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Dear Friends,

In the midst of the third wave and being just past the one year mark of our first closure, I find myself focusing even more on the small things. I check the garden every day for changes, and am excited to see the portulaca seedlings and the tips of the lilies poking through the dark earth. It is hope. We are here, ready to begin again.

The Salt Spring COVID-19 immunization clinic is being held in the ArtSpring galleries, April 7 to September 15. Entrance is via the rear parking lot only.

To book your vaccination appointment you can use BC’s new online registration system, or you can ring the provincial call centre 1.833.838.2323. Visit the Island Health vaccine site for more information.

Please do not contact ArtSpring as we are unable to help with vaccine clinic inquiries.

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 restricting events continues until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back when we are able.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

At ArtSpring

 

Treasure Fair 2021 – call for donations

Please contact ArtSpring if you have something special to donate. Art, furniture, household items, gift certificates, experiences, and more. Thank you! And don’t forget this year’s events are online only:
Silent auction – Wed July 14 – Sun July 18
Live auction – Sat July 17

 
 
 

Makana Youth Choir

The Makana Youth Choir directed by Caroni Young continues from last year. The new session started on February 5. Thank you so much to this season’s sponsors of the program: Joan Farlinger, Galleons Lap Photography, The Lost Chords, and Viva Chorale. more>

 
 

Interesting Links

 

Oscar Peterson 1925 – 2007

The great Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson in conversation with André Previn on the importance of being an original. I found this video very inspirational and I couldn’t resist including a second, Oscar Peterson and Count Basie from 1980.

CAPACOA – Connections Project

The Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA) is the national leader of Canada’s touring and presenting communities. Since its founding in 1985, CAPACOA has fostered and developed a pan-Canadian network for presenters, presenting networks, artist managers/agents and performing arts administrators.

CAPACOA continues to release its weekly video series Connections, featuring artists from around the world sharing their practice, inspiration, vision, and lockdown activities. This is the fifth of eight videos which become available between March 25 and May 13, 2021 more>

 

The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Limericks In The Time of COVID. Available through ArtSpring and at Salt Spring Books. Every limerick submitted to the contest in the summer of 2020 is included, plus cartoons and illustrations by Jim Dickinson, Susan Benson and Michael Whitfield. more>

ArtSpring acknowledges the unceded territory and the ancestors of Salt Spring Island, the Coast Salish First Nations peoples of Salt Spring and surrounding areas, who continue to use and steward these lands. We at ArtSpring wish to pay respect to the Elders of this land, past and present.

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Dear Friends,

We are very sorry to let you know that we have cancelled the remainder of the
ArtSpring Presents 2020-21 season:
Stephen Fearing concerts and workshop – April 29, 30, May 1
Lovin’ Shakespeare – May 11 – 14
Makana Youth Choir concert – May 21
Peggy Baker performance and workshop – May 26 – 27
Maya Rae – May 29

We are rescheduling these events. Please contact the Box Office to let us know what you would prefer to do with your tickets: receive a refund, a credit for a future performance, or donate your tickets. A donation comes with our heartfelt thanks and a tax receipt!

The Salt Spring COVID-19 immunization clinic is being held in the ArtSpring galleries, April 7 to September 15. Entrance is via the rear parking lot only.

To book your vaccination appointment you can use BC’s new online registration system, or you can ring the provincial call centre 1.833.838.2323. Visit the Island Health vaccine site for more information.

Please do not contact ArtSpring as we are unable to help with vaccine clinic inquiries.

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 restricting events continues until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back when we are able.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

At ArtSpring

 

Treasure Fair 2021

Save The Date – ArtSpring Treasure Fair 2021 is going virtual.
Silent auction – Wednesday July 14 – Sunday July 18
Live auction Saturday July 17
More details, including how to donate, how to help, and how to bid, coming soon.

 
 

Makana Youth Choir

The Makana Youth Choir directed by Caroni Young continues from last year. The new session started on February 5. Thank you so much to this season’s sponsors of the program: Joan Farlinger, Galleons Lap Photography, The Lost Chords, and Viva Chorale. more>

 
 

Interesting Links

 

The King’s Singers

Launched last year, The King’s Singers New Music Prize (2020-21) recognizes, develops, and encourages creativity in today’s world.

