Come join the fun as we learn how to enjoy filming on our smartphones. Led by vidoeographers Erick Thompson and Brandyn Steele, everyone will learn how to film and edit on their phone and at home.

(2 days, continues Sunday August 25, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm)

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BC poet Nancy Holmes leads this workshop for all writers, exploring the questions, “How do we write about nature at a time when species are disappearing and our environment is in such trouble?" and "How do we create art that inspires hope or activism?” The workshop will include a short outdoor excursion.

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A reading with Canadian novelist, essayist, editor, professor and cultural commentator.
In her work, Aritha tells more than just Alberta stories; she also gives voice to women’s stories and perspectives. Both a nationally and internationally awarded author, in 2018 she received the Order of Canada, in 2017 she was celebrated as one of Canada’s 150 women, “She Who Dares”. A mainstay of Calgary, Alberta and Canada’s literary scene, she has written seminal works of fiction, non-fiction and criticism, garnering national recognition, all the while honouring the stories of her native soil. Join us as Aritha shares some of her audacious work here in Summerland.

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Playwright and actor Ahmad Meree (Adrenaline, Ryga Festival 2017), explores how to create theatre ‘on your feet’, discovering ways to create dialogue while being away from the keyboard and computer screen.

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CELEBRATION!  Words, music and more, inspired by George Ryga.

Celebrating the range of George Ryga’s writing, performed by many of the professional artists at the 2019 Ryga Arts Festival. Including excerpts from One More for the Road, Just a Ploughboy, a new documentary film about Ryga’s early life; songs from George Ryga’s ground breaking plays, and more. Performers include: Wanda Cannon* (CBC’s Heartland), david sereda (singersongwriter), Ahmad Meree (Adrenaline, Ryga Arts Festival 2017), Dick Clements (Summerland Legend), Roark Critchlow, Sergei Ryga (TBC) and other special guests*. (Availability may change).

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Sing in the Storm – a Song Circle with david sereda

Join us for this dynamic workshop as david leads us through uplifting traditional and new songs (written by sereda), ‘by ear’, using call and response, no music reading required. This is music to open your ears, voices and hearts.
Participants will also have the opportunity of joining david in a "pop-up choir" and perform in our Acoustic Blend concert on August 30th!

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An informal gathering celebrating folk, roots and toe-tapping good times- bring an instrument and play or sing along. Wetting your whistle, optional. Guest hosts announced soon. Come join in this Ryga Arts Festival tradition!

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Showcasing BC Authors and Summerland Jazz

This engaging mixed program will include Sophia Jackson and two more BC authors, plus fun jazz standards by Alan Crossley, Yanti and company.

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Wednesday in the Park: PRIMARY COLOURS

Sergei Ryga, Shae Ryga and Dan Marcelino share their acoustic approach to a wide spectrum of music, from Bruce Cockburn to Sting and much more. Joined by guest artist and Summerland favourite Tiana Ferlizza

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Spoken Word:  Sold out last year, Outspoken! offers a delectable feast of slam poetry, storytelling and more from Okanagan artists, in a relaxed (and lubricated) atmosphere. Hosted by Summerland’s own Erick Thompson. Get your tickets early!

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PLAYS IN PROGRESS I: Biography of a Voice

Mia Harris’ one person play. Enjoy a reading of Mia Harris’ play-in-progress: the character journeys inward in search of resonance and vocal wisdom; a vocal journey that is mirrored by the human search for self acceptance. 

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ACOUSTIC BLEND: unplugged Folk and Jazz-

An evening of music with Ed Henderson, david sereda and our Summerland ‘pop up’ choir.

Ed Henderson: An ‘unplugged’ evening with Juno award-winning BC musician Ed Henderson performing solo guitar music from his dynamic and wide-ranging career, including iconic Canadian band Chilliwack, to the Olympic opening ceremonies and almost everything in between.
"...A dazzling display of low-key acoustic virtuosity.” …“marvelously lyrical” Georgia Straight

david sereda with Summerland Community Pop-up Choir- The second half of the evening will feature our Summerland community pop-up choir with david sereda, Canadian musician, singer, actor, playwright and activist, performing folk songs and more, plus an array of David’s own songs and poetry- and there may even be surprise guests.

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Showcasing local creativity
Join us for a screening of the short films created in last weekend's Smartphone film workshop!

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A public conversation about the role of the artist

Invited guests will include the visiting artists,Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, Bill Henderson, Ed Henderson, our two resident artists for 2019, Ahmad Meree and david sereda, and more to be confirmed.

Join us as we explore George Ryga’s view on agitation or entertainment and we voice our own current debates/views/thoughts on this conversation.

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Home-grown plays and Summerland stories

Inspired by our Wine, Nature and Hiking/Biking trails, our downtown Summerland theatre trail lets you enjoy our eclectic ‘micro’ theatre performances in surprising downtown venues including The Bead Trail shop and Summerland library. Five “tours” available, with only 16 people per group. Storytelling guides will escort you between venues and there may even be free baked goods. Sold out last year, get your tickets now!

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Experience iconic Haida artist, performer and activist Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, joined by Bill Henderson (from Canadian band Chilliwack), Claire Lawrence (early Chilliwack), Jodi Proznick (Juno nominee, bass), and talented vocalists Saffron Henderson and Camille Henderson.

Virtuoso artists and activists coming together with the spirit of improvisation that lives in both the Haida culture and jazz improvisation. We’ll hear songs in Haida and maybe hear songs from Grass and Wild Strawberries, the album Bill Henderson co-created with George Ryga.

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Ahmad Meree, david sereda and Heather Davies share their creative process

Ahmad Meree: Ahmad is returning to Summerland. Inspired by meeting our recent Syrian-Canadian community in the Okanagan in 2017, when he performed Adrenaline here in Summerland, this year he’ll be interviewing people about their experience of refugee camps and camping, as well as working with Artistic Director Heather Davies to begin developing a play around these conversations. Join us as Ahmad shares some of his creative process with us. 

david sereda & Heather Davies share the creative process they’re exploring to highlight stories and songs from the agricultural community. Davies’ trilogy “Silverfish” explores cultural intersection and unexpected meetings in unexpected places

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