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AHA MEDIA is very proud to help provide social media coverage of the 10th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 2013 in Vancouver

AHA MEDIA is very proud to help provide social media coverage of the 10th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver from Wednesday October 23
to Sunday November 3, 2013

See AHA MEDIA’s coverage of last year’s Heart of the City Festival 2012 in reverse chronological order.

Below is Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA holding the Brand New Heart of the City Festival 2013 Festival Program guide

Peter of AHA MEDIA holding DTES Heart of the City Festival Guide 2013 1

The 10th Annual Downtown Eastside
Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 23
to Sunday November 3, 2013

Our purpose is to live in community, and community is care, care for one another, care for those least able to care for themselves, care for all, care in action.
– Bud Osborn

The festival, and the Downtown Eastside community, is recognized across Canada as a leader in community arts. Since our founding the festival has presented over 1,000 events featuring approximately 10,000 artists of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, cultural backgrounds and art forms.

The Downtown Eastside is the heart of the City, the founding neighbourhood where Vancouver began, and is the home of choice for thousands of the City’s residents. To celebrate the Festival’s 10th Anniversary, and to honour the talents, wisdom and power of our home community, the 2013 theme is: “Drawing Strength from Our Roots.”

Featuring over 80 events at over 25 locations throughout the Downtown Eastside with special anniversary events including the premiere of Bread and Salt on the post-festival weekend of November 8-10. Join us and enjoy our annual feast of twelve days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks, walking tours, and a diverse array of artist showcases.

We have an abundance of special 10th Annual  events, including among others:

• Women In Fish, a tribute to women in the fishing industry. An urban ink production;

• Out on a Limb, a multimedia event of stories, images and song about growing up and growing older. Produced by The Only Animal in association with PHS Community Services;

• Taiko Roots in the Heart of the City!, a tribute to taiko drumming in Vancouver featuring Sansho Daiko, Katari Taiko, Uzume Taiko, LOUD, Sawagi Taiko and Chibi Taiko;

• Hot Jazz at the Carnegie with the Carnegie Jazz Band (Brad Muirhead, Band Leader). A showcase new original jazz music from the community;

•  Listening to Truth, Seeking Reconciliation, a talkumentary evening to ask “what does reconciliation mean to you?” Also featuring Iskwew Singers and their spirit lifting harmonies;

• CONNECT performed by Karen Jamieson and the Carnegie Dance Troupe;

• Bread and Salt, tribute to the historic Ukrainian Canadian community in the historic East End. Presented by Vancouver Moving Theatre with the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians.

 Plus lots more!!

The mandate of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival is to profile and foster the development of community arts in the Downtown Eastside – from community building and bridge building, to celebrating artists and cultures, to giving voice to local concerns. The festival involves a wide range of professional, community, emerging and student artists, and lovers of the arts. Over 1,000 artists participated in last year’s 2012 Festival.

Most events are free or suggested donation.

Visit the Heart of the City Festival website


2013 hotcf guide

On page 9 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

Heart of the City Festival 2013

2013 hotcf guide

The complete 2012 Festival Program is now available!

Click here for a list of locations throughout the city where you can pick up a guide.

Click here to view 2013 Festival Program online

To be notified of changes and updates, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

And make sure you check out our Festival Picks, a list of some of the anticipated highlights of this year’s festival.

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