambiumarts.com). This presentation is the culmination of four community creative sessions in which the participants are exploring a new technique. Come and see what the wonderful artists have put together.
$20/15. Tickets at door or advance sales: spotlighttightclub.eventbrite.com The third show of a special three concert music series that profiles an exciting line-up of local POC, Indigenous and marginalized emerging and professional musicians. This evening features musicians Kimmortal & Megang & Estiqw, JB the First Lady, MIssy D, and Haisla with Nasty, Brutish and Short. These artists shine the light on, in the words of Khari: “a ﬁerce new generation of voices and community minded artists; on the leading edge of hip hop and soul aesthetic in the Vancouver; right from communities with deep connections in the East End.”
DTES TALES OF SHADOW AND LIGHT: CREATIVE SESSIONS Ever wanted to experiment with shadow puppets? Do some spoken word? Tell your story? Meet other people in your community while having a ton of fun? Then this is for you! Join Carnegie Centre Artists in Residence, Amal and Erv of Cambium Arts & Education (cambiumarts.com) to create a short shadow puppet play exploring the tales and treasures of the DTES! We’ll have plenty of ways for you to participate as little or as much as you like!
Free! No experience needed! Bring yourself, your friends, your neighbours and your creativity!
Fridays, October 18 & 25, November 1 & 8, 1:30pm - 4:30pm Carnegie Learning Centre, 3rd ﬂoor, 401 Main Come to see the ﬁnal performance on Saturday November 9, 4:30pm, Carnegie Theatre
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10 fiLms & PaNeL DiscUssiOn
TOGETHER: Celebration and Reconciliation in the DTES Sunday November 10, 10am - 1pm 312 Main, entrance on Cordova Free, registration required spotlightjapanesecanadiancommunities312main. eventbrite.ca Together: Celebration and Reconciliation in the DTES is a series of public screenings and discussions to celebrate the resilience and collaboration of diverse peoples and communities in the DTES of Vancouver and beyond. When we fight to remember, redress, forgive, (re)concile, and re-start, we stand together. A backbone to the Together series is celebration and reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples of this land. Today’s first in the series shares perspectives from the Japanese Canadian community with documentaries by filmmaker Greg Masuda: Nikkei Stories of Powell Street series (21”); and The Right to Remain (2015, 45’ 11”). Followed by a panel discussion with Kathy Shimizu, Vancouver City Councillor Jean Swanson, Grace Eiko Thomson and Herb Varley. Facilitator: Dr. Huamei Han, Faculty of Education, SFU.
WORKIN’ Sunday November 10, 12pm - 1pm Woodward’s Atrium, 111 W. Hastings Free Also November 9 See page 42 for description
CARNEGIE JAZZ BAND AND SPECIAL GUESTS Sunday November 10, 2pm - 4pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free The Festival closes with an exciting Sunday afternoon of hot jazz featuring special guest Tom Pickett singing a selection of original songs written for Downtown Eastside music and theatre productions, along with popular jazz standards heard in the clubs and streets of Vancouver’s historic East End. Joining the Carnegie Jazz Band, led by multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Brad Muirhead, are three of Vancouver’s finest jazz musicians: Hugh Fraser (trombone/piano), Brent Gubbels (bass) and Adrian Smith (trumpet).
CARNEGIE CLASSICS IN THE HEART OF THE CITY Sunday November 10, 10:30am – 11:45am Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
Be transported by the beauty of chamber music in the intimacy of the Carnegie Theatre. Clarinetist Johanna Hauser, who has presented over sixty concerts in the Carnegie Classics series, will be joined by violinists Marc Destrube and Andrea Siradze, violist Tawnya Popoff and cellist Olivia Blander to perform the Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Mozart String Quartet, K. 575.
CHINATOWN PUBLIC ART WALK Sunday November 10, 11am - 12:30pm Meet at Chinese Cultural Centre courtyard, 50 E. Pender $10; pwyc for local residents Public art and monuments figure heavily within Chinatown’s unique cultural landscape, just as much as its shops and architecture. Led by the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown, this walk will visit a range of public artworks in examination (and celebration!) of their contributions to community, culture and the public realm. Artwork will include the four murals recently completed through the 2019 Chinatown Mural Program and what they add to contemporary conversations around identity, belonging and changing daily life in Chinatown.
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DTES CIRCLE OF GRANDMOTHERS: Feast and Water Ceremony Sunday November 10, 6pm - 8:30pm PHS Skyroom, 10th ﬂoor, 131 W. Hastings Free The DTES Circle of Grandmothers is an ever-expanding circle of ceremonial women whose intention is to share their knowledge and wisdom, and be available to the community for ceremony and counsel. The Grandmothers join with the Heart of the City Festival to offer a hearty stew and to lead a water ceremony on the final evening of the Festival. The Grandmothers offer everyone the opportunity to experience ceremony and will help to close the Festival in a good way. Co-presented with DTES Centre for the Arts, with support from PHS. Everyone welcome. Limited capacity. First come, first served.
DID YOU KNOW? Built in 1906, the Firehall acted as Vancouver’s fire station until the 1970s. Here in the historic heart of the city, the Firehall Arts Centre has been breaking through social barriers to present artists of varied cultural backgrounds since its founding in 1982. Led by awardwinning Artistic Producer Donna Spencer for the past 36 years, the Firehall Theatre Society has evolved into one of Canada’s most well respected cultural hubs. With her interest in contemporary dance, Donna also spearheaded the Dancing on the Edge Festival, which has grown to become Canada’s longest-running dance festival.
