Cowichan Singing for Water Week

Whatever the season whether there’s too much or too little, water is always the topic of conversation in Cowichan. This spring is no exception with three local organizations each hosting three musical events. This April, you’re invited to join in for Singing for Water  week!


The first event is Sunday, April 17, 2016 with the Lila Music Centre and One Cowichan to deliver an exciting community concert event to celebrate the beauty and sanctity of water.  The Lila Community Choir, under the direction of Cari Burdett, will kick off this exciting 'Singing for Water' week with its 60 voice choir, featuring solos from some amazing local musicians including Genevieve Charbonneau, Paul Ruszel, Taylor McClement and others. Interwoven in the music offerings, local water activists and organizations will share their work and ideas for the future of our Cowichan water.  Local artist Nan Goodship donated the use of her water painting for the event and will have her work on display. This event is by donation at the Quw’utsun Cultural & Conference Centre, doors open at 1pm with the concert at 2pm. Visit for more info.

Next up on Thursday, April 21 get ready to Rock The Salish SeaThis concert features Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright with the Wilds Band, and the Saltwater Singers—240 students from Alex Aitken School, singing out and raising the roof to celebrate the sea among us! All proceeds go to the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society and Wild Wings Festival. Watch live concert videos to get a feel for the musical action:   $17.50 adult. Under 16 free.  General public tickets at or the theatre. Alex Aitken family tickets available at the school.

Wrapping up the week on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 1pm, you’ll want to sing along with world-famous children entertainer Raffi! He is performing his #belugagrads concert to benefit “Save Shawnigan Water” and the Shawnigan Residents Association at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre in Duncan. Tickets are available at, at 250-748-7529 or at the ticket centre. 

Click here to download a copy of the poster.


This article was originally written & posted in the April 2016 issue of the Valley Voice