Trading Places: Un Échange Vancouver 2023

Trading Places: Un Échange 2023

with Artists in Residence
Marilou Craft and Raphaël Foisy


Trading Places: Un Échange de Montréal-Vancouver is a project that began in 2016, involving 2 Vancouver and 2 Montreal improvisers each year, as chosen by representatives from the NOW Society and Suoni per il Popolo organizations in partnership with Improv Karaoke (as co-ordinators). The ten-day residencies in each city present at least one workshop, marathon and concert event each year, and with the help of the co-ordinator, additional performances, sessions, rehearsal and jam spaces may also be arranged. The program creates meaningful opportunities to connect the two communities in creative collaboration.  


2023 in Vanocuver

Saturday Nov. 4  4-6pm @ 8EAST               

Welcome Reception and Popolo Press Poster Exhibition

Sunday Nov. 5 10pm to midnight @ 8EAST                

an All OUT Marathon!

Wednesday Nov. 8 8pm @ 8EAST                 

Raphël Foisy / Ross Birdwise / Adrian Avendaño / Matthew Araratnam
& how to survive a high rise hotel fire

Thurs.  Nov. 9 8pm @ 8EAST             

Marilou Craft with Laura Doyle, Cole Schmidt, Nikko Whitworth
Raphaël Foisy with Joshua Zubot, Lisa Cay Miller

Friday Nov. 10 8pm @ Tyrant Studios    

final concert: Marilou Craft, Raphaël Foisy, Andrea Wong, Adrian Avendaño

Saturday Nov. 11 2-3:30pm @ 8EAST               

NOW improv workshop with Marilou Craft & Raphaël Foisy

8EAST - 8 EAST Pender Street
Tyrant Studios -1019 Seymour Street


All events by Donation at the Door
Find out more below!


Satruday Nov. 4, 4-6pm  Welcome reception
Popolo Press Poster Exhibition at 8EAST

2017 Trading Places poster, created by Kiva Stimac

Suoni in Vancouver! Popolo Press and their psychedelic poster work will be exhibited at 8EAST during the Trading Places: Un Échange Vancouver 2023 from Nov 4 to Nov. 11. The opening reception for the exhibition and welcome event for the trading paces program will be this Saturday November 4th at 4-6pm. Refreshments will be served. We are thrilled to introduce the work of Kiva Stimac to our community here in Vancouver. Kiva designs and prints posters in her studio/printshop on the second floor of Casa del Popolo, using over 100 fonts of vintage lead and wood type, art quality paper, silkscreen, spray paint, photocopy, relief prints and a bookbinding press. The posters are beautiful - come and see them up close and meet Kiva and the Trading Places team!

Sunday Nov. 5 10pm to midnight
an All OUT Marathon! at 8EAST

Join us in the Trading Places: Un Échange Marathon, pairing NOW musicians newly active and active since the 1970s - playing together for the first time, reuniting with old friends, making new friends, a continuous marathon of surprises! Featuring: Marilou Craft, Cordelia Donovan M’Sadoques (voice, electronics), Shruti Ramani, (voice), Saul Berson, Mike WT Allen (sax), JP Carter (trumpet), Johanna Hauser (bass clarinet), Andrea Wong (violin and piano), Lan Tung (erhu), Roisin Adams, Lisa Cay Miller (piano), Thomas Hoeller, Matthew Ariaratnam (guitar), Clyde Reed, Raphaël Foisy, Nikko Whitworth (bass), Kevin Romain, Adrian Avendaño, Jesus Caballero, Morgan Sidky (drums).

improv at 8EAST
Wednesday Nov. 8 8pm 

Duo, Quartet, Sextet
Raphäel Foisy - Guitar/Bass, Ross Birdwise - Electronics, Adrian Avandaño - Drums, Matthew Ariaratnam - Guitarhow to survive a high rise hotel fire: Nikko Whitworth - Bass and Haley Bird - Oboe

