The 8EAST Social Space for New Culture is located in Chinatown and in the Downtown Eastide on the Traditional, Ancestral and unceded shared Territories of the the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. At 8EAST, we present improvised music, community events, concerts and workshops. Click below to see the 8EAST Calendar of events!

8EAST Calendar

8EAST programs


TV8E is a hybrid of Live Streamed improvisation concerts and films. Produced by the NOW Society. Artistic Director Dr. Lisa Cay Miller. Sound Engineers Kyra Tabernero, Ellyse Aasen and Matthew Ariaratnam. Video Editing Lief Hall. Research Lief Hall, Sheldon Zaharko and Ron Ruiten. Available for viewing Live and on YouTube.

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8EAST Concerts and events

The NOW Society proudly presents Indigenous-led events such as the Concureence Gatherings, 8EAST Resonates as well as Neighbourhood Stories and Listening Sessions. We have presented concerts in collaboration with the Carnegie Centre, Skwachàys Lodge, Heart of the City Festival, Barking Sphinx and Red Jam Slam Society.

8EAST Community Events

The 8EAST collective produces improvised music concerts at 8EAST for small intimate audiences. By donation.

8EAST serves as a meeting place for artists and community, a space for gathering, for the making and sharing of new culture, for listening, for voices to speak and be heard. We present concerts, artists talks, readings, workshops and screenings. 8EAST provides opportunities for community gathering and presentation, unencumbered by venue reservation, allowing for both long term and impromptu programming.

8EAST is located a few blocks away from the Carnegie Centre and the Heart of the Downtown Eastside. 8EAST is a block away from the Survivors Totem Pole, the collaboration between DTES advocates, First Nations, members of the LGBTQ community, along with Japanese, Chinese and South Asian survivors of racism. In this location, it is essential for careful use of the space and our location has been a profound opening and learning opportunity for the Society. The values of egalitarianism, representation, inclusiveness, and non-hierachical forms are vital to our practices and we are grateful that we make music on these lands. WE adobpt the WeHaveVoice code of conduct. View the code of conduct here.

8EAST Plaza Events

Live on the 8EAST Plaza! We present free live improvised events on the 8EAST Plaza, physically distances and more safely outdoors. These events are planned weather permitting, one to two weeks in advance, keep an eye out for our next concert!

Click here to see the 8EAST Calendar!

8 East Pender Street Vancouver BC Canada V6A 1T1