We Remember Jim Green

Wednesday October 23, 5pm – 6:30pm 
Jim Green - photo John Lehmann, Globe and Mail2
Dodson Conference Centre, 25 E. Hastings
The Vancouver Urban Core Community Workers’ Association invites you to a special reception to celebrate the work and life of Jim Green and his commitment to the Downtown Eastside. Join community members and guest performers from the Vancouver Opera to honour Jim’s passion for both social justice and opera in this night to remember. This reception precedes “Night Before the Opera” at the Carnegie Community Centre at 7pm. Special thanks to the Vancouver Opera for providing free tickets to DTES community members to attend the invite-only dress rehearsals for every opera they produce. And for ensuring Jim’s passion for opera continues to be shared with the community he loved. Everyone welcome! Free

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Festival Opening Ceremony

Special Event
Wednesday October 23, 2pm – 3pm 

Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main
SamGeorge_20101027_012Join friends from the neighbourhood, dignitaries, Gena Thompson (President, Carnegie Community Centre Association) and special guests for the grand opening of our tenth annual festival! Today we also draw strength from our roots and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of In the Heart of a City: The Downtown Eastside Community Play. Sam George (Tse-at-sul-tuxch) of the Squamish Nation will open with a Welcome Song; Mike Dangeli of the Git Hayetsk Dancers will share celebratory songs; Leith Harris and Stephen Lytton will read poems written to commemorate their experiences in the community play; and the Downtown Eastside’s own blues queen Dalannah Gail Bowen will sing one of the songs from the community play. There is more! The community’s favourite jazz band The Carnegie Jazz Band, led by trombonist Brad Muirhead, will play a short selection of new songs written by members of the community, including a new arrangement of Sandstone Lady, Patrick Foley’s moving tribute to the Carnegie. Also promised: a surprise guest will be raised from its lair! Please join us for refreshments! Everyone welcome. Free

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Using Your Feast Hall Voice

Friday October 18, 1pm – 2pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main

Mike Dangeli

How do you communicate without a microphone and retain strength of purpose? With artist-carver Mike Dangeli (Nisga’a, Tlingit, Tsetsaut, and Tsimshian Nations) as your guide, learn the principles of vocal awareness and how to speak in a feast hall with volume and intention. From an early age, Mike attended feasts, potlatches and other ceremonies in BC and Alaska, trained in languages and began to study art forms, histories and cultures. The Festival is thrilled that Mike has agreed to share his experience – and his booming feast hall voice – with our community. Everyone welcome. Free

2013 Festival Press Release


Vancouver Moving Theatre in association with Carnegie Community Centre
& the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians presents

The 10th Annual Downtown Eastside
Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 23 to Sunday November 3, 2013

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary
Featuring over 80 events at over 25 locations throughout the Downtown Eastside
with special anniversary events including the premiere of Bread and Salt
on the post-festival weekend of November 8-10

This is an exciting year for the Heart of the City Festival as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary!

We have much to celebrate since our founding – the festival, and the Downtown Eastside community, is recognized across Canada as a leader in community arts; and since our founding the festival has presented over 1,000 events featuring approximately 10,000 artists of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, cultural background and art forms.

To celebrate the Festival’s 10th Anniversary, and to honour the talents, wisdom and power of our home community, the 2013 theme is: “Drawing Strength from Our Roots.” The Downtown Eastside is the heart of the City, the founding neighbourhood where Vancouver began, and is the home of choice for thousands of the City’s residents.

The Festival takes inspiration from the words of Downtown Eastside poet and activist Bud Osborn:

Our purpose is to live in community, and community is care, care for one another, care for those least able to care for themselves, care for all, care in action.

This year’s Festival features our annual feast of twelve days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks, walking tours, and a diverse array of artist showcases.

An abundance of special 10th anniversary events include: • world renowned Downtown Eastside based Uzume Taiko; • urban ink productionsWomen In Fish, a tribute to women in the fishing industry; • Out on a Limb, a multimedia event of stories, images and song about growing up and growing older, produced by The Only Animal in association with PHS Community Services; • DTES Taiko Roots!, a tribute to taiko drumming in Vancouver with Sansho Daiko and more; • the Oppenheimer Park Art Show: Fun & Games presented with Gallery Gachet; • The Stanza Project written by Downtown Eastside’s exciting Thursdays Writing Collective directed by Elee Kraljii Gardiner; • Hot Jazz at the Carnegie showcasing new original music from the community, with the Carnegie Jazz Band (Brad Muirhead, Band Leader); • songs of mother earth with Iskwew Singers, a trio of Canadian Aboriginal women; • Listening to Truth, Seeking Reconciliation, a talkumentary evening to ask “what does reconciliation mean to you?”; • Downtown Eastside Front and Centre: Love on the Piano featuring A.S. Naomi Narvey, Elaine Joe, Stan Hudac, Joyce Morgan, Dalannah Gail Bowen and Michael Creber; • roof lifting Barrio Flamenco: Flamenco for the People at Carnegie; • an exhibit and reading, Modernize Tailors: 100 Years of Dressing the Modern Man at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden; • the completed work of CONNECT performed by Karen Jamieson and the Carnegie Dance Troupe; • and the premiere of Bread and Salt, a tribute to the Ukrainian Canadian community in Vancouver’s historic East End, presented by Vancouver Moving Theatre with the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians.

The mandate of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival is to profile and foster the development of community arts in the Downtown Eastside – from community building and bridge building, to celebrating artists and cultures, to giving voice to local concerns. The festival involves a wide range of professional, community, emerging and student artists, and lovers of the arts. Over 1,000 artists participated in last year’s 2012 Festival.

Most events are free or suggested donation.
Full program of events will be posted by Thursday 10 October 2013.
Program guides will be distributed throughout Downtown Eastside and along Main Street and Commercial Drive between Friday Oct 11 and Sunday October 13. 

MEDIA CONTACT:   Jodi Smith 604.736.4939, jlsmgmt@lightspeed.ca