Soundwaves on the Edge 2004 — Tofino & Ucluelet
by Greg Blanchette
Summertime… For West Coast visitors, it conjures up lazy days on the
beach, good food, and treasures discovered in local shops. For many locals,
it brings up images of long workdays, working hard to build up the kitty to
carry them through the winter. For all, though, it’s a time to grab at
snatches of leisure, beach time and sunshine. To get out to a few local events
and concerts to enjoy some good music and spend a few unpressured hours in
the company of one’s friends or family. That, theoretically, is what
life is all about!
After an absence of one year, The Pacific Rim Arts Society (PRAS) is
back hosting the 17th annual summer music festival. Soundwaves on the
Edge, running August 17 to 22nd, will offer five concerts of fine music,
performed by some of Canada’s finest musicians, in one of Canada’s
most spectacular natural settings. Visitors and locals will get a chance
to take in a concert in many of our unique west coast spaces…the
famous Eagle Aerie Gallery, a longhouse structure housing the work of
Roy Henry Vickers, the charming Clayoqout Sound Theatre, and the woodsy
setting of Greenpoint Theatre in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Building on many years of success as a highly regarded chamber and
world music event, this year’s Soundwaves festival has broadened
its programming to appeal to a wide range of ages and musical tastes.
Jazz, percussion, fusion, as well as exciting artists from Canada’s
chamber music scene will be in our own backyard this August.
Featured in many cbc broadcasts and playing to sold out audiences across
the country The Borealis String Quartet will open the festival on Tuesday,
August 17. For the jazz enthusiast, an evening with the Mike Herriott
Quartet on Thursday, August 19 will feature this accomplished multi-instrumentalist,
who has shared the stage with some of the world’s finest musicians,
including Maynard Ferguson, and the Boss Brass. Friday, August 20 take
the family to Greenpoint Theatre for the inspiring rhythms of Joseph “Pepe” Danza
and his percussion troupe, the Rhythm Fools. Celso Machado, master of
ritmos brasilieros, performs in the USS Band Room in Ucluelet, on Saturday,
August 21 with his subtle mixture of musical inspiration, irresistible
rhythm and inspired lunacy. Earlier in the day, the Tofino Village Green
will be the location for a free instrument making workshop followed by
a participatory drum circle led by musicians of the festival. Bring the
family and join in. The festival winds down on Sunday, August 22nd with
a performance in the Eagle Aerie Gallery by the Ad Mare Wind Quintet,
a young, upcoming Vancouver based ensemble who will draw from their global
repertoire of musical styles. So mark the festival dates in your calendar,
and plan to take a break from your workaday or holiday to get out to
enjoy a week of fine musical happenings.
Greg Blanchette is a writer, arts enthusiast and President of the Pacific
Rim Arts society.