Celebration of Nature, Music and Dance brings artists together to protect forests






    “Celebration of Nature, Music and Dance” took place in a unique setting at Tzvi’s Place, 1823 E 2nd Ave in Vancouver. Music and dance started last night, Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 7:30pm and ran through Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 2:00am. The event was described as “honoring our Ancient Forests with incredibly talented musicians, dancers and artists.”

    The event was partially a fundraiser for the Ancient Forest Alliance, which is a new British Columbian organization working to protect the endangered old-growth forests of BC and to ensure sustainable forestry jobs in the province. It was founded in January of 2010 by former Western Canada Wilderness Committee activists Ken Wu, TJ Watt, and others, and by Vancouver old-growth activist Michelle Connolly. I spoke with Michelle Connolly about the groups mission to be a grassroots environmental organisation working to foster knowledge and connection to these forests, as well as to advocate politically for their protection.

    The organizers divided the event into three different levels at Tzvi’s Place. The unique setting allows for people to experience music and dance in different settings and environments. On the main Level: an inner journey into the beauty of vibration, universal rhythm and movement with master didgeridoo player *Shine Edgar*, guitar virtuoso *Michael Waters* and cello maestro *Allannah Dow*. You can listen to some of their music at |

    Around the Fire: Open musical jam with the Sisters of Sound – Colleen Ariel on harp, Sparrow Deviyani and her guitar/singing bowls, Sacha Levin on Drums. Madeleine Bachan Kaur, Satya Diana Grove, Arielle Moscovitch with there magical healing vocals and Natania Rogers with her belly dancing and amazing hang playing.
    Captivating world music DJ’ed by ElementalRhythm (Jordan Tal)

    Downstairs: Dancing to a fusion of blues and world music with amazing dancer-teacher duo David Yates and Diane Garceau of Night and Day Dance.

    With** Special Guests**Joseph Pepe’ Danza an electrifying percussionist and multi-instrumentalist
    Robin Layne driven by Latin-spiced hand percussion: cajón, congas, and shakers.
    Zamir Dhanji an amazing hang player and Imran Dhanji a talented beat-boxer.


    7pm – Doors Open
    7:30-8:30 – Concert inside / Musical Jam outside
    8:30-9:00 – Break – participants and musicians will have a chance to trade places.
    9:00-10:00 – Concert inside / Musical Jam outside
    10:00-11:00 – Sisters of Sound / The Giving Tree / Sounds of Nature and Forest
    11:00-12:00 – ** Special Guests**
    12:00-2:00am – Dance into the night with the *11 Hour Orchestra*

    Sisters of Sound- NO WOMAN NO CRY


    About The Cause:
    Old-growth forests are our natural heritage, and BC’s south coast holds one of the last such ecosystems on Earth. Our ancient forests support a complex network of which we are all part, yet these forests continue to be logged at a rate that will soon lead to their extinction if we do not make a change. The Ancient Forest Alliance is a grassroots environmental organisation that works to foster knowledge and connection to these forests, as well as to advocate politically for their protection.

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    Jonathan Hanley is an entrepreneur, web guy, writer and photographer— into all things social media and communications. He has worked with international green groups and sustainable businesses for more than 25 years. Bringing people together by building and growing social communities for 14 years.

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