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Arts Matter – Langley Fine Arts

Arts Matter because the arts connect and define us. The arts are a way to celebrate life.

The Arts Matter lecture series invites Canadian artists to share  their arts and experiences with Fraser Valley communities. In the second  season, the organizers are honored and excited to welcome musician, Bria Skonberg, Author, David Bouchard, song-writer/story-telling musician Dan Mangan to the Chief Sepass Theatre at the Langley  Fine Arts School.

During the day, Langley Fine Art School students will have  access to the artists during workshop presentations, artist critiques, and/or  class seminars. In the same evening, the featured artist will present their  ideas to the community, all are welcome to attend. Each evening presentation  will open with Langley Fine Art School student performances with the speaker to  follow. There will be a question and answer period to conclude the event.

Tickets are available online or can be purchased at the Langley Fine Arts School Office. For more information, please call 604-888-3113.

The Arts Matter Lecture Series is to bring the arts to the community to celebrate the arts and promote arts education.

 Bria Skonberg November 22, 2013         


“Bria Skonberg is  “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.”  -Wall Street Journal.

Bria SkonbergHailing 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.

Bria focuses on innovating while honoring tradition: She has studied with Warren Vache, experimented with fuzz  pedals and presented a gig fusing jazz and stand-up  comedy. Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and  pursuit of worldwide adventure, she is creating a style all her own rooted in swampy New Orleans grooves, featuring world percussion and soul influenced vocals. Her  debut American release, “SO IS THE DAY”, peaked at #7 on the US National jazz  charts and features an all-star ensemble including John Pizzarelli, Victor  Goines and Wycliffe Gordon. Released  on Random Act Records, 10% of all proceeds go to support the  Jazz Foundation of America.

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.

 David Bouchard January 24, 2014

Author/Métis-Canadian Story Teller/Educator

“An acclaimed author of children’s books, David Bouchard is also a champion of literacy.” -Order of Canada, 2009

LFA - David BouchardArts Matter lecture series and the Langley Fine Arts School community is 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.

An erstwhile teacher and school  principal, he is particularly concerned with Aboriginal-related issues and is a  sought-after speaker for conference keynotes and school presentations and on  topics of reading, literacy and aboriginal well-being.

David Bouchard’s books have won numerous  awards, including a Special Mention for Non-Fiction in the 2010 Bologna Ragazzi  Awards for The Drum Calls Softly, a Gold Medal in the 2008 Moonbeam Award for I  am Raven, the 2004 Governor General’s Award for The Song Within My Heart, the  1999 Red Cedar Award for The Great Race and the 1997 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry  Award for Voices from the Wild. An Aboriginal Carol was included in the 2008  White Ravens Catalogue.

In April 2009, Bouchard was named as a  Member of the Order of Canada “for his contributions as an author of  children’s books and an advocate who has championed the cause of reading and  writing, and who has shared his pride as a member of the Métis community  through his stories.”

Most recently, David has received a  remarkable honour:  In 2013, in Oshawa,  the David Bouchard Public School opened its doors.

David lives in Victoria, British  Columbia, with his wife Vicki and their daughter Victoria.

LFA - Dan ManganDan Mangan – February 20, 2014

Independent Musician/Song Writer/Story-Teller

Arts Matter lecture series and the Langley Fine Arts School community is 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.






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