Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 2020

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Vancouver Moving Theatre with the Carnegie Community Centre and the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians along with a host of community partners presents






live & online



L to R: James Pau, Sam McKay, Marr Dorvault, Leslie Nelson, Mike Richter

312 Main | 360 Riot Walk | Aboriginal Front Door | Afterlife Studios | All Bodies Dance | Art Action Earwig Art Tent and Peer Outreach (Strathcona Tent City) | Atira/EWMA (Enterprising Women Making Art) Audain Gallery | Benny’s Market | Bill Reid Gallery of Nor thwest Coast Ar t CADA West (Canadian All iance of Dance Ar tist s) | Carnegie Commun ity Action Project (CCAP) Carnegie Cultural Sharing | Carnegie Learning Centre | Carnegie Newsletter | Centre A | City Opera Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5FM | Community Thrift and Vintage | Compaigni V’ni Dansi | Connection Salon Creative Cultural Collaborations Society | Downtown Community Health Centre Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden | DTES Response DTES Writers Collective | EartHand Gleaners Society | EMBERS Eastside Works | Evelyne Saller Centre Firehall Arts Centre | Gallery Gachet | llicit | Imagi’Nation Collective | International Web Express InterUrban Art Gallery/Culture Saves Lives | Jenifer Reads | Jumblies Theatre & Arts | Kokoro Dance/KW Studios Listening Post | Massy Books | NOW Society (8EAST) | O.Dela Arts | Oppenheimer Park | Or Gallery O ve r d o s e P r eve n t i o n S o c i e t y | Pa n A s i a n S t a g e d R e a d i n g S o c i e t y | Po r t l a n d H o t e l S o c i e t y Powell Street Festival Society | PTC (Playwrights Theatre Centre) | Pulling Together Canoe Society | Radix Theatre Raise the Rates | Red Jam Slam Society | Right to Remain | Ruby Slippers Theatre | Sacred Circle Society S k w a c h à y s L o d g e H o t e l a n d G a l l e r y | S F U ’ s Va n c i t y O f f i c e o f C o m m u n i t y E n g a g e m e n t S FU Woodward's Cul tural Programs | S PI RIT | S RO Col laborat i ve | St . J ames’ An gl i can Ch urch SUM Gallery | Tasai Collective | Theatre Terrifi c | UBC Learning Exchange | Vancouver Cantonese Opera Van couver Japan ese Language School & Japan ese Hall | Van couver Pol ice Museum & Arch ives Vancouver Public Library (Carnegie Reading Room) | Vines Art Festival | Watari Youth & Family Services WePress | WISH | Woodward’s Atrium (Westbank Corporation) | Youth Collaborative for Chinatown



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Produced by Vancouver Moving Theatre with the Carnegie Community Centre & the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians & a host of community partners 604.628.5672



This Gives Us Strength .............................................. 2 Welcome...................................................................... 3 Locations & Venues, Map, Safety Protocols ............ 4 How to Enjoy this Year's Festival .............................. 5 Schedule at a Glance ............................................6 – 7 Art in the Streets, Viewing Rooms, Pre-Festival ..... 8 A History of Carnegie ................................................ 9 Festival Events .................................................. 10 – 40 Carnegie Trivia Contest ................................... 41 – 42 Grounds for Goodness Story Cards................ 43 – 44 Post Festival & DTES Small Arts Grants ................. 45 Visual Arts ......................................................... 46 – 47 On Demand Programming ............................. 48 – 49 Congratulations! ...................................................... 50 Vancouver Moving Theatre News .......................... 51 In Memorium.................................................... 52 – 53 Credits & Thanks .............................................. 54 – 55 These are the Words ................................................ 56

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.

TICKET INFORMATION Many festival events are free, although donations are gratefully accepted. Tickets must be purchased for some events. Please consult each event description for ticket information.

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).

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.

BOX OFFICE: Festival phoenix logo and banners : Diane Wood FRONT AND BACK COVERS Photos: David Cooper | Design: Big Wave Design Front: L to R: Leslie Nelson, Marr Dorvault, Sam McKay Back: Larissa Healey


“Why are there forests?” “Because even trees like to live near families and friends.” – Answering machine message of Downtown Eastside poet Muriel (Marjorie) Williams

THIS GIVES US STRENGTH Putting All Our Voices into the Circle Valuing every individual…. Caring for each other Creating Conditions that Allow us to Grow Affordable homes…Homes for all….jobs….nourishing food, artfully presented….treatment on demand Survival with dignity Nurturing and Restoring Social Bonds Engaging with our community… connecting communities Building relationships of respect Pulling Together Sharing stories of resistance and achievement…. lessons learned Protecting our neighbours and our neighbourhoods Our gathering places and parks…..lands and waters Speaking out for community Healing Through Culture Sharing our stories and memories…raising our creative voices In laughter…. celebration and sorrow….in ceremony Connecting our languages and cultural roots….Intertwining our roots Growing networks of connection around our roots Standing in our Truth Facing our history with honesty….Knowing who we are….Educating ourselves Asking what we can do better The Deeper Our Roots…The Stronger we Stand Through Storms “You’re serving our ancestors…You’re serving your future generations You’re taking care of people here today” – Kamala Todd “In Times of Trouble, the things that tear our world apart Also reveal what holds us together” – Journalist Kim Cross by Savannah Walling

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the 17th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival! This Gives Us Strength is our 2020 Festival theme: those sources that our community draws upon as we, like others across the land, cope with a worldwide pandemic, physical distancing and isolation, ongoing and growing displacement, the tragic realities of the fentanyl crisis, and the legacies of systemic racism. Throughout all these challenges, we take strength from the compelling vitality, integrity and creativity of Downtown Eastside-involved artists, activists and organizations. They speak to the resilience of our community and its diverse and rich traditions, knowledge systems, ancestral languages, cultural roots and stories. This year it has been a massive challenge to realize the festival. A challenge to simultaneously isolate and work together during the pandemic; to connect with people and organizations and plan activities; to redesign the festival from one that takes place primarily in community with some online activity, to a festival that takes place primarily online with some activity in community; to learn how to work on online platforms; and, to adjust to COVID safety protocols. We raise our hands in thanks to the generosity and commitment of all who have made this year’s festival possible. Thank you to our organizational partners, artists, sponsors, donors and Board of Directors. Thank you to our amazing festival staff who have done a stellar job adjusting to working under pandemic conditions, including Theo Hunter Bell, David Cooper, Lalia Fraser, John Endo Greenaway, Khari Wendell McClelland, Louise Ma, Tracy Moromisato, Gunargie O’Sullivan, Jodi Smith, Robert Wilson, and Elwin Xie. In particular, we express our immense gratitude to Associate Artistic Producer Teresa Vandertuin. Her responsibility to implement programming is, at the best of times, an immense undertaking. Throughout these difficult months adjusting to the pandemic, Teresa has brought her amazing organizational skills, commitment, creativity, drive and passion to the festival. Thank you Teresa! Enjoy the Festival everyone! Be safe. And may you walk with light and strength. 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, our community’s celebration of the activism, creativity, heart, and guts of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This year, though the festival is a bit different from previous years, we at the Carnegie Community Centre Association hope that this combination of online and small in-person events will again provide ways for us to connect with one another, and reconnect with our community despite COVID-19. This year’s theme, This Gives Us Strength, rewards our determination to pursue our creativity and rewards our determination to stay connected despite all the obstacles. We continue to tell our stories. We get stronger every time we challenge and overcome obstacles. And our voices do get heard. The federal government announced it is investing a billion dollars into housing for the vulnerable. Again this year, I will be participating in several events during the festival, and though I won’t be able to see and connect with as many people as in previous years, I do look forward to everything that the festival will make possible. The Carnegie Community Centre Association welcomes everyone who participates in this celebration. Community and connection make us stronger, especially when we weather difficult times together. Gilles Cyrenne President, Carnegie Community Centre Association


I need this community where the Spirit is calling because it gives me strength and sees my worth. – Muriel Williams

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Oppenheimer Park


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Prior (•) Co-op Radio

CFRO 100.5 FM, 604-684-7561

Strathcona Community Garden

(•) Online, Festival website


Strathcona Park (1) 312 Main

(16) Gallery Gachet + WePress

312 Main, entrance on Cordova,

9 W. Hastings, 604-687-2468,

(2) 8EAST

(17) InterUrban Gallery

8 E. Pender,

1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall, 604-629-8396

(3) Aboriginal Front Door

(18) KW Production Studio

384 Main, 604-697-5662,

111 W. Hastings, 604-662-7441,

(4) Audain Gallery

(19) Listening Post

149 W. Hastings, 778-782-9102,

382 Main

(5) Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

(20) Lost + Found Cafe

639 Hornby, 604-682-3455,

33 W. Hastings, 604-559-7444,


(21) Massy Books

211 Keefer, 604-724-8824,

229 E. Georgia, 604-721-4405,

(7) Carnegie Community Centre

(22) Oppenheimer Park

240 E. Cordova, 2nd Floor, 604-665-3346,

401 Main, 604-665-2220

488 Powell

(8) Centre A

(23) Or Gallery

111 W. Hastings

#205 – 268 Keefer, 604-683-8326,

236 E. Pender, 604-683-7395,

(9) CRAB Park

(24) St. James’ Anglican Church

*venue is not wheelchair accessible

North end of Main, 101 E. Waterfront Road (10) Downtown Community Health Centre

569 Powell, 604-255-3151

(11) DTES Neighbourhood House

573 E. Hastings, 604-215-2030, (12) EMBERS Eastside Works

57 E. Hastings, 604-620-4587, (13) Evelyne Saller Centre

320 Alexander, 604-665-3075 (14) EWMA Studio

800 E. Hastings, 604-685-8043, (15) Firehall Arts Centre

280 E. Cordova, 604-689-0691,

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(25) Skwachàys Lodge Hotel & Gallery

31 W. Pender, 604 558-3589, (26) Strathcona Park

SE corner of Prior & Hawks (27) SUM Gallery

#425 – 268 Keefer, (28) Ukrainian Hall *

805 E. Pender, 604-254-3436, (29) Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall

487 Alexander, 604-254-2551,

(30) Vancouver Police Museum & Archives *

(31) Woodwards Atrium

303 E. Cordova, 604-685-2532,

SAFETY PROTOCOLS In response to the reality of COVID, most of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival events this year are taking place online with a few events taking place outdoors or indoors for intimate audiences. The Festival is practicing safe physical distancing rules at live events and following health and safety measures to ensure audiences, artists and staff remain safe. We encourage you to wear face masks at public events, wash your hands or use hand-sanitizer, practice physical distancing, treat others with respect, and greet people with a smile and a wave of the hand.



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EVENTBRITE WHY REGISTER FOR A LIVE STREAM EVENT? With Eventbrite you will be able to: • Sign up for workshops • Receive a pre-event reminder • Obtain a Zoom link and access the Zoom platform • Interact with event artists, guest speakers and other participants • Obtain the Festival newsletter • Link to your online calendar

ZOOM TIPS Since a large number of Festival events are held online through Zoom, here are some Q&A’s to help enhance your festival experience Q: What is Zoom? Zoom is an online platform allowing users to connect virtually. Q: How do I access Zoom? To join in with video, you can access Zoom through your computer, tablet or phone. We recommend you download the Zoom app ahead of time, but you may also join through your browser if the app doesn’t work, or even call in from your phone! To join by phone, call the number in your event invitation. Q: Do I need to create an account? You do not need to create an account. Here are some additional tips when using Zoom: To boost connection: close excess tabs, connect via ethernet cable, ask others in your household not to stream at the same time. There are various ways to interact on Zoom - such as turning your video and mic on/off, as well as typing in the chat box.

ONLINE TERMINOLOGY 101 Here are some new terms to help navigate this year's Festival!


ONLINE ON DEMAND INTERACTIVE ONLINE connected via the internet. LIVE STREAM a live stream is not pre-recorded but streamed online live, in real time. LIVE Q&A a live session where participants can interact by asking questions and receiving answers. INTERACTIVE an interactive event may include a Q&A, break-out rooms, or a workshop. ON DEMAND On Demand events can be viewed online, at your own convenience. This content will be available on the Festival website throughout the Festival. ZOOM MEETING a Zoom Meeting allows participants to interact with each other by video, voice and chat. ZOOM WEBINAR a Zoom Webinar is view-only. Participants will not see each other, and the host will not see the audience. Participants will only be able to interact via chat (typed messages). ZOOM HOST a host is the person who starts a Zoom event and welcomes attendees. The host is responsible for admitting and removing participants. FESTIVAL HOST the Festival host is a representative from the Festival who welcomes you and will introduce participating artists and guests. CHAT MODERATOR there will be one moderator in each Zoom event who will help guide the audience on using the platform. The moderator is responsible for monitoring messages and questions typed into the “chat box”. VIDEO ON OR OFF (on Zoom) you have an option to turn your video on or off. MIC ON OR OFF (on Zoom) you have an option to turn your mic on or off. We ask that you keep your mic on mute unless you are speaking. REGISTRATION REQUIRED some online events require registration to attend. Be sure to head to our Festival website pre-register! REGISTRATION AVAILABLE some online events DO NOT require registration, but you will have the option to register. There are many benefits to registering, including receive reminders of the upcoming event.

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PAGE 8 Tuesday October 27 6pm - 7pm Bodhran Workshop Online

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Pre-Festival Event

Wednesday October 28

Thursday October 29

PAGE 10-11 5:30pm - 6:30pm Opening Ceremony Online 6:30pm - 7:30pm Sandy Cameron Memorial Writing Contest Online 7:30pm - 9:30pm Tribute to Carnegie's 40th Anniversary Online

10am - 3pm Open House Vancouver Police Museum 11am -12pm Libby’s Workshop: Using Political Structure to Make Change Online 1pm - 3pm Art in the Streets check facebook

@HeartoftheCityFestival @HeartoftheCityFestival @HeartofCityFest @VanMovTheatre

L-R: Sam McKay, Marr Dorvault, Leslie Nelson

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1pm - 3pm Art in the Streets check facebook

10am - 12pm Painting with Water Workshop Online

1:30pm-2:30pm Jenifer Reads Kick-off Event Online

1pm - 3pm Art in the Streets check facebook

2pm - 4pm Zoom Mechanics for Community Artists Online

2pm - 3:30pm The Art of Water Sleeves Online 4pm - 6pm Virtually Live, Red Jam Slam Online

7pm - 8:30pm Survivors Totem Pole Online

5pm - 8pm Opening Reception SUM Gallery

8:30pm - 10:30pm Spotlight on the East End Online

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Saturday October 31 Hallowe'en

4pm - 6pm Instruments of Survival, Red Jam Slam Online

7pm - 9pm Evening with Dalannah Gail Bowen Online


Friday October 30

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1pm - 2:30pm Manitoba, The Great Spirit Speaks Online 4pm - 5:30pm Chinatown, City Opera Online 7pm - 10pm DTES Front & Centre Showcase: All Together Now! Online

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Sunday November 1 All Saints Day Day of the Dead Daylight Savings Time ends

11am - 12:30pm Pulling Together Canoe Society Roundtable Online

Monday November 2 All Souls Day

PAGE 24-25 11am - 1pm Beyond Online

1pm - 2:30pm Welcome to Grounds for Goodness Online

1pm - 3pm Art in the Streets check facebook

2pm - 5pm Day of the Dead Altar Listening Post

1pm - 2:30pm When Spirit Whispers Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM

3pm - 4:30pm An Afternoon with Elders in Residence Online

2pm Bell Ringing St James' Anglican Church

7pm - 8pm Show on Earth: Wallace Line Online

2pm - 4pm Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda / Day of the Dead Altar Oppenheimer Park

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6pm - 8pm Scripting Aloud Online 8pm - 9:30pm we the same Online

Tuesday November 3

Wednesday November 4

11am - 2pm Hearts Beat 2020 Carnegie Patio & Online

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1pm - 3pm Art in the Streets check facebook 1pm - 2:30pm Going Indigenous with Miss GVS Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM

3pm - 4:30pm My Art is Activism, Part II Online 7pm - 9:30pm East End Blues with Roundtable Online

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11am - 1pm 32-33 6th Symposium Reconciliation & Redress in the Arts: 10am - 3pm Part 1 Open House Online Vancouver Police Museum 1pm - 3pm Art in the 10am - 11:30am Streets Talking Truths, check facebook Matriarchs Uprising 2pm - 3:30pm Online WePress: Introduction to 1pm - 3pm Beading Art in the Online Streets check facebook 4pm - 6pm In Good 1pm - 2:30pm Hands Digital Fracture: Online Voices Online 6:30pm - 7:30pm Lessons from a 3pm - 4:30pm Cycle Across a Survival Tactics Continent for Artists in the Online Age of COVID Online 7:30pm - 8:30pm Climate Shadow 5pm - 6pm Series: Midnight Kla How Ya Mirror & Mo's Co-op Radio CFRO Closet 100.5 FM Online 5:30pm - 6:30pm 7:30pm Magic on the In The Beginning: Water Over the Carnegie Theatre Mountains Firehall Arts Centre 7pm - 8pm Yellow Peril: Queer Destiny Online

