september, 2022

10sep(sep 10)12:00 pm T11(sep 11)5:00 pm TFour Fires FestivalLive Music at Concord Community Park

Time

10 (Saturday) 12:00 pm T - 11 (Sunday) 5:00 pm T View in my time

Location

Concord Community Park

50 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver

Event Details

The Main Stage will showcase Indigenous Artists, including headliners, and performances will be showcased virtually after the festival has closed its gates.

Official Indigenous canoe races have not been held in False Creek for over 100 years, but that will change when we present the Four Fires Festival canoe races in September, 2022. Teams from up and down the west coast of North America will join for a weekend of celebration when the canoes return to race once again. Multiple age categories, from children to elite athletes will compete in the heart of downtown Vancouver as they strive to push the limits of human performance. 

To be held at the Concord Community Park, the Four Fires Festival will also contribute to ongoing collaboration between multiple visual, performing and culinary artists and to demonstrate that in British Columbia, everything is connected. 

Why Four Fires?

The number four is sacred to many Native North American tribes as it represents the four seasons, the four human needs – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, the four kingdoms – animal, mineral, plant, and human; the four sacred medicines — sweetgrass, tobacco, cedar, and sage.

To the Native North Americans, fire was like a messenger and a gift from their great spirit. The smoke of the fire was used to clean sacred items such as drums, shakers, and pipes before the use of them during ceremonies and rituals.

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Indigenous Artists for this Event!

  • DJ Kookum

    DJ Kookum

    [Alexis Nakota Sioux]

    Kookum is an Indigenous DJ and videographer from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, and Cold Lake First Nations, their maternal Denesuline traditional territory. Based out of Vancouver BC, Kookum has been making a name for their self across the country and is no stranger in the community.

    Kookum is an open format DJ but grew up listing to EDM and Hip Hop music. This diverse mix diva slays on the decks and always keeps it hype, fresh, and unpredictable.

    [Alexis Nakota Sioux]

  • GEORGE LEACH

    GEORGE LEACH

    [Sta’atl’imx]

    A multi-disciplined, award winning artist from the Sta’atl’imx Nation (southern interior of British
    Columbia), George Leach is in relentless pursuit of truth. His passion and dedication to songcraft
    has been evident throughout his entire career, which began with the release of his debut album,
    “Just Where I’m At”, in the year 2000. The self-produced album won several Canadian Aboriginal
    Music Awards and garnered international recognition, establishing him as a respected singer,
    songwriter, guitarist and performer.
    With music spanning several genres stemming from rock and soulful blues roots, slide guitar riffs
    on his double neck Gibson, and sounds that blend traditional rhythms with a modern twist, a live
    George Leach performance soon became something not to miss.

    [Sta’atl’imx]

  • Sister Says

    Sister Says

    [Haida]

    Sister Says is an indie pop/singer-songwriter project with an organic soul & at times folky sound. They are based out of Vancouver and fronted by mixed Haida/European siblings Gillian and Robert Thomson. Dreamy, eclectic and lyrically rich, Sister Says’s roots stem from the soul, jazz, blues, and pop music they grew up around.

    [Haida]

  • The Melawmen Collective

    The Melawmen Collective

    [Secwepemc/ Nuu-Chah-Nulth/ Nlaka’pamux]

    A contemporary Indigenous alternative fusion woven together with elements of hip/trip hop, rock/folk, righteous rhymes and rich harmonies, carried through with experience, manifestation, and visions of intergenerational stories of pain and healing. The Melawmen Collective brings a uniqueness to their sound like no other, drawing in a wide variety of listeners through sharing their own journeys of life through their musical evolution together. ‘Melawmen’ means medicine in the Secwepemc language, and the unceded territory of the Secwepemc People in what is know known as BC, is where co-founders Meeka Morgan (vocals, Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth), Rob Hall (Vocals, Ghengis Ghandi’s, Ashcroft), Geo Ignace aka Geo The Voice (Vocals, Secwepemc/Cree), and Kiva Morgan-Hall (Vocals, Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth), continue to grow. The collective is honored to be joined by Cass Greg (Bass, Tsilhcot’in) and Victor Laso (Drums, Republic of Chile).

    URL https://themelawmencollective.bandcamp.com/

    [Secwepemc/ Nuu-Chah-Nulth/ Nlaka’pamux]

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