BEATROUTE BC E-EDITION

British Columbia

Recent
Oddity Kombucha Keeps it Simple with Style 


Oddity Kombucha Keeps it Simple with Style 


By Alan Ranta VANCOUVER – If you have chronic digestive issues or merely like to promote intestinal health, kombucha is…

, ,
Ad

Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • Just had a great rainy day chat with our friendshellip
  • Hanson played the Vogue Theatre last night on a tourhellip
  • Our friends at mformontreal just announced their entire weekend ofhellip
  • Happy Friday the 13th! We are celebrating the opening nighthellip
  • After a few years of separation Blue Hawaii try ahellip
  • Vancouverbased soulrb institution The Boom Booms go all the wayhellip
  • Beck officially releases his new album Colors tomorrow BeatRoute editorhellip
  • Paying our respects today to the great Canadian legend Gordonhellip
  • Had a real nice time at Arcade Fire tonite! hellip
Ad
Ad
Ad

Flip Fest: Lethbridge’s First Femme and Gender-Non-Conforming Music and Arts Festival 

Friday 11th, August 2017 / 11:21
By Courtney Faulkner

The Shiverettes play Flip Fest on August 18.
Photo by Jarrett-Edmund

LETHBRIDGE – “When I started in the punk scene there was a lot of uneasiness when I would go out,” says Brittany Griffiths, bassist for Lethbridge’s flagship punk garage band Fist City (who are currently on hold).

“I would get anxiety cause I would think, ‘Okay, I’m the only black woman here at this punk show full of white dudes… are some of these guys sexist, are some of these guys racist, am I welcome here, is somebody going to say something?'”

“There was this moment of realization when I was in my early 20’s that I realized that no matter what I do, people are going to have certain assumptions based on the way that I look.”

Griffiths, who has taken a step back from her music to focus on school, is part of the group of people organizing FLIP Fest, Lethbridge’s first femme and gender-non conforming music and arts festival, which will take place August 18-20 across multiple venues in the city. Their aim is to make attendees feel welcome, safe, and celebrated.

“As members of both the Lethbridge and larger Canadian music communities, we have seen and experienced the various struggles and injustices women and gender-non-conforming artists face while trying to participate in local music,” says FLIP Fest on their Facebook page.

“The acronym FLIP, standing for Femmes Love Intersectional Politics, broadly represents our goal of creating an encouraging, inclusive, and safer music community in Lethbridge and beyond. The festival itself aims to celebrate the amazing and diverse talent of female and gender-non-conforming artists, while also educating the larger community on anti-oppression and safer spaces within music.”

FLIP Fest will showcase a variety of local and out-of-town talent at multiple venues, including the Owl, The Slice, Blueprint, and more. The bands range from the angry feminist punk rock of the Shiverettes and Slut Prophet; to the ethereal experimental soundscapes of Foonyap, respectfulchild and Feverfew; to the country folk magic of Shaela Miller and the Mary-Lee Bird Band; to the dreamy alternative pop of Brenna Lowrie and Maggy France.  

The festival also offers an Anti-Oppression Workshop facilitated by CKXU 88.3 FM’s Social Justice Advocacy Committee, a roundtable discussion on Women of Colour in Music facilitated by Manuela Zarzuela, Saturday brunch hosted by the University of Lethbridge Caribbean Association, yoga from Pop Up Yoga Lethbridge and a Handmade Market at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.  

“If you’re in a space and all men are performers and women are in the audience, it just creates an imbalance. It’s much more inspiring for women to see other women perform, ‘Yeah actually, anybody can do this.’ It doesn’t matter what your gender is, your skin colour, your sexual orientation,” says Griffiths of the inspiration behind the event. 

“I’m much more inclined to go to a show if it showcases female, queer or people of colour,” she says. “And not to say that there’s not talented bands comprised of white dudes, I don’t hate white dudes, that’s not the point, it’s just the representation. And it’s just the imbalance of representation that I’m really quite fed up with.”  

The festival, which is entirely coordinated by volunteers, is by donation, with a suggested donation of five to 10 dollars for each show, in hopes that financial resources will be less of a barrier to accessibility.

“Festivals like Femme Wave in Calgary and Not Enough Fest in Edmonton, Black Brown and Fierce, these festivals that focus on the talent of queer, women and people of colour [are important]. We need more of this to happen so this can be more of the mainstream.”

 

FLIP Fest runs from August 18-20 in Lethbridge. Find a full list of artists and events on Facebook (/flipmusicfest) and Instagram (@flipmusicfest).

, , , , , ,

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:

BeatRoute.ca is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.

Search

BEATROUTE AB E-EDITION

Ad

Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • Were having a blast at updtfest here in Edmonton! Recaphellip
  • I just enjoyed singing So thats what I always gravitatedhellip
  • 22 BeatRoute is taking over the city tonight!  Ourhellip
  • Its Wide Cut time again folks widecutweekend
  • Kendall Carson melted our faces and you can see herhellip
  • Singersongwriters in the round for the second day of widecutweekendhellip
  • Check out our spooky October cover issue on the streetshellip
  • HUDSON brings NY jazz to the Jack Singer at yycartshellip
  • 12 BeatRoute is taking over the city tonight!  Onehellip
Ad
Ad