Schedule of Events

subject to change

Pre-Festival Events

Workshops
HOME: OUR WAY / GATHERING THE FIRE
Mondays October 16, 23, 30, 6pm – 9pm
Firehall Arts Centre 2nd floor Studio, 280 E. Cordova
Note: studio is not wheelchair accessible
Free, register information below
Home: Our Way / Gathering the Fire is a series of women-only dance and writing collective creation workshops. Artist and choreographer Olivia C. Davies (Metis-Anishnawbe), and writer and facilitator Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish) host this creation workshop series to conceive a new work through storytelling and movement improvisation. As part of the final workshop, Gathering the Fire will be presented in the Firehall lobby before the evening performance of True Voice Theatre Project. Safe Space for women-identified persons. Max. 14 participants. To register, please send a short note describing your interest and mention any previous collective creation experience. Contact: info@oliviacdavies.ca 


Talk
PHILOSOPHERS’ CAFE: WHAT DOES A STRUGGLING ARTIST NEED TO NOURISH IN ORDER TO FLOURISH?
Wednesday October 18, 6pm – 7:30pm
Carnegie Learning Centre 3rd Floor, 401 Main Free
How can an artist reach self-actualization? How can recognition, success and comfort affect an artist? What impediments does a struggling artist face? Moderator Randall MacKinnon has extensive volunteer and professional experience, and his particular areas of interest include innovation, dialogue, appreciative inquiry, problem-solving, creative living and learning, and governance. Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in libraries, cafés and restaurants, open to everyone, that have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. Co-sponsored by SFU Philosopher’s Cafe and the Vancouver Public Library.


Opening Reception
THE FEMININE TOUCH Group Exhibit
Wednesday October 18, 6:30pm
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall
October 18 to November 11 Free
The Feminine Touch is a group exhibition that celebrates and showcases women and art.

From glass works to paintings to collages, we celebrate the expansive disciplines that women use to express themselves. Presented by the DTES Centre for the Arts. Gallery hours Wed to Sat, 1pm to 5pm.


Reception & Meet the Artist
ICE PAINTING Rosemary Hayes
Friday October 20, 5pm – 7pm
Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main
October 5 to  October 31 Free
The Festival is pleased to present an exhibition of work from Rosemary Hayes, a local artist, printmaker, painter and instructor at EWMA Studios. Her original technique of painting outdoors in minus 6 degrees celsius weather, results in a unique, one-of-a-kind artform that harnesses the essence of winter. She “loves the wind chill factor” because the wind moves the paint around on the paper. Rosemary has selected to show a series of paintings and pastels with the subject matter of people, animals and nature.


Exhibition & Reception BENJAMIN POULTON PHOTOGRAPHY
Friday October 20, 7pm – 9pm
Remington Gallery, 108 E. Hastings
October 20 to November 11 Free
Benjamin Poulton’s photographs investigate the dynamic relationship of architectural forms, textures and geometries with liminal and almost decontextualized human moments in time. His photographs seek to reveal the elusive and emotionally charged juncture between form and feeling, subject and space, what has happened and what is yet to occur. Gallery hours Saturdays 12pm – 4pm or by appointment. 


Workshops
DAY OF THE DEAD CREATIVE SESSION
Saturday October 21, 10am – 4pm 
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell
Also October 28 Free
Oppenheimer Park hosts Saturday workshops to learn about some of the stories, traditions and crafts for the season from different cultures, including Celtic Samhain, All Souls’ Day, and El Dia de los Muertos. Jesus Cristobal will lead traditional Latin American paper decoration-making. Children 10am – 2pm; Adults 2pm – 4pm.


Workshop
LESSONS I LEARNED FROM MY MOTHER: AN INTRODUCTION TO PERSONAL STORYTELLING
Saturday October 21, 1pm – 4pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
Join Strathcona-based storyteller Jim Sands in an exploration of personal stories about and around our mothers. What did your mother do before she had children? What was her secret passion? What lessons can we learn from the stories of mothers? What was your mother’s greatest gift to you, and what was the greatest obstacle she left you with? Participants will work to develop an outline for a five minute story that can be presented in public. If you can, bring photos, objects and other items or just bring your lovely self. Jim Sands is an East Vancouver based storyteller, actor, songwriter, musician and occasional clown who has performed both as a solo artist and with a variety of musical groups. 


Radio 
SNE’WAYLH ON CO-OP RADIO
Tuesday October 24, 1pm – 3pm
Live Broadcast Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM
In many Coast Salish dialects, "sne'waylh" is the word for teachings or laws. The aboriginal language-learning program on Co-op Radio begins with the teachings of the skwxwu7mesh snichim (Squamish language). Today’s program offers a panel discussion  on an element of the Heart of the City Festival theme: Men Honouring and Protecting Women. With guests Shane Point, a proud member of the Musqueam Nation; Murray Porter, award-winning musician who sings the blues from Six Nations; and Stephen Lytton, a poet from Lytton BC, who asks “how to honour women?”



Community Engagement
WEAVING RECONCILIATION RESIDENCY
October 23 to 26
The public is invited to follow Vancouver Moving Theatre and Playwrights Theatre Centre in the next phase of the development of Weaving Reconciliation, a theatrical production and cultural encounter at three events:

Cultural Sharing
SLAHAL STORY AND DEMONSTRATION
Monday October 23, 6pm – 8pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
Bone game, stick game, slahal game – gambling games of chance that Indigenous people have played for millennia will be explained by keen players who will then lead a demonstration of the ancient games. For those who enjoy an atmosphere of friendly competition enhanced by music and cultural interpretations from the Coast Salish and Okanagan peoples, the slahal/stick game will be an exciting addition to your cultural repertoire. For those who already know how to play, you may want to join one of the demonstration teams along with John Dickie Lewis (Musqueam), Tracey Kim Bonneau (Sylix), Woodrow Morrison (Haida) and host Renae Morriseau (Saulteaux Cree).


Public Conversation
TRICKSTER TALK
Tuesday October 24, 7pm
Fazakas Gallery, 688 E. Hastings Free
Renae Morriseau, co-writer and director of Weaving Reconciliation, is joined by Tracey Kim Bonneau (Syilx), John Dickie Lewis (Musqueam), Ray Thunderchild (Cree) and Woodrow Morrison (Haida). They will share their cultural teachings of ‘Trickster’ stories that inform their relationship to land, water, animals and food; and explore how ‘Trickster’ helps humans in their humanity.


Playreading
WEAVING RECONCILIATION
Thursday October 26, 7pm – 9:15pm
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Simon Baker Room, 1607 E. Hastings
A reading of a play-in-progress directed by Renae Morriseau with actors, elders and community activists including Vern Bevis, Sam Bob, Jenifer Brousseau, Stephen Lytton, Woodrow Morrison, Dakota Prince, Gunargie O’Sullivan, Marge White, Muriel Williams, and stage manager Dorothy Jenkins. 
Written by Renae Morriseau, Rosemary Georgeson and Savannah Walling with contributions from the cast, knowledge-keepers and partnering communities; dramaturg is Kathleen Flaherty (PTC).

Wednesday October 25

Music
WOMEN IN THE ROUND
Wednesday October 25, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
In recognition of the 2017 Festival theme, Honouring Women of the Downtown Eastside, the Festival is thrilled to kick off the first evening of the festival with this special evening of extraordinary women’s voices. The Downtown Eastside’s own award-winning Dalannah Gail Bowen has been music-making for over fifty years and she has been an integral part of the DTES Heart of the City Festival since day one. The Festival is honoured to present Dalannah and her truly unique and powerful voice in this featured evening of traditional and contemporary songs. Joining Dalannah are three highly accomplished singers Renae Morriseau, Helen Duguay and Sara Cadeau, accompanied by Grammy-nominated pianist Michael Creber. Not to be missed!

Special Event
FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY
Wednesday October 25, 2pm – 3:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main  Free
Join friends from the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood and special guests for this year’s Festival Opening Ceremony with focus on the 2017 Festival theme Honouring Women of the Downtown Eastside. Features Les Nelson, Carnegie’s Elder in Residence; Kat Norris, Festival Elder in Residence; Blues Hall of Fame singer Dalannah Gail Bowen, singing her hit song Mama’s Got the Blues accompanied by piano virtuoso Michael Creber; Women in the Round, four extraordinary female singers, Dalannah Gail Bowen, Renae Morriseau, Helen Duguay and Sara Cadeau with pianist Michael Creber, and local poet Stephen Lytton reading from his new poem The Heartbeat Continues Through the Hearts of our Women. Refreshments! Everyone welcome

Talk
PROCESS OF ASSEMBLY: THE FIRST YEAR OF VISIONING A SOCIAL PRACTICE ARTIST RUN CENTRE
Wednesday October 25, 7pm – 9pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
SFU Woodwards, 149 W. Hastings Free
Meichen Waxer, co-founder of Arts Assembly, will speak about the formation of this non-profit arts organization and their upcoming projects; its work with different groups from community, from artists to government; and what the Arts Assembly’s strategies are for long-term community-engagement. Artists Helen Reed, Hannah Jickling and Holly Schmidt, who have been involved with Arts Assembly's first year of programming will share what it means to engage and integrate their practice with diverse groups of people. Presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Arts Assembly.


Film
ANGRY INUK (2016)
Wednesday October 25, 7pm – 9pm 
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
SFU Woodwards, 149 W. Hastings Free
Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy. Presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, with SFU's Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the National Film Board of Canada.


Music
LIGHT OUT WEDNESDAY: HYMNS FROM THE MOON
Wednesday October 25, doors 9pm, show 10pm
China Cloud Studios, 524 Main, 2nd floor
Suggested donation $5-10
Invisible Taste & Star System Curation Society present Hymns From The Moon, performing new compositions by local composer/producer/musician Colin Cowan. The root of the music composed for this project is inspired by archived Canadian educational documentaries found from the 30s and 40s about the then-modern industrial processes; the dark undertones of the visually honest videos are haunting. Featuring Colin Cowan (bass), Tom Wherrett (guitar), Josh Zubot (violin), Meredith Bates (violin) and Sam Davidson (EWI/bass clarinet). 

Thursday October 26

Interactive Installation 
SUMMONING (NO WORDS)
Thursday October 26, 7:30pm – 9pm
KW Production Studio, 111 W. Hastings
Also October 27, 28 By donation
As audience members travel through the gallery, their movement stimulates women’s voices expressing their strength, honouring lives lost to violence and praying for transformation and change. Summoning is a response to the lack of safety for Aboriginal women on the road, unsolved murders of Aboriginal and other women on the Highway of Tears in BC, and incidents of violence against women across continents. The interactive sound installation combines  crowd-sourced community collaboration across race, nation and culture with recorded compositions created and sung by Allison Girvan, Bessie Wapp, Tanya Tagaq, Vandana Vishwas, Sandy Scofield, Andrea Menard, and Mutya Macatumpag. Conceived and designed by Nicola Harwood, with composer Don MacDonald and composer/programmer Simon Lysander Overstall. Recently developed in residency at the Oxygen Centre (Nelson, BC), the artists are honoured to bring this installation to the Downtown Eastside.

Workshop
BLOCK PRINTMAKING WITH WEPRESS
Thursday October 26, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Aboriginal Front Door, 384 Main Free
Join us for a free block printmaking workshop where you can draw, carve and/or print your own rubber blocks on paper or fabric. Make cards, artwork, patches, and more! Print onto your own clothing or use fabric and/or paper supplied. Learn how to sew the patches onto clothing or bags by hand! In partnership with WePress, Aboriginal Front Door and Powell Street Festival Society, supported by the Vancouver Foundation. Snacks and materials provided. Open to all.


Art in the Streets
STREET VENDORS IN THE ATRIUM
Thursday October 26, 11am – 6pm
Woodward’s Atrium, 111 W. Hastings
Also on October 27
Check it out in the Atrium; it’s a pop-up market! Artists creating jewelry, paintings, poetry, and more. The Street Vendors Collective, an initiative of the Carnegie Community Centre, aims to introduce a safe mobile vending strategy to the Downtown Eastside, develop an independent and sustainable peer managed group, and create vending opportunities for residents. The Street Vendors Collective, made up of artists seeking legitimate outlets to sell their work, uses mobile vending carts and stationary tables that are licensed for legal vending.


Music
HASTINGS STREET BAND
Thursday October 26, 1pm & 2pm
Starts at Abbott & E. Hastings Free
It’s music in the streets! Join the Hastings Street Band and their upbeat New Orleans style jazz and blues. Led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Brad Muirhead, the band is composed of enthusiastic Downtown Eastside involved amateur and semi-pro musicians playing with professional musicians from across Vancouver.


Radio Broadcast
WORLD POETRY CAFE
Thursday October 26, 1pm – 2pm
Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM
Ariadne Sawyer, host of World Poetry Café, is pleased to celebrate the Heart of the City Festival with poetry, interviews, creative tips and music. Today, Ariadne welcomes Jesus Cristobal, a Mayan from Guatemala and an active member of the Downtown Eastside community. Jesus Cristobal, a regular at Oppenheimer Park and Watari, has participated in the Day of the Dead events over the years, including leading community paper decoration workshops and playing marimba duets.


Talk
REDRESSING SETTLER CULTURAL POLICY IN THE ERA OF RECONCILIATION
Thursday October 26, 2pm – 4pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
SFU Woodwards, 149 W. Hastings
By donation, registration recommended: hotc2017.eventbrite.ca
This is a public talk, led by Irwin Oostindie (SFU Communications Graduate Researcher), who suggests that "this place shall be merely the forever colonial wild west" unless cultural policy shifts. Genuine reconciliation and redress requires policy changes, and includes cultural workers and policy-makers alike. Blending theory with practical "how to guide" approaches, the dialogue will include audience participation. Irwin Oostindie is a Dutch settler, media artist, broadcaster, curator, and parent, living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Presented with BC Alliance for Arts & Culture, Coast Salish Cultural Network, SFU Institute for the Humanities, and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Facebook: bit.ly/2017HOTC.


Community Theatre
MOTHER EARTH SMILED
Thursday October 26, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
DTES Neighborhood House, 573 E. Hastings Free
Mother Earth Smiled is a narrated and interactive play where Mother Earth asks for help from various groups (the rich and powerful, political leaders, the doctors and nurses). For one reason or another they turn her down, leaving her feeling very sad. Then she hears the voices of children, elders, youth and people from every land calling “We will help you, Mother Earth." With narration and participation from the children in the audience, the play engages us all; songs, parade, ribbons and drumming bridge the line between stage and audience. Mother Earth Smiled is an art theatre project for children, led by community-engaged artist Karen Thorpe.


Talk
WHICH CAME FIRST, FASCISM OR MISOGYNY? 
Thursday October 26, 7pm – 9pm
UNIT/PITT Gallery, 236 E. Pender Free
UNIT/PITT Projects presents an evening in a series of talks called the Spectre of Fascism Free School II, organized by Samir Gandesha and Stephan Collis and sponsored by the SFU Institute for the Humanities. This evening’s talk, given by Laura Marks, is titled Which Came First, Fascism or Misogyny? Klaus Theweleit's Male Fantasies. Laura Marks is a writer, a professor of Art and Culture Studies at SFU and leads study in film, video and experimental media.


Community Celebration
ORANGE & BLACK PARTY
Thursday October 26, 6:30pm – 8pm 
Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre, 920 E. Hastings Free
Join the gang at Ray-Cam for games and other entertainment. Family fun with good tricks and treats. Swallow Zhou will twist wondrous balloon art creations, and be sure to visit Randy Tait, facepainter extraordinaire! Especially for children and families.


Playreading
WEAVING RECONCILIATION 
Thursday October 26, 7pm – 9:15pm
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre
Chief Simon Baker Room, 1607 E. Hastings Free
A reading of a play-in-progress directed by Renae Morriseau with actors, elders and community activists including Vern Bevis, Sam Bob, Jenifer Brousseau, Stephen Lytton, Woodrow Morrison, Dakota Prince, Gunargie O’Sullivan, Marge White, Muriel Williams, and stage manager Dorothy Jenkins. Written by Renae Morriseau, Rosemary Georgeson and Savannah Walling with contributions from the cast, knowledge-keepers and partnering communities; dramaturg is Kathleen Flaherty (PTC).

The story of Old One is from lived experience, both specific to the west coast and as universal as Turtle Island. As he nears the end of his life, Old One has to choose between facing his regrets or gambling them away in one big Slahal game. This unique form of theatrical event includes ceremony and protocols from the host nation of each performance, which the reading will indicate. Opportunity for audience feedback will be provided to help the theatre makers in the next phase of the play’s development and to prepare for the spring 2018 national tour.

A co-presentation between Vancouver Moving Theatre/Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival and Playwrights Theatre Centre.


Exhibit
AND HERE WE ARE
Thursday October 26, 7pm – 10pm
Phoenix Gallery, 45 W. Hastings (alley entrance) Free
Les Kinney, a local artist of the Phoenix Artist Collective, invites you to attend his first public solo exhibition, And Here We Are. The exhibit features Les’s current and retrospective work of beautiful acrylic paintings celebrating women and nature. Check out samples of his work on Instagram at les.kinney. 


Comedy
SIDEKICKS DUO SKETCH COMEDY
Thursday October 26, doors 8:30pm, show 9pm
China Cloud Studios, 524 Main, 2nd floor $10 
The Hero Show presents Sidekicks, a night of duo sketch comedy which pairs up amazing Vancouver comedians, improvisers and performers to write and perform sketch comedy together; sometimes for the first time. Hosted by Nima Gholamipour and Ember Konopaki.


Radio
ARTS RATIONAL
Thursday October 26, 9pm – 12am
Live Broadcast Co-op Radio 100.5FM
Interviews and commentary on the local arts scene: from theatre to art house and commercial cinema; from serious music to dance and movement; what's on in galleries and at local festivals. For this evening’s program, hosts Gerry Kowalenko and Jay Hamburger interview directors Ulla Laidlaw and Ariel Martz-Oberlander, along with other participants in the True Voice Theatre Project, a Heart of the City Festival presentation at the Firehall Arts Centre. See October 30 for description of True Voice Theatre Project.

Friday October 27

Music
SAWAGI TAIKO & TZO'KAM
Friday October 27, 7pm – 8pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
SFU Woodwards, 149 W. Hastings 
Free, register Eventbrite
The Festival is pleased to welcome this unique collaboration of singing and drumming between the all-women Japanese drum group Sawagi Taiko and the Salish singing group Tzo’kam. Led by composer, producer and traditional singer Russell Wallace, Tzo’kam is a Lil-wat family group who offer traditional and contemporary songs including drumming and dancing. The combination of these songs integrated with the exploratory nature of Sawagi Taiko’s approach to the taiko makes for a fascinating evening of world culture and indigenous rhythms. Presented in partnership with SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

Dance & Storytelling
CROW’S NEST AND OTHER PLACES SHE’S GONE
Friday October 27, 7:45pm – 9pm (pre-event Summoning 7pm)  
KW Production Studio, 111 W. Hastings
Also October 28 Suggested donation $10
Crow’s Nest tells the story of Blue and Rose, friends who have always been there for each other. Now it’s time for Blue to move to the other side, and her lifetime friend, Rose, is here to share the unfolding of Blue’s life at the edge of society. Weaving contemporary choreography and storytelling through an Indigenous lens, Crow’s Nest features storyteller Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish/Dene) and dance artists Olivia C. Davies (Welsh/Metis-Anishnawbe) and Emily Long.

Friday October 27

Community
ST. JAMES’ WOMEN’S GUILD BARGAIN SALE
Friday October 27, 11am – 12:30pm
St. James’ Parish Hall, 230 Gore
An hour and a half in bargain sale heaven! Eagerly anticipated, the St. James’ Women’s Guild Bargain Sale is a gold mine; here’s your chance to pick up household items, utensils, books, jewelry, small appliances, gifts, clothes, Christmas presents, a last minute Hallowe’en costume, and oodles of goodies and other treasures for cheap, cheap prices. It’s fast and furious so come early!


Art in the Streets
STREET VENDORS IN THE ATRIUM
Friday October 27, 11am – 6pm
Woodward’s Atrium, 111 W. Hastings
Also on October 26
Check it out in the Atrium; it’s a pop-up market! Artists creating jewelry, paintings, poetry, and more. The Street Vendors Collective, an initiative of the Carnegie Community Centre, aims to introduce a safe mobile vending strategy to the Downtown Eastside, develop an independent and sustainable peer managed group, and create vending opportunities for residents. The Street Vendors Collective, made up of artists seeking legitimate outlets to sell their work, uses mobile vending carts and stationary tables that are licensed for legal vending.


Interactive Installation
SUMMONING (NO WORDS)
Friday October 27, drop-in 12pm – 5pm, 7pm – 7:30pm
KW Production Studio, 111 W. Hastings
Also October 26, 28 By donation
As audience members travel through the gallery, their movement stimulates women’s voices expressing their strength, honouring lives lost to violence and praying for transformation and change. Summoning is a response to the lack of safety for Aboriginal women on the road, unsolved murders of Aboriginal and other women on the Highway of Tears in BC, and incidents of violence against women across continents. The interactive sound installation combines  crowd-sourced community collaboration across race, nation and culture with recorded compositions created and sung by Allison Girvan, Bessie Wapp, Tanya Tagaq, Vandana Vishwas, Sandy Scofield, Andrea Menard, and Mutya Macatumpag. Conceived and designed by Nicola Harwood, with composer Don MacDonald and composer/programmer Simon Lysander Overstall. Recently developed in residency at the Oxygen Centre (Nelson, BC), the artists are honoured to bring this installation to the Downtown Eastside.


Music
CARNEGIE CLASSICS: BRAHMS AND BRUCH
Friday October 27, 1pm – 2:15pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
Under the direction of clarinetist Johanna Hauser, some of Vancouver’s finest professional musicians have presented more than fifty concerts at the Carnegie over the years. For this year’s Heart of the City Festival, Johanna will be joined by violist Tawnya Poppoff and pianist Monica Pfau. They will perform music by Johannes Brahms and Max Bruch, and a piece specially composed to honour women of the Downtown Eastside. Come and be transported by the glorious sounds of live chamber music and chat with the musicians afterwards. 


Music
FOLK CIRCLE
Friday October 27, 1pm – 3pm
Carnegie 3rd floor Gallery, 401 Main Free
The Folk Circle is a loose collection of song lovers, pickin', laughin' and scratchin' as we have fun with tunes we love. Open to anyone, with or without an instrument, who loves to sing along or simply listen. The afternoon is a soft landing for folks who would like to join in. Try it out! Then join in every second Friday for the regular sessions starting on November 10. Led by musician and bluegrass favourite John Ludgate. Everyone welcome!


