Vancouver Opera Offstage

Episode 29 | The Power of Heroes with Canadian Sports Icon and Opera Fan Valerie Jerome

July 07, 2021 Vancouver Opera / Les Dala & Valerie Jerome Season 1 Episode 29
Vancouver Opera Offstage
Episode 29 | The Power of Heroes with Canadian Sports Icon and Opera Fan Valerie Jerome
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Vancouver Opera Offstage
Episode 29 | The Power of Heroes with Canadian Sports Icon and Opera Fan Valerie Jerome
Jul 07, 2021 Season 1 Episode 29
Vancouver Opera / Les Dala & Valerie Jerome

In this very important episode, Les turns the stage around to talk with an illustrious audience member. Our guest is Canadian track and field icon, granddaughter of Canada's first Black Olympian, sister of Canadian track legend Harry Jerome, educator and teacher, social justice and environmental advocate, patron of the Arts, and long-time opera fan Valerie Jerome. Valerie talks about her experiences with racism growing up on the North Shore in the 50s and 60s, the similarities between athletes and musicians, and the power of having inspirational heros of colour in opera and in the arts. Valerie and Les also discuss the important work still to be done as people of Canada in changing preconceptions and challenging prejudices about people of colour.

Check out our episode at www.vancouveropera.ca/offstage.

Support the show (http://tickets.vancouveropera.ca/dev/contribute.aspx)

Show Notes

In this very important episode, Les turns the stage around to talk with an illustrious audience member. Our guest is Canadian track and field icon, granddaughter of Canada's first Black Olympian, sister of Canadian track legend Harry Jerome, educator and teacher, social justice and environmental advocate, patron of the Arts, and long-time opera fan Valerie Jerome. Valerie talks about her experiences with racism growing up on the North Shore in the 50s and 60s, the similarities between athletes and musicians, and the power of having inspirational heros of colour in opera and in the arts. Valerie and Les also discuss the important work still to be done as people of Canada in changing preconceptions and challenging prejudices about people of colour.

Check out our episode at www.vancouveropera.ca/offstage.

Support the show (http://tickets.vancouveropera.ca/dev/contribute.aspx)