The Sky Speaks to Me

Festival of the Sound’s Music Scores 2022 presents “The Sky Speaks to Me” with Samantha Whelan-Kotkas, Walter MacDonald White bear, Mark Limacher, and Chloe Weston

The Sky Speaks to Me is an interactive, educational, musical galactic experience where students will have the opportunity to explore their creativity through poetry and music. Inspired by the poem My Heart Soars by Chief Dan George and incredible images of space and stars taken by the James Webb Telescope, students across Parry Sound will work with the artists to create a work of poetry and music through individual class visits to 10 local schools in our area. This one week residency, running from November 28th to December 1st, will culminate in two final performances on December 2nd at the Stockey Centre in Parry Sound!

Music Scores Artist, Samantha Whelan-Kotkas shares with us her inspiration for this residency below:

We are all really inspired by the new James Webb telescope and the images we are seeing from it.  These images show us parts of the universe humans have never seen.  When you look at the images, you can’t help but be curious and if you are a musician you can’t help but put the images to music.  Even the scientists working with the telescope have already invited musicians to make videos using sound with some of the more extraordinary images like the Cosmic Cliffs in the Carina Nebula.

We can’t wait to see what our artists create with the students of Parry Sound!

Samantha Whelan-Kotkas

A trumpet player, producer, writer, and teaching artist with the National Arts Centre

Mark Limacher

A pianist, improvisor, and composer based in Calgary, Alberta

Walter MacDonald White Bear

A Cree singer-songwriter, educator, motivational speaker, and teaching artist with the National Arts Centre originally from Moose Factory First Nation

Chloe Weston

A classical pianist and teaching artist, as well as the Festival of the Sound’s Education & Outreach Coordinator, from North Bay, Ontario

To learn about the James Webb Telescope and see more incredible deep space photography, visit

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