Opening the Treasure Box: Where Carrall Meets Pender

Saturday November 2, 2pm – 4pm 
Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery 29 W. Pender
The Downtown Eastside is a treasure box full of compelling stories generated by an interaction of people, place, period, position, and perspective. Our panel of five historians and storytellers will share from their favourite neighbourhood stories and recollections about the historic intersection of Pender and Carrall.

Treasure Box2012_Lani Russwarm

Lani Russwarm

The panel of history treasure hunters features:

  • T’Uy’Tanat/Cease Wyss – ethnobotanist, media artist, educator, filmmaker, illustrator, curator, artist and activist whose work weaves itself thorough a variety of communities including the DTES;
  • James Johnstone – East End-based house history researcher, heritage activist, avid blogger and neighbourhood History Walk guide;
  • Lani Russwurm – DTES resident and creator of the Past Tense blog; his first book, Vancouver Was Awesome: A Curious Pictorial History, was just released in October;
  • Larry Wong – enthusiastic writer and historian who published his memoirs Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood in September 2011, now in second printing;
  • Steven Wong – certified Sundo yoga teacher, Dragon Boater, and a scion of the Wong family of Modernize Tailors at Carrall and Pender.


Posted in Festival 2013, Talks & Presentations.