Bass Coast 2019 Harm Reduction: By the Numbers

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Bass Coast Festival is constantly developing and refining its approach to harm reduction and festival well-being. We take a progressive approach to harm reduction and aim to keep attendees safe on site and empower our peers to positively influence their health and safety year round. 

In 2018 we started offering drug checking on site with support from the non-profit harm reduction organization, ANKORS. And this year we expanded these services by bringing on board British Columbia Centre on Substance Use and BC interior-based ASK Wellness Society  Bass Coast Festival's harm reduction team added 30 more volunteers this year, increasing coverage and capacity.

            Harm Reduction Volunteers holding Consent Culture sign    


 The numbers are in and we feel this is the most successful year for Bass Coast Festival harm reduction yet. 2019 saw:

  • 110 harm reduction volunteers keeping people safer on site, including in the car lineups, at stages and in camping areas
  • 198 people checked into the sanctuary space for support
  • 680 drug samples tested
  • 2000 earplugs distributed
  • 3 workshops presented on topics including partying sober, harm reduction tips and consent at music festivals
  • 1756 condoms distributed
  • 1250 packs of lube distributed
  • 2856 visits to the resource area for information and safer partying supplies
  • 4 partnerships with harm reduction organizations: ANKORS, ASK Wellness, BC Centre on Substance Use & Good Night Out

"I want to thank all of our volunteers for their hard work and commitment to keeping people safe on site, especially my co-manager Farrah and our amazing community partners," says Stacey Forrester, Bass Coast's Harm Reduction manager. "And thank you to the Bass Coasters for looking out for one another and bringing people to the sanctuary who were in distress. You all contributed to our most successful year yet." 

Do you have feedback regarding your experiences with Bass Coast harm reduction? Watch for a survey being emailed out to ticket holders this week and give us your feedback.

And remember to keep an eye on Bass Coast's website and our social media channels for more harm reduction tips and information throughout the year. 

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  • Hello

    I am so happy to hear about your success with harm reduction practises. In these times of unsafe drugs supply, when so many of our loved ones are dying, I’m grateful that you’re bringing these messages to this demographic. It’s very important work you’re doing.

    I planned on applying to participate in your efforts. I work in the DTES of Vancouver on an outreach team. I have a lot of experience with harm reduction, including working in SRO hotels where i implemented harm reduction supplies in 8 different hotels, and I volunteered w ANKORS for three years at Shamb. I was really excited at the prospect of participating at Bass Coast this year and have always found that contributing to the party, putting some work and effort in, always makes the experience more fun.

    When I went to apply however, I realized that I had to pay for the ticket and then would be reimbursed. Being a single mom and paying Vancouver rent made this impossible for me. I understand why you have this practise but it really made attendance unattainable for me. It makes me wonder how many other demographics are unable to participate in your event. I wonder if there is a program that could be created to support more diversity in class (and we know classism is very tightly woven into so many other forms of oppression) so that your event is inclusive and diverse.

    I’d be happy to contribute time and energy into creating a program like that! Let me know if you need help.

    Take care friends,

    Erin Bannon on

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