Musicians Are On The Move For The Jellyfish Project

Our incredible artists have been busy this summer, with lots of shows, festivals, tours, and activity. Over the next few months we will be booking our 2015/2016 Tours. Mindil Beach currently has space in their fall tour in Vancouver, Carmanah will be taking over Vancouver Island and beyond, and Corrina Keeling will be representing us on the east coast. If your school or a school you know would be interested in a performance, let us know or contact us for more information at booking@thejellyfishproject.org. We will do our best to accommodate your request based on our scheduling options and band availability.

MINDIL BEACH

Mindil Beach just returned from the Edge of the World Festival in Haida Gwaii and are preparing for the PEAK PERFORMANCE PROJECT. Track their progress as they collaborate with and compete against other artists from British Columbia and Alberta for the top prize. They are going to need your support, so keep your eyes on our social media pages to help them out during the voting stage!

 

CARMANAH

Carmanah just returned from an epic tour across Canada in their vegetable oil-fuelled van with their dog, Spud. Read more about their trip about being Greener on the Road from coast to coast here. We are constantly inspired by musicians who are making changes to the way that road-trips can be done! 

 

 

CORRINA KEELING

Corrina Keeling will be accompanying the shifting fall colours across the country as part of the ViaRail Artists On Board program. Tours can leave a huge carbon footprint, no matter how carefully you plan. Encouraged and inspired by alternative ways to travel while touring, she will be entertaining passengers with original music, storytelling, and primarily Canadian songs, starting from the 1st of September in Vancouver, BC, and completing the trip in Halifax, NS a week later. You can follow her journey at corrinakeeling.ca. But before she rides the rails out east, she goes on tour all over British Columbia.  

Connect to our musicians via our artists page. We are also currently revising our From The Stage program, so if you know some bands that may want to join, please send them to the artist registration page.
 

Aug 15 - Morningside Organics, SSI
Aug 16 - Ganges Yoga, Salt Spring Is
Aug 17 - Spinning Ninnies Arts, Duncan
Aug 18 - Copper Owl, Victoria
Aug 20 - Coastal Bliss Yoga, Tofino
Aug 21 - Roberts Creek Legion, Roberts Creek
Aug 22/23 - Blessed Coast Festival, Squamish
Aug 24 - Crystal Lounge, Whistler
Aug 30 - Backstage Lounge, Vancouver
Sept 1 - 6 - ViaRail, Vancouver to Halifax
Sept 9 - Halifax, NS
Sept 10 - Wolfville, NS
Sept 14 - St Johns, NB
Sept 15 - Moncton, NB
Sept 17 - Baddeck, NS
Sept 18/19 - Cabot Trail Acoustic Festival, NS

 

 

GET INSPIRED: ONE OF OUR ADVISORS STARTED AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AT 21

You are never too old or too young to make a difference. Use your gifts, take one step forward and see where it can take you!

Ashli Akins is a human rights and environmental advocate, artist, and social entrepreneur. When she was 21, she founded Mosqoy, an international charitable organization that works with highland indigenous communities of the Andean mountains in Peru.  She uses photography and writing to educate about international human rights and environmental injustices. In 2008, she completed a photography internship with National Geographic, and has published and exhibited around the world. 


ELECTION TIME! GET INFORMED, MAKE A DIFFERENCE. VOTE!

On October 19th, Canada holds its next federal election and this one is going to be a big deal. Get informed about what is happening in the world around you! Check out who the candidates are and vote if you are able to. Even if you are not of voting age, you can still get involved and make a difference. Learn more about the voting process at Elections Canada.


LAUNCHING THE JELLYFISH ACTION PROJECT

In the Fall we will be launching our Jellyfish Action Project for schools. This is a tool you can use to understand how to make your home more environmentally friendly.  It provides home audits, surveys and tips on several key issues, including: Energy Conservation, Responsible Consumerism, Home Toxicity Reduction, Water Conservation and Waste Reduction. Keep checking the Learn section of our website for updates. A big thank you goes out to Dan Kingsbury Senior and Belanger Designs for being so instrumental in making the Jellyfish Action Project happen.


WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU: HOW ARE YOU HELPING THE PLANET?

What are you doing in your schools, homes, or communities to help the environment? We are looking for students, teachers, and schools to share with us the projects and activities you have been doing to help make this world a better place. Be creative, send us a picture, write a story, or send us a quick update via social media and we will share your stories with our community. You can inspire others by the work you are doing, so send us a message.


STAY TUNED

There are more awesome updates coming shortly. Every little bit counts, so thanks for being a part of our team to make the world a better place!

Being Green(er) On The Road

by Laura Mitic (Carmanah)

On Carmanah's most recent cross-Canada tour, we clocked nearly 16,000 kms.  There’s no doubt that if you want to be a successful musician, you have to tour.  While it was a huge and exhausting mission, it was also so much fun.  We played for awesome venues of various sizes, met amazing people and truly enjoyed being on the road.  

In the past I had been somewhat apprehensive about doing large tours since I knew that they can have a massive environmental impact.  My bandmates and I discussed this before we left.  With our interest in protecting the environment, as well as our work with the Jellyfish Project, we wanted to make sure we were talking the talk as well as walking the walk...

So, we decided to take steps that would make our tour as environmentally friendly as possible.  Here are a few ways in which we did that:

1. We ran our vehicle on vegetable oil.  Pat decided to invest in all the necessary gear needed to convert his diesel truck into one that would run on used cooking oil from restaurants. We did over 60% of our tour running on vegetable oil, therefore greatly cutting down on our emissions.  Compared the petroleum diesel, vegetable oil burned as fuel produces 80% less carbon dioxide, 48% less carbon monoxide, 80% less cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, 48% less asthma-causing particulate matter and no sulphur dioxide (a main compound in diesel responsible for acid rain).  Additional emissions were avoided as well when you consider the diesel energy/fossil fuel outgo during extraction, processing and distribution involved in getting diesel to your fuel tank.  Check out this link to learn more.

2. We refused plastics.  To the best of our ability, we refused to-go containers and plastics.  Each of us had a water bottle that we were consistently filling up.  As well, if we did order to-go food, we used our own plates and cutlery.

3. We composted.  In our trailer, we had a compost bin so that all food scraps would end up directly back into the earth instead of adding it to the vast amounts of food waste that ends up in landfills.

4. We threw away zero food.  According to a CBC article, "$31 billion worth of food is wasted every year in Canada and when energy, water and other resource costs are factored in the true cost could be up to three times that much.” We opted out of being a part of this predicament and instead consumed all of our food.

5. We stayed clear of hotels and spent nights in our trailer or staying with friends.  Hotels contribute 60 million tons of CO2 emissions annually (plus, camping is cozy.)  Check out this website with some big stats on the carbon footprint of hotels and what can be done to make this industry cleaner. 

We still have a lot to learn about being as green as possible while on the road, but I’m stoked that we are off to a solid start.  

Obviously, not everyone is able to convert their vehicle over to vegetable oil.  However, there are still tons of little ways that you can make your next journey a little easier on the environment as well.  With summer time in full gusto, road trips with your friends and family are somewhat inevitable and lots of fun.  I invite you to make green choices while on the road  and would love to hear some of your ideas that might help Carmanah make our next tour that much cleaner as well! 

Happy adventuring,

Laura.

Daniel Kingsbury's Passing

It is with great sorrow that we share with you that The Jellyfish Project co-founder, Daniel Kingsbury (DK), passed away unexpectedly on Monday June 1st, 2015. He was our soul mate, our friend and our foundation. DK was a beautiful soul, whose passion, talents, kindness and dedication to the environment inspired us all. Words cannot express how he will be missed. Thank you for the out-pouring of support and concern. 

Among his many achievements, DK was an award-winning videographer, accomplished musician and respected environmentalist. Yet his greatest gift was his care for others and the planet; he held the entire world in his heart. Many people from all walks of life have shared their connections and memories of him with us. We invite you to continue to take time to read the tributes others have left on social media, such as the Tall Tree Music Festival's heart-felt tribute to Daniel and share some of your own treasured memories.

