Blessed Coast Music, Yoga & Arts Festival

The 3rd annual Blessed Coast Music, Yoga & Arts Festival will be held from July 28 to July 31st on unceded Coast Salish Territory, in Squamish, BC – just 50 minutes from downtown Vancouver!

Blessed Coast 2017 offers a curated line-up of ground-breaking local and international Artists, DJs and Producers, including 3-time Juno Award winner Alpha Yaya Diallo, Juno nominee Adham Shaikh and 3-time Grammy Award winner Chin Injeti, former member of A Tribe Called Red, DJ Shub, Ayla Nereo and more. To view this year’s exciting roster of Artists, please visit our Artists page: 2017 Artists

Blessed Coast also hosts BC’s favourite Yoga Teachers, Speakers and Wisdom Keepers in our Yoga Shala and Workshop spaces. These classes and workshops will take place in breathtaking surroundings, with 360° views of snow-capped mountains. Our festival is both family and eco-friendly. This year’s event is 100% powered by renewable energy, and features solar-powered sound stages! Cheekye Ranch is an amazing 88-acre property in the heart of the Squamish Valley, and offers Riverside and Meadow Camping.

Working with lineage-holding Coast Salish elders to bring the ancient ways of communal ceremony into the modern context of celebration is an important part of what we do and how we differ from other festivals. In our work with these elders, each of our staff and guests is acting on behalf of their own ancestry in this co-creation of culture. To see what attendees had to say about Blessed Coast 2016, visit: Blessed Coast Reviews 2016

We invite you to join us for this 3-day celebration of this beautiful coastal community. RV and Car Camping Available. Group and Tent Camping spaces are limited, so book yours fast. Day Passes are available. KIDS UNDER 12 ARE FREE. We also provide a full schedule of Children’s entertainment and family activities. For Ticket Pricing and Details visit our secure Tickets page: Blessed Coast Tickets

We look forward to seeing you on the Cheekye Ranch in July!

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Vancouver’s Zero Waste Market rebrands as Nada, prepares launch of first brick-and-mortar store

"The company carries regionally sourced food and household items, including coffee beans, soap, dry goods, and “ugly produce”, in bulk. This eliminates the need for unnecessary waste, helping to divert plastic and packaging from landfills and oceans."

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Top 13 Things to do this Weekend in Vancouver: June 9 – 11

"What a cultured city we are, not only are their naked bike rides and beach parties, we’ve got shakespearean versions of Star Wars! Basically, anything you could ever want is available this weekend in Vancouver… We’ve pulled out a few of the highlights for this weekend from the full monthly listings, so take a look at some of the excellent events happening below."

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Ideas to Refresh

"You are sitting at your desk feeling overwhelmed. It is time to recharge the batteries. But what should you do? We have compiled a list of things to do and see.

We’ve broken down the ’67 things’ into subsections to suit a variety of interests. Have we covered everything there is to do? No, not a chance. But this guide will offer inspiration to dig into both off-the-beaten-track gems and tried-and-true B.C. highlights. We hope this helps you recharge!"

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June Events in Metro Vancouver

"June is here and so is summer! The month kicks off with Hats Off Day at Burnaby Heights on June 3rd, where tens of thousands of festival goers can enjoy free family fun along 10 car free blocks of Hastings. Miss604 is also pleased to sponsor Vancouver Mini Maker Faire June 10th & 11th, as well as Surrey Doors Open on June 17th, and the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards on June 26th. Look for all of these events and more."

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Foodbank’s ‘absolutely stunning’ landfill diversion program expanding across B.C.

"The Food bank estimates that the Food Share program costs about $200,000 per year and helped divert around $5 million worth of food waste from landfills in 2016 alone."

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Free Events in Vancouver this June, 2017

"Top Free Events in June

In June top free events include street festivals like Burnaby’s Hats off Day, Car Free Days on Main Street and in the West End, Italian Day on the Drive, and Greek Day on Broadway.

Free festivals in June also include West Vancouver Community Day, North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Days, Aboriginal Day Celebrations, TD Jazz Festival events, the Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival and the list goes on! So many fantastic free things to do!"

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PNE 2017: Summer Concerts

The 2017 PNE Summer Night Concerts series lineup includes:

Saturday, Aug. 19 – Mother Mother
Sunday, Aug. 20 – Billy Currington
Tuesday, Aug. 22 – The Pointer Sisters
Wednesday, Aug. 23 – High Valley
Thursday, Aug. 24 – ZZ Top
Friday, Aug. 25 – Chicago
Saturday, Aug. 26 – Colin James
Sunday, Aug. 27 – Huey Lewis and The News
Tuesday, Aug. 29 – Tom Cochrane with Red Rider
Wednesday, Aug. 30 – The B-52s
Thursday, Aug. 31 – The Doobie Brothers
Friday, Sept. 1 – Rick Springfield
Saturday, Sept. 2 – The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo
Sunday, Sept. 3 – iHeartRadio Beach Ball (concert lineup to be announced shortly)
Monday, Sept. 4 – iHeartRadio Beach Ball (concert lineup to be announced shortly)

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Clothing Swap, This Sunday!

Unload clothing that no longer inspires you, pick up a few items that make you look slick, leftovers donated to charity, keep stuff out of landfills and connect with your community while doing it all.

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Surviving Samsara

by Kagan Goh

A celebration of the resiliency of the human spirit
to transcend the suffering of
the stigma and discrimination of mental illness


WHEN: Thurs June 15 & Thurs June 29, 2017

Doors Open 7 PM
Show Starts 7.30 PM

Suggested Donation $20
(Pay what you can. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds)

A Multimedia Multidisciplinary Theatrical Performance
KAGAN GOH – Actor & Spoken Word Artist
SALOMÉ NIETO – Butoh Dancer & Choreographer
ANGELO MORONI – Director & Composer/Musician


Surviving Samsara is a multimedia multidisciplinary live theatrical production that incorporates acting, spoken word, Butoh dance, rap, music, film and video. Surviving Samsara recounts the author Kagan Goh’s struggles with manic depression. This story takes place over two decades as Kagan Goh struggles to survive the highs of mania and the lows of depression. As a survivor, Kagan gives us insight into an ‘insider’s’ experience of madness. He exposes the damaging effects of the stigma of mental illness, and explores manic depression not only as a disorder, but as a spiritual emergence — a vehicle for personal growth, healing and transcendence. Kagan’s deeply personal stories illustrate his transformation from victim to survivor to activist.

The production of Surviving Samsara is proposed, managed and facilitated by people with personal, lived experience with mental health challenges.


KAGAN GOH – Producer, Spoken Word Artist, Playwright, Actor.
Kagan Goh is an award-winning filmmaker, published author, spoken word poet, and mental health advocate and activist. Kagan has been published in numerous anthologies, periodicals and magazines. Select Books in Singapore published his first book, Who Let in the Sky? Goh is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a number of releases, including the award-winning Mind Fuck (1996) and Stolen Memories (2012). His films have been broadcast on national television and gained entry into respected film festivals across Canada. His personal mission is to educate people about mental health issues and fight the stigma against the mentally ill.
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SALOMÉ NIETO – Butoh Dancer/Choreographer.
Renowned for her emotionally-charged performances, audiences have described pataSola co-founder, Salome Nieto, as ethereal, evocative and enchanting. Her work explores the essence of Butoh and the integration of spirituality with her cultural identity. An accomplished dancer and choreographer, Salome has 23 years of specialized Butoh training with internationally-renowned instructors and has danced extensively with Kokoro Dance Company. As well as executing her own works in Vancouver, BC, Salome has performed in Argentina, Mexico, Nicaragua, Thailand, England and Poland. Recent collaborations include projects with Butoh Masters Gustavo Collini-Sartor (Argentina) and Valentin Tzin (Russia), Dianne Farnsworth, Donna Redlick Dance and since 2014 with Poet Kagan Goh (Canada).

ANGELO MORONI – Director, Musician/Composer, Social Theatre Facilitator
With more than 15 years practicing Theatre and Music, Angelo has performed in numerous theatre and modern dance companies, including in experimental music ensembles. Furthermore, he has given social theatre workshops to kids, teens, adults, the visually impaired, Amnesty International, and to educators at UBC in Canada and Mexico. In Surviving Samsara, Angelo, the musician/composer, has also given Kagan Goh (actor) directorial support with his written pieces.

JUJUBE JACINTO – Rapper, Stage Manager, Audio Visual Designer
Jujube Jacinto is a self-taught lyricist, performer, and visual artist living with bipolar. Through her work, she heals personal trauma, inspiring others to do the same. As stage manager in Surviving Samsara, she assists with all technical aspects of the production: successful timing and delivery, costumes, props, projector, and lighting.

RENA DEL PIEVE GOBBI – Filmmaker, Production Assistant, Audio Visual Designer
Rena Del Pieve Gobbi is a Vancouver Artist and Filmmaker. Her work has screened in 15 countries and opened for the Images Film Festival Gala in Toronto as well as the Canadian Images Gala at the VIFF IN Vancouver. Rena was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1993. Her art work is concerned with issues surrounding PTSD and sexual violence. Rena collaborated with Kagan Goh on the Surviving Samsara piece photographically five years ago. She is very excited to continue collaborating on this material. "My feeling is that work that demonstrates the experiences of mental illness are crucial to raising awareness." To this end Rena has made a video, seclusion, out of photographs shot on a camera smuggled into a psychiatric hospital when she was in her early 20s and a painting depicting herself locked in the seclusion room for seven days. The video is narrated with three journal entries woven together from the same time. An improvisational soundtrack accompanies the narrative and brings to life the hallucinated monkey in the next room. (

Copies of Kagan Goh’s chapbook of
SURVIVING SAMSARA are available for sale for $20.

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