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General News · 13th May 2018
Mary Clare Preston
A big thankyou to all involved in the 1st Annual Not So Young Musicians Concert that was held on April 28th. It was a great success in that we got the word out about the Young Musicians Bursary Program, we raised $680 after expenses, to go toward the Bursary Program and we came together to share our many varied musical talents! The heart of the concert really was an expression of how playing music is a love, a way of life, a passion. Regardless of style, it is a balm that heals.

We were very pleased to have members of the Klahoose First Nation performing in, and attending this concert and we are so grateful for the opening song: ʔiʔ qʷayigən – Good Feeling with Rose Hanson, Jacqueline Mathieu, Jeannie Hanuse, Brenda Hanson, Brittany Baxter, Rick Bockner, Mary Clare Preston and Melanie Bagley. This song is “a meditation on respecting each other, finding belonging, and responding with Joy” and was composed through a collaborative process between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples who are part of Our Island Community

We live in such uncertain times. So much of what we need to do as a society is put our love and energy into the youth. We need to ask ourselves are we going to go to an even darker place, or are we going to lift each other up and go to a place of hope and healing. Music can be such a big part of that. Through the Young Musicians Bursary Program I hope we can do that a little bit.

So here are some more thankyous to performers from the Not-So-Young Musicians Concert:
Dietrich and Irmgard Shwarz
Elisabeth Jaegar and Laurel Bohart
Mark, Shantima and Mira Braaten
Erven Hanson
Rick and Amy Bockner
Brenda Hanson
Dan Peters
Breffni O’Reilly and Michel Levesque
The McKenty Brothers
Jeanne Tolmie and Aaron Ellingsen

Sound: Many Thankyous to Sandy Keith who did an excellent job providing sound. And thanks Rick Bockner for helping Sandy at the end of the night.
Lights: Hannu Huuskonen
Poster: Nathaniel Hargrave
Door: Katie Wheeler
Kitchen: Theresa Hargrave and Family

If you are interested in helping out at our next concert, which is the Young Musicians Concert – At 2pm on Sunday June 10 at the Gorge Hall please get in touch with Leonard Woywitka, Theresa Hargrave or Mary Clare Preston. 250-935-6384
If you would like to make a donation to the Cortes Young Musicians Bursary Program you can do so by direct deposit at the CCCU. Please specify Cortes.