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Concurrence Gathering #6

November 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm




Concurrenge Gathering #6

Sunday November 6

6pm Artist talk at Skwachàys Lodge
7pm Performances at 8EAST

Concurrence Gathering 6 is presented in association with the Heart of the City Festival, much gratitude to the Festival!

1. the fact of two or more events or circumstances happening or existing at the same time.
Mathematics: a point at which three or more lines meet.
2. agreement or consistency.

Concurrence Gatherings are concerts, talks and story-sharing events, led by Sophie Dow with mentor Olivia Davies, featuring Indigenous Artists and DTES Small Arts Grants Recipients, at 8EAST and the Skwachàys Lodge Aboriginal Hotel and Gallery.

FREE 18+

Yvonne Mark
Gunargie Ga’axstalas O’Sullivan
Tyson Night

Presented by O.Dela Arts, hosted by the NOW Society in partnership with Skwachàys Lodge Aboriginal Hotel and Gallery and Carnegie Community Centre.

Yvonne Mark

Yvonne Mark has been a pillar in the DTES community since 1972. Yvonne is a published author with Megaphone, currently serves on the Board at Carnegie Community Centre, is part of the Indigenous Advisory Committee, graduate of Employ to Empower, winner of the poetry slam at Cafe Deux Soleils, and part of the 2022 DTES Writers’ Fest. She is currently in Journalism school at Langara, and working on an anthology of her written works to be released in 2023.

Gunargie Ga’axstalas O’Sullivan

Gunargie Ga’axstalas O’Sullivan has been dedicated to community and campus radio since 1989 and attributes her knowledge to her guests and her community. The Resonating Reconciliation project was originally her idea and she helped develop the proposal. Gunargie is the founder of the shows “Late night with Savages” on CFRO-FM Vancouver Co-op Radio and “Nation to Nation” on CJSF-FM and currently produces “When Spirit Whispers” and “Sne’wayulh” at CFRO-FM. She is a member of the Tlowitsis tribe which she says “means mad, angry people ;)” Gunargie is both a direct and inter-generational survivor of Indian Residential Schools, and was fostered and then adopted by the age of seven.

Tyson Night

From the prairies of Saulteaux First Nations, Saskatchewan, Tyson Night grew up reciting poetry by famous authors, competing in poetry showcases, and writing his own work while developing his passion for performance. ln 2015, he worked at Banff Theatre Alberta, joining as a creator/performer in the Banff Theatre Collective. This ignited Tyson into the improv world, participating in cabarets, and always trying out new material for audiences. Tyson is proudly lndigenous, and does a lot of work for the community (volunteering at drop-in centres, and caring for his younger brothers). His own experience growing up through many struggles has been a huge source of inspiration for his writing, and his desire to write stems deeply from wanting to give back to the next generation. ln 2019/20 Tyson was a member of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators’ Unit, where he began developing his first full-length play “Hung Up”, inspired by stories of mental health and addiction. With development support from the Alberta Arts Council, he has created a first draft and workshop of his fantasy/comedic with a mission to create hope for the younger generation of First Nation’s People. He was recently a performer in the experimental physical theatre piece RED{Z} MAID{Z}, based on the residential school system (created by Waawaate Fobister), that remains in development. Tyson continues to work as a performer, writer, and model (represented by Edge Talent & Model Alberta) and is currently training in dance, song, and piano.


Step into the lush and heart wrenching sounds of Edzi’u. A Tahltan and Tlingit artist, based in Vancouver, Canada on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, Edzi’u is an innovative songwriter and composer who paints stories of the past, present and future with textures, elders stories and words, and her ethereal voice. Her debut album, Kime Ani, features three generations of her grandmothers voices, as well as audio of future generations. Feature track, “What Does Nation Mean?” asks the listener to examine their hearts, mind, and place amidst colonial so called Canada. Being rich in culture, full of passion and spirit, the power behind their use of sound goes deep within the listener, inspiring them to be bold and genuine, while living fully within their hearts. Edzi’u has a style and sound like no other, a quiet icon in the landscape of Indigenous music on Turtle Island. Their music and sound installations have been featured on CBC Radio Reclaimed, Talking Stick festival, shown in Tkaronto’s film festival imagineNATIVE 2018 as well as 2019, while debuting internationally in 2019 at the Document Film Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

