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Educating Ears

Rags to Rock takes a magical history tour of Chilliwack schools February 25-28

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Graeme (L) and Jody Peters of Speed Control will be touring Chilliwack schools with their entertaining and interactive Rags to Rock musical production.

 

ukon rock band Speed Control will be clocking into Chilliwack School District #33 for 9 “Rags to Rock” shows in 5 days kicking-off on February 25th at AD Rundle.

 

The show, billed as "super fun, super catchy, and super pop", weaves songs, humor and history together into a bouncy 50-minute joyride with teachers Ian March, Graeme Peters and his brother Jody behind the wheel.

 

"Speed Control's school performance showcases the evolution of popular music from 1898 to the present in a musical romp through history," said band spokesperson Petrice Brett in an e-mail to The Voice this week.

 

She says the interactive show is laced with musical trivia and features lots of audience participation.

 

"They are multi-instrumentalists who are touring musicians and highly trained teachers, who love nothing more than to share their passion and knowledge of music," she said, adding "Speed Control invites students into a musical universe where rhythm reigns."

 

According to Brett, Cultural Centre executive director Michael Cade is working with the band to bring in a young local female singer who will perform 2 songs with the band.

 

"It should make things fun and exciting for everyone," she added.

 

Aside from the live shows, the band also keeps busy with workshops, and 3-5 day Rock Camps for all skill levels. Their workshops focus on skill building on stage and in rehearsal, culminating with a talent showcase.

 

The Rags to Rock tour is booked through ArtStarts, a not-for-profit organization with a huge talent pool of professional artists who travel to BC schools for performances, workshops, residencies and exhibitions with funding from Artists in Education.

 

 

About Art Starts

Founded in 1996 with a professional staff and volunteer board of directors, ArtStarts in Schools is a not-for-profit organization offering educators, artists, parents and students a broad range of programs, services and resources to promote art and creativity among BC’s young people.

 

ArtStarts in Schools provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education.

 

About Artists in Education

For more than 30 years, the Artists in Education (AIE) funding program has supported the arts in schools right across BC by providing matching funds for performances. AIE has introduced hundreds of thousands of children and youth to traditional and cultural events in a multidisciplinary range of dance, theatre, music, literary, media and visual arts.

 

Related Links

Watch Speed Control's latest music video on YouTube here.

 

For more information visit www.speedcontrol.ca, www.artstarts.com and www.bcartscouncil.ca

 

 

Speed Control Chilliwack Schedule

 

February 25

AD Rundle Middle School          

Time: 9:00am. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 45660 Hocking Ave.

 

Rosedale Traditional Community School Canada

Time: 1:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 50850 Yale Rd.

 

 

February 26

Chilliwack Middle School

Time: 9:00am. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 46354 Yale Rd.. Rock!!

 

Chilliwack Secondary School

Time: 1:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 46363 Yale Rd.

 

 

February 27

G. W. Graham Middle-Secondary School

Time: 9:00am. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 45955 Thomas Road.

 

G. W. Graham Middle-Secondary School

Time: 1:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 45955 Thomas Road.

 

 

February 28

Mount Slesse Middle School

Time: 9:00am. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 5871 Tyson Road.

 

Vedder Middle School

Time: 1:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Sumas Road.

 

 

February 28

Sardis Secondary

Time: 1:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 45460 Stevenson Rd.

 

 

 

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