Read about the performers at this year's Collingwood Days festival!
Sierra Tasi Baker
Sierra is from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and is also xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Kwakwaka’wakw, & Tɫingit. Sierra is a trained contemporary dancer with over 12 years of experience in the performing arts. Sierra began performing as a professional fire and circus performance artist in 2013, starting the process of combining circus arts and contemporary dance with traditional Coast Salish values. Sierra is the choreographer for Butterflies in Spirit, an indigenous dance group that raises awareness for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women #MMIW. She also performs contemporary dance solos combining her traditional Pot Lach culture with indigenous futurism. Sierra’s form of “movement storytelling” works to challenge her audiences to question what is traditional and what is contemporary?
|Bright Sunset Dancers
The Bright Sunset Chinese Dance Group is a non-profit society with 37 members. The purpose of the Group is to promote Chinese culture through learning Chinese dances. The group encourage all seniors who love dancing to hone their dancing skills, with the aim of perform on stage. Dancing sharpens the mind and improves physical health.
The group focuses on classical dances, folk and ethnic dances of China.The dance group has performed at various activities in community centres, senior homes, schools and universities. Partnered with other cultural associations, they have also staged their own shows. These performances have won much appreciation and accolades from organizers and audiences alike.
|Windermere Secondary School
Windermere Vocal Ensemble is an extra-curricular choir of students ranging from Grades 9-12. They are passionate about learning and performing together. It's been an amazing journey and we are happy to share our music with you.
|Calpulli Cemanuhuac Aztec Dancers (Culture & Therapeutic Group)
Is a closely woven group of people that are devoted to preserving the traditions and rituals of pre-Hispanic culture. We approach this traditions not only as invaluable cultural heritage, but as a representation of the eternal, and universal, quest for cosmic harmony and for the integration of body-mind-spirit. In their therapeutic aspect, these traditions and rituals, enhance emotional, cognitive and physical well-being. These dances are accompaniment by ancient drum rhythms, high-energy foot work and are highlighted by the chatter of ankle rattles. Our name "Calpulli Cemanahuac" originates from Nahuatl, an indigenous language from Mexico.
Calpulli= group or clan
|Bex and the Bullpen
Come shake your feet to the Bex and the Bullpen oldtime stringband! The magnificent Professor Banjo will be our dance caller, teaching dances that are fun and easy for the whole family.
Bex and the Bullpen play fiddle tunes in the Appalachian "Oldtime" style. They are a Vancouver band known for bringing their lively music to square dances, parties, weddings, and special events all around B.C.
Professor Banjo (Paul Silveria) has been calling monthly square dances for adults at the Wise Hall since 2012, and is well-loved for his engaging banjo entertainment at kids' events and public schools.
Members of the Wooly Bears and Professor Banjo work together to produce the East Van Oldtime Social each year in April.
Has performed at the last several Collingwood Days as well as being a regular singer at the Collingwood BIA Christmas Tree Lighting, community luncheons and at other community centres, shopping malls, weddings in Vancouver, Toronto and California. Fundraisers, Senior’s Talents contests and the Miss BC Pageant.
|Josie De Baat’s Polynesian Dancers
Need to Know
|Still Moon Arts Society inspires vibrant and connected communities by creating artistic experiences and nurturing a passion for nature. They are best known for their annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, which is Saturday Sept 22nd this year. At Collingwood Days, Still Moon Arts is raising the profile of our winged neighbours: Birds! Check out their booth where you can make a Bird Puppet and keep your eyes and ears peeled for the Birds on Parade Owen Brousseau and Crystal Chow!
Stilt-walker Ariel Amara is a multi-faceted performer specializing in extreme tallness, elaborate costuming and engaging characters. She is often found obsessing over circles and playing with burning objects. Her primary goals in life are to delight peoples’ senses and inspire a twinkle in the eye, enticing childlike joy, mischief and more! Based on the North American West Coast, Ariel has been performing for nearly 15 years as a Hooper, Fire Spinner, Clown and Stilt Walker.