Music and Choir

Tsunami-Damaged Kimono Fabric – Reimagined

Peace Building Event Love, Hope and New Life Remembering March 11, 2011 Seven Years after the Eastern Japan Great Earthquake /Tsunami 3 Related events: March 7-9 Click here for personal stories from Tama Copithorne and Judy Villett Wednesday March 7th, 7:30pm   Talks and Music Eriko Shiomi, Music & Art Producer, Japan Keiichi Hashizume, Music Educator & Clarinetist, Japan Julia Lin, Author – ”The extraordinary bonds between Taiwan and Japan” Dr. David Edgington, Professor Emeritus, UBC – “Building back in devastated communities” Dr. Eiichiro Ochiai, Professor Emeritus, Juniata College, Penn. – “Health problems related to the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident” Thursday March 8th, 10:00am-4:00pm Textile Art Workshop Eriko Shiomi & Judy Villett, Textile artist Friday March 9th, 7:30pm Music for Peace and Textile Art Display Japan: Keiichi Hashizume, Clarinetist Vancouver: Keiko Alexander, Pianist I Bo Peng,, Cellist I Winds Choir & Egret Choir Reception Sponsored by: Artistic Studio LaLaLa, Tokyo Egret Music Centre, Vancouver … Continued

March 7-9th Arts Event – How It All Began – by Tama and Judy

Canada-Taiwan-Japan Connections By Tama Copithorne Love, Hope and New Life is a three-day arts and music event at the Unitarian Church marking the 7th anniversary of a great natural catastrophe and human tragedy of March 11, 2011 in Eastern Honshu in Japan (The Fukushima area). Offering these events all started with the exhibition of our Vancouver based artist, Judy Villett’s exhibition, “Colours of Canada” in late December, 2017. I rushed to see Judy’s textile art exhibition in late December last year, a few days before the exhibition was to be closed. A fine example of Canadian social art! I called my good Taiwanese Canadian friends who are interested in music and art to see if they would like to go with me to see Judy’s exhibition. They knew nothing about it but they were delighted to join me at the exhibition at Place des Arts in Coquitlam. We all went … Continued

Save the Wild Salmon – What Can We Do to Help?

by Tamiko Suzuki The Environment Team is proud to sponsor an evening of education and fundraising  where we will hear from Indigenous leaders working to remove open-net fish farms from their waters. Julia McIntyre-Smith and Chiefs Ernest Alfred and Willie Moon will speak of the relationship between the wild salmon, the environment and their Indigenous communities. Dr. David Suzuki will talk of the science linking fish farms to the decrease in wild stocks. This will be a powerful, moving evening and you will come away with new appreciation for the imperiled wild salmon and the Peoples whose cultures they are so entwined with. The talk will be held in the Sanctuary, followed by refreshments and a silent auction in Hewett Hall. There you  will also find tables set aside to brain storm ways to further help the wild salmon defenders. We will post here decisions made to carry on this initiative. … Continued

We’re All Here – Chalice Choir Plays PuSh

We’re All Here by Leslie Hill (far left)  UCV’s Chalice Choir spent an exhilarating evening Friday night (January 19, 2018) on stage in The Events, by David Greig, a play about a lesbian priest’s journey through the trauma of surviving a mass shooting that kills everyone else in the community choir she directs. Despite the darkness of the subject matter, the play is ultimately redemptive. The cast involves two actors and a choir – a different choir every night. Singers are required to learn the music and discouraged from reading or seeing the play in advance. The first ‘practice’ with the actors comes an hour before the audience arrives. It’s unnerving, to say the least. “You’re not supposed to act,” Richard Wolfe, the director, told us. “We want you to focus on the performance on stage just like the audience. You’re a kind of Greek chorus.” Fair enough. I’m certainly … Continued

Drumming with Aline LaFlamme — More, Please!

Drumming with Aline LaFlamme by Mary Bennett As part of our annual Women’s Gathering, Aline LaFlamme led a drumming workshop. We learned three songs: Four Directions; Strong Woman and Gratitude songs. I, for one, hope to get a chance to sing and drum to these songs again. Like several other women in the workshop, I’d brought a drum I’d bought some years ago and very rarely used. Now it’s out, it wants to come out and play more often. We were told that all three songs are public songs and we are invited to sing and drum them any time. The workshop was from 1 to 4 pm and Aline came back to join in the potluck dinner and also lead an opening round dance when we started the circle dance part of the evening. 7 Natural Ways of Healing Aline tells us there are seven natural ways of healing that we can all use … Continued

Chalice Choir performing at PUSH Festival – Jan 19

The Chalice Choir will be one of the participating local choirs in this production of The Events as part of the Push Festival The Events: Chalice Choir does PuSh Fest, Friday January 19th This month, our choir will be one of 13 choirs to join actors Douglas Ennenberg and Luisa Jojic onstage for a full-scale Canadian Premier performance of The Events. Secret Songs – Love, Fear, Beauty – One Night Only! About the play: Claire, a left-wing lesbian priest – and a young man with a violent design. The play is not filled with violent acts. It follows Claire’s attempt to understand how someone could do an awful thing. David Greig’s daring new play explores our destructive desire to fathom the unfathomable and asks how far forgiveness will stretch in the face of atrocity. January 17-28 @ the Russian Hall. Tickets @ More details: Douglas Ennenberg and Luisa Jojic will be performing in … Continued

Aline LaFlamme Leads Drumming Workshop for Women – Must preregister.

Aline LaFlamme has become something of a regular around Unitarian circles. Her next gathering is a drumming workshop for women on January 6. Preregistration required. Suggested donation $25 to Women’s Retreat Fund. This is part of our annual women’s gathering that goes on till 9pm with potluck feast, regifting, collage party, tarot cards and circle dancing. Child care available 12:30 – 5:30 pm. She is a Sun Dancer, pipe carrier, drummer, and Metis grandmother, teaches traditional Aboriginal culture such as on-the-land healing retreats including the sweat lodge. Aline understands our human need to be spiritually and emotionally more connected with the Earth. In her forum on Connection with Mother Earth, she focused on how we can re-awaken our deep connection with Mother Earth and all things in creation. Aline La Flamme and Daughters of the Drum Our members, Tamiko and Margo are members of this group. Aline La Flamme reading at Poetic … Continued

Unitarian Advent Calendar

Traditions and Events for December One of the creators of the Spirit Play program created a Unitarian Advent Calendar. Could we add Canadian Unitairian significant dates and people?     Most of the graphics have historical events and figures from U.S. connections. I chose these two to put here as they’re related to holidays and traditions that we celebrate at our congregation.   Here’s a youtube video of Malvina Reynold’s song Eight Candles. Here’s more about Malvina Reynolds noting her Jewish background. Resources Recommended by Harvard Square Library Reynolds, Malvina and Emmy Lou Packard. The Malvina Reynolds Songbook. Berkeley: Schroeder Music Company, 1974.   Here’s a song called “Quiet” by Reynolds.

Regional Connections – Sing for Joy! Music Workshop

Presenter: Patti Powell Date: Sat. June 3 10 – 3:30 pm Location: Workshop at Unitarian Family Camp Sasamat Outdoor Centre, Port Moody Singing together is so much fun! If you’ve never tried it, it’s time. If you’re a seasoned singer, you will love the lively, interactive and joyful atmosphere for learning great songs from gospel to rounds, to fun interlocking song mashups! Patti leads four community choirs and works with Brian Tate and the City Soul Choir. Workshop with lunch: $67 (includes option to canoe/kayak 3:30 – 5:00 pm). More info on weekend camp:   Email: