Friday, April 25, 2014

Lulu Performing Arts presents Big Fish Music Festival

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Lulu Performing Arts is pleased to announce an event of enormous scale:
THE BIG FISH MUSIC FESTIVAL

The festival is to held right here in our own pond from Sunday, May 4th to Saturday May 10th. The event is a good-natured celebration of all things musical and includes concerts in the classical, roots, and jazz genres, workshop presentations in songwriting, drumming, and ergonomic exercises for musicians, and a lively country dance.

Here’s how the catch weighs in!

Sunday, May 4, 7:30 PM, the Phoenix Theatre: The Tower Of Song, a creative celebration of the music of Leonard Cohen presented by acclaimed B.C. singer/songwriters Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone backed by Corbin Keep (a former Gabriolan) on ‘cello.

Monday, May 5, 7:30 PM, the Old Crow Café: The Old Crow Music Circle Returns! A Froggy Day in Gabriola Town….with host Tim Harrison. An evening of sharing featuring all genres and styles of music performed by hobbyists, learners, and professionals.

Tuesday, May 6, 3:00 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: Drum(fish) A drum circle and rhythm workshop hosted by renown Gabriolan drummer Voodoo Dave McGrath. All drummers and audience welcome.

Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: The Big Choral Riff: A community sing backed by choir with hosts Tina Jones and Leah Hokanson.

Wednesday, May 7, 3:00 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: Trolling For Tunes: A songwriting workshop led by Gary Fjellgaard and including Nathan Tinkham, Alison Humphries, and Tim Harrison. People are invited to come along and ask any questions about songwriting from what is the inspiration for the writing to how to give a song structure.

Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: In The Deep with classical pianist Michelle Mares who will be accompanied by special guests Suzanne Snizek on flute, and Elizabeth Lutz, soprano. Michelle returns to enthusiastic audiences here on Gabriola.

Thursday, May 8, 3:00 PM, The Agi Hall: Pilates and Feldenkrais for Performers. Something a little different for music festivals, a look at the ergonomics and physicality of musicianship. Hosted by Elizabeth Lutz (Pilates) and Gwen Spinks (Feldenkrais).

Thursday, May 8, 7:30 PM, The Old Crow Café: The Filet of Soul: Veteran jazz musicians Steve Smith and Dick Smith, together with French Horn wiz David Gray take us into the world of jazz classics with guest vocalists Rick Cranston, Tina Jones, Leah Hokanson, Tim Harrison and more. The Filet will be held in the intimate evening atmosphere of the Old Crow Café…come early for good seating.

Friday, May 9, 12:30 PM, Gabriola Elementary School. For the small fry and the small-fry-at-heart Gabriola’s nationally known, multi-award winning, high energy children’s entertainers: The Kerplunks!

Friday, May 9, 8:00 PM, The Gabriola Golf Club: Put On Your Tails: a country dance featuring the Nathan Tinkham Band. A veteran of the Ian Tyson band, Nathan is a fixture on the Vancouver Island music scene performing in stage shows, backing other singers and playing his unique solo show which often features the music of Wilf Carter. It’s time to put on your tails and swing your partner!

Saturday, May 10, 7:30 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: The Second Annual Big Fish Fry – A gathering of Gabriola singers and musicians performing songs which “float their boat.” This year the Fry focuses on the songs which most inspire the artists involved, influenced their musical style, and inspired them to develop their music. This is a very rich evening of music and song including some of Gabriola’s favourite musicians including Gary Fjellgaard, Tina Jones, Dinah D., Steve Smith, Nathan Tinkham and more. Hosted by “The Formerly Famous,” A.K.A. Stevie B. and Roger Christie, it’s bound to be reel in the excitement
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TICKETS: The Leonard Cohen Tribute, Michelle Mares, and The Big Fish Fry are $20.00 Adv. $25.00 at the door. The Country Dance is $12:00 Adv. $15:00 at the door. A special pass for all four events is $50.00 but numbers are limited. The Kerplunks concert is free, all other concerts and workshops are by donation with a suggestion of $10.00. Advance tickets available at the Village Liquor Store in the Gabriola Folk Life Village.

