effort to build the show but the process was very enlightening. “I had no idea the wealth of Canadian art that is out there from way, way back. Some of these people whose works we wanted to incorporate had died and we had to do some digging and we would get in touch with the estate or whoever was in charge and almost 10 out of 10 given permission. We were surprised. It was a lot of fun we felt like we were touching the pulse,” she explained. With paintings and photos from icons past and present including Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, Robert Bateman, Allan Hancock and Edward Burtynsky the show promises to give audiences more than just eye candy. The pair has also woven poetry into their project and Shillingford said some of the prose she discovered is extraordinary. “Edna Jaques was a prairie poet who was amazing. She was writing in the 40’s as a prairie farmer’s wife but she had a feeling for the land.” With quotes and poetry from folks who have a passion for this nation, Noble said the production has something every Canadian can identify with.
“We went out of our way to make sure that we did get representation from each and every place in Canada,” said Noble whose 11 original songs, each to celebrate a different aspect of Canada carry the audience through the images. Two performances of A Northern Tapestry will be presented at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall at 644 Memorial Avenue Friday, April 8 and Friday, April 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at both Mulberry Bush Bookstores in Qualicum Beach and Parksville. For reservations, call 250-594-2667 or 250-896-5419. MORE INFORMATION
QUALICUM BEACH COMMUNITY HALL 644 Memorial Avenue TICKETS: Adults $15 Available at both Mulberry Bush Bookstores in Qualicum Beach and Parksville www.whistlingfishproductions.com Story by BRENDA GOUGH