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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Our Voices, Ourselves Spoken Word Performance


Poetry & spoken word Storytelling
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nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch | Vancouver Public Library (nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch | Vancouver Public Library)

730 East Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC

Directions: nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch | Vancouver Public Library is located at 730 East Hastings Street. There is no parking lot but street based parking. Using local transit is the easiest way to find the library. Below is a link you can use to find the location.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


"Our Stories, Ourselves" invites you to attend an open mic spoken word storytelling event held at the nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Come participate in the free 3-week storytelling workshops also held at the library before this event. However, if you would like to share a poem or story, feel free to register... Most stories will be limited to 10-12 minutes maximum time to allow others to participate.



Jim Sands, storyteller (Pigeon Den Art Collective)



The Pigeon Den Collective is to invite collaboration between different artists to create works that invite social, and cultural change, and that support community-based art in all forms.


We nurture the interconnection between art and cultures, time and space.


We envision art that has the power to build bridges, foster dialogue, deepen relationships, and advance a more equitable society.


Through the arts, we are able to create dynamic experiences that allow for new ways of seeing ourselves, each other, and our diverse histories.


Foster belonging

We work at the speed of trust — fostering relationships built on mutual respect and compassion that honor individual hopes and histories, while also seeking to understand the needs of the inclusive, diverse communities and artists we serve. We work openly and inclusively to create a welcoming experience for all.

Learn and evolve together

We are honest about what we know and do not know, and seek opportunities to learn. It is our collective responsibility to continuously improve and to work together as we further the collective's mission. We hold ourselves accountable to results, with a clear view of how our work impacts the diverse communities we serve.

​Embrace change

We continually review and assess our path and take courage to shift directions. We are adaptive, open to what emerges and responsive to what matters. Through ongoing community consultation and collaboration, we respond and initiate change.

​Lead boldly

We generously share our community platform to amplify and engage a diversity of voices. Passion and curiosity fuel our continual drive to experiment and question the status quo. We inspire inclusive action through an understanding of the past, forward-looking bold initiatives


Jim is an East Vancouver-based storyteller, songwriter, and performer. Jim has written, produced, and performed in a number of solo storytelling shows that have been part of festivals such as the Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival, Heart of the City Festival, and Fringe Festivals across Canada. As a musician, Jim has performed at the Vancouver Farmers' Market, Granville Island and a variety of venues around Vancouver. As a storyteller, Jim's mission is to tell his own story and to support others to gain the skills to find and tell their own stories. He fulfills this mission by performing, teaching and researching storytelling. His approach is to work to create a safe and inclusive environment that welcomes all contributions. Workshop content is based on an iterative approach that works to identify and address the needs of workshop participants.

This event is part of a hub:

Our Voices, Ourselves Community Hub

Lance Lim Vancouver, BC

"Our Stories Ourselves Community Hub" (Winner of the Judy Robertson Community Engagement Award). Led by community-based performer and choreographer Lance Lim of the Pigeon Den Art Collective, the community hub “Our Voices, Ourselves” will...