11am - 1pm 6th Symposium Reconciliation & Redress in the Arts: Part 2 Online 1pm - 3pm Art in the Streets check facebook 1:30pm - 2:30pm Jenifer Reads: Re-Thinking Narratives of War & Memory Online 2pm - 5pm Open House Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art 3pm - 5:30pm Honouring DTES Warriors Crab Park 5:30pm - 7:30pm Continuum Book Launch Lost + Found Cafe & Online

Saturday November 7

Sunday November 8

10am - 11:30am Chinatown Walkabout with the Three Amigos Online

10am - 11am Ukrainian Kitchen – Borshch Making 101 Online

12:30pm - 2pm This Gives Us Strength: from the land to online Online

11am - 12pm An Immigration Journey Online

12:30pm - 3:30pm Open Mic Strathcona Camp Strathcona Park 3pm In the Beginning: Tsleil-Waututh Firehall Arts Centre 7pm - 8pm Nihon Machi Kotoba Forest Lounge Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall 8pm In the Beginning: Squamish Firehall Arts Centre

8pm Illicit Online 8pm In the Beginning: Musqueam Firehall Arts Centre

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1pm - 3pm Discovering Grounds for Goodness in the DTES Online

Post Festival Event

PAGE 45 Thursday November 12 6pm - 7:30pm Community Arts in the Times of COVID Online

3pm - 4pm Crafting a Tribute Online 3:30pm - 5:30pm Jenifer Reads: Reflecting on 75 Years Online 4pm Festival Closing Ceremony Ukrainian Hall & Online

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1:30pm - 2:30pm Jenifer Reads: Anne Frank's Story, Today Online

Friday Thursday November 5 November 6

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7:30pm In the Beginning: From the Waters Firehall Arts Centre


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ART IN THE STREETS The Festival plans pop-up, outdoor Art in the Streets activity of music, poetry, writing, reading, and opera. We’ve invited a number of performers and groups to take part, including: David Gowman and The Legion of Flying Monkeys; DTES Writers Collective; DTES Poets Corner; Carnegie Learning Centre mobile writing workshop; City Opera Vancouver; theatrical clowning with Gerardo Avila; musician Michael Edward Nardachioni; and Brad Muirhead and the Hastings Street Band. COVID protocols are in place. Possible hosts include Woodwards Atrium; 312 Main, Evelyne Saller Centre and the Downtown Community Health Clinic, as well as random locations in the neighbourhood. Hopefully we’ll find you where you are. Go to Facebook for “day-of” schedules for outdoor Art in the Streets

POP-UP ART IN THE STREETS Thursday October 29, 1pm – 3pm Friday October 30, 1pm – 3pm Saturday October 31, 1pm – 3pm Monday November 2, 1pm – 3pm Tuesday November 3, 1pm – 3pm Wednesday November 4, 1pm – 3pm Thursday November 5, 1pm – 3pm Friday November 6, 1pm – 3pm

Viewing Rooms Due to the COVID pandemic, the Heart of the City Festival like so many other organizations, has had to adapt from our normal way of presenting the Festival. This year, we’re presenting numerous events online, on the Festival website. We recognize that many members of the community are not able to participate as they don’t have internet service. To reach out, the Festival will setup two viewing rooms: one at Carnegie, 401 Main; and another at the InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings. From these two locations we will present streamed Festival programming and selected Zoom interactive sessions. Please note: both venues have very limited capacity, controlled entry and safety protocols in place. The schedules will be posted in the Carnegie Theatre and at the InterUrban by October 28.

Screening Outposts The Festival is also partnering with local organizations to bring the online Festival to other locations. In some places they will be able to access the Festival’s live stream events, or at others pre-recorded events could be watched at anytime. Organizations include: Evelyne Saller Centre, 312 Main, WISH, Atira and the Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall. Check with these organizations about when they are able to connect with the Festival online or show Festival programs.



BODHRAN, WITH BLAKE WILLIAMS Tuesday October 27, 6pm – 7pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Learn how to drum Irish style with musician Blake Williams. This online Zoom workshop will explore the roots and sounds of the bodhran – the traditional Irish hand drum. Have your own hand drum? Bring it to the workshop and join in the rhythm. Gain insight into the unique drumming style of the bodhran and explore the shared tradition of drums with the Carnegie Cultural Sharing Group. This workshop anticipates the community celebration Hearts Beat 2020 to be held on Tuesday November 3. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

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The Carnegie Centre sits on the unceded territory of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm), Tsleil-Waututh (mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm) and Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw) of the Coast Salish peoples, who have continually inhabited this area for over 10,000 years.


Vancouver’s Carnegie Library was one of 125 public libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie, an American steel magnate, between 1903 and 1925. On November 11, 1903, the Lending Library room was opened to the public and by the end of 1903, the library’s collection had approximately 8,100 items. In 1957 a new central library was built on the corner of Burrard and Robson Streets, which ended the Carnegie’s tenure as the city’s main library.

Vancouver City Hall (L) and Carnegie Library, 1906. Philip Timms photo, Vancouver Public Library 982.

From 1905-1967, the building also was home to the Vancouver Museum. Many in the city still remember the museum, and especially its most popular attraction – the mummy of a ten year old Egyptian boy. The building then sat empty until 1980. The Downtown Eastside Residents Association (DERA), represented by notable names such as Libby Davies, Jean Swanson, and Bruce Eriksen, proposed to turn the building into a community centre. After substantial repairs and renovations, including the removal of thousands of pigeons who had roosted under the dome, the Carnegie Community Centre was opened to the public.


Since the Carnegie Centre reopened on a cold January 20th in 1980, it has been the “Living Room of the Downtown Eastside.” The Centre is open every day of the year, from 9am to 11pm. The food service, which started with sandwiches and a crockpot, has evolved into providing a variety of nutritious and inexpensive meals. The Centre also operates nearby Oppenheimer Park, the “Backyard of the DTES”. Carnegie Community Centre Association, a resident-based volunteer board of directors, provides political voice for the community, and leadership and advice to staff in determining the direction of program activities. CCCA publishes a biweekly volunteer-run newsletter aptly named the Carnegie Newsletter which began in August of 1986. In it you will find an eclectic selection of content which includes features regarding poverty, housing, education, the sex trade, politics and sports. It is widely read and always free.

Carnegie Centre continues to house a branch of the Vancouver Public Library and runs an adult literacy-based learning centre in partnership with Capilano University. Through the support of a multitude of partners, funders and individuals, the Centre and the Park are able to offer a large variety of low-barrier educational, social, recreational, and cultural programs and events. The Centre also serves as a community space for many local organizations and groups. For example, the annual February 14th Women’s Memorial March for Murdered and Missing Women has started in the Carnegie Theatre every year since 1992. Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), which was established in 1998 with the unwavering determination of Ann Livingston and Bud Osborn, held some of their early meetings at the Carnegie, and went on to lobby for the creation of Insite (North America’s first supervised injection site). Volunteers provide the backbone of Centre and Park services. An average of 200 active volunteers work in a variety of ways every day, including food service and prep, tutoring, recreation, and events support. Many of the volunteers are from the neighbourhood, helping to strengthen a sense of community and reduce isolation. Centre membership costs $1 annually and includes access to art workshops, writing groups, music jam sessions, film screenings and poetry nights, just to name a few. Arts programming culminates in the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival which has been put on as a collaboration between the Carnegie Centre, Vancouver Moving Theatre, and the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians since its inception in 2004. by Daniel Chadwick

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SANDY CAMERON MEMORIAL WRITING CONTEST AWARD CEREMONY Wednesday October 28, 6:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated

Banner mural by Richard Tetrault

FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY Wednesday October 28, 5:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated

Now in its fifth year, the writing contest was established to honour Sandy Cameron, one of the best-loved writers to publish work in the Carnegie Newsletter. Sandy consistently contributed essays and poetry, sharing stories of the low income neighbourhood's one hundred year struggle for human rights. The contest also supports local writers and encourages never-before-published writers to submit their work for publication. The free twice-monthly Carnegie Newsletter is available online at An exciting and inspiring event, the award ceremony will be live streamed this year, with a few of the award-winning writers reading work they submitted to the contest. Go to Festival website to preregister via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

Join Terry Hunter, Festival Artistic Producer, and invited guests for a re-imagined Opening Ceremony, live streamed on the Festival website. We’re excited to open the Festival, in spite of the challenges this year, and we focus on the Festival theme “This Gives Us Strength”. In this time of multiple crises, we honour those who step up to help the community. Leslie Nelson, Carnegie’s Elder in Residence, and Kat Norris, Festival Elder in Residence, will lead the ceremony’s cultural work. We pre-recorded two special treats for the Festival opening: lexwst’í:lem Drum Group singing a welcome song; and a conversation between artist Richard Tetrault and Terry about The Gathering, a powerful and dynamic banner mural painted by Richard in 2015 for the Heart of the City Festival. The conversation will be available on demand on the Festival website after this live stream. Go to Festival website to preregister via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

ELDER IN RESIDENCE 2020 – 2021 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 Festival events.

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The lexwst’i:lem Drum Group

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TRIBUTE TO CARNEGIE’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL GUEST LIBBY DAVIES Wednesday October 28, 7:30pm - 9:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Join us in paying tribute to the most extraordinary community centre in Canada! The opening of the Carnegie in 1980 was a transformative event in the history of the Downtown Eastside. Libby Davies, along with Bruce Eriksen and DERA (Downtown Eastside Residents’ Association), was front and centre in the community-led initiative to establish the Carnegie Community Centre. The evening’s special guests will gather live on Zoom, along with performances recorded live for the Festival including: the Highs & Lows Choir sings Sandstone Lady, a love song to Carnegie written by Patrick Foley and Earle Peach; Richard Tylman reads his epic poem To the People of the Carnegie Kitchen; the Carnegie Theatre Workshop reads the closing scene of Bob Sarti’s Bruce the Musical; and Libby Davies reads selections from her book Outside In, A Political Memoir and, in conversation with Am Johal, recounts stories of why and how the Centre was established. As Libby says: “Opening day of Carnegie was quite the drama.” Tell us more! Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details. Libby Davies, Bruce Eriksen, and son Leif in front of Carnegie, Grand Opening, January, 1980.



Bob Sarti with image of Bruce Eriksen

We raise our hands to Bob Sarti, a former Vancouver Sun reporter, who has left us for the spirit world. For over twenty years Bob lived in the DTES and volunteered in the Carnegie Kitchen. When Bob was asked to report on a one-man crusade to stop beer parlours from overserving patrons, journalist Peter Martin says, “Sarti met [Bruce] Ericksen in one of these beer parlours, an encounter that ended up in a brawl and both of them being tossed out in the street by management. A new chapter in Sarti’s political education had begun: “I began to understand what Bruce was driving at. He wanted to force the city to extend its own laws in the neighbourhood and respect the people in it.” After retiring, Bob wrote musical plays depicting events he covered as a journalist, making the issues accessible to all. Bruce the Musical and The Raymur Mothers reclaim the neighbourhood’s history and how it came to be, highlighting successful strategies for positive change. – Savannah Walling

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LIBBY’S WORKSHOP: USING THE POLITICAL STRUCTURE TO MAKE CHANGE Thursday October 29, 11am - 12pm Online, Registration Required Free, donations appreciated The Festival is thrilled to present this exceptional opportunity to learn from Libby Davies – writer, activist, community builder, organizer, and longtime Member of Parliament for Vancouver East. Libby says, “Supporting and learning from each other to bring about transformative change means getting beyond the cynical views we are often influenced by, about the world of politics. We know what we want, but how do we navigate the political institutions to get it?" In this interactive Zoom workshop, you will explore the question “what can I do?” and come up with one idea for action. Limited to 15 participants. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite. Photo: Josh Berson


VANCOUVER POLICE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES Thursday October 29, 10am - 3pm Vancouver Police Museum, 2nd Floor, 240 E. Cordova Free Also November 5 Check out the Vancouver Police Museum's 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. One of Vancouver’s most interesting attractions, the Vancouver Police Museum & Archives 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. For more information: 604-665-3346 or or check out facebook and twitter! Everyone welcome.




LITERALLY VIRTUALLY LIVE, RED JAM SLAM Thursday October 29, 4pm - 6pm Simulcast CiTR 101.9FM, Co-op Radio 100.5FM Free It’s a new world and Red Jam Slam is leading us there. Join curator and host Gunargie O’Sullivan for a literally going virtual Red Jam Slam. This is a live radio simulcast with CiTR and with longtime Festival partner Co-op Radio. We’re pleased to announce the line-up: the Indigenous women’s group M'Girl, with hand drum songs and harmonies; Michelle Heyoka, emerging singer/ songwriter; special guest Ms Sheltz; Vancouver singer/songwriter Norine Braun; and The Beazers, Bob and Fanny, bring the blues to the Virtual Red Jam Slam. 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: Listen on the air – CiTR 101.9FM ( or Co-op Radio 100.5FM ( and be part of the literally virtually live audience.

Thursday October 29, 1pm - 3pm Go to Facebook for “day-of” schedules for outdoor Art in the Streets Free

Gunargie O'Sullivan

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Welcome back Gunargie. This year in her capacity as Associate Programmer, Gunargie will attend Festival events to livestream, and interview artists and audience members for social media.


THE ART OF WATER SLEEVES 燕鳳鳴粵劇團 / 鳳舞雲裳 Thursday October 29, 2pm – 3:30pm 10月29日, 下午2時至3:30時 Live stream online and audience interactive Free, donations appreciated Vancouver Cantonese Opera presents The Art of Water Sleeves, a virtual opera party on Zoom with live performance and an interactive water sleeve lesson led by performer Rosa Cheng. As a dynamic stage technique, water sleeves are used to convey emotions using hundreds of moves such as quivering, throwing, wigwagging, and whisking. Bilingual – in English and Cantonese. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

燕鳳鳴粵劇團藝術總監應國鳳將會示範中國戲曲基本功的一 種 -水袖技巧程式。同時她將會分享如何在家縫製練功水袖。 這個免費的老少咸宜的合家歡頻道;希望能夠提高觀眾欣賞粵 劇的認識和興趣。此英語和粵語網路聚會將在Zoom上舉行,前 往Heart of the City Festival 網站通過 Eventbrite 進行註 冊或查看詳細信息。


TIME-LAPSE: POSTHUMOUS CONVERSATIONS Geoff McMurchy Retrospective Thursday October 29, 5pm - 8pm SUM Gallery, #425 – 268 Keefer Free Exhibition October 29 - December 1 A memorial retrospective of visual art by Geoff McMurchy, a storm force fag who blew open disability art in Canada and whose legacy includes a generation of disabled artists who thrived under his mentorship. Curated by Yuri Arajs, SD Holman and Persimmon Blackbridge in partnership with Kickstart and All Souls at Mountainview Cemetery. Gallery hours: Tues - Fri: 12pm - 6pm. By appointment only.

DID YOU KNOW? In 1985-86, the DR. SUN YAT-SEN CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDEN was built using principles and techniques of Suzhou’s Ming Dynasty classical gardens (1368-1644). The garden is situated on a site where Vancouver’s first Chinatown began: a site that narrowly avoided becoming a freeway in the 1970s when grassroots initiatives forced city officials to abandon their plans. This was the first full scale Chinese Garden constructed outside of China. The design team of Joe Wai, Donald Vaughan and Wang Zu-Xin oversaw fifty-two master craftsmen from Suzhou, and a team of Canadian craftsmen. The halls and walkways are built entirely by hand, without using power tools, nails, screws or glue. The garden is named after Chinese revolutionary Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the provisional first President of the Republic of China.

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AN EVENING WITH DALANNAH GAIL BOWEN Thursday October 29, 7pm - 9pm Free, donations appreciated


Join us online for this intimate and powerful evening of recorded performances and live conversation with Dalannah Gail Bowen, longtime Downtown Eastside resident, blues matriarch, and Blues Hall of Fame Inductee. The first set, Looking Back, features Dalannah and her exceptional band – Chris Nordquist (drums), Miles Hill (acoustic stand up bass), Olaf De Shild (electric guitar), David Say (tenor sax), and Michael Creber (keyboard) – performing songs from her recent CD Looking Back. Recorded live at KW Studios. The second set, Songs & Poems from The Returning Journey, features Dalannah and Michael Creber performing songs and poetry that recount Dalannah’s journey of overcoming abuse, addiction and homelessness to arrive at a place of becoming whole. Recorded live at the Firehall Arts Centre. The DTES community is very proud of Dalannah, both for her exceptional artistic practice, and for her commitment to activism, social justice and community building. We look forward to sharing a wonderful evening together. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.



