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Edzi'u
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Vancouver/Whitehorse 

A mixed race Tahltan-Tlingit electronic singer/songwriter and composer, Edzi'u mesmerizes audiences with her vocal loops, modal changes, and electronic audio exploration.  She mixes electronic music with classic songwriting sensibilities, explores texture and narration, and samples vintage recordings from many generations of her grandmothers. Her voice and music fully encompass her life and colonial inheritance as a twenty-first century Indigenous woman.

Only A Visitor
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Vancouver,
unceded Coast Salish Territories

“Proof that there's a beautiful world to be won by looking beyond old patterns” -The Georgia Straight
 

Vancouver's Only A Visitor is described as “one of the most
fascinating and singular musical projects to come out of Vancouver in recent memory” (Discorder Magazine). 

Described by CBC Music as one of 10 Vancouver acts to watch, Only A Visitor blurs genre boundaries by straddling the line between art music and pop. Composer and arranger Robyn Jacob's eclectic songwriting is guided by her decades long study in classical piano, her commitment to avant garde music, and her study of Balinese Gamelan. Her songs concentrate on unique vocal techniques and arrangements - with asymmetrical rhythms twisted around a pop skeleton, Only A Visitor makes room for
themselves between pop and experimental music.

Me_Gang
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Vancouver,
unceded Coast Salish Territories

Me_gang is a multi-instrumentalist currently living in unceded coast Salish territory. They make music out of compulsion to heal and grow and as a means to decolonize them self and their community through critical practice of the oral tradition. 

2018 

Graftician
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Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

Graftician is an experimental music/video project fronted by Roxanne Nesbitt, a sound artist and designer based out of Vancouver, BC. Graftician's sound is a blend of acoustic self-made instruments, and field recorded textures woven into improvised and composed songs. The project is unified by Roxanne Nesbitt's soulful voice and provocative lyrics. Also an accomplished designer, Nesbitt crafts intricate videos for all of her songs and performs live with vivid videos synced to samples. 

future star
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Vancouver,
Coast Salish Territories

future star writes diy keyboard pop tunes that tug at the heartstrings and get stuck in your head. unofficially sponsored by eating too much pizza and having a lot of feelings.

Purple Hearts
Social Club
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Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories

Purple Hearts Social Club, comprised of sisters and cousins, is inspired by a very special little girl; Phoenix Ryland Del Rosario aka Baby Danger. She fought with bravery and courage against leukemia and ascended to her true form in 2012. Phoenix loved to dance and have fun and it is through their music that they spread her message of strength, bravery and love; to live life to it's fullest despite it's challenges.

Tin Lorica
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Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories

Tin Lorica is a comedian and poet residing on unceded Coast Salish territories. More importantly, they are an aries sun/cancer moon :-)

Paradise Bums
Mayne Island,
unceded Coast Salish Territories

Justine is the clutziest cellist you’ve ever met, and Chrysta is the biggest bassoon nerd you’ll ever find. They met one summer bumming around on a little island called Mayne, and five years later stayed the winter too. They throw all their musical abilities together to make their own world of sound and colour. Inspired by the beautiful island on which they reside, they combine the mellow voices of cello and bassoon, guitar, ukuelele, piano and vocals to make tunes about life on the shores of the salty sea, hidden by trees and bumblebees. Together it comes out a little folky, a little dancy, and a little artichokey.

Sejal.
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Surrey, unceded Coast Salish Territories

A violin and voice.

Where mother tongue/jazz/R&B/soul/bollywood/classical come together to talk about the revolution.

Workshops

John Aitken
Mayne Island,
unceded Coast Salish Territories

John Aitken is a physical actor, carver, film-maker, photographer, and educator. He has a rich background in performing arts including acting, dance, and film-production.  

As a wood-carver, John's personal highlight has been carving a twenty-foot Honouring Figure which stands at Emma and Felix Jack Park on Mayne Island - a park named after his Coast Salish grandparents. 

Stacey Ho
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

STACEY HO lives on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Her practice considers intersections of culture, history, and embodiment from a feminist perspective. With a background in photography and performance, her art often incorporates language, sound, gesture, and everyday objects. She has recently presented her work at Art Metropole (Toronto), Galerie oqbo (Berlin), Artcite (Windsor), RAM Galleri (Oslo), Or Gallery (Vancouver) and performed at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She was a recipient of the Canada Council’s Grant to Culturally Diverse Curators for Residencies in the Visual Arts and the former associate director of LIVE Biennale Performance Art Festival. 

Show N' Tell

We invite you to join us for a talent show ‘n tell (aka: low key fun times show off to yer buds). 

 

The very first talent show ’n tell was an all-ages, bipoc-centered event in east van organized by the peach canning collaborative (aka tiaré, april a., and erica hiroko). 

What is a "talent show ‘n tell"? 

As a hybrid between a talent show and a “show & tell” - this is an opportunity to share something new or old with other friendly folks. We invite you to share something of your choice in under 6 minutes! 

 

In the past, friends have used this space to try out their latest jokes, tell stories, perform clown tricks, read poetry, sing original/cover/karaoke songs, make up music on the spot... and wayyyy more. The possibilities go on and on in this creative free for all! 

 

This isn't an open mic, so no talent or developed skill is required. We sincerely hope you will consider bringing something to the festival to show ’n tell with us!! 

Mayari Ayala-Wiebe
Vancouver, Coast Salish territories

Mechanics 101

 

In this basic mechanics workshop, Mayari will help you identify major components you can find under a car hood, help check and top up fluids, how to do a jump start, and if there's time, fix a flat! 