This year the UBC Learning Exchange is excited to be celebrating our 20th Anniversary! Since its founding in 1999, the Learning Exchange has become a unique hub where people and organizations from the Downtown Eastside and UBC communities can work, learn and create together. In its space at 612 Main, the Learning Exchange has grown into part of the fabric of the DTES community, including through its contributions to arts and culture. With community input, it has created a welcoming and dynamic space where new connections are made to pursue common interests and bring about positive social change. Its free core programs include an English Conversation Program, led by local residents, a range of computer workshops tailored to the way people like to learn, and a low-key Drop-In with computer access. Each year a variety of arts projects stimulate imaginations and help build community. As part of its 20th Anniversary celebrations, the Learning Exchange will host a series of exciting events both at the Learning Exchange and in the community. This will include group outings to some of the Heart of the City events that everyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to join the Festival outings, or learn more about our other 20th anniversary events, please contact us at 604-827-2772, drop by 612 Main Street, or visit learningexchange.ubc. ca/20years.
70TH ANNIVERSARY We mark the 70th anniversary of the Japanese Canadian community’s return to BC's coast after eight years of exile and internment in Canada's interior. Despite no evidence of disloyalty, the Japanese Canadians living within a 100 mile “protected zone” had been interned during WW II. Not until 1949, four years after the war ended, were those restrictions lifted and Japanese Canadians given full citizenship rights: the right to vote and to return to the west coast.
100th ANNIVERSARY BENNY’S MARKET In 1919, a young Italian immigrant named Alfonso Benedetti opened an ice cream parlour at 598 Union Street with the help of winnings from a backroom card game. His partner was soon bought out and in a few years the parlour transformed into the Benedetti Grocery. The legendary Benny’s Market has been owned and operated by the Benedetti family ever since. Ramon Senior – a great storyteller – worked at the store until just before his recent passing at the age of 90. Benny’s Market continues to be a bustling neighbourhood business, loved for its friendly service and its variety of groceries, Italian specialty goods and fresh deli sandwiches.
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VISUAL ARTS TWO EXHIBITS: ROYAL PORTRAIT and OUT OF CONCEALMENT Royal Portrait, Until January 19 Out of Concealment, October 23 to April 5 Carnegie Cultural Sharing, Friday November 1 2pm - 5pm, Free Curatorial Tour, Thursday November 7 2pm - 3pm Free Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, 639 Hornby Adults $13, seniors $10, students $8, youth $6, children under 12 free, families $30
12th ANNUAL OPPENHEIMER PARK COMMUNITY ART SHOW: The World As We Create It Until October 26 Gallery Gachet, 9 W. Hastings Free Oppenheimer Park and Gallery Gachet are pleased to present The World As We Create It. Exploring the theme of humans and the natural world, the exhibition showcases artwork from the Oppenheimer Park community, including paintings, drawings, print, sculpture, mosaic and mixed media works. Oppenheimer Park has a rich and colourful history as a place of recreation, celebration, activism, resistance, culture, healing, community and belonging, and is one of the oldest surviving parks in the city. This year’s exhibition reﬂects on our interactions with history, nature, place and space and how these narratives inform our worlds as we create them today. More than thirty artists’ diverse and nuanced interpretations of the theme are featured in the show. Gallery hours: Tues to Sat, 12pm - 6pm.
HOMING PIDGIN Haruko Okano October 21 to December 14 Opening Reception, Saturday October 26, 12pm - 4pm Centre A, #205 - 268 Keefer Free See description PreFestival. Gallery hours: Tues to Sat, 12pm - 5pm.
THREE EWMA ARTISTS Karen Colville, Penny Lim, Rosina Santillana Until October 30 Closing Reception, Wednesday October 30, 5pm - 6:30pm Carnegie 3rd ﬂoor Gallery, 401 Main Free See description on October 30. Gallery is open when Carnegie is open.
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Royal Portrait features a collection of carvings, jewellry and portraits by Morgan Asoyuf honouring the Indigenous matriarchs in her life. Photographic portraits of Indigenous activists wearing crowns, frontlets, and headdresses highlight the true meaning of royalty for Indigenous peoples which is linked to how well we take care of others and the environment. Out of Concealment is a solo exhibition featuring the work of Haida artist, performer, activist, and lawyer Terri-Lynn WilliamsDavidson. Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii are re-imagined through photomontages, film, and sound to convey origin stories and oral traditions from the Haida Nation. Gallery winter hours: Wed to Sun, 11am - 5pm.
A JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF LIFE, Photos by Tom Quirk November 2 to 28 Opening Reception, Tuesday November 5, 5pm - 6:30pm Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main Free See description on November 5. Gallery is open when Carnegie is open.
MOVING WITH JOY ACROSS THE ICE WHILE MY FACE TURNS BROWN FROM THE SUN Maureen Gruben November 5 to December 15 Opening Reception Tuesday November 5, 6pm - 8pm Fazakas Gallery, 688 E.Hastings Free See description on November 5. Gallery hours: Tues to Sat 11am - 5pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm.
THE ART OF JOHN YURIS November 5 to 10 Artist Reception, Wednesday November 6, 3:30pm - 5pm Downtown Community Health Centre, 569 Powell Free See description on November 6. Centre hours: Tues to Fri, 4:30pm - 7:30pm, Sat and Sun, 10am - 4pm. Note: on Tues Nov 5 the Centre is open to womxn only after 5pm for Womxn’s Night.
SYNERGY Group Exhibition November 8 to February 7 Opening Reception, Friday November 8, 4pm - 6pm Lost + Found Cafe, 33 W. Hastings Free See description on November 8. Cafe hours: Mon to Fri 8am - 6pm, Sat 9am - 5pm.
VISUAL ARTS HOPE IN SHADOWS Photo Exhibition November 8 to November 16 Opening Reception, Friday November 8, 5pm - 7pm InterUrban Gallery 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall Free See description on November 8. Gallery hours: Wed to Sat, 1pm - 5pm.
RELATIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY Group Exhibition Until December 7 Audain Gallery, 149 W. Hastings Free CHAJI / 茶寂 Until January 10 Curator’s Tour with Tea Ceremony, Wednesday November 6, 2pm - 4pm, by donation to the Garden Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Adult $14, student $10, senior $11, family $28 For artist Lam Wong, the first pillar of tea philosophy starts with respect (敬): respect towards tea, to the tea makers, the guests, and to nature. With great respect in mind, he invited four established artists — his father Don Wong, Arthur Cheng, Bryan Mulvihill, and Chick Rice — to join him in the Chaji / 茶寂 exhibition. The exhibition will also feature the works of John Cage, an inﬂuential and illuminating American artist/composer. The artists are all masterful in their art practice, and have all in various ways been inspired by tea or Eastern philosophy, especially Buddhism and Zen. Garden hours: Mon to Sun, 10am - 4:30pm (beginning Nov 4, closed Monday).
GALLERY GACHET ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW November 8 to December 21 Opening Reception, Friday November 8, 6pm - 9pm Gallery Gachet, 9 W. Hastings Free See description on November 8. Gallery hours: Tues to Sat, 12pm - 6pm.
AFROSCIENCE Tonye Aganaba, Sii-am Hamilton Until November 15 Cheeky Proletariat Art Gallery, 320 Carrall Free AfroScience explores the connections between Black and Indigenous art forms, and brings artists together to collaborate creatively on works inspired by their shared history. Tonye Aganaba and Sii-am Hamilton make art together and use this creation, and its conversations, to challenge the inequities they face in so-called Vancouver and beyond. The two artists are irreverent and playful in their work, and explore ideas of identity, race, environmentalism and public health. They want to return people to a state of remembering by showing images, themes and colours that raise positive emotions and inspire thought. Window exhibition.
Relations of Responsibility is an exhibition of work by three contemporary artists, Raven Chacon, Gabi Dao and Lou Sheppard, that explores the conditions of mutual becoming that the performance of a score produces, where both text and interpreter are transfigured by encounter and engagement. Borrowing its title from theoretical physicist and feminist scholar Karen Barad, Relations of Responsibility considers the materializing effects of performance, where ethical obligations extend to the tools used as much as to the composers and performers themselves. Co-presented by SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts, with the support of the Western Front and SFU Library. Gallery hours: Tues to Sat, 12pm – 5pm; except Fri, 12pm – 8pm.
RAT SCHOOL OF ART Dahye Kim and Ye Eun Nam November 7 to December 7 Centre A, #205 - 268 Keefer Free / By donation The work of Seoul-based artists Dahye Kim and Ye Eun Nam is connected, by way of issues and observations of the fast fashion industry of South Korea and the labour of the artists, in dialogue with Centre A’s current location, a former clothing store. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the RAT School of ART (Seoul, South Korea) as part of an annual exchange and residency program. This unique collaboration highlights the role of contemporary artists in transnational cultural productivity and the contemplation of ideas. Gallery hours: Tues to Sat, 12pm - 5pm.
HOLD ON Anna Zett Until January 11 Or Gallery, 236 E. Pender Free The Festival welcomes Or Gallery to the neighbourhood as they open the first exhibition in their new home. Hold On is an interactive multi-media installation that addresses two modes of language and their interplay: writing and speech. Writing, as the manipulation of matter to leave a trace, is intimately linked with the hand, while speech is connected to voice, rhythm and the act of listening. Exploring the limits and symbolic meanings of tactility, Anna Zett presents a series of enigmatic bubble-like glass objects and invites viewers to grasp them, triggering an audio-visual meditation on both concrete and abstract levels. Gallery hours: Tues to Sat, 12pm - 5pm.
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POST FESTIVAL fuNdRaisEr
CARNEGIE NEWSLETTER BENEFIT CONCERT Thursday November 14, 7pm - 9:30pm, doors open 6:30pm St. James Community Square 3214 W. 10th Avenue $25 waged, $5 unwaged
The Carnegie Newsletter, produced by volunteer labour twice-monthly for 33 years, serves as an antidote to how the Downtown Eastside is often portrayed in mainstream media. The Newsletter gives voice to writers, poets and artists who might otherwise be marginalized. Join us for a fabulous evening of music and community spirit as we raise funds to cover the printing costs of this beloved, and sometimes controversial, publication. Musical offerings will include students from Saint James Music Academy, DTES favourite musician Mike Richter, a virtuoso soloist from City Opera Vancouver and a variety of other talented guests. There will be prizes and tasty refreshments available. All ages welcome.
Tickets at door or advance sales: carnegie_newsletter_beneﬁt_concert.eventbrite.com
FESTIVAL CLOSING RECEPTION Friday November 15, 5pm - 7pm Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main Free Now that we’ve caught up on our sleep, done our laundry and cleaned up our rooms, this is our opportunity to say thank you! Thank you to artists, audience members, crew, staff, volunteers, community partners, fellow organizers - there are so many of us who put on the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in one capacity or another. Come on down to the Carnegie, the heart of our community, as we say “Thank you! That’s the 16th Annual Festival under our belts! Here’s to another year!” Join us for conversations and share ideas for future festivals. Refreshments. See ya there!
INDUSTRY PANEL: Passing of the Keys Saturday November 17, 2pm - 4pm Strathcona Community Centre Seniors Lounge, 601 Keefer Free Join Khari Wendell McClelland, the Festival’s Artist-inResidence, as he leads a panel discussion on Vancouver’s music industry. Guests include: Tarun Naylor, festival director, musician and producer; Jarrett Martineau, label owner and host of CBC Reclaimed; Aurora Jane, studio owner, producer and musician; and Rob Wright, booking agent with Feldman Agency and a touring musician. This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear and learn from insights of music industry knowledge keepers gleaned from their many years of experience working in the ‘biz’. Everyone welcome.