The Festival is thrilled to welcome back Strathcona / Downtown Eastside resident Khari Wendell McClelland as Artist in Residence. Originally from Detroit, Khari is a multi-talented and ever-evolving artist whose creativity, drive and clever mix of soul and blues has established him as a bright light on the local and Canadian music scene.

A member of the award-winning roots gospel group The Sojourners, Khari also created Freedom Singer, tracing his

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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 2020 Festival, Khari is wearing many hats. Khari curated and performed in Spotlight on the East End, recorded at the Afterlife Studios; will host a music industry workshop on surviving and thriving in times of COVID (Survival Tactics for Artists); is performing in a recording of East End Blues & All That Jazz and will moderate a post-show conversation with the singers; and is a collaborating vocal facilitator for Grounds for Goodness Downtown Eastside. Check out the details on these events in the program guide.



The JAPANESE HALL AND JAPANESE LANGUAGE SCHOOL was designated a National Historic Site in 2019 by Parks Canada. Founded in 1906, it was the first and largest of fifty schools operating in BC before World World II. In 1943, despite no evidence of disloyalty by anyone of Japanese ancestry, Japanese Canadians were removed from their homes, sent to camps in the interior, and their property seized – including the Japanese Hall. Japanese Canadians fought to delay and prevent the Hall’s sale, to restore ownership, and ultimately re-opened it in 1955. The only historic building in the Paueru Gai/Powell Street neighbourhood still run by a Japanese Canadian organization, it stands as a powerful statement to community strength and resilience: “For 113 years, our community has been committed to rise above adversity to build, rebuild, and transform – ganbarimashita 頑張り ました!”

On January 26, 1971, twenty-five moms living in the Raymur Social Housing Project (aka Stamps Place) blockaded the trains on the Burlington Northern train tracks between Raymur and Glen. Pitching tents on the tracks, they demanded that an overpass be built over the busy line so their children wouldn’t have to scramble across slow-moving trains to get to school. Despite railway conductors calling them “lazy welfare moms”, the mothers kept up their vigil on the tracks for two months until the city began to build the overpass. Emboldened by their success, the moms went on to found a food coop for affordable grocery shopping and to advocate for a community centre. “We never had a thought-out political plan,” said Muggs Sigurgierson, “we never saw it as political action or civil disobediences, but as survival for our kids. We just did it like you have to have clean dishes to have supper.” In 2019, the City of Vancouver officially changed the name from the Keefer Street Pedestrian Overpass to the MILITANT MOTHERS OF RAYMUR OVERPASS in honour of these women.

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GROUNDS FOR GOODNESS DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE: Adventures in digital community art making A virtual residency with Jumblies Theatre & Arts October 30 - November 12 Online & Window Displays Go to Festival website to pre-register for events via Eventbrite Free, donations appreciated Grounds for Goodness Downtown Eastside artfully explores why and how people sometimes do good things toward each other. We have all grown up with and inherited evidence that people, especially in groups, do harmful things to others. We may be less aware of times that groups of people have helped, protected and rescued others from harm. These stories are there if we look for them – hidden in history, folk tale and memory. They show that ‘social goodness’ is perhaps, as Tzvetan Todorov states, ‘always difficult, rare and fragile. And yet possible.’ The public is invited to take part in Grounds for Goodness Downtown Eastside by participating in online activities, including opening concert, workshops, talks, evolving gallery and a closing interactive event. Activity is also taking place in the Downtown Eastside, including participatory Goodness Story Cards displayed in gallery windows at the InterUrban Art Gallery / Culture Saves Lives and Skwachàys Lodge Hotel & Gallery. Please see activity details on how to participate. The Vancouver artists with the Ground for Goodness Downtown Eastside team include Olivia C. Davies, Beverley Dobrinsky, Khari Wendell McClelland, Renae Morriseau, Rianne Svelnis, and Savannah Walling joined by Elder Bob Baker of the Squamish Nation, and Downtown Eastside-involved participants Gilles Cyrenne, Rosanne Gervais, Angela Kruger, Stephen Lytton, Rev. Dr. Victoria Marie, Tarene Thomas, Helen Volkow, Phoenix Winter and Henry Wong. The artists from Toronto include Ruth Howard, Martin van de Ven, Shifra Cooper, Animikiikwe Couchie, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Karis Jones Pard and others. Grounds for Goodness Downtown Eastside project is produced by Jumblies Theatre + Arts (Toronto) in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre. This project is one iteration of a larger national Ground for Goodness initiative produced by Jumblies Theatre + Arts that is taking place in multiple locations across Canada and will culminate with an event in Toronto (June 2021). For further information please visit or contact Olivia C. Davies at

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JENIFER READS: ANNE FRANK’S “THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL” A Virtual residency with Imagi’Nation Collective October 30 - November 8 Free, donations appreciated Jenifer Reads is a new program featuring APTN TV personality Jenifer Brousseau (Wild Archeology) and special guests reading heroic coming-of-age stories, with the participation of youth exploring related themes. For the program launch at this year’s Heart of the City Festival, Jenifer has invited youth to join her in reading Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, a literary classic translated into sixty languages and read by millions. In the weeks leading up to the festival dates, urban and rural youth participated with their own stories and readings as they engaged with Anne Frank’s story. During the virtual residency, the public is invited to attend through online events, including broadcast readings and panel discussions. Online resources and special guests (like Vancouver resident and Holocaust survivor Dr. Robert Krell) offer tools for processing and surviving together in this rapidly changing world, as youth and adults reflect on events of seventy five years ago while building communities for our world of today. For complete details and to pre-register for special events go to Youth looking to participate: email / @Jenifer.Reads on Instagram / @JeniferReads on Facebook/Twitter An Imagi’Nation Collective production in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre, with support from the SFU Institute for the Humanities, Consul General of the Netherlands in Canada, Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal, Josef Wosk and educational partners Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and Montreal Holocaust Museum.


JENIFER READS: ANNE FRANK’S “THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL” October 30 - November 8, daily post at 11am Free, donations appreciated Regular video broadcasts of The Diary of a Young Girl read by diverse Canadian youth and Jenifer Brousseau posted on Catch the videos each day or binge watch them, as we make this important book accessible to public school students, homeschoolers, and literature fans.

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Friday October 30, 1pm - 3pm Go to Facebook for “day-of” schedules for outdoor Art in the Streets Free


JENIFER READS KICK-OFF EVENT October 30, 1:30pm - 2:30pm Online, Registration Required Free Jenifer Reads launches with a conversation facilitated by Jenifer Brousseau about the importance of Anne Frank’s legacy in these times, and what it means to read Anne Frank through an Indigenous lens. Jenifer will lay out the Jenifer Reads virtual residency plans and highlight ways to participate. Join the discussion! For full details on the Jenifer Reads project go to: www.jeniferreads. com. To register:


ZOOM MECHANICS FOR COMMUNITY ARTISTS WITH SHIFRA COOPER Friday October 30, 2pm - 4pm Online, Registration Required Free / donation appreciated Discover some of the challenges and successes of interactive art and music-making over Zoom. Learn how to navigate controls and settings to support your own online arts activities and facilitation. For information, or www. Limited to 20 participants. Go to Festival website to preregister via Eventbrite.


INSTRUMENTS OF SURVIVAL, RED JAM SLAM Friday October 30, 4pm - 6pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated On September 10, 2020, Gunargie O’Sullivan and her Red Jam Slam Society presented Instruments of Survival on World Suicide Prevention Day. We shared a wonderful sunny afternoon with talented performers to raise awareness of suicides in the Indigenous community, and to offer uplifting words and spirit in support of troubled youth. Performers included Fraser Valley Drummers, singer and guitarist Nayden Palosaari, flautist Anthony K. McNab, the father and son musical duo Trevor Angus & Blair Angus; with live painting by Smokey D. This event was video recorded for the Festival by Elwin Xie, and we are proud to now share this video recording with you online. This event was hosted by NOW Society in partnership with the Heart of the City Festival and was presented live outdoors at 8EAST at Pender and Carrall. The Red Jam Slam Society encourages strategies that honour Aboriginal voices and encourages all to participate with continued growth, presence and expression. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite, or for viewing details.

DID YOU KNOW? Across the street from the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the Lim Sai Hor Kow Mock Association clan building: former home of Terminal City Dance Research and founding home of VANCOUVER MOVING THEATRE, where directors Terry Hunter and Savannah Walling watched the garden’s construction from the balcony of their second floor studio.

DID YOU KNOW? La Casa Gelato at 1033 Venables is officially recognized as the Guinness World Record holder for the most commercially available flavours. They are the only shop in the world to carry 238 flavours – all confirmed as absolutely unique.

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SURVIVORS TOTEM POLE (2018, 25 min) Friday October 30, 7pm - 8:30pm Free, donations appreciated Here’s a wonderful opportunity to view the film Survivors Totem Pole and join a live Zoom conversation with carver Skundaal Bernie Williams and filmmaker Susanne Tabata. In 2016, the Survivors Totem Pole was carved by Downtown Eastside resident and activist Skundaal Bernie Williams, then raised at Pigeon Park in a powerful pole raising and potlatch witnessing ceremony attended by Elders, VIPs and over 1,000 residents. This moving film by local filmmaker Susanne Tabata follows the extraordinary community-led journey to create and raise a monument to survivors: a tribute to the enduring inclusivity, strength, resistance and persistence of the Downtown Eastside community. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE EAST END Friday October 30, 8:30pm - 10:30pm Online, Registration Available Free Spotlight on the East End is curated by Khari Wendell McClelland, Festival Artist-in-Residence, and features five culturally diverse and exceptionally talented artists and groups connected to the Downtown Eastside: interdisciplinary musician Rup Sidhu; art-folk musician Hannah Walker with friends; musical wizard Son of James Band (Shon Wong); klezmer-punk accordionist Geoff Berner; and soul and gospel musician Khari Wendell McClelland and his band. The Festival is pleased to profile the compelling creativity and strength of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastsideinvolved artists and residents who illuminate the vitality, relevance and resilience of our neighbourhood and its rich traditions, cultural roots and music. Created for the Festival and recorded live and video recorded by Aya Garcia at the Afterlife Studio, formerly the legendary Mushroom Studios. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

Rup Sidhu

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PAINTING WITH WATER – MARBLING WITH HOUSEHOLD MATERIALS Saturday October 31, 10am - 12pm Online, Registration Required Free, donations appreciated



Saturday October 31, 1pm - 3pm Go to Facebook for “day-of” schedules for outdoor Art in the Streets Free

Join WePress Community Art Space on Zoom to learn from artist Dora Prieto the magic of this mesmerizing art technique. Dora will draw upon techniques developed over hundreds of years in many nations, but with a simplified process that requires only household materials. The painting will mimic the flow of water as the artist creates endless colours and intricate forms. Every new piece is both a surprise and an accomplishment, a response that is shared by participants from five year-old kids to professional artists to elders. You will be amazed at the intricacy and natural beauty of your painting. For more information, contact Limited to 10 participants. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite.


MANITOBA, THE GREAT SPIRIT SPEAKS: THE NAME ALREADY WRITTEN IN ALL HEARTS Saturday October 31, 1pm - 2:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated On April 19, 1870, Louis Riel wrote to Father Noël-Joseph Ritchot, his delegate at the transference of the Red River settlement to the Government of Canada: "The name of the country is already written in all hearts, that of Red River ...Choose one of the two names ‘Manitoba’ or ‘North-West.’" The Heart of the City Festival is honoured to offer an online visit commemorating the founding of Manitoba with: Mitchif (Métis) historian and elder, Jules Chartrand; Terry Hunter, who is connected by family to Thomas Spence, member of Riel's Provisional Government; Mitchif (Métis) choreographer and director of V'ni Dansi, Yvonne Chartrand, and Dr. S.M. Steele, awardwinning poet, installation artist, scholar, librettist, storyteller, and author of Li Keur, Riel's Heart of the North (with composers Neil Weisensel and Alex Kustoruk). Also featuring the Louis Riel Métis Dancers with Manitoba fiddler JJ Lavallee and Fagen Furlong on guitar (pre-recorded at the Firehall Arts Centre). Grab a cup of strong tea and get ready to get your Manitoba on!! Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

V'ni Dansi Dancers

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150th ANNIVERSARY 150 years ago, the Métis NATION joined Confederation with the establishment of Manitoba – Canada’s 5th province. Following the 1869-70 Red River resistance to assert Indigenous rights and stop land encroachment, Louis Riel formed the first Métis Provisional government. Their Bill of Rights declared that land claims and language rights were pre-conditions to Manitoba’s entry into Confederation. In the words of David Chartrand (President of the MMF), with Riel’s "Provisional Government leadership, the Métis Nation became Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founder of Manitoba.” Negotiations culminated in the Manitoba Act: a guarantee of provincial status and protection of the religious, linguistic and property rights of citizens. Some of the terms were kept and other promises were not honoured. Today, Riel is remembered as a champion of Métis nationhood and rights, and since 1992, as the founding father of Manitoba. To honour the Métis Nation’s cultural legacy and resilience, in 2019 the Royal Canadian Mint issued a new collector coin featuring Louis Riel. This is the first coin engraved with Michif, official language of the Métis Nation: NIIKAANIIW POOR LA NAASYOON LII MIC.


CHINATOWN, CITY OPERA Saturday October 31, 4pm - 5:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Come to the virtual backstage as City Opera Vancouver creates its latest opera, CHINATOWN. A story of racism and resistance, family and neighbourhood, set in Vancouver’s Chinatown in 1961 – it is a powerful, daring, and beautiful story. Join librettist Madeleine Thien (Do Not Say We Have NothMadeleine Thien ing) and composer Alice Ping Yee Ho (The Monkiest King) as they discuss their new work. They are joined by stage director Debi Wong, coach-pianist Roger Parton, and City Opera president Ethel Whitty, who says “We would have held this at Carnegie, but COVID has made that impossible. I hope you will join us online as we discuss the work, take your

questions, and hear your ideas.” Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.


DTES FRONT & CENTRE SHOWCASE: ALL TOGETHER NOW! Saturday October 31, 7pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated It’s All Hallows’ Eve! And it’s also time for a big virtual celebration of the talented community performers of the Downtown Eastside in our annual DTES Front & Centre Showcase. It’s a tradition! In this time of uncertainty and self-isolation, the Festival invited a wide variety of local performers to come together to record their stories and songs, and share with the community and the wider world. We’re all together now; this gives us strength! Enjoy performances from some of our favourite DowntownEastside-involved musicians, storytellers, dancers, poets, writers, singers, actors, and spoken word artists, including: Heidi Morgan, Kat Norris, Mike Richter and Michel Vles, Ofelia Figueroa Bejarano, Alfredo Flores and Antu, Pavel Ryslovsky, Dallas with Alwin Benson, Anthony K. McNab, and Larissa Kuypers, Eva Cho, Larissa Healey with John Wolf and Pavlo, Deborah Charlie and Cindy Fedora, Merlin Cosmos, Gilles Cyrenne, Jan Tse, Eva Waterton, Robert Bonner, Henry Doyle, Tarene Thomas, Gunargie O'Sullivan, Stephen Lytton, Priscillia Tait, Highs & Lows Choir, Afro Van Connect, and the Carnegie Jazz Band Alumni Quintet led by Brad Muirhead. Pre-recorded at the Firehall Arts Centre. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details. Priscillia Tait

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PULLING TOGETHER CANOE SOCIETY ROUNDTABLE Sunday November 1, 11am - 12:30pm Online, Registration Available Free Join members of the Pulling Together Canoe Society for a roundtable conversation on Zoom, and a showing of Where the Canoe Takes Us: The Story of Pulling Together, directed by Kryshan Randel. The short film spotlights the 2013 journey, for which over four hundred participants faced one of their most challenging and rewarding voyages yet. 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 travelling traditional waterways. The journeys enhance understanding between public service agencies, Indigenous peoples, elders and youth. Presented to honour the inaugural canoe journey of 2001, leading to the twentieth anniversary journey planned for 2021. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.


