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Victory Square
Vancouver
Sep 16
2017
13 Artists and Guests
1000 Seats/Crowd

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The intent for this day is to help provide a safe and fun space for all people from all walks of life (particularly highlighting the marginalized community) to come together to celebrate life and healing with the help of music and art. Our intention is to promote inclusiveness in the spirit of giving.

As Project Blue Hands is a grassroots organization with no grants or funding, we rely on and produce this festival strictly via fundraising and or out of our own pockets. We do this with the aspiration and inspiration of being able to establish a good desire for philanthropy and altruism through music, arts and everyday people and to provide a music festival during the summer music festival season for all peoples without gentrifying the event and space. With this said all that take part in this event, provide their services and talents solely by donations.

We expect to feed about 1000+ people on this day (where all free food is 100% for the people living in the DTES area).

We also promote free personal grooming services for all those in need as well as massage/reflexology therapies, qi gong, and Reiki.

This year we will have additional booths dedicated for youth (most of our volunteers are ages 4 and up) to spearhead a space for the fine arts and for the distribution of care packages for those in need.

All in all, our intention is to be able to heal collectively as a community through altruism and with the notion of having a festival where all people from all walks of life can feel included, valued and honoured.

We will have Vancouver’s finest musicians collaborating with us to provide an amazing experience for all.

Performance line up:

Lucid AfterLife
Coco Jafro
Mazacote Band
Star Captains
Mad Riddim
LOS DUENDES
Dutch Robinson
Tonye Aganaba
David Morin
Ndidi Cascade
Ostwelve
Ian Cromwell
Darja Milidragovic

and on the decks is our dope, jazzy, hip-hop guru resident Dj Dule Mthombeni

Come out and experience the energy of love and compassion and be an integral part of this Movement of Oneness. All in attendance play an important part of being part of the shift towards a higher consciousness which inevitably is, LOVE in its purest form.

All Proceeds will be donated to PFC Foundation. We are honoured to and give thanks for the opportunity to collaborate with PFC Day for the 3rd consecutive year!

Victory Square

200 W Hastings St, V6B 1G8
Vancouver, BC
Canada

7782335874

http://www.projectbluehands.org

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Event Artists and Guests


Mazacote Band

MAZACOTE is a hard-hitting west coast latin dance band, playing horn-driven New York salsa dura and beats from Colombia, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. Their new album NUEVA ERA on TrebleFive Records, featuring the singles "Carita Bella" and "La Hora," was recently nominated as World Album of the Year at the 2016 WCM Awards. Based out of Vancouver, Canada, the band features the captivating voice of Nicaraguan singer-songwriter David Lopez, and a groove-heavy band featuring Chris Couto on timbales, Carlos Arias on bass, Robin Layne on congas, Malcolm Aiken on trumpet and Niho Takase on keys. On stage since 2008, Mazacote performs across the globe at music festivals and dance clubs, bringing their world dance party vibes to audiences of all ages! Recent highlights include headlining the Vancouver International Salsa Festival with New York latin jazz trombone legend Jimmy Bosch, as well as mainstage appearances at the Harmony Arts Festival, the Carnaval del Sol, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Winterruption Arts and Culture Festival and the Global Music Festival.

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Coco Jafro

Coco Jafro brings together the schools of Funk, Soul, Jazz, and Afrobeat creating a unique mashup that transports you to a place that liberates your soul, evokes your primal spirit and ignites an electricity that lingers within your body.

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Los Duendes

Los Duendes is Vancouver's very own Psych Latin Fusion group! Infectious tropical rhythms intertwined with spicy Latin melodies designed make people get uplifted and groove. The term “Psych Cumbia” has found its place in Latin America as a way of referring to various different styles of tropical Latin American music. Los Duendes performs topicalized Andean guitar, Jazz, Cumbia, Salsa and Soulful House giving birth to a whole new danceable musical universe. Tener Duende loosely means having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity. The artistic and especially musical term was derived from the duende, an elf or goblin-like Magic creature in Spanish mythology. El duende is the spirit of evocation. It comes from inside as a physical/emotional response to art. 'The duende is not in the throat; the duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.' It is what gives you chills, makes you smile or cry as a bodily reaction to an artistic performance that is particularly expressive. "Los DUENDES brought me back to my travels in South America in the late 80's, particularly Peru. From the moment they played their first note they had the whole room up and dancing right up until their very last song... it was a joyous experience with a dash of the diabolical!" - Laurie Vanwycke

