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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Earth Drums: Music for the Land with Carey Newman

Indigenous Kids Music Sculpture & installation
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Cedar Hill Recreation and Arts Centre and Cedar Hill Park

Victoria, BC

Directions: Earth Drums is located in Cedar Hill Park, west of the gravel overflow parking lot accessed on Finlayson Road near the corner of Finlayson and Cedar Hill. Parking is available in the adjacent gravel parking lot or at the nearby Cedar Hill Recreation and Arts Centre accessed off Cedar Hill Road.



Offered in English.

Has gender-neutral washrooms.

The Cedar Hill Recreation Centre is wheelchair accessible. The pathway to and around Earth Drums is a wide packed gravel pathway.


Join artist Carey Newman in welcoming Earth Drums to Cedar Hill Park, and join the community in making music for the land!

Earth Drums is Saanich's newest permanent public artwork and was commissioned through a public art competition to commemorate Canada's 150th anniversary. Artist Carey Newman (Hayalthkin’geme) designed the artwork to engage people in reconciliation by asking them to change their relationship with the land. Three large “box drums”, intended to be played with the hand, not only allow participants to make music with, and for, those around them, but to create reverberations below human hearing that resonate into the ground, making music of, and for, the earth.

At 1:00 p.m. at the Cedar Hill Arts Centre (3220 Cedar Hill Road) where the Lekwungen Traditional Dancers from the Songhees First Nation will begin with a performance. At 1:30 p.m., the Lekwungen Traditional Dancers will guide us on a short walk outside to the artwork site. Meet artist Carey Newman, hear about and interact with Earth Drums, and collectively make music for the land.


Saanich Parks and Recreation and the Public Art Program, Community Planning

Working in partnership with the community, Saanich Parks and Recreation creates opportunities for enrichment that support health and well-being through arts and culture and other activities. Saanich's Public Art Program is managed by the Planning Department's Community Planning section, which works collaboratively with community stakeholders such as community associations, businesses, and public agencies to advance Saanich planning initiatives.


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Saanich Culture Days

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