Rock and Roll High School has come to Richmond this month as part of the City’s Canada 150 celebrations. The Richmond Canada 150 High School Concert Series is visiting five local secondary schools and includes headline performances by popular Vancouver rock band, Good for Grapes. The series is produced in partnership with School District #38 and fully funded through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada 150 Fund.
“This is a great opportunity for students to enjoy some original Canadian music and celebrate our country’s long tradition of producing world-class musical artists,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It’s also an excellent learning opportunity as students are able to participate in the organization of the series visit to their schools and learn about event management and the music industry.”
The lunchtime concert series kicked off May 10 at Hugh Boyd Secondary and is continuing with stops throughout May at A.R. MacNeill Secondary, McRoberts Secondary, Steveston London Secondary and McNair Secondary. Each school has the opportunity to emcee their event, have a school band or group perform and then enjoy the headline performance by Good for Grapes, a 102.7 the Peak Performance Project winner.
Each school appointed students from its leadership and music class to an event steering committee and they had the opportunity to take on different roles to learn about event management including marketing the event to their school, stage management and sponsorship opportunities.
During the City of Richmond’s recent Ships to Shore King of the Sea event students were given the opportunity for a back stage tour of the production set up at the event. Any students interested in continuing to learn about event management will also be presented the offer to be a volunteer during upcoming Richmond Canada 150 events throughout the summer.
Richmond Canada 150 is designed to ignite the passions of local residents in a multi-faceted, year-long celebration, honouring the community’s distinct and vibrant cultural diversity, and leaving lasting legacies that foster civic pride and carry the spirit of 150 into the future. For more information visit www.richmondcanada150.com.