A jam in both Canadian and Iranian culture refers to an informal gathering, often involving dance, music and festivity.
Drumming as a mediator for social gathering is cross-cultural. Ali Massoudi and Padideh Ahrarnejad, who will lead the jam workshop presented by Boostan Multicultural Collective, aim to bring people together in celebration of Canada’s 150th by facilitating a workshop where participants can learn about the 6/8 rhythms that are quintessential to Iranian music; learn the names and sounds of various percussion instruments; play various percussion instruments; dance and sing songs.
BOOSTAN Multicultural Collective (BMC) is an artist-run organization; aimed at supporting GTA students celebrate world cultures and discover community-building initiatives through fun and engaging lunchtime and afterschool programs, workshops and performances. In 2015-2016, BMC successfully partnered with the YRDSB, TDSB, City of Markham, and Tirgan (hosted by the Harbourfront Centre).
BOOSTAN Multicultural Collective takes pride in being an organization that is accessible, non-judgmental and inclusive. Boostan translated from Parsi means ‘orchard’. Traditionally, orchards were the center of village life, a safe gathering space and a place for people and the environment to work in harmony. Cultivation, production, refuge, and togetherness are all BMC values. Our mission is to mentor and teach youth how to preserve and spread the tradition of storytelling – in all its forms – in order to promote multiculturalism.
BOOSTAN Multicultural Collective’s program instructors are all professional artists, invested in the preservation of heritage and the creation of the ever-evolving Canadian identity. Via guided inquiry, participants in our programs uncover histories; build meaningful connections to community; and express and empower themselves through dance, music, language, film, paint, drama, sculpture, cuisine and more!