What is the Canadian Identity – Heartbeat

January 17, 2018

For me, it is the exploration of different cultures, food, and music. It is finding the similarities and glorfying the differences in the many cultures that span across this land...

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For me, it is the exploration of different cultures, food, and music. It is finding the similarities and glorfying the differences in the many cultures that span across this land that we call Canada. HEARTBEAT

Gavia Lertzman-Lepofsky and Jessica Heaven
Gavia Lertzman-Lepofsky and Jessica Heaven

Now imagine an event that explores all that. Gavia Lertzman-Lepofsky and Jessica Heaven are planning just that. They are organizing and performing in a free intercultural concert called HEARTBEAT that features musicians from the Jewish, Sikh, Christian, Muslim, Indigeousm and African-Canadian communities. This concert is aimed to create community around accessible and inclusive music. What a great idea!!! 

The goal of HEARTBEAT is to celebrate our differences and our humanity, and discarding the notion of “us” and “them”. Through a night of collaborative music and poetry, the project aims to create friendships and spark dialogue across communities in Vancouver.

Especially loved this when they told me ….
“Perhaps more importantly however, as  musicians who have been raised in their own unique setting in place and time, the music will be a coming together of everyone’s cultural and musical backgrounds. This is really where the beauty of the night comes in—the wonderful music that can be created when people of different backgrounds come together.”

Who to expect at this wonderful concert ….There are 10 artists such as Amarjeet Singh, Rika Siewert, Sari Alesh,and Jake McIntyre-Paul,

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Ruel Morales

o’course the organizers Jessica Heaven, and Gavia Lertzman-Lepofsky. I was especially excited to see Ruel Morales and Missy D on the program. Ruel and I have known each other for many years. Ruel is a super talented guitarist who played on my track “Never on Sunday” and just an all around awesome guy. As well, I was part of Missy D’s album release team so am always happy to see her performing around town. Such a great line up!

Live Music is so important and love when artists create their own opportunities to share their music. In the past year in the lower mainland, we have sadly seen a few live venues close so it is wonderful that these artists are taking the initiative create a concert. Remember — a recording is a memory of a moment in time but in a live performance is you —  you are creating that moment in time – a moment that you could never experience any other way.  Not to be all philosophical but remember that saying: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it still make a sound?” I would say the same for a concert — if no one is there — there is no concert! You, the audience, is the concert.

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Missy D

What I really admired about this project is that although it is a free event, the organizers are encourage people who have the means to donate. I love the idea that they are creating a sense of community – sharing our resources. It also means that those who can’t afford to attend live music concerts – can still attend! Gavia also told me that one of their prime goal of the concert is to be able to pay their musicians a living wage. For those who follow me on social media, you will know how strongly I feel about this subject. This is such important cause not to only make sure that it happens but also to educate the public of the misconception that working musicians don’t need to get paid.

I am looking forward to this concert 🙂 

So when is this concert? Add it to your calendar!

Tuesday February 13th @ 7 pm

St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church

100- 1022 Nelson St. Vancouver BC


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