ArtStarts is a society that creates Relationships between Artists and Educational Institutions by bringing them together in the form of workshops, exhibitions and performances. ArtStarts has been enriching lives for 20 years. And would like to for the next 20 years. Mr. Weir is proud to be a part of this society.
This is a lyric video we are using to learn a new song we wrote with Michael Atkinson’s Division 10 and Starla Bob (Kushi Opi Mani Wi). Soon the students voices will replace mine and we will publish a full video.
This song has a lot of words but our Kindergarten students seem to learn them quickly. They are especially enthusiastic singers after watching an episode of Raven Tales. Soon we will have a version with children’s vocals.
This is a demo video using footage grabbed from uncopyrighted Youtube posts. I hope to film my own video with students of Queen Mary Elementary with help from an Artstarts grant. The audio is also in demo form. The recording of the children’s voices was very hastily done. New tracks and mixing with less prominent instruments will come with the final video.
I said to the class, “Canada is 150 years old”. One child raised his hand and said, “That doesn’t sound right. There’s gotta be more. What about the First Nations? What about the Dinosaurs?” Another precocious 8 year old said, “Well, politically…” Then we wrote this song.
The kindergarten class was about to make a school assembly presentation on First Nations Art and Spirit. With help from Charles Silverfox I wrote this song. There are a lot of words but the kindergarten children had no trouble memorizing.
Here, we were invited to perform for the opening of the First Peoples Festival at the Museum of Anthropology. These lyrics have been changed since this performance to add the present tense. First Nations spirit and culture is alive and growing today.