Big Print Project Chinatown

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Raven’s Eye Studio, 456 E. Hastings
Big Print Project Chinatown took place at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen plaza last August on the BC Day weekend and focused on the richness of Vancouver’s Chinese and Aboriginal cultures. The project featured a team of artists and printmakers who carved and printed dramatic 4ft x 8ft woodcuts that highlighted the possibilities of large wood-relief printmaking that were pressed with a full-size steamroller! Artists include Corey Bulpitt, Haisla Collins, Kee Toy Joseph, Jeanette Lee, Sharifah Marsden, Gerald Pedros, Susan Point, Connie Sabo, Jerry Whitehead, Sylvia Wong and June Yun. Come and see some of the works now on display during the Heart of the City Festival! For more information contact Jerry Whitehead at 604-716-1339.

Barrio Flamenco: Flamenco for the People

Music & Dance
Wednesday November 2, 7pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main
Celebrate the spirit of the Downtown Eastside with an unforgettable evening of live flamenco music and dance!

Barrio Flamenco (1), pro and community, Heart Festival 2013, Mark Montgomery photo

photo by Mark Montgomery

Flamenco is an art form by and for the people, danced and played with spirit, ferocity, laughter and tears; full of pain yet also joy. ‘Barrio’ refers to the vibrant and tight-knit neighbourhoods in southern Spain where flamenco originated.

Hosted by flamenco dancer, singer and teacher Kelty McKerracher, Barrio Flamenco features some of the most compelling flamenco dancers, singers and musicians in the city, alongside the Downtown Eastside Flamencos. Featured this evening are guitarist Peter Mole, dancers Liat Harlev, Elvira Yebes, Elen Ghulum, young favourite Sophia Ludwig, and many more!

On the night of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, when the divide between this world and the spirit world blurs, join us for this exciting juerga (flamenco party) to laugh, play, pray, cry, enjoy and stamp your feet!

An annual venue-packed favourite; come early. Olé!


Sunday October 30, 4pm – 5pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Woodward’s, 149 W. Hastings
The Festival is thrilled to present the metamorphose-kjd-appearing-in-photo-carnegie-dance-troupe-dancer-deborah-charlie-photo-chris-randlepremiere of Metamorphose, a community-engaged dance production by Karen Jamieson Dance and the Carnegie Dance Troupe that explores transformation, creation and imagination through dance. The piece has developed over the last three years and is presented in partnership with the Carnegie Community Centre and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

The Festival on TV & Radio


“Shamelessly promoting our friends and community!” Presented by ACCESS Television, community television in Vancouver BC that focuses on marginalized voices and produced by volunteers. This year, ACCESS TV broadcasts a wonderful re-edited broadcast of the DTES Music Theatre Showcase presented during the 2009 Heart of the City Festival on stage at the Russian Hall.

Part One  – Shaw Cable 4access-tv-folks-again-festival-16-d-cooper-photo-bw
Monday October 24, 12am – 1am
Tuesday October 25, 8pm – 9pm
Saturday October 29, 11pm – 12am

Sunday October 30, 3pm – 4pm

Part Two  – Shaw Cable 4
Monday October 31, 12am – 1am
Tuesday November 1, 8pm – 9pm
Saturday November 5, 11pm – 12am
Sunday November 6, 3pm –4pm

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Thursday October 27, 1pm – 2pm
Live Broadcast Co-op Radio 100.5FMcoop_logo_rgb-for-computer-screens
Ariadne Sawyer, host of World Poetry Café, is pleased to celebrate the Heart of the City Festival with poetry, interviews, creative tips and music. Today Ariadne welcomes the multi-talented and fascinating Ramon Flores Trovador. Born in Nicaragua, Ramon is a musician, troubadour, songwriter, journalist, director and producer of the Co-op Radio morning show called “El Bus de las 7” or “The 7 o’clock Bus.” He is the founder of a Vancouver-based movement of troubadours called “La Trova Nuestra” and continues to guide a new generation of artists fighting for social justice through arts and culture.
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Thursday October 27, 9pm – 11pm
Live Broadcast Co-op Radio 100.5FM
Interviews and commentary on the local arts scene. Including theatre, art house and commercial cinema. Serious music, dance and movement. What’s on at galleries and festivals of all kinds. With Host Jay Hamburger, tonight’ s guests include actors from Theatre in the Raw’ s Production of The Threepenny Opera; Susanna Uchaitus, Artistic Director of Theatre Terrific; and Maggie Winston, clown performer in The Assembly and the new program liaison for the 13th Annual Heart of the City Festival. Tune in and learn about the best of local theatre happening now.
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Monday October 31, 1pm – 2:30pm
Live Broadcast Co-op Radio 100.5FM
In the landscape of reconciliation, through truth morriseau_renae_250telling and artistic practice, Gunargie O’Sullivan focuses on the current relationship between Canada and First Nations in urban Vancouver. Gunargie has been dedicated to community and campus radio since 1989 and attributes her knowledge to the many guests and community that sit in chairs across from her. Gunargie’s guest today is Renae Morriseau, from Treaty One territory who has made her home on Coast Salish shores for over thirty years. Renae will talk on artistic and cultural projects that actively strive to shed light on Truth and Reconciliation in this time we are in today.
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Wednesday November 2, 2pm – 2:30pm
Live Broadcast Co-op Radio 100.5FM
Join Wax Poetic hosts RC Weslowski and Pamela Bentley on Vancouver Co-op Radio every Wednesday on Vancouver Co-op Radio live with poets who also share some of their poems. The co-hosts let each poem and poet guide them in conversation to see how the words and the world inspire. Who knows what they will talk about? Today’s program welcomes special Heart of the City Festival guest, Karenza T. Wall from the Thursdays Writing Collective.  Tune in!
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Thursday November 3, 9pm – 11pm
Live Broadcast Co-op Radio 100.5FM

As the 13th Annual DTES Heart of the City Festival nears its final weekend, there are still many great events to attend. Tune into this live broadcast and find out what’s happening. Host Jay Hamburger interviews Muriel Williams who shares original stories and poems, Robert Sung enlightening us on Chinatown and WHAZZAT? a walking tour, and Laura Barron, artistic director of Instruments of Change and facilitator of the Street Beats Concert reveals some background about the ground-breaking community music project. So sit back and enjoy a great night of radio!
Listen now – part 1 (starts at 52:50)
Listen now – part 2