Climbing PoeTree: Together We Rise @ The Wise Hall & Lounge, Vancouver [17 June]

Climbing PoeTree: Together We Rise

19:00 - 01:00

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The Wise Hall & Lounge
1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 2E2
Join us on JUNE 17th as we dive into the power of creative expression as a catalyst for empowered culture change.

TOGETHER WE RISE is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary experience that gathers together local and international artists who are all using their respective mediums as tools for generating a powerful, positive impact in the world.

With playful acoustic folk, elevated hip-hop, electrifying DJs, and soul-shaking spoken word performances by local and international legends, this will be an event unlike anything you've ever experienced before.


— Together We Rise is a unique 2 part experience:

— MUSIC AS MEDICINE: An immersive workshop with special international artist and facilitator Lydia Violet during the day.

Unity Yoga Teahouse
1672 10th Ave E, Second Floor, Vancouver, BC V5N 1X5
(1:30pm — 4:30pm)

— TOGETHER WE RISE: An electric collaborative hip-hop and spoken word performance event in the evening.

The WISE Hall
1882 Adanac St, Vancouver, BC V5L 2E2
(7:00pm — 1:00am)

~~ $30 for workshop

~~ $30 for performances ($40 at door)

~~ $50 for combo ticket

— =~~~~> VISION <~~~~=

**This is a non-alcoholic, family friendly event**

Vancouver is a pillar of the arts and culture community, acting as a beacon of liberated lifestyle for the rest of the world.
In a time when the theme of celebrated unity within diversity is rising across the globe, we have an opportunity to invigorate our community on the international stage through the curation of connective cultural experiences.

In recent years this unique and irreplaceable culture is being seriously threatened by venue closures, commercial development, and a push towards corporate monoculture. As young, passionate artists begin abandoning Vancouver due to the deterioration of resources necessary for their livelihood, the need for collaborative arts events that have direct impact on the local community has never been higher.

The challenges our city faces come with a tremendous opportunity to generate positive impact. Through fully immersive experiences that viscerally demonstrate the power of creative expression as a tool for empowered cultural change, we can blast out an inspirational and activating energy to mobilize the community to keep Vancouver’s culture alive – and take it to new heights.


Together We Rise

We begin with the evening with the sacred dance invocation of Alchemana, establishing the container for the evenings explorations.

Lydia Violet Band will open up the evening, inviting a playful creative energy into the space with their enchanting multi-instrumental acoustics.

Deus will follow with a transformational spoken word piece, setting the stage for the legendary duo Climbing Poetree as the high energy headlining performance.

Following Climbing Poetree will be the conscious hip-hop artist Noble NA and DJ powerhouse Azana blasting everyone off into an epic dance celebration.

KA LA; Hip-Hop artist & founder of Blessed Coast Festival and local DJ legend Pacha Papa will carry us out with a blast, closing out the evening with their unique brand of elevated hip-hop

— =~~~~> WORKSHOP DETAILS <~~~~=
Music As Medicine

Unity Yoga Teahouse
1672 10th Ave E, Second Floor, Vancouver, BC V5N 1X5

Lydia Violet will introduce us to the Work That Reconnects (WTR), a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by Joanna Macy; a scholar and respected elder in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism.

Through a series of teachings and an experiential exercise from the body of the WTR, we'll learn tools, meditations, and concepts that we can rest into and organize with, in our desires to be effective allies to both planet and people.

We will weave back and forth between the WTR and group music making, as Lydia share's songs that she has collected over her years of community music-making. Singing in a council of friends is one of the most healthful, encouraging, invigorating, and nourishing things that we know. Hearts opened by grief and celebration want to sing their songs of longing, despair, belonging, reckoning, valiant warrior-ship, and gentle loving kindness.

It's our birthright (and a deep need of today's world) to engage in this culture-creation together.

— Lydia has an M.A. in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from CIIS. She has studied closely with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past 9 years, learning how we can metabolize our pain for the world into energy for resilience, action, and community. Two years ago she pioneered, “Music As Medicine In Our Time” with Penny Livingston at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, CA. In this workshop she brings together facilitation of Joanna Macy’s “Work That Reconnects” with exploring movement music that nourishes resilience, promotes justice, and facilitates healing in our communities.

