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General News · 22nd October 2008
Suzan Denis
Heartfelt expressions inspired by people’s love for the forests will fill the Old School House Gallery this week with live performances on Thursday, October 23rd at 2 pm and Friday, October 24th at 6:30. The show includes art, music, dance, poetry, and stories that represent the rich diversity of the Cortes Island community.

We would like to invite the audience to participate as well by joining us in singing “Amazing Place”. Norleen Lillico brought this beautiful song, sung to the melody of “Amazing Grace” to the Island. The story of “Amazing Place”, she says, begins in Clayquot Sound. A dedicated group of people stood for the forest there when it was in danger of being cut down. Many were arrested and taken to Victoria to stand in court. On the drive there from Tofino, they composed the lyrics and extended the invitation to all who also feel moved to stand for the forest to sing:

Amazing Place
Oh Cortes Isle
Where grows a forest free
From soil and fern
To branches high
Let Life so sacred be

Amazing place, oh Clayquot Sound, oh Cortes Isle, oh Carrington Bay, oh Whaletown Commons, and so it goes. As we sing we can fill in the name of a forest place we would like to give our thanks to. Standing up for what we believe in in a way that feels most comfortable, invites others to do the same.