Michael Franti & Spearhead bring a message of hope to Vancouver

photo credit: Anthony Thoen

Michael Franti & Spearhead are set to hit Vancouver’s very own Commodore Ballroom for what should be two unforgettable nights of upbeat, socially conscious music.

Inspired by his latest documentary Stay Human, Franti profiles unique individuals and some of the positive social work that is happening around the world at a time when so much in our global political landscape seems grim.

“I’ve traveled the globe making music and throughout the years I’ve always hoped that it could inspire small steps towards making the world a better place,” says Franti.

In an interview with Vancouver Weekly, Franti discusses states of depression that he faces when he looks at the politics that are happening in the U.S. and around the world. However, it is Franti’s optimism and joyous spirit that shines through in both his music and demeanour – it is very easy to see why he has had so much success in all his various projects throughout the years.

“Struggling with the challenges of the world, I began filming my new documentary, Stay Human, telling the stories of heroic everyday people who helped me to discover more deeply what It means to be and STAY HUMAN,” says Franti.

And isn’t that just what we need? Discovering our own raw humanity through art, politics, and belief systems have both divided us and brought us closer together as a people. To stay human seems like a worthwhile theme for 2018 so if you haven’t bought your tickets yet for Franti’s show on the 8th, find some. If not, we are all fortunate to have Franti coming back on the 16th for a second night.

Tickets herehttps://www1.ticketmaster.ca/event/110054752D1CBCD5

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