We're making a professional cast recording of STUMP CITY STORIES—the Ovation-nominated musical based on the history of New Westminster, by award-winning composer George Ryan. Visit KICKSTARTER to find out how you can be part of this superbly entertaining and educational project that will continue to benefit and bring joy to so many. And check out the wonderful rewards available for you or your gift recipient!
But please hurry: this campaign and your chances to get some swell gifts ends December 24, 2013! Click here and get started!
With Kickstarter we are aiming to raise $3,000 of the approximately $15,000 needed to produce a professional cast recording CD of STUMP CITY STORIES. We've received generous grants from the City of New Westminster, a BC Multicultural Grant, and some awesome private donations (thank you Project Partners Dennis and Christine Magrega, Peter Julian, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Accurate Lock Safe & Alarm Co., 5th Avenue Therapeutic Massage & Acupuncture Clinic, G & F Financial Group, Team Dave Vallee, Adam Goldberg, Patricia Curtis, and Raymond Burr Society), but are still shy of our bottom line. Kickstarter is fun and also a great place to get a unique ‘made in New West’ holiday gift—just a $25 donation ensures a future copy of the CD. But you can pledge any amount and still be part of this amazing cultural legacy project. And most donations are tax-deductible.
STUMP CITY STORIES' 18 songs tell the history of New Westminster and British Columbia in humorous, poignant, toe-tapping style, from the Quayquayt First Nations and the arrival of the British through more recent times--celebrating British Columbia’s original Chinatown (Yi Fao) and diverse populations, the dramas of the Great Freeze, the Great Fire, the Great Bank Robbery, the controversial moving of the Capitol, the blissful nostalgia of the Interurban Line, CKNW radio’s success, and the advent of more recent heroes including film-and-tv star Raymond Burr, astronaut Robert Thirsk, and professional athletes Justin Morneau and Billy Ranford.
(History buffs and project fans: Click here for the 'uncut' video which includes even more praise and info than the short version on Kickstarter. Special thanks to the New Westminster Museum and Archives for use of historic photos.)
Commissioned by City Stage in 2009, the musical was brought to 1500 New Westminster Secondary Students free of charge in 2010.
This is the third leg of City Stage New West’s ongoing cultural legacy project: to produce a lasting record of this superbly entertaining and informative musical. Once done, the CD will be donated for use to the City of New Westminster, the Fraser River Centre, the Museum and Archives, the Anvil Arts Centre, Library, and School District for future civic events or educational purposes. Many of the songs from this musical are paeans to our City and British Columbia, perfect for use at civic events and in educational settings.
Kickstarter made a splash in the news this August when it was first launched in Canada. It is a unique online crowd-source fundraising platform for creative projects only, and has a very successful international track record. The only risk lies with us: if we don't make our goal in the 40 days allotted for our campaign, then the donors’ credit cards are not charged—and no money changes hands. It’s time sensitive, all or nothing.
December 24, 2013 is our deadline. So click here, and let's get Kickstarted!