LDAC’s first virtual concert and art show of the year released

Flooded timber in Ootsa Lake. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)
meagan&amy, a vibrant Canadian duo consisting of violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz. (LDAC photo/Lakes District News)meagan&amy, a vibrant Canadian duo consisting of violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz. (LDAC photo/Lakes District News)
Hoyt Burt. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)
Cheslatta Smoke house. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)
Salmon. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)
Curling on Mollice Lake, Jan.31 2009. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)
Chief Louie Paddles - The Cheslatta Carrier Nation started Chief Louie Paddle Company in 2009. The paddles were edge-glued by Menno Amendt, carved and shaped by Pat Edmund, and varnished in the shop. "One day I went in the shop and the light was shining perfectly on a row of freshly finished paddles," said Robertson. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)
Cemetery at Grassy Plains. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)
Aware bare. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)
Horse wash during Lakes District Fall Fair 2017. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)
Steed silhouette, Uncha Lake road. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)
Cheslatta teepee in the rising floodwaters. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)
Mike Robertson, Mollice Lake, Southbank, BC (LDAC photo/Lakes District News)
Gloria Quaw Alexis Watching the Water Rise at Cheslatta Lake 2015. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)
Floating flower friends. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)
Jamie Jack, descendent of White Eye Jack and Chief Louie with Cheslatta flag. (Mike Robertson photo/Lakes District News)

The first Lakes District Arts Council (LDAC) virtual performance and Off The Wall Art Show of the new year features photographs by the Southside’s own Mike Robertson and music by the classical piano and violin duo of meagan&amy.

“Like most folks my age, I started taking photographs (very sparingly) with the family Kodak Brownie. Santa brought us a Polaroid in 1970 and then I bought my own Instamatic when I was in high school. I entered a small collection of prints and won the Best Photographer trophy at the 1980 Lakes District Fall Fair!” says Robertson.

Robertson considers himself an amateur photographer as he has never wanted to make money selling photos.

“My greatest pleasure is to give smiles and memories to others. The theme of my photography is Beyond Ordinary. I study and attempt to capture moments where different aspects of human and nature collide. I am not a ‘techie’ and have found photography to be kind of a free-thinking exercise and not be bound by exact rules and techniques,” he says.

The second act of the virtual show is meagan&amy,a vibrant Canadian duo consisting of violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz, who share an intense passion for innovative programming and fearless music-making. Praised for their energy, sensitivity, and musical maturity, they were awarded the first ever “RoadTrip!” Canadian recital tour by Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut. As a result, they will tour to over 50 different Canadian cities starting in 2019 and into the future.

meagan&amy’s debut album, Roots, was released in September 2019 with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Other recent highlights for the duo include recitals at Ottawa Chamberfest and the Festival International de Lanaudière as well as a national broadcast of their complete recital on CBC’s In Concert in 2018. They are regularly featured on other CBC Music programs such as Tempo with Julie Nesrallah and Backstage with Ben Heppner.

To view the 23-minute concert meagan&amy prepared just for the LDAC, go to this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2FdV2dEl6g&feature=youtu.be

Next month’s show will be coming around the end of February, featuring the art work of Albert Gerow and a performance by The Montreal Guitar Trio.

In other news, coldsnap, Prince George’s annual winter music festival, starts today. This year’s festival is 100 per cent virtual, featuring daily live streams and pre-recorded concerts by BC performers including Rachelle van Zanten, Kelsey and Bella Rain Abraham, Saltwater Hank, Barney Bentall, Kim Gouchie and Alex Cuba.

Also, the Lakes District Museum has put out a call for proposals from local artists. For more information call Michael at the Museum, or send an e-mail to: ldmuseumsociety@gmail.com

John and Sandra for the LDAC group of volunteers

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