I need some sun!

Hey all, I’m coming to you from Edmonton, Alberta on this chilly morning. It’s been a hard winter working in northern Canada and living in my van. I think it’s time for a break, time to unwind and get my tan back!

Today I am flying to Costa Rica for the Envision festival. My friends at Liquid Dreams invited me to join them at the event to help set up a vending booth. Luckily my boss gave me a couple days off to attend the show.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I am proud to be a part of it, especially in the dead of winter.

The Envision Festival is a world leader in sustainability and low environmental impact. I am excited to see how this event compares to others in Canada and the US.

With close to 5,000 “envisionaries” attending the festival, I am eager to learn how they can sustain such a clean track record. This cultural movement is a reflection of spiritual connections and interpersonal growth. They have a mantra of “partying with a purpose” in their core values. And they want to continue their quest to enhance the natural beauty of the surrounding ecosystem. Giving back to the community in a way that creates strong bonds with the locals.

I leave Edmonton this evening and will not arrive in Costa Rica until tomorrow at 1130am. I am really excited to reunite with my friends and have some fun in the jungle! STAY TUNED, because I’ll be doing a follow up blog post after the festival to share some pictures and videos of the party.

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OneLove

JD

OneLove

JD

 

 

 

Montana’s Pirate Parrrrrty!

Hey guys! I was recently up in Montana for the Pirate Party Music Festival with my new friends at Larva designs. It was a great event with lots of northern freaks coming out to party in the forest! We had a really great time mingling with all the people from that beautiful state.

I believe there was an attendance of around 3,500 people from all walks of life and even some children! It was actually cool to see parents get to bring their kids to the festival so they can both enjoy the weekend camping and get down to some good music.

The weather fluctuated considerably, it was 90 degrees during the day but dropped off to at least 55 at night. This was challenging for me because I didn’t exactly prepare for the massive change in temperature. Lucky my friend James Freeborn lent me a blanket the second night so I wasn’t shivering cold like the first night. Keep that in mind if you’re ever going tent camping in the mountains of Montana.

The music was pumping and the light shows were phenomenal, Especially in the forest with all the dust in the air. It looked like another atmosphere floating above the crowds. I would like to give recognition to the production crews, they did an amazing job setting up the stages and it was really impressive.

After the festival, the crew and I drove south through Yoesemite National park and down into Denver, Colorado. I flew from there to San Diego to pick up my van and make my way up the coast to Napa Valley for my PSI seminar. On the way I called my friend Mark and he told me about another smaller fest in Long Beach this last weekend. How could I resist?

Love Long Beach Music Fest..

..Was full of amazing people from all over the SoCal area, it was a great mix of  souls and was also child friendly. The future ravers were carried on their parents shoulders with ear muffs and huge smiles! There were tons of great food vendors, live artists and merchandise.

It’s a neat dynamic having this as a family event, I’ve never seen kids having so much fun! there were art workshops and a kids yoga tent and many other things to keep the kids occupied while their parents danced or just took a break. I was fortunate enough to sit as a model for a live artist named Zachary Arenson who uses fire as his medium. He is a master blowtorch artist that creates amazing realism with burnt wood.

He eventually did my entire face but I did not have my camera on the second day. You can check my FB or Instagram pages to see the full portrait.

The Dj’s were the big hit for me this weekend as I am a huge fan of house music/techno. The vendor tents were positioned perfectly right in front of the main stage which had bumping beats to dance to all day! I wasn’t actually working but I did assist when needed at the booth. It’s nice to make these good relations as I go because they could end up being a major link to my success in the future. Here’s some more shots of the Love Long Beach festival where there was no shortage of admiration.

The LBC was hot this weekend and there was a fantastic turnout for a really great festival in an even better spot! Thanks to my friend Mark from Laser Trees for giving me the heads up! And thanks for reading!!

 

 

 

   Best way to secure a festival ticket? Volunteer!!

I was talking with some friends from EDC Las Vegas yesterday and the Oregon Eclipse festival came up. Someone told me to try the volunteer page as spots were still available. It’s the best way to get involved and I was accepted within one day of filling out an application!

It was really simple actually. All you have to do is fill out some personal information and what times/dates work for you and a 50$ processing fee and voila! You have successfully filled out a volunteer application. From there you have to put a deposit down for the festival ticket (400.00$). Once the volunteer work is complete and you don’t bail on the agreement, you get the money back. It makes sense to have volunteers pay up front, this way they are committed to the work and not just a free ticket.

