|East Van Marimba All Stars|
Chris Tait - Emcee
The Grand Chief has taken an active role in the defense of Aboriginal Title and Rights by readily offering support to Native communities in need. He is proud to be in his sixth three-year term as the President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. He has taken a personal approach across Turtle Island, standing with Elders and communities, and to Victoria and Ottawa and seats of colonial power. He served the Penticton Indian Band as Councillor for 10 years, as Chief for 14 years, and continues to serve as the Chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance. He is a husband, father and grandfather.
Cedar George-Parker is a member of the Tulalip Tribes located on Coast Salish territory in the United States and the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is employed by the Four World International Institute as the Director of Youth Development where his primary goal is youth engagement and climate solutions. Before this position, he worked for many years to protect the lands of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation from the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Cedar travels internationally participating in climate solutions meetings with Indigenous peoples throughout the world. He recently visited Aborigines in New Zealand and stood with the Sioux Nation in Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Cedar has also spoken at the United Nations in New York and met with the Canadian government in Ottawa.
Kat Norris is Coast Salish from the Lyackson First Nation. Her Indian name Zucomul’wat is from her Musqueam great great great grandmother. Kat is a survivor thriver of the Kuper Island Residential School, and is on her healing journey. her formative years were spend in Los Angeles California. After moving back at 19, Kat joined the American Indian Movement where she learned of the depth of genocide her people experienced. Eventually she formed the Indigenous Action Movement, and has organized against media bias, police brutality for example Frank Paul, ambulance neglect re: Curtis Brick. Now, Kat is a cultural educator, doing contract work in Lower Mainland elementary, high school and universities. She is a grandmother and finds that taking care of sharing knowledge with the next generation a form of activism, still learning the importance of her role in this capacity.
Kate Hodgson is a climate justice activist born and raised in Vancouver, majoring in First Nations & Indigenous Studies and International Relations at the University of British Columbia. Kate is currently the Outreach Coordinator for UBCc350, a student-run community at UBC that lobbies decision-makers to take real action on climate change. Kate is active within UBCc350’s Divestment campaign to bar UBC investments in the fossil fuel industry. She is also a proud organizer with Young Climate Voters BC, a coalition of university groups working to get out the young climate vote in the BC Provincial Election. In high school, Kate was the director of Kids for Climate Action, a BC-based organization that advocates strong political action on climate change. With K4CA, she lobbied against the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines, as well as the Fraser Surrey Docks coal port expansion. She was also the founder of her high school environmental club. Kate was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 in 2016, and has also been recognized in the Globe and Mail's Top 10 under 20.
Peter McCartney grew up west of Calgary, nestled between the majestic Rocky Mountains and the towering headquarters of Canada's oil industry. Wilderness hikes, camping trips and days spent snowboarding inspired a lifelong love of the natural world. An innate sense of justice and a drive to speak truth to power led him to pursue journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa. There he found the story of the century. It's a story that couldn't be harder to tell - an invisible gas building up in the atmosphere that threatens life on Earth as we know it. Peter took it upon himself to learn everything he could about climate change and find ways to tell this story so the public would understand and take action. During a brief stint working overseas after graduation, he felt called back to Canada. He needed to do everything he could to prevent the expansion of fossil fuel exports that imperils the planet and the people who call it home. Now he's thrilled to be working with British Columbians to put a stop to these projects. In his free time, he can be found in his garden, on a mountain or enjoying one of Vancouver's lovely craft beers.
Corrina Keeling is a multidisciplinary artist based on səlil̓wətaʔɬ, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm & Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territory. Her background in environmental justice & human rights informs her projects, and her belief is that all people are artists, and artists are inherently social activators. Her work is a love letter for everybody, and encompasses songwriting, hand lettering, graphic recording, visual facilitation and text-based public installation.
Singer/songwriter/accordionist/novelist Geoff Berner has built a serious cult following throughout North America and Europe by touring relentlessly through thousands of bars, cafés, and festivals. With his weirdly compelling stage presence, he has a strange ability to create fun chaos. “We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians” is Berner's first original album in four years. The title is a reference to the old German folk tale about elderly farm animals threatened with death, who run away from their masters in the hope of achieving freedom and becoming Town Musicians. It’s an absurd tale of irrational hope and optimism in the face of horror, and that’s where the story connects with the songs on the album. Berner’s music combines klezmer (for the uninitiated, the folk music of Eastern European Jews), punk, political satire, and Balkan dance rhythms. He writes sharp, literate songs that make you want to weep, laugh, grind your teeth, or kick out a window – often all at the same time.
Ta’Kaiya Blaney is an actor, singer-songwriter and Native Children’s Survival (NCS) Youth Ambassador from Tla A’min Nation, Turtle Island. At the young age of 6, Ta’Kaiya starred in several award-winning short films depicting the role of a First Nations child taken from her traditional home and put into governmental residential schools run by the church. By the age of 10, Ta’Kaiya’s first music release and music video SHALLOW WATERS brought her national acclaim and earned her multiple awards and cultural honors. From the Idle No More Movement to the United Nations Ta’Kaiya has performed and spoken at grass-roots Indigenous gatherings and rallies and at International conferences and forums across the globe. As part of the NCS Youth Campaign for Climate Justice Ta’Kaiya’s inspirational music picture from the front lines of the environmental movement EARTH REVOLUTION premiered at the Conference of Youth in Paris, France on the eve of the historic 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21).Ta’Kaiya is currently on the Red Road speaking, performing and sharing her message with the world.
Kallah Rampanen comes from the western coast of British Columbia, Canada. Born in the year 2000. Her heritage stems from the nuučaan̓uł (Nuu-chah- nulth) territory on western Vancouver Island, Woodland Cree near Fort Mcmurrary and Finnish ancestry.Kalilah’s music explores a diverse range of indigenous, environmental and social horizons that combine a blend of acoustic, blues and alternative styles of expression. In addition to her musical path, Kailah is actively involved in activism and advocacy for the protection and preservation of Indigenous lands, culture and language. Kalilah has participated in a wide variety of campaigns that raise awareness of environmental devastation caused by mining, oil extraction, deforestation, and aquaculture. She uses her music to shed light upon the interconnectedness that is maintained through ancestral, indigenous roots to the lands and waters and she maintains alifestyle that keeps her connected to her traditional territories, culture and family.
A group of youth between the ages of 10-18 who all share a love for marimba and making music together. They have performed at the Vancouver World Music Festival and community events around Vancouver.