Left Coast Events Bulletin by Janine Bandcroft for week of Nov. 23-30, 2017

A Better Man: Actions Matter

november 23rd

  • Thursday at 19:00–21:45

    2 days from now · 8-12°Rain

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    149 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G9, Canada

*Content warning: domestic abuse*
We know the facts. We know that women and girls continue to be more at risk of experiencing many forms of violence than men and boys. As a society, we must ask ourselves why and – more importantly – what can we do?

On November 23rd, two days before the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence begins (on November 25th), join Reel Causes for the VANCOUVER PREMIERE of the NFB documentary A Better Man.

This inspiring and courageous film follows Attiya Khan as she reaches out to her former abuser, inviting him to participate in A Better Man, a documentary project that sets out to reframe the complex issue of domestic abuse. The film screening is in support of ‘We Can End All Violence against Women’ BC Campaign and BWSS Battered Women’s Support Services. There will be a post-film Q&A with local activists working to end gender-based violence in the local community.

Tickets: $5 for Reel Causes members. Not a member? Membership is only $10. www.reelcauses.org


This Living Salish Sea – Van. Premiere Fundraiser Pull Together

november 23rd

  • clock 23 November at 19:00–22:00

    Next Week

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    1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7, Canada

This Living Salish Sea film screening is a fundraiser to stop Kinder-Morgan expansion, (Canada, 2017, 95 minutes). At The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St. Vancouver. This event is sponsored by BROKE – Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder-Morgan Expansion.

The film maker, Sarama, will be in attendance for a Q&A and discussion after the film. Sarama is an artist, diver, and environmental protector. Through extensive underwater cinematography, his film explores the rich bio-diversity and beauty of the Salish Sea and is a critical examination of why we need to protect this precious natural treasure from inappropriate industrial devolpment.

The film has been classified with a PG rating.
Tickets- suggested $10 donation at the door.

To watch the trailer, click here:

More info at: www.livingsalishsea.ca


Passion for Justice 2017

november 24th

  • Friday at 19:00–1:00

    24 November at 19:00 to 25 November at 1:00

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    The Wise Hall & Lounge

    1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 2E2

Party with Pivot, all in support of the Pivot Foundation’s ongoing work fighting for human rights and social justice across Canada. Proceeds from ticket sales, raffles, and purchases will support charitable programs, projects, and initiatives aimed at ending poverty and marginalization for society’s most vulnerable. #PFJ2017

Proudly sponsored by the The Georgia Straight, this year’s event features the amazing funk/soul performers Queer As Funk


Digging Spanish Earth

november 24th

  • clock Friday at 19:30–22:30

    3 days from now · 7-10°Rain Showers

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    1923 Fernwood Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 2Y6, Canada

Café Simpatico presents
Digging Spanish Earth
A New documentary film screening and discussion by filmmaker Tom Shandel explores the rise of Fascism in Spain in 1937.

Friday, November 24, 2017
1923 Fernwood Road
Doors open at 7 pm, Music 7:30 pm, Film at 8 pm

“In 1937, Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens, together with Ernest Hemingway, traveled to Spain to make a film supporting the
democratic Republican Government against the nationalist/fascist revoltled by Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the events which
would open the way to the Second World War. The Ivens film,
titled El Tierra Español, is considered a cinematic masterpiece, the
first consciously propaganda documentary, attempting to get
America to give food and munitions to the beleaguered partisans fighting for their democratic survival.”
Digging Spanish Earth explores the original masterpiece and
the consequences still evident in Spain today.

Presented by the Victoria Central America Support Committee (CASC)


Elect Jean Swanson to Vancouver City Council

Jean Swanson launched a successful and memorable campaign for the Vancouver by-election held on Oct 14th 2017. Her proposals for a Rent Freeze and Mansion Tax shaped the debate in the by-election, and changed politics in Vancouver.

The independent/people-funded campaign finished second, right behind the conservative NPA with its still-undisclosed big money contributions. Jean’s strong showing is an important victory in a city that’s been run by developer money for too long.

But the by-election campaign was only the beginning of our movement.

The team of volunteers and activists behind Jean Swanson is kicking back into gear and is determined to shake up the City Hall in the October 20, 2018 general municipal election. Now is a great time to get involved!

