Kicking off the MUSICfestival weekend, WAC is proud to present H’SAO live at the The Cove
Montréal-based band from Chad, H’SAO is a unique fusion of vocal harmonines and African rhythms with influences from gospel, soul, rhythm and blues, reggae and Chadian music. Brothers Caleb (guitar), Mossbass (bass) and Izra L (keyboard) and their childhood friend Dono (drums) originally started with only their voices. The self-taught musicians then added instruments to their sound but their acapella roots still set them apart. As they sing of peace, love, or social injustice, their vocal harmonies weave through and unite genres, creating a musical signature that transcends any musical category.
On stage, their musical energy is exciting, heightened by their engaging choreography. H’SAO have performed on stages from Europe to Africa to Asia as well as North America, including notable Canadian performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala, and the Vancouver Folk Festival. With three full albums in their repertoire, H’SAO is currently working on an acoustic album and touring North America.
Last year this event sold out! Call The Cover now for reservations: 613-273-3636
Driftwood Theatre presents: The Tempest
Lochwood Park ▪ August 8 ▪ Donation
After the huge success of The Odyssey last summer, WAC is bringing the Driftwood Theatre Group back to Westport. Get ready for Shakespeare’s The Tempest presented outdoors at Lochwood Park (baseball field next to the arena), August 8, 2014. Pay-what-you-can-admission (suggested donation $15).
We are such stuff as dreams are made on…
–The Tempest, William Shakespeare
Driftwood Theatre presents Shakespeare’s masterpiece, The Tempest. One of Shakespeare’s most celebrated plays, The Tempest pits one man’s need for personal vengeance against his hopes for the future of his family. It is a story of magic, power and forgiveness told in Driftwood’ signature style blending movement, song, puppetry and classic storytelling.
WAC Bean Bag Toss Fundraiser
We weren’t throwing our feet up on Heritage Day here in Westport, we were throwing bean bags! In amongst the craft and market stalls on Bedford street, WAC set up a guitar bean bag toss to raise funds for their upcoming MUSICwestport Open Air Festival. Turns out, Westport isn’t just competitive at hockey! For five dollars, participants received six bean bags. Those lucky enough to score a bean bag through the guitar were entered into a draw for a gift certificate from local restaurant, The Cove Country Inn. Two or more in the hole and you were also walking away with a MUSICwestport ball cap. Thanks to all who participated and to the Cove for their generous prize donation. WAC successfully raised over $200 which will go directly to the MUSICwestport Open Air Festival coming this August!
Did you miss us on Heritage Day? We are still selling tickets for the $1500 cash draw that happens on the day of the festival. Tickets are available from WAC board members or every weekend downtown Westport until the festival.
Totem Poles at Rideau Vista Public School
464 slabs of clay, 116 young artists, 8 totem poles
There is a new art installation at Rideau Vista Public School, actually there are 7. Guided by local artist Diane Black, the seven totem poles are the collective creativity of all 116 students at Rideau Vista.
Black spent the last week of May working directly with each selected class, from kindergarten all the way to the grade five students. Explaining the importance of the totem pole in Canadian history, the student were then invited to think about what symbols would best represent them on a totem pole.
Each student was then given four slabs of wet clay to carve out their chosen totems. Many students chosen family, sports, and nature symbols. When all four pieces of clay were designed, Black helped the students assemble the individual pieces together to form a box shape with no top or bottom.
Black collected all the carved clay boxes and took them home with her to dry. After firing all 116 pieces in her kiln, Black returned to Rideau Vista to slide each piece on seven 4×4 wooden posts, one post for each class.
Just before the end of the year, Black will return to the school and disassemble the clay totem poles so each student can take their piece home with them.
The Westport Arts Council Annual General Meeting took place on 14 June 2014. Public was invited and encouraged to participate. WAC is pleased to review the committee year and looks forward to successful future endeavours.