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Chapter 2 – Culture in Motion: the universal language of art! Hosted by Nico Rhodes

Sat Nov 27th, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

FREE EVENT ~ Our gift to you! Thanks to the generous support of The Department of Canadian Heritage and The Port Theatre Society

In-theatre & Livestream tickets available

The Port Theatre presents…

Chapter Two ~ CULTURE IN MOTION: the universal language of art!

This four-chapter series is created and hosted by Nico Rhodes

When we think of Culture, our own or someone else’s, we often see things as they are today. We imagine a static, eternal version of our ways, seeing things today as though that’s the way they’ve always been, but Culture is always on the move. We aren’t all aware of what preceded our traditions, nor are we prescient of the path they will take in the future, nonetheless, Culture is alive. It is dynamic, vibrant, evolving, shifting; outgrowing old patterns and integrating new ones. It evolves in accordance to its own experience, incorporating features from others it comes into contact with or becoming rigid and resistant to change as it collides with conflicting ideas but either way Culture is in motion and more often than not, the most dynamic growth lies at the intersection of Cultures.

With this in mind, it becomes clear that we are in a remarkable place in both time and space. Here in our community, we have the ability to relate and connect to cultures from all over the world, and even back through time, with languages and art that date back to time immemorial. The question then becomes, how? How do we connect, relate and exchange respectfully and sincerely? What is the medium by which we can offer and receive these gifts? The universal language that allows us this opportunity is Art. With music, dance, language, stories and visuals we are capable of transcending our own limitations and receiving a deeper perspective and understanding of our neighbours and of ourselves.

So let’s be curious about what is moving through our community, join us in our next Chapter as we explore our human language, through music, dance, art and more, on November 27th.

Featuring special guests:

  • Ay Lelum – Aunalee & Sophia Good – Indigenous Vocalists & Songwriters
  • Kyle Shepard – Beatboxer & Vocal Percussionist
  • Malakai – Multi-Instrumentalist & Singer
  • Carla Stein – Visual Artist & Spoken Word Poet
  • Heshook-ish Tsawalk Dance Group

+ Chapters’ House Band: Nico Rhodes

Guest band member: Patrick Courtin – Keyboards & Clarinet
Al Murray – Drums & Accordion
Brad Shipley – Guitar, Banjo & Mandolin
Helena Jung – Cello

About Nico Rhodes

Equally at home on keyboards and woodwinds, Nico Rhodes is a much sought-after composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and teacher who inhabits all styles, eras, and genres of music. Son of internationally renowned chanteuse Joelle Rabu and technician Dusty Rhodes, from an early age he grew up on the road and in theatres, assimilating skills and preparing for life as a touring musician.

At 17, Nico began his professional career in pit orchestras for musical theatre and was quickly promoted to the role of musical director. By the age of 30, he had conducted and arranged more than 40 professional productions across Canada from the Arts Club and Chemainus to Persephone and Drayton Theatres.  He’s created 5 original musicals and musical adaptations and his many kudos include multiple Ovation and Jessie award nominations for ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ (2014), ‘Out of my Dreams’ (2015), ‘Best Laid Plans’ (2016) and ‘Talking Sex On Sunday (2020). In 2018 he was honoured with the Emerging Cultural Leader Award by the City of Nanaimo.

Nico’s hundreds of compositions and arrangements include choral and chamber works, symphonic pop concerts, jazz originals and a portfolio of 75+ commissioned cinematic works. He performs and records with several jazz trios, numerous solo artists and the duos ROOTS & GROOVES with Rick Scott and Full Circle with Joëlle Rabu.

Nico’s love for Ragtime led him to develop ‘The Art of Ragtime’, a one-man historical-musical journey through the evolution of Ragtime from classical to contemporary, combining the rags of best-known proponents and little-known stars with insightful history, humour and anecdote.

An avid believer in the joy of sharing experience, skills and knowledge, Nico teaches piano, woodwinds, music-theory and arranging to a wide variety of ages. Having been blessed with formidable teachers, he strives to engage  his students with fun, disciplined and insightful lessons that delve into everything from boogie-woogie piano licks to composing for string quartet.


Thanks to our funders… investors in the Arts!


Sat Nov 27th, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Port Theatre OffStage
125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada