OUR NIGHT SKY
Start date: 13 February, 2017
End date: 1 September, 2017
"Our Night Sky", a live professional performance about the night sky, is a multi-media, multicultural show that reflects the diverse Canadian community mosaic of Mississauga. The narrative was completed by a Canadian artistic and scientific collaboration of a First Nations professional performer/composer, a South Asian Carnatic violinist, and an astronomer from Royal Astronomical Society. A new musical score by Mississauga composer, Michael Coghlan, supports the narrative and it incorporates many styles and elements, including electronic, classical, world and improvised music. A south Asian musician, a Chinese flute and a First Nations Ojibwa performing together, sharing the stage and their stories, performing with a teenage narrator, 10 musicians/conductor projected night-sky images, special lighting and a children’s choir.
Nature of the Project Reach
Performances of this free admission show, OUR NIGHT SKY, on Canada Day, Culture Day or Family Day 2017 in Mississauga will provide our community with an opportunity to participate in an inclusive cultural-shared-experience that will deepen our understanding and appreciation of each other, encourage our Mississauga community to enjoy each other’s heritage, celebrate our diversity and continue building a vibrant/healthy community. At the same time, engaging and inspiring young audiences of all ages with the excitement of discovering the night sky that we all share.
The locally created, produced and performed “Our Night Sky”, with its multicultural stories and music, celebrates the rich varied demographic mosaic of the Mississauga community that is a reflection of Canada’s national map. Accepting new Canadians is the reason for Canada’s growth and the recognition, acceptance and celebration of our diverse culture and heritage is our strength as a nation. In each performance, audiences will see and hear from the stage Chinese music woven with South Indian, First nations Canadian music performed with contemporary electronic music, Middle Eastern children’s song and stories from many cultures woven together and sung by all, to form one great tale. The proposed recording of these live performances for YouTube broadcast will extend the benefit from 550 to thousands of viewers.