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BARRIO FLAMENCO for 8th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver on Wednesday Nov 2, 2011

Music & Dance

BARRIO FLAMENCO: Flamenco for the People
Wednesday November 2, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main

Celebrate the spirit of the Downtown Eastside with an unforgettable night of live flamenco music and dance! Flamenco is originally an art form by and for the people, danced and played with ferocity, joy, laughter and tears. ‘Barrio’ refers to the vibrant and tight-knit neighbourhoods in southern Spain where flamenco originated. The evening, organized by Kelty McKerracher, features some of the most compelling flamenco artists in the city and performances to honour Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. As the divide between this world and the spirit world blurs, join us for an exciting juerga (flamenco party) to play, pray, laugh, cry, enjoy, and stamp your feet! A wildly-popular event so come early to sit near the front to see the dancers feet! Ole! Free


The 8th Annual
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

Wednesday October 26 – Sunday November 6, 2011
More than 100 events at over 30 locations throughout the Downtown Eastside


The Festival is thrilled to partner with the DTES’s AHA Media to provide social media coverage (video/photos/blog) of the Heart of the City Festival. AHA Media gives voice to our local community and provides services for individuals and organizations to share their news and special events on a broader scale through social media. Founded in 2008 by local artists April Smith, Hendrik Beune, and Al Tkatch, AHA Media previously collaborated with Fearless City Media and has an ongoing working relationship with W2Community Media Arts and various other organizations and individuals in the DTES community. The members of AHA Media describe themselves as “definitely not mainstream media”. Based in Vancouver’s DTES, their style is described as non-invasive and unassuming.

Say Hello to AHA Media as they visit the Festival events. They will be happy to chat with you. Stay connected to the festival with AHA’s links – see photos/videos of the festival events you attended; take in a festival event you missed; or follow one festival event while you are attending another!

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Schedule at a Glance

Festival Events

Oct 28 to Nov 19
VIMY, Firehall Arts Centre

Wednesday November 2
10am-1pm Image Theatre Workshop, Oppenheimer Park
11am Séance with Zombie Artists & Gentri-F**kation Tour, meet in Carnegie Theatre
11am-1pm Vertical Gardens Workshop, DTES Neighbourhood House
12:30pm Snowy Owl Drummers, start at Pigeon Park
2pm-4pm Origami Workshop, EWMA Art Studio
4pm-6pm DTES Hip Hop Workshop Showcase, W2 Media Café
6:30pm All Souls’ Day Mass, St. James’ Anglican Church
7:30-9:30pm Barrio Flamenco: Flamenco for the People, Carnegie Theatre

Thursday November 3
12:30pm Snowy Owl Drummers, start at Pigeon Park
1pm-3pm A Keeper Of Memories Digital Stories, Carnegie Learning Centre
2pm-4pm Dream Catchers Workshop, EWMA Art Studio
2pm-4:30pm Storyweaving Project Script Reading, Aboriginal Friendship Centre
4pm Breaking the Digital Divide Workshop, W2 Media Café
5pm-7pm Carnegie Portraits Opening Reception, Carnegie 3rd floor Gallery
6pm-8pm Chindi Nation, Chindi Revolution Clothing Show & Long Table Dinner, W2 Media Café
6pm-8pm Writing Across Borders: An ESL-Based Creative Writing Group Reading, UBC Learning Exchange
7pm-9pm Preparing for an Emergency: Food Storage, Strathcona Community Centre
7:30-9:30pm An Evening with Beverly Dobrinsky and Zeellia, Ukrainian Hall
8pm Passion for Justice PIVOT Fundraiser, District 319
9pm-10pm Arts Rational Radio Play, Co-op Radio

Friday November 4
9am-5pm Open House, Vancouver Police Museum
10:50am Metaphor: Diversity Through Hip Hop, Admiral Seymour Elementary School
12:30pm Snowy Owl Drummers, start at Pigeon Park
1:30pm Metaphor: Diversity Through Hip Hop, Lord Strathcona Elementary School
7pm-9pm Elvis Is In The Building, Carnegie Theatre
8pm-10:30pm Trisurgence Music Concert, Ukrainian Hall
8pm Maraya Project Opening Reception & Interactive Website Launch, Centre A
10pm Hallow2een, W2 Black Light Series, W2 Media Café

Saturday November 5
9am-4:30pm Community Arts Dialogue, World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
10am A Walk in Chinatown Walking Tour, meet at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden courtyard
11am-12:30pm Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Outdoor Murals Walking Tour, meet inside front lobby of Carnegie
1:30-3pm Accordion to Immigrants, Carnegie Theatre
2pm-5pm Get Animated! Workshop for Kids, W2 Media Café
3:30pm-5:30pm The Vancouver 125 Poetry Conference DTES Roundtable, Carnegie Theatre
6pm-10pm Strathcona Annual Pub Social Nite, Strathcona Community Centre Seniors Lounge
7pm DTES Poets Open Mic, Carnegie Theatre
8pm-10:30pm Trisurgence Music Concert, Ukrainian Hall
10pm Hallow2een, W2 Black Light Series, W2 Media Café

Sunday November 6
Note: daylight savings time change – fall back!
10:30am-12pm Powell Street Walking Tour, meet at SE corner of Powell & Jackson
11am Séance with Zombie Artists & Gentri-F**kation Tour, meet in Carnegie Theatre
1:30pm-4:30pm Fermenting Foods Cooking Class, Radha Yoga
3pm AUUC Community Concert & Supper, Ukrainian Hall
7:30-9pm Community Dance, Ukrainian Hall

