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