Arts Matter 2013
Hailing from Chilliwack, BC, and now living in New York City, award winning trumpeter/vocalist/ composer Bria Skonberg is "poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation."- Wall Street Journal. She has earned a 2013 Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year” and is included in DOWNBEAT Magazine’s Rising Star Critics‘ Poll for 2013.
Her first professional gig was as a big band singer at age sixteen doubling on trumpet and she has since performed as a bandleader and guest artist all over North America, Europe, China, Japan. Since arriving in New York three years ago she has appeared in concert halls and clubs such as Symphony Space, Birdland, and The Iridium among the likes of Nicholas Payton, Anat Cohen, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Scott Robinson. She has been featured on Wycliffe Gordon’s projects, recording on the Louis Armstrong tribute “Hello Pops”, performing a Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie at Dizzy’s Jazz Club in New York and as a member of his big band.
She currently tours the world, headlining major clubs and festivals as well as programming music education workshops for all ages. She is an active volunteer at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens.
Arts Matter 2014
Author/Métis-Canadian Story Teller/Educator
Arts Matter lecture series and the Langley Fine Arts School community was honoured to welcome David Bouchard on January 24th, 2014 to the Langley Fine Arts School and the Chief Sepass Theatre.
Champion for Literacy/Advocate for Children
"An acclaimed author of children's books, David Bouchard is also a champion of literacy. This former teacher and school principal has written more than 50 books in English and in French. Many of them combine poetry, prose and visual arts, and explore topics such as the environment, history and the traditions and cultures of Canada's Aboriginal communities.
Also a storyteller and sought after public speaker, he has traveled across the country to promote the importance and joy of reading and writing. In his presentations to children, parents and teachers, he addresses his own struggles with dyslexia. Proud of his Métis heritage, he is a former president of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria and continues to serve as a community leader." ~ taken from the investiture ceremony of the Order of Canada, 2009.
Canadian Métis author and literacy advocate David Bouchard has produced more than fifty books for readers of all ages, including two guides on reading for parents and educators.
Arts Matter 2014
Arts Matter lecture series and the Langley Fine Arts School community were honoured and excited to welcome Dan Mangan on February 22nd, 2014 to the Chief Sepass Theatre at Langley Fine Arts School.
In a few short years, Dan Mangan has gone from globetrotting folk crooner to one of independent music's most promising storytellers. In September 2011, on the back of critically acclaimed sophomore album Nice, Nice, Very Nice (2009), Dan released his award winning third offering, Oh Fortune. On it, rich, textured folk explored the genre’s boundaries, demonstrating Dan's impressive growth in writing and arranging and earning him Juno Awards for New Artist of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year. Flanked with a stellar supporting cast, the album was bigger and more challenging, though still infused with the signature wit and wisdom that have made Dan such a fan favourite wherever he goes.