2826 Nanaimo St.

Victoria, British Columbia​​

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+ 1 (250) 867-5309

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The studio offers 24/ 7 access for our residents and their guests:

 

Quiet Hours:​

Monday - Sunday: 8 am - 9 pm ​​

  • Spotify
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With gratitude, we acknowledge that we are situated on the unceded and unsurrendered lands of the Lekwungen Peoples. This acknowledgement serves as a reminder for us, as Settlers and guests, to act in accordance with respect and love towards this land and its people.

Submersive Tribe Studio has limited wheelchair accessibility. There are two washrooms, that are shared with VIC VR. If you have any other questions or concerns about accessibility, please contact us.

AGM 2020 Nominees



3rd Part Harm Reduction Liason



Adrian Oberg (The Celium)


I am interested in working as the Harm Reduction 3rd Party liaison for Submersive Tribe. My organization, The Celium, has been providing information, safe-partying supplies, safe spaces, consent education and overdose response at BC music festivals and events since 2017, and are pleased to be bringing this service to Submersive. Having attended a few parties at Submersive Studios, I am fond of the culture being developed. The crowd that your shows bring is typically respectful and seems to know how to keep an eye out for one

another. Knowing this, there are always unforeseen circumstances and it is our mission at events to maintain a visible presence that can establish contact with guests so that they know who to inform should any incidents arise. With our table set up, The Celium will have the opportunity to fine-tune attendees’ knowledge about substance use and safe sex practices, and promote harm reduction culture by bringing these discussions into the open, balancing responsibility and fun!





Madison Mack (WILD: Collaborative Harm Reduction Services)


WILD Collaborative Harm Reduction Services is kept alive by individuals who care for

the safety, care and experience of event participants. Harm reduction is a great aspect of events, and is an easily accessible way to reduce barriers to information and safety. Working with events, festivals and small non-profit agencies is where the change starts. It is the outreach and the personal interactions that keep event goers safe. Harm reduction is a perfect way to end stigma when it comes to substance users of all kinds, recreational users and friends of participants. Working alongside agencies that strive to achieve fun and safe spaces, to promote local artists and promote community is our goal. Submersive Tribe follows our values of community, safety, and over all enjoyment. Should we work together, we can strive to end stigma and cultivate safe spaces for individuals of all walks of life to access knowledge, fun and enjoy local talent.




Marketing Team



Jono Yervantian (Marketing Director)

Over the last 11 months I’ve served as the Marketing Director for Submersive Tribe. During this time the Submersive Tribe brand has gained significant traction and popularity in our community, and our events and workshop attendance has risen significantly. Thanks in large part to the amazing work of our entire volunteer-based leadership team. I hope to continue to be able to lend my expertise wherever required, especially in the realms of marketing, social media and sales strategies.

My current position as a Business Solutions Manager for TELUS Business, and previous experience as a successful Marketing Director at GIO, and Business Sales Manager with Vodafone in Australia provides me the skill set required to develop and deploy effective marketing strategies and to build strategic relationships with key stakeholders in our community critical in driving our marketing efforts.

My passion for the arts and music drove me to produce and perform under the moniker SIDEWAY. This passion coupled with my knowledge and experience make me an ideal candidate for the Marketing Director position.

Thank you for your consideration.






Blair Anderson

(Branding and Graphics Coordinator)


Greetings I am Blair Anderson, I'm seeking nomination for Director of Branding & Graphics.  I come with over 15 years of experience creating digital media for events all across the country. Many of you know my work locally as "Digital Alchemy".  Coupled with my graphics expertise, I am a veteran DJ  in the BC music scene, I have promoted countless shows and have had my hand in creating world class festivals.  I feel with this combined experience and time involved in the growth of the dance music community over the last 20 years makes me an ideal candidate for this position.




Hajer Mustafa (Promotions & Street Team Coordinator)

My name is Hajer and I am running for the Promotions/ Street Team Coordinator position at Submersive Studios. I have been a student for years and find solace in my volunteerism- especially within conscious communities. In the fall of 2018, I began my ambassador roll at Bass Coast Festival & also with the Deep, Dark & Dangerous Operatives. It is my hope that I can take the core competencies learned within these teams and help bring the fun to the collective that exists in Victoria. I believe that the assets I have acquired throughout volunteering with these teams, as well as the workshops/ courses I have taken at UVic, will allow for the Studio & Society to blossom into the new year. Leadership through these avenues brings me joy and I trust that Submersive is a beautiful place/space for me to create while also helping others. With this, I submit my application for Promotions/ Street Team Coordinator.



