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Blondin Burt/Strauss/Younger • Hejira’s Brew

September 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Two sets of improvised music and for the first time, a bigger band on the 8EAST Plaza

By Donation $0 – Limited seating, please see below.

River (Cassandra) Blondin Burt • voice
Lucy Strauss • viola
Jeff Younger • guitar

Hejira’s Brew
Joshua Zubot • violin
Gordy Li • tenor sax
Feven Kidane • trumpet
JP Carter • trumpet
Johanna Hauser • bass clarinet
Mike Brown • bass clarinet
Lisa Cay Miller • nord
James Meger • bass
Cesar Chew • drums

Dress warmly! Bring a blanket.

We gratefully acknowledge that we make music on the Traditional and shared Territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and səlil̓wətaʔɬ Peoples. Our social space for new culture, 8EAST, is located in Chinatown in the place now known as Vancouver.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Outdoor events at 8EAST maintain 2m seated audience distancing and 3m distance from artists/presenters. Mask wearing is expected outdoors and mandatory inside 8EAST and in the Chinese Cultural Centre washrooms.

We present events with conditions to keep our communities as safe as possible, and to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The 8EAST plaza provides seating in twos, outdoors, with wooden chairs on slightly uneven concrete pavers. Service animals are welcome. Wheelchair seating is easily accommodated. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist.

• Hand Sanitizer and masks will be available.

• Restrooms will be available to the public during set minute breaks. Masks are required inside. A wheel chair accessible washroom is available upon request.

• Seated audience members will provide their name and phone number to staff.

Please do not come to this event if:

• You have traveled outside of Canada of BC in the last 18 days;

• You have experienced any signs of being unwell in the last 18 days;

• You have been in contact with anyone suspected of having or who has COVID-19 in the last 18 days.


8EAST (8 East Pender street) is a social space for new culture. We are committed to making 8EAST a safer, welcoming and more accessible space.

We do not tolerate discrimination based on age, gender, neuro a-typicality, disability, place of origin, cultural background, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. We do not tolerate racism.

We recognize that access is an ongoing and evolving discussion, and acknowledge that this statement may be insufficient. Please do not hesitate to contact us with suggestions.


8EAST is located within 50 meters of buses 004, 007, 019, 022, 209, and N19 on Pender Street. Stops for buses 003, 008, 014, 016, 020, N8, N20, and N35 are located within 250 metres on Hastings Street. Stadium–Chinatown SkyTrain Station is approximately 400 metres away.

General metered street parking is available on surrounding streets. A passenger drop-off zone without a curb is located within 50 metres at 531 Carrall Street. For Accessible Parking locations consult: https://vancouver.ca/streets…/accessible-parking.aspx. A bike rack is located at the SW intersection at Pender Street and Carrall Street.

The New Orchestra Workshop Society (NOW) makes music on the unceded Territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and səlil̓wətaʔɬ Nations.

Our social space for new culture, 8EAST is located in Chinatown in the place now known as Vancouver. We collaborate with artists around the world.


September 12, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm