The NoteworthyKids Music Club – Through the Stage Door!

I really love the Noteworthy Kids Music Club. Both my daughters have been involved in it… and my talented sister-in-law, Patricia Plumley, does choir and voice with the kids. It is a great opportunity for children to discover music, instruments and joy of a show! I just got a press release about the upcoming registration and thought I would share. It is cost effective, the time commitment is not onerous and the kids enjoy it.

Symphony for Kids – LIVE!

with NoteworthyKids Music Club and Mayhem at the Museum of Music

Children of today are born into a world of iPhones, iPods, BlackBerrys and computers. But, do they know where the music they hear comes from and how it is made? For 15 years the Vancouver Island Symphony has been passionately addressing this very issue and has come up with some unique solutions…

What began as a seed in 2005 has now become a full-grown movement, one that’s exciting, energized and still growing! Kids ages 7-13, from around the Central Island, can join the NoteworthyKids Music Club. Members walk through the Stage Door at The Port Theatre, see musicians and their instruments, take a sneak peek behind the scenes, enjoy extra-special events, and experience a symphony LIVE – with over 50 musicians on stage.

The first NoteworthyKids event this year is on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. with registration and orientation. On a typical NoteworthyKids night the Back Stage area is filled with excitement as children in bright coloured T-shirts mingle with musicians and VI Symphony staff. Explains Bobbi Kurtz, Symphony Outreach and Education Coordinator; “Music comes to life for kids when they meet the musicians one on one, talk with them and ask questions.” NoteworthyKids also watch a rehearsal of the orchestra with guest artists, like Cirque de la Symphonie! They see how conductor Pierre Simard leads the orchestra and prepares for the concert. Adds Bobbi, “Just being able to see everything LIVE is so different from listening to it on CD or iPod.”


Symphony Community Day

And another great event – on Saturday, October 20, kids, parents, family and anyone in the community are invited to this season’s first FREE Symphony Community Day. Activities begin with the highly popular Musical Instrument Zoo (11 a.m. to 12 noon), followed by the NoteworthyKids Music Club Family Event – Meet a Musician (11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.). Everyone is then welcomed to see what happens at a Symphony Rehearsal (12:30 to 1:30 p.m.). Complimentary tickets (required) are available through the Port Theatre at 754-8550.


Mayhem at the Museum of Music

On Friday, January 18 (taking school bookings now!) – it’s Mayhem in the Museum of Music. Over 45,000 elementary school kids have experienced the Vancouver Island Symphony performing LIVE on stage with the annual Education Concerts, where kids are bussed from schools to the theatre. Says Bobbi, “Mayhem in the Museum of Music is considered to be one of our conductor Pierre Simard’s best-written education programs. It is about a night-time museum security guard and composer named Jimmy who works in the Composers Hall. When he asks for help, ghost composers emerge from the displays to give him tips. Pierre plays all the characters. There’s fabulous lighting and sound effects. It is a fantastic show!”


For information about kids’ programs and registration to the NoteworthyKids Music Club call 250-754-0177 or visit (NoteworthyKids Music Club costs only $40 for the entire season, and includes a T-shirt and tickets to a concert. Bursaries are available for kids who require assistance.)




POP-UP RESTAURANT – OCTOBER 5th & 6th starting at 6pm in Vancouver. Featuring the food of “Eat Wild Chef” from England, art by Siobhan Humston and music by Gregory Shea.

POP-UP RESTAURANT – OCTOBER 5th & 6th, 6pm –

Noah ‘Eat Wild Chef’@ Alley Pad Studio

On Wednesday & Thursday, October 5 & 6th, Visual Artist Siobhan Humston will be co-hosting with England’s exciting young Chef  Noah ‘Eat Wild Chef’, one of Vancouver’s first POP-UP RESTAURANT experiences! The focus is on organic, locally grown food combined to make amazing taste experiences but it’s the coupling of Chef Noah’s experience and the setting of an amazing 1000 square foot warehouse style studio with jazz pianist Gregory Shea, that will make this event something that you don’t want to miss!!

$40 includes a three course meal, live music & a preview of fresh new paintings.Check out for the menu details and to reserve your seat for the evening. Easy reservation through Guestaurant and Paypal!

~Noah (EatWild Chef) trained in London, England and has worked at some of the best gastro pubs in the UK. His main emphasis is keeping to the seasons, using only locally sourced, organic fare.
With his food events he is also eager to break boundaries from the traditional restaurant types, “Big, bold, artistic spaces by day can be transformed by night into atmospherically lit, cauldrons of social activity”.

~Visual artist Siobhan Humston has resided in the live/work studio ALLEY PAD STUDIO, a former clothing factory in the Commercial Drive neighbourhood since 2008 and has been hostd dozens of home concerts, book readings, film night and open studios. With its sixteen foot ceilings, one-thousand square foot studio space and back lane entrance, it is a loft in the true sense of the word: spacious, unique and raw. She has shown her work in solo & group exhibitions in Canada, USA & Europe and is represented in Canada by Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary and Parts Gallery in Toronto.

~Pianist Gregory Shea has performed professionally for many years in clubs and aboard five star luxury ships, both as a band leader and as a solo guest entertainer. Mr. Shea now resides in Vancouver where he performs as a solo lounge pianist in many upscale hotels, offering audiences a wide variety of classic jazz standards and ole style New Orleans blues delivered in the tradition of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Dr. John. His soulful tunes add spice to any dish.



POP-UP RESTAURANTS, a brief synopsis from some UK press

“Does restaurant quality food need to be confined to the traditional restaurant model?  The answer is quickly becoming no.  With the influx of pop-up restaurants and roving supper clubs, the landscape of New York’s dining scene seems to be shifting.  Pop-ups give temporary homes to novel ideas and unique talent that may not have the resources to plunk down capital on a permanent home.

A pop-up restaurant is a temporary restaurant installation. It could be a try out for a more permanent restaurant, something more like a “food exhibit”, or a one-night stand.”

“You never know what to expect at pop-up restaurants. They are intimate and, usually, informal. You eat only what the chef loves to cook, and you sit wherever there is space on the tables. Since late 2008, London has seen a profusion of pop-ups, popular not only because they represent good value for money but also because they open only briefly in places where you would not normally go, such as Frank’s Bar on the 10th floor of a multistorey car-park in Peckham.” 


“Although hot in London, these underground eateries are not new. In the US, roving supper clubs such as The Ghetto Gourmet and Red Box Bistro have sizzling reputations and serious waiting lists. In Cuba, paladares are as much part of the culture as cigars and mojitos. It’s tempting to think that modern supper clubs are just glorified dinner parties, but the unstoppable American Jim Haynes proves this is a myth. He has been running a weekly restaurant from his apartment in Paris for 30 years and has seen 130,000 people pass though his doors.

There’s something both anarchic and liberating about just going for it and when you start off in an underground fashion (no fire doors, drinks licence etc). There is a huge amount of trust involved. But, as one of the pioneers behind the zeitgeist of underground eating in Britain, MsMarmiteLover, explains, this is part of the appeal. “In a restaurant there’s a divide between the customer and the kitchen. I like the transparency of a home restaurant; you can visit the kitchen, chat to the chef … if things are busy and you need water, you can get it yourself. It breaks down the barriers that exist in usual restaurants.”




For more information and/or to arrange an interview with the chef, artist or musician, please contact Kimberly Plumley at Publicity Mavens at 250-390-9285 or via email at

Two tickets to Barrage for Saturday, May 14th. Best music quote tweet wins!

I am totally enjoying the Vancouver Island Symphony season! Great shows, musicians, singers and passion! What fun to see great talent in our city of Nanaimo.

Margo Holmes, is the Executive Director for the Vancouver Island Symphony and she has provided two tickets to the fundraising concert this Saturday night, featuring BARRAGE.

BARRAGE is a high-octane string group that features an international, multi-talented cast performing an eclectic mix of music, song and dance brings its show to Nanaimo on Saturday May 14. The performance will take place at 7:30 pm at the Port Theatre. This public performances is part of the Barrage “HIGH STRUNG” tour and features and international cast that delivers an eclectic show at a feverish pace.

Here’s how you win… tweet a great music quote with the hashtag #VISNanaimo – keep it within 140 character and keep is family friendly please and thank you.  I will go through all the quotes and get a non Twitter person (yes, there are a few out there) to pick the winner. Deadline is 3 pm on Thursday, May 12th. Will announce the winner shortly after.

Here are some music quotes that may spark some ideas for you:

Music is the universal language of mankind.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Outre-Mer

Friends are like fiddle strings, they must not be screwed too tight. – English Proverb

I think a good song is a good song is a good song.  Tim Finn

Thanks for playing!


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