Vancouver, BC—VirtualFeast.ca is a new Indigenous-led online platform to highlight and support the online streaming of contemporary Indigenous performances in the Summer of COVID-19. VirtualFeast.ca provides a single point of reference and discovery for audiences tuned into the burgeoning BC Indigenous music scene.
At launch, VirtualFeast.ca has confirmed over 40 different Indigenous performers, including Kinnie Starr & Snotty Nose Rez Kids, over the next two months from emerging youth to musical elders in a wide variety of genres: folk to funk, hip-hop to house, pop to rock. These artists reflect the diversity of Indian Country – rural and urban – with approximately half being women, one-quarter youth and one-tenth 2 Spirit.
VirtualFeast.ca is a collaborative project of BC Indigenous arts presenters including: 2 Rivers Remix Society, Savage Production Society, Full Circle: First Nations’ Performance, and the Vine Arts Festival – with streaming platform support from the First Peoples’ Cultural Council.
Here’s a sampling of VF programming; keep reading to find out more!
Full Circle’s Virtual Feast contribution kicks off with a live stream at 7 PM on July 24th with an intimate performance by award-winning singer-songwriter Lola Parks. Mimi O’Bonsawin explores the subjects of stories in an interactive song creation workshop at 6 PM on July 28th.
2 Rivers Remix Society presents Decolonise 2.0 on July 31 commemorating the 110th anniversary of the Declaration of Interior Tribes when the Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, and Syilx Nations unified their struggle to resist the “B.C.” Government theft of their unceded land. Decolonise 2.0 features Secwepemc/Nlaka’pamux artists The Melawmen Collective streaming their musical medicine from the stunning canyon location where the Declaration was signed on July 16, 1910; an interview with Nlaka’pamux elder Darryl Minnabarriet whose grandfather signed the declaration in 1910; and a mind-spinning set from 2-Spirit DJ O Show who lives at the confluence of the Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+ and Black Lives Matters resistance struggles. In the Summer of COVID-19 Indigenous artists are reverberating and remixing these Indigenous Nations’ 1910 declaration, “WE WILL HELP EACH OTHER TO BE GREAT AND GOOD”.
Vines 2020 Festival takes place from August 5 – 15th featuring A Virtual Feast Performance Resilient Roots on August 15th.
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More about the Virtual Feast presenters:
About 2 Rivers Remix Society
2 Rivers Remix Society is the instigator and organiser of ‘Q’emcin 2 Rivers Remix (2RMX), an annual 3-day Feast of Contemporary Indigenous Music and Culture hosted by the Nlaka’pamux Nation in ‘Q’emcin (aka Lytton, BC). Since 2018 2RMX has presented more than 40 contemporary Indigenous performances including multiple JUNO winners. 2RMX 2020 will be a VirtualFeast.ca event streaming Sept 4-6 with dozens of Indigenous artists.
About Full Circle: First Nations Performance
Full Circle: First Nations Performance is a non-profit society and registered charity that creates opportunities for Indigenous artists. Margo Kane (Cree/Saulteaux), an interdisciplinary artist and Indigenous arts leader, founded Full Circle in 1992. Upon establishing Full Circle, Kane’s vision was to make a profound contribution to the development of Indigenous performance in Canada.
About Savage Production Society
Savage Society tells stories based on myth, tradition and the contemporary Indigenous experience. Savage Society was created in 2004 as a vehicle through which its members could produce their own stories as practising Indigenous Theatre and Film Artists. Originally, an ad-hoc organization, Savage Society was incorporated in 2013. Artistic Director
Kevin Loring is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia. In 2017 he became the first Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre of Canada. Based in Vancouver and New Westminster, Savage Society operates on unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-waututh, Qayqayt and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Territory.
About Vines Art Festival
Vines is an arts organization and festival that is responsive to and nurturing of artists that are working toward land, water, and relational justice. We support underrepresented voices in developing their work. We bring imagination into everyday spaces by presenting work for free on “earthstages” – populated and natural public spaces in Vancouver and throughout the province.
WEBSITES AND SOCIAL MEDIA:
2 RIVERS REMIX:
Web: www.2RiversRemix.ca Facebook: @2RiversRemixSociety Instagram: @2riversremix
Facebook: @FullCirclePerformance Instagram: @musicfullcircle
Web: www.savagesociety.ca Twitter: @SavageSociety33
Facebook: @SavageProductionSociety Instagram: @officialsavagesociety
Web: www.vinesartfestival.com Twitter: @vinesfestival Facebook: @vinesfestival Instagram: @vinesfestival