Originally from Techno hotspot Birmingham, England, Adam 2 keeps their sets full of surprises with a mix of Detroit-influenced techno, electro and house and an emphasis on unusual grooves and percussion. Now based in Vancouver BC, they run 'Afrofuturism is NOW', a mix series to showcase forward-thinking BIPOC artists and showcasing Afrofuturism as a concept.
Andrew was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the age of six he moved to Port Coquitlam BC, and now resides in the unceded land of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh , Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nations. He then started his formal training at Danzmode Production, under the direction of Rachael Poirier. Spending many hours at the studio, training in a variety of styles, he was able to compete in many local and international competitions. During his training he started his professional dance career working with Patrick Roberge Productions in shows such as Pop City, BC Marketers Awards, and Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Gala. After he finished his training at Danzmode Andrew was accepted into the Source Dance Company, directed by Joanne Pesusich. After his two years in Source he was given a scholarship to attend Arts Umbrellas Grad Program, under the direction of Artemis Gordon and Lynn Sheppard . He’s had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Crytstal Pite, Heather Laura Grey, Amber Funk Barton, Eric Beauchesne, Heather Dotto, and Wen Wei Wang. He has also just finished his first national tour with Wen Wei Dance Company performing in Agora De La Danse and La Rotonde festivals. Andrew is currently focusing his time on his collective ‘Dance Anonymous’ which will be premiering work in summer of 2022. He’s also very excited to share his movement knowledge with the Bass Coast community.
Cindy Jiang (she / her)
Cindy is a health researcher and advocates towards creating community and capacity building. Cindy is completing her PhD student in Critical Disability Studies at York University. Her research focuses on mental health, disability health and health policy, particularly among racialized populations, as these are some of the intersections and experiences she holds. Her past research includes looking at how to reduce the stigma of mental illness among Asian men and mad history in Vancouver. Her current projects focus on diversifying mental health curriculum through the creation and inclusion of racialized experiences of mental health through the arts and increasing accessibility in the arts. She is a research associate at the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and the York Center for Asian Studies, is on the board of directors for the Canadian Centre for Disability Studies o/a Eviance, and co-chairs York University's School of Health Policy and Management BIPOC Advisory Committee and the Critical Disability Studies Student Association. She also has a Master of Public Health and is a recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship.
Outside of academia, Cindy has over 15 years of experience working in the arts and with music festivals. Since 2007, she’s held a management role in the areas of access control and gate logistics for large music festivals such as Bass Coast Festival and Shambhala Music Festival. She has also worked with arts-based festivals such as the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and Richmond Maritime Festival.
"A mainstay in Vancouver’s underground for more than a decade.” - Vancouver Magazine
Crystal Precious is a Vancouver-based singer, rapper, dancer, writer, actor, & host. She is best known for her music video “Apple Pie (No Pie For You)” her tongue-in-cheek blog “Adventures in Sass”, and as a resident host for Bass Coast. CP also spent over 15 years touring with the critically acclaimed Sweet Soul Burlesque, kicking off each show with her original vocal hip hop tunes. Her first record “The Striphop EP”, was produced by Self Evident and released on East Van Digital.
Handsome Tiger is an Anishinaabe Métis, North African music producer / DJ from Turtle Island, born and residing in Vancouver BC. His production blends traditional sounds from his culture alongside other indigenous sounds, interwoven into the contemporary sounds of electronic bass music today.
Loretta Laurin (they/she) is a lover of movements and thrives in the juicy space where art meets activism. They have been teaching a variety of embodiment modalities for over 10 years, including yoga, pilates, fitness, and dance. They also facilitate social justice workshops. Based in the unceded Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh) territories (commonly known as Vancouver), Loretta’s unique fusion classes strike a balance between grounded depth and light-hearted play. Learn more by subscribing to her class updates here: http://eepurl.com/dHsR3v
Photo Credit: Sean Mcguire
DJ, label head and club impresario Madam X has proved she has many strings to her bow. Equally adept at playing to huge crowds as she is 100-cap basements, as well as hosting her own shows on BBC Radio 1, Rinse FM and NTS hosting guests like Mall Grab, Lauren Flax, Darwin & more, her multi-faceted approach to music feels unique and ultimately, special.
