Cultural Evening at the Fort

On March 25th the Fort National Historic site held a cultural evening at the Fort. Guests arrived and made their way into the café area where there were appetizers and beverages. They were able to visit for a little while before heading to the Big House where they were ushered upstairs to hear M’Girl perform.

The four ladies vocals acoustically filled the room, and as I watched people’s reactions, I could see that people loved every minute of it. M’Girl engaged the room, people were laughing, clapping and stomping their feet while listening to different songs. Each song had a story behind it, each member of M’Girl took turns to happily share. I asked one lady if she enjoyed the performance at the end of the night, and she said it was too short, and she loved it.

After the performance the people were brought to the fire in the middle of the Fort site, where under the clear night sky, they listened to Fern Gabriel from Kwantlen First Nation tell stories of our people. It was a charming evening, the music echoed in my head afterward, and I found myself humming to it as I walked to the fire. I had to exit early at the side of the fort, and as I looked back to see Fern’s arms spread out and could hear her voice echo. Everyone was intently listening to what she had to say, the fire crackled and the glow from the flames warmed the eagerly listening group. I couldn’t help but think what a beautiful night.

 

 - Natache Gabriel