First Big Sing of the New Year!

Mark your calendars, singers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities! The first Big Sing at Creekside Commons for 2011 will be January 7th, 7:00 - approx 8:30 pm. We are a small community choir that enjoys singing in a wide range of styles, from 4-part harmony through sacred chant to folk songs from around the world - all in a rainbow of languages, sometimes even including English! This is an "everyone welcome" choir, with no audition or performing in front of audiences other than ourselves required. We are a welcoming, supportive, spirit-filled group with a wonderful sense of humour and community. Join us and find out for yourself! FMI: email Monica at drumdeva@gmail.com

Solstice Drum/Potluck a Success!

Thanks to everyone who attended a very successful and spirit-filled (albeit initially postponed due to snow) Solstice Drum and Potluck event on Wednesday, December 22nd! It was lovely to see families come out, as well as old and new friends, and even some brand new rhythm enthusiasts. Not only did we drum, shake, clap and rattle this year, we also sang and danced - wow! what a joyous occasion... The rhythms, as always, were as diverse as the crowd, ranging from trance to fireworks! And of course the food was scrumptious - have I mentioned how very much I enjoy a good potluck feast?! Thanks to the generous contributions of the participants, we have been able to make a donation towards providing clean water for 5 families for 20 years in Tanzania through the wonderful organization "GlobalGiving". Looking forward to Spring Equinox!
And in the meantime, don't forget:
New Session of Drumming Classes, for both beginners and intermediate/advanced, starts January 10th through Courtenay Recreation (250 338 1000 to register) and January 17th at the Fallen Alders on Royston Road (register at drumdeva@gmail.com or at the door - beginners 5:15 - 6:15 pm, advanced 6:30 - 7:30 pm). Make up class for the Fallen Alders drummers who missed one due to snow is January 10th, same times as above.
Let's grow our community of committed and spirited drummers! Bring a friend or two and introduce them to the joys and benefits of drumming in a safe, supportive circle of rhythm enthusiasts!
Happy Holidays!


Upcoming Opportunities to SING!

FYI: Big Sings are now officially taking place every two weeks at Creekside Commons on Fridays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. We have an enthusiastic group of about 15 and could use just a few more members to fit the space. Mark the following dates on your calendars:  Oct 29, Nov 12 and Nov 26. More to follow...


Next Big Sing

Our next big sing will be at Creekside, Friday October 15th from 7 - 8:30 pm. By donation. All Creekies and former Lettin' Loose Choir members from Fanny Bay welcome! Negotiations are underway to have big sings out in Fanny Bay again in the near future; some former choir members have hinted that their home space may be available come November, so I will keep you posted. Creekside is willing to go south every couple of weeks, and I am hopeful that Fanny Bay choir members will make the trek in to sing with us in Courtenay, too.


Equinox/Full Moon Drum at the Spit

Full Moon Equinox Drum on Wednesday.
It depends on the particular calendar you look at whether the full moon is on Wednesday or Thursday coming up, but Goose Spit drummers will be celebrating it along with the Fall Equinox on Wednesday evening, September 22, 2010  at Goose Spit around 7 PM. Weather dependent, as always! Everyone welcome!
Moon rises at 6:37 PM PDT, Sun sets 7: 17, High tide at 6:04 PM

Drum Wave

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday to add to the 10 billion beats going around the world. We connected in rhythm for two straight hours, taking turns listening to and following eachother's beats - and by cooperating in this way, we ended up creating drum magic! Just imagine 100's of thousand of others, doing the same thing around the globe, demonstrating that peaceful interaction is possible and sending this message out to the Universe - hopefully it fell on the right ears!


10 Billion Beats cont

Just for everyone's information:
There will be limited parking at the Tsolum on Saturday, due to the closing celebrations for the BC Seniors Games taking place around the same time that day at Simms Park. Please share rides, or drop off your drum at the Tsolum and then find parking if there is none available close by.
Thanks - hope to see many of you there!


10 Billion Beats

Join me in being part of sending an energetic, rhythmic message around the world. Once again, the 10 Billion Beats movement is encouraging drummers to get active globally and to drum together in a continuous wave over the course of two days. I have rented the Tsolum Building in Lewis Park for Saturday, September 18th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and am inviting drummers and rhythm enthusiasts to join with me in sending a collective positive intention around the globe and out to the Universe! Please bring drums and rhythm instruments (I will make a few drums available for use), and positive vibes! A small donation towards the hall rental (if you are able) would be appreciated. Last year nearly 200,000 people around the world drummed out 10 billion beats...let's top that this year! Go to www.10billionbeats.com  for more information.


Big Sing begins again

Get ready to lift your voices in song after a long hiatus! Our wonderful friends at Creekside Commons have once again offered their space for a Big Sing, and the folks from Creekside and Lettin' Loose choir members from Fanny Bay are invited! Bring your positive energy, your favourite tunes, and your friends - let's make this a truly BIG sing, and one of many to come. Friday, September 17, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Check back for more info to come.