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Star Captains

Hailing from Vancouver, Star Captains have taken the country by storm with their infectious grooves, captivating musicality and unforgettable live performances. Following their first album, New Freedoms (2013), the Captains have only gone further in forging their vibrant and distinctive sound. Their upcoming sophomore album, Lightwork, finds the band merging their deeply rooted synth-pop, hip hop and R&B influences with the endless sonic possibilities of digital music production. The result? A dynamic energy of roof-raising live band, with the floor shaking production of contemporary dance music. Check out the video for the first single, “Lightwork,” at starcaptains.com , and follow the band at @starcaptains

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Lucid AfterLife

With a unique sound as eclectic as the themes within its imagination driven walls, Vancouver hailing Lucid AfterLife has earned loyal attention and support, both at home and across a global landscape. They have played with top grade bands of all genres, everything from Metal to Rock & Hip Hop (Ill Nino, Bobaflex, Stone-bolt, Snak The Ripper & ONYX to name a few). Lucid AfterLife have 3 official records including their debut EP “Meltdown” (), their self produced LP “I AM” (2015) and their most recent EP release, “Occult Mafia Mistress” (2016). Lucid AfterLife have worked in studio with Dave Stone (Rainbow), have had a feature from chart ranking vocalist Merkules and most recently worked with Skip Saylor ( Elton John, Eminem) on their recent release. Lucid AfterLife spent some time touring through Canada in the summer of 2014 and were surprised to see how well their live shows were received. Building a name as one of the most amazing live bands in Canada is a serious goal for the Lucid boys and few to none who have seen a show will disagree that they are earning a name in the ranks! In the spring of 2015 Lucid AfterLife toiled in multiple studios to write and record their debut full-length LP “I Am”, produced by their own singer and lyricist Nathaniel Jack. With guest appearances by many talented musicians including Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow keyboardist Dave Stone, they finally released “I Am” in July 2015. The debut album was a success, with rave reviews and radio rotation across the country including a full adoption of the album by CBC 1. The most rewarding thing for this hard working group was not seeing their name in mainstream media outlets such as The Province, but the admiration by album reviewers across the world. There is a video for their first single “A.O” directed by Italian film-maker Sergio Luca Loreni, the song & video had Hip Hop Canada saying, “Lucid AfterLife is doing something a little different out here on the West coast. Taking their brand of progressive rock/hip-hop to the next level”.

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Mad Riddim

Mad Riddim is a mash up making, drum and bass led groove machine, mixing classic dub sensibilities with the attitude of funk and the improvisational qualities of jazz. Formed in Vancouver BC by drummer Richard Brown a.k.a Rb Drums and bassist Matt Reid, Mad Riddim is founded on an intuitive musical connection and a shared vision of pushing the traditional boundaries of a rhythm section. Meeting on stage in 2007, Brown and Reid developed a quick chemistry and began working regularly with artists based out of Vancouver, Toronto and Jamaica. As two of Vancouver’s favourite rhythm section players the pair have performed together and individually with a diverse group of acclaimed artists (including Luciano, Tanya Stephens, Wanting Q, Willie Williams, Ernest Ranglin, Jesse Roper and Tasha T among others) and have served as musical directors for Juno Award winning artist Elaine ‘Lil Bit’ Shepherd for many years. Mad Riddim is a vehicle for exploring new musical collaborations from drum and bass- centric perspectives, and as such, the live shows feature a who’s who of talented west coast instrumentalists and vocalists. Performing in support of Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Commodore Ballroom and backing reggae legend Luciano capped off what was a successful run of performances for the band throughout 2016. Mad Riddim looks forward to the online release of the single “Higher Dub” (mixed by Toronto’s Jeffrey “Luge” Holdip and featuring Elaine “Lil Bit” Shepherd) in February 2017 and is currently working on their debut album, set for completion in the summer of 2017.

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Tonye

Tonye was the go-to feature singer for Vancouver’s EDM producers and DJs for years, a soulful, powerful voice that stood out, giving her the confidence to create music of her own that reflects who she is. Signed to 604 Records after two solo releases, her new EP, Villain, is a fun, groovy, electronic-spiked R&B/soul recording that declares the arrival of an artist not to be messed with. She is outgoing and outspoken, a big personality, who can just as quickly laugh at the error of her ways as she can fall in love. Her music is all about that: Love. She writes better in hindsight — “Oh, that guy! What was I thinking?” In fact, she can’t wait to call the guy out from the stage who inspired her song “Villain” and declare her worth (and every woman’s) in her anthem “Queen.” The lady speaks her mind. Produced in separate sessions by Kevin Maher (Carly Rae Jepsen, Kat Von D) and Colin Janz (Jepsen, The Katherines), Villain follows 2013’s The Solar Twin and 2011’s White Wizard, both self-released EPs that were straight-up sultry R&B/soul. But when she entered the studio to write and record with Kevin, they decided to mix it up and create something that represents Tonye’s eclecticism and tastes. “We said, ‘Who are you in love with right now? What’s the sound? What is the feeling that makes you go crazy?” says Tonye, “And I was like, Janelle Monae, Jamiroquai, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and one of the big influences was producer Mark Ronson who has a talent for picking amazing voices. So we figured out who our influences were and then were like, ‘Let’s put that flavour on everything that we do.’ “There wasn’t one coherent sound we were going for,” she says. “It was more a vibe, an approach to the music, and that sound is soulful, groovy, has a good beat and incorporates live instrumentation with electronic sounds, which is something I’ve always been doing. So Villain is a combination of everything I was going for in the past.” Tonye, who sometimes puts “human” down before describing herself as a singersongwriter, is heavily involved with charity as well, through #GROUNDUP, which has helped raise over $50,000 for various local and international causes. Her unofficial foundation, The Living Society, is focused on using the arts to connect with the community and bring to light social issues. She does this all through her music; she knows its importance. “A lot of people get into music because they want to be famous but for me I came from an amazing but sometimes dysfunctional family and music was my home when I felt like I didn’t have one. It helped me be able to express myself when I couldn’t in many other ways,” Tonye says. “I’m a very outgoing person and I have no problem standing in front of people and talking my face off, but when it comes to expressing the truth of what’s in my heart, I have a hard time with that, so it’s really important for me to put out in to the world, ‘Yeah, I sing and yeah I make music, but when it comes down to it, I’m just a human being that’s messed up and finding my way to express myself and be happy.”

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David Morin

With his self released debut album, Every Colour, out on Bombay Records, David Morin plays gigs around the world accompanied by a live band. Yet the humble neo-soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist still chooses to busk regularly on street corners in his hometown of Vancouver. After all, that's where this 32-year old, who is of Metis Native American descent, honed his craft––and his social message. Like the man himself, David Morin's music is pure, authentic and from the heart. Self-taught and passionately committed to being a career artist, he's blessed with the ability to turn strangers into fans. That's why he earned his stripes the hard way, busking on Vancouver streets and singing to make a living. This guitar (and loop-pedal) virtuoso makes a solo performance sound like an entire band. "I do a lot of street performing," he says. "It's a good way for me to beef up my chops musically and try to get a crowd of people to listen when you're kind of subjecting them to performance. It's an interesting social experiment." Morin's unique, feel-good fusion of soul, hip-hop and jazz has earned much critical acclaim. His ris bring to mind the licks of blues and funk masters. Playful hints of disco and pop add retro flavor to a contemporary pop aesthetic that's as accessible as it is seductive. And that voice! Melodic; smooth as honey; reminiscent in sound and vibe to the likes of Musiq Soulchild and D’Angelo. And now, an actual live band––seven musicians from St-Petersburg, Russia trained in classic soul, funk, and jazz––elevates his live show even more. Even Morin himself is amazed by the power these amazing musicians and vocalists (all friends of his) add to his compositions. "It's huge," he says. "When we were in that rehearsal space I could just feel the energy, it's so much dierent than just listening to a track. When everybody gets into the groove and it's super tight and we're all getting really comfortable; all that in the moment playing all at the same time––it's just a huge energy." Considering Morin's joyful tenacity, it's no surprise that a purpose, both social and spiritual, drives everything he does. His grooves might be smooth, yet his lyrics address protest: politics, justice, and thinking outside the box to inspire actual social change. Considering our turbulent social and political climate, his message is particularly relevant. And he practices that which he preaches; this guy cycles around on an electric bike pulling a cart of gear, and busks all day. "I've got my philosophies in order," he says. "I mean, I'm busking, I'm the antithesis of what society wants. I feel like I'm kind of an anarchist in the way that being an artist creates a dierent perspective on the world. You go through shit, you figure it out, you gain wisdom and experience and know how to do things better the next time.” While growing up in the rough Vancouver neighborhood of Surrey, David Morin loved singing (his mom was into R&B) and brought his guitar with him everywhere he went. In fourth grade, he was kicked out of class for singing. As a teenager, he joined a youth music program at church, invited by the pastor's son, who was into "full-on hip-hop." Morin thought, "This is the coolest youth group I've ever seen!" After jamming and making beats, he started a band. He was also fond of skipping class, not to smoke or cause a ruckus, but rather to sneak into his high school's music room. It housed a KORG keyboard. For Morin, this synth was a revelation. "I soon discovered you could make beats, drum sounds keyboard sounds!" The hungry young prodigy would even go hang there after school, thanks to some music-appreciating janitors who let him in afterhours. While in some ways the culmination of years of preparation, Every Colour (produced by the award-winning Joby Baker) is really a beginning. Not only of a musical career, but also of an independent way of thinking and living that he hopes to share. "The only walls we've built for ourselves are the ones in our minds. Your environment and habitual thinking make you who you are. I want to get my message out.”

