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words · sound · pizza | 2 FREE Workshop Series’ for Youth

1) Tuesdays  3:30 – 5:45pm @ Fleetwood Park Secondary School Starting March 1- May 3


2) Thursdays 3:30 – 5:45pm @ Kitsilano Community Centre Starting February 18-April 28


Register by February 5, 2016 :

Bend your beatbox, twist your words, and slam your poetry to music! A chance to create and perform your own spoken word and music with poets and musicians Adam Gough and Elisa Thorn. Performances first week of May 2016 @ Creekside Community Centre and June 18, 2016 @ Western Front as part of Family Day.


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Organized by Western Front New Music and Roundhouse Community Centre



Sonic Playground -Western Front’s longstanding successful youth initiative pairs students with professional artists to create original works exploring experimental practices in sound and music. It was piloted in May 2008 at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, with support from Vancouver New Music and NOW Society. This event was a huge success that received unprecedented public exposure and press coverage, and confirmed the value of exposing family audiences to new ways of music and sound making. Repeat engagements of Sonic Playground have included partnerships with the Roundhouse Community Centre and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in 2010 and 2012. Sonic Playground has also been presented on a smaller scale at Vancouver Art Gallery, Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House Fall Fair and Western Front 40th Anniversary Block Party.  To view Sonic Playground’s past projects, click here.

Elisa Thorn is an innovative emerging composer and performer in Vancouver who studied at the University of British Columbia, where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Music (harp performance). She produces a concert series called Sound(e)scape, bringing together musicians with artists of other mediums, including dancers, poets, puppeteers and visual artists. Recent highlights include a composition residency at the Banff Centre, and an international premiere of her composition Water for harp, violin, cello, and percussive dance at the Coetani Festival for Experimental Flamenco in Greece. This year she was a recipient of the Early Career Development Grant from the BC Arts Council, for a year-long mentorship under composer and improviser Dr. Lisa Miller. Thorn is also a dedicated educator, teaching private harp students as well as an early childhood music program called Music Together.

Adam Gough is a Vancouver based saxophonist, spoken word poet and music educator. Born and raised in White Rock British Columbia he now resides near Main Street in East Vancouver. He completed his BMUS and BEd at the University of British Columbia where he played lead Tenor in both the UBC Jazz ensemble one and the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He currently teaches high school music programs as well as privately in the Greater Vancouver Area. He also plays Tenor for the Vancouver based band “Their There” in addition to collaborative music/poet work with various local Artists.