Celebrating Canada’s exit from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival will feature a 98 square foot outdoor mural in collaboration with Kwantlen First Nation.
Members of the public will also be able to participate in the collaborative “paint by number” mural, which will be a centerpiece of the festival on July 23 and 24.
“The mural is a way to bring the community together in person to create a collaborative work that reflects the theme of reflection, recovery and rejuvenation,” said festival co-founder and artistic director Dave Quinn.
“We invite everyone to join us in painting this beautiful symbolic mural.”
The artwork will be based on a design by two Kwantlen First Nation artists – Elinor Atkins, whose traditional name is Miməwqθelət, which translates to “the first bird to sing in the morning”, and Noah Atkins, whose traditional name is Ncwaʕ, a very old name and held very close to the Joe family. It belonged to Noah’s maternal great-great-grandfather, who was born in 1818 and died in 1916.
Ncwaʕ was the chief of Shackan – the land of many small rocks.
The two Indigenous artists are brother and sister, who were selected through a call for proposals from Kwantlen First Nation artists. As the two artists lead the painting session, members of the public will be able to follow along and experience a mural painting firsthand. Painting materials will be provided by the organizers.
“As a big sister, it’s an honor to collaborate with my brother on something beautiful to share with everyone in our unceded territories. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for us to practice traditional intergenerational knowledge transfer. and it’s a way for us as Kwantlen youth to engage with the surrounding community and share a bit about ourselves as Kwantlen people,” Atkins said.
As live music events return and local businesses breathe new life after two long years of COVID, it’s time to recognize those who have overcome adversity and successfully entertained communities.
For one of these honours, the Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival has been nominated for the 2022 Canadian Live Music Industry Awards (CLMA). The local organization will compete nationally for the Overcoming Adversity award.
The CLMA Awards will celebrate the live music industry in Canada across 19 categories.
“This is an incredible and long-awaited reunion of a community so hard hit by COVID-19,” said Karen Zukas
She also encouraged industry members to vote for the CLMA voting categories by visiting cmw.net.
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of live music events, the festival continued with its first live stream format in 2020 and then a hybrid event in 2021.
“It was a challenge, but we were thrilled to be able to continue to provide jazz fans and our community with performances featuring local, established jazz artists and emerging talent,” Zukas said.
“We learned from these new formats and produced two comprehensive resource guides on how to host a virtual festival with support from CreativeBC. We were excited to share the guides with other music festivals and non-profit arts organizations across Canada,” she continued.
Zukas also thanked the sponsors, performers, artists and volunteers for their support.
“It is through our community that we are able to explore, learn and expand the festival each year and deliver world-class performances and events to jazz fans around the world.”
For this year, organizers are all set to return with full in-person programs, offering over 60 bands on eight stages, art installations, a Kwantlen arts and culture exhibit, a kids’ zone and more throughout the community. .
For more information, people can visit fortlangleyjazzfest.com.
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