Opening Night Party with Virago Nation & DJ Kookum

Help us kick off Growing Room 2019 with a burlesque show and dance party that will set the tone for the rest of the festival. Virago Nation, an all Indigenous burlesque troupe, will be performing to DJ Kookum’s original blend of EDM trap, hip hop, and bass music. It’s a truly amazing collaboration that will blow the lid off all other dance parties. Come wearing your best dancing shoes.

The festival will begin with a warm welcome by Salia Joseph.

Hosted by Jessica Johns and Nav Nagra.

Event Type: Special Event
Fox Cabaret
Date: Friday, March 8, 6:30pm (doors at 6pm)
Cost: $15 / ticket

DJ Kookum is a Dene/Cree Filmmaker and DJ. She is a member of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, originally from Cold Lake First Nations and is based out of Vancouver, B.C.

Founded in May 2016, Virago Nation is on a mission to reclaim Indigenous sexuality from the toxic effects of colonization. Virago Nation is a collective of Indigenous artists creating performance through burlesque, theatre, song and spoken word as well as workshops, and community networks rematriating indigenous sexuality. Through humour, seduction, pop culture and politics they will show that Indigenous women will not be confined to the colonial virgin-whore dichotomy but will design a new dynamic and multi-faceted sexual identity rooted in their own desires.

Salia Joseph is from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Snuneymuxw First Nation’s on her father’s side and is British and Jewish on her mothers. In 2016 she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in First Nations and Indigenous studies from the University of British Columbia, where she focused on Indigenous feminisms and new media. She recently graduated from a yearlong full time immersion program in her language, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim at Simon Fraser University. Salia sings in a band called An̓usáyum̓ (Two Berries) as well as a traditional Sḵwx̱wú7mesh dance/singing group called Ta Na Wa Káwstem. Salia manages Kwi Awt Stelmexw, a Sḵwx̱wú7mes language and culture non-prophet.