Parab Poet and the Hip Hop Hippies

I am responding on behalf of Parab Poet and the Hip Hop Hippies about the importance of wild spaces in our community.

First off, our entire band is made up of individuals who have great appreciation of the outdoors. We all enjoy active outdoor lifestyles for health, entertainment and wellbeing. Our first music video was shot at the Fred Heal Canoe Launch beach, a place where we regularly launch paddleboards and canoes to paddle back into Saskatoon on the South Saskatchewan River.

We find it extremely important to have wild spaces in our cities as ways to get away from the busy bustle of city life and to reconnect with nature regularly. Spending time outdoors makes for a happier more content individual. The sounds, smells and visuals of wild spaces are soothing and comforting. They also act as places of community and sharing. There is nothing more satisfying than sharing a great conversation with a stranger in the middle of a city park or green space.

As musicians, we also find that wild spaces spark the creative juices in us. Much of our music has been inspired from spending time along our beautiful riverbank. When we heard about the budget cuts and struggles of the MVA, it really hit home to us the importance of having wild spaces in our cities. Its easy to take things for granted until they are taken away from you and we don't ever want to see that happen.  We will always encourage people to get out in nature for their own mental and physical health, but more specifically to be part of the communities that are connected to these "wild" spaces. Having something to believe in, support and provide ideas to, only deepens your connection to the community and the nature it resides in.

Marcus Storey on behalf of PPHHH