Song of Praise: A Chinese-Canadian Story

A night of music, poetry, lanterns, secret paper messages, prayers, stories and memories ... a night to rekindle love for our multicultural community
Project details here: "Song of Praise  "

Once upon a COVID,

   down the school hallway,
   a brown-eyed, yellow-skinned boy
   was pointed out.
"Chinese Virus! Coronavirus! Coronavirus is coming!"
   They laughed.
This boy is my brother.
And many other kids.
And adults.
   At schools, the metro, the airport,
   waiting in grocery lines...
"Coronavirus!
   Go back
   to where you came from!"

Dear friends, 

One of the many recent issues triggered by the COVID-crisis has been an intensified antagonism towards Chinese-Americans. Fears of the outbreak have fuelled xenophobia, and we have personally observed these hate crimes in our local community from verbal harassment to physical assaults. More than ever, the pandemic has highlighted the urgency for our need to speak up against racism.

Thus, we are self-producing our installation-concert program, “Song of Praise”, to not only celebrate our Chinese heritage, but to re-foster the appreciation for the ways our culture is connected to that of Canada and the Western world.

We are raising funds for the minimum production costs of the events, ticket sales will be donated. Particularly during these challenging and isolating times, we hope our concerts will bring renewed hope, appreciation, and connection amongst members of our community.

Please help us continue making art, love, and life. We are deeply grateful for your attention and sincerity. 

Thank you for listening to our story, 
Our very best, 

TAG Duo 
Teresa and Tong Wang 

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About the Project

"Song of Praise" is a violin-piano recital program that explores our multidimensional identities as Chinese-Canadian immigrant classical musicians. The collection of diverse repertoire not only pays homage to our Chinese heritage, but also celebrates Western classical masterpieces and contemporary female Asian-Canadian composers such as Vivian Fung and Alice Ping Yee Ho. Through this program, we aim to share the important value of Chinese culture, traditions, stories, and art within the context of new Canadian music and classical Western music. This concert embraces the questions, challenges, and complexities of our multicultural upbringing to seek the power of musical experience when diverse circumstances of race, class, and gender come together to form who we are as people and artists.

We plan to adapt this program to be presented outdoors in the gardens of the historical Château St-Ambroise and Château Ramezay on October 17 & 18, 2020. Taking place between the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and Canadian Remembrance Day, these concerts will be centered around the themes of tribute and memorization. We will incorporate an interactive element of praising, honoring, and paying respect to any aspect of heritage, culture, tradition, family, and oneself that is meaningful to the audience member.

We’re honoured and excited to be collaborating with Toronto-based poets Stanford Cheung and Alvin Wong. They will be reading their own works as well as sharing the powerful words of the Misty Poets.

We will also be collaborating with other Chinese-Canadian artists. There will be poetry, there will be paintings. There will be beautiful lanterns lighting up the garden, calming incense sticks, and blank paper slips for our community to fill with personal messages. 

If you're in/near Montreal, please join us! Ticket information will be shared once we confirm the logistics. 

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Our Mandate

The TAG Duo reaches across languages, borders, and cultures to kindle a shared connection and understanding between people of diverse backgrounds. They actively seek to promote underrepresented groups such as female, LGBTQ+, and marginalized artists by advocating for the power of music to engage in difficult conversations, controversial debates, and express important messages in times of divide and hardship. They are committed to presenting music that explores their Chinese-Canadian heritage, both through traditional and new works by Asian composers.

Tong Wang

Donations

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  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 1 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $35 
    • 4 d
  • Robert Hayden 
    • $50 
    • 5 d
  • Louis Godbout 
    • $50 
    • 5 d
  • Ariadne Lih 
    • $15 
    • 6 d
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Fundraising team: TAG Duo (3)

Tong Wang 
Organizer
Montréal, QC
Alvin Wong 
Team member
Teresa Wang 
Team member
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