Opening the Treasure Box: Where Carrall Meets Pender

Saturday November 2, 2pm – 4pm 
Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery 29 W. Pender
The Downtown Eastside is a treasure box full of compelling stories generated by an interaction of people, place, period, position, and perspective. Our panel of five historians and storytellers will share from their favourite neighbourhood stories and recollections about the historic intersection of Pender and Carrall.

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Lani Russwarm

The panel of history treasure hunters features:

  • T’Uy’Tanat/Cease Wyss – ethnobotanist, media artist, educator, filmmaker, illustrator, curator, artist and activist whose work weaves itself thorough a variety of communities including the DTES;
  • James Johnstone – East End-based house history researcher, heritage activist, avid blogger and neighbourhood History Walk guide;
  • Lani Russwurm – DTES resident and creator of the Past Tense blog; his first book, Vancouver Was Awesome: A Curious Pictorial History, was just released in October;
  • Larry Wong – enthusiastic writer and historian who published his memoirs Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood in September 2011, now in second printing;
  • Steven Wong – certified Sundo yoga teacher, Dragon Boater, and a scion of the Wong family of Modernize Tailors at Carrall and Pender.


Coming Together, Celebrating Our Seniors

ray-cam centre

Community Celebration
Saturday November 2, 1pm – 3:30pm 
Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre gym, 920 E. Hastings
Seniors play a vital role in all cultures and in our Downtown Eastside community; seniors sing, sew, dance, play and share the stories of other days. During these busy and challenging times, we welcome the opportunity to celebrate our seniors. Join us for an afternoon of entertainment, activities, tea and snacks. We have a special treat: Rod Chow, Chinatown’s own unique and sophisticated International Champion Magician, will perform! Everyone welcome! Free


Slam Poetry with Sho Wiley

Sho Wiley_photo by Janet KvammenWorkshop
Saturday November 2, 12:30pm – 2:30pm 
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main
In anticipation of Carnegie’s 1st Poetry Slam! Sho Wiley, creative writing instructor and long-time slam poet, leads a workshop where she’ll share advice and techniques. Bring two of your favourite poems or write one in the workshop; you’ll get an opportunity to try out your slam poetry ideas and with one-on-one mentoring you’ll be ready to step up to the mic and go for it! “Poetry is meant to be heard, poetry for the people!” says Sho and who knows that better than the poets of Carnegie! Space is limited so please pre-register with the Carnegie 3rd floor program office. Drop-ins only if space available. Free

Hastings Street Band


Music in the Streets
Saturday November 2, 12:30pm & 1:30pm
Starts at Carnegie Community Centre, 401 Main

Sunday November 3, 1:30pm & 2:30pm 
Starts at Pigeon Park Street Market, Hastings & Carrall
Get your dancing shoes ready. Can you hear them coming? It’s music in the streets with the Hastings Street Band. Led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Brad Muirhead, the Band is comprised of enthusiastic Downtown Eastside involved amateur and semi-pro musicians playing with professional musicians from across Vancouver. Fast becoming a community favourite, the band plays upbeat jazz and blues with a taste of New Orleans. Free

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