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Ostwelve

Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve, is a Stō:lo/St’át'imc/Nlaka'pamux multimedia artist based in Vancouver, BC. He got his start with professional graphic design at the age of 14 after submitting a design to a Vancouver-based skateboard company "Arson" and got this design printed. In the same year he began co-hosting the "When Spirits Whisper" radio show along side Gunargie O'Sullivan on CO-OP Radio 100.5 FM (formerly 102.7 FM). In the past years he’s worked on number of projects, most prominently as an actor and composer for APTN/Showcase dramatic series "Moccasin Flats" for two seasons as a performer and a lead character, and in the subsequent film project "Moccasin Flats: Redemption" in 2007. As well, he was the lead composer for APTN children's Cree language series "Nehiyawetan: Let's Speak Cree". In the spring of 2011, he was hired as Content Manager for RPM.fm, an Indigenous music culture website based out of Vancouver. The website focuses on bringing the latest of Indigenous music culture to its audience, as well as a podcast series of which he was the host. The podcast was selected as the recipient of the United Nations DPI Gold Medal as well as being awarded a Silver Medal in the Culture & The Arts, Audio Podcast category at the New York Festivals Awards. Most recently he has been working as a researcher and writer for multiple TV, film and media arts projects. As a musician under the name Ostwelve, Ron has performed in numerous festivals and has opened for acts such as Guru, K’naan, Abstract Rude and Snoop Dogg to name a few. Ron has also had the opportunity to perform as a part of the red diva projects ensemble project “The Road Forward” at the 2014 PuSh Festival in Vancouver. At the same time Ron was a part of the performance installation “Sometimes I Think I Can See You”, curated by Mario Pensotti, also a part of the PuSh Festival. He also rejoined the ensemble of “The Road Forward” in 2015/16 to shoot a National Film Board Documentary based on the production. He continues to tour and is writing a new album project due out in 2017. In the last 10 years Ronnie has also been very active in facilitating and creating workshop programs for youth empowerment in media arts and hip-hop. He has worked with "All Nations Healin' Thru Artz" in Regina and helped to create "InDigital", an initiative focused on creating job training for Indigenous youth in the technology industries. More recently he’s worked with "Boldskool", a hip-hop/theatre workshop created by urban ink productions based out of Vancouver, BC, and Metaphor, where he entered the Burnaby Youth Custody Services Centre to work with youth on expression through writing and hip-hop culture. He also spent a number of years as a cultural programmer with the W2 Community Arts Society and the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival. Currently he is working as the Program Director for “Reframing Relations” with the Community Arts Council of Vancouver delivering programming for indigenous and non-indigenous artists to interface with students and youth in schools and communities around the concept of reconciliation. Most recently, Ronnie is featured in the National Film Board musical documentary “The Road Forward”, directed by Marie Clements. https://www.nfb.ca/film/road_forward/

