Dear Friends,

ArtSpring is honoured to be a recipient of a bequest from the late William James Crawford. Mr Crawford was a longtime patron of ArtSpring, attending some of the very first concerts in early 2000, and he regularly supported ArtSpring through Treasure Fair and Annual Appeal donations.
We are privileged to have been remembered in his will, along with the Salt Spring Library, Lady Minto Hospital Foundation, and Salt Spring Seniors.
Bequests mean so much to non-profit organizations such as ArtSpring. Through his generous gift, Mr Crawford’s legacy will live on and will contribute to the future health of our community arts centre. We send our deepest sympathies to his family.

 

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

 

African Connections – 2021

For the next two Saturdays in February these online events take us deeper into Africa, its diverse countries, people and cultures that make up the second largest continent with the world’s second largest population.
For the 2nd year in a row, African Connections is conceived, curated, and programmed by Tania Amaral who approached Crimson Coast Dance Society to produce this programming during Black History Month. more>

Tania Amaral – curator of African Connections
 

Numberphile – Tom Scott

Okay, it isn’t really art…or is it?
I was completely drawn in for the entire 10 minutes of this video. Who knew that an explanation on how different languages construct numbers could be so enthralling?

 

The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Available through ArtSpring. more>

Fundraising

Please consider supporting ArtSpring through Thrifty Foods’ Smile Card Program
If you don’t have a Smile Card let us know and we’ll mail you one. Load and use the card at Thrifty’s and they will contribute 5% of the purchases to ArtSpring! 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.

Dear Friends,

Whilst many recent shows have been cancelled due to covid restrictions, Jeffrey Renn continues to work on part 2 of his piece At Your Service – The Life and Yarns of Robert Service. Let’s hope we can meet in the theatre for his performances
March 12 – 14. more>

 

So here they are! My madeleines! I followed the recipe precisely and though it was a little involved it was not difficult. The result is a beautifully textured and lemony treat! I can imagine making the batter in advance and baking them just before serving dessert with accompanying ice cream. Yummy!
A word of warning, they don’t keep well so making a batch is a bit of a commitment in terms of one’s waistband! recipe>

 

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

 

Salt Spring Arts Council

The Salt Spring Arts Council presents their 7th Annual Family Day Celebration on Monday February 15 at 11am – this year online. RSVP by February 12 for your chance to win one of two copies of the book Some Bunny Loves You. RSVP here!
Live streamed from Mahon Hall, Jesse Thom performs Some Bunny Loves You, an interactive 45-minute puppet show.

 

Early Music Society of the Islands

Innovative support for local early music performers. Do you have an early music project that needs support? The Early Music Community Connection (Emc2) can support your project in a variety of ways. more>

 

Gandini Juggling

You may remember Gandini Juggling from their mesmeric contribution to the Met Opera broadcast of Akhnaten by Philip Glass. For those who have always wanted to learn the fine art of juggling they have a series of 50 videos on juggling patterns, 14 videos of explanations, and a series of 10 interviews with 10 jugglers on their work. All from Gandini Juggling. 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.

Dear Friends,

We had been hoping otherwise but unfortunately Angela Hewitt will not be joining us this season. Entirely understandable under the circumstances. The good news is that we are already looking at new dates for her in 2022 and 2023. Perhaps we’ll see her two years in a row! The program was to have included a number of pieces by François Couperin, here is Ms. Hewitt from her own living room playing Les Baricades Mistérieuses by Couperin. more>

 
 
 

Jane recommended a wonderful series of podcasts from Pacific Opera. You will see the links a little further down the newsletter. I have only had the chance to listen to the first one so far, but I was so taken with the stories of Artistic Director and Conductor Timothy Vernon; Chorus Master and Associate Conductor Giuseppe (Joey) Pietraroia; and Robert Holliston in this first podcast. I have been fortunate to have met all three of them at various points in my life, starting when I was a student at McGill and including a voice session with Robert Holliston. They are all such generous and interesting musicians.

Since last week I have had no less than seven offers of madeleine pans! I am so touched by all of the generous offers. I promise to test them out soon as possible. My only concerns is that this treat must be eaten immediately as they don’t really keep. Ah well, the sacrifices one must make.