UpCoMiNg NeigHbOuRhOoD EvEnts art EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL November 14 - 17
The "Culture Crawl" is a beloved annual four day visual arts festival where local Eastside artists open their studio to the public for viewing and sales. The event is focused on the area bounded by Columbia St, 1st Ave, Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront and involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established. Details: culturecrawl.ca
VJLS & JH FALL FOOD BAZAAR Sunday November 17, 12pm - 2:30pm Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander Free Delicious Japanese comfort food, including udon, sushi, takoyaki, teriyaki, chicken & more. Kids’ activities, game corner, silent auction. An all-time community favourite; arrive early to get your udon!
twO EvEnts in DeCeMbEr SUM Gallery, #425 - 268 Keefer, sumgallery.ca GLITTER TECHNICS, Wednesday December 4, 7pm Join the participants in the conclusion of a thirteen week experiential creative empowerment workshop series designed to shine a light on LGBTQ2S+ youth who have a story they want to develop and share. It’s a single night of an interdisciplinary art journey with a Q&A to close.
WE HAVE A VOICE: Indigenous Women Who Do Sex Work Speak Out, December 7 - 21
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Come support the culmination of a two-year project by Sex Workers United Against Violence in this their final art show. SWUAV has been providing healing opportunities for women in the community to speak about their experiences, use art to express themselves, connect with cultural and spiritual teachings, and make recommendations to law and policymakers for improving their lives. Hosted at Queer Arts Festival’s SUM Gallery.
COMMUNITY-ENGAGED ART PRACTICE WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? Art creation involving professional artists collaborating with community members and arts and non-arts partners
DTES SMALL ARTS GRANTS 2019-2020 Do you want to receive money for an art project? If you are an emerging artist (an artist who has never received financial support from a grant, a foundation, or a sponsorship program) and you are connected to the Downtown Eastside with an idea for an original art project, this program is for you!
WHAT IS THIS PROGRAM? The Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grants (DTES SAG) program is a partnership between Carnegie Community Centre and Vancouver Foundation. Our goal is to help emerging artists to develop their skills and increase the visibility of their artwork. HOW CAN THIS PROGRAM HELP ME? We support emerging art-
ists to develop their skills and increase the visibility of their artwork with grant awards ranging from $500 – $1000 to individual DTES Artists. With this money, you can buy what you need to take your art to the next level!
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? Apply! In order to receive a grant, artists
have to complete and submit a grant application. Then, the Volunteer Resident Advisory Committee reviews applications for funding. The Volunteer Resident Advisory Committee is made up of DTES Artists. Please note, not all applicants receive funding. If you are successful in your application, in addition to creating your project, you are required to complete a final report by June 30 2020. A Final Report Template will be provided.
WHEN DOES ALL THIS HAPPEN? Applications open Tuesday
Art that is made with, for and about the community it serves Art that celebrates, reclaims, commemorates, educates, heals, inspires, challenges Art-making integrated with community values, interests, assets, and cultural traditions – past and present Art-making with process and product intertwined, all part of the art Art-making guided by principles of respect, reciprocity and generosity of spirit Art-making inclusive of diverse social and cultural backgrounds and generations Art-making that encourages everyone involved – from novice to master – to give of their best to create strong art and transformative experience Big and small projects, indoors or outdoors, in all sizes and shapes, in all kinds and combinations of art forms, from performance to visual arts, from media arts to processions, festivals and community celebrations Art creation that leaves legacies for the future.
October 15 and are due by 4pm on Friday November 22, 2019. If your application is approved for funding, you will receive your cheque in February 2020.
suPpOrt thE DtEs Heart Of thE City festival Downtown Eastsiders love the arts!
INTERESTED? GREAT! Complete an application! Apply online at
Financial donations from our friends like you help fuel this passion. Join us! Donate via Canada Helps: www.heartofthecityfestival.com And sign up for our informative newsletter at the same time!
www.vancouverfoundationsmallarts.ca. You can also pick up a paper copy from the third ﬂoor of the Carnegie Centre.
Information Sessions are happening at Carnegie Community Centre • Wednesday October 30, 2019 6pm - 7:30pm • Thursday November 14, 2019 6pm - 7:30pm Have questions? We would love to be in touch with you. Contact the DTES Small Arts Grants office by phone (604) 6652213 or email at email@example.com.
Or by cheque to: Vancouver Moving Theatre Chinatown Postal Outlet Box 88270 Coast Salish Territory Vancouver BC, CANADA V6A 4A5 Charitable Tax receipts provided.
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CONGRATULATIONS! We’re proud of our Downtown Eastside community! Congratulations to individuals and organizations making a difference in our community.
LAUNCH OF THE 2019 DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE WOMEN’S CENTRE REPORT
Red Women Rising: Indigenous Women Survivors of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside was presented in Calgary to the Commissioners of the National Inquiry for Murdered and Missing Women and Girls. The report, and 200 recommendations contained within it, was written by Carol Martin and Harsha Wallia with contributions from 128 members of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.
PUBLICATION AND AWARDS LIBBY DAVIES on the publication of Outside In: A Political Memoir, her memoir about her life from the earliest days of working for social justice in the Downtown Eastside to Parliament Hill. CECILY NICHOLSON received the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language poetry for her book Wayside Songs. AMBER DAWN was nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize (BC Book Prizes) for her book Sodom Road Exit. VALERIE SING TURNER was named UBCP/ACTRA International Women’s Day Honouree for her outstanding contributions to the Union, the industry and social justice. STAN DOUGLAS received the 2019 Audain Prize for Visual Art for his work that examines social reality and history. His 15 metre photo mural of the 1971 Gastown Riot stands in the Woodward’s Atrium. THE OVALTINE CAFÉ was named by the UK newspaper The Telegraph as one of the “The 50 greatest cafes on Earth”, heralded for its classic diner décor, neon sign and name.
2019 JESSIE RICHARDSON THEATRE AWARD NOMINATION Small Theatre – Outstanding outreach and community engagement, demonstrating the importance of culture, tradition, community, family and identities Rosemary Georgeson, Renae Morriseau & Savannah Walling / Weaving Reconciliation Our Way
2019 JESSIE RICHARDSON THEATRE AWARDS Small Theatre – Outstanding Production and Lighting Design for Camera Obscura (Hungry Ghosts), Frank Theatre Company/ Queer Arts Festival; Outstanding Direction, Costume Design, Set Design & Sound Design for Les Filles du Roi, Fugue Theatre/ Raven Theatre/urban ink/The Cultch; Theatre for Young Audiences – Outstanding Design for Salmon Girl, Raven Spirit Dance.
