Creators of a new Indigenous music festival are launching a record label

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The musicians behind last August’s Circles Festival will launch Land Back Records on Thursday at the Fortune Sound Club

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The producers behind Circles Festival, a new Indigenous music event last year in Vancouver, are throwing a big party Thursday night to launch their own label.

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Land Back Records is another first for Indigenous musical collaborators and will launch at the Fortune Sound Club with co-headliners Dakota Bear and Prezus, and a performance by special guest Prado Monroe.

“The evening celebrates history in the making for Indigenous artists,” Dakota Bear, hip-hop artist, activist and entrepreneur, said in a statement. “We bring our music, our arts and our culture to the international stage.”

Like the festival held in August 2021, this is an opportunity to share their stories and their voices.

“Indigenous people often don’t have safe spaces for their creative expression,” Bear said. “We are building these safe spaces, we are at the grassroots and doing the groundwork necessary to bring healing to our community.

“Music is a vehicle to convey our messages and amplify our voices. Music is a universal language that brings people together.

The launch party also includes other Indigenous artists and DJs, pop-up shops and Indigenous-led art installations. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Land Back Society, to “help build equity and the ability to reclaim Indigenous sovereignty.”

Tickets ($25) for the event — Thursday, May 5, at the Fortune Sound Club on East Pender — can be found here.

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