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Tales From

The West End

Local Storytelling

Once a Month ~ September through March

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2019



"People's Park"  Tent City 

A Breakdown in Society

"Tales From the West End” is an evening of story-telling where we explore and experience our community through stories about our common past.  

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019,  4:30pm to 6:00pm,

Story telling from 4:45pm-5:45pm

J Bean Cafe, 1209 Bidwell St., (Bidwell & Davie)

Our March storyteller is editor & publisher of 

The West End Journal, Kevin Dale McKeown

revisiting the spring 1970

As part of his “People’s Park” story, Kevin recalls the spring of 1971 when Vancouver's  Yippie movement occupied and built a tent city on the proposed site of a new Four Seasons Hotel at the entrance to Stanley Park -- where Devonian Harbour Park is today. 

Kevin was in the thick of the action, helping out at the camp kitchen. The protest lasted a year, Mayor Tom Campbell called it "a breakdown of society”, and obviously the campers / protesters won the battle. Today the main attraction at the site is not a glitzy international hotel but the bronze statue of a woman sitting on a park bench, apparently searching in her purse for the glasses we can all see sitting atop her head. But things could have gone differently.

Meeting at JJ Bean on Bidwell, in what was known in the past as "Maxine's Hideaway".

Admission is FREE for this community event. 

J Bean Cafe, 1209 Bidwell St., (Bidwell & Davie)

Complimentary coffee and tea thanks to JJ Bean.

You are encouraged to listen, sketch and bring your own stories and historic photographs of the West End to share with your community.



Thanks to out community sponsors:

JJ Bean Cafe

WE Arts

Heritage Vancouver 

Minuteman Press Downtown


The West End Journal

Each month we feature a different speaker:

March 20th is our final storytelling of the spring 2019 series. 

Check back to learn more about our fall events

and September featured speaker.

2019 Dates :

Local StorytellingOnce a Month ~ September through March

Wednesday, January 16from 4:30 to 6:00

Sunday, February 24 ~ from 4:30 to 6:00

Wednesday, March 20 ~ from 4:30 to 6:00

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