2019 JESSIE RICHARDSON THEATRE SPECIAL AWARDS Sam Payne Award for the Most Promising Newcomer Taran Kootenhayoo; GVPTA Career Achievement Award David Diamond.
YWCA WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARD NOMINEES for
contributions to community: Education, Training and Development Margot Leigh Butler, Academic Director, Humanities 101 Community Program; Doreen Manuel, Director, Bosa Centre
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for Film and Animation (Capilano University) and Matriarch in development of the IM4 Indigenous Virtual & Augmented Reality program (Emily Carr University); Arts, Culture & Design Laura Byspalko, Managing Director/Co-founder, Indian Summer Arts Festival; Community Champion Anna Godefroy, Co-founder/ Director, Binners’ Project
MAYOR’S ACHIEVEMENT AWARD URBAN NATIVE YOUTH ASSOCIATION (UNYA) has for over thirty years provided arts and culture opportunities, intervention and health services, and supports for Indigenous youth who have experienced adversity from a young age. PHS COMMUNITY SERVICES SOCIETY, founded in 1991 as the Portland Hotel Society, provides housing, advocacy and health services, and arts and culture programming for people who are marginalized, often due to drug use, mental health issues or complex medical needs. To stem the 1990s HIV epidemic, PHS was a leader in establishing North America’s first legally sanctioned supervised injection site.
MAYOR’S DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AWARD MICHELLE NAHANEE facilitates Decolonizing Practice Workshops at gathering, festivals, conferences for hundreds of residents. She designed a life size “Snakes and Ladders” board game and workshop (Sinulhkay and Ladders) providing a framework for conversations to develop decolonizing practices.
MAYOR’S GREENEST CITY LEADERSHIP AWARD HUA FOUNDATION advances social change and builds resilient communities by empowering youth in the Asian diaspora to advance “green” solutions for cultural communities. They advocate for food security, support Chinatown small businesses, bring Chinese restaurants to serve certified sustainable fish, promote healthy food in the Choi (vegetable) Project and organize the Chinatown Summer Market.
HEALTHY CITY FOR ALL AWARD YARROW INTERGENERATIONAL SOCIETY FOR JUSTICE (aka The Sticky Rice Collective) are youth building cultural connections with their elders, reaching out to seniors in Chinatown to support access to health care and creating community connections and resilience by organizing community events such as Moon Festival celebrations. TAYYBEH: A CELEBRATION OF SYRIAN CUISINE began as a pop-up dinner and today is an award-winning catering company, food truck and pop-up dinner creator. Tayybeh creates opportunities for women new to Canada to develop their already excellent culinary skills, share cultures, and gain employment. They also offer cooking classes, sell packaged Syrian food, and donate time and food to marginalized communities. Their name means “generous” and “delicious” in Arabic.
VANCOUVER MOVING THEATRE NEWS Heidi Gehr
An Eastside Christmas Carol
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SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs with Vancouver Moving Theatre in partnership with Full Circle: First Nations Performance in support of the DTES Heart of the City Festival It’s been a great run with beautiful artists from Greater Vancouver and the community of the Downtown Eastside. Looking forward to seeing you at the 10th annual and final season of this beloved holiday classic! The haunting yet humourous musical, directed by Michael Boucher, features over twenty songs and an inspiring ensemble with Juno-award winning Jim Byrnes, Margo Kane, Tom Pickett, Kevin McNulty, Sam Bob, Savannah Walling, and Stephen Lytton. They are joined by the Saint James Music Academy Youth Choir and new cast members Vincent Keats, Olivia Lucas and Jerry LaFaery. Local muralist Richard Tetrault's iconic images of back alleys, ravens and Vancouver's portside provide a compelling backdrop daylighting pressing social issues. At the darkest hour of a winter’s night, a selfish old pawnbroker – an SRO hotel landowner – wakes to confront three spirits of the past, present and future. Emerging from Coast Salish land buried under sidewalks of today, these spirits bring Scrooge face to face with harm he has caused, memories he has tried to forget, and relationships that may never heal. Bah Humbug! celebrates the spirit, humanity and fierce advocacy for justice of Charles Dickens and of the Downtown Eastside community.
Fei and Milton Wong Theatre SFU Woodward's, 149 West Hastings Street December 5 – 21, 2019, evenings and matinees TIckets: www.sfuwoodwards.ca Or at the door one hour before showtime $39 general / $24 students, seniors EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Four tickets for $99 until Nov 30 www.eventbrite.ca/e/bah-humbug-tickets-50718778231
"Fantastic! Wonderful uplifting experience." "I loved it. Everyone should see it. It’s a must before Christmas." "The show reminds us of what Christmas is all about." "It was awesome. Loved how it dealt with the real issues of the Downtown Eastside."
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In Memorium LYUBOV ARTEMENKO
Lyubov sang with the Barvinok Choir at many, many Heart of the City Festival events and Vancouver Moving Theatre productions taking place over the years at the Ukrainian Hall. A loving spirit, with a beautiful singing voice, she is very much missed.
Mr. Benny (Ramon Benedetti), one of the last of the unstoppable residents who saved Vancouver's oldest, most iconic community from the urban re-developers' wrecking ball, died recently. Born over 90 years ago, he lived his entire life in Strathcona and ran the grocery business at Union and Princess his father started in 1919. An always-entertaining raconteur, he knew everything worth knowing about a neighbourhood that, after the war, was dismissed by outsiders and bureaucrats as an example of 'urban decay.' It was precisely the opposite: vibrant, lively and diverse, host to gigantic talents from Angelo Branco to the Gibson family, site of VIe's Chicken and Steaks and home to the Ukrainian Hall where injured men on stretchers found sanctuary after Bloody Sunday in the 1930s. Mr Benny was there for all of that. And more. Bravo, Mr. Benny, for a long life well lived. Vancouver owes you more than most will ever know.
