To costume, or not to costume? That is the Question.

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More than ten years ago I embarked on an epic journey to my very first music festival: Soundwave. Each trip was a tale

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Copyright Xavier Photography

of adventure, triumph and friends coming together. Every year my amigos and I would bring colour co-ordinated outfits and elaborate costumes in order to partake in what I liked to call: Neverland. Music Festivals became a place where I could be completely free, throw aside all my commitments to work and school and enjoy from 3-8 days of complete indulgence. Whether it be sun tanning, dancing beside 3 of my best friends on a log on the beach to my favourite music, dressing up as if we were still 5 years old or drinking before noon, we took every opportunity to explore our true selves as we hid away amongst the trees. Since then I have gone to Shambhala, Sasquatch, Victoria Electronic Music Festival, Tall Tree and this year I will attend Bass Coast for the first time. At each festival I have gone to I have seen some elaborate costumes; ones you can tell have taken months to plan and/or create as well as others that had been thrown together last minute.

So my question to you is: Do you dress up? Why or why not? Should Resonance uphold this tradition or will this be a new scene all together?

There is no right or wrong to this question; I am merely interested in hearing your perspective.

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Copyright Xavier Photography

For me, I plan on dressing up with the rest of my wolf pack on Saturday. Fur and all. Feel free to join us; but if it isn’t your scene don’t feel as though you must partake. Resonance is what you make of it; it is exactly what you need–whatever that may be.

Kalisi ❤


Photos Courtesy Xavier Photography


Food for the Soul: Resonance Amenities

home-banner1Our friends at the Refined Diner decided to share their menu choices with us. Here is what you can expect:

$8 Crispy cheese burger
$8 Falafel po’ boy
$8 Oyster po’ boy
BBQ tacos $4 each 3 for $10
$7 Poutine
$3 Home made French fries

Breakfast Options:

Sandwiches and possibly pancakes for $5

And drip coffee for $3

Any special requests? They may add some surprises!

More Packing Tips: Food Edition

Pretty much the only difficult thing about going to a Music Festival is packing your stuff in to the camp site areas then packing it back out three days after partying your heart out. Your feet are swollen and sore, your back hurts, you leg muscles are stronger but more tender, and you haven’t had a good night’s sleep in at least three days. So, here are some tips:

432195_578737632159454_242699140_n1.  Decide what meals you are willing to purchase at the event. Recently I have opted to buy a delicious breakfast every morning as well as a delicious dinner. It is way less hassle and will usually cost you $10 or less per meal. At Tall Tree Music Festival in Port Renfrew I was able to get breakfast for $4-8 and dinner for $6-10. At Resonance we will have the delicious Refiner Diner Food Truck available for breakfast, lunch AND dinner!

2. When you go grocery shopping pick up a few snacks that are easy to consume when dehydrated. How many times have you bought crackers and cookies only to find they are hard to eat because you’ve been drinking? Here are some suggestions:

a) Pre-make a fruit salad and place in a tupperware container and put it in your cooler. Make sure to pack some forks/spoons and a drizzle of lemon juice on top so it doesn’t brown.

b) Canned fruit is always delicious (peaches, nectarines, pine-apples). But again, don’t forget the can-opener!

c) Fruit sensations Apple sauce/peach sauce/berry sauce. They are good for those mornings when you really don’t feel like eating anything.

d) Pre-make veggies and dip.

2. Forget about lunches. From my experience most people are having too much fun at this point so don’t bother packing anything for lunch unless you are a huge foodie. Once again, you have the option of buying food if you are starving and don’t have any left.

These are great for storing food

These are great for storing food

3. Pack everything in to a clear tupperware container. That way it is easy to find what you are looking for and you don’t have to dig. Put all your utensils in there as well. Just make sure to store it in your tent in case you have some hungry neighbours!

4. Bring a liquid breakfast. If you have had too much fun the night before it may seem impossible to eat. Therefore, I always suggest buying a pack of boost. These are also great for mid-day recharges and you can always put a shot of Bailyes or Kahlua in it!

5. Make sure to purchase some Gatorade or Powerade. This is perfect for hangovers and restores your electrolytes after dancing for 5 hours straight. Also, bananas are good for this as well but are often hard to keep from browning.

6. Pack one or two meals for the trip. You will most likely be putting this together the first night of the event when you have lots of energy and want to sit around a camp stove with some of your best pals; I mean let’s be honest, you probably won’t see them for a day or two after this! Music Festivals have a way of swallowing up your friends. Some ideas:

a) Burgers! Who doesn’t love burgers?

b) Do a potluck and get everyone to bring something like potato salad, pasta salad, tuna salad, etc.

If you think carefully before you purchase food you can make it easier to pack things out the next day! Of course these are just my suggestions: you know yourselves better than I do. Pick some of your favourite treats but just don’t over pack. There is nothing worse than wasted food or crushed up bags of chips nobody can eat.

Party safe and stay Gorgeous!

