Friday October 26

Friday October 26
11am Admiral Seymour Elementary School, 1130 Keefer
1:30pm Lord Strathcona Elementary School, 592 E. Pender

Axé Capoeira (pronounced AH-shay cap-oh-AIR-ah) was founded in Brazil and arrived in Canada in 1990 to perform at the Vancouver Children’s Festival. Since then they have become one of the premier capoeira organizations in North America. The DTES-based Axé Capoeira presents a show of spectacular dance, acrobatics, music and educational entertainment. Expect to be enlivened by the drums and vocals of Brazilian percussion music, amazed by gravity-defying acrobatics, and inspired as the show ends in an interactive dance including the entire audience.
Please note: these school performances are for students, parents and teachers only.

Friday October 26, 11am – 12:30pm
St. James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova

Eagerly anticipated throughout the year, the St. James’ Women’s Guild Bargain Sale is the gold mine event to catch. Don’t miss this hour and a half opportunity in bargain sale heaven to pick up household items, gifts, electronics, clothes and other items, for cheap, cheap, cheap prices. Find a last minute Hallowe’en costume or perhaps that long desired I’ve-been-looking-for-this-but-could-never-afford-it kitchen item! Everyone welcome.

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COMEDY with Sam Bob
Friday October 26, 1pm – 3pm
Aboriginal Front Door, 384 Main

Free your trickster, find your voice, and have fun! Take this performance and stand-up comedy workshop with Sam Bob, one of the city’s funniest actors. Sam’s traditional name is Tulkweemultk’ of the SnawNaw-us First Nation and he has performed nationally in theatre, radio, television and film. Sam says his true reward from working in the arts comes from his active mentoring of First Nation’s youth with the IIDF program at Capilano University. Everyone welcome. Free

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Open House
Friday October 26, 1pm – 5pm
Vancouver Police Museum, 240 E. Cordova 2nd floor

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. There are also special displays on some of the teams that make up the police force, including the Mounted Squad, Dog Squad, Marine Squad and others. For more information: 604-665-3346 or Everyone welcome. Today is free admission

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Friday October 26, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Woodward’s Atrium, 111 W. Hastings

Fun for all. Free

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Friday October 26, 7pm – 11pm
W2 Media Café, 111 W. Hastings

Presented by Simon Fraser Student Society. All ages welcome. $5

Visual Arts/Art in the Streets
FESTIVAL ART STROLL Community Studios and Galleries
Friday October 26, 5pm – 10pm

Numerous organizations in the Downtown Eastside provide opportunities for local residents to participate in art making. Four of these organizations are featured in our new Festival Arts Stroll.
Gallery Gachet has an extensive and storied history producing art shows created by and with professional and non-professional artists. The Carnegie Community Centre provides opportunities for Downtown Eastside involved residents to take art programs and workshops and to present their work. Atira Housing supports art making, community art projects and arts and craft retail sales through their project EWMA (Enterprising Women Making Art). And Mission Possible has StudioWorks Art Studio/Gallery and Pottery Facility to provide space for artists who are residents of the Downtown Eastside and don’t have room to practice their craft.
Stroll. Dance your way down the street in a procession. Enjoy gallery openings, refreshments, friends and neighbours. Experience a sampling of the fascinating and diverse art that Downtown Eastside residents are creating here in the heart of our city. Free

5pm Hastings Street Band Art Stroll Procession
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell. Departs 5:30pm for Gallery Gachet

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6pm – 9pm StudioWorks Art Studio/Gallery Open House
Mission Possible, 335 Princess

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6pm – 10pm Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show Opening Reception
Gallery Gachet, 88 E. Cordova

7pm – 10pm Eastside Friday Celebration Music and Art
EWMA Studio, 54 E. Cordova

7pm – 9pm The Day of the Dead Show Artist Reception
Carnegie Community Centre 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main


Opening Reception & Procession
ART SHOW (Part of the Art-i-Fact: 88 East Cordova Project)
Opening reception: Friday October 26, 5pm – 10pm
5pm Procession, meet at Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell
6pm Reception, Gallery Gachet, 88 E. Cordova
In Conjunction with Heart of the City Festival Art Stroll
Exhibition October 26 to November 25

In celebration of Gallery Gachet’s 20 Year Anniversary and the 5th annual Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show, we proudly present an exhibition from within the historically low-income and creative community of the Downtown Eastside and the “inclusionary zone” of the DEOD (Downtown Eastside Oppenheimer District). Featuring over thirty self-taught, new and emerging local artists, this exhibition offers a unique perspective into history, heart and home. The opening night procession leaves Oppenheimer at 5pm and is led by Brad Muirhead and the Hastings Street Band. At 6pm join Harmony of Nations at Gallery Gachet for a traditional welcome, followed by music with the band SCOW. Free

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Visual Arts
Artist Reception Friday October 26, 7pm – 9pm
Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main
Exhibition October 1 to 31

Local artist and social activist Diane Wood exhibits artwork, paintings, figurines and decorations she has created over the years to celebrate the Latin American Day of the Dead festival in the Downtown Eastside. It’s colourful, it’s a celebration…that’s what she likes about the Day of the Dead. Diane has followed the tradition of creating “calaveras” – tableaux with little skull-headed characters. Some of them you may recognize! Join the artist at the opening reception on Friday Oct. 26 as part of the Festival Art Stroll and at 7:30pm with folkloric Mexican songs and storytelling by Isabel Ramirez and poetry by Diane. Free

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Friday October 26, 7pm – 10pm
EWMA Studio, 54 E. Cordova

Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA) is honoured to present the Eastside Friday Celebration as part of the Festival Art Stroll. Join us and celebrate the rich culture and tradition of “women’s art’ in an evening of music and art featuring work by EWMA artists and artisans. EWMA, an initiative of Atira Women’s Resource Society, supports women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to work together and develop an alternative form of business or employment. Free space is available for women artists and artisans to learn new skills to make and sell marketable artwork. Everyone welcome to Eastside Friday. Free

Music & Dance
BARRIO FLAMENCO: Flamenco for the People
Friday October 26, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main

Celebrate the spirit of the Downtown Eastside with an unforgettable night of live flamenco music and dance! Flamenco is an art form by and for the people, danced and played with spirit, ferocity, joy, laughter and tears. ‘Barrio’ refers to the vibrant and tight-knit neighbourhoods in southern Spain where flamenco originated. The evening, hosted by Kelty McKerracher, features some of the most compelling flamenco dancers, singers and musicians in the city. Some students of Kelty’s community flamenco classes will also share the stage. Join us for an exciting juerga (flamenco party) to play, pray, laugh, cry, enjoy, and stamp your feet! A wildly popular event so come early to sit near the front and see the dancers’ feet! Olé! Free

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Friday October 26, 10pm
W2 Media Café, 111 W. Hastings

Hallowe’en weekend we invite you to revel in a W2 fundraising event with twelve sound artists and three media artists performing throughout all three floors. Prize money for creative costumes! Artists include: SALVA from Los Angeles; CLICKS & WHISTLES of Charlotte, North Carolina; SELF EVIDENT; EAMES; DUBCONSCIOUS; BASTET; APPLICATION; MEMIO; KLINE; AUTEM; LOMAX; SEBNEM OZPETA; and WOODHEAD. $5 entry for DTES residents who are members of W2’s Inner-City Media Arts Club. Join in person or via email:

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