– Savannah Walling
– Marcia Toms
MORRIS BATES Born on Sugar Cane Reserve near Williams Lake, Morris Bates - a proud Shuswap Haida – grew up to become an author, long-time advocate for social change, and one of the world’s foremost Elvis tribute artists. Billed as “Morris as Elvis”, he was a headline act for ten years in Las Vegas, and toured internationally. After retiring, Morris took on a second career helping victims of crime; he started the program Reality Check for Indigenous Youth, taking at-risk youth through Downtown Eastside streets and alleys to inspire wise life choices. During the Gitxsan Wet’suwet’en land claim treaty negotiations, Morris wrote the song Promised Land to fundraise for legal efforts to protect what was left of the territory. “I was inspired by Elvis to take a chance on life,” Morris said. “There is nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it and you work really, really hard.” He is deeply missed. – Savannah Walling
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In Memorium WAYSON CHOY
LEON “TODD” PRINCE
Award winning author Wayson Choy grew up in Vancouver’s Chinatown, first on Keefer, then a number of households, before becoming the first Chinese Canadian to enter UBC’s Creative Writing program. He’s known and loved as a pioneer for Asian Canadian and GLBT literature. Son of a Cantonese Opera performer, his short story Jade Peony became his first novel, winning the 1996 City of Vancouver Book Award. On the corner of Pender and Gore Streets, across from the Chinese school he attended, a plaque shares words from Jade Peony: the first “Project Bookmark” east of Ontario. Paper Shadows was his award-nominated memoir about growing up, as well as coming out as gay. Wayson was supportive as a teacher, and as a colleague or mentor at writing festivals and workshops. Many writers share stories of his kindness and generosity. Wayson’s presence will long be felt in our many communities, because in the words of his final novel, All That Matters, in truth, Wayson mattered to so many.
I met Todd sixteen years ago during The Downtown Eastside Community Play: In the Heart of a City. He worked backstage, helping with make-up, while his mom Harriet created costumes and regalia, and his sister Brenda and niece Dakota were actors. The whole family supported this play. Over the years, Todd and I talked on the street. Always a gentleman, he spoke with kindness, courtesy and a gentle humour, teasing “are you going to create another community play”? Talking about the screenplay he was working on. Asking how our creative projects were going, the ones involving Downtown Eastside hopes, concerns and community members. It was important to him that we keep going. I do miss him. I’m thankful he’s at peace. – Savannah Walling
– Todd Wong
LUCY MERASTY I met Lucy at Carnegie a long time ago. She loved doing her search word puzzles in the dining room. I bought her a few books so she could keep enjoying her puzzles. She was always smiling and looked happy and content. I met some of her family when they came from Alberta. She had a huge family. Her son Tony would drive her down to Carnegie from Surrey to spend time with us. I am happy to have met her and sad she is gone. The Festival adds that we will miss Lucy as one of our long-time audience members who somehow enjoyed everything we did. – Carl MacDonald
ARLENE SINCLAIR Arlene Sinclair was a true warrior. An incredible warrior woman who cared deeply about her community. She was on the ground in her community. A front line worker who could always be counted on to stand up and fight for her community. Arlene walked in numerous long walks advocating for murdered and missing women and girls. She walked from Prince Rupert to Prince George. From Vancouver to Prince George. And from BC to Ottawa on a 93 day trek. She sat at many an important table advocating for Indigenous women and she met most of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders across Canada. We greatly miss her. – Skundaal Bernie Williams
Angela Zenk, longtime collaborator with the Women Rock! program, passed away suddenly on July 29, 2019. An avid supporter of music and education, Angela’s volunteer efforts for Women Rock! helped the program grow and thrive for the past six years. She was incredibly thoughtful, and had an almost magical ability to make anyone feel welcome and comfortable. Angela enjoyed performing with her band Firekeeper at the Carnegie Centre, showcasing her vocal and drumming talents. Her admirable philosophy of lifelong learning led her to success in ensembles, choirs, stand-up comedy, sign-language classes, theatre, tai chi, and more. Angela’s vibrant positivity, cheery voice, generosity and warm, kind radiance will always be remembered by her loved ones. – Geetha Subramaniyam
