Two Free Workshops/Performances
Vancouver Island MusicFest began the ‘Music In The Schools’ program in 2013. This year it includes public workshops open to anyone who wants to attend.
“It’s a simple concept,” explains MusicFest’s Artistic Director, Doug Cox, “we have all these great performers coming to the Valley to do shows and they also happen to be great teachers. We started last year with the idea the VI MusicFest Concert Series would pay some of the performers to perform in the schools for the kids with hopes of inspiring the children and show them that there are so many possibilities for them within the arts. If we were able to do that for even one kid – then it is worth it.” This year MusicFest also began their annual bursary program and will award 3 high school students with bursaries for secondary studies in any arts performance or production discipline.
Another aspect of VI MusicFest’s Community Outreach initiative is the addition of a new public workshop series to the program. The first free workshop will be a creative writing workshop with singer-songwriter Linda McRae. Linda has been doing workshops all over the US and Canada including workshops in prisons and schools. She recently had the distinction of even doing a workshop at Fulsom Prison that was very well received. McRae will also perform in concert at The Cumberland Hotel on Friday April 4th. Tickets are available at The Cumberland Hotel or at www.islandmusicfest.com
The second free workshop takes place Tuesday, April 8th at 8 PM at the Komox Band Hall. ‘Sugar & Gold’ – The Story Of The Underground Railroad In Canada, features Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley. This is a 50-minute, interactive, lively, performance that is perfect for all ages. The performance includes storytelling, songs, and slides, all telling the history of the Underground Railroad in Canada, the story of the first Black settlers.
MusicFest Free Workshops/Performances
The Linda McRae free creative writing workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Courtenay on Saturday, April 5th from 12 to 3 PM. Registration is limited for this event and will be accepted on a first-come basis at:
Underground Railroad in Canada, the story of the first Black settlers workshop takes place Tuesday,
April 8th at 8 PM at the Komox Band Hall. This is a free, perfect for all ages event, is open to the public.
Advance registration is available at: