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FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY for 9th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver on Wednesday October 24, 2012

Special Event
Wednesday October 24, 2pm – 3pm
Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main

Join friends from the neighbourhood, dignitaries, Gena Thompson (President, Carnegie Community Centre Association) and special guests from around the city for the grand opening of the ninth annual festival: a celebration of voices from the heart. Sam George (Tse-at-sul-tuxch) of the Squamish Nation opens with a Welcome Song; Bud Osborn, social activist and beloved unofficial Poet Laureate of the Downtown Eastside shares his powerful words; Wayne Lavallee (Cree/Metis), new DTES friend and singer-songwriter brings his unique contemporary voice; Gina Bastone and Muriel Marjorie take the stage and split our sides with laughter; and Axé Capoeira, the neighbourhood capoeira club, will have us cheering with their Brazilian percussion and gravity-defying dance/martial art moves. Refreshments! Everyone welcome. Free


This event was on Day 1 of  the 12 Days of the Heart of the City Festival. Please check the website for more events!

The 9th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 

Wednesday 24 October to Sunday 4 November, 2012

Over 120 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside


On page 13 of the Festival Program guide, there is a writeup on AHA MEDIA

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!

Follow AHA MEDIA on Twitter, Facebook,  Youtube and Flickr!

AHA MEDIA Twitter   @AHAMEDIA  @AprilFilms  

AHA MEDIA Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AHAMEDIA

AHA Media YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/AHAFilm

AHA Media Flickr Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/AHAMEDIA/sets


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