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CREDITS + THANKS HEART OF THE CITY FESTIVAL VANCOUVER MOVING THEATRE Executive Artistic Producer Terry Hunter Artistic Director Savannah Walling Associate Artistic Producer Teresa Vandertuin Executive Director Terry Hunter Associate Artistic Director Savannah Walling Accountant Lucy Lai Operations Manager Lalia Fraser Bookkeepers Maura Doherty, Miyra Olney Production Manager Mark Carter Auditor Nathalie Abramovich (Grant Thornton LLP) Program Liaison & Associate Administrator Tracy Moromisato Designer in Residence John Endo Greenaway Administrative Assistant Doug Vernon Strategic Planning Consultant Lori Baxter Designer John Endo Greenaway (Big Wave Design) Filemaker Consultant Oak Bay Softrends Publicist Jodi Smith (JLS Entertainment) Computer Consultant David Skulski Elder in Residence Kat Norris Board of Directors: President Ann McDonnell, Artist in Residence Khari Wendell McClelland Vice President Eugene Crain, Secretary John Atkin, Associate Programmer Gunargie O’Sullivan Treasurer Louise Leclair, Event Producer Daniel Arnold Members at Large Grace Eiko Thomson, Fanna Yee Event Coordinators Gerardo Avila, Bill Beauregarde, Catherine Millard Operations Staff Patti Allan, Gerardo Avila, Gilles Cyrenne, Amita Daniels, THANK YOU to the Carnegie Community Ada Dennis, Jack Gates, Billy Hopeless, Catherine Millard, Teresa Parilla, Centre and the Association of United Ukrainian Priscillia Tait, Karen Thorpe, Alex Watts, Jeff Wilson, Elwin Xie, Teresa Ng Canadians for their continuing support, and to Production Staff Bill Beauregarde, Darren Hales, Andy McAvoy, Duffy McWhirter, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs (SFUW) for Neal Miskin, Mark Oakley, Robin Richardson, Eric St. Laurent, Elwin Xie co-producing Bah!Humbug!, an annual benefit Social Media Gunargie O’Sullivan, Julia Siedlanowska, Jeff Wilson for the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Studio Photography David Cooper Festival and community arts in the Downtown On Site Photographers Terry Hunter, Tom Quirk, Chris Randle Eastside. Videographer Chris Randle Program Guide Contributors Gilles Cyrenne, John Endo Greenway, Terry Hunter, Carl MacDonald, Tracy Moromisato, Suzie O’Shea, Geetha Subramaniyam, Karen Thorpe, Marcia Toms, Teresa Vandertuin, Savannah Walling, Skundaal Bernie Williams, Todd Wong, Diane Wood CARNEGIE COMMUNITY CENTRE Director Karla Kloepper Assistant Director (acting) Rika Uto Arts & Education Programmer Rika Uto Seniors & Cultural Programmer Doris Chow Indigenous Program Coordinator Nicole Bird Carnegie Learning Centre Lucy Alderson, Betsy Alkenbrack Oppenheimer Park Programmer Ellen Kim Carnegie Reading Room Randy Gatley Volunteer Programmer Huyanne Le Security Coordinator Skip Everall Food Services Coordinator Steve McKinley CARNEGIE COMMUNITY CENTRE ASSOCIATION Board of Directors: President Gilles Cyrenne, Vice President Jack Lazariuk, Treasurer Lisa David, Secretary Paul Taylor, Members at Large Thelma Jack, James Pau, Emma Price, Priscillia Tait, Mike Tapp, Miran Volaric, Phoenix Winter
PROGRAM GUIDE IMAGE/PHOTO CREDITS June Chow, David Cooper, Arden Gillespie, Sean Griffin, Kayla Isomura, Raymond Kam, David Kirk, Pierre Leichner, Kam Sing Leung, Carl MacDonald, Saloome Motavas, Tom Quirk, Chris Randle, Esther Rausenberg, Joe Robbins, Ruggero Romano, Geoff Webb, Elwin Xie, and many more unknown artists and photographers.
HATS OFF TO OUR SPONSORS
The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of our many sponsors. This festival could not happen without their enthusiastic and generous support. Thank you! INDIVIDUAL DONORS Evan and Ingrid Alderson, Michael Clague, Terry Hunter, Richard Kwan, Louise Leclair, Shirley Lam, Ann McDonell, Ellie O’Day, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Harry Rauh, Michelle Richard, Roger Seamon, Jon Strohbehn, Carol Uhte, Savannah Walling
Supported by the Province of British Columbia
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CREDITS + THANKS THANKS for the guiding strategies developed by the Heart of the City Festival Strategic and Sustainability Plan Advisory (2007): Allan Cappo, Joe Dzatko, Sophia Freigang, Leslie Kemp, Rick Lam, Renae Morriseau, Robert Olsen, Ruth Sam, Barbara Small, Sid Tan and Kira Gerwing; the DTES Heart of the City Festival Succession and Sustainability Strategic Plan (2012) developed by Dawn Brennan and Linda Gorrie; the VMT Sustainability and Succession Implementation Plan (2014) created with Lori Baxter; and Vancouver Moving Theatre’s Board of Directors who have provided guidance and support with good will ever since the company’s founding over thirty years ago. PHOTOSHOOT PARTICIPANTS Tonye Aganaba, Erol Almelek, Tina Anderson, Francis Arevalo, Ghia Aweida, Babaluku, Dominique Baptist, Shannon Bauman, Mairy Beam, Nicole Bird, Dalannah Gail Bowen, Jade Brass, Ava Caldwell, Vanessa Chatelain, Hui Qing Chen, Hoi Tong Cheng, Rosa Cheng, Shelley Cox, Graham Cunningham, Gilles Cyrenne, Casey Desjarlais, Marr Dorvault, Nadine Dorvault, Humphery Elenwa, Maria Flores, Meghan Fung, Victoria Gibson, Wendy Havens, Marek Hirny, Terry Hunter, Thelma Jack, Marilyn A. Johnson, Debbie Karras, Kor Kase, Kate Kirkby, Kaitlyn Kruk, Madeleine Laidlaw, Christine Leo, May Li, Yu Rong Li, Zi Yu Li, Bonnie Low, Pat Mah, Ocean ManyWhiteHorses, Egor Marov, Sam McKay, Sophie Merasty, Maggie Mills, Joan Morelli, Renae Morriseau, Cathy Moses, Michael Edward Nardachioni, Leslie Nelson, Gunargie O'Sullivan, Stanley M Paul Sr., Tom Quirk, Grace Raweater, Robin Raweater, Zahara Raweater, Antonette Rea, Red Soul Bluez, Mike Richter, Raphael San Luis, Jim Sands, Deanna Shields, d.n. Simmers, Louisa Starr, Priscillia Tait, Savannah Walling, Bruce Walther, David Ward, Kelly White, Phoenix Winter, Henry Wong, Shon Wong, Diane Wood, Taninli Wright, Hui Juan Xie COMMUNITY PARTNERS 312 Main, Aboriginal Front Door, Atira/EWMA (Enterprising Women Making Art), Audain Gallery, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, CBC Studio 700, Carnegie Community Action Project, Carnegie Cultural Sharing, Carnegie Learning Centre, Carnegie Newsletter, Caveman Cafe, Centre A, Cheeky Proletariat Art Gallery, Chinese