Elise Lauren (Marketing Support)



Communications and Programming


Phill Phan - Chief Operations Officer Jules Youngberg - Systems and Technology Coordinator Madi Bishop - Systems and Technology Support

Allan Lomas, Dylan Wasney, Phill Phan - Studio / Facility C





Productions and Fundraising



Dylan Wasney (Productions and Fundraising)

My name is Dylan Wasney and I am applying to be the Productions & Fundraising DAL as well I’ll be applying for vice Treasure or Treasure stand in for Submersive Tribe until a qualified Director is appointed. My background is in engineering, Business and Productions. Having studied engineering for 5 years at the University of Victoria I Specialized in systems and signal processing which has become exceedingly relevant to sound and lighting applications. In the past I have lead many productions on the scale of single and multi-day bush raves, Club events, 3 rd party festival sound tech and stage managing positions. I have had the pleasure of collaborating on Productions with but not limited to the following: Digital Motions, Blue Print Entertainment, Atomic Productions, Kindle Arts Society, Social Sound, A life Awakened, FDK, Dubversified Culture, Public Address and more. As a child I had always had a strong connection to music as it’s brought me the most Joy in my life and is always on the forefront of my mind. Music is the Vibration of the space connecting us and everything that exists physically emits vibration, there is nothing more real and it brings people together. Music gets us through hard times, and adds to the good times it is ever persistent and progressing. This affinity for music is what started Submersive Tribe and it is this love for Music that made Submersive Tribes culture spread and it’s for that culture that I want to be on the board of Directors for Submersive Tribe. With this history and Knowledge at my back I believe I will be a valuable asset to the team and a reliable Director at Large for Productions and Fundraising.




Crystal Millions (Art & Decor Coordinator)


Hi, my name is Crystal Millions and I am applying to be the décor/artistic lead for Submersive. My background can contribute in two ways, one being how I am arts affiliated with years of experience in theatre and the visual arts. The other contribution being based in my social services work and awareness of diversity, oppression and the ongoing social issues that can affect the human spirit.

Over the course of 2 years, I have been actively volunteering to help décor/stage building when possible and have supported Submersive events. Submersive has created a safe and fun environment for me to grow in, and I owe a lot of my love of community to them. My roots of the community are here, and my passion is to create the most inclusive, diverse and awesome space for others to experience with me. It goes beyond the atheistic, and further into what makes a loving space for others to enjoy. With your vote, I hope to be able to continue in my lead position and further advocate for a mindful space.



Renn Hoffert

(Art & Decor Support)


My given name is Lauren however, recently have made a change to Renn. I use She/her

pronouns or they/them. I genuinely believe I am an outstanding candidate for Coordinator to assist with the Director with the intent to transition to non-profit status. I hope to help

Submersive to expand and become a balanced qualified music and arts collective.

About me: Foremost I am a maker, artist, creative and I encourage community connection through events and my business Refoundware.  Refoundware: Inclusive repurposed clothing and accessories integrating artists and recycled fashion wares. I find the items at thrift stores or other places that would probably being throwing away items. I then work with artists to modify the items with there artistic talent. I will be promoting artists who work on the pieces and providing them with full credit and bio write up on my site and or socials. Part of my values of my company Refoundware is to connect community at events and on my online collective. I am also newly appointed vendor coordinator for Dubversified Culture. I really enjoy working with vendors and making them feel supported. I have strong leadership skills;

seems I am always the one who took on training at any jobs I have held as I enjoy helping

people succeed and teaching. I have begun to host monthly clothing swaps, to help nurture community and adding a workshop component to do with mending clothing/diy clothes. I want to teach people about the nasty side of the fashion industry. It’s an extremely huge problem in our world. People in other countries are being exploited for there cheap labor to make a 5 dollar retail sweater. I want to host events where I do a showing of the documentaries centered around the fast fashion industry. Then add a workshop element of reusing and repurposing clothes to prevent them from being throw away. I am a firm believer in fostering community, growth, and expansion it’s part of my values of Refoundware.

