Almost 200 performers will be on hand for ethereal Canada Day shows in St. John’s.
It’s a walk in the woods, but in terms of artistic heft, it’s no stroll.
After nine months of planning and three weeks of on-site preparation, organizers of the otherworldly performance-slash-installation …float… are putting the final touches on one of the province’s largest — and perhaps strangest — Canada Day events.
They’ve timed it for this weekend’s Podium on the Edge festival, when choristers from across Canada descend on St. John’s.
Five of those groups, including the Oakville Choir for Children & Youth, and the Ullugiagâtsuk Choir from Labrador, will be scattered along a 1.2-kilometre forest trail, their voices ringing out between the trees and fields of Mt. Scio farm.
Director Jillian Keiley said she wanted to find something linking the visiting choirs, and put on “a show that could only happen here.”
“The piece doesn’t include a lot of politics,” Keiley said. “It really is a meditative piece. There’s nothing that says, you know, ‘protect water’ or ‘think about water this way.’ It just says, ‘think about water.'”
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