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[CallToAction] ooohlala.. ... . . . this is exciting. . .

In this Call to .... . .  .

1.    Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival Call to Volunteer,
2.    In the House Festival Call to Volunteer,
3.    Katimavik Billeting and Job Posting,
4.    Five Job Postings:  Public Dreams Society Mentee Program,
5.    OneWorld Arts Productions call to street performers, artists
6.    Upcomin events


1. Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival Call to Volunteer

Big news: due to popular demand, the quirky and magnificent Commercial Drive Festival is now evolving into Car-Free Commercial Drive Days -- TWO of them! This represents a huge shift in civic will not be  long before the 'hood, the City, the entire planet recognizes the massive potential for global salvation and FREE FUN that Car-Free streets represent. Hallelujah!

So here's the lowdown: Sunday, June 17 (fathers day) and Sunday, July 22...Car-Free Commercial Drive Days invite everyone out to play in the street, East Van style.

This is your party.  Your neighbourhood.  It is run by the locals, giving their time in exchange for the fruits of creative collaboration. 

This is a call out for folks to help get the show on the road -- PLEASE STEP UP NOW! Fun, friends, connections, snacks & coddling, karma, a stylish t-shirt, and a rockin' volunteer afterparty are among the sundry rewards for making it happen.


•    Help with Community Outreach (reel 'em in!) or Business Liason (a great way to get to know the Drive businesses)
•    Spend a couple of hours doing some postering or flyer distribution
•    Do you have a car, van,  truck or industrial bike trailer at your disposal? Get some carbon credits! Pickup/chore runners needed.

Festival Day:
•    Barricade Superheros: Hold up the perimeters of the party!  (2-hr shifts any time between 9am and 8pm.)
•    Volunteer Support:  Heart of the production – the gathering place and the waterhole.  (Coordinator sought.  3 hour Green Room shifts between 9am and 8pm -- only a few left!)
•    Info People: Staffing the Info Tent, hand out flyers, etc. – great for hardcore Drive residents who know the scene.
•    Donation Fairies & Fools :  Wow the crowds and help raise funds to keep the party rollin.  Roving performers, donation fairies, face painters, clowns, etc.
•    Set-Up, Tear-down and Greeners : The festival emerges, as if from thin air and then disappears without a trace…suitable for featherweights or bench-lifters...
•    Photo/videographers: record the event
•   Kidzone: facepainters and craftmakers needed!
•    Helpers At Large: "whatever you need me to do"...we will slot you in. If you have specific skills, resources or contacts to offer, please let us know.

Please email (or phone) with your name and contact info.  Tell us how you'd like to contribute your time (if you have a preference), on either or both days...and any special interests, needs or physical abilities or limitations you might have.

Volunteer Orientations (you only need to attend one session) will take place:
Saturday, June 9 at 7pm in the Britannia Library basement
Sunday, June 10 at 2pm in the Britannia Library basement

You'll especially want to be at one of the orientations to order your very own Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival T-Shirt, at a very cheap volunteer price.

So there you go...the time is NOW...please step up and help co-create our urban paradise.

Looking forward to working/playing with you soon,

Viva!  Viva!
Andrea Curtis,
Coordinating Volunteers
cell :: 778.549.7874

Drive Fest info:


2.    In the House Festival Call to Volunteer

The In the House Festival is looking for volunteers for June 2nd and 3rd. This is for our big festival – 15 shows in 2 days! All kinds of performances. It all takes place on Semlin, Napier, and William just east of Victoria Dr.

Duties include box office, venues (set-up, ticket taking, security, tear-down), green room, street marshall, photography,  video, mc, flyering, postering, and much more.

If you're interested please contact Myriam at 604-874-9325 or

The schedule of events is on the website at

There will be a volunteer meeting near the end of May to meet all friendly, funky and like minded folks and get acquainted with the responsibilities of throwing down such a fine set of shows!


3. Katimavik Billeting and Job Posting

I got this from my friend, Martin.  If you haven't heard of Katimavik.. pretty interesting organization.  Have a click.  I hosted one of the young participants to live at my place for... what was it, a week?  Anyways... sign up as a billeting house!  And check out this job posting (for the sufficiently mad..)

