Saturday, October 17th, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We have decided to postpone the Oct 3rd park event for an online event through Facebook Live and YouTube Live on Oct 17th. Please see our Facebook page for more information. The links for the live stream will be posted to this webpage as well.
A fundraiser and celebration of rain and all its impacts on our lives! Featuring live music, storytelling, and do-along educational activities for the whole family! See below for materials to get ready to participate in the activities.
We have decided to postpone the original event on Oct 3rd and switch to an online event streamed through Facebook Live on Oct 17th. We apologize for the last minute change and hope that you will feel more comfortable joining us on the 17th for music and activities. Please check the activities section of the webpage for materials to prepare if you intend on trying them out along with us.
This event is made possible with the help of TD Park People Grants and the TD Ready Challenge. TD Park People Grants program is providing essential funding to support park groups in delivering over 334 awesome nature-based activities that foster environmental education, sustainability and stewardship in cities across Canada. Together, TD and Park People are helping to bring Canadians together to unlock the power of parks because they know that when people are connected to nature in their parks and communities, people are happier and communities feel more connected to nature and each other.
Revel in the Rain is the first outdoors celebration of rain organized by Rain Gardens United and the first fundraiser we have planned! RGU is a tireless advocate for rain gardens as a way to manage rain on your property because we realize that rain touches us all. We have decided to run an event like Revel in the Rain for several reasons:
To bring awareness and mindfullness to the cycle of water, an essential part of our environment.
Image credits: Awareness created by Ivan Colic from Noun Project (CC BY)
To deepen appreciation and understanding of precipitation and how it gives life to the world around us.
Image credits: appreciation like created by Eucalyp from Noun Project (CC BY)
To make connections and support each other. To work together and accomplish more.
Image credits: Teamwork created by Maxim Kulikov from Noun Project (CC BY)
Mr. Art loves playing music for children. His songs are funny, and bring environmental awareness – both to the earth, and to the world we live in. His most recent collaborative children’s music project was ‘How to Be Awesome’ – an album aimed at getting children to strive to be the most awesome version of themselves. As a school teacher he uses his guitar to connect with his students and knows how to reach young audiences. His mission is to spread joy, thoughtfulness, and laughter to children through music. Catch him at Revel in the Rain strummin’, singin’ and smilin’!
Thée (taya-Northern Lights) Wind Dancer, is a Nuu-chah-nulth youth and multidisciplinary visual artist, storyteller, puppeteer, a stilt-walker and modern dancer. With humble Kaha:wi Dance Theatre annual March Break camps from age of 8-14 rooted Thée’s love for dance. Showing a natural dance and stage presence, Thée caught the eye the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre Company’s Co-founder & Managing Director Michael deConinck Smith for her backstage big-sister sensibilities, leadership, and encouragement to the younger dancers for the final performance. She was awarded an indefinite dance scholarship in the memory of Cree contemporary dancer René Highway in 2015.
Sarah comes from a long line of Storytellers on her paternal side. She tells stories nationally and internationally to both adults and children. Because, Sarah grew up in several countries, she tells stories from all over the world, with the focus on Arab and Balkan stories, where her roots lie. Her favorite stories are ones that promote social change. Sarah has used stories in a therapeutic way, with children in refugee camps as well as refugee children in Toronto. Sarah tells stories so that she may go deep inside of the tales and find herself in faraway magical places, that she remembers, from long, long ago.
Cassie Norton is a singer-songwriter, violinist, improviser and climate activist. She believes that music is a powerful tool capable of providing us both with the strength we need to make massive changes and the resilience we will need to live through those changes in the years to come.
Revel in the Rain will also have a number of fun and educational activities for you to try out. Things like making a cloud in a jar, a mini-water cycle, a seed ball that you can drop in your garden, a DIY rain gauge!
Revel in the Rain is also a fundraiser. The donations received from this event will be split with Water First. Water First Education & Training Inc. helps address water challenges in Indigenous communities in Canada through education, training and meaningful collaboration. If you would like to donate directly to Water First, you may do so here: www.waterfirst.ngo/donate.
Donations will be collected at the event and can be sent by e-transfer to email@example.com or through PayPal with the button below. Be sure to make a note that this donation is for the Revel in the Rain fundraising event!
Donations made to RGU as part of this event will be split with Water First to further support both of our ongoing efforts. Receipts for donations made to RGU do not qualify for charitable tax credits.
Here is an event schedule to better plan your afternoon with Revel in the Rain. Feel free to jump in and out to see all the performances and activities you are interested in.
|2:00 - 2:10||Opening remarks|
|2:10 - 2:25||Mr. Art (musician)|
|2:25 - 2:40||Thée Wind Dancer (storyteller)|
|2:40 - 2:45||Activity: make a mini-water cycle|
|2:45 - 2:55||Break: Trivia about rain!|
|2:55 - 3:10||Mr. Art (musician)|
|3:10 - 3:25||Thée Wind Dancer (storyteller)|
|3:25 - 3:30||Activity: cloud in a jar|
|3:30 - 3:40||Break: Trivia about rain!|
|3:40 - 3:55||Mr. Art (musician)|
|3:55 - 4:10||Thée Wind Dancer (storyteller)|
|4:10 - 4:15||Activity: DIY rain gauge|
|4:15 - 4:25||Break: Trivia about rain!|
|4:25 - 4:40||Sarah and Cassie (storyteller and violinist)|
|4:40 - 4:45||Activity: make a mini-water cycle|
|4:45 - 4:50||Break: Trivia about rain!|
|4:50 - 5:05||Sarah and Cassie (storyteller and violinist)|
|5:05 - 5:10||Activity: cloud in a jar|
|5:10 - 5:15||Break: Trivia about rain!|
|5:15 - 5:30||Sarah and Cassie (storyteller and violinist)|
|5:30 - 5:35||Activity: DIY rain gauge|
|5:35 - 5:40||Break: Trivia about rain!|
|5:40 - 6:00||Q&A and closing remarks|
Please RSVP for this event by filling out the form below. We encourage people to RSVP to better able to limit the number of people gathering at the same time.