Opening Night Party: THE MOVEMENT

Every movement needs artists and its artists need each other. Join us for a dazzling opening night, where we gather to witness three towering legends of the Vancouver music scene come together to honour each other’s rhythms, words, and radical work. Featuring Tonye Aganaba, Missy D, and Chelsea D.E. Johnson performing their own music, covering each other’s work and sharing the secrets of what moves them into loving action. We’ll close the night off with a set by DJ Denise. Hosted by Jillian Christmas and jaye simpson.

Event Type: Dance Party
Event Code: FOX/WED-1
Venue: Fox Cabaret
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Cost: $15
This event will feature ASL-ENG interpretation.

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Chelsea D.E Johnson is your very own Soul Sister! Serving you Female empowerment, and raw vocal Power! With rhythmic guitar lines and poetic cadence delivered with edge, much like Jimmy Hendrix. Mixed in with a healing Soulful rasp reminiscent to Janis Joplin. Chelsea D.E takes a new take on Soul Rock n Roll!

DJ Denise is one of the leading female DJs in Vancouver. Breaking boundaries for female DJs around the world; producing her own beats, promoting events, recruiting new artists and most importantly, making bodies sweat on dance floors all over.

jaye simpson is an Oji-Cree Saulteaux queer writer residing in what is colonially known as Vancouver. Their work has been featured across Turtle Island in print, performance and multimedia platforms.

Jillian Christmas is a poet, musician, clown, educator, organizer, and advocate in the arts community. Utilizing an anti-oppressive lens, Jillian has performed and facilitated workshops across the continent.

Missy D is a bilingual female emcee born and raised around the Motherland from the thousands of hills of Rwanda to the Drogba city of Cote d’Ivoire and the Victoria Falls of Zimbabwe. Missy D is now based in Vancouver making what she calls “Rap&Soul” for the people  She writes to inspire, to purge, and also to celebrate resilience! She has performed as a 2018 SXSW Official Artist and for the 2018 Juno Fest performing with the likes of Maestro Fresh Wes, Jully Black, Nomadic Massive, Sons of Kemet, and Mr.Eazi. Currently working on a 2020 Spring EP,  Missy D will have you catching that je ne sais quoi with her music. #yesmama #2020

Tonye Aganaba is a musician and artist residing on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Tonye moves fluidly through genres, but lands comfortably in the realms of Soul/Neo-Folk and R&B. Their style has been likened, and pays homage to trailblazing icons like Lauryn Hill, Ani DiFranco, and Chaka Khan. Tonye is a fixture in their arts community and the kind of performer that turns heads wherever they go.