If you know anyone that like to be challenged and that would be interest to invest 10 months of their life into this great youth program, please send them this job posting...You have to be a bit crazy, but trust me, its the best ''school'' I ever been to!!


4.    Five Job Postings:  Public Dreams Society Mentee Program

Hola!  I'm super excited about this.  Public Dreams Society (Illuminares Lantern Festival and Parade of the Lost Souls) is hiring five folks for a 6 month contract to work alongside the festivals' coordinators.  The positions were created through a mentorship program that aims to open doors for folks looking to explore careers in the arts/culture/not for profit sector.  No accreditation, age or totally relevant experience required.  Job descriptions are posted on the Alliance for Arts & Culture website (which, if you haven't clicked while job huntin before, keep this site on your radar.  There are some very stellar postings that get tossed up there.  The site is worth a navigation too.  Amazing resources, workshops, etc... focused on mobilizing Vancouver's creative community -- getting them money, employment, grant, info, networked, involved.)  Ok.. the link:

Meanwhile... Check out  You can sign up online ot volunteer and stay in the loop to find out when lanter making workshops are, et all.  (Yes, by the way, I'm back on as volunteer coordinator for Illuminares and Parade of the Lost Souls.  Reelin 'em in.  Ah!  What fun.  I have so much faith.. East Van takes great pride and ownership of it's fine, fine celebrations.  We can't do it without you.)


5.    OneWorld Arts Productions Call to street performers, artists


Call for Street Performers/ Artists
Reply to:
Date: 2007-05-14, 7:14PM PDT


OneWorld Arts Productions has been appointed to produce and launch the first annual downtown Vancouver street performer program during the months of July and August.

We want to wake up/shake up Vancouverites and smother them with random acts of: 
gutwrenching laughter, unusual entertainment, kindness, unique mindblowing experiences - just damn good entertainment! 
We want to give the folks pleasant surprises while they saunter around the downtown core.
We want to show Vancouver the great (and often hidden) talent this city has to offer!

We are seeking original, high energy musicians/bands, daredevil and magic acts, interactive acts,street artists, percussionists,dancers/break dancers, astonishing acrobats, absurdly funny comedy acts/divas/characters - you get the jist??

What's in it for me? 
The successful performers will be paid a base honorarium and can accept donations and sell cd's or merchandise. 
The performers will be promoted through an extensive downtown publicity and marketing program to more than 8,000 businesses 
and the residents in downtown Vancouver. . Media coverage is highly likely. The opportunities for recognition (or fame?) and future gigs should not be ignored!

You have a solid, polished act.
You are engaging. 
Your act has unique qualities and can be intriguing to watch.
Your act is edgy.
Your act is clean and appropriate for all ages.
You have above average technical skills.
Your equipment and sound is in good working order.
You can captivate an audience within the first 5 minutes (acts can be up to 1 hour long). 
You perform on the street in an assigned area.
You are punctual.
All accepted performers must abide by the City bylaws and produce a current city permit. 

How do I apply?
Please send us your promotion package by email complete with visual and/or audio, website links, contact details and bios.
Deadline for application is May 31, 2007.


6.  A few events around the hood....


Vancouver's new eco-club night
May 18th, Waldorf Hotel (1489 E Hastings)
$10 advance tickets from Highlife, Zulu and Boomtown
$12 at the door

9pm Global Television Documentary showing -- Thin Ice
Dub n Reggae heavyweights, the Third Eye Tribe, featuring Jacob Cino, will be rinsing out the Waldorf in an event to help bring about positive environmental change. DJ Timothy Wisdom, Vancouver's master of the funk, will be opening up the evening with his excellent selection of bombs and party rockers. Plus there's a 2nd room with the Prime Collective DJs.


Creeps and cougarS
May 19th, Anza Club, kicks off 9pm.  10 bucks.
All proceeds go to the Inner-City Commune, a la Burning Man

DJ Timothy Wisdom :: East Van's favorite booty shakin' turntable wizard!
DJ Steamboat Fattie :: His seamless flow of sexy beats will surely channel your inner creep and cougar repertoire
The Downlow :: Live Dub, evoking inner grit to get you riled up for an evening of pleasure
Your Little Pony Burlesque :: A creatively sexy and stunning striptease
Poetry by Jesse :: A Madhatter of laughter and wit

Come explore your sexy side.  Are you predator or prey?
It's spring, it's hot. Come out and drink cheap booze, dance and dress as
your "sexiest" self. Is there an experienced, wordly, sexy man or woman
inside of you, waiting to bust out and cavort with other wild ones? Or
perhaps you are young, fresh, a little wet-behind-the-ears, and open to
explorative fun?