Always motivated to make the world and the lives of others better, DK was a warrior focused on positive actions. If you wish to honour Daniel's life and be a part of his legacy, please connect with us. Here are some potential ways you can be involved:

1) Create: Use your talents to support the environmental movement (write a song, paint a picture) and share it with us via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

2) Engage: Volunteer with or donate to The Jellyfish Project 

3) Support Young Talent: Donate to Daniel's Music for Youth Endowment Fund 

4) Environment: Plant a tree, take a picture of you planting it and post it on social media using the hashtag #TreesForDaniel

5) Share: Listen to DK's music and share it with others. It was his final gift to the world. 

One of our family members wrote this final message, reflecting on Daniel's impact and we thought it was fitting.

"Life is change. Change plus love is growth. DK, you planted the seeds and it's on us to nurture your legacy and grow alongside it." 

We love you, DK.

With great sadness,

The Jellyfish Project Society Board

Go Diving Without Getting Wet: An Introduction to The Fish Eye Project

Submitted by Fish Eye Project

Have you ever wanted to go diving without getting wet? Do you want to see the unseen from the comfort of your computer or handheld device? Well, now you can.

Let's start with explaining exactly what Fish Eye Project is and what you can expect from our blog over time.

Photo by Scott Stevenson

For starters, Fish Eye Project is our nonprofit ocean education organization based out of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Who are we? We are a team of ocean enthusiasts with experience in education, marine exploration and conservation, international business, technology and live dive events. For more information about everyone involved, we encourage you to check out our bios.

But right now you're probably wondering what exactly it is that we do...

We connect people to the ocean in an engaging, entertaining, and educational way. How do we do it? That's a great question. First, we research interesting dive sites that our expert dive team can explore. Then, we host events and investigate those sites with our underwater web cameras, which we use to stream the dives live to the Internet so that people from all around the world can join us on our journey. But that's not all.

Because we stream our dives to the Internet on our Youtube Live Channel, not only can you watch us explore the depths of the ocean live from your computer or handheld device, but you can also ask questions using the chat box to learn about any of the creatures we come across. In addition to using the Youtube chat box, you can also engage with us through the social media outlets we use such as Facebook and Twitter; it's really easy, just post your questions using the hashtag #livedive and you can participate in the exploration from anywhere in the world.

You may be wondering: "Ok, but what's the point of asking questions if no one can answer them?" That's another great question, and we have an answer.

Photo by Scott Stevenson

Photo by Scott Stevenson

Our star diver, Valerie Mucciarelli, wears a mask that allows her to hear and speak from underwater. This means that while you watch Val and the rest of the dive team explore, she can communicate and answer your questions in real-time. And we receive lots of interest from viewers around the world (over 30 countries so far) who are also curious about what they are seeing; too many, in fact, for Val to answer on her own, so that's why she has some help. Our event commentators and co-founders of Fish Eye Project, Mike Irvine and Maeva Gauthier, facilitate and relay as many questions as possible directly to Val below the surface, so you might even get your inquiries answered from Val underwater.

Part of the Fish Eye Project also includes our Social Media Response Team that is made up of marine scientists and educators. Our SMRTeam also facilitate and help answer the countless number of online questions that we receive from our viewers during the live dives.

As you can probably tell, we love questions. Why do we love questions? Because your questions drive the explorations, which leads to discovery, and discovery leads to learning more about this wonderful world we call home. As Dr. Sylvia Earle once said:

"Knowing is the key to caring, and with caring there is hope that people will be motivated to take positive actions. They might not care even if they know, but they can't care if they are unaware."

Now that you have an idea about what we do, we can let you know what to expect from our blog at www.fisheyeproject.org. Over the coming weeks, months, and years you can expect to learn more about us as an organization; about our past and future live dive events; about some of the creatures we find during our dives, which will be highlighted in future Creature Feature posts; and so much more

Our mission is a life-long process, and we are excited to have you along for the journey, because when it comes to building an ocean-conscious global community focused on protecting the ocean we are stronger in numbers.

For now, watch Mike Irvine create history by successfully defending his Masters thesis live from underwater. Get ready to be Fish Eye'd!