The Pigeon & The Dove

The Pigeon & The Dove: A history of Hatred and Love
Performed by The Reid Jamieson Band Written by Carolyn Victoria Mill

***This is a current work in progress….due to take flight Nov 2020…book now!***

“The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.” ~ Toni Cade Bambara

The Pigeon and The Dove is a powerful new lo-fi folk opera about Pigeons! Well, really, it’s about people experiencing homelessness. Much like the homeless and the housed, the Pigeon and The Dove are the same bird, yet perceived very differently by the masses. Through celebrating the lowly pigeon, we will explore how a combination of colour, class and commonness can render a creature both invisible – even detestable.

Housing insecurity is likely the single biggest challenge facing our population right now. Shelter is one of our basic needs and yet more and more folks are unable to afford a safe place to live. Inspired by the works of Buffy Sainte Marie and Dr. Gabor Mate, this original piece of musical theatre will include lighthearted and educational vingettes about the much-maligned pigeon, interspersed between dark yet danceable tunes focusing on the many roads one can take to end up on the street. There is a tipping point -where we go from housed to homeless – with a wider variety of causes than we might think. By singing about them, these stories may be easier to truly hear. This show aims to shine a spotlight on what we can do to support each other and avoid this universal crisis.

But really, it’s about pigeons. Prepare to be amazed by this fascinating bird of lost paradise as we take an eye-opening journey of perception, with a bird’s eye view of all those living on the street.

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Partial proceeds will go to various local charities supporting kids aging out of foster care. Disproportionately represented on the streets, supporting their path to a positive future is a valuable opportunity to create real change. Join the mailing list to stay up to date on this project.

CVM performing the inaugural mini version of P& D at the BC Buds showcase Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver

In order to truly help those who need it most, governments and organizations need to offer intermediary workers to help people navigate services. Those who have dyslexia, mental health issues, poor tech or language skills, have been discriminated against, or just have too much on their plate already, often struggle with forms and bureaucracy. This is where support breaks down. We need a real person to interview the applicant, with compassion and curiosity, to help find all of the support they are eligible for (funding, training, housing, counselling), from various departments, and then directly help them apply. These helpers should come to you or be easy to access. They should be on the streets and at the library, refered by friends and family members, they would be well versed in navigating the system so you don’t have to be. Without this missing link, many who need help most will not receive it. Share this with your government representative and local organizations. Help is out there, but many cannot access it without help. This is the missing link. #communityconciergenow