I want to acknowledge the continued support from Dylan and Phil, in regards to help at previous Submersive vendor events. I am also incredibly committed to harm reduction, having worked as Volunteer Coordinator for Karmik Victoria. Coordination work as included festivals and club events in Bc area including Victoria. I have adhd, I have worked exceedingly hard on healing of my symptoms of my condition over the last years. My condition was left untreated since I was 12 and after loosing my job at Shopify I took the time to go on EI and pursue healing for myself. I am obsessed with learning and education. I am constantly looking to evolve. I have taken communication, boundaries, and self care courses doing an extensive seven month program called Bridges which helps women who have experienced trauma in there life time and helps them to rebuild themselves so they can re-

enter the workforce and be self sufficient. Currently enrolled in another course by Win that helps further the knowledge gained in Bridges program. I am a huge advocate of the Bridges program.


I am in the process to apply for the WorkBc self sufficiency entrepreneur program. This is a year long program working with industry experts to get mentorship on how to run a business from the ground up. I’m extremely dedicated person, have had the entrepreneur spirit since I was a young. I have held many mini businesses throughout my life. Learned sales with Shaw communications, did telemarketing and developed the skills to help me proceed with my business ventures. I am originally from Calgary Alberta, having moved here about 5 years ago. I found work with multiple types of different vendors at the ferry terminal market, and still do that in the summers part time as I enjoy talking with people and understanding their experiences. I am a skilled performer, having practiced the art of hula hooping for 9 years now. I also do fire hula hooping, and other flow arts. I do paid performances and love to showcase my talents and absolutely love hyping the crowd up! My goal for this year is to grow my business exponential and get more paid professional performances. I also feel there are issues in the industry of not paying performers. This needs to change as we bring such vibrant energy to events and add to the atmosphere. I honestly don’t see much difference between djs and performers. We are one in the same creatives! I am part of a performance group named Radiant Embers, and our goal is to foster change for performers and help by speaking up for them to get paid and supported properly. We work extremely hard, paying for and attending workshops, retreats, most times travelling at our own cost to advance our skills. It takes hours of continued practice to get as good to be able to perform on a stage. You also have to become comfortable being in the spotlight, network and promote yourself to find opportunities. I attend a lot of entrepreneur business style courses from free to paid around Victoria and online. I recently started going to Shopify’s local meet ups where an industry expert is brought in to give insider information. These free services help with connecting other Entrepreneurs. I realized there is a gap in the entrepreneur business world. Creatives are often left to figure out how to make their business viable and fit into the business world. I have since created a Facebook group to help foster one another to learn from our triumphs and challenges. I hope to host local meetups and have been doing video chats to help other creative types succeed. Lastly, I hope to get certified in the new few years to become a coach in order to help others in business and in their personal life to succeed. I feel I would be an excellent candidate for Subversive and am really excited to hear more about your journey.


Thank you for taking the time to read my long candidacy statement of intent.



Isaiah Fast (Build Coordinator)



Allan Lomas (Artist Relations)



Executive



Helena Arbuckle (President, Vice President)


My name is Helena, I use she/her pronouns and I'm seeking re-election as Vice-President or nomination as President of Submersive Tribe Studios. I sincerely believe I'm an excellent candidate to lead our non-profit transition and advance our transformation into a successful, sustainable and professional music and arts organization.


Below please find a bit about myself:

I'm a Settler from Tsuu T'ina Treaty 7 lands (Calgary), however, having spent the summer months growing up as a guest on Tseshaht and Hupačasath lands (Sproat Lake) I’m no stranger to Vancouver Island. I've been a guest on Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ lands for the past 7 years. I graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria in the spring of 2018, obtaining and accountable to a double Major in Philosophy and Political Science, and a Minor in Indigenous Studies. As my day job I work as a policy analyst, but I'm also a songwriter, MC and classically trained singer who performs under the alias Aporetic. I am passionate about bringing people together through courageous conversations, music, art and dance. I enjoy creating safe, inclusive spaces where people from all walks of life can come together to express themselves freely.


