Flashmob Drums Up Surprise

Posted Nov 22nd, 2012 in In the News

By Jeff Bolichowski, The Standard

ST. CATHARINES - A percussive surprise prompted regional council to deliver a standing ovation Thursday night.


As West Lincoln Mayor Doug Joyner was set to update council on the Region’s Cultural Capital of Canada activities, he was interrupted by a drumbeat. Before long, a cavalcade of drummers paraded down to the floor of the council chamber in an energetic musical flash mob.


The moment was called a “spontaneous moment of culture” by neXt Company Theatre of St. Catharines, which staged the drum-off alongside the Laura Secord Secondary School Drum Line and the Drumming Fools.


“Surprising people with music, dance and theatre performances where and when they least expect it always delights a crowd and brings a smile to people’s faces,” David Fancy, co-artistic director for neXt Company Theatre, said in a media release Thursday night. “We thought it would be fun to bring some young and talented artists in the region (together) with elected officials and decision-makers.”


It’s part of the company’s Travelling Roadshow. It is staging similar drumfests around the region and posting the videos on YouTube.


A few councillors could be seen drumming their fingers on the table during the show before giving the group a standing ovation at the end.




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