Peru To Canada With Jade Weekes Part 2 #Musicians #She #Her #Transgenderwoman #Queer #Peru


So did that turn into a business for you or yeah, so I started this company. Hammer records we hammer. Hammer. Okay, here in Vancouver, yeah, by yourself, uh, with my partner at the time, okay and me and her. Uh, I met her when at the recording studio, and we had similar interests.

She was on the island. She came over. And we basically started this from the ground up.

We started working with live nation doing a lot of photos and uh, reviews of bigger shows we worked with everyone from heyday to like Faber. Drive again to there's a bunch of different people, it was great. It was I loved it, um. And then when we ended up splitting, uh, the company dissolved and that's when I started this now company supports the scene support the scene.

Yeah. So hammer went away. You had a girlfriend. Yeah, that dissolved the business dissolved. Yeah, uh, were there any negative repercussions on the business side as a result of that do you? I think it was positive repercussions and just a way of, uh, you know, being.

Able to craft into something that instead of being just a blog doing photos and reviews which we weren't really making a lot of money, uh, it's now crafted into a full non-profit organization that is here to support, uh, musicians, uh, in many ways. But mostly focused on Vancouver. Okay, did any of the clients or people you worked with on the musician's side from hammer come forward to your new not-for-profit business, of course, um. We on the daily work with amazing, uh, talented people all.

Our connections are still extremely uh strong. I just had an interview with, um, this incredible studio engineer, also in a band called uh out in public or not in public sorry, my bad, uh, who runs a studio with uh, Theo from gob, um and another Canadian band and uh, you know, just making connections meeting people like we're doing today. And we are trying to make connections for the people out in Vancouver to realize how much of a cool music scene. There is in Vancouver and not necessarily thinking. Like, oh, Friday night, you know, let's just go clubbing there's.

So many other things to do there's. So many comedy shows, uh theater shows, but also lots of local bands, lots of local music. So if you think you're like, oh, I really like bill, Eilish, there's, a ton of billy Islam's, uh, kind of music in Vancouver that you can go see for just ten dollars and have a great night with it. So uh, have you met Marsha from Chile? I know, oh yeah, have you, so you haven't seen the YouTube on my channel, not yet, no from Chile. To Canada, it may be a three-part series nice and about a month ago, or so she had just come from Chile.

Okay, you need to meet her, and she needs to meet you. Yeah, um. She has a think it's once a week live stream.

I believe YouTube with her partner from Sardinia, ah, nice, but it's. All in Spanish, yeah. And it is promoting, uh bands. Musical bands that may they're not the big names, but they are up and coming.

They have possibilities. Maybe, um. And they give them time. They think listen to possibly six different. Bands on each show a little, I love that they dialogue with the producer or people that are involved. And uh, Sarah is from Sardinia and uh, Marcia. And anyway, I did a three-part with Marcia here.

Same area. We walked and talked and hearing. You probably would be good for you guys. Yeah. Definitely now what's. The focus of is there a special focus of your music group?

I want to understand other diversities, uh, I'm, I'm, a person that accepts people I don't, necessarily agree or disagree that's. Not. My point in what I do, um, my YouTube is about helping small business owners because that's my life that's.

What I enjoy my life. Yes, I love to travel so that's, a part of it. And I love to inspire people part of that. I find is hearing people's stories and letting them share with other people and connecting. So what makes your you and your business and the music unique? What are you focusing on one of the things that we really cater to is the queer and the LGBTQ community in the way of like we love. Like I work for Vancouver pride, I love all the drag performances all the dancing, the clubbing all that kind of good stuff.

But I love queer rock. Bands, queer metal bands, there's. So many other musicians and other avenues out there. So when we run our yearly festivals, we really try and focus that, um to have 20 or 30 different bands where you can go. And each one has something different unique, but everyone will leave you breathless because it's about the performance. They give about the story behind it.

And most importantly, how it makes you feel as as as someone watches, and what really we try and really focus on is just supporting, uh, small, independent musicians that are doing their best put out music, especially in these coveted ridden times and help, you know, teach some of the things that we've learned. We interview tons of bigger bands that talk about how they did to kind of rise up. Um, we talked with, uh, we give them a platform to kind of put their word out to their fans. And this. Kind of stuff, and we do our very best to try and make it engaging entertainment and fun.

