Gracias a la Vida Project

Music provided sonic support for the world during 2020, and it is helping us move into a new year. For Toronto and Vancouver– based singer-songwriter, Gisun, this arrives via The Gracias a la Vida Project – a collaborative, philanthropic music initiative crossing an array of countries and communities. Today, Gisun launches the project with the release of Gracias a la Vida (thanks to life) – a special cover of Chilean singer Violeta Parra’s iconic 1966 song. Produced with friends and former colleagues from her time at the New School and beyond, Gisun gathered a diverse ensemble of five vocalists to create a unique take, each person contributing a verse with their own flair. The project is partnering with Music Heals is to bring attention to the importance of music therapy, where proceeds of the song will be donated to support their work and to encourage public involvement.

“Despite such a hard year, for all of us around the globe, we have been given the gift of family and togetherness during a time where plague has riddled us with separation and loneliness. It brings such happiness to be able to sing the words gracias a la vida, as we are grateful that it has given us a united family. This is a time where gratefulness can really help us heal, spiritually and physically. Through re-connectivity with others and ourselves, we have regained a deeper appreciation for community, family, and friends,” says the ensemble on The Gracias a la Vida Project. “Gracias a la Vida is an interesting song, because it stands in the midst of forking paths. On one hand, this song has become a global song of humanism and of hope. But on the other, this is the goodbye letter of songwriter Violeta Parra to the world. Being able to expand on the possibilities of collaborating with musicians from around the world has been a shining light.”

The Gracias a la Vida Project was developed in the early stages of the pandemic as Gisun reflected on daily gratitude. Throughout this very transformational year, she especially connected with the Mercedes Sosa version (Homenaje a Violeta Parra) of Gracias a la Vida. As it is one of the most widely covered Latin songs to date, Gisun brought an incredible team of artists, all within the Latin American Diaspora, to bring an array of styles and backgrounds into the fold; Montreal, Quebec’s Ada Lea, Italian-Congolese artist, Sans Soucis, and two artists based in New York: Bianca Muñiz, Joy Morales, and Guayaquil, Ecuador-based, Luz Pinos. In addition, guitarists, Stephen Orr and Alper Tuzcu, perform on the track.

Canadian singer-songwriter Gisun is influenced by her Uruguayan background and South Korean roots to showcase her own style of Latin and soul-inspired music. Her songs weave together stories that reflect distinct chapters and stages of life. Since 2017, she has released three EPs: Suspiras, Partes, and Fin, in collaboration with musicians and sound engineers in New York, Spain, Toronto, and Vancouver. Currently, Gisun is working on her first full-length album with musicians from all over the world.

The video was produced by Rodrigo Ferrat, compiling performance videos independently filmed by each artist. With an aim to reach a global audience, particularly connecting with Latin American communities, the music video includes closed captions in English, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

Music Heals increases access to music therapy for patients in children’s hospitals, seniors centres, palliative care, AIDS & HIV programs, at-risk youth, rehabilitation, and bereavement support. To date Music Heals has funded over 32,000 music therapy sessions. You can learn more about Music Heals and support the organization by donating or getting involved at musicheals.ca.

Warren Dean Flandez ‘Home for the Holidays’ Virtual Concert

On Tuesday, December 22 at 7PM PST, enter the soulful world of two-time JUNO nominated, award-winning recording artist Warren Dean Flandez for a holiday charged, gospel infused virtual concert proudly presented by the City of Delta and supported by Creative BC. This unique holiday special will showcase reimagined Christmas classics along with original material from Warren’s JUNO nominated album ‘Speak’. This broadcast will air on the City of Delta’s Facebook and Youtube platforms as the finale of the ‘Home for the Holidays’ campaign dedicated to supporting local businesses and connecting the community during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Performances will take place in various locations across Delta showcasing Tsawwassen, Ladner and North Delta, the three communities that make up the unique tapestry of the city of Delta.

Matt BB – The Dam Breaks – Album Release Live Stream!

After decades of reservation and wallowing, Matt BB is FINALLY releasing his first album ever!!
On the 57th Anniversary of the breaking of Los Angeles’ Baldwin Dam, Matt BB, looking for a bald win, will be dropping his first album, The Dam Breaks!
With the help of Creative BC, he’ll be celebrating the occasion with a live stream with live performances, videos and more, starting at 7pm, December 14th and then available forever as it echoes through the bowels of YouTube and Facebook in perpetuity!

couchwalker on film by Jenny Banai

“couchwalker on film” is a short film experiment, imagined and created by Jenny Banai; a visual representation of her sophomore album “couchwalker”.

“couchwalker on film” premieres Monday, December 14 on Audiofemme. Read full conversation Jenny Banai had with them about the story behind the film here – https://www.audiofemme.com/jenny-bana…

Inspired, in part, and due to the limited ways live music can be shared in our current world environment, Banai envisioned a multi-medium digital concept performance to clarify “couchwalker” on another level, so as to invite viewers in as close as one can to the music and to her particular creative character.

Starring Banai, the film features long single-shot segments in a warehouse fashioned to look like a living room set, with a couch—and her interactions with said couch—as the centrepiece. She is accompanied by two dancers, who appear throughout the film and represent the emotional pulls within her humanity as she sorts through her convictions and feelings regarding relationship choices and her faith.

