This coming weekend, 30 musical acts from around the world will congregate along the banks of the intrepid Chekamus River at the Cheekye Ranch, a scenic wilderness retreat approximately 30 minutes outside of Vancouver. The wide variety of performers will collaborate with Yoga teachers, Coast Salish Elders and artists to provide transformational experiences for festival goers at the third annual Blessed Coast Music, Yoga and Arts Festival. The festival is the product of creator and performer Kala Siddha who’s song Blessed Coast helped drive the concept of the festival towards co-creation. The sentiment is captured beautifully in Kala’s lyrics which describe the positive vibes that transpire when people come together and connect with each other in the stunning west coast wilderness.
To mirror the sentiment of diversity, acceptance and creating community, this year’s musical line up ensures there will be something to satisfy all musical tastes. From Ayla Nereo’s enchanting infusion of melody and diverse layers of sound to the blunt lyrical proclamations of hip-hop duo Snotty Nozed Rez Kids, the carefully curated list of performers brings local and international artists to the stage. Also included in this year’s line up is popular Australian band Oka whose tribal roots and eclectic sound has been described as “Bob Marley meets Stevie Wonder via the chemical brothers, on acid, playing in a steaming rainforest with a didgeridoo”. Electronic soul diva Erica Dee is also on the bill as is self-proclaimed pagan tribal folktronica producer Drumspyder, and Alpha Yaya Diallo, the energetic, critically acclaimed guitar wielding singer from West Africa.
The weekend promises to be a unique experience full of music, positive energy, and amazing people and I’m looking forward to attending. Last I checked there were still tickets available at
Article by Mariko Margetson