Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre (formerly known as British Columbia Living Arts) engages communities through exceptional artistic performances that are collaborative, innovative and approached through various genres of music/sound and other performing arts.
STA was founded in 2007 and is a registered Canadian charity.
Sound the Alarm acknowledges that our work takes place on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Donations are always appreciated.
Sound the Alarm: Music Theatre is a registered Canadian charity.
Please consider a donation to help STA continue bringing quality programming to you,
and to help support our talented artists.
To donate, please follow the link.
All donations will automatically make you a member of the organization, and a taxable charity receipt will be emailed to you directly.
Thank you so much for your support.
music and sound'
It’s our passion.
Our Core Beliefs
1/ Music and Theatre has the power to challenge, transform, connect and energize.
2/ Arts can help amplify awareness of (or 'sound the alarm' for) social needs/issues that we feel are not being heard, listened to, or understood by wider society.
We aim to:
1/ Create experiences & conversations that 'sound the alarm' on social issues.
2/ Encourage audiences to pause, listen, and experience different perspectives.
3/ Help to keep Canadian communities thriving and culturally vibrant by making innovative, high quality programming that is accessible to as wide an audience as possible and reflects our diverse communities.
4/ Develop domestic talent while advocating for diversity and equity.
5/ Collaborate with organizations and companies that are supportive of developing artistic communities.
We push the interpretive possibilities of music and sound through all its dramatic capacities, and whenever possible, include new technologies and new ways of generating sound and tonal language.
By marrying music and sound with a synergistic form of performance (opera, musical theatre, traditional theatre, dance, cabaret, movement, circus, interactive media etc) our approach fosters collaboration between artistic genres and enables us to delve together into new artistic territories.
We collaborate with communities and people who are directly affected by the social issues presented in our projects, and by understanding their stories, we ensure the messages we deliver are authentic.
Founding Artistic and Executive Director
As its founding leader, Alan started Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre in 2007 originally under the name BC Living Arts in Kamloops, BC. With an original mandate of bridging gaps between everyday creative living and the formal arts (hence BC Living Arts) the organization now lives in Vancouver with a sole focus on the 'theatre of sound and music'.
Alan added this leadership role to his diverse career as a performer throughout North America and Europe, a Creator, a Producer, an Administrator, and as an Educator.
Please click below for further information on our Artistic Director.
Our Current Board of Directors
As of December, 2021
President: Amy Baskin
Mental Health Advisor/Theatre Practitioner
Treasurer: Tamara Hummel
Secretary: Jayda Novak
Director: Raji Basi
HR Expert with focus on Equity and Diversity
Director: Mark Wolff
Director: Lucy Gearey
Director: Mahdis Soltani