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Sidewalk Cellist: Free Outdoor Cello Concert Series

May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 2:00 — 4:00pm
Grandview Park (Charles Street and Commercial Drive)
Vancouver, BC

Free Outdoor Cello Concert Series: On a weekly basis, Sidewalk Cellist Clara Shandler will be performing an entire Bach suite, 22X2 (a compilation of 22 two-minute works for solo cello*), and a set of original works ranging from gypsy rock to heavy metal. Concerts are as weather permits.

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May 5, 2012
2:00 pmto4:00 pm
May 12, 2012
2:00 pm
May 26, 2012
2:00 pm
June 2, 2012
2:00 pm
June 9, 2012
2:00 pm
June 16, 2012
2:00 pm
June 23, 2012
2:00 pm
June 30, 2012
2:00 pm

VISI: Arts of Concience

June 11-16, 2012

Evening Speaker and Film Series are Open to the Public
Distinguished speakers present a series of evening lectures from 5:30-7 pm
Admission is $5.00 per session at the door

Film screenings each evening, from 8:00 – 10:00 pm, at the VanCity Theatre.
Tickets are $11 at the door, or at


A Symposium for Artists interested in Social Change Activism

Laura Barron & Garrett Rubin, Program Organizers
Susan O’Neill & Rena Sharon, Program Advisors

In partnership with the Vancouver-based non-profit Instruments of Change and VanCity Theatre, VISI invites participants to an intensive 6-day workshop designed for artists from all disciplines and for community members interested in the burgeoning field of Art for Social Change. The course comprises lectures, workshops, forum films, discussions, and group projects. Some events are open to the public, while a central portion of each day is designed for registered participants only.

Each morning features a presentation by a leading arts activist from a different artistic medium. The sessions are open to the public.

Speakers include:

• Judith Marcuse, internationally renowned dancer/choreographer and Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change at SFU
• Reena Lazar, Executive Director of Peace it Together, a filmmaking program for youth
• Susan Summers, President of the Music Therapy Association of British Columbia (Participation TBD)
• Cyndy Chwelos, Program Director at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre
• David Diamond, Artistic Director of Headlines Theatre
• Dr. Susan O’Neill, Professor of Music Psychology at SFU and Director of the Research in Youth, Music, and Education Project (RYME)

• Other distinguished speakers and facilitators will be confirmed and posted in the coming weeks.

Throughout each day, registered participants have access to diverse classes and experiential activities, working directly with a variety of community organizations to explore the possibilities for their art practice in the service of social transformation.

Topics include:

Cultural Diplomacy, Arts in Conflict Prevention, and Arts Therapy. Additional training includes workshops in facilitation skills, incorporating arts for social change curriculi into university settings, and working with trauma populations.


Each evening concludes with a film screening that powerfully illustrates the socially transformative impact of the arts in action. These films are open to the public.

• Wasteland, a documentary the three year art project of Vik Muniz with the garbage workers of Brazil.
• Twelve Angry Lebanese, a film about the radical work of Zeina Daccache as she directs a theatre piece with inmates from a high security male prison in Lebanon.
• Favela Rising, following Anderson Sá, a former drug trafficker who establishes the grassroots Afro Reggae movement amongst the youth of the Rio slums.
• Rhythm Is It!!, a movie documenting the empowering work of Berlin Philharmonic in their outreach program which enlisted 250 inner-city German school children to dance with their performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
• A selection of student short films from Peace It Together.

Register for our full retreat program of morning and afternoon sessions

Registration & Cost

NOTE: Registration is ONLY required for participants of the afternoon sessions:
The full Symposium fee for the entire week of activities is only $300 and all morning and evening sessions are included.

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT is $250 if you register by April 27, 2012.

Participants are responsible for their own meals, accommodations and travel. Auditor fees for single afternoon sessions are available by request, space permitting.

Interested participants can contact with questions.
The registration deadline for the full program of events is May 15, 2012.

Please visit the VISI website for forms.
A $150 deposit is required with registration.




