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