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A crowd favourite in the lobby bar at our hotel.
International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield led a high-tech concert Monday, joining thousands of young voices from around the world — with his own voice from space.
Students, musicians and other participants across Canada and as far away as Singapore and Australia sang along with Hadfield, belting outISS — Is Somebody Singing?, the song Hadfield co-wrote with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, to celebrate the ninth edition Music Monday, an annual celebration put on by the Coalition for Music Education.
This year, the event was a partnership with CBC Music and the Canadian Space Agency.
While the shape of Monday didn’t allow us to join into the live singalong synced up with Commander Hadfield and the International Space Station, Gleneagle’s Concert Choir was able to offer our voices to “Is Somebody Singing,” one of the first “space-faring songs.”
After meeting Jowi this summer at theUnplug’d conference, it was a great pleasure to have him tell this Canadian story as a fundraising event involving so many learners and parents in the Gleneagle family, gathered to bask in music created on a mythical instrument. Having been in the shoes of someone invited to play Voyageur at an evening like this, I was excited and anxious to share this particular aspect of the experience with two young musicians at school. It is a terrific honour to play after knowing the origin and essence of so many of the instrument’s parts, and manages to supply a perfect and personal moment of Canadiana for performer and audience alike.
Iris and Andrew each wowed the audience tonight, with Iris playing an original of her own, and Andrew delivering a deft cover of a City and Colour song. It was a joy to see them bringing the guitar to life and smiling through it all for their friends in the audience, and they should be commended for putting a perfect cap on a great evening celebrating community.
Jowi Taylor and the Six String Nation Voyageur guitar will be visiting Gleneagle next week to talk about the creation of a cultural icon and an instrument that continues to provide the musical soundtrack to a very Canadian story that continues to unfold.
The school’s Me to We club and Music Department are holding the evening as a charity event, with proceeds from ticket sales ($5 and available at lunch in the Gleneagle foyer this week) going toward the creation of a school, and freshwater well in Ecuador.
Included in the hourlong presentation of the guitar’s journey thus far, two musicians from the Gleneagle family will have the opportunity to play it, and give Voyageur its own Coquitlam story.
We’re working on a new project in guitar this spring.
Solo by Nicholas Van der Velden, accompanied by Mr. Trovato.