Vancouver Moving Theatre production and Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival presentation
East End Blues & All That Jazz, by the late Denis Simpson and Savannah Walling, is a soul-stirring evening of gospel and blues, jazz and memories, and remarkable historical photos that pays tribute to the life and inspirational contributions of the historic East End Black residential community and the legendary Gibson family.
"…a true masterpiece… huge heart and unforgettable music…beautifully and brilliantly portrayed".
James Johnstone (Historian)
"Blues that keep memories strong."
"…were in the church of history–witnessing, polishing, moving it forward."
"Simply ecstatically and effervescently exquisite in each and every way…"
Robyn Livingston, Carnegie Newsletter
East End Blues features a stellar team of artists: Candus Churchill and Tom Pickett, two of Vancouver’s finest gospel and blues singers; multi-talented emcee and singer Khari Wendell McClelland (Sojourners/Freedom Singer); Music Director Bill Costin (piano) and Tim Stacey (bass); along with special guests Downtown Eastside resident Dalannah Gail Bowen (Blues Hall of Fame), and East End born and local legend Thelma Gibson, now 90 years of age.
Wednesday Oct 31 to Saturday Nov 3 @ 8pm, matinee Sat Nov 3 @ 2pm
Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova. $30/25. (includes GST and S/C)
Please note that this is not a part of the regular Firehall Arts Centre season; Firehall passes/vouchers/gift certificates are not applicable to this production.