Wednesday November 4

Wednesday November 4, 1pm – 2pm
Aboriginal Front Door, 384 Main

Red Fox Drum GroupThe Strathcona Red Fox Drum Group from Strathcona Elementary School are mentored by Kat Norris and Donna Lokhorst. The students, from grades 2 to 7, have made their own pow wow drum and are very excited to share their drumming and song with the Downtown Eastside community. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday November 4, 2pm – 2:30pm
Live Broadcast Co-op Radio 100.5FM

Join hosts RC Weslowski and Pamela Bentley live as they visit with poet laureates from across the country; the latest up and coming poetry slammers; the most seasoned touring spoken word artists; and poets with new books hot off the presses! They let each poem guide them in conversation to see how the words and the world inspire. Who knows what they will talk about? Today’s program welcomes special Heart of the City Festival guest Muriel Williams, a bold, brave and passionate poet living and surviving in the Downtown Eastside. Tune in, why don’t you!

Wednesday November 4, 7pm-9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main

The Downtown Eastside is alive with talent and the Festival Yvon Paul Chartrand - HOTCF 2015_0702 photo David Cooper_cropbrings together a widely diverse evening of music, comedy and storytelling. Carl McDonald aka Mr. McBinner has a taste of musical comedy for us; singer-songwriter Andy Kostyniuk sings of the urgency for free love, free drugs, and g*dd*mn freedom; stand-up artist John Cameron brings his brilliant dry humour; the Shawn Giroux Band will punk your socks off; and storyteller musician Yvon Paul Chartrand will make you groan from fear with stories of trolls and strips of flesh. We are thrilled to present the band MSG, led by long-time Carnegie music program leader and stellar guitar-player Steve Edwards. Steve will also join Cliff (Chico) Gibson and his guitar ‘Goldie’, in Chico & the Band for a rousing selection of R & B blues, funk and soul. It’s sure to be a memorable boys’ night out! Everyone welcome!

Gallery Show and Auction
Wednesday November 4, 7pm – 10pm
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall
Exhibition November 4 to 7, Gallery hours 1pm to 5pm

Located on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, Culture Saves Lives provides space for community members, especially First Nation people oppressed by the mechanisms of colonization, to rediscover and celebrate their roots. The Festival is honoured to support this vital program (Portland Hotel Society, lead Patrick Smith, community artist Larissa Healey) and the Slax’in [Medicine] Project Gallery Show, which features over thirty 4ft tall wood feathers uniquely painted by community artists, and then sold via live auction at the gala. Funds raised will support the artists, future Cultural Saves Lives street level programs, and contribute to a community memorial fund. Learn more at