Post-Festival Events

Thursday November 10
1:30-4pm Making Art Through Dialogue, EWMA Art Studio
7:30pm Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival Opening Reception, W2 Media Café
Saturday November 12
7pm The Only Poetry That Matters Book Launch & Reading, W2 Media Café
Sunday November 13
12pm-4pm The New Frontier is Interactive Media Workshop, W2 Media Café
Monday November 14
1:30-3:30pm Grant Writing for DTES groups involved with Community Arts Workshop, W Room, 111 W. Hastings
7:30-9pm How To Make An Opera: the Annenberg Project and the War in Iraq, Carnegie Theatre
Thursday November 17
1:30-4pm Making Art Through Dialogue, EWMA Art Studio
Saturday November 26
12pm-9pm Community Arts – The Future Display & Celebration, Woodwards Atrium
December 2 to 4
Shadow Catch, Firehall Arts Centre
December 14 to 17
Bah Humbug! A Staged Reading of an Eastside Adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, Faye and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Woodwards
January 20 to 29, 2012
The Idiot, Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC

Top Festival Picks

8th Annual DTES Heart of the City Festival

With more than 100 events at over 30 locations throughout the Downtown Eastside scheduled over twelve days in this year’s Festival (October 26 – November 6), choosing what to see and hear becomes a delightful challenge. Here are our  Top Festival Picks for 2011!

6. An Evening with Beverly Dobrinsky and Zeellia: Singer and choral director Beverly Dobrinsky reflects upon history, fate and destiny in Dolja, a solo show with spoken word, hurdy gurdy and song. The second set features Beverly with her group Zeellia, Vancouver’s own Slavic soul band playing songs and dances from Ukraine, the Balkan states and the Canadian prairies.

Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender. Thurs Nov 3, 7:30pm. $10 suggested donation at door

7. Elvis Is In The Building: One of the world’s foremost Elvis impersonators, now retired Morris Bates, part Shuswap and part Haida, shares music and stories with current Elvis Tribute Artist Velvis, based on Morris’ life and experiences in Vegas as the King of Rock ‘n Roll.

Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main. Fri Nov 4, 7pm. Free

8. Trisurgence: A new city wide cultural collaboration between the Chinese-jazz group Koan (led by Brad Muirhead), the New World Chinese Orchestra (led by Jin Zhang), the Chinese choir Huayi (led by Yaling Yang), the Renfrew Collingwood Aboriginal Youth Canoe Club song and drum circle (led by Matthew Sheena, with Squamish singer and carver Wes Nahanee) and DTES involved musicians.

Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender. Fri Nov 4 & Sat Nov 5, 8pm. $10 suggested donation at door

9. Accordion to Immigrants: This concert of songs on accordion tells stories of the immigrant experience in the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona. Join Todd Wong, Alan Zisman, Roman Lipkovits and accordionists aplenty from the Squeezebox Circle and from the Lower Mainland.

Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main. Sat Nov 5, 1:30pm. Free

10. History and Social Walks: An always popular component of the festival, we are pleased to present a record number of walks this year to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary:

• History on the Verge: Shining Light on Our Old East End Houses: Join Strathcona-based house history researcher and heritage advocate James Johnstone on a tour highlighting Vancouver’s oldest houses and stories of the people who lived in them.

Meet at NW corner of Dunlevy & Railway. Sat Oct 29,10am;

• Moments of Community History Walking Tour: Join Jean Swanson of the Carnegie Community Action Project on a walk through the Downtown Eastside where moments in community history will be marked by historical plaques.

Meet at entrance to Woodwards, 111 W. Hastings. Sat Oct 29, 11:30am;

• An 1886 Walking Tour: Take a walk with John Atkin, author, DTES/Strathcona resident and walking-history-encyclopedia as he travels along the streets and alleys of Vancouver as the City existed 125 years ago.

Meet at Maple Tree Square, Carrall & Water. Sun Oct 30, 10am;

• A Walk in Chinatown: Walk the inner city and learn about customs, symbolism and traditions of Chinatown from a cultural perspective with Bob Sung. Having a background in culinary education, Bob says “Food is my medium.”

Meet at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden courtyard, 568 Carrall. Sat Nov 5, 10am;

• Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Outdoor Murals: There are over 80 murals on the walls of buildings in Vancouver’s East End. Muralist and local legend Richard Tetrault will take us on a walking tour of about 15 of those murals located in the Downtown Eastside. There are sure to be many surprises!

Meet at front steps of Carnegie, 401 Main. Sat Nov 5, 11am;

• Powell Street Walking Tour: On this historical tour, Raymond Nakamura takes you back in time to the vibrant pre-war community of Japanese Canadians and Japanese immigrants who lived and worked in the area until their forced removal in 1942.

Meet at SE corner of Powell & Jackson. Sun Nov 6, 10:30am

All Walks: Visitors – $10, Locals – pay as you can

11. Ukrainian Hall’s Community Concert, Supper & Community Dance: The festival ends on a high note with three special events on one day at the Ukrainian Hall. Start your afternoon with the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians Community Concert, featuring the Barvinok Choir, the Vancouver Folk Orchestra and the Dovbush Dancers. Lively music, invigorating dance and colourful costumes beckon us. Special guests include Todd Wong who brings a cultural fusion to his accordion playing, and a musical tribute to The Milestones – “the finest folk music ensemble in BC in the sixties” – Gary Cristall. Immediately after the concert is a delicious traditional Ukrainian Supper followed by the Community Dance with the musical fun of Russell Shumsky (marimba, percussion), Bud Kurz (guitar), Kathleen Nisbet (fiddle) and dance caller Marlin Prowell. Grab your friends, neighbours, the whole family, and head on down to this toe-tappin’ heartwarming event.

Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender. Sun Nov 6: Concert 3pm. Supper follows. $20

For advance sales contact 604-254-3436. Dance 7:30pm, pay as you can

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