A Celebration of the Carnegie Theatre

Music & Spoken Word
Wednesday October 28, 6pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main
The Carnegie Theatre is one of the most heavily used community spaces in the Downtown Eastside. Recently funds were raised to make the theatre more accessible to community groups, and with the work completed, the Festival invites you to celebrate, mingle and socialize at an evening of music, jazz, spoken word, and musical improvisation. Refreshments!

6pm Something new this year! Musicians with the Carnegie Jazz Band are reconfiguring in multiple smaller Carnegie Jazz Combos, and will play a selection of jazz standards and original material, including new compositions by Brad Muirhead and a new song by Terry Hunter, Festival Artistic Producer.

7:30pm The Carnegie Jazz Band returns with their finger snappin’, toe tappin’ and head boppin’ hot music under the wonderful tutelage of multi-instrumentalist and composer Brad Muirhead.

8:30pm Special guests: Idverb with a kaleidoscopic collage of spoken word and music. Performed by Brad Muirhead, Lisa Miller (piano), Chris Kelly (electronics), with text by spoken-word artist Kedrick James. Guest community poets include Stephen Lytton, Muriel Marjorie Williams and Phoenix Winter who will join Idverb for performances completely new and original.

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Festival Opening Ceremony

Special Event
Wednesday October 28, 2pm – 3pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main
Join friends from the neighbourhood, dignitaries, Phoenix Winter (President, Carnegie Community Centre Association) and special guests for this the grand Opening Ceremony of our 12th annual festival! Today we celebrate the artists in our midst, the strength and resilience of the Downtown Eastside community, and the theme of this year’s Festival, Nourished by Community.

William Nahanee (Kwel-a-a-nexw) of the Squamish Nation will open with a Welcome Song; DTES favourite Dalannah Gail Bowen and Owen Owen Owen will nourish our souls with their heart-felt music; Sylvi MacCormac will share her new soundscape on the Festival accompanied by a slide show of festival photographs; poet-extraordinaire Muriel Marjorie Williams will stir things up with trombonist Brad Muirhead; John Endo Greenway, Rosemary Georgeson and Grace Eiko Thomson will present an excerpt from Against the Current, along with a hopeful surprise! And the Hastings Street Band will have us ready to boogie with their toe-tappin’ hot jazz.

Refreshments! Everyone welcome.


Pigeon Park Proud

Exhibit & Reception
PIGEON PARK PROUD Photos by Tom Quirk
Wednesday October 21, 7pm – 9pm
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall
Exhibition October 21 to 31, Gallery hours 1pm to 5pm

Images and Reflections: Pigeon Park Proud is an exhibition of photo-portraits, art and photo-documentation that celebrates the people of the historic Pigeon Park and the community of the Downtown Eastside. Through art, the photographic eyes of Tom Quirk and Anthony Zdansky, and the reflections of DTES residents on the phrase “An elder once told me…” we connect with the diversity and exceptional sense of strength, power and support that makes this community special. Presented by Vancouver Moving Theatre/Heart of the City Festival in partnership with Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts, and in cooperation with Portland Hotel Society and Culture Saves Lives.

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Carnegie TV – Downtown Variety Show

Live Recording
Friday October 16, 7pm – 9:30pm, doors open 6:45pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main

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Join the studio audience! See how a television program gets made!! Be part of the ACTION! Attend a live recording of the Downtown Variety Show on Carnegie TV slated for broadcast on SHAWTV during the Heart of the City Festival. Cheer on local favourite musicians and spoken word artists, including Les Nelson, Dalannah Gail Bowen, Owen Owen Owen, Brad Muirhead, Terry Hunter, Gary Wildeman, Diane Wood, Muriel Marjorie Williams, Bob Sung, Mike Richter, Steve Edwards, magician Merlin Cosmos and your host Mr. Sam Snobelen. Join us for posterity!

If you can’t make it to the recording, you’ll have several opportunities to watch the program on SHAW Cable 4 during the festival:

Monday November 2, 12midnight (Tuesday Nov 3, 12am)
Tuesday November 3, 8pm – 9pm
Saturday November 7, 11pm – 12am
Sunday November 8, 3pm – 4pm

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