Pemberton Music Festival 2014

Pemby Fest 2014

2 months later and im finally writing my recap for the Pemberton Music Festival. Oops.

What a time. It’s hard to believe I actually won both of my festival and camping passes in a random contest. What are the odds right?

Ok so this was actually the first festival that I’ve ever camped at, which was fun/horrible since I was mellow sick with this awesome cough that I picked up from Calgary. Yaaaaayyyy. Anyways, my sister and I decided to drive up to the grounds Friday afternoon, set up our camp by like 2 or 3pm and head straight to the grounds to soak up some tunes.

Pemby Fest 2014

The festival grounds were ginormous, but not in a way that made it terribly inconvenient to walk from here to there. The mountainous background was totally breathtaking on Friday when the sun was fully out. Overall, the weather held up for most of the weekend and only sprinkled a little rain on the last couple days.

The vibes were so strong out there too. Pretty much everyone was on something which generally put the crowd in a good mood at all times. By day 3 however, you could totally see the strain everyone was putting on their bodies. So many people were either on crutches or limping around the grounds from getting too turnt and falling and twisting their ankle etc. There were so many walking braces and crutches on day 3. So many.

All in all, it was an amazing experience that i’m really glad I got to share with my sister. Sasquatch next year anyone?

The Best Of Times:
– Seeing Schoolboy Q live on the first night with a cameo by Kendrick for Collard Greens
– St. Vincent is a super talented robot babe who played both lead and rhythmic guitar for her entire set
– Wild Belle
– The Bass Camp stage set up was perfection
– Flying Lotus’s late night set was a religious experience
– RL Grime
– Justice
– Outkast
– Frank Ocean was honestly the best way to end the festival

The Worst Of Times:
– The walk into camp was the Worst. Time. Ever. End of story
– Araabmuzik decided to play a trance set which was really unexpected, in a bad way
– 5$ showers (which I didn’t even bother taking)

Shout outs to Josh and the fam for saving us a spot at camp and to all the chill friends I saw up there! I wish I wasn’t so sick so I could’ve stayed up and hung out more. Till next time.

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First Domestic Flight To Calgary

Vanessa in Calgary

I didn’t realize this at the time, but I’ve never taken a domestic flight before this trip (July 2014). I’ve been all over the States and to most of Asia, but I’ve never flown anywhere within Canada before. Naturally, the first time I choose to fly domestic, I go to Calgary.

If you’re going to go to Calgary for the first time, might as well go during the Stampede right? Wrong. Calgary during the stampede is like walking into a weird, sexualized, vaguely western themed, adult Disneyland. People come from all over to dress up in a cowboy boots, plaid and a cowboy hat to drink their faces off and have sex with anything that is similarly dressed. It’s a surreal thing to see.

I mean, props to all the legit cowboys out there wearing your legit cowboy gear, doing legit cowboy things. Turns out you can win real money riding angry horses for a living. It’s just a weird thing to see when you’re walking to brunch and you walk by a group of Daisy Duke wannabes doing yagger bombs.

Aside from the Stampede culture shock, I had a great time in Calgary. Hanging out with old friends, meeting new ones, eating good food, listening to good music, talking about dumb shit. The best. I doubt I’d ever go back on my own accord, but I feel like I experienced everything Calgary had to offer in the best way possible. Can’t be mad at that.

Huge shout outs to AJ though. You’re a truly good friend and I love and appreciate you very much. Thank you for everything.

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Summer Jamz 2014 – Snakehips

Snakehips

Soooo, I realize I haven’t posted anything here since like June. I can’t be that mad though, I was just out enjoying my summer! At least I have a lot of stuff to talk about for the next few weeks.

My summer this year, has been amazing so far. I went to visit some friends in Calgary, a couple music festivals, and a mini road trip, but those stories will have to wait. To soundtrack my adventures, I found myself mostly listening to tunes by the production duo Snakehips. I can’t really find out much more info about them besides the fact that they’re from London and their names are Ollie and James.

The Snakehips vibe is chill, groovy and totally danceable. Listening to their music, you’ll recognize some 90’s Hip-Hop instrumental cues layered with an infectious dance beat and contemporary vocals to make their songs sound somewhat nostalgic, but completely new at the same time.

We have just about a month of this gorgeous Vancouver summer weather left. Go outside and vibe out to some of these tunes with people you love.

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Sleepless in Singledom

Sleepless in Singledom

I’m gonna admit something here: I’ve been single for the better part of the past 4 years. It wasn’t really a conscious choice or anything, it just kinda happened, as most things do.

It’s not like I haven’t been trying to hang out with guys or whatever, because I have. I’m just waiting for that feeling. You know, that fluttery feeling you get when you see your person. Like how you feel when you catch a whiff of the hood of your sweater, and you can smell them. Because the last time you were together your hood tucked under his chin, because he’s taller than you, and some of his cologne rubbed off. It smells like campfire, and musk, and pine needles, and him. So you tuck your head into your hood to smell him again. To remember the last time you hung out together. You instantly feel so happy, and thought of, and cared about.

I’m not complaining though, at least that wasn’t my intention. You could say i’m just being self aware. Yeah, sometimes I get a bit lonely. All I really want is to hang out with someone, late at night, listening to music. That’s it.

Then I remember my friends. My close friends, my far friends, my new friends, my old friends, and I don’t feel so bummed anymore.

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So PLUR

So PLUR

Whether you’re a rave kid or not, it doesn’t really matter. Anyone can experience PLUR.

I used to rave when I was younger, before I really got into “clubbing.” I’m talking about massive raves though like, Dooms Night, Spooky, IMF, Solid, Insomnia and Fusion Dreams. Like glowsticks everywhere, modrobe pants and, “candy” bracelet raves. I used to obsess over Yoji Biomehanika and Tiesto back when he only played trance. I felt an emotional connection to the music, but not in a drug induced way because I never did any of the drugs. It was the purest form of PLUR for me.

You know that feeling you get when you hear a song that truly lifts your heart? Like when you’re listening to a song and all you want to do is close your eyes, wave your arms and just jump around or whatever? As if listening to that song forever will bring you all the love and happiness you could ever need in life? To me, that’s PLUR.

Below are some of my favourite past and present PLUR tracks of all time. Send me some of your favs?

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