Coast Salish Protocol in the Arts

Panel Discussion
Tuesday November 3, 2pm – 4pm
VIMAF/W2 Media Hub, 3rd floor, 877 E. Hastings

CSCNetworkblackmedAre you working in the arts and want to learn about Coast Salish protocol? Want to make “territorial acknowledgements” mean something? Learn about opportunities for non-Coast Salish artists to explore reconciliation and redress, while promoting Coast Salish culture and identity here in the Unceded Territory. Speakers: Charlene Aleck (Tsleil-Waututh), Khelsilem (Squamish), Columpa Bobb (Sto:lo/Tsleil-Waututh), and Irwin Oostindie (Dutch Settler). Presented by Heart of the City Festival and Coast Salish Cultural Network. Refreshments.


Terrain of Thought

One more workshop Monday afternoon, following by the exhibit and reception in the evening.

Workshop & Interactive Exhibit
Monday November 2, 11am – 2pm
Carnegie 3rd floor Gallery, 401 Main

Last spring, over 75 artists traveled across Canada from Vancouver to PEI on the Train of Thought, with stops in 25 cities, towns and First Nation communities: a journey of reconciliation and collaboration through participatory art-making between First Nations and settler-immigrant artists and communities. Launched with a Leave-taking Ceremony in the Downtown Eastside, Train of Thought was produced by Jumblies Theatre (Ontario) and partners across Canada, including Vancouver Moving Theatre. To move forward on this vital work, Ruth Howard – one of the festival’s favorite visiting artists and the artistic director of Jumblies Theatre – returns to the Downtown Eastside to collaborate with Train of Thought artists on creating Terrain of Thought for the Carnegie 3rd floor gallery.

The artistic team will work with Carnegie patrons and festival guests to build a mini-landscape out of assorted materials, text and images from the national tour and the Downtown Eastside. The exhibit will be created over four days in three display cases, through open workshops. Come and contribute to an emerging imaginative terrain woven from thoughts on how we can live together on shared territory.

The artists: Ruth Howard, Bill Beauregarde, Columpa Bobb, Priscillia Tait, and Savannah Walling.

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Exhibit & Reception
Monday November 2, 7:30pm – 9pm
Carnegie 3rd floor Gallery, 401 Main
Exhibition November 2 to November 30

Join Columpa Bobb, Ruth Howard, Kelty McKerracher and Savannah Walling as they share stories, images and video from their journey across Canada on the national Train of Thought (Spring 2015). This evolving community arts journey, produced by Jumblies Theatre with over 95 partners, visited over 25 Canadian cities, towns and First Nation communities. Included in tonight’s reception is a 25-minute video on the TRACKS: 7th Canadian Community Play & Art Symposium, which launched the Train of Thought. Edited by Brian Ley, the video features excerpts from the symposium opening in Stanley Park, The Big House cultural sharing feast, and words from Indigenous and settler/immigrant artists on their experiences collaborating to create art with, for and about their communities.

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Barrio Flamenco

Music & Dance
BARRIO FLAMENCO: Flamenco for the People
Sunday November 1, 7pm – 10pm
The Ironworks, 235 Alexander
By donation at the door

Celebrate the spirit of the Downtown Eastside with an unforgettable evening of live flamenco music and dance! Flamenco is an art form by and for the people, danced and played with spirit, ferocity, laughter and tears. It was born in the taverns and living rooms of the barrios, or poor neighbourhoods, of Southern Spain – a song of the street, a cry, and a celebration.

Hosted by flamenco artist and teacher Kelty McKerracher, Barrio Flamenco features some of the most compelling flamenco dancers, singers and musicians in the city, alongside the Carnegie DTES Flamencos. This year Kelty hosts, direct from Spain, singer Naike Ponce, in her first Canadian appearance.

Also featured this evening are guitarist Peter Mole, singer Farnaz Ohadi, dancers Michelle Harding, Andrea William, Maria Avila, young favourite Sophia Ludwig, and many more!

To celebrate Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, our Barrio Flamenco includes a shrine to honour those who have gone before. On the night 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. Olé!

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Stealing Light

Sunday November 1, 2pm – 3pm
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall
By donation to the garden

In this remarkable solo show Stealing Light: Stories of Transformation, Columpa C. Bobb (Artistic Director, Urban Indigenous Theatre, Winnipeg) enacts the story of a long-ago greedy chief who hoarded and would not share the life giving light of the stars, moon and sun. Raven stole these gifts from the power hungry chief and set them free for all people. Weaving stories and wisdom from her ancestors (Columpa is a great-granddaughter of Chief Dan George) mixed with contemporary stories of the wounded earth today, Columpa calls for Raven to once again steal the light.