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Festival of Ridvan

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ENTERTAINMENT

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READERS & CONTRIBUTORS

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MATERIAL

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Red Grammer- Day 12

Rosanna Lea- Day 11

Yosi Mesbah- Day 10

Martin Kerr- Day 9

Karim Rushdy- Day 8

Colby Jeffers- Day 8

Van Gilmer- Day 7

Red Grammer- Day 12

Rosanna Lea- Day 11

Yosi Mesbah- Day 10

Martin Kerr- Day 9

Karim Rushdy- Day 8

Colby Jeffers- Day 8

Van Gilmer- Day 7

Day 12: Nura & Giesu, Sarah

Day 11: Angella, Alan, Sonny, Justice, Kimi

Day 10: Anisa & Addie, Ellen Price, David Ravanbakhsh

Day 9: Tara Rout, Janna Denton-Howes

Day 3: Kevin Locke-Hoop of Life

Day 2: Oliver Smith, Nura Atashband

Day 1: Anisa Cameron, Adalia Ellis, Dan Makoski, Nika Sinai, Dia Jones, Sepehr Rahmany, Arezou Noureddin, Oliver Smith, Sophia Atashband, Maxwell Makoski, Rena Robinson-Steiner

Day 12: Nura & Giesu, Sarah

Day 11: Angella, Alan, Sonny, Justice, Kimi

Day 10: Anisa & Addie, Ellen Price, David Ravanbakhsh

Day 9: Tara Rout, Janna Denton-Howes

Day 3: Kevin Locke-Hoop of Life

Day 2: Oliver Smith, Nura Atashband

Day 1: Anisa Cameron, Adalia Ellis, Dan Makoski, Nika Sinai, Dia Jones, Sepehr Rahmany, Arezou Noureddin, Oliver Smith, Sophia Atashband, Maxwell Makoski, Rena Robinson-Steiner

'In The Rose Garden' song by Rosanna Lea

Soul Pancake

The Central Figures: Baha'u'llah vol 2

The Story of the Festival of Ridvan by Susan Millar & Val Warden

God Passes By by Shoghi Effendi

'In The Rose Garden' song by Rosanna Lea

Soul Pancake

The Central Figures: Baha'u'llah vol 2

The Story of the Festival of Ridvan by Susan Millar & Val Warden

God Passes By by Shoghi Effendi

First Day of Ridvan Concert

First Day of Ridvan Concert

Eric Harper is a multi-award winning musician who creates a style that is not only all his own, but his music is melodically entrancing, virtuosically ferocious and harmonically soul-stirring to the core. 

Hatched from a small “po-dunk” town in Arkansas, tempered by the hard-worn guitarists of Portugal, inspired by the fantastical Flamenco from Romanis in Spain, modernized by the transformative education of Berklee College of Music in Boston and currently camping out amongst the Canucks in Canada, Eric brings a fusion of music never experienced before by a “redneck”. 

Click here to visit Eric's website.

Eric Harper is a multi-award winning musician who creates a style that is not only all his own, but his music is melodically entrancing, virtuosically ferocious and harmonically soul-stirring to the core. 

Hatched from a small “po-dunk” town in Arkansas, tempered by the hard-worn guitarists of Portugal, inspired by the fantastical Flamenco from Romanis in Spain, modernized by the transformative education of Berklee College of Music in Boston and currently camping out amongst the Canucks in Canada, Eric brings a fusion of music never experienced before by a “redneck”. 

Click here to visit Eric's website.

First Day of Ridvan Celebration Eric Harper 

First Day of Ridvan Celebration Eric Harper 

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Second Day of Ridvan Concert

Second Day of Ridvan Concert

Bahiyyih Peters is a singer and songwriter from British Columbia, Canada. She writes from a place of personal truth, speaking to social issues as well as her own struggles and triumphs. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Sociology and her Music Diploma in Vocal Jazz. She has done countless performances both solo and with groups of various genres. Her recordings include collaborations as well as her 2010 solo album Take Me Home.

Besides music, she enjoys dancing, cooking, hiking in the woods, and meaningful conversations. She lives in the Vancouver area with her husband and two children.

Find Bahiyyih's music here.

Bahiyyih Peters is a singer and songwriter from British Columbia, Canada. She writes from a place of personal truth, speaking to social issues as well as her own struggles and triumphs. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Sociology and her Music Diploma in Vocal Jazz. She has done countless performances both solo and with groups of various genres. Her recordings include collaborations as well as her 2010 solo album Take Me Home.

