With only two months left, the City of Vancouver has prepared another set of spectacular cultural events — more proof,that living in Vancouver offers vibrant arts scenes, astonishing cultural background, and diverse and culturally rich communities. This month, we’ll celebrate 125 years of the Women in Leadership Foundation, explore cultural, architectural, and technological evolution of the city through the voices of our elders, and have an opportunity to attend many other artistic events through the whole of November. We’d also like to present a collection of ten classic Vancouver books, now newly edited. Here are some of the events that you may find interesting.
Celebrating 125 Years of Leadership in Vancouver
On November 30th, you’ll have a chance to unite with people from various backgrounds and celebrate achievements Aboriginal women leaders have accomplished in their careers. 125 years of equality development in Vancouver left clear marks on the position of Aboriginal women in high-end positions. This event has been created to show Aboriginal youth the success of women originating in their community and celebrate it together with the rest of Vancouver’s society.
The Women in Leadership Foundation wishes to share knowledge and spread inspiration throughout the whole spectrum of society, connect different backgrounds and generations, and present female role models to younger generations. The event will feature a scholarship awards presentation and recognition of two future Aboriginal youth leaders in BC. The event will take place at the Roundhouse Community and Arts Centre (TBC).
A combination of online podcast (TBA), documentary (Premiere at the Memory Festival on November 10th to 17th at the Roundhouse Community Centre), and printed articles (Issue 5 of Lester’s Army available from October 7th), will present Vancouver’s cultural, architectural, and technological evolution through the voices of those who remember the most: our elders. All of these testimonies will be in a form of an interview, discussing all substantial changes of life in the city. Guest speakers include street artists, WWII survivors, retired laypeople who worked in long-dead or dying industries, and other ordinary people who have built the city and communities as we know them today.
Vancouver 125 Legacy Books
Year 2011 brings you the unique Vancouver 125 Legacy Books project, launched by ABPBC (The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia). This project will allow you to lay your hands on new editions of classic Vancouver books — even those that are already out of print. Have you ever considered reading the legendary Who Killed Janet Smith? by Edward Starkins, or Day and Night by Dorothy Livesay, but you didn’t seem to find it anywhere? These Vancouver literary jewels are here to prove the greatness and importance of Vancouver’s literary history.
The books are available for purchase now through local bookstores, and the ABPBC has a special offer on now to purchase all ten books for just $125.
The books in the collection are:
Day and Night by Dorothy Livesay, Oolichan Books
Anhaga by Jon Furberg, Smoking Lung/Arsenal Pulp Press
Class Warfare by D. M. Fraser, Arsenal Pulp Press
A Credit to Your Race by Truman Green, Anvil Press
Crossings by Betty Lambert, Arsenal Pulp Press
The Inverted Pyramid by Bertrand W. Sinclair, Ronsdale Press
A Hard Man to Beat by Howie White, Harbour Publishing
Along the No. 20 Line: Reminiscences of the Vancouver Waterfront by Rolf Knight, New Star Books
Opening Doors: Vancouver’s East End edited by Daphne Marlatt and Carole Itter, Harbour Publishing
Who Killed Janet Smith? By Edward Starkins, Anvil Press
Celebration to Launch Vancouver’s Interactive Building Permit Database
On November 23rd from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M., the City of Vancouver Archives (1150 Chestnut Street at Kits Point) will host the launch of brand new interactive Vancouver Building Permit Database under Heritage Vancouver. The aim of the database is to reveal the secrets of thousands of Vancouver’s historic buildings. This project is going to make all this information publicly and easily accessible. We have a lot to look forward to during the event at the City of Vancouver Archives. “The ethnically diverse nature of early Vancouver” is the name of the talk that will be presented by Vancouver historian Maurice Guibord, as one of the top scientific events.
Free Wi-Fi access is available at the Archives and you are encouraged to bring an electronic device to poke around the database as much as you want. Although admission is free, you need to register through Eventbrite.