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After-Party   9PM-2AM

Parade   7-10PM

Parade from Napier & Commercial 

to the Campfire at Britannia!


   The Wild!   

#ParadeLostSouls #Pols

The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret presents PARADE of LOST SOULS: THE WILD! 

At Britannia Community Centre with processions starting at Napier & Commercial,

and ending around the Ceremonial Campfire at Britannia!

The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret proudly presents the Parade of Lost Souls: The Wild! This year we celebrate The Wild, where we invite you to follow your instincts and transform yourself into a 'wild thing.'

We share this landscape with creatures of all sort, both the animal kingdom of our wild west coast, and the fantastical creatures we've seen in our stories and our dreams. Let the creatures of story and dreams come alive...perform a wild feat. Bring a wild invention. Dress up as your favourite local species. Parade your inner animal through the streets! Together, we will explore what is useful about our wild roots and reunite with our greater family of creatures for this time when the barriers between worlds are thin.

When &Where We March

Returning, as in tradition on the last Saturday in October, the Parade of Lost Souls will take place on October 29, 2016. As it has for decades, the final parade route is kept a closely guarded secret - revealed only at midnight the night before. Keep checking into our website and social media feeds for updates and other exciting surprises along the way!

Lost Souls After-Party

After parade, the party continues at the Lost Souls After-Party, this year at The Legion on Commercial Drive, featuring Leland Riiivr, The Tailor, Tripzy Leary and Helixza! This party WILL SELL OUT so get your tickets early and take advantage of early-bird prices! You can't get them at the door, so buy online or at a Parade Info Booth. 19+. No minors admitted. 



Join in the revelry early and prepare yourself for the parade by participating in one of our many artist-led community workshops in dance, music, art and costuming. Find workshop descriptions, times, locations and volunteer opportunities below. 

Join the journey into finding and releasing your inner wild thing! Get dressed up, create a species, bring reality and imagination together, and march with us in celebration of one another. Let us free ourselves at the Parade of Lost Souls!

As All Hallows’ Eve crawls slowly from the autumn mist, preparations are well underway for the Parade of Lost Souls Festival. The annual tradition, a decades-old East Vancouver  mainstay, is refuge and release, community and collective for thousands of lost souls. Participants of the Parade of Lost Souls Festival gather together to redefine their ideas of community engagement; to reconnect with one another, and with ourselves, in a celebration of the cycles of life and death. The festival’s true popularity lies in its ability to inspire and accentuate the creativity of those who attend. The Parade of Lost Souls is proof that we have not lost our link to the richness and depth of the ritual celebrations of our ancestors.

The Parade of Lost Souls is organized by, and for, the community it serves. It is a parade of spectacle and 

performance, an inclusive celebration for the thousands of lost souls that join us every year to meander along its route. 

It takes a tremendous amount of effort and funding to stage this event, and we are always on the lookout for energetic volunteers, artists and donors to join our team. The festival continues to be successful because of the creative  artists and performers who share their talents, our hard-working volunteers who keep us running, and the larger community who join us each year - dressed in wondrous and creative costumes!


Parade donations can be made online, or at the event, and volunteer and performance opportunities can be found in the “Get Involved” section below. We are eternally grateful for your generosity!

refuge &release

community &collective

for thousands of lost souls.


The Time-Honoured Commercial Drive tradition attended annually by over 10,000 lost souls

Parade Donation

Entry by $5 Recommended Donation 

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After-Party Tickets
Online tickets get you on the guest list.
Bring a photo ID & email confirmation. 
Tickets will not be sold at the door.
19+. No Minors Admitted.

Parade Poster


Get a Limited Edition Parade poster

$15 Per Poster [Until Oct. 28] 

Buy Now! Pick-Up at a Parade Info Booth


Inside All of Us is Hope.

Inside All of Us is Fear.

Inside All of Us is Adventure.

Inside All of Us is...

A Wild Thing.


~ Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are ~


The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret presents PARADE of LOST SOULS: THE WILD! 

At Britannia Community Centre with processions starting at Napier & Commercial,

and ending around the Ceremonial Campfire at Britannia!

Location &Parade Route


    Lost Souls After-Party    


Following the Parade, all of the lost souls keep the party going at the

Lost Souls After-Party, this year at The Legion on Commercial Drive, featuring Leland Riiivr, The Tailor, Tripzy Leary, Helixza and more...  



Early-Bird  [Until Oct. 20]:      $20 Per Person

Regular [Until Oct. 28]            $25 Per Person

Day-Of  [Oct. 29]:                    SOLD OUT!    

[service fees apply]


Online tickets can be claimed at Will Call.

Bring photo ID & your email confirmation

19+. No Minors Admitted.

Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Presents



OCTOBER 29TH  |  9PM - 2AM




2205 Commercial Drive

Vancouver, BC  [MAP]


Leland Riiivr      The Tailor

Tripzy Leary           helixza


with dancers

Shannon Renae, Marley Skye, Kosmic Kitty,

Kin Leung, Lotus



#ParadeLostSouls #PoLS
We aim to inspire the performer and maker that exists in all of us! A variety of creative workshops leading up to the parade provide an opportunity to dance, play music and make, with opportunities to participate in parade performances.
Thriller Flashmob

w/ Kat Single-Dain


Let’s party like it’s 1899…learn the ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY of Michael Jackson’s record setting break out hit Thriller! Come to at least two of the three workshops, if you can. Kat is very precise about teaching it exactly as MJ did it– to the step–which means that you can do your homework by watching the video and mirroring the zombies. If you get stuck, just ask yourself, What Would Michael Do?

At the Britannia Secondary School Cafeteria

1001 Cotton Drive, Vancouver

Thurs     Oct 20     7:00 - 9:30pm

Sat         Oct 22     12:00 - 2:30pm

Thurs     Oct 27     7:00 - 9:30pm

Min. Donation: $10 per person

RSVP on the Facebook Event page.

Choir of Lost Souls

w/ Hank Pine

Come and Join The Choir of Lost Souls workshop! Relaxed, fun and dark choir will be led by performer Hank Pine and is open to singers of all levels. It will feature songs from the dearly departed; Prince, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse as well works by Hank Pine. As with any good performance, a certain portion of each of the three practices will be devoted to costumes, culminating in the choir leading a sing-a-long with the crowd at the Parade!

Come to All Three Sessions!


At The Dusty Flower Shop

141-2050 Scotia St, Vancouver

Wed     Oct 12     7:00 - 9:30pm

Tues     Oct 18     7:00 - 9:30pm

Tues     Oct 25     7:00 - 9:30pm

Min. Donation: $5 per session

to over costume expenses

Creepy Creature Felt Masking

w/ Zee Kesler



Learn to needle felt your own mask. Use your imagination and become an animal or creepy creature for the Parade of Lost Souls! Ages 8+. Max 12 participants. 

Britannia Secondary School Cafeteria

1001 Cotton Drive, Vancouver

Sun    Oct 16    12:00 - 2:30pm

Sun    Oct 23     12:00 - 2:30pm

Min. Donation: $10 per person


The Carnival Band

Dust off that flute you haven’t played since 9th grade. Pick up that tuba you always wanted to learn instead. Haven’t you always wanted to join them every time you see the Carnival Band at every great East Vancouver festival? Now is your chance. You can try it on for this year’s Parade!

At the Britannia Centre Al Mattison Lounge

1661 Napier Street, Vancouver


Mon     Oct 17     7:30 - 9:00pm

Mon     Oct 24     7:30 - 9:00pm

Min. Donation: $10 per person

For more information:

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    Get Involved    

Since its first rising, the Parade of Lost Souls has been a grass-roots festival planned, organized and performed by, and for, the community that it serves. It's creativity, success and contributions to the community are the result of the tireless efforts of an astounding, talented and hard-working group of souls. But, we can always use more help. Won't you be one of those souls?      

