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Dispatches from Soulshine day two (Saturday)

Bahdra Collective and belly dancers. Photo by Zarah Calvert.

Well, today didn’t disappoint.

I arose a bit late due to the late night jam, and instead of my usual yoga or meditation routine, which were both offered this morning, I thought I’d shake it up take a session called Kickbox Mashup with Jamie, based out of the GTA. It was so awesome that I’m signing up to do his classes online next month; a perfect combo of strength and cardio. For a lazy Leo, this was just what I needed.

After a scrumptious lunch I checked out Madison Ryley’s voice activation workshop in the Healing Forest. She’s the founder of Yogapella” which combines ancient yoga practices to with vocal techniques to activate and empower us. I certainly felt it … as a yogi who likes to sing, this was a very unique approach to self help and growth.

The evening was amazing with Gary Diggings’ five-piece band called Bahdra Beat. Horn driven and super soulful, these guys offer groovy mantra and originals in the vein of Maceo Parker. They had three beautiful belly dancers join them for an Arabic inspired jam. During their other tune, everyone was grooving. The set finished with a soothing soundscape experience of chimes, bells and digerido and mesmerized us all.

Photo by Zarah Calvert.

Up next was the powerful Soulshine sweetheart Ashley Gilmore who, accompanied by her two ex beaus (see my preview piece on her for more backstory). This gal has some serious soul.

Next, my old pal from Toronto David Celia rocked the stage with his to-be-expected rock and roll guitar licks and clever songwriting.

I finished the night dancing to EDM at the Glow Stage, way back in the bush, to Symbio’s musical visual journey. A huge screen displayed super artistic images and told a story of unconditional self love. Very unique. Fire dancers helped close the night. T’was a fantastic day. Working on little sleep, I just can’t stop dancing!

Heading to bed now at almost 3 a.m., and there’s another open mic still happening with traditional jazz. This place rocks.


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