Friday, April 4, 2014

British Columbia Government to Proclaim April 9th BC Book Day


April 3rd, 2014 
(From The League of Canadian Poets)

The creative industries are hugely important to British Columbia's  economic well-being of which indigenous book publishing is a significant component. With global distribution in both print and digital formats, BC publishing brings our stories to the world. On April 9th the BC Legislature will celebrate the achievements of BC's publishing industry with a proclamation and an exhibition of BC-published books at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria.
BC Book Day will be an opportunity for MLAs and staff to meet the province's publishers, authors, writers' festivals directors, librarians and booksellers, and for all to mark the extent of the BC publishing industry's contribution to BC's economy and culture. The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will be in attendance and a Proclamation declaring April 9th as BC Book Day will be read in the Legislature before it goes into session.
BC publishers estimate that 80% of their titles are authored by residents of the province indicating a strong cultural impact. BC authors such as Douglas Coupland, Jack Hodgins, Lorna Crozier, Patrick Lane, Polly Horvath and Andrew Weaver are household names, not just in BC but across the country and internationally. BC-published books such as Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse, Angie Abdou's The Canterbury Trail and Wayson Choy's Jade Peony have all been contenders in CBC’s Canada Reads and Charlotte Gill's Eating Dirt, a book about tree planting in BC, was an international bestseller. Our books have won national and international recognition through awards such as the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Literary Awards, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards and the RBC Taylor Prize.
Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) members are located all across the province and produce books in all genres that reflect their region, BC, Canada and the world back to their readers. BC is the home to the largest Aboriginal publishing company in the country, Theytus Books, and one of the best and largest of children's houses, Orca Book Publishers. Companies such as Harbour Publishing, Douglas & McIntyre and Caitlin Press have long contributed to our regional knowledge. Both Arsenal Pulp Press and Anvil Press in Vancouver are urban presses that focus on contemporary topics. Older and newer companies like Oolichan Books in Fernie, Brindle & Glass in Victoria and Talon Books in Vancouver continue their traditions of excellence in literary publishing. The University of British Columbia Press has one of the largest academic programs in the country.
ABPBC publishers serve diverse communities: art lovers, business people, scholars, travellers, history buffs, foodies and gardeners, urban and rural dwellers, educators and kids, and book lovers everywhere. BC books are also translated in languages across the globe and sold in over 75 countries including the US, UK, Australia, Korea, France, Germany, Iran and China.
In recent years, the book industry has undergone enormous and sometimes challenging changes in the retail environment and in the digital realm. In the face of these changes the flexibility and tenacity of the industry and its leaders in BC have served the community well. BC publishers have grown export markets, found alternative sales venues and taken the lead in Canada in digital initiatives. Our ebooks are available on all commercial sites and in public and university libraries across the country. In the autumn of 2014, the ABPBC will launch a collection of 2,000 books in EPUB format for BC's public libraries; the collection will be the first of its kind in Canada. Print and electronic editions from BC can be found across the world bringing BC literature and culture to millions.
"The publishing community is appreciative of the Provincial Government's role in fostering our strong industry through the BC Arts Council and other measures including the newly created Creative BC" states Ruth Linka, President of the ABPBC, "We look forward to celebrating our successes with our partners in Government on April 9th, BC Book Day"
The ABPBC expects that BC Book Day will be repeated in future years so that communities in all parts of our province may share in the celebration of BC books and authors.
For more information, contact Margaret Reynolds, Executive Director, Association of Book Publishers of BC: Margaret@books.bc.ca or 604-684-0228.

Kerrie Waddington, Executive Assistant

Association of Book Publishers of BC
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Vancouver, BC V6B 1T6.
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