Pulling on her novice dance and theatre background, and audio editing skills, the creation of “couchwalker on film” both challenged and unveiled Banai’s abilities. She first edited her album down to twenty minutes of audio; a mix of full album production, lo-fi live takes and voice memos, to create an audio narrative. She then brought on film director, Matej Balaz of Colla Films and choreographers and dancers, Joanna Anderson and Kezia Rosen, as her collaborating partners on the project.

Over weeks of meetings, a handful of rehearsals and two postponements, couchwalker on film became the intricate and nuanced piece that it is. Expressing the wrestling match between the conscious and subconscious, reason and intuition, convictions and feelings, Banai invites the viewer into a world where moving through various emotions is both an invitation and a necessity, and how we move through them is the choice we are gifted with.

“The [Hebrew] word, the word timshel—’Thou mayest’—that gives choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open”
– Lee (Character in John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden”).

Credits:

Concept and creation by Jenny Banai and her collabs: Matej Balaz, Joanna Noelle, and Kezia Rosen
Directed by Jenny Banai and Matej Balaz
Produced by Colla Films
Cinematography: Nate J Slaco
Editing: Daša Netíková and Matej Balaz
Choreography: Joanna Anderson and Kezia Rosen
Costume Design: Jenny Banai, Joanna Anderson and Kezia Rosen
Artistic Direction: Camille Candia
Music: Jenny Banai
Live Take Edits: Scott Currie
Production Assistant: Michal Slako

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
We thank Creative BC for their Showcase grant helping us out during the strangest of times for artists (and all people of course!).

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KAREN FOWLIE – LIVE ONLINE CONCERT – “A Tribute to Canadian Women in Song” (Pre-recorded)

LIVE ONLINE CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: “A TRIBUTE TO CANADIAN WOMEN IN SONG” (PRE-RECORDED)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6, 7:00 – appx 8:00pm PST
Join Karen Fowlie and her friends Terri Breeze (bass), Mal Temple (drums), Owen Thomas (electric guitar) and Mike Hurst (keyboard) for their pre-recorded live concert from the comfort of their living rooms to yours. You will hear songs from Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, Shania Twain, Sylvia Tyson, Loreena McKennitt as well as “Moment in Time”, one of Fowlie’s Originals. Feel free to chat with the band live during the show. Hope you can make it!
Tickets through SideDoorAccess $10

DreamRider Productions presents: Planet Protector Academy – HOME Edition: H2WHOA!

Calling all kids who are bored of being stuck at home! Log on with the Planet Protector Academy, and get inspired to become a superhero water protector, and help your family conserve and protect our precious water resources! H2WHOA! is a unique hybrid: a digital program that inspires kids to sing, move, breathe, create and imagine. Delivered free via live webcasts, H2WHOA! includes learning for kids aged 6-11 on environmental issues PLUS new content on mental health, hygiene and other pandemic-coping topics, such as how to do a “Superhero Calming Breath” to help with fear and anxiety.

DreamRider actors Sara Holt and Ian Gschwind host the program live from their living rooms. In daily 1-hour sessions, four days a week, they take kids through lessons and activities that include singing, dancing, games and crafts. Kids become Apprentice Planet Protectors, part of the PPA’s exciting superhero story line. They receive “missions” they can do at home, to inspire family members to change behaviours, like turning off taps and taking shorter showers.

More than 750 kids across Canada have participated in weekly Planet Protector AcademY: HOME Edition sessions since April, and so far they are loving it ! A child participant said that “It felt the whole time like I was in a giant hug!” Parents are finding relief as well, not only from the burden of home schooling, but also from watching their kids participate joyfully in the program’s activities, at a time when fun and inspiration have been hard to come by. In a survey of HOME Edition users, 46 per cent of parents said the program helped their family cope with COVID.

Kara-Kata Afrobeat Made in Canada | Facebook Live

Our band, Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group, will perform our original songs and songs from the Afrobeat genre for our beloved community. Each band member will record their part and we will edit to create a video which will be released live. Our band leader, Toyin Kayo-Ajayi, will do a small live introduction and chat prior to the release. It is our hope to stay connected with our fans and community during these challenging times. We always aim to spread love, joy, connection, and to share Nigerian culture, which is where our music style was born.
We will set up a donation page prior to event. Thank you and we miss you!

The 6FIGURE VISIONS | Online

INFLIGHT ENT in combination with SH STUDIOS brings the 6FIGURE VISIONS ‘lifestream’ concert event!! 💯

Celebrating Lil G6’s 6FIGURE VISIONS mixtape release, we’re offering a backstage experience for the music VIP to bump along-side the legend and his immediate crew. You can expect live presentations, performances, and a special instalment feature from INFLIGHT ENT.

Tune in for a playlist of your new favourite songs, insightful commentary from music industry insiders, and a message from the minds behind the mix.

There will be opportunity for direct engagement in Q&A, live mix breakdowns, beat development tricks, as well as a chance for local artists to win a feature spot on the next hot single. 🔥

This event is free, but the experience is priceless.