Spirit Fish

Spirit Fish 2009

Spirit Fish 2009

Spirit Fish connected communities to the water we use and reveals how water travels from our backyards through streams and rivers to the oceans: interacting with each of us whether we realize it or not. Water is the circulatory system of the earth and this festival celebrates it, along with all the creatures who depend upon it for their lives.

At this festival, participants attend the Bike Pilgrimage For The Water, co-hosted with Velopalooza, to progress to the festival location. We offered bicycle decorating workshops which encouraged many of our riders to dress up as fish in the parade! At the festival, attendees were delighted by art, performance and beauty on the banks of the river. Many people find beauty, walk a nature tour, see the arrival of the River Goddess, eat tea and cookies, create origami boats or fishy art work, drink tea, and offer a prayer for the water. At mid-afternoon, a special Prayers for the Water ritual took place and the lanterns were released under the overpass.

A common location for the festival was the Kensington Overpass. Underneath flows Still Creek, home to herons, ducks, native plants, a bike path, evidence of temporary cardboard shelters, and huge columns that are reminiscent of old growth tree trunks or cathedral columns. However, these columns are lifted in worship to the automobile overhead. Quietly beneath it and ignored, we find the things that we as a culture say that we treasure.

Highlights From Past Events:

May 7th, 2011

  • The bike ride started at the Renfrew Skytrain Station, the ride followed Still Creek east as the stream flowed under freeway overpasses, past big box stores, Skytrain stations and high rises on its way to Burnaby Lake.
  • Final festival was located between the Kensington Overpass and Sperling Skytrain Station.

    Spirit Fish 2010

    Spirit Fish 2010

August 6th, 2010

  • Festival was located in Steveston.
  • Spent the afternoon folding origami boats and cranes and talking with people about World Peace Day; Hiroshima 66 years ago, prayers for world peace and world water peace. Our first family of many many families happened to be Japanese and they really appreciated the opportunity for their children. Cranes are traditional to fold as a prayer for healing. Ground Zero in Hiroshima is a beautiful park and all the trees are laden with clusters of 1,000 cranes that have been folded as prayers for peace.
  • At 6:00pm we were treated to Taiko Drumming outside the cannery and afterwards there was a musical concert about the sea by the Fraser Union. Once the concert had finished we paraded to Gary Point Park with live music including an accordion, drums, and a double bass rolled on a skateboard. We were also accompanied by stiltwalker Crystal, poi spinner Clara, and the magical ‘fish out of water.’
  • Once at the park we waited for sunset and then we defied the wind and the waves and floated our ‘prayers for the water and world peace’ in the bay.

March 21st, 2010

  • The bike ride started at the Renfrew Skytrain Station, the ride followed Still Creek east as the stream flowed under freeway overpasses, past big box stores, Skytrain stations and high rises on its way to Burnaby Lake.
  • Final festival was located between the Kensington Overpass and Sperling Skytrain Station.

March 22nd, 2009

  • During Spring Break artists Carmen Rosen and Tamara Unroe led workshops at day camps at both Renfrew and Wesburn community centres. Children learned that rain that falls in our neighbourhood flows into Still Creek, on to Burnaby Lake, the Fraser River and finally the ocean. The children made spirit fish boat lanterns to float in Still Creek.
  • A water nymph and salmon puppet played with the families as they followed their boats down Still Creek into Burnaby Lake.
  • Local Abundance dinner lovingly made by Stephanie Lim and the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute.

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