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Upcoming Events

Drum Circle: Courtenay

Friday, September 22nd, 2023

Location: Native Sons Hall
Room: Lodge Room
Address: 360 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Drum Circle: Campbell River

Sunday, September 24th, 2023

Location: Kidz Connection Childcare Center
Room: Kidz Circle Building (Gymnasium)
Address: 470 S. Dogwood St, Campbell River
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Drum Circle: Prince Rupert

Thursday, September 28th, 2023

Location: Moose Lodge #1051
Address: 745 1st Avenue West Prince Rupert
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm


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Celebrate the Rhythm Of Life

The Rhythm of Life Society is a registered charity in British Columbia that was founded by Lyle Povah in 2023.

Our mission is to work with youth, families, and communities across British Columbia to support well-being and fitness, and counter isolation by fostering community spirit through music and movement.

This year, we are proud to sponsor the Drum Run Adventure Tour as our very first fundraising project. 

Do you have skills to share? Join our team and make a positive impact by volunteering with Drum Run.

Support our mission of raising funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation in the goal to “Help Kids Shine”

25 Cities 
1,500 km

The Drum Run Adventure Tour 2023 is going across British Columbia and the adventure is coming to a town near you. This running and drumming tour is not only visting the most beautiful cities in BC, but it is also making a difference in the lives of children.

The BC Children's Hospital Foundation - Child Life Department is our partner in this mission to "Help Kids Shine." By joining Drum Run Adventure Tour, you'll be supporting their efforts to improve health care for children in the province.

Drum Run is a two-part adventure - the "Drum" part of the tour will take place in over 25 cities, where you'll join Lyle Povah, an internation musician who will host indoor community drum circles open to all. The "Run" part is a 1,500-kilometer journey that Lyle, also an endurance athlete will embark on, covering 4 tour legs:

  1. Vancouver Island - [Victoria          Campbell River]

  2. The Highway of Tears - [Prince Rupert          Prince George]

  3. The Okanagan - [Kamloops           Osoyoos]

  4. Lower Mainland - [Hope          Vancouver]

Don't miss this chance to be a part of a community event that combines drumming, running, and making a difference. Join Drum Run 2023 now!


Join us for an unforgettable experience by participating in a drum circle with Lyle in one of the following communities!

  • Leg 1 Vancouver Island:

    • Victoria - September 10th (opening ceremony)

    • Duncan - September 12th

    • Nanaimo - September 16th

    • Qualicum Beach - September 18th

    • Courtenay - September 22nd

    • Campbell River - September 24th

  • Leg 3: The Okanagan

    • Kamloops - October 29th

    • Salmon Arm - October 31st

    • Vernon - November 3

    • Kelowna - November 4th

    • Penticton - November 5th

    • Osoyoos - November 9th

  • Leg 2: Highway of Tears

    • Prince Rupert - September 28th

    • Terrace - October 2nd

    • Hazelton - October 7th

    • Smithers - October 10th

    • Burns Lake - October 15th

    • Fraser Lake - October 18th

    • Vanderhoof - October 21st

    • Prince George - October 27th

  • Leg 4: Lower Mainland

    • Hope - November 10th

    • Agassiz - November 12th

    • Abbotsford - November 14th

    • Port Moody - November 17th 

    • Vancouver - November 18th (closing ceremony)

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Meet Lyle Povah

Meet Lyle Povah, the Founder and Executive Director of The Rhythm of Life Society. He's an international musician, drum circle facilitator, yoga teacher, and researcher who uses music and movement to bring people together and promote well-being. Lyle leads programs at events and institutions across the world, including prisons and hospitals.

Since 1991, Lyle has brought a weekly drumming and music program to kids, families, and staff at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver. He's also an endurance athlete who has run many marathons, including the Boston and Great Wall of China marathons, and recently completed the "Vancouver 100", a 100-kilometer ultramarathon.

Lyle has had the honor to work with Indigenous groups in BC, the Northwest Territories, and Northern Manitoba. He has made a big impact with his music, leading large events like TedX Stanley Park, Lululemon's International Leadership Conference, and HSBC's team-building workshop. The broad spectrum of the work includes workshops and facilitation in these diverse areas: Autism, Community, Corporate, Corrections and Restorative Justice, Churches, Drumming and Yoga Retreats, Eating Disorder Programs and Research, Grief Work, Health Care, Mental Health and Addictions, Palliative Care, and Seniors.