Kalisi ❤

The Importance of Keeping Clean at Music Festivals…

“It’s 9am Monday morning and you’ve had an amazing time with friends old and new, and all you want to do is pack up and get on the road. So what do you do? You decide to leave one of your tarps that ended up having a whole in it; the camping chair you brought that has been destroyed by a neighbour and the garbage that scatters your camp site. You’re too tired and you just want to get home to have a shower.”

If this sounds like you, or someone you know who is coming to Resonance, please pre-plan so this doesn’t happen! Because if you don’t clean up, that means someone else will have to and that just isn’t fair. They’ve had the same experience you have; so please follow this simple list of things you can do to help us help you have a great time and be able to do this all over again next year!

Human eye with the recycling emblem inside File contains gradients1. As soon as you set up your camp site; put together a garbage and recycling station. Let your friends know which bag is bottle recycling and which bag is for garbage. As soon as one is full, tie it up and bring it to one of the many recycling/garbage stations around the venue for staff to collect.

2. When the sun begins to beckon you out of your tent each morning and you can see the debris left from the night before; have a 1 minute clean up party with your camp site! Get everyone to help grab a few pieces of garbage and place them in the appropriate bags (personally, I always liked to get pals to do this when there was already some drinking involved. They are much more likely to help out then). 

3. If you plan on sneaking out nice and early on Monday; try to clean up as much as you can on Sunday night. But please try to reserve 5 minutes or so in the morning to pack everything up and leave no trace. images

We will be trying our best to keep the garbage and recycling areas nice and clean throughout the whole festival so we would appreciate it if you worked with us and made this a smooth clean up for everyone 🙂

Have a great party and keep clean!

Kalisi ❤

An Interview with PHOTON: The Visual Master

oneside PhotonHi I’m Photon and I love Visuals ~

If you’re going to Resonance then you’re in for a treat. I’ll be mixing Live camera feed , CG graphics and DVD content together esthetically synced to the music on big screens. I’ve been doing visuals for 13 years and loving it.  I will be using a Centralized mixer and I will feed it different video sources; this works great and produces an awesome esthetic.  My favorite part of my job is that I get to assist people in expanding their sense of reality by using visuals of a conscious and colorful nature. Partygoers should expect a show that will knock their socks off.  My show is unique in the sense that I draw my content from a place in my heart so I know that people will feel my visuals on a core level.  Soundwave music Festival was the one festival that stands out in my mind the most and I am lucky to be working with
a lot of the same crew at Resonance. My hopes for Resonance is that it offers a safe and inspiring place to meet new people, share in some fun, and make some decent memories for the future. From the very beginning my fans have inspired me to be the best that I can be and they can keep expecting new and different perspectives from my art… thanks for loving it!  See you on the dance floor!

Photon out….


Interview with Headliner: Rennie Foster

Rennie-Foster_by-Mark-Oxley-860x1288Rennie Foster took the time out of his busy schedule to do an interview with us! Here is what we learned and wanted to share with you:

My name is Rennie Foster, also known to some as the infamous B-Boy, Dub Nut One. I was born and raised in Victoria, BC, where I discovered breakdancing, graffiti, and skateboarding in the 80s and have been involved in forging paths in underground subculture there since then. I built my first DJ set up, well over 20 years ago from pieces that I acquired at Radio Shack, Value Village,  and The Salvation Army. In 1988, I discovered “House Music” through mix tapes coming from the Eastern US and have been on a mission to make everyone dance to it since then. I have twin daughters, now 13, that I have raised on my own since they were toddlers. I moved away from Victoria to Toronto, then to Tokyo, Japan, and have been there for the last decade. I returned to Canada in 2011, and now I live in Vancouver. I have released a lot of records, especially with Detroit labels, like Transmat, Soiree, Subject Detroit, Teknotika, Motech etc. and other classic labels like Synewave and F-Communications. I currently record for Rebirth Records, Thoughtless Music, and some other labels, including running my own small label, Dirty Works.

What type of music do you play?

I play my own original style that is related to House Music and Techno, but not any particular “sub genre”. It is influenced by many eras and movements of underground dance music and is shaped by attempting to bend rules and definitions rather than following them. It doesn’t fit into any of the usual boxes, but you could say it is something like, “housey techno and techy house music”, but certainly NOT “tech-house” haha.RF-by-Mark-Oxley-4

What should we expect from you at Resonance?

To turn it out.

 How long have you been playing music?

I have been involved in music in one way or another since I was a kid.

What is your favourite thing about performing at Music Festivals vs. Clubs?

I like both, for different reasons. I am definitely known more as a club DJ I think, but I also like playing festivals. Just being outdoors, under the stars or sun, and in nature, is a very fitting environment for the dance ritual I try to evoke when I DJ.

 What should partygoers expect from you?

What they give on the floor I will try to give back with all my heart and ability. If you would like to check out what I am about musically, please tune into my weekly LIVE broadcast, every Monday night at 9:00 pm @

 What is unique about what you offer?

I think I have my own way of thinking about DJing, that is unique to my experiences touring, and being around, and involved in so many eras of the dance music movement. I have learned a lot from mentors such as Laurent Garnier and Derrick May about programming music in such a way that has a lot of artistic merit. I try to show commonalities throughout many musical ideas that will change the musical perspective of the dancer. My style of mixing is also unique, drawing influence from Hip Hop turntablism and Detroit techno, it’s a chunkier and sometimes aggressive style that is different from the smooth blends favoured by many DJs, although the smooth blend is an influence too.

