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Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo (right) teamed up with Toronto musician Steve Marriner on his latest album, ‘Silver Cup.’ (Photo courtesy Lance Sullivan Concept Photography)

Nanaimo’s David Gogo explores family history and old-time blues on new album

Gogo to unveil ‘Silver Cup’ with release concert at the Queen’s

Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo (right) teamed up with Toronto musician Steve Marriner on his latest album, ‘Silver Cup.’ (Photo courtesy Lance Sullivan Concept Photography)
The Around Town Tellers kick off their 2021-22 storytelling season with an event hosted by Margaret Murphy and featuring Sandy Cole, Christine Clarke-Johnsen and Deborah Goodman (clockwise from left), among others. (Photos courtesy Lynn Burrows/Bev Cole/Deborah Goodman)

Nanaimo storytellers’ group returns to virtual space for a new season

Around Town Tellers reflect on ‘connections’ at upcoming Stories on Friday event

The Around Town Tellers kick off their 2021-22 storytelling season with an event hosted by Margaret Murphy and featuring Sandy Cole, Christine Clarke-Johnsen and Deborah Goodman (clockwise from left), among others. (Photos courtesy Lynn Burrows/Bev Cole/Deborah Goodman)
‘Covid Interior E’ is one of the paintings by Nanaimo artist Grant Leier on display at Gallery Merrick from Sept. 10 to 17. (Photo courtesy Joe Bembridge)

Nanaimo artist showcasing pandemic-inspired paintings at Gallery Merrick

Grant Leier presents paintings from ‘New Work Strange Times’ series

‘Covid Interior E’ is one of the paintings by Nanaimo artist Grant Leier on display at Gallery Merrick from Sept. 10 to 17. (Photo courtesy Joe Bembridge)
Aunalee Boyd-Good and Sophia Seward-Good of Nanaimo’s Ay Lelum – The Good House of Design (from left) are making their New York Fashion Week debut on Sept. 11. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Even after fire, Nanaimo fashion house Ay Lelum won’t miss New York Fashion Week

New collection tells Indigenous creation story through art and music

Aunalee Boyd-Good and Sophia Seward-Good of Nanaimo’s Ay Lelum – The Good House of Design (from left) are making their New York Fashion Week debut on Sept. 11. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
The Nanaimo Arts Council is exhibiting interactive work by Amber Morrison Fox (left) and Celena Barnes (right). Artist Matthew Fox worked on both projects, creating a video game and 3-D sculptures. (Photos courtesy the artists)

Online Nanaimo Arts Council exhibits feature video game, interactive sculptures

Exhibitions to run concurrently in NAC’s virtual Moon Jelly gallery

The Nanaimo Arts Council is exhibiting interactive work by Amber Morrison Fox (left) and Celena Barnes (right). Artist Matthew Fox worked on both projects, creating a video game and 3-D sculptures. (Photos courtesy the artists)
In spring 2020 Schmooze Productions was in the midst of rehearsals for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ when the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to in-person performance. Now Schmooze and other area groups are returning to the stage with the global production ‘All Together Now’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo and area theatre groups participating in global theatre event

Auditions upcoming for mid-Island production of musical revue ‘All Together Now’

In spring 2020 Schmooze Productions was in the midst of rehearsals for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ when the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to in-person performance. Now Schmooze and other area groups are returning to the stage with the global production ‘All Together Now’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo dancer Chantelle Ristine performs Motus Domum, an augmented reality dance by Montreal team OZP, as part of this year’s Infringing Dance Festival. The upcoming ‘Our Hybrid Future’ symposium examines the ways performing artists have turned to technology during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Kitty Chadwick)

Nanaimo’s Crimson Coast Dance Society hosts symposium on dance and technology

Online series ‘Our Hybrid Future’ takes place over three weeks in September

Nanaimo dancer Chantelle Ristine performs Motus Domum, an augmented reality dance by Montreal team OZP, as part of this year’s Infringing Dance Festival. The upcoming ‘Our Hybrid Future’ symposium examines the ways performing artists have turned to technology during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Kitty Chadwick)
Paintings by Jessamyn Box, Julie King and Andrea Soos (cropped, from left) will be on display as part of a joint exhibition at Gallery Merrick from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3. (Photos courtesy the artists)

Trio of abstract artists showing recent work at Nanaimo’s Gallery Merrick

Artists Andrea Soos, Julie King and Jessamyn Box present joint exhibition

Paintings by Jessamyn Box, Julie King and Andrea Soos (cropped, from left) will be on display as part of a joint exhibition at Gallery Merrick from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3. (Photos courtesy the artists)
Surrey country singer Tyler Joe Miller is headlining the Vancouver Island Exhibition main stage. (Photo courtesy Wes Mack)

Rising Surrey country singer to headline VIEX main stage

Tyler Joe Miller makes first Island appearance since releasing his own music

Surrey country singer Tyler Joe Miller is headlining the Vancouver Island Exhibition main stage. (Photo courtesy Wes Mack)
Marty Howe, Mark Woodside and Kelly Field (from left) perform at this year’s Cultivate Festival at the Gabriola Commons. The Gabriola Arts Council recently received grants to bring a new tent to the venue and fund a new performance series. (Photo courtesy Bill Pope)