Community Celebration
CELEBRATING THE LADIES OF THE TEA PARTY
Friday October 27, 2pm – 4pm
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell Free
The Oppenheimer Park Ladies' Tea Party has been bringing women together in the Downtown Eastside community for over a decade. Since the early days of gathering in the sports equipment storage room in the old field house, women have met every Friday afternoon to make art, plant seeds, play drums, sing together, grow medicinal teas and drink tea. For this celebration, the Ladies’ of the Tea Party will share original song and poems in honour of their tenth anniversary. The Teacup and Fairy Garden created for the Oppenheimer Park Art Show will be on display. Songs, dancing, art, tarot readings and high tea; for self-identifying women only.


Community Celebration
HALLOWE’EN CARNIVAL
Friday October 27
3:15pm – 5pm
Strathcona Community Centre Gym, 601 Keefer, Free
Come out to the annual Hallowe’en Carnival and have a Spooktacular good time! Organized by the Strathcona Youth Council and Leadership Groups, the Carnival will have fun games and challenges for you! Participate, play, have a chance to win a big prize. Everybody leaves with a candy bag! 


Dance
CARNEGIE DANCE TROUPE Studio Showing
Friday October 27, 4pm – 5pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
Come and see the Carnegie Dance Troupe in action! This informal work-in-process, where the dancers will share the beginnings of their next collaborative creation, illuminates how people of all ages, different cultures and abilities create a work of art together. The Carnegie Dance Troupe workshops and performances are produced by Karen Jamieson Dance and made possible in partnership with Carnegie Community Centre, SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, SFU Woodwards Cultural Unit. 


Exhibition & Reception
ST. JAMES’ COMMUNITY ART SHOW
Friday October 27, 6pm – 8:30pm
St. James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova
Also October 28 Free
Join St. James’ for the Art Show opening and view works by an array of artists practicing in Vancouver and BC. Honouring Women of the Downtown Eastside, this year’s art show explores the Festival theme and showcases diverse interpretations set in the heart of the Downtown Eastside. Visitors will enjoy viewing thought-provoking art works displayed in the main worship space of the church, which combines forms of Christian tradition in a modernized Gothic idiom. Escape the business of the streets for a few minutes or a few hours and meditate on the art within. The art will also be on view Saturday October 28, 10am to 2pm. All are welcome.


Showcase
SHANNON’S FASHION SHOW
Friday October 27, 7pm – 9pm
EWMA Studio, 800 E. Hastings By donation
You may have seen Shannon’s designs around the neighbourhood. Her highly stylized cat and flower designs have been featured in the Oppenheimer Park Art show and on t-shirts for DTES community events. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one of Shannon’s highly sought after designs, this is an event you won’t want to miss! With a DTES Small Arts grant, and a little help from her friends at the Downtown Community Health Centre and Gallery Gachet, Shannon has produced a new line of T-shirts, tote bags, hats and patches! Shannon invites you to join her at this special fashion show celebrating her new line of designs. There will be food and a DJ! And merchandise for sale: all funds raised go to Shannon to invest in her designs and merchandise.


Community Celebration
CARNEGIE HALLOWE’EN DANCE & COSTUME PARTY 
Friday October 27, 7pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
It’s almost Hallowe’en and the spooky Carnegie Centre invites you to put on your most frightful face and your most inventive costume, and dance with the goblins and ghouls in this seasonal dance! Featuring The Honky Tonk Dilettantes, who play classic country music, swing and bluegrass, and sing their little hearts out, bless 'em. Brush up your scary dance moves and join the souls at Carnegie for a bone-rattling dance. Wear a costume to win a prize!


Saturday October 28

 

Walking Tour

LET’S WALK TOGETHER IN HOGAN’S ALLEY 
with Randy Clark
Saturday October 28, 10:30am (approx. 60 minutes)
Meet at NW corner of Union & Main
$10; pay what you can for local residents
Join a walking tour of the historical Hogan’s Alley, led by Randy Clark who grew up in the neighbourhood. Prior to the 1970s, Hogan’s Alley was an ethnically diverse community, home to a number of black families and businesses. Hogan’s Alley was mostly destroyed to make room for the Georgia Viaduct, the first phase of the planned freeway through to Burrard Inlet that was stopped by active members of the community. Randy Clark and the Hogan’s Alley Working Group will provide a brief history of the cultural impact of some of the people and places of the area. Presented with the support of the Carnegie Community Action Project. 

Walking Tour

WISDOM OF PLANTS with Lori Snyder
Saturday October 28, 11am – 12:30pm
Meet at Hastings Folk Garden, 117 E. Hastings
$10; pay what you can for local residents
Lori Snyder is an indigenous herbalist and educator with a deep knowledge of medicinal and edible plants that grow in common, everyday spaces. Like the Hastings Folk Garden right in the heart of the Downtown Eastside. Lori offers an opportunity to reconnect and tap into the wisdom of ancestral relations who were nourished by this land and cared deeply for its fate. Lori is a descendant from the T’suu tina (Sarcee), Nakota (Assiboine), Cree, Nipissing and Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) people. Since 2013 she has been bringing forth her knowledge of wild, native, edible and medicinal plants to help people reconnect to the wisdom of the Earth. 

Music
HASTINGS STREET BAND
Saturday October 28, 1pm & 2pm
Starts at Abbott & E. Hasting Free
The Hastings Street Band and their upbeat New Orleans style jazz and blues return to the streets of the Downtown Eastside. Led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Brad Muirhead, the band is composed of enthusiastic Downtown Eastside involved amateur and semi-pro musicians playing with professional musicians from across Vancouver.

Workshop
BLOCK PRINTMAKING WITH WEPRESS
Saturday October 28, 11am – 1pm
DTES Market, 501 Powell Free
Join us for a free block printmaking workshop on the Art Cart from Gallery Gachet. Draw, carve, and print your own rubber blocks on paper or fabric. Make cards, artwork, patches, and more! Print onto your own clothing or use our fabric and/or paper. Learn how to sew the patches onto clothing or bags by hand! In partnership with WePress, DTES Market Society, Gallery Gachet and Powell Street Festival Society. Snacks and materials provided. Open to all.

Special Event
IN VISIBLE COLOURS
Saturday October 28, also Sunday October 29
The DTES Centre for the Arts (DECA) presents inaugural events of In Visible Colours, a festival that celebrates the diversity of women in Vancouver and the art that they create. DECA is honoured to be part of the 14th Annual DTES Heart of the City Festival and these inaugural events are a preview of In Visible Colours festival to be launched 2018.

Readings
WOMEN SUSTAIN LIFE
Saturday October 28, 2pm and 7:30pm
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall
Free
In Visible Colours presents Water is Life. Women Sustain Life. All women have a nurturing spirit, sustain and contribute to life itself, to community work, care work and land-stewardship work. In Visible Colours celebrates the creativity and creations of self-identifying women. 

2pm – 4pm Women community writers share self-written words or the words of other women who have inspired them, with writers Renee Saklikar and Ghia Aweida.

7:30pm – 9:30pm Women leaders within the community share self-written words or words of other women who have inspired them. With Constance Barnes, Dalannah Gail Bowen, Sharon Brass, Judy Graves, Morgane Oger.

Exhibition
ST. JAMES’ COMMUNITY ART SHOW
Saturday October 28, 10am – 2pm
St. James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova
Also October 27 Free
Join St. James’ for the Art Show opening and view works by an array of artists practicing in Vancouver and BC. Honouring Women of the Downtown Eastside, this year’s art show explores the Festival theme and showcases diverse interpretations set in the heart of the Downtown Eastside. Visitors will enjoy viewing thought-provoking art works displayed in the main worship space of the church, which combines forms of Christian tradition in a modernized Gothic idiom. Escape the business of the streets for a few minutes or a few hours and meditate on the art within. The art will also be on view Saturday October 28, 10am to 2pm. All are welcome.


Workshops
DAY OF THE DEAD CREATIVE SESSION
Saturday October 28, 10am – 4pm 
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell
Also October 21 Free
Come on down to Oppenheimer Park’s Saturday workshops to learn seasonal stories, traditions and crafts from different cultures, including Celtic Samhain, All Souls’ Day and El Dia de los Muerto; and join with Jesus Cristobal and learn traditional Latin American paper decoration-making! Children 10am – 2pm; Adults 2pm – 4pm. Everyone Welcome.


Workshop
BLOCK PRINTMAKING WITH WEPRESS
Saturday October 28, 11am – 1pm
DTES Market, 501 Powell Free
Join us for a free block printmaking workshop on the Art Cart from Gallery Gachet. Draw, carve, and print your own rubber blocks on paper or fabric. Make cards, artwork, patches, and more! Print onto your own clothing or use our fabric and/or paper. Learn how to sew the patches onto clothing or bags by hand! In partnership with WePress, DTES Market Society, Gallery Gachet and Powell Street Festival Society. Snacks and materials provided. Open to all.


Games
"HOT+NOISY" CHINATOWN MAHJONG SOCIAL
Sat Oct 28, 3pm-6pm
Chinatown Plaza Mall, 180 Keefer Free
Play-Teach-Learn Mahjong and other Chinese games! “Hot+Noisy” is in response to rapid changes in Chinatown’s urban landscape over recent years, and efforts to bring back its lively, festive community atmosphere. Actively learn and practice the area’s culture as a form of resistance, and to (re)build community through the creation of lived cultural experiences. The Fall series happens on the last Saturday of the month, through to and including January 2018. BYOPP means Bring Your Own Poh-Poh (grandma)! Community free play, no gambling. Presented by the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown. For more info: ycc-yvr.com


Workshop
UKRAINIAN BEADING WORKSHOP with Tetiana Zaruba
Saturday October 28, 4pm – 6pm
EWMA Studio, 800 E. Hastings Free 
Just around the corner from the EWMA Studio is the Ukrainian Hall, home to an active cultural community of artisans, performers and history buffs. EWMA and the Festival are pleased to offer a workshop with one of these artisans, Tetiana Zaruba, who will lead a session on beadwork, based on intricate designs of Ukrainian folk art. You can complete a bead project at the workshop! Printed schemas (plans) and bead kits provided. Workshop for women only.


Community Celebration
8th ANNUAL FAMILY HALLOWE’EN DANCE 
Saturday October 28‭ ‬6pm – 9pm
Strathcona Community Centre Gym, 601 Keefer
By food or cash donation
It’s almost Hallowe’en and everyone’s ready to party! Dance the monster mash and have your face painted at this spooktacular all ages event. Admission by cash or food donations to support the Strathcona Food Security Programs for families. Everyone welcome!


Films
MY RELATIONS: SHORT FILMS
Saturday October 28, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
The Festival presents five short films that tell stories of family and personal relationships with women, directed by Vancouver filmmakers.

12:30pm Add-Diction (2005, 11")
This experimental documentary begins with an oppressive list of brutality against Canada’s First Nations women, then sharpens its focus with a heart-wrenching message left for a mother by her daughter battling addiction on the streets of Vancouver’s East Side. Directed by Dolores Dallas.

12:50pm This is Mikanak (2012, 5")
Brenda Prince’s first film is about her mother Harriet Prince. Harriet is not only a survivor but a striver. Harriet and Brenda both appeared in In the Heart of a City: The Downtown Eastside Community Play (Vancouver Moving Theatre/Carnegie Community Centre, 2003).  