We do some games where we have different musicians, come on, and they're buzzing off in music. Trivia we had, uh, triple x charades between band members. Uh, we do a lot of things where you know, it's, not just about the music.

But it involves you learning a bit about the music community in Vancouver. So the thank you, the focal lifestyle, yeah, it's, uh, primarily or exclusively, a group of people that would um is queer. The. Right word is homosexual, um, queer.

Queers. Normally are queer is queerly accepted. Yep, or I wanna I'm, not a politically correct person, and it's, not because I choose to be mean to people it's that I choose to be authentic with people. Of course, I'm accepting of all people, regardless of whatever they're deciding a lifestyle, but I'm interesting, if they're willing to share their story. And I know their people are because maybe it helps somebody understand things will you talk a little about. Your journey, absolutely. So when I moved to Vancouver, um, I was about 19 just out of high school ever since I was six.

I kind of knew I was a little different, and I enjoyed, uh, wearing women's clothing, kind of end to myself as a cross-dresser up until I really hit high school. And people told me that there was you're, not just gay and straight there's, bisexual, there's, pansexual, there's, a whole spectrum of things. You can be different identities.

And it blew my mind in high school that's when I. Learned things and even then I didn't know, really what I was, uh, my partner for a long time did amazing jobs. Help me explore help me try different things into the person. I am today where I uh, identify myself as a trans. Woman, trans woman, yeah, okay. Thank you. And um, I go.

I openly accept any pronouns, but I do prefer she her, but at the same time currently I just got this haircut, which gives me that more rock and roll vibe. And I love it. Because recently I was always hyper focused on being. Super feminine just to try and pass as a woman. But then I realized I have so much support from all my friends, my family, the mental community, the rock community, you know, shout out to all you, um that supports me for who I am that I can present myself how I want to present myself without the risk of people, uh, you know, engendering me. And even with something to do it's more of an education than it is me feeling offended. I believe that, uh, being a trans, uh person, especially a trans person of color.

Um, I have the opportunity to educate to kind of spread the word. And if I'm the first person that you've met that's a trans person, I want it to be a positive experience, rather than you know if you come up, and you're like, hey, uh, hey, dude, how's it going man, you know, I if I got offended with that, you would think all trans. People are mean, that's, not what we're here about. Um, I do my very best to represent the trans community, uh, for both being an admin for the transgender Vancouver, uh, Facebook group, uh, Which we just broke 300 members, um, congratulations.

Thank you and just a lot of different communities where I know that, um, you know, not everyone has interactions or, uh, you know, sees trans people on a regular basis. And I want to do my best to make it a good experience. Thank you.

You were 19. And what happened was there questioning, you were born a biological male. Yep, have you had any surgeries?

Or no I've been under I've been taking hormones for the last uh, almost two years. Now, um, I've loved it. I've had a great experience. Thank you. Trans care.

Bc, um and all the doctors and everyone that that makes it hard it's very hard for trans people in Vancouver there's, only a few doctors that you can go to okay. So when people want to start doing transitions and things like that, I had a number of bad situations, and I felt very isolated and alone, but a being able to, um on the other side besides okay, yeah. Okay, uh being able to, uh, you know, speak and learn with the community. Uh, allowed. Me to be where I am today. So you remember going back to that time you grew up.

You transitioned moved from Halifax to Vancouver from a hippie commute to uh, open kind of diversity. Yeah, a city like Vancouver when you were growing up until 19, were you questioning your identity as a boy as a man every day? Um, I think I would think about it, but growing up in a small town, I'm sure, a lot of people can relate there's, just a lot of things that you just don't do. And you don't say, right, my. Parents, uh, loved me and would understand everything I did, but they definitely, you know who made me aware that, not only what I do. Not only just affects me, but affects the family and how other people see them and how other people, uh, you know, perceive us as a family, and I would never ever want to make them feel uncomfortable.

So a lot of times in high school, I hit everything and just kept you.

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