Open House: St. James’ Anglican Church

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Open House
Saturday November 2, 12pm – 4pm 
St. James’ Anglican Church, 303 E. Cordova
Following the All Souls’ Day High Mass, St. James’ invites you to their open house: a wonderful opportunity to see first hand the heritage building, to take in a variety of parish activities, and to share some exciting presentations!

12:30pm Sing-a-long
City Opera Vancouver, together with students from the Saint James Music Academy, will lead what is sure to be a very entertaining sing-a-long of Anvil Chorus from Verdi’s Il trovatore with real anvils! Like singing in the shower, without the water! City Opera thanks the SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement for their support. Music and lyrics provided free at the door.

St. James - Chasuble 1 photo Linda Adams1:15pm Guided Tour
Long-term parishioner Allan Duncan leads a guided tour of this unique church: learn about the church’s architecture and the personalities who were involved in its construction in the 1930s.

3pm Play Reading
Sit back, relax, and listen to a dramatic reading of the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman, author unknown. Notables in the cast are UBC English professors Dr. Paul Stanwood and Dr. Leslie Arnovick, and actress Sheila Paterson. The medieval play presents an allegory of the moral struggle all Christians face as their qualities, good and bad, push and pull them toward Heaven or Hell. Come and hear what happens when ‘Everyman’ finally encounters ‘Death’!

Mass at St. James’ is a rich experience for all the physical senses! Don’t miss the opportunity throughout the afternoon to view a display by the St. James’ Sanctuary Guild – ‘The Treasures of St. James.’ The display features elaborate embroidered vestments, altar linens of handmade lace, chalices, patens, burses, thuribles….you may even come away with a new vocabulary! Free

    Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Outdoor Murals

    detail Mural - Through the Raven's Eye

    Walking Tour
    Saturday November 2, 11am – 12:30pm 
    Meet at Raven’s Eye Studio, 456 E. HastingsRichardTetrault
    There are over eighty murals on the walls of buildings in Vancouver’s East End and muralist and local award-winning artist Richard Tetrault leads us on a walking tour of about a dozen of those murals located in the Downtown Eastside. The walk begins at Raven’s Eye Studio where you’ll see Western Canada’s largest mural, Through the Eye of the Raven, on the west wall of the Orwell Hotel. The walk ends at Richard’s most recent project in the DTES, the Radius Mural in the courtyard of the Firehall Arts Centre. With so many murals on neighbourhood walls, there are sure to be surprises around every corner! For further details please visit the interactive mural map at, a website built with the support of the City of Vancouver Great Beginnings Program. $10 for non-residents, pay-what-you-can for local residents

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      Taiko Roots in the Heart of the City


      Friday November 1, 8pm – 10:30pm
      Vancouver Ballroom, 456 Prior (at Dunlevy)

      Taiko-Roots-Poster-finalHave we got a treat for you! Inspired by a taiko performance at the 1979 Powell Street Festival, members of Vancouver’s Asian community came together to form their own taiko group as a means of exploring and celebrating their heritage through the Japanese drum. One of those members was John Endo Greenaway, long time Vancouver Moving Theatre designer and artistic associate. As a tribute to Vancouver as the birthplace of taiko in Canada, and in recognition of John’s immense contribution to the taiko community, the Festival presents this exciting evening of taiko.

      Immerse yourself in the beats, in the rhythms, in the excitement of Sansho Daiko, Vancouver’s newest taiko group, of which John is a founding member. We also are thrilled that other ensembles will join forces for an intimate evening of drumming. Guests include Uzume Taiko in collaboration with LOUD; Katari Taiko and Sawagi Taiko; Chibi Taiko, the youth ensemble celebrating its twentieth year; and special guest Leslie Komoro.

      A special thanks to Gordon Koo for letting us use his wonderful ballroom for an evening of taiko. Presented in association with Tonari Gumi.

      Bar sales. Tickets at the door, first-come first-serve so arrive early. Suggested donation $10

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        BARRIO FLAMENCO: Flamenco for the People

        Music & Dance
        Friday November 1, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
        Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main

        Kelty-McKerracher,-photo-David-Cooper-2010-324Celebrate 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, joy, laughter and tears. ‘Barrio’ refers to the vibrant and tight-knit neighbourhoods in southern Spain where flamenco originated. The evening, hosted by flamenco dancer and teacher Kelty McKerracher, features some of the most compelling flamenco dancers, singers and musicians in the city. This year we welcome back singers Farnaz Ohadi and Jafelin Helton, dancers Andrea Williams, Elvira Yebes, everyone’s favourite Sophia Ludwig, and poet Gerardo Avila. New to the evening is dancer Bethany Murphy and guitarist Peter Mole – welcome! An annual theatre-packed favourite so come early to sit near the front and see the dancers’ feet! Ole! Free