WELCOME TO GROUNDS FOR GOODNESS Sunday November 1, 1pm - 2:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Join us on Zoom for a sampling of work from two years of Jumblies’ Grounds for Goodness project, to inspire and kick off the Vancouver Downtown Eastside residency. We are delighted to present the world premiere of ‘BESA’, inspired by the history and verbatim text about the rescue of Albanian Jews during WW2 by Albanian Muslim people. Composed for Zoom by Martin van de Ven, with singers Lisette Cogdell, Shifra Cooper, Natalie Fasheh, Hussein Janmohamed, Risa de Rege, Sam Rowlandson-O’Hara, choreographer Michelle Silagy and other artists and performers. The event will also include a work-in-progress by composer Arie Veheul van de Ven, with The Gather Round Singers community choir conducted by Shifra Cooper, with choreographer Kevin Ormsby and ASL Poet Tamyka Bullen; and glimpses of other aspects of Grounds for Goodness in other locations. Olivia C. Davies will be the host, and there will be a traditional welcome and opening story by S7aplek (Bob Baker) of the Squamish Nation. For information contact or Go to Festival website to preregister via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

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Photo courtesy of Pulling Together Canoe Society


DAY OF THE DEAD ALTAR Sunday November 1, 2pm - 5pm Listening Post, 382 Main Free Join “Lady Di” outside the Listening Post on Sunday afternoon where we will create a sidewalk community altar. People passing by are invited to light a candle to honour their dead loved ones. COVID protocols in place; we encourage contributors to care for each other by wearing face masks. The tradition of the Day of the Dead can be traced back to the pre-Conquest Aztecs and is a holiday celebrated annually by many in Latin America. The belief is that at this time of year the souls of our loved ones who have passed return to visit us. Families honour their ancestors by creating altars and make offerings of their favourite food, alcohol, tobacco and sugar skulls. Decorations of yellow marigolds and harvest vegetables can symbolize death, and candles are lit to welcome the souls of the dead. Hasta la vista.


AFTERNOON WITH ELDERS IN RESIDENCE Sunday November 1, 3pm - 4:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Join Nicole Bird, Carnegie’s Indigenous Program Coordinator, for a special live streaming version of Carnegie’s Elder Chat with Leslie Nelson, Carnegie Community Centre Elder in Residence. The Heart of the City Festival Elder in Residence, Kat Norris, joins Les and Nicole to explore an answer to the question “what is an Elder?” Kat and Les will share what that means with songs and stories of their experiences about the crucial role that Elders traditionally hold in supporting formal and informal education in urban settings and First Nations communities. This is certain to be an informative and engaging afternoon. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.


Opening in December 2000, The Listening Post has been a quiet welcoming space on the corner of Main and Hastings. The centre was born out of a need for a neighbourhood place where community members can find a listening ear; tend to their spiritual journey in their own way; are not seen as clients; and are welcomed and received with respect. Over the years the Listening Post has provided a sacred, safe space to leave behind the chaos of the streets and enter into a quiet atmosphere to listen to one’s inner voice of wisdom. Since it began, volunteers have hosted The Listening Post. They have offered workshops and gatherings, potluck suppers, candle lighting to remember loved ones, many memorials, and have been pleased to participate in Heart of the City Festivals. This year, although closed due to the pandemic, they will host an outdoor altar to celebrate the Day of the Dead on Sunday November 1 from 2pm to 5pm.



SHOW ON EARTH: WALLACE LINE with Gamelan Turtle Bliss Sunday November 1, 7pm - 8pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Watch Vancouver’s Gamelan Turtle Bliss with a performance live streamed from KW Studio. At the heart of Show on Earth: Wallace Line is the Balinese gamelan gender wayang – a metallophone quartet which accompanies the shadowplay or ‘wayang’. Vancouver’s Gamelan Turtle Bliss will accompany the shadow journey backwards into ‘deep time’ to offer a new perspective on the challenging ‘present’. Music composed by member Michael O’Neill. Gamelan Turtle Bliss is Michael, Ann Hepper, I Putu Gede Sukaryana, Wendy Chen, Laura Crow, Mark Parlett, and David Prentice. With special guests Meredith Bates, violin and viola, and Finn Manniche, cello. British naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace is known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection. Wallace had his ‘eureka’ moment while in a malaria-induced delirium on Ternate, an Indonesian island near the ‘Wallace Line’ (a place where two of Earth’s tectonic plates meet). In our narrative, Wallace’s delirious state will open the door to raucous and rambling imagery and events of evolution (in reverse timeline) co-mingling with his own consciousness and memory. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

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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BEYOND Monday November 2, 11am – 1pm PT Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Imagin’Nation Collective returns to the festival with new work in development. In response to the continuing Indigenous teen suicide crisis, writer Jenifer Brousseau is developing the screenplay Beyond, the story of a bullied and suicidal teenager who is thrown on an unexpected vision quest when she is catapulted into a world beyond her imagination. Join Jenifer on Zoom for a conversation about the project and a viewing of the screenplay-in-development, filmed by director Sarah Kelley and videographer Patrick Wakefield, read by a cast including Jules Koostachin, Solla Hill, Olivia Lucas, Mitchell Saddleback, and Morgan Whitehead. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.



Monday November 2, 1pm - 3pm Go to Facebook for “day-of” schedules for outdoor Art in the Streets Free


WHEN SPIRIT WHISPERS on CO-OP RADIO Monday November 2, 1pm - 2:30pm Live Broadcast Co-Op Radio CFRO 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 will talk with guests about the 60s scoop, the practice of “scooping” Indigenous children from their homes and families, for placement in foster homes or adoption.


BELL RINGING Monday November 2, 2pm St. James' Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova Free At 2pm come to the corner of Gore and E. Cordova, or stop outdoors in the surrounding neighbourhood and listen for the ringing of the bells from St. James’ Anglican Church. This is a special presentation by St. James’ for the Festival and for the beginning of the Oppenheimer Park Day of the Dead Celebration. “The bells at St. James”, with a full octave range, were cast in 1937 in Loughborough, England. Of the eight bells, the tenor bell, which weighs two tons, bears the inscription, “Sound, sound the glorious Gospel, to the praise of God, and to the honour of all whose words and deeds have proclaimed it in these parts, 18811936’’, and so continues sounding to this day. This is the bell that’s heard tolling, while all the bells together play for special occasions.


SCRIPTING ALOUD Monday November 2, 6pm - 8pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Have a script you want to hear read aloud? Want to work your performance skills through reading scripts cold? Interested in experiencing a creative vibe that’s welcoming and crosscultural? Scripting Aloud is for you. We’re a not-for-profit public cold-read script development platform and live staged reading event that helps develop original short- and long-form scripts for multiple channels and platforms — focusing on cross-cultural content, writers, and performers. Produced by Pan Asian Staged Reading Society and its script development platform Scripting Aloud. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS OFRENDA / DAY OF THE DEAD ALTAR Monday November 2, 2pm - 4pm Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell Free Help us create a community ofrenda at Oppenheimer Park to remember our friends and loved ones who have departed. Submit a photo or an art piece to be displayed on the altar: • Email a photo of your art piece to by 4pm, October 24 • Or, bring in your art piece to Carnegie Centre coffee table between October 21 and 24, 2pm-4pm. Originals can be photocopied. Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated every year in many Latin American countries, honouring and remembering loved ones who have passed. To celebrate, families build altars called ofrendas, with collections of food, decorations and offerings placed on display during the celebration. In partnership with WATARI and Oppenheimer Park Staff. Join us on November 2 to check out the installation.

This will be the first year Jesus is not physically with us celebrating the Day of the Dead. We remember his early morning calls, sometimes at 5am. He used to say "Get up, don't be lazy; I am already at the community garden". Of course we were not necessarily happy with his calls at that time, and now we really miss them. Jesus’ gardening tools are still in use; he shared his knowledge with a group of women from our community and now they are the ones singing and talking to the cucumbers and the tomatoes, and we are enjoying the delicious vegetables. We miss Jesus’ big laugh and the humour of every morning. This year will be our first Day of the Dead without him teaching us how to make an altar, how to make a piñata. We, his students, will continue celebrating the day until someone else’s turn comes. On the Day of the Dead, Jesus Cristobal will be sitting at the Native and Latino bench in the park; he will be laughing at our jokes and decorating our altars. – Byron Cruz


we the same Monday November 2, 8pm Free, donations appreciated The Festival invites you to watch a recorded reading of scenes and music from we the same, a new play by Sangeeta Wylie, with guest speakers between scenes. Produced by Ruby Slippers Theatre, we the same is inspired by the true story of a mother with six young children separated from their father. Fleeing Vietnam in 1979, the mother and her children endured pirate attacks, typhoons, shipwreck, starvation and more. After over forty years of secrets, is reconciliation possible between a mother and her daughter? Directed by Diane Brown, with actors Evelyn Chew, Chris Lam, Brandy Le, Grace Le, Khaira Ledeyo, Elizabeth Tai, Vietnamese danh tranh music by Vi An Diep and speakers Stella Nhung Davis (Lac Viet Radio Program) and Mohammed Alsaleh (refugee advocate). For ages 18 and up. Pre-recorded at the Firehall Arts Centre. Following the reading, there will be a live Q&A on Zoom. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

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HEARTS BEAT 2020 Tuesday November 3, 11am – 2pm (7pm – 10pm GST) Carnegie Community Centre, 401 Main Street In person & Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Listen to and feel the Hearts Beat, a musical exploration of the shared traditions of drums, dance and song between Indigenous and Irish cultures. Join us in person for a free meal and watch the event on the big screen at the Carnegie Community Centre outdoor patio, or join us virtually to watch live stream or pre-recorded performances with: lexwst’í:lem drum group; Ceol Abu Irish musicians; Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, a multi award-winning traditional singer and musician; traditional dancing and drums with Larissa Healey and John Sam; and the De Dannan Irish dancers. Listen to storytellers Joseph Dandurand, from Vancouver, and Billy Mag Fhloinn, from Ireland, who will join us live online. The afternoon of entertainment promises to foster intercultural learning, spark new connections, and inspire our hearts and minds. Coming together to share the drumming and songs, dancing and stories gives us strength, whether in person or online. Hearts Beat is proud to be part of the 17th Annual Heart of the City Festival and is a collaboration between the Carnegie Community Centre Cultural Sharing Program, the UBC Learning Exchange, the Irish Consulate, and Carnegie Community Centre Association. For information on the day, please call the UBC Learning Exchange front desk at 604-827-2777. In the meantime if you have any questions contact Suzie at Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite, or for viewing details.


MY ART IS ACTIVISM, PART II Tuesday November 3, 3pm - 4:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Long time DTES documentarian/organizer Sid Chow Tan shares from his archive of volunteer-produced video journalism. Sid’s choices of videos will highlight Chinese Canadian social movements and direct action in Chinatown, particularly redress for the Chinese head tax and exclusion. Full videos and excerpts include: Jim Wong-Chu interview (1987) and poetry reading (2014); Redress at Chinese Cultural Centre (1988); Fight for the Soul of Chinatown (1991); Gim Wong the Song (2005), and more. Thanks to community television volunteers and staff who made possible the production, broadcast and archive of these videos. Sid also thanks the Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grant and Heart of the City Festival for their support. Webinar followed by Q&A with Sid. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

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Tuesday November 3, 1pm - 3pm Go to Facebook for “day-of” schedules for outdoor Art in the Streets Free


GOING INDIGENOUS WITH MISS GVS on CO-OP RADIO Tuesday November 3, 1pm - 2:30pm Live Broadcast Co-Op Radio CFRO 100.5FM


JENIFER READS: ANNE FRANK’S STORY, TODAY November 3, 1:30pm - 2:30pm Online, Registration Required Free A special panel discussion hosted by Dutch Vancouver theatre artist Thule van den Dam, with Jenifer Brousseau, and a representative from Amsterdam’s Anne Frank Huis, who are engaged with bringing Anne Frank’s story, and that of the Holocaust more broadly, to diverse people across the world. Co-presented by the SFU Institute for the Humanities. For full details on the Jenifer Reads project go to: To register:

Hosted by Gunargie O’Sullivan, this new program Going Indigenous with Miss GVS is an exploration of Indigenous art and language in the Downtown Eastside. For the fourth of her radio programs for this year’s Heart of the City Festival, Gunargie will go live from the DTES and talk to people and artists who live and work on the streets in the neighbourhood about what gives them strength.

10th ANNIVERSARY DTES SMALL ARTS GRANTS Online Virtual Gallery Celebrating ten years of supporting Downtown Eastside artists! Ten years ago, the Vancouver Foundation and Carnegie Community Centre initiated this exciting program to support the work of talented artists who have their creative practice rooted in the DTES and who may lack the financial means to advance their work.

Anne Frank Huis, Amsterdam

The DTES Small Arts Grants Program provides opportunities for DTES artists to apply for a financial award, attend workshops, receive expert advice, and participate in a year end group show. This year, for their 10th anniversary, the program presents an online Virtual Gallery. Here’s to another decade of continuing support for DTES artists, their practices and their ideas. Click on the link above to see original work from artists supported by the DTES Small Arts Grants program.

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EAST END BLUES WITH ROUNDTABLE Tuesday November 3, 7pm - 9:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated East End Blues & All That Jazz is a soul-stirring evening of gospel and blues, jazz and memories: a celebration of the life and contributions of Vancouver’s East End historic Black residential community and the legendary Gibson family. This video presentation, filmed at the Firehall Arts Centre in 2018, is followed by a thirty minute conversation on Zoom moderated by Khari Wendell McClelland. Singers from the cast will chat about East End Blues, its importance for them, and its importance in today’s world. East End Blues is inspired by memories shared by the Gibson family, former residents and colleagues; by songs

that were sung in this neighbourhood’s Fountain Chapel, in homes and at night clubs like the Harlem Nocturne and Mandarin Gardens; by oral histories gathered by Denis Simpson and Savannah Walling; and by those collected in the extraordinary cultural treasure Opening Doors: Vancouver’s East End, compiled and edited by residents Daphne Marlatt and Carole Itter. Written by the late Denis Simpson and Savannah Walling, East End Blues features a stellar team of artists: Candus Churchill and Tom Pickett, two of Vancouver’s finest gospel and blues singers; talented singer Khari Wendell McClelland (emcee); musical director Bill Costin (piano) and Tim Stacey (bass). Special guests are DTES resident Dalannah Gail Bowen (Blues Hall of Fame), and East-end born local legend Thelma Gibson. Visit the festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.


Children of immigrants from Oklahoma via Alberta, Chic, Thelma, and Leonard Gibson and their brother Sylvester Risby Jr. grew up in Vancouver’s East End where they attended Strathcona School. [In] “our family”, Chic remembered, “everyone had to sing, dance or play an instrument. My brother Len was born dancing and did so all his life, he taught us all. The East End was full of talented artists.” Leonard choreographed the show routines he and his siblings performed at their parent’s restaurant, the Country Club Inn (473-475 E. Powell), at night clubs like the Mandarin Gardens Supper Club (98 E. Pender), and the Harlem Nocturne run by their uncle trombonist Ernie King (343 E. Hastings). All three siblings grew up to be accomplished artists: performing with the Lenny Gibson Dancers, in most of Vancouver’s nightclubs, as well as Theatre Under the Stars, and in Leonard’s Bamboula, the first CBC musical variety television series produced in Vancouver and the first program with an interracial cast. All four siblings have been honoured for their contributions to the City of Vancouver and to its Black community, and for their achievements in the performing arts. Hope Through Ashes, by muralist Anthony Joseph

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6TH SYMPOSIUM ON RECONCILIATION AND REDRESS IN THE ARTS: PART 1 Wednesday November 4, 11am - 1pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Part 1 – Coast Salish Cultural Sovereignty We kick off this year's symposium by watching and discussing one of the highlight panels from last year's symposium, with Ronnie Dean Harris, Cease Wyss, Brandon Gabriel, and Tasha Faye Evans, facilitated by Irwin Oostindie. This Part 1 event features an 80 minute video and 40 min discussion on Zoom, to set the stage for Part 2 Presence on the Land on Friday November 6. The symposium series provides a unique professional development approach to our roles as cultural workers on these unceded lands and the implications for settlers and migrants, our organizations, and our city. Co-presented by the SFU Institute for the Humanities and Voor Urban Labs. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.



Wednesday November 4, 1pm - 3pm Go to Facebook for “day-of” schedules for outdoor Art in the Streets Free


WEPRESS: INTRODUCTION TO BEADING Wednesday November 4, 2pm - 3:30pm Online, Registration Required Free, donations appreciated Join beader and artist Haisla Collins in a Zoom workshop, hosted by WePress Community Art Space. Haisla will guide workshop participants in making star and flower shaped beaded earrings. If you sign up by Wed Oct 21, WePress will mail you a beading kit (including different beads, needles, thread, ear wires, instructions, and larger sized beads for those who need them). We hope you can join. For more information, contact WePress at Limited to 10 participants. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite.


IN GOOD HANDS with Ruth Howard, Martin van de Ven, Olivia C. Davies Wednesday November 4, 4pm - 6pm Online, Registration Required Free, donations appreciated Looking for a fun engaging workshop in which to take part? Join this virtual workshop on Zoom, facilitated by Ruth Howard and musician Martin van de Ven of Toronto-based Jumblies, and Vancouver’s Olivia C. Davies. Listen to and tell stories about times that people or groups of people have acted to help, shelter, protect or rescue others. Enjoy a gentle rapid creation process, combining words, objects, gestures and music. Contribute to the national Grounds for Goodness project unfolding in different locations across the country, including the Downtown Eastside. For information, or www. Limited to 20 participants. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite.


