The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra announced that the second annual Day of Music will take place May 15, 2021. This free event celebrates music and musicians from across the Province of BC. Over one hundred performances will be released as livestreams and recordings in the virtual Day of Music hub. Pop-up performances are also being planned around the province, health orders permitting.
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Second Annual Day of Music
“Day of Music 2021 is a chance for British Columbians to come together in a massive celebration of music and its power to connect us. This has been a challenging year on so many fronts, and in particular for musicians. We witnessed firsthand how much stress our own VSO musicians have experienced. […] We plan to reignite the sheer joy of music and performance as our community gets ready to come out of this long hibernation.” – Angela Elster, President & CEO of the VSO and VSO School of Music
Call for Participants
The VSO invites amateur and professional musicians and ensembles from across the province to join in this celebration of music via a video recording, live stream or pop-up performance in their community. A limited number of honorariums ($400 for individuals, $1,000 for ensembles) will be awarded to select participants. While all musicians and groups are invited to submit proposals to participate, preference will be given groups related to classical, jazz, chamber, world music, indigenous and wind band genres.
Proposals to participate can be submitted at DayOfMusic.ca. Deadline to submit proposals is April 15th, 2021.
Day of Music is the VSO’s annual free community celebration of music and musicians. The first celebration took place in 2019 and welcomed over 14,000 people to 100 free performances in celebration of the VSO’s 100th Anniversary.
DanceHouse, in partnership with Digidance, announces the Canadian digital broadcast of More Than Dance, We Are A Movement. The film marks the 20th anniversary of Toronto-based interdisciplinary innovators Red Sky Performance – showcasing excerpts of their award-winning work and the remarkable story of their rise to one of the world’s most prolific and celebrated Indigenous performance creators.
More Than Dance, We Are A Movement
When: April 14 – 20, 2021 (Link available for 7 Days) Streaming in Canada only Tickets: From $15 + applicable taxes, available online now
Filmed in celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary, More Than Dance, We Are A Movement captures the creative drive of Founder and Executive and Artistic Director Sandra Laronde and the exceptional artistic vision that propelled Red Sky Performance to prominence and critical acclaim.
The 58 minute film also contains extended excerpts from two of the company’s award-winning creations, choreographed by Jera Wolfe: Trace, the recipient of two Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 2019, and Miigis, which received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation in 2018.
Trace is a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Indigenous (Anishinaabe) sky and star stories, offering a glimpse into Indigenous ancestral origins as well as the future evolution. Trace made its world premiere in Toronto at Canadian Stage in November 2018, before its international premiere at the iconic Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the US in 2019.
Miigis represents the “the perfect breath” of life, a symbol that informs our origin story of travel from the Atlantic Coast to the Great Lakes. Fusing contemporary Indigenous dance with athleticism in an extraordinary form, Miigis explores the catalysts for movement, ancestral forces and living memory, and the cycle of life. Having premiered as a site-specific work at Fort York in Toronto in 2017 and toured to the Venice Biennale in 2018, the featured excerpt gives audiences an intimate view on the nuance and elaborate creation.
The broadcast of More Than Dance, We Are A Movement is due to the coordinated effort of Digidance, a national initiative formed in response to COVID-19 between four of Canada’s leading dance presenters: DanceHouse (Vancouver), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), and Danse Danse (Montreal), and co-presented with Springboard Performance (Calgary).
In the fall of 2021, Red Sky Performance will embark on their first international tour since the global COVID-19 pandemic, bringing Trace to cities across the US and Canada.
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We’re three weeks in with three more to go! The #BuyBasin Festival is happening now, featuring a hundred entertainers, businesses, artisans, makers, tour guides, artists and more all in the Columbia Basin area of BC.
#BuyBasin Festival Online
Where:Facebook When: March 23 to April 27, 2021 every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Admission:RSVP and tune in for free! Entertainment: Shred Kelly, Heather Gemmell, Shayna Jones, Maggie May Davis, Ricky Diamonds, Tenise Marie, and Red Girl.