The proud head of her own label, Kaizen, too - an imprint she launched with extensive, free compilation ‘Kaizen Movements Vol.1’ in the summer of 2014 - Madam X is already overseeing the label’s debut release proper, as well as hosting Kaizen label parties across the UK. With support from DJ Seinfeld, Loefah, Four Tet, Bambounou & more, her work with Kaizen has ultimately fed into her work as a DJ too, ensuring she has kept her ear firmly to the ground, while arming her with the hands-on experience of releasing records independently.
Although often understated and keen to let the music do most of her talking, she continues to build on past successes - for every gig she plays.
Madam X launched MDMXERISE during lockdown! Hosting live workouts on Zoom, soundtracked my different guest DJ's every week. Sign up to a workout from here: https://mdmxercise.square.site/
Mat the Alien
Since the age of 14 Mat has been mixing, scratching & making music.
Over the years he has been featured some of the worlds most ground breaking music blogs, charts, DJ Sets, mixes & radios shows .
Mat has many sets he can play depending on the event, and his diverse skills are at home from festivals (playing the latest Bass music) to video mixes, 45” vinyl sets or digging into specific genre sets or one-off shows like Old School Hip Hop, Funk, Dancehall Reggae, Halloween-themed, 420, and many more.
Mat has performed at many of his bucket list clubs & events; Fabric London, Low End Theory (LA), 45 Sessions (Oakland), Wormhole (Oakland) as well as a bus tour with Zeds Dead across Canada and the US (including shows with Araab Muzik). All received with an amazing response.
Vancouver resident and half of Sabota, Max has been instrumental in the building of Vancouver’s underground. His SLAB parties in Vancouver feature the best in underground house and techno. Max has performed at Decibel, Mutek, and New Forms, is a regular on the West Coast festival circuit, and his diverse musical output has seen plays from notable performers such a Skream, B Traits, Shadow Child, Grenier, Tim Green, Joe Nice, &ME, and Breakage.
Sheena Jardine-Olade A.K.A Donna Dada
Sheena’s experience as an urban planner and DJ and her work on placemaking and stakeholder engagement strategies has led people to seek her expertise on cultural initiatives for over a decade. Sheena recently co-founded Night Lab, a consultancy group passionate about helping cities cultivate thriving, safe and inclusive nighttime economies. She’s had the honour of working on Canada’s first Indigenous speaker series, Redx Talks, and ArtsDance, a symposium that brought Indigenous and non-Indigenous creators and educators together for a day of conversation and learning. During her Master’s in urban planning, Sheena founded Freq. magazine, a print publication about arts, culture and electronic music. When she isn’t championing great design and equitable cities, you can find her travelling with her toddler or DJ-ing a vast range of music as Donna Dada that is inspired by her West Indian/ African heritage and an almost 30-year love affair with UK music and culture.
Jeremy Howard, aka Sinistarr, is truly one of the most interesting and exciting names to hit the underground dance music world in the past decade. He has become known as an innovative and consistent producer and a skilled and adventurous DJ, and his sound is an authentic extension of his soul and the pure talent that Jeremy possesses, deftly exploring the soul of yesteryear with a modern context. This sound represents his life living in and around his hometown of Detroit, MI and his collective travels around the world. His creativity defies genres, and sees him infuse his unique sound into a broad range of tempos and vibes. He is equally at home writing emotive headphone music, or in-your-face dance-floor cuts.
