Festival Wrap Party

Saturday November 12, 1pm – 4pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main

Now that we’ve caught up on our sleep and cleaned up our room, this is our opportunity to say “Thank You!” Artists, audience members, crew, staff, volunteers, community partners, fellow organizers – there are so many of us who put on the Festival in one capacity or another. Come on down to the Carnegie, the heart of our community, as we say ‘Thank you! That’s a wrap! Another Festival under our belts! Here’s to next year!”

Join us for music, videos, photographs, entertainment, conversations, ideas for future festivals, refreshments and more! Our special musical guests this year are Las Divas (Brice Tabish guitar/vocals, Peggy Wilson bass, Kelly Stodola drums). From gritty blues to shimmery pop, Las Divas deliver a high energy performance that offers something for music lovers of all generations. See you there!


Out On A Limb: Stories about growing up and growing older


November 2 and 3
Hastings Urban Farm, 58 W. Hastings
Outdoors, under tent cover
The Only Animal, in association with PHS Community Services and the DTES Heart of the City Festival, presents Out On A Limb, an intergenerational digital storytelling project about growing up and growing older. Twelve youth and elders, in collaboration with six artists, crafted animated video stories that will be projected on the wall of the Portland Hotel at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on Saturday November 2 & Sunday November 3.

Conceived by Kendra Fanconi, directed by Eric Rhys Miller, facilitated by David Roche and Vanessa Richards, video designed by Keith Murray, the project launched in 2012 with fifty-two community members whose stories can be seen and heard on The Only Animal’s YouTube channel.

All activities and events, Free

Opening Welcome
Saturday November 2 3pm – 3:45pm 

William Nahanee (Kwel-a-s-nexw), Ingrid Gurvan, and Ingrid’s daughters Shaquinni and Sabrina offer a traditional Squamish Greeting of the day in song and dance.

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OUT ON A LIMB Workshops
Saturday & Sunday 4pm – 6:30pm

Community workshops in movement with director Eric Rhys Miller, storytelling with Naomi Steinberg, and choral singing with Vanessa Richards. Youth, seniors and elders are especially encouraged to come tell stories about a day when they grew up or grew older. Everyone welcome.

OUT ON A LIMB Screenings
November 2 and 3 7:30pm & 8:30pm 

Community and professional artists working together to relate the passing of time and coming of age. See and hear what they have lived. Intergenerational. Interactive. Undeniable. Limited seating under the tents.

Women in Fish

Multimedia & Live Performance
Sunday October 27
Two performances:
3pm, followed by Q and A
7pm, followed by panel discussion with people from the fishing industry
Carnegie Community Centre Gym, 401 Main


The Festival is proud to partner with urban ink productions to present Women In Fish, a stunningly beautiful and evocative multi-media production.

The performance shares the powerful personal histories and memories of women who lived and worked in the West Coast fishing industry. The heart of Women in Fish is a story of survival that begins with a storm. Through beautiful film images and live performance, Women in Fish weaves the tough and touching survival story of the fishing boat Loretta B, and its sinking in 1962, with the larger tragedy of the demise of the world fishing industry.

Originally conceived and directed by Marie Clements and Kathleen Flaherty, this version features First Nation collaborator Rosemary Georgeson (The Cloudreader), with Mary Galloway (Young Cloudreader) as an on-stage witness who listens and remembers. Free



Walking Tour
WOMEN IN FISH WALKING TOUR with Rosemary Georgeson
Saturday October 26, 11:30am – 1:10pm
Meet at the Chinese Cultural Centre courtyard, 50 E. Pender
See the Downtown Eastside through the eyes of its lands, waters and historic fishing industry on this ninety minute tour led by Rosemary Georgeson, a Coast Salish Dene artist born and raised in the commercial fishing industry. The tour culminates with a reception at the Fishing Industry Community Art Installation at the G & F Financial Group at 803 E. Hastings. $10 for non-residents, pay what you can for local residents

Reception and Installation
Opening Reception: Saturday October 26 1:10pm – 2:30pm
G & F Financial Group, 803 E. Hastings
Installation October 29 to 31
G & F Financial Group – formerly known as the Gulf & Fraser Fishermen’s Credit Union – was the heart of financial matters for fishing people in Vancouver. This art installation features treasures and memorabilia gathered by Rosemary Georgeson from local families involved in the fishing industry. Rosemary’s Women In Fish Walking Tour culminates at the reception on Saturday, see 11:30am for details. Viewing hours: Tuesday to Thursday, Oct 29 to 31, 9:30am – 5pm. Everyone welcome. Free

Magic, Music, & Mayhem

Wednesday October 23, 9pm – 10pm 
Carnegie Theatre, 401 MainAndy Kostyniuk 1 at DTES Poets '12 - photo Tom Quirk
We close the first day of the Festival with a refreshing evening of magic and music from a medley of Downtown Eastside involved artists. Tonight our guests include the charming songstress Michelle Richard; a visit from “Birdie Stewart” as performed by theatre clown Debbie Blair; a little bit of latin-jazzy- folk-rock with Michael Edward Nardachioni in his first Festival appearance; and original gentle song stylings performed by singer-songwriter Andy Kostyniuk, accompanied by cellist Scott Soucy who comes from a long line of musicians. Our host for the evening is Merlin, who will amaze you, wow you, and leave you in awe with magic. Don’t miss this medley of magic, music and mayhem. Free

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