FRIENDS OF GRASSLANDS

Yearly Archives: 2015

Help Shaw Street Collective Launch their “Grasslands” EP!

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Shaw-CDYou can be a part of a legacy! During their 2015 Prairie Wind & Silver Sage artist residency, Shaw Street Collective developed a program which captures the experience of living in the vast prairie horizons. The Collective’s music brings a fresh and passionate sound to the world of classical music and they want to share this beauty with you. Contributions to this project are welcome on Indiegogo here. Free gifts with contribution!

Shaw-concertTo hear excerpts from a concert of this music, recorded in Bracebridge, ON on tour after the residency, click here.

Exploring a Legacy

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Caldwell-Grasslands-web“Grasslands” by Carolyn Caldwell (oil/canvas)

The Prairie Wind & Silver Sage artist residency program leaves a legacy. Sometimes the legacy exists in the hearts and minds of those who were there. Sometimes it’s more tangible. To experience some of what can be created by artists who are given the gift of time and space and place and audience, mouse over the Ecomuseum tab, click Explore and scroll down, or go directly here.

Shaw Street Collective in Concert Sept 26

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When we hear of the premiere performance of a new work of Canadian classical music we might think of large and formal concert halls in cities like Montreal or Vancouver. But on Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m., the Prairie Wind & Silver Sage artist residency program in Val Marie brings a new look to this concept, when the Shaw Street Collective classical music quartet, based in Toronto, gives the world premiere performance, at the Val Marie School, of a piece to be written by the group during its September PWSS artist residency, with contributions from the students of Val Marie school and artwork by local photographers.  The Collective will also perform pieces from their repertoire of original compositions, improvisations and classics. Admission to the concert is free; donations towards the work of Prairie Wind &Silver Sage will be appreciated. All ages are welcome.

The Shaw Street Collective is Mikolaj Debowski on trombone and vocals, Alyssa Ramsay on cello, Anthony Savidge on percussion and vocals, and Emma Rowlandson-O’Hara on trumpet and vocals. Individually its members teach as well as perform and have won multiple awards. The Collective is a flexible classical music ensemble who record and perform everything from classics to experimental and new pieces. Their music is diverse, exploratory, and always filled with passion and excitement. The Collective’s unique combination of trombone, trumpet, cello, voice, and percussion provides a fresh sound that invigorates both their experimental music and the classics of the western world.

The Shaw Street Collective is spending two weeks in Val Marie and the Grasslands from September 13 to 27 as part of the 2015 Prairie Wind & Silver Sage artist residency program, co-sponsored with Grasslands National Park and funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture/Saskatchewan Lotteries. The Collective’s residency is a two week project aimed at encouraging a rich experience of the particular nature of the Prairies. The project begins with the hypothesis that it is possible to go beyond simply saying, “That is beautiful,” to asking, “What does the fact of beauty have to do with my everyday life?” It culminates in this concert, in which the Collective will perform music based on images and sounds of the park collected from visitors and residents. The goal of the concert is to show how music can transform what is “just there” into something that we truly see and want to understand.

During their residency the Shaw Street Collective is seen and heard in and around Val Marie as its members offer sound walks, natural improv, concerts, and sound and image clinics for schools.

Welcome to the Shaw Street Collective

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Shaw-in-parkThree members of the Shaw Street Collective in Grasslands National Park

Welcome to the Shaw Street Collective, current Prairie Wind & Silver Sage artists in residence September 13 – 27.

On Saturday September 26, join the Shaw Street Collective at the world premiere of the ensemble’s new musical work written in Val Marie and the Grasslands, with contributions from the students of Val Marie School and from local resident photographers. During the Shaw Street Collective’s residency, its members will offer sound walks, natural improv, improv concerts and sound and image clinics for schools. The residency will culminate in a concert of music based on images and sounds of the park. Further performances of this concert will be heard on tour from Saskatchewan to Ontario after the residency.

The Shaw Street Collective is a flexible classical music ensemble who record and perform everything from classics to experimental and new pieces. The music of The Shaw Street Collective is diverse, exploratory, and always filled with passion and excitement. The combination of instruments – trombone, trumpet, voice, and percussion – gives the ensemble a fresh sound while allowing lots of room to do justice to classics of Western art music. More on Shaw Street Collective at shawstreetcollective.ca

Open Mic at Val Marie Hotel on Friday, Sept 11

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Smith-OPEN_MICOpen Mic this Friday, Sept 11 at the Val Marie Hotel! WORDS AND MUSIC. 5 minute readings or share a couple of tunes – your own work or someone else’s. Or be there just to cheer! 8:00 p.m., free of charge.

Hosted by STEVEN ROSS SMITH, PWSS artist in residence September 1 to 15. Steven is a Canadian poet, sound poet, writer of fiction and non-fiction, arts journalist and arts activist. He has published extensively in Canada and abroad. Winner of the 2005 Book of the Year Award at the Saskatchewan Book Awards, Steven has extensive experience leading public events and is a long time contributor to Saskatchewan’s writing community.