12:55pm Women’s Waters (2013, 5”) 
A second short film directed by Brenda Prince, Women’s Waters is about Lisa Yellow-Quill (Blue Thunderbird Woman/ Strong Medicine Woman Standing) and the water ceremony from Trout Lake to Crab Park.

1:05pm Me, Mom & Mona (1993, 30")
In this entertaining documentary, the women of the Shum family- discuss the impact of conflicting values on their lives. The women construct a mythology about themselves within the family that satisfies expectations imposed by cultural traditions; and by Mr. Shum. Directed by Mina Shum, an independent writer/director, born in Hong Kong, raised in Canada. Presented with the support of Moving Images Distribution.

1:45pm Sister Daughter (2016, 26") 
This short film, filmed on Tsleil-Waututh and Capilano 5 reserve land and in the heart of the DTES, is a dramatic portrayal of a family grieving the loss of their matriarch. The hope of the filmmakers is that Sister Daughter encourages discussion about how to build compassion and community strength for families of all ethnicities touched by violence to women. Produced by 3 Chiefs Film's Ali Ross, Nathaniel Arcand and Curtis Ahenakew; screenplay by Mark Redsky; directed by Nathaniel Arcand.


Interactive Installation
SUMMONING (NO WORDS)
Saturday October 28, drop-in 12pm – 5pm, 
7pm – 7:30pm
KW Production Studio, 111 W. Hastings
Also October 26, 27 By donation
As audience members travel through the gallery, their movement stimulates women’s voices expressing their strength, honouring lives lost to violence and praying for transformation and change. Summoning is a response to the lack of safety for Aboriginal women on the road, unsolved murders of Aboriginal and other women on the Highway of Tears in BC, and incidents of violence against women across continents. The interactive sound installation combines  crowd-sourced community collaboration across race, nation and culture with recorded compositions created and sung by Allison Girvan, Bessie Wapp, Tanya Tagaq, Vandana Vishwas, Sandy Scofield, Andrea Menard, and Mutya Macatumpag. Conceived and designed by Nicola Harwood, with composer Don MacDonald and composer/programmer Simon Lysander Overstall. Recently developed in residency at the Oxygen Centre (Nelson, BC), the artists are honoured to bring this installation to the Downtown Eastside.


Dance & Storytelling
CROW’S NEST AND OTHER PLACES SHE’S GONE
Saturday October 28, 7:45pm – 9pm 
(pre-event Summoning 7pm)  
KW Production Studio, 111 W. Hastings
Also October 27
Suggested donation $10
Crow’s Nest tells the story of Blue and Rose, friends who have always been there for each other. Now it’s time for Blue to move to the other side, and her lifetime friend, Rose, is here to share the unfolding of Blue’s life at the edge of society. Weaving contemporary choreography and storytelling through an Indigenous lens, Crow’s Nest features storyteller Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish/Dene) and dance artists Olivia C. Davies (Welsh/Metis-Anishnawbe) and Emily Long. 


Film & Conversation
HONOURING WOMEN: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Saturday October 28, 3pm – 5pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
The DTES Women’s Centre leads an afternoon conversation on the Festival theme Honouring Women of the Downtown Eastside. Share what honouring women might look like; how it’s important and how do we celebrate this. Speakers will include women who work in the area; women who live in the community; and men who have had an impact on women’s guidance, love, family, community. We include the whole community with this celebration of honouring women, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, nieces, grand daughters, aunties, and sacred givers of life. 

Short film vignettes made recently with the Women’s Centre and the Older Women’s Dialogue Project (Elders Law Centre) will be shown, along with the powerful short film Survival, Strength, Sisterhood, made in 2011 by Alejandro Zuluaga and Harsha Walia based on a concept by the DTES Power of Women Group. Part of the 20th anniversary for the annual women’s memorial march, the film honours the years of dedication and hard work put into the march, and celebrates the complex and diverse realities of women organizing for justice. 


Film & Conversation
PIPELINES AND THE POETICS OF PLACE
Saturday October 28, 7pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
Join us to watch and discuss a documentary film about the April 2017 Pipelines and the Poetics of Place workshop, directed by Jenifer Ray Pierce. Discussion moderated by Dr. Madeleine MacIvor. Consider what matters to you. What would help an environmental review consider and be guided by  values that can’t be measured as seriously as by those that can be measured? How can Aboriginal and religious ceremony and theatre help make environmental reviews safer and more welcoming and inclusive? Can film, art, dance, song and other media convey environmental implications to all ages, cultural and educational levels? How can we make this happen? Musqueam Nation welcome by Elder Larry Grant, singing led by Patti Powell, breakout conversations, and concluding remarks by Chief Robert Joseph. Presented with the Pipelines and the Poetics of Place project of UBC.

Sunday October 29

Walking Tour

WOMEN AT WORK IN THE HOME AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: Chinatown/Strathcona 1917-1960, with Marcia Toms
Sunday October 29, 11am (approx. 2 hours)
Meet at Ovaltine Cafe, 251 E. Hastings
$10; pay what you can for local residents
The Festival is pleased to present this fascinating walking tour by Marcia Toms that sheds light on the vital work of women in the home and in the Chinatown and Strathcona neighbourhoods. Marcia draws on stories of women from many different cultures and marginalized backgrounds,  most of whom worked outside of the realm of organized labour. Born and raised in Vancouver, Marcia is a retired educator and advocate for public education who has a passion for local social history. She says “I have more material that can be fit into the time I have, and that in itself, is exciting.”


Walking Tour

A WALK OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES with John Atkin
Sunday October 29, 3pm – 4:30pm
Meet at NE corner of Milross & Quebec
$10; pay what you can for local residents
On this walk we’ll explore how seemingly unrelated decisions and actions can have far reaching, interweaving and unintended consequences for the future. From industrial zoning, coffee and donuts, to an unbuilt cemetery, they have all had an impact on the city we live in. John Atkin is a civic historian and author who has explored Vancouver like few others. With his deep knowledge of urban planning and his love of architecture, John leads a fascinating tour that is layered with offbeat insights into the city's architecture, history and neighbourhoods. 


Music
SOUNDS GLOBAL ENSEMBLE
Sunday October 29, 3pm – 4pm
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall
By donation to the Garden
Sounds Global Ensemble is an ensemble that sounds like Vancouver looks; its diverse repertoire is drawn from Jewish, Persian, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Indian and Chinese music. Comprised of some of Vancouver's most active musicians from the world music scene with a variety of instrumentation, the ensemble will perform as a quartet at this year’s Festival: Lan Tung on erhu (Chinese violin), Bic Hoang on danbau (Vietnamese zither), Moshe Denburg on guitar, and Jonathan Bernard on percussion. Sounds Global Ensemble is established with the support of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO).


Special Event
IN VISIBLE COLOURS
Sunday October 29, also Saturday October 28 
The DTES Centre for the Arts (DECA) presents inaugural events of In Visible Colours, a celebration of the diversity of women in Vancouver and the art that they create. These inaugural events are a preview of  In Visible Colours festival launch in 2018.

Community Celebration
CELEBRATION OF WOMEN AND THE DRUM
Sunday, October 29, 3pm – 6pm
Pigeon Park, Carrall at E. Hastings Free
In Visible Colours, a DTES Centre for the Arts initiative, and the DTES Market present an outdoor celebration of the drum. Enjoy handcraft making, and have your photograph taken for your personal use. This is a party to celebrate women, drums and community. You are invited!

Talk
IMPORTANCE OF CULTURAL IDENTITY FOR WOMEN & THE RISE OF WOMEN WARRIORS Germaine Tremmel
Sunday October 29, 12pm – 1:30pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Woodwards, 149 W. Hastings Free
In Visible Colours is honoured to present a talk with Germaine Tremmel; lawyer, activist, renowned keeper of traditional and cultural practices and one of the Grandmothers who started Standing Rock. Germaine will share her perspectives on women’s cultural identity and why it is an important time for women in the world.

Germaine Tremmel has an international law degree from Cambridge University and is a member of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Her Lakota name is “Lady Seen By Her Nation” and she is the granddaughter of Chief Sitting Bull. As an Indigenous attorney, Germaine has defended the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. Now that the rights of her own people and the lands they have sworn to protect are being threatened, she is committed to working with her team to fight the injustice on an international level through the help of the United Nations. 


Games
HEART OF THE CITY FESTIVAL SNOOKER TOURNAMENT
Sunday October 29, 11am
Carnegie Centre Pool Room, 401 Main 
Free
Games, fun, prizes! The Carnegie Pool Room hosts a sixteen player single elimination Snooker Tournament. Sign up at 10am 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: Sindy, Carnegie Volunteer Coordinator, 604-606-2708. Everyone welcome! 


Music
HASTINGS STREET BAND
Sunday October 29, 1pm & 2pm
Starts at Carnegie, 401 Main
Free
The Festival is pleased to present the Hastings Street Band and their upbeat New Orleans style jazz and blues. Led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Brad Muirhead, the band is composed of enthusiastic Downtown Eastside involved amateur and semi-pro musicians playing with professional musicians from across Vancouver.


Music
CONCERT: WHERE TRUEST PLEASURE LIES
Sunday October 29, 2pm – 4pm
St. James Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova
Suggested donation $20
Fabiana Katz, a regular recitalist in the Vancouver area, and Stephen Smith, master pianist and collaborator, join forces to present a voice recital for a Sunday matinee performance at St. James’ Anglican Church. Where Truest Pleasure Lies features Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, as well as songs by Britten, Bernstein, Quilter and Bolcom – an all-English program that is fun and accessible for all.


Workshop
SOCIAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE CENTRE 
with Kenny Bailey
Sunday October 29, 2pm – 4pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
SFU Woodward’s, 149 W. Hastings
Free
Social Emergency Response Centers (SERCs) are temporary, emergent and creative pop-up spaces co-led by activists and artists around the USA. They function as both an artistic gesture and a practical solution. The aim is to find the balance between the two, while in the process grappling with questions like: How will we feed people – and their hunger for justice? How will we create a shelter – where it's safe to bring your whole damn self? Co-presented by the Design Studio for Social Intervention and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement. 


Music
AN AFTERNOON OF CHORAL VOICES
Sunday October 29, 1:30pm – 3pm
Woodward’s Atrium, 111 W. Hastings
Free
The Festival has the pleasure to present a Sunday afternoon of choral voices in the Woodward’s Atrium. All three choirs are conducted by singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, teacher and performer Earle Peach, the most recent recipient of the Mayor’s Award (Community-engaged Arts). Congratulations Earle!

1:30pm Solidarity Notes Labour Choir is a choir of activists who know that music is more than pleasurable sound; it is a powerful language to educate and connect us, and remind us of our strength and history.

2pm The Highs & Lows Choir is a fun and friendly choir for people with lived experience of mental illness, and their friends and supporters.

2:30pm The Gathering Place Choir is open to all levels of singers and meets at the Gathering Place Community Centre in the Downtown South. 


Book Launch
WORLD FOOD DAY: OPPENHEIMER PARK COMMUNITY COOKBOOK LAUNCH
Sunday October 29, 12pm – 2pm
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell
Free
Please join us to fill our bellies and celebrate the release of Oppenheimer Park’s own Community Cookbook! This cookbook features recipes contributed by our park patrons, volunteers and chefs in the neighbourhood. We will distribute free cookbooks and serve a popular featured recipe, Hamburger Soup, to everyone in the park. This event honours World Food Day, the theme of which is “fighting hunger” (Food and Agriculture Organization). Bring your appetite for a warm meal and games, and learn about nutrition, sustainability and food resources in the Downtown Eastside! 

