Downtown Vancouver sites will come alive, thanks to SFU Community Summit TILT City teams

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      Something very unusual will be taking place in Vancouver on Wednesday (November 4).

      Squads of citizens will be "activating city sites" to breathe more life into the downtown core.

      It's called TILT City, which is part of SFU's annual Community Summit. This year's theme explores city building.

      Dozens of teams will choose their locations by throwing darts at a map of the downtown.

      Then they'll head out to these spots with a limited amount of time to add a creative spark.

      “How do you make a downtown street corner a fun, connected and creative space? At TILT City teams will concoct, craft, and create urban street art or miniperformances,” Shauna Sylvester, executive director of SFU Public Square, says in a news release.

      This video shows how people activate city sites.

      TILT City is based at the Permanent (330 West Pender Street) from 8:30 to 4 p.m.

      After the teams' work is complete, this will be followed by the Community Summit's marquee event later that evening.

      We the City: An Evening at the Centre will feature musician and indigenous activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, conceptual artist and urban planner Candy Chang, and author and New York Times photography critic Teju Cole in conversation with Vancouver cultural navigator Mo Dhaliwal.

      We the City: An Evening at the Centre takes place at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts on Wednesday (November 4). For the full schedule of SFU Community Summit events, visit the SFU website.