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Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Evening Concert Series

8 Jul

The Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series is back for another year starting Wednesday, July 13th and happens weekly until August 24th. The concerts are free and are held on the East side of the Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive. In the event of rain, concerts are moved indoors.

We’ve had the opportunity to take in some of the concerts and have to say it’s a perfect way to spend a summer 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, some food trucks will be on hand. Concerts begin at 6:30 pm and continue till 8:30 pm.

For those that love the lantern processions around Trout Lake, take note. On the very last concert of the summer, August 24th, there will be a lantern procession along with performers and musicians around Trout Lake between 8:00 and 9:00 pm.

 July 13
JESSE WALDMAN

July 20
THE SWINGIN’ DOORS

July 27
KAYA KURZ

August 3
VOSTOK

August 10
SOUTH VAN BIG BAND

AUGUST 17
MARIACHI TABASKO


AUGUST 24

VOC SWEET SOUL GOSPEL CHOIR

6-8 pm

AUGUST 24
Lantern Procession
THE CARNIVAL BAND
8-9 pm

Note: Performances are subject to last minute changes.

Coastal Jazz & Blues Society Presents The Innovation Series At The Ironworks June 24 – July 3

30 May

Coastal Jazz & Blues Society presents the Innovation Series at The  Ironworks which is part of the 36th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival that runs from June 24 to July 3.  Musicians from Canada to South Korea participate in this much anticipated annual festival.

The Innovation Series at The Ironworks, 235 Alexander Street, brings together Vancouver’s best improvisational musicians and those from around the globe for more than 16 electrifying explorations of experimental jazz. Programming sees two shows per weekend with performances at 9:00 pm followed by an 11:30 pm late show. Weeknights see 9:00 pm shows only. All tickets are $29, including service charges, and are available for purchase at www.coastaljazz.ca.

We’ve set out the schedule of performances happening for The Innovation Series at The Ironworks below:

  • Darius Jones and Strings with Gerald Cleaver on Friday, June 24 at 9:00 pm and JOYFULTALK at 11:30 pm
  • Jaimie Branch C’est Trois on Saturday, June 25 at 9:00 pm and JP Carter / Lisen Rylander Löve / Luke Stewart / Jason Nazary at 11:30 pm
  • Amendola vs Blades with Skerik and Cyro Baptista on Sunday, June 26 at 9:00 pm and Anteloper at 11:30 pm
  • CANABRAVA NOW featuring Douglas R. Ewart and Mankwe Ndosi on Monday, June 27 at 9:00 pm
  • Like the Mind on Tuesday, June 28 at 9:00 pm
  • Wayne Horovitz Trio and Karen Ng on Wednesday, June 29 at 9:00 pm
  • Thumbscrew on Thursday, June 30 at 9:00 pm
  • François Houle RECODER 4tet with Gordon Grdina, Mark Helias and Gerry Hemingway on Friday, July 1 at 9:00 pm and Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio with Matt Mitchell and Jim Black at 11:30 pm 
  • FIRE! At 9:00 pm on Saturday, July 2, with Dave Rempis, Tammy Babin and Kenton Loewen at 11:30 pm 
  • Amirtha Kidambi, Julia Úlehla and Darius Jones Sunday, July 3 at 9:00 pm and Jeff Parker (solo) at 11:30 pm 

Artists, Musicians & Performers Wanted For Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

3 Jul

The Still Moon Arts Society is planning the 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival this September. This is an amazing community event that celebrates the full moon, Autumnal Equinox as well as Renfrew-Collingwood’s diverse community and natural environment through interdisciplinary arts events. They are now recruiting artists, musicians and performers for their Harvest Fair and installation artists for their Streamside Lantern Installation. They are on the hunt for performers with a variety of backgrounds including visible minorities, persons with disabilities, newcomers, BIPOC, and LGBTQAI2s+ folks. Diversity of artists is very important to them. Artists will be paid industry-standard rates for their work ranging from $200-$500 depending on work provided. To learn more, we invite you to visit Still Moon Arts Society. Deadline to apply is July 18th.

