HEART OF THE CITY FESTIVAL SNOOKER TOURNAMENT
Wednesday October 28, 11am
Carnegie Centre Pool Room, 401 Main
Games, fun, prizes! The Carnegie Pool Room hosts a sixteen player single elimination Snooker Tournament. Sign up at 10am with referee Al H. in the pool room. First come, first serve. The day ends when the game is finished. First, second and third place prizes! Pool room open to the public. For further information ask Al or contact Colleen, Carnegie Volunteer program 604-606-2708. Everyone welcome!
FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY
Wednesday October 28, 2pm – 3pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main
Join friends from the neighbourhood, dignitaries, Phoenix Winter (President, Carnegie Community Centre Association) and special guests for this the grand Opening Ceremony of our 12th annual festival! Today we celebrate the artists in our midst; the strength and resilience of the Downtown Eastside community; and the theme of this year’s Festival, Nourished by Community.
William Nahanee (Kwel-a-a-nexw) of the Squamish Nation will open with a Welcome Song; DTES favourite Dalannah Gail Bowen and Owen Owen Owen will nourish our souls with their heart-felt music; Sylvi MacCormac will share her new soundscape on the Festival accompanied by a slide show of festival photographs; poet-extraordinaire Muriel Marjorie Williams will stir things up with trombonist Brad Muirhead; John Endo Greenway, Rosemary Georgeson and Grace Eiko Thomson will present an excerpt from Against the Current, along with a hopeful surprise! And the Hastings Street Band will have us ready to boogie with their toe-tappin’ hot jazz.
Refreshments! Everyone welcome.
FELTED MINIATURE CREATURES & MONSTERS
Wednesday October 28, 3:30pm – 5pm
EWMA Studio, 800 E. Hastings
Learn the basic felting techniques to create your very own one-of-a-kind felted creature or monster. Women are welcome to bring their children to this workshop. All ages. Facilitated by Jessica Numminen.
Music & Spoken Word
A CELEBRATION OF THE CARNEGIE THEATRE
Wednesday October 28, 6pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main
The Carnegie Theatre is one of the most heavily used community spaces in the Downtown Eastside. Recently funds were raised to make the theatre more accessible to community groups, and with the work completed, the Festival invites you to celebrate, mingle and socialize at an evening of music, jazz, spoken word, and musical improvisation. Refreshments!
6pm Something new this year! Musicians with the Carnegie Jazz Band are reconfiguring in multiple smaller Carnegie Jazz Combos, and will play a selection of jazz standards and original material, including new compositions by Brad Muirhead and a new song by Terry Hunter, Festival Artistic Producer.
8:30pm Special guests: Idverb with a kaleidoscopic collage of spoken word and music. Performed by Brad Muirhead, Lisa Miller (piano), Chris Kelly (electronics), with text by spoken-word artist Kedrick James. Guest community poets include Stephen Lytton, Muriel Marjorie Williams and Phoenix Winter who will join Idverb for performances completely new and original.
FOR A MUSE OF FIRE
Wednesday October 28, 8pm
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall Street
Also October 29 & 30
Tickets at the door, sliding scale: 5¢ to $20
Set on the #20 Bus, For a Muse of Fire weaves quirky dialogue, wild humour and personal stories with adaptations from William Shakespeare. Led by Luisa Jojic, this is the second creation by the community theatre group that brought us Much Ado About Something (2014). The Muse of Fire team, made up of folks who live and work in the Downtown Eastside, is dedicated to exploring the themes of community, diversity and homelessness through the art of theatre. For a Muse of Fire is presented by Creativa International, in partnership with Lookout Emergency Aid Society, RainCity Housing and Vancouver Moving Theatre/Heart of the City Festival, with support from the City of Vancouver. There will be a talkback discussion following the performance. For more info go to www.creativainternational.com