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Darja M

Darja was born as a lover of music in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and this love for music followed her all the way to Canada after her family escaped the war. For years, she could only deeply feel her connection to her home and all that she had lost through her parents' collection of cassette tapes that somehow survived the long journey. Music provided comfort. At the age of 12, she discovered that there was even more to music. First came RnB and her first CD – Usher. Then came a healthy dose of Hip Hop supplied by her older brother. And Motown. And Soul. And Erykah Badu. And best of all...Reggae. All of this music inspired in her the desire to dance and write her own songs. One day, she was on a 15-hour bus ride from Croatia to Bosnia when she wrote a song about the abuse of women, mothers, and the Earth. Soon after, she met her soulmate, Randy Ponzio. He was a special musician and song-writer, so on one of their first dates, Darja gave him a little gift in the form of a folded note. It was the song she had written on the bus because she knew that he was attracted to kindred creativity and songs about things that mattered. A few days later, he sent her an email with an attachment. She opened it and heard his voice and his guitar giving life to her words. She never knew he had intended to include this on his album 'For the People' and found out only when it was released after his passing in November 2011. He named the song 'On a Bus.' Losing Randy was the hardest thing she had ever had to face and her grief and sadness led her back to writing. She knew she could not and did not want to escape the pain. That was impossible and would only distance her from the one person she wanted to be near. The poetry flowed out of her and was the only way she could communicate with both him and her heart. She had to write to breathe on some days. Randy had always told her he would somehow help her find her passion; she just didn't know it would be like this. Creative writing as a way to express, transform pain into beauty, and ultimately heal was suddenly leading her toward a new career path. Magically, it led her to become an Expressive Arts Therapist, facilitating the expression of the human experience through the arts as a way to accept and heal. At her graduation in June 2015, Darja performed her first song in over 10 years using the infamous green loop pedal that she associated Randy with. Since then, Darja has been working as an Expressive Arts Therapist with refugee children in the Surrey School District, and is finding ways to incorporate creative expression into her work as an Academic English instructor at Langara College. In her spare time, she dances and writes songs whenever her heart and soul need healing and inspiration. She is not a professional musician but simply believes that we must follow our heart's calling, and her heart tells her to write for herself, for others and for Randy. And when the opportunity presents itself to sing in front of people, well, as much as she may want to say a loud NO, she knows she has to say yes.

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Dutch Robinson

Dutch Robinson is a voice to be reckoned with. From the South Bronx of New York to the rock strewn shores of the Bay of Fundy, Dutch Robinson’s musical path has been a long and winding one. As lead singer of the legendary R&B group, The Ohio Players, Dutch toured, recorded and appeared on Soul Train and The Tonight Show with the Players.

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Ian Cromwell

Born in Vancouver and raised all across Canada, Ian Cromwell has one true home: the stage. A classical violist by training, Ian has spent more than 20 years performing with classical ensembles, symphonies, quartets, and as a solo performer. Ian’s love of the stage put a guitar in his hands some years later, and he hasn’t looked back since. A 7-year veteran of the Vancouver music scene, Ian regularly rocks houses as a solo artist, and backing Vancouver saloon-folk rocker Jack Mercer as a member of the Whiskey Bandits. Ian’s love and deep passion for music transcends the cerebral classical genre and takes root in the full-throated, no-holds-barred, primal scream of rock and alternative music, tempered by an affinity for upbeat and memorable pop hooks. Blended together with his signature powerful vocals, Ian’s musical range is sure to please anyone who describes their musical taste as ‘eclectic’. And what do you get when you put together Ian’s love for the raw power of rock, the magestic sweep of classical, the technical wizardry of hip-hop, and the virtuoso improvisation of jazz? Well, you get a live musical experience that truly must be seen to be believed. Ian uses effects, loops, percussive hits, and of course his unparalleled vocals to craft soundscapes in front of an audience that is always left wanting more. Combine all this with Ian’s trademark energy and enthusiasm for performance, and you end up with a truly addictive and unforgettable show. ​

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Ndidi Cascade

Ndidi Cascade, who is of Nigerian-Italian-Irish-Canadian heritage, is a Vancouver B.C. born and based hip hop artist. A talented songwriter, vocalist, educator and program facilitator, Ndidi has showcased her music across North America and internationally– from classrooms to stadiums. Featured on Much Music and MTV Canada, she has shared the stage with talents such as Femi Kuti, Raekwon, Digable Planets, The Mad Professor, De La Soul and K'naan. Ndidi Cascade also facilitates youth empowerment workshops that use hip hop, spoken word and dance as a medium for healthy self-expression. Ndidi is also a World Music Education independent school educator and touring artist with the group Metaphor, showcasing interactive hip hop shows in elementary and high schools across B.C.

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