SING OUT! New community choir in Qualicum Bay

This community choir aims to put the fun back into singing! Have you always thought you couldn't sing, or maybe only in the shower? Here's your chance to join a supportive and lively group of like-minded individuals who just want to raise their voices in song: no expectations, no performance anxiety, no experience necessary! We will be singing from a variety of traditions: chants, rounds, SATB, folk songs, songs in other languages, improv....you name it, we'll try it -- and have fun doing it!!
Fridays, Jan 19 - Feb 23: 6:45 - 7:45 pm
Lighthouse Community Hall, L'Heureux Room, Qualicum Bay
Investment: $65 for 6 weeks
FMI and to pre-register: drumdeva@gmail.com

NEW!!! Beginner African Hand Drumming in Qualicum Bay

We are all born into rhythm - the rhythms of our bodies, of the seasons, of our day-to-day lives. Join Monica Hofer, local drum circle facilitator and drumming instructor, and (re)discover the joy of "getting into the groove" in a supportive, lively, encouraging atmosphere. Drumming is scientifically proven to be good for your physical, mental, spiritual and social health!
No experience necessary! This class is intended for those with little or no experience playing African djembe. Drums available on request.
Fridays, Jan 19 - Feb 23: 5:30 - 6:30 pm in the L'Heureux Room at the Lighthouse Community Hall in Qualicum Bay
Investment: $72 for 6 weeks
Please pre-register: drumdeva@gmail.com


New 2018 Schedule of Drumming Classes/Workshops/Events - a work in progress ;)

Courtenay Recreation: 250 338 5371 or 250 338 1000 to register

Beginner African Drumming:
Wednesdays, Jan 10 – Mar 21 (no class Feb 21)
5:30 – 6:30 pm Native Sons Hall (upstairs)

Intermediate African Drumming:
Mondays, Jan 8 – Mar 19 (no class Family Day)
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Native Sons Hall (upstairs)

Beyond Beginners African Drumming (not in guide, but phone and ask to be put on a list if interested)
Thursdays, Jan 11 – Mar 22 (tentative, more details TBA)
5:00 – 6:00 pm Native Sons Hall (downstairs)

**NB: if there are too few participants in either Beginners or Beyonds, the two classes may end up being amalgamated! Stay tuned!

Drums Alive PowerBeats:
Wednesdays, Jan 10 – Mar 21 (no class Feb 21)
7:00 – 8:00 pm Native Sons Hall (upstairs)

Drums Alive GoldenBeats:
Thursdays, Jan 11 – Mar 22 (no class Feb 22)
10:30 – 11:30 am Native Sons Hall (upstairs)

Campbell River:  stay tuned! Looking for a new venue but there will definitely be classes for Beginners and Beyonds from CR (but perhaps Merville or Black Creek) and they will likely be on Tuesdays!!!

Royston:  register at the door

Jan 7 – Feb 18 (7 classes)
Feb 25 – Apr 15 (7 classes, no class Apr 1)
Apr 22 – June 10 (7 classes, no class May 20)

Beginner Duns  4:00 – 4:45 pm
Intermediate Drumming  4:45 – 5:45 pm
Advanced Duns  5:45 – 6:30 pm
Advanced Drumming (and/or Ensemble)  6:30 – 7:30 pm

Jan 10 – Feb 21 (7 classes)
Feb 28 – Apr 11 (7 classes)
Apr 18 – Jun 6 (7 classes)

Bucket Brigade   1:00 – 2:00 pm
Balafons         2:00 – 3:00 pm

Newcomers welcome for bucket brigade if you can commit to joining the practice group to help bring you up to speed. We do not intend on going back to the very beginning but would love to have new, enthusiast members who don’t mind a bit of a challenge at the beginning!! Such fun!!

We currently have one balafon available (for rent but preferably for sale) so would welcome one new member to the team! (More welcome if you’re willing to purchase a balafon from Jordan in Victoria; all of our balafons are tuned the same). Again, our group will not be going back to the “basics” but you could definitely be brought up to speed by joining a practice group or having one private lesson with Monica J

Errington: Stay tuned!!! There will definitely be ongoing beginner and beyond beginner classes in Errington, but likely not starting till late February. In the meantime, feel free to carpool and join in on the Royston classes!!!

JORDAN HANSON and Vancouver Island Drum Camp coming back June 15 – 17th!!

Monica’s Summer Solstice Drum/Potluck/Fundraiser June 24th!!


I am considering adding on some more different kinds of drumming classes in the new year: please let me know if you have any friends or if you yourself might be interested in –
-       Couples drumming workshops (possibly co-facilitated)
-       Women’s drum circle
-       Men’s drum circle
-       Therapeutic drumming (HealthRhythms)
Also thinking again of Community Choir possibilities, perhaps in the Bowser area, so if anyone is interested in this, please drop me a line J