This is the winning entry in The King’s Singers category of the Prize. When All Falls Silent, composed by the Belgian-American Geert D’hollander, with text by Charles Anthony Silvestri, was written specially for the competition in 2020. more>

CAPACOA – Connections Project

The Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA) is the national leader of Canada’s touring and presenting communities. Since its founding in 1985, CAPACOA has fostered and developed a pan-Canadian network for presenters, presenting networks, artist managers/agents and performing arts administrators.

CAPACOA continues to release its weekly video series Connections, featuring artists from around the world sharing their practice, inspiration, vision, and lockdown activities. This is the fourth of eight videos which become available between March 25 and May 13, 2021 more>

 

The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Limericks In The Time of COVID. Available through ArtSpring and at Salt Spring Books. Every limerick submitted to the contest in the summer of 2020 is included, plus cartoons and illustrations by Jim Dickinson, Susan Benson and Michael Whitfield. more>

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Dear Friends,

We are so pleased to welcome VIHA to ArtSpring where they are running their COVID vaccine clinic for Salt Spring Island, helping us all achieve herd immunity. What an amazing team VIHA is!

The Salt Spring COVID-19 immunization clinic is being held in the ArtSpring galleries, Wednesday April 7 to Wednesday September 15. Entrance is via the rear parking lot only.

To book your vaccination appointment you can use BC’s new online registration system, or you can ring the provincial call centre 1-833-838-2323. Visit https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine for more information.
Please do not contact ArtSpring as we are unable to help with vaccine clinic inquiries.

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 restricting events continues until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back when we are able.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

At ArtSpring

 

Treasure Fair 2021

Save The Date – ArtSpring Treasure Fair 2021 is going virtual.
Silent auction – Wednesday July 14 – Sunday July 18
Live auction Saturday July 17
More details, including how to donate, how to help, and how to bid, coming soon.

Makana Youth Choir

The Makana Youth Choir directed by Caroni Young continues. The new session started on February 5. Thank you so much to this season’s sponsors of the program: Joan Farlinger, Galleons Lap Photography, The Lost Chords, and Viva Chorale. More>

 

Interesting Links

 

Chilly Gonzales

Stop calling it guilty pleasure: Chilly Gonzales wants us to embrace our tastes without the fear of judgement. If enjoying Enya is wrong, then Grammy-winning Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales doesn’t want to be right. And while his latest book on the Irish artist might mislead people to think he’s a fan, Gonzales says that’s not why he wrote the book. More>

CAPACOA – Connections project

The Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA) is the national leader of Canada’s touring and presenting communities. Since its founding in 1985, CAPACOA has fostered and developed a pan-Canadian network for presenters, presenting networks, artist managers/agents and performing arts administrators.

CAPACOA continues to release its weekly video series Connections, featuring artists from around the world sharing their practice, inspiration, vision, and lockdown activities. This is the third of eight videos which will become available between March 25 and May 13, 2021. More>

 

The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Available through ArtSpring and at Salt Spring Books. More>

 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021

It continues to be a wild ride, and we are looking forward to seeing you back at ArtSpring.
Please see the complete season listing.

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Dear Friends,

Spring is such a joy. Yellow daffodils backed up by pink blooming cherry trees make such an impact. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am.

We are thrilled to introduce our new Dance Outreach Co-ordinator, Aina Yasué. Aina has taken over the role from Anna Haltrecht and will be continuing Anna’s great work as a liaison between ArtSpring and Made in BC Dance On Tour, helping to connect the community to dance artists presented on the ArtSpring stage.

Aina grew up on Salt Spring and attended the GISPA dance program before earning a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Quest University, majoring in Critical Dance Studies. Her first project with ArtSpring is an online discussion with her mentor at Quest, Dr Ahalya Satkunaratnam. We hope you’ll be able to join us – more details below.

Aina Yasué – photo by John Cameron

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 restricting events continues until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back when we are able.

