Showcase MixTape- Volume 1
June 20 @ 8:00 pm$10
Showcase MixTape is a platform for the artists to not only showcase their talents but to showcase their thoughts, opinion, politics and story. Hosted by Chelsea D.E Johnson. Join us on our first installment of Showcase MixTape- Volume 1
Online tickets available here
— VOLUME 1—
Kim Villagante, also known as Kimmortal is a a queer filipin@ diasporic first generation settler based on unceded, unsurrendered Coast Salish Territories also known as Vancouver, BC, Canada. Primarily known as an emcee and singer-songwriter Kimmortal takes a multi faceted approach to music by incorporating song, poetry, visual art, and dance. Kimmortal is influenced by her journey learning about love, ancestry, and resistance. Some of the highlights of Kimmortal’s work have included: being featured on CBC’s show Exhibitionists, the Queer Women of Colour festival (San Francisco), Kultura FIlipino Arts Festival (Toronto), Junofest 2018 (Vancouver) and SXSW (Austin, TX). Kimmortal has opened up for Ruby Ibarra, Shad K, and Saul Williams and will be releasing their album and touring throughout 2018. Her new music video “I’m Blue” can be found at kimmortal.com. Follow them at instagram: @kimmortaltheartist and @kimmortalportal
Missy D is a bilingual female emcee born and raised around the Motherland. Hailing from the thousands of hills of Rwanda to the Drogba city of Cote d’Ivoire and the Victoria Falls of Zimbabwe, she represents a blend of African cultures in her life-force and in her music. Missy D now representing Vancouver loves to blend old school and new school Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B. She writes to inspire, to purge, and also to celebrate resilience! Discovering her talent at the tender age of 11, Missy D started rapping her first melodies in French. She is blend of your mother’s favorite groovy tunes and your family rap jams, some call it Rap & Soul.
With a debut album entitled “When Music Hits You Feel No Pain” under her belt, Missy D was one of Storyhive Music Video Edition 2017 winners for her song “XX” featuring Kimmortal.
This femcee continues to make noise for the people most recently as a 2018 SXSW Official Artist representing for a BC showcase and the 2018 Juno Fest. Missy D will have you catching je ne sais quoi or too many feelings while grooving throughout her performance embracing diversity in instrumentals, music, and most of all people!
Desirée Dawson is well known as the love spreading human who won the CBC Searchlight Competition! In May 2016. Desirée currently resides in Vancouver British Columbia, the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples. Desirée’s single “Hide” helped her win the title of CBC searchlight winner and is her first single on iTunes, Spotify, to play on CBC radio and to garner 1mm streams on Spotify. Her second released single, and title track to her album, Wild Heart, spent many weeks on the CBC top 20 and was remixed by over 2000 producers from all corners of the globe. Her latest single, Where Do We Go, is her 3rd song to be broadcasted across Canada on CBC radio. Desirée’s debut album, Wild Heart, came out February 2017. Wild Heart has been added to many prominent playlist on Spotify, Apple Music, Stingray music, and many more stations.
Desirée has been graced the stages of many renowned venues such as the Vogue theatre and the Commodore Ballroom, and the York Theatre , Surrey Civic Theatre in Vancouver. You may have also seen her in Toronto at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, CBC Music festival and many more. Desirée is currently working on a new album set to be released Fall 2018. Desirée makes a point of having every song be honest and emotionally charged. She is very passionate about healing as a collective, using the power of melodies, lyrics and instrumentation to impact listeners. Through this, her music has managed to travel the world over.
Desirée has been featured on Billboard Dance, Trap Nation, Selected., Suicide Sheep and Vice Music, for her collaboration with many EDM producers around the world.
Jillian Christmas was born and raised in Markham, Ontario. She currently lives on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam people (Vancouver, BC.), where she serves as Artistic Director of Versəs Festival of Words. Jillian is an enthusiastic organizer and activist in the Canadian arts community, her focus being to increase anti-oppression initiatives in spoken word. She has participated in, developed and executed programs in partnership with Toronto Poetry Project, Wordplay, Brendan McLeod’s Travelling Slam, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Opera, and the CULTCH Mentorship, and facilitated spoken word workshops for youth and adults across the country