COVID-19 Recovery Project Gets its First Boost from ECSF

COVID-19 Recovery Project Gets its First Boost from ECSF

COVID-19 Recovery Project Gets its First Boost from ECSF

July 11, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Dawson Creek Choral Society has received its first emergency support through the Community Foundations of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, administered by the Northeast Regional Community Foundation through the Government of Canada. DCCS Artistic Director Caitlyn Triebel met with Susie Lefferson, Executive Director of the Northeast Regional Community Foundation on July 9th for the official cheque presentation of $10,000. The funding was made possible through a collaborative mutual relationship between the DCCS and the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre, where the DCCS hosts the majority of its public and performance events.

Since the COVID-19 shutdown in mid-March, the Choral Society was prevented from holding 12 major performances and community engagements, which would have reached more than 3,500 people in our region. Nearly 150 local youth and adults saw their hours and months of preparation in rehearsal, design, advertising, and advocacy evaporate as events were postponed or canceled. While the organization, like performing arts groups around the globe, remains dark for the coming summer and autumn months, the DCCS does look forward to a full recovery in 2021. Long term recovery will likely see a change in the way programs and events are delivered for years to come. “Public and community support is imperative,” says Triebel, “to continue to adapt to evolving needs in our society.”

It’s well documented that choral and group singing is incredibly beneficial for the mental and physical health of individuals and communities. The isolation experienced by individuals as a result of COVID-19 has already had a profound impact on mental health for Canadians. According to Choral Canada, 10% of the Canadian population sings in almost 28,000 choirs of all kinds (approximately 3.5 million singers!). In an open letter penned by Choral Canada, choir leaders highlight the need to “work with health officials and policy makers to find modifications and practical guidelines for safe singing, guidelines that are rooted in scientific research.” The group seeks “to create sensible safety guidelines that align with other sectors, such as adult rec hockey, gyms, dance studios, children’s soccer camps, etc.” The University of Alberta is already underway with a study to observe the aerosolizing of respiratory particles and droplets that may or may not be transmitted in singing situations

About the DCCS Recovery Project

The Choral Society’s COVID-19 Recovery Project involves a multitude of factors. Programs, which usually resume every September, will need to take a hybrid form of small in-person gatherings and virtual classes. In a discipline that was never intended to be practiced in isolation, choir and theatre leaders everywhere have been developing new creative strategies for virtual learning. Getting artistic staff hired again is paramount to the amount of planning and preparation required to restart programs. Once members are able to gather as one, the community non-profit is faced with a need to relocate to a space that will be large enough to accommodate physical distancing measures for up to 40 people at a time. Whether singing in the future will be masked, or continue to require distancing of 2m2 for each singer, programs everywhere are anxious to know what the future may bring.

There’s a saying that for every minute of live entertainment onstage, there are 100 hours of work behind it. DCCS programs are no different in that respect, and in order to be able to continue to entertain audiences and provide performance opportunities to youth and adults in Dawson Creek and surrounding area, there has to be a safe and effective way to practice. We hope that, with a hybrid system of program delivery in the fall, we’ll be able to host live (and live-streamed) events again in 2021. 

Learn more about the DC Choral Society’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Canada Emergency Community Support Fund is a $350 million fund that is being implemented with Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada, in partnership with local foundations across the country. Its goal is to provide support to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable Canadians. Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Hudson’s Hope, Taylor, Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge – eligible organizations can still apply for grants of up to $40,000 until July 27th. The Northeast Regional Community Foundation is reviewing and awarding funding on a weekly basis to support projects that help ensure no one is left behind in COVID-19 recovery measures.

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Dawson Creek Choral Society

Music truly is a lifelong journey. At DCCS we work to provide music education and enrichment opportunities to hundreds of families in BC’s South Peace and Northern Alberta. Our educational programs cater to young families, youth, and adults from many different backgrounds. We pride ourselves in our community engagement and our relationships with our partner organizations. 

Longhorn Oilfield Services Host Pay It Forward Performance of Elf the Musical JR.

