Ten Songs to Move you!
Music can captivate people in a way that opens us to new perspectives and feelings. BTCEA supports bringing forth change in the ways that feel right to you. Music is a beautiful way to spread messages, tell stories, and evoke emotion. Song has been used over the centuries to bring people together, share experiences, pass stories and morals down, and start and motivate movements. We encourage you to honour your own holistic education and remember to indulge in music, movement, and expression in your life.
Below are songs from musicians that are feeding the environmental and social justice movement, and have meant something to someone on our team. The majority of these artists are under 30 and local, if not Canadian. We hope these songs and the musician’s stories inspire you:
Erin remembers hearing Ta’ Kaiya at a Tsleil-Waututh event when Ta’ Kaiya was only 15 years old and was absolutely captivated by her message and beautiful voice ever since. To this day, Erin still enjoys seeing her sing at most Earth Day parades, Indigenous Leadership gatherings and other environmental events. Learn about her story here.
Luke Wallace – ‘Fight for Tomorrow’
We first heard Luke play at youth events held by his friends at the Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network & local protests, and his songs have spread far and wide since then. His call for action and resilience is met with an evident connection to a sense of place and community of young change-makers.
Ayla Nereo – ‘From the Ground Up’
Ayla creates beautiful soulful music that engages both the mind and the soul with its expansive and poignant quality. Born and raised in California, Ayla’s upbeat and hopeful lyrics and melody inspire both a deep appreciation and love for the natural world and a desire to rise up together to protect it. This song in particular is a call to action, with Ayla reminding us that “you hold the spade to turn new soil”.
BTCEA team member Nicola loves to listen to this song for inspiration and to remind her that together, we can make change happen.
Sadie first contacted BTCEA when she was in grade 10 to advocate to have SLS taught at her high school. She helped to advise on some of our curriculum after that. Erin remembers hearing this song the first time Sadie sang it publicly at a rally.
Corrina Keeling – ‘Love is the Movement’
Corrina is a local artist that brings her voice and activism into various spaces and supported Erin in first understanding local indigenous ceremony and protocols. Erin had the honour of singing in the background of one or two songs in her first album, by virtue of being in the right place at the right time. Corrina can best be found singing at local events. Here is part of her story.
Mindil Beach – ‘Heed the Call’
Mindil Beach started the Jellyfish Project, which brings musicians to schools to play and make environmental-based presentations to get students engaged with their live music. BTCEA collaborated with the Jellyfish Project for a year or two, and they assisted BTCEA in getting SLS introduced to various schools on the island. Soon after, we joined some strategy conversations as they were growing.
Here is their story.
Buckman Coe – ‘The Apocalypse Is Not Guaranteed’
Erin remembers hearing “The Apocalypse Is Not Guaranteed” at the last “Great Turning” held by Be The Change in 2011, when she first volunteered for the organization. She has been following and dancing to Coe’s music at various environmental and social justice functions since.
Jessica Allossery – ‘Change the World’
Since 2011, we have been playing this Toronto musician’s song to open students’ hearts, evoke curiosity, and set the stage when students come in to experience a Be The Change Assembly in schools around Metro-Vancouver.
Shane Koyczan – ‘Shoulders’
A few BTCEAers have also been moved by spoken word and Shane has shown up in various alternative scenes throughout the years before he gained notoriety through his words at the Olympics. Shoulders’ message speaks to us in many ways.
These young artists inspire us to continue growing our work with youth across BC. Their passion for environmental preservation, climate change mitigation, eco-justice, and story-telling have shaped their music and how they present their craft to the world. The group’s Youth Director, Xiuhtezcatl, is an indigenous climate activist who has been on the front lines of the global youth environment movement with many speaking engagements, including the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Their story is very evocative and interesting.