Wednesday November 2

Wednesday November 2, 11am – 3pm
Raven’s Eye Studio, 456 E. Hastings

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Wednesday November 2, 11am
Lord Strathcona Elementary School, 592 E. Pender
The Festival is thrilled to present Project Soul, a crew of street-style dancers consisting of poppers, break-dancers, lockers and hip-hop dancers who share their passion for funk-styles and hip-hop culture by inspiring and educating youth about the positive aspects of these dance forms. Led by choreographer Kim Sato, Project Soul has successfully toured for the past six years with their high impact, energetic performance.

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

Open House
Wednesday November 2, 11am – 1pm
Woodward’s Atrium, 111 W. Hastings
Join DTES Kitchen Tables for Food Policy 101! Through sharing research, informative graphics, and good ol’ conversation, we hope to dialogue and learn together what food policy means. Learn about the Vancouver Food Strategy and its actions; see how it is impacting your neighbourhood and your plate. Add your voice to what aspects of the Food Strategy matter to you. This is part of an ongoing dialogue involving DTES food and service providers, policy makers and funders, with a focus on the voices of residents and their experiences with the food system. Developed in partnership with the community by DTES Kitchen Tables, a program of Potluck Café Society.

Community Celebration
Wednesday November 2, 1pm – 4pm
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell
In the Downtown Eastside, Latin Americans day-of-the-dead-t-hunter-photo-3celebrate Day of the Dead with pageantry, music, love and humour. We throw a party and invite the dead to join us for a while before returning to “the other side.” Music by Alfredo Flores, Watari Marimba Band, Michael Nardachioni, and Harmony of Nations. Hot chocolate and cookies. Bring flowers, candles and photographs for the ofrenda (altar) to honour our murdered and missing friends. Share in a celebration of their life, and maybe tell a story or two about them. In collaboration with the Vancouver Foundation Neighbourhood Small Grants, WATARI and Vancouver Public Library. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday November 2, 2pm – 2:30pm
Live Broadcast Co-op Radio 100.5FM
Join Wax Poetic hosts RC Weslowski and Pamela Bentley on Vancouver Co-op Radio every Wednesday on Vancouver Co-op Radio live with poets who also share some of their poems. The co-hosts let each poem and poet 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, Karenza T. Wall from the Thursdays Writing Collective.  Tune in!

Wednesday November 2, 2pm – 4pm
Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia
Underwater Chinatown: Digital Stories is a project of artist-facilitated community audio storytelling that focused on unearthing alternative histories of Chinatown. Participants in the project, facilitated by Catrina Longmuir, researched and discovered the cultural currents that connect them to Chinatown’s past and present and produced their own digital audio Chinatown stories. The Festival is pleased to showcase many of the digital stories, along with archival visual images, and welcome the opportunity to talk with project participants.


Stories to be played at the event:
– A Little Chinatown Up North by Joys Chow
– Me, My Great-Grandma and Chinatown by Sophie Fung
– Yip Sang – What Kind of a Man? by Godfrey Tang & Joanna Kobylka
– Mah Society Kung Fu History by Edmund Ma
– Legendary Chinese Hat Lady by Dan Seto
– Chinatown in the 70s by Dan Seto
– Yolanda’s Story by Yolanda Li and Shelby Tay
When I Think of Chinatown by Jessica Whu
Alan’s Story by Alfred Woo
Moments Worth Savouring by Bob Sung and Elizabeth Cheong
Excerpts from “The Lion Men Revisited” by Lance Lim
– Escaping the Bombs by Liz Kao

Wednesday November 2, 6:30pm
St. James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova
The All Souls’ Day Mass features the St James’ Choir singing Giovanni Francesco’s beautiful setting of the Requiem Mass and the Kontakion. Here is a chance to remember departed friends and family – all names forwarded to the church are read aloud in the special prayers at the service: call 604-685-2532 or email: Everyone welcome.

Panel Discussion
Wednesday November 2, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
NEW LOCATION – Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Rm 420 – 580 W. Hastings
Interested in genuine reconciliation and want to make “territorial acknowledgements” matter? Learn about Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh protocol practices and how settlers can integrate reconciliation into their regular work. Deepen your practical understanding of colonialism and be an ally in confronting Coast Salish cultural erasure here in the Unceded Territories. Speakers: Charlene Aleck (Tsleil-Waututh), Khelsilem (Squamish), representative from the Musqueam Nation, and Irwin Oostindie (Dutch Settler). Presented in association with SFU Institute for the Humanities, Coast Salish Cultural Network, SFU Communications Graduate Caucus, and Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group.

Music & Dance
BARRIO FLAMENCO: Flamenco for the People
Wednesday November 2, 7pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main
Celebrate the spirit of the Downtown Eastside with an unforgettable evening of live flamenco music and dance! Flamenco is an art form by and for the people, danced and played with spirit, ferocity, laughter and tears; full of pain yet also joy. ‘Barrio’ refers to the vibrant and tight-knit neighbourhoods in southern Spain where flamenco originated.

Hosted by flamenco dancer, singer and teacher barrio-flamenco-kelty-mckerracher-16-cred-david-cooperKelty McKerracher, Barrio Flamenco features some of the most compelling flamenco dancers, singers and musicians in the city, alongside the Downtown Eastside Flamencos. Featured this evening are guitarist Peter Mole, dancers Liat Harlev, Elvira Yebes, Elen Ghulum, young favourite Sophia Ludwig, and many more!

On the night of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, when the divide between this world and the spirit world blurs, join us for this exciting juerga (flamenco party) to laugh, play, pray, cry, enjoy and stamp your feet!

An annual venue-packed favourite; come early. Olé!