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Vancouver Moving Theatre in association with Carnegie Community Centre & Association of United Ukrainian Canadians presents the 13th Annual Downtown Eastside
Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday, October 26 to Sunday, November 6, 2016
Featuring over 100 events at over 40 locations throughout the Downtown Eastside
The theme of this year’s Festival, Living on Shared Territory, pays tribute to the Downtown Eastside’s founding peoples, cultures and diverse neighbourhoods, as we live, learn and create together on unceded Coast Salish territories under the long shadow of our colonial past and present.
The Festival takes inspiration in part by the words of Chief Robert Joseph, Ambassador, Reconciliation Canada:
Our future and the well-being of our children rest with the kind of relationships we build today.
A special feature this year is the installation of the 27 ft. Survivors Totem Pole in Pigeon Park at Hastings and Carrall. In the words of pole carver Skundaal Bernie Williams (Haida/Coast Salish), this grass roots initiative led by Sacred Circle Society “honours the many people who have arrived and lived in the Downtown Eastside as survivors.”
Other Festival highlights include: Realms of Refuge, an evolving gallery project produced in partnership with Jumblies Theatre (Ontario) that brings to life miniature worlds and explores the different ways we find sanctuary in the places where we live; the premiere of Metamorphose, a community-engaged dance production by Karen Jamieson Dance and the Carnegie Dance Troupe that explores transformation, creation and imagination through dance; and the always popular Carnegie Jazz Band.
The mandate of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival is to promote, present and facilitate the development of artists, art forms, cultural traditions, history, activism, people and great stories about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The festival involves a wide range of professional, community, emerging and student artists, and lovers of the arts. Over 1,000 local artists and Downtown Eastside residents participated in last year’s 2015 Festival.
Many events are free or by suggested donation. Visit heartofthecityfestival.com for full details.
Top Festival Picks
With more than 100 events at over 40 locations throughout the Downtown Eastside scheduled over twelve days, choosing what to see and hear at this year’s festival (October 26 – November 6) becomes a delightful challenge. Here is a tasty dozen of exciting Top Festival Picks for the 13th Annual Festival of 2016!
1. Festival Opening Ceremony: Join friends from the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood and special guests for this year’s Festival Opening Ceremony which features the unveiling of the newly commissioned stage mural banner (11ft high x 18ft wide) by award-winning Downtown Eastside artist Richard Tetrault. This outstanding mural banner powerfully evokes the theme of this year’s festival “Living on Shared Territory” and pays tribute to the extraordinary artists, activists, people, art forms and cultures of the Downtown Eastside community.
Wednesday Oct 26, 2pm. Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main. Free
2. Jam for Sam: Last November the Downtown Eastside community lost the much beloved Carnegie Centre regular and music lover Sam Snobelen. In honour of Sam, the Festival invites music lovers to this evening of jazz, music improvisation and jamming featuring the Carnegie Jazz Band and their finger snappin’ hot music under the wonderful tutelage of multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Brad Muirhead; and community favourite Mike Richter and a special group of local musicians playing songs that Sam loved and was inspired by.
Wednesday Oct 26, 7pm. Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main. Free
3. Realms of Refuge, An Evolving Gallery: Realms of Refuge is a two week residency produced by Vancouver Moving Theatre and Jumblies Theatre (Toronto) that involves artists and community participants working together to create and animate miniature worlds that explore and express different ways we find, create and imagine places of refuge, shelter and comfort. Artists include Ruth Howard (Toronto), Savannah Walling, Kelty McKerracher, Bill Beauregarde, Renae Morriseau, Sharon Kallis, Russell Wallace, Rose Georgeson and Ronnie Dean Harris. The public is invited to co-create the miniature worlds and participate in a series of free events, including two Public Conversations: Being a Good Neighbour in the Downtown Eastside with Jean Swanson and Diane Wood; and Reconciliation and Cross-cultural Collaboration with Renae Morriseau and Rose Georgeson.
