Steve Wright nominated for three BC Small Business Awards
Musician, teacher, songwriter and entrepreneur Steve Wright’s The Sound in Sechelt was recently nominated for BC Small Business Awards in the Best Concept, Best Community Impact and Premiers People’s Choice categories. Awards are distributed based on number of votes received from the community. Votes must be received no later than November 30 and may be cast online, at www.thesoundspace.net.
Wright created The Sound as an inspiring environment for music education as well as personal and group experience through sound. His goal is to inspire young ones to discover the magic of sound and creation and to make it their own. “We’re bombarded by the MuchMusic glossy culture and it seems so unobtainable,” Wright says. “I just try to promote the idea: ‘don’t compare yourself to anything else – just embrace what you have.’ ”
“I get excited when kids get excited, when we’re in the discovery process together and there’s really something authentic happening and I’m right there with them,” Wright enthused, obviously caught up with his calling. “I look at art, music, education as integral to social health. We follow an emergent learning model – to follow the student’s lead and support their curiosity and direction. Sometimes the student seems shy, hesitant to discover – and then you have to wonder, are they just shy, or have they just not been given permission to reach out? My experience is, the student looks forward to learning, when they are directly involved in the process.” Wright has been teaching since 1996; he opened The Sound in March, 2011.
Wright, who also goes by the performance name of Steve Weave, serves as musical director for the Rainforest Circus at the annual Synchronicity Festival, and was coordinator of the community collaboration recording Across the Lines featuring local musicians and residents of Christensen Village assisted living centre.