This year’s virtual event to showcase the talent in the Parkinson community is set for . The Prairie Shindig follows last year’s very enjoyable East Coast Kitchen Party and is sure to kick off spring with a bang!
The one-and-a-half-hour online variety show will feature the talents of people from the prairie provinces – those living with Parkinson’s or who have been touched by the community and will be live-hosted by the Parkinson Canada Programs and Services team.
This year’s event focuses on various talented performers and artists from the prairies. Here is a sneak peek at the line-up for the Prairie Shindig:
In the dance category, we have the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers, a team of siblings who do traditional dances such as the Red River Jig mixed with modern dance. We also have a dance routine performed by the folks who attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s ExplorAbility for Parkinson’s dance program.
In the visual arts category, Saskatchewan photographer Chris Attrell, who has been photographing symbols of the prairie such as grain elevators and ghost towns for decades, will share a photo essay and historical insights.
Janice Horn is a Manitoba artist who has been living with Parkinson’s for over 15 years. Janice not only expresses her feelings through the medium of her vibrant art, but she also urges others to do so, leading classes in Winnipeg for others in the community.
The show will also feature several musical guests, such as Manitoba songwriter, music therapist and choir director Heitha Forsyth; the Sanctuary Much church band from Saskatoon; a duet by Roger Alain and Blair Lessard from Hudson Bay Saskatchewan; and a musical number by Brian Farrell, who runs the Parkinson’s Sing program for the Parkinson’s Association of Alberta.
You will also have the chance to acquaint yourself with prairie province nicknames, trivia and fun facts. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to join others from across Canada as we celebrate the Parkinson’s community and connect with others. See you there!