sound_therapy.wav inaugural music festival featuring 2SQTBIPOC artists and allies – August 18 – 21, 2022 (Vancouver)
There’s a new festival in town! sound_therapy.wav is a multi-day music festival that highlights local queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and/or racialized artists and allies.
The outdoor festival kicks off on Thursday, August 18th and runs until Sunday, August 21st in the private lot beside James Black Gallery (144 E 6th Ave) in Vancouver. The front and backyard of the gallery will also be open, with plenty of seating available. Additionally, a live stream only show is included in the festival on Wednesday, August 24th. Festival passes are $45, with sliding scale passes for 2SQTBIPOC and low-income folks. There’s also Angel Passes at $60 for those who can afford to offset the sliding scale system. Passes are available here and can also be purchased on-site.
In conjunction with sound_therapy.wav there will also be a free healing workshop led by festival curator and co-organizer Sunny Chen (AKA Sad China) and event industry professional Luna Hoyek. The workshop will take place on Sunday, August 14th, via Zoom. Register here.
“The workshop holds space for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors in our local arts and music scene, and provides an opportunity for survivors to learn trauma-informed wellness strategies, and connect with community,” says Sunny Chen. “We want to bring our community together in healing and connection, and make the music scene more inclusive for everyone.”
The festival features many local artists including: Adewolf, KERUB, Steph Tsunami and DJ Natü. Here’s the daily line-up schedule:
Thursday, August 18th
5:00pm Welcome Ceremony
8:00pm Steph Tsunami
Friday, August 19th
7:00pm NI CO
Saturday, August 20th
1:00pm SoyJoy Music
3:00pm Business Bacha
6:00pm Reid Zakos
7:00pm Havi with a J
9:00pm DJ Natü
Sunday, August 21st
5:00pm DANI YOUR DARLING
6:00pm Athina’s Moon
7:00pm Lowercase Dream
8:00pm Dedication to Olivia Quan
Wednesday, August 24
8:00pm Haleluya Hailu
sound_therapy.wav is supported by Creative BC, Good Night Out, The Future Is You and Me, The Juice Truck, FORT, and the City of Vancouver and takes place on the unceded ancestral lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.