Besides music, she enjoys dancing, cooking, hiking in the woods, and meaningful conversations. She lives in the Vancouver area with her husband and two children.

Find Bahiyyih's music here.

Second Day of Ridvan Celebration with Bahiyyih Peters

Second Day of Ridvan Celebration with Bahiyyih Peters

Third Day of Ridvan Concert

Third Day of Ridvan Concert

Roman Orona (Apache, Pueblo and Yaqui), is a member of the Baha’i Faith and a Native American performer (dancer, singer, flutist), producer, director and owner of iamHUMAN Media. 

iamHUMAN Media is a national non-profit that develops programs to address social discourse, create community and unite humanity through the arts. 

In 2016, Roman was awarded the Best Male Vocalist Award at the Native American Music Awards for his album “Circling Spirits.“

Find Roman Orona online here

Roman Orona (Apache, Pueblo and Yaqui), is a member of the Baha’i Faith and a Native American performer (dancer, singer, flutist), producer, director and owner of iamHUMAN Media. 

iamHUMAN Media is a national non-profit that develops programs to address social discourse, create community and unite humanity through the arts. 

In 2016, Roman was awarded the Best Male Vocalist Award at the Native American Music Awards for his album “Circling Spirits.“

Find Roman Orona online here

Third Day of Ridvan Celebration with Roman Orona & Kevin Locke 

Third Day of Ridvan Celebration with Roman Orona & Kevin Locke 

Third Day of Ridvan Special Presentation by

Third Day of Ridvan Special Presentation by

Kevin Locke (Lakota name: Tȟokéya Inážiŋ, meaning “The First to Arise”) is Lakota (Hunkpapa band) and Anishinaabe. Locke is a preeminent player of the Native American flute, a traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist, fluent Lakota language and sign language speaker, and educator. He is most known for his hoop dance, The Hoop of Life.

Find Kevin Locke online here

Kevin Locke (Lakota name: Tȟokéya Inážiŋ, meaning “The First to Arise”) is Lakota (Hunkpapa band) and Anishinaabe. Locke is a preeminent player of the Native American flute, a traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist, fluent Lakota language and sign language speaker, and educator. He is most known for his hoop dance, The Hoop of Life.

Find Kevin Locke online here

Fifth Day of Ridvan Concert

Fifth Day of Ridvan Concert

Eric Dozier is a cultural activist, music educator, and recording artist who uses music to engage communities in dialogue about racism. 

Encouraging people in finding and lending their voice to the ever emerging story of humanity lies at the heart of his work as he endeavors to unite the world one song at a time. 

He has served as the musical director for the ​World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir​, the award winning ​Children’s Theatre Company of NYC​, and has been a featured artist at the ​United Nations​. 

Through these collaborations, he has been honored to share the stage with the likes of ​Harry Belafonte, Angelique Kidjo, Raffi​, and even ​Nelson Mandela​. 

Find ERIC DOZIER online here

Eric Dozier is a cultural activist, music educator, and recording artist who uses music to engage communities in dialogue about racism. 

Encouraging people in finding and lending their voice to the ever emerging story of humanity lies at the heart of his work as he endeavors to unite the world one song at a time. 

He has served as the musical director for the ​World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir​, the award winning ​Children’s Theatre Company of NYC​, and has been a featured artist at the ​United Nations​. 

Through these collaborations, he has been honored to share the stage with the likes of ​Harry Belafonte, Angelique Kidjo, Raffi​, and even ​Nelson Mandela​. 

Find ERIC DOZIER online here

Fourth Day of Ridvan Celebration with JB Eckl

Fourth Day of Ridvan Celebration with JB Eckl

Fourth Day of Ridvan Concert

Fourth Day of Ridvan Concert

Los Angeles-based JB Eckl, originally form Canada, has been actively composing, producing and playing music professionally for over 25 years, working with many of his heroes including legends like Santana and WAR. 

He has also dedicated much of his time to energizing the Bahá’í Community with his music, whether it be the Badasht Project with Eric Dozier or his work with global artists like Leonor Dely, and many others. He continues to find ways to make our lives more musical through his own solo and collaborative projects, including his band Dig Infinity.

Find JB ECKL online here

Los Angeles-based JB Eckl, originally form Canada, has been actively composing, producing and playing music professionally for over 25 years, working with many of his heroes including legends like Santana and WAR. 

