Canada's public safety minister needs to stop a notorious American anti-gay group from entering the country, according to Vancouver East MP Libby Davies of the NDP. The Westboro Baptist Church is planning to come to Vancouver next week to protest the performance of the Laramie Project at Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive.
Paul Decarie has lived in the rough Downtown Eastside for 15 years, but it wasn't until he heard the music and listened to the lyrics that he understood how his neighbourhood became more than a collection of streets and alleys. "We live there and we know it is our home and where our friends and family live," said Decarie, 51, who attended the play's recent preview. "We all have our own histories of how we got there, but I don't think many of us knew about the history of the Downtown Eastside."
In writing the songs for Bruce -- The Musical, Bill Sample learned about activist Bruce Eriksen. What he discovered was that Eriksen was a recovered alcoholic who lived in the rundown Downtown Eastside. His exposure to the derelicts and drunks and addicts he lived among made him understand that here was a neighbourhood without hope. It inspired in him a goal to cultivate a community spirit that could overcome the eastside's problems. Along the way, Eriksen married politician Libby Davies and by her became a father.
Bruce: The Musical, written by former Vancouver Sun reporter Bob Sarti with music composed by Bill Sample and Earle Peach, has got to be one of the most unlikely concepts: a musical about an abrasive alcoholic logger/steelworker who spends three months in rehab and comes out ready to take on city hall?
City politics rarely make the heart sing, but the only musical ever to be written about a Vancouver city councillor is now being staged by Theatre In The Raw at the Russian Hall.
MP Libby Davies has joined the fight to keep an American church group, which plans to protest a Vancouver play about a murdered gay man, from crossing the border.