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11: A Community Music and History Project

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5455 Fraser Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

On November 11th in Mountain View Cemetery’s Celebration Hall, at 11 AM a solo trumpet will call out 11 questions, and 11 stringed instruments will answer. Each instrument represents a specific fallen soldier or veteran of the World Wars, and tells that individual’s story through sound and music. The performance will be 11 minutes long. There will be a display of historic photos and documents from the lives of the soldiers represented in the piece.

All are welcome to this free public event, and the location is wheelchair accessible.

Renfrew Heights was built after WWII to house veterans and their families. A war memorial in urban form, the streets are named after battles (Vimy, Dieppe) and figures (Worthington, the name of 2 brothers killed at Falaise, France, a few days apart in 1944). It was a tough neighbourhood, commonly known as the War Zone.

In 2014 more than 1000 people came to Falaise Park to hear “11”. It was created through a seven-month community composition and history project, developed by Mark Haney and Diane Park with veterans and their families in historic Renfrew Heights in East Vancouver. It is presented by The Little Chamber Music Series That Could with the assistance of Mountain View Cemetery.