From July 9-11, the always-innovative Bass Coast held its first online gathering, in lieu of their physical Merritt, BC festival.
Featuring performances from the likes of Shambhala favorites the Lazy Syrup Orchestra, The Librarian and a co-hosting experience from Twenty Twenty Global, Bass Coast veterans and newbies alike found plenty to enjoy.
This cyberspace presentation also featured an array of social justice, mental health and yoga workshops, and even a cooking feature from the Bass Coast Girls. This came paired with opportunities to donate to places like the BC Civil Liberties Association, an organization dedicated to furthering civil rights in the province via pro bono legal services and myriad other good works.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a number of challenges to the live music and festival production world, with cancellations and closures abounding. But at the same token, an outpouring of generosity and creativity has emerged from musicians, organizers and attendees alike. Most importantly, one would rather our fellow ravers be safe and alive than rush into re-opening without considering the risk factors. Harm reduction does not only mean test kits and sanctuary spaces; it also means acting in the best interest of one’s community at large.
In keeping with the ever-progressive and evolving nature of the Bass Coast Project, the organizers and community surrounding the festival have not only reduced harm, but also stayed true to their mission statement of an “innovative, creative experience.”
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