A Right to Remain Community Fair

Saturday November 8, 4pm – 6pm
Gallery Gachet, 88 E. Cordova

RightToRemain324w1The Right to Remain Community Fair has been the main focus of the Revitalizing Japantown? community research project since June, uncovering the Human Rights history of the Downtown Eastside and creating art and performance with current residents to express their Right to Remain in a rapidly changing DTES. There will be workshop artwork on display, a slideshow and Q & A with the participating artists. Project members Greg Masuda (filmmaker), Kristin Lantz (Gallery Gachet) and Beth Carter (Nikkei National Museum) will also discuss their role in this exciting arts-based community research project-in-progress. Everyone welcome!

‘Revitalizing Japantown?’ A Unifying Exploration of Human Rights, Branding and Place.
Colonized, racialized, stigmatized and gentrified – Downtown Eastside residents have continuously resisted Human Rights violations by rallying for social justice.

Understanding and strengthening the common links between Human Rights struggles past and present tells those who want to “revitalize” the neighbourhood that the DTES is not just a planners’ grid of buildings, streets and parks. It is its people, and the people of the DTES do not need to be “revitalized” because they are already “vital.”

“Revitalizing Japantown?” (2012-2015) is a community research project with DTES organizations, artists and researchers who are working to reconnect and re-enliven the Human Rights history of the DTES across cultures, concerns and periods in history.

Currently working with a fantastic team of artist residents of the DTES as The Right to Remain Community Fair we want to ensure that the history of the DTES can continue to teach Canadians about our Human Rights legacy and present-day challenges, including Human Rights issues taking place around housing, health, food, and the right to the city.

Click HERE to read “The Right to REMAIN in Vancouver’s Nihonmachi/Downtown Eastside” by Jeff Masuda with Aaron Franks, for The Bulletin: a journal of Japanese Canadian community, history + culture, March 2014.


BIG PRINT – Steamroller Woodprints

Artist Talk & Exhibition
Artist talk: Saturday November 8, 2pm – 3pm
Raven’s Eye Studios, 456 E. Hastings
Exhibition October 29 to November 9
This past summer, several local artistsBig Print - rolling inkparticipated in The Big Print Project, a sensational event that resulted in 4’ X 8’ woodblocks being printed with a steamroller on Granville Island. The resulting works, several of which will be shown in the gallery, are by local artists Jerry Whitehead, Richard Tetrault and Cody Lecoy. These artists have also collaborated on mural projects in the Downtown Eastside. Jerry and Richard collaborated with Haisla Collins and others on the massive Through the Eye of the Raven mural located on the west wall of the Orwell Hotel. Last year, Jerry and Richard worked on the mural called Radius, located in the courtyard of Firehall Arts Centre, at Cordova and Gore. An addition to the art exhibition will be a series of paintings by Whitehead and Lecoy, and painter Haisla Collins. The Big Print Project was co-produced by Creative Cultural Collaborations Society and New Leaf Editions. A presentation of the video that was made of The Big Print Project will be shown during the Artist Talk on Sat Nov 8.

Exhibition Hours: Wed Oct 29 – Sun Nov 9, 12pm – 4pm; closed Mon & Tues, Nov 3 & 4

Fieldhouse Studio Hop

Saturday November 8, 12pm – 3pm
Various Studios, start at MacLean Park Fieldhouse 710 Keefer
The Vancouver Parks Board’s Artists Fieldhouse Studio program has brought artists to the MacLean Park Fieldhouse and the Strathcona Park Fieldhouse for the past few years. The Festival is pleased that the artists will open their studios for you to drop by and see what they’ve been up to; it’s fascinating and you’ve got to see it to believe it! The Studio Hop will also visit Trillium Park, a corner park newly-built on False Creek East. Start the Studio Hop at the beginning – or meet up with the Hop along the way!

Oncle Hoonki

Onkle Hoonki’s Fabulous Horn Shop

12pm – 1pm, MacLean Park Fieldhouse (710 Keefer) – Urban Weavers Studio, artists Sharon Kallis and Todd DeVries. See demonstrations of drop spindling and spinning using locally grown fibres. Local fibre and dye samples will be on display. This is your chance to ask about the weavings and gatherings we’ve seen over the past few years.

1:15pm – 2:15pm, Strathcona Park Fieldhouse (across from 830 Malkin) – Onkle Hoonki’s Fabulous Horn Shop, artist Mr. Fire-Man. They have spent the last year tool-making, wood harvesting, preparing, curing, and carving wooden trumpets. This is your opportunity to see horn making demonstrations and to hear those trumpets!

2:30pm – 3pm Trillium Park (corner of Thornton & Malkin) – co-managed by non-profit EartHand Gleaners Society and the Vancouver Parks Board, for environmental art and learning opportunities. The unique Park, designed with input from the artists and local community with space specifically for community use, was built with the intention to involve community in the tending, harvesting and exploring of traditional use of plants on site. Drop by to see what’s growing in your neighbourhood.

Heart of the Centre

Evelyne Saller Centre - front desk muralOpen House
Saturday November 8, 11am – 3pm
Evelyne Saller Centre, 320 Alexander

The Evelyne Saller Centre has an exciting line up of events and activities for this year’s Heart of the Centre Open House. Learn to craft your own arts ‘n’ craft project, view the art show of original paintings, Legacy Wall Murals and the new Heritage art display with contributions from talented local artists. Test your skill at the Heart of The City Hearts Tournament. Discover the story of the Evelyne Saller Centre with photos, facts, text and a self-guided walking tour. Snacks and beverages. Everyone welcome!