The Salt Spring COVID-19 immunization clinic will be held in the ArtSpring galleries, Wednesday April 7 to Wednesday September 15. Entrance is via the rear parking lot only. For bookings and any questions about appointments please contact Island Health – 1-833-348-4787, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily, or visit the website http://www.islandhealth.ca/covid19vaccine. Please do not contact ArtSpring directly as staff are unable to help with vaccine clinic inquiries.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

At ArtSpring

 

ArtSpring Presents: At The Intersection of Dance, Research, and War

Wednesday April 7 | 6:30pm
ArtSpring’s new Dance Outreach Coordinator Aina Yasué will be in conversation with interdisciplinary artist and educator Ahalya Satkunaratnam. Dr Satkunaratnam will be talking about her new book, Moving Bodies, Navigating Conflict: Practicing Bharata Natyam in Colombo, Sri Lanka, her dance project, Usha/Agni/Vyvastha (Dawn/Fire/Order), and how activism, academics, and art practice intersect.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A open to the community. Questions can also be sent in advance, by 5pm Tuesday April 6. To register to receive a free Zoom link email: tickets@artspring.ca

Presented in collaboration with Made in BC Dance on Tour. more>

Makana Youth Choir

The Makana Youth Choir directed by Caroni Young continues. The new session started on February 5. Thank you so much to this season’s sponsors of the program: Joan Farlinger, Galleons Lap Photography, The Lost Chords, and Viva Chorale. More>

 

Interesting Links

 

CBC Interview with Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood spoke to The Current about her late partner’s love of birds. In the pandemic, she sees how they help people feel less alone. more>

Capture Photography Festival

Capture is a Vancouver photography festival devoted to presenting the most compelling lens-based art from local and international artists.
April 2 – 30, 2021. more>

Mi’kmaq artist Jordan Bennett’s al’taqiaq: it spirals (photo by Jocelyne Junker), Capture Photography Festival.

15th Century Clavicimbalum Demonstration

In November of 2018 Duo Corvi members, Katelyn Clark and Julie Ryning, performed as part of the ArtSpring Presents series. Clavicimbalist Katelyn Clark demonstrates her 15th century reproduction (Rennoldson, 2015) clavicimbalum. more>

Tapestry Opera

Toronto’s Tapestry Opera has been busy having fun with interesting arrangements of opera. Part 1: Puccini meets R&B. more>

 

The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Available through ArtSpring and at Salt Spring Books. More>

 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021

It continues to be a wild ride, and we are looking forward to seeing you back at ArtSpring.
Please see the complete season listing.

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Dear Friends,

This past Wednesday I and 245 of my closest colleagues participated in a call with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault – Minister of Canadian Heritage. It was clear from the call that his office and the federal government understand at least some challenges in this industry, being the first to close and likely the last to reopen. The ongoing federal support through Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, CEWS, etc. are so important to the survival of the performing arts industry. Minister Guilbeault underlined that he works for us. I am heartened by that statement. We in the arts industry are standing by, waiting for the day we can welcome you back to in-person live arts. Because really, is there any other way to experience art?

Tentacle Tribe appeared at ArtSpring February 2020 – photo Alexandre Gilbert

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 requiring event cancellations continues until further notice. We hope for some loosening of restrictions by June. Fortunately ArtSpring’s Makana Youth Choir is able to continue under the current order.
As the Province’s vaccine program continues to roll out, here’s is a list of BC Covid-19 Immunization clinics.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

At ArtSpring

 

Makana Youth Choir

The Makana Youth Choir directed by Caroni Young continues. The new session started on February 5. Thank you so much to this season’s sponsors of the program: Joan Farlinger, Galleons Lap Photography, The Lost Chords, and Viva Chorale. More>

 

Interesting Links

 

CAPACOA – Connections project

The Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA) is the national leader of Canada’s touring and presenting communities. Since its founding in 1985, CAPACOA has fostered and developed a pan-Canadian network for presenters, presenting networks, artist managers/agents and performing arts administrators.

CAPACOA decided to take action early on in the lockdown. It launched an International Market Development pilot project, Connections, to bring international arts practitioners together virtually to provide artists and presenters empathetic spaces for sharing their lockdown experiences, to exchange ideas, and to develop new contacts and networks. The aim was to give both artists and presenters hope for a future global reset and to position them to be market-ready for a post lockdown recovery.

Through this project Canadians came together with their counterparts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Scotland, and Taiwan. The artists ranged from across the art forms, representing a multi-disciplinary breadth of work from all provinces and territories across Canada and around the globe.

As a culmination to the project, CAPACOA asked each of the artists and a selection of the presenters to produce a 3-minute video to share their practice, inspiration, vision, lockdown activities, and hopes for future international exchange. This is the first of eight videos which will become available between March 25 and May 13, 2021. More>

Howard Fry – photographer

On March 23 the Vancouver Sun published a wonderful article on the Vancouver street photography of Salt Spring resident and photographer Howard Fry. I’ve always found his photography to be engaging. I’ve had the good fortune to be one of his subjects and can personally say he makes it easy to look good. While the Vancouver Sun article was about his street photography, he is better known for fashion and portrait work. His Instagram link features several Salt Springers (@howardfryphoto).

