Cycle of Life
Orcas, bears, salmon, snakes, bison, frogs, songbirds, turtles, cedar trees and many other organisms at risk inhabit these songs, which are performed by Holly and the Dream Band, along with 2800 students from nine schools in Victoria and Vancouver. Orca Baby was written in response to the question: How do you explain extinction to a baby? Endangered Species points out that humans like to live in the same places as wildlife...which is why so many of them are at risk. Salmon Circle celebrates the ancient cycle of life that has sustained ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest for millennia. Landfill Blues is a raunchy anthem to recycling, reducing, refusing...and to the worms and wasps that do the dirty work of biological decomposition. Recycling a beverage container is an action within the power of a child that helps endangered species. If you could name only two things that singer/songwriter Holly Arntzen is passionate about, they would probably be music and her love of the natural world. As it happens, the two seem to be intricately entwined as Holly continues on her life-long mission to educate and change the hearts of people about our environment and the future of our little blue planet. Surviving as an \'environmental\' singer for the past twenty five years has not been easy, but coming from pioneering stock and a sea-faring family, always ready to tackle issues that seem insurmountable to others, Holly\'s determination to bring the message of environmental sustainability to the world is unwavering. Working in collaberation for many years with her late husband and producer, Stephen Foster, and today with a group of talented musicians and artists, she creates songs of innocence that carry a much deeper relevance. She is always ready to \'tilt at a windmill\' if it will lead to deeper understanding of the important environmental issues that confront us in our daily lives. Holly, together with Stephen, created the Artist Response Team (ART) which has developed in-school music programs throughout Canada, working with thousands of children, parents and teachers alike, to help them learn songs about ecological issues, sing them in concerts and record them for CDs and radio shows. ART has now produced provincially reccommended and award-winning educational resources in the form of educator\'s handbooks (Cycle of Life/Recycle and Salish Sea) that contain music, art and science, and assist schools in teaching about the issues while meeting their prescribed learning outcomes. During her professional career, Holly has shared the stage with Stan Rogers, Herbie Hancock, Dan Hill, Paul Horn, Bruce Cockburn, Sarah McLachlan, Paul Hyde, Doug Bennett, David Sinclair, Fred Penner, The Arrogant Worms, Ian Tyson and many more. Since the 1980\'s Holly has performed at major folk and children\'s festivals across Canada, done concert tours in most provinces and taken part in many radio and television productions.