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EVENT: Join Us for ‘Vancouver Never Plays Itself,’ a Storytelling Evening

Our lineup of captivating speakers will explore this place we call home. Feb. 18 in Vancouver.

Tyee Staff 31 Jan 2020 | TheTyee.ca

If you grew up in Vancouver or moved here at a certain point, different versions of the city might play in your mind. In sedimentary layers, laid down one over the other, a palimpsest version of the city emerges, drawn over, inscribed, marked by experience and memory.

Buildings spring up like mushrooms overnight, entire neighbourhoods disappear, and the only constant is change. In a city that never remains the same for long, story is sometimes the only repository left.

In the face of ongoing and rapacious change, The Tyee and SFU Woodward’s offer a special evening of storytelling about the things that truly make us feel at home. It could be a street corner, a favourite booth in a raunchy old greasy spoon, or something even bigger (a whole neighbourhood, a span of time). We want to share stories about the different ways we experience the city, uncover its little-known histories, and upend commonly held narratives.

We’ve invited four very special storytellers to share their stories about Vancouver, past, present and future.


The Tyee’s own Christopher Cheung, chronicler of urban issues, bubble tea connoisseur and man on the town looks at the city through the lens of family and food, with memories of tasty Christmas gifts from the east and west sides, from Italian tiramisu to Japanese Twinkies.


Tyler Hagen and Jade Baxter from the award-winning film The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open will talk about the challenges of making a film in Vancouver as well as address the urban Indigenous experience.


A member of the Musqueam Nation, activist Cecilia Point has dedicated her work to tirelessly advocating for human rights and the environment. In 2012, she stood for more than 200 days to protect her Nation’s ancestral burial site from development.

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Jesse Donaldson is a journalist, author and historian whose work has appeared with VICE, The Tyee, Megaphone, the Calgary Herald, and MonteCristo, among others. He has appeared as a guest on Global, CBC Radio, News1130, Newstalk 980, and in 2014, hosted the VICE documentary "Surreal Estate". His first book, This day in Vancouver (Anvil Press, 2013) was shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Bookseller's Choice Award, and his most recent, Land of destiny: A history of Vancouver real estate (Anvil Press, 2019), spent more than a month on the provincial bestseller list. His upcoming project Fool's Gold: The Life and Times of Vancouver's Official Town Fool will be the second in Anvil Press' ongoing series "49.2: Tales from the Off Beat".

He lives in Olympic Village with Abbey, the world's best dog.


Emma Cooper (MC/Producer) is a stand up comedian who has toured across Canada and recently won The Spirit of The Fringe Award at the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival. They are a former Vancouver walking tour guide and the current Outreach Manager for The Tyee.

Photo credit: Jackie Dives

Event details

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Event starts 7 p.m.
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street Vancouver, B.C.

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