Schoolyard to Stardom: The story of Nanaimo hip-hop

Nanaimo hip-hop has grown over the years. What began as a few kids rhyming over instrumentals has transcended into a close-knit community, artists like Sirreal, Jinx TK, Konfidential, and many others elevating hip-hop in the harbour city by showing what they can do. Sirreal, aka Matt Dunae, recently raised over $20k for BC Children’s Hospital … Continued

Coming Soon: Arts events nanaimo

By Arts Editor Cheryl Folland WHAT Three time Juno Award Nominee, Jenn Grant, with special guest Rachel Sermanni WHEN April 5, at The Queen’s, 34 Victoria Cres. Early show, doors open 7 pm, show begins 8 pm. WHY YOU SHOULD GO Last time Jenn was here, she was in a duo, this time she’ll be … Continued

Kendall Patrick Peaks and Valleys

Above: 📷 courtesy of HYPE music By Arts Editor Cheryl Folland It only takes one listen to hear the depth of life experience and heartache in Kendall Patrick’s lyrics. A Nanaimo native, Patrick can be found most evenings working at The Vault Cafe. In this supportive community, with it’s creation-stimulating aesthetic, her strength as a poet and … Continued

Local Music Spotlight: Caleb Hart and The Royal Youths

Above: 📷 Cheryl Folland By Arts Editor Cheryl Folland On February 10, listening to Caleb Hart and The Royal Youths set up for soundcheck, at The Queens, and planning their two short sets, their chill vibe was already spreading. As each person shouted ideas, “we can do that” was the answer. In between last-minute decisions, I had … Continued

Local Hotspot: The Vault Cafe Open Mic Wednesday

By Arts Editor Cheryl Folland Over the next few months, The Nav will be showcasing local venues that provide a platform for artists looking to break into the music and spoken word scene. These venues focus on local comedians, musicians and poets by providing them with a once a week slot to get their work … Continued

Teenwolf & Static: Nowstalgic album review

Above: Photo via By Arts Editor Brendan Barlow Released October 1, and handed to me in public outside The Vault Cafe on an actual cassette, Nowstalgic is the debut release from Nanaimo rappers Teenwolf and Static. It is an 11-song album produced right here at The Chamber studio right down by the CHLY headquarters. … Continued

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