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DJ Kookum with Sierra Baker
(With Missy D)
Kookum is an Indigenous DJ and videographer from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, and Cold Lake First Nations, their maternal Denesuline traditional territory. Based in Vancouver, Kookum has been making a name for themself across the country and here at home. Kookum is an open format DJ but grew up listening to EDM and Hip Hop music. With club residencies, one-off gigs, and through work as the official DJ for Snotty Nose Rez Kids, this diverse mix diva slays on the decks and always keeps it hype, fresh, and unpredictable. In addition to DJing, Kookum works as a video editor and music supervisor for a children’s television series entitled Coyote Science, facilitates videography and DJ workshops, operates sound and lighting for community dance parties, and works as a DJ mentor at a weekly youth drop-in program called The Hip Hop Drop.
Sierra Tasi Baker is an award-winning Squamish Nation, Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Tlingit, Haida, and Hungarian designer, community consultant, entrepreneur, artist, and storyteller. Sierra is a trained contemporary dancer with over 12 years of experience in the performing arts. Sierra began performing as a professional fire and circus performance artist in 2013, starting the process of combining circus arts and contemporary dance with Coastal values, material culture, and protocols. Sierra is one of the choreographers for Butterflies in Spirit, an Indigenous dance group that raises awareness for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Womxn started by #MMIW activist Lorelei Williams. Sierra has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s in Sustainable Urbanism from University College London (UK). In addition to her movement work she also recently served as a consultant and curator for Vancouver Mural Festival.
DJ Kookum’s set will be followed by a performance by Missy D.
Presented in association with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
Presented with the additional support of