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A program of music and poetry relating personal experience to Canadian geography, and an album of commissions and new music.
A program of music and poetry relating personal experience to Canadian geography, and an album of commissions and new music.
50 backers pledged CA$ 12,216 to help bring this project to life.

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Lost Islands: a reflection on personal geography and memory presented by the Cygnus Trio, with guests Arie van de Ven and Paul Hopkins 

Sound, music, images, geography: all these concepts influence our memory. Think of a place from your childhood. What do you hear, what do you see? How can you describe this feeling of remembering the past? In a sense, the places we have made our homes and have now left are lost to us; we may be able to physically return, but our memories preserve it in a different way. Stories of islands which disappear after a first discovery or even after being inhabited for a time permeate Canadian folklore, from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence to more isolated islands in the Great Lakes and beyond. The prevalence of these stories suggests a deep collective sorrow for remembered times and places which, once gone, are gone forever. The Cygnus Trio, in collaboration with composers with deep geographical ties, offers a program of music and poetry reflecting on this loss and the relationship between memory and location. The program features works by four Canadian composers, folk tunes and poetry. Anita Perry and Selwyn Redivo offer musical meditations upon the landscape of the Okanagan Valley, past home of brothers Ben (flute) and Jonathan (guitar), and the trio will premiere Ontario native Arie Van de ven’s Algoma Miniatures. The musical components of the program are tied together with literary reflections by W. B. Yeats, Jane Urquhart and Nancy Holmes, tying a deep sense of place to the remembrance of the past. 

This August, with your support we are taking this program on the road to perform nine concerts starting in Montreal, passing through Ottawa and North Bay, performing throughout the Algoma Region and finishing in Gananoque. This program is not only a reflection on the themes of memory and geography but also an homage to the inspiring beauty of Canadian landscapes and the artistry of its people. We want to share our vision of these physical and emotional landscapes on tour and in our debut album.

We have some incredible collaborators involved in our project: Arie van de  Ven who wrote the 'Algoma Miniatures' and actor Paul Hopkins who performs the poetry in this program. We are raising funds to cover the expenses of touring, which include: transportation (rental car), food and lodging, venue rental, artist fees, presentation materials, and recording costs.

You can follow our journey on our website www.thecygnustrio.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thecygnustrio, and on Instagram @thecygnustrio

Risks and challenges

Our tour will take us to some very small towns in rural Ontario, areas that we have never performed in before. We are faced with the challenge of discovering venues and generating support for our performances. In addition, we are organizing all of this *ourselves*: no tour manager, no co-presenters, this will be entirely self-produced.

We know how much work this is, having already planned and performed a similar series in the summer of 2016. On top of dedicating a lot of energy to performing and rehearsing our concerts, we need to plan meals, drive, communicate with venues, and set up lodging, not to mention needing to find some time apart from each other to rest! Each of us has strong skills individually that help us make our projects possible. Jonathan is a strong communicator and networker, Erica keeps us organized and prepared, and Ben makes sure we take care of ourselves and others.

From past experience and through personal networks, we are prepared to overcome our challenges. Through calling and connecting with members in the communities we intend to visit, we have seen that our project is something that will be valued. We have arranged lodging and developed our itinerary through friends and professional communities.

The biggest risk for us is financial. We are relying on the support of donors and grass-roots networking to make this project possible, both for initial funding and for generating ticket sales.

Because of the work we've put into past performances there is a lot of interest already in the performances that will see us return to Montreal, and Gananoque. We are confident and determined that, with your support, we can make this successful.

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    Road Tripper

    You've helped us cover the cost of getting across the enormous province of Ontario!
    To thank you we will send you a digital postcard from a landmark we come across on our journey. (giant nickels, lawn dinosaurs, UFOs not excluded).

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    Music for the Road

    Thanks for backing us on our tour and recording.

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    The Folk Enthusiast

    Our program includes a wide variety of musical styles. Like the folk music? You can take Jonathan's arrangements of "Simple Gifts' and 'I saw three ships' with you!

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    • Digital Download of our album
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    I Love Algoma

    If you love discovering new music and new places, this is the reward for you. Take a piece of our program home with you, and get the score to Arie van de Ven's 'Algoma Miniatures'. Get the music that inspired the tour!

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    • Digital Download of our album
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    The Collector

    Do you like folk songs, but also LOVE music written by Arie? Don't worry, you can get digital copies of Jonathan's arrangements and Arie's 'Algoma Miniatures'

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    • Digital copy of Arie van de Ven's 'Algoma Miniatures
    • Digital Download of our album
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    'With a little help from my friends'

    We are fortunate not just to have the support of people like you, but also to be friends with some amazing artists. Notice the beautiful artwork that features on our campaign photo. This is one in a series of five paintings by Hannah Bailey. This package thanks you with copies of her artwork *and* a physical copy of Arie's 'Algoma Miniatures'

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    • 5 Greeting Cards featuring Hannah Bailey's Artwork
    • Physical autographed copy of 'Algoma Miniatures'
    • Digital Download of our album
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    The Medieval Patron

    Thank you for your generous support of our project! We grant you the title of 'Medieval Patron'! Spend a half hour session with us learning to improvise in the medieval 'fauxbourdon' style. Pick your favourite tune and we'll sing away!

    - One 30 minute session with at least two members of the trio on medieval style vocal improvisation.

    *This reward works best for people living in the Montreal area who can meet us in person.
    **Must be redeemed before September 20th.

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    • Digital Download of our album
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    The Big One

    So many rewards to choose from, but can't decide what is best? No problem. To thank you for your donation of $150 or more we will send you the big package.

    Includes:
    • Physical autographed copy of 'Algoma Miniatures'
    • Digital copies of Jonathan's folk song arrangements
    • 5 Greeting Cards featuring Hannah Bailey's Artwork
    • Digital Download of our album
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    King Jonathan, Protector of the Realm

    You generous donation has made it possible for us to perform our program this summer. Jonathan would like to thank you personally with these unique rewards.

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    • One hour guitar lesson with Jonathan
    • Digital copies of Jonathan's folk song arrangements
    • Digital Download of our album
    • Personal letter of thanks from Jonathan
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    Supreme Empress Erica

    Your generous donation has made it possible for us to perform our program this summer. Erica would like to thank you with these unique rewards.

    Includes:
    • Hand-made pine-needle pin cushion
    • Personalized limerick
    • Digital Download of our album
    • Personal letter of thanks from Erica
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    Lord Benjamin of the Blustery Grove

    Your generous donation has made it possible for us to perform our program this summer. Ben would like to thank you with these unique rewards.

    - Explanation of any heresy of your choice (did you know Ben has a BA in Scriptures and interpretation?)

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    • Explain that Heresy!
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    Sponsor a Concert

    You've done something amazing, and covered the costs of one of our performances! You will be printed in the program as a co-producer of one of our performances.

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    House Concert

    Your incredible support means so much to us. To thank you we will give a performance at your home.

    *You must agree to cover expenses if travel is required.

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