The Gathering Festival returned to Emery Barnes Park on Saturday June 22, 2013. The Gathering Festival concluded with a full day of community celebration including live music, stilt dancing, free food, community information booths, games, and art.
Originally from Squamish, Wes Nahanee (Chiaxsten) of the Salish First Nations Band gave a traditional welcome at the start of the festival. Wes is a singer and carver. His traditional name is Chiaxsten (Chee-ox-tin) translated; “the one that looks after the people.”
See more of the opening ceremony attendees on Flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjHay4xa
The Carnegie Jazz Band
The Carnegie Jazz Band opened the days entertainment with traditional renditions of ‘All of Me’, ‘Black Orpheus’ and other classic jazz tunes. Led by trombonist Brad Muirhead the Carnegie Jazz band is comprised of amateur and semi- professional musicians. They rehearse weekly at Carnegie Community Centre. : http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/carnegie-community-centre.aspx See more of the Carnegie Jazz Band on Flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjHay4xe
West African performer Kesseke excites his audiences with boundless energy, through dance, song and drumming. He has a knack for fostering audience participation and his show at the Gathering Festival did not disappoint.
Kesseke convinced several audience members to join him on stage for a spur-of-the-moment dance lesson that thrilled the audience. His performance at the Gathering Festival was sponsored by La Boussole as a celebration of French culture. http://sites.google.com/site/kissofafrica/ See more of Kesseke on Flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjHay4wH
Company B Jazz Band
Company B Jazz Band first performed at a special Gathering Place senior’s dinner in the spring or 2013. The band was so well received we had numerous requests to invite them back. Their return to the Gathering Festival was equally well received.
The three singers, backed up by a three piece rhythm section, play jazz from the 20’s though the 50’s in the amazing vocal harmony style of the Andrew Sisters. They have a cheerful way of engaging and interacting with audience members and they were spontaneously joined by a troupe of traditional swing dancers https://sites.google.com/site/ubcswingkidsclub/where-to-dance-1 who, along with our stilt instructor David Yates, energized their Gathering festival performance.
Visit their website at: www.companybjazz.com/#sthash.uJEBaM1U.dpuf
See more of the Company B trio on Flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjHay4x4
A french performer Elea sang traditional french song and classic jazz tunes. Her performance at the Gathering Festival was sponsored by La Boussole as a celebration of French culture.
Gathering Place Jam Band
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Uzume Taiko, Canada’s premiere professional taiko drumming group dazzled the Gathering Festival audience with their extraordinary musicianship and visual presentation. This internationally celebrated group have fashioned their own unique western Canadian style of the taiko (Japanese Drumming) and we were thrilled to have them perform at the Gathering festival.
Visit their website at: http://www.uzume.com/
See more of Uzume Taiko on Flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjHay4wM