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Event Archive - The Confluence: A day to skill share, be inspired and redefine creative community: Kia Kadiri, Mixmaster Muff, Ethan and Kyle, Rachel Flood, Adrienne Noble, Judy Stevens, Sabrina Bonfonti, Michelle Walker

Sun. March 27th 2005 @  440 West Hastings (All Ages)
11am - 6pm
The Confluence
A day to skill-share, be inspired, & redefine creative community.

Sunday March 27th
440 West Hastings St.

$5-15 sliding scale
11am – 6pm, free after 4:30

Food provided

Workshops 11am – 4:30pm

Free (style) Yourself
Kia Kadiri and Ndidi Cascade create a safe space and offer coaching to help you outrun your censor and find your own free flowing voice. Along the way they’ll dish out tons of practical tips for rhyming with a beat, including: timing, word play, and how to make friends with the phonetic alphabet.

How to Rock A Crowd
Whether you’re starting out or developing your style, let Mixmaster Muff school you. This DJ 101 workshop will cover essential DJ wisdoms, how-to: read your crowd, set an ambience, beat match, scratch and mix with multi-media. She’ll also touch on the business and etiquette of the club scene and basic equipment needs for starting out.

Dragging It Up With the Boyz
During this hour and bit workshop, local drag kings Ethan and Kyle will share all the drag info they can possibly pack in! Including: character building, song choice, proper binding techniques, packing (from the good old sock-cock to the fancy prosthetics), and last but not least, the essential, unspoken etiquette of the drag world.

Dissemination Is Not A Dirty Word!
Join two of Vancouver’s strongest women organizers and promoters, Rachel Flood and Adrienne Noble, for a workshop on organizing and spreading the word about your projects. Highlighting the benefits of combining art and activist movements, they’ll cover the basics of community organizing and everyday tips on how to effectively promote an event or series.

Money and Mindset
A conversation workshop where participants examine the beliefs and habits that often inhibit creative people from using their creativity and problem-solving abilities to solve their financial challenges. Through exercises, the participants will become aware of how their own reactions to decision making around money may be limiting their ability to thrive and expand the influence of their art.

Craft Jam
Bring your craft/art projects! In a society dominated by war and corporate interests, crafting in community can be a radical act. As you work, hear stories about various craft collectives; discuss their challenges, revolutionary impacts, and future potential. Also, be inspired and share tips for craft projects and craft groups. Facilitated by Sabrina Bonfonti.

The Confluence Event 4:30-6pm

Enjoy some eats and redefine creative community! Through activities and discussion, we will design the blueprint for a new on-line community forum for creative folks,

Michelle Walker, creator of, has been commissioned for this project by the Working Arts Society and will be in house.


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Kia Kadiri (Hip Hop, Rap, Jazz & Pop)

Hip-Hop and Rap improvistational specialist M.C. Kia is a popular Guest with bands like Naked Ear, Solid 7, Rainshadow, and the Stir Fry Crew. more info

Mixmaster Muff

L-Effect AKA Mixmaster Muff AKA Lisa started DJing at fifteen and promoting at seventeen. Since then, Lisa has proven to be a strong force within Vancouver's club scene and beyond (Resident DJ – Luscious Thursdays @ Celebrities). From human rights activist to scratch DJ and promoter, Lisa is one hell of a hot chick who adds great vibes to our cul... more info

Ethan and Kyle (drag kings)

The Boyz are local dragsters: Ethan, recently named the King of Celebrities, and Kyle of $3 bill. The Boyz are a local aspiring promo company who have been rocking the stages of Van since they were old enough to get into bars. They have showcased their talent everywhere from diversity weeks at local universities to the Stanley Theatre, from Prince ... more info

Rachel Flood (poetry/ spoken word)

Rachel Flood has been performing at and producing events in Vancouver for over six years. She has been instrumental in the creation of many local events and programs including: unrefined at the Sugar Refinery, the annual Sista'Hood Celebration, The Momentum Project and the New Forms Festival. She is the Executive Director of the Working Arts Societ... more info

Judy Stevens

Judy Stevens is a keynote speaker and facilitator whose joy is ‘Bridging the Financial Divide’ by demystifying financial reporting and management. She combines her art and business philosophy daily, as a speaker, facilitator, author, and accountant. Judy’s international business experience is in both the private and non-profit sectors. She... more info

Sabrina Bonfonti

Sabrina Bonfonti, while often enraged at the social and ecological injustices of the world, remains a firm believer in the path of creative and non-violent subversion. An active community organizer, Sabrina has over 8 years of facilitation experience in support settings and community projects. She is learning to tred lightly, speak from heart, lis... more info

Michelle Walker

Michelle Walker, web guru and online community expert, is creator of the community website By day she maintains websites for Canadian radio stations, by night she manages her web company Liminal High Media. In her spare time Michelle is actively involved in the Vancouver queer community, and countless other projects. more info