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This session is one part lesson, one part trivia and one part “Ask Me Anything”!

You may have heard the term “safer spaces” in relation to the music industry, but what are ‘Protective” Spaces? Protective Spaces are venues and teams within the industry that recognize that safety requires ongoing action. Spaces that work to protect the people inside them -patrons, artists, and others working in music don’t happen by accident!

This session is one part lesson, one part trivia and one part “Ask Me Anything,” facilitated by Good Night Out, local leaders in nightlife safety and skill building in the area of harm reduction and sexual misconduct prevention.

Good Night Out (GNO) is a BC- Based non-profit society that works directly with the hospitality and music sectors to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and create safer experiences for workers and customers. Good Night Out’s roots are on the occupied and unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skxwú7mesh and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ people. GNO’s work in the area of safer music spaces , has lead to partnerships with venues of all sizes, The City of Victoria, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, EDM artists Griz and GJones, and many other stakeholders in the hospitality and entertainment sector. Read more about the work of Good Night Out in Flare, Vice and on the CBC.

GNO has recently opened a Victoria satellite office to better support establishments and venues on Vancouver Island.

This session will be facilitated by Stacey Forrester and Megan Hopkins of Good Night Out.


Megan (she/they) started with GNOV in 2019 after many years working alongside underserved folks on the DTES of Vancouver. She moved to Lekwungen Territory to pursue her degree in social work and has a particular interest in amplifying harm reduction and mental health initiatives that focus on uplifting safety for women and LGBTQS+. In her downtime she’s busy obsessing over her two cats, chasing the sun all over the island with her partner or readings all the books.


Stacey is the education director of Good Night Out Vancouver. Stacey is a former community health nurse and current community planner. Stacey received a 2019 Honorable Mention from the Canadian Institute of Planners for her for the publication: “A European Approach to Nightlife,” as well as nominations for both a City of Vancouver Award of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion and a Government of BC Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award for her work in the area of public realm safety. For the last 10 years Stacey has directed the Harm Reduction program for Bass Coast Music Festival. This includes training over 100 volunteers every year, running a 24 hour education and sanctuary space, and implementing drug testing services, including the use of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) technology. The harm reduction program at Bass Coast is renowned across North America for its progressive approach to harm reduction.

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