He has also dedicated much of his time to energizing the Bahá’í Community with his music, whether it be the Badasht Project with Eric Dozier or his work with global artists like Leonor Dely, and many others. He continues to find ways to make our lives more musical through his own solo and collaborative projects, including his band Dig Infinity.

Find JB ECKL online here

Fifth Day of Ridvan Celebration with Eric Dozier 

Fifth Day of Ridvan Celebration with Eric Dozier 

Sixth Day of Ridvan Concert

Sixth Day of Ridvan Concert

Coming from musical roots on both sides of his family, New Zealand born, Australia residing singer/songwriter Tom Francis was destined for music. Though the musical seeds that were planted during a childhood of singing and music weren't to take hold until later in life, when they did there was no turning back. Tom started off in choirs, later graduated to loop pedals and beats before finally discovering his love for instruments and song writing in his 20's.

Being raised in a Baha'i family has had a profound affect on his trajectory and development as an artist, the evidences of which are woven into his music, in songs that are deeply connected to the history, teachings and writings of the Baha'i Faith.

Tom currently resides in Brisbane with his family and is working on his 5th, album to be released this year

Find TOM FRANCIS online here

Coming from musical roots on both sides of his family, New Zealand born, Australia residing singer/songwriter Tom Francis was destined for music. Though the musical seeds that were planted during a childhood of singing and music weren't to take hold until later in life, when they did there was no turning back. Tom started off in choirs, later graduated to loop pedals and beats before finally discovering his love for instruments and song writing in his 20's.

Being raised in a Baha'i family has had a profound affect on his trajectory and development as an artist, the evidences of which are woven into his music, in songs that are deeply connected to the history, teachings and writings of the Baha'i Faith.

Tom currently resides in Brisbane with his family and is working on his 5th, album to be released this year

Find TOM FRANCIS online here

Sixth Day of Ridvan Celebration with Tom Francis

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Sixth Day of Ridvan Celebration with Tom Francis

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a Global Ridvan Celebration

a Global Ridvan Celebration

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Seventh Day of Ridvan Concert

Seventh Day of Ridvan Concert

Van Gilmer

Van Gilmer

Conductor, composer and vocalist Van Gilmer has had a long and distinguished music career, particularly in the field of gospel music.  In 1992 he was appointed director of the Bahá’í World Congress Gospel Choir, performing for the worldwide gathering of 35,000 who attended that historic event in New York City.  For sixteen years he has directed the Bahá’í Gospel Singers, who have toured the United States, Canada, and Europe, and are featured on several recordings.  For seven years he was director of the Metropolitan Washington Bahá’í Chorale, and is currently the music director at the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois.

Van’s rich and soulful tenor voice has been heard in concerts and recordings of the Voices of Bahá in Carnegie Hall, and with the Maly Moscow Symphony, the Slovak Radio Symphony, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Czech National Symphony, the Budapest Symphony and others in performances throughout the world.  He was awarded the Gold Prize at the Johannes Brahms International Choral Festival in Germany in 2001 when he directed the Voices of Bahá Gospel Choir in a program including some of his own compositions.

​Gospel literally means “good news,” and award-winning composer, director, pianist and soloist, Van Gilmer loves sharing the “good news” music of the Bahá'í Faith with the world.

Conductor, composer and vocalist Van Gilmer has had a long and distinguished music career, particularly in the field of gospel music.  In 1992 he was appointed director of the Bahá’í World Congress Gospel Choir, performing for the worldwide gathering of 35,000 who attended that historic event in New York City.  For sixteen years he has directed the Bahá’í Gospel Singers, who have toured the United States, Canada, and Europe, and are featured on several recordings.  For seven years he was director of the Metropolitan Washington Bahá’í Chorale, and is currently the music director at the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois.

Van’s rich and soulful tenor voice has been heard in concerts and recordings of the Voices of Bahá in Carnegie Hall, and with the Maly Moscow Symphony, the Slovak Radio Symphony, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Czech National Symphony, the Budapest Symphony and others in performances throughout the world.  He was awarded the Gold Prize at the Johannes Brahms International Choral Festival in Germany in 2001 when he directed the Voices of Bahá Gospel Choir in a program including some of his own compositions.

​Gospel literally means “good news,” and award-winning composer, director, pianist and soloist, Van Gilmer loves sharing the “good news” music of the Bahá'í Faith with the world.

