In the Streets
DNC STREET MARKET & FAIR
Sunday October 31, 12pm-5pm
Pigeon Park, Carrall & E. Hastings
Since June 2010, the newly-formed residents’ Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council and a great team of volunteers has produced every Sunday afternoon in Pigeon Park a wildly successful Street Market and Fair. The Festival is pleased to join the Market and Fair this Sunday with an Open Mic for songs and spoken word, and a showcase of music, dance, buskers, song and costume featuring Downtown Eastside involved artists and residents.
There is so much to see and hear! Start the afternoon off with the new upbeat street band Deet Street, or enjoy the songs of the Carnegie Village Choir. For full details on these groups, see Music in the Streets.
Wander into the InterUrban Gallery and work with others on a banner for the DTES Neighbourhood Council. Performing outside are the Carnegie Street Band, playing horns, percussion and other music makers; the Sunshine Choir, a Chinese seniors choir led by Swallow Zhou who meet weekly in Oppenheimer Park; and Montana King, a visual artist and poet who will bring her costumed character to the afternoon.
Step up to the Open Mic with a poem or a story or a rant or a song. Sign up at 12:30pm at one of the tents on Carrall Street. Do you love to read out loud? Then join the Marathon Book Reading and take a turn reading from Saltwater City: The Chinese in Vancouver by Paul Yee. Hosted by the W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation. For more info: www.deaconfoundation.com. Thanks to Douglas & McIntyre Publishing for copies of the book.
To end the afternoon, Karen Jamieson Dance in collaboration with the Carnegie Dance Troupe present Listen, a new dance piece for the street. Beginning at 4pm at the Carnegie Community Centre the procession of dancers and musicians will travel west on Hastings Street and conclude with a dance performance at Pigeon Park. Listen is part of on-going dance creation workshops by Karen Jamieson Dance—creating dance for and with the communities of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside since 2005, www.kjdance.ca. Except for those wonderful purchases—and savings—you’ll make at the street market, everything is free!
THE DTES – ADJUST YOUR PERCEPTIONS with John Atkin and Judy Graves
Sunday October 31, 10am
(approx. 2 hours)
Meet at SW corner of Powell & Columbia
Take a revealing walk through the Downtown Eastside, a walk that will make you think and wonder about history, housing, people and community. Join John Atkin, author, historian, DTES/Strathcona resident and walking-history-encyclopedia, and Judy Graves, the housing advocate for the City of Vancouver who has worked in the DTES since 1979, on a social history walk of a great neighbourhood. $10 for non-residents, pay what you can for local residents
Sunday October 31, 2pm-3pm
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall
A Yiddish word for a sweet culinary concoction, tzimmes, made from a variety of honey, raisins, carrots and prunes, is a perfect complement to the main course of a Jewish feast. This is a wonderful description of the group Tzimmes who will share an afternoon of music in Vancouver’s classical Chinese garden. Original in concept and sound, Tzimmes had its beginnings in Victoria and has played for enthusiastic audiences within and outside the Jewish community for over twenty years. The concert trio consists of: Moshe Denburg, vocals and guitar; Yona Bar-Sever, bass, guitar and hand percussion; and Saul Berson, saxophone, clarinet and flute. Tzimmes is at the forefront of the multi-faceted approach to Jewish music making today. (www.tzimmes.net) For Garden information phone 604-662-3207 or go to www.vancouverchinesegarden.com. By donation to the Garden
HALLOWE’EN MUSIC & SPOKEN WORD SHOWCASE
Sunday October 31, 7pm-10pm
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings
An exuberant soiree with some wonderful DTES involved artists. Performing tonight are Rosanne Gervais singing jazz standards accompanied by Gerry Teahan on keyboard, Rachel Davis and Double D on guitar, wordsmith and cool guy Robyn Livingstone, Rudolf Penner with exactly 9 minutes of drumming, singer-songwriter Mike Richter with hundreds of original songs from which to choose, and special guest Bill Wallace, founder and director of SWARM, with his wild and unique melodic instruments with jumps, kicks and spins of choreography! Our host for the evening is the charming and talented vocalist extraordinaire Michelle Anne Richard. Come in costume and join in the fun! Free
Sunday October 31, 7:30pm-8:30pm
radha yoga & eatery
728 Main, 2nd floor
Join us to chant, meditate, sing kirtan and renew. Together we send out positive vibrations to the neighbourhood, to friends and family and to the world. Support world peace and your own inner peace. All are welcome! For more information: 604-605-0011
or www.radhavancouver.org. Free