Reunited with a long time friend on December 14 2017 for a super fun lunch time Christmas gig.


Our third annual Fund Raising Orchestra Concert for women in the Downtown Eastside. This gorgeous concert features music written by women composers.

The musicians donate their time and talent, so all proceeds go to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and the YWCA. 

Link to the website here:


Vancouver Fringe Festival, September 8-18 2016. Appeared in a tent featuring the musical saw.

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So happy to announce the second annual Benefit Orchestral Concert for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, on Saturday Sept. 10, 2016.

41 exceptional musicians are donating their time and spirit to play gorgeous orchestral music by women composers, in the beautifully resonant Blusson Centre (818 W. 8th Ave.)  Music written by women, to support women.

 Tickets, $20 at Brown paper tickets – DEWC orchestra fundraiser – every penny of ticket sales goes to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, supporting women and children in the Downtown Eastside with meals, shelter, advocacy and health services.

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Playing a flute solo at a shopping mall Christmas Show

andrea_minden-musical-saw-webPlaying a saw solo at a shopping mall Christmas Show


Playing ‘Greensleeves’ on a mini turkey baster at a house concert.


November 10 2014 – tuning the turkey baster for CBC’s Early Morning Edition radio interview to help celebrate Sesame Street’s 45th birthday.

And on November 12 2014 –  we were invited to do a CBC TV interview continuing Sesame Streets’ birthday celebration.

“Our Vancouver” with Gloria Macarenko on CBC Television.
Saturday at 9am, Sunday and Monday at 11am on CBC Television.

Host Gloria Macarenko celebrates 45 years of Sesame Street with a musical interview with two women who were part of the Canadian version of the program in the 1990’s. Carla Hallett and Andrea Minden make instruments out of kitchen utensils and other household objects.

Here’s the link to that interview.

An orchestra put together to create a fundraiser for the downtown eastside women’s centre. To our wonderful surprise we raised $6000.00! And the orchestra received a surprise standing ovation. What a wonderful night that was.

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Playing the Musical Saw at a fundraiser wearing 1940’s attire.