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Rose Jolly, left, Braxton Hall, Maya Suitor, Xander Lamb, Tatum DeSchutter and Pearl Ingdal star in James and the Giant Peach presented by Headliners Production.                                 RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin

VIDEO: Young Nanaimo actors star in James and the Giant Peach

Musical shows in Nanaimo at Malaspina Theatre May 20-21

Rose Jolly, left, Braxton Hall, Maya Suitor, Xander Lamb, Tatum DeSchutter and Pearl Ingdal star in James and the Giant Peach presented by Headliners Production.                                 RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Pierre Schryer, left, Martin Nolan and Adam Dobres perform Celtic music at Nanaimo’s Harbour City Theatre Thursday (May 18). RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin

VIDEO: Celtic Trio performs in Harbour City

Pierre Schryer, Martin Nolan and Adam Dobres perform at Nanaimo’s Harbour City Theatre

Pierre Schryer, left, Martin Nolan and Adam Dobres perform Celtic music at Nanaimo’s Harbour City Theatre Thursday (May 18). RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Crimson Coast Dance Society offers participants the chance to help shape the Body of Water show by joining the organization’s creative residency, which runs May 15-20. Photo Contributed

VIDEO: Crimson Coast Dance creates project that explores the importance of water

Society invites people to join creative residency program to help shape the performance May 20

Crimson Coast Dance Society offers participants the chance to help shape the Body of Water show by joining the organization’s creative residency, which runs May 15-20. Photo Contributed
Photo Contributed                                Vancouver Island University students including Alex Young, creative director of VIU’s show Lucent, will display graphic design work in the Port Theatre’s lobby until August.

Vancouver Island University graphic design students showcase their work during Lucent exhibit

Graphic designs on display until August in the Port Theatre’s lobby

Photo Contributed                                Vancouver Island University students including Alex Young, creative director of VIU’s show Lucent, will display graphic design work in the Port Theatre’s lobby until August.
DuChemin, founder of Nomad of Craft and Vision, editor in chief for Photograph magazine and a contributing columnist to Photolife, leads a photography seminar May 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Beban Park auditorium. Photo Contributed

Island Photography Workshops Society focused on training options

Photographer David duChemin leads seminar in Nanaimo May 20

DuChemin, founder of Nomad of Craft and Vision, editor in chief for Photograph magazine and a contributing columnist to Photolife, leads a photography seminar May 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Beban Park auditorium. Photo Contributed
RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin                                Nicholas McMaster and Kara Harrison invite people to visit Golden Otter Gallery, which they founded with Agnes Gnutek. The gallery is located on the ground floor of Nanaimo Fire Hall No. 2 on Nicol Street.

VIDEO: Golden Otter Gallery is the newest addition to Nanaimo’s downtown arts scene

Gallery currently accepting submissions for Vancouver Island Vignettes exhibit

RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin                                Nicholas McMaster and Kara Harrison invite people to visit Golden Otter Gallery, which they founded with Agnes Gnutek. The gallery is located on the ground floor of Nanaimo Fire Hall No. 2 on Nicol Street.
Dean Chadwick, artistic producer of Schmooze Productions, reveals the theatre company’s new season.                                 RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin

VIDEO: Nanaimo’s Schmooze Productions unveils new season

Theatre company presents The Little Mermaid, Cry Baby and Hair

Dean Chadwick, artistic producer of Schmooze Productions, reveals the theatre company’s new season.                                 RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Mike Drummond, organizer of Curious Comicon, holds a Japanese exclusive Charmander Pokemon, which will be up for auction during the event, which is Saturday (May 6) at Country Club Centre. Money raised from the event will be donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin

VIDEO: Free comics, cosplay and Minecraft tournaments await attendees of Curious Comicon

Comicon event held at Nanaimo’s Country Club Centre raises money for Children’s Wish Foundation

Mike Drummond, organizer of Curious Comicon, holds a Japanese exclusive Charmander Pokemon, which will be up for auction during the event, which is Saturday (May 6) at Country Club Centre. Money raised from the event will be donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Nanaimo author Celestine Aleck shares stories about Snuneymuxw culture and history during the Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Nanaimo author Celestine Aleck shares stories about Snuneymuxw culture and history during the Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Michael Calvert, Vancouver Island University creative writing and journalism instructor, left, Vinci Lam, Portal magazine publicist, and Spenser Smith, managing editor, celebrated the launch of Portal’s latest edition last month.                                 RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Michael Calvert, Vancouver Island University creative writing and journalism instructor, left, Vinci Lam, Portal magazine publicist, and Spenser Smith, managing editor, celebrated the launch of Portal’s latest edition last month.                                 RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Fiddelium, consisting of Quin Etheridge-Pedden, left, Max Day, and Micaela Pereira, perform at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre Friday (May 5). Kelli Etheridge Photo
Fiddelium, consisting of Quin Etheridge-Pedden, left, Max Day, and Micaela Pereira, perform at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre Friday (May 5). Kelli Etheridge Photo
Mario Montes Photo                                Woodhawk, comprised of Turner Midzain, left, Mike Badmington and Kevin Nelson, recently released it debut LP Beyond the Sun. The group performs during Fuzz Fest 4 at the Queen’s.

