The Women of Opening Doors in Vancouver’s East End

Writer Daphne Marlatt and artist Carole Itter moved separately into the Strathcona neighbourhood in 1975 when it was a much more diverse working class neighbourhood, one that had actively saved itself from demolition for “urban renewal.” Getting to know their neighbours and local shop owners, they soon realized the depth of history in their new neighbourhood and that there were many stories to be told by long time residents. In 1977, they started tape recording many of their elders under the auspices of the Aural History program of the B.C. Archives. Two years later, they were still meeting and recording the memories of people in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Their book, Opening Doors: Vancouver’s East End, was first published in 1979 and then republished in 2011 by Harbour Publishing as Opening Doors in Vancouver’s East End: Strathcona. This was thirty seven years ago and now both Daphne and Carole are elders living in the same neighbourhood. Their Herstory Cafe presentation on September 12, 2013 will be an informal one; they will interview one another about their experiences and memories of the women they interviewed. Kindly offering to accompany Daphne and Carole will be the historian, James Johnstone who has a special interest in Vancouver and this neighbourhood.

Daphne Marlatt is an award-winning poet, dramatist, and novelist. Her poetry titles include Salvage, Steveston, and most recently Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now. Her novels include Ana Historic and Taken. A novelistic long poem The Given received the 2009 Dorothy Livesay Award. Last year she was awarded the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award.

Carole Itter is a Vancouver artist who has lived in Strathcona neighbourhood for over three decades. She has worked in various media including film, video, assemblage, performance, collage and photography. Her work is in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Belkin Gallery, U.B.C. and the Vancouver Public Library.

James Johnstone is an East End based house history researcher, neighbourhood historian, heritage activist, blogger and neighbourhood History Walk guide who has researched the social histories of over 900 houses in Vancouver. His blogs on Vancouver heritage and Italy are followed by people in over 70 countries around the world. Trip advisor ranks his History Walks 13th of 119 Things To Do in Vancouver.


Past Presentations

“B. C. Saltwater Women” with Vickie Jensen, writer, photographer and educator. Author of Saltwater Women at Work. Sylvia Hotel.”Sex Talk in the City” exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV). A group field trip to the museum.

“Poetry in the Park for Pauline”, with Mohawk Spoken Word Poet Janet Rogers, Victoria’s Poet Laureate, at the E. Pauline Johnson memorial monument in Stanley Park, marking the 100th anniversary year of her death in Vancouver. Special guests: Sino General and Murray Porter. Co-Sponsors: Stanley Park Ecology Society, SFU’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, SFU’s Native Studies Dept, SFU’s History Dept and UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.

“The Inspiration of E. Pauline”, with Victoria’s Poet Laureate and radio host, Mohawk Spoken Word Poet Janet Rogers. Performance poetry, audio recordings, video and power-point presentation at the Rhizome Cafe. Special guests: Garry Gottfriedson and Michelle Sylliboy. Co-Sponsors: SFU’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, SFU’s Native Studies Dept, SFU’s History Dept and UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.


How to find a suitable rental apartment in Oregon, Bend?

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Availability of rental apartments in the city

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Tricks & tips to find a rental apartment in the city

You can try the following options in this regard:


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If you are visiting the place for the first time, you need not worry about the availability of a suitable apartment within an affordable rent. The city has got a wonderful climate, exceptional scenic beauty and vibrant ambiance to offer you a high standard of living.