Jeremy began his movement deeply rooted in the world of Drum & Bass, having releases on legendary labels like Metalheadz Platinum, Renegade Hardware and Creative Source. He continued over the years to evolve his sound as his own prowess as a producer grew, eventually branching out into many different tempos, still maintaining his unique sound exploring the realms of Footwork, Jungle and Techno. Recently he has seen releases on labels like Hooversound, 20/20 LDN, Hospital Records, Unchained Recordings and most notably, the 70th release on dBridge’s iconic imprint Exit Records.
There is seemingly no musical obstacle too high for him, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to watch his amazing journey.
Stacey is co-founder & education director of Good Night Out Vancouver, a non-profit society focused on reducing sexual violence in music & nightlife, with a focus on electronic music spaces and festivals. Good Night Out works with artists, venues, promoters, & patrons to build the capacity to prevent & respond to sexual harassment and assault.
For the last 10 years Staysee Marie has directed the Harm Reduction program for Bass Coast Music Festival. This includes training over 100 volunteers every year, running a 24 hour education and sanctuary space, and implementing drug testing services, including the use of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) technology. The harm reduction program at Bass Coast is renowned across North America for its progressive approach to harm reduction. Stacey Hosts 'Sanctuary Radio' a weekly Harm Reduction podcast on Dash Radio. Stacey currently lives on the the occupied and unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skxwú7mesh and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ people.
Andrea Graham, better known by her stage name The Librarian, is a celebrated DJ, producer, and curator. She is the co-founder and music director of Bass Coast Music Festival – known internationally for its innovative music programming and installation art – and is widely considered one of bass music's leading creative minds and tastemakers. Equally an artist and entrepreneur, Andrea’s reputation as an inclusive community-builder in the electronic world has brought her a legion of fans and industry followers across the globe. The Librarian's most recent single "Moon Illusion" premiered with Billboard and bookmarks a trilogy of new singles that has seen her return to her creative roots as a composer and producer. With a background in classical and jazz piano, guitar, and voice, Andrea translates her traditional skillset into an electronic universe that combines deceptively complex melodicism with thoughtful sonic minimalism. As a DJ, Andrea's sets move through grime, footwork, jungle, dancehall and halftime drum and bass, tying those diverse genres together with body-bending low end frequencies that push the boundaries of the world's biggest PAs. Andrea performs throughout Canada, the USA, Australia, Central America, India and Southeast Asia. Past performance highlights include Coachella, Electric Forest, Lightning in a Bottle, Bass Center, Freestyle Sessions, Symbiosis, Bumbershoot, Rainbow Serpent, and Shambhala.
Tor is a Vancouver-based music producer and DJ who has been releasing original music since 2011.
2021's "Oasis Sky" is Tor’s first original body of work since his 2016 album, "Blue Book". It expands on the latter’s meditative energy with the producer’s signature warmth and beat-driven atmospherics, while digging deeper into the experiences that have informed the past 4 years of his life. From a busy touring schedule that saw him playing his music across the U.S., the E.U., Australia, and Costa Rica, as well as being sought out to produce remixes for CloZee, Frameworks, and RÜFÜS DU SOL, the album only began to come into focus after slowing down, establishing roots, finding centre and introspection in a new living space.
Tsitsayxemaat Rebecca Duncan
Tsitsayxemaat Rebecca Duncan is of Squamish and Musqueam descent of the Coast Salish Peoples. Rebecca has devoted her life to preserve the Squamish language, Salish weaving, and cultural teachings that have been handed down to her from her late Papa, and his Papa, and so on, and so on, since the beginning of time.
Rebecca specializes in cultural activities including Language Games (TPR), Traditional Song & Dance, Traditional Cooking, Weaving, Traditional Health & Wellness, Storytelling, and History.
Rebecca has performed worldwide promoting language and culture, representing Coast Salish people and practicing protocols with song and dance, workshops in schools including all the traditional activities, and building healthy relationships with the world!
No matter where you are from, it is so important to know your history, your culture, and your ties to the land.