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Port Theatre general manager Bruce Halliday is retiring after 23 years at the theatre, including 15 as general manager. (Photo courtesy Ron Dash/Farm Fresh Design)

Port Theatre general manager retiring after 23 years

Bruce Halliday was first hired as technical director, has been general manager since 2006

Port Theatre general manager Bruce Halliday is retiring after 23 years at the theatre, including 15 as general manager. (Photo courtesy Ron Dash/Farm Fresh Design)
Vancouver Island Symphony acting concertmaster and first violinist Alana Lopez is among those performing in the upcoming ‘Double the Fun’ concert. (Photo courtesy David Isaac Photography)

Two string quartets take to the stage at next Vancouver Island Symphony concert

‘Double the Fun’ program to feature compositions from beginning and end of 19th century

Vancouver Island Symphony acting concertmaster and first violinist Alana Lopez is among those performing in the upcoming ‘Double the Fun’ concert. (Photo courtesy David Isaac Photography)
Nanaimo scuba diver Don Ravensbergen has released a pair of children’s colouring books, including ‘Vancouver Island: Colour my Seas of Green.’ (Photo courtesy Don Ravensbergen)

Nanaimo scuba diver draws from hobby to create first children’s colouring book

Don Ravensbergen’s ‘Vancouver Island: Colour my Seas of Green’ available at bookstores and dive shops

Nanaimo scuba diver Don Ravensbergen has released a pair of children’s colouring books, including ‘Vancouver Island: Colour my Seas of Green.’ (Photo courtesy Don Ravensbergen)
Costume designer Michelle Lieffertz described her Messages on Doors project as “physically de-constructing the Victorian/colonial silhouette and using the fabric from it to make the lining of a robe.” (Photo courtesy Michelle Lieffertz)

Indigenous, non-Indigenous theatre artists create collaborative project

‘Messages on Doors’ to be presented at Snuneymuxw Recreation and Wellness Centre

Costume designer Michelle Lieffertz described her Messages on Doors project as “physically de-constructing the Victorian/colonial silhouette and using the fabric from it to make the lining of a robe.” (Photo courtesy Michelle Lieffertz)
Nanaimo poet Alison Watt has been long-listed for the 2021 CBC Poetry Prize. (Photo courtesy Alison Watt)

Nanaimo poet makes CBC Poetry Prize long list for poetic field guide

Alison Watt up for national award for ‘Addendum — Flora of a Small Island in the Salish Sea’

Nanaimo poet Alison Watt has been long-listed for the 2021 CBC Poetry Prize. (Photo courtesy Alison Watt)
Writer and editor Keith Ogilvie’s latest book is ‘Failed to Return: Canada’s Bomber Command Sacrifice in the Second World War.’ (Photo courtesy Mika Ogilvie)

‘Fearless’ Nanaimo pilot tasked with dam busting in Second World War

John Fraser’s story among those told in new anthology ‘Failed to Return’ by Island author

Writer and editor Keith Ogilvie’s latest book is ‘Failed to Return: Canada’s Bomber Command Sacrifice in the Second World War.’ (Photo courtesy Mika Ogilvie)
Nanaimo writer Blaise Hunter’s ‘Heroine: Embrace Your Flaws and Own Your Awesome’ is nominated for a Canadian Book Club Award in the Spirituality and Wellness category. (Photo courtesy Blaise Hunter)

Nanaimo writer nominated for Canadian Book Club Award

Blaise Hunter’s ‘Heroine’ a finalist in the Spirituality and Wellness category

Nanaimo writer Blaise Hunter’s ‘Heroine: Embrace Your Flaws and Own Your Awesome’ is nominated for a Canadian Book Club Award in the Spirituality and Wellness category. (Photo courtesy Blaise Hunter)
Painter Mary Ann Fleming presents ‘Ode to Hanging Baskets’ at Art 10 Gallery until the end of the month. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo painter presents exhibition inspired by hanging flower baskets

Mary Ann Fleming’s latest body is work is ‘Ode to Hanging Baskets’

Painter Mary Ann Fleming presents ‘Ode to Hanging Baskets’ at Art 10 Gallery until the end of the month. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
‘Abbey’s Roses’ by Joane Moran, ‘Emergence’ by Rory MacDonald and ‘November Night Lights’ by Trudy Broadley (cropped, from left) won first, second and third place, respectively, in the 2021 Nanaimo FCA Fine Art Show. (Photos courtesy the artists)

Nanaimo chapter of Federation of Canadian Artists holding its Fine Art Show

Juried exhibition taking place online for second year due to COVID-19 uncertainty

‘Abbey’s Roses’ by Joane Moran, ‘Emergence’ by Rory MacDonald and ‘November Night Lights’ by Trudy Broadley (cropped, from left) won first, second and third place, respectively, in the 2021 Nanaimo FCA Fine Art Show. (Photos courtesy the artists)
Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo is up for three Maple Blues Awards. (Photo courtesy Andrew Dodd)

Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo up for three Maple Blues Awards