Photo Credit: Still Moon Arts Society

The Cultch Presents The Essentials April 16-18, 2021

25 Mar

The Cultch and Soft Cedar bring The Essentials to the stage for three online performances incorporating live and pre-recorded elements, for a unique concert experience, April 16-18, 2021.

For three days only, live from The Cultch’s York Theatre, renowned Vancouver musician, Khari Wendell McClelland is joined on stage virtually by local and international musicians, scholars, and poets in a multidisciplinary performance exploring the question: What is essential and needed in these times? With the help of award-winning poets as well as acclaimed scholars, Khari and the musicians joining him each night, probe the pressing questions facing us today as we encounter unprecedented societal, environmental, and public health challenges.

While the full allotment of poets and scholars will be a part of each performance, along with sound bath artist Faye Mallet, other musical guests will be different each night. Friday, April 16 sees Wendell McClelland joined by the gospel trio The Sojourners, Kwakiutl Hereditary Chief Henry Seaweed, the St. James Music Academy, as well as the folk duo, Twin Bandit. Saturday, April 17 brings another night of incredible performance with JUNO award-winning oud/guitarist, Gordon Grdina, as well as Soul/R&B heavy hitter, Tanika Charles. Sunday, April 18 will be Inuit style throat singing duo, PIQSIQ, and Vancouver’s favourite high energy dance band, Queer As Funk. 

If you wish to check out this unforgettable performance that aims to bring people together in this time of isolation, visit The Cultch for tickets.


Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival September 14, 2019

3 Sep

17thAnnualRenfrewRavineMoonFestivalThe 17th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival happens Saturday, September 14, 2019.  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, there is an interesting Arduino Lantern Workshop happening over 4 days using LED lighting.  There are some prerequisities for participating. To learn more, visit Still Moon Arts Society. 

 

Walk For Reconciliation To Strathcona Park September 24, 2017

20 Sep

WeAreAllOneThe first-ever Reconciliation Expo will be held Sunday, September 24th.  The event begins at 10:00 am with a 2 km walk that starts at 650 Cambie Street and travels to Strathcona Park.  After the walk, there are a host of activities lined up for the day at the Expo that continues till 3:00 pm. The event will include community booths with information about reconciliation, cultural activities as well as presentations by community groups.  Along side the events, there will be an area dedicated to local artisans. This is a great opportunity to experience local Indigenous art and culture.  There will also be an area for children to play educational games and a space for Indigenous craft making. If you get hungry while there, a variety of Vancouver based food-trucks serving ethnically-diverse foods will be on hand.

The day also features musicians, dance groups and a host of activities and exhibits some of which we’ve set out below. To see a full rundown of events, we invite you to visit reconciliationcanada.ca: 

Exhibit: Site Unseen (Gitga’at and West Vancouver Youth – Mural of Merging Voices) 

A unique and innovative project supports links between different groups of coastal youth. To deepen the understanding of their unique cultures and lands, students from the District of West Vancouver and the Gitga’at Nation in Hartley Bay worked together to create a large art installation that explores reconciliation among youth.

Exhibit: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation 

An exhibit from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation that explores working together for a strong future and better understanding of reconciliation.

Exhibit: Carey Newman’s Witness Blanket (Full-Size Replica)

Inspired by a woven blanket, the Witness Blanket is a large-scale art installation, made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from across Canada. The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognise the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolise ongoing reconciliation.

Weavers Corner

Facilitated by the Earthand Gleaners Society and a diverse group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous weavers, this will be a tactile, interactive space to learn more about the craft of weaving from multiple cultural perspectives. The space will be hands-on, inviting participants to engage with plants native to this territory and learn more about the social history of weaving.

Kairos Blanket Exercise

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history.

On-site Mural Painting

The Vancouver Mural Festival will host an interactive mural site where with spray paint where participants can add their message of hope or reconciliation. There will also be several commissioned artists creating pieces during the Expo that aim to capture the energy and experience of the Walk for Reconciliation.

Commitment Gallery

Using the pre-existing infrastructure of the tennis court in Strathcona Park, Reconciliation Canada will facilitate the creation of a temporary Commitment Gallery. This will serve as an opportunity for participants to make a personal pledge towards reconciliation following their participation in the Walk. Commitment Cards will be exhibited on the fence to visually display and celebrate actions.

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