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WonderFest 2014: Spreading Empowerment Through Art!

Here it is! The official call for artists and empowerers! Let’s continue our contributions to a positive and creative world!

WonderFest 2014 happens Sunday April 6 at Revival in Toronto Canada! Hope to see you there!

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It’s a Wonderful world!

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Upcoming Wonderment!

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The second instalment of this two-workshop series is coming up!  It is open to new and returning participants!

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WonderKids: Songwriting Workshop!

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Presented by Let’s Make Good Productions
and One Parent Families Association

When: Sunday July 14, 2013 and Sunday August 11, 2013  2pm-4pm

Who: Suggested ages: 6-13

Where: The Central, 603 Markham Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada

How: $10 per child per session or $15 per child for both sessions

$7 brunch special offered by The Central for parents to enjoy

What: Parents of workshop participants expected to stay onsite and merrily eat while the children participate in the songwriting workshop. When the workshop is done, children and parents will enjoy a performance presentation of what the children created during the workshop.

Event Outline:

-Intro/welcome for participants and parents; performances by workshop leaders.

-Kids break off for workshop; parents remain in dining area for brunch/relaxation.

-Workshop involves: Improv session to warm up to play and experimentation; intro to songwriting- demonstration of song structure and lyric play; kids break off into groups to work on a song for presentation.

-Kids and parents reconvene in main stage dining room area for final presentation of songs the groups came up with.

– If time allows, there will be an open mic for further performances by participants should they wish to continue being stars.

-Extro/goodbyes

 

Workshop leaders are singer/songwriter/performers:

ArlenePaculan.com
KatLeonard.com
BryanPickell (brytunes.net)
MattGerberMusic.com

Limited spaces. For reservations and more info:

letsmakegoodmail@gmail.com

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Resistance is Fertile

(SAC Songwriting challenge-Week 5)

Resistance is fertile and insidious and endemic. During this week’s songwriting assignment, I found myself quivering with defiance.  Every moment was a battle of the nitwits (myself, me and I). Even my shoulder devil and shoulder angel were harmonizing, “I don’t wanna do it!” I managed to cough up an assignment submission, but resistance has now crept into my will to finish this blog entry.

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To Stress or Not to Stress…

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Oh man, during this week’s Pat Pattison songwriting lesson, I got lost by “industrial strength magnets” when a squirrel hopped upon my windowsill… or rather I was drawn vegetatively to the windowsill in hopes of luring a squirrel to hop on by and entertain me. This week’s lesson felt like someone forced me to go camping against my will. And camping is ALWAYS against my will. Ugh. Perhaps I’m over-exhausted from Canadian Music Week shenanigans.

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To stress or not to stress… within music, means to analyze the syllables and whether they’re nouns or articles or verbs or squirrels. I tried sooooo hard to pay attention. Okay, to be honest, I can’t precisely qualify how deep my effort to pay attention was, for I kept winding up unconscious. I felt a tangible resistance to attention paying. It felt like the times I’d feigned attention while being scolded for something I planned to do again anyway. The stress was definitely ON.

I didn’t like it.  So I shifted my attention to something else important to me: my next live show, for which I plan to perform new songs that are in various stages of incompletion.  The most amazing thing happened! I was working with lyrics and– guess what! I found myself employing the tactics of syllable stress in my writing– and– I altered the chorus of one of the songs so that the chorus’s title was more defined! I couldn’t believe it! It worked! Pat Pattison’s songwriting tools had hoed their way into my songwriting process and it wasn’t painful or numbing! Weehaaaaahoooooooey! I believe there’s hope for me yet! I CAN use tools outside of myself! Needless to blog, I am thrilled with the prospect, and recharged with vigor! I feel like I’ve benefited from a long-needed nap! Yowza! Yowza!

And on the songwriting note– ha! Get it?! If you’d like to be among the first to hear these new songs, you should come out to Smiling Buddha Bar next week! There’s even some open mic slots, so you could play a song new or old as well! I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be a smack-on good time! Come if you can!

The Four Winds Collective smiles at Buddha Thursday April 4th 9pm!

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WonderFest: The Workshops!

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Announcing details on our wonderful workshops! 

Workshop: Monday March 4,2013

Business Planning for Artists with Heather Hill

7:00pm at The Central, 603 Markham Street *FREE

A dream without a plan is just a wish.

It is easy to dream about your career as an artist, but without written goals, priorities and plans, your dream is just a wish. Heather Hill, an independent musician and a high tech product marketer, will guide you through the business planning process for your art. She will detail the areas you need to consider to be focused and successful: your company/artist story, your market, your goals, your strategy to achieve those goals, your customer/audience, your competition, your marketing tools you will need (the 5 Ps of marketing: Product, Promotion, Place, Price, People) and your financial plan. In this interactive workshop, Heather will help you to further define your plans and goals, and you will leave with a framework to help you continue this process.

