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September 26, 2023

EXTENDED: Call for Indigenous Artist- Mount Pleasant Community Centre

Arts & Health, in partnership with Mount Pleasant Community Centre, seeks an Indigenous artist interested in facilitating community-engaged arts practices with seniors and Indigenous Elders. For full details or to apply, download the application: Arts & Health Call for Indigenous Artist Fall 2023 Mount Pleasant

Applications deadline has been extended to October 1st, 2023. Please reach out with any questions.

August 14, 2023

Tsleil-Waututh Nation Elders Puppetry Project


In early 2020, members of the Tsleil-Waututh Elders Arts group and local artists embarked on a collaborative process to explore weaving, puppetry and movement, with the intention of creating a live performance to be showcased at the Roundhouse in June 2020.

“We created paper puppets and made them dance and fly; we wove puppet-sized paper regalia; we built a cardboard canoe and painted a cardboard background of deep forest green trees and a foreground of blue ocean waves, and we cut out a whole school of sparkling fish. But then the pandemic hit and everything came to a screeching halt. Lives were changed and sadly lives were lost. Three years later, in an effort to honour the journey that was started, we gathered again to try and weave all the pieces back together, while acknowledging the losses and adding new threads and new voices. This short video honours all those who paddled together on this beautiful and challenging journey, and everyone who touched the project, and each other, along the way.”

Created by:

Participants: Rosie Dapp, Terry Francis, Desiree George, Margaret George, Norman George, Barb O’Neil, Doreen Parnell, Debbie Sisson, Dennis Sisson, Sandra Sisson, Uncle Spin, Alice Thomas, Connie Thomas, Lorelei Thomas, Luke Thomas, Gail Thomas Powers, Donald Williams, Phillip Williams

Artists: Marcie Baker and Sharon Bayly with Robbie George and lisa g nielsen. Thank you to Michelle Olson.

Elders Activity Coordinator: Calvin Hunt

Arts & Health Coordinator: Caroline Liffmann

July 7, 2023

The Bright Side of Rain by Sound & Song


The latest creation by Roundhouse Sound & Song!

Sound & Song is a weekly online collaborative songwriting workshop that introduces deep listening practices as a means to generate lyrics. Participants meet online to practice singing, write lyrics, and discuss music and song creation. On their own, participants engage in soundwalking and practice experiencing their surroundings through their senses, focusing on sound in particular. During these moments of awareness, they take pictures, videos, and sound recordings to share with the group. These captures then become further inspiration for the collaborative writing process, and in turn are used as visuals in a music video for the finished song.

Created by:

Participants: Russ Atkinson, Seetha Gopalakrishnan, Paramjit Kalkat, Chips Reid, Pat Rose, Shoko Seyedin, Kuniko Shimizu, Shirley Sung, Anne Yue

Artist: Leah Abramson

Language Support: Anne Yue

Site Staff: Kaleb Corbin

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