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!


Ukrainian Hall Community Concert & Supper

Community Celebration
Sunday November 6, 3pm, Supper follows
Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender
Tickets $25. For advance tickets contact 604-254-3436

The festival ends on a high note at the East End’s historic Ukrainian Hall with lively music, invigorating dance and colourful costumes at the Ukrainian Hall Community Concert & Supper. This annual favourite, produced with the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians, features the Barvinok Choir and the award-winning Dovbush Dancers. Special guests include Zeellia, Vancouver’s own Slavic soul band led by Beverly Dobrinsky; the delicate tones of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble led by Jirong Huang; and the Lil’wat family performance group Tzo’kam, led by Russell Wallace. We look forward to the unique and original collaborations to be presented by this afternoon’s special guests. Immediately following the concert is the always-delicious traditional Ukrainian Supper.


Barrio Flamenco: Flamenco for the People

Music & Dance
Wednesday November 2, 7pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main
Celebrate the spirit of the Downtown Eastside with an unforgettable evening of live flamenco music and dance!

Barrio Flamenco (1), pro and community, Heart Festival 2013, Mark Montgomery photo

photo by Mark Montgomery

Flamenco is an art form by and for the people, danced and played with spirit, ferocity, laughter and tears; full of pain yet also joy. ‘Barrio’ refers to the vibrant and tight-knit neighbourhoods in southern Spain where flamenco originated.

Hosted by flamenco dancer, singer and teacher Kelty McKerracher, Barrio Flamenco features some of the most compelling flamenco dancers, singers and musicians in the city, alongside the Downtown Eastside Flamencos. Featured this evening are guitarist Peter Mole, dancers Liat Harlev, Elvira Yebes, Elen Ghulum, young favourite Sophia Ludwig, and many more!

On the night of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, when the divide between this world and the spirit world blurs, join us for this exciting juerga (flamenco party) to laugh, play, pray, cry, enjoy and stamp your feet!

An annual venue-packed favourite; come early. Olé!

Jam for Sam

Music Performance
Wednesday October 26, 7pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main
Last November the Downtown Eastside community lost the much beloved Carnegie Centre regular and music lover Sam Snobelen. In honour of Sam, the Festival invites music lovers to this evening of jazz, music improvisation and jamming. This evening features the Carnegie Jazz Band and their finger snappin’ hot music under the wonderful tutelage of multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Brad Muirhead. We invite you to sing along as community favourite Mike Richter leads local musicians including John Cote to play classic songs that Sam loved and was inspired by. Other guests include Carnegie’s Elder-in-Residence Les Nelson who will welcome us to the evening and Joyce Morgan will play a favourite piano selection. Local charmer Lisa David will host and MC the evening. Refreshments!