Serena Bhandar
Victoria,
WSÁNEĆ, Lkwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) territories

Writing For Self-Care

Serena Bhandar writes with inkless instruments on paper that cannot burn. Her poetry, essays, short stories and art have been featured in publications throughout Turtle Island, and often ponder the intersections between minds, bodies, genders, and space. She currently lives and works on unceded Lekwungen and Esquimalt territories in Victoria, Canada.

Mei 
Vancouver, Coast Salish territories

Chinese Calligraphy 

In this workshop, participants will learn some of the history and evolution of Chinese characters such as the Oracle bone script 甲骨文 and study the art of calligraphy. Participants will also learn step-by-step painting of classical subjects within Chinese painting such are bamboo, fish, and mountains. You will be provided examples, demos, as well as all the drawing supplies you’ll need.  This workshop is led by mei. Mei is a non binary queer transdisciplinary artist working in illustration, design, animation, and art facilitation. They’ve been practising traditional brush painting alongside their grandparents from an young age. The practise evolved to become a medium that offers meditation, community, and ancestral healing. Paintings often offer metaphors that draw inspirations from animal and nature, and you’re welcome to share and explore your own cultural and spiritual connection with the given subjects.

Participants are asked to attend with humility and respect. Since Chinese culture is often subject to fetishization by Western Culture, Tiny Tiny Cozy Fest organizers would like to remind participants this workshops is about sharing and not consuming. Please feel free to contact fest organizers for more questions. Thanks!

Schedule

SATURDAY MAY 26
Community bus drop-offs @ 473 Felix Jack
11AM
Check-Ins + Fest Grounds Tour
1:30PM
WORKSHOPS
Chinese Calligraphy @ Tenting Field Tables
Mechanics 101 @ Felix Jack Driveway
3:00PM
AFTERNOON SET @ Mill Rd Main Stage
3:30 - Me_Gang
4:15  - Tin Lorica
4:30 - Future Star
5:15 - Only A Visitor
7:30PM
EVENING SET @ Mill Rd Main Stage
7:30 Paradise Bums
8:15 Sejal.
9:00 Graftician
9:45 Edzi'U
10:30 Purple Hearts Social Club
SUNDAY MAY 27
Community bus drop-offs @ 473 Felix Jack
8AM 
Coffee & Tea @ Main Stage Grounds
9AM 
WORKSHOPS
Conversation on Reconciliation @ the Ag Hall
Sound, Place, Memory @ TBA
11AM 
WORKSHOPS
Dance on My Own @ Miners Bay Beach 
Writing for Self-Care @ Cedar Grove
1PM 
SHOW N' TELL @ Mill Rd Main Stage
3-3:30PM
COMMUNITY BUS LEAVES
4PM
4:20PM
FERRY TO VICTORIA
FERRY TO VAN

Fest

Venues

Old Dogwood Society 
Main Stage + Workshop Space

Tiny Tiny Cozy Fest is organized by Old Dogwood Society for Arts & Ecology at 473 Felix Jack Road. Please note that out of respect for Ulluilsc, this will be a dry event. ***IF YOU ARE DRIVING*** email us and we will send you directions. 

Old Dogwood is a 5.3 acre land-based project that centres underrepresented people of all ages as cultural creators and regenerators. We are still in our second organizing year, and have established some pretty sweet and very low-tech infrastructure - including a solar-powered outdoor kitchen, a growing garden, composting outhouses, and a palace for the chickens. 

 

The stage, tenting gounds and most workshops will be hosted at Old Dogwood. There are a mix of open fields and shaded areas surrounded by trees. Some of these areas might be difficult or impossible to access by some people depending on physical ability. If you have any question regarding physical accessibility, please shoot us an email! hey.dogwood@gmail.com


Old Dogwood Accessibility

The land is natural terrain and not wheelchair or scooter accessible. Water is a limited resource on the island so please bring your own drinking water along with food for the weekend. There are both cool shady areas and fully exposed sunny areas that can get real hot. Tenting grounds can get pretty hot during the day and cool at night so bring what you need to stay comfortable!

Old Dogwood has a newly planted garden in the front next to a chicken run. Folks are welcome to hang out in the garden we just ask to keep to the pathways and not step on the soil. Thanks!

Bathrooms exist in the form of composting toilets, some requiring a short 30 second walk through a forest trail to access. 

We recommend folks bring some outdoor blankets to sit on and get cozy. Also music events at night will be outside, so please dress appropriately.

There is limited parking we’d like to reserve for folks who need it. If you are thinking of driving on, 3 things:

1. Please email us first to reserve a parking spot ($10 for the weekend) or you may not be able to park on the land.

2. Make sure to RESERVE FERRIES well in advance. Call 1-888-BCFERRY

3. Please drive slowly in via Mill Road (parking is located at the very end of the road)

For anything else, please ask at hey.dogwood@gmail.com

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Mutual Aid

Supporting Ulluilsc

This year, proceeds from Tiny Tiny Cozy Fest will be donated to support our friends at Ulluilsc.

 

Ulluilsc is a Xwisten-led St'at'imc village that follows traditional Xwisten governing structures & spiritual practices as they move toward decolonization. Caregivers at Ulluilsc are holding their titles as hereditary stewards of the land and are stopping violent logging practices and unsustainable hunting that are destroying their traditional territories. May 2017 recognized Ulluislc as the 13th community within the St'at'imc nation by the Unity Riders and Runners. 

 

The primary caregiver of Ulluilsc is a two-spirit woman who puts in a ton of energy so Ulluilsc intentionally holds healing space for women and LGBTQ2S people. Last year they hosted a Women's Gathering and an All Other's Gathering specifically for queer, trans and two-spirit people.  

Ulluilsc just celebrated 3 years of taking back the land! We want to support them for many more years and generations to come!

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