Water brings together series of three performances

Cari Burdett will be presenting a Sing for Water concert on April 17.

Cari Burdett  and the Lila Community Choir are holding the first show April 17.

Cari Burdett and the Lila Community Choir are holding the first show April 17.

Cari Burdett will be presenting a Sing for Water concert on April 17.

“This is a great short project to dive deep into the spirit of water, celebrate community and sing for the joy of being together in harmony,” reads a press release.

It’s part of a Cowichan Valley celebration of the essence of life from April 17 to 24.

A series of concerts culminating with Raffi’s April 24 concert to Save Shawnigan Water, will feature a panoply of community to celebrate the water, ecosystems that we all depend on.

Earlier in the year the citizen’s group One Cowichan sent out a survey to supporters asking their top priority for 2016, with 62 per cent of 425 respondents saying that water and water-related issues were their biggest concern. The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, Shawnigan Residents Association and One Cowichan are coming together to host a musical celebration of water aimed at raising awareness of local water issues.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy three different events bringing music, water and the Cowichan Valley community together,” said One Cowichan organizer Rosalie Sawrie.

On Sunday, April 17 the first of three Sing for Water events takes place, presented by the Lila Music Centre and One Cowichan at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre. Doors open at 1 p.m. and information booths from different water groups in Cowichan will highlight the work they do to protect local watersheds and ecosystems.

The concert will begin at 2 p.m., by donation. The Lila Community Choir directed by Cari Burdett will also feature solos from local musicians Genevieve Charbonneau, Paul Ruszel, Taylor McClement and others.

Complete information is available at www.onecowichan.ca and www.joy throughmusic.com.

Then on Thursday, April 21 there will be a concert at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre called Rock the Salish Sea! featuring Holly Arntzen, Kevin Wrightand the Wilds Band, and the Saltwater Singers, comprised of 240 students from Alex Aitken Elementary School. They will be singing out and raising the roof to celebrate the sea.

All proceeds go to the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society and Wild Wings Festival. Watch live concert videos to get a feel for the musical action: www.artistresponseteam.com.

Tickets are $17.50 for adults, and youth under 16 years are free. General public tickets are available at www.cowichan pac.ca or at the theatre.

Alex Aitken family tickets are available at the school.

Then on Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m., there will be a sing along with world-famous children’s entertainer Raffi. He is performing his #belugagrads concert to benefit “Save Shawnigan Water” and the Shawnigan Residents Association at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are available at www.cowichan pac.ca, at 250-748-7529 or at the ticket centre.

To find out more about tickets call Burdett at 250-701-0978 or e-mail her at cari.burdett@shaw.ca.

Cowichan Valley Citizen