— =~~~~> FULL SCHEDULE <~~~~=

1:30-4:30 — Workshop: Music As Medicine w/ Lydia Violet

7:00-7:30 — Doors open for evening
7:30-7:35 — Welcoming and introduction
7:35-7:50 — Alchemana — Sacred Dance Invocation
7:50-8:50 — Lydia Violet Band — Blues & Folk Multi-Instrumentalists
8:50-9:00 — Special Guest Poet
9:00-9:10 — Deus Fortier w/ Aga SomaHeart — Transformational Spoken Word
9:10-10:40 — Climbing Poetree — Elevated Hip-Hop & Spoken Word
10:40-11:40 — Noble NA & Azana — Elevated Hip-Hop & DJ set
11:40-12:40 — KA LA & Pacha Papa — Elevated Hip-Hop & DJ set

— =~~~~> FEATURED ARTISTS <~~~~=

Climbing Poetree
Join internationally-acclaimed, and award winning spoken word, hip hop, and world musical group Climbing PoeTree, as they share work from their latest album INTRINSIC. This new collection of rebel-rousing anthems, bilingual ballads, and unconventional love songs, bridge electronic music and live instrumentation, combining hip-hop, spoken word, blues, rock, folk, and Afro-Latin beats.

Here is a link to the album:
Or on Spotify:

Deus Fortier
A magnetic performing artist and Creativity & Consciousness Coach, Deus seamlessly weaves profound spiritual truths into a mesmerizing, unforgettable experience that cuts right to the heart of global issues with a level of artistry that is deeply personal, inspired, and irresistible.

Lydia Violet Band
Lydia Violet is an accomplished Iranian-American multi-instrumentalist who is deeply inspired by blues, folk, and Iranian music traditions. In her live band she combines fiddle, banjo, and luscious 3-part harmonies to offer a soul-folk revival experience, while contributing to a new wave of protest music. In the past year she has shared stages with Rising Appalachia, Climbing PoeTree, Ayla Nereo, and Climbing PoeTree, and headlined the «Salish Sea Revival Tour,» and is excited to be returning to the Pacific Northwest!

Kala Has been writing rhymes since he was 9 years old and for the first part of his adult life, chose to live the values and ambitions that he found in his songs, before he took his message to the world. In his hometown of Vancouver, BC, Kala is beloved by a vibrant community that sprung up around the festivals, events and community spaces that he helped to build.

Pacha Papa
A Vancouver favourite thats spicing up the dance floor with unique electronic productions that blend indigenous roots with dancehall, bass and trap rhythms dubbed “Neo Tribal.”
Stay tuned for new releases from Pacha Papa this year, including singles & a debut album entitled “Shámballa!”
Supported by:
Luminosity Gathering, Blessed Coast Festival, Da Web Crew, Ancient Futures Clan, Akashic Records

Noble NA
Be strong, open, peaceful, brave and play like the world depends on it. The sentient giants of the sea remind me to stay focused on the forces bigger than myself. Love, fear, nature, water, universal truths that tie us all to each other. I like to rap about where we're at and where we're headed, writing down words I wish I'd heard to give to somebody else. Collaborating with my brother Ashana to bring a spacey, tribal hip-hop vibe that you won't soon forget.

Azana brings a new and exciting element to underground hip-hop. Proudly presenting all original Squish-hop vibez alongside the groundbreaking lyrical genius of Noble NA

Maggie Blue, Jessica Raven Littlestar and Jessi Kohoutek are Alchemana, a sensuous and playful trio who weave beats, chants and melodies as prayers of universal love and liberation for all beings. Enchanting vocals and empowering lyrics transmute the dance floor to high vibe ceremonial + sacred space honoring the elemental forces of nature and rising up in bliss through interactive and alchemical heart journeys.

Alchemana presents: “The Invitation”
— a magical and musical ceremony with music by Hinkstep (Sweden) and live vocals by Maggie Blue, Jessi Kohoutek and Jessica Raven Littlestar.

— =~~~~> OUR NON-PROFIT PARTNER <~~~~=

KARMIK — Reduce Harm and Live Your Life

Karmik is a west coast Harm Reduction organization which provides pragmatic harm reduction services to festivals and nightlife events across British Columbia. Based in Vancouver, BC, we advocate for evidence-based drug policy and community engagement through research, training programs, and public education.
We acknowledge the aspects of party culture that are inherently hazardous so Karmik’s trained Harm Reduction workers provide peer support with a non-judgemental perspective.
We do not condemn or condone, and we support rather than punish… We provide open and honest education about issues such as drug safety, anti-oppression, and sexual health in a way that is accessible, professional, and fun.

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