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In the Mood for Peace – About the Project:

Why the Project?

Calgary is renowned for a lot of things; white hats, cowboys and the Rocky Mountain view quickly come to mind. However, there are two amazing stories that have a presence in Calgary that many people are unaware of; The Izzy Doll in Peacekeeper Park and the Stones of Signal Hill in Calgary SW.

The stories we treasure pay tribute to those who are ‘doing what they can with what they have’ and pays homage to those who have come before.

Your contributions will allow these great Canadian stories to be treasured and shared through the tradition of song and story telling; creating a greater awareness that honors our past and inspires our future.

About The Project

‘Compelling’ and ‘gripping’ describe the content of our show called In the Mood for Peace. We use the tradition of storytelling and song, which throughout the ages has been proven to be powerful and lasting.

Our show pays tribute to our past, celebrates our present and preserves our history for the next generation. This project is about sharing our history through our concert, for two very different audiences.

1) The first concert, scheduled for Friday August 7, is the chosen date to coincide with Peacekeeper Day ceremonies on the weekend. The Peacekeeper Veteran’s guest will be Shirley O’Connell (the new Izzy Doll Mama). Because she will be in Calgary, this is an opportunity to pay tribute to the Izzy Doll phenomenon and our Calgary knitters. They will be delighted to meet Shirley who has been an instrument of peace carrying on the work of Carol Isfeld, the first Izzy Doll Mama. (see story below) A connection has been made with the Calgary Peacekeeper Veterans who are pleased to see that we are organizing a memorable celebration of the history behind the Izzy Doll statue in Peacekeeper’s Park.

2) Our second concert will be in September for Calgary’s youth. This is an opportunity to educate and inspire young people to embrace our history and to pass it on. Currently we have two Scout Troops signed up for the show. Seats are also available for donors at our shows.

The Concert

In the Mood for Peace began as a one hour concert about the Izzy Doll phenomenon. It has been performed across the prairies, in Ottawa at Encounters With Canada, and in British Columbia as part of the Peace Day weekend in 2014. In 2012 we performed six shows in Perth Ontario, where the mayor designated June 27 In the Mood for Peace Day.

The show starts with original music and videos about the Izzy Doll and stories about ‘ordinary’ people who have accomplished extraordinary things that are creating positive changes in the world.

The second set of the show is about Camp Sarcee and the Stones of Signal Hill, which are 100 years old this year. We make history memorable with more original songs, stories and video with archived photos of the actual soldiers stationed at Camp Sarcee.

Known for our harmonies the band is made up of singer/songwriter and author, Phyllis Wheaton with Tom Poole, Craig James, Diana Slater and Roberta Travis. Vocals, guitars, bass, banjo, fiddle and mandolin are our instruments. We are also known for the passion we have to share our history!

Funding Goals

Through Invest YYC you can be a Patron of the arts and help us promote and preserve our stories. Donations for this project will pay for the hall venues, programs, sound and projection, technical assistance and artist fees. (Tea and cakes have been donated for the afternoon tea for the knitters.)

If we receive 50% of our funding goal we will proceed with the Izzy Doll Tribute Concert and Tea.

If we receive more than our funding goal we will enthusiastically proceed with booking more shows to share these important stories with Calgarians!

The Impact – Outcome

The outcome we are striving for is that Calgarians know the stories of the Izzy Doll and the Stones of Signal Hill well enough to pass them to the next generation. We hope that people will hike up Signal Hill and read the storyboards along the path. We want Calgarians to visit Peacekeeper Park, read the Wall of Honour and view the bronze life-size statue of a Peacekeeper giving an Izzy Doll to a child.

We predict that our show will continue to teach and encourage our community to embrace their history. The outcome – an appreciation for our history through the arts.

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