LIFE LESSONS FROM A CYCLE ACROSS A CONTINENT Wednesday November 4, 6:30pm - 7:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Join Suzie O’Shea on Zoom for a visual storytelling about the ups and downs, twists and turns of a 7,500 km road trip home in When the Body Says Go: Life Lessons from a Cycle across a Continent. In the summer of 2018 Suzie cycled across Canada. Passionate about mental health, she raised funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver/Fraser branch and has been sharing openly about her experiences of this journey of endurance that would ultimately give her strength. Suzie works in the community at the UBC Learning Exchange. This session will be live streamed to the Carnegie Community Centre. Go to Festival website to preregister via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

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The Festival is excited to feature two programming streams of audiovisual storytelling with Art Action Earwig’s Potent City. One is the Climate Shadow Series and the other is the Home Squat Home Mobile App (available On Demand on the Festival website).

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CLIMATE SHADOW SERIES: MIDNIGHT MIRROR & MO’S CLOSET Wednesday November 4, 7:30pm - 8:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated

IN THE BEGINNING: OVER THE MOUNTAINS Wednesday November 4, 7:30pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20 (incl. s/c & GST) Also November 5, 6 & 7

The Climate Shadow Series is two 15 minute sister-shows, Midnight Mirror and Mo’s Closet, live streaming from KW Studios. The shows explore the urgency of climate crises deeply entangled with everyday human activities in the globally industrialized world: buying clothing, consuming food, and dreaming the future. The artists approach their work with poetics and humour, and bring past, present, and future together onto a shadow screen for an audience to ponder a bigger picture of ecological time. The sister tales weave through shifting landscapes with parodies of folktales, science, and popular cultures like karaoke. Followed by Q&A with the performers. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.


The Plastic World – Tadafumi Tamura

October 28 to November 8 Multiple Locations Free

The Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grant program invites you to Window Art Show, a group art show and walking tour that is an integral part of the program’s 10th Anniversary Celebration in 2020. Participating artists include: Travis M Moon, Wendy Stewart, Kam Sing Leung, Rosemary Hayes, Roberta Sciarretta, Jana Sasaki, Rosa Chan/Lai Fong Tong, A`rno the Artist, iveno, Eva Cho 歐陽月華, and Tadafumi Tamura. Multiple locations have agreed to host exhibits of artists’ work in their windows. Although dispersed, the Window Art Show is a COVID-19 safe walking tour for community members to enjoy on your own schedule, and is an opportunity to honour, celebrate, and document this program’s legacy in the Downtown Eastside and beyond. The Window Art Show also celebrates the rich and diverse creative practices of DTES Small Arts Grant recipients, and is a commentary on the DTES neighbourhood’s diminishing artist spaces. Route – begin the tour at #1 and go west, or begin at #9 and go east 1 EWMA (Enterprising Women Making Art), 800 E. Hastings 2 DTES Neighbourhood House, 573 E. Hastings 3 Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander 4 Evelyne Saller Centre, 320 Alexander 5 Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova 6 Massy Books, 229 E. Georgia 7 CADA WEST, 211 Keefer 8 8EAST, 8 E. Pender 9 EMBERS Eastside Works, 57 E. Hastings

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IN THE BEGINNING Wednesday November 4 - Saturday November 7 Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova. $20 (incl. s/c & GST) Tickets at door or advance sales: 604.689.9926; www.ďŹ Individual performances listed throughout program guide by date

This is a wonderful opportunity, over five events, to listen and learn from Indigneous elders, knowledge keepers and artists from the nations who have lived, fished and worked here for thousands of years; and from other Indigenous people who have come to this place by travelling down the rivers, across the waters and from over the mountains. Listen to stories of the land, told by people of the land, with images projected of the land and waters, and historic and personal photos. Storyteller Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish/Dene), Firehall Arts Centre Artistic Producer Donna Spencer and moderator Kim Haxton (Potowatomi) are joined by guests from Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and beyond, to delve into stories and histories of Indigenous peoples prior to and during colonization. Through sharing these stories, we hope to create a better understanding of this place and its history. In the Beginning is the second stage of a joint project between the Firehall Arts Centre and Vancouver Moving Theatre that explores the many individuals and groups from different cultural heritages who lived and worked in the East Side and in particular the Strathcona, Chinatown, Gastown, and Paueru Gai/Powell Street neighbourhoods.

The History of In the Beginning During the Firehall's 2019-2020 season and the 2019 Heart of the City Festival, Rosemary Georgeson and myself, with assistance from Savannah Walling (Artistic Director, Vancouver Moving Theatre), began an exploration of the history of the neighbourhood surrounding the Firehall. Drawing on materials collected from a wide number of different sources, we explored the neighbourhood through reference materials and found information on the many different cultural communities who lived and worked here and contributed to the rich history of the neighbourhood and the city of Vancouver. But, during this project, we kept coming back to the question of where are the Indigenous voices in this history. So we began the process of seeking out those who could help us reveal and unwrap the stories of those who lived here prior to contact, colonization and settlement. This is what In the Beginning is about. – Donna Spencer, Artistic Producer, Firehall Arts Centre

Top: First Nations camped Alexander Beach ca. 1898. VCA InP3 A26353 Bottom: Kitsilano Indian Reserve, August Khahtsalano with wife and child, photo W Chapman. CVA1376-203

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VANCOUVER POLICE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES Thursday November 5, 10am - 3pm Vancouver Police Museum, 2nd Floor, 240 E. Cordova Free Also October 29 Check out the Vancouver Police Museum's 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. One of Vancouver’s most interesting attractions, the Vancouver Police Museum & Archives 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. For more information: 604-665-3346 or or check out facebook and twitter! Everyone welcome.


TALKING TRUTHS: MATRIARCHS UPRISING Thursday November 5, 10am - 11:30am Online, Registration Required Free, donations appreciated As creators, we are constantly in dynamic exchange with the forces of social structures that can help or hinder our creative expression. Join O.Dela Arts, Artistic Director Olivia C. Davies in circle conversation with four other tour-de-force female artists including Dalannah Gail Bowen along with Diane Roberts, Rosemary A. Georgeson, and Savannah Walling as they discuss ways they have confronted and overcome adversity in the arts, and changed the way we look at the world around us by incorporating matriarchal values and right relations agreements into the work. The circle conversation is on Zoom, followed by an interactive Q&A. For further information contact info@oliviacdavies. ca before Nov. 4. Limited to 100 people. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite.



Thursday November 5, 1pm - 3pm Go to Facebook for “day-of” schedules for outdoor Art in the Streets Free


DIGITAL FRACTURE: VOICES Thursday November 5, 1pm - 2:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated There is a crack in everything, That's how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen The Heart of the City Festival is pleased to present Theatre Terrific’s new play Digital Fracture: Voices, recorded live at this year’s Fringe Festival. Following the viewing, director Susanna Uchatius will join us for a Q&A on Zoom. What is our universal language at this time of COVID? How are we a part of mother earth and what is our responsibility to mother earth and to each other? Through gesture, recorded audio, and visual media, Digital Fracture: Voices asks us to transition into a deeper self-awareness and connection. The all-inclusive cast of 14 actors safely connect with courage, strength and power, and challenge the audience to safely connect through the universal language of music. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.


SURVIVAL TACTICS FOR ARTISTS IN THE AGE OF COVID Thursday November 5, 3pm - 4:30pm Online, Registration Required Free, donations appreciated

Olivia C. Davies

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Join Festival Artist in Residence Khari Wendell McClelland (Sojourners/Freedom Singer) in this Zoom interactive workshop that will use experiential and arts-based learning to explore ways for artists to survive, and thrive, during this time of COVID restrictions. Khari is a highly accomplished and nationally recognized musician, singer, composer, writer and workshop facilitator. Limited to 25 people. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite.


KLA HOW YA ON CO-OP RADIO Thursday November 5, 5pm - 6pm Live Broadcast Co-Op Radio CFRO 100.5FM Kla How Ya host Gunargie O’Sullivan invites CCAP coordinator Fiona York to moderate a panel discussion on Housing, Homelessness and SROs. Panelists include guests from TORO (Tenant Overdose Response Organizers Project), from SRO Collaborative, and guests who are homeless or who have settled into an SRO. Homelessness is one of the main concerns and challenges in our community; this is a chance to hear what people directly involved or affected have to say about possible solutions.


IN THE BEGINNING: FROM THE WATERS Thursday November 5, 7:30pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20 (incl. s/c & GST) also on November 4, 6 & 7

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MAGIC ON THE WATER (2007, 48 minutes) Thursday November 5, 5:30pm - 6:30pm View film in the Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free Magic on the Water is a one-hour feature documentary, directed by Tracey Kim Bonneau and produced by Straight Arrow Productions. Renae Morriseau will introduce today’s screening. The film follows the journey of a one hundred year old canoe that culminates in the return of salmon to Okanagan shores, nestled in the interior of British Columbia, and captures the vibrant art, history and oral traditions of the Okanagan first peoples. Up until a century ago, the Syilx Nation exclusively inhabited the beaches and lands of the Okanagan valley. Magic on the Water is a cinematic experience that captures the sounds and colours of the vivid landscapes. COVID protocols in place, audience limited to 8.

Magic on the Water


YELLOW PERIL: QUEER DESTINY (2019, 20 minutes) Thursday November 5, 7pm - 8pm Online, Registration Available Free / donations appreciated View the film, Yellow Peril: Queer Destiny, followed by live Q&A on Zoom with co-directors David Ng, Jen Sungshine, and Kendell Yan (Maiden China). Produced by Love Intersections, Yellow Peril: Queer Destiny is an experimental short documentary that follows drag artist Maiden China as she explores nuances of queer, Chinese, diasporic culture and identity. The film continues to be relevant to the world’s current situation – to quote David Ng – "What COVID-19 has revealed is that in times of desperation and scarcity, the nation-state requires scapegoats. We’re seeing this unfold in xenophobic violence, and I’m interested in how we can use arts to transform our (queer, Asian) futures. I don’t want to “return to normal,” because normal wasn’t working." Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

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6TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON RECONCILIATION AND REDRESS IN THE ARTS: PART 2 Friday November 6, 11am - 1pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Part 2 Presence on the Land Cease Wyss and Irwin Oostindie host this online panel with Kamala Todd (SFU Urban Studies) and small group discussions exploring decolonizing settler cultural policy in Vancouver (this event continues the discussions from Part 1, Wednesday November 4). While addressing the role of place-based redress, we will examine case studies to place the face of local Indigenous Peoples on the land through decolonizing arts policy. The symposium series provides a unique professional development approach to our roles as cultural workers on these unceded lands and the implications for settlers and migrants, our organizations, and our city. Co-presented by the SFU Institute for the Humanities and Voor Urban Labs. Go to Festival website to preregister via Eventbrite or for viewing details.



Friday November 6, 1pm - 3pm Go to Facebook for “day-of” schedules for outdoor Art in the Streets Free

Two Spirit Medicine Man Called Old Doctor - Levi Nelson


PERFORMANCE AND CONVERSATION Friday November 6, 2pm - 5pm Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, 639 Hornby Free Visit the Bill Reid Gallery to explore a special exhibition celebrating Bill Reid’s 100th birthday, and inspirational work by other Northwest Coast artists: 2:30pm Enjoy a performance of songs and stories by the Carnegie Centre Cultural Sharing Group and lexwst’í:lem Drum Group. 3:30pm Engage in a discussion of the themes in our new exhibition, Resurgence: Indigiqueer Identity with curator Jordana Luggi. Limited to 10 participants. The talk will also be live streamed at The Gallery thanks their Community Access Partner YVR for their continued support.


JENIFER READS: RE-THINKING NARRATIVES OF WAR & MEMORY Friday November 6, 1:30pm - 2:30pm Online, Registration Required Free Jenifer Brousseau, Irwin Oostindie, and Thule van den Dam are joined by Samir Gandesha (Director, SFU Institute for the Humanities) for an online discussion to consider the way stories have been told and re-told about World War II. Who gets to tell these stories? Who is included? Who is erased? Can we forget by remembering? For full details on the Jenifer Reads project go to: To register:

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In The Beginning: Musqueam Friday November 6, 8pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20 (incl. s/c & GST) Also on November 4, 5 & 7 Tickets at door or advance sales: 604-689-9926 or Doors open ½ hour prior to start of performance For more information go to page 31



There are those who do their jobs, and there are those who go above and beyond. This ceremony is to honour those Downtown Eastside Warriors who have worked tirelessly in the Downtown Eastside and CRAB Park. It's time to celebrate those who lift up the community by using their strong spirits to do what needs to be done for those who need it the most. Today’s ceremony acknowledges those who are taking time out of their lives in order to dedicate their energies unconditionally, for the betterment of the community. As part of the ceremony, each will be asked to bring a next generation warrior with whom they work, to symbolically hand down the knowledge and dedication they carry. Presented in partnership with Vines Art Festival, organized with Heart of the City Festival Elder in Residence - Kat Norris. COVID protocols will be in place.

The Downtown Eastside shadow theatre ensemble Illicit presents a pre-recorded presentation of an original, satirical workshop performance, Illicit in Space! Members of the DTES navigate their way into space from our scorched, withered and post COVID-19 future planet to the soon-to-be-colonized planet Mars. The rebel crew face issues such as colonialism, racism, political and social in-fighting, drug policy, gender identity, capitalism, sex work and a safe supply in the new world.

HONOURING DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE WARRIORS Friday November 6, 3pm - 5:30pm CRAB Park, North end of Main Street Free


CONTINUUM with DTES Writers Collective Friday November 6, 5:30pm - 7:30pm Lost & Found Cafe, 33 W. Hastings In person, Registration Required Free, donations appreciated The Downtown Eastside Writers Collective invites you to attend the live launch of a new book, Continuum, their first anthology, hot off the press just in time for this year’s Heart of the City Festival. The Group of Downtown Eastside writers, a continuation of Thursdays Writing Collective, have been meeting for the last year and a half, during which time they created the new collection. They write from the heart for our community. Hope to see you at the launch! Limited audience capacity, registration required. The event will also be live streamed. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

ILLICIT IN SPACE Friday, November 6, 8pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated

Illicit in Space is written and produced by David Mendes and Oona Krieg. Co-written by Nicolas Crier, Jenny Hawkinson, Mariah Main, Jim Mcleod and Matt Kennedy. Directed by David Mendes. Illicit is a community-engaged arts-based research project dedicated to the rights of people who use illicit drugs. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

IN MEMORIUM dn simmers With great sadness we share the news that poet dn simmers’ died on July 9, 2020 of a heart attack. Neil (as he is known to us) was a constant presence in Carnegie Community Centre each week as a participant in Thursdays Writing Collective and later as a founding member and mainstay of the DTES Writers Collective. Neil was mellow and generous: picture him quietly placing a bag of candies in the centre of the table in the classroom on the third floor as we took up our pens. He was a faithful supporter at readings by emerging authors and took solace in poems, often writing about his years in Kitsilano or life in sobriety. Neil was a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU and published three books of poems with Silver Bow Press. His fourth, Traveling Detours and U Turns, will launch in conjunction with a memorial when COVID bans are lifted. Plans for a yearly contest and prize in his name are being organized by partner Sara Jane Sato and daughter Bren Simmers, who is also a poet. – Elee Kraljii Gardiner

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The Festival is excited to present a virtual Chinatown walkabout on Zoom with the powerhouse trio of John Atkin, Bob Sung and Hayne Wai. John is a civic historian and heritage consultant, Bob hosts cultural and culinary tours of Chinatown, and Hayne is a long time Chinatown researcher and advocate. They are all past presidents of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC and collectively have over one hundred years of involvement in Chinatown. Although each have presented live walking tours, this will be their first shared virtual tour: framed around the Vancouver Heritage Foundation Chinatown Guide. Advance reading of the guide is recommended. www.vancouverheritagefoundation. org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/VHF-Chinatown-Map-GuideFINAL-web-res.pdf. Register early, limited to 30 participants. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite.

The Strathcona Camp Tent Village invites us to share an afternoon of musical performance with the “resi-tents of the resistents” in Strathcona Park. The camp is an arts-filled community and includes an eclectic group of creative artists and performers who have lots to say and lots to share. The open mic organizers say that during isolation, music and art give us strength and help build community. Everyone in the camp is excited to share their creative work with the Festival audience and to be part of the artistic community of the DTES.

CHINATOWN WALKABOUT WITH THE THREE AMIGOS Saturday November 7, 10am - 11:30am Online, Registration Required Free, donations appreciated


THIS GIVES US STRENGTH: FROM THE LAND TO ONLINE Saturday November 7, 12:30pm - 2pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Local skill holders working with EartHand Gleaners Society discuss how they have adapted their lifestyles and teaching methods from being on the land to being online. What have been the challenges, the surprises? Join on Zoom to view a pre-recorded conversation between Janey Chang, Sara Ross, Lori Snyder, CZarina den oden Lobo and Amy Walker, moderated by Sharon Kallis. These artists and teachers talk about changes in their practice of sharing learnings from the land while tending to hand work. Grab your knitting or something to mend and join in. Followed by a live Q&A with Sharon Kallis. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.

