The Sponsor: Warner Brothers

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.”


The Charity: Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

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.

Sweet Scarlet will perform at our Not-So-Silent Nights stage beside the Gastown Steamclock at 6pm Friday December 20 2019.
Check out our interview with Katy Cadman; Director of Sweet Scarlet.



Tell me a little about how Sweet Scarlet came to be?


Sweet Scarlet is an a cappella group that has been together for 7 glorious years. We started as a group of three and then advertised to get our final three members and what a group of six we have become! We are all friends who also share a passion and dedication for singing and the stage.
What makes Sweet Scarlet so entertaining? What’s your secret recipe?


Sweet Scarlet works really hard on our repertoire choices and our performance standards are high. Particularly for the holiday season, we have an extensive repertoire and choreography as well. We love to perform and our desire is for our audience to leave our performances feeling the holiday spirit!


Are you excited about bringing your crew to Gastown for our not so silent nights this December?


We are so excited to be a part of this incredible event! It will be an evening you won’t want to miss!


Any surprises in store for us this year?


We have singing, dancing and all around fun holiday merriment to share through our music and exciting arrangements.


What are you listening to at the moment?


Currently, we are listening to our own holiday CD – Wintersongs with Sweet Scarlet (available on itunes). It is a great stocking stuffer too!


What’s your fav Christmas/Holiday song?


We love a whole variety of holiday and Christmas tunes but we are loving White Winter Hymnal right now – you can even hear our performance of this piece at our up-coming holiday concert.


What’s the best part about being in Sweet Scarlet?


That we get to sing a high level of music with other people who share the same level of dedication and passion for our craft. We love to perform and it makes it even more special to share the stage with some of our best friends too!


Do you have any shows/gigs coming up in December/January?


We have a full-length self-presented show at the BlueShore Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University on December 21st at 2pm. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.