DCCS Musical Theatre Offers Exclusive Matinee on Friday, December 6th

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November 21, 2019

DAWSON CREEK, BC — The Dawson Creek Choral Society’s Musical Theatre Program, with the help of Longhorn Oilfield Services, is hosting a Pay-It-Forward exclusive matinee performance of their upcoming musical production. Longhorn has sponsored an entirely free matinee of the DCCS’s Elf the Musical JR. on Friday, December 6, 2019, at 1:00 PM at the Calvin Kruk Centre Theatre.

This Pay-It-Forward Performance is a chance for Longhorn Oilfield Services and the Dawson Creek Choral Society to bring music, theatre and magic to those individuals who might otherwise not get a chance to experience this musical event. Tickets are entirely free for up to 180 nominees.

Nominations are open for anyone who is in need of something extra this Christmas season, who has gone above and beyond in the community this year, who’s never seen a musical before, who might otherwise not be able to afford tickets to Elf the Musical JR, or who has simply made yours or someone else’s day a little bit better this holiday season. You can nominate your group, family, or individual at: https://dcchoralsociety.org/elf-the-musical/pay-it-forward/

Elf the Musical JR. is the Choral Society’s 5th major musical production. Program Director, Randi Jo Torgrimson felt that “a Christmas Production would be a perfect time to provide an opportunity for those who might otherwise not have it, to attend the performance and see what these amazing kids can do.”  As the DCCS Musical Theatre program has grown, it has been able to increasingly reach more of the community and region. “Last year, we had a princess for a show, and this year, we want to reach out to more people. 180 people, to be exact,” Torgrimson adds. “So we are asking you to help us fill the seats with those who would love this production as much as we do, for those who want to laugh and experience the joy of the holiday season in the best way we know how to provide it: musical entertainment.”

Tickets for all other Elf the Musical JR. performances at Pop-Up Box Office events around town up until December 6th. Find out where the Box Office is by visiting https://dcchoralsociety.org/2019-20/

The Dawson Creek Choral Society is a non-profit organization providing music education opportunities in the South Peace region. Programs consist of Kindermusik® classes, community choirs, children’s musical theatre, and multiple special events year-round. You can find DCCS performing several times throughout the year in the community and region. Find out more at dcchoralsociety.org

Angel Choir Descending on Dawson Creek

Hark! The first annual DCCS Angel Chorus has arrived and is currently on display the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts  in downtown Dawson Creek. These angels, which were built following a call for submissions earlier this fall, are competing for a cash donation to the charity of their makers’ choice.

The completed angels for this year’s competition

The way it works is as follows. Each angel has been handmade by a group or individual according to given criteria (must be over 3 feet tall, be free-standing, and must have wings). The angels were debuted on December 8th during the DCCS’s Handmade Christmas Festival, the first year for this event as well. Each angel has a jar for collections as the public votes on their favourite. At the end of the DCCS Gala Concert on December 21st, the angel who has collected the highest donations will be declared the winner. The winning angel will then gift 50% of total proceeds to its cause. The remaining 50% will be dedicated to expansion of DCCS programming and community outreach activities. 

What happens to the angels after the event? Well, this is still up for debate. All angels will first be offered back to their creators. They may be donated back to DCCS for auction, or to their charity of choice. 

How to Vote on your Favourite Angel

You can view each angel below, and can cast your votes from this page using the PayPal button below, indicating which angel you would like to vote for. Or, you could email DCCS Artistic Director  to pledge your amount. The final opportunity to vote in person will be at the Bright Lights and City Nights Winter Gala Concert on December 21st at Unchagah Hall. The hall opens at 6:30 and concert begins at 7:00. 

Music: The Best Gift of All!

 Music is one of the greatest experiential gifts that you can give your loved ones – it is a lifelong source of joy through creativity and community belonging. When we sing or make music together, we develop self assurance and confidence in our individual identities while building deep connections with those around us.