40th ANNIVERSARY Since 1980, the family-run NEW TOWN BAKERY & RESTAURANT has been serving great Chinese and Filipino baked goods, from award-winning Apple Tarts to their world-famous steamed buns (Siopao), all freshly made and delicious.

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OPEN MIC STRATHCONA CAMP Saturday November 7, 12:30pm - 3:30pm Strathcona Park, 857 Malkin Free


IN THE BEGINNING: TSLEIL-WAUTUTH Saturday November 7, 3pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20 (incl. s/c & GST) Also on November 4, 5 & 6

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DID YOU KNOW? The Skwachàys LODGE HOTEL AND GALLERY at 31 W. Pender was designed by Joe Wai, the architect for the Chinatown Millennium Gate down the street. Topping the lodge is a forty foot “Dreamweaver” story pole, created by Coast Salish carver, Francis Horne Senior: a testament to an enduring Indigenous presence on the land. Run by Vancouver Native Housing Society, the lodge is a social enterprise that provides safe, affordable housing for Indigenous artists-in-residence, and includes boutique hotel rooms and suites designed by Indigenous artists. The proceeds from the Gallery and the Hotel go towards supporting the Indigenous artists who live in the Lodge. On the street level, an Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery showcases local Indigenous artists and cultural work.


NIHON MACHI KOTOBA FOREST LOUNGE Saturday November 7, 7pm - 8pm Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander In person, Registration Required Free, donations appreciated Experience a shower of Nihon Machi Kotoba (words), which explore Nikkei history, culture, and identity. A short poetic film was created to mark the 20th Anniversary of Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, which incorporates poems submitted by the general public. The film will be presented in a relaxed live DJ atmosphere. The space is designed to allow you to walk through a maze of lights from entrance to exit, with spaces to sit to enjoy the show. Enjoy the shower of kotoba (words) while you sit, or walk, or lie on the floor! You’re welcome to bring a yoga mat or cushion. COVID protocols will be in place: chairs spaced at least two metres apart, and maintain two metre distance with those not in your bubble. Masks are recommended and fun original paper masks will be available. Original film and Kotoba Forest Lounge commissioned by the Nikkei Centre; presented by the Tasai Artist Collective, in partnership with VJLS & JH and the Heart of the City Festival. Limited to 40 people. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite.


IN THE BEGINNING: SQUAMISH Saturday, November 7, 8pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova $20 (incl. s/c & GST) Also on November 4, 5 & 6

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60th ANNIVERSARY On July 6, 1960, the FALSE CREEK FIRE sparked at BC Forest Products sawmill. Stoked by strong winds, the fire destroyed four blocks of south False Creek. Its column of black smoke was seen as far away as Vancouver Island. It was the biggest fire since the 1886 Great Vancouver Fire incinerated most of the city. With the industrial landscape permanently obliterated, the area was rezoned for housing and parks.

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UKRAINIAN DAY Sunday November 8, 10am – 5:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details. A day of cultural sharing featuring Ukrainian arts, cuisine, personal stories and more. Traditionally, the Heart of the City’s final day of celebration is a concert and delicious Ukrainian dinner at the Ukrainian Hall. This year, however, the celebration will take a whole new format as the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians Vancouver (AUUC) would still like to share their beautiful Ukrainian Culture on the festival’s special Ukrainian Day. The AUUC invites us to join them online as they share their recipes and history through thought-provoking reflections and discussion, and timeless traditional crafts handed down through generations. The day’s events will culminate at the Festival Closing Ceremony, which will include a mini-concert of recordings that showcase the AUUC performing arts groups demonstrating the rich and diverse culture of the beautiful Ukrainian heritage.

Ukrainian Kitchen - Borshch Making 101 10am – 11am You don’t have to be Ukrainian to like Ukrainian borshch. People of all nationalities enjoy a good bowl of Ukrainian beet soup. There are as many different recipes for borshch as there are cooks who make it – everyone has their own personal touch. Today, we will share the AUUC Vancouver Hall’s Borshch recipe and the method we use to prepare the fifty gallons of borshch needed to serve one of our Perogy Lunches. No, you don’t have to make fifty gallons! We will give you a recipe for a family sized pot, based on our recipe, for you to make at home. Following the demonstration, our culinary experts will be on hand to take your questions live on Zoom. If you want to purchase some of the borshch we will be demonstrating, come to the Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender, between 12pm and 3pm on Sunday November 8 (masks mandatory) to purchase a takeout portion. And as a special bonus, you will also be able to purchase our home made pyrohy (perogies). Online pre-orders can be made by visiting:

An Immigration Journey From the Carpathian Mountains to Canada 11am – 12pm The Association of United Ukrainian Canadians’ Hall has been at 805 East Pender Street for 92 years. To mark this long standing presence in Strathcona, Libby Griffin will present a lecture, previously recorded, that outlines the historical, political and economic conditions both in Ukraine and Canada that precipitated the immigration of Ukrainians to Canada. She weaves her own personal experiences as a first generation Ukrainian Canadian growing up on the prairies into her presentation. Although her story is personal, it is not unique. Thousands of Ukrainians settled on the prairies and endured the experiences and hardships that Libby’s family did. Join us for this presentation and Q&A session on Zoom.

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1920s Ukrainian Orchestra, director Damian Vykhristow

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8 Festival Closing Ceremony 4pm – 5:30pm

Taralyn Karras

Crafting a Tribute 3pm – 4pm To commemorate the many years of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians’ contributions as a vital part of the Vancouver community, the crafters of the AUUC worked together to create a memorial quilt celebrating Ukrainian culture and the Association’s history. Join members online for a recorded presentation on how the project came about, what it represents and the traditional arts used to create the quilt, as well as an insight into the Ukrainian ritual cloth, the Rushnyk. Following the presentation, members will be on Zoom for a live Q&A.

We invite everyone to the Closing Ceremony, live streamed on the Festival website. Join the dynamic hosting duo of Terry Hunter, Festival Artistic Producer, and Dianna Kleparchuk, AUUC Vancouver Board President, who will introduce the Ukrainian showcase. The AUUC has put together recorded excerpts from their spectacular Celebration 100 concert, which in 2018 celebrated both the National organization’s 100th Anniversary and the 90th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Hall in the heart of the Downtown Eastside. Enjoy performances by the Vancouver Folk Ensemble, Barvinok Choir, Dovbush School of Dance and the Dovbush Dancers. Get ready to share good cheer, live music and many thanks; online so you can take part wherever you are, keep safe, physically distant and know that the Heart of the City Festival beats stronger than ever, because of our Downtown Eastside community!


From 12pm to 3pm the craft club will have items available for purchase during the borshch and pryohy (perogy) sales at the Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender (masks mandatory).

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the untimely passing of Michael Parasiuk on September 3, 2020. Michael was an active member of the AUUC Vancouver Branch, serving on the Branch Executive, the AUUC National Committee and the Board of the Lesya Ukrainka Manor, which is next door to the Ukrainian Hall. Michael and I worked very closely for many years. At Heart of the City Festival’s Ukrainian Day, Michael would be found setting up the banquet room, cooking perogies, helping in the kitchen, washing dishes and locking up the Hall. His dedication and enthusiasm as a defender of human rights and his devotion to the ideal of a better Canada will be truly missed. His Political Science degree from Simon Fraser University led to a lifelong career in the public service. His work with Indigenous communities and as an adjudicator for the Residential School Settlement Process exemplified his devotion to his fellow Canadians. Vichnaya Pamyat (Forever Remembered). – Dianna Kleparchuk

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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8 INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL GALLERY DISCOVERING GROUNDS FOR GOODNESS IN THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE Sunday November 8, 1pm - 3pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated

Drop by on Zoom to enjoy short performances, interactive activities, and art contributed and created by Downtown Eastside community members. This collaborative event is the finale of our Grounds for Goodness Downtown Eastside virtual residency, co-produced by Toronto-based Jumblies, Vancouver Moving Theatre and the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. Created and hosted by Ruth Howard, Shifra Cooper, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Martin van de Ven, Arie Verheul van de Ven, Animikiikwe Couchie, Ahmed Hegazy, Karis Jones Pard and others (from Toronto), and (from Vancouver) Olivia C. Davies, Beverley Dobrinsky, Khari Wendell McClelland, Renae Morriseau, Rianne Svelnis, and Savannah Walling and Downtown Eastside-involved participants Gilles Cyrenne, Rosanne Gervais, Angela Kruger, Stephen Lytton, Rev. Dr. Victoria Marie, Tarene Thomas, Helen Volkow, Phoenix Winter and Henry Wong. For information contact or Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.


JENIFER READS: 75 YEARS LATER - THE SOUNDS OF FREEDOM November 8, 3:30pm - 5:30pm Online, Registration Required Free, donations appreciated Join Irwin Oostindie and Thule van den Dam for a watch party for a special televised event on Global BC with a performance from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra commemorating the 75th anniversary of Canada liberating the Netherlands. We also present highlights of the Van Kijkduinstraat Project (by Irwin Oostindie and Inessa Baustad Oostindie): a Downtown Eastside youth retraces her grandfather’s footsteps as he leaves Amsterdam 75 years ago to survive underground. Special guests and discussion. For full details on the Jenifer Reads project go to: www. To register:

75th ANNIVERSARY This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War and Canada's role in the liberation of Europe, and significantly the Netherlands, by Canadian troops. One in ten Canadians served overseas, including 7600 who died liberating the Netherlands. Heart of the City Festival's programming honours the civilians and presents interviews with veterans and civilian survivors from British Columbia as part of Jenifer Reads.

A crowd in Utrecht welcoming Canadian liberators

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CARNEGIE COMMUNITY CENTRE 40TH ANNIVERSARY TRIVIA CONTEST Answer 10 of the Trivia questions and bring your answers to the Carnegie Community Centre Theatre at 401 Main Street to redeem your prize, *while supplies last!



HISTORY 1. Who provided the funding to build the City of Vancouver’s first Public Library Branch at 401 Main St.?

2. What year was the building at 401 Main Street originally opened?

3. What occupied the top floor when the building at 401 Main Street was first opened?

OPPENHEIMER PARK 10. What is the former name of Oppenheimer Park?

11. Oppenheimer Park was home to which baseball team known for its brilliant strategies in fielding and pitching?

4. What neighbourhood association campaigned for 401 Main Street to be open as a public space for local residents in the late 1970s?

12. Who planted the sakura Oppenheimer Park?

5. Who were the leaders of that neighbourhood association (three people)?

13. Which march ends in a healing circle every year at Oppenheimer Park?

6. Which of those leaders was elected as Vancouver East Member of Parliament 1997 to 2015?

14. Whose poem entitled “A Thousand Crosses” was written about the “Killing Fields” demonstration at Oppenheimer Park?

7. Which of those leaders is currently a Vancouver City Councillor?

8. What City of Vancouver Mayor said the concept of a Community Centre at 401 Main Street was “unjustified”, and the building should be sold as soon as possible?





15. What medal did Oppenheimer Park’s Vancouver Dream Catchers Soccer Team win at the 2008 National Homeless Soccer Tournament in Calgary?

16. Who makes the best coffee at Oppenheimer Park?

9. When was the Carnegie Community Centre opened to the public?

Prize pick up times: Tuesdays 12pm – 4pm, October 20, October 27, and November 3.

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17. Pre-COVID, what days are volunteer orientation held?

18. What Carnegie department has the largest volunteer contribution?

19. Who is Carnegie Community Centre’s 2020 volunteer of the year?

20. How many active volunteers does Carnegie Community Centre have?

30. If you borrow a newspaper from VPL, and you want to complete a game or a puzzle, what would you do?

31. What is the most popular magazine at the Carnegie Reading Room?

THE KITCHEN 32. What meal is the most popular meal of the week?

21. How many volunteer positons does the kitchen have? 33. What night of the week is vegetarian meal? 22. What are those kitchen volunteer roles? 34. Which night of the week is a vegan meal? 23. What Carnegie Program is running “to go” on the Carnegie Patio on Mondays from 6pm-8pm?

24. What is the name of Carnegie Community Centre’s Elder in Residence?

25. What is the name of the Cultural Sharing Drum Group?

26. What is the creative activity the Seniors Program Participants Arts & Health Project participate in at Carnegie Community Centre?

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY CARNEGIE READING ROOM 27. What is the name of the Carnegie Reading Room alien?

28. What are the current hours of the Carnegie Reading Room?

35. What year was the Carnegie Kitchen Renovation Complete?

36. When the building opened, where was the food service provided?

37. What day of the year does Carnegie Kitchen serve the most dinners?

THE LEARNING CENTRE 38. Who are the Capilano University staff who manage the Learning Centre programs?

39. What is the name of the 35th Anniversary Learning Centre Writing Collection, published in 2019?

40. What is one of the services that the Learning Centre provides to the Community?

29. Who is your favourite Carnegie Reading Room staff member?

Prize pick up times: Tuesdays 12pm – 4pm, October 20, October 27, and November 3.

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DTES SMALL ARTS GRANTS 2020-2021 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 artists 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


Ruth Howard


Community Arts in the Time of COVID Thursday November 12, 6pm - 7:30pm Online, Registration Available Free, donations appreciated Join Ruth Howard, Artistic Director of Jumblies, will reflect on the challenges – what initially felt like the impossibility – of making art with people in these isolating times, and how values and practices of community arts can be upheld in new and surprising ways. Examples will be given from the virtual residency just undertaken at the DTES Heart of the City Festival. Some guests who took part in the residency will offer their perspectives, including artist and Downtown Eastside resident Stephen Lytton. An art talk on Zoom; there will be time for questions and responses. For information contact or www. Go to Festival website to pre-register via Eventbrite or for viewing details.


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 Wednesday October 14 and are due by 4pm on Friday November 27, 2020. If your application is approved for funding, you will receive your cheque in February 2021..

INTERESTED? GREAT! Complete an application! Apply online at You can also pick up a paper copy from the third floor of the Carnegie Centre.

HAVE QUESTIONS? We would love to be in touch with you. Contact the DTES Small Arts Grants office by phone 604.665.2213 or email at

suPpOrt thE DtEs Heart Of thE City festival Downtown Eastsiders love the arts! Financial donations from our friends like you help fuel this passion. Join us! Donate via Canada Helps: And sign up for our informative newsletter at the same time! 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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VISUAL ARTS RESTART 2020 – HOPE AND OPTIMISM Until October 29 Lost + Found Cafe, 33 W. Hastings Free Connection Salon presents Restart 2020 - Hope and Optimism, a group exhibition of visual art works by Elsa Chesnel, Megs Gatus, Linda Haftner, Martin Hunt, Rudolf Penner & Gail D. Whitter, Katie Poetsch, Jacqueline Primeau, Ben Roback, Rebecca Slattery Chunn, Karen Vanon, and Ilirijan Xhediku. We will recover and change. We will strengthen and build hope inspiring relationships. We will value each other’s efforts, dreams and aspirations. It is time for a new beginning. We need art to survive. Lost + Found Cafe hours: Mon to Fri, 9am-3pm, Sat, 10am - 3pm.

AFFIRMATIONS FOR WILDFLOWERS: AN ETHNOBOTANY OF DESIRE – Tania Willard Until November 13 Audain Gallery Hastings Street Window, 149 W. Hastings Free Tania Willard’s artistic practice engages cultural knowledges to cultivate works that range from land-based Indigenous contemporary art to survival strategies for contemporary socio-political upheavals. Affirmations for Wildflowers: An Ethnobotany of Desire is a street-facing window exhibition that uses light projection, reflection, representations of flora, and personal and political affirmations to evoke relations of sustenance in uncertain but flourishing times.

THE ARTIST BEHEADS HER MUSE – Jocelyne Junker Until November 23 Massy Books, 229 E. Georgia Free Massy Arts Society is pleased to be presenting a solo exhibition featuring paintings and photographic works by Vancouver based artist Jocelyne Junker upstairs in the gallery at Massy Books. Jocelyne Junker is a Metis artist born in Saskatchewan. Her practice explores how photography can become entangled in performative gestures that affect the formulation and construction of self identity. Through photography Jocelyne engages in the questioning of representation and identity in the public sphere. Gallery hours: Mon - Sun, 10am - 6pm.

