The Water’s Edge Festival Returns to Coquitlam

Water’s Edge Festival is returning to the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam from February 25th to the 27th of this year. The Water’s Edge Festival is part of the BC Spirit Festivals, a new initiative, funded by the provincial government which will see celebrations taking place all over the province in February, 2011.

Water's Edge Festival
Water's Edge Festival

So what is the Water’s Edge Festival? Originally a festival of music, the new and expanded festival will embrace many areas of the Arts?music, dance, visual arts and design.

Water’s Edge Artist Director, Diana Clark can’t contain her excitement. “We are grateful to have this opportunity in taking the lead in presenting a contemporary arts festival in this community and continue the celebration that began in 2009. We also thank our new partner, ArtsConnect. Without their support and dedication this event would not be taking place.”

ArtsConnect has joined forces with founding producers, Coastal Sound Music Academy and Evergreen Cultural Centre in order to ensure the festival keeps its local flavour.

Some of that local flavour will be provided by the Great Canadian Guitar Jam, the drum circle, gospel workshop and the popular singer/songwriter’s café. New additions include a hip-hop sampler workshop, power art classes and a group showing in the Art Gallery of artworks by teachers from School District 43. One particularly cool thing about these events—they are all free.

The signature Water’s Edge event is international jazz singer Dee Daniels in concert Sunday, February 27 at 2pm. Daniels is a unique talent who transcends musical borders when she brings her jazz styling, infused with gospel and blues flavouring, to the stage.

Rounding out the main ticketed events is the day-long Children’s Choir Workshop & Day of Singing hosted by Coastal Sound on February 25, Ballet Kelowna’s full length program entitled “Action Consequences” on February 26 and PechaKuchaNight Coquitlam on February 27.

For a full schedule of events, event times and details visit the Water’s Edge Festival website. Or, if you are a social media fan like me, you can follow the festival on Twitter: @WatersEdgeFest.