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Photo Contributed                                The Nanaimo Concert Band celebrates its 145th anniversary with a special concert Sunday (April 23) at 2:30 p.m. at the Port Theatre.

Nanaimo Concert Band celebrates 145th anniversary with spring concert

Concert is Sunday (April 23) at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre

Photo Contributed                                The Nanaimo Concert Band celebrates its 145th anniversary with a special concert Sunday (April 23) at 2:30 p.m. at the Port Theatre.
Diane Chadwick Photo                                Jennifer Kelly, who stars as Anne, and Gordon May, who stars as André, share a moment of solace during rehearsal for Schmooze Production’s upcoming presentation of The Father, which premieres in Nanaimo Friday (April 21).

VIDEO: The Father takes audience members into the disorientating world of dementia

Nanaimo’s Schmooze Productions present Florian Zeller’s The Father

Diane Chadwick Photo                                Jennifer Kelly, who stars as Anne, and Gordon May, who stars as André, share a moment of solace during rehearsal for Schmooze Production’s upcoming presentation of The Father, which premieres in Nanaimo Friday (April 21).
Photographs, letters and other memorabilia belonging to George Dorman, who was born in Vancouver but settled in Nanaimo after the First World War, are on display at the Vancouