Jasper Sloan Yip’s start was humble. A self-taught musician, he gave his first performance in 2007 on a stage he built in the backyard of his childhood home in Vancouver. Three days later he boarded a one-way flight to Paris. In the cafes and one-star hotels of Europe, Jasper wrote much of his restless and wide-eyed debut Every Day and All at Once, released on his 23rd birthday in 2010. Its songs charted on college radio, appeared on network television, and landed Jasper showcases at festivals all over Canada. Three years later, at the helm of an experimental folk-rock sextet, Jasper released his ambitious follow up, Foxtrot. Currently, Jasper and the band are hard at work preparing Jasper’s third full-length album.

1. Why does voting matter to you?

“Voting matters to me because the health of Canada’s political system and cultural well-being depend on it.”

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 Canada elect a non-conservative government that protects and supports arts, culture and the environment. I’d also like to see C-51 repealed.”

3. If you could say one thing to today’s youth about the importance of voting, what would you say?

“Vote strategically. The non-conservative vote is split three ways and it’s worth considering voting for the leading non-conservative party in your riding even if that party is not your first choice. Consult leadnow.ca for up to date polls in your riding.”

4. Will you pledge to vote #InAdvance?