This month is, I think, the 20th anniversary of the Salt Spring Preserve and Protect calendar which features Howard Fry’s photography. More>

Golfers at a pitch and putt (1976) – photo by Howard Fry

 

Why Shakespeare Could Never Have Been French

Shakespeare sounds a certain way. Why? And why could it only work in English? To add a little lightness to your life, a five minute video on why the limerick and iambic pentameter forms do not work in the French language.

 

The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Available through ArtSpring and at Salt Spring Books. More>

 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021

It continues to be a wild ride, and we are looking forward to seeing you back at ArtSpring.
Please see the complete season listing.

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Dear Friends,

The recent announcement from the Public Health Office saying that restrictions will not change appreciably for the next two months does offer some hope and light at the end of this long tunnel. Once again we will reschedule our rental clients and ArtSpring Presents performances. Thank goodness for our mighty team of staff, board, volunteers, patrons, and supporters!

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 requiring event cancellations continues until further notice. We hope for some loosening of restrictions by June. Fortunately ArtSpring’s Makana Youth Choir is able to continue under the current order.
As the Province’s vaccine program continues to roll out, here’s is a list of BC Covid-19 Immunization clinics.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

At ArtSpring

 

Makana Youth Choir

The Makana Youth Choir directed by Caroni Young continues. The new session started on February 5. Thank you so much to this season’s sponsors of the program: Joan Farlinger, Galleons Lap Photography, The Lost Chords, and Viva Chorale. More>

 

Interesting Links

 

The Ancient Fabric that No One Knows How to Make

Nearly 200 years ago, Dhaka muslin was the most valuable fabric on the planet. With thread counts in the range of 800-1200 per square inch – an order of magnitude above any other cotton fabric that exists today – its dedicated fans included Marie Antoinette, Joséphine Bonaparte and Jane Austen. Then it was lost altogether. How did this happen? And can we bring it back?
A BBC article on the lost Bangladeshi art of creating Dhaka muslin. More>

Grange Park Opera presents…

Grange Park Opera (Surrey, UK), presents an innovative new version of Maurice Ravel’s comic opera L’heure espangnole (The Spanish Hour). Transposing 18th-century Toledo to London’s Kensington Church Street, the opera was filmed in and around the stores of this vibrant city location – with the soundtrack pre-recorded at the Wigmore Hall. Watch online for free. More>

 

The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Available through ArtSpring and at Salt Spring Books. More>

 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021

It continues to be a wild ride, and we are looking forward to seeing you back at ArtSpring.
Please see the complete season listing.

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Dear Friends,

As we move forward in this challenging time we try to find ways to help. This year has been so hard on many and the performing arts industry has been one of the hardest hit. For touring artists the platform on which they made their living is for the time being gone. Soon we will welcome touring artists back, and provide space for artists to create new work. In the meantime we continue to maintain this wonderful facility for the Salt Spring community. Our mighty team of staff, board, volunteers, patrons, and supporters mean that we will continue to provide arts, culture, and a venue to this community. On the one-year anniversary of the pandemic I am grateful that we are still standing, and standing among friends.

Photo by James Barker on Unsplash

DanceHouse in Vancouver has been presenting a wonderful online season this year. In February I enjoyed their online presentation of Crystal Pite’s Body and Soul for the Paris Opera Ballet (France). DanceHouse has offered ArtSpring 10 free tickets to their upcoming online presentation of Joe by La Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault (Montreal), available March 17-23. The first 10 people to email us at tickets@artspring.ca will get a free ticket to this online presentation. If you aren’t able to get a free ticket you can always support DanceHouse by purchasing a ticket through their website. More about this work below.

