I love taking groups to Vancouver. It is such a pretty place with amazing scenery – and so much to do!
Highlights of the trip included
- conquering our fear of flying (at least a little bit)
- playing a concert for Chalmers Lodge and meeting Ada (who, before paved roads moved to Fort McMurray from Japan)
- hitting the beach at Kitsilano
- meeting buskers and being tourists at Granville Island
- seeing the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra play the entire Harry Potter Film!
- having a workshop at University of British Columbia and playing in the rose garden
- Checking out Aberdeen Mall and Daiso on our way to Steveston and Georgia Cannery
- playing a concert for False Creek Elementary school
- spending time in Stanley Park and the aquarium
- enjoying Cinderella the Musical at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Travel is such an important part of music education and these kids got to experience a lot! They know how to pack to bring instruments, to take care of their own instruments, how to work together to set up, perform, and take down quickly. They’ve bonded into a tight family. They’ve seen musicians at work in a variety of placed – including street corners. Much of this simply would not have been possible if we had stayed home.
I’m already looking ahead to 2017-2018. So far Sun Peaks Cantando Festival and Niagara have come to mind. Internationally politics are still a bit volatile so staying in Canada is our best choice. If you have somewhere you think we should go, please let me know!