DTES Renovictions Walking Tour

with Carnegie Community Action Project
Saturday November 8, 11am (approx. 90 minutes)
Meet on front steps of Carnegie, 401 Main
$10, free for local residents
“Renoviction”: it might be a new word but it’s already an old story for many low-income people in the Downtown Eastside. Renovictions are displacing more and more low-income people from the DTES and fueling the escalating rate of homelessness across the city. Join members of the Carnegie Community Action Project on a walking tour of renoviction sites and learn more about how to work to make sure that the DTES remains a low-income neighbourhood.

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Paying Tribute To Black Strathcona

One Community / Six Decades / Ten Stories

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The Downtown Eastside/Strathcona is blessed with a rich history of Black Canadians who made significant contributions to our community and the City of Vancouver. To pay tribute to the black community of Vancouver’s historic east-end, Strathcona’s Creative Cultural Collaborations Society, in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre, recently produced the Black Strathcona Interactive Media Project, the centre piece of which is ten short videos that celebrate some of the extraordinary people and places that made the community vibrant and unique. Performers present the stories, combining oral history with rarely seen archival photographs and fi lm. Although viewers from anywhere in the world can take a virtual web tour atwww.blackstrathcona.com, we invite you to experience history come to life at the following activities.

Interactive Media
Online at www.blackstrathcona.com

Use your smart phone or iPad to lead you on an interactive walking tour. As you walk the neighbourhood, follow the map on the website with story locations. Use the QR codes on the street signage to download videos to your mobile device and see the past and present of Vancouver’s vibrant black community.

Kevan Cameron aka Scruffmouth, Tom Quirk photo IMG_5152Walking Tour
Saturday November 8, 11am (approx. 90 mins)
Meet at Jimi Hendrix Shrine, 207 Union
$10, pay what you can for local residents
Walk the neighbourhood together, follow the map, use the QR codes on street plaques to access the videos on your, or a fellow walker’s, cell phone and share with each other the black history of the historic East End. A tour will leave at 11am, with special guest Kevan Cameron (Scruff Mouth) who performs in video #5 – Jimi & Nora: Seminal musician with local roots.

Community Celebration
Saturday November 8, 2pm – 4:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main
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The festival is thrilled to present all ten Black Strathcona videos, including among others: Vie’s Chicken & Steaks – Late night haven; Militant Mothers – Beating the power brokers; Jimi & Nora – Seminal musician with local roots; and Leona’s Kids – Great talent runs in the family.

Also joining us for the afternoon are Gordon McLennan, writer and director of the Black Strathcona Interactive Media Project; writer and poet Wayde Compton, co-founder of the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project and consultant on this project; guest musicians and performers including Scruff Mouth, Bertha Clark aka Adelene da soul poet, Edo Friends of BC Cultural Group; invited VIPs from the black community; and special guest Thelma Gibson, award winning entertainer and one of Leona’s kids. Your emcee is multi-disciplinary artist Vanessa Richards. This event supports the new United Black Canadian Community Association and their dream to establish a black Canadian community centre near the historic Hogan’s Alley.


Eastside Friday: Creative Magic!

Friday November 7, 7pm – 10pm
EWMA Studio, 56 E. Hastings
Join EWMA (Enterprising Women Making Art) for Eastside Friday: Creative Magic!, showcasing EWMA artists and community members in an evening of music, dance and circus arts that blends art, creativity, personal insight and inspiration. Featured artists include, among others: rap and spoken word artist Janice Jacinto who delves deep into personal odyssey and artistic experience; Renee Mak performing circus arts; costume artist and dancer Montana King; and special musical guest Resonance, a duo with vocalist Rose Eide and singer and guitarist Peggy Wilson. They deliver original tunes and carefully selected classics with their own special vocal blend – a community joy! EWMA is a development initiative of Atira Women’s Resource Society. It focuses on supporting women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to work together to develop an alternative form of business or employment that is grounded in their needs and realities. The EWMA retail store showcases designs created by emerging local women artists, and is the perfect place to shop for locally-made products and support sustainable art and design practices. For more info please see www. atira.bc.ca/enterprising-women-making-art or join us on Facebook.

Resonance: Peggy Wilson and Rose Eide

The Mozart Miracle

Friday November 7, 7pmBahareh
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main
City Opera Vancouver presents a special Festival event examining the name and nature of Mozart using CDs, DVDs and live performance. Was Mozart really the prodigy he is claimed to be? What was unique about his work? What is his style? What might he have achieved had he lived longer than his thirty-five years? And why does Mozart remain so alive today? Join soprano Bahareh Poureslami, pianist David Boothroyd and narrator Charles Barber for this intimate and exciting look at one of the most important composers who ever lived. You will hear music you never believed possible.