Monday October 30

Theatre
TRUE VOICE THEATRE PROJECT
Monday October 30, 8pm – 9:30pm
Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova
Free/by donation
An all-seeing eagle soars high above the earth, a storyteller walks across this land, a poet carries the torch of her immigrant grandmother, a playful girl grows into a political leader, a wolf lurks among sheep, and an ancient tree holds it all together. These are some of the characters you will meet on the journey. Join this ensemble of DTES community members as they present She Rises, We Rise, an original presentation inspired by the Festival theme Honouring Women of the Downtown Eastside. The True Voice Theatre Project is dedicated to using theatre to explore themes of community, diversity and homelessness in Vancouver. Directed by Ulla Laidlaw and Ariel Martz-Oberlander, facilitated by Luisa Jojic and Creativa International. Presented with the support of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the Firehall Arts Centre and Fight With a Stick. 

Radio 
WHEN SPIRIT WHISPERS ON CO-OP RADIO
Monday October 30, 1pm – 2:30pm
Live Broadcast Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM
In the landscape of reconciliation Gunargie O’Sullivan focuses on the current relationship between Canada and First Nations in urban Vancouver. For today’s program Gunargie hosts a panel discussion focusing on the Festival theme: Women Honouring Women. Guests: Diana Day, a member of the Oneida Nation, one of the member nations of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy; Robin Banks, a First Nations Afro-American woman protecting the right to be family, DTES style; and Carol Martin, who has advocated for women in the community with the DTES Women's Centre and, after 25 years working in the community, still sees a need for more services designed specifically for women. Gunargie has been dedicated to community and campus radio since 1989, and attributes her knowledge to the many guests who sit in chairs across from her. 


Cultural Sharing
ABORIGINAL FEAST
Monday October 30, 5pm – 7:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main
Free, see below for ticket information
Every Monday night for the past twenty-five plus years, Carnegie has run the ever-popular Cultural Sharing Program:  an inclusive space where First Nations and non-First Nations alike share, learn and participate in cultural rights and traditions: from Pow Wows, singing, and drumming to arts and crafts. The Cultural Sharing program invites you to share this Aboriginal Feast with them. Carnegie’s first Elder in Residence from the Kwakwaka’wakw, Leslie Nelson, will open the evening; the Carnegie kitchen is cooking up a delicious menu for the feast; and the evening is filled with performances by singers, dancers and drummers from the Coast Salish Territory and beyond.

Admission is free, but tickets are required for the dinner. Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis at the Cultural Sharing group on Monday October 23. Tickets are also distributed throughout the community. The remaining tickets will be available at the door of the Theatre on a first come first serve basis. We hope you can join us!


Dance & Storytelling
HOME: OUR WAY / GATHERING THE FIRE
Monday October 30, 7:40pm – 7:50pm
Firehall Arts Centre lobby, 280 E. Cordova Free
Participants in the Home: Our Way / Gathering the Fire series of women-only dance and writing collective creation workshops present a work-in-progress performance created during the workshops. Led by Olivia C. Davies (Metis-Anishnawbe) and Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish) the workshops are conceiving new work through storytelling and movement improvisation. Gathering the Fire will be presented in the Firehall lobby before the performance of True Voice Theatre Project. Presented in association with the Firehall Arts Centre.

Tuesday October 31

Playreading
A MOTHER BEAR’S JOURNEY
Tuesday October 31, 1pm – 2:30pm
Carnegie 3rd Floor Learning Centre 401 Main Free
A reading presentation of the new play by Taninli Wright: A Mother Bear's Journey: An intergenerational story of trauma and triumph! This moving work documents the remarkable 1,600 kilometer Messenger of Hope Walk that Taninli completed across BC in 1997 to advocate for improved education for First Nation students, Asians and those with special needs. Taninli will read monologues about her epic journey, and you are invited to listen and provide feedback. Taninli received a DTES Small Arts grant to write this play, and is working with Instruments of Change to present a fully-staged theatrical work next year.

Reading
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOGAN’S ALLEY
Tuesday October 31, 2:30pm – 4pm
UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main Free
The Hogan’s Alley Working Group is pleased to present an afternoon of readings and conversation about Hogan’s Alley, the ethnically diverse community in Strathcona that was mostly destroyed to make room for the Georgia Viaduct. Guests include writer and editor Chelene Knight who is working on a new book set in Hogan’s Alley during the 1930s/50s. Lama Mugabo will facilitate the conversation. So much to talk about, so little time!  

Cultural Sharing
BLANKETS AND BEATS
Tuesday October 31, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell Free
Button Blankets, an important part of Northwest Coast Aboriginal Culture, are often referred to as “Robes of Power”. Drop by Oppenheimer Park to listen and learn about the Button Blanket and make your own mini button blanket with Nicole Bird (Haida Nation), Cassandra Eastman (Ochichak Ko Sipi/Ojibway Nation) and Gladys Lee (Chinese/Cree Nation). Choose your own crest and colour combination, and then get ready to design, sew and share. We will also have a pow wow drum in the fieldhouse to teach about the drum and beats with John Sam (Tutshone/Dene Nation). Stay afterwards for a lovely afternoon of food, friends and fun!


Puppetry
HEALTHY AGING THROUGH THE ARTS
Tuesday October 31, 11:30am – 12pm
Strathcona Community Centre Activity Room, 601 Keefer
Free
After eleven years of exploring the art of puppetry with each other, these senior artists have made lasting bonds. Inspired by stories they’ve shared in the workshop, and with the facilitation of Joylyn Secunda, this group of women have created a musical tale of love and loss in which art, luck, and determination triumph over the forces of destruction. Their story teaches many lessons, but here is just one – stay true to your voice, hold onto your luck and you just might survive an army of trouble and misfortune. All ages welcome.


Radio 
SNE’WAYLH ON CO-OP RADIO
Tuesday October 31, 1pm – 2pm
Live Broadcast Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM
In many Coast Salish dialects, "sne'waylh" is the word for teachings or laws. This aboriginal language-learning radio program, hosted by Gunargie O’Sullivan, begins with the teachings of the skwxwu7mesh snichim (Squamish language). Today’s guest Yvonne Wallace, is an emerging playwright who studies at Capilano University. Yvonne is from the Lilwat Nation and is learning the language of her tradition "Ucwalmicwts". Yvonne’s writing reflects the memory, loss and renewal of her people’s language.


Workshop
SUPER COOL TUESDAY
Tuesday October 31, 6pm – 7pm
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall Free
Super Cool Tuesdays is a speaker series involving local and visiting international artists in conversation with inner-city residents about contemporary art practices. This special Hallowe’en edition of Super Cool Tuesday, hosted by video artist Adriana Lademann and photographer Suvi Bains, will give you shivers! Join us for an interactive spooky storytelling experience, where we enact and discover the archetypes of myths. 


Music
CARNEGIE CABARET COFFEE HOUSE
Tuesday October 31, 6:45pm – 9:45pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main  Free
Listen or participate in one of the longest running regular community music programs in the neighbourhood. This wonderful program provides an important venue for local Downtown Eastside-involved musicians to practice, learn and share with music on a regular basis. You will be delighted by the range and diversity of talented musicians in the Downtown Eastside. Open mic. Musicians and singers of all styles and skill levels welcome! Sign up at 6:45pm and show your stuff!

Wednesday November 1

The spirit of the murdered and missing women will not disappear.  
They will stay around until we see them and hear them.  
– Marie Clements


MISSING, set in Vancouver and along the Highway of Tears, is a story of two young women, one indigenous and one white, and the terrible and moving intersection of their lives. It opens in a way you might expect, and closes in a place you cannot imagine. This music drama gives voice to the story of Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, and honours every one of these missing people. 

The libretto is by the distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements. The composer is Juno-award winner Brian Current, with Gitxsan materials by Vincent Gogag (Gawa gami). Directed by Peter Hinton, performed by Caitlin Wood, Kaden Forsberg, Heather Molloy, Melody Courage (Metis), Rose-Ellen Nichols (Coast Salish), Clarence Logan (Moosomin), Marion Newman (Kwagiulth/Stó:lō). Sung in English and Gitxsan.

Music has been the thread that has held First nation’s history together through times of near obliteration. Because our emotions are touched by the music as the stories are being sung, we are unable to forget the important messages that the performers convey. That is why I believe that a story about missing and murdered aboriginal women ought to be told through opera. We need our emotional memories to be activated to absorb how important it is that we take these missing women into our hearts and do what each of us can do to effect change and prevent more loss. 

Marion Newman (Kwagiulth/Stó:lō) singer

MISSING is co-produced in Vancouver by City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre/DTES Heart of the City Festival.

Chamber Opera
MISSING

Invitational Concert Performance
Wednesday November 1
6:45pm Doors Open / 7pm Ceremony / 7:30pm Presentation / 9:30pm Talking Circle
Russian Hall, 600 Campbell
Conducted by Timothy Long (Muskogee Creek/Choctaw)
An invitational performance for blood families and families of the heart.

Presented in a ceremony led by elders under the guidance of the Downtown Eastside MISSING Advisory: Rosemary Georgeson (Community Engagement Liaison), Fay Blaney, Casandra Eastman, Eunice McMillan, Lorelei Williams. The purpose is to honour and bear witness to the lives of those who have gone missing.

Public Performances
November 3, 7, 9, 11, 8pm; Nov 5, 2pm
York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive
Tickets: by phone, 604-251-1363; online, thecultch.com
In person, Vancouver East Cultural Centre
Conducted by Charles Barber
After Vancouver, MISSING will perform in Victoria, BC. The co-producers, City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria, are currently working on plans to tour the production to Northern BC and other centres where this opera and its story need to be heard and witnessed.

Showcase
DTES FRONT AND CENTRE: WOMEN’S VOICES
Wednesday November 1, 7pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
The Festival’s feature showcase is DTES Front & Centre, and this year we are thrilled to present an evening of women’s voices, some longtime favourites and some new to the Festival stage.

Heidi Morgan, songstress and bringer of soul, is the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies and will offer up some sultry blues and soul; accompanied by Michael Bellwood on guitar. Minami, originally from Japan, was too shy to perform her songs until the tsunami hit in 2011 and now her songs are a gift to anyone who misses their loved ones. Yvonne Wallace, of the Lil’wat Nation, will perform original monologues telling microfiction stories of a personal life. Women Rock will blow your socks off! Performers include Heather Blaze, Sue Bullington, Connie Chan, Heidi Ho, Nop Panan, Annie Smith, Jan Tse, Taninli Wright, and Angie Zenk. Carnegie regular Joyce Morgan will charm with her delightful interpretations on piano. The Assembly is a playful and lofty collective of process-oriented, performance-driven, self-identifying women clowns; performing tonight are Naomi Steinberg, Madeline Terbasket and Monica Mpyress Flame. A fresh women’s freestyle collective, Raw SpeakHers tackle issues of social justice and welcome all who identify as womyn (LGBTQ2s+ inclusive) to join in their circle of free speech, inclusive of all skill levels. Closing the evening is Margaret Gorrell, singing R&B and country, backed by Carnegie music jam musicians. It’s a night of women’s fabulous voices!

