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2017 PERFORMERS
K!MMORTAL
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Kimmortal also known as Kim was born on ancestral unceded land of the Coast Salish people and spirits, and she currently lives and toils through the landscape of her creative visions. Her debut album Sincerity was released in 2014 and she is currently working on her second album incorporating self-produced beats and sounds inspired by h2o. Kimmortal’s highlights of 2016 included opening up for one of her favourite rappers Shad K for the Vancouver Mural Festival, being featured on CBC as a spotlighted artist/rapper, performing  at Kultura Filipino Arts Festival (Toronto), headlining New West Pride Festival, and sharing her rap animations at the Queer Women of Colour Film Festival in San Francisco. Visit her creative mind at kimmortal.com or instagram at @kimmortalmusic

Valeen Jules
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Valeen Jules is a young Indigenous poet, researcher, motivational speaker and workshop facilitator from the Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw nations. Valeen discovered these roles within herself when she joined the decolonization movement and immediately began to use these gifts to contribute to the well-being of our communities. 

Valeen incorporates her motivational speaking into any public speech for a variety of important movements including: environmental protection, cultural resurgence, language revitalization, youth empowerment, and self-transformation. Valeen began writing and performing poetry in the beginning of 2015 and performs at events, graduations, frontlines, leadership programs and festivals all across the west coast.

Bruja Del Norte
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Old.Soul.Rebel
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“Named one of 11 best new bands in Canada for 2016” (CBC Radio)

Based out of Vancouver, BC, Old.Soul.Rebel is the musical musings of Chelsea D.E. Johnson and Lola Whyte. Often accompanied by famed drummer, Kenan Sungar, they offer a raw blend of original soul music and bad ass rock n roll. Formed in August of 2015, OSR has graced many stages across North America in their short year together. They have been a regular feature on CBC radio, CKUA Radio, Whistler FM, Vancouver Co-op Radio and Victoria Campus Radio. They have shared stages with renowned talents Iskwe, Aida Victoria, Rae Spoon, Kinnie Starr, No Sinner and Pack A.D. 

Old.Soul.Rebel will be embarking on a 2017 European/Canadian tour to promote their self-titled album “Old.Soul.Rebel”

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Laydy Jams
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Laydy Jams is a group of ladies from very diverse backgrounds - their influences range from hip-hop to bollywood to jazz. Missy D, fire emcee - Sejal Lal, heavenly vocals and violin shredder - and Roya B, vocalist and beatbox queen form Laydy Jams’ unique sound. They make music with meaning, and hopes it uplifts and inspires you.

FIND MUTYA

Mutya is a queer Pilipino of Spanish and Malayan descent made in the Philippines and born a settler on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, and Tsleil-Waututh traditional peoples.

Mutya is an interdisciplinary artist who interweaves music, movement, theatre and visual arts within her professional practice as a creator, performer, facilitator and event producer.

In sound, Mutya experiments with a keyboard, looping, audio sampling and guitalele creating a collage of sound landscapes. A vibrato compared to that of Tracy Chapman, Mutya’s voice evokes an ancient remembering, an ancestral stir of emotion that transcends time and grace.

Kat Ferneyhough
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Facilitators
John Aitken

John Aitken is a physical actor, carver, film-maker, photographer and educator. He identifies as “First Nations” with a mixed ancestry of Coast Salish, Haida and Scottish.

Emily Huynh

Emily is a settler living on unceded Coast Salish territories in East Vancouver with ancestors scattered across present day Canada, the US, Western Europe, and East Asia. Always one for singing, dancing, and generally hamming it up, today Emily channels her creative energy into crooning with Vancouver indie band Bill Jr Jr and rock choir Kingsgate Chorus, and discovering the joy and power of karaoke whenever possible. When she’s not singing, Emily brings creative facilitation to her work coordinating programs with the Broadway Youth Resource Centre and lovingly cuts hair for friends and willing strangers.

Dannielle Piper

Like so many dancers, Dannielle Piper begun dancing at a young age. She started Ballet at age three (3) and has participated in a number of recitals throughout her lifetime.

She eventually found her passion for Modern/Contemporary Dance when she was thirteen and has continued to pursure her passion with the Continuum Dance Company in Burnaby, BC.

Dannielle spends most of her time expanding her repertoire by attending a number of drop-in classes in Hip Hop, Jazz, and Lyrical but her mission in life is to constantly remind persons that you should always dance like no one’s watching. 

Nesa Tousi
Camp Nurse

Nesa (pronouns “they/them” or “she/her”) is a queer identified cis-female settler on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Born in Iran by way of Switzerland, Nesa has spent 2 decades of her life on these lands and is continuously trying to find respetful ways to reside here as a settler. They are a Nurse at Three Bridges Primary Care Clinic and previously at Raven Song Primary Care Clinic. Although nursing consumes most of her waking life, in positive and healthy ways, she also passes time by: book binding, gardening, riding her bike, spending time with family and friends, dog-sitting, walking in the woods and cuddling with her platonic furry life partner: Oakley.

Bug Cruickshank

Bug is a queer métis visual artist, illustrator, and tattooist currently based out of “Vancouver, BC” on un-ceded and occupied Coast Salish territories. While Bug’s primary practice is drawing, they also work with skin, print-making, painting, writing, textiles, zine production and digital media. In Bug’s work, they aim to illuminate the beauty in ugliness. Build relationships with that which is wild and dark. What they make is an open invitation to a processing of a dying world. A navigation of gender, bodies, capitalism, mental illness and oppression. Their magic is based in chaos and intention. They see the documentation of personal histories as a vital tool for survival and use art to empower others and themself.

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