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FrogFest 2018 Workshops

We are so happy to announce our workshop schedule for FrogFest 2018

All workshops are free for FrogFest guests. Unless noted, all workshops are 1 hour and are rain or shine.

Saturday 10:00am

Yoga with Randi-Lee

Location: Firefly Observation Area rain or shine

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
Meeting at the beautiful firefly clearing (look for signs at the festival) at 10 AM on Saturday  morning, rain or shine, we will ease into the body and then work through approx. 45 min of flow yoga.

BIO:
Randi lee is a multi-disciplinary Calgary based artist, drawing inspiration from sacred geometry, repeating patterns, and the healing power of nature. She uses what she draws from the human experience and endeavours to translate it into relatable, meditative art that encourages dialogue, self-reflection and growth. She is stoked to be working with the visual art team for Frog Fest for the third year. Randi-Lee is especially pleased to have the opportunity to share some of her other interests though a few workshops this year at Frog Fest, including natural product making as well as facilitating gentle, morning yoga flow.

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Saturday 11:00am

Music Theory with Colton & Keath

Location: Side Stage rain or shine

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
Colton & Keath are passionate about music, people, and education. We hope to convey a wealth of knowledge to our Frog Fest Friends regarding musical information and all things surrounding. We will begin with exercises as basic as a Kindergarten student would learn, and beyond to highly advanced theoretical knowledge that will challenge your understanding of what music is. We aim to make the information inclusive to all skill levels and strive to create an innate enjoyment of all things music. 

Some of the topics we will be discussing in our information session will be:

  • The Basics: What you need to know & research further to aid in your musical journey
  • The Writer: How songwriting can seem so simple, yet be so complex
  • The Musician: The five forms of interaction & how to jam (Improvise) 
  • The Performer: Performing live & the steps to breaking out of your bedroom! 
  • The Expert: Theoretical knowledge that spans centuries, to expand the mind

We hope with these new insights into all things music you have a new appreciation for the art in a way you’ve never thought about. 

BIOS:
Colton graduated from the University of Calgary and now holds two degrees, one in Communications & Culture and the other is in Education. He is an Elementary Music specialist and currently teaches for the Calgary Board of Education in a K-6 school full of brilliant and eager minds. Colton is the lyricist, Vocalist & Guitarist of I Am The Mountain and pulls meaning in from many aspects of his life like family, emotion and the intricate experience in our lives. 

Keath is a prolific and acclaimed horn player around the city and at the University of Calgary as a Performance major in the in the school of performance and creative arts. Keath is a multi-instrumentalist with a focus on Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piano, Synth, Euphonium, as well as the Tuba. He plans on becoming a junior high band teacher and sharing his love for music as a professional musician and philanthropist. Keath has played in many notable projects across the city including the Calgary Youth Orchestra, The Stampede Showband, Ta Poketa Poketa, Evan Freeman, Natural 20, and of course, I Am The Mountain.

Saturday 12:00pm

Vision for Sanctuary Space – A Round Table Discussion

Location: Sanctuary Space rain or shine

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
This discussion is an action by the FrogFest Inclusion Committee and will be led by Kora Morris and Tess Graham. Tess and Kora both sit on the FrogFest Inclusion Committee and believe the Sanctuary Space should be a space “For The People by The People”. This is a discussion where you have the knowledge. We want to know what a safe space is to you; What has been your experience with “Sanctuary Spaces”? This is an open discussion and a time for your knowledge, experience and feedback; you are the experts here! Please come and share your knowledge with us!

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Saturday 2:00pm

Native Plant and Animal Workshop

Location: Meet at Sanctuary Space light rain or shine

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
The Lilypad is located at a junction between Alberta’s rolling foothills and lush boreal forest, making it a very unique habitat that hosts an abundance of great flora and fauna. This workshop will get participants out into nature and connected with the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that the forest has to offer. We’ll seek out and observe the ecological processes which govern the goings-on of the plants and animals in the woods, become acquainted with the critters that call the canopy ‘home’, and learn about the botanical uses of the forest flora. We’ll also discuss the importance of environmental stewardship and learn about best practices for exploring the outdoors and harvesting natural resources.The session will consist of a one-hour walk through the festival site (route to be determined) focused on observing, learning, and connecting with the great outdoors. Come empty-handed if you’d like to have a purely immersive nature break, or bring a sketch pad and learn how to record your observations to create your own field journal. Bring your walking shoes, a water bottle, a camera or sketch pad (optional), and your questions about the great outdoors.

BIOS:
Jenna is an all-around nature nut who just completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology through St. Mary’s University in Calgary. She has worked for Alberta Parks in and around the East Kananaskis region for the past four years as both an Environmental Educator and Vegetation Management specialist, and jumps at any opportunity to share knowledge about the incredible flora and fauna that call Alberta ‘home’. She is an advocate for sustainable living and native gardening, and hopes to one day develop strategies for increasing urban biodiversity and restoring prairie habitats. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, hiking, bird watching, and photography. Her favourite Alberta wildflower is Blue-eyed Grass, and her favourite bird is the black-billed magpie.

Saturday 4:00pm

Beading Workshop

Location: Sanctuary Space rain or shine

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
Traditional Indigenous style beading on both leather and faux-leather/ultra-suede, all supplies will be provided, including supply list and information sheet.