I started working with Submersive as the Artistic Director in the fall of 2018. Below is a list of my responsibilities and accomplishments working with Submersive thus far:

  • Organizing and recruiting talent for our Artisan Market

  • Conducting an engagement session with studio residents to further performance planning (i.e., our mission, vision, core values and mandate)

  • Developing and administering our Membership Program (i.e., our Membership Agreement and Code of Conduct)

  • Developing and officiating all other governing documents (i.e., our Governance Structure, Organizational Chart, and Bylaws)

  • Implementing our Harm Reduction Program/approaches (i.e., incident report/protocol development and recruiting 3rd party consultants)

  • Overseeing and developing plans identifying timelines, deliverables, resource requirements and funding opportunities

  • Developing Resident and Leadership Orientation Guides

  • Providing support, leadership and direction to a multi-disciplinary team of Directors at Large, Coordinators and Volunteers


With love and gratitude I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Ms. Kata Tutty's hard work and leadership in co-developing many of these initiatives. I am a compassionate, kind, and effective leader who aims to apply my passion for transformative social change through music, art, entrepreneurship and non-profit governance. I am empathetic, self-aware, detail-oriented, a strong written, online and verbal communicator and extremely organized with excellent work ethic. I also possess strong analytic, critical thinking, time management, conflict resolution and problem-solving skills. Below is a list of what I hope to accomplish in my 2020 term:


  • Advancing the coordination, recruitment and retention of our Leadership Team and volunteers

  • Furthering revenue development and funding opportunities to create paid staff positions, including a Chief Operations Officer to administer the day-to-day operations of our growing organization

  • Designing and delivering a music festival on Vancouver Island

  • Phasing out "Tribe" from our brand

  • Promoting organization and community education around Settler colonialism, and anti-colonial and decolonial approaches

  • Developing and implementing a "Diversity Dialogues" fall workshop series

  • Furthering engagement with internal and external partners/stakeholders, including studio residents, volunteers, members, artists, musicians, and other event companies

  • Finalizing our Organizational Profile (a portfolio of our organization outlining projects, programs and services)

  • Recruiting working group members to co-develop a Harm Reduction Policy

  • Furthering the implementation of our Harm Reduction Program/approaches

  • Adding more structure and organization to our monthly and working-group meetings

  • Advancing and organizing our information management systems

  • Furthering the involvement of community members in our events and programming


Thank you for taking the time to read my candidacy statement of intent! I have so much love and appreciation for this community and it’s been an honour to provide a platform for local and international musicians and artists. I hope to receive your support at our Annual General Meeting on February 19th, 2020.





Phill Phan (President, Vice-President)


Please accept my statement:


I am a Systems Engineer during the day with a passion for music. My obsession to music, bass and community has led me to become part in the founding of this incredible project. I am so incredibly grateful to see this project grow into what it is today. Watching those around me be inspired to create, thrive and become leaders has been an extremely fulfilling feeling as I continue to work on this project. My dream of bringing a large scale festival production to the island is getting ever so closer to being within reach. With this nomination, I will continue to guide Submersive into a inclusive haven for like-minded and passionate creators.








Dylan Wasney (Productions and Fundraising)

My name is Dylan Wasney and I am applying to be the Productions & Fundraising DAL as well I’ll be applying for vice Treasure or Treasure stand in for Submersive Tribe until a qualified Director is appointed. My background is in engineering, Business and Productions. Having studied engineering for 5 years at the University of Victoria I Specialized in systems and signal processing which has become exceedingly relevant to sound and lighting applications. In the past I have lead many productions on the scale of single and multi-day bush raves, Club events, 3 rd party festival sound tech and stage managing positions. I have had the pleasure of collaborating on Productions with but not limited to the following: Digital Motions, Blue Print Entertainment, Atomic Productions, Kindle Arts Society, Social Sound, A life Awakened, FDK, Dubversified Culture, Public Address and more. As a child I had always had a strong connection to music as it’s brought me the most Joy in my life and is always on the forefront of my mind. Music is the Vibration of the space connecting us and everything that exists physically emits vibration, there is nothing more real and it brings people together. Music gets us through hard times, and adds to the good times it is ever persistent and progressing. This affinity for music is what started Submersive Tribe and it is this love for Music that made Submersive Tribes culture spread and it’s for that culture that I want to be on the board of Directors for Submersive Tribe. With this history and Knowledge at my back I believe I will be a valuable asset to the team and a reliable Director at Large for Productions and Fundraising.




Auxiliary Support Roles


Adrian Li

Jenni Oliver

Bridgette Nikooie

Yvonne Marie




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