Flow Tide – Shion Skye Carter & Kisyuu

the creature is calling you – xoma-leon phîlip babur

yonsei writing: SOFT POEMS 4 HARD TIMES – Carolyn Nakagawa, Erica Hiroko Isomura & Laura Fukumoto


X̱í7nam̓ut | New Brighton Park

3201 New Brighton Rd, Vancouver, BC V5K 0A1 (Google Maps pin here!)

6 PM


Our bodies are more than just flesh, they are tributaries and connective pathways for our Ancestors and stories, beyond just containing the unfathomable expanse of our possibilities. This event promises breathtaking stories that transcend the fabrics woven by histories kept and histories hidden.

Artists: Corrina Keeling, David Ullock, Erica Hiroko Isomura, Laura Fukumoto, Carolyn Nakagawa, Josh Cameron, Shion Skye, Kisyuu Carter, Vanessa Lefan Yuen, Kellen Jackson, xoma-leon phîlip babur and Bea Miller

Artist: Now or Never and Vanessa Lefan Yuen
Photo Credit: Luciana Freire D’Anunciação


NOW OR NEVER – BreakN the Park
A durational dance and art installation which deterritorializes the busking street show from the concrete, city core to ignite a more natural landscape. The piece aims to recontextualize the crowd-performer interaction of busking by steering from the traditional, capital centric ends of these shows. Instead this piece is an amplification of the foundational pillars of Hip Hop (Peace, Unity, Love, Having Fun) and the ongoing work required on the individual and systemic levels to achieve these ideals.

XOMA-LEON PHÎLIP BABUR – the creature is calling you
The artist provides a space for communion:
to listen, to be heard, to be seen, to see, to feel, to be felt, to be with the heart.

“the creature is calling you” is a poetic and musically embodied solo performance based on ecological displacement/remembrance/
childhood climates.

Stories are sung from all the waters they’ve been in, the lands they’ve heard, the creatures they’ve traversed.
One may find within the performance :
a ballad to belong, a lullaby to comfort pain, surrender to Ubuntu, a call to be animal.

Flow Tide is a performance by dance artist Shion Skye Carter and calligraphy artist Kisyuu, exploring the relationship between movement and the traditional art of Japanese calligraphy. Approaching the performance as a meditation, the artists take the entire duration of the work to write one “kanji” character, using a large brush and “sumi” ink. Each brushstroke adds a call to which the dancer responds, taking the form of a meditative, abstract conversation.

VANESSA LEFAN YUEN – What Holds Us Together
“What Holds Us Together” is the title of Van Lefan’s first album, co-created with Thomas Hoeller, scheduled to be released in Spring 2022. The project is an exploration and embodiment of what connects us as human beings. While we may come from different places and have lived different sets of experiences, what are the things we have in common? How can we relate to each other? See each other? Hold each other, in this process of transforming, healing, and creating the world our ancestors dreamed of?

Writers Erica Hiroko Isomura, Carolyn Nakagawa, and Laura Fukumoto read new poetic works against the backdrop of New Brighton Park, where so-called Vancouver began 150+ years ago and beside the location of 1942’s Japanese Canadian incarceration at Hastings Park. Their writing explores yonsei (fourth-generation) multi-racial settler identity, politics, solidarity with marginalized communities, and the realities of climate catastrophe. Their words offer gratitude to these lands that once provided a home to their Japanese grand- and great-grandparents, a century ago.

CORRINA KEELING – Bodies of Water
Excerpts from ‘Bodies of Water’, an ever-evolving multidisciplinary work that explores ways for us to show up more fully to conversations about the true history of stolen land and people, by re-connecting to songs and stories from our places of origin. The music acts as a doorway to the possibility of being in relationship to identity without supremacy, and as an act of service to healing and redress.

DAVID ULLOCK – It Is What It Isn’t
A compositional exploration of abstract form in physical space.
This freestanding sculpture has been created entirely with reclaimed materials, diverting useful resources from the landfill.

Kellen Reed Jackson is a perpetually emergent queer artist & arts facilitator on stolen, occupied, unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ lands. Their work is generated from a deep desire for conscious intimacy with the quantum materiality of spacetime in all its manifestations. Working through film, sound, eco-printing and an emergent movement practice, they are currently researching queer & trans histories, non-binary embodiment, ecological intersubjectivity & spacetime as field and fabric.

Bea is a fourth-generation settler of Jewish, German, and Scottish ancestry born, raised and creating on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She is a weaver, sewer, natural-dyer and wild crafter who cultivates a deep relationship with plants and the natural world, motivated by respect and gratitude. She is careful to harvest small amounts, only take what she needs, grow what she can, and sees beauty in what many people would consider weeds. Her art practice is motivated by this relationship with plants.



MC jaye simpson

5:00 PM Pre-show performance by Now or Never

6:00 PM
Opening welcome with Senaqwila Wyss

6:15 PM
Now or Never

6:45 PM
xoma-leon phîlip babur

7:15 PM 
Shion Skye Carter & Kisyuu

7:40 PM
Vanessa Lefan Yuen

8:05 PM
Erica Hiroko Isomura, Laura Fukumoto & Carolyn Nakagawa

8:30 PM
Corrina Keeling

Installations by
Bea Miller
Chantelle Trainor-Matties

Workshop with
Kellen Jackson


Your donation will support the growth of eco-arts in Vancouver.

Vines Art Festival takes place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.




Pandora Fieldhouse
2325 Franklin Street
Vancouver, BC
V5L 1S2