Creative connections: On Dala, civic responsibility, and unexpected acts of yoga


This Wednesday past, one of my favourite musical groups, Dala, was in Sudbury.  I watch their web site for local concert dates, because I just love them.  Their pure vocal harmonies and soulful folk really touch me.

Dala at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre

Dala at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre

I first discovered them courtesy of the CBC’s Stuart McLean.  They were his musical guests on one of his Vinyl Cafe tours.

On Wednesday, Dala and Adam Crossley performed a free concert as part of the Vale Concert Series at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Bell Park to support the Sudbury Food Bank.

Adam Crossley

Adam Crossley

Here are a couple of articles, for your reading pleasure:

Donation, in cash or food, was voluntary, but I donated what I would have otherwise paid for a ticket.  There are still a lot of people who need the food bank’s services.  Should I ever become one of those people, I’d like to think that others would take an interest in helping me.

It’s a great thing to get out and do something artsy, but non-writing related.  All work and no play makes Mellie a dull girl 😉  I also learned last year that I have to keep my well replenished.  It’s a Julia Cameron thing.

Like any endurance sport, writing is a marathon.  And really, it never stops.  If you continually draw on your creativity, eventually, that well runs dry.  Cameron suggests that you get out and experience the arts as a form of levelling that creative water table.

Art begets art.

On the way out, I saw a group of people in the park doing yoga.  There were letters pegged into the ground by the roadside that spelled out Zenlife.

Zen Life yoga from across Paris Street

Zen Life yoga from across Paris Street

Pretty cool, I thought.

What do you think? Do you have favourite musical groups you like to see?  How do you feel about your civic responsibility?  What about fresh air yoga?  Want to try it?  Already have? What was the experience like?

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2 thoughts on “Creative connections: On Dala, civic responsibility, and unexpected acts of yoga

  1. I would love to try open air Yoga but I think I would need to get in shape first (am thinking of any poor sod who has to look at me as they pass) but also British weather probably isn’t conducive to it for 99 percent of the year

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    • People already see me bending over a fair amount (poo-picking-up whilst on the morning dog walk) so I’m not too concerned in that department. They don’t want to see the homo spudicus that is me, they have other places to direct their gaze 😉 Plus, not everyone is super-fit in Sudz. We’re a blue-collar town (mining) with white-collar fringes (Federal, Provincial, and municipal public services to support what remains our primary industry), and we like our beer. And Poutine. And fish fry. And all sorts of stuff that isn’t good for you, strictly speaking (e.g. fish, yes; fry, no).
      Zen Life actually has a facility on Long Lake Road, so I might have to check them out first, then try the outdoors thing next year.
      Will let you know.

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