Music
LIGHT OUT WEDNESDAY: 
CROWMAN + COLIN COWAN/JAMES MEGER
Wednesday November 1, doors 9pm, show 10pm
China Cloud Studios, 524 Main, 2nd floor
Suggested donation $5-10
Invisible Taste and Star System Curation Society present Crowman + Colin Cowan/James Meger Contrabass Duet. The improvisations of Crowman weave together melodic fragments, electronic sounds, and classical innuendos with songs and samples that tickle the imagination. This is metaphysical music of now, imagined by Chris Gestrin on synthesizers and electronic gadget wizardry, Meredith Bates on viola and effects, and Ben Brown on percussion. Opening the evening with improvisations and new works composed for two contrabasses are Colin Cowan and James Meger.

Workshop
BLOCK PRINTMAKING WITH WEPRESS
Wednesday November 1, 12pm – 2pm
Interurban, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall Free
Draw, carve, and print your own rubber blocks on paper or fabric. Make cards, artwork, patches, and more! Print onto your own clothing or use our fabric and/or paper. Learn how to sew the patches onto clothing or bags by hand! In partnership with WePress, Culture Saves Lives and Powell Street Festival Society. Snacks and materials provided. Open to all.


Radio Broadcast
WAX POETIC ON CO-OP RADIO
Wednesday November 1, 2pm – 2:30pm
Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5FM
Join hosts RC Weslowski, Pamela Bentley and Kevin Spenst as we 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! Heart of the City Festival guests on today’s program are members of Raw Speakhers; a fresh women’s freestyle collective making their playful yet powerful debut on the East Van hip hop / freestyle playground. They tackle issues of social justice while nurturing self expression, healing, unity and community. 


Conversation
THE WAY CHINATOWN HISTORY IS BEING SHARED
Wednesday November 1, 2pm – 4pm
Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Free
The history of Chinatown is as long as the history of Vancouver, and its fortunes have ebbed and flowed. It could arguably be facing its biggest challenge today – rapid gentrification driven by escalating real estate values. At the same time, there are countless people who are passionate about Chinatown and its history, as well as living and breathing activist groups to steer into an unfolding future. Join us for a conversation about some of the varied and creative ways people in the Chinatown community are sharing its history. Guests include John Atkin, author and civic historian; Doris Chow, co-founder of Youth Collaborative for Chinatown; Catherine Clement, curator of Chinatown History Windows and the Chinese Canadian Military Museum; Kevin Huang, co-founder of Hua Foundation; and Melody Ma, a recent member of Vancouver’s Arts and Culture Policy Council. Robert Sung, emcee, leads culinary and cultural walking tours in Chinatown. Presented with the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum & Archives.


Showcase
OPEN MIC
Wednesday November 1, 5:30pm – 7pm
UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main Free
Join the UBC Learning Exchange in a celebratory evening of open mic and musical performances that celebrate our rich local talents. We are excited to share our music video, produced by the UBC Learning Exchange community and inspired by this year’s Festival theme Honouring Women in the Downtown Eastside. We await your voices. Open mic sign up is 5pm – spots are limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis.


Music
PLAYING OUR PART
Wednesday November 1, 7pm – 8:30pm
St. James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova Free
The Saint James Music Academy and musicians from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra join forces for the first time to perform inspiring music. After a few hours of coaching from the musicians of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the NAC Orchestra, choirs and orchestras from Saint James Music Academy will come together under the direction of NAC Orchestra Music Director Alexander Shelley. They will play for members of the community in the beautiful St. James’ Anglican Church. Works by Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Mozart and folk inspired music will be served up for all to enjoy! Donations in support of Saint James Music Academy accepted at the door. Everyone welcome!


Community Celebration
KARAOKE
Wednesday November 1, 7pm – 9:30pm
Evelyne Saller Centre, 320 Alexander Free
The Evelyne Saller Centre will host an evening of karaoke where you can sing your heart out. Lots of songs to choose from; bring out your budding Elvis! Everyone welcome.

Thursday November 2

Installation & Performance
ILLICIT: THE HEART OF A MOVEMENT
Thursday, November 2, 6:30pm – 8pm
KW Production Studio, 111 W. Hastings
By donation to the project
Illicit is a community-engaged artistic research project developed by members of Vancouver's harm reduction movement. Created in response to the 2016 closing of DURC (Drug Users Resource Centre), Illicit explores the lived realities of the opioid overdose crisis, the effects of drug policy, the stigma faced by those who use illicit drugs, and the courage of community to act in the face of continuing loss.

Held on the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the creators of Illicit invite you to witness the next step in the evolution of their work-in-progress – by entering an immersive world of shadow, music and story that celebrates the heart of a movement. The artistic team includes Kelty McKerracher, Renae Morriseau, David Mendes, Devon Martin, and an active group of co-researchers. Presented in partnership with SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

Showcase
LEARNING CENTRE LIVE
Thursday November 2, 1pm – 3pm
Carnegie Learning Centre 3rd floor, 401 Main Free
Enjoy a showcase of poetry, stories, songs, skits and digital storytelling from the Carnegie Learning Centre. The Learning Centre is a vital resource that brings teaching to the people of the Downtown Eastside. This year we are honouring all the wonderful women who teach, learn and love in this welcoming space.  


Music
HASTINGS STREET BAND
Thursday November 2, 1pm & 2pm
Starts at Carnegie, 401 Main Free
It’s music in the streets! Dance to the sounds of the Hastings Street Band and their upbeat New Orleans style jazz and blues. Led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Brad Muirhead, the band is composed of enthusiastic Downtown Eastside involved amateur and semi-pro musicians playing with professional musicians from across Vancouver.


Radio Broadcast
KLA HOW YA ON CO-OP RADIO
Thursday November 2, 5pm – 6pm
Live Broadcast Co-op Radio 100.5 FM
Explore indigenous people's struggle for freedom and liberation with host Gunargie O’Sullivan.  News, interviews and music. Today’s broadcast welcomes Estea Elements and Trevor Mills, two community rap artists committed to finding brighter pathways for all who are impacted by mental health, and whose music calls to honour and protect women.  


Cultural Sharing
WHEN THE VEIL IS THIN
Thursday November 2, 1pm – 4pm
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell Free
In many cultures around the world, the midpoint of the season between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice is a time when it is believed that the connection between those living and those dead is most possible – when the veil is thin. On November 2nd, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), we come together in remembrance of friends, family, ancestors and loved ones who have passed over to the other side. Bring a photo, or light a candle for the Oppenheimer Park community ofrenda (Latin American altar for Day of the Dead). Throughout the afternoon, there will be musical performances, poetry and artwork to be shared, along with Latin American food and refreshments. In collaboration with WATARI and Oppenheimer Park. Everyone welcome.


Spoken Word
HOME GROWN STORIES
Thursday November 2, 6pm – 7:30pm
EWMA Studio, 800 E. Hastings  Free
Join Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA) for Home Grown Stories, with guest readers and writers, followed by a community open mic. Special guest writer/reader is Chelene Knight, managing editor of Room magazine, who has published works of prose, poems and letters, and is writing a book set in the East End’s Hogan’s Alley in the 1930-50s. EWMA, a program of Atira Women’s Resource Society, blends art, creativity and entertainment. For more information visit www.atira.bc.ca/enterprising-women-making-art or www.facebook.com/EWMAstore. We invite the neighbourhood to an evening where all are welcome to participate! 


Workshop
REFRAMING RELATIONS IN THE HEART OF THE CITY
Thursday, November 2, 6pm – 8:30pm
nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, 730 E. Hastings Free
A program of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, Reframing Relations brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists together in classroom and community settings to creatively engage people of all ages in addressing our shared history and envisioning our future together. In this workshop, poets and multimedia artists Ronnie Dean Harris and Kim Villagante lead a journey of "poetic activation" in hip hop/spoken word verse. Collaborative writing will lead to the creation of Statements of Understanding about what activates the Heart of the City. No experience in writing or spoken word necessary! Produced in partnership with the nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch of Vancouver Public Library. 


Mass
ALL SOULS’ DAY HIGH MASS
Thursday November 2, 6:30pm
St. James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova
The High Mass Choir of St James’ Anglican Church presents Palestrina’s brilliant Missa pro defunctis in the context of a Requiem Mass for All Souls. 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: office@stjames.bc.ca. Everyone welcome. 


Spoken Word
HIP HOP LADIES
Thursday November 2, doors 8pm, show 8:30pm
SBC Restaurant (aka Smilin’ Buddha), 109 E. Hastings Free
Hip hop, spoken word, freestyle. Words, rhythm, women. It all goes together like rain on the Coast! The Festival and SBC Restaurant present an evening of local self-identified ladies who perform hip hop and freestyle, ranging from the highly experienced to newcomers appearing for the first time in front of an audience. Let’s “give it up” for the Hip Hop Ladies!


Radio
ARTS RATIONAL ON CO-OP RADIO
Thursday November 2, 9pm – 12am
Live broadcast CFRO 100.5 FM
As the 14th Annual DTES Heart of the City Festival nears its final weekend, there are still many great events to attend. Tune into this live broadcast and find out what’s happening. Hosts Gerry Kowalenko and Jay Hamburger interview Taninli Wright who will talk about the many events she is involved with at this year’s Heart of the City Festival, including reading excerpts from her new play A Mother Bear's Journey.

Friday November 3

Chamber Opera
MISSING
Friday November 3, 8pm
York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr. 
Also November 5, 7, 9, 11
Tickets: 604-251-1363; thecultch.com
MISSING, set in Vancouver and along the Highway of Tears, is a story of two young women, one indigenous and one white, and the terrible and moving intersection of their lives. It opens in a way you might expect, and closes in a place you cannot imagine. This music drama gives voice to the story of Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, and honours every one of these missing people. Libretto, by distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements; composer, Juno-award winner Brian Current. Presented by City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria. 

Showcase
JAZZ CONFLUENCE: CARNEGIE JAZZ BAND
Friday November 3, 7pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
The Festival is thrilled to invite music lovers to this jam-packed evening of jazz featuring the Downtown Eastside’s own Carnegie Jazz Band playing alongside some of Vancouver’s most highly accomplished jazz musicians. Under the tutelage of Brad Muirhead, the Carnegie Jazz Band is made-up of music lovers and semi-pro musicians. Joining the Carnegie Jazz Band is the Brad Muirhead Quartet with Jared Burrows (guitar), Brent Gubbels (bass), Stan Taylor (drums) and Brad Muirhead (bass trombone). The evening also features four exceptional female jazz musicians: Downtown Eastside’s own singer and Blues Queen Dalannah Gail Bowen (Blues Hall of Fame), Lorae Farrell (trumpet), Ellen Marple (trombone) and Tegan Ceschi-Smith (violin). A not to be missed evening of originals and jazz standards. 

Schools
KINNIE STARR – HIP HOP A LA CANADIANA
Friday November 3
9:30am Admiral Seymour Elementary School, 1130 Keefer
1:20pm Lord Strathcona Elementary School, 592 E. Pender

Students, parents, and teachers only.

The Festival is beyond thrilled to present award-winning Kinnie Starr in a dynamic program for elementary school students of the Downtown Eastside. Using spoken word, poetry, upbeat rap and singing, Kinnie shares stories and anecdotes that are personal and kind-spirited, exploring love, family, environment, race, identity, dreams and more. The presentation includes a Q&A period about art, creativity, culture, beat-making and poetry. 


