Thursday November 5


Planning Meeting
Thursday November 5, 11am
W2 Perel Gallery, 112 W. Hastings

Join with staff and volunteers of SFU, W2, and AIDS Vancouver to plan a November community celebration to welcome our DTES neighbours back into the Woodward’s complex. Learn about what is planned for the Woodward’s Atrium, and how you can be involved as a participant, artist, or volunteer. The Woodward’s community and non-profit tenants look forward to engaging with their neighbours. Woodward’s is a major community resource and the involvement of local residents and workers will ensure it remains a central hub for our neighbourhood for decades to come. For more information:

Thursday November 5
10:45am Admiral Seymour Elementary School, 1130 Keefer
1:30pm Lord Strathcona Elementary School, 592 E. Pender

The Festival is thrilled to present Iskwew to the school children and educators of our neighbourhood. Iskwew (is-kway-yo) means women in Cree, and this trio of women creates and performs songs in the plains and west coast traditions. First Nation’s people believe that all of life is interconnected and Iskwew sings about the inter-connectedness of all things – from the four-legged beings to those that swim and crawl upon the earth and take to the skies. With clear strong voices, they weave stories into songs and breathe new life into the history of the ancestors and our survival on Mother Earth. Students & parents only

Reading/Story Sharing
MYTHOGYNY: the lives and times of women elders in BC
Thursday November 5, 1pm-4pm
UBC Learning Exchange 2nd floor Multipurpose Room, 612 Main

Join us to discover Mythogyny: the lives and times of women elders in BC, a newly published anthology of personal stories. Hear how unattached senior women on limited income trained to record the stories of almost 80 BC elders to create an anthology of powerful stories, often quite artlessly unaware of their own power. Listen as some of these remarkable storytellers deconstruct the myths surrounding marriage, motherhood and women’s work that enticed a generation. Mythogyny is the culmination of the project Lessons Learned: the lives and times of women elders in BC undertaken by Women Elders in Action (WE*ACT) with funding support from the Women’s Program of Status of Women Canada and 411 Seniors Centre Society. Everyone welcome. Free

Thursday November 5, 3:30pm-5pm
EWMA Studio, 54 E. Cordova

Try new things and have fun at an art workshop for children and parents. Join artist Erin Johnson in a large scale painting session. Express how you feel about what makes a community and then trace images and paint them as a group. In partnership with Atira/EWMA (Enterprising Women Making Art). A special thanks to Opus Art & Design for their donation of supplies. For more information call 778-828-6358 or Snacks provided. Children and parents. Free

Thursday November 5, 5pm-7:30pm
W2 Perel Gallery, 112 W. Hastings (note: change of venue)
With new asphalt, renovated heritage buildings, and hundreds of new condo units, the Downtown Eastside is changing. In other ways, it stays the same. The Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts, the DTES Community Arts Network and Heart of the City Festival invite you to participate in a conversation on the role of the arts in the neighbourhood. What does development mean for existing artists? Are artists the unwitting “shock troops of gentrification,” or are the arts an integral component of the community? With guests David Duprey, business man and entrepreneur; Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director – W2 Community Media Arts Society; Wendy Pedersen, community advocate for low-income housing; and Anne Marie Slater, independent photographer and media artist; moderator Ethel Whitty, Director—Carnegie Community Centre. Reception at 5pm, Dialogue begins at 5:30pm. Free

Visual Arts
Meet the Artist Thursday November 5, 6pm-8pm
radha yoga & eatery, 728 Main 2nd floor
Exhibition November 4 to 30

This powerful series of artwork by longtime DTES resident and First Nation elder Bill Quinn—the result of a lifetime of experience on the underside of colonialism—makes an unequivocal statement about the nature of imperialism and global capitalism and the impact these forces have had on the indigenous people of the world. Ten years ago Bill took an original approach to collage art, and began to transcribe his rich understanding of contemporary society into a visual discourse that layers tragedy and humour into this one-of-a-kind exploration of the journey – and the story – of buffalo meat to baloney. For more information: 604-605-0011 or

Thursday November 5,
W2 Perel Gallery, 112 W. Hastings

Come to a brief presentation on community television access and public participation. All citizens can exercise their entitlement to training and access provided by the public trust of community broadcasting. Find out more! Hosted by the Fearless TV Community Television Cluster. Followed by a meet and greet. If you are fearless, this is your TV! Free

Thursday November 5, 8pm-10pm
Radio Station Cafe, 101 E. Hastings (note: change of venue)

An intimate soiree with some of the best DTES involved artists, from an awesome community All Nations drumming group to whimsical blues guitar, from hard-driving vocals to the contemporary and traditional sounds of the koto, from memorable magic to our favourite country & western and bluegrass singer, and the most exquisite piano playing of jazz standards in town. Performing tonight are Harmony of Nations, John Cote and Brian Brinsmead, Andy Kostynuik, Kozue Matsumoto, Merlin, Ricky Lavallie and Stan Hudac. Hosted by Ken Tabata, friendly local musician, photographer, cover boy and Carnegie security man. Free