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RESURGENCE: INDIGIQUEER IDENTITIES October 21 - January 24 • Open House, Friday November 6, 2pm - 5pm Free Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, 639 Hornby Adults $13, seniors $10, students $8, youth $6, children under 12 free, families $30 This new exhibition celebrates the deeply personal and profound work of four emerging artists - and their unique identities and stories as queer Indigenous people. The featured works by artists Levi Nelson (Lil’wat First Nation), Jaz Whitford (Secwepemc), Morgan Whitehead (Plains Cree) and Raven John (Coast Salish/ Sto:lo) explore the roles the artists see themselves playing in their communities today, influenced by their own rich experiences that reflect the diversity of Indigiqueer love and life. Resurgence: Indigiqueer Identities showcases various mediums from large-scale portrait and abstract paintings, traditionally-inspired jewelry, clothing and accessories with a twist, and colourful and creative sculptural art. Curated by Jordana Luggi. Gallery winter hours: Wed - Sun, 11am - 5pm

TIME-LAPSE: POSTHUMOUS CONVERSATIONS Geoff McMurchy Retrospective October 29 - December 1 Opening Reception Thursday October 29, 5pm - 8pm SUM Gallery, #425 – 268 Keefer Free A memorial retrospective of visual art by Geoff McMurchy, a storm force fag who blew open disability art in Canada and whose legacy includes a generation of disabled artists who thrived under his mentorship. Curated by Yuri Arajs, SD Holman and Persimmon Blackbridge in partnership with Kickstart and All Souls at Mountainview Cemetery. Gallery hours: Tues - Fri: 12pm - 6pm. By appointment only.

GROUNDS FOR GOODNESS STORY CARD WINDOW DISPLAYS October 23 to November 8 InterUrban Art Gallery / Culture Saves Lives, 1 E. Hastings Skwachàys Lodge Hotel & Gallery - 31 W. Pender Free A real-life exhibition of cards created by residents of the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver and from across the land. The cards share stories and images of people helping, protecting and rescuing others, drawn from history, memory, family, tale, legend, memory and imagination – to be shared, collected, traded and enjoyed. Over the last month story cards have been contributed by community members at neighbourhood gathering places including the Carnegie Community Centre, InterUrban Gallery, Aboriginal Front Door, Carnegie Community Action Project, Community Thrift and Vintage, Benny’s Market, All Bodies Dance at BC ArtsScape Sun Wah, and the Art Tent and Peer Outreach at Strathcona Tent City. For further information, contact or

VISUAL ARTS THE GAS IMAGINARY – Rachel O’Reilly Until December 19 Or Gallery, 263 E. Pender Free A multi-disciplinary project using poetry, collaborative drawings, installation, moving images, and lectures to unpack the broader significance of ‘settler conceptualism', the racial logic of the property form and fossil fuel-based labour politics as capital reaches the limits of land use. In ongoing dialogue with elders of Gooreng Gooreng country and settler women activists, where fracking was approved for mass installation in 'Australia', new elements of this work address the threatened destruction to 50% of the Northern Territory. Visit website for links to talks and events online. Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 12pm - 5pm.

EXPERIMENTAL RELATIONSHIP (For Your Eyes Only, Or Maybe Mine, Too) Until December 31 Online, Free Centre A presents an online exhibit of Brooklyn-based artist Pixy Liao’s ongoing project, Experimental Relationship. Staged photographs dwell on socio-cultural tendencies, power play, and emotional sustenance by examining the dynamics of Pixy’s personal, romantic relationship, performed with photography and printed matter. Since 2007, the Chinese-born artist has staged photographs and live performances with her Japanese boyfriend, Moro, in keen attempts to balance, reverse, or subvert cultural traditions and gendered behaviours in a seemingly tongue-incheek, yet graceful manner. Accompanying the photographic works in the exhibition is Pimo Dictionary, a collection of hybrids of Chinese, Japanese, English words and phrases as well as slangs, which was inspired by Pixy and Moro’s communication barriers.

13TH ANNUAL OPPENHEIMER PARK COMMUNITY ART SHOW Fall Launch - TBA Online, Free The Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show goes on, this year in the form of a community artist book. With a focus on displacement and place-making, the publication features the artwork and perspectives of over forty artists connected to, or displaced from, the communities of Oppenheimer Park. Fall launch date to be announced soon. Visit Gallery Gachet's online exhibition space for news on our current and upcoming projects: Co-presented by Gallery Gachet, Oppenheimer Park and Vines Art Festival. For more information contact or 604-687-2468.

OPS MURAL 312 Main Current In your daily travels, walk by the historic 312 Main building’s west-facing wall to see a new mural project created by the DTES Artists Collective with the Overdose Prevention Society, Aboriginal Front Door and Raise the Rates. Led by artists BOY, Jenny Hawkinson and SPIRIT, they will reimagine “Lady Justice” in the context of our neighbourhood, with scales of injustice and an outstretched hand to help the community. Street mural art is vital in the DTES; it has been a form of art therapy throughout COVID, as well as a way to communicate directly to the members of our community who live and work on the streets 24 hours a day because these folks don’t have internet access. Smokey D. painted a mural with a message of thanks to health workers and volunteers, and the Festival printed a photo of this mural on the program guide inside-back cover to echo the message of thanks.

The Hug by the Pond

These engaging works of street art by local artists are possible because of the support from WePress and the Heart of the City Festival, along with many organizations, volunteers, and individuals in the Downtown Eastside.

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PODCAST INTERACTIVE MEDIA 360 RIOT WALK Online, Festival website Free

Launched by artist Henry Tsang, 360 Riot Walk is a virtual walking tour of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver. The virtual walk utilizes 360 video technology to trace the history and route of the mob that attacked the Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian communities following a demonstration and parade organized by the Asiatic Exclusion League in Vancouver. The soundtrack is available in four languages of the local residents of the period: English, Cantonese, Japanese and Punjabi. Henry Tsang is an artist and curator whose projects explore the spatial politics of history, language, community, food and cultural translation in relationship to place. Available at; tell Henry the Festival sent you!


BLACK STRATHCONA SELF-GUIDED TOUR Online, Festival website Free Use your smartphone or iPad to lead you on an interactive walking tour. As you walk the neighbourhood, follow the map on the website with story locations. Use the QR codes on the street signage to download videos to your mobile device and see the past and present of Vancouver’s vibrant black community. To pay tribute to the black community of Vancouver’s historic east-end, Strathcona’s Creative Cultural Collaborations Society, in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre, produced the Black Strathcona Interactive Media Project, the centre piece of which is ten short videos that celebrate some of the extraordinary people and places that made the community vibrant and unique. Performers present the stories, combining oral history with rarely seen archival photographs and film. Although viewers from anywhere in the world can take a virtual web tour at, we invite you to experience history come to life by actually visiting locations where the videos were recorded.

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HARVEST LENS SERIES + ROOTS AND SEEDS October 28 to November 8 Online, Festival Website Free PTC’s Davey Calderon collaborates with theatre artists on Harvest Lens, a series of short videos featuring DTES Neighbourhood House’s Urban Farm. Theatre makers find the poetry in ideas of food security, community, advocacy, growth, and the celebration of bounty that brings us together from all over the world. These ideas are ripe and ready for harvest. Also, PTC relaunches the podcast Roots and Seeds inspired by last year’s Heart of the City Festival event led by Veronique West and Kathy Feng with the Chinese Senior Gardeners. After following a group of Chinese seniors through a season of planting, tending, and harvesting their community garden, PTC created an audio podcast from the interviews and found sounds. The podcast is available in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Harvest Lens Series and Roots and Seeds are available at www.playwrightstheatre. com during the Heart of the City Festival.


HOME SQUAT HOME MOBILE APP October 28 to November 8 Get the link, or Woodward’s Atrium, 111 W. Hastings Free The Festival is excited to feature two streams of audiovisual storytelling with Art Action Earwig’s Po-tent City. One is the Home Squat Home Mobile App and the other is the Climate Shadow Series (see November 4 for information). You can download the app at, or by scanning with your device the QR code on the surface of the tent installation in Woodward’s Atrium. The app offers visitors a portal into an intimate audiovisual performance using shadow puppets on the surface of a tent. Home Squat Home encourages you to imagine a sustainable home for marginalized bodies and displaced creatures while most of us are reconfiguring our relationships to “home”. The tent is a shelter and rally spot, exploring meanings, feelings, and realities that (de) materialize “home”. The piece honours grassroots movements in the Downtown Eastside including the Woodsquat housing action and the Women’s Memorial March.


SHARINGS FROM THE HAIKU CIRCLE: Voices from the SRO community sending messages to the world Online, Festival Website Free Poets from the SRO Collaborative share collaboratively created haiku poems, created in a process guided by Tom deGrey and Audrey Kobayashi, and read by Tom deGrey, Erica Grant, Marina Chavez and Richard. These poems are inspired by the landbased tradition of collaboratively created haiku poems: a form of expression used by Japanese Canadians before, during and after their WW II uprooting from the Downtown Eastside. The 17-syllable poems arranged in three lines of 5-7-5, bring SRO stories to life as they express lived experiences, frustrations, wisdom and hopes, in this way bridging SRO histories and present day stories of dispossession and resistance. A Right to Remain Project in partnership with the SRO Collaborative Society.


HEART OF THE CITY FESTIVAL SOUNDSCAPE – sylvi macCormac Online, Festival Website Free In 2015, the Festival commissioned award-winning soundscape artist sylvi macCormac to create a Heart of the City Festival Soundscape. She produced a wonderful composition that weaves together sounds of our neighbourhood with diverse interviews and voices from our community and voices and sounds from the Elaho Valley. In the words of sylvi, “To work with so many wonderful voices is an honour and treasure. They give me great joy. They are also part of my commitment to a larger community. This composition is given to the care of, and for the benefit of, the Heart of the City Festival. These compositions were never mine to keep or call my own since ‘the sum of all these parts are we’ (Martyn Joseph).” To enjoy this soundscape (7:25 minutes), follow the link at


The Vancouver Mural Tour was a project under the Great Beginnings Program by the City of Vancouver. The purpose of the program was to celebrate the history, heritage, and culture of Vancouver’s first urban areas, including the neighbourhoods of Gastown, Chinatown Powell Street, and Strathcona, and to restore the founding neighbourhoods’ original public appeal by creating attractive and welcoming physical environments. The website exists now as an historical site; many of the murals no longer exist, but the Festival shares the website as an archive of thirty-seven murals, all found in the Eastside. The Vancouver Mural Tour was an initiative of the Creative Cultural Collaborations Society. There are four tours listed on the website and if you are walking, each tour takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes. Visit for downloadable maps.


THE GATHERING an interview with Richard Tetrault Online after October 28, Festival website Free This 15 minute recording features artist Richard Tetrualt and Festival producer Terry Hunter talking about The Gathering, an 11’h x 18’w hanging mural commission that Richard painted for the Heart of the City Festival in 2015. This powerful and dynamic banner mural, hangs each year in the Carnegie Theatre during the Heart of the City Festival, and features painted images of inspiring people, cultures and art forms from the Downtown Eastside, including Diane Wood, Sawagi Taiko, Ricky Lavallie, Isabel Ramirez, Git Hayetsk Dancers, Bud Osborn, Sandy Cameron, Thelma Gibson, Takeo Yamishiro, Dalannah Gail Bowen, Sam Snobelen, Carnegie Jazz Band (Randy Morrison), Dovbush Dancers (Montana Hunter), and Mona Woodward. The Festival will live stream this recording on Wednesday October 28 as part of the Opening Ceremony. Following the opening, the video will be available on demand


WE LIVE HERE, Radix Theatre Online, Festival Website Free We Live Here is a dramatic, large-scale video project in development that will be created by Downtown Eastside artists and produced by Radix Theatre. This year Radix begins work with a small number of artists to test and develop the idea, and will share a demo of the project viewable on this year’s Heart of the City Festival website. Working with a Downtown Eastside curatorial team, including Jerry Whitehead, Wendy Peeters and Jared Sharpe, Radix will videotape 10 artists as they take inspiration from the phrase "we live here" and paint their artwork onto a canvas. Then those videos will be sped up to hyper-speed to be projected outdoors at next year’s festival. We Live Here is sponsored by the Portland Hotel Society.

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CONGRATULATIONS! WE’RE PROUD OF OUR DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE COMMUNITY! Congratulations to individuals and organizations making a difference in our community.

Megaphone vendors

AWARDS GORDON GRDINA received the 2019 Juno Award for best Instrumental Album of the Year for his inventive solo oud session called China Cloud, in honour of the popular DTES improvised music venue. JAMIE LEE HAMILTON was co-awarded (with Becki Ross) the 2019 CSA’s Angus Reid Practitioners’ Applied Sociology Award recognizing their work in memorializing sex workers expelled from the West End back in the 1980s. MEGAPHONE received the 2019 Bill Good Award from the Jack Webster Foundation for excellence in community journalism. For over ten years, the magazine has been making marginalized voices heard and putting much needed funds into the pockets of low income and homeless vendors. VANCOUVER SEX WORKERS RIGHTS COLLECTIVE was awarded the 2019 Access to Justice Award from Pivot Legal Society for their contributions before the National Inquiry into the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. HENRY DOYLE received a Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize in the Downtown Eastside Category. The prize is for loud, edgy, socially engaged poetry in celebration of poet/activist/actor Muriel Marjorie who passed away in 2018. The entry fee is a demonstration of how the poet contributes to community. KEN LUM received the 2020 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Ken Lum (creator of Monument to the East End aka the East Van Cross), grew up in East Vancouver. His mom worked at the Keefer Laundry, his dad was a cook in the long-shuttered Only Sea Foods. Ken was one of the kids who had to climb under the freight train parked in front of Admiral Seymour Elementary for hours on end, just to get to school. His grandfather worked for the CPR railroad. CONSTABLE RICHARD LAVALLEE (Vancouver Police Department’s Indigenous Liaison Protocol Officer) was awarded the 2019/2020 Order of Merit of the Police Forces for exceptional service, and contributions to policing and community development.

YWCA WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARDS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY: Arts, Culture & Design – Beth Carter, Curator of Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art; NonProfit – Mebrat Beyene, Executive Director of WISH Drop-In Centre Society.

2020 JESSIE RICHARDSON THEATRE AWARDS ALLEY THEATRE and TOUCHSTONE THEATRE in association with VANCOUVER MOVING THEATRE and community partnership with VANCOUVER ABORIGINAL FRIENDSHIP CENTRE were awarded the Large Theatre Significant Artistic Achievement for Outstanding Innovative and Immersive Storytelling for the production Inheritance: a Pick-the-Path Experience. ANGELO MORONI and MARY JANE PAQUETTER were awarded the Small Theatre Outstanding Sound Design or Original Theatre Composition for their work on the Theatre Terrific production HELLO. HEIDI TAYLOR (Playwrights Theatre Centre) was awarded the Vancouver NOW Representation and Inclusion Award for her work in creating collaborations and inclusivity initiatives. DEREK CHAN was awared the The Sidney J. Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Playwright for his script Chicken Girl produced by rice and beans theatre in partnership with Playwrights Theatre Centre.

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What a year this has been! After last year’s 2019 Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, VMT partnered on the tenth and final year of Bah Humbug!: a partnership with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs and Full Circle First Nations Performance. Together with great teams of producers, directors, artists and performers, we created a show that evolved and bloomed over a decade while raising funds for the Heart of the City Festival and Downtown Eastside arts creation and presentation. After that, our good friends at Alley Theatre and Touchstone Theatre invited us to join in support of a courageous project: Inheritance: A Pick-the-Path Experience. With the help of an Indigenous coordinator, local Territory Advisors, and guest witnesses, they navigated contested territory of land ownership and sovereignty, stimulating conversations and actions that are still ongoing. We are thrilled this production picked up a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Significant Artistic Achievement. But March 2020 took a totally unexpected twist. We flew to Europe to attend Rotterdam’s International Community Arts Festival, looking forward to learning about community-engaged arts creation taking place in other parts of the world. But within 24 hours of our arrival, a world pandemic was announced; the conference was cancelled, and European countries were beginning to lock down. On day five of our thirty-day-trip, we returned home to self-quarantine in our locked-down home city of Vancouver, here in the Downtown Eastside. Gathering places were shut down or repurposed. People were isolating in their rooms, directed to physically distance, for who knew how long. Stunned. Disoriented. Apprehensive. The future was unpredictable, changing day by day. How were we going to move forward on the Festival? The more we pondered and consulted with our team and the community about the festival, the more urgent seemed the need for it’s presence in this time of the pandemic. When gathering places shut down, people lose their sense of cultural connection and community connection. The need for the festival was clear. But how?

We’ve benefitted from a hugely supportive staff, willing to go the extra length to do whatever it takes to make the festival happen in the best way possible with the resources in hand. For this year’s festival, Vancouver Moving Theatre is thrilled to build on long-standing relationships with colleagues and partners to bring back “East End Blues & All that Jazz” as a video recording, and to partner on three visionary projects: In the Beginning (with the Firehall Arts Centre); Grounds for Goodness Downtown Eastside (with Toronto-based Jumblies Theatre + Arts); and Jenifer Reads: Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl (with Imagi’Nation Collective). Stay tuned for further information on projects in development. In the meantime, let’s continue to light the candle of hope as we move forward in this challenging time. – Terry Hunter and Savannah Walling

COMMUNITY-ENGAGED ART PRACTICE WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? Art creation involving professional artists collaborating with community members and arts and non-arts partners 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

What if we shifted to mostly online with some outdoor events, mostly pop-up. Plus a small number of indoor events for intimate audiences – in venues still operating, who had capacity to handle health and safety requirements.

