May flowers arrive this year along with some extra special musical treats for a joyous spring, courtesy of the Joy of Life Festival brought to you by Daniel Lapp of the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Now in year five, the two-concert, weekend-long festival May 4 and 5 features the music of Van Morrison, Neil Young, and Stevie Wonder (among others) brought to you by (among others) the Joy of Life Choir, Folkestra, and the BC Fiddle Orchestra.
“Next to Christmas, the word JOY really finds its home during this wonderful SPRING season” says Daniel Lapp, the musical inspiration behind the Joy of Life Festival. “We carefully curate our festival music to embody everything you hope to get from this word…uplifting FIDDLE music and soulful SINGING performed together by local heroes alongside our neighbours.”
Joy of Fiddle is the first concert, featuring special guest Richard Moody, joining the BC Fiddle Orchestra and Folkestra. A Victoria resident and a Canadian music scene veteran, Moody studied classical viola at the University of Manitoba and the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique in Caen, France, after which he co-founded the folk-rock group Acoustically Inclined, which attracted national acclaim. He has since performed and/or recorded with (among many) the Wailin’ Jennys, the Bills, Joel Fafard, Jane Siberry, Glenn Buhr, Paris to Kyiv, the Wyrd Sisters and the Manitoba Chamber orchestra.
The second concert is Joy of Song, featuring Victoria-based Art Napoleon, who is perhaps known best as host of the popular international food show Moosemeat & Marmalade, but he is also an award-winning songwriter and recording artist. Musically, Napoleon’s work travels through folk, rock, country, blues and traditional Cree. Whether he’s re-interpreting Tom Petty or Bob Marley in Cree or teaching the language through music, you won’t find a more eloquent voice anywhere in Canada on the power and value of preserving ancient Indigenous languages. When he is not producing TV, he tours regularly as a performer and speaker. Napoleon is known as an on-stage humourist, well able to improvise and engage audiences of all ages. He remains connected to his home territory and his Cree and Dane Zaa roots.
Joy of Fiddle featuring Richard Moody and Joy of Song with Art Napoleon: If you can’t decide between the two concerts, choose both. Treat yourself to some delicious, inspiring music at the VCM Joy of Life Festival!