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What’s keeping you in Vancouver? – VMF Open Air Dialogue

August 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Vancouver is in the midst of an unprecedented affordability crisis. Rapidly rising housing costs and stagnating wages are making it harder and harder to stay in the city we love. And yet, we’re still here.

On August 8th, the citizen-run STAY Campaign, the Vancouver Mural Festival, and SFU Public Square are thrilled to convene dedicated Vancouverites to answer the question “What’s keeping you in Vancouver?” in front of the poignant mural by Métis artist JP Langlois and British-born / Pakistan-raised artist Sara Khan.

This community dialogue invites us to discuss what’s keeping us here, what we need to continue to stay, and why Vancouver needs us to thrive. With a municipal election on the horizon, this is a chance to articulate what it will take to ensure there is space for everyone here in Vancouver. This conversation aims to deepen our empathy, strengthen our connections, and emphasize why we need to keep working towards an inclusive city that honours the unceded land it is built upon.

Join us for an open-air dialogue about identity and belonging in Vancouver in the heart of Mount Pleasant. This event will take place at the Gold Buddha Monastery Parking Lot (243 E 11 Ave).

This event will include stories from Michelle Nahanee, Aslam Bulbulia, and others.

About STAY Campaign:
Vancouver is in an affordability crisis. This is about real people, and real stories. We want to know what you need from Vancouver to enable you to stay.
Learn how to share your stay story at
STAY campaign will be on site to help you create your own stories. Come learn more and share your story!


August 8, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Gold Buddha Monastery Parking Lot
243 East 11th Avenue
Vancouver, BC Canada


SFU Public Square