Elevate the Arts Wrap Up Party with The Boom Booms!

The Details

With special guests Tintown & Pleena.

The Boom Booms are a six-piece Latin-soul-funk-rock-reggae band, forged from friendships born on the school yards, soccer fields, cafe patios and eventually bars of East Vancouver.

They make music that makes people want to dance — or “Get up and love somebody,” as lead singer and guitarist Aaron Nazrul calls it. Whether breaking into song and dance on the streets of Paris, storming stages with Congolese musicians in Brussels, playing to thousands at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or serenading abuelitas in South America, the charming sextet is able to reach across cultural barriers and connect with people of all stripes, on levels equally rhythmic and emotional.
Elevate the Arts

Elevate the Arts is a full day culture crawl in the heart of Courtenay to be held Saturday May 5th 2012. Featuring visual art, craft, design, music, photography, dance, film, healing arts, kids stuff and much more – the event will be held at multiple venues (inside, outside and the unexpected) throughout the downtown.

The Vision for this event is a collaborative celebration where organizations, individuals, artists, businesses all contribute to a rich cultural mosaic. The Elevate the Arts production team is both actively recruiting programming and receiving expressions of interest from folks we don’t know…yet. We’re here to create AND to be the “glue” (marketing, communications and scheduling) for the creative initiatives of others! We’re also inspired to help ‘animate our downtown’ and to breathe new life and fresh energy into our urban core.

Elevate the Arts is a not-for-profit, community driven undertaking by a diverse group of culturally-oriented people. It is our long term goal to develop this event into vibrant and exciting multi-day arts and culture celebration.

Dance to your HeARTS Content at The Bridge

“Fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars, let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars…”

As part of Elevate the ARTS on May 5, The Bridge Lounge is transforming into a dance extravaganza from 11 AM to 5 PM starting with Belly Dance, jumping into West Coast Swing, swinging into LA Salsa, waltzing into Argentine Tango, and ending with an open dance practice with a mash-up of all of the above musical styles. Classes are geared for the beginner dancer but dancers of all levels are encouraged to come. Dance to your HeARTS content!

  • 11 AM to 12 PM ~ Beginner Belly Dance with Linda Doerksen
  • 12 to 1 PM ~ Beginner West Coast Swing with Keith and Holly Foraie
  • 1 to 2 PM ~ Beginner Salsa with Karin Albert
  • 2 to 3 PM ~ Beginner Argentine Tango with Kirra Gullickson
  • 3 to 5 PM ~ ‘Dance to your heARTS content’ Practica. Join us for a fun mash-up of tango, salsa, and swing during this two-hour long dance party. Everyone welcome!