Last week I saw some of the superfood ingredients that go into Viva Cacao small-batch chocolate (in Slocan), I learned some N̓syilxčn̓ words from Sʔímlaʔxʷ at the Syilx Language House, and I watched how Boba Slush is made at Bombshack Apparel (in Rossland). I also caught performances from Shred Kelly, Moontricks, and Nelson Civic Theatre’s artist in residence Shayna Jones. And there’s so much more coming up!
The #BuyBasin Festival lineup is growing every day so RSVP to get updates. Here are just a few more broadcasts I’ll be tuning into: Kootenay Gateway going live on Wednesday, April 7th to talk about mountain biking programs and even mountain bike art they feature in store; Reel Adventures which will be live from a boat on Kootenay Lake on Tuesday, April 6th; another language lesson from Syilx Language House on April 13th and even more entertainment.
It’s live on Facebook every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday until the end of April. Get to know more about your province and the incredible small businesses – and business owners – that are such an integral part of BC. RSVP to tune in live, shop online, and show your support!
About the Columbia Basin Trust Region
The Columbia Basin Trust serves the region consisting of all the watersheds that flow into the Columbia River in Canada and operates in the unceded traditional territories of the Ktunaxa, Lheidli T’enneh, Secwepemc, Sinixt and Syilx Nations.
It’s Easter Long Weekend in Vancouver and while many events still can’t take place, and restaurants are now closed for indoor dining, there are still some options for holiday fun and great eats! From drive-thru food trucks and farm attractions, to virtual egg hunts and online arts programming. You can also check with your local community centre as many are offering take-home activity kits. #SupportLocal, order some take-out, and stay safe.
The Fraser River Discovery Centre‘s Faces of the Fraser series is an informal opportunity for the community to engage with people on the river, and learn more about the role played by the mighty Fraser in our daily lives.
Speakers offer a presentation on their topic, followed by a casual Q&A session with the audience. Previous speakers have included local historian Archie Miller, Fraser River Pilot Mike Armstrong and representatives from the Floating Home Association of BC.
Fernando Lessa combines his skills as a photographer with a passion for outdoor activities and the natural world to document the important relationships between humankind and nature. On April 7th, he will present a webinar on his documentary film “Urban Salmon“, a collaborative project created with the support of Take a Stand for Conservation and The Watershed Watch Salmon Society. The result of four years of photography and research, “Urban Salmon” highlights the existence and revival of wild pacific salmon in the Metro Vancouver Watershed. Fernando’s work encourages all of us to reconsider our place in the Fraser Watershed’s ecosystems, which may be far closer and more fragile than we realize.
Fraser River Discovery Centre
The Fraser River Discovery Centre (“FRDC”), at 788 Quayside Drive in New Westminster, is currently open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Current exhibits include:
Journey Through the Working River – telling the economic story of the living, working Fraser River through the FRDC’s sustainability lens. It is a world-class educational exhibit that personalizes the Fraser for everyone.
My River My Home – The exhibit is a global exchange of children’s artwork, developed as part of a collaborative, scientific research project between Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of the Fraser Valley.
Experience The Fraser – A fun interactive mini riverine trail system that promotes the opportunities and experiences the Lower Fraser River corridor has to offer.
*click* Photos of the Fraser – From the Rocky Mountains to the Salish Sea, the 1375km stretch of the Fraser River is home to almost 3 million people, each with an unique view of the river. *click* photos of the fraser brings together a collection of these points of view in an annual display of photographs submitted by our visitors. This year’s theme is Life on the Fraser.
I Spy – This permanent interactive exhibit on the working river highlights economic activity along the Fraser River. A series of panels are combined with a lookout to observe the diverse range of vessels and industries that ply their trade up and down the Fraser.
Our Bones are Made of Salmon – This exhibit is designed around the memories and experiences of Musqueam Elder Larry Grant and Stó:lō Cultural Advisor Dr. Sonny McHalsie. Through their stories and replicas of Indigenous salmon fishing tools, visitors will learn about the different fishing and preservation techniques and why salmon fishing is vital to Aboriginal communities today.
Follow the FRDC on Facebook for more info about Faces of the Fraser and more programming.