Day of the Dead Procession, Poetry & Music

Shrine on Hastings 2 - Isabel and Diane '12 - photo Tom Quirk

Community Celebration
Friday November 1, 5pm – 7pm 
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell
Latin Americans everywhere celebrate Day Of The Dead with pageantry, music, love and humour. We throw a party and invite the dead to join us for a couple hours before returning to “the other side.” At 5pm latin guitarist Alfredo Flores will lead us on a procession around Oppenheimer Park to visit community shrines and to honour the lives lost on our streets. We’ll end the walk back at the Field House for hot chocolate, music and celebration. Bring flowers, candles, and photographs for the ofrenda (altar), noisemakers, costumes or musical instruments. At 6pm we will share poetry and song with our host Lady Die, the thoughtful and passionate Stephen Lytton, flowstream wordsmith Robyn Livingstone, and neighbourhood sweetheart Mexican folklorista Isabel Ramirez. Everyone welcome. Free

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Hallowe’en Dance & Costume Party

Thursday October 31, 7pm – 10pm
Carnegie Community Theatre, 401 Mainpumpkin_in_leaves
Tonight is Hallowe’en and the spooky Carnegie Centre invites you to put on your most frightful face and join in the dance! The band tonight is The Do-Rites who play a danceable mix of mid-century styles including rockabilly, country, blues and jazz. The Do-Rites Trio is composed of Steve Taylor on drums, Joanie Kepler on upright bass, and frontman Jimmy Roy on vocals, guitar and steel guitar who says, “We’ll have the joint jumpin’!” The band can be heard every Sunday evening at the Revel Room on Abbot and Cordova. Brush up your scary moves and join the ghouls at Carnegie for a bone-rattling dance! Free

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Howl 'en - Wolf - painting Michael Edward NardachioniCommunity Celebration
Thursday October 31, 1pm – 4pm
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell
It’s Hallowe’en and everyone’s ready to party. Come to Oppenheimer Park in costume for snacks and karaoke and to party! One way or another there will be music and dancing. Join in The Howl at 4pm. Let the ghoul out and the howls echo! Everyone welcome. Free

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DTES Front and Centre: Love on the Piano


Wednesday October 30, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main
DTES Front and Centre presents a selection of the many incredible performing artists from the neighbourhood. This year we have invited singers and musicians whose work springs from the keyboard, with the music of love. The line-up features mezzo-soprano A.S. Naomi Narvey with Chansons d’Amour: Edith Piaf, accompanied by pianist Elaine Joe; Stan Hudac, extraordinary pianist and local favourite, will play rhapsodies and blues; Carnegie regular Joyce Morgan, in her first Festival appearance pianist, will share her love of Bach and Beethoven; and special guest Vancouver Blues Queen Dalannah Gail Bowen, accompanied by the awe-inspiring Michael Creber on piano, will play us home. Free

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