Cultural Centre Museum & Archives, City Opera Vancouver, Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5FM, Connection Salon, Diwali in BC, Downtown Community Health Centre, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, DTES Centre for the Arts (DECA), DTES Neighbourhood House, DTES Small Arts Grants, DTES Women’s Centre, DTES Writers Collective, EartHand Gleaners Society, Eastside Culture Crawl, Evelyne Saller Centre, Fazakas Gallery, Firehall Arts Centre, Gallery Gachet, International Web Express, InterUrban Gallery, Intragroup Dynamics and Social Exclusion Research Project, Instruments of Change, Karen Jamieson Dance Company, Kokoro Dance/KW Studios, Listening Post, Lord Strathcona Elementary School, Massy Books, Megaphone, Métis Cultural Night (VAFC), Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize, NOW Society, Oppenheimer Park, Or Gallery, Pacific Canada Heritage Centre Museum of Migration, Phoenix Artist Collective, Portland Hotel Society, Powell Street Festival Society, PTC (Playwrights Theatre Centre), Pulling Together Canoe Society, Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre, RayCam Renew, Red Jam Slam Society, Right to Remain, Rungh, Russian Hall, Sacred Circle Society, Salish Coast LIVE, SBC Restaurant, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Sinister Sisters Ensemble, Son of James Band, SRO Collaborative, St. James’ Anglican Church, Stand Up For Mental Health, Strathcona Community Centre, Street Vendors Collective, SUM Gallery, Tight Club, The Heatley, Theatre Terrific, UBC Learning Exchange, Urban Ink Productions, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Vancouver Cantonese Opera, Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall, Vancouver Police Museum & Archives, Vancouver Public Library (Carnegie Reading Room, nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch), Visceral Visions, Watari Youth & Family Services, WePress, Woodward’s Atrium (Westbank Corporation), Youth Collaborative for Chinatown
SPECIAL THANKS BEHIND THE SCENES
Staff and patrons of the Carnegie Community Centre, Ken Tabata and the Carnegie Music Program, Paul Taylor and the Carnegie Newsletter, staff of Oppenheimer Park, Lucy Alderson, Betsy Alkenbrack, Julia Aoki, Charles Barber, Desiree Baron, Laura Barron, Rebecca Bartlett, Mairy Beam, Ian Bee, Nicole Bird, Linda Blake, Dalannah Gail Bowen, Barbara Bourget, Kirsten Bradford, Whitney Brennan, Jenifer Brousseau, Beth Carter, Anthony Chan, Yun-Jou Chang, Yvonne Chartrand, Rosa Cheng, Lily Cheung, Winnie Cheung, Sammy Chien, Rohit Chokhani, Doris Chow, June Chow, Celine Chuang, Michael Clague, Sean Condon, Kristina Cressman, Byron Cruz, Gilles Cyrenne, Lisa David, Beverly Dobrinsky, Leanne Dunic, Jason Eng, Kathleen Flaherty, Kevin Fraser, Danny Fung, Mo Gaffney, Laurence Gatinel, Randy Gatley, Stella Gatto, David Granirer, John Endo Greenaway, Jay Hamburger, Huamei Han, Mark Haracka, Malcolm Eric Hassin, Johanna Hauser, Anna Heywood-Jones, Joseph Hirabayashi, SD Holman, Debbie Jimmy, Am Johal, Sharon Kallis, Debbie Karras, Ellen Kim, Brooklyn Kish, Dianna Kleparchuk, Karla Kloepper, Vincent Kwan, Danielle LaFrance, Janine Susan Lamb, Rick Lavallee, Laurel Lawry, Huyanne Le, Jenny Lee, Pierre Leichner, Lillian Li, Donna Lokhorst, Henry Heng Lu, Terence Lui, Stephen Lytton, Charlotte Marr, Patricia Massy, Jenna Matsuhara, Sabrielle McCurdy-Foreman, Julie McIsaac, Joanie Mckay, Steve McKinley, David Mendes, Matteo Miceli, Lisa Cay Miller, Sophie Merasty, Isabella Mori, Emiko Morita, Renae Morriseau, Tracy Moromisato, FarLee Mowat, Brad Muirhead, Wendy Nahanee, Kat Norris, Suzie O’Shea, Gunargie O’Sullivan, Anthonia Ogundele, Haruko Okano, Irwin Oostindie, Diane Panozzo, Wendy Pedersen, Elizabeth Peterson, Katie Piasta, Fiorella Pinillos, Kendra Place, Reverend Lucy Price, Michelle Raino, Amal Rana, Esther Rausenberg, Mike Richter, Ruggero Romano, Pavel Ryzlovsky, Laura Saimoto, Jim Sands, Ariadne Sawyer, Cara Seccafien, Emanuela Sheena, Dae Shields, Kathy Shimizu, Rosslyn Shipp, Tara Shortt, Jolene Simpson, Naomi Singer and Secret Lantern Society, Bonnie Soon, Donna Spencer, Earl Sutherland, Emma Sutherland, Phabion Sutherland, Susanne Tabata, Pamela Tagle, Priscillia Tait, Liza Tam, Sid Chow Tan, Candie Tanaka, Elli Taylor, Karen Thorpe, Howard Tran, Cheyanne Turions, Valerie Sing Turner, Susanna Uchatius, Rika Uto, Luke Vasak, Beverly Walker, Alistair Wallace, Yvonne Wallace, Neil Weisensel, RC Weslowski, Laurie White, Lam Wong, Shon Wong, Rachel Wong, Diane Wood, Elwin Xie, Fanna Yee, Iris Yong, Fiona York, Keith York, Amy Young … and thanks to those we may have unwittingly forgotten, and to those who helped after this program guide went to print.
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Holding the Light Karen Thorpe What is holding? Gently and with kindness and patience We hold one another. With our listening ear, our creativity Our sharing in community We hold one another In silence and in song In prayer and with love We hold one another. What is the light? The mysterious energy Of human connection Lights our way, A smile, laughter Tears and the pain of life - shared Lights our way. The beauty of Mother Earth Creator's gift to us Lights our way. And we are filled with gratitude. And this light shines And we hold this light in the Heart of the City.
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Program guide for the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, October 30 to November 10, 2019