- 12 days
- 12 old French Noels
- 12 spots in the Mill Creek Ravine Park
- 12 videos with music
There is one Noel video recording for each day between December 25 and January 5.
If you want to play the recordings on location, you can find the QR code to play the video at each each spot on the map below.
The QR codes are fairly small and a little bit hidden, so there are videos to help with the “treasure hunt” of finding them at each location. These videos will be shared on social media (Facebook and Instagram) on each day, as well as posted beside each video below.
If you can’t get to the park, you can link to a new video each day from this web page.
- Dec 25 – click here for video
- Dec 26 – click here for video
- Dec 27 – click here for video
- Dec 28 – click here for video
- Dec 29 – click here for video
- Dec 30 – click here for video
- Dec 31 – click here for video
- Jan 1 – click here for video
- Jan 2 – click here for video
- Jan 3 – click here for video
- Jan 4 – click here for video
- Jan 5 – click here for video
If we were busking in the park to present this music, we would have a hat out for donations. Since that is not practical for this project, if you have enjoyed these performances, please consider putting a donation in our “virtual hat” to help support future projects. Thank you!
Here’s the map to find the video locations.
They are all located along the dog off-leash path on the east side of Mill Creek, between 76th and 82nd Avenues (marked in green on the map).
About the Music and the Instruments:
All of the music on these recordings is performed on copies of antique instruments used at the time the music was written. The flute is a copy by Boaz Berney of an instrument by Tortochot that probably dates from the mid to later 1700’s. The violin is a copy by John J. Karwandy of a Stradivarius from about the same time played with a baroque style bow by Ken Millard. The instruments are tuned to A = 415 Hz.
The music comes from two publications: the Nouveau recueil de noëls by M. Chedeville l’ainé, published in 1730, and an anonymous collection of Brunettes ou petits airs by Mr. R, published in 1725 and attributed to M. Rippert.
About the Concept and Recording:
In the same way that you might enjoy a sculpture or a mural in a public place, this is an experiment in creating a public art format for a musical performance that would be available to anyone passing by at any time.
It is also making a connection between changing seasons of the land and the music traditionally used during the Christmas and solstice celebrations of the early French settler culture.
The recordings are deliberately underproduced, to make it sound like the musicians are playing outdoors. No reverb or ambience was used to create artificial concert hall acoustics, and background sound from the environment was intentionally included in the videos.
We acknowledge that the land that inspired this project is located in Amiskwaciwâskahikan ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ , which is part of Treaty Six territory. We respect the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community and from whom we continue to learn.