Seventh Day of Ridvan Celebration with Van Gilmer

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Seventh Day of Ridvan Celebration with Van Gilmer

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Eighth Day of Ridvan Concert

Eighth Day of Ridvan Concert

Karim Rushdy & Colby Jeffers

Karim Rushdy & Colby Jeffers

Karim Rushdy seeks to bring a message of hope to the world through his music. He loves to collaborate and feature other artists on his albums and vice versa. He studied audio engineering and music production and also teaches high school at Nancy Campbell Academy in Stratford, Ontario where he lives with his wife and two children.

Find KARIM RUSHDY'S music here.

Karim Rushdy seeks to bring a message of hope to the world through his music. He loves to collaborate and feature other artists on his albums and vice versa. He studied audio engineering and music production and also teaches high school at Nancy Campbell Academy in Stratford, Ontario where he lives with his wife and two children.

Find KARIM RUSHDY'S music here.

Eighth Day of Ridvan Celebration with 

Karim Rushdy & Colby Jeffers REPLAY

Eighth Day of Ridvan Celebration with 

Karim Rushdy & Colby Jeffers REPLAY

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Colby Jeffers has a passion for music, education, community building, youth empowerment, and positive social change. His mission in music is uplift, educate, and inspire.

Colby has released four albums, produced several music videos, and also is the host of a new podcast called “Elevated Conversations”.

Find COLBY JEFFERS online here.

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Colby Jeffers has a passion for music, education, community building, youth empowerment, and positive social change. His mission in music is uplift, educate, and inspire.

Colby has released four albums, produced several music videos, and also is the host of a new podcast called “Elevated Conversations”.

Find COLBY JEFFERS online here.

Ninth Day of Ridvan Concert

Ninth Day of Ridvan Concert

Starting his career on the streets, one passer-by at a time, Martin Kerr has built a devoted fanbase of thousands. 

Often compared to James Taylor and more recently Ed Sheeran (although that might have more to do with his ginger hair and charming English accent) Kerr's storytelling spans the whole spectrum of emotions. His powerful voice and songwriting have earned him high praise from legends like Sarah McLachlan and Bruce Cockburn.

It's been a crazy few years. In 2017 he went from busking on street corners to selling out his first major theatre show, then opening for Sarah McLachlan at a 20,000 seat stadium, and landing his album in the Canadian Top 10. It was an arrival of sorts for this globe-trotting singer-songwriter, having racked up passport stamps from 35 countries on his musical travels.

Find MARTIN KERR online here

Starting his career on the streets, one passer-by at a time, Martin Kerr has built a devoted fanbase of thousands. 

Often compared to James Taylor and more recently Ed Sheeran (although that might have more to do with his ginger hair and charming English accent) Kerr's storytelling spans the whole spectrum of emotions. His powerful voice and songwriting have earned him high praise from legends like Sarah McLachlan and Bruce Cockburn.

It's been a crazy few years. In 2017 he went from busking on street corners to selling out his first major theatre show, then opening for Sarah McLachlan at a 20,000 seat stadium, and landing his album in the Canadian Top 10. It was an arrival of sorts for this globe-trotting singer-songwriter, having racked up passport stamps from 35 countries on his musical travels.

Find MARTIN KERR online here

Ninth Day of Ridvan Celebration with Martin Kerr

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Ninth Day of Ridvan Celebration with Martin Kerr

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Tenth Day of Ridvan Celebration with Yosi Mesbah

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Tenth Day of Ridvan Celebration with Yosi Mesbah

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Tenth Day of Ridvan Concert

Tenth Day of Ridvan Concert

Yosi Mesbah is an independent artist based on the West Coast. She began songwriting at 11, performing for others at 13, and hasn't stopped making music that moves people. 

She cut her teeth busking and touring as a one woman show and has wracked up hundreds of performances from house concerts to amphitheaters around the United States. Her debut record Cellar & Sky and the self booked 30 date tour and live album that followed gave her the hunger for the road even more. 

After a bought with cancer and the setbacks that followed she found herself having to pivot and focus on getting well but has stayed consistent in using her music to serve and has been a consistent advocate for other artists. 

Her music has been featured in the CWs series My Last Days, on the Badasht Project, and can also be found in the Facebook Sound Collection. She is also the producer of the live "Nawruz is Everywhere" Celebration aired earlier this year and of "Ridvan is Everywhere" an ongoing worldwide live celebration of this Festival of Festivals. 

