Open Letter Against Chip Wilson and Low Tide Properties
We, the undersigned, are a group of artists, performers, community organizers, organizations, and members of the public who live on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. We are coming together because we have a crisis of renovictions and a lack of DIY spaces, defined as independent artist-run studios and music venues, and collective exhibition spaces (1). We care about our community havens and cannot allow another to be shut down by Chip Wilson and Low Tide Properties. We emphatically denounce their predatory and gentrifying practices that are a part of colonial entitlement.

Chip Wilson and LTP have systematically renovicted various organizations and tenants including but not limited to: INDEX and Merge at 1305 and 1315 Powell St, the old Red Gate Arts Society at 855 E Hastings St, 5 nonprofits and artist collectives from 877 E Hastings St, eatART and other nonprofits and startups from 780 E Cordova St, and residential tenants and small businesses from 2703 Main St. These are only the first steps in his vicious campaign to hoard $1.5 billion worth of property, which he plans to carry out over the next 7 years.

In an attempt to “artwash” his reputation, Wilson and LTP have donated to public murals and artworks, outdoor music events, and neighbourhood days. Oftentimes these events and artworks occur at his renovicted buildings and actively contribute to the gentrification process.

Chip Wilson is one man who is wealthy because he has profited off of the backs of his workers. He does not get to decide what our city should look like, or who should own most of the property within it. He does not get to put up artificial barriers to building community or turn Vancouver into an exclusive gated enclave, open to no one but the wealthy.

We do not stand with Chip Wilson’s actions and bigoted views and he, in no way, represents our communities.

We call on others to engage in solidarity and disengage from business dealings and partnerships with Chip Wilson and Low Tide Properties. We invite others to co-sign and signal boost this letter.

Sincerely,

Tascha Speck
Jodie Overland
Nathan Drillot, INDEX
Gerardo Juarez
Vancouver Tenants Union
Sara Sagaii, VTU
Zandi Dandizette, Executive Director, James Black Gallery
Jim Carrico, Red Gate Arts Society
JS Aurelius, Director - Ascetic House, Co-Director - New Forms Festival
Phoenix Robson, Red Gate Arts Society
Patrick Campbell, INDEX
perrine sauviat, La Fraicheur
Jeffrey Ellis, Cloudscape Comics
Ryan quist, Bored Decor
Gil Goletski, Flavourcel Animation Collective
Nathan Jones, Dynamo Arts Association
Alia Hijaab, Flavourcel Animation Collective
Jacob Beauregard, Fightback
Page Turner, WHEW! (Women Humanitarians Empowering Women)
Christopher Strickler, Flavourcel Animation Collective
Kameyo Melina, Ahuevo
Mitra Mansour, Assembly
Lana Connors, Flavourcel Animation Collective
jaye simpson, wahkemow poetry
Bracken Hanuse Corlett, At Large
Elvira Lount, Indie filmmaker
Arinn Westendorf, CLÜB
Cease Wyss, Raven and Hummingbird Tea Co
Laurel Pucker, Flavourcel
Marysia Tyski, Rish Jewelry
Justin Fung, Housing Action for Local Taxpayers
Matt Purkiss, Black Pontiac
Amie Gislason, Little Sprout
Nolan Harris, DPK promotions
Spencer MacDonald, DPK Promotions
Anthony Ferrari, 333
Jesse-Lee Houle, leeaiko
Jon Manning, Lost Sound Tapes
Jamie bizness, Redgate
Rocco Trigueros, Mexicans living in Vancouver
Julia Higgs, The Rattle, Truck Stop Pop-Up
Caitlin van der Have, CJSF90.1FM
Jacob gradowski, Red gate arts society
Trevor J. McEachran, Big Mosquito
Isis Graham, Alberta Electronic Music Conference
Shallow end band
Leslie Mildiner, Playwright
Lisa Curry, Vancouver Art Book Fair
Jim Buckshon, Renegade Productions
Lindsay Elliott, Photographer
Alyssa, Connect YEG
Jaleh Mansoor, UBC
Jeff O’Brien, UBC
Marion Pollack, Strathcona resident
Dj slow
Tarun Nayar, VIBC
Wyatt Schaffner, Soul Ipsum Agencies
tracey vath, toast collective
Simon Laalo`, Trilliam Gibson
Madeline Taylor, CiTR 101.9FM
Reylinn McGrath, Acceleration Collective
Carla White, Raincity Housing
Avrinder Dhillon, Avi Dhillon Photography
Michael Kirchmayer, UBC school of music
Jamie Abugov, Lighta! Sound
4lienmatt
Katrin Braga, INDEX
Chris Yee, CJSF 90.1 FM
Harley Flanagan, The Cro-Mags
Richard TaLife, Oi
Daelik Hackenbrook, MACHINENOISY
Jon Comstock, Jaundice Records
Brit Bachmann, Executive Director, UNIT/PITT
Jocelyn Sanchez, creamyskeleton illustration
John Hewer, Hidden Charms
Jamie Tolagson, Hotham Sound Recordings
Rob Wright, The Vicious Cycles
Robin Lough, Still Moon Arts Society
Jonny Sopotiuk, VALU CO-OP
Bill batt, Fake Jazz, thankless records/printing
Taylor Stuart, DPK Promotions
Mathieu Youdan, Rat Goof
Matt, Togetherism (Art and Events)
lauren ray, mixed gems
John Urquhart, Flying Pyramid Productions
Nathan Jones, Dynamo Arts Association
Kate Armstrong, Independent Curator
Elaine Carol, MISCELLANEOUS Productions Society
Steven Tong, CSAspace
Audiopile Records
Brittany Boyd, University of Victoria
Damla Tamer, Dynamo Arts Association
Jesse Wentzloff, CJSF 90.1FM
Aileen Bahmanipour, Dynamo Arts Association
Jessica Wadsworth, CADA/West
Dani Proteau, UVic Visual Arts
Tom Wherrett, Merge
Barbara Adler, Sawdust Collector
Marcus Youssef, Artistic Director, Neworld Theatre
Jordan Greaux, Juice Cult
Meichen Waxer, Arts Assembly
Mariessa McLeod, The Red Gate Arts Society
Rebecca Brewer, Emily Carr University
Luz Diaz, Room 4 Resistance
Noah Kamis, Vancouver music scene
Harold Clark, Composer - The Music Ecology Centre
Todd Evanger, North Van Arts
Feven Kidane, Black Lives Matter
Zak Haddad, Schwey
Sean Arden, Emily Carr University
Jack Ward, Music maker
Larisse Campbell, The Ordinary Productions
Kirk Chantraine, The Snipe News
Meredith Bates, Merge
Eduardo Sousa, Greenpeace
Rianne Svelnis, dance artist
Lauren Johnson, Emily Johnston Designs
Mairin, Scope Creative
Whitney Brennan, Arts Assembly
Jenna Berlyn, Dancer
Mariah Gillis
Jesse Scott
Cas Warden
Emily Miranda
Denise Bottali
Brendan Harte
Meghan MacRae
Flora Ferguson
Adrian Long
Caitlin Likely
Ashley Andel
Meighan Visser
Shauna Chin
Adam Strtn
Noah Ziehr
Terry Noel
Jen Pearson
Roman Komarov
Zack Focker
Christopher Leinonen
Angela Kruger
Tom Whalen
Rachael Hall
Ryan Schebek
Sam Bass
Katherine Lamond
Franki Harrogate
Kate Vincent
Peter MacRaild
Sofia Kim
Marena Skinner
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