Singing in Africa
Originally from Cameroon, Jacky Essombe grew up in Paris and now lives in Vancouver. She has toured in Canada, the United States and Europe with major recording artists and has appeared on television and radio in Canada and France. She loves to share the traditions, history and culture of Africa, and the wisdom of her ancestors, and she truly believes that the Western world can benefit from the ancient wisdom of Indigenous people.
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 45 mins.
Tech Requirements: hand-held wireless mic if available
Not So Dumb by John Lazarus
Binnie and Rocky both have trouble in school. Words don’t fit together properly, and the order of the alphabet is hard to keep track of! Meanwhile, Victor - the brainy, quiet Day Monitor in their class - can’t seem to get through a recess without somebody picking on him. When Victor catches Rocky and Binnie breaking a pretty big rule, the three are forced to take a second look at their assumptions about one another. A poignant and funny story about what can happen when you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, NOT SO DUMB is a reminder that we often have more in common with each other than we think, and that everyone can shine when given the opportunity to do so.
RUNNING TIME: 45 min + 10 min Q&A
AUDIENCE: Grades K - 7
Tech Requirements: performing space approximately 25 feet wide, 25 feet deep and 12 feet high, adequate light in the performance area, two electrical outlets,1 table, 2 chairs, set up 1 hour prior to performance.
Curriculum Connections: Arts Education | Drama | Health & Career | Social Responsibility | English Language Arts
Speed Control is a powerful, animated rock trio featuring Graeme Peters, Jody Peters and Ian March. With diverse musical backgrounds, the trio uses their extensive knowledge to engage and inspire youth audiences everywhere. Super catchy, super fun, super pop! The trio has a special knack for sharing their skills with students of all ages thanks to their teaching experience.
Every school deserves its own rock anthem! The day starts with a full performance of Speed Control's Rock and Roll: Canada vs. The World for the whole school. For the rest of the day, the group will work with up to 60 students, writing, rehearsing and recording a rock anthem specifically for your school that will be performed and taught to everyone at the end of the day. Imagine your school having its very own theme song that can be sung at every assembly!
Rock and Roll: Canada vs. The World
Duration: 50 mins.
Capacity: 500+ students
Some of the most innovative music in the world has come from Canadian musicians. Follow Speed Control through the last 50 years of famous Canadian artists and how their music affected others of both their own generation and those to come. From Paul Anka in the 1950s, through the 60s and 70s with The Band and Guess Who, through Rush and Bryan Adams of the 80s, to the Barenaked Ladies and Avril Lavigne, young audiences will learn how Canada has become a major force in popular music in this smart, humourous and exciting show!
Nina has a great life. She loves her family, she does well in school, and her friends are awesome. But suddenly Nina starts feeling… off, and she finds herself slipping into a dark reality she cannot understand, let alone articulate to the people around her. STILL/FALLING follows Nina as she tries to come to terms with what it means to struggle with anxiety and depression, and to rise above it with as much strength, and as few scars, as possible. A realistic, honest and bitingly funny look at the difference between ‘teen angst’ and mental illness and the ways vulnerable kids can start to find their way out of the dark.
RUNNING TIME: 50 min + 10 min Q&A AUDIENCE: Grades 8 +
Tech Requirements: performing space approximately 25 feet wide, 25 feet deep and 12 feet high, adequate light in the performance area, two electrical outlets,1 table, 2 chairs, set up 1 hour prior to start time.
Curriculum Connections: Mental Health | Self Esteem | Family Relationships | Communication
One Woman Circus
Sand Northrup (AKA One Woman Circus) is an exceptional artist and educator whose extensive experience and contagious enthusiasm bring circus arts to life for thousands of students annually. With a solid reputation as an outstanding teacher, mentor and role model, Sand currently performs and teaches circus arts in public schools and at circus camps in French, English or both. She also collaborates on numerous projects under both the social circus and children festival banners in Alberta and British Columbia. She has coordinated an award-winning after school circus programme for the City of Burnaby and offers the best hands on circus workshops available, adapted to all ages from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Sand is Director of the Therapeutic Clown program at BC Children?s Hospital and Sunny Hill Centre for Children and has worked part time as a therapeutic clown at both institutions since 2004.
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 50 mins. + Q&A
Capacity: 600 students
Tech Requirements: Clean stage area (16' x 20') access 60 min prior, power, change room.