We love that music is something that anyone can enjoy at any age. Newborns are constantly listening to the sounds around them and making sense of their aural environment even before they can see beyond their caregiver’s face. The patterns and pitches heard in music helps them to formulate an early recognition of language patterns and mathematical sequencing. As soon as they experience the joy of their own voice, their self-confidence and ability to express begins to skyrocket! Toddlers and preschoolers love to move to music and to explore their own creativity and identity as they discover their preferences and interests. Songs and rhymes form the basis of our earliest understanding of the alphabet and basic math.

Children and teenagers find further sources of identity and belonging through the music that they choose to listen to. Singing is not only beneficial for their ability to express themselves, but also to connect with their peers on a social and fundamentally human level. Communities around the world thrive when voices are raised together. Positive memories and friendships built through music extends into adulthood and becomes a source of nostalgia, joy, and even physical therapy.

We love to hear our members singing out together and creating beautiful sounds at all ages. Music is more than just an extracurricular activity – it is a way of life!

This year, DCCS has gift certificates available for January entry into Kindermusik and Choral programs. Gift certificates are available anytime by filling out the form below or by visiting us during the 9th Annual Gingerbread Festival on Saturday, November 24th or during our own event on Saturday, December 8th: Crafts, Cocoa & Cookies: A Handmade Christmas Festival. At both events, we will have information on our programs as well as access to purchase tickets to any of our major 2018-19 Season events.

 

DC Choral Society Announces Official Sponsors of 2018-19 Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (View as PDF)

Dawson Creek businesses and organizations sing out their support of DCCS

November 15, 2018

DAWSON CREEK, BC — The Dawson Creek Choral Society is proud to announce its official sponsors of the 2018-19 Season. The local non-profit, now in its fifth year of operations, is sustained by a variety of revenue streams including member-funded registration fees, ticket sales, and support from BC Gaming. In order to continue to offer the quality of programming and engagement that the community has come to expect from the group, DCCS has turned to the business community and local service groups.

“We are so thrilled to have this outstanding level of support,” writes Artistic Director Caitlyn Triebel. “Our programs have experienced rapid growth in the last couple of years, and in order to keep our stick on the ice we’ve had to reach out to the community. The response has been incredible and it is great to be able to continue to grow our programs while maintaining accessibility for families.”

Current enrolment within the three streams of DCCS programming is at over 120 local families. “Many of the families that are members with us include multiple siblings and parents,” Triebel adds. “Music really is a lifelong activity and we couldn’t be more pleased that we can now accommodate infants through seniors in our programs.”

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Dawson Creek Sunrise, Sally Schilds explains that the “Sunrise Rotary Club has made a commitment to support the Arts in Dawson Creek and the DC Choral Society is the perfect vehicle to do this.  We are proud to support programs that reach all age levels and encourage people of all abilities to explore the arts in a safe, welcoming atmosphere of community.”

The complete list of 2018-19 sponsors (to-date) is: Big Time Haulers, Dawson Creek Co-Operative Union, Rotary Club of Dawson Creek Sunrise, C. Chandler Celtic Construction, Lake View Credit Union, South Peace Community Arts Council, DGS Astro Paving, ARC Resources, Dawson Creek Oilmen’s Association, Canadian Tire, Iron Relics, Legacy Car & Truck Wash, RE/MAX Dawson Creek Realty, and the City of Dawson Creek.

If your company or organization is interested in joining our list of sponsors, either with in-kind or cash donations, please contact us. Find out more at https://dcchoralsociety.org/about/support-us/

The Dawson Creek Choral Society is a non-profit organization providing music education opportunities in the South Peace region. Programs consist of Kindermusik® classes, community choirs, children’s musical theatre, and special event workshops. You can find DCCS performing several times throughout the year in the community and region. Find out more at dcchoralsociety.org

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2018-19 Season Tickets Now Available

Introducing the Dawson Creek Choral Society’s 2018-19 Season main events beginning on Friday, December 21st with the Bright Lights and City Nights Winter Gala. Our fifth annual gala concert will feature all four community choirs in a nostalgic program of new and old favourites. The Youth Show Choir takes the reins on the next event on Friday, February 22nd as they put the “show” in choir with choreographed performances. Our largest-scale event of the year is the annual Musical Theatre production, this year with four performances of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR sponsored by Big Time Haulers. Take a trip into provincial France and be sure to check out both of our fantastic casts of young performers. The season ends with the Flights of Fancy Dessert Concert, the final performance of our choir programs. A luxury dessert buffet makes this event one you don’t want to miss.

