Some 2,779 people in Metro Vancouver were living on the streets, on shelters or couch-surfing on March 12, according to a preliminary homelessness count in the region.
The night features readings by some of the writers who are published in this special edition of the magazine.
Each year the Voices reading event is a beautiful night filled with personal stories and poetry as the writers pour out their passion, humour and love on stage. Often, it’s the first time they’ve ever read their work to an audience.
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Voices of the Street launch
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2096 Commercial Dr.
Two new public art pieces have been unveiled this month as part of the City of Vancouver’s Year of Reconciliation.
The artwork of Alexa Hatanaka (bottom) is being featured at bus stops around the city, and Emilie Crewe’s video Making Circles: The Dancing Chilkat Blanket (top) is being screened at the corner of Robson and Granville. These are the two most recent additions to the city’s public art project for the Year of Reconciliation.
Join Megaphone on Wednesday, April 30th for the official launch of our fourth annual Voices of the Street literary issue.
The night will feature powerful readings from some of the writers published in special edition. All proceeds go toward Megaphone’s writing workshop program.
Chris Scott says if it wasn’t for the weekly Downton Eastside Street Market, he’d be in jail. At the location next to Pigeon Park in East Vancouver where he has sold his used goods for four years, Scott said on Sunday the weekly market helps him stay clean and sober and out of jail.
Louise Lagimodiere is 70 years old, has trouble walking with her arthritic hips and legs. After paying her rent, she keeps body and soul together on less than $100 a month — that and the pittance she makes from illegal street vending. And here she was on Tuesday in Courtroom 106 giving an insight into how the economy of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside works for the poor like her who end up selling or trading anything they have of value on the city’s pavements to supplement their meagre incomes.
Everything Is Awesome
Over the years I had hoped to get an editorial assignment to photograph Tegan & Sara but my fortunes took a different turn when my intern, musician-turned-photographer Daniel Silbert introduced me to Sara Quin at a show in New York. The first thing I said to her was that “The Con" was my most played song on iTunes. She took my fanboy confession well and we had a nice chat about New York, relationships and their upcoming album.
Halfway through touring that album (the fantastic Heartthrob) their management team commissioned me to shoot new press and merchandising photos, and I couldn’t have been more on-board. It was such a good time spending the day with the girls that it was a blessing we had a full agenda of shots to do, otherwise nothing would have gotten done.
Peter Joseph on structural violence, from this video.