Vancouver born and bred, Shanique Kelly / Softieshan has quickly become one of the city’s favourite DJs and event producers, widely known for her femme-forward rap sets and all around radiant vibes. She runs the Vancouver chapter of Intersessions, a grassroots organization with a mission to bridge the inequality gap facing female and femme-identified DJs in the music and nightlife industries. Intersessions now runs workshops globally, equipping women and members of the LGBTQ+ community with education and tools to navigate and thrive in these traditionally male-dominated fields. She has recently embarked on some innovative new collaborations with companies like Lululemon and Tight Club, bringing empowered, body-moving music and inclusivity practices to even broader audiences. Softieshan is a resident DJ at the Fox, the American, Fortune Sound Club, and the Boxcar.