Dj Kookum with KeAloha AKA DJ KoaKeA and Sport Mode @ HBD VEC
Victoria Event Centre
1415 Broad St, Victoria, BC V8W 2B2, Canada
The VEC turns 20! Let's raise the roof of our beautiful historic building, right in the heart of downtown Victoria, with a weekend of musical acts, burlesque performances and inspiring workshops. This birthday bash will include performances from Khari Wendell McClelland, Mx. Pucks A’Plenty, Sydni Deveraux, Dj Kookum, and more. The VEC is a product of 20 years of community support and independent art - please join us in celebration of this collective achievement!
Dj Kookum with KeAloha AKA DJ KoaKeA and Sport Mode @ HBD VEC
Saturday, May 6th
Doors 10 PM | Show 11 PM
19+ | ID required
Cheyanna Kootenhayoo AKA Kookum is a DJ and multi media maker from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, and Cold Lake First Nations, their maternal Denesuline traditional territory. Based out of Vancouver BC, Kookum has been making a name for their self across the country and is no stranger in the community.
Kookum is an open format DJ inspired by EDM and Hip Hop music. This diverse-mix-diva is a force on the decks and always keeps the party hype, fresh, and unpredictable.
Kookum tours nationally and internationally with the Snotty Nose Rez Kids. Holds down weekly DJ residencies. Facilitates videography and DJ workshops, operates sound and lighting for community dance parties, and works with youth as a DJ mentor. You can also catch DJ Kookum performing virtually for online festivals, curating online events, hosting online workshops, making beats in the studio, and selling merchandise on their online store.
Kookum has been a video editor for just over 10 years editing television, documentaries and promotional videos. Kookum is also the music supervisor for the children’s television series called ‘Coyote Science’ and host’s the Immersive Knowledge Transfer Podcast produced by the Indigenous Matriarchs 4 Media Lab.
KeAloha AKA DJ KoaKeA weaves soundscapes of Indigi-Pop wonder, fluidly owning the stage as a vocalist, drummer, and dancer. KeAloha is a mixed-Indigenous and chronically-ill artist based in so-called “Vancouver, BC". Her music carries essences of Alternative RnB, Latin-fusion, and Dream Pop mixed with sounds inspired by her Hawaiian, Tahitian and Lheidli T'enneh Indigeneity. Lianne La Havas meets Anderson Paak, Keali’i Reichel meets Thundercat. With the grounding force of her foundation as a drummer, KeAloha’s music packs treats for those with a decolonial sweet tooth.
This project was born out of necessity. “Living with chronic illness is like being a bird asked to learn a life on the ground. What I have cultivated is the power in shape-shifting, the beauty in unplanned paths, the relationships that bloom through deepened empathy, and the ancestral voices of resilience.”
The fall of 2021 to present has seen KeAloha across stages and festivals in Turtle Island, including Indigenous Day Live presented by APTN, Music Waste, Vines Festival, Shipyards Festival, and BreakOut West. With her debut album rooting to bloom in 2023, KeAloha invites us into a world of Indigenous Futurisms.
Sport Mode is a house DJ from Victoria BC who brings heavy melodic beats to the dance floor. She recently played the main stage at Song and Surf music festival and holds a residency in the projection room at Vancouver's renowned Fox Cabaret. Sport Mode is the electronic moniker for Claire Butterfield, who has held many forms in Victoria's music scene for the better part of two decades. She was a founding member of the alt-folk trio Fox Glove, and has recorded and performed with many other acts over the years including Carmanah and Sam Weber. She directs The Village Choir with Oliver Swain, which has quickly become one of Victoria's most sought-after choral ensembles. As a DJ she is heavenly influenced by the likes of Peggy Gou, Solomun, and Fred Again, and face-melting bass lines and heart-melting melodies are the name of her game. When Sport Mode is in the booth, you won't be able to stand still.
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We would like to respectfully acknowledge that the territory on which this event takes place is on the traditional, stolen, unceded land of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge the rich cultural history of the many peoples and rituals that have been affected by the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.
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