College upholds Remembrance Day tradition with public performance

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Canadian College of Performing Arts is proud to announce a unique partnership with the District of Oak Bay and the Band of the 5th Field Regiment for a public Remembrance Day concert.

The production will be presented on Wednesday Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High School, 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd. It will feature students from the College’s two-year diploma and one-year certificate programs performing with the Band of the 5th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery.

It’s part of the College’s annual Remembrance Day Tour, which provides an opportunity for students to engage with both spoken word and choral music focusing on honouring our veterans. This year’s concert follows a young soldier as he enlists, engages in combat and experiences the victories and losses of war, and the journey back home to loved ones waiting for his return.

Performances on the tour are presented at local churches, legions and seniors’ centres.

“It’s CCPA’s gift to the community, offering our respect and honour to those who have given so much for our freedom and the peace that we are able to live in,” says Heather Burns, the College’s Director of Education and Programming, who created and arranged the tapestry of classic wartime favourites, modern musical elements, and poems, text and dialogue that combine to tell an impactful story.

Staged by Matthew Howe, the production at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre features 60 students. Tickets to the College’s first open, public performance are by donation and available at the door.

Proceeds from this public performance will benefit the Military Family Resource Centre, the Oak Bay Public Art Fund and the Canadian Heritage Arts Society.

The Band of the 5th (B.C.) Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery is a unit of the Primary Reserve of the Canadian Armed Forces and is the only Reserve brass-reed band on Vancouver Island. It has the distinction of being the oldest continually-operational military band west of Thunder Bay, Ontario, dating back to 1864.

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High-resolution photos from past performances are available to the media on request.

Media contacts:
Michael D. Reid
Public Relations Liaison
250-595-9970 EXT 230