Thursday October 27

Music In The Streets

It’s rainy season so be prepared: grab your hat, snap on your rain coat, and put on your dancin’ rain boots!

The Heart of the City Festival is thrilled to present for your street entertainment and enjoyment an exciting program of two Downtown Eastside music groups performing on the sidewalks and in the parks of the neighbourhood. These groups are led by professional musicians passionately committed to training, mentoring and performing with local DTES involved residents: singer Dalannah Gail Bowen leads the Aboriginal women’s Snowy Owl Drummers; and trombonist Brad Muirhead leads the Carnegie Street Band made up of local DTES involved musicians with guest musicians.

Music in the Streets is a partnership between Vancouver Moving Theatre, Community Arts Council of Vancouver and the City of Vancouver Great Beginnings Program. If you are interested in booking the Carnegie Street Band and/or the Snowy Owl Drummers, please contact Terry Hunter at 604-628-5672 or and he will put you in contact with the artists involved.

Carnegie Street Band
Fri Oct 21, Carnegie 5pm Oppenheimer 6pm
Wed Oct 26, Carnegie 2pm, 3pm
Sat Oct 29, Carnegie 2:30pm, 3:30pm
Sun Oct 30 Pigeon Park 3pm, 4pm

Snowy Owl Drummers
Wed Nov 3, Pigeon Park 12:30pm
Thurs Nov 4, Pigeon Park 12:30pm
Fri Nov 5, Pigeon Park 12:30pm

DREAM CATCHERS with Sandra Pronteau
Thursday October 27, 10am-12pm
Aboriginal Front Door, 384 Main

Here’s a chance to make your own dream catcher – if you never had the time to produce one, now is the time! Sandra is a Metis-Cree born and raised in The Pas, Manitoba. A resident of Vancouver since the 80s, Sandra has found the importance of her lost Cree identity, seeks the traditional ways, and has come to understand that the tradition of the dream catcher originated with the Ojibway and is practiced by all Aboriginal nations in North America. The story goes that bad dreams will get caught in the web and your good dreams will be released through the centre hole. Come and be part of this story to pass down to your family and friends. Supplies provided. Free

OPENING DOORS with Daphne Marlatt and Carole Itter
Thursday October 27, 1pm-2pm
Carnegie Reading Room, 401 Main

This is an incredible opportunity to meet, talk and ask questions in a informal and relaxed atmosphere with Daphne Marlatt, novelist and poet, and Carole Itter, sculptor and author, editors of Opening Doors in Vancouver’s East End: Strathcona. Originally published in 1979, the book was out-of-print long ago and owners of the book kept their cherished copies together with elastics and scotch tape. Praise be that Opening Doors was recently republished by Harbour Publishing and is one of ten classic books brought back into print for Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary. Joining in with questions is James Johnstone, historian and heritage activist who wrote the foreword to the new edition. Free

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Thursday October 27, 1:30pm-4pm
EWMA Art Studio, 54 E. Cordova

Last year’s Making Art Through Dialogue was such a great success that EWMA is happy to launch year two of this collaborative mixed media art workshop series that combines artistic creativity and dialogue. The theme of this workshop series for women follows the festival theme Telling Our Story, Building Our Community. After the Thurs Oct 27 workshop launch, women can drop into the studio from 1:30 to 4pm on Thurs Nov 10 and 17 to continue to work on this living piece of art and dialogue. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to explore, to be open, to discuss, to create and to have fun! EWMA (Enterprising Women Making Art) is a program of Atira Women’s Resource Society. Free

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Open Dance Workshop
Thursday October 27, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Carnegie Gym 2nd floor, 401 Main

How does our love of spontaneous motion translate into vital expression in dance? This workshop is for anyone who loves to move and is curious about improvisational dance: the possibility to create and relate movement in the moment. Helen Walkley MFA is a contemporary dance artist, certified Laban Movement Analyst and registered Somatic Movement Educator who has taught, created and performed for the past thirty-one years in United States, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada. She is currently based in Vancouver. This work at Carnegie reflects her desire to work in diverse populations with the possibility of the expression of movement and its impact on our lives. Today’s class is open to all. Free *clarification: Today’s studio showing is a presentation by participants from the October workshop classes.

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MAGIC COMEDY with Gerardo Avila
Thursday October 27, 6:30pm
Hastings Street Early Learning Centre, 881 E. Hastings

It is a delight to present a Magic Comedy show with Gerardo Avila for the families of the Bright Family Futures program at RayCam. Gerardo has been performing for thirty-seven years and he is skilled in mime, clown, magic, theatre, poetry, circus and storytelling. Who can forget his street hockey playing clown? Or his spirited poems for Day of the Dead? And we get him all to ourselves! Hold on to your hats kids, now you see it, now you don’t! Everyone welcome. Free

Thursday October 27, 9pm-10pm
Live Broadcast Co-op Radio CFRO 102.7FM

Listen in as artists of the Downtown Eastside discuss the state of the arts at the level of the street. How do community artists use their talent for political action and change? Can art speak to power? Does power listen? What if your art takes you to pressing areas that are not mainstream but urgent and provocative? What if you don’t fit in? The artists of the DTES face many of these questions and answer them in different ways. The so-called “Dead Artists” and other guests give their perspective on Co-op Radio’s Arts Rational with grassroots interviewer Jay Hamburger.