Festival Afloat

Peach and Quiet perform on the Providence Tall Ship

Peach and Quiet: A last minute addition to Festival Afloat, and it was a beautiful thing

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / July 27, 2023 / Comments Off on Peach and Quiet: A last minute addition to Festival Afloat, and it was a beautiful thing

On the sixth and final day of RAVEN’s Festival Afloat 2023, due to unforeseen circumstances, we found ourselves without a musician to perform on Pender Island. Luckily, our brilliant crew and new friends aboard the Providence were able to make some calls and quickly put together two acts, including local folk band Peach and Quiet.…

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Festival Afloat 2023 Spotlight: a conversation with Hip Hop artist, Higher Knowledge

By RAVEN / July 14, 2023 / Comments Off on Festival Afloat 2023 Spotlight: a conversation with Hip Hop artist, Higher Knowledge

If you happened to catch us at Festival Afloat Vancouver on July 9, you’ll know that the show was opened by an incredible hip hop artist, HK aka Higher Knowledge! With a crowd of nearly 800 people paddling up or spreading blankets ashore we were all captivated by the stories, poetry, and teachings from HK.…

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Festival Afloat is Back!

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / June 9, 2023 / Comments Off on Festival Afloat is Back!

In its fourth year, Festival Afloat is back — so grab your paddle for Indigenous justice! GET TICKETS at raventrust.com/paddle If you aren’t in one of the spots where Festival Afloat touches down, you can still be part of things by supporting Heiltsuk Nation: we welcome your ideas for fundraisers in your own town (Neighbourhood…

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Desirée Dawson smiles on the deck of the Providence tall ship. In the background is a flat of Guayakí Yerba Mate

Festival Afloat 2022: Music, Food, and Sponsors

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / August 16, 2022 /

Festival Afloat 2022: the Salish Sea Tour came together in a beautiful culmination of music, food, paddling, and raising funds and awareness for Indigenous access to justice. We raised over $50,000 for Heiltsuk’s and Gitxaała’s legal campaigns. None of this could have happened without the support from our incredible sponsors or the performances and storytelling from the different musicians and knowledge keepers.

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Festival Afloat – A Gallery of 2022 events!

By Karissa Chandrakate / August 16, 2022 /

We want to give a BIG THANKS to SCOUT and Guayaki for sponsoring this year’s festival afloat! We would also like to thank to everyone who came out and floated with us. This year’s concerts were in support of Gitxaala and Heiltsuk Nation’s legal challenges. Gitxaała Nation is taking B.C. and several “free miners”, including…

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The providence tall ship anchored in the water surrounded by paddlers. The logos from "Scout" and "RAVEN" are centered across the image.

Thank-you Scout, Festival Afloat 2022’s presenting sponsor

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / July 26, 2022 /

Thank-you Scout Canning, the presenting sponsor of RAVEN’s Festival Afloat 2022 Salish Sea Tour. Read more about Scout’s sustainable seafood and their founder, Charlotte Langley.

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A magical launch to Festival Afloat

By Andrea Palframan / July 8, 2022 /

Last night was magic.  We raised nearly $5k at Festival Afloat’s amazing Vancouver launch thanks to folks who donated and bought tickets. Our amazing sponsors Scout & Guayaki continue to match donations, dollar for dollar: give now.   Here are some pictures to give you an idea of the colour, the smiling faces, and the…

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Gourmet purveyors dish for Festival Afloat

By Andrea Palframan / July 4, 2022 /

In constructing the perfect charcuterie offering, it helps to have B.C.’s finest farmers, mixologists, fishers, cheesemakers and chefs on board. RAVEN is NOT a tour company: we’re a scrappy NGO raising legal defence funds to push back against ill-advised industries and create better laws with Indigenous Nations. But we have some seriously awesome friends, who…

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Meet the Providence: Festival Afloat’s floating stage

By Andrea Palframan / July 4, 2022 /

Paddle up to B.C.’s oldest ship to enjoy great music in support of RAVEN’s Indigenous justice campaigns. Protect marine ecosystems while rocking out to great bands at one of our floating concerts, or jump aboard for a ‘barefoot cruise’.

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Renee Layla Bio photo

Introducing Salt Spring singer Renée Layla, Festival Afloat 2022 performer!

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / June 27, 2022 /

Introducing Salt Spring singer, Renée Layla . Catch her performance July 14-16th for the Festival Afloat 2022 Salish Sea Tour. 

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