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The 16th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival Happens September 22, 2018

11 Sep

MOON-FESTIVAL-POSTER-2018The 16th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival happens Saturday, September 22, 2018.  This family friendly event celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance and diverse cultural traditions. The festival highlights the arts, community and the environment. It is always held on the Saturday closest to the 8th full moon of the year, the harvest moon.  The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival started in 2003 under artistic director, Carmen Rosen and now continues every year as a co-production between the Still Moon Arts Society and Renfrew Park Community Association. If you have not attended this event previously, it is an amazing display of creativity, colour, light and music.  We encourage you to check it out.

The festivities begin in the afternoon with the Harvest Fair which kicks off at 4:00 pm and goes till 7:00 pm at Slocan Park. This event is a pre-cursor to the parade that happens at dusk.  During the Harvest Fair, there will be games, crafts, musicians, last minute lantern making, community competitions and more. As the moon rises and the sun sets, the Giant Moon Lantern along with dancers and musicians make their way to guide a twilight lantern parade through the Renfrew Ravine to Renfrew Park.  Once you arrive at Renfrew Park at about 7:30 pm, you descend into a transformed world of the stream, Still Creek. The entire area around the creek is lined with lights, floating lantern art and ethereal music. It is quite something to see.  Time slows seems to slow down as you walk through the paths and absorb the beauty of candlelight, exquisite lanterns and the shimmering stream. Once you pass through the walkway, you come upon Renfrew Park Field which is where you will find musicians playing on the main stage and a Tea Garden with food service. The evening finale features youth performers showcasing dance, stilting and fire spinning to live music. Then the big finale is a display of fireworks around 9:00 pm.

If you are looking to make a lantern, note there are a couple of workshops this week, September 11th and 12th, a Salmon Lantern Workshop and a Bird Lantern Workshop, both held at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. For more information, visit Moon Festival Workshops.

Trout Lake Weekly Outdoor Summer Concert Series Kicks Off July 4th

18 Jun

 

TroutLakeConcertSeriesThe Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series is back for another year starting Wednesday, July 4, 2018. If you have not checked out this great free summer event, you truly are missing out.  This annual event is hosted by the Trout Lake Community Center at 3360 Victoria Drive.  Concerts happen every Wednesday evening throughout the summer rain or shine. If it rains, concerts go indoors to the Grandview Room. We’ve had the opportunity to take in some of the concerts on a nice summer evening and we have to say, it is a pretty perfect way to spend an evening. Bring a blanket, your friends, family, kids or the dog or all of the above and a picnic and you are set.  If you aren’t able to organize a picnic, you can grab some food at the Carousel Café.  We have set out the musical line up for this summer below.  Each evening kicks off at 6:30 pm.  By the way, dancing is encouraged, so don’t be shy. Others certainly aren’t. If you are lucky, you will see a few couples showing off their exceptional dancing skills which we’ve witnessed a few times.  On the very last concert of the summer, August 29th, make note there will be an opportunity to make lanterns for the first part of the evening after which there will be a lantern procession along with performers and musicians around Trout Lake at dusk (8:30 pm).  Keep an eye out for the Lantern Tent to make yours that evening, or bring your own creation from home.

 July 4
SANCTUARY ALL STARS
A 17 piece big swing jazz band led by Bob Liley.

  July 11
PROFESSOR BANJO
Unique and versatile performer who engages audiences of all ages.

July 18
SODA CRACKERS
Vintage country, jazz and roots music.

July 25
BLACKTHORN
Celtic Band

August 1
THE LAWLESS HOT CLUB
Blues, a little Western Swing, some eclectic songs from interesting places,
and even a little Rock

August 8
WHEAT IN THE BARLEY
A blend of traditional tunes.

August 15
RIO SAMAYA BAND
Original music of songs and poetry in a combination of Latin, Reggae & Rhumba.

August 22
ROWEN PORTER AND THE BURYING GROUND
Upbeat Blues String Band

August 29
CHECO TOHOMASO & Gospel Choir
Motown music.

 

Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival September 30, 2017

26 Sep

RenfrewRavineMoonFestivalThe 15th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is scheduled for September 30th, 2017. If you haven’t attended this event, you are missing out. This is a great family event celebrating the environment around us with displays of colour, light and music.  This year’s theme is migrations.  Organizers, being the Still Moon Arts Society, would like those attending the event to reflect on the global movements that occur every day. It could be fish swimming across vast oceans, birds flying across Canada or that person travelling to meet friends or a loved on.  With the issues facing the world today, movement is playing a more significant role.

You are invited to come experience the installations created for this year’s event and discover your own stories in the theme of migration.  The festivities begin in the afternoon with the Harvest Fair which kicks off at 4:00 pm and goes till 6:45 pm at Slocan Park.  This event is a pre-cursor to the parade that happens at dusk.  The Harvest Fair features games, crafts, friendly competitions, musicians, community booths and more.  If you are interested in making a last minute lantern or purchasing one from a local artist before the parade, you can do so at the Harvest Fair. 