Woodhawk performs during Fuzz Fest at the Queen’s in Nanaimo

Four bands perform during concert in Nanaimo May 5

Mario Montes Photo                                Woodhawk, comprised of Turner Midzain, left, Mike Badmington and Kevin Nelson, recently released it debut LP Beyond the Sun. The group performs during Fuzz Fest 4 at the Queen’s.
Tatiana Veselkina and Patrick Rucinski, who just placed second in the Canadian Closed Championships in both adult Latin and adult standard, will compete during the Island Fantasy Ball held May 6-7 at the Beban Park social centre. Nelson Wong Photo

Island Fantasy Ball full of glitz and glamour

Nanaimo Ballroom Dance Society celebrates fantasy ball’s 25th anniversary

Tatiana Veselkina and Patrick Rucinski, who just placed second in the Canadian Closed Championships in both adult Latin and adult standard, will compete during the Island Fantasy Ball held May 6-7 at the Beban Park social centre. Nelson Wong Photo
A variety of artwork will be on display during the Nanoose Bay Studio Showcase, including paintings by Lou Gasklin of Winsaga West Art. Photo Contributed

Annual Nanoose Bay Studio Showcase features more than 20 artists

Art showcase is held at Nanoose Place Saturday and Sunday (April 29-30)

A variety of artwork will be on display during the Nanoose Bay Studio Showcase, including paintings by Lou Gasklin of Winsaga West Art. Photo Contributed
RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin                                Dave Read, left, and Jack Tieleman, co-producers of the third annual Nanaimo Record Show, say there is a diverse range of vinyl treasures waiting to be found at the event, which is Sunday (April 30) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 10.

Nanaimo Record Show has vendors from around Vancouver Island

Third annual Nanaimo Record Show is Sunday (April 30)

RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin                                Dave Read, left, and Jack Tieleman, co-producers of the third annual Nanaimo Record Show, say there is a diverse range of vinyl treasures waiting to be found at the event, which is Sunday (April 30) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 10.
Filmmaker Doug Wortley has teamed up with the Glen Foster Group to create a music video, which is currently in the Telus StoryHive music video competition. Photo Submitted

Nanaimo filmmaker needs votes to win Telus StoryHive grant

Grant is $10,000 to make a music video for Nanaimo’s the Glen Foster Group

Filmmaker Doug Wortley has teamed up with the Glen Foster Group to create a music video, which is currently in the Telus StoryHive music video competition. Photo Submitted
Ron James performs during his Pedal to the Metal tour at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre May 2 at 7:30 p.m.                                 Photo Contributed
Ron James performs during his Pedal to the Metal tour at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre May 2 at 7:30 p.m.                                 Photo Contributed
File Photo                                Two-time Giller Prize nominee Kathy Page is one of the writers conducting a workshop at a literary festival being held in Nanaimo from Thursday to Sunday (April 27-30).
File Photo                                Two-time Giller Prize nominee Kathy Page is one of the writers conducting a workshop at a literary festival being held in Nanaimo from Thursday to Sunday (April 27-30).
Arlene Deptuck, Nanaimo Art Gallery indigenous education coordinator, and Yvonne Vander Kooi, art education coordinator, lead Nanaimo Art Gallery’s upcoming Art Lab for Adults session that explores the idea of reconciliation through art on Saturday (April 29). Photo Contributed

Nanaimo Art Gallery explores reconciliation through conversation and mixed media

Gallery hosts Explore and Create Art Lab for Adult session Saturday (April 29)

Arlene Deptuck, Nanaimo Art Gallery indigenous education coordinator, and Yvonne Vander Kooi, art education coordinator, lead Nanaimo Art Gallery’s upcoming Art Lab for Adults session that explores the idea of reconciliation through art on Saturday (April 29). Photo Contributed
Photo Contributed                                Janine McAughren, a Wellington Secondary School grad and Kwantlen Polytechnic University student, created a socially responsible and eco-friendly fashion company called Ghren.

Designer with Nanaimo roots unveils fashion collection

Janine McAughren debuts Indigo Shores collection in Vancouver

Photo Contributed                                Janine McAughren, a Wellington Secondary School grad and Kwantlen Polytechnic University student, created a socially responsible and eco-friendly fashion company called Ghren.