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iN VIDEO: Kamloops woman creates 'virtual choir' for isolated artists

The video consisted of submissions from singers, dancers and musicians.
Image Credit: YOUTUBE / Heather Clark
April 10, 2020 - 6:30 AM

For the creatives who are stuck at home because of COVID-19, there are still plenty of ways to make art and music with others.

Heather Clark, a Kamloops mother, choreographer and singer uploaded a video to her YouTube channel showcasing the talents of isolated singers and dancers. The group virtually sings along to Clark’s original song titled “We Will Rise,” which was first posted to Clark’s Youtube page on March 28.

“I sat down at my piano and I was thinking about the idea that basically we have a choice to make in the situation we’re in,” Clark says. “What kind of choices am I going to make while I’m stuck at home and not liking the situation, and how am I going to respond to it?”

She asked the public for submissions, and each week posts an updated version of the song. So far, Clark says she and Doug Perry from Perry's Recording Studio have collected around 100 submissions, and continue to add new additions to the videos.

“I was thinking specifically about artists, we’re easily depressed people… it brings us together, but it also does what the arts are supposed to do and that is being a message in society of what is needed at the time,” Clark says. “When we come out of isolation I’ll finish it there. Who knows how long that will go on for, but I kind of have a goal of 1,000 people.”

People from Kamloops, Vancouver Island, the United States and Australia have submitted videos of them playing instruments, dancing, singing or painting to the song. The first and second videos have collectively brought in more than 3,000 views.

If you’re a musician, singer, dancer or other artist and would like to submit, send her an email. 

Credit: YOUTUBE / Heather Clark

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