BIO:
Jared Tailfeathers is a multi-media performance/interactive Installation based Blackfoot (Kainai) Artist, Musician and Author. His focus as an artist is to bridge the gap between arts and culture, making work that is designed for large conceptual and multi-media communication and collaboration, and promote artistic growth in Indigenous arts and youth and I have worked over the last 10 years to develop a multi-disciplinary practice. He seeks to find as many ways as possible to implement ideas for group collaboration from different disciplines and has had a strong focus on interactive involvement from performers, artists and the general public including youth and children. I have worked and built my skills to make films, multiple styles and genres of music, multiple musical instruments, painting, drawing, sculpture, interactive installations, performances of all types, theatre, media arts, a published author of both graphic novels and written novels, poetry and verse. He is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience and plays locally with the bands Ride The Sky, The Daring Nomads and The Green Tailfeathers.

https://www.instagram.com/jaredtailfeathers/

Matthew Springer is a Calgary based Photographer, Illustrator, Designer, comic book/zine author and a multi-instrumentalist. He is going into his fourth-year photo major at ACAD and has participated with many festivals for his work as a comic creator. He is a part of the band and collective Ride The Sky and also helps perform in The Daring Nomads.

https://www.instagram.com/springatus/

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Sunday 10:00am

Yoga and Essential Oils with Randi-Lee

Location: Firefly Observation Area rain or shine

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
Meeting at the beautiful firefly clearing (look for signs at the festival) at 10 AM on Sunday  morning, rain or shine, we will ease into the body and then work through approx. 45 min of flow yoga. 

Sundays meeting will facilitate some stretching, followed by a 20-min mini workshop on making your own natural body spray made with essential oils. Sprays can be curated for a number of purposed and there will be a variety of essential oils to choose from. After this short workshop, we will close with a 20-min yoga flow session. People wishing to only attend the Yoga flow can flow in around 10:30am.

BIO:
Randi lee is a multi-disciplinary Calgary based artist, drawing inspiration from sacred geometry, repeating patterns, and the healing power of nature. She uses what she draws from the human experience and endeavours to translate it into relatable, meditative art that encourages dialogue, self-reflection and growth. She is stoked to be working with the visual art team for Frog Fest for the third year. Randi-Lee is especially pleased to have the opportunity to share some of her other interests though a few workshops this year at Frog Fest, including natural product making as well as facilitating gentle, morning yoga flow.

Sunday 2:00pm

Comic/Zine Workshop

Location: Sanctuary Space rain or shine

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
You will be shown how to construct a comic book or a zine, using techniques to create narrative and simple concise images. The materials will be provided for hand making your own comic/zine.

BIO:
Jared Tailfeathers is a multi-media performance/interactive Installation based Blackfoot (Kainai) Artist, Musician and Author. His focus as an artist is to bridge the gap between arts and culture, making work that is designed for large conceptual and multi-media communication and collaboration, and promote artistic growth in Indigenous arts and youth and I have worked over the last 10 years to develop a multi-disciplinary practice. He seeks to find as many ways as possible to implement ideas for group collaboration from different disciplines and has had a strong focus on interactive involvement from performers, artists and the general public including youth and children. I have worked and built my skills to make films, multiple styles and genres of music, multiple musical instruments, painting, drawing, sculpture, interactive installations, performances of all types, theatre, media arts, a published author of both graphic novels and written novels, poetry and verse. He is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience and plays locally with the bands Ride The Sky, The Daring Nomads and The Green Tailfeathers.

https://www.instagram.com/jaredtailfeathers/

Matthew Springer is a Calgary based Photographer, Illustrator, Designer, comic book/zine author and a multi-instrumentalist. He is going into his fourth-year photo major at ACAD and has participated with many festivals for his work as a comic creator. He is a part of the band and collective Ride The Sky and also helps perform in The Daring Nomads.

https://www.instagram.com/springatus/

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Matthew Springer

Sunday 4:00pm

Instrument Building Workshop

Location: Ride the Sky Pavilion rain or shine

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
This workshop will be a demonstration of how to make a simple and working instrument, by following the steps of construction. There will be information sheets with supplies and places to get materials

BIO:
Jared Tailfeathers is a multi-media performance/interactive Installation based Blackfoot (Kainai) Artist, Musician and Author. His focus as an artist is to bridge the gap between arts and culture, making work that is designed for large conceptual and multi-media communication and collaboration, and promote artistic growth in Indigenous arts and youth and I have worked over the last 10 years to develop a multi-disciplinary practice. He seeks to find as many ways as possible to implement ideas for group collaboration from different disciplines and has had a strong focus on interactive involvement from performers, artists and the general public including youth and children. I have worked and built my skills to make films, multiple styles and genres of music, multiple musical instruments, painting, drawing, sculpture, interactive installations, performances of all types, theatre, media arts, a published author of both graphic novels and written novels, poetry and verse. He is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience and plays locally with the bands Ride The Sky, The Daring Nomads and The Green Tailfeathers.

https://www.instagram.com/jaredtailfeathers/

Matthew Springer is a Calgary based Photographer, Illustrator, Designer, comic book/zine author and a multi-instrumentalist. He is going into his fourth-year photo major at ACAD and has participated with many festivals for his work as a comic creator. He is a part of the band and collective Ride The Sky and also helps perform in The Daring Nomads.

https://www.instagram.com/springatus/