UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 12 | Oct.
Uptown Meets Downtown in Free Concerts
Music of the streets mingles with UBC Music School
By Kate Jobling
The UBC Learning Exchange is presenting two free concerts
featuring 20 performers from the community and UBCs
School of Music on Oct. 19 and 21.
This is the second year for I love the Downtown Eastside
-- an uplifting coming together of musicians, actors and poets
to explore the theme of love in their community through poetry,
music and personal testimonials.
Performers celebrate the beauty, value and worth of friends
and neighbours who they feel have been marginalized by society
simply by living on the eastside of Vancouver. Despite this
rather serious theme, the show takes the opportunity to poke
fun at locations where the needle raptors converge
and celebrates the residents artistic expression in
the form of homemade crack pipes and back-alley graffiti art.
I Love the DTES was developed and produced by the Savage
God Theatre Company. Producer Donna Wong-Juliani says the
show started as a pilot project to bring arts and culture
to the heart of the city and it is back by popular demand.
This years performance has been re-worked to include
more music, specifically performers from UBCs School
of Music at the Point Grey campus.
There is so much in the news about people who live
in the Downtown Eastside, but we never hear or see stories
through their eyes. Thats why we decided to pursue this,
I Love the DTES will be staged on Saturday, Oct. 19, 7
p.m. at UBCs Robson Square Campus and on Monday, Oct.
21, 12 noon, in the Dodson Room (adjacent to the Chapman Learning
Commons) at the Main Library of the Point Grey campus.