Sound-Walk and Song-crafting: An Annapolis Valley Nature and Community Music Experience

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A one-of-a-kind group non-songwriters' experience to introduce you to the sounds around us that exist, if only we had a moment to be introduced to them. Nature's sounds are tucked into the canopy of winds in white pines, red maples and old growth hemlocks beside a small and active stream. This is an interactive, immersive and grounding encounter in all seasons. Led by some of the Valley’s most-loved songwriters, we take you on a deep-listening walk in the Wabanaki (Acadian) forest to absorb the sights, smells and especially the sounds of flora, fauna, wind and water in this beautiful corner of the province. We’ll have time for some quiet reflection and writing, and when we return to the community hall, we will share our experiences and make some music out of it! This is a chance to discover the music we all have inside us, even those who love music but feel like you have zero musical ability. The rhythm of heartbeats, breath, and the poetry of words come together in a relaxed, un-intimidating way with these expert guides. If you play an instrument, bring it, and whether you’ve been singing all your life or you never sing in front of other people, this is an open, adaptive experience. We go with the flow, and we have lots of experience pulling together a brand new song in an hour or less and have a lot of fun in the process. For anyone who is curious to add a dose of Nature, a forest walk, and moments of musical discovery to a trip to the Annapolis Valley. Bring a friend or a few, and experience the power of time well-spent in nature, with musicians whose purpose is to promote music literacy, present great live music, support under-represented voices, and strengthen communities through shared musical experiences. After the program, visit a winery or share a meal with your friends nearby.

What's included:
  • Access to two musicians/facilitators from Music In Communities
  • Guided outdoor SoundWalk into the Wabanaki (Acadian forest)
  • Use of Ukuleles, shakers, and other percussion
  • Hall rental, snacks, and beverages
  • Facilitated creation of new song, with digital edited, mixed version to be sent to everyone
What to bring:
  • Layered clothing for outdoor walk, appropriate footwear for walking on uneven ground and on forest trails.
  • Bring an instrument if you play one.
  • A sense of adventure and curiosity.
  • Your smart phone to record Nature sounds.
Kim Barlow

Kim Barlow is a Juno Award nominated musician and songwriting facilitator. She mentors numerous musicians and teaches songwriting at Acadia University. Collaborating with both songwriters and non-songwriters has enabled her passion to share musical experiences to be expressed in numerous ways. Freya Milliken is an up-and-coming musician and recent graduate from the Acadia University School of Music. She's quickly making a name for herself on the touring circuit and will release her first album this year. She's a warm and generous leader with an ability to connect and inspire, that belies her young years. Music In Communities Cooperative is a non-profit that strives to promote music literacy, present great live music, support under-represented voices, and strengthen communities through shared musical experiences.