Bao & Brew: Poetry in the Plaza

Bao & Brew: Poetry in the Plaza

*Organized and submitted by Candie Tanaka & #SaveChinatownYVR*

When: Sunday, September 24 from 1:00 to 3:00pm
Where: Chinatown Memorial Plaza next to 105 Keefer
Cost: Free!

The event is cohosted and curated by Candie Tanaka, a writer, artist, and librarian who’s been a fierce activist during the entire 105 Keefer fight.

Use your creative skills to make some political protest pins at the button making station that support grassroots initiatives working to improve neighbourhoods.

Relax and listen to local poetry while enjoying buns from Zhao Mah paired with VITA teas. Local musician Mark McLeod will provide some soothing music at the event too. There will be a open mic after the lineup.

There will be poets from the Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize, a unique poetry prize that celebrates the legacy of Downtown Eastside poet-activist Muriel Marjorie by requiring community activism by entrants as its only submission fee.

All supplies and refreshments will be provided, please bring your own chair if you can as priority will go to seniors and those with accessibility needs. This event is open to all ages!

Things to bring:

  • A sweater to stay warm
  • Water to stay hydrated
  • A chair if you want a guaranteed seat (Seating will be limited and prioritized for seniors and those who need it)

COVID Safety Information

For the health and safety of all our community members (especially seniors, disabled and immunocompromised folks), we highly encourage you to wear a face mask (preferably KN95, KF94 or N95).

Accessibility Information

Chairs: Bring your own chair and another for someone else. Seating is limited and will be prioritized for seniors.
Transit: Chinatown is accessible by transit via skytrain. The closest skytrain station is Stadium-Chinatown.
Parking: The Chinatown Plaza Mall has a parkade right next to the Memorial Plaza.
Water: Please bring your own water to keep hydrated.
Bathrooms: There are gendered bathrooms at the Chinatown Plaza mall across from the Chinatown Memorial Plaza as well as at International Village (Tinseltown) Mall.