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The sounds of Vancouver's 'Pride & Joy'

By Jackie Wong 4 Aug 2006 | TheTyee.ca

Jackie Wong is interested in the intersections between journalism, education, and community building. She works as a freelance writer, editor, and writing instructor. She is the managing editor of Megaphone magazine, Vancouver's street newspaper. Jackie co-teaches an introductory journalism class for inner city residents and teaches new media studies and journalism through UBC and SFU.

Jackie's Connection to BC: She's a Vancouver lifer: she grew up in North Vancouver and Hastings Sunrise.

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The 2005 Vancouver Dyke March. Photos by Michelle Mayne.

The Vancouver Pride Society has been hosting a number of pride events this summer, including the East Side Pride Festival, Picnic in the Park, and last week's Homopolooza. Festivities conclude this weekend with the 28th annual Vancouver Pride Parade and after-parties of all varieties. And festivals aren't festivals without the music that propels them: the musical soundtrack to this summer's pride has been as diverse as the audience it celebrates. Here's a brief sampling of artists performing at pride events this summer, all of whom are local acts you're likely to hear more of beyond the stretch of Sunday's parade.

Lesismore is a Vancouver jazz quartet that has performed numerous times at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and appeared at Homopolooza last Sunday. They're coming down swinging with heavy-handed blues and danceable soul. Sample a short four-song compilation here.

DJ Betti Forde has established herself as a mainstay at Celebrities nightclub and as part of the underground electronic trio Stinkmitt . You'll find her spinning every night this weekend at pride events, including a Celebrities show with Diplo on Friday night, at the Lick on Saturday, and a double bill at The Mansion and Shine on Sunday.

Sarah Noni Metzner performed at the East Side Pride festival in July. Noni Metzner combines folk, roots, and blues with her own environmental activism. She's just released a new album, and can be heard here. She'll tour through interior B.C. this month, with another Vancouver stop at the Railway Club on August 13.

Geoff Berner is a gentleman, scholar and accordion master. He sings about high rent and rabbis, and will be playing at the Vancouver Pride Festival this Sunday at Sunset Beach.

Jackie Wong edits The Tyee's Music Pix and assists in editing Tyee Books.  [Tyee]

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