A local organization has found a unique way to host a covid-safe, socially distanced fundraiser. Thursday, September 3’s “Throw a Boat Down” event will be a paddle-powered, floating concert where the audience is invited to arrive by paddle board, kayak, canoe or rowboat to tune in to the songs of Vancouver’s Luke Wallace. With a full paddle’s distance between watercraft, it’s a COVID-safe but splashy way to celebrate the start of the Labour Day long weekend.
Wallace launched his new album, What on Earth, in early March and was set to tour behind the suite of songs at community halls and theatres up and down the B.C. coast. But covid-19 put the breaks on those plans, and he was forced to shelve the 1000 freshly pressed CDs and wait out the pandemic.
Now, inspired by a summer of paddling around the Gulf Islands, Wallace is ready to call fans to a socially distanced ‘flotilla’ show. The live performance will begin at 6:30 pm - high tide - and will also be broadcast via Zoom, with donations collected supporting RAVEN, an organization dedicated to raising legal defence funds for Indigenous Nations who are defending environmental rights in court.
When: Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Centennial Park boat launch and meet at the floating stage adjacent to Gasoline Alley
This event is by donation – every dollar you give supports RAVEN, funding Indigenous legal challenges to protect this beautiful coast. Register to attend and donate online.
“It’s kind of poetic that we are able to gather in this way, on the water, to experience not only beautiful music together but also the community that has been formed around supporting Indigenous rights,” says concert organizer and RAVEN Communications Director Andrea Palframan. “People across the Pacific Northwest have been backing legal challenges by coastal Nations like the Tsleil Waututh, Squamish, Haida and Heiltsuk for many years. Through RAVEN, an incredible movement of artists, organizers, and activists have joined forces to take the idea of reconciliation and put it into real action, holding fundraisers and organizing events to support First Nations as they assert their rights in court. The work that Thursday’s show is supporting makes it possible for everyone to enjoy a clean coast that is rich in biodiversity and can sustain healthy communities.”
Everyone is invited to tune into the livestream - registration is required. If you are lucky enough to be on Salt Spring Island September 3rd, 2020 this will be a high-tide to remember: bring your boat down to Centennial Park boat launch and meet at the floating stage adjacent to Gasoline Alley. Beachside, the kayak shop and cafe who are sponsoring the evening’s activities, will be providing shore support for what promises to be a magical evening. People can rent paddle boards or canoes in advance by booking via email@example.com - reservations must be made by September 1st. Bring cash, your personal flotation device, and your Salish Sea spirit!
About RAVEN Trust
RAVEN is a non-profit charitable organization that provides financial resources to assist Aboriginal Nations within Canada in lawfully forcing industrial development to be reconciled with their traditional ways of life, and in a manner that addresses global warming or other ecological sustainability challenges.