Today, we’re writing to invite you to the upcoming action-packed weekend of housing justice, which Jean and the team have been putting their energy toward:

  1. November 22nd marks the National Housing Day of Action, the same day that the federal government will release its National Housing Strategy. The government’s plan—like the federal housing budget announced earlier this year—is unlikely to put a dent in the housing crisis, so housing groups in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal are coordinating rallies to call for what we need. In Vancouver, there will be a rally and a march on Sat, Nov 25th, 12-2pm starting from 58 W Hastings St and ending at 105 Keefer st. The rally will be a chance to hear from different community groups from across the city about their housing struggles, to unify our demands and our voices and stand stronger together. Come, invite your friends and don’t forget to wear your Rent Freeze t-shirts!
  2. Sat, Nov. 25th, 5:30-7:30pm: The Vancouver Tenants Union is holding a forum (@855 E Hastings) on affordability with anti-poverty and tenant organizers joining from L.A., and Toronto to discuss the crisis of housing, displacement and renters organizing. See the Facebook event page here.
  3. Sun, Nov. 26th, 9:30-5pm: The Tenants Union will also hold its first convention and Annual General Meeting (@600 Campbell Ave), open to current and prospective members. It’ll be a great opportunity to learn about the work of this newly launched organization, talk about tenants issues and get involved in tenant organizing.

We hope to see you there!


Performance as Medicine: Indigenous Performance Art Symposium

november 25th

Performance as Medicine is a one-day interdisciplinary and inter-generational symposium that will seek to present and explore Indigenous philosophies and contemporary expressive forms.

The program was developed by Iroquois Mohawk artist Lindsay Delaronde, who is currently the Indigenous Artist in Residence with the City of Victoria.

Register to enjoy a series of interactive workshops and a lunch, or drop in later in the day for a performance and a panel discussion.

Workshops will be faciliated by Krystal Cook, Bradley Dick, Jessica Sault and Sarach Pocklington.

This is a City of Victoria initiative, presented in collaboration with the Royal BC Museum.
•9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Workshops (registration required)
•3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Performance and panel discussion

The performance is titled ‘Rage Flowers’ and is a collaborative work created by Erynne Gilpin.

The panel discussion is moderated by Lucy Bell and will feature, France Trepanier, Erynne Gilpin and Lindsay Delaronde.


Ancient Forest Alliance Year-End Celebration and Fundraiser

november 25th

  • clock Saturday at 17:30–1:00

    25 November at 17:30 to 26 November at 1:00

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    1415 Broad St, Victoria, BC V8W 2A9, Canada

Join us Saturday, November 25, at the Victoria Event Centre for the Ancient Forest Alliance’s year-end celebration to honour our 8th year of operation, and the amazing community that has helped us get to where we are today!

Enjoy some appetizers, drinks, and music with AFA volunteers, staff, donors, and supporters! The night will feature a fun and informative slideshow presented by the AFA’s Andrea Inness, Ken Wu, and TJ Watt, followed by a meet and greet, silent auction fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 pm and then musical performances from 9 pm to 1 am. This is also a great chance to pick up Christmas gifts like our 2018 calendar. Come join us for a beer, relax, and have some fun!

We are also very excited to announce that Oliver Swain will be playing at our event, followed by three local djs! Music bios can be found below. http://oliverswain.com

Tickets are available for the presentation and/or music performances.

5:30 pm doors open / meet and greet
6:30-7:30 Presentations
7:30-8:30 meet and greet/silent auction
Silent Auction ends at 8:30 pm sharp
8 pm doors open for 19+ portion of event

8-8:45 pm DJ Rich Nines
8:45-9:45 Oliver Swain: https://soundcloud.com/oliver-swain
10-11 C-Frets: https://soundcloud.com/cfrets/cumbia-dub-dance-mix
11-12 DJ Rich Nines : https://soundcloud.com/richnine
12-1am Taquito Jalapeno: https://www.mixcloud.com/TaquitoJalapeno/uploads/


Presentation | meet and greet | silent auction (all ages): 5:30pm-8:00pm
$10 | $8 for students

Music Performances | Dance (19+ only): 8:30pm – late
$15 | $12 for students

Access to the entire event: $20 (reg) | $15 (students)

No one turned away for lack of funds!

Spaces are limited, so get your tickets early!
For hard-copy tickets, please contact 250-896-4007.
Interested to volunteer? Please email Amanda at canvass@ancientforestalliance.org

If you require the elevator or need extra assistance, please call or email ahead of the event. 250-896-4007 or info@ancientforestalliance.org

All proceeds raised go toward AFA campaigns and activities. Please consider supporting our event to help protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests and ensure a sustainable second-growth forest industry.