This festival is a once in a lifetime event and I feel very blessed to be a part of it. There is a minimum of 24 hours that has to be volunteered during the festival. However I am willing to come early and stay longer to get more experience in the field.

Art will be my angle…

…When I choose which kind of work I want to do at the festival. There is everything from parking attendants to food vendors and clean up crews. I want to use my skills to land me a spot in the “Art Tent.” This decision makes sense to me and I would hate to waste my skills on something mundane like parking cars haha.

I will contact the event leader to discuss options for my placement at the festival. Also I wanted to touch on the camping rules, it says “tents only” for volunteers. Da PeaceTrain is no tent and I’m sure we can figure this out before the date. The Oregon Eclipse runs from Aug 17-23 and I will be heading straight there after my MLS seminar in Napa Valley. The seminar is done on the 13th and I will have a few days to make it to Oregon.

Don’t be shy people, here’s your chance to be a part of an amazing event that doesn’t come along very often. That said, I hope to see some comments or posts that you’ve signed up and I’ll see you there!! Cheers and OneLove as always!

JD

 

SoCal to Redding.. 

It’s been quite the trek so far, I’ve been on the road for almost 6 weeks now. Last week I was in San Diego, now I’m way back up in North Cali in Redding. I feel trapped in California but in a good way! I love it here, I’m sure I have a Cali soul deep down. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting to see more of the Country! Here’s some of my favourite shots over the last ten days..

I will be posting some more pics from North Cali soon. I lost my old memory card for my camera, so I’ll have to fill up the new one.  I’m gonna take my kayak out on Shasta lake and explore some cool caverns! Keep checking in and sign up for Da Newsletter if you haven’t already! What-chu waiting for!!

 As always..

OneLove

JD

 LIB 2017 – LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE MUSIC FESTIVAL

It was a last-minute decision to attend the LIB 2017 music festival in Bradley, California. This was a gathering of peaceful souls who all came to let loose and free their spirits. I met so many people, it was amazing. It’s hard to compete with the connectivity you feel when going to a festival like this. It really is a step in the right direction for humanity. You don’t get people approaching you and making friends in everyday life. Society has mastered separation and it’s unfortunate. I like the feeling of togetherness and unconditional love I get from festivals like this.

Purchasing an early entry ticket for an extra $60.00 was well worth it. I scored a campsite that was way closer to the entrance gates than most others who arrived Thursday.  Also, I had my bike which made it even faster to get down to the party. It was challenging finding a level spot to park Da PeaceTrain as the majority of the camping spots were on sloping hills. I was the first one to start a second row behind the campers on the main road. It wasn’t long before I started a trend, the area I chose filled up really quickly after I set up shop. It was so random that we made a small community of 4 single guys. We all became friends and I will stay in contact with them for sure.

The LIB festival…

…boasts some of the most creative stages and theatrical venues. There were all sorts of places to get lost in and enjoy the shows. Everything from burlesque dancing to fire throwing and speed dating! I was also told by some veteran LIB goers that this year was the best year to come. There was actually water in the lake this year as California has experienced heavy rain all winter and most of the spring. This made for a nice place to cool off as it was very hot during the days. Apparently the lake was a mud hole for the last three years. I was lucky enough to meet a friend who I nicknamed Little Bear and she had a floaty for us to use! We were joined at the hip for the last 3 days and I feel very fortunate we met. It really was incredible how many people I talked to  and had an amazing connection with.

I found out about several other upcoming festivals that would fit right in to my lifestyle on the road. I will have to keep selling my art to sustain this pricey habit, but that shouldn’t be too hard. Also I will look into volunteering or working for the festivals to get a free ticket and even better camp spots. I met a few people who work for companies that build the stages and work for the vendors. Shouldn’t be too hard to line something up in the future.

For those of you who have never…

…attended a music festival like this, what are you waiting for? The time is now! There are lots of big festivals and even smaller ones all over the world that will be sure to fill your musical needs! It truly is transforming to attend one of these events, you’ll never regret it! With that said, I’ll wrap this up. Don’t ever be afraid to play like a kid and dance like nobody is watching. It’s liberating and can make an impact on the way you treat others and YOURSELF!!

Hope to see you at one of the upcoming events!!

ONELOVE

JD