Call for Artists, Performers &Makers

Calling all artists, performers and makers! We are extending an invitation to you, our community of artists, performers and friends, to find your own inspiration and join us in creating this festival of celebration and ceremony. Are you a maker, a sculpter, an artist or a performer? Are you interested in building an installation, helping to create the parade environments, or performing that one thing you've always been aching to do? We are on the lookout for more performers, musicians, fire dancers, stilt walkers, puppetteers, clowns, acrobats, magicians, voice performers, contortionists, jugglers, and thriller dancing zombies. If performance isn't your thing, we're also looking for artists, costume designers, graphic designers, sculpters, makers, and make-up artists. If you're creative, and interested in the Parade, we want to hear from you! Let us know how you'd like to contribute.

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Call for Volunteers

A festival, the size of the Parade of Lost Souls, requires a huge team of volunteers who are willing to do just about anything to help pull off the event. Volunteering with the production team or with the site crew will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how it all works and what it takes to pull of this festival. You'll also be providing an invaluable helping hand. We're looking for souls to help with a wide range of tasks, from helping to construct props and installations, place festival infrastructure on-site, to collecting donations at the parade, and cleaning up at the end of the night. This festival would not be what it is without the generous help of volunteers. If you're available and interested in lending a hand, we want to hear from you! Let us know how you'd like to contribute to the Parade of Lost Souls, and we'll try to match you with our current needs.

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Get Involved


Give A Parade Donation

Parade of Lost Souls can only exist through the generous donations of the community who support it. It costs many tens of thousands to put on the parade every year: covering everything from permitting, to insurance, security, porta-potties,  artist fees, built infrastructure, 

and so much more! 


Help Keep

Parade Alive!



Please consider donating whatever you can afford. Your donations will help keep the parade alive this year and for years to come.

See you at the parade. We tip our masks to you!

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Get Your After-Party Ticket


The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Presents

The Lost Souls After-Party at The Legion on Commercial Drive. 




Early-Bird [Until Oct. 20th]:    $20 Per Person

Regular  [Until Oct. 28th]:       $25 Per Person

Day-Of  [Oct. 29th]:                 SOLD OUT     

Online tickets can be claimed at Will Call.

Bring photo ID & your email confirmation.

19+. No Minors Admnitted. 

Get Your Own Parade Poster

Get your very own Limited Edition 2016 Parade poster. This isn't your usual telephone pole poster, this is Limited EditionAll proceeds go to help cover the costs of running the parade. 

Pre-sales Only

[Until Oct. 28th]:    $15 Per Poster

Posters can be claimed at a Parade Info Booth. Bring photo ID & your email confirmation. 

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Cast &Crew

Cast & Crew
   Special Thanks To   

Britannia Community Services Centre

Royal Canadian Legion No. 179...................The Legion on Commercial

Canada Heritage.............................................Government of Canada

City of Vancouver

British Columbia Arts Council......................Province of British Columbia

Community of East Vancouver


Chickpea Food Truck

The Bean Buggy Food Truck

Verinicey Pakoras Food Truck

Melt City Food Truck

Tandoori Palace

East Van Graphics

Home Depot Terminal Avenue......................Karen, Customer Service Rep

   The Producers   

Artistic Director.............................................Kat Single-Dain

Production Manager.......................................Michelle Wishart

Art Directors..................................................Steve Gairns

                                                                        Chelsea Louise Grant

Production Administrator...............................Jenny Lee Craig

Website & Social Media Director...................Steve Gairns

Media & Public Relations..............................Kat Single-Dain

                                                                        Michelle Wishart

                                                                        Jenny Lee Craig

Festival Artwork & Graphics.........................Steve Gairns

                                                                        Chelsea Louise Grant

Set Decoration Coordinator............................Maggie Winston

Volunteer Coordinator....................................Natalie Davidson

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