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Walking Within the Bounds of Nature

Saturday, June 24 & Sunday, June 25, 2-4 pm (free drop-in)
Irving Park, James Bay, 250 Menzies St.

Join sopranos Caleigh Aalders and Jennifer Turner and poet Eli Mushumanski for a free, drop-in, interactive music and poetry event. Participants will be invited to walk the Irving Park Labyrinth as a contemplative exercise while encountering song and spoken poetry in order to work through experiences of personal and collective ecological grief. The acoustic environment will involve a selection of traditional folk songs and art songs with cello, harp, and two voices, as well as poems written and read by Victoria’s 2022 youth poet laureate, Eli Mushumanski.

This project uses art to respond to the complex impacts of climate change on our natural world and societies. With many community members already conscious of the challenges we face in a climate-changed world, this event creates a contemplative space for participants to visualize a climate-changed future. Such visualization involves reflecting on transformation in our personal and societal relationships with nature, while also working through feelings that arise from the rapid changing of our natural world.

Irvine Park is located at 250 Menzies Street at the corner of Michigan Street in James Bay.