It’s all about youth at Maple Ridge’s ACT

Youth Week brings several, practical events for arts world

The dance company Bboyizm will present its production IZM at the ACT

The dance company Bboyizm will present its production IZM at the ACT

To celebrate Youth Week, the ACT in Maple Ridge will be offering, May 3 – 3:30 to 8 p.m.:

Song writing

Learn to write songs of all levels with Laurell Barker, a Vancouver award-winning singer/songwriter.

She is a recent winner of the Billboard World Songwriting Competition.

With two Top-10 radio singles in 2010, thousands of miles on her tour bus, and a cluttered shelf of accolades,

Barker offers students a unique perspective on songwriting in today’s pop music industry.

Her songs have been featured on MTV’s The Real World, NBC’s The Biggest Loser, CMT’s Meet the Wilsons, and Much Music’s Degrassi and Life with Boys”.

Making money

Music industry marketing and publishing with Bob D’Eith and Terry O’Brien

D’Eith has been involved in the music industry for 20 years in various capacities as an entertainment lawyer. He is a two- time Juno Award nominee (Rymes with Orange and Mythos), studio owner, label and music publisher (Adagio Music Inc.).  He is also the executive director of Music B.C. Industry Association, a non-profit music industry association.

O’Brien is the education and outreach manager for the West Coast division of SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada).

O’Brien has more than 35 years experience in various sectors of the music industry.

Prior to joining SOCAN in 2000, O’Brien was vice-president and general manager of BMG Music Publishing Canada Inc.

He is also a composer, recording artist and performer of ambient soundscape music.

Street dance

Dance with choreographer Yvon Soglo (b-boy Crazy Smooth), one of Canada’s top street dancers.

His passion and respect for the history of the art form has led him to study with some of the U.S.’s top street dancers, supported by the first full Canada Council grant awarded to a b-boy.

Founder of Bboyizm Dance Company, Smooth has a mission to elevate and carry on the tradition of street dance culture in the world of performing arts.

Vocal coach

Learn five-point signing system from vocal coach Angela Kelman, a Juno Award winner and two-time CCMA winner.

She also has two gold albums to her credit as a member of the Canadian trio Farmer’s Daughter.

She is a sought-after vocal coach, known for her fun-filled workshops that will have you laughing as well as show great results.

Learning proper technique through correct breathing and placement of the voice is the secret to every singer’s success.

Spoken word

Take a spoken word/hip hop workshop with Nadia Chaney, a poet, rapper and arts empowerment facilitator.

She believes the sublime centre of the universe can be found at the heart of every moment. Tricks and techniques for writing and performing rhyming poetry will be taught.

• Space for all workshops is limited to one per person. Great for ages 13-17. Each workshop costs $5, and includes  “swag,” food, tickets to IZM, by Bboyizm.

Register at the ACT (11944 Haney Place) or call 604-476-2787.