*** Granville Online is a proud media sponsor of the first annual Utopia Festival. ***
With the biggest lineup of female electronic artists ever to hit a Canadian stage, W2’s Utopia Festival promises an audio-visual spectacular unparalleled in North America
Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, Utopia Festival combines a daytime conference, workshops, mobile dance party and evening showcase and three-room dance party to celebrate the vital roles women and digital culture play in creating Vancouver's future.
Peaches, Tanya Tagaq and Isis Salam headline with a packed lineup of electronic artists from Vancouver and abroad. Five creative streams are being presented: electro, hip hop, bass, electro-acoustic and live cinema.
Morning music-making workshops, 10-12 p.m. (women only)
Hands-on creative technology workshops electronic music production, turntabling, video production and music journalism (apply for Granville Online's music journalism mentorship program!). All levels of experience welcome including youth 15-19 years old.
Mobile Dance Party, 12:30-2 p.m. (women and men welcome)
Free to the public. Meet at the Commercial/Broadway Skytrain station at 12:30 p.m. for a live pirate radio broadcast and dance party down Commercial Drive in celebration of the 100th anniversary International Women’s Day Parade.
Unconference, 2-8 p.m. (women only)
Panel discussions and break-out sessions, before a healthy dinner is served, with time for networking and collaborating.
Evening Program, 8 p.m. (women and men welcome)
Keynote address: Peaches (Berlin) and music by Tanya Tagaq (NWT) with guests, plus readings from women writers from the community (in association with W2 Real Vancouver Writer’s Series).
Showcase, 10:30 p.m.
(women and men welcome)
Electro, Bass, Hip Hop: Peaches, Isis Salam, Betti Forde, Librarian, Lynx, Tanya Tagaq, Zenobia, B-Traits, DJ She, Tank Girl, plus more! Media artists include VJ Electrabelle, Julie Gendron, Sebnem Ozpeta, Claudia Medina and Krista Lomax.
Produced by W2 Community Media Arts Society and curated by DJ Betti Forde, Niña Mendoza, DJ Librarian and Irwin Oostindie. Proceeds go toward W2's Second Annual Girls Creative Tech Summer Camps (8-14 years). Volunteers currently being accepted.