West 4th Avenue Khatsahlano Street Party announces 2016 schedule

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My favourite event of the year, the West 4th Avenue Khatsahlano Street Party, has announced its 2016 schedule. Khatsahlano is Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival and features seven performance stages, food trucks, market tents, giveaways, and a whole hell of lot more across 10 blocks, from Macdonald to Burrard. Here’s what I’ll be checking out (names descend in priority as they run from left to right):

12:15 pm – Alea Rae (now DOUSE)
1:00 pm – Nathan Shubert
1:20 pm – Malcolm Jack
2:00 pm – Holy Hum
2:30 pm – Noble Oak
3:00 pm – Gang Signs
3:30 pm – Winona Forever
4:00 pm – Twin RiverPlazas / Jody Glenham & the Dreamers
4:30 pm – Mesa Luna
5:30 pm – Mu
6:00 pm – Woolworm
7:00 pm – Skye Wallace / White Poppy / Rodney DeCroo
8:00 pm – Hannah Georgas

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Interview with Skye Wallace

Interview with Skye Wallace

I recently chatted with Skye Wallace about her upcoming album, the Maritimes, personal connection to geography, revisiting familiar places as an adult, and establishing one’s own roots. Read an excerpt below, and watch her perform “These Are the Words” in Sam Soo’s kitchen.

During her recent travels, she revisited many of the places from her youth. But she returned on her terms, this time planting her own roots instead of relying on pre-established family connections. She reflects on one trip: “That was the first time I’ve been to Newfoundland, other than St. John’s, by myself. Other than that, I’ve been with family. This was just a completely different experience, very integral to my connection to place.”

Returning to a familiar place but with years of new lived experiences behind her – as a different person, in many ways – has led her to discovering new aspects of that place, making it new again. “I think that’s so exciting. That’s such an exciting thing to experience, having multiple contexts for a place that you’re very familiar with.… It’s a very interesting development and relationship to have with a place.”