City of Vancouver Proclamation

The City of Vancouver proclaimed Tuesday, October 30, 2012, City of Vancouver Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival Day.

(l-r) Terry Hunter (Executive Director, Vancouver Moving Theatre/Artistic Producer, DTES Heart of the City Festival), Mayor Gregor Robertson and Gena Thompson (President, Carnegie Community Centre Association)

Welcome to the 2012 Heart of the City Festival

The Downtown Eastside is our home, a home we share with thousands of other diverse people who deeply love this community. The poet Muriel Marjorie (Williams), who graces the cover of this year’s program guide, shouts it out so eloquently: “I love the Downtown Eastside because of its beauty and its strength, its refusal to SHUT UP and its insistence upon justice.”

This line of fiery poetry exemplifies the theme of this year’s festival: Voices from the Heart.

Here you will hear voices that inform, raise awareness and educate about the stories, concerns, values, heritage, art forms, community plans and exciting art generated in Vancouver’s founding community.

Voices that speak to the wisdom and power of our community and the challenges it faces. And voices that celebrate the neighbourhood’s indigenous stories so that old and new community members can draw strength from the community’s heritage, feel pride in its residents and values and understand its roots.

Thank you to our community partners and all those in the community who have helped realize this year’s event, our ninth annual festival. Thank you to our festival team who have worked with such dedication to produce, promote and present the many events throughout our neighbourhood at this year’s festival. And a special heartfelt thank you to Teresa Vandertuin (Associate Artistic Producer) for the passion, commitment, care, thoroughness and sense of humour she pours into the festival.

See you at the Festival everyone! Enjoy!

Terry Hunter
Executive Director, Vancouver Moving Theatre
Artistic Producer, DTES Heart of the City Festival

Savannah Walling
Artistic Director, Vancouver Moving Theatre
Associate Artistic Director, DTES Heart of the City Festival

Program Guide Locations

The program guides for this year’s festival are getting out there. Here is the current list of locations. Places where you’re likely to find plenty of copies are marked with an asterisk (*). If you want to pick up a few copies to give to friends please get them from these places as the other locations have limited quantities.

We will be adding more locations as program guides are delivered, so check back.

You can also download a pdf of the program guide. (This is a large file and may take a few minutes to download.)


Carnegie Centre* – Hastings and Main
Roundhouse Community Centre*

Western Front  – 303 East 8th
Mt Pleasant Library and Community Centre* – Kingsway near Broadway
The Rhizome Café  – 317 Broadway
Gene Café  – Kingsway & 8th Ave
Our Town Café – Kingsway & Broadway
Bonchaz Bakery – Main & Broadway
Bean Around the World – 2528 Main
Waves Coffee – 2588 Main
Liberty Bakery – Main & 21st
Bean Around World – 3598 Main
Locus – 4121 Main
The Grind – 4124 Main
Blends – 4198 Main
Saltspring Coffee Co. – 4295 Main
Splitz – 4242 Main
Café Montmarte – 4362 Main
Solly’s Bagels – 28 th Ave, near Main

Uprising Bakery – 1697 Venables
Kettle Society – 1725 Venables
Vancouver East Cultural Centre – Venables & Victoria
Zawa – 920 Commercial Drive
Adelina’s – 952 Commercial Drive
Food Co-op – 1034 Commercial Drive
Brittannia Library* – 1000 block Commercial Drive
Joe’s – 1150 Commercial Drive
Havana – 1212 Commercial Drive
Turk’s Café – 1280 Commercial Drive
Highlife Records – 1317 Commercial Drive
Co-op Bookstore – 1390 Commercial Drive
Café du Soleil – 1393 Commercial Drive
Vera’s Burgers – 1438 Commercial Drive
Euro Café – 1468 Commercial Drive
Il Mercato* – Commercial & First Ave
Washing Wells Laundry – 1910 Commercial Drive
Café Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive
JJ Bean – 2206 Commercial Drive

Aboriginal Friendship Centre 1607 Hastings East
Hastings VPL Library Branch 2674 Hastings East