The Joy of Life Festival is postponed to a potential Fall 2020 date.
Join us for Daniel Lapp’s Joy of Life Festival on May 1 and 2, 2020 in Alix Goolden Performance Hall. The Joy of Life concerts have been an annual event for over 20 years and an official Festival celebration now in its 7th year.
There’s no better way to launch into the wonderful month of May, than experiencing the Joy of Life Festival, showcasing the B.C. Fiddle Orchestra, Folkestra, and the Joy of Life Choir, and featuring renowned guest artists along with Daniel’s incredible talent as one of Canada’s most distinguished fiddlers.
Daniel Lapp knows how to put on a show that will have you dancing in your seat and singing along so if it’s hard to choose, make sure to catch both shows!
Celebrating the B.C. Fiddle Orchestra’s first 25 years, and looking ahead to the next 25! This fiddle extravaganza has something for everyone including performances by over 65 fiddlers of all ages in Folkestra, the Old-Time Dance Orchestra, the BC Fiddle Orchestra and many accomplished B.C. Fiddle Orchestra Alumni returning to the stage to join in the celebration.
Bring back happy memories as the Joy of Life Choir performs some good old Canadian campfire songs! Featuring 70+ choir singers, they are joined by Daniel Lapp’s full community of students, alumni, and special guests, Alix Goolden Hall is the place to be to warm the heart, and experience the Joy of Singing! Reminisce about Canada’s great song legacy and be introduced to homegrown songwriters you’ve never heard of in this unique performance of mostly Canadian songs chosen and arranged by Daniel for the Joy of Life Choir, houseband and special guests.
The BC Fiddle Orchestra began with a small group of talented and enthusiastic young violinists from Daniel Lapp’s studio. The first performance, in 1994, was at the Opening Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games. Dozens of young fiddlers, many of whom are now professional musicians, learned the art of fiddling during their apprenticeship with the BCFO which exposes students to styles and genres from around the world. The program has recently begun a province-wide expansion in celebration of their 25th anniversary, with the generous assistance of the Vancouver Foundation, reaching into many remote BC communities, to help nurture the development of young fiddlers, and grow Old-Time Dance Orchestras. These talented emerging fiddlers cap off their year in the Province-wide Expansion Program, by coming to Victoria to participate in a Grande Fiddle Camp held at the VCM. The BC Fiddle Orchestra is also releasing is 25th Anniversary commemorative album. Check out the BC Fiddle orchestra’s own channel on Youtube.
Founded and directed by Daniel Lapp, Folkestra! is an adult ensemble that focuses on playing fun, lively folk music together as a group in a learning, workshop style environment. All instruments are welcome and only a very modest playing level is expected (no audition required).
“I created Folkestra! as an opportunity for people to have a fun night out playing music with others looking for the same experience. It’s a way for people to make the transition from listening to playing music in a nurturing, non-competitive environment. We are a band, a community and our own weekly kitchen party!”
A non-auditioned, adult choir open to all who are seeking a joyful musical experience. Over the choir’s 20+ year history, repertoire has been drawn from great songs found in the gospel, folk, country, jazz and R&B traditions as well as original songs composed by Daniel specifically for this choir. In the past few years however, the Joy of Life Choir has taken a special interest in celebrating Canadian songs. While participation in concert performances is not mandatory, there are usually several performing opportunities throughout the year including the annual “Home for Christmas” and “Joy of Life” concerts. Founder and Director Daniel Lapp has lead this community experience for over 20 years, and in 2012 received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his efforts in bringing community together.