e – r a c e is an award-winning interdisciplinary, hip hop musical performance (subsequently adapted for DVD) exploring young people’s obsession with “speed”, including fast cars, street racing, amphetamine based drugs, gang involvement and early sexual activity. e – r a c e also examines how the mass media represents these cases in newscasts, Hollywood movies, hip hop music and the detritus of pop culture. Inspired by real events that took place in urban and smaller communities of BC, e – r a c e was written and performed by a cast of diverse youth in an effort to transcend stereotypes and transform attitudes.
This process has been therapeutic and healing for me in my own life. It’s made me reflect on some of the choices I made when I was younger, and made me realize that I hurt a lot of people. – Youth
(This performer’s) involvement in e-race began a process of self-reflection that probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise. It highlighted for her what she valued and what was missing in her life. It definitely pushed her out of her comfort zone. The changes were subtle, but they were there. – Professional
e – r a c e was funded by the Government of Canada through its National Crime Prevention Strategy, Canada Council for the Arts – Inter-Arts, Canadian Heritage – Multiculturalism Program, Vancouver Foundation, Coast Capital Savings Foundation, BC Solicitor General and Public Safety – Safe Streets Safe Schools Fund, BC Anti-racism & Multiculturalism Program, BC Gaming, BC Arts Council, Dr. George Tien INC., Autoplan, Richmond Community Foundation, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation and numerous generous donors including Florence Naimer, Karen & Don Dunfee, Gerry Hildebrand, Melissa G. Davis, Sally M. Rogow, Louisa A. Azevedo, Stephens Insurance Brokers Ltd. – Wally Bishop, Grace Eiko Thomson, Fern Vineberg Karpman, Laurie E. Newell, Trikenetic Massage Therapy – Karen Fleming, Elaine Carol, Sheila & Simon Johnston, Nathan H. Gilbert, Estelle Cormier, Rita Wong, Masako & Masashi Matsushita, Brenda Joy Lem, Judith M. Findlay, Rebecca Bishop and Mina Shum.
Sponsors: Gateway Theatre, City of Richmond through the Richmond Arts Centre and Richmond Addictions Services.