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Event Archive - Surkeus Records Presents: EMERGE | A Charity Fundraising Event: Sail Cassidy

Fri. September 17th 2021 - Fri. September 17th 2021 Victoria Event Centre
Presented by: Victoria Event Centre
Friday September 17th
Doors: 10PM | 19+ | ID Required
Purchase tickets at:
Surkeus Records Presents . . . EMERGE. A Charity Fundraising Event.
EMERGE is a charity fundraising event for the Mental Health Society of Greater Victoria and the Victoria Native Friendship Centre's health team. 100% of the proceeds from the night will be donated to these two amazing local organizations.
To learn more about these two essential local organizations, visit:
Join us at Victoria Event Centre on Friday September 17th for EMERGE, a night of music, magic, wonder and spectacle. With performances by: Sail Cassady, Nick Mintenko, Aaron Wylder. Chaz Avery will be hosting the event, and Dj's jeremiah brooklyn and Lucy Ford will be spinning beats from our new electronic compilation to close the night out!
EMERGE will also feature a silent charity auction, guest speakers, a merch table, and amazing prizes!
About the performers...
Sail Cassady
Sail Cassady came alive while reading ‘on the road’ by Jack Kerouac in 2012. The adventure, art and imagery held within the parameters of a single book, birthed the idea that the same concept could be experienced within a song or a band. ‘All too often music can feel two dimensional and flat’ explains Colin Craveiro, singer/songwriter for the project. "I love imagery in music that almost pulls you in like a book or a film. Makes the experience of listening much more enriching and dynamic."
You won't want to miss this special Sail Cassady duo performance by lead singer/guitarist, Colin Craveiro and Nate Bailey.on keys.
Nick Mintenko
In March 2017 Nick released his first solo album "What I Thought I Knew". The album received positive reviews from Grayowl Point and Ride The Tempo. The title track garnered the honours of being the #5 song of the week for the second week of January 2017 on Ride The Tempo's charts. The album is said to resemble the sounds of Jeff Buckley, Ron Sexsmith, Radiohead, Deathcab for Cutie, and Patrick Watson among others.
Due to the long layoff from the global pandemic in 2020, Nick turned his efforts back to the studio and released an A-side B-side two song project called "So it Goes" in December of 2020. In July 2021 his first Live Ep 'Phantom' was released. This was recorded live off the floor at the Barnhouse Studio in Qualicum, BC. Look out too, for a new project on the horizon being recorded with Marc Atkinson on Hornby Island.
Aaron Wylder
Raised on the likes of Johnny Cash, Rolling Stones and the Beatles, Aaron Wylder writes and plays an eclectic blend of rock n' roll music. It can be best characterized by crackly screeching amplifiers and old westerns movies. Motivated by the prospect of creating resonating songs, he spends most of his time with a guitar in hand.
“I try to write what I hear in my head and what I feel in my chest. It's a damn cool thing to write a song that not only you love ,but speaks to others as well. If I’m able to make music that I enjoy and people enjoy it too then I’ll die a happy man.” - Aaron
EMERGE host, Chaz Avery!
Sometimes Carebear, sometimes Godfather, always charming: Drag King Chaz Avery has been making a name for himself in the #yyjdrag community since his debut in March of 2016 with his energetic live performances, and also by producing & hosting the well-loved King Fling extravaganzas and monthly Dinner & A Drag Show at The Mint.
Special guest Dj's : jeremiah brooklyn and Lucy Ford
jeremiah brooklyn
jeremiah brooklyn is a multi-genre producer, emcee, and Dj from Victoria, B.C. He released "Analog" on Surkeus Records in August of 2020 - an eclectic electronic album with tracks ranging from techno to dubstep - to variations on each form. His most recent EP, titled "WAVE" is also out now on all streaming apps. WAVE ranges from electronic to hip hop, and really showcases his diverse range of abilities as an artist.
Lucy Ford
Lucy Ford has been mixing breakbeats with a heavy focus on drum & bass since 2004.
Influenced by some of the UK greats in the 1990s as well as a love of intelligent hip-hop and other breakbeat-based genres, she started collecting vinyl during medical school and got her start as a DJ in the Toronto scene in the mid-2000s.
Lucy has held residencies with Toronto collectives Nocturnal Commissions and Embedded Entertainment, and since moving west is one of the founding members of Footwork Music Productions. She has expressed her craft on the airwaves while hosting Rinse Out Radio in Kingston, Ontario and more recently, Percussive Tendencies on University of Victoria’s CFUV 101.9FM.
Please come out and show your support. For more information follow @surkeusrecords on Instagram and Facebook or visit
≫ COVID Safety Info ≪
▪︎ We are anticipating that attendance will no longer be limited by Covid protocol requirements. Should the public health situation change and require increased safety protocols, the venue may need to implement safety plans for the night and will update ticketholders at that time.
▪︎ The bar will provide table service. Instead of going up to the bar, a server will visit you to take orders and to clear empty glassware.
▪︎ Please be mindful of others in the venue, and that everyone has a different comfort zone as we begin sharing physical space again.
In the event that public health restrictions prevent this event from going ahead, all tickets purchased for this event will automatically be valid for the next rescheduled date. Refunds will be made available as needed - please email [email protected] to arrange.

≫ Safer Spaces ≪
▪︎ At the VEC there is zero tolerance for any type of racist, sexist, ableist, fatphobic, transphobic or homophobic behaviour. By purchasing a ticket and attending this event, you agree to conduct yourself with the utmost respect for everyone at this event. In the event that you do not, you may be asked to leave without a refund.
▪︎ If you feel uncomfortable at any time, please let a VEC staff person know and we will try to support you in the best way possible.

≫ Land Acknowledgement ≪
▪︎ We would like to gratefully acknowledge that the territory on which this event takes place is on the traditional, stolen, unceded land of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge the rich cultural history of the many peoples and rituals that have been affected by the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.

≫ Accessibility ≪
▪︎ Our seating is a combination of high tables, bar stools, and cocktail tables with chairs. If you require assistance with this, please make a note when purchasing tickets or contact us at [email protected] and VEC staff will do their best to accommodate.
▪︎ There are three multi-user, gender-inclusive bathrooms with stalls. One bathroom has a larger stall with its own sink and a grab bar (more details in the ‘Bathrooms’ section).
▪︎ The Victoria Event Centre currently does not have an operational elevator, and there is one long flight of stairs at the venue entrance. The only way into the VEC is up 27 wood stairs, 11″ deep, 6″ high. There are wooden 2.5” handrails 38” up the wall on each side of the staircase (54” apart, so not graspable on both sides at once. See further details in the ‘Getting Inside’ section)
▪︎ If you would like to attend the event but require assistance with accessing the space, please contact us at [email protected] and VEC staff will do their best to accommodate.
▪︎ Inside the Victoria Event Centre there is a gender inclusive wheelchair accessible washroom that technically fits necessary size dimensions, but is missing a bar and a handrail beside the toilet.There are two stalls in the washroom, but only one of these has been renovated to meet 5'x5' wheelchair clearance.
▪︎ More detailed venue accessibility info is available at:


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