DJ Kookum (Cheyanna Kootenhayoo) is a Denesuline, Cree, and Nakota Sioux DJ and filmmaker. DJing anywhere from EDM, trap, moombaton, hip hop, rap, and R&B. A highlight this year was opening up for alternative hip hop artist, Princess Nokia at the Biltmore. Other notable shows include: supporting DJ Shub of A Tribe Called Red, supporting Mob Bounce, Drezus, and Dani and Lizzy, and DJing at Fortune Sound Club for the All Native Hip Hop Festival. She currently has a residency at the Biltmore Cabaret Friday Nights Foolish, sharing the stage with other well-known and respected DJ’s such as DJ Flipout, Seko, and Cherchez La Femme. WEBSITE
Mob Bounce is a Hip Hop duo, formed in the later half of 2010 with the release of “Mixed Blood Mixtape.” Before the Mixtape release, Travis Adrian Hebert and Craig Frank Edes had been writing & recording music since 2004. Craig is Gitxsan and Travis is Cree/Metis. They have exceptional experience playing guitar and drums, and have blended their musicianship with elements of Electronic Dance Music and Hip Hop production. They incorporate aspects of a Cultural identity with an Artistic identity by experimenting with free toning (Chanting), and a Cultural sound-scape influenced by sounds of Nature. WEBSITE
Snotty Nose Rez Kids aka SNRK is a full length hip-hop album about our real life experiences growing up on the rez. From the highs to the lows, SNRK it is full of energy, humour, heartbreak, nation to nation resurgence, and indigenous resiliency. WEBSITE
“Amazing new local band. Will make you think of Alabama Shakes in the best way possible.” — Andrea Warner, CBC
“Chelsea Johnson is truly one of the most talented singers Vancouver has ever been blessed with”
Based out of Vancouver B.C., 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 years together. They have been a regular feature on CBC radio, CKUA Radio, Whistler FM, Vancouver Coop Radio and UVic’s CFUV. They have shared stages with renowned talents Iskwe, Aida Victoria, Rae Spoon, Kinnie Starr, No Sinner and Pack A.D. WEBSITE
Compassion Gorilla has a relentless drive to translate earthy and folkloric sounds into an explosive performance for the dancefloor. Their unique brew has been the life of the party for almost a decade, both defying categorization and keeping audiences entranced. WEBSITE
Roots music with a global world beat. Drawing from Soul, Americana, and Reggae, Buckman Coe’s music always seeks to uplift while forwarding messages of togetherness and social justice. He and his band have a dynamic repertoire that can pack both theaters and dance-floors. In support of Coe’s four albums, his band has toured several times across Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Oregon, and Hawaii. WEBSITE
Armed with her violin, loop pedal and voice, sonic weaver Hannah Epperson arranges musical landscapes without indulgence or over-saturation. As a solo performer and collaborative artist, she has joined forces with a versatile cast of collaborators across a spectrum of genres and disciplines. More recently, these creative explorations have included composing and performing for interdisciplinary film and dance projects across the country and in New York, where she now resides. Hannah’s breadth as a collaborative and compositional powerhouse stems from from an eclectic experiential and educational background: from learning Appalachian folk tunes by ear with a cowgirl in Utah to travelling through Scandinavia and Europe as an accompanist; or from touring her solo project by sailboat with permaculturists to accompanying Flamenco dancers in Spain, before finishing her Honours Degree in Human Geography and representing Canada at World Championships for ultimate frisbee in 2015. WEBSITE
Scott Dunbar is in league with a ferocious musical force. With guitar, accordion, suitcase kick-drum, and an absolutely evil rusty piece of chain shackled around his leg, he has earned a reputation worldwide as an incomparable genre-bending street and stage performer, as well as a prolific, sensitive and outspoken songwriter with an untamable revolutionary spirit. WEBSITE
The Tzinquaw Dancers bring the sights and sounds of traditional dances from the Cowichan Valley. Formed in the early 1960’s, they present songs & dances which were taught to them by their elders and have been passed down through generations.