Let's celebrate our inner creeps and cougars, our inner predator and prey by
wearing the most outrageous, silliest, sexiest and hilarious getups. Think
animal print, stillettos, bowties, gold chains, open Vneck shirts....ha!
whatever turns you on! ;-)

You don't have to dress up to come out and dance and drink with us but the
hot, playful Cougars behind the bar may just give you a free beer if you

Flyer URL:

Beats Without Borders in association with Asian Heritage Month present:
Delhi Nights 2
With Special Guests from San Francisco
DJ Jimmy Love ( )
Dholrhythms Dance Troupe ( )

Thursday May 24, 8:30 pm
The Waldorf (1489 E Hastings)
Tickets $15 advance at Highlife, Zulu, Boomtown, Kamal. 20$ Door,
On May 24, 2007, Vancouver's Beats Without Borders Collective will host one of the most unique South Asian events the city has ever seen. Bringing together top artists and performers from across North America, Delhi Nights 2 will showcase the best in contemporary South Asian club culture. Celebrate Asian Heritage Month and dance the night away in 3 rooms of steamy bollywood, bouncin' bhangra, and good old-fashioned funk.
DJ Jimmy Love (SF) Jimmy Love rocks the dancefloor with his winning combination of Punjabi Bhangra music and hip-hop, funk and reggae. He is the resident DJ and founder of NonStop Bhangra, SF's hottest South Asian night (recently winning the Guradian's Top 5 Global Nights). He is also a resident at Surya Dub, and runs the weekly "Nickel Bag of Funk" at SF's Make Out Room. While dedicated to bringing Bhangra-Love to the masses, his years of dj'ing and deep understanding of mixing many different styles of music together allow him to give a dance floor all the energy it needs.
Dholrhythms Dance Troupe (SF) With a strong passion for Bhangra and Giddha (folk dances from the Punjab), founders Vicki Virk, Suman Raj-Grewal and their crew have become a Bay Area phenomenon. Their high-energy performances, colorful costumes, and infectious smiles have led to performances at some of SF's biggest venues, including  Pier 39, DeYoung Museum, Golden Gate Park, Fillmore, and Sterngrove; with some of the biggest names in the business, including Michael Franti, Karsh Kale and Cheb I Sabbah. Dholrhythms also co-hosts the NonStop Bhangra monthly.
Also playing will be DJ Reminisce (the saucy sounds of Bollywood), BPM (live bhangra/hip-hop), DJ Nils (smooth Asian grooves), and Tspoon + the Suga Dhollies (bhangra mashup explosion with live dhol). The evening will also feature an Indian Classical recital with sarod maestro Anupam Shobhakar, direct from Mumbai. Marcus Murray will be creating live art, and Suez is on visuals.


The Revolutionary Knitting Front
The next meeting is June 1, 7:30 p.m. at The Veggie Resource Centre, 2250 Commercial - or if the weather is nice, in Grandview Park.
Email Heather at for more info, additional information available at



Bike Month is soon upon us in Vancouver and to mark the occasion Moving
Pictures Film Festival and ICYCLE.CA Productions are presenting a screening of
You Never Bike Alone at TinselTown. Here's the details:

Show time: Friday 1st June 2007, 7pm. Screening followed by Q&A with director
Robert Alstead and Richard Campbell of B.E.S.T. (and formerly the Bicycle

Venue: Cinemark TinselTown, 88 West Pender, Vancouver. Cinema is in the
International Village complex opposite Stadium Skytrain station.

Tickets: $8 ($2 discount to Moving Pictures members). Advanced tickets
available at TinselTown box office.


The World NAKED Bike Ride!
June 9th, 2007

Stay in the loop.  It's gettin hot.  Nothin like a crazy group of hundreds of cyclists at all stages of undress -- nude to nekkid -- taking to the streets of Vancouver.  Not ... I do say .. NOT to be missed.  (More details to be unveiled.  Hang out around that website.  I'll send out some more deets soon, too!)


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