 

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 has been extended. Unfortunately this means that ArtSpring will be closed to the public until at least February 5, 2021. Our Makana Youth Choir is able to continue under the current order.

The results of the raffle are in, our congratulations to:
Grand Prize winner Debbi Toole, and Second Prize winner Robert Lysay.

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. A new session starts on February 5. Register by calling the Box Office at 250.537.2102 or emailing tickets@artspring.ca Financial assistance is available upon request. more>

Interesting Articles

Pacific Opera Podcasts

The 15th Pacific Opera podcast is scheduled for February 5. The first podcast from March 27 features Artistic Director and Conductor Timothy Vernon; Chorus Master and Associate Conductor Giuseppe (Joey) Pietraroia; and Robert Holliston. Devoted to stories of the music that they love, the podcast is followed by a wonderful playlist of the music included in the podcast. These podcasts are created by Pacific Opera’s Director of Community Engagement, Rebecca Hass. more>

The Port Theatre

The Port Theatre hosting a free 20-minute livestream Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday February 3 at 3pm with special guest pianist Nico Rhodes. It’s free, but you need a ticket. more>

Powell River Film Fest

From John Hewson formerly of SSI. This year for the first time the Powell River Film Festival is going online, offering their films across BC. more>

The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Still available at Salt Spring Books and through ArtSpring. more>

Fundraising

Please consider supporting ArtSpring through Thrifty Foods’ Smile Card Program.
If you don’t have a Smile Card let us know and we’ll mail you one. Load and use the card at Thrifty’s and they will contribute 5% of the purchases to ArtSpring!
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.

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! Hope you’ve enjoyed the sunshine last week!

Whilst we await the next update from the Provincial Health Officer our staff has been busy in the building. Erin has had her paintbrushes out again to refresh the basement/dressing room area as well as the upstairs admin offices. And thanks to a government accessibility grant we have started a couple of projects – an accessible washroom for the gallery area (see image – first step complete), and next, replacing the original exterior doors with new power-assisted doors. We can’t wait for you to see the improvements. A big thank you to Malcolm and Snazzy Construction for their work on this project.

Last week I mentioned that I was moving on to a new experience with the classic French Madeleines. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a pan locally yet. The hunt continues. In the meantime I tried a Swedish shortbread recipe and substituted spelt for wheat flour. I actually kind of like it but it does make for a very grainy cookie. It also works nicely with white wheat and red fife. The proportions are 200 g butter, 1 dl sugar, 4.5 dl flour, 1 tsp vanilla sugar. I like the low sugar content.

 

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 has been extended. Unfortunately this means that ArtSpring will be closed to the public until at least February 5, 2021. Our Makana Youth Choir is able to continue under the current order.

The results of the raffle are in, our congratulations to:
Grand Prize winner Debbi Toole, and Second Prize winner Robert Lysay.

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. A new session starts on February 5.
Register by calling the Box Office at 250.537.2102 or emailing tickets@artspring.ca
Financial assistance is available upon request. more>

Interesting Articles

Festival of Recorded Movement
Canadian youth and emerging artists are invited to apply with a new or existing short film concept (up to 15 min. in length) to premiere at the sixth annual festival.
Deadline: March 15, 2021. more>

The Pandemic Limerick Project book
Still available at Salt Spring Books and through ArtSpring. more>

Fundraising

Thank you to everyone who donated, we are so very grateful! Each donation goes a step towards keeping ArtSpring going. If you haven’t donated yet there is still time, there are many ways to give including monthly. If you would like help setting up monthly donations please give us a call (250.537.2125) or donate now.

 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021
It has been a wild ride and we are grateful to be back doing what we do.
Please see the complete season listing.

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful and restful holiday.

You may have had your fill of Messiah but I’ve had two recommendations for this wonderful Canadian filmed Messiah project called Messiah/Complex. It is a co-production between Against the Grain Theatre and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and is being offered free on YouTube until the end of the month. As I listened and watched, each piece had new relevance because of how this piece was being presented. I hope that if you take the time to watch the video below you will find as it as incredibly moving and artful as I did.

So the fruit cake trials are over. They were smashing, if I do say so myself. I’m moving on to a new experience with the classic French Madeleines. An old High School friend sent me this recipe by David Lebovitz. It looks a bit daunting, but I’m always up for a challenge. I’ll let you know how it goes!

