Hastings Street Band


Music in the Streets
Saturday November 2, 12:30pm & 1:30pm
Starts at Carnegie Community Centre, 401 Main

Sunday November 3, 1:30pm & 2:30pm 
Starts at Pigeon Park Street Market, Hastings & Carrall
Get your dancing shoes ready. Can you hear them coming? It’s music in the streets with the Hastings Street Band. Led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Brad Muirhead, the Band is comprised of enthusiastic Downtown Eastside involved amateur and semi-pro musicians playing with professional musicians from across Vancouver. Fast becoming a community favourite, the band plays upbeat jazz and blues with a taste of New Orleans. Free

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Taiko Roots in the Heart of the City


Friday November 1, 8pm – 10:30pm
Vancouver Ballroom, 456 Prior (at Dunlevy)

Taiko-Roots-Poster-finalHave we got a treat for you! Inspired by a taiko performance at the 1979 Powell Street Festival, members of Vancouver’s Asian community came together to form their own taiko group as a means of exploring and celebrating their heritage through the Japanese drum. One of those members was John Endo Greenaway, long time Vancouver Moving Theatre designer and artistic associate. As a tribute to Vancouver as the birthplace of taiko in Canada, and in recognition of John’s immense contribution to the taiko community, the Festival presents this exciting evening of taiko.

Immerse yourself in the beats, in the rhythms, in the excitement of Sansho Daiko, Vancouver’s newest taiko group, of which John is a founding member. We also are thrilled that other ensembles will join forces for an intimate evening of drumming. Guests include Uzume Taiko in collaboration with LOUD; Katari Taiko and Sawagi Taiko; Chibi Taiko, the youth ensemble celebrating its twentieth year; and special guest Leslie Komoro.

A special thanks to Gordon Koo for letting us use his wonderful ballroom for an evening of taiko. Presented in association with Tonari Gumi.

Bar sales. Tickets at the door, first-come first-serve so arrive early. Suggested donation $10

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BARRIO FLAMENCO: Flamenco for the People

Music & Dance
Friday November 1, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main

Kelty-McKerracher,-photo-David-Cooper-2010-324Celebrate the spirit of the Downtown Eastside with an unforgettable evening of live flamenco music and dance! Flamenco is an art form by and for the people, danced and played with spirit, ferocity, joy, laughter and tears. ‘Barrio’ refers to the vibrant and tight-knit neighbourhoods in southern Spain where flamenco originated. The evening, hosted by flamenco dancer and teacher Kelty McKerracher, features some of the most compelling flamenco dancers, singers and musicians in the city. This year we welcome back singers Farnaz Ohadi and Jafelin Helton, dancers Andrea Williams, Elvira Yebes, everyone’s favourite Sophia Ludwig, and poet Gerardo Avila. New to the evening is dancer Bethany Murphy and guitarist Peter Mole – welcome! An annual theatre-packed favourite so come early to sit near the front and see the dancers’ feet! Ole! Free


Hallowe’en Dance & Costume Party

Thursday October 31, 7pm – 10pm
Carnegie Community Theatre, 401 Mainpumpkin_in_leaves
Tonight is Hallowe’en and the spooky Carnegie Centre invites you to put on your most frightful face and join in the dance! The band tonight is The Do-Rites who play a danceable mix of mid-century styles including rockabilly, country, blues and jazz. The Do-Rites Trio is composed of Steve Taylor on drums, Joanie Kepler on upright bass, and frontman Jimmy Roy on vocals, guitar and steel guitar who says, “We’ll have the joint jumpin’!” The band can be heard every Sunday evening at the Revel Room on Abbot and Cordova. Brush up your scary moves and join the ghouls at Carnegie for a bone-rattling dance! Free

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