Wednesday Oct 19 to Saturday Oct 29. InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings (entrance on Carrall). Free
4. Sneak Peek into Chinatown Walking Tour: Join hosts Judy Lam Maxwell and Steven Wong for a glimpse of Chinatown. The tour begins at a heritage restaurant space, climbs flights of stairs to a heritage clan association, explores a Chinese herbal medicine store and ends the walk at Modernize Tailors, the last Chinatown tailor shop celebrating 103 years. Both Judy and Steven have active ties to the people and businesses in Chinatown; Judy leads Historical Chinatown Tours and Steven is third generation ‘man about town’ in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
Saturday Oct 29, 1pm. Meet at Sai Woo, 158 Pender. $10, pay what you can for local residents
5. Hidden Stories: Theatre Terrific and Aboriginal Front Door present Hidden Stories, a gentle site-specific journey of song, dance, mask and music that tells a “hidden story that fully celebrates and embraces birth, eating, speaking, loving, dancing and death.” Directed by Susanna Uchatius with Bill Beauregarde, Hidden Stories brings together artists of differing abilities and cultures with indigenous artists. Together they seek to hear, see, value and express their stories together, on a journey of trust, respect and collaborative creation like no other.
Saturday Oct 29, 1pm. Woodward’s Atrium, 111 W. Hastings. Free
6. Metamorphose: The Festival is pleased to present the premiere of Metamorphose, a community-engaged dance production by Karen Jamieson Dance and the Carnegie Dance Troupe that explores transformation, creation and imagination through dance. The piece has developed over the last three years and is presented in partnership with the Carnegie Community Centre and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.
Sunday Oct 30, 4pm. Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, 149 W. Hastings. Free
7. Barrio Flamenco: Flamenco for the People: Celebrate the spirit of the Downtown Eastside with an unforgettable evening of live flamenco music and dance! Flamenco is an art form by and for the people, danced and played with spirit, ferocity, laughter and tears; full of pain yet also joy. Hosted by flamenco dancer, singer and teacher Kelty McKerracher, Barrio Flamenco features some of the most compelling flamenco dancers, singers and musicians in the city, alongside the Downtown Eastside Flamencos. An annual blow-the-roof-off favourite. Ole!
Wednesday Nov 2, 7pm. Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main. Free
8. Sharing Theatre, Sharing Culture: Join us for a conversation of how theatre contributes to the fabric of Vancouver’s Chinatown, where food and language intersect on Coast Salish territory. The evening begins with readings in English and Cantonese from Jovanni Sy’s play A Taste of Empire/食盡天下, translated into Cantonese by Derek Chan. Guests are Derek Chan, Bob Sung, Jovanni Sy and Andrea Yu. Hosted by Kathleen Flaherty. There will be dumplings. Presented in partnership with Playwrights Theatre Centre and DTES Neighbourhood House.
Thursday Nov 3, 7pm. DTES Neighbourhood House, 573 E. Hastings. Free
9. Two evenings with Dalannah Gail Bowen – Women in the Round & Songs of Love: Downtown Eastside’s own award-winning Dalannah Gail Bowen has been music-making for over forty-five years, and has been an integral part of the DTES Heart of the City Festival since day one. The Festival has the honour of presenting Dalannah and her truly unique and powerful voice for two evenings of blues, jazz and gospel. On Nov 3rd, Women in the Round features Dalannah with Renae Morriseau and Sandy Scofield singing traditional and contemporary songs; and Songs of Love on Nov 4th explores the wonderful world of love songs, featuring Dalannah with Grammy-nominated pianist Michael Creber and drummer Chris Nordquist. Come to both evenings; not to be missed!
Thursday Nov 3, Women in the Round; Friday Nov 4, Songs of Love.
Both shows at 7:30pm. InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings (entrance on Carrall). By donation
10. Aboriginal Voices: The Festival and the Vancouver Public Library are excited to present an afternoon with writers and elders Lee Maracle and Bev Sellars reading from their latest works. Lee is a member of the Stó:lō Nation, author of numerous critically acclaimed literary works, and one of the first Indigenous female authors published in Canada. Bev was Chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake for over 20 years. Her book, They Called Me Number One, won the 2014 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature.
Friday Nov 4, 1:30pm. Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main. Free
11. Survivors Totem Pole: The Festival is honoured this year to partner on the installation of the 27ft Survivors Totem Pole in Pigeon Park (Hastings and Carrall). In the words of pole carver Skundaal Bernie Williams (Haida/Coast Salish), this grass roots initiative led by Sacred Circle Society “honours the many people who have arrived and lived in the Downtown Eastside as survivors.” Skundaal is the only female apprentice of the renowned carver Bill Reid. The events of the day include a procession of the Survivors Pole from Main Street down Hastings to Pigeon Park followed by the ceremonial pole raising, arts and craft sales by local artists, and a celebration featuring local artists from diverse cultures. Presented with City of Vancouver, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Portland Hotel Society and Potluck Café.
