Djem­bes and didgeri­doos in Nipiss­ing

Aus­tralian roots band fea­tured at Piebird pic­nic gar­den con­cert satur­day

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aus­tralian roots band Map­stone will head­line satur­day at the an­nual pic­nic gar­den con­cert at Piebird Farm sanc­tu­ary & Ve­gan Farm­stay in Nipiss­ing.

also play­ing is Jsun, “with mel­low reg­gae rhythms and a pos­i­tive mes­sage of unity and love.”

the pic­nic, cel­e­brat­ing Piebird’s 12th an­niver­sary, is de­scribed as a “mini-mu­sic fes­ti­val of peace and pos­i­tive com­mu­nity.

“the gar­dens are peo­pled with pic­nick­ers and the bands are sur­rounded by fam­i­lies danc­ing in the grass. Lots of fam­i­lies come to the pic­nic,” ex­plains sherry Mil­ford, who op­er­ates Piebird with her part­ner yan roberts. “Build­ing com­mu­nity means mix­ing gen­er­a­tions. Mu­sic and food do that, they bring us to­gether in mem­o­rable ways.”

roberts says the bands this year are “per­fect for bring­ing joy to the day.

“With djem­bes and didgeri­doos, the in­stru­men­ta­tion has so much life. it’s not a spec­ta­tor kind of mu­sic, it’s par­tic­i­pa­tory. and the pos­i­tive in­ten­tion of what they sing about re­ally brings out the mes­sage of Piebird. Piebird is a place of peace.”

Piebird be­gan 12 years ago as a ve­gan agri-tourism des­ti­na­tion and in re­cent years grew to be­com­ing a farm sanc­tu­ary, as well.

“in the lo­cal food scene, 12 years makes us a long­time voice in the food rev­o­lu­tion,” roberts says. “to pre­vent that lo­cal scene from plateau­ing, it was im­por­tant to us to grow into also be­com­ing a re­spected voice for an­i­mal lib­er­a­tion, and to ef­fec­tively ad­vo­cate for all an­i­mal-per­sons. Piebird is sim­ply about invit­ing peo­ple to in­vite peace into their lives.”

Like all things at Piebird, their pic­nic gar­den con­cert is in­ten­tion­ally sim­ple and in­ten­tion­ally small.

“arts and en­tre­pre­neur­ial sus­tain­abil­ity are as im­por­tant to us as our fo­cus which is en­vi­ron­men­tal, food and lifestyle sus­tain­abil­ity,” says Mil­ford. “the tour­ing mu­si­cians we bring in are 100% au­di­ence funded rather than us get­ting grants to pay them, that makes this a real com­mu­nity-built ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Plus it’s in an at­mos­phere that can be way more in­ti­mate with the mu­si­cians than a reg­u­lar con­cert set­ting. the only thing be­tween you and the band is flow­ers.”

Piebird Farm sanc­tu­ary & Ve­gan Farm­stay is at 113 Chap­man’s Land­ing rd. the gate opens at 4:30 p.m., with mu­sic at 6 p.m.

For tick­ets or more in­for­ma­tion visit www.piebird.org/pic­nic

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Aus­tralian roots band Map­stone will head­line Satur­day at the an­nual pic­nic gar­den con­cert at Piebird Farm Sanc­tu­ary & Ve­gan Farm­stay in Nipiss­ing.

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