Canada C3 – A Canada 150 Signature Project
From Geoff Green, C.M.
“It is my pleasure to invite Canadian musicians to join the Canada C3 – Coast to Coast to Coast expedition, a Canada 150 signature project taking place in 2017, led by the Students on Ice Foundation. The centrepiece of this project is an epic 150-day journey by ship from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. Canada C3 will connect Canadians and inspire a deeper understanding of the places, peoples, and the past, present and future of our country.
We are inviting professional musicians from across the country to join one leg of this unprecedented journey in the role of Musician-in-Residence. This role includes participation in daily program activities (e.g. attending community events, enjoying cultural celebrations, hiking in national parks, visiting historical sites, etc.), performing while on the journey, and creating one or more musical compositions for the Canada C3 Playlist, one of our legacy projects.
Canada C3 will be a journey of celebration and reconciliation that will engage Canadians in dialogue about their experiences and the four central themes of Canada 150: Diversity and Inclusion, Reconciliation, Youth Engagement and the Environment. A cross-section of Canadian society – including youth, Elders, Indigenous peoples, new Canadians, scientists, artists, historians, community leaders, journalists, educators, and athletes – will be on board the ship. These participants will be the voices and lens through which the rest of Canada and peoples around the world will experience this unprecedented journey.
Canada C3 will reach more than 20 million Canadians through live and interactive web and social media outreach; online learning modules for teachers and students on the Canada C3 Digital Classroom; Canada C3 Museum Hubs located in 13 museums across the country; and national print, broadcast, and online media. Fifty community events and celebrations are scheduled along the 150-day journey, including the Canada C3 launch event in Toronto on June 1; World Environmental Day in Kingston on June 5; National Aboriginal Day in Baie Comeau on June 21; Multiculturalism Day in Cornwall on June 27; Canada Day in Charlottetown on July 1 ; International Day of Peace in Alaska on September 21; and the Canada C3 homecoming event in Victoria on October 28, 2017.
The expedition will set sail on June 1 from Toronto and travel along Canada’s coastline, stopping at over 60 communities along the way, and arrive in Victoria on October 28. The journey is divided into 15 leg – each approximately 7 to 12 days in length. The participation costs associated with one expedition leg — flights, accommodations, meals — will be incurred by Canada C3. Participants will be responsible for the costs associated with personal travel from their home to a pre-expedition gateway city, and the post-expedition return travel from a gateway city to their home. “
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