September, 2009:

Only three more sleeps til the moon festival!

it’s getting very exciting around here! The costumes are all done (almost), new lanterns are finished and favourites from previous years are repaired and ready to go. Now it’s the last minute details of final rehearsals, shopping lists and excited calls from artists with last minute inspirations and questions. Great performers are coming! check it out!

4-7 pm Harvest Fair artists include, 

Zeellia singing Slavic Soul Music

the Wheeling eights square dance club

A-Slam punjabi live hip hop music

BC Clettes, bicycles dancers           

 

7:00 pm Lanterns, music and art by the stream in Renfrew Park

Live music by 

 Twisted String – Random Acts of Violins

 Aligator Joy Gamelan ensemble

 Lisa Chase – singer songwriter

 Jun Rong- erhu

 Violin Chapeau – classical violin duo

  Marimbamaphone interactive instrument

   Performance Art by

    Mind of a Snail shadow puppet theatre

    True North – Upaya, with an Evelyn Roth inflatable

    Lantern Installations by

     Nicole Dextra

    Yoko Tomita

     Carmen Rosen

    Joey  Mallett

    Naomi Singer

    and many many more

 

8:30pm finale spectacle on Renfrew Park field with a big band, original music, dance, fire spinning and fireworks

 Original Music by Brad Muirhead and the Renfrew Community Performance Project band

 Original dance, stilt dance and  fire spinning  by Isaac Rosen-Purcell, Odette Slater, Ariel Anderson and 25 young performers from the community

Rivers Day was wonderful!

 

rivers day fiddles and stilts

Sunday September 27th we all went down to Still Creek in Burnaby and Celebrated World Rivers Day. We had 5 youth Stilt walkers and 5 fiddlers with Twisted String roving the festival grounds and the Central Valley Greenway trail next the Still Creek near the Burnaby Lake/Sperling skytrain station. We also had two wonderful musicians Colin Maskell and Joe Poole creating wonderful ambient music under the Kensington Street overpass where people were disembarking from their boat trips up the creek. The festival organizers even treated everyone to a free sockeye salmon lunch. What a great way to spend a sunny Sunday!

Friday evenings a great time to perform

On Friday evenings rehearsals are underway for the finale. We had our first rehearsal on Sept 11th and there is still time to join if you want to be part of the fun. You can be part of creating moving patterns on stage with lanterns, flags, and even fire torches! Rehearsals are at Windermere high school  drama room Fridays from 5-7 pm for young performers, or staying until 9 pm if you want to get really involved.

 

Nina works on her water goddess streams

Nina works on her water goddess streams

 

performing in front of the fireworks Moonfest 08

performing in front of the fireworks Moonfest 08