Gabriola Arts Council awarded $95K in grants for performing arts

New performance tent and outdoor concert series coming to Gabriola Island

Marty Howe, Mark Woodside and Kelly Field (from left) perform at this year’s Cultivate Festival at the Gabriola Commons. The Gabriola Arts Council recently received grants to bring a new tent to the venue and fund a new performance series. (Photo courtesy Bill Pope)
More than 50 Gabriola Island women over 50 are posing nude for the Faerie Goddess Mothers of Gabriola charity calendar. (Photo courtesy Diane Green)
More than 50 Gabriola Island women over 50 are posing nude for the Faerie Goddess Mothers of Gabriola charity calendar. (Photo courtesy Diane Green)
Ceramicist Ksenia Kil is the artist-in-residence at Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery. Her exhibition ‘Elusive Labour’ runs from Aug. 20 to Sept. 5. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Ceramicist reflects on history of unpaid female labour in Nanaimo exhibit

‘Elusive Labour’ vessel and sculpture show comes to Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery

Ceramicist Ksenia Kil is the artist-in-residence at Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery. Her exhibition ‘Elusive Labour’ runs from Aug. 20 to Sept. 5. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo acting coach Jacqui Kaese won her first Leo award for casting the Vancouver Island-made film ‘All-In Madonna.’ (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo acting coach wins B.C. film award for casting Island film

Jacqui Kaese receives first Leo Award for work on film ‘All-In Madonna’

Nanaimo acting coach Jacqui Kaese won her first Leo award for casting the Vancouver Island-made film ‘All-In Madonna.’ (Photo submitted)
Gabriola Woodworkers Guild member Rob Maynard is among those taking part in the upcoming ‘Wood Show’ at the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre. (Photo courtesy Lou Gagne)

Gabriola Woodworkers Guild showing off wares in upcoming exhibition

‘The Wood Show’ coming to Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre

Gabriola Woodworkers Guild member Rob Maynard is among those taking part in the upcoming ‘Wood Show’ at the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre. (Photo courtesy Lou Gagne)
On Aug. 20 the Gabriola Arts Council presents the inaugural GLOW lantern festival. (Bulletin file photo)

Lantern festival coming to Gabriola Island

Gabriola Arts Council presents ‘Gabriola Lanterns of Wonder’

On Aug. 20 the Gabriola Arts Council presents the inaugural GLOW lantern festival. (Bulletin file photo)
Nanoose Bay author Vince Ditrich’s debut novel is ‘The Liquor Vicar.’ (Photo courtesy Alec Watson)

Nanoose Bay author and former Spirit of the West drummer releases first novel

Vince Ditrich’s ‘The Liquor Vicar’ will be available as of Aug. 17

Nanoose Bay author Vince Ditrich’s debut novel is ‘The Liquor Vicar.’ (Photo courtesy Alec Watson)
David Essig, Rick Scott, Ben Sures and Bill and Donna Konsorado (clockwise from top left) are among the musicians performing in the Harbour View House Concerts series. (Photos submitted)

Nanaimo folk music series returns in house concert form

Harbour City Concerts co-founder to host area musicians in his living room

David Essig, Rick Scott, Ben Sures and Bill and Donna Konsorado (clockwise from top left) are among the musicians performing in the Harbour View House Concerts series. (Photos submitted)
Nanaimo hip-hop artists Details, DJ Stelo and Sirreal (from left) are headlining Backyard Boogie 2021. (Photos courtesy Ian Schapansky/Darran Chaisson)

Hip-hop artist brings new backyard music festival to Nanaimo

Backyard Boogie 2021 to feature hip-hop, comedy, dance and more

Nanaimo hip-hop artists Details, DJ Stelo and Sirreal (from left) are headlining Backyard Boogie 2021. (Photos courtesy Ian Schapansky/Darran Chaisson)
Laura Buechler, Lisa Rokeby and Aislynn Mede (from left) play three women competing over the resources of a river in Joy Dubé’s ‘River: A Metaphor,’ one of the local plays being staged during the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Fringe Festival to feature new and returning local playwrights

Festival to include both indoor and outdoor plays by regional theatre artists

Laura Buechler, Lisa Rokeby and Aislynn Mede (from left) play three women competing over the resources of a river in Joy Dubé’s ‘River: A Metaphor,’ one of the local plays being staged during the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Nanoose Bay animal and environmental activist Kingston Walters has published his first cookbook, ‘King Zoom’s Quarantine Cook Book.’ (Photo courtesy Gillian Walters)

Nanoose Bay teenager releases vegan cookbook

Kingston Walters presents ‘King Zoom’s Quarantine Cook Book’

Nanoose Bay animal and environmental activist Kingston Walters has published his first cookbook, ‘King Zoom’s Quarantine Cook Book.’ (Photo courtesy Gillian Walters)