Conundrum

Date: 
Sat Jun 30 4:45pm
Ticket Price: 
Free Admission

Local artist, David Hynes is the creator of an original art/musical instrument called Conundrum III. Conundrum III is a 12-foot long cedar strip canoe covered in a rawhide skin, turning it into a 12-ft long, canoe-shaped "canoedrum". There are two Conundrums in the world; Conundrum II is on permanent display at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough Canada, and the other is in David's possession and has been taken on tour to various venues in Canada and the United States. The Conundrum is unique in its canoe construction, its powerful sound, and the magic of its communal nature. It has been described as an 'iconic Canadian musical instrument" and, as you can see at the YouTube links, it creates excitement and joy wherever it goes.

The Conundrum bonds people of all ages, walks of life, ethnicities, abilities and cultures creating a harmonious symbioses that is joyful and infectious.

Adele is a singer, song catcher and about to begin work on her first album. She facilitates drum-maker workshops and circles with young and old. Her eldest drummer is 106 years young and over the past few years she has witnessed the impact of the drum on the hearts of those sharing in its medicine.

For Adele the Conundrum is symbolic of one of the ways in which the First Nations of Canada travelled. The cedar wood itself, grounding and offering protection. The drum itself alive with the energy of what it is created with. In today’s Canada, there are travellers from many nations and countries from all around the world, most have a drum, as part of their cultural heritage. The beat of the drum opens our hearts to walk in a more peace filled world. Connecting, learning, feeling, creating as we come together as one, sharing time and space with each other with the powerful force of the Conundrum.

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