In light of the recent and ongoing conversations regarding sexual abuse and violence in Vancouver’s nightlife industry we wanted to check in with everyone quick fast… From day one, HHKVan has had to discuss and deal with countless incidents related to race and gender, as we embraced the privileged and inexperienced undertaking of starting a ‘rap only’ karaoke night in Vancouver as a couple of white guys. Over the last 8 years we have fumbled through countless incidents pertaining to language and content, dealing with them one by one as the popped up. Over time we realized that establishing a safe and inclusive environment for everyone was the ultimate solution, which proved to be true, literally every time. The recent conversations regarding sexual harassment and assault in Vancouver’s nightlife scene got us critically analyzing our environment once again and considering our place in this small world. While rap as a counter-culture has resisted power structures, it is also frequently projected through hyper-misogynist actions and content. We were embracing the subject at HHK HQ, and realized there is almost an accepted dichotomy there, whereby these two conflicting ideals exist simultaneously. However, women consistently perform with higher quality and more consistently than the the HHK dude bros and we realized HHK is actually super complicated as it pertains to gender issues. While that is a discussion we are always open to having, we wanted to use our limited privilege here to say that there will be no further tolerance for sexual harassment or abuse in Vancouver’s nightlife scene. We at HHK want express support for any / all victims of abuse and harassment and want to let everyone know that behavior will not be tolerated at @fortuneSound this Saturday, or any day. We hope that meaningful dialogue and constructive outcomes can arise from this situation, and we want everyone to know we stand with all the victims in Vancouver and beyond. We hope everyone can find a safe environment to do what they love, and when/if we can help we absolutely will. Stay strong out there friends, we’re all going to try and do better.
TONIGHT at @FORTUNESOUND - @prevailprevail & @kyprios12! Early show, SEE YOU THERE!