Saturday Nov 5: 11am, Main & Hastings; 12:30pm Pole Raising Ceremony, 3pm Celebration. Pigeon Park (Carrall & E. Hastings). Free
12. Ukrainian Hall Community Concert & Supper: The festival ends on a high note at the east-end’s historic Ukrainian Hall with lively music, invigorating dance and colourful costumes at Ukrainian Hall Community Concert & Supper. This annual favourite, produced with the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians, features the Barvinok Choir and the award-winning Dovbush Dancers. Special guests include: Zeellia, Vancouver’s own Slavic soul band led by Beverly Dobrinsky; the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble led by Jirong Huang; and the Lil’wat family performance group Tzo’kam led by Russell Wallace. We look forward to the unique and original collaborations to be presented by this afternoon’s special guests. Immediately following the concert is the always-delicious traditional Ukrainian Supper.
Sunday Nov 6, Concert 3pm, Supper follows. Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender.
$25. For advance tickets contact 604-254-3436
Most events are free or by donation. Visit heartofthecityfestival.com for full details.
PTC Associates 2013-16: Carmen Aguirre, Elaine Avila, Dave Deveau, Hiro Kanagawa, Quelemia Sparrow, Adrienne Wong
PTC Associates 2010-13: Tim Carlson, Jan Derbyshire, Jenn Griffin, Jordan Hall, Lisa C. Ravensbergen, Jeremy Waller
Who should apply: emerging and mid-career writers with a big idea (first draft not required) who can spend at least 8/12 months of the next three years in Vancouver, and who are excited to collaborate with other artists on their work. If you have a performance/writing practice and have encountered exclusion from access to theatre-making, we are interested in hearing from you. While PTC’s current office is in a second floor space, convening and working space will be arranged with access and inclusion in mind, designed to create the best working conditions for each artist.
· If you have never written a play, or have not yet had a production, we recommend you apply to Block A in 2017 rather than the Associates.
· If you have a first or second draft play you are focusing on, we recommend you apply to the 2017 Colony.
For further information and to apply: playwrightstheatre.com
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATION PACKAGES: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at midnight. Results will be announced in mid-January 2017.
Acting from the Inside Out
With Jody Holmes
What if there was a place you didn’t have to hold anything back? A place where you could genuinely be yourself. A place where you could take risks, let go of control, feel and express everything inside of you? Our one-day workshop is for artists of any kind – actors, singers, dancers – anyone who feels blocked from fully pursuing their creative life or wants to enhance their artistic expression. This workshop will help coax / invite / encourage and welcome the Inspired, Innovative, Original and Creative Genius parts of you that have been hiding… out of your head and into your body in fun, imaginative and exciting ways!
WHEN: Sunday, October 2, 2016 10AM-5PM
WHERE: Rogues West Actors Studio, 400 - 1026 Davie Street at Burrard
COST: $125 plus GST
Jody Holmes, PhD, BIW, BHSP, RA/CEP* is a body based therapist, energy healer and dynamic group process facilitator. She completed 6 years of advanced Brennan Integration Work and her fourth year of Radical Aliveness Core Energetics with Ann Bradney in Los Angeles.
To register or for more information email email@example.com
For more information on Rogues West: rogueswest.ca
The Live Auction features fantastic works by local artists, two Getaway Packages to Seattle and Whistler, a Panto Prize Package including 4 tickets to East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood, dinner at Famoso Pizza and a Bomber Brewing gift basket! Called by our real-life Prairie auctioneer Wally Roth, the Live Auction kicks off at 8:30pm.
Our Silent Auction includes awesome prizes and packages, including tickets for Bard on the Beach and the PuSh Festival, beautiful bags from Herschel Supply Co., a pampering gift basket from AG Hair and an amazing Craft Beer Wall featuring prizes from all of your favourite local breweries, including Strange Fellows to Parallel 49.
Our friends at Bomber Brewing will get the party going with the launch of the official East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood-themed beer! See what amazing small batch brew the Bomber team has come up with this year to celebrate the fourth annual East Van Panto at The York Theatre.
Famed Panto backdrop artist Laura Zerebeski will be doing live event caricaturing and button making by donation — fun for adults and children alike!
WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 2016
WHERE: West 7 Studios, 14 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Doors at 7pm
Tickets are just $10, available at the door and through Brown Paper Tickets. Arrive before 8:00pm for a free drink with admission! Come celebrate another great year with us and support our 2016/2017 season.
To find out more about all the things we’re up to, visit www.theatrereplacement.org.
For further information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In its fifth year of recognizing theatres that produced female playwrights at least fifty percent of their previous season, the 2016 International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) 50/50 Applause Award honoured 107 theatres in ten countries and five continents for the 2015/2016 season.
