Local Musicians and Dancers support Benefit Event for Syrian Refugees.

26 10 2016

ON THE ROAD FROM DAMASCUS.
SPECIAL BENEFIT DINNER AND SHOW – RAISING FUNDS TO SUPPORT SYRIAN REFUGEE FAMILY

– RAISING FUNDS TO SUPPORT SYRIAN REFUGEE FAMILY

Victoria, BC, Canada.

Victoria’s local musicians and entertainers have opened their hearts and pocket books, to offer their services to support and perform at a very special Benefit event on 26 November 2016.

Well known Brentwood Bay resident, Liza Glynn who has advanced MS, has been working hard to raise funds to sponsor her Christian, Syrian family to move to Canada.

Time is running out to meet the deadline to apply and raise funds so now a group of her friends, members of the St Mary’s Church and friends around the Peninsula and Victoria have gathered to host this special event to boost her fundraising efforts.

saffron-imageWell known World Music group, Saffron an entertaining mix of world influences, folk and jazz, will open the show with their wide-ranging explorations of three talented multi-instrumentalists – Ken Hall, Niel Golden, and Enrique Rivas. Using songs drawn from a deep repertoire of original and traditional pieces, these consummate tour guides will take you on a one-of-a-kind journey through the evocative sounds of India, the Arabian peninsula and Africa (with a touch of blues thrown in for good measure.) Saffron has also produced a critically acclaimed CD titled Road. If you are a fan of exotic instruments and mood-inducing musical textures, sit back, relax and enjoy the trip. Join Saffron for an unforgettable celebration of improvisation, featuring a musical conversation you won’t soon forget!

If the music of Saffron is not enough to entice you, live belly dancing will occur during the Saffron performance, presented by the awesome Asmira and her dance group. Asmira is a world class dancer, master teacher, and award winning choreographer who has taught and performed Arabic Dance in Canada, the U.S.A., Egypt, the Canary Islands, The Bahamas, Morocco, and Turkey since 1979.

sari-aleshFollowing these two electric performances will be Sari Alesh, a recent refugee from Damascus. Sari formerly trained and played violin with the National Damascus Symphony. He arrived in Canada six months ago, and is doing his part, to give back and help others, in the same way as others helped him.  He will also share his story from Damascus to Canada.

ximena-londonoWith all that sitting, the crowd may want to move beyond toe tapping, so the evening will be rounded off with a dynamic Zumba routine lead by Ximena Londono. It will be fabulous fun and we hope many will rush to buy tickets $50 and u18 $20.

Ahead of all this great live entertainment will be a delicious 3 course Middle Eastern Themed dinner prepared by local restaurant owners, Mo and Toni at Cafe Zanzibar, Brentwood Bay. Plenty of other folks will be volunteering to support and ensure the night will be filled with good food, music, fun and prizes.

It truly promises to be a fantastic evening at the Friendship Community Church, Saanichton. Tickets may be purchased from the following locations or tel 250 652 4123

Buy tickets at: Brentwood Bay Village Empourim, Cafe Zanzibar, Friendship Community Church.

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Creative ways to teach teens!

6 10 2016
ca-roule-poster2Kids learn best when they are having fun. No surprise or secret here.  One innovative approach in Victoria, BC, Canada was a project to encourage more kids to listen to  French.  On the West Coast of Canada the chance of hearing French is pretty slim or rare.  However, being the second official language in Canada, it’s important to encourage young students to study and speak French as well as English.
A group of Grade 7 students were challenged to develop their own teen radio show – in French!  The goal was to encourage more kids in Victoria, BC, Canada to listen and speak French.  This was an exciting project that commenced with brainstorming sessions with the Radio station Director and producers to come up with the name, format and content.
Once the name, Ca Roule!, was agreed upon, the students selected topics that were of strong interest to them.  It would mean they would be able to speak passionately about the subjects.  They choose Video Games (what teen doesn’t like playing those!), Sport, Music, Cooking and Books.  In addition, to writing their scripts, seeking out people to interview they also were able to select French music to be played live on air.  They had great fun seeking our both Canadian French and French artists online to share.
They found an older student who served as their MC to glue each section together.  Best of all, they found you could buy online, soundbites that added an extra bling to the overall production of the show.  Finally, one of the students’ fathers, was able to compose a signature tune for their unique production.  Indeed, he helped the students with the major editing and production of the final program.  A job that would be challenging for most!  The show was a success with many local schools in Victoria tuning in to listen, or downloading the show for sharing later with their students.  Local press also enjoyed learning about this ambitious project – see here.
All their hard word paid off, as they were invited to make four pilot shows that were aired live during the summer months.  The show now exists online for anyone to download to listen.
The project is now being extended to High School students to continue the format.
This idea can be expanded for any topic. Consider getting your students to be “junior reporters” and write their dream interview. You could always video and host on a private “YouYube” post!
Please share your creative ideas on getting kids to read and write more!
Listen & discover #CaRoule podcasts, anytime via (Link to be added).




ON THE ROAD FROM DAMASCUS – Reuniting well known Brentwood Bay resident with her Syrian Refugee Family

6 10 2016

saffron-imageAs Canadians look forward to being reunited or joining their families for Thanks-giving this weekend, one Brentwood Bay homeowner is sadly unable to make such plans. Liza Glynn’s cousins were one of the thousands of families whose lives have been disrupted by the civil war taking place in Syria. Their home in Damascus was totally destroyed by terrorists and life in Syria became dangerous with bombings, food shortages and challenging living conditions. They have now fled to Lebanon in the hope that as refugees they can find a better life.

Liza and ChilliLiza Glynn, who has MS, has not allowed her disability to stall her passion to lobby, fundraise and work to get her cousins approved as refugees and able to move to Canada. Sadly time is running out as her application is only being processed now but she remains hopeful that she can celebrate Thanks-giving with her family in 2017.

Meanwhile, her friends are rallying around to help Liza raise the “much needed” funds that are required by private refugee sponsors.
An exciting, Benefit Dinner and Show has been scheduled for 26 November 2016 at the Friendship Community Church in Saanichton.

hagop-ani-and-their-childrenAll profits will go to aid the sponsorship of Liza’s Christian refugee family (Mother, Father, two young children aged 6 and 7 and a disabled cousin).

“We are so lucky to have such a fabulous welcoming community with an amazing capacity to reach out and help within Victoria.” Commented event planner, Sandra Arthur.

The owner of Zanzibar Café and Restaurant, Brentwood Bay will be cooking a Middle Eastern themed dinner (at cost) so that the fundraisers can maximize profits.

Following dinner, guests will be entertained with a Middle Eastern twist:- World Music group, Saffron will take you on a one-of-a-kind journey through the evocative sounds of India, the Arabian peninsula and Africa. Local dancer, Asmira will delight the audience with her exotic Belly Dancing skills and Ximena will give all the chance to try out their dancing skills by joining her in Zumba at the end of the evening.

benefit-dinner-posterjpgA recently arrived refugee from Syria, Sari Alesh who played for the National Damascus Symphony will share his wonderful talent and play a number of music pieces on his violin. He will also share his story on his journey from Damascus, to refugee and finally to Canada.
I hope readers will want to join and attend this dinner or send donations if they are unable to attend.

For ticket information visit the Peninsula Refugee Fund Team page at Facebook for more information.
https://www.facebook.com/BrentwoodBayCommunity/

Make it a date that counts!