Festival Afloat

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Festival Alfoat 2022 Salish Sea Tour registration is now open!

July 7th-16th join RAVEN & SCOUT for the Festival Afloat 2022 Salish Sea Tour: A floating benefit concert for Heiltsuk Nation’s legal challenge protecting the Great Bear Sea and Gitxaała Nation’s campaign to cancel mineral leases on Lax k’naga dzol (Banks Island). This is a free event, but we encourage you to donate on a sliding scale and to register for the show nearest you to stay updated on any changes to the events — as we may be impacted by the weather, winds and tides.

Tour Dates and Tickets

The Vancouver show starts at 6 p.m. All other shows on the tour have a 5 p.m. start time.
Show start times are subject to change due to tide conditions — please register for the event closest to you for updates on the latest conditions!

July 7, 2022 with Desiree Dawson — Vancouver, Iy̓ál̓mexw, ʔəy̓alməxʷ (Jericho Beach) — Get your tickets.

July 8, 2022 with The Segals — Bowen Island, Nex̱wlélex̱m (Pebbly Beach) — Get your tickets.

July 9, 2022 with Amber Mae a.k.a Underwaterangel — Bowen Island, Nex̱wlélex̱m (Pebbly Beach) — Get your tickets.

July 11, 2022 with Ms.PAN!K — Gabriola Island, Kalachmenup (Silva Bay) — Get your tickets.

July 12, 2022 with Ms.PAN!K — Ladysmith, Tí7tkeméle (Transfer Park) — Get your tickets.

July 13, 2022 with Ms. PAN!K — Location TBD — Ticket Page Coming Soon.

July 14, 2022 with Renee Layla — Pender Island, SDȺY¸ES (Port Browning Marina)  — Get your tickets

July 15, 2022 with Renée Layla — Salt Spring Island, Shiya'hwt (Ganges Harbour) — Get your tickets.

July 16, 2022 with Renée Layla and Doug Thistle-Walker — Galiano Island, Sum'nuw (Montague Harbour) — Get your tickets.

Join an on-the-water, paddle powered music festival!

RAVEN  is paddle-powered! Bringing together allied businesses and impassioned community members, we're hosting a series of floating concerts in communities all over to raise funds and awareness for Indigenous-led legal challenges.

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Ready to Grab a Paddle for Indigenous justice?

In summer 2020, RAVEN held a floating concert that brought people together in the midst of a pandemic to have a safe, fun concert experience. Since that first show, we've held 10 concerts raising over $80k for Indigenous justice.

From protecting the seabed and foreshore in Heiltsuk’s Great Bear Rainforest to pushing back against non-consensual mining in Gitxa’ala territory, RAVEN’s on-the-water events are using the power of the crowd to protect coastal ecosystems and communities.

With 6 feet of distance between each paddle-powered watercraft, this is a safe and fun way to gather friends and community in celebration of the beautiful waters where you live, in support of Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protection.

Summer 2022 Salish Sea Tour

From July 7-16, we’ll be touring the Salish Sea aboard the Providence, a gorgeous wooden sailing ship that will serve as a stage for Festival Afloat. Launch your kayak, canoe or rowboat and pull up to hear concerts played from the deck of the ship. 

July 7th:     Vancouver, Jericho Beach
July 8th:     Bowen Island, Pebbly Beach
July 9th:     Bowen Island, Pebbly Beach
July 11th:    Gabriola Island, Silva Bay
July 12th:    Ladysmith, Transfer Park
July 13th:    Location TBD
July 14th:    Pender Island, Port Browning
July 15th:    Salt Spring Island, Ganges Harbour
July 16th:    Galiano Island, Montague Harbour



Festival Afloat: Ways to Play


RAVEN provides all the materials you need to host a floating concert or on-the-water livestream. Ready to  bring people together and have fun?


Use your brand to boost Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protection. Sponsor an event with your business or workplace.


Floating concerts are popping up all over. Check out upcoming and past shows near you: and hey,  if there isn't one in your area, attend a livestream!

Changing the Landscape, One Victory at a Time.

“It’s not every day that we come across an organization such as yours that would assist First Nations with such a cause as ours. Mahsi cho for all your efforts and RAVEN for providing fundraising and support to the Peel Land Use Planning court session. It has been an honor to work with you on this initiative.”

— Chief Roberta Joseph, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in

"We are the legal agents in this world. We all have the opportuntiy to practice law: sometimes that's done by standing with Indigenous Peoples and working with them in direct ways,  but also it means in some instances providing resources to help Indigenous Peoples as they're raising their voice. And so, providing resources is actually a practice of law. It's a custom that can be used to put us in relationship with one another."

— John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria

"One of the upsides of these fights is that they have created the wonderful opportunity to bring an awful lot of good people together. And as we move forward into our history, our coalitions our alliances are becoming a lot more broad based, and collectively we are taking ownership of the fact that this is our home. And our home is worth defending."

— Saul Brown, Heiltsuk Reconciliation Negotiator