Heather Hill – MBA, MA, ARCT

Late one night on a business trip in England, an unmistakable voice told Heather she needed to quit her executive career and return to her music. Heather left a successful high-tech marketing job, sold everything, went backpacking, and the songs poured out. She fell in love, had babies, wrote songs, made two albums, created a songwriting guild, and now she wants to bring change and spread hope and love to anyone who will listen. Rooted in piano rock, Heather Hill is currently working on her third release. She launched her second album Leuty Station in May 2012, which features a collection of songs about women’s issues and the courage to face life challenges head on. She quickly followed the success of the launch with a Canadian tour, TV and radio play. Her first album “Listen” was released in NYC in 2005. Her voice is often compared to Kate Bush, her piano style to and Tori Amos and her songwriting to a young Leonard Cohen. She is working with Jan Cooper Publishing in Vancouver.

www.heatherhill.ca

Workshop: Tuesday March 5,2013

With various local musicians and YOU!

7:00pm at The Central, 603 Markham Street *FREE

The greatest expression and art is motivated by curiosity, creativity and play.  It is invaluable for an artist to be able to be spontaneous and creative with themselves and with others.  Playing within your art is a magnificent way to be free and let the muse whisk you away; to play without a plan and let spontaneity open the omnipotent channel from the gods; to let a chance surprise become a gift of genius. Have you ever felt the spark and chemistry of creating something with another human being?  Have you ever co-written a song?  Join us for a night of collaboration exercises and open mic performances.  You never know what magic will transpire and inspire!

 

Workshop: Wednesday March 6,2013

How Art Saved My Life with Lisa Anita Wegner

7:00pm at The Central, 603 Markham Street *FREE

After a trauma, art saved my life. Now I am allowing it to create my life.

Lisa Anita Wegner is an actress and film producer who in 2008 suffered a trauma-related brain injury. The Women’s College Hospital Trauma Therapy Program encouraged her to use visual art for her healing. At that point she began generating creative content, something Lisa had never done in her previous work life. Her first solo video, “So Who Am I Anyway?”, was bought by the Phoenix Art Museum for their video collection and was included in their Selection 2011 screening. Lisa was invited down to Phoenix to speak about her experience and show examples of how the injury has affected her work.

Screening a sample of film clips, personal therapy videos and pixel paintings, Lisa will tell her story for the first time in her hometown of Toronto at WonderFest. By getting to know her authentic self through art therapy, Lisa pierced the mundane to find the marvelous; she unearthed a creative life more fulfilling, rich and wild than she ever expected.

www.LisaIsMightyBrave.com

Workshop: Thursday March 7,2013

Turning Wounds Into Wisdom with Nova Browning Rutherford

7:00pm at The Central, 603 Markham Street *FREE

It is a vital process to develop and maintain positive self-esteem.

• Learn to use your past pain to propel your future progress.

• Learn to gain acceptance for what you are and let go of what you are not.

• Gain the skills to recognize and release toxic relationships at work, home or school.

• Take control and discover how challenges can be used as an opportunity to grow.

• Discover the secret to optimism no matter what life throws your way.

• Develop accountability skills – for past successes and for your role in the ‘drama’.

• Learn to use your voice and apply the 3 keys to a successful confrontation.

• See new results by taking action and create a Mastermind list.

Nova B. Rutherford has been helping young women and men develop a thorough understanding of ones own personal values – emotionally and spiritually – by using methods that are crucial to staying mentally connected to those values, which in turn help to create rewarding personal and professional relationships. Nova’s ten years of expertise in the entertainment, music, and marketing industries provides nuance to her programming which help to empower a new generation with these tools for life.  Since 2009, Nova has provided her dynamic programming to such organizations in the U.S and Canada such as the United Nations Association, YWCA, NAACP, Youth Mentoring Connection, Voices Of Tomorrow The Remix Project, BlogTalkRadio, the AIDS Project Los

Angeles, Ontario District School Board, StoryCorps, ACT-SO and The Forgiveness Project.  Nova has served as the keynote speaker at the “Women Empowering Women Symposium,” and as a featured panelist for the “United Nations Associations 100th Anniversary of Women’s Day” in Los Angeles, California.

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And don’t miss…

WonderFest: The Concerts!

Thursday March 7,2013

Show: Super Men in Concert

Doors 9:30pm Show 10:00

The Central, 603 Markham Street

$10 at the door- receive $5 off Wonder Women in Concert

 

Friday March 8, 2013-International Women’s Day

Show: Wonder Women VI in Concert

Doors 7:00pm Show 8:00pm

The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

$10 at the door

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