Vancouver Moving Theatre (VMT) creates art that celebrates the power of the human spirit; builds shared experiences that bridge cultural traditions, social groups and artistic disciplines; and gives voice to residents of the Downtown Eastside and beyond. VMT creates original theatrical, concert and interdisciplinary repertoire; produces the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, multi-disciplinary events, and special projects for diverse audiences; provides cultural services, information, educational and legacy resources; and delivers professional services with an attitude of cooperation and respect for community needs.

a choose-your-adventure experience

March 3–15, 2020
Annex Theatre, Vancouver

Written and performed by Daniel Arnold, Darrell Dennis, and Medina Hahn
Directed by Herbie Barnes

On a vast, rural estate, urban couple Abbey and Noah are on a week-long getaway to visit her father. But when they arrive, they find him missing and a local Indigenous man, Frank, staying there instead. When it’s revealed that the colonial rights to the entire property are up for grabs, the audience — with electronic voting devices in hand — decides what happens next and who, if anyone, is the rightful inheritor of the land.

A daring, interactive play like nothing you’ve experienced, Inheritance puts the power in the palms of its audiences, giving them both the freedom and the responsibility to choose the action of the play. At key moments, the play is halted, multiple plot choices are projected on screen, and the audience picks the path the play takes next to ultimately decide its outcome.


An Alley Theatre and Touchstone Theatre co-production in association with Vancouver Moving Theatre and in community partnership with the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre.


Downtown Eastside
Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 30
to Sunday November 10, 2019

Over 100 events at over 40 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside

ANNOUNCING the 16thannual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival and twelve days of music, stories, theatre, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, dance, readings, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks. This year’s theme Holding the Light has emerged from the compelling need of DTES-involved artists and residents to illuminate the vitality and relevance of the Downtown Eastside community and its diverse and rich traditions, knowledge systems, ancestral languages, cultural roots and stories.

The mandate of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festivalis 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 Festival.

Many events are free or by suggested donation.


Bah Humbug!
Eastside Christmas Carol

It’s been a great run with beautiful artists from Greater Vancouver and the community of the Downtown Eastside. Looking forward to seeing you at the 10th annual and final season of this beloved holiday classic!

The haunting yet humourous musical, directed by Michael Boucher, features over twenty songs and an inspiring ensemble with Juno-award winning Jim Byrnes, Margo Kane, Tom Pickett, Kevin McNulty, Sam Bob, Savannah Walling, and Stephen Lytton. They are joined by the Saint James Music Academy Youth Choir and new cast members Vincent Keats, Olivia Lucas and Jerry LaFaery. Local muralist Richard Tetrault's iconic images of back alleys, ravens and Vancouver's portside provide a compelling backdrop daylighting pressing social issues. 

At the darkest hour of a winter’s night, a selfish old pawnbroker – an SRO hotel landowner – wakes to confront three spirits of the past, present and future. Emerging from Coast Salish land buried under sidewalks of today, these spirits bring Scrooge face to face with harm he has caused, memories he has tried to forget, and relationships that may never heal. 

Bah Humbug! celebrates the spirit, humanity and fierce advocacy for justice of Charles Dickens and of the Downtown Eastside community. 


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Vancouver Moving Theatre acknowledges and honours that we live and work on the unceded territories of the x?m??k??y??m (Musqueam), S?wx?wú7mesh (Squamish), and s?l?ilw?ta?? / sel?íl?witulh (Tsleil-Waututh).

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Vancouver Moving Theatre gratefully acknowledges the financial and in-kind support of our Festival partners and sponsors.