Turn Up YVR is a non-partisan organization made up of Vancouverites who advocate for youth political engagement.
On Saturday, October 10, they have put together a bus concert event encouraging youth ages 18 to 24 to get out to the polls and participate in advanced voting while enjoying live music played by some great artists.
Buses will be picking up participants at the Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and dropping them off at polling stations in their ridings so they can vote in advance.
The bus pick up times for specific ridings are:
- 11 a.m. – Vancouver Quadra and Vancouver Granville
- 1 p.m. – Vancouver Centre
- 3 p.m. – Vancouver East and Vancouver Kingsway
If you are not a voter in any of these ridings, the buses will drop you off at the Elections Canada station so you can still vote in advance with a special ballot.
Musicians such as Mother Mother, The Zolas, Dan Magnan, Kuba Oms, Shawn Hall of The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer and Zaac Pick, will accompany voters on board, playing acoustic sets during the bus rides.
“This is about proving, through voting, that youth do care,” Darcy Vermeulen, Turn Up YVR spokesperson, said in a statement. “We aren’t just showing up at the polls on October 19th, we are going to make a statement by turning up, en masse, in advance.”
During this election campaign, there have been a lot of conversations surrounding the importance of youth voter engagement. In the 2011 federal election, young Canadians ages 18 to 24 had the lowest turnout at the polls, with only 38.8 per cent showing up to vote. However, this time around, there has been a strong push to encourage young Canadians to get out and vote.
Turn Up YVR spokesperson Hilary Farson says that although young Canadians are often labeled as apathetic when it comes to voting, that is not the case.
“We’ve shown through our engagement on social media and in numerous social movements, that’s just not true. Youth are at the forefront of political change around the world and this election, youth in Vancouver will be too,” Farson said.
If you’re interested in coming out to the bus-concerts on Saturday, be sure to bring government-issued photo ID and a proof of your address to vote.
Turn Up YVR has organized a social media campaign (#InAdvance) to encourage those who can’t make it out on Saturday, to head to the polls to caste their vote until Monday, October 12 (the last day for advance voting) or on Election Day. Musicians Ashleigh Ball of Hey Ocean and Tyler Bancroft of Said the Whale have joined the campaign, making the pledge to vote #InAdvance and they are urging young Canadians to do the same.