2 Rivers Remix Announces 2 Online Preview Events for July-August 2020

VirtualFeast.ca events “Decolonise 2.0” on July 31 and “Live from Stagyn” on August 18 will stream previews of artists from 2 Rivers Remix, the 2020 Online Feast of Contemporary Indigenous Music, September 4 • 5 • 6

July 28, ’Q’emcín (aka Lytton BC): 2 Rivers Remix (2RMX) Feast of Contemporary Indigenous Music returns for its 3rd straight year. The festival re-emerges online in 2020 as part of the Indigenous collaboration project VirtualFeast.ca. Because of COVID-19, all performances will be ‘streaming’ to you via website, VirtualFeast.ca or 2riversremix.ca/live plus additional platforms such as Facebook Live. 

2RMX 2020 will launch with 2 preview events focusing on Indigenous artists from local Canyon Nations: Decolonise 2.0 on July 31, and Live from Stagyn on August 18.  The full virtual 2RMX festival will run September 4, 5 & 6 with over 30 amazing Indigenous Artists… a full line-up will be revealed in the coming days! As always, 2RMX will reflect the diversity of Indian Country – rural and urban – with approximately half the artists being women, one-quarter youth and one-tenth 2-Spirit.

We kick off this Friday, July 31 with our VirtualFeast.ca preview event  Decolonise 2.0, which commemorates the 110th anniversary of the Declaration of Interior Nations when the Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, and Syilx Nations unified their struggle to resist the theft of their unceded land. As part of Decolonise 2.0 , we will hear from Nlaka/pamux Elder, Darryl Minnabarriet whose Grandfather signed the landmark declaration on July 16, 1910. 

Decolonise 2.0 features Secwepemc artists The Melawmen Collective streaming their musical medicine (Melawmen means medicine in Secwepemctsin) from the stunning canyon location where the 1910 Declaration was signed. The Melawmen’s unique contemporary Indigenous fusion encompasses stories, history, art, hip hop, rock/folk, with rich rhymes and lush harmonies. 

This event will also feature a mind-spinning set from 2 Spirit DJ O Show who lives at the confluence of the Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+ and Black Lives Matters resistance struggles. DJ O Show (2-Spirit / Skwxwu7mesh / Afro-Canadian) blends her love of hip hop and R&B with pulsating beats to bring people to their virtual feet. O Show is also an elected member of the Squamish Nation Council, 2019 Grand Marshal of the Vancouver Pride Parade and a spokesperson of Black Lives Matter in BC.

The second 2RMX preview on August 18 is Live from Stagyn – a livestream of contemporary Indigenous music from the heart of the Nlaka’pamux Nation (supported by SoundON.ca). Live from Stagyn is a showcase of young artists from local Canyon nations (Nlaka’pamux and Lil’Wat) plus the added spice of global Indigifunk ambassadors Curtis Clearsky and the Constellationz.

Nlaka’pamux youth artist Ecko Aleck dazzles with spoken word and post-urban musical vibe. Big Willie G1, 19 year-old ‘Namgis/Nlaka’pamux Blues sensation gets peoples’ virtual feet bopping. Spiritual Warriors’ reggae beat and songs in Lil’wat are fresh from their album “Ancestors” winner of “Best World Recording” at 2019’s Native American Music Awards.

Put all these 2RMX dates in your calendar and visit VirtualFeast.ca to discover even more of BC’s diverse Indigenous musical talents.

VirtualFeast.ca is a new indigenous-led online platform to highlight and support streaming of contemporary Indigenous performances in the Summer of COVID-19. VirtualFeast.ca provides a single point of reference and discovery for audiences tuned into the burgeoning BC Indigenous music scene.

VirtualFeast.ca is collaborative project of BC Indigenous arts presenters including: 2 Rivers Remix Society, Savage Production Society, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, Vines Festival/Resilient Roots.

2 Rivers Remix • Box 125, Lytton BC V0K1Z0 • 1-844-634-0277 (toll-free) 
Web: 2RiversRemix.ca  • Email: 2rmx@2rmx.ca
Facebook: event.2rmx.ca • YouTube: playlist.2rmx.ca
2 Rivers Remix gratefully acknowledges the support of our major funders: Canada Council of the Arts, First Peoples Cultural Council, Creative BC, the Province of British Columbia, BC Arts Council, Heritage Canada. We also thank our sponsors: SoundOn.ca, Lytton First Nation, the Village of Lytton, Lyttonnet.

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