(Festival Afloat on July 22nd/RAVEN)

A floating concert is taking place in Victoria, and matching donations for its fundraiser to boot!

The second show for the Festival Afloat music series in Victoria will take place on Thursday, July 29th beginning at 6 p.m on the Gorge Waterway near the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club.

Participants are encouraged to bring non-motorized floating devices such as paddleboards, floaties, or canoes and take off from the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club.

There are also on-land areas to watch and take in performances but event organizers said it is working to provide floating devices for anyone who doesn’t have one.

Performances are set to feature Kwakwaka’wakw & Songhees/Coast Salish musician Brianna Marie Dick and Vancouver singer-songwriter Cara Bateman.

Festival Afloat is a national series which premiered on Salt Spring Island on July 15th and is presented by Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs (RAVEN) — a fundraiser that recognizes the financial burden of Indigenous peoples’ seeking legal counsel.

The concerts in Victoria will fundraise for the West Moberly First Nations’ legal challenge against the Site C Dam.

For all donations contributed, RAVEN will match them.

The first floating concert took place on Thursday, July 22nd, and participants donated close to $4,000, making the total fundraised over $8,000.

Donations will provide legal counsel for Indigenous peoples. Currently, RAVEN is supporting nine First Nations with eight legal challenges.

“We’re the only charity in Canada that does this work,” Kathryn Juricic, development coordinator for RAVEN, told Victoria Buzz.
RAVEN Campaign Director, Ana Simeon, is scheduled for a speech between performances.

To purchase tickets or make a donation visit the link here.

Festival Afloat

Where: Gorge Waterway

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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