The GVPTA is thrilled that four of our member companies were among those named as recipients of this year's award: Firehall Arts Centre, Pacific Theatre, Mitch and Murray Productions, and Shameless Hussy Productions. Congratulations, all of you!
For more information on the 50/50 Applause Award orthe ICWP, check out: womenplaywrights.org
The hottest selling shows return September 21-25 for hold-overs at Performance Works!
Charlatan! being held over on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00pm
And Bella Sang With Us being held over on Wednesday, September 21 at 8:45pm
The After After Party being held over on Thursday, September 22 at 8:45pm
Curious Contagious being held over on Friday, September 23 at 5:00pm
Sink or Swim being held over on Saturday, September 24 at 6:50pm
Carry On: A Musical being held over on Saturday, September 24 at 9:00pm
From the Fringe to The Cultch, the “Cultchivating the Fringe Award” pays tribute to the show that demonstrates unique potential and rewards it with a run at The Cultch.
Winner: The After After Party
Honouring those who best exhibit the original founding spirit of the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
Winner: RAGMOP Theatre (Falling Awake)
Colin Thomas and Kathleen Oliver, the Georgia Straight’s theatre critics, will surrender to the mighty onslaught of Fringe talent, nominate five of the most outstanding shows, and select a winner!
Winners: The After After Party and The Orbweaver: A Dark and Twisted Folktale About a Mildly Farfetched, Highley Illegal Immigration Across Metaphysical Borders
Playwrights Theatre Centre joins the Fringe in offering dramaturgy for the winning script and a guaranteed Mainstage spot in the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival!
Winner: Deneh’Cho Thompson (The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine)
For the artist with the best potential for touring in BC. The winner gets mentorship, marketing support, and the chance to showcase their work at Pacific Contact, BC Touring Council’s annual tradeshow and booking conference for the performing arts.
Winner: Hip.Bang! (Hip.Bang! Improv and Hip.Bang! Presents the History of Romance)
Selected by jury, this new award honours the memory of Fringe Board member, Jim Sibley’s mother-in-law. This cash award supports either the winner of the Joanna Maratta Award or the BC Touring Council Award by providing financial help for travel, marketing, and other professional development of one or both award winners.
The Vancouver Fringe’s Board of Directors awards this prize for risk-taking in Fringe theatre to the artist or group of artists who best pushes the boundaries of theatre. The 2015 Award is in memory of Mollie Bradley.
Winner: Cameryn Moore (Nerdfucker)
Some of our most dedicated fans have their say!
Winner: The Orbweaver: A Dark and Twisted Folktale About a Mildly Farfetched, Highley Illegal Immigration Across Metaphysical Borders
This award goes to the artist or artists that Fringe staff and volunteers feel most exemplifies the Fringe attitude.
Winner: Bon Dos Remedios from Walk the Talk
The 2016 Festival wraps up with a hold-over of the Pick of the Fringe shows, September 21-25.
For more information on the Awards or the Festival: vancouverfringe.com
Touchstone Theatre is thrilled to announce the appointment of Roy Surette as incoming Artistic Director
The Company’s President Pamela Hawthorn spoke on behalf of the Board of Directors, saying: “Roy is one of Canada’s most respected Artistic Directors and it will be marvelous to welcome him back to the West Coast as a vital part of the Touchstone team.” Former Artistic Director Katrina Dunn added: “What Roy manifested in his early career was a huge boon to Touchstone and Vancouver theatre. In this unique story of leaving and return I believe we will see the company evolve to new levels of artistry and success.”
In the early 1980's Roy was Associate Artistic Director for Carousel Theatre in Vancouver and Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, B.C. He became the Artistic Director of Touchstone Theatre in 1984, directing many award-winning productions including Whale Riding Weather, Lion in the Streets, When We Were Singing, The Three Penny Opera, and The Number 14. Roy became Artistic Director for Victoria's premier company, The Belfry Theatre, in 1997. There, Roy directed over twenty-five plays including productions of Mary’s Wedding, Homechild, A Perfect Ganesh, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. In November 2007, Roy began his tenure as Artistic & Executive Director of Montreal's flagship English language company, Centaur Theatre. For Centaur, Roy directed many innovative, challenging, and acclaimed productions, several of which were huge box office successes of world premiere productions including The Saint Leonard Chronicles, Schwartz's: The Musical, Last Night at the Gayety and Triplex Nervosa. Roy has directed at the National Arts Centre, The Shaw Festival, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Alberta Theatre Projects, Axis Theatre, The Arts Club Theatre Company, Carousel Theatre, The Kay Meek Centre, The Globe Theatre, Melbourne, The Kings Theatre, Glasgow, The National Theatre School, UBC, U Vic, and Studio 58.