This is the first year that DCCS has offered season tickets, made possible by the support of Tickets in the Peace. When you subscribe to the entire season, you can save up to 25% on individual events tickets. Season tickets are $68.00 or $34.00 for youth under 12. Tickets are also available for each individual event from Tickets in the Peace, or at the Tiger Box Office at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek, or at Systems By Trail in Fort St. John.

Click the posters below to view more information about each event.

Thank you to all of our community sponsors who make the performing arts possible!

DCCS 2018-19 Official Sponsors

Big Time Haulers

Dawson Creek Co-Op

Rotary Club of Dawson Creek – Sunrise

Celtic Construction

DGS Astro Paving

Lake View Credit Union

South Peace Community Arts Council

City of Dawson Creek

ARC Resources

Canadian Tire

Iron Relics

Dawson Creek Oilmen’s Association

Kam B Photography

RE/MAX Dawson Creek Realty

Legacy Car & Truck Wash

If your organization or business is interested in joining this incredible list of sponsors, please contact us for more information about how you can help through cash or in-kind donations.

Build a Winning Angel to Raise Funds this December

Build a winning angel to raise funds this December for your local charity or non-profit of choice!
“You don’t have to be an angel to sing harmony” (Carly Simon, “The Night Before Christmas”)

You can create harmony in your own community this December by participating in the Dawson Creek Choral Society’s Angel Chorus Charity Competition. DCCS is inviting local businesses, non-profits, and individuals to get crafty and build something great for Dawson Creek. We are asking teams to build a free-standing angel out of whatever materials you can think of (recycled materials, sticks, fabric, metal, books, junk, etc.).

Competition Rules:
  1. Angels must be free-standing and at least 3 feet tall
  2. Angels need to have wings
  3. Each team must declare the chosen cause in advance, to be displayed during the voting period. The non-profit or charity must operate locally to be eligible.
Vote On Your Favourite Angelic Creation
The public will be invited to vote on their favourite angels at two DCCS events, starting with the Crafts, Cocoa & Cookies Handmade Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 8th at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre from 11:00 to 3:00. The final event for voting will be the Bright Lights and City Nights Winter Gala on Friday, December 21st at Unchagah Hall.
Vote by dropping change or cash into your favourite angel’s jar, or by pledging online (more details on this coming soon). The angel that raises the most money will be declared the winner, and the winning team then donates 50% of total proceeds to their charity or non-profit. The remaining funds go to support expansion of DCCS programs in 2019.
We hope that our chorus of angels will generate some decent funds for a local group. The winning angel and the total amount raised will be announced at the end of the concert on December 21st. Watch our blog for more information and online voting.
For more information, or to submit an angel, please contact Caitlyn Triebel before November 25th. All angels must be delivered to KPAC on Friday, December 7th.

Bright Lights and City Nights 5th Annual Winter Gala Concert

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Bright Lights and City Nights 5th Annual Winter Gala Concert

DAWSON CREEK, BC — On December 21st, join the Dawson Creek Choral Society in its 5th Annual Winter Gala Concert at Unchagah Hall. This concert will feature more than 60 local singers of all ages performing retro holiday classics. $2 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Networks Ministries Good Food Box and Food Bank.

DCCS Artistic Director Caitlyn Triebel will be handling the conducting baton, and the choirs will be accompanied by local pianists Carmen Willms and Aaron Marchuk. “The music we’ll be performing in this concert is all about nostalgia and the glowing feeling of giving during the holiday season,” says Triebel. “It’s four months of hard work from all of our singers, and such a joy to share our music with the community.” Selections include favourites such as Elvis Presley’s Blue Christmas, Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy and Silver Bells. 

The evening will also be the final chance for the public to vote in the Angel Chorus Charity Competition. All angels will be on display and the winning team and charity will be announced at the end of the concert.

Tickets are $17.50 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Youth under 12 get in for $7.50 advance or $10.00 at the door. Tickets are available from TicketsinthePeace.com or the Tiger Box Office located at the Encana Events Centre (Dawson Creek) or Systems By Trail (Fort St. John).

Bright Lights and City Nights is the first concert in DCCS’s 2018-19 Season. You can also buy Season Tickets for $68.00 and $34.00 for youth under 12.

Become an Official Sponsor of our 2018-19 Season!

This September, the Dawson Creek Choral Society is entering its fifth season! We are offering six full-year programs and expect up to 180 participants in Kindermusik, Choir, and Musical Theatre. The DCCS is a unique organization for Dawson Creek, in that its programs reach all generations of our community. We believe that music truly is a lifelong journey. Our goal is to cultivate a love of music by providing confidence-building opportunities to all members regardless of age or background.

As non-profit organization, DCCS operates for the benefit of its members. One of our priorities is to provide accessible programming so that all families can participate in music regardless of economic factors. We have a strong partnership with the Dawson Creek Arts & Wellness Society, with all programs eligible for financial support to youth aged 0 to 24.

This year, we are putting on a number of public events. These events include Bright Lights and City Nights – Winter Gala Concert on December 21, the One Night Only Show Choir Concert on February 22, a children’s Musical Theatre production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR in March, and the Flights of Fancy Dessert Concert on May 4. We will also be hosting a number of other non-performance events over the course of the season.

In order to support a wide variety of programs and events, DCCS is seeking partners and sponsors for the year. In-kind support could be building or crafting materials, advertising, office materials, safety equipment, technical equipment (such as PAs and microphones), and children’s instruments. Cash donations will go toward venue rentals, performance rights, costuming, set construction, and other general program expenses.

If you or your company is interested in becoming an official partner with us, please contact Caitlyn Triebel (DCCS Artistic Director) by email or phone, 250-467-9277.

Other ways that you can help are by attending the Co-Op Fuel Good Day on Tuesday, September 18, stopping by to see us at Legacy Car Wash on Saturday, September 22, or by attending any of our any public events. Anyone can also support us by purchasing a DCCS membership – no singing required.

 

Fuel Good While Fuelling Up on Sept. 18th

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Fuel Good While Fuelling Up on September 18th

Dawson Co-Op Fuels Music Programming With 10¢/Litre Donated to DCCS

September 10, 2018

DAWSON CREEK, BC —The Dawson Creek Co-Op Gas Bar is participating in the annual ‘Fuel Good Day’ on Tuesday, September 18th. This year, 10 cents per litre of fuel sold will be donated to local music programming through the Dawson Creek Choral Society. This includes all grades of gasoline and diesel fuel from 6AM to 10PM.

Between 3:30 and 5PM, the Co-Op will be serving chili and buns for $4 in the parking lot beside the gas bar. When you come by to fuel up during these times, you may also be serenaded by the DCCS singers who will be there to volunteer and sing throughout the afternoon.

This fall, DCCS is kicking off its fifth season with full program offerings for ages 0 to 99. “We are always looking for ways for our members to get out into the community to give back, whether it’s through our voices or spirit of volunteerism,” says Caitlyn Triebel, the Society’s Artistic Director. “It is just such a great opportunity to partner with the Co-Op on this event.” Proceeds from Fuel Good Day will go toward DCCS programs and events for the 2018-19 Season.

Last year, Fuel Good Day raised more than $570,000 for registered charities and non-profits – all in a single day. Tell your friends, family, neighbours, hairdresser, dentist — everyone. Get down to your local Co-op Gas Bar on Sept. 18 to fill up and Fuel Good!

The Dawson Creek Choral Society is a non-profit organization providing music education opportunities in the South Peace region. Programs consist of Kindermusik® classes, community choirs, children’s musical theatre, and special event workshops. You can find DCCS performing several times throughout the year in the community and region. Find out more at dcchoralsociety.org

 

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