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Media Release
February 15, 2017
Halifax, NS

Pier 21 to Host Rhythms of Life

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute are pleased to present the musically uplifting Rhythms of Life on Saturday, February 18 at 1 p.m.. Rhythms of Life is a live musical documentary created by the Dartmouth world music group Moja Makani and Pamela Halstead, with narration by Troy Adams.

Through the use of live music, narration and images, the show weaves its way through local and world events which have contributed to Nova Scotia’s cultural heritage, from Gerrish Street Hall in Halifax in the mid-1920s to the Mississippi Delta, the Caribbean and Africa, while also promoting cultural diversity and respect for all people.

The creators of the show aim to challenge the audience to ask themselves two questions: How did we get so divided? Aren’t we members of one race – the human race?

Moja Makani members include Shirley Jackson, Henry Bishop, Dave Skinner, Craig Pothier and Dave Harrison.

The show will be included in regular Museum admission prices.


“Rhythms of Life will challenge you to really think about who we are as a community, how we got here, and where we’re going. This entertaining and thought-provoking show will be a wonderful opportunity for us to gain a better understanding of how past events, both near and far, have helped shaped us.”
- Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

“We are pleased to be a partner on Rhythms of Life, a historical, educational and cultural journey. This event combines the beauty of culture and music in a way that not just tells a story but also connects people across time and space”
- Sylvia Parris, CEO, Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute

“Music is our universal language. It’s a timely message because it’s about our home – our one and only home – and it’s about humanity and what’s in our hearts”
- Dr. Henry Bishop, band member and one of the developers of the show

Media Contact
Remo Zaccagna
Communications Coordinator
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Telephone: (902) 425-7770 ext. 264
Mobile: (902) 430-3986
Toll Free: 1-855-526-4721 ext. 264

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About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Today, the Museum shares the stories and experiences of all immigrants to Canada, past to present day. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.

About the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute
The Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute is an Africentric-based institute, with a province-wide mandate that addresses educational issues which impact Nova Scotian learners of African ancestry and their communities. The DBDLI focuses on educational excellence by identifying and addressing the gaps and educational equity issues through research, publications, and educational resources so that all learners and communities can benefit from its work.