Art-making guided by principles of respect, reciprocity and generosity of spirit

To do this we knew we faced a steep learning curve. The world of online streaming was utterly new territory. We knew we would make mistakes. Any moment might require the team to spin on a dime to meet changing conditions. That is the reality. We consulted with the core festival staff, with community partners, with community members and VMT’s Board of Directors. With their encouragement, we made the decision to produce a festival this fall.

Art-making that encourages everyone involved – from novice to master – to give of their best to create strong art and transformative experience

We’ve been learning from the experiences of other organizations like the Queer Arts Festival and Powell Street Festival, among others, who have generously shared information and resources.

Art-making inclusive of diverse social and cultural backgrounds and generations

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.

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IN MEMORIUM SOPHIE MERASTY Denesuline & Woodland Cree, Treaty 10 - Brochet, MB February 16, 1964 - August 1, 2020 I can’t say when I met you. It’s as if I have always known you. Like an extended sense of myself, you were there as an actress, social justice warrior, a storyteller. I watched you act in Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuashkasing and in Fireweed, An Indigeni Fairytail; saw you in the premiere of The Unnatural and Accidental Women. You also fought for your sister, Rose. And since her death in 1991 you have been fighting for her and other Indigenous women, speaking about homelessness, violence against women, and dealing with the systemic colonial realities of daily life in the DTES. It was only in the last few years that we’ve worked together on a theatre/community engaged arts project that brought both your artistic expertise and the social justice struggles together – Indigenous Women’s Project. It’s happening Sophie. We are working on a website, highlighting these amazing women and their strength as storytellers, creators of work that gives them hope, love and community connection. With all the work we did last year, these Indigenous women are telling their stories. Yeah, I’ve always known you Sophie. You’re with me. Old souls are like that, an unassuming knowingness that is you. – Renae Morriseau



Johnny could always be counted on to liven up any gathering with his original songs and music. Whether it was at the Carnegie Learning Centre, the UBC Hum Christmas party, or at Heart of the City events he brought us joie-de-vivre. As a member of ‘FireWriters’ a small group of us who met weekly at the Learning Centre to write, his down to earth creativity elevated us all. He was never short of gratitude and joyfully acknowledged us when he used our words to help him complete one of his songs. Recently, I discovered that something he liked to do was to take someone he admired out for dinner, and regale them with lavish praise for every thing he admired in them. Possibly, this is a tradition some of us could continue in his memory. Let’s not wait for death to separate, before we express and communicate appreciation.

Hendrik passed away late last year and was honoured at a special Megaphone event at SFU Woodwards, a well attended celebration of life on Feb 6, 2020. Downtown Eastside activist, Woodwards squatter, an asset to his community, and latterly enthusiastic urban gardener. Prior to coming to Vancouver Hendrik was an upcoast oyster farmer and diver. Always eager to try something new, he moved to strong advocacy for social justice in the DTES, and was a willing participant in marches, protests and parades. His last days were spent at St. John Hospice beside his beloved UBC Gardens, attended by family from Holland: brother Erik, and later passing peacefully in the presence of brother Vincent. Fondly and gratefully remembered by the community he loved. – Tom Quirk

– Gilles Cyrenne

JUNE SETO June was born in Victoria to Chinese immigrants fleeing war and famine. Growing up, June struggled to reconcile her family’s traditional ideals of harmony and filial piety with her Canadian values of equality and individualism. She spent her life navigating tensions between her family’s expectations and her own aspirations. Active and restless, June worked as a legal secretary, and was a dedicated mother. She brought her “meticulous detail-oriented perfectionism” into the festival office to train staff in the art of filing. She brought her beautiful voice to VMT produced events, from Strathcona Artist at Home festivals to Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festivals, from The Minotaur Dreams to table hosting at The Big House cultural feasts. You were a long and beloved friend June. We love you and will deeply miss you. Your memory lives on in our hearts. – Terry Hunter and Savannah Walling

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He arrived as too many do at Carnegie; homeless, penniless. Carnegie responded, helping him into the welfare support world and, equally importantly, into the Carnegie world of unquestioning acceptance, and of opportunity to contribute his time and talents. And he did, 100%, first as a kitchen volunteer, then board treasurer, casino fundraiser, and chair of the Carnegie 100th anniversary committee. He also journeyed from living in an SRO to managing two of them. Who else but Peter could bridge the worlds of the private SROs and the Carnegie spirit of generosity? Peter met his wife Cindy at Carnegie, where he was a tutor. They married at Carnegie, a joyous amalgam of Cindy’s Chinese friends and Carnegie volunteers. Peter and I met at Carnegie when I was Director, and we soon became good friends, and in 2019, co-writers of our book A Carnegie Community Centre Story. After retiring, Peter moved to Victoria to join Cindy. Characteristically they bought two homes and turned them into rooming houses for low income people. And to think that once he was a senior communications advisor to Prime Ministers Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney. You are a Carnegie legend. And we miss you pal.

Ian MacRae (March 30, 1949 October 7, 2020) passed away recently at his home at the Four Sisters Housing Co-op, with his long-time companion, poet Maxine Gadd, at his side. Ian was a founding member of his co-op, the head of security for decades, and did all the most unappealing roster duties, including cleaning out the garbage room, almost until the very end. He was a board member of the Downtown Eastside Residents Association and after retiring from DERA could always be counted on to publish the occasional missile letter in the Georgia Straight Newspaper against the gentrification and the housing crisis. He enjoyed gardening at the Strathcona Community Gardens and we enjoyed his beautiful tomatoes. Goodbye dear neighbour Ian, and rest in peace. – Wendy Pedersen


The community of the former DURC and the Drinkers Lounge celebrates the life of our dear friend Joe Chatsis, who passed away peacefully on September 30, 2020. From the Poundmaker Cree Nation, Joe was a deep person who shared his gentle kindness, mischievous humour and passionate hoop dancing with the Downtown Eastside community. He danced at several DTES Culture Saves Lives Pow Wows, at The Big House community gathering/cultural feast, and as part of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. Thank you, Joe, for sharing your gifts with us - you will be always loved.

John Yuris was well known to the community at the Downtown Community Health Centre for his generous, funny, expansive creativity. I came under his spell following a trip a group of us took to the beach a few years ago. Enroute by bus John broke out a pair of socks and entertained the other riders with a riveting and mostly silent puppet show. At the beach he worked steadily with wood and other objects he had brought with him in a canvas pack and continually assembled, disassembled. His art emerged from the objects he collected that came from his world around him; but that’s not him talking – John was resolutely silent about his art, he just shared it. He would share it anywhere, with everyone. Last fall, just prior to installing his work for his Heart of the City Festival show, he asked if we could bring all his pieces together. We laid the wrapped and bound objects out on several tables – it looked amazing. He loved his show. He is deeply missed – both for who he was and for what he gave us.

– Kelty McKerracher

– Mo Gaffney

– Michael Claque


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CREDITS + THANKS DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE HEART OF THE CITY FESTIVAL Executive Artistic Producer Terry Hunter Associate Artistic Producer Teresa Vandertuin Associate Artistic Director Savannah Walling Operations Manager Lalia Fraser Production Manager Theo Hunter Bell Designer John Endo Greenaway (Big Wave Design) Publicist & Marketing Jodi Smith (JLS Entertainment) Program Liaison & Associate Administrator Tracy Moromisato Social Media and Eventbrite Manager Louise Ma Artist in Residence Khari Wendell McClelland Elder in Residence Kat Norris Associate Programmer Gunargie O’Sullivan Event Coordinators and Outreach (Grounds for Goodness DTES) Olivia C. Davies and Rianne Svelnis Streaming Engineer Robert Wilson Production Staff Andy McAvoy, Neal Miskin, Kimit Sekhon, Elwin Xie Operations Staff Patti Allan, Gerardo Avila, Gilles Cyrenne, Amita Daniels, Ada Dennis, Colleen Gorrie, Kitra Jeanne, Cat Rey, Jan Tse, Alex Watts, Jeff Wilson Marketing, Social Media & Eventbrite Strategist Graeme Boyd (Emanation Consulting) Social Media Julia Siedlanowski, Jeff Wilson Studio and On Site Photographer David Cooper On Site Photographers Terry Hunter, Tom Quirk, Jeff Wilson Videographers Danny Fung, Aya Garcia, Chris Randle, Patrick Wakefield, Elwin Xie, Aboriginal Front Door, KW Studios (Jessican Han, Dan Loan, Jo Passed 平林) Program Guide Contributors Daniel Chadwick, Michael Clague, Byron Cruz, Gilles Cyrenne, Mo Gaffney, John Endo Greenaway, Terry Hunter, Dianna Kleparchuk, Kelty McKerracher, Tracy Moromisato, Renae Morriseau, Wendy Pedersen, Tom Quirk, Teresa Vandertuin, Savannah Walling CARNEGIE COMMUNITY CENTRE Director Karla Kloepper Assistant Director Anna Arseneault 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 – current at the time of printing Board of Directors: President Gilles Cyrenne, Vice President Mike Tapp, Treasurer Thelma Jack, Secretary Paul Taylor Members at Large: Lorraine Jack, Adrienne Macallum, James Pau, Emma Price, Priscillia Tait, Miran Volaric

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VANCOUVER MOVING THEATRE Artistic Director Savannah Walling Executive Director Terry Hunter Digital Communications Associate Intern Louise Ma Accountant Lucy Lai Bookkeeper Maura Doherty Auditor Grant Thoronton LLP Designer in Residence John Endo Greenaway Strategic Planning Consultant Lori Baxter Filemaker Consultant Oak Bay Softrends Computer Consultant David Skulski Board of Directors: President Ann McDonell, Vice President Eugene Crain, Secretary John Atkin, Treasurer Louise Leclair Members at Large: Grace Eiko Thomson, Fanna Yee THANK YOU to the Carnegie Community Centre and the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians for their continuing support, and to SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs (SFUW) who co-produced in 2019 the 10th and final edition of Bah Humbug!, a benefit for the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival and community arts in the Downtown Eastside.

HATS OFF TO OUR SPONSORS & DONORS The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of our many sponsors, community partners and individual donors. This festival could not happen without their enthusiastic and generous support. Thank you!

Supported by the Province of British Columbia

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. PROGRAM GUIDE IMAGE/PHOTO CREDITS Josh Berson, Marc Bourgeois, David Cooper, TJ Felix, Jessica Fortner, Danny Fung, SD Holman, Terry Hunter, Melanie Orr, Tom Quirk, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Tadafumi Tamura, Geoff Webb, Erik Zennstrom, and many more unknown artists and photographers. PHOTOSHOOT PARTICIPANTS Marr Dorvault, Larissa Healey, Egor Marov, Sam McKay, Leslie Nelson, James Pau, Mike Richter COMMUNITY PARTNERS


312 Main, 360 Riot Walk, Aboriginal Front Door, Afterlife Studios,

Staff and patrons of the Carnegie Community Centre, Paul Taylor and

All Bodies Dance, Art Action Earwig, Art Tent and Peer Outreach (Strathcona Tent City), Atira/EWMA (Enterprising Women Making Art), Audain Gallery, Benny’s Market, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, CADA West (Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists), Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP), Carnegie Cultural Sharing, Carnegie Learning Centre, Carnegie Newsletter, Centre A, City Opera Vancouver, Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5FM, Community Thrift and Vintage, Compaigni V’ni Dansi, Connection Salon, Creative Cultural Collaborations Society, Downtown Community Health Centre, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, DTES Response, DTES Writers Collective, EartHand Gleaners Society, EMBERS Eastside Works, Evelyne Saller Centre, Firehall Arts Centre, Gallery Gachet, llicit, Imagi’Nation Collective, International Web Express, InterUrban Art Gallery/Culture Saves Lives, Jenifer Reads, Jumblies Theatre & Arts, Kokoro Dance/KW Studios, Listening Post, Massy Books, NOW Society, O.Dela Arts, Oppenheimer Park, Or Gallery, Overdose Prevention Society, Pan Asian Staged Reading Society, Portland Hotel Society, Powell Street Festival Society, PTC (Playwrights Theatre Centre), Pulling Together Canoe Society, Radix Theatre, Raise the Rates, Red Jam Slam Society, Right to Remain, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Sacred Circle Society, Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and Gallery, SFU Institute for the Humanities, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs, SPIRIT, SRO Collaborative, St. James’ Anglican Church, SUM Gallery, Tasai Collective, Theatre Terrific, UBC Learning Exchange, Vancouver Cantonese Opera, Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall, Vancouver Police Museum & Archives, Vancouver Public Library (Carnegie Reading Room), Vines Art Festival, Voor Urban Labs, Watari Youth & Family Services, WePress, WISH, Woodward’s Atrium (Westbank Corporation)

the Carnegie Newsletter, staff of Oppenheimer Park, Daniela Aiello, Lucy Alderson, Betsy Alkenbrack, Charles Barber, Bill Beauregarde, Nicole Bird, Linda Blake, Tracey Kim Bonneau, Barbara Bourget, Jenifer Brousseau, Davey Calderon, Beth Carter, Yvonne Chartrand, Rosa Cheng, Lily Cheung, Marina Chavez, Grace Chin, Doris Chow, Sean Condon, David Cooper, Byron Cruz, Gilles Cyrenne, Lisa David, Libby Davies, Olivia C. Davies, Robert Epp, Kathleen Flaherty, Sarah Fleming, Lalia Fraser, Steve Frost, Danny Fung, Mo Gaffney, Randy Gatley, Penny Goldsmith, David Gowman, Rosemary Georgeson, John Endo Greenaway, Jay Hamburger, Mark Haracka, Ann Hepper, Joseph Hirabayashi, SD Holman, Ruth Howard, Father Kevin Hunt, Am Johal, Sharon Kallis, Helen Kang, Debbie Karras, Ellen Kim, Dianna Kleparchuk, Karla Kloepper, Audrey Kobayashi, Heather Lamoureux, Andrew Laurenson, Minah Lee, Lillian Li, April Liu, Charlotte Mackie, Charlotte Marr, Patricia Massy, Jeff Masuda, Scott Maxwell, Darius Maze, Khari Wendell McClelland, David Mendes, Ingrid Mendez, Meriah, Lisa Cay Miller, Emiko Morita, Renae Morriseau, Tracy Moromisato, Brad Muirhead, David Ng, Kat Norris, Michael O’Neill, Suzie O’Shea, Gunargie O’Sullivan, Irwin Oostindie, Diane Panozzo, Earle Peach, Rudolf Penner, Wendy Pedersen, Katie Piasta, Sammy Pranteau, Chris Randle, Esther Rausenberg, Mike Richter, Pavel Ryzlovsky, Laura Saimoto, Caithlin Scarpelli, Kimit Sekhon, Kathy Shimizu, Julia Siedlanowska, Donna Spencer, Rianne Svelnis, Susanne Tabata, Priscillia Tait, Sid Chow Tan, Eli Taylor, Richard Tetrault, Karen Thorpe, Howard Tran, Henry Tsang, Susanna Uchatius, Husain Vahanvaty, Jay Vidler, Rika Uto, Beverly Walker, Chief Bill Williams, Lii Wilson, Jeff Wilson, Robert Wilson, Diane Wood, Elwin Xie, Fanna Yee, Iris Yong, Fiona York… 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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These are the Words From Bruce the Musical, by Bob Sarti (2008) REPORTER Yeah, and These are the Words: (REPORTER Sings: THESE ARE THE WORDS) My VOICE declares my power I SHARE what's there to know COMMIT means going higher And VISION points the way to go And how does a neighborhood live? And what is a neighborhood for? And what does a neighborhood give? These are the words of the neighborhood lore. You DREAM on the way to go We ELECT to weave a strand And DIGNITY is more than show And COURAGE gives the upper hand And what is a neighborhood's health? And how does a neighborhood breathe? And where is a neighborhood's wealth? These are the words that the neighborhood needs

(CALL/ RESPONSE of the following words - BY REPORTER AND FULL CAST) Voice...Voice Share...Share Commit...Commit Vision...Vision Dream...Dream Elect...Elect Dignity...Dignity Courage...Courage Home...Home Hope...Hope Respect...Respect (REPORTER alone) And these are the words of the neighborhood's day Yes, these are the words that the neighborhood means.

To HOME I find my way With HOPE I chase my dreams RESPECT is the way we pray These are the things that the neighborhood means. And who knows the neighborhood's words? And how does the neighborhood play? And how is the neighborhood heard? And when is the neighborhood's day? And why does the neighborhood dream? And how does the neighborhood grow? And who's on the neighborhood team? And where does the neighborhood flow? These are the words of the neighborhood's day These are the things that the neighborhood means.

Egor Marov

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Street mural, corner of Abbott and W. Pender

painted by Smokey D.

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