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human, artist, historian, maker, writer, thinker.

Policy & politics: drugs & harm reduction. poverty.  actual housing. mental illness. public space, public art, public life. vancouverist. downtown eastside. the goal is poetry and justice.

Was born near Hamilton ON 1973. attended mcmaster u; B.A. (Hons) in literature, edited & produced arts student paper, did a term at cambridge (3rd yr). m.a. in literature, dalhousie. worked for about 8 months at a mainstream publisher, hated it so much. quit and worked on a young-person type magazine which failed. made zines. moved to vancouver ’99.  m.a, in history 2001-05. wrote stuff, made stuff, did stuff. at some point became homeless. various things occurred. hospitalized.

associate Member of Gallery Gachet, since 2009. lived in the DTES from 2008; to woodwards in 2010. made more zines, poetry, art. did some stuff in the neighbourhood. listened.

member of DTES local area planning committee 2011-14, mental health task force (2013-15), people with lived experience working group (2015-present). wrote some articles and did some cover art for a paper or seven. curated some shows at gachet. have produced three solo shows of my work, with assistance of DTES Small Arts Grants. volunteered for a while with/for CCAP. made many of the “political” posters around the neighbourhood for several years. i use drugs so I advocate for user rights, dignity and safety; I was a VANDU board member from 2015 until I resigned Aug 24-17, as rights, dignity, and safety were in short supply. spent 2018 unpredictable and definitely involved. working as a consultant for the city since 2019

about this

this site has evolved from a old scrappy blog that i forgot about into something potentially much more interesting and maybe useful. putting it together has helped me get a different perspective on whatever this is i do and reminded me of the form i was at some point best suited to, zines.

so this is some of what i do that’s tangible digitally, arranged in some categories that have become apparent to me, and set in context of previous work. ideas have been tested in different media, and then re-worked again and again. there’s no necessary connections between anything, except the connections. links are just that. 


As elsewhere noted, I’m shit at keeping track of things. I’m hoping to collect some of that old work here, but really, it doesn’t matter. This stuff is comparately recent and I’ve still lost tons.

March 2014. DTES LAPP at Council

“I think a little bit about my own past and how I wound up here. And the stories I’ve shared and how a lot of us are running away. We’ve run away as far as we can and now we’re here. We’ve been displaced from everywhere else. We’ve been excluded from everywhere else. And this is the first and last place we can find home.”

Social Mix is Exclusion (The Volcano, 2013)

“What we want has become very clear: housing, adequate social assistance, opportunities for all kinds of work within and for our community, and ways we can actually build our own community, rather than having it built for us.”

Curatorial Essay: Mad Pride: IT’S A CRISIS! (2014)

“This is a politics of freedom. We do not want a tokenistic seat at a table where the meal is already set, that is, the table of the system that has long oppressed us…”

Housing and Mental Health (Visons, 2015)

“I lived in this situation—as do many people—for over four years. These kinds of housing are the opposite of places for hope, dignity and recovery—actually, you get worse.”

VANDU Tuesday Group Looks at Tourists (The Mainlander 2016)

“We demand change in our neighbourhood, but we want change that we create ourselves. Change that we want, and a community with a future that includes all of us.”

Feb 2017. Calling on BC gov’t to show some ‘Political Bravery’ on the overdose issue

June 2017. Our Homes Can’t Wait make a point

“Clearly just asking isn’t working….” – includes audio, video segments

2017 July 15. Published Aug 2. Tracey

“…this is the punch in the gut and the kick in the head that tells you again, this is why it’s so dangerous to love.

And of course this is why we fight, because that is why she did.”