Dalannah & Thelma & George

Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside incorporates remarkable and unexpected talent. Many years ago, it also incorporated a Black district, Hogan’s Alley. It was razed in the name of ‘urban renewal’ and obliterated by a viaduct. Even so, in 2011 a renaissance began in poetry and song, identity and memory — here led by two of its residents, the wonderful Dalannah Gail Bowen and Thelma Gibson. Song is power.