Tell us about your favourite music festival experience (as a performer or attendee).

In Japan I played the Nagisa Festival several times, both in Tokyo and Osaka. It’s a festival that draws approx. 40,000 attendees and is just an amazing experience. I also had the honour to play the first ever Soundwave, when it was just a small event with a few local DJs. I had no idea it would grow to be the legend it became well I was away in Japan. I also played the first VEMF, and then returned as a headliner in 2010. It was fantastic to see the growth of my hometown’s dance music community. I am so proud of the people that continue to put so much love and energy into it, often against many odds.

What are your hopes for Resonance?

I hope to see a successful event for all involved, with no serious problems, and a good time had by all. In the days of “EDM”, where everything seems to be about being as big and popular as possible, I like to see an event with a theme of quality over quantity, and being for people who truly want to be a part of it. Back to the grass roots of the movement.

Who have inspired you to do what you do?

That’s a very deep question. Artists like Frankie Knuckles, Todd Terry, Derrick May etc. are both inspirations and influences, but also non-musical entities, like Malcolm X, or Keith Harring, have been massive inspirations, many “non famous” people as well. No one has been more inspirational to me than my twin daughters, Dahlia and Mariko, who have profoundly shaped me as a person and artist.

 What is one thing you want your audience to know about you and/or your performance?

I am profoundly dedicated to what I am attempting to do artistically. It is literally, my life’s purpose. If you open your heart and mind to me on the dance floor for a couple hours, I will give you everything I’ve got in return. It’s not just performance or entertainment to me, it is a ritual, and a communication, through art and music. As deep into that as you want to go, I will go with you.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Yes! Please check out some new releases this summer such as my “Legionnaire” EP on Thoughtless Music, my “Nagisa” EP on Restructured Records, my track “Floatilla” on the Beyond The Dance 4 compilation, on Derrick May’s Transmat label, my track “Low Boxing” on the “Reverence” compilation, on Soiree Records, Detroit, and my track “World Keeps Reachin'” on the “Golden Tracks” EP, released on French label, Blooming Souls. Please tune into my weekly LIVE radio show “Unknown Pleasures”, EVERY MONDAY at 9:00 PM (PST) on Thank you very much! See you at Resonance!

Rennie was even nice enough to share some free music for download! Check them out here:

RFlogoBDJ Mix for Free Download (with track list)

2 FREE tracks for download

Resonance Headliner: Worthy (FREE DOWNLOAD!!))

avatars-000042341348-s78lf7-t200x200In the late 90’s after moving to New York City, he met good friend Justin Martin and was exposed to the sounds of people like LTJ Bukem, Stacey Pullen and Sasha. These artists greatly influenced his early ear while the expanding dance music scene encouraged him to play records of all genres; from hip hop to breaks to techno and drum ‘n’ bass.

In 2001 Worthy set up his studio and began producing house and techno music and DJing around the city. He later conspired with Christian Martin, Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke to co-create a fresh take on outdoor parties, rightly named Dirtybird.

2006 brought the launch of Worthy’s label, Anabatic Records. Originally intended as an outlet for the release of his own music, Anabatic quickly branched out to take on new artists. Anabatic has been providing a steady stream of high quality tech house and has been gaining the praises of top DJs and Producers around the globe for its edgy new sound.

In 2007 Worthy broke out as a producer with his release of Irst_Te? on Dirtybird, Crack EL EP on Leftroom, and Bass Quake and Mummer EP on Anabatic. Worthy’s music production has been showing up on DJ charts across the world and has been played by everyone from Carl Cox to Sven Vath to Ben Watt.

Resonance is ecstatic to have such an amazingly talented artist headliner during their first year in action. To get a taste of what you will be hearing over the weekend, download his July 2013 Northern Nights Promo Mix. This guy will have you dancing on a log with 3 of your best mates in NO time!

Stay Gorgeous,

Kalisi ❤


Saturday July 20th, 2013

Dj Alex Joy

Dj Alex Joy

One week before we embark on our journey of resonation we take over the decks at our favourite bar: Hush night club. This is a chance for us to get to know each other a little better before we spend three majestic days together  amongst lush forests and bath together in an ice cold Cowichan River.

Hush promises a night of quality house music from:

Alex Joy (dirtyworks , kutloose | Bali)

and two of your local friends
J-Feud and Solomon Potashnick

Sometime between 1am-2am we will be announcing the winner of a FREE RESONANCE FESTIVAL TICKET so be sure to stick around for this!

For up to date info join our Facebook Event!

Stay Gorgeous,

Kalisi ❤


A sneak peek at our river front property…

Nothing beats the hot summer sun than a dip in a crystal clear river! That’s just one of the reasons why Resonance Festival is the perfect place for you to party this summer. Check out these amazing images:

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For those of you who have already purchased tickets, are you as excited as I am?

And for those of you that haven’t, what are you waiting for? Purchase tickets HERE before it’s too late!

Kalisi ❤