At approximately 6:45 pm, as the moon rises and the sun sets, musicians and dancers will lead a twilight lantern parade from Slocan Park through the Renfrew Ravine to Renfrew Park.  Along the way, the procession will pass the river-stone labyrinth with candles laid throughout.  Many of those in the procession are carrying lanterns and as you walk along you will see many homes on the route getting into the act with displays of light and colour on their properties that abut the Renfrew Ravine.  Once at Renfrew Park, this is where some exquisite lanterns are on full display and candles set up throughout the ravine. It is quite a spectacle to see.  The event finishes at 8:30 pm in Renfrew Park with choreographed dance performances, stilting and fire spinning along with swing and jazz music. The grand finale includes fireworks.  This is a free all ages family friendly event.

 

Foto Friday– 14th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

23 Sep

lantern20166In case you missed it, last Saturday was the 14th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival which was put on by the Still Moon Arts Society and over 200 volunteers. The event kicked off with a Harvest Fair from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. After that, a Twilight Walk took place over to Renfrew Park with lanterns dotted along the path as well as the labyrinth with an array of candles laid out on the ground and a choir on hand.  Once you arrived at Renfrew Park, there was an amazing array of lanterns throughout the ravine. All paths and walkways were lit with candles and/or lanterns of varying sizes and lanterns, salmon of course being a big theme.  We were lucky to catch a few songs by the Vancouver Youth Choir in the ravine which was surrounded by candles and lanterns. It was quite something to experience.  Once outside of the ravine, you were treated to live music, a final performance which included fire dancing, stilt walking and fireworks. Although we didn’t capture pictures of everything, we did manage to capture photos of many of the lanterns and a few other things.  We hope you enjoy them and keep an eye out for next year’s event. 

Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival September 17th & Lantern Workshops

22 Aug

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The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival returns Saturday, September 17, 2016. If you are unfamiliar with this event, the 1st annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival took place in 2003 and was created by artist Carmen Rosen in collaboration with the community. This event celebrates the full moon and harvest abundance while honouring diverse cultural traditions. The moon festival will highlight art, music and environmental stewardship. The event gets under way with the Harvest Fair at 4:00 pm which will feature a number of booths from local organizations, artisans, and non-profit groups. There will also be live music, a selection of hot food and their infamous Harvest Fair competition.

At 7:00 pm, the Twilight Lantern Walk begins with a parade of lanterns from Slocan Park to Renfrew Park which is led by a giant moon lantern. You are invited to bring your own lantern and walk the trails along the ravine accompanied by live music as night falls. Passing by the river-stone labyrinth, the procession will be invited to a walking meditation surrounded by music and light. The parade then passes by other lantern installations and surprise performances until it reaches Renfrew Park at nightfall, for more live music, food and of course, the moon.

Leading up to the big event on September 17th, there will be a number of events including workshops for making lanterns. There are three types of lanterns being made, including globe lanterns, salmon lanterns and glass jar lanterns. There is a small cost for making GlassJarLanternsBenRosen-Purcelleach lantern which varies between $10 and $25 depending on which lantern you choose to make. All workshops will be held at the Slocan Park Field House at 2750 E. 29th Avenue which is located next to the 29th Avenue Skytrain Station. We have set out the dates of the workshops below:

 

September 6th: Globe Lanterns
September 7th: Globe lanterns
September 8th: Salmon Lanterns
September 9th: Salmon Lanterns
September 12th: Globe Lanterns
September 13th: Globe Lanterns
September 14th: Glass Jar Lanterns
September 15th: Glass Jar Lanterns

 For more details, visit  Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival or their Facebook page. This is a great community event that is fun for all ages along with great photo opportunities.

Photo Credit:Glass Jar Lanterns by Ben Rosen-Purcell

All Souls Night October 25th – Light A Candle. Leave A Message

16 Oct

AllSoulsNightOct.25You are invited to All Souls Night Saturday, October 25th  6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street.  This event is curated by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijart and was created to provide opportunities for the public to commemorate their dead with a family-oriented community art event. The Celebration Hall will be open 6:00 -9:00 pm for tea and personal memorial making. Artists and community members will come together to create a sanctuary for remembrance and reflection. You are encouraged to bring a lantern and candles as well as photos if you wish to create a memorial for a loved one. Also, at 7:11 pm, you can be witness to the Premiere of “11” which will be a site-specific performance of Mark Haney’s composition commemorating 11 individuals who served in the World Wars. Cued by a solo trumpet, every 11 minutes brass instruments placed around the central area of the cemetery will tell their 11 individual stories in concert, their sounds harmonizing over the landscape through which visitors are walking. Inspired by the stories of WWII veterans who settled in Renfrew Heights. The piece celebrates an often forgotten part of Vancouver’s history. The event takes place rain or shine.  To learn more about All Souls Night and events that continue to November 2nd visit a Night For All Souls.

The departed they visit us in dreams. They glide across our memories like shadows over streams.
Inscription on a headstone at Mountain View Cemetery.

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