Music of Junk

The Music of Junk” is a fun, energetic show that features eleven musicians playing instruments such as ‘garbage bag’ bagpipes, a ‘wheelbarrow’ bass, and a harp made from an old bed frame, and even a saxophone made from an old bike.  Yes, instruments built from junk and recycled materials!


Original compositions by Canadian composer and creator Paul Snider are performed during this 120-minute, unique show. Stories of the junkyard unfold through a wheel barrow bass, a garbage can cello, a bed frame harp, PVC tubing, an automobile drum, different types of percussive instruments and much more junk, all adding to the originality of this orchestra of the imagination.


Creator Paul Snider got the idea of making instruments during a trip to Kenya, where he saw people recycling trash for all sorts of useful things. Hence his inspiration, he made all the instruments himself from items of garbage and composed the music.  The final result of his creativity is a new musical,  “The Music of Junk” – a family show littered with fun and toe tapping tunes.


Take the kids, grandkids, teenagers, parents.” Plank Magazine


Only One Show

Sat. Oct. 1st  @2pm at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. New Westminster

Tickets –

$15 adults, $10 students and seniors, $5 children (5 and under)

Trying Something New: Learn to Curl

It’s September, and if you’re in Canada that means one thing: curling season is starting again! New Westminster’s Royal City Curling Club is having its fiftieth year of curling this season, so it’s the perfect opportunity to try curling or, better yet, get your kids curling!

img_2832The RCCC has a program designed just for introducing curling to children aged 6 to 9 called Little Rocks. Your child will learn some of the basics behind curling, including curling sportsmanship, ice safety, sweeping, scoring, and delivering a stone. The instructors range from seasoned curlers to juniors who have been curling since their own Little Rocks days. While your kids won’t be entering the Olympics just yet, they’ll be given the opportunity to learn some new skills while having fun on the ice. And as a part of the Little Rocks program, they have a Christmas party where there are prizes to be won — last year my daughter won a turkey!

Older kids have their own programs as well: Intermediate for ages 10 to 12, and Junior for ages 13 to 19. Junior curlers have their own tournaments held locally and abroad, and can even win scholarships from Curling Canada!

But suppose you’re an adult and you’ve always wanted to try curling, or you curled when you were younger and want to give it another try. Don’t worry, the RCCC has Novice and Intermediate clinics coming up on September 18 for only $15. Visit that link for more information, and call or email promptly as spaces go quickly!

Of course, clinics only last for one day. If you would like to curl on a more regular basis but might be intimidated by the level of curling, don’t worry, the RCCC has a number of leagues that are very open to new curlers. I curled in the Saturday Night Mixed league for two years, and I can say that it is an incredibly friendly and forgiving league. All of the people that I curled with and against were nice and often gave tips to beginners and novices!

And because I’m legally obligated to pun it up when writing a curling article, let me finish off by saying this: hurry hard down to the Royal City Curling Club so you can get swept up in the excitement of curling!

Salmonbellies a Fun Time for Families

The Salmonbellies are part of that whole New West tradition thing, and although I’m not a rabid lacrosse fan, I think it’s fun, fast paced, and a great way to spend a night in town. There are still a few home games at Queens Park Arena if you’re into catching a game, and tickets for a family are really reasonably priced. Check out Jason Kurylo’s photos from the recent game on July 7, which the Bellies took 10-9. The Bellies are currently top of the WLA standings.

Connect with Your Kids Through Fitness

When I first started running fitness classes in New West, I found that most of my clients were asking for the same two things:

  1. Something new
  2. Something to help them move better

‘Something new’ was easy because one of the things I teach is Clubbell Yoga, a fairly new type of non-dogmatic yoga that blends strength training and yoga. The reason those women wanted to be able to ‘move better’ was heartwarming – they wanted to keep up with their kids.

Keeping up with kids can be tough! Those moms in the first classes I offered reminded me how important it was to get moving with our kids and it was that same group of moms that made me take a different look at ‘fitness’. I have always allowed those kids along, and now offer classes specifically aimed at moms and their young children having fun getting fit together.

Do you remember what it was like to climb the biggest tree in the park, or make rivers in the sandbox on a rainy day? What about running so far that it hurt to breathe and you felt like your legs would give out?

As kids, we never used to count calories or steps, and we sure didn’t care what we looked like doing it. We ran around, climbed, and played because we could and we wanted to. We were the best versions of ourselves.

With so much pressure to look better, eat better and be better, it’s easy to fall victim to the very trend that’s supposed to help us achieve those goals. We buy into the gym specials because we’re supposed to ‘get fit’, and yet we stop going three months into the membership. We’re still finding ourselves too tired and too busy to spend much needed time recharging with our family…. the thing that actually DOES make us better. So how do we have our cake and eat it too?

We get our families involved. Continue reading “Connect with Your Kids Through Fitness”