Roy issued a statement about this exciting appointment: “Although I have not lived in Vancouver in almost twenty years I have always considered it my home and am thrilled with this opportunity to return to the city and to the artistic community where I began my life in the theatre. To return to Touchstone is a huge gift and I am awed. I have immense respect for this dynamic and audacious company and the vital role it plays in Vancouver and the nation’s theatre ecology, and I love the myriad of ways Touchstone has evolved, matured and focused during Katrina Dunn’s impressive tenure. I adore the resilient and hugely talented West Coast artistic community, its collaborative spirit and incredible creative resourcefulness. I am very excited to begin interacting with Touchstone’s excellent staff, board and audience and to immerse myself into an innovative theatre scene that is dear to my heart. In case you can't tell–I am looking forward to this new adventure, to returning to BC…and to enjoying ocean waves and mild winters!”
Currently finishing the 2016/17 season as the Artistic and Executive Director of the Centaur Theatre, Roy will return to family and friends in his home town of Vancouver, BC to assume the position at Touchstone full-time as of July 2017.
Mitch and Murray Productions and The Working Actors Gym are proud to present the Trevor Craven Memorial Scholarship for Young Actors
A message from Mitch and Murray’s Artistic Director Aaron Craven:
It's with great pleasure that I announce our third presentation of an acting scholarship for young actors. This scholarship, consisting of acting training and mentorship at our Working Actors Gym, will be presented to a deserving actor under the age of 25.
I created this award in the interest of giving back to my industry and I decided to name it in honor of my brother Trevor Craven, who passed away in a car accident in 1986 at the age of 15. Trevor was an outstanding athlete, an honour roll student and a well-known young man in my hometown of North Vancouver.
The first two scholarships were given out over the past year to very deserving young actors: Jerome Yoo and Aaron Paul Stewart.
The award will consist of an eight-week block of classes, once weekly. I also provide career mentorship as part of the scholarship. More details on my teaching background and career, as well as our theatre company are at mitchandmurrayproductions.com
The scholarship is open to actors between the ages of 18-25 who have had previous acting training and/or professional acting experience.
To apply, please the send the following materials to us at email@example.com
- A photo and resume
- A one page letter in DOC or PDF format. Tell us a bit about your background, what you know of our company, and why you think you're a good candidate for the scholarship.
The current application deadline is Monday, September 26, 2016.
Thank you in advance to all the applicants.
My sincere best,
Aaron Craven - Artistic Director, Mitch and Murray Productions
More information: mitchandmurrayproductions.com
Fugue Theatre is auditioning young female singers ages 12-25*
for an in-concert presentation of the new Canadian musical
Les Filles du Roi
Julie McIsaac (The Out Vigil) &
Corey Payette (Children of God)
Monday, September 19, 6-9 PM
6 PM: Group warm-up
6:15 PM – 9 PM: Small group auditions
Italian Cultural Centre 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver
To register for an audition please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
No prior stage experience required –but we are looking for strong singers comfortable with harmonies / part-singing. Non-union.
Headshots and resumes welcome, but not necessary.
*We welcome artists of various races, ethnicity, religious affiliation, and ability. We are a trans inclusive space. The Italian Cultural Centre and The Annex Theatre are wheelchair accessible.
Rehearsals & Public presentations October 31 – November 5, 2016
(outside of school hours; afternoon/evening only).
More information: www.fugue.biz
UPDATE DECEMBER 2016: Canada Council's new portal is live, and you're invited to create a profile so you can start applying for grants under the new funding model.
Here are a couple suggestions to navigate the information, and find out how to make the most of funding opportunities ahead:
1. Refresher: Watch these videos to get familiar with each of the 6 new programs;
2. Explore detailed program information pages, including program objectives and evaluation criteria, to find the options that will bet suit you. In particular, we invite you to read up on a few new flexible options, including:
What about current programs?
Are you looking for funding in the short term? Check out the current programs that will be in place until February 2017. Don't forget there's a second and final deadline on October 31, 2016 for New Chapter, the unique new creation fund. Up to $150,000 for individual artists, and $500,000 for organizations.
Here's a timeline that breaks down the transition from the current to the new funding model. If you have further questions, feel free to also contact information officers at 1-800-263-5588 ext. 5060 or email@example.com.
More information: newfundingmodel.canadacouncil.ca
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