Open Space (510 Fort) is thinking outside the invisible box with its annual celebration of the human voice by inviting performance poet (and former mime) Ray Hsu (pictured left) to present a reading/performance at the four-day festival (Sun., Feb. 10 at 7:30pm). Although Hsu is staying tight-lipped about what his performance has in store, he says that one of the things he’ll delve into is “What it means for a professional mime to find his voice as a poet.”
The festival also features an overtone-signing and yodelling workshop (Thurs., Feb. 7 at 7pm) and concert (Fri., Feb. 8, 8pm) with Christian Zehnder and a concert with Helen Pridmore (Sat., Feb. 9 at 8pm).
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Gram Parsons Tribute
A group of local musicians are banding together to pay tribute to one of country music’s unsung heros, Gram Parsons. The Grevious Angels features Dylan Stone, Geoff Howe (of Bonehoof) Chris Van Sickle, Cluny Macpherson (of the Moonshiners) Ken Doskoch, Ray Mohr (Turnpike Bandits) Shauna Janz (Vital Hands) with performances by Carolyn Mark, MD Wren, Dan Wise and Tolan McNeil. Fri., Feb. 8 at Logan’s Pub. 9pm. $8. M
Inaugural B.C. Family Day
Get ready to “Raise a Little Hell” at Ship Point Mon., Feb. 11 for B.C.’s inaugural Family Day celebration (11am-7pm).
In what is sure to be a good time (but not a long time), ageless Canadian rock band Trooper will headline (6:05pm) eight hours of non-stop entertainment in the Inner Harbour.
The lineup also includes local favourites Current Swell (4:50pm) and Aidan Knight (4pm), spoken word by Shane Koyczan (3pm), various dance groups (Le La La Dancers, 11am; Ocean Rain Chinese Arts Academy, 1pm; Wontanara Drum and Dance, 1:45pm), Science World (11:40am, 12:40pm, 2:40pm, 3:40pm), and professional clown Stuart Nemtin (noon).
Nemtin and fellow buskers Sharon Mahoney, Alex Elixir and Chris Molineux will be performing around the causeway.
There will be face painting, scavenger hunts and Royal Canadian Navy Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Saskatoon will be offering tours. M