Archive for May, 2012

May 31, 2012

Saturday June 9th! Get Down with the DRAW DOWN! here, there, everywhere!



The Vancouver Draw Down is coming up June 9, 2012 and will celebrate drawing with activities all day long. With 27 free workshops at 18 locations, there is a full schedule of events to encourage Vancouverites young and old to “touch a pen to a piece of paper, and make a mark.”
Gather in an art gallery, museum, community centre, or on the street to doodle, sketch, create a font, add to a mural, and more. You don’t need to be a professional artist — everyone can draw. You can drop-in to the workshops and visit multiple sessions and venues throughout the whole day.
Here at Trout Lake we will be hosting our event with some fun interactive drawing approaches.  Come and get your draw on!  June 9th from 10am – 12pm.
For more information on the draw down please see here:
May 31, 2012

History On The Lake! and Bog Talks! This Sunday!!

History On The Lake! and Bog Talks!  This Sunday!!

Lakes! Boats! History! Bogs! Do you like all, some, one, none of the above?!
If so, come join us this Sunday at 2pm!

Have a pleasant chat in a row boat! Have a pleasant chat by a bog!

it will be pleasant!

May 31, 2012

Scissors Left in Public Not Stolen after More than 45 Days!

Scissors Left in Public Not Stolen after More than 45 Days!

Further proof that the community of Trout Lake is chok full of Good Samaritans!

Not to mention the duct taped mug, and the delicious assortment of pens, felts, and pencils that still remain.

Is it just me or are you also thinking : “that’s amazing!”


May 31, 2012

Fantastic Hats! By Maggie Winston (Artistic Director of Lost & Found Puppet Co.)

Have you seen our Fabulous Hats for our Trout Lake Day ???

Designed by artist Maggie Winston, they represent the modern day Totem Animals of Trout Lake – are you a dog, bird or fish?? (as developed from our recent: CONCERT FOR ANIMALS)

Come down to select, decorate and prepare your hat gear in preparation for our final day!!!

More information on Maggie and her fantastic design and even fantastic-er puppetry, please visit her at


May 31, 2012

Trout Lake Day – Come On You Trout-heads!!!!!!

A free, family-friendly festival, featuring games, music, free art workshops, and a giant, intercultural picnic – bring food, break bread, eat with your friends & neighbours. Also featuring ‘A CIRCLE OF TROUT’ – help this community to set the World Record for people holding hands in a circle, encompassing the whole of Trout Lake, literally joining the community together.

Come on, all you Troutheads!





May 28, 2012

Annoucing : Survival! – an adjunct to the Are There Trout In Trout Lake program

I wanted to let you all know about a project organized by Jenna – those of you on the ‘singing for birds’ tour might recognise her!! As we’re organising a Foraging Tour of the lake soon, and as the “Are There Trout In Trout Lake” program explores how we relate to the land around us, it seemed to fitting to tell you folks about her work at Eagle Awareness! Not affiliated with our project at Trout Lake, but nicely parallel! Please see below for information, registration, etc. Please register at the following address and contact her at that website for more information!


Eagle Awareness:

Learn ancient skills to help you connect with the natural world around you. When we learn and practice these basic skills, we empower ourselves to live a more simple, connected and regenerative life. By using what is around us, we can become more connected to the earth and to each other. Have you ever had the desire to make a fire without any matches? Or weave your own basket? Or collect your own food and medicine from the wild? Check out what the Eagle Awareness School for Nature Connection and Wilderness Living is offering.

Soft Fiber Weaving Workshop      

Sunday, June 3rd 10am-2pm at 1153 Lakewood Drive, Vancouver

Learn how to weave with soft fibers like jute, wool, hemp and cloth. These are traditional techniques from the Bedouins of the Asian deserts.  Weave your own basket and go home with the skills to weave soft fiber bags.  Bring a snack/lunch.

Sliding scale $25-$35


Primitive Fire Days

Saturday June 9th, 10am-3pm  at Trout Lake Park (Meet on the east side of the lake near the Gazebo structure)

Build your own friction fire kit- experiment with both bow drill and handrill and join in for a fun fire challenge at the end of the day.  Bring a good wood carving knife, and a lunch.

20$ per person


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May 28, 2012

Concerts for the animals – Dogs Birds Fish

Some images from our concerts for animals – songs for dogs, singing for birds and a recital for fish – all exploring the community of the park via their “totem” animals – more documentation soon! Many thanks to Audra, Sara, Jenna, Lindy and Elliot!

May 28, 2012

Fellow Artists In The Community are seeking audiences –

Maggie Winston (who designed out fantastic trout hats!!) is part of the artist in residency programme at Kensington community centre – go to see them!! see below for details!

Please join us for Habitat: A Community Performance Project at Kensington. This site-specific spectacle is on Sunday, June 3rd between 2:30-4:30pm, with shows are every half hour starting at 2:30pm; last show at 4:00 pm. Artists-in-residence Julia Carr (Contemporary Dance), Meghan Goodman (Contemporary Dance), and Maggie Winston (Puppetry) have enlisted community members to create healthy habitats within the Community Centre. Showcasing visual arts, dance, martial arts, and a giant swimming pool water dragon! Join us in celebrating community and receive a free fortune cookie! Open to all ages. Check out for details or go to

May 24, 2012

Singing for Animals in Trout Lake! THIS SUNDAY!

Singing for Animals in Trout Lake!  THIS SUNDAY!

Hello All!

Please join us this Sunday for a series of free concerts exploring the various communities of this park via the animals they love (to hate?) Come for individual concerts, or the whole afternoon of frolicking fun!

2:00 pm A Concert For Dogs – North End of Trout Lake

2:30 pm Singing For the Birds – A tour of the east side of the lake

3:00 pm Recital For Fish – Trout Lake Beach (south end of the lake)

May 23, 2012


Do you have stories about Trout Lake, and its monsters?! send them to us for our new collection of stories! we’ve already had a bunch of submissions, but want MORE! (we’re greedy like that..)


An excerpt from Virgina Buckland’s THE BORGABOOGY


Were my eyes tricking me

No. There it was again

Rolling over and over


I saw a crooked head

I saw a scaly head

and in between them both


I saw a shiny shape

It was round and long

and covered with fins



(Image from Gloria Moore)