“We Are The People” is a theatre play about 125 years of Vancouver's heart of the city
April at 20:00 – 10 April at 14:00
805 E. Pender Street
Tonight, I will be going to check out this play. Apparently some of the characters are people we have only heard about such as “Gassy Jack” Deighton, former pub owner, and Bruce Eriksen, former city councilor. But both made important contributions to Vancouver's development as a city.]
I first met Vancouver Moving Theatre's creators Terry Hunter and Savannah Walling, at the 2008 BC Community Achievement Awards, when they were honoured for their dedication to both their work and to the community they try so hard to represent.
Check out their website http://vancouvermovingtheatre.com
for more about the play.
We Are The People
An original musical celebration
commemorating 125 years of laughter and tears
in the Downtown
Eastside – the heart of our city.
We Are the People commemorates 125 years of laughter and
tears in the Downtown Eastside – the historical heart of our city. This
concert of original and period songs of struggle, loss, celebration
and perseverance showcases the home-grown creativity of the Downtown
Historical events highlighted in this City of Vancouver 125th
Anniversary concert include the rescue of Vancouver residents by
members of a Squamish congregation during the 1886 fire, the 1907
Anti-Asian riot, labour struggles of the 1930’s, historic personalities
such as saloon keeper Gassy Jack Deighton, industrial tycoon /
philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, activist and City Councillor Bruce
Eriksen; inner city challenges such as poverty, unemployment,
homelessness, prostitution and addiction; neighbourhood victories such
as the establishment of the Carnegie Community Centre and the Militant
Moms’ successful protest; and Downtown Eastside values of tolerance,
courage, compassion and community.
The project’s principal artists are award winning Savannah
Walling (Artistic Director and lead writer) and Neil
Weisensel (Music Director, Conductor and co-composer).
The songs are composed by some of Vancouver’s finest composers: Michael
Creber, Earle Peach, Joelysa Pankanea, Wyckham Porteous, Bill Sample,
Yawen V. Wang and Neil Weisensel. Song lyrics
have been written by Dalannah Gail Bowen, James Fagan Tait,
Bob Sarti, Savannah Walling and emerging community writers
from the Downtown Eastside.