Oliver Swain:
Award winning roots artist Oliver Swain Has as been a celebrated musician for years, held in high regard in acoustic and folk music styles for both his astonishing instrumental and vocal abilities, though he seldom gives the genre a fully traditional treatment. Oliver Swain strays towards the whimsical, the spiritual, and the socially conscious side of what he likes to refer to as “chamber folk odyssey”, and it’s these beguiling and provocative elements that make him unique as an artist and songwriter. Devon Leger even called him “The Zen Rock Garden of old time music” No Depression

Oliver’s most recent release Never More Togetheris a rich and sublime example of Swain’s personal obsessions; clawhammer banjo, bowed bass and slack key guitar style, and fascination with ethnomusicology. Modern rock and early R&B are curated within the traditionally-based songs, used as springboard into the imagination.

Oliver Swain got his start performing and writing with many of the US and Canada’s most loved roots bands including The Bills, The Duhks, Outlaw Social and The Red Stick Ramblers. He’s a two time Prairie Music Award (WCMA) winner, 3 Time Western Canada Music Award nominee(2016 Roots Artist of the Year) Juno nominee and has a few “M” (Monday Magazine) and Times Colonist Music Awards under his belt. In 2011 he released In A Big Machine, hailed as “Absolutely mesmerizing”and “one of the best albums of 2011, regardless of genre”, touring across Canada and the US including Folk Alliance International(twice official), Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Music Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, The Harrison Festival of the Arts, North Country Fair and Mission Folk Fest. Between his own shows and tours, Oliver is a busy side man with artists like The Fretless, Twin Bandit and Daniel Lapp and also runs the Victoria Django Festival each February in his home city. Oliver is also one half the Leonard Cohen tribute duo project Tower of Song.

mixes roots, electronic and bass music from latin america to the balkans, bringing together folkloric sounds, hypnotic beats and deep bass for a deadly dancefloor combination.

Taquito Jalapeno:
an extraterrestrial DJ bringing the intergalactic sounds of fun to the people of planet earth!

THANK YOU to our Sponsors and Silent Auction Donors

Ashtanga Yoga Victoria www.ashtanga-yoga-victoria.com
Cafe Brio Cucina Rustica www.cafebrio.com
Expedition Old-Growth www.expeditionoldgrowth.com
Harmony Bellydance Company www.harmonybellydance.com
Hawthorne Naturopathic Centre – Andrea Renee www.healthcarevictoria.com/bc/victoria/profiles/andrea-whelan
Heart and Hands Collective www.heartandhandscommunity.ca
Hemp & Company www.hempandcompany.com
Il Terrazzo Ristorante www.ilterrazzo.com
Kleque Method (Kris Dawn artist) www.klequemethod.com
Logan Ford (artist) www.loganford.ca
Market on Yates www.themarketstores.com
MEC www.mec.ca/en/stores/victoria
Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. www.phillipsbeer.com
Olive the Senses www.olivethesenses.com
Patagonia www.facebook.com/patagoniavictoria/
Pelican Products www.pelican.com/ca/en/
Saltwater Rabbit Designs www.facebook.com/Saltwater-Rabbit-Designs-885578341535295/
Screef Wear www.screefwear.ca
Spinnackers Gastro Brewpub www.spinnakers.com
Wind Blossom Massage www.windblossommassage.ca


DxE and AV November day of action! – “FUR is DEAD”


november 24th

  • clock Saturday at 13:00–15:00

    4 days from now

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“It’s not fashion, it’s violence”
“Animals are not ours to wear”.

Direct Action Everywhere and Anonymous for the Voiceless Vancouver unite to protest the Worldwide Fur Free Friday (WFFF) happening on Nov 24th
Demonstrations happen across the world as the primary goal is to bring an end to the inhumane treatment of fur bearing animals worldwide
We hope you will join us to speak up for animals – fur bearing animals are mercifully tortured and killed in fur farms or trapped in the wild for their fur and skin many are used for blood sport ,as domesticated animals are likewise exploited for fur , meat and leather
The fur trade is cruel
You can read more about WFFF here:

1:00 – 1:20pm Meeting and rehearsal
1:30 – Action
From here we will walk to different shops around down town that sale fur so don’t leave yet!
3:00pm – Coffee Social


Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a grassroots network of animal rights activists working to create a world where every animal is safe, happy and free. Through community building, open rescue, and disruptive protest, we are building a strong movement for animals.


