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Truth IS Power! Public talk and Screening of Eternally NOW, full length, at 8EAST

June 20, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The NOW Society proudly presents guest artist Douglas R. Ewart, multi-instrumentalist, instrument builder, composer and artist in a project that presents public talks, film screenings, a workshop, a new work with the NOW Orchestra, commissioned by the NOW Society, and a performance in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.



Eternally Now consists of narratives, vocal and instrumental music, videos and photographs, a plethora of human thoughts and experiences that describes just how close and inextricable our fundamental platforms are as humans, and that we must seek universal input, concepts, and solutions to our challenges and problems.

Eternally Now is created as part of NOW Society’s Creative Music Series #10, Songs and Stories for a New Path and Paradigm. From January to July 2021, 39 improvisers and 2 engineers collaborated by creating in the present, by imagining what might come and by responding. The musicians improvised in sequence in nine different cities; files moved from musician to the engineers, to the next musician and so on… The engineers created architectural master halls from the artists’ sonic and visual material, from location and space, from time folded and expanded, resulting in 36 improvised films and in the formation of new works by composer Douglas R. Ewart. The passion, generosity, vulnerability, humour and strength in these films document artists transcending separation through collaboration.

  • 36 improvised films, released these on the TV8E online episodes from Sept 18 – Dec. 4)
  • featuring 39 musicians, 2 engineers (from Vancouver, Toronto, Rimouski, St. Paul, Montréal, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Chicago, Amsterdam)
  • new works by Douglas R. Ewart (featuring 36 musicians) in various formats to be released in September 10 and December 11 and beyond by the NOW Society

Eternally Now: Composer: Douglas R. Ewart, Audio Engineer: Sheldon Zaharko, Video Engineer: Ron Ruiten, Commissioned and Produced by NOW, Artistic Director: Dr. Lisa Cay Miller


Maggie Brown – voice, Fred Jackson Jr. – saxophone, Ben LaMar Gay – cornet, Darius Savage – bass Cécile Savage – bass (Chicago) JoVia Armstrong – drums (Los Angeles) Douglas R. Ewart – Reeds. Laura Harada – violin. Michelle Kinney – cello. Mankwe Ndosi – voice (Minnesota) Yves Charuest – alto saxophone, Gabriel Dharmoo – voice, Mili Hong (Korea) – drums, Vicky Mettler – guitar, Ida Toninato – bass saxophone (Montréal), Douglas Kearney – poet (St. Paul), Éric Normand – guitar, bass (Rimouski), Elizabeth Lima – clarinet, voice (Toronto), Matthew Ariaratnam – guitar, JP Carter – trumpet, Cesar Chew (Mexico City) – drums, Bill Clark – trumpet, Dailin Hsieh – zheng, Feven Kidane – trumpet, Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi – electronics, John Korsrud – trumpet, Lisa Cay Miller – piano, Brad Muirhead – bass trombone, Roxanne Nesbitt – bass, voice, John Paton – guitar, Dawn Pemberton – voice, Carol Sawyer – voice, Lucy Strauss (South Africa) – viola, Natasha Zrno – clarinet, River (Cassandra) Blondin-Burt – poet (Denendeh/Yellowknife NWT)

Tickets $10/20/xx/free tickets may be reserved here. Limited drop in seating may also be available.

COVID Safety guidelines:

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 doors, 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. Restrooms will be available to the public.

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.


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8EAST (8 East Pender street)

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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. The surface of outdoor Plaza events consists of concrete pavers and tiles, mostly smooth, some are uneven.

Provided seating, wooden stackable chairs without armrests, is easily movable to create equitable seating location accommodations. Wheelchair seating is easily accommodated. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist. Translation and language interpretation is available at some events.

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.

GETTING THERE AND PARKING: 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-transportation/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, with electronic key card access is available at the Main Street – Science World Skytrain Station, open during all hours of Skytrain operations. The station has 90 parking spaces. The cost to use the parkades is $1 per day, with a maximum monthly charge of $8. Please refer to TransLink’s Bike Parkade program for more information. From the Main Street – Science World Station, one can take the #3 bus to Pender street, 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.

June 20 9pm: Public talk and Screening of Eternally NOW, full length, at 8EAST


June 20, 2022
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm