Being Human: A Radical Evening of Poetry, Storytelling and Song

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Beaver Point Hall

1365 Beaver Point Road

Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1W9


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Join us as we dive into a co-created exploration of the incredible power of the voice as a tool of joyful connection, transformation, and positive culture change.

With exciting collaborative performances from poets like Deus Fortier and international headliners Climbing Poetree, to visionary storytellers, to multi-instrumentalists, to a very speacial sound healing journey, this will be a dynamic evening unlike anything you've experienced before.

On June 16th prepare for an experience that will leave you feeling creatively alive, inspired, and connected to the profound depths of Being Human

A Unique 2 Part Experience

- LOVE, SO TO SPEAK: An immersive workshop with Filmmaker & Cultural Storyteller Ian Mackenzie and Wordsmith and Creativity & Consciousness Coach Deus Fortier during the day

521 Beaver Point Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2J9
(1:00pm - 4:00pm)

- BEING HUMAN; A playful exploration of collaborative performances utilizing the incredible capacity of the human voice in the evening

Beaver Point Hall
1365 Beaver Point Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1W9
(7:30pm - 1:00am)

  • $25 for workshop
  • $25 for performances ($35 at door)
  • $45 for combo ticket


**This is a non-alcoholic, family friendly event**

The voice is a unique contribution of humanity to the rest of the world and the way we use it directly reflects our collective consciousness.

By utilizing the voice to inspire change in a creative, uplifting and unifying way – through music and art – not only do we showcase the vast internal worlds of individual artists acting as bridges of community, but we foster a deep sense of celebration through diversity and personal responsibility within that growing sense of connection.

We are the change makers of this world, and it is only by coming together in the fullness of our unique gifts and offerings that we can bring positive shifts in our lives and in our world.

Join us as we joyfully explore BEING HUMAN


Being Human

Beaver Point Hall
1365 Beaver Point Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1W9

We begin with the evening with the sacred dance invocation of Alchemana, establishing the container for the evenings explorations.

As the uplifting energy weaves into the space, Ian Mackenzie will share the first part of an archetypal story, setting the stage for an invigorating 60-minute spoken word / musical collaboration.

The Lydia Violet Band will infuse us with their irresistible fusion of folk, blues, and multi-instrumental talents, building the energy up for our legendary headliners, Climbing Poetree.

Riding the wave of that creative explosion will be DJ and Multi-instrumental magician Jeff Childz, accompanied by the angelic vocals of Raven Littlestar.

As we relish in the high vibes we've created throughout the evening, the celestial Astaria Light will guide us into a profound integration with a very special sound healing journey.


Love, So To Speak

521 Beaver Point Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2J9

An immersive workshop with Filmmaker & Cultural Storyteller Ian Mackenzie and Wordsmith and Creativity & Consciousness Coach Deus Fortier.
We will be exploring the nature of love through the lens of cultural context, and diving into powerful tools, practices, mindsets, and philosophies, to cultivate a deeper sense of fulfillment in our every relationship.


1:00 - 4:00 - Workshop: Love, So To Speak with Ian Mackenzie & Deus Fortier

7:30 - 8:00 - Doors open for the evening
8:00 - 8:05 - Welcoming and introduction (Deus Fortier)
8:05 - 8:20 - Alchemana (Ritual Dance & Song)
8:20 - 8:30 - Story pt.1 (Ian Mackenzie)
8:30 - 9:30 - Poetry Jam Collaboration (Many artists)
9:30 - 9:40 - Story pt.2 (Ian Mackenzie)
9:40 - 10:25 - Lydia Violet Band
10:30 - 11:30 - Climbing Poetree
11:35 - 12:15 - Jeff Childz & Raven Littlestar
12:20 - 12:50 - Astaria Light + Guests (Sound Healing)
12:50 - 1:00 - Closing (Ian Mackenzie)


Climbing Poetree

Join internationally-acclaimed, and award winning spoken word, hip hop, and world musical group Climbing PoeTree, as they share work from their latest album INTRINSIC. This new collection of rebel-rousing anthems, bilingual ballads, and unconventional love songs, bridge electronic music and live instrumentation, combining hip-hop, spoken word, blues, rock, folk, and Afro-Latin beats.

Here is a link to the album:

Or on Spotify:

Ian MacKenzie

Ian MacKenzie is a filmmaker and cultural storyteller that has been tracking the seeds of emergent culture for over a decade. His films include Sacred Economics (2012), Occupy Love (2013), and Amplify Her (2017). He is a practitioner of eloquence and grief, honed through Stephen Jenkinson's Orphan Wisdom school, as well as serving the reawakening of village through the research of Tamera Healing Biotope in Portugal.

Deus Fortier

A magnetic performing artist and Creativity & Consciousness Coach, Deus seamlessly weaves profound spiritual truths into a mesmerizing, unforgettable experience that cuts right to the heart of global issues with a level of artistry that is deeply personal, inspired, and irresistible.

Lydia Violet Band

Lydia Violet is an accomplished Iranian-American multi-instrumentalist who is deeply inspired by blues, folk, and Iranian music traditions. In her live band she combines fiddle, banjo, and luscious 3-part harmonies to offer a soul-folk revival experience, while contributing to a new wave of protest music. In the past year she has shared stages with Rising Appalachia, Climbing PoeTree, Ayla Nereo, and Climbing PoeTree, and headlined the "Salish Sea Revival Tour," and is excited to be returning to the Pacific Northwest!

Jeff Childz

Son of a talented music teacher and woman of strength who pulled her community together through song and laughter, Jeff was a prodigy of all things musical from the beginning. Without knowledge of theory or music reading, Jeff is able to feel out any instrument he picks up and bring to reality the melody in his mind. Jeff has spent many lifetimes playing with music; in this life he is a multi-instrumentalist/DJ with a passion for making people dance. Watch out for his infamous bass face and soulfully hypnotic didgeridoo.

Raven Littlestar

Jessica Raven Littlestar is a multidimensional, multidisciplinary artist and producer bringing authentic expression and radical joy to the world of media & entertainment.

Astaria Light

Astaria Light
Astaria is a certified Sound Healing Practitioner, Reiki Master, Shamanic Medicine Practitioner, and trained Counsellor. She intuitively facilitates sound healing sessions for individuals, groups, and special events, utilizing a variety of instruments such as the flute, piano, drums, crystal bowls, her angelic voice, tuning forks, crystal pyramid, chimes and many more. Her mission is to guide others back to their own light within, through sharing healing music for the purpose of raising our vibration into harmonic resonance with the highest good.


Maggie Blue, Jessica Raven Littlestar and Jessi Kohoutek are Alchemana, a sensuous and playful trio who weave beats, chants and melodies as prayers of universal love and liberation for all beings. Enchanting vocals and empowering lyrics transmute the dance floor to high vibe ceremonial + sacred space honoring the elemental forces of nature and rising up in bliss through interactive and alchemical heart journeys.

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Beaver Point Hall

1365 Beaver Point Road

Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1W9


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