Khyber Centre for the Arts, 5521 Cornwallis Street
Zone 4, exhibit #404
Denise Donlon, Erica Ehm and Sook-Yin Lee were my MuchMusic video jockey icons. They were super-cool, they knew everything about rad music and they asked challenging questions about art. Their importance in Canadian pop culture can't be overstated— I wouldn't be into music without them.
In this spirit, Rebel Girl Halifax presents The Khy-Bar with a full roster of local music VJs (Cat Abreu, Jodi Heartz, Coast arts editor Stephanie Johns, Cooper Lindsay, Kelly Zwicker and Allison Higgins). On the hour, each VJ will project a selection of female or trans-centric music videos and speak about them.
"This is an opportunity for these DJs, musicians and artists to showcase music or videos that they value or find significant," says Hannah Guinan, director of The Khyber and co-organizer of Rebel Girl Rock Camp Halifax, a rock music summer camp for female and trans-identifying youth, which wrapped its second camp in August. "Some VJs are choosing to develop a performance based around a character and others are focused on the vibes of the music or video," she says.
Each VJ set will be unique and offer nuanced perspectives that show the relationship between seeing strong female role models and becoming one.