FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA YOUTH TRAVEL TO IQALUIT TO TEACH MUSIC TO SCHOOL CHILDREN
OTTAWA, April 6, 2015 – South meets North through education and song as 35 members of the Ottawa Children’s Choir (OCC) travel to Iqaluit, Nunavut, to share music and community with local youth.
During a one-week stay in May, OCC choristers and the Inuksuk Drum Dancers – an Iqaluit-based youth choir – will lead workshops in local schools, and participate in community activities. Storytelling, an outdoor feast, tours of the Legislature and of the Elder Centre, and other cultural activities are on the agenda.
A new Canadian choral piece, reflecting the local cultures of both communities, is being composed for this project and will be premiered by the OCC and IDD in Iqaluit on May 8.
In late June, the Inuksuk Drum Dancers will visit Ottawa, experiencing daily life in the city, taking part in teambuilding and leadership activities, and performing during the national Unisong festival on Canada Day.
This unique exchange gives exceptional youth from Iqaluit and Ottawa a rare chance to connect with one another through a mutual love of music. They will learn about each others’ communities, develop lasting leadership and musical education skills, and experience first hand both the unity and diversity of our country.
Labels: Inuksuk Drum Dancers, Ottawa Children’s Choir