Gogo nominated for Guitarist, Entertainer and Acoustic Act of the Year

Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo is up for three Maple Blues Awards. (Photo courtesy Andrew Dodd)
Ceramic artist and VIU graduate Joe Lyons facilitated the creation of a ceramic mural that is now on display at the university. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Ceramic artist unveils ‘mural’ of 276 tiles celebrating diversity at VIU

VIU grad Joe Lyons created ‘We are VIU’ using 276 ceramic tiles painted by students

Ceramic artist and VIU graduate Joe Lyons facilitated the creation of a ceramic mural that is now on display at the university. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Brendan McLeod and his band the Fugitives are debuting their First World War-inspired production ‘Ridge’ at the Port Theatre on Nov. 9. (Photo courtesy Mike Savage)

Musician debuting First World War-inspired production at the Port Theatre

Brendan McLeod’s ‘Ridge’ is a mix of storytelling, song and historical readings

Brendan McLeod and his band the Fugitives are debuting their First World War-inspired production ‘Ridge’ at the Port Theatre on Nov. 9. (Photo courtesy Mike Savage)
Nanaimo author Joshua Gillingham has released his second novel, ‘The Everspring.’ (Photo courtesy Joshua Gillingham/cover art by Helena Rosova)

Nanaimo fantasy author pens sequel to Norse mythology-inspired debut novel

Joshua Gillingham to unveil ‘The Everspring’ at Well Read Books

Nanaimo author Joshua Gillingham has released his second novel, ‘The Everspring.’ (Photo courtesy Joshua Gillingham/cover art by Helena Rosova)
The Nanaimo Concert Band, seen here rehearsing at St. Andrew’s United Church, is presenting its fall concert on Nov. 7 at the Port Theatre. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
The Nanaimo Concert Band, seen here rehearsing at St. Andrew’s United Church, is presenting its fall concert on Nov. 7 at the Port Theatre. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Potter Jan Speers is among those who will be displaying work as part of the Nanaimo Pottery Co-op winter sale. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Pottery Co-op presents first winter sale in two years

Local ceramic artists’ group returns to Country Club Centre mall for two-day sale

Potter Jan Speers is among those who will be displaying work as part of the Nanaimo Pottery Co-op winter sale. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Work by textile artists Tawny Maclachlan Capon, Heather Cameron and Barbara Klunder (cropped, from left) will be on display in the upcoming Triple Thread exhibition at the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre. (Photos courtesy the artists)

Trio of textile artists displaying work at Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre

Tawny Maclachlan Capon, Heather Cameron and Barbara Klunder present ‘Triple Thread’

Work by textile artists Tawny Maclachlan Capon, Heather Cameron and Barbara Klunder (cropped, from left) will be on display in the upcoming Triple Thread exhibition at the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre. (Photos courtesy the artists)
Maggie Tilley’s Hatched, Geri Reamer’s High Voltage and Dave Tyler’s Before the Wedding won the Harbour City Photography Club’s awards for humour, abstract and black and white portraits this year, respectively, and Rooney Dumler’s Welcome To Northfield School (cropped, clockwise from top-left) won the People’s Choice Award at the Nanaimo Museum’s annual Heritage Exhibition. (Photos courtesy the photographers)

Nanaimo’s Harbour City Photography Club weathering pandemic challenges

Embracing online options key to club’s survival says club president

Maggie Tilley’s Hatched, Geri Reamer’s High Voltage and Dave Tyler’s Before the Wedding won the Harbour City Photography Club’s awards for humour, abstract and black and white portraits this year, respectively, and Rooney Dumler’s Welcome To Northfield School (cropped, clockwise from top-left) won the People’s Choice Award at the Nanaimo Museum’s annual Heritage Exhibition. (Photos courtesy the photographers)
The Vancouver Island Economic Summit will be held virtually Oct. 26-28. (News Bulletin file photo)

Study finds Vancouver Island arts sector generates $900 million annually

Vancouver Island Economic Summit presentation looks at convergence of arts and business

The Vancouver Island Economic Summit will be held virtually Oct. 26-28. (News Bulletin file photo)
Singer Elise Boulanger and her band, cellist Anatol McGinnis and percussionist Natasha Hoskins, (from right) perform at the Port Theatre on Nov. 4. (Photo courtesy Drew Rodgers)

Nanaimo singer concluding tour with first Port Theatre concert

Elise Boulanger performs as part of series highlighting emerging local artists

Singer Elise Boulanger and her band, cellist Anatol McGinnis and percussionist Natasha Hoskins, (from right) perform at the Port Theatre on Nov. 4. (Photo courtesy Drew Rodgers)
Victoria artist Rande Cook with his piece ‘Mother Tree,’ one of the works of art in his View Gallery exhibition, ‘When a Tree Falls, Are We Listening?’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

View Gallery exhibit reflects on humanity’s responsibilities toward nature

Victoria artist Rande Cook presents ‘When a Tree Falls, Are We Listening?’

Victoria artist Rande Cook with his piece ‘Mother Tree,’ one of the works of art in his View Gallery exhibition, ‘When a Tree Falls, Are We Listening?’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)