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2015 Highlights of DTES Street Market

December 30, 2015 Leave a comment

2015 Highlights from DTES Street Market’s 3 locations at 501 Powell St, Pigeon Park and Area 62.

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212th DTES Street Market – Happy Canada Day Long Weekend!

June 30, 2014 Leave a comment

212th DTES Street Market and 27th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

The Canada Day Market started off with great weather, sunny, slightly overcast…
Not too hot for a summer’s day, but great for keeping the atmosphere friendly and welcoming.
Later in the day, around 3pm, the rain started. This killed our 50/50 raffle take for the day, but help us clean up the park and open up the street without incident.
Lego Chicken Suit
There was a man walking around the market wearing a Lego chicken suit. Why? What sort of a question is this? It is the DTES Street Market and anything can happen. Even a giant Lego chicken suit.
The guy said that his project was called “Nomis Art Dome”, and that there was a group of 81 artists that all made giant Lego chicken suits and plan to walk around Vancouver and make people smile.
I love Vancouver!

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Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek and Richard Cunningham have their photos taken by Ben Nelms of The Globe and Mail newspaper

June 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek and Richard Cunningham of DTES Street Market have their photos taken by Ben Nelms, of The Globe and Mail Newspaper in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) 0 Cover of DTES Street Market with Ben Nelms of Globe and Mail newspaper

 

208th DTES Street Market in Vancouver on Sun June 1, 2014

June 2, 2014 Leave a comment

208th DTES Street Market and 22nd Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

It was a beautiful day. The sun was out, and the weather was perfect.

The two coordinators spent most of the day at Victory Square for the Fair in the Square, and the market trundled along without them for most of the day.

Many buttons and flags were given away at the Fair in the Square, with our market at Pigeon Park operating for the first time on autopilot.
This was a great experiment. It was the first time that we actually ran two events on the same day, and shows that with a little planning, we can do a huge amount with scarce resources.

 

 

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207th DTES Street Market and 21th Street Market of 2014

May 27, 2014 Leave a comment

207th DTES Street Market and 21th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:


It was a great spring day despite the rain.

The rain started as a mere tinkle, then progressed to a downpour later in the afternoon.

We deployed all of our 10×10 canopy tents, and this helped the vendors survive the deluge. We had over 130 vendors despite the rain.

There were a number of good interactions with the police today. At least two vendors were escorted out of the market after selling questionable items. We made a point of thanking them, because these vendors were warned by volunteers earlier that their stuff was not allowed at the market. One vendor was selling clearly tagged items, and another had a bike that was quite suspect. Our volunteers reasonably can not lay a hand on a vendor, so asking them to leave is the limit of our powers. We welcome the help from the VPD to allow us to create an orderly, safe, and family friendly market.

Jacek constructed a number of new carts out of spare parts –  using the HXBIA tool share tools – and they are working great. We were able to lower the weight per cart, and now have three table carts, instead of piling them on two.

Our constantly evolving operation keeps improving and allowing us to build a better market to serve the vendors of the DTES.

In many ways, we believe that we are turning a corner.

With a small boost in operational support for things like private security, improved perimeter fencing, and a proper vendor ID tag system, we know that we can eliminate much of the negative stereotype for our market, and create the tourist attraction that the DTES desperately needs.

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206th DTES Street Market and 20th Street Market of 2014

May 19, 2014 Leave a comment

206th DTES Street Market and 20th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

It was an amazing sunny day.
This was our Victoria Day market.

Like last week, we had an overflow of vendors, and needed to get out our hose and start washing the area around the corner on Cordova St.
We sent some volunteers to check on it at 11:30 and did not see any vendors. By 12:30 we already had an angry email from Steven, the manager of the Van Horne about having to get the hose out himself and chase the binners away. They were blocking the Queen store again.
We took the hose out and made sure that the binners did not come back. A number of exchanges between the coordinators and the Van Horne people suggested that they were happy with the outcome.

We did have an incident with one of the illicit drinkers getting out of hand. We were forced to resolve the issue ourselves.

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205th DTES Street Market and 19th Street Market of 2014

May 11, 2014 Leave a comment

205th DTES Street Market and 19th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:
It was a beautiful day, a clear sign of summer.
The weather was perfect, and the vendors and customers came in droves.

I was also our Mother’s Day market.

We made close to record amounts of revenue, and are starting to search for other revenue streams… soft ice cream? slushies? hot dogs? training site could be 62 East Hastings.

 

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