Open House
VANCOUVER POLICE MUSEUM
Friday November 3, 10am – 5pm
Vancouver Police Museum, 240 E. Cordova, 2nd floor
Also November 4 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 forty-five minute guided tours at 11am and 2pm. For more information: 604-665-3346 or www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca or check out facebook and twitter! Everyone welcome. 


Workshop
SILKSCREEN PRINTING with Michael Jacko
Friday November 3, 12pm – 2pm
Interurban, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall Free
Silkscreen printmaking workshop with Michael Jacko (Odawa/“Ottawa” Nation). Michael is a program coordinator at Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre, working mostly with youth and elders. This workshop is by popular demand! In partnership with Culture Saves Lives. Open to all.


Theatre
BREATH-AHHH
Friday November 3, 6pm – 7pm
KW Atrium Studio, 111 W. Hastings
Also November 4 Free
Theatre Terrific presents Breath-Ahhh, a rhythmically explosive performance comprised of dance, imagistic gestures, self-expressed soundscape and variations of emotion that explore the universal truth…that breath is something we all share. Created by Artistic Director Susanna Uchatius in collaboration with the all-inclusive cast. 


Conversation
SPEAKING UP, PUBLIC ART AS RESISTANCE: 
HONOURING OUR SISTERS
Friday November 3, 2pm – 4pm
VPL: nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, 730 E. Hastings
Free
Join us for a discussion with women artists working in the Downtown Eastside who are generating public art to share stories of women of this community. Their public art is a form of resistance as it honours women for their power, courage, resilience, activism, strength, memory, cultures and voices. The artists speaking up this afternoon include: Mercedes Eng, writer and teacher; Sharon Kravitz, activist and documentary filmmaker; Kathy Shimizu, a sansei (3rd generation Japanese Canadian) graphic and web designer; Karen Ward, art=politics=love=justice; Skundaal Bernie Williams (Haida/Coast Salish), carver of the Survivors Totem Pole in Pigeon Park; and Diane Wood, artist and poet. Presented in association with Women Transforming Cities.


Exhibition & Reception
ONE CASE, TWO CASE, THREE CASE
Opening Reception Friday November 3, 5pm – 7pm
Carnegie 3rd floor Gallery, 401 Main 
November 2 to 30 Free

One Case • Ukrainian Folk Art and Handicrafts: Symbols of Good Fortune
Up in the attic, down in the kitchen: for years women at Strathcona’s Ukrainian Hall have decorated their homes and clothing with beautiful objects made from fabric, beads, flour, wood and grasses, with designs that contain symbols of wealth, fertility and good luck. The Festival is thrilled to showcase some of the richness of women’s handicrafts from the local Ukrainian Canadian community.

Two Case • Collection of Flags Made for the 2017 'Namwayut Walk for Reconciliation
During a series of workshops led by WePress, flags were created with artwork commissioned from artist Kwiigay Iiwaans as well as artwork created by workshops participants. On September 24, folks from many different cultures and backgrounds carried the flags in solidarity with Indigenous Nations. 

Three Case • Fimo – tastic!: Oppenheimer Park Art Show Community Project
The third case exhibits design tiles that were a collaborative contribution to the Oppenheimer Park Art Show. Members of the Oppenheimer Park art community created the tiles during Fimo-tastic workshops led by facilitator Lily Cheung.

For our enjoyment, Michael Nardachioni “sings the ladies”; a selection of folk and rock songs made famous by our favourite female singers.


Music
PATSY KLEIN/TONY WILSON AND JOSH ZUBOT
Friday November 3, 3pm – 4:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
Four years ago, vocalist Patsy Klein and guitarist Tony Wilson joined forces and performed covers by a wide range of artists. In time they started co-writing songs together. Patsy has contributed vocals on many albums and toured in Canada and Europe, and Tony has released several cd's of his own compositions and toured internationally. They are joined for this concert by violinist Josh Zubot, who has experience in many musical genres and has recorded numerous cd's of his own music. The trio will perform original material as well as a few cover songs of music that is emotional and fuses several musical genres.


Art
LOUVRE
Friday November 3, 7pm – 8pm
Outside by the alley, 325 Carrall Free
An artist talk, a discussion, a performance, a shared moment in time, in the shadow of the Louvre Saloon: we need to talk about history, change, death, our buildings, the idea of home, and all we cannot harm. This is about here. Art: includes words, images, things. Artists: Mercedes Eng, Quin Martins and Karen Ward.

Saturday November 4

Walking Tour
SNEAK PEEK INTO CHINATOWN 
with Judy Lam Maxwell and Steven Wong
Saturday November 4, 11am – 12:30pm
Meet at Sai Woo, 158 E. Pender
$10; pay what you can for local residents
Join hosts Judy Lam Maxwell and Steven Wong for a glimpse of Chinatown. The tour begins at a heritage restaurant space, climbs flights of stairs to a heritage clan association, explores a Chinese herbal medicine store and ends the walk at Modernize Tailors, the last Chinatown tailor shop now celebrating 104 years. Both Judy and Steven have active ties to the people and businesses in Chinatown. Judy leads Historical Chinatown Tours and Steven is a third generation ‘man about town’ in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Live Remote 
RED JAM SLAM
Saturday November 4, 3pm – 8pm
CiTR 101.9 FM
Caveman Café, 88 W. Pender Free
The Festival is pleased to present live performances with a live remote that is going national! Curated and hosted by Festival Multimedia Artist in Residence Gunargie O’Sullivan, with the Red Jam Slam Society, CiTR 101.9 FM and Caveman Cafe.

The incredible line-up of guest performers includes singer/songwriter Brander Raven; saxophonist Spencer John Lyndsey; solo guitarist Spencer Davis; Nayden L.A. Palosaari’s The mechanical god PROJECT with Jen Leclair and Krissi Whiltshire; the musical Nish (Matthew Nishinohara); the roots acoustic sounds of Haisla with Nasty, Brutish & Short (Haisla Collins, Lorenzo Watters, the Reverend Gabriel Hebert, and Father Theo); the emotional dynamic of Red SoulBluez (Rose Shraa Ttha Siccama and David Stone); solo vocalist Fara Palmer; the young female trio Instruments of Survival Gang; Spiritual Warrior, formerly known as Kalan Wi; singer/songwriter Nimkish; and Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve, who began his work co-hosting “When Spirits Whisper” alongside Gunargie O’Sullivan on Co-op Radio. The program closes with a jam; it’s the Red Slam Jam! 

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: Red Jam Slam facebook www.facebook.com/redjamslam. 

Listen in person at the Caveman Cafe: listen online at CiTR 101.9 FM, the University of British Columbia Radio Station with internet streaming; operated by UBC students and community volunteers. Networked across Canada for national broadcast. 

Workshop
POETRY “BELONGING” with JB the First Lady
Saturday November 4, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
For nearly a decade, Jerilynn Webster has been hitting the stage as one of BC’s only female, aboriginal emcees. Using her voice to uplift indigenous communities and shed light on important issues, the hip hop and spoken word artist is better known as JB the First Lady. Using a creative writing process that she developed herself, JB will lead the workshop on the theme “Belonging”. During the hour long session, participants will create a community poem that could be performed at the evening’s DTES Poets Open Mic. Presented with the Vancouver Public Library.


Showcase
DTES POETS OPEN MIC
Saturday November 4, 7pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
Downtown Eastside poets and writers meet on the first Saturday of every month to read original poetry, plays, prose and works-in-progress. The evening is free. It’s friendly. And it’s packed with local talent both on the microphone and in the audience. Special featured guest for the evening is JB the First Lady, hip hop and spoken word artist, activist, facilitator, teacher and single mother. Sign up for a ten minute spot at the Open Mic. Hosted by Diane Wood.

READING
STORIES OF HER: THURSDAYS WRITING COLLECTIVE HONOURS
WOMEN OF THE DTES
Saturday November 4, 4pm – 5pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
Celebrating ten years of writing, gathering and sharing on the Downtown Eastside, Thursdays Writing Collective is an open door organization that operates out of the Carnegie Community Centre. The collective is made up of writers identifying as Indigenous, People of Colour, mixed race and white, trans and queer folks, survivors, and many other intersectional identities. Join us as we share work on the theme of honouring women, embracing feminine energy and celebrating women through the presentation of poetry, short fiction, memoir, songs, prayers, rants, hybrid experiments and personal essays. 

Workshop
KIDS’ BLOCK PRINTMAKING WITH WEPRESS
Saturday November 4, 2pm – 4 pm
Oppenheimer Park Fieldhouse, 488 Powell Free
Draw, carve, and print your own rubber blocks on paper or fabric. Make cards, artwork, patches, and more! Print onto your own clothing or use our fabric and/or paper. In partnership with WePress, Oppenheimer Park and Powell Street Festival Society. Snacks and materials provided. Open to all.

Open House
VANCOUVER POLICE MUSEUM
Saturday November 4, 10am – 5pm
Vancouver Police Museum, 240 E. Cordova, 2nd floor
Also November 3 Free
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 forty-five minute guided tours at 11am and 2pm. For more information: 604-665-3346 or www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca or check out facebook and twitter! Everyone welcome. 


Cultural Sharing
VANCOUVER TEA FESTIVAL
Saturday November 4, 10am – 6pm
Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall
Also Sunday November 5
Ticket information: www.vancouverteafestival.ca
Presented by Vancouver Tea Society and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the Tea Festival features leading exhibitors from throughout the tea world to create a true pan-cultural celebration of tea. Features a marketplace, presentations, and tastings galore. For all budgets! Explore the world of tea and taste extraordinary examples of one of the world's most beloved beverages! 


Workshop
CHAPBOOK MAKING WORKSHOP with Mercedes Eng
Saturday November 4, 12pm – 2pm
Carnegie Learning Centre 3rd floor, 401 Main Free
Haven’t published your writing before? Then this chapbook-making workshop with Mercedes Eng is for you! Chapbooks are small handmade booklets that are perfect to sell or to give away. The goal of the workshop is to have each participant leave with 10 copies of a 10-page chapbook. If you can bring your writing on a USB stick that would be great, and if it’s handwriting, we will get it typed. Keep in mind that the size of a chapbook page is about 7 inches long x 5 inches across. All materials will be supplied. The workshop is limited to six participants. Please sign up at the Carnegie 3rd floor program office.


Music
BALKAN SHMALKAN
Saturday November 4, 1pm & 2pm
Starts at Carnegie, 401 Main Free
Global music with local attitude: Balkan Shmalkan’s funky brass dance beats are rooted in the aural traditions of the Roma and Klezmorim of Eastern Europe and blended with a mixture of pop and jazz. Balkan Shmalkan is the brain child of a group of musicians with a long history of collaboration in traditional South Serbian Trubaci music. The Festival is delighted to present this new street band on the streets of the Downtown Eastside. 


Theatre
BREATH-AHHH
Saturday November 4, 2pm – 3pm
KW Atrium Studio, 111 W. Hastings
Also November 3 Free
Theatre Terrific presents Breath-Ahhh, a rhythmically explosive performance comprised of dance, imagistic gestures, self-expressed soundscape and variations of emotion that explore the universal truth…that breath is something we all share. Created by Artistic Director Susanna Uchatius in collaboration with the all-inclusive cast. 