Thursday Nov. 9 8pm

Marilou Craft - poetry and electronics, Laura Doyle Péan - poetry, Cole Schmidt - guitar, Nikko Whitworth - bass • Raphäel Foisy - guitar and bass, Joshua Zubot - violin, Lisa Cay Miller - piano

Friday Nov. 10 8pm  Final Concert at Tyrant Studios

A night of improvised music featuring Raphaël Foisy and Marilou Craft (Montreal) with Andrea Wong and Adrian Avendaño (Vancouver)


Saturday Nov. 11 2-3:30pm  improv Workshop
with Marilou Craft and Raphaël Foisy more info here


Please do not come to these events if you are unwell. 8EAST ventilation: open windows and door, three air purifiers, updated HVAC system with UV lights.

The 8EAST social space for new culture is a project of the NOW Society, located on the Territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and səlil̓wətaʔɬ Peoples, in Chinatown, in the DTES, in Vancouver.

We are committed to making 8EAST a safe(r), welcoming and more accessible space. We do not tolerate discrimination based on age, gender, neuro a-typicality, disability, place of origin, cultural background, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. We do not tolerate racism, sexual aggression, assault, or harassment which can include unwanted touch or comments that objectify or sexualize. We adopt and follow the We Have Voice Collective Code of Conduct.

We can accommodate a variety of needs, including assistance dogs, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers. To arrange for American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, please contact you are attending an event with food and have specific allergies, please contact We recognize that access is an ongoing and evolving discussion, and acknowledge that this statement may be insufficient. Concernts or suggestions can be addressed, discussed or expressed anonymously by emailing

8EAST ventilation: Open windows and door, 3 HEPA air purifiers and UV lights on return air in the HVAC system. Mask wearing is recommend and masks will be available. Seating, wooden stackable chairs without armrests, is movable. Seating is generally arranged in groups of two or threes with 1 meter between groups for easy mobility. Wheelchair seating is easily accommodated. The 34 inch wide main entrance to 8EAST has a threshold of approximately 0.5 inches high. There is no door automation. During events, the door is open or can be opened by the Front of House person. There are no ramps or stairs to navigate. Internal floors are smooth concrete. Outdoor plaza events are held on concrete pavers, some are uneven. Paths and hallways are kept free of impediments.

8EAST has a wheelchair accessible, non-gendered toilet on site with a door width of 35 inches. Additional public toilets, not wheel chair accessible, are located in the adjacent hallway. The NOW Society emergency evacuation procedures are in place for all individuals. The Front of House person or a staff member onsite is trained in naloxone administration and will be the contact person in case of emergencies.


8EAST is located within 50 meters of buses 004, 007, 019, 022, 209, and N19 on Pender Street. Stops for buses 003, 008, 014, 016, 020, N8, N20, and N35 are located within 250 metres on Hastings Street. Stadium–Chinatown SkyTrain Station is approximately 400 metres away. General metered street parking is available on surrounding streets. A passenger drop-off zone without a curb is located within 50 metres at 531 Carrall Street. To arrange for HandyDART transportation and accompanying assistants, please contact

There is a bike rack on the SW corner of Pender and Carrall Street, viewable while inside 8EAST and on the Plaza. Covered bike parking is available at the Main Street – Science World Skytrain Station. From there, one can take the #3 bus, then walk West down Pender to 8EAST (c. 5 mins), walk to 8EAST (c. 15 mins) or ride one skytrain stop to Stadium – Chinatown and walk Northwest to 8EAST (c. 5 mins). The closest Bike Locker to 8EAST is located at VCC Clark. From there, one can take trains to Stadium – Chinatown Skytrain Station and walk NorthWest to 8EAST.

We gratefully acknowledge that we make music on the
Traditional, Ancestral and unceded territories of the
xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish)
and səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Our social space for new culture,
8EAST, is located in Chinatown and in the Downtown Eastside.
We collaborate with artists around the world.

8EASTandTyrant Studios