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Author Nick: Jaia
Name: Jaia Christopher
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Jaia Christopher is an enthusiastic and community-minded Vancouverite. Passionate about living on the West Coast, Jaia has been here five years since relocating from Halifax. Residing in East Van for the past four years, Jaia has been a core organizer of the Commercial Drive Car-Free Days since its first year four summers ago, running stages and coordinating volunteers and still contributes as a block captain for Car-Free summer spaces gracing Commercial Drive most summers.

A spirited dancer, Jaia can be seen inspiring movement and activating dancefloors all over the city, and has dedicated time to co-organizing Earthdance, the Intention gatherings and is a founding member of Just Danc- Journeys. A talented and engaging performer Jaia has expanded from his spoken word roots to encompass all forms all vocal sounding from beatboxing to toning, chanting, droning and freestyle poetry and remains active encouraging others to open up their voices and bodies. He recently invested in a Boss Rc-50 loop station to build vocal community and leads vocal-focused workshops. He is currently working on his third cd, as JAIAquarian, incorporating vocal loops, freestyled lyrics and polished poetics.

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Holding court at the Bike Lock-up

“What could be better than hanging out in the sun with music?”

I’ve got the Sarah stamp of approval

Sarah Edwards-Noel has been on the staff for only three months as the Volunteer Coordinator. With experience coordinating volunteers for the Arts County Fair, Fringe Festival and the Surrey Children’s Festival, Sarah was excited to come to work for the Festival. She’s already had her second cup of coffee after being at the Volunteer After-party […]

Dancing birds and the Queen of the dish pigs.

“particularly over stage 5 for some reason, the birds totally respond to the music.

Massage beneath the Willow Tree

massage and blue room are the committees people seem most grateful towards

Security tells it like it is

the changes to the “bazaar” or folk market outside definitely change the whole flavor of the festival.

The way volunteers are treated here really set the Festival apart.

how the the Festival treats the volunteers “really sets it apart”

Let the music massage you.

Greg Phillips has had an eight year hiatus since the last time he volunteered for the Festival.  Back then ,he says, they had a great kids area and his job was a lot of fun as the childrens’ entertainer. He taught them how to juggle and took them across the path to the beach to […]

Volunteering for the first time

Transitioning from an outside-the-gates folk market experience to get up-close with the music, stages and volunteers of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

music to the ears

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