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 work in progress -due to take flight Winter 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 (and potential podcast) about Pigeons! Well, really, it’s about housing insecurity and people experiencing homelessness. A mix of comedy, social justice, and dark yet danceable tunes.

Much like the homeless and the housed, the pigeon and the dove are, in fact, the same damn bird. ‘They’ are ‘Us’. Through celebrating the lowly pigeon, we will explore how perception affects the support we offer those experiencing homelessness and how we may prevent this global crisis on a local level. Inspired by the works of Buffy Sainte Marie and Dr. Gabor Mate, Vancouver singersongwriters Reid Jamieson and Carolyn Mill use a mix of music and comedy to explore the tipping point, where we go from housed to homeless, with a wider variety of causes than we might think. With cycles of lighthearted vignettes about the much-maligned pigeon, related insight from local housing advocates, and dark but danceable songs focusing on the many roads one can take to end up on the street. By singing these stories we may find them easier to hear. 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 those living on the street.

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

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Partial proceeds of the live show 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.

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