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Candace Curr and Withe: Music and Art Performance

Date & Time
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM

Cedar withes are used by Nuuchahnulth and Haida nations to make rope; the more withes, the stronger the rope. Now, join us for a powerful performance with many musicians working together to create such strength

Candace Curr is a storyteller, artist and musician from Ditidaht First Nation on Vancouver Island. She will take you on a storytelling journey with her voice and ukulele accompanied by Rob Thompson from Haida Nation and Trevor Ainsworth. Join us for this profound, sentimental listening opportunity designed to make you reflect and feel, as Candace Curr & Withe shares songs that explore their lives and experiences. Healing and immersive, this is an event you will not want to miss.

Please note: Residential schools and the harm they inflicted will be discussed during this event.

Session Type
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Rewatch On Demand


Candace Curr is an artist from the Nuu-Chah-Nulth territory, with strong creative interest in painting, song writing and jewelry design. Born 1982 in Port Alberni, Curr has always been deeply connected to her family and her First Nations’ traditions, the main inspiration for her work. Aside from First Nations culture, her art has been influenced by the modernist ideas and painters. Vincent Van Gogh’s use of bold color and almost tangible texture subtly informs her work. Curr studied Psychology and Kinetics at the Vancouver Island University while simultaneously working as a cultural and recreational youth worker. She has a Visual Arts diploma from VIU and has participated in numerous art ventures across the globe, including as a member of the North American Indian Delegation at Art En Capital in Paris. Her work has been exhibited in museums, and commissioned for display in multiple communities.
Candace Curr
Robert Thomson is a musician, artistic producer and a proud member of the Haida Nation. Robert is currently the electric bass player in the projects Withe, SOLA, Ostwelve, Emily Best, a sound designer/performer/live looper in the experimental musical Morag; You’re a Long Time Deid (2020).

Outside of performing, Robert is an Artistic Producer at Full Circle: First Nations Performance and the Talking Stick Festival music programmer and a Canadian New Music Network board member. In 2019, Robert received the “Emerging Performing Arts Leader” award presented by the Canadian Association for Presenting Arts.
Rob Thomson
Trevor Ainsworth is a passionate drummer and percussionist of many genres of music with over
twenty years of playing experience. His style reflects his love of rock/jazz fusion with elements
of latin inspiration as well as hip hop and R&B soul. He enjoys playing live as well as in the
recording studio, and is featured on such projects as SOLA, Camrus Johnson, and the Kendall
Goddard Band. He has played live on national television with Sister Says and is proud to be the
band director for Ronnie Dean Harris, who performs under the name of Ostwelve. Trevor has
been featured recently with the powerhouse rock band Bitterly Divine and Curtis Clearsky & the
Constellationz. Notable past performances include Indigenous Day Live with Sister Says on the
APTN network, as well as playing with SOLA as part of the Vancouver International Jazz
Festival, and playing the Malkin Bowl with Bitterly Divine. When he’s not drumming, Trevor’s
other passions include working with rescue dogs to rehabilitate them into family balance, writing
science fiction / horror stories, and voice acting. Trevor currently lives in Coquitlam, British
Columbia with his life partner Adriana, their daughter Skyris, and their dog and cat, Polar and
Trevor Ainsworth