Sarah Jickling, neurotic songstress and theatrical frontwoman of pop-rock band The Oh Wells, is taking to the stage on her own as Sarah Jickling and Her Good Bad Luck. Over the past few years, Jickling’s whimsical indie-pop songs have been featured on radio stations in BC and Ontario and earned her top spots in competitions such as Citr’s Shindig!, Seattle’s EMP Soundoff Competition, and 102.7 The PEAK Performance Project. Jickling’s new solo project pairs the unbridled emotion of her voice with synths and loops, and graduates lyrically from high school daydreams to honest accounts of a chaotic young adulthood.

1) Why does voting matter to you?
“Voting has always been important in my family. My mother is a teacher, so her job is directly affected by the leaders in power. But ever since I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, I’ve been more eager to vote than ever. First, the youth clinic that provided free counselling to troubled young adults (aka me) was shut down due to lack of funding. Next, the mental health clinic that provided me with a psychiatrist was shut down. For someone with a mental illness, having access to counselling and a psychiatrist could be a matter of life or death. Casting my vote for a party that recognizes the importance of mental health care gives me hope for the future. In my experience, hope is sometimes as effective as medication.”
2) What is one thing you’d like to see happen over the next five years – either here in YVR, or nationally?
“I’d like to see more free, accessible mental health care. Getting help shouldn’t feel like a never-ending fight with the system. Especially in Canada, where we brag about our health care all the time.”
3) Can you name a time you felt part of a movement or cause? How did that community come together? What did that experience feel like?
“I became involved with the teacher’s strike last year, mostly online, but my most memorable moment was attending the huge rally in front of Canada place. There were band teachers playing protest songs and picketers holding elaborate hand-made signs. You could tell everyone was there because they cared so much about their students and their children. It was very moving.”
4) If you could say one thing to today’s youth about the importance of voting, what would you say?
“Voting is very frustrating. I have never voted for the winning party in my life. But we might as well try? What’s the harm in trying. You never know, we could be the generation that changes things.”
5) Will you pledge to vote #InAdvance?
“Mais oui!”