The Gastown BIA would like to thank the generous financial support given to our feature charity, The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, by Warner Brothers, facilitated by Mary-Elizabeth Michaels; Director, Community Engagement,Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
A word from our sponsor:
“Our sponsorship, which has been paid directly to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, is made on behalf of Warner Bros. Entertainment and our television shows that film in Vancouver, including Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, iZombie, Supernatural, DC Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The 100.
The Gastown neighbourhood is a beloved filming location and our shows appreciate the ability to film within its borders. We realize that film crews have an impact on the local residents and businesses and believe it is important to give back to the community. We are pleased to do so by supporting Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and the Gastown Business Improvement Association.”
Founded in 1978, The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is one of the few safe spaces within the Downtown Eastside exclusively for self-identified women and their children. High levels of violence, homelessness, addictions and poverty characterize the Downtown Eastside community. Women and children are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, injustice and injury.
The DEWC provides practical support to over 500 women, children and seniors, every day. As well as providing a refuge and shelter from conditions of poverty and violence, the Centre provides basic necessities including hot meals, free clothing, and functioning and secure toilets and showers.
The Centre assists women with their immediate and crisis needs so they can develop stability and access the resources they require to improve health, family, employment and housing situations. The organization also works towards increasing awareness of systemic injustice and inequalities that contribute to women’s vulnerability.
The Choir: Sweet Scarlet
The gals in red and black are in the neighbourhood again to swing you into the season and entertain with lots of sass!
Sweet Scarlet is made up of six friends sharing rich backgrounds in choral music and a love for pop classics and contemporary favourites. The tightly knit and talented group defines the genre of choral fusion by singing a wide range of unique and exciting music from around the globe.
Sweet Scarlet has accumulated numerous accolades, including being voted “Most Creative Performance” at the 2015 Yule Duel in Gastown, as well as the prestigious Elmer Iseler Award at the 2016 International Choral Kathaumixw, while placing second in two of their competition categories.