Art and environmental activism come together at beach fest
A giant salmon lantern made of found and waste materials is the lead-off to an evening of art, live music and information at Come Toast the Coast.
They call themselves “urban interventionists” and they’re part of a free, all-ages festival at Jericho Beach dedicated to keeping local beaches free from potential oil spills, Saturday, June 13, 4pm to twilight.
The Uproot collective spent a few hundred hours making the salmon lantern out of reclaimed wood and yoga pant material donated by Karma Athletics. Based on a Roy Henry VIckers desigh, it will be floated on makeshift pontoons crafted from milk jugs donated from JJ Bean on Commercial Drive. The no-waste piece is fitting for this no-waste event (ie. bring your plates, waterbottles and utensils.) and the Bicycle Valet will be parking bikes for free.
Come Toast the Coast (Before It’s Toast), trending at #toastthecoast, includes a multi-band lineup, a rap battle, speeches and info tables from a long roster of organizations fighting the threat of oil spills, including:
David Suzuki Foundation
Georgia Strait Alliance
Join the Circle
Check Your head
Kids for Climate Action
Tar Sands Solutions Network
The Ocean Legacy Foundation
Rising Tide 604
Sierra Club BC
Pacific Wild Alliance
Bands slated to perform include Giraffe Aftermath, Viper Central, Sandy Scofield, Monica Lee Band, Ta’Kaiya Blaney and Corrina Keeling.