Curatorial Tour
INTANGIBLE: MEMORY AND INNOVATION IN COAST SALISH ART
Saturday November 4, 2pm – 3pm
Exhibition to December 10
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, 639 Hornby Free
A special treat at this year’s Festival is a free curatorial tour of the exhibition, led by curator Beth Carter and Dr. Sharon Fortney. Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art explores ideas of Indigenous rights, land and sovereignty through the work of six Coast Salish artists: Marvin Oliver (Quinault / Isleta Pueblo); Aaron Nelson-Moody (Squamish); lessLIE (Cowichan, Penelakut and Esquimault); Sesemiya Tracy Williams (Squamish); Ronnie Dean Harris (St?:lo/St’át'imc); and Roxanne Charles (Semiahmoo). For more info: www.billreidgallery.ca. 

 


Writing
SANDY CAMERON MEMORIAL WRITING CONTEST AWARD CEREMONY
Saturday November 4, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
Sandy Cameron was one of the best-loved writers to ever publish his work in the Carnegie Newsletter; the free, twice-monthly paper put out by volunteers for over thirty-one years now distributes over a thousand copies. Sandy contributed essays and poetry consistently, always speaking to the nature of life for members of the Downtown Eastside communities. Last year the Carnegie Newsletter hosted its first contest for writing essays, memoirs and poetry, and encouraged many never-before published writers to submit their work. This year the contest focuses on essay-writing and non-fiction, and honours the memory of Sandy by letting him inspire writers. Today’s event will feature readings by selected writers, and Jean Swanson will be on hand to award prizes chosen by a panel of judges. It promises to be exciting!


Song
CARNEGIE SING ALONG CHOIR
Saturday November 4, 7pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main Free
The Carnegie Sing Along Choir, led by local guitarist Mike Richter, meets regularly twice a week to raise their voice in song. For the Festival they bring the regular session to you, the audience. It’s a choir! It’s a sing-along! Pull up a chair, find the lyrics or the sheet music, and raise your voice with the Sing Along Choir. We are harmony!


Playreading
SRO by Brenda Prince
Saturday November 4, 3pm – 4:30pm
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall
By donation at the door
Pinishi, an Anishinabe Ikwe-Ojibway woman, remains trapped in an SRO, a single room occupancy room in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Her life changes when BamBam, her sweetheart, receives money from a car accident. Unexpected characters help her understand who she really is. Playwright Brenda Prince, AKA, Middle of the Sky Woman, is an Anishinabe writer originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Brenda is a graduate of UBC’s Creative Writing Program, a participant in many DTES arts projects, and an Urban Ink BOLDSCRIPT participant. Presented with Urban Ink Productions.

Sunday, November 5

Witness Ceremony & Film
SURVIVORS TOTEM POLE
Sunday, November 5
Lori Krill Community Room
Enter just east of 65 W. Cordova

On November 5, 2016, the Survivors Totem Pole was raised in Pigeon Park; a lasting symbol of “resistance, persistence and inclusion”.

10am Witness Ceremony, by invitation
One year ago, witnesses were invited to attend the pole raising ceremony, an honoured role that involves ‘holding the event in their heart’. Today, the witnesses gather with Survivors Totem Pole carver, activist and hereditary Haida chief-in-waiting Gul-Kitt-Jaad (Golden Spruce Woman – Skundaal Bernie Williams) to complete their witness responsibilities. 

12pm Film Showing, public invited, all welcome  
To create a legacy of the Survivors Totem Pole project, local filmmaker Susanne Tabata was asked to document both the lead up to the pole installation and the historic pole raising day. The result is a moving and stunning film (24”) where we witness the journey of the Survivors Totem Pole and a tribute to the undying strength and unity of a community of displaced peoples. Led by carver Skundaal Bernie Williams, local indigenous voice soars, interwoven with commentary from Sacred Circle supporters Sid Chow Tan, Raj Toor, Grace Eiko Thomson; hereditary Squamish Chief Bill Williams; Haida elders Wilfred Price and Woodrow Morrison; Musqueam activist Audrey Siegl; and anti-poverty activist Jean Swanson. 

Community Celebration
UKRAINIAN HALL COMMUNITY CONCERT & SUPPER
Sunday November 5, Concert 3pm, Supper follows
Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender
Tickets $25. For advance tickets contact 604-254-3436 
The Festival ends on a high note at the east-end’s historic Ukrainian Hall with lively music, high energy dance, and exquisite colourful costumes at the Ukrainian Hall Community Concert & Supper. This annual favourite, co-produced with the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians (AUUC), features the Barvinok Choir and the award-winning Dovbush Dancers. 

To celebrate the Festival theme Honouring Women of the Downtown Eastside we have invited special guests: Sawagi Taiko, the all-women Japanese drum group will lift our spirits with their rousing drumming; Michelle Olson of Raven Spirit Dance will perform her moving solo Frost Exploding Trees Moon; The Perogy Scene, an audience favourite from Vancouver Moving Theatre/AUUC co-production of Bread & Salt will have you howling in delight; and Tatyana Beck and Libby Griffin present a multimedia tribute to the women of the Ukrainian Hall. 

Immediately following the concert is the always-delicious and filling traditional Ukrainian Supper. A incredible Full Meal Concert Deal!

Mass
ALL SAINTS’ DAY PROCESSION &  HIGH MASS
Sunday November 5, 10:30am
St. James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova
A glorious All Saints Sunday Procession and High Mass will celebrate the Saints of Christendom with pageantry and traditional ritual, with incense, bells and inspiring music. Hear the full St. James' Choir in action, and grab a coffee with the community after the service. All are welcome to attend.


Cultural Sharing
VANCOUVER TEA FESTIVAL
Sunday November 5, 11am – 5pm
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall
Also Saturday November 4
Ticket information: www.vancouverteafestival.ca
Presented by Vancouver Tea Society and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the Tea Festival features leading exhibitors from throughout the tea world to create a true pan-cultural celebration of tea. Features a marketplace, presentations, and tastings galore. For all budgets! Explore the world of tea and taste extraordinary examples of one of the world's most beloved beverages! 


Music
BALKAN SHMALKAN
Sunday November, 1pm & 2pm
Starts at Abbott & E. Hastings Free
Balkan Shmalkan’s funky brass dance beats are rooted in the aural traditions of the Roma and Klezmorim of Eastern Europe and blended with a mixture of pop and jazz. The musicians play reed, brass and percussion instruments of both eastern and western origin. The Festival is delighted to present this new street band on the streets of the Downtown Eastside. 


Workshop
COMMUNITY NET MAKING CIRCLE
Sunday November 5, 1pm – 4pm
Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer
Free, register on eventbrite.ca
Join the net making circle and conversation happening during the Land & Sea project. Participants will work with spun local nettle fibres and linen and begin knotting traditional fishnets. While hands are busy, invited guests share stories of fishing this coastline and tending and mending the nets. Donations gratefully accepted towards bringing skill-holders June Pardue (Aluit) and Peter Ananin ( Scottish) to Vancouver in 2018. Workshop facilitated by Sharon Kallis. Up to 15 participants, register on eventbrite.ca. Presented with the EartHand Gleaners Society.


Market, Panel & Talk
CANZINE: FESTIVAL OF ZINE CULTURE & THE INDEPENDENT ARTS
Sunday November 5, 1pm – 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Woodwards, 149 W. Hastings Free
Hundreds of zines, books, comics, and small press vendors! Trade, buy, sell, browse, chill, enjoy! At 3pm, there is a panel on Feminism, Witchcraft, and the Occult in the Indie Arts with artists Adriana Lademann, Miki Aurora and Caitlin French discussing the role of witchcraft, the occult and the supernatural in their work.  At 5pm, Cole Pauls, creator of the legendary Pizza Punks strip, will do an artist talk and lead in the making of a massive collaborative pizza zine! Co-presented by Broken Pencil and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement


Chamber Opera
MISSING
Sunday November 5, 2pm
York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr. 
Also November 3, 7, 9, 11
Tickets: 604-251-1363; thecultch.com
MISSING, set in Vancouver and along the Highway of Tears, is a story of two young women, one indigenous and one white, and the terrible and moving intersection of their lives. It opens in a way you might expect, and closes in a place you cannot imagine. This music drama gives voice to the story of Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, and honours every one of these missing people. Libretto, by distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements; composer, Juno-award winner Brian Current. Presented by City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria. 


Film
PAINT IT RED (2017)
Sunday November 5, 4:30pm
Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, 88 W. Pender
Tickets: www.vaff.org
The Vancouver Asian Film Festival presents the world premiere of the documentary film Paint It Red, by Eva Cohen (Director). What happens when a bunch of seniors face evictions and homelessness? They fight back! 

The documentary follows Beverly Ho, a young Chinese Canadian organizer for the Chinatown Concern Group dedicated to preserving and continuing Chinese cultural heritage in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Can her efforts, along with other volunteers in the neighbourhood, succeed in stemming the rapid proliferation of million-dollar condos and pricey cafes? 

The group succeeded in putting a pause to the development at 105 Keefer.  Ho said “the biggest victory is…we’ve grown so much closer and that we’re more confident in ourselves as women of colour…” A VAFF Best Canadian Feature Award nominee.

Post-Festival Events

Workshop
BARRIO FLAMENCO “OPEN STUDIO”
Friday November 10, 11:30am – 1pm
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall Free
Kelty McKerracher and the DTES Flamencos invite you to an informal Open Studio to experience the art form of southern Spain and join a real flamenco juerga (party)! Barrio Flamenco welcomes guitarist Peter Mole, singer Farnaz Ohadi, and our favourite dancers from the extended flamenco community. Featuring a performance from the fall class, a short lesson in dancing "Sevillanas,” the folk dance from Seville, and an offering of non-alcoholic sangria and snacks. Produced in partnership with SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the DTES Centre for the Arts. Ole

Cultural Sharing
MINI DRUMS AND BLANKETS
Monday November 6, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free
Listen to the beat of the drum while making your own mini-drum necklace. This fun and exciting evening includes an opportunity to contribute your sewing skills toward a community button blanket with Lorelei Hawkins (Cherokee/Okanagan Nation); learn how to play the Pow Wow drum with John Sam (Tutshone/Dene Nation); or make a mini-drum necklace with instructor Sam McKay (Nisga'a Nation). Drop by early to have enough time to try all three activities!


Chamber Opera
MISSING
November 7, 9, 11, 8pm
York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr. 
Also November 3, 5
Tickets: 604-251-1363; thecultch.com
MISSING, set in Vancouver and along the Highway of Tears, is a story of two young women, one indigenous and one white, and the terrible and moving intersection of their lives. It opens in a way you might expect, and closes in a place you cannot imagine. This music drama gives voice to the story of Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, and honours every one of these missing people. Libretto, by distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements; composer, Juno-award winner Brian Current. Presented by City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria. 


Reception
FESTIVAL CLOSING RECEPTION
Friday November 10, 5pm – 7pm
Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main Free
Now that we’ve caught up on our sleep and cleaned up our room, this is our opportunity to say thank you! Artists, audience members, crew, staff, volunteers, community partners, fellow organizers – there are so many of us who put on the Festival in one capacity or another. Come on down to the Carnegie, the heart of our community, as we say ‘Thank you! Another Festival under our belts! Here’s to next year!” Join us for conversations, ideas for future festivals and refreshments! See ya there.


Closing Reception
THE FEMININE TOUCH
Saturday November 11, 6:30pm
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall
October 18 to November 11 Free
The Feminine Touch is a group exhibition that celebrates and showcases women and art. From glass works to paintings to collages, we celebrate the expansive disciplines that women use to express themselves. Presented by the DTES Centre for the Arts. Gallery hours Wed to Sat, 1pm to 5pm.