Friday November 6

Open House
Friday November 6, 10am – 5pm
Vancouver Police Museum, 240 E. Cordova, 2nd floor
See also Saturday November 7
Free admission

One of Vancouver’s most interesting attractions, the Vancouver Police Museum is located in the former Coroner’s Courtroom. Built in 1932, the building is a municipally designated heritage structure and houses an extensive collection relating to the history of policing in Vancouver. Here you will find exhibits about some of the city’s most famous criminals and the men and women who enforce our laws. Join museum staff for free 45 minute guided tours at 11am and 2pm. For more information: 604-665-3346 or or check out the Facebook and Twitter page! Everyone welcome.

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Friday November 6, 10am – 12pm
DTES Neighbourhood House, 573 E. Hastings

Join Yolanda and Godfrey, two seniors who participate in the Seniors’ program at the DTES Neighbourhood House, for an introductory workshop on Chinese heritage and Cantonese herbal medicine. You’ll make and taste Cantonese herbal tea and herbal soup, and at the end of the workshop the group will visit an authentic Chinese Herbal Store. The workshop is in English. Everyone welcome!

Friday November 6, 11am
Admiral Seymour Elementary School, 1130 Keefer

The Festival is tickled silly to present Mike Battie, physical comedian and nice guy, for the students at Seymour. Mike has been performing for thirty years and is the most experienced jugging instructor in BC, having personally introduced more than 10,000 people to the joy of juggling. For this show, Mike blends virtuoso juggling choreographed to music with other circus skills; interacts with the audience, and encourages the students to participate. Mike brings out the best, not only in himself, but also in those he performs for.

Please note: this school performance is for students, parents and teachers only.

Friday November 6, 1pm – 3pm
Carnegie Gym, 401 Main

Dance! Discover the joy of creative dance with Creative Movement - 1 photo Margaret Naylorolder adults and professional dancers from Karen Jamieson Dance. This is a regular program presented by Healthy Aging Through the Arts, a program of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. The workshop promotes good health for seniors through movement and expression in the form of dance, and can break through barriers of isolation due to lack of cultural understanding and language. As part of the Heart of the City Festival, everyone is invited to attend an Open Studio. All abilities, everyone welcome to join in!

Launch & Reception
Friday November 6, 1pm – 3pm
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell

Join Mosaic artist Bruce Walther as he unveils the Salmon Stream Mosaic, a community masterpiece created to connect the two recently installed poles by Chief Henry Robertson and Wes Nahanee in the NE corner of Oppenheimer Park. Bruce led workshops every Friday for the last six months where community participants learned the story behind the carvings and the ancestry of the carvers to link the poles together; the Salmon Stream Mosaic meets in the middle. Inspired by the Oppenheimer Commemoration group, a grant from the Vancouver Parks Board Neighbourhood Matching Fund made the project possible. Join honoured guests to celebrate this beautiful community project; everyone welcome!

Preview Stage Reading
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Friday November 6, 1pm – 3pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main

A young man faces execution and his fate is in the hands of twelve jurors. Eleven are ready to get on with it and pronounce him guilty, but one among them wants to re-examine the evidence. This is your opportunity to see a preview stage reading of the play while the actors are still in rehearsal. Feedback welcome and encouraged. This thrilling classic will be presented by Theatre in the Raw at the InterUrban Gallery November 18 to 29. For more information about this production see Post Festival events in this program guide or go to

Friday November 6, 1:30pm
Lord Strathcona Elementary School, 592 E. Pender

The Festival is honoured to present Git Hayetsk Dancers for the students and staff of Strathcona Elementary. ‘Git Hayetsk’ means ‘the people of the copper shield’ in Sm’algyax which is spoken by the Nisga’a, Tsimshian, and Gitxsan Nations. The dance group shares songs and dances of their ancestral villages and takes pride in being traditionally contemporary. They sing the songs of ancestors as well as create new songs, dances, drums, rattles, masks, and regalia to reflect and record their experiences as First Nations people today.

Please note: this school performance is for students, parents and teachers only.

Friday November 6, 6pm – 10pm
Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer
Tickets $25

Come on down! Old friends meet new friends at this Friends of Strathcona social evening of fun, food, fundraising and big musical entertainment with a fun group of local musicians. Silent auction, 50/50 draw and raffle prizes. Proceeds to support Strathcona Community Centre activities. Tickets can be purchased at the Community Centre. For more information, please call 604-713-1838.

Reception & Exhibit
Opening: Friday November 6, 7pm
221A, 221 E. Georgia
Exhibition November 7, 2015 to February 6, 2016

A blinking vertical line—an empty cursor inside a search field is the elemental form of this exhibition. A “regular expression” in computer science defines a set of symbols, which describe a specific search pattern. Here, the term also captures the irony of outcomes when artists work with digital systems governed by the grammars of the searchable and the scrapeable. Artists: Aleksandra Domanović, David Horvitz, Jeremy Hutchison, The Lincoln Collection and Oliver Laric, Lindsay Lawson, Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin, Solid Gold Bomb, Jesse Russell and Ronald Cohn (VDM Publishing). Curated by A.E. Benenson and Kristen Chappa

Music & Storytelling
Friday November 6, 8pm
Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander
$15 regular, $10 concession at the door

A collaborative cross-cultural performance, Against the Current,is created by Chibi Taiko, Katari Taiko, Sansho Daiko, Sawagi Taiko and Vancouver Okinawa Taiko, with storytellers Grace Eiko Thomson and Rosemary Georgeson (Sahtu Dene/Coast Salish), Salish singing group Tzo’kam led by musician and composer Russell Wallace, narrative contributions by John Endo Greenway, Hiromi Goto and Savannah Walling, and over 25 Downtown Eastside community participants with community-made papiermache salmon. Against the Current celebrates the role of salmon in Salish and Japanese history, culture, fishing industry, and the shared experience of swimming against the current. Produced in partnership with the Vancouver Taiko Society.
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THE SHAKUHACHI QUEST: An Epic Journey Into the Soul of Music
Friday November 6, 8pm – 9:30pm
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall
Also November 5
Tickets at the door, sliding scale: 5¢ to $20

See Thursday November 5 for full description.