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Toronto-based queer stand-up comedian Laura Piccinin will show her narrative storytelling of ‘Lesbihonest’ in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter between Aug. 12-21 as part of the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Submitted photo)

Queer stand-up comedian will ‘tell all’ at Nanaimo Fringe Festival

Laura Piccinin brings ‘Lesbihonest’ to the festival, which starts this week

Toronto-based queer stand-up comedian Laura Piccinin will show her narrative storytelling of ‘Lesbihonest’ in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter between Aug. 12-21 as part of the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Submitted photo)
Sarah Varro, left, James Vickers and Ezra Beaton play the Doors’ Roadhouse Blues at the Queen’s Hotel during the July 31 Sunday Blues Jam session. They’ll play the Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival as the New Blues Showcase on Aug. 13 between 1-2 p.m. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Sarah Varro, left, James Vickers and Ezra Beaton play the Doors’ Roadhouse Blues at the Queen’s Hotel during the July 31 Sunday Blues Jam session. They’ll play the Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival as the New Blues Showcase on Aug. 13 between 1-2 p.m. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Multi-instrumentalist and loop artist Alex Maher will play the Nanaimo Bar Thursday Aug. 11. (Photo by Lauren Brett)

Loop artist returns to Nanaimo following EP release

Alex Maher will play the Nanaimo Bar on Aug. 11

Multi-instrumentalist and loop artist Alex Maher will play the Nanaimo Bar Thursday Aug. 11. (Photo by Lauren Brett)
Dave Lawrence, proprietor of That 50’s Barber Shop in Nanaimo, shows off his Fresh Start tattoo which was done in 2020 as part of that year’s kick-off event for the back-to-school charity drive. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo barber asking for donations to Fresh Start back-to-school charity drive

Underprivileged kids can get free school supplies and haircuts Sept. 4 at Harbourfront library

Dave Lawrence, proprietor of That 50’s Barber Shop in Nanaimo, shows off his Fresh Start tattoo which was done in 2020 as part of that year’s kick-off event for the back-to-school charity drive. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Jocelyn Pelletier, left, Mark Brodhagen, Kim Heppell, Art Vipond and Bruce Nichols will return, alongside the VIU Mariner Spirit Team, to the Queen’s Hotel in Nanaimo on Aug. 5. (Submitted photo)

Country rock band teaming up with VIU Spirit Team line dancers

Tailgate, a Comox-Campbell River band, will play a full four-set night Aug. 5

Jocelyn Pelletier, left, Mark Brodhagen, Kim Heppell, Art Vipond and Bruce Nichols will return, alongside the VIU Mariner Spirit Team, to the Queen’s Hotel in Nanaimo on Aug. 5. (Submitted photo)
Judy MacNeal in her home on July 22 where she's spent countless hours hand painting and hand sculpting lawn bowling bowls once destined for the dump. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo artist gives new life to old lawn bowls

Judy MacNeal has creatively upcycled 85 lawn bowls over the past few years

Judy MacNeal in her home on July 22 where she's spent countless hours hand painting and hand sculpting lawn bowling bowls once destined for the dump. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Ned Saric, left, Spencer Cleave, Aidan Snider, Ellen Crossley, Matt Shamas, Dave Bamford and Luis Meneses make up the Victoria roots reggae band Phonosonics. The seven-piece ensemble will perform at the Cline Agri-Heath Centre farm in Nanaimo for the fundraising Crop Circle concert series on Saturday, Aug 6. (Photo by Joel Appugliese)

Farming co-op putting on ‘Crop Circles’ music festival fundraiser in Nanaimo

All-day event happening Aug. 6 at Cline Agri-Heath Centre farm

Ned Saric, left, Spencer Cleave, Aidan Snider, Ellen Crossley, Matt Shamas, Dave Bamford and Luis Meneses make up the Victoria roots reggae band Phonosonics. The seven-piece ensemble will perform at the Cline Agri-Heath Centre farm in Nanaimo for the fundraising Crop Circle concert series on Saturday, Aug 6. (Photo by Joel Appugliese)
Jill Sharland, interim CEO for B.C. Ferries, and Snuneymuxw Coun. Bill Yoachim, acting chief, sign a working agreement Thursday, July 28, that aims to build a better relationship between the two parties moving forward. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Snuneymuxw First Nation and B.C. Ferries sign relationship agreement

Agreement will guide working relationship, recognizing Snuneymuxw’s treaty rights

Jill Sharland, interim CEO for B.C. Ferries, and Snuneymuxw Coun. Bill Yoachim, acting chief, sign a working agreement Thursday, July 28, that aims to build a better relationship between the two parties moving forward. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Art Gallery curator Jesse Birch considers the work of olfactory artist Megan Hepburn in the ‘Fielding Road’ exhibit on view in the gallery until Oct. 2. (Mandy Moraes/New Bulletin)

Nanaimo Art Gallery hosting exhibit based on responses to late artist’s work

Olfactory art, sculptures, film and more part of ‘Fielding Road’ exhibit

Nanaimo Art Gallery curator Jesse Birch considers the work of olfactory artist Megan Hepburn in the ‘Fielding Road’ exhibit on view in the gallery until Oct. 2. (Mandy Moraes/New Bulletin)
Award winning stand-up comedian John Beuhler is ready to make people laugh at the Corner Lounge in Nanaimo on July 29 as part of a tour of Vancouver Island. (Photo courtesy Shimon Photo)