 

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 has been extended. Unfortunately this means that ArtSpring will be closed to the public until at least February 5, 2021. Our Makana Youth Choir is able to continue under the current order.

The results of the raffle are in, our congratulations to:
Grand Prize winner Debbi Toole, and Second Prize winner Robert Lysay.

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. A new session starts on February 5.
Register by calling the Box Office at 250.537.2102 or emailing tickets@artspring.ca
Financial assistance is available upon request. more>

Interesting Articles

Messiah/Complex
Against the Grain Theatre and Toronto Symphony Orchestra present Messiah/Complex.
Read the New York Times article.
Watch the video from below.

The Pandemic Limerick Project book
Still available at Salt Spring Books and through ArtSpring. more>

Fundraising

Thank you to everyone who donated, we are so very grateful! Each donation goes a step towards keeping ArtSpring going. If you haven’t donated yet there is still time, there are many ways to give including monthly. If you would like help setting up monthly donations please give us a call (250.537.2125) or donate now.

 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021
It has been a wild ride and we are grateful to be back doing what we do.
Please see the complete season listing.

Dear Friends,

We will be closed for the holidays and back on January 4, 2021. We wish you and your families a joy filled and restful holiday season. I think we all need a bit of a break right now! Four of us got together for a zoom staff Christmas party and put together a little video of greetings for you. We will be taking a “newsletter vacation” and will be back on January 18, 2021 with the next instalment.

Wishing you all a merry holiday and a new year full of health and fabulous live arts events!

Status report: my rum-soaked fruit cake tastes fabulous! Looking forward to sending some to my sister and my parents though it may be Easter before they receive it, the poor post office being so busy. Here is the recipe I used: fabulous fruit cake recipe.

The Pandemic Limerick Project book, Limericks in the Time of Covid, is available! Donate to the Salt Spring Foundation (through their PayPal account) and get your book in the new year. If you want a book before Christmas they are available at Salt Spring Books. They make a fabulous gift! Donation amounts over $15 will also get a charitable donation receipt.
Get your book
.

This past November 19 BC’s Provincial Health Order has been extended. Unfortunately this means that ArtSpring will be closed until at least January 8, 2021.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

Interesting Articles

Vetta Chamber Music
Schubert Piano Trio in E flat major – Scherzando
Arthur Rowe, piano
Joan Blackman, violin
Brian Yoon, cello

Handel’s Messiah Live from the Sydney Opera House
Watch a 600-strong Sydney Philharmonia Choirs sing Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, in this live performance from the Sydney Opera House. This performance was filmed on Saturday 14 December 2019. It is two hours and 32 minutes, so get comfortable and enjoy.
Watch it without ads from the “more” link below or through YouTube. more>

The Pandemic Limerick Project book
It is back from the printer and ready for Christmas! Get a copy by donating a minimum of $15 to the Salt Spring Foundation through their PayPal account. Donation amounts over $15 will also get a charitable donation receipt. Also available at Salt Spring Books. more>

Fundraising

This month ArtSpring launches its Annual Donor Appeal campaign. Please consider making a donation to ArtSpring. Every little bit helps and there are many ways to donate including monthly. Donate now.

 
 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021
It has been a wild ride and we are grateful to be back doing what we do.
Please see the complete season listing.

 

Dear Friends,

Though the building has been closed it has been a wild and whirlwind couple of weeks at ArtSpring. The team has been focused on getting all the pieces in line so we could live-stream four presentations of The Jeff & Chrissy Show created by Jeffrey Renn and Christina Penhale, with musical selections by Wendy Milton. We were so excited to be able to present their work. Through the live-stream we connected to 171+ households and set up a connection for Greenwoods Eldercare.

Status report: my rum-soaked fruit cake is resting comfortably in the fridge. More on that next week. Here is the recipe I used: fabulous fruit cake recipe.

Sankta Lucia day was on December 13. It is a very special day in Sweden which is where I was born. I found this lovely video shot in Jukkasjärvi of their 2010 Sankta Lucia celebrations. Jukkasjärvi is a community of about 548 people located in Sweden well north of the Arctic Circle. It is all in Swedish but the singing and scenery was so pretty I couldn’t resist sending it out. It is just under an hour, so do get comfortable.

I really like Rufus Wainwright’s voice and found this joy-filled video that Choir! Choir! Choir! They put together a 1500 voice choir and, with Rufus, they sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah together.

The translations of Bach Chorale titles gave me such a good chuckle I just had to share.

The Pandemic Limerick Project book, Limericks in the Time of Covid, is available! Donate to the Salt Spring Foundation before December 17 (through their PayPal account) and get your book in time for Christmas. The book is also available at Salt Spring Books. They make a fabulous gift! Donation amounts over $15 will also get a charitable donation receipt.
Get your book
.

This past November 19 BC’s Provincial Health Order was extended last week. Unfortunately this means that ArtSpring will be closed until January 8, 2021.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

Interesting Articles

Choir! Choir! Choir!
Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (AKA “DaBu”) started Choir! Choir! Choir! as a weekly drop-in singing event in February 2011. It was a magical evening. 1500 singers came to Luminato Festival at the Hearn Generating Station in Toronto. Daveed and Nobu taught them back up parts to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, then Rufus Wainwright joined them on stage to sing lead. more>

German Translation gone wrong…
Titles of Bach Chorales, as translated by Nolan Bonvouloir’s niece after one semester of German. By Nolan Bonvouloir. more>

Christmas With Scrooge
Newman Family Productions Christmas with Scrooge is a movie this year! Grab some popcorn and your favourite holiday drink and enjoy this Salt Spring tradition of the all-local musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on Vimeo! For access please email saltspringscrooge@gmail.com more>

The Pandemic Limerick Project book
It is back from the printer and ready for Christmas! Get a copy by donating a minimum of $15 to the Salt Spring Foundation through their PayPal account. Donation amounts over $15 will also get a charitable donation receipt. Also available at Salt Spring Books. more>

Fundraising

This month ArtSpring launches its Annual Donor Appeal campaign. Please consider making a donation to ArtSpring. Every little bit helps and there are many ways to donate including monthly. Donate now.

 
 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021
It has been a wild ride and we are grateful to be back doing what we do.
Please see the complete season listing.

 

Dear Friends,

Perhaps you will recall the fruit cake recipe I posted last week? Well I put all the dried fruit together and soaked it in rum for two days. I felt it was profoundly unfair that the fruit above the bottom inch was high and dry so I promptly doubled the amount of rum. At the moment both cakes are resting at the bottom of the fridge bound in layers of rum soaked cotton, wax paper, and tin foil. I am sure there’s a party going on in there. I will report back once we’ve tested the cake in a few weeks. Here is the recipe I’m using: fabulous fruit cake recipe.

For me Jessye Norman was one of the finest artists of our time. The instrument of her voice was remarkable and what she was able to do with it equally so. She was such an intelligent and well educated musician. I am currently reading her autobiography, Stand Up Straight and Sing!. She was a truly amazing singer and person. I’ve included a lovely interview that she did with CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel from February 16, 2019 at the Toronto Public Library. It is clear from the video that Ms. Norman has a great sense of humour.

Jane recommended an online arts centre called Xanadu Online Theatre, the world’s first online arts centre. They’ve created an alternative Christmas show that you can watch from the comfort of your own home. It is free but tickets are limited so reserve yours.

Finally I’m really excited that The Pandemic Limerick Project book will be back from the printer this week! A big thank you to Diana Hayes (Rainbow Publishing) for bringing the book together. Donate to the Salt Spring Foundation through their PayPal account and get your book in time for Christmas. They make a fabulous gift! Donation amounts over $15 will also get a charitable donation receipt. Get your book.

This past November 19 BC’s Provincial Health Officer issued a new order that affects events and gatherings. Unfortunately this means that almost all events between November 19 and December 7 have been cancelled and the building closed. If the order is extended past December 7 we are looking at ways to live-stream Makana Youth Choir concert, and The Jeff & Chrissy Show.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

ArtSpring Events

ArtSpring Presents
Makana Youth Choir Concert

December 5 | 7:30pm
CANCELLED
Under the direction of Caroni Young, these young singers from grades 2-5 have been singing together since September. We hope to find a way to bring this concert to you once ArtSpring reopens. More>

