Spirit Rising Festival 2011

Vancouver Moving Theatre in association with the Centre of Integration for African Immigrants proudly presents

Spirit Rising Festival 2011

Concerts, Music in the Streets, Songs, Films, Walks and lots of Stories!

Honouring the history of the Black community in the DTES


East End Blues and All That Jazz

Friday & Saturday Feb 18 & 19, 8pm; Sunday Feb 20, 2pm Firehall Arts Centre $20/$15. A musical tribute to the East End's historic black community. Written by Denis Simpson and Savannah Walling with Mr. Leonard Gibson. Featuring Candus Churchill, Bill Costin, Chic Gibson, Tom Pickett, Tim Stacey and special guests Thelma Gibson and Dalannah Gail Bowen. Please note- all free community tickets are now ‘sold out’. Songs to Stir Your Soul Friday Feb 25, 7:30pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main St. Free A soul-stirring performance with vocalist Dalannah Gail Bowen, accompanied by keyboardist Michael Creber. Followed by Michelle Richard singing favourite blues tunes and new compositions, with Steve Charles on guitars and Connie Andersen on harmonicas. Remembering Hogan’s Alley - a history walk with James Johnstone Saturday Feb 26, 10 a.m. Meet in front of the Heatley Block, 696 E. Hastings St. Pay what you can for local residents; $10 for non-residents Music Tribute to Black History Month Saturday Feb 26, 1 p.m. Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell. Free Featuring Khari Wendell McClelland, Dawn Pemberton, Patti Powell and Holly Eccleston with songs from the African American tradition; rockin’ tunes with Corinthian Clark; and the vocals and ‘oud’ playing of Alaaeldin Abdalla. Documentaries in tribute to Black History Month Saturday Feb 26, 6pm-10pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main St. Free 6 p.m.  - Joe, directed by Jill Haras (2002 NFB 9min). 6:12 p.m. - Remember Africville, directed by Shelagh Mackenzie (1991 NFB 35min) 6:50 p.m. - Jeni LeGon - Living in a Great Big Way, directed by Grant Greschuk (1999 NFB 50min) 8 p.m.  - Hardwood, directed by Hubert Davis (2004 NFB 30min) 8:30p.m.  - Seeking Salvation, directed by Phillip Daniels (2005 Travesty Productions 90min)       The Tour of Nothing: The Freeway That Never Was - a history walk with John Atkin, guest: Elwin Xie Sunday Feb 27, 10am Meet at SE corner of Main and Union. Pay what you can for local residents; $10 for non-residents Music in the Streets CANCELLED - SORRY! Sunday Feb 27, 1pm, 2:15 p.m. CANCELLED - SORRY! DNC Street Market in Pigeon Park, Carrall and Hastings. Free Featuring Brad Muirhead and Deetstreet Carnegie Coalition. East to East: Reading, Writing, and Editing Hogan's Alley and the Downtown Eastside Sunday Feb 27, 4pm Hogan’s Alley Café, 789 Gore at Union. Free A dialogue between writers Wayde Compton and Elee Kraljii Gardiner Three Guys and an Alley: Films and conversation about growing up around Hogan’s Alley Sunday Feb 27, 7 p.m. Hogan’s Alley Café, 789 Gore at Union. Free Join us for a screening of the 1994 film Hogan’s Alley, directed by Andrea Fatona and Cornelia Wyngaarden, along with two CBC archive interviews with Jimi Hendrix and his grandmother Nora, who was a long-time resident in Strathcona. Meet three men who lived in the neighbourhood of Union and Prior as youngsters before the destruction of Hogan’s Alley and the construction of the Georgia Viaduct: Randy Clark, Chic Gibson and Elwin Xie; moderated by Khari Wendell McClelland.  

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This program has been made possible with the support of Assembly of BC Arts Councils, Province of British Columbia, BC Arts Council, Community Arts Council of Vancouver, Creative Pathways, City of Vancouver Cultural Services, City of Vancouver Great Beginnings Program and Hamber Foundation.