A/PPS began in 2019 with a day-long slow concert of ambient and experimental electronic music at the Yellowhouse Art Centre. In 2020 we pivoted to an online festival during the pandemic, and from that learned the value and accessibility of a hybrid festival with in-person, livestream and online broadcasts. Our season now includes the summer festival, Active/Passive, as well as BioSonic!, a spring event series, and additional concerts throughout the fall and winter.
We love to collaborate on productions, performances and media featuring ambient and experimental electronic musicians that grow audiences for the arts in our local community. Working in a rural and remote location, accessible only via ferry, we are one of very few organizations bringing music performances to our island. Our focus on these unique genres ensures that our local community has the opportunity to explore new-to-them artists, music, and performance styles.
We partner with LEÑA Artist Research Centre and Residency to offer our artists weeklong residencies to explore their practice. We also work with Yellowhouse Art Centre to connect our artists with their programming with youth and artists working in other media.
A/PPS brings together emerging and established artists, and connects performers working in disparate genres and communities. This builds connections and provides a nurturing performance space that supports artists as they explore and experiment. As producers and promoters, we strive to present diverse artist voices, especially to connect arts performance with space and place in the unceded, ancestral and stolen territories of the Penelakut, Lamalcha, Hwitslum and other Hul’qumi’num speaking peoples as well as the ceded territories of Tsawwassen First Nation.
Our values are derived from our mandate, and direct all of our work and the way we relate with artists, audiences, participants and communities.
Caitlin Pencarrick Hertzman, Chair
Jen Pearson, Treasurer
Amos Hertzman, Secretary
Adam Startin, Director
Brady Ciel Marks, Director
Roksan Parfitt, Director
Miguel Maravilla, Director
Max Vargas, Director
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