Photo by Robert Etcheverry

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 continues until further notice based on direction from the PHO. Unfortunately this means that ArtSpring will be closed to the public for the time being. Our Makana Youth Choir is able to continue under the current order.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

At ArtSpring

 

Makana Youth Choir

The Makana Youth Choir directed by Caroni Young continues from last year. The new session started on February 5. Thank you so much to this season’s sponsors of the program: Joan Farlinger, Galleons Lap Photography, The Lost Chords, and Viva Chorale. more>

 

Interesting Links

 

Joe – La Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault (Montreal)

March 17-23 | Link available for 7 days | Streaming worldwide
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One of the most remounted works in Canadian dance, Joe (1984) always evoked varied responses. It can be read as a grim image of human oppression or of herd mentality and conformity. It may also be seen as a tribute to human resilience. More generally, it reflected Perreault’s fascination with the way the environment shapes human behaviour. “For me,” Perreault wrote, “choreography is the expression of space, as dance is the expression of the body.” Read the full article by Toronto Star’s dance critic Michael Crabb here.
Having premiered in 1984 to critical acclaim, the visually arresting work is considered one of the most iconic creations in the Canadian dance canon and showcases the brilliance and scope of Perreault’s vision, as a company of 32 power through a driving commentary on the human condition. Enjoy this archival video in its vintage resolution, which is already 26 years old. The technology may have aged a little, but Joe hasn’t!

Karen Kain

In late 2019 Karen Kain announced her January 2021 retirement as the Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada – but then Covid came. She remains at her post and I get the impression that she is the kind of person that just keeps on going when she sees a need. Could someone please nominate her for the position of Canada’s next Governor General?
In the meantime BMO has presented Karen Kain with their inaugural Celebrating Women in the Arts Award. Joan Farlinger sent me the lovely video I’ve included below. Nada Ristich, Head of Community Giving for BMO, sat down with Karen to discuss Karen’s 50-year career in dance, her leadership of the National Ballet, making bold choices, and providing opportunities to today’s artists.

…and if you’d like to read a little more about Karen Kain, here is a CBC article from 2019. more>

 

The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Available through ArtSpring. more>

 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021

It continues to be a wild ride, and we are looking forward to seeing you back at ArtSpring.
Please see the complete season listing.

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Dear Friends,

Funny how during these times the small things have become so important: a quick note from a loved one, the lengthening of days, and the shyly blooming cherry trees. Joan Blackman commented to me recently that she feels completely “zoomed-out”. That doesn’t show in her recent online concert of Serban Nichifor’s Klezmer Dance which I’ve included in this newsletter. Not a small thing at all but a big bold piece played by an ensemble of women for our enjoyment!

Photo by: Jon Tyson on unsplash.com

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 has been extended and will be kept in place until further notice based on direction from the PHO. Unfortunately this means that ArtSpring will be closed to the public for the time being. Our Makana Youth Choir is able to continue under the current order.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

At ArtSpring

 

Makana Youth Choir

The Makana Youth Choir directed by Caroni Young continues from last year. The new session started on February 5. Thank you so much to this season’s sponsors of the program: Joan Farlinger, Galleons Lap Photography, The Lost Chords, and Viva Chorale. more>

 

At Your Service – The Life and Yarns of Robert Service (part 2)

Due to Covid restrictions the second instalment of Jeffrey Renn’s play will be postponed to 2022. more>

 
 

Angela Hewitt

Due to Covid restrictions Angela Hewitt’s concert has been cancelled. We are planning to reschedule for 2022 or 2023. more>

 

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Vetta Chamber Music goes Klezmer!

Serban Nichifor’s Klezmer Dance, part of Tango Klezmer Jazz, an online concert for Vetta Chamber Music performed by Julia Nolan, Joan Blackman, Jane Hayes and Jodi Proznick. more>

 

Sadler’s Wells & BBC Arts present Dancing Nation

Twelve individual dance works selected from Sadler’s Wells and BBC Arts’ acclaimed Dancing Nation series. Featuring Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Akram Khan and Candoco Dance Company amongst others. more>

Playing On Air

Playing On Air is a free theatre podcast you’ve been waiting for: World-class actors (like Adam Driver, Audra McDonald, and Timothée Chalamet) performing plays by America’s most lauded playwrights (David Auburn, Lynn Nottage, and more). more>

Georgia O’Keeffe

“Great artists don’t just happen,” Georgia O’Keeffe once said. “They have to be trained, and in the hard school of experience.” I am very interested in the process behind art making and enjoyed learning a bit about Georgia O’Keefe’s way of tackling her work. Talent is just one small part of the equation. more>

 

The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Available through ArtSpring. more>

 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021

It continues to be a wild ride, and we are looking forward to seeing you back at ArtSpring.
Please see the complete season listing.

