Not Enough Fest Edmonton

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WOW. Where do we begin? Saturday night was more special than we had even imagined possible. From the bottom of our sappy hearts, we thank you.

Performers, each and every one of you blew us away. Your power, your vulnerability and your talent is awe inspiring. We can’t wait to see you continue to make music, play shows and inspire new bands. Not only are we excited to see what comes of your projects, we want you to know we are here for you and that we plan on finding tangible ways to continue to support your musical aspirations.

Volunteers, we could never have done this without you. We are so grateful for the time, energy and care that you put into making the space feel so safe and supportive.You’ve been there consistently through the last 8 months and have demonstrated to us time and again how much this community matters to you. A big thanks to our amazing volunteer coordinator, Jackie, without whom the day would not have run so smoothly.

Visual artists, decoration visionaries and sound people, we are so grateful that you shared your talents with us and made it so that we could stay true to our vision of centering women, queer, trans and non-binary artists every step of the way. We hope that this community can continue to support the growth of a network of multi-media artists, one that allows us to elevate each others voices and provide opportunities for collaboration.

Karen Green, thank you for all the amazing photos that will help memorialize the festival and everything leading up to it. We know how hard you worked and we appreciate how comfortable and enjoyable you made the whole process.

Supporters, friends, family, lovers, you sustain us. Thank you for believing in this festival and its ability to transform.For the emotional support that allowed us to deeply explore the process of anti oppressive organizing, to make mistakes and to learn from those mistakes. Thank you for holding us accountable with care and commitment. Thank you for showing up, for being responsible for your actions and to each other, for being enthusiastic and encouraging and honoring the vulnerability of our participants. Thank you for creating a space so warm, welcoming and accepting that we could feel it profoundly in our bodies.

Thank you to the The Organic Box for all the amazing food, the burrito maestro, Kevin, who spent the entire day making sure we were nourished and to our moms for their baking, running around and understanding.

Thank you to Alberta Public Interest Research Group – APIRG and Make Something Edmonton (and those that helped write our grant applications) for helping fund our event. Thank you to the individuals who donated to our indigogo campaign and generously at the door. And thank you to Black Box Studio for providing us with a safe and comfortable space to jam.

This is not the end for Not Enough Fest or the bands that came out of it. It can’t be. We witnessed something transformative this weekend and believe that the artists and community will continue to create spaces where we actively endeavor towards a more inclusive and truly diverse scene.

For now, we just want to express our love and appreciation for our community. But, you can expect to hear from us in the near future because this momentum is too powerful to stop.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

teary eyed and eternally grateful,

NEF Organizers

PS. We are very much (still) interested in feedback. We plan on holding an event at some point to discuss our learnings/people’s experiences but in the meantime, please feel free to fill out this anonymous form.