Photo: 
Que Frias
Artists: 
MRD3 with Janelle Reid

When the Spirits Speak Back

Wednesday, August 14, 2024
6:00 pm
Accessibility Symbol

ASL Interpretation

Led by artists of the DTES, we celebrate what remains a vibrant cultural hub of self determination and preservation. We gather to share food, song and dance that honours the love and caretaking shared each day in the DTES. We call in all of our ancestors, all of our pain and all of our dreams; those that we will realize and those that may never come true to open our hearts and create space to hear our sacred spirit speak to us.

In partnership with DTES Small Arts Grants

Featuring

DANI YOUR DARLING + their only friends, MRD3 with Janelle Reid, TALON and Jhoely Triana Flamenco

MC 

TBA

6:10 PM | Jhoely Triana Flamenco – Las Mujeronas
Las Mujeronas. We are fierce, confident, trail-blazing women moving through struggles, rebuilding our lives, finding our voices and creating our identities, dreams and passions. This work features Flamenco Latinas in Canada exploring our immigrant identities and connecting to our home cultures through the art form of flamenco. Using flamenco elements, such as the song forms of Ida y Vuelta (“going and coming”), which embody the intercultural influences of the Americas on flamenco, we explore how migration influences our lives.

6:35 PM | Mary Sues – The Albatross
Classical pieces for voices sung a capella.  I have credited 2 previously. The songs are sung in English, Italian, French.

7:00 PM | Eva Cho
Traditional Chinese umbrella and ribbon dance.

7:15 PM | DANI YOUR DARLING + their only friends
DANI YOUR DARLING + their only friends have joined forces to immerse audiences into an introspective and innovative world through neo-classical operatic vocals, jazz fusion, and pop punk instrumentals. They have played for Green Auto, The Birdhouse, Music Waste, and many others

7:40 PM | Lance Lim – Don't Feed Da Pigeons

8:05 PM | Immacula

8:20 PM | TALON – They Cant Compete
They cant compete is a song i made a year ago and have been sitting on, this track is about my experience living on the DTES. I talk about the "trifecta" and how it pulls and sucks you into this loop that consists of being the drug dealer, than the user than becoming homeless and you cannot escape this loop, ive lost many people to drug addiction and overdose. this song expresses that.

8:35 PM | Deborah Charlie

8:50 PM | Steven Lytton
Interior Salish Thompson. Actor. Artist. Activist. Writer.

9:05 PM | MRD3 with Janelle Reid
MRD3 explore groove, sound and space in an improvised dub aesthetic. The chemistry they create is transformative. Joining will be Janelle Reid’s powerful, angelic voice. This performance will be spellbinding.

Installations

Chantelle Trainor-Matties
Chantelle Trainor-Matties will be using leftover mural paint to create a new work of art to be shared at the Vines Art Festival!

Coco Agetouy
Coco was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, but her roots are from Cowessess Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. As a proud Vancouverite, she enjoys creating art that infuses modern life and traditional Indigenous symbolism, but within dark landscapes and backgrounds. She has been an alumni recipient of the First Peoples Cultural Council Micro Grant and the Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grant.  She is an emerging artist in the art world, but she has been creating art all her life. Coco’s goal is to establish herself as an accomplished artist and dedicate her life to creating art as it is her passion and what she is meant to be doing in life.

Hazel Arnold
Hazel Arnold is a Cree painter focusing in Native visual art.  Hazel grew up in Ontario and Regina, Saskatchewan and spent most of her summers on Gordon’s Reserve in Saskatchewan where her passion for art was sparked by Sanford Fisher, an amputee who painted with his mouth. After taking a break from paitning for over 40 years, she returned to creating art in 2024 and received the Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grant.  She wants to expand her education in fine arts by exploring other mediums and learning different techniques from other artists and would eventually like to present her work in other galleries in the future.

Natalia Rabell – Dreaming Alive
Life is what we make of it, the ability to choose and create what we live, laugh, cry, sing, decide to be well, accepting adversity as part of the challenge of life, in this piece you can see different plastic techniques that narrate daily events with diverse and intense emotions, which ultimately refer to the balance as a real possibility within this collective dream

Rosa Chan
Rosa Chan was born in Hong Kong, and has been  living in Vancouver about 36 years. She did a lot of impactful volunteer work at The 3H craft work company and was a volunteer at Vancouver General hospital for over 25 years. About 10 years Rosa suffered a fall and now uses her walker as a mobility aid. Rosa enjoys  making hand puppets, painting and drawing. Rosa loves making art as she believes it is a way to make people happy.

Victoria Marie – Reclaiming Ancestral Cosmologies
These paintings represent a few of the sacred feminine images from the cosmologies of my Ancestors that show up in my DNA results.  Three of the pieces represent my West African heritage and one my Celtic heritage.

Jhoely Triana Flamenco

Mary Seus

Eva Cho

DANI YOUR DARLING + their only friends

Lance Lim

Immacula

TALON

Deborah Charlie

Steven Lytton

MRD3 with Janelle Reid

Elisha and Carmen

Natalia Rabell

Victoria Marie

Chantelle Trainor-Matties

Rosa Chan

milan & karmella

Hazel Arnold

Coco Agetouy

Jhoely Triana Flamenco

Mary Seus

Eva Cho

DANI YOUR DARLING + their only friends

Lance Lim

Immacula

TALON

Deborah Charlie

Steven Lytton

MRD3 with Janelle Reid

Elisha and Carmen

Natalia Rabell

Victoria Marie

Chantelle Trainor-Matties

Rosa Chan

milan & karmella

Hazel Arnold

Coco Agetouy