A Study of Women in Rave Culture

A Study of Women in Rave Culture: An Insider’s Perspective on Identity and Deviance

Mt. Woozy (Sept. 2015) Taken By: Tas Fraser

In late August 2015 to early September 2015, I came up with the idea to study rave culture. A couple of people my younger sister knows attend raves and I never took much of an interest in them before. It just so happened that during my 4th year course selection in the summer,  I decided I wanted to do an independent research project to gain some experience. But of course…you need to have a topic to study. So that is when I thought…what about rave culture? For one I knew practically nothing about it except for things i’ve heard such as “ravers are crazy”, “everyone goes just to do drugs”, and “those girls show too much skin”. I’d also never been to one. I figured it was time to learn something new so my Criminology and Sociology background then came into play. I wondered why this activity was viewed as deviant, why people go to these events, what is with the stereotypes and how people benefit from raves if they do at all? After a while I honed the topic to be about women’s experience in the culture and it took off from there.  I stepped out of my comfort zone to study raves which many speak negatively about but have never attended. The study includes a 40 page report and a video. I conducted interviews with 6 women who are active participants in the rave scene, obtained the opinion’s of 3 other women I attended events with on their first experience, and I attended 3 Toronto rave events myself. I never imagined the outcome would be so rewarding. I learned so much being exposed to this different world and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. As of January 2016, the project has been cleared for publishing. So, if you’re interested and if you’re willing to keep an open mind….read on and take a glimpse into my experience as a rave participant!


Below is the link to the full report of the project. Included is: interviews, themes, my personal experiences, first impressions, etc. Hopefully you enjoy the report and that it gives you some insight into what rave culture provides for women!

A Study of Women in Rave Culture Report

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How I Get Ready to Perform

This week I did a more personal behind the scenes video about how I get ready to perform at shows! This video is a bit shorter so it will  not take as much time to watch as the other one. Basically I told myself “Tas…you’re going to do the open mic tonight” and that’s exactly what I did. The open mic I performed at was at Station 1 Coffeehouse in Grimsby, Ontario. The food and drinks are great and the staff are all extremely friendly. It is a great environment for a first show (and for me it was kind of like a first show as I haven’t performed in three years!). They have open mic nights every Thursday starting at 7:30. You come in, sign up on the list then wait to perform. Additionally, they have free shows on Saturdays if you’re looking for a place to get out and listen to some local music.

In the video below, I take you on my trip from getting ready to performing at this open mic.


How I Get Ready to Perform

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How to Make a Low Budget Music Video

Hey everyone! Today i’m releasing my first YouTube video associated with this blog. I decided to give you a little how to on one of my favourite hobbies….making music videos. My sister and I in our spare time like to have a little bit of fun by recreating the music videos of popular songs. In this YouTube video i’ll be showing you the steps I go through to create music videos and how to use the app “Video Star” . Something to keep in mind, while I did mention Samsung users can find this in Playstore, I was incorrect so I apologize. If you are interested in similar apps, Playstore does have: Red Karaoke and Video Cam Illusion.

In the video I mention 3 steps you have to take prior to actually making the video, which will be summarized here:

1) Pick a Song, 2) Gather Supplies and 3) Pick a Location

Following this there will be a tutorial on the basics of the Video Star program. At the end there is a little surprise and you can see a preview of how our music video for Virginia to Vegas’ “Don’t Fight the Music” turned out.


How to Make a Low Budget Music Video  

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