Stand-up comedian will try for laughs at Nanaimo’s Corner Lounge

John Beuhler performing July 29 as part of Vancouver Island tour

Award winning stand-up comedian John Beuhler is ready to make people laugh at the Corner Lounge in Nanaimo on July 29 as part of a tour of Vancouver Island. (Photo courtesy Shimon Photo)
Most street parking in Nanaimo is regulated to 24 hours, with some exception for specific area residents. A motion made during the July 18 council meeting could see the creation of a ‘managed bylaw exemption program’. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo could consider exemptions to 24-hour parking regulations

City will look at a managed bylaw exemption program this fall during budgeting

Most street parking in Nanaimo is regulated to 24 hours, with some exception for specific area residents. A motion made during the July 18 council meeting could see the creation of a ‘managed bylaw exemption program’. (News Bulletin file photo)
Matt Aasen, left, Simon Paterson, Al Murray (seated), Patrick Courtin, Andrew Cullen and Nico Rhodes (not pictured) make up the Mahogany Swing Band that will play the Unitarian Hall in Nanaimo on July 23. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo swing band to host dance lesson and jazz performance

The Mahogany Band and Harbour City Swing partner for July 23 event

Matt Aasen, left, Simon Paterson, Al Murray (seated), Patrick Courtin, Andrew Cullen and Nico Rhodes (not pictured) make up the Mahogany Swing Band that will play the Unitarian Hall in Nanaimo on July 23. (Submitted photo)
Participants at a drum-in and mallet-making workshop this past spring show their creations. (Photo submitted)

Unique scavenger hunt for sounds to be held on Nanaimo’s waterfront

Vibroacoustic therapy practitioner Narissa Young organizes free event July 23

Participants at a drum-in and mallet-making workshop this past spring show their creations. (Photo submitted)
John P. Whitelaw will launch his ‘Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory’ photography book at the Nanaimo Museum on July 20 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted images)

Nanaimo photographer launches book on ‘difficult to see’ tropical birds

John P. Whitelaw’s book to launch July 20 at Nanaimo Museum

John P. Whitelaw will launch his ‘Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory’ photography book at the Nanaimo Museum on July 20 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted images)
Sean Smith with Island Red Cedar Construction was the first to ring the bell in the final race during Nanaimo’s Silly Boat Regatta held at Maffeo Sutton Park on Sunday, July 17. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Pirates, clowns and other sailors put their best paddle forward at Silly Boat Regatta

Event held Sunday, July 17, raised money for Nanaimo Child Development Centre

Sean Smith with Island Red Cedar Construction was the first to ring the bell in the final race during Nanaimo’s Silly Boat Regatta held at Maffeo Sutton Park on Sunday, July 17. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Suzanne Orlov's 'Mythology' show will feature at the Art 10 Gallery in Nanaimo North Town Centre until the end of August. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Artist explores mythology in new exhibit

Suzanne Orlov being featured at Art 10 Gallery

Suzanne Orlov's 'Mythology' show will feature at the Art 10 Gallery in Nanaimo North Town Centre until the end of August. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Clockwise from left; Sheila Bergin, Lindsay Ford, Denise Tierney, Joel Prevost, Dee Fontans, Linda McDonald and Joe Lyons will showcase their unique range of artwork at the Vancouver Island Sculpting Studio for the Art Garden Show from July 15-17. (submitted photos)

Nanaimo sculptor to host summer garden show featuring work of 7 artists

Vancouver Island Sculpting Studio’s show will run July 15-17

Clockwise from left; Sheila Bergin, Lindsay Ford, Denise Tierney, Joel Prevost, Dee Fontans, Linda McDonald and Joe Lyons will showcase their unique range of artwork at the Vancouver Island Sculpting Studio for the Art Garden Show from July 15-17. (submitted photos)
ROAR’s last Picnic en Blanc affair in 2019 in Nanaimo. This year’s event will be held at the German Hall on Saturday, July 16. (submitted photo)

LGBTQ organization to bring back Picnic en Blanc fundraiser in Nanaimo

ROAR’s outdoor event will be held at the German Hall on July 16

ROAR’s last Picnic en Blanc affair in 2019 in Nanaimo. This year’s event will be held at the German Hall on Saturday, July 16. (submitted photo)
Elizabeth Burdock, known as @whichbetty on TikTok, gathers oyster mushrooms while foraging West Coast forests last month. (Submitted photo)

TikTok creator from Gabriola Island finds foraging followers

Elizabeth Burdock, known as @whichbetty, garners millions of views for foraging content

Elizabeth Burdock, known as @whichbetty on TikTok, gathers oyster mushrooms while foraging West Coast forests last month. (Submitted photo)
The City of Nanaimo will work with RCMP and other organizations to develop a program that addresses gun and gang violence through allocated federal funding. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo to receive $1.8 million to address gun and gang violence

Federal funding to be allocated over four years

The City of Nanaimo will work with RCMP and other organizations to develop a program that addresses gun and gang violence through allocated federal funding. (News Bulletin file photo)