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Gaze
 
Christopher Gaze
Actor, Director, Producer
February 8, 2013

ArtFest
 
Arts Festival
B.C. Family Day Celebration
February 11, 2013

Stewart
 Rob Stewart
Videographer, Photographer Sharkwater
March 1, 2013
Culture
 
Skookum Sound
Indigenous Arts Event
March 15, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Christopher Gaze- February 8, 2013
Actor, Director, Producer


“Shakespeare surrounds us. If you say “It’s Greek to me” or you “refuse to budge an inch” or you’re “in a pickle,” you’re quoting Shakespeare. He’s alive and well.” - Christopher Gaze

GazeBorn in England, Gaze spent three seasons at Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake before moving to Vancouver, where he founded the Bard on the Beach, allowing Shakespearean actors to perform against a spectacular backdrop of the city’s skyline and mountains. He's nurtured this festival for more than 20 years to become one of the most successful not-for-profit arts organizations in North America.

The sophisticated Gaze also introduced the Young Shakespeareans acting program which provides an opportunity every summer for more than 250 young people to train with seasoned professionals.

A talented actor and director, in 2004 he won a Jessie Richardson Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Playhouse production of Equus. He also narrated the Emmy Award-winning animation series Madeline.

Gaze, who works with arts organizations and as a guest host on the Knowledge Network, for three years was on the Board of Tourism Vancouver, serving as the Festival and Events representative.

Gaze's numerous honours include induction into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame, Canada's Meritorious Service Medal and invested in 2012 to the Order of British Columbia for 'elevating the cultural standard of Vancouver and all of British Columbia.'

As a professional speaker, Gaze is compelling and Shakespeare-articulate. Someone as charismatic and passionate as he can make you want to learn about him and his message. He is also an excellent master of ceremonies.

In December 2012, Christopher stars in and directs Vancouver Opera’s The Pirates of Penzance.

 



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Arts Matter   Artist Series March 1, 2013  

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Rob Stewart- March 1, 2013
Photographer/Videographer


Stewart

Arts Matter lecture series and the Langley Fine Arts School community is delighted to welcome Rob Stewart on March 1st, 2013 to the Chief Sepass Theatre.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Rob Stewart started his journey to becoming an award-winning filmmaker at the age of 13 when he began photographing the underwater world. By the age of 18 he became a scuba instructor trainer and then moved on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, studying in Ontario, Jamaica and Kenya.

Before making Sharkwater (2007), Stewart spent four years traveling the world as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation's magazines and as an award-winning freelance photojournalist. Leading expeditions to the most remote areas of the world, Stewart has logged thousands of hours underwater, using the latest in rebreather and camera technologies.

Stewart's award-winning library of underwater motion and still images has been sought out by some of the most popular and well-respected media companies around the globe, from BBC Wildlife, Discovery Channel, ABC, Asian Diver, Entertainment Tonight and various GEO magazines.

While on assignment to photograph sharks in the Galapagos Islands, Stewart discovered illegal long lining, indiscriminately killing sharks within the marine reserve. He tried promoting awareness through print campaigns, but when the public didn't respond, Stewart decided to make a film to bring people closer to sharks. At the age of 22, he left his photography career behind and embarked on a remarkable journey over four years and through 15 different countries, resulting in the epic: Sharkwater (2006).

When Stewart boarded Sea Shepherd's ship, Sharkwater (2007) took a turn from a beautiful underwater film into an incredible human drama filled with corruption, espionage, attempted murder charges and mafia rings, forcing Stewart and his crew to become part of the story. During filming, Stewart encountered every obstacle imaginable, including life-threatening diseases such as West Nile, Tuberculosis, Dengue Fever and flesh-eating Disease.

Now Rob Stewart is touring with his new film Revolution this follow-up to his acclaimed 1st documentary continues his remarkable journey.



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Project Soul
 
Project Soul
High Energy Dance Crew

Canadiana
 
Canadiana
Theatrical Company

Red_Sky
 
Red Sky
Indigenous Theatre & Music

Dianna_David
 
Dianna David
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Arts Matter   Family Arts Festival February 11, 2013  

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Project Soul- High Energy Dance Crew
Family Day Arts Festival






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ProjectSoul

Arts Matter lecture series and the Langley Fine Arts School community is honoured to welcome Project Soul, Red Sky, Canadiana Musical Theatre, and Diana David to the to the Chief Sepass Theatre for the first annual Family Day Arts Festival on February 11th, 2013.

Project Soul is a crew of street-style dancers consisting of poppers, breakdancers, lockers and hip-hop dancers. They want to share their passion for funk-styles and hip-hop culture by educating youth about the positive aspects of these dance forms. They have successfully toured for the past 3 years through the ArtStarts Program and hope to keep inspiring the youth through their high energy and high impacting performance. You can keep up with them through their group page on Facebook under Project Soul group.












