Category Archives: Music

Blues singer to bare all at Firehall

Downtown Eastside resident will perform concert to raise funds for arts centre

SARAH BERMAN, VANCOUVER SUN

Blues singer Dalannah Gail Bowen performs tonight.

Blues singer Dalannah Gail Bowen performs tonight.

Dalannah Gail Bowen
Firehall Arts Centre
Tonight at 8 p.m.
Tickets $20 at the door

After a soul-searching journey from the streets to centre stage, Vancouver’s Dalannah Gail Bowen will be singing the Downtown Eastside blues at the Firehall Arts Centre tonight.

As part of the Heart of the City Festival, Bowen is performing an intimate autobiographical concert called All of Me. Ticket sales will help fund a Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts.

Bowen is a resident in the Downtown Eastside and a respected name within Vancouver’s lively jazz and blues scene.

Although she has struggled with drug addiction and homelessness, Bowen says she “returned to the land of the living” to release her first full-length album Mama’s Got the Blues in 2007.

During her lengthy singing career the 63-year-old songstress has opened for the likes of B.B. King and Buddy Guy.

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Healing the heart

Downtown Eastside festival showcases community’s talent

BY SARAH BERMAN, MEGAPHONE MAGAZINE

“Memory is the mother of community.”

Heart of the City Festival photo by David Cooper

Heart of the City Festival photo by David Cooper

These are the insightful words of Downtown Eastside poet Sandy Cameron and the mantra of the upcoming Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival.

Cameron is a social conscience within the neighbourhood and one of hundreds of artists and organizers participating in the 12-day arts celebration beginning Oct. 29. The Heart of the City Festival aims to give a creative voice to a diverse community that has endured many historical struggles.

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