Bunch Family is at it again. The family oriented group, who also run the Family Dance Party and Bunch Rocks events, bring the Bunch Family Salon to The Arts and Letters Club (14 Elm St.) this Saturday, February 24th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event “is a symposium of art, music and ideas for kids and parents,” keeping the Bunch tradition that family events should be designed with both the children and parents in mind.
Bunch has teamed up with many of the city’s most prominent art establishments, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Film Board, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Lorraine Kisma Theatre For Young People to present an interactive afternoon where both the kids and their parents will get a chance to flex their artistic and intellectual muscles.
The activities planned for the Bunch Family Salon are quite astounding. The full list can be found on their website, but here are some of the more interesting ones that we found:
Percussion Petting Zoo — Attendees will get a chance to play with percussion instruments from around the world, selected and presented by the TSO’s lead timpanist, David Kent.
Lectures By Kids — Kids give a three-to-seven minute lecture on anything they want. There will be lectures on superheroes, mice and the ocean, to name a few. This is hosted by Trampoline Hall’s Misha Glouberman.
Guerilla Opera — An undercover RCM opera singer will unexpectedly and randomly start singing throughout the event.
Animation Station — NFB gurus will help kids and parents create storyboards, clay figures and short animated films.
Play With Props — Props from the LKTYP prop collection will be available to play with.
To round things out, the AGO will be having a portrait studio open for children and parents to paint portraits of one another, Levitt Goodman Architects will be helping to create the ultimate fort, and author David Eddie will read poems and short stories submitted by kids, then interview the authors. We don’t know about you, but that all sounds unbelievably cute to us. We’re already practicing the best way to say, “Awwwwww.”
But that’s not all, as we’ve saved our favourite part for last. Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew and Jason Collett will be on hand to help write an original composition. The lyrics will be written by the kids and parents, with the two Scene-sters accompanying on guitar. Kids will then get a chance to use GarageBand to add effects and drums to the song. Not only does this sound like an amazing opportunity, but it’s also going to make one seriously kick-ass bootleg.
Advance tickets, which can be purchased from the Bunch Family website, are $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Prices go up to $19 for adults and $12 for kids when you buy at the door.
Photo from Bunch’s familydanceparty on Flickr.