Soaring harmonies, catchy original songs, foot-stomping fiddling: Genevieve and the Wild Sundays is an all-female quintet that feature the award-winning songs of Vancouver-Island homesteading, guitar playing mama Genevieve Charbonneau. With songs that run from insightful love ballads to rollicking political hootenannies, the music of the Wild Sundays is rooted in old-time country, incorporating Eastern European folk, Americana, and indi-pop. WEBSITE
Something mysterious happens when two similar objects moving in opposite directions collide. They morph, twist and tangle until they become something neither could have become on its own. So it went with bands Red Haven and Dirty Grace, who collided and began performing as one group in the summer of 2015. After bringing Vancouver songstress Logan Thackray and lifelong creator/performer Aubrey Burke (raised in a full-time clown family) into the mix, the new ‘super band‘ consisted of 8 unique voices/songwriters forming a veritable choir. The Honey Tongues were born, as was a new distinct genre – ‘Swamp Opera‘ – that combines Americana roots grit and indie swing with soulful harmonies and beat-boxing. Crafting delicate folk arrangements and stomping dance numbers, the band embraces a wide palette – from accordion to saxophone to mandolin to mouth percussion – to express the ancient soul of the modern era. Whether it’s songs about shadows, earth magik, grimey handshakes or lovers old and new, this band of many faces will show you them all. WEBSITE
c o z y is a beat-driven lyricist with a broad range of influences, taking inspiration from many genres (including, but not limited to, funk, r+b, folk, and pop). With her music, c o z y hopes to bring people into her world of experiences and give them as clear a picture of her perspective as she can. Throughout her songs, c o z y weaves strong lyrical themes of femininity, sexuality, and reclamation of personal identity within a vulnerable context of self examination. With undeniable groove and hilarious wordplay, she delves into valuable conversations about love, family, and confidence throughout her playful debut album “c o z y” (Released April 28th 2017 through Nyhla Records). WEBSITE
Creeping out of the woodwork is the hauntingly nostalgic sound of The Staggers & Jaggs. This East Van ensemble is a curious concoction of characters, taking influence from prohibition era parties, blues, jazz and punk rock. Stories of love, loss and madness are told through playful melodies and hypnotic rhythms.
An 8-headed party band for the strange new world // Rooted in the Afro-Latin soul of cumbia, MNGWA [pronounced Ming-wah]
blends elements of psych rock, surf, reggae, and hip hop into their polyrhythmic pot. With members from Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia, the Vancouver ensemble draws inspiration from across the globe and invites all to join in the sonic frenzy. WEBSITE
Lion Rockers is a full reggae band with a strong message of love, consciousness and a sweet roots vibe! Based in the Cowichan Valley, the band has been playing together since 2012. The Lion Rockers have a strong Latin reggae influence complimented by Cheko’s vocals and arrangements. Hailing from Mexico, Cheko is an accomplished international musician, having played with numerous bands from the Americas and Europe. Backing him are the Lion Rockers: Mika Huhtanen on drums, Jedi on Nyabinghi drum, Morgan Mason on bass, Iwah, longstanding reggae artist on lead guitar, and Brian Horwitz on percussion. WEBSITE
Mutya is a queer Pinay 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.
Valeen is a sacred monster from the Nuu-chah-nulth & Kwakwaka’wakw nations. She spends most of her time admiring art and running her business that supports creative youth employment & empowerment as well as frontline communities.
For almost a decade, Simone Schmidt has been writing new life into and around folk, country, and rock songs. Critically outspoken of contemporary society and largely evading the branding of the music industry proper by working under several aliases, Schmidt has several times been named one of Canada’s best songwriters. Anyone who has seen her perform remembers her distinctly either from her tenure as the front person and songwriter for celebrated country act One Hundred Dollars (2007-11) or psych rock unit The Highest Order (2011-ongoing), or from her ever changing solo work as Fiver (2012 – on). Schmidt has five LP’s to her writing credit, collaborations with artists as wide ranging as hardcore punk phenomenon Fucked Up, to the inimitable USGirls, and Old Time and Bluegrass veteran Chris Coole. Schmidt has produced original works for film (World Famous Gopher Hole Museum, Land of Destiny) and appears as a guest vocalist on a number of records, including Doug Paisley, Tasseomancy and The Wooden Sky. WEBSITE
Vic Horvath is a queer singer-songwriter who hails from Calgary and has been performing as a musician in Victoria for four years. Inspired by Rae Spoon, Matt Anderson and Timber Timber, their sound has been described as a combination of poetic blues-folk and prairie infused alt-country. WEBSITE
A self taught multi-instrumentalist and poet, Uschi Tala draws inspiration from the Earth, and the light found within darkness. Wielding a loop pedal, beat machine and various instruments, she creates ambient soundscapes that dance along hauntingly serene vocals and rhythmic rhymes. Uschi’s music has been described as tragically beautiful, ethereal, and pure magic, while her lyrics embody an ocean of healing and encourage others to sea the radiance in themselves as well as the bigger picture. WEBSITE
Elder Sister Plum’s tunes go down smooth like a good whisky. Her swashbuckling folk lullabies and musical ghost stories provide a treat for every listener. Elder Sister Plum is currently living in Victoria, BC where she recently released her fifth album, At The Edge Of The Woods. WEBSITE
Québec native Combustion Lente (aka Myriam Parent) has lived on the Canadian West Coast since 2004. The indiefolk-classical artist records a first album in 2010, Urgence; a collection of ukulele-based songs well received on the local and canadien French music scene. Supported by her sweet new Victoria band, Combustion Lente is thrilled to have launched her most recent album, Bon gré Mal gré (For better and For worst) in May 2016. An eclectic album; half instrumental pieces, in which the musician embraces her classical piano roots. Throughout her sound, Combustion Lente explores the fundamental inner workings of the human heart and lets herself express her profound awe for the natural world. WEBSITE
Logan and Nathan are a laid back dynamic folk duo, pushing the elements of traditional music. The pair came together by means of a not-so classic story which involved a flood, a brown safari van named Bessie and their shared loved of writing and playing music. Their music allows the freedom to settle into emotions that make us all human while reminding us to appreciate all thats worth loving. Logan and Nathan have their roots currently in Vancouver and are working on their debut LP. WEBSITE
Folk/Soul/Trip around, get down, sing along music. Betty is a descendent of European settlers, currently living on the unceded territories of the Qu’wutsun peoples. She plays keys, mandolin, autoharp, guitar, etc. WEBSITE
<<<>>>>a supernatural voice that makes you stop. words
that are real, unreal.—-
+++++ashes, bone, the lipstick of yr secret teenage self,
the surprising grip of yr crone self }}_++
———-velvet, teeth, buried in earth. polar trees swaying~~~~~))
:::::::::::::::::::::::::Something Real \ True \ and
Bangers for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I’m a nonbinary qpoc multi-instrumental lyricist currently living on unceded coast Salish territories. I make songs because I can’t help it, but more recently I use music to reconnect to oral tradition, to save my soul. And to critique colonialism white supremacy gender binaries class hierarchies and any other countless systems of oppression. And propose whatever solutions I can imagine to the awful side affects of those systems.
Saltwater Hank’s songs will take you on a journey from through the mountains of the Bulkley Valley to the Skeena, to the saltwater out West, down the coast and Eastbound to the Kootenay’s. His stories are inspired by the people, the land and the water of the region he calls home.
Indigenous Grassroots Woman Punk Collaboration between Secwepemc- Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Dakelh Warrior Sisters. Building consciousness and reflecting reality of their peoples experience, coming from generations of strength, dispossession, trauma, to healing and medicine. Heart/spirit provoking, authentic Indian Woman Warrior punk.
Tereza Tomek is a narrative folk songwriter who draws lots of inspiration from nature and history. She uses colourful characters, vivid imagery, and a good dose of humour to bring unique stories to life.
“Tomek’s songs come from a mixture of science, reality, and folklore… mixing folk tradition with a love of nature, heart-stirring empathy and scientific vocabulary that comes from her university studies in biology”
– HERE magazine, New Brunswick
The Velvet Unicorn is a member of the RIOT Grrrls Burlesque based in Victoria, BC. Her routines are carefully crafted to shatter belief systems that were created by the Patriarchy.
The Blooming is the luscious dreamings of classical beauty, modern melancholy and sin. Elise Boulanger’s operatically carved voice hauntingly hangs over Sean Patton’s crafted fingerings of ivory and strings. Together they span the centuries in dreamscapes of hidden places and biting truth.