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 DTES Indigenous Artists with NOW Society Musicians. Presented by the NOW Society in partnership with the Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and Gallery, the Carnegie Community Centre and O.Dela Arts.




Gathering #3
Thursday January 9th 2019
7:00 - 7:30 pm Skwachàys Lodge      Artist Talk 31 West Pender St.
8:00 pm 8EAST       Performances 8 East Pender St

Joe Chow, Cassandra Blondin-Burt and Janine Island


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



Previous Gatherings:
Gathering #1
Thursday, November 14th 2019
7pm Artist talk at Skwachays Lodge Aboriginal Hotel and Gallery (31 W. Pender)
8pm Performances at 8EAST (8 E. Pender)
Michelle Heyoka Estiqw Taran Kootenhayoo
Tarene Thomas and Cheyenne Rain LeGrande
Parmela Attariwala - viola
Lisa Cay Miller - piano
Estíqw is a Secwépemc 2 spirit anti-professional, musician, slam poet and visual artist with a focus on decolonization and indigenous autonomy.

Taran Kootenhayoo is a multi-disciplinary artist who has many favourite colours.

Tarene Thomas is a Nehiyaw, Gitxsan, Haisla, and Tahltan writer from Treaty 6 who is obsessed with championing intergenerational resilience through her work.

Michelle Heyoka is a singer/songwriter born in Vancouver, B.C. Her music reflects her life as a young mother, her mental health, the obstacles she has overcome and her indomitable spirit.

Cheyenne Rain LeGrand is a Nehiyaw Iskow artist. Nanâskotam wikih the Territories of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Cheyenne is a part of the Skwachàys Lodge residency program and has recently graduated from the Emily Carr University with her BFA in visual arts. She was selected as the winner of the BC prize for BMO First Art! emerging artist competition and received the Moment Factory Award for her piece Nehiyaw Isko. Her work often explores the interconnection between history and the body. She works interdisciplinary; moving through installation,video, soun-, and performance art.

Upcoming Gatherings Artists TBA:
The second Thursday of every month:
February 13, March 12, April 9, May 14th
We gratefully acknowledge that these events take place
on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and səlil̓wətaʔɬ Nations.


Skwachàys Lodge

31 West Pender St.


8 East Pender St.