Ian Mackaye at S.P.A.C.E. Camp
Next month, Vancouver’s Safe Amplification Site Society will reach out to members of the local music scene with S.P.A.C.E. Camp (Skills for Performing Artists through Community Engagement). This two-day educational conference will feature a variety of local experts speaking about an assortment of music-related subjects.
“We’ve got about 24 topics that we’ll be having workshops and panels on,” Safe Amp secretary-treasurer Ryan McCormick told the Straight. “[Minor Threat-Fugazi frontman] Ian MacKaye agreed to come and be the keynote speaker.” Discussion topics include record labels, music theory, and ageism. There will also be a live concert featuring Calvin Johnson, Nü Sensae, and the Evaporators.
The conference will take place at Chapel Arts September 8 to 9. All of the talks will be free while the concert will cost $5. Proceeds will benefit Safe Amp, a nonprofit society that aims to establish what McCormick calls an “affordable, sustainable, legal, accessible all-ages music venue”.