Sunday November 4

Walking Tour
Sunday November 4, 10:30am – 12pm
Meet SE corner of Powell and Jackson

Join Raymond Nakamura as he takes you back in time to the vibrant pre-war community of Japanese Canadians and Japanese immigrants who lived and worked in the area. The community grew and thrived over a fifty-year period from the 1890s until its forced removal in 1942. The tour will focus on the 300 and 400 blocks of Powell Street, the commercial heart of the community. Raymond’s knowledge of the area is both personal and fact-based: his family lived on Powell Street and he worked as Education Coordinator at the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby. The tour will end at the Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall Food Bazaar (487 Alexander). $10 for non-residents, pay what you can for local residents

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Community Celebration
Sunday November 4, 12pm – 3pm
Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander

The popular Fall Food Bazaar is back after the Language School underwent a heritage childcare renovation. The completion of the building is beautiful and the kitchen is ready to be put to work. Come early to this semi-annual Japanese feast and eat, eat, eat! VJLS & JH volunteers work feverishly over many days to make and serve a wide variety of menu items, hot, fresh, seasonal and affordable. This fundraising event is always popular, with children’s games corner, door and raffle prizes, and a silent auction.
As a special festival treat, Axé Capoeira will perform at 1pm. Expect to be enlivened by the drums and vocals of Brazilian percussion music, be amazed by gravity-defying acrobatics, and inspired by the capoeiristas and dancers. Entrance by donation to the Bazaar.

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Music in the Streets
Sunday November 4, 12pm & 1pm
Starts at Carnegie Community Centre, 401 Main

Get your dancing shoes ready. Can you hear them coming? It’s music in the streets with the Hastings Street Band. Led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Brad Muirhead, the Band is comprised of enthusiastic Downtown Eastside involved amateur and semi-pro musicians playing with professional musicians from across Vancouver. Fast becoming a community favourite, the band plays upbeat jazz and blues with a taste of New Orleans. Free

Art in the Streets
ART CART at the DNC Street Market
Sunday November 4, 12pm – 5pm
Pigeon Park, E. Hastings and Carrall

As part of the Gallery Gachet & Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show, the newly launched Art Cart will go to the DNC Street Market at Pigeon Park on Sundays November 4, 11, and 18. The Art Cart is an ambulant art gallery that spreads the artistic potential of the Downtown Eastside and aims at creating more urban creative spaces around the City. Today’s artist is Jim Dewar, sketch artist-at-large, who will show sketches he created as one of the participants in the Downtown Eastside Artists in the Streets this past summer. Art is for sale.

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Music in the Streets
Sunday November 4, 1pm
Meet at Victory Square, 200 block Hastings at Cambie

Join a processional performance of Beledrone, a thrilling aural treat of gamelan and bagpipes, led by Michael O’Neill and I Wayan Sudirana with Mearingstone and guests. The ensemble is a combination of processional Balinese ‘gamelan beleganjur’ and highland pipes, thus ‘bele + drone’. The musicians will play more involved sections in one place and travel to another, linked by processional music of walking gamelan and pipes. Don’t miss this rare opportunity of music in the streets. Free

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Community Celebrations
Sunday November 4, 3pm
Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender

The festival ends on a high note with the annual Association of United Ukrainian Canadians (AUUC) concert and supper at the Ukrainian Hall. The AUUC is pleased to present their season opening concert on the closing afternoon of the Festival. The concert offers a welcoming atmosphere of Ukrainian traditions, lively music, invigorating dance and colourful costumes. Featuring all of the Hall’s performing arts groups: the Barvinok Choir led by choral director Beverly Dobrinsky; the Vancouver Folk Orchestra – one of the oldest and largest folk orchestras in Vancouver; and the award-winning Dovbush Dancers.
Special guests include Axé Capoeira with dynamic Brazilian dances and percussion; brilliant spoken word artist Zaccheus Jackson of the Blackfoot Nation; DTES poet and performer Muriel Marjorie; and a thrilling aural treat of gamelan, bagpipes and Ukrainian singing led by Michael O’Neill with Mearingstone and guests.
After this cultural feast, we gather downstairs for a delicious traditional Ukrainian Supper! Concert and supper $20. Be sure to book your tickets in advance for this very popular event. For tickets call 604-254-3436.

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Sunday November 4, 7:30pm – 9pm
Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender

The Festival’s closing night community dance is so popular and so much fun that the dance carries on year after year as a Festival tradition! We are pleased to welcome back the musical fun of DTES resident Russell Shumsky on marimba and percussion; Bud Kurz on guitar; fiddler Kathleen Nisbet; and our dance caller Marlin Prowell. If you’ve never danced a step in your life, here is your chance to get your feet wet in a musical celebration across generations. Follow the dance caller’s instructions and you’ll be an expert in minutes. Grab your friends, neighbours, the whole family, and head on down to this toe-tappin’ heartwarming ending for this year’s DTES Heart of the City Festival. Pay what you can

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