She comes to us from her humble room in Los Angeles where she is busy at work making art for us all to enjoy.

Find YOSI MESBAH online here.

Yosi Mesbah is an independent artist based on the West Coast. She began songwriting at 11, performing for others at 13, and hasn't stopped making music that moves people. 

She cut her teeth busking and touring as a one woman show and has wracked up hundreds of performances from house concerts to amphitheaters around the United States. Her debut record Cellar & Sky and the self booked 30 date tour and live album that followed gave her the hunger for the road even more. 

After a bought with cancer and the setbacks that followed she found herself having to pivot and focus on getting well but has stayed consistent in using her music to serve and has been a consistent advocate for other artists. 

Her music has been featured in the CWs series My Last Days, on the Badasht Project, and can also be found in the Facebook Sound Collection. She is also the producer of the live "Nawruz is Everywhere" Celebration aired earlier this year and of "Ridvan is Everywhere" an ongoing worldwide live celebration of this Festival of Festivals. 

She comes to us from her humble room in Los Angeles where she is busy at work making art for us all to enjoy.

Find YOSI MESBAH online here.

Twelfth Day of Ridvan Celebration with Red Grammer REPLAY

Twelfth Day of Ridvan Celebration with Red Grammer REPLAY

Twelfth Day of Ridvan Concert

Twelfth Day of Ridvan Concert

World celebrated, Grammy nominated musician for kids and families. Red Grammer, “the best voice in children’s music” (Parents Magazine), sings songs that awaken the best in each one of us. His recordings have won numerous honors, including a Grammy nomination, and multiple Parents’ Choice Awards. He has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Nickelodeon, Showtime, PBS, and The Disney Channel. 

His unforgettable live concerts delight audiences, young and old, all across America and abroad. Red is a frequent keynote speaker and performer at national and regional educational conferences throughout North America and in China. 

Red's weekly Live Online Family Concerts and daily "Morning Visits with Red" can be viewed on Facebook 

To hear his music and access parent and teacher resources please visit www.redgrammer.com

World celebrated, Grammy nominated musician for kids and families. Red Grammer, “the best voice in children’s music” (Parents Magazine), sings songs that awaken the best in each one of us. His recordings have won numerous honors, including a Grammy nomination, and multiple Parents’ Choice Awards. He has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Nickelodeon, Showtime, PBS, and The Disney Channel. 

His unforgettable live concerts delight audiences, young and old, all across America and abroad. Red is a frequent keynote speaker and performer at national and regional educational conferences throughout North America and in China. 

Red's weekly Live Online Family Concerts and daily "Morning Visits with Red" can be viewed on Facebook 

To hear his music and access parent and teacher resources please visit www.redgrammer.com

Eleventh Day of Ridvan Concert

Eleventh Day of Ridvan Concert

Raised in a musical family, Rosanna Lea grew up singing four part harmony with her siblings and performing live with her parents. Taught percussion by her uncle and guitar by her mum and dad, she wrote and recorded her first album at 16 after reading the instruction manual for her dad's multitrack recorder. 

Her music is characterised by soulful vocals, well-crafted lyrics, and a lot of heart.

More recently you could find her travelling around Canada and New Zealand performing house concerts, or collaborating in the studio with her sister and fellow songwriter Bonnie Lisbeth.

Her latest album Story to Tell aims to connect with the soul, touching on universal themes through personal stories.

Find ROSANNA LEA's music here.

Raised in a musical family, Rosanna Lea grew up singing four part harmony with her siblings and performing live with her parents. Taught percussion by her uncle and guitar by her mum and dad, she wrote and recorded her first album at 16 after reading the instruction manual for her dad's multitrack recorder. 

Her music is characterised by soulful vocals, well-crafted lyrics, and a lot of heart.

More recently you could find her travelling around Canada and New Zealand performing house concerts, or collaborating in the studio with her sister and fellow songwriter Bonnie Lisbeth.

Her latest album Story to Tell aims to connect with the soul, touching on universal themes through personal stories.

Find ROSANNA LEA's music here.

Eleventh Day of Ridvan Celebration with Rosanna Lea

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Eleventh Day of Ridvan Celebration with Rosanna Lea

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The Twelve Days of the Global Ridvan Celebration

Mega Concert and Stories Compilation

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Mega Concert and Stories Compilation