DESERT WIND BELLY DANCERS
Spreading the joy! Desertwind has been on this journey together for many years. We are a group of women who love each other and love expressing ourselves through movement and music. This year our focus is on the past 15 years, we have compiled some of our favourite music and choreographies into a trademark mash up of differing styles, hoping to continue to inspire and share our love. What better place to share love than Pride?
HIBIKIYA, under the direction of sensei Bryan Peverese , is an authentic Japanese Taiko Drumming group that performs original Japanese Taiko which has been gifted to them from their sister groups in Lethbridge’s sister city, Towada, Japan. HIBIKIYA is based in Lethbridge but performs all over Alberta at cultural events, festivals, schools and private functions. HIBIKIYA is affiliated with and supported by the Southern Alberta Taiko Society.
LYNDSAY RABBYT LABRECQU
Rabbyt is an international DJ who has carved out a massive home here in Lethbridge. is resident DJ of Club Didi has performed in many locations throughout Central America and is a staple every year at Bamboo Bass Festival in Costa Rica. She has had the honour to play alongside the likes of Canadian legends Dragonette and Mother Mother, as well as having been invited to bring her beats to several prominent music festival across the country. You can hear her every week at 88.3FM as she rinses out new material live in the studio at CKXU. Rabbyt is also the official LGBTQ+ liaison for the groundbreaking dance festival pioneer Shambhala Music Festival, and continues to maintain a strong queer community within the electronic dance scene.
Rylan Kunkel started his musical career performing in his families band at the Great Canadian Barn Dance, moving on up to L.A. (Lethbridge, Alberta) where he decided to go solo after playing with his family for over 20 years. Mixing humour, class, and talent Rylan plays everything from Sia to Rodger Miller and everything in between! Mixing Ukulele, Voice, Piano and Synth you will be entertained by his upbeat and soulful performances! Rylan also co-hosts an open mic jam at Club Didi every two weeks in Lethrbidge, so if you ever want a chance to jam and play some chill tunes make sure to check them out!