DEIGHTON CUP/
LIFETIME PASS

We are calling on you, our loyal fans, our long-time attendees; you are our fashion-forward, cocktail-loving, summer patio vibe tribe. In the absence of a ‘in person’ Deighton Cup festival in 2020, due to respect for social distancing requirements, we have created a limited number of Lifetime Festival Passes for release. Supporting the event you love, while giving back to the community.

20% of proceeds from all Lifetime Festival Pass sales will go to Backpack Buddies, a BC organization that is stepping up during the COVID-19 crisis to get food directly into the hands of our most vulnerable children.

DEIGHTON CUP/
LIFETIME PASS

We are calling on you, our loyal fans, our long-time attendees; you are our fashion-forward, cocktail-loving, summer patio vibe tribe. In the absence of a ‘in person’ Deighton Cup festival in 2020, due to respect for social distancing requirements, we have created a limited number of Lifetime Festival Passes for release. Supporting the event you love, while giving back to the community.

20% of proceeds from all Lifetime Festival Pass sales will go to Backpack Buddies, a BC organization that is stepping up during the COVID-19 crisis to get food directly into the hands of our most vulnerable children.

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HASTINGS RACECOURSE


June 19th, 2020
4:00PM

Following a CBC article from June of 2019, we learned that our event, the Deighton Cup, was tied to deeply wrong and oppressive behaviours of the festival’s namesake: historic Vancouver saloon-ster and founder of Gastown, “Gassy” Jack Deighton.

We, the founders of the Deighton Cup, were, and are, disgusted with the aspects of Jack Deighton’s life highlighted in the article. We became acutely aware of the immediate need to address our association with, and unintended support of, marginalizing and oppressive behaviours.

Our team began immediately working with Indigenous diversity and inclusivity experts to examine and dismantle the ways in which we, knowingly or unknowingly, have supported racist figures or historical events. Ultimately, this work was meant to find ways to make our festival more inclusive, welcoming and safe for all.

We understand that we were wrong in not acting more quickly to publicly address these associations. That said, with anti-racism and anti-oppression as our driving objective with this undertaking, we are continuing to audit and work towards improving the festival in the following ways:

• In consultation with Indigenous experts and First Nations communities we will find ways to authentically remove racist supports that exist within the event and will make any and all recommended changes, including a name change, if so advised;
• We are expanding our inclusion and integration of Indigenous artists, designers and organizational staff, highlighting and amplifying the incredible talents of these makers and creators with the means we have available to us;
• We acknowledge that our events take place on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Moving forward, at all gatherings, we will acknowledge these unceded territories of our First Nation communities; and
• As a management team with its attendant privilege, we are committing to complete diversity and inclusivity training and to make available our learnings, insights and personal outcomes from that training.

This is just the beginning, and we wanted you to know. As founders of a fun, vibrant and inclusive event, we commit to providing our community and the general public with an update on our progress within 30 days, on or before July 19, 2020.

We welcome feedback on the steps we are taking. Please do so by reaching out to all of us at info@deightoncup.com.

Thank you.

Tyson, Dax and Jordan

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