Join Lyle and the Drum Run Team on our Rhythm of Life Odyssey to make a MIGHTY difference!

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Whether you're a drummer, runner, neither, or just have a passion for helping others, we have a spot for you.

Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer? Join us for the Drum Run Adventure Tour, and make a MIGHTY difference!


Your donation to the Rhythm of Life Society helps Drum Run bring people together, inspire them to be more active, and provide a powerful antidote to the compromising health outcomes of isolation and loneliness.


Drum Run is a unique adventure tour that provides individuals, companies and organizations the opportunity to help children and families, build community spirit, make a life-giving and lasting impact, and "Help Kids Shine".

Lyle & BC Children's Hospital

For more than 25 years, Lyle Povah has worked at British Columbia's Children Hospital in Vancouver Canada, sharing a drumming and music program with kids, families, and staff throughout the hospital wards, and in the playrooms and schoolroom.


The focus is on having fun, as well as to normalize the hospital experience, to share the joy of music and rhythm, distract from painful medical procedures, and to foster health through movement, breath, participation, connection and laughter.

On September 10, 2023 in Victoria - BC, Lyle and the Drum Run Adventure Tour Team will kick off a two-month fundraising tour for BC Children's Hospital that promotes health and well-being by combining indoor community drum circle workshops in cities throughout British Columbia with outdoor distance running events between each community.

Wherever you are at, start training for the Drum Run launch NOW! Run, walk, wheel, skip, skateboard… choose your mode! For both the Drum and the Run segments of the tour, there is a low-to-no-barrier for participants. Indoor Drum Circles are intergenerational, involve everyone, and include drums for all. Outdoor running with Lyle to the next city on the tour route will begin at a local community track and will engage families and all people.  Travel on tour with us or track our progress along the tour route!

Drum Run motivates, engages and connects people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in interactive community-based drumming and running events that are fun and inspire physical movement.


I am writing to endorse the superb talent, dedication and professionalism of the music services provided by Mr. Lyle Povah at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital. Lyle’s ability to relate to children of all ages (and their parents), to seemingly effortlessly adapt to a myriad of challenging clinical situations and to bring smiles and giggles from little patients and families make him an integral member of the health care team. His contributions to the well-being of both patients and staff are phenomenal.

I am a paediatrician on staff at Children’s for a decade. Over the years I have worked in several departments from Emergency to Cardiology and for the last few years on the ICU Step-Down ward. I have watched Lyle work his magic in all these most improbable places. Children in this setting are acutely ill, having had open-heart operations or other life-saving procedures. Some are newly diagnosed with devastating conditions. Most have just weaned off ventilators, often starting to rouse from comas. All are hooked to an array of monitors and invasive medical devices. They are anxious, sometimes in pain and generally heavily medicated. Their families are exhausted and scared; some speak little or no English. The future is uncertain.


Into this techno jungle strolls Lyle with his ever-changing trolley of the oddest instruments that you could imagine. Countless times I have seen infants and toddlers come alive to the songs and sounds and antics at the bedside. They open an eye, turn their head and cautiously join in, banging bells and drums and throwing themselves into the action. Older children and teens immerse themselves in the familiar strains – Lyle’s intuition is so attuned that his performance engages all ages and cultures. Often this is the first flicker of response and hope that the families (and the docs) see. The heart rates, blood pressure readings and breathing patterns settle in a response far greater than that to any medication that we have to offer.  Smiles, sometimes tears cross the faces of the nurses as the whole team takes a break from the stresses of the ward to enjoy the Lyle moments – rewarding human moments in a sea of high-tech critical medicine.

I have studied Lyle’s approach with interest and awe over the years. As a physician-scientist I have come to appreciate and respect the power of this most soothing yet invigorating and human interaction. It is beyond the realm of my medical practice yet is such an effective and valuable tool that “Lyle at the bedside” has become my favourite prescription. Lyle’s gift is unique, his manner contagious and his reliable presence is one of our greatest assets.


Sal K. Denny, MD, FRCPC  
Pediatrician, Intensive Care Unit, BC Children's Hospital

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" This man Lyle Povah...
has the rhythm of our Mother Earth in his heart ❤️
- Dennis Kale, First Nations Artist

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