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Dear Friends,

We are so pleased to announce that ArtSpring’s very important yearly fundraiser, Treasure Fair, is in the planning stages for 2021. Difficult as it was for the organization, last year’s Treasure Fair was cancelled due to the pandemic. The plan for 2021 is for an online silent and live auction. The wonderful team of Wendy Herbert and Susan Eide along with the new Treasure Fair Coordinator, Catherine Griffiths, are putting their heads together to devise a successful event that will be both entertaining and profitable!

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 has been extended and will be kept in place until further notice based on direction from the PHO. Unfortunately this means that ArtSpring will be closed to the public for the time being. Our Makana Youth Choir is able to continue under the current order.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

At ArtSpring

 

Makana Youth Choir

The Makana Youth Choir directed by Caroni Young continues from last year. The new session started on February 5, but there’s still time to join. Register by calling the Box Office at 250.537.2102 or emailing tickets@artspring.ca. Financial assistance is available upon request. more>

Interesting Links

 

GG Awards in Visual and Media Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. I enjoyed reading through the artist profiles and looking at some of the winners’ videos and galleries. It is wonderful to see the work that is being created. more>

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit – The Cultch

I thought this sounded really interesting. With no rehearsals, no director, a different actor each night, and a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage, internationally acclaimed White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, by Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour, is an audacious theatrical experiment and a potent reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre. Forbidden to leave his native Iran, Soleimanpour wrote a play which travelled the world in his place. Join this free live-stream performance on March 13, 2021. more>

Les Illuminations – Benjamin Britten

Barbara Hannigan sings and conducts l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France performing Les Illuminations by Benjamin Britten. It reminds me when I conducted Messiah and sang the soprano solos. Not an easy feat! it took me three days to come down from the high. Thanks to George Sipos for this suggestion.

Legislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story, by Natalie Meisner

We’ve presented some of Natalie’s work in the past in the form of our Creative Residency Program and Celebrate the Arts festival. You can connect to a podcast of part 1 of this wonderful and positive play she has written. more>

 

The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Available through ArtSpring. more>

 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021

It continues to be a wild ride, and we are looking forward to seeing you back at ArtSpring.
Please see the complete season listing.

Dear Friends,

Often one thing leads to another and you find something you never knew about. I was looking up the music of Chilliwack which of course led to Bill Henderson and a series of great videos called Behind the Vinyl. In one of the videos Bill talks about an early recording of I Believe ….I just LOVE that song! That then led me to check out UHF, another ensemble that Bill participated in. Shari Ulrich was a member of that trio and in the section below I’ve included a beautiful recording she did this past August. The musicians just look like they are having the best time. I then found a fab video of UHF with Shari Ulrich, Bill Henderson, and Roy Forbes Lifting My Heart. I hope it will lift your heart.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 has been extended and will be kept in place until further notice based on direction from the PHO. Unfortunately this means that ArtSpring will be closed to the public for the time being. Our Makana Youth Choir is able to continue under the current order.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

At ArtSpring

 

Makana Youth Choir

The Makana Youth Choir directed by Caroni Young continues from last year. The new session started on February 5, but there’s still time to join. Register by calling the Box Office at 250.537.2102 or emailing tickets@artspring.ca. Financial assistance is available upon request. more>

Interesting Articles

 

Bill Henderson – Behind The Vinyl

I bumped into this series of YouTube videos by happy accident. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I like the comment at the end of Bill’s webpage: We did it together. It was hard work. It makes me think of our own work here at ArtSpring, thanks for being part of it.

Shari Ulrich – Rocky Shores

Shari said in the description of this video that: the song was sparked by the line “I know you’re thinking that the grass is greener / I can tell you it just looks that way in the spring.” That is so often the case isn’t it? What would it look like if we just stuck around and really lived where we are? Recorded in Monarch Studios Vancouver, BC.

UHF – Lifting My Heart

This video of UHF (Ulrich, Henderson, and Forbes) was shot in 1994 by James O’Mara in support of the album UHF II. It was shot on Bowen Island on a hot summer day. The tune was written by Roy Forbes.

 

The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Available through ArtSpring. more>

Fundraising

Please consider supporting ArtSpring through Country Grocer’s save-a-tape program.
Put your Country Grocer receipts into the ArtSpring box and ArtSpring will receive 1% of the amount on your receipt. It all adds up!
Thank you!

 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021

It continues to be a wild ride, and we are looking forward to seeing you back at ArtSpring.
Please see the complete season listing.