Dear friends, Happy New Year!!!!
This is my first post for 2017 and I know exactly where I would like to begin! As we already know the almighty Shambhala Music Festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year in Salmo, BC. I will be returning for my second visit this year and before I continue I would like to add that after having attended TomorrowWorld, Veld, Digital Dreams, Chasing Summer, 3 EDC's in Las Vegas, Dreamstate LA and going to all kinds of events in Europe, Shambhala was truly an experience of its own. The human energy at this festival alone makes it stand out more than all the aforementioned. Trust me when I say that I’ve used the word, ‘magical’ in relation to two specific places ONLY… magic shows and Shambhala.
I arrived at the grounds with very little to low expectations, after all, I was a self proclaimed festival veteran at this point and thought I can handle practically anything a festival would have to throw at me. Its safe to say, Shambhala proved me wrong! Lets take a second to imagine being at the receiving end of something similar to a Care Bear stare by the entire cast on the childhood cartoon show! Approximately 10,000 like-hearted, golden spirits all celebrating our existence and dancing day-in & day-out for 5 days! The experience trekking from stage to stage was jaw dropping. Stages weren’t far apart from each other, making the walk easy and when going from one to the next it was also easy to be disoriented considering there are no signs that were guiding you through the darkness & flickering lights. The walk isn't something to feel overwhelmed by but to relish! Theres simply, so much going on! Sensory overdrive is what I felt when standing in the pit, right at the front of the Village stage when Excision’s music travelled through the ground and into my body haha! It took the phrase, 'feel the music' to a whole other level! The stage and set was curated for every second of his music, it was by far my favourite set of the weekend as I did not know what I was walking into. Listening to it over Soundcloud doesnt compare to the live experience of seeing him in the Village.
The village to me replicated being in the Planet of Apes with the energy... everyone ‘going gorilla’ to the sound of dub step, drum n bass and other bass heavy genres and graced by artists like Snails, Andy C and Casp and Rukso. I would make my way over to the Pagoda (main stage) whenever I felt like I wanted to fill my void of not getting enough house music headliners in my hometown. Previously I hadn't seen acts Gorgon City, Autograf and What So Not who all are notable mentions for the weekend. The experience of getting to meet Rezz and her shouting me out after her set was definitely a highlight for me (it was her first time playing Shamb which she has since stated helped propel her career) & I can’t wait to see her sketchy, dark style grace our city, here in Winnipeg on February 8th!
The Amphitheatre with its total 'totem recall', the Living Room with its dreamy vibes and the Grove which felt like a scene out of Neverland with lanterns and treehouse features. Though I enjoyed all stages I must give my highest regard to Fractal Forest. I don’t think I’ve ever gone down the rabbit hole as deep as Fractal takes you with its 360 degree stage design in middle of the woods. Its paths criss-crossing through the surrounding tree-line with various entrances and exits leading to uncertain directions resembling the closest you would feel to being in Alice in Wonderland! I would love to go deeper into the many of the finer details but want to leave a lot out for you to explore… I can already feel that this upcoming year is going to be one for the books!
Even after giving you all some of my personal tidbits from Shambhala, I must add, I left out many of the best parts that made this festival such a personal experience. The connection to nature, to friends and strangers… the exploration of all the features of the land, the surprises that unfold around corners deep in the forest and the river that everyone lounges around all have their moments in building a communal experience. One that invokes you to truly express yourself and internalize your experience. Shambhala is something we Canadians can be proud to say is our own!
So what do we do to create these types of experiences when we are apart from places like Shambhala? What can we build in the mean time to keep our longing for connection to be fulfilled? Well I would like to welcome you all to come explore the mystery at Full Blüm on February 4th at the Pyramid Cabaret with our groovy, silly, sexy, bumpin', funky, Pagoda style vibes! Check out the event page by clicking the link below! I will see your beautiful faces and soulful vibes at Full Blüm!
Check it out ya'll!! Full Blüm Page - https://www.facebook.com/fullblumwinnipeg/?fref=ts
Peace & Love