ArtSpring Presents
The Jeff and Chrissy Show

December 10, 11, 12 | 7:30pm
December 13 | 2:30pm
Join Jeff and Chrissy and their friends, as they prepare for the opening night of their show “A Salty Holiday”. The festive season is in the air. It’s the last hour before showtime at the theatre. More>

 

Interesting Articles

Jessye Norman
CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel interviews the great soprano Jessye Norman, from February 16, 2019 at the Toronto Public Library. The interview is an hour and 15 minutes, so get comfortable. Also included is her obituary from The New York Times.
The New York Times article

Xanadu Online Theatre
December sees the debut performances from the Xanadu Online Theatre with a double bill of classic tragedy and comedy: Riders to the Sea by JM Synge and The Proposal by Anton Chekhov. Tickets are free but limited. More>

The Unheralded Artists of BC
The Unheralded Artists of BC, from Mother Tongue Publishing, is a beautiful, lively, and well-written series of ten books dedicated to introducing people to the many forgotten 20th-century BC artists and recognizing their artistic significance. More>

The Pandemic Limerick Project book
It is back from the printer and ready for Christmas! Get a copy by donating a minimum of $15 to the Salt Spring Foundation through their PayPal account. Donation amounts over $15 will also get a charitable donation receipt. More>

Fundraising

This month ArtSpring launches its Annual Donor Appeal campaign. Please consider making a donation to ArtSpring. Every little bit helps and there are many ways to donate including monthly. Donate now.

 
 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021
It has been a wild ride and we are grateful to be back doing what we do.
Please see the complete season listing.

 

Dear Friends,

I am thinking ahead to the holiday season. Since we are all going to being hanging out exclusively within our household this year I’m thinking it might be useful to have something fun to focus on in our household aside from my terrific sense of humour. In typical form the first thing that came to mind was food. When I was a child my mother would make cookies, fruit cake, pudding, etc. It was never a question of making a batch but (I kid you not) often time the recipes were multiplied by 10! We didn’t want to run out. It meant that we were hand grinding several pounds of hazelnuts for the hazelnut, egg white, sugar mixture that made the most delectable cookies. Perhaps I’ll dig out the recipe and post it for you. In the mean time…I found a fabulous fruit cake recipe, let me know if you have a better one.

I lived in Montréal for 15 years. In amongst the lovely old architecture was Moshe Safdie’s Habitat ’67 which remains to this day a beloved apartment community. I found his interview with CBC very interesting. Mr. Safdie talks a bit about how to make communities liveable especially in light of all the isolation in sealed apartment units, a very timely discussion.
ArtSpring has presented First Nations’ dance company Dancers of Damelahamid on a couple of occasions. We were so excited to hear that their executive and artistic director, Margaret Grenier, is receiving the 2020 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.
To help us all get moving I’ve included a free theatre dance class from Alvin Ailey, and finally a celebration of the Saguenay Quartet’s 30th anniversary.

ArtSpring is a community resource, a place for community to create, perform, and exhibit. Please consider supporting ArtSpring in one of several ways: giving a one-time donation, emailing us to arrange a monthly donation, purchasing a raffle ticket, etc. It all helps make ArtSpring possible.
Donate Now

This past November 19 BC’s Provincial Health Officer issued a new order that affects events and gatherings. Unfortunately this means that almost all events between November 19 and December 7 have been cancelled and the building closed. The good news is that as a group support meeting, the Death Café on December 2 is able to continue. If the order is extended past December 7 we are looking at ways to live-stream Makana Youth Choir concert, and The Jeff & Chrissy Show.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

ArtSpring Events

ArtSpring Presents
Death Cafe
December 2 | 10:30am
A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death. Limited space, please register in advance. More>

Swing Shift Presents
Nothin’ Virtual About It!

December 4 | 7:30pm – CANCELLED.
If variety really is the spice of life, then Swing Shift will deliver an evening full of life! More>

 

ArtSpring Presents
Makana Youth Choir Concert

December 5 | 7:30pm
CANCELLED
Under the direction of Caroni Young, these young singers from grades 2-5 have been singing together since September. We hope to find a way to bring this concert to you once ArtSpring reopens. More>


 

Interesting Articles

Moshe Safdie – Israeli-Canadian Architect
How should urban design evolve from the pandemic? World-renowned architect Moshe Safdie has ideas. More>

Margaret Grenier receives the 2020 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts
Dancers of Damelahamid has announced choreographer, dance artist and the company’s executive and artistic director Margaret Grenier has been awarded the 2020 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. The $50,000 prize, administered and presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, recognizes artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by a Canadian professional artist in music, theatre or dance. More>

Alvin Ailey – Ailey Extension
Alvin Ailey has a YouTube channel with a number of free dance workshops. Here is one that looked like fun. Theater Dance class taught by Lainie Munro with Ailey Extension. More>

The Saguenay Quartet’s 30th Anniversary
The Saguenay Quartet visited ArtSpring in the 2019-20 season when they played here as an octet with The Lafayette String Quartet. To celebrate their 30th anniversary here is The Saguenay Quartet with Mendelssohn’s opus 44 no. 2 scherzo. More>

Fundraising

This month ArtSpring launches its Annual Donor Appeal campaign. Please consider making a donation to ArtSpring. Every little bit helps and there are many ways to donate including monthly. Donate now.

 
 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021
It has been a wild ride and we are grateful to be back doing what we do.
Please see the complete season listing.

 

Dear Friends,

This past November 19 BC’s Provincial Health Officer issued a new order that affects events and gatherings. Unfortunately this means that almost all events between November 19 and December 7 have been cancelled and the building closed. The good news is that as a group support meeting, the Death Café on December 2 is able to continue.

I often think back these days to my childhood. Perhaps because things seem from my current perspective to have been a little simpler. Time certainly didn’t rush by like a freight train. The simple pleasure of lying in the grass staring up at the sky or curling up to read a book for a whole day. The time just drifted. Things are a little challenging at the moment. My operative phrase is “put one foot in front of the other”. Easier said than done sometimes but somehow the reflection on a simpler time gives me confidence.

I found a 1984 video of the recording session of West Side Story conducted by Leonard Bernstein himself. The cast includes Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, and Tatiana Troyanos. Pour yourself a glass of wine, get into a comfy chair, and be prepared for an enjoyable 90 minutes. Being an avid knitter I was really excited to find out about Shetland Wool Week which went virtual this year (now I really want to visit the Shetland Islands). Many videos are still available which give an insight into this art form and its cultural significance. Vancouver presenter DanceHouse has a new live online series called Speaking of Dance-Future Memory which focuses the spotlight on the exceptional artists who have previously presented work on the DanceHouse stage.

ArtSpring is a community resource, a place for community to create, perform, and exhibit. Please consider supporting ArtSpring in one of several ways: giving a one-time donation, emailing us to arrange a monthly donation, purchasing a raffle ticket, etc. It all helps make ArtSpring possible.
Donate Now

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

 

ArtSpring Events

ArtSpring Presents
Death Cafe
December 2 | 10:30am
A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death. Limited space, please register in advance. More>

Swing Shift Presents
Nothin’ Virtual About It!

December 4 | 7:30pm – CANCELLED.
If variety really is the spice of life, then Swing Shift will deliver an evening full of life! More>

 

Interesting Articles

West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein
A behind the scenes look into the 1984 recording sessions with Kiri Te Kanawa (Maria), José Carreras (Tony), Tatiana Troyanos (Anita) and Kurt Ollmann (Riff), conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Get comfy…its an hour and 30 minutes.

Shetland Wool Week
Shetland Wool Week ran as a virtual event this year from September 26 to October 4. There are a number videos still available that offer a view into this art form and the cultural significant that it holds for the people of the Shetland Islands.
More>

DanceHouse
Speaking of Dance – Future Memory

Co-Presented with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs
DanceHouse’s new online series Speaking of Dance focuses the spotlight on the exceptional artists who have previously presented work on the DanceHouse stage. Each of their alumni artists are asked the same questions, centred around upcoming creative practices and projects, as well as their individual perspectives and histories. Utilizing the theme of future works is intended both as a protest against the uncertainty of our times, as well as a call to creativity and the importance of hope. The first in the series of eight artists will be presented on November 26 at 11am PST. More>

Fundraising

This month ArtSpring launches its Annual Donor Appeal campaign. Please consider making a donation to ArtSpring. Every little bit helps and there are many ways to donate including monthly. Donate now.

 
 

ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021
It has been a wild ride and we are grateful to be back doing what we do.
Please see the complete season listing.