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.

Exploring the
'theatre of
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.

Our Approach:

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.

Our Staff/Team

Alan Corbishley

Founder and Artistic/Executive Director

Renee Fajardo

Artistic Producer

Board of Directors

As of December 2023

Practicing decolonization in the arts is constant and difficult work. STA is committed to doing that work - which in part, means acknowledging, reflecting, and deeply understanding the tensions inherent to being an organization operating in support of amplifying diverse voices, and partnering with communities of which we are not always a part of.

Amy Baskin

Mental Health Educator 

Callum Alden

Opera Singer & Freelance Marketing Consultant

Jayda Novak

Supervising Line Producer (Media)

Mahdis Soltani

Architect and Singer

Mark Wolf

Criminal Prosecutor (Lawyer)

Shena Changirwa

Civil Engineer

Jon Chescoe

Insurance Consultant

Surinder Basi

HR Expert
(Equity/Diversity focus)

Acknowledgment Letter, December 11, 2023

Regarding Facebook post made on Oct 13, 2023