12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Sep 5th
šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square
North of the Vancouver Art Gallery
From her earliest memories, Lefan has been singing with her mother, falling asleep to her father’s lullabies, and inspired by Taiwanese folk/pop songs by Chyi Yu, Tsai Chin, and Tiger Huang. To her family, songs are the language of love, celebration, connection, and expression.
What Holds Us Together is a product of this childhood, spent playing in farm fields, growing food with her grandparents and cultivating a deep sense of connection to the natural cycles of life, then watching the destruction of industrialization in those spaces once filled with life. It is a story of home, displacement, migration, collective strength, struggle, and responsibility.
About the Artist
Authentic, vulnerable, inspired; 樂凡 (Van Lefan, she/they) is a Taiwanese multidisciplinary artist who honours music as powerful medicine for healing, connection, transformation, and change. An inquiry into personal and collective experience, her 2022 debut album, “What Holds Us Together” is a sonic journey that synergizes folk, pop, world music, experimental soundscapes and poetry. Together, these stories weave a multi-sensory tapestry of ancestry, identity, ecological reverence and social justice. 樂凡’s performances have moved audiences worldwide, including a 2019 tour of Taiwan and Japan with internationally celebrated roots/soul artist Buckman Coe. Van Lefan shares a voice that transcends culture and language, speaking directly to the heart and spirit. Traversing landscapes of sound, movement, and visual arts, her work is both an invitation to inner exploration and a call to action.