Accordions in the ‘Hood

Todd Wong on accordion 2 - photo Tom QuirkMusic
Tuesday October 29, 7:30pm – 9pm 
Hogan’s Alley Cafe, 789 Gore Street
Join this gathering of accordions! – and their players – from the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. With their versatile and always surprising mighty accordions, the creative musicians of the Circle will play theatre show tunes, cabaret music and much much more! Thanks to Daniel and Patricia of Hogan’s Alley Café for hosting this event. Arrive early to purchase a treat or one of their superb Mexican hot chocolates. This promises to be a fabulous evening! Free admission

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Carnegie Cabaret Coffee House

Tuesday October 29, 6:45pm – 10pm 
Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main
Participate in one of the longest-running regular community music programs in the neighbourhood. Or just come and listen. You will be delighted by the range and diversity of talented musicians in the Downtown Eastside. Open mic and featured performers. Sign up at 6:45pm and show your stuff. Coordinated by singer/guitarist Steve Edwards. Basic musical instruments provided. You may even entice a backup band to accompany you. Musicians and singers of all styles and skill level welcome! Free

Carnegie Community Choir

Carnegie Choir - drawingSong
Tuesday October 29, 5:15pm – 6:30pm 
Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main
Come along to the Carnegie Community Choir’s regular session and join in the fun! Enjoy a safe place to sing original and international a capella arrangements, play with group vocal improvisation, and experience techniques to free your natural voice. The choir is led by music and theatre facilitator Metta Paterson, who creates safe spaces where groups are able to revel in creativity, spontaneous play, empathic connection and powerful communication. Everyone welcome. Arrive on time! Free

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Playwrights’ Reading and Reception

Leith Harris at Oppenheimer Park art show '12 - photo Tom Quirk

Free Reading
Tuesday October 29, 5pm – 6:30pm 
Playwrights Theatre Centre, 2nd floor 739 Gore
Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) joins the Heart of the City Festival for our first collaborative public event in PTC’s new home. Drop in for a casual chat, a cup of tea and a taste of fresh theatre writing from established and emerging playwrights. The writers reading include Downtown Eastside community theatre makers Brenda Prince, UBC Masters student in Creative Writing; Patrick Foley, longtime community activist, songwriter and playwright; Leith Harris, poet, writer and athlete; and special guest PTC associate, creator, actor, dramaturge and dancer Lisa C. Ravensbergen. Our host for the afternoon is producer, director and PTC Dramaturg Kathleen Flaherty. Come for fifteen minutes or stay for ninety. Free