RALLY and INFO Night for Ancient Forests and BC Forestry Jobs!


YOUR participation makes all the difference!

The election of a new provincial NDP government has created the greatest opportunity in BC’s history to finally protect the remaining endangered old-growth forests and ensure a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry in the province! This is the government that is most likely to take decisive action to finally put an end to BC’s decades-long “War in the Woods” – IF they have the political will because YOU speak up now!

The new government is currently deciding on which direction it will take with its forest policies – to continue with the unsustainable status quo, or to overhaul BC’s system of forestry to ensure sustainability for ecosystems, First Nations, thousands of BC’s forestry workers, tourism businesses, and British Columbians in general.

Key Speakers Include:
• Arnold Bercov, President of the Public and Private Workers of Canada
• Gisele Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht Cultural and Environmental Educator
• Dr. Andy MacKinnon, Metchosin City Councillor and forest ecologist
• Jens Wieting, Forest and Climate Campaigner, Sierra Club BC
• Karl Ablack, Vice President, Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce
• Josh Schmidt, Director of Development, West Shore Chamber of Commerce
• TJ Watt, Photographer & Campaigner, Ancient Forest Alliance
• Andrea Inness, Campaigner, Ancient Forest Alliance
• Ken Wu, Executive Director, Ancient Forest Alliance
And others TBA…

Why is This Rally Important?

Old-growth forests are vital to sustain endangered species, First Nations cultures, tourism, the climate, clean water, and wild salmon. Old-growth forests are a non-renewable resource under BC’s system of industrial forestry, where the forests are to be re-logged every 50 to 100 years, never to become old-growth again.

75% of the original, productive old-growth forests have been logged on BC’s southern coast, including over 90% of the valley bottoms where the largest trees grow.

A century of unsustainable logging has eliminated the vast majority of the biggest, best old-growth trees in the valley bottoms and lower elevations that historically built BC’s forest industry. This has resulted in diminishing returns as the trees get smaller, more expensive to reach higher up, and lower in value.

As second-growth forests mature and now dominate the forested land base, the previous BC Liberal government did little to stimulate investment in second-growth sawmills and value-added facilities to process the logs. Instead, they facilitated the export of vast quantities of raw logs to foreign mills in China, the USA, and elsewhere.

In recent years, the movement to protect old-growth forests and ensure a sustainable, second-growth forest industry has rapidly expanded to include major support from businesses, unions, forestry workers, local governments, and diverse segments of society, along with environmentalists and First Nations.

You can send a message to the BC government to protect ancient forests and end raw log exports at: www.BCForestMovement.com

*** Volunteers Needed!
Do you live in BC? Can you volunteer a few hours of your time between now and November 27th? We’re looking for friendly people to phone our supporters (using a script and a list that we provide) to inform them about this upcoming rally!
If you’re interested, please email us at info@ancientforestalliance.org with the number of hours you’re available between 10am – 8pm and we will be in touch.
***Thank you!

YOUR attendance at this rally and info night sends an unequivocal message that the fate of BC’s ancient forests and jobs must be a first-rate priority for this new provincial government!

For more information, contact us at info@ancientforestalliance.org.


The Road Forward will soon screen at several locations on Vancouver Island and Gabriola Island.

The film The Road Forward follows the rise of Indigenous activism in B.C. and Canada and is told as a musical documentary, i.e. social and political issues are dealt with in seven story-songs, with a blues-rock score.

These are the next confirmed screenings:

  • Saturday Nov. 18The Vic Theatre (via Victoria Film Festival, director in attendance) – Vancouver Island premiere
  • Tuesday, Nov 21Port Hardy Civic Centre, Port Hardy, BC (via the Sacred Wolf Friendship Society)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22Gate House Theatre, Port McNeill, BC (via the Sacred Wolf Friendship Society)
  • Wednesday, Dec 06, – Roxy Theatre, Gabriola Island, BC (Truth to Reconciliation Speaker Series)
  • Monday & Tuesday,Dec 11 & 12 – (4 screenings) –CINECENTA, Student Union Building University of Victoria, Victoria, BC


Trailer – https ://vimeo.com/207325640


The Road Forward is currently playing throughout the country on the #Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) NFB Indigenous Cinema Tour, an initiative to bring Indigenous-helmed films to the public free or at a low cost.


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