Free. Masks Recommended.
Refreshments at Skwachàys Lodge
Bar at 8EAST

In the first 5 Concurrence Gatherings, Featured Artists have included: Dakota Camacho, Clayton Charleyboy, Apendilo Duo, Eva Cho, Wilson Liang, Michelle Heyoka, Estíqw, Taran J. Kootenhayoo, Tarene Juanita Thomas, Cheyenne Rain LeGrande, Ga’axstsalas Cheryle Williams, Dolores Dallas, Shelley Cox, Henry Kim Wong, Winael Baldus Jaguard, Tarene Juanita Thomas, Joe Chow, Cassandra Burt, Janine Island, Agi Seaweed Wisden, Tawahum Justin Peter Bige, Justin Ducharme and Dalannah Gail Bowen.

More about the Concurrence Gatherings here: https://www.nowsociety.org/event/concurrence-gatherings

Please do not come to this event if:

• You have experienced any signs of being unwell in the last 5 days;
• You have been in contact with anyone suspected of having or who has COVID-19 in the last 5 days.

8EAST ventilation: open windows and door, three air purifiers, updated HVAC system with UV lights. Mask wearing is recommend inside 8EAST and in the Chinese Cultural Centre washrooms.
Masks and Hand Sanitizer will be available.


The 8EAST social space for new culture is a project of the NOW Society, located on the Territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and səlil̓wətaʔɬ Peoples, in Chinatown in Vancouver.

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.

We are committed to making 8EAST a safer, welcoming and more accessible space. We present events at 8EAST with conditions to keep our communities as safe as possible. 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 do not tolerate sexual agression, assault, or harassment which can inlude unwanted touch or comments that objectify or sexualize.

Concerns can be addressed, discussed or expressed anonymously by emailing [email protected]

Restrooms will be available to the public. A wheel chair accessible washroom is available. Wheelchair seating is easily accommodated. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist.
The 34 inch wide main entrance to 8EAST has a threshold of approximately 0.5 inches high. There is no door automation. There are no ramps or stairs to navigate. Internal floors are smooth concrete. Outdoor plaza events are held in a 30ft square area on concrete pavers, some are uneven. Provided seating, wooden stackable chairs without armrests, is easily movable to create equitable seating location accommodations.

8EAST has a wheelchair accessible, non-gendered toilet on site with a door width of 35 inches. Additional toilets are located in the adjacent hallway. They are not wheelchair accessible. If you are attending an event with food and have specific allergies, please contact [email protected] Service animals are welcome.


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.


There is a bike rack on the SW corner of Pender and Carrall Street across the street from 8EAST. It is possible to view the bike rack while inside 8EAST and also while on the 8EAST Plaza. Covered bike parking is available at the Main Street – Science World Skytrain Station. From the Main Street – Science World Station, one can take the #3 bus from Main Street – Science World Skytrain, then walk West down Pender to 8EAST (c. 5 mins) or one can ride one skytrain stop to Stadium – Chinatown and walk Northwest to 8EAST (c. 5 mins). Walking to 8EAST from the Science World Skytrain Station would take approximately 15 minutes (directions here).

The closest Bike Locker to 8EAST is located at VCC Clark (more information here). From the VCC Clark Station on can take trains to Stadium – Chinatown Skytrain Station and walk NorthWest to 8EAST. Learn more about the Bike Parkade program here: https://www.translink.ca/…/bike-and-ride…/bike-parking. Learn more about the Bike Parkade program and how it works: https://vancouver.ca/streets…/accessible-parking.aspx


November 6, 2022
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm




8 East Pender St
Vancouver, BC V6A 1T1 Canada
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