Arts Matter   Family Arts Festival February 11, 2013  

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Red Sky- Indigenous Dance, Theatre, and Music
Family Day Arts Festival






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RedSky

Internationally renowned for its artistry and innovation, Red Sky is Canada's leading company of world Indigenous performance in dance, theatre and music. This multi-award-winning company was founded by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde in 2000. Red Sky creates, produces and tours original work for adult and family audiences on stages across Canada and the world. Since its inception, Red Sky has captured and ignited the imagination of close to 350,000 people from eight countries on four continents. Our work highlights the originality, promise and potential of what is possible within Indigenous contemporary performance.










Arts Matter   Family Arts Festival February 11, 2013  

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Canadiana Musical Theatre- Performance Arts
Family Day Arts Festival






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Canadiana

Canadiana Musical Theatre Company creates and performs theatrical musicals drawn from pivotal events in Canadian history that nurture a passion and love for Canadian heritage. With zest, wit, farce, dance, and high drama these musician/actors present key figures from history in a vibrant engaging manner for students and teachers alike.
Nominated for three Jessie Richardson awards for outstanding work as an actor, musical director, and composer, Allen Desnoyers has been involved in theatre for twenty years launching several theatre companies that continue to this day, including Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre, Toronto’s Brookstone Theatre, and the Rosebud dinner theatre in Alberta . A keen interest in the stories of Canadians inspired Allen to create a theatre company dedicated to those stories and the Canadiana Musical Theatre Company is that result.









Arts Matter   Family Arts Festival February 11, 2013  

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Dianna David- Performance Arts
Family Day Arts Festival






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DDavid

Dianna David seamlessly blends the lovable, comical qualities of Charlie Chaplin with the magnetic essence of Michael Jackson. With playful simplicity, she creates a sense of curiosity that inspires audiences to experience life in a new way.

Meena Myna the Mime Magician is one of Dianna's characters a fusion of the greats – Charlie Chaplin, Marcel Marceau, Michael Jackson, with a hint of Amelie, whose moves speak louder than words. Her act is a spectacle of surprises and pure delight as she magically pulls out a world of fantasy for the kid in all of us. She entices audiences to participate in traditional magic tricks that have her own special twist.

Seeing is believing…or not.


















Arts Matter   Family Arts Festival February 11, 2013  

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Arts Workshops- Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music, Dance, Drama, Storytelling
Family Day Arts Festival




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The day will be fun filled with all sorts of artisic things to do and learn...

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Arts Matter   Artist Series February 11, 2013  

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Skookum Sound System & Friends- March 15, 2013
Indigenous Arts Event



Culture

Arts Matter lecture series and the Langley Fine Arts School community is delighted to welcome the Skookum Sound System and friends on March 15th, 2013 to the Chief Sepass Theatre.

Skookum Sound System is an Indigenous audio-visual collective with members living on the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver BC, Coast Salish territory.  We have been honing our artistic skills individually, in traditional and digital realms for many years, but first came together as a multimedia crew in November of 2011, at the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival.  Skookum members include, DJ/Producer - Deano (Dean Hunt), Vocalist and Song-Carrier - Cstetkwe (Megan Fortier), DJ/Producer - Impossible Nothing (Darwin Frost) and VJ/Media Artist - Amphibian14 (Bracken Hanuse Corlett).

As part of the Art Matters series, Skookum Sound members will engage in an interactive dialogue on their lives as multimedia artists.

Art has the ability to inspire new dreams, while re-enforcing the thoughts and understandings of our ancestors.  The process allows our consciousness to evolve and interpret the supernatural in a beneficial way.  As Sqelxw (Indigenous People) art continues to be a means for survival, but rather than providing everyday functions and practicalities like in the pre-contact era, art is now the loudest way to bring attention to our existence and perspectives. 

The Four Directions performance is collaboration between the LFAS Aboriginal Program and the LFAS arts majors. Traditional songs from the four corners of Turtle Island (North America) will be fused with an electronic, hip-hop styled composition by the renown DJ and Visual Artist, Take 5. LFAS Dance majors will be choreographing and performing a piece to this composition. The work will also include elements from the visual art, and photo and film majors. This work aims to synthesize the old and the new. We are highlighting traditional value systems in mediums that are relevant to young people today. Through creativity and the renewal of traditional teachings, we can access our inner resources of intergenerational resiliency, strength and courage. The LFAS Aboriginal Program wishes to reveal that our paintbrushes, microphones and dance pieces are the new tools that we use to promote wellness and vitality in our families and our communities. The First Nations Youth of today are eager to share their stories and traditions with the world through creative expression. Here at LFAS Aboriginal Program, we hope to facilitate this process through the 4 Directions Presentation.

The presentations will also include a traditional blessing of the Chief Sepass Theatre by Kwantlen and Katzie Elders.

 

 


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