Dance Temple event arriving on Cortes, with intentions to stay

Dance Temple event arriving on Cortes, with intentions to stay

Mansons Hall will host the first Dance Temple event of 2022, but there are more to come. Photo by Naomi Jason. Connie Quayle and her partner, Val Lange are bringing Dance Temple to Cortes Island next week. Quayle is a former resident of Cortes, returning to live on the island after spending the last five years in Victoria. It was there, in the city, that Quayle first connected with Dance Temple. “Every Sunday morning we have it in Victoria - ecstatic dance. I’ve hardly missed a week, even throughout the pandemic, still putting on headphones and dancing on the beaches,” Quayle explains. “Ecstatic dance is completely freeform dance…Movement for the sake of joy and release.” “It’s also a completely sober space. And usually there’s a held container. Certain rules, like no talking in the space, using cell phones outside the space, no technology within the container,” Val adds. The ecstatic dance enthusiasts plan to help make Dance Temple a regular occurrence on Cortes. “My vision would be something like four or five people involved co-holding it and having it run regularly, but it might take a couple years… So for now, maybe just every couple months just to get the ball rolling,” Quayle says. Quayle and Lange are bringing Dance Temple to Cortes Island at Mansons Hall on Aug. 6. The event is scheduled from 730-930 p.m. Music will be by DJ N Joy, aka Naomi Jason, one of the founders who helped develop Dance Temple on Salt Spring Island and Victoria. Quayle will be offering a sound therapy session at the end of the evening by playing the...
30 years of Olatunji drumming and dancing celebrated on Cortes Island

30 years of Olatunji drumming and dancing celebrated on Cortes Island

Gordy Ryan and ensemble perform at the Seattle World Rhythm Festival. Image courtesy of Seattle World Percussion Society. Since 1990, members of Babatunde Olatunji’s Drums of Passion ensemble have been teaching West African drumming and dancing at Hollyhock Leadership Learning Centre on Cortes Island. Babatunde Olatunji. Image courtesy of last.fm. “Baba”, as he’s known, was based in New York City after immigrating from Nigeria in the 1950s, but it was in British Columbia in the late 1980s where the drumming master began his public teaching. In the summer of 1990, he brought a stripped down version of the Drums of Passion troupe to Hollyhock, including Gordy and Zoe Ryan. Baba passed away in 2003, but the Ryans have kept his legacy alive by continuing to teach through the decades. They had hoped to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Baba’s programs at Hollyhock in 2020, but the pandemic thwarted that effort. With restrictions eased, and live programs once again underway at Hollyhock, the Ryans have returned. Their much anticipated anniversary program gets underway on the evening of Wednesday, July 27. Cortes Island hand drumming teacher Claudia Raaen. Photo by Greg Osoba. For the past 30 years, many Cortes Islanders and those who’ve taken programs at Hollyhock have learned about Yoruba culture, especially drumming and dancing. Some have gone on to have professional musical careers. Gordy Ryan speaks about Baba’s special connection with Canada’s west coast in the interview below with CKTZ News: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - 30 years of Olatunji drumming and dancing celebrated on Cortes Island This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of...
New outdoor event Community Musical Play uses music, movement for spontaneous improvisation

New outdoor event Community Musical Play uses music, movement for spontaneous improvisation

Community Musical Play facilitator Christopher Fleck. Photo by Greg Osoba. Music has been an important part of Christopher Fleck’s life for decades and he’s now using sound and movement to bring people together in facilitated sessions he calls “Community Musical Play.” Fleck launched the free weekly outdoor sessions, which take place Saturday afternoons, this spring at a community space on Cortes Island. The idea is to encourage “spontaneous improvised expression.” He facilitates the gatherings by introducing ways our bodies can make sound and move and aims to create a safe space for emotional expression, without any right or wrong way to do things, or for expected outcomes. Fleck believes Community Musical Play can promote good health, by creating the opportunity for participants to let go and be present within a group where things are constantly changing and one can just play. Find out more in the CKTZ News interview below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - New outdoor event Community Musical Play uses music, movement for improvisation This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Canadian Coast Guard reopens seasonal rescue boat station on Cortes Island

Canadian Coast Guard reopens seasonal rescue boat station on Cortes Island

Coast Guard training provides hands on experience for new hires. Photo courtesy of the Canadian Coast Guard Twitter. The Canadian Coast Guard has four seasonally operated Inshore Rescue Boat stations across the BC coast that reopened for the season on May 20th. The stations are located in Cortes Bay, Sointula, Nootka Sound and Kelsey Bay and are operating rigid-hull inflatable fast rescue craft with three person crews from May to September. They are strategically placed to ensure the safety of people and property in areas with increased traffic during the summer seasons. The Canadian Coast Guard also employs post secondary students and naval reservists to partake in the Inshore Rescue Boat program. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Inshore Rescue Boat stations operating in British Columbia. “We expect it to be a busy year out of Cortes Bay and in Desolation sound. Cortes Bay is one of our oldest stations that we have. It’s a rock for us and I’m sure we’ll be back for years to come,” said Trent Tabor, the deputy superintendent of the search and rescue program in the western region. Listen below for more from Trent Tabor about the local Cortes Bay station and information about the Coast Guard service: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Canadian Coast Guard reopens seasonal rescue boat station on Cortes Island This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS ABOUT THE GORGE HARBOUR LOG DUMP

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS ABOUT THE GORGE HARBOUR LOG DUMP

When a large volume of logs were dumped in Gorge Harbour, during the 1970s and 80s, they caused extensive damage to the underwater environment. One of the questions raised at Mosaic’s Cortes Island ZOOM meeting, last January, revolved around the possibility that reactivating the log dump could also have negative impacts. Mike Moore dove beneath the log dump about fifteen years ago. At that time, he observed a thick layer of wood debris and sediments, covered by ‘bacterial mats.’ Moore was concerned about the possibility a new disturbance of the sediments could pollute nearby shellfish operations. Some of the marine life at the bottom of Gorge Harbour – screenshot from ‘Bee Islets dive’ He returned to that area again after the ZOOM meeting. “I dove to the bottom, to check some moorings by the big barge that’s anchored just off the log dump.  I was happily surprised to see that the bottom was very alive and it was a bouldery bottom with lots of growth on it,” said Moore. “I have also dove around some docks and their moorings in the immediate neighbourhood and found that the bottom is clean. It was either sand or boulders during the log dumping operation held by the Community Forest and the Klahoose earlier this year.” He asked both Island Sea Farms and some of the local residents if they have “noticed turbidity in the water, and they said they hadn’t really noticed any difference at all.” A Mosaic spokesperson emailed, “We have positive working relationships with our neighbours that hold aquaculture tenures directly adjacent to our Gorge Harbour facility.” Screenshot of Mike...