Concurrence Gatherings

1. the fact of two or more events or circumstances happening or existing at the same time.
    Mathematics: a point at which three or more lines meet.
2. agreement or consistency.

Concurrence Gatherings are concerts, talks and story-sharing events, pairing emerging DTES Small Arts Grants recipients and Indigenous Artists with NOW Society Musicians. Presented by O.Dela Arts and hosted by the NOW Society at 8EAST in partnership with the Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and Gallery, the Carnegie Community Centre.



Concurrence Gathering 5
Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Dakota Camacho
Clayton Charleyboy
Apendilo Duo
Eva Cho and Wilson Liang

Supported by
Adrian Avendaño - drums
Lisa Cay Miller - piano

Wilson Liang - translation

7:00 - 7:30pm Carnegie Community Centre Theatre - 401 Main Street, Lower Level
8:00-9:00pm  8EAST 8 East Pender St

Artist Bios:
Apendilo Duo Erin Ryan and Cat Raphael perform songs of blues, folk and gospel origin. Cat is an accomplished slide guitar player and Erin is specifically trained in gospel soul roots singing. Their voices together make a soulful dynamic that touches the heart. Apendiglo Duo are DTES Small Arts Grants recipients!

Clayton Charleyboy (Tsilhqot'in) is a multi-instrumentalist and music producer. Recently he's been creating guitar-driven hip hop in an attempt to utilize all of his past experience performing with different bands playing different genres on different instruments. "I've put a lot of time and work learning the basics of music, live performance, and music production over the past 12 years, and yet I feel like I'm just getting started." - Clayton.

Dakota Camacho is a multi-disciplinary artist / researcher working in spaces of indigenous lifeways, performance, musical composition, community engagement, and education. Ancestral Lineages: Matao/CHamoru, Ilokano, European. Camacho holds a Masters of Arts in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Women's Studies as a First Wave Urban Arts and Hip Hop Scholar. Camacho is a chanter, adjunct instructor, and core researcher for I Fanlalai'an Oral History Project based at the University of Guåhan. Camacho co-founded I Moving Lab, an inter-national, inter-cultural, inter-tribal, and inter-disciplinary arts collective that creates community and self-funded arts initiatives to engage and bring together rural & urban communities, Universities, Museums, & performing arts institutions. Camacho has worked at festivals, universities, and community organizations as a public speaker, facilitator, composer and performer across Turtle Island (USA), Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Sweden, and South Africa.

Eva Cho and Wilson Liang -- Artist Statement --
We aim to encourage cultural sharing  understanding, exploring intersection of different art forms, and inspire hidden talents in our neighborhood. We develop our own music and write original songs for our performance. We blend contemporary dance and music elements into traditional Chinese cultural dance and music to inspire cross culture sharing and understanding. We will use expressive arts as a tool to develop, enrich, and inspire our performances.




Gathering #4 Thursday February 13th 2020
7:00 - 7:30 pm Skwachàys Lodge      Artist Talk 31 West Pender St.
8:00 pm 8EAST       Performances 8 East Pender St
Agnes Seaweed Wisden Tawahum Bige
Justin Ducharme and Dalannah Gail Bowen
Agnes Seaweed Wisde’s work focuses on traditional Kwakwaka’wakw culture and its evolution in community. She uses her creative works to explore Kwakwaka’wakw traditions, design, and ancestry. She is looking to communicate her lived experience as someone who bridges the world of traditional teachings and an evolving changing world.
Dalannah Gail Bowen is a 74 year old Afro-Canadian Cherokee force of nature, a renowned singer, songwriter, actress, play writer, story teller, event producer, social activist, International Memphis Blues Awards semi-finalist (2017) and an International Blues Hall of Fame Master Blues Artist (2015). In 2017 she was awarded "The Key to The City" and Dec 11th was officially declared "Dalannah Gail Bowen Day" by the Mayor and Council of Vancouver, B.C. In November 2019 Dalannah reaffirmed her status as the 'Matriarch' of the Vancouver Blues scene with the release of her newest recording titled "Looking Back". This CD is a landmark project supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, featuring an impressive cast of esteemed West Coast Blues performers and sidemen.
Justin Ducharme is a filmmaker, writer, dancer and curator from the small Métis community of St. Ambroise on Treaty 1 Territory. He is a graduate from Vancouver Film School, and the writer/director of four short narrative films. Justin is the co-editor of Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers Poetry published by Arsenal Pulp Press. His writing has been featured in Sex Worker Wisdom and PRISM magazine. He currently lives and works on Unceded Coast Salish Territory.
Łutselk'e Dene, Plains Cree, Two-Spirit, Nonbinary poet, Tawahum Bige resides on unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish territory. Published in Red Rising, Prairie Fire, EVENT, and Poetry is Dead Magazines and more, Tawahum’s poetry makes vulnerable the process of growing, resisting and being a hopeless sadboy on occupied Turtle Island. They’ve performed on stages including Talking Stick Festival, Verses Festival of Spoken Word, and completed the first ever Indigenous Spoken Word residency at the Banff Centre in 2018, with their BA in Creative Writing from KPU. Most importantly, Tawahum is an Aries sun, Scorpio moon, Sagittarius rising. Follow @Tawahum on Insta, Twitter or Facebook.



Gathering #3 Thursday January 9th 2020
7:00 - 7:30 pm Skwachàys Lodge      Artist Talk 31 West Pender St.
8:00 pm 8EAST       Performances 8 East Pender St
Agnes Seaweed Wisden Tawahum Bige
Justin Ducharme and Dalannah Gail Bowen

Cassandra Blondin-Burt is a Dene/Canadian Songstress, Poet, Storyteller and Agent Provocateur. She uses music and comedy to subvert ever-present colonial/patriarchal power structures, studies philosophy/creative writing at Vancouver Island University, is the owner and operator of Free Range Mama Herbal Living, as well as senior host and producer of Medicine Talk Radio - a program designed to give platform to Indigenous Politics and Music on Vancouver Island. She is new to the performing circuit, but story-telling, performance, and the arts have been weaving magic in and around her bones since pre-conception in her mother's womb.

Joe Chow is a singer song writer guitarists and composer and chord arranger!!! He has been a musician for over 40 years!

Janine Island The phrase, "No man is an island," suits the occasion when speaking of sound-sculptress and creative improvisor, Janine Island, whose isolated 70's-hippie/anarchist communal upbringing fostered a savant autonomy culminating in a staunch resistance to the military-industrial-complex affecting western culture.

with support from
Peggy Lee - cello
Lisa Cay Miller - piano
Wilson Liang - Chinese translation
Gathering #2 Wednesday December 4th 2019
6:00 - 7:30 pm Carnegie Centre:
Story-sharing Circles 401 Main St.
8:00 pm 8EAST :
Performances 8 East Pender St
Dolores Dallas Shelley Cox and Henry Wong
Gunargie Ga’axstalas O'Sullivan Winael Baldus
Nikki Carter - saxophone
Lisa Cay Miller - piano



Gathering #1 Thursday, November 14th 2019
7pm Artist talk at