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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.

Uproot, art, Come Toast the Coast, Jericho Beach
Uproot collective members (from left) Kevin Kimoto, Joe Bickson and Dayna Stein put the final touches on a giant salmon lantern made of waste materials and based on Roy Henry Vickers design. Photo by Jessica Wilson

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:

Pull Together 
David Suzuki Foundation
Tankerfree BC
Georgia Strait Alliance 
ForestEthics Advocacy 
Dogwood initiative
Join the Circle
Living Oceans
Check Your head
The Starfish
Kids for Climate Action 
Our Horizon
Tar Sands Solutions Network 
Wilderness Committee 
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.








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