11:30 – 1 Daily Intro and Facilitation Skills workshop by Sarena Talbot
1-2 pm LUNCH
2-4 pm Group Work (4 groups of 3-4 participants led by facilitators and a representative from a chosen community group)
4 – 5 pm Dialogue with Judith and participants (with prepared questions and knowledge of guests bio)
5:30-7 pm Judith Marcuse’s public talk
7-8 pm DINNER
8-10 pm Film Series: Rhythm Is It!



11:30 – 1 pm Daily Intro and Trauma Sensitivity Skills workshop by
Sarah Holmes de Castro
1-2 pm LUNCH
2-4 pm Group Work
4-5 pm Dialogue with Cyndy and participants
5 – 5:30 pm SHORT BREAK
5:30-7 pm Cyndy Chwelos public talk
7-8 pm DINNER
8-10 pm Film Series: Wasteland



11:30-1 pm Daily Intro and Workshop on Integrating Arts for Social Change Curriculum into University Settings by Garrett Rubin
1-2 pm LUNCH
2-4 pm Group Field Trip with Susan Summers
4-5 pm Dialogue with Rena and participants
5 – 5:30 pm SHORT BREAK
5:30-7 pm Reena Lazar’s public talk
7-8 pm DINNER
8-10 pm Film Series: Peace It Together short films


11:30-1 pm Morning Activity TBA
1- 2 pm LUNCH
2-4 pm Group Work
4-5 pm Discourse with David and participants
5 – 5:30 pm SHORT BREAK
5:30-7 pm David Diamond public talk
7-8 pm DINNER
8-10 pm Film Series: Twelve Angry Lebanese


11:30 – 1 pm Panel with community leaders who employ Arts of Social Change initiatives
1-2 pm LUNCH with panelists and workshop participants
2-4 pm Group Work – (participants prepare final presentations with feedback from community group representative)
4-5 pm Dialogue with Susan and participants
5 – 5:30 pm SHORT BREAK
5:30-7 pm Susan O’Neill public talk
7-8 pm DINNER
8-10 pm Film Series: Favela Rising


10 am-1 pm Final group presentations & Debrief

Workshops and films will be presented
at a variety of centrally-located Vancouver venues.


For complete details, please visit the VISI website.

April 27, 2012
8:00 pmto9:00 pm
May 15, 2012
1:00 am
June 11, 2012 11:00 pmtoJune 16, 2012 11:00 pm

VISI: Art Song Lab

Summer Program for Emerging Composers and Writers

Art Song Lab 2012

June 2-8, 2012
Vancouver, BC

Presented by the Vancouver International Song Institute in partnership with The Canadian Music Centre BC Regional Hub

Art Song Lab is a week-long program for creative artists interested in the collaborative process of poetry/music fusion, interpretation, and performance. Ten writers and ten composers will be partnered to create new art songs which will be premiered by renowned singers and pianists at the SONGFIRE Festival of Song. The program includes intensive rehearsals with the performers, daily forums with internationally distinguished composers and poets, group discussions of collaborative process, and the “Songsparks” series of interactive evening workshops.

Art Song Lab produces new work in a new way; it invites creators and audiences to share the experience of words meeting music in performance. These exchanges contribute to ongoing artistic conversations that spark new art forms and collaborations.

Distinguished mentors for Art Song Lab 2012 include composers Imant Raminsh and Leslie Uyeda and poets Betsy Warland and Lorna Crozier, with VISI performing artists Alison d’Amato, Corey Hamm, Rachel Iwaasa, Phoebe MacRae, Lynne McMurtry, and Michael Robert-Broder. The ASL program is coordinated by pianist Alison d’Amato, poet Ray Hsu, and composer Michael Park.

Participants have full access from June 9-24 to audit VISI’s array of lectures and masterclasses, featuring an international group of scholars and artists in groundbreaking interdisciplinary Art Song innovation studies.

Application deadline is February 1st, 2012. Early registration is strongly encouraged. A maximum of 10 composers and 10 poets will be accepted.

Application and Program Details: Questions:

February 13, 2012
3:00 pm
3:00 pm
June 2, 2012 3:00 pmtoJune 8, 2012 3:00 pm
June 2, 2012 3:00 pmtoJune 8, 2012 3:00 pm
June 9, 2012 3:00 pmtoJune 24, 2012 3:00 pm