Special Events 2017

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August 12, 2017

Memory Makuri is a multi-talented artist who is originally from Zimbabwe. After finishing high school she joined the vibrant Zimbabwean music scene as a back-up singer and dancer for the legendary Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited. Memory appeared on many of Mapfumo's albums and toured North America from 1998 to 2001.

Memory immigrated to Canada in 2005 and co-founded Nhapitapi Mbira 2008. She says she brings a “traditional Zimbabwean vibe” to the band in which she sings dances and plays hosho, a traditional Zimbabwean gourd shaker. Nhapitapi has performed across Ontario (including at the Rice Lake Gallery) and at music festivals in Toronto, British Columbia and the US. 

In addition to her own artistic practice as a performer and musician Memory also leads dance workshops in Toronto.

Memory will be leading two of her most popular workshops at the Rice Lake Gallery.

Mhande - This is a ceremonial dance. Historically it was used to call upon the spirits to bring rain. Mhande is characterized by distinct rhythms and dignified foot movements. Objects are also used such as foot rattles (magavhu) and wooden planks. Today this dance is performed at social gatherings as a form of entertainment.

Mbira- This dance accompanies the musical instrument the mbira, also known as an African thumb piano. This dance incorporates is a lot of foot movements and high energy jumps. In the rural areas the Mbira dance is used to induce the spirits and can also be performed for entertainment.

The Mhande dance workshop will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on August 12, 2017
The Mbira dance workshop will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on August 12, 2017

The registration fee is $30 + HST for each workshop of $50 + HST for both. To register please email zimart@sympatico.

Tuesday August 22, 6 p.m – 7.30 p.m.

Workshop led Jamie-Lynn Simmons.

Jamie has been a yoga practitioner for over ten years and she certified as a trainer in 2011. She owns Jai Soul Yoga, a rural-based studio in Bailieboro. Jamie has developed her own unique teaching style which emphasizes enjoyment and being in the moment. A nature lover, Jamie is looking forward to teaching this session outdoors. The program includes one hour of yoga, light refreshments, followed by a half-hour meditation walk through the gallery.

Suitable for everyone, including first timers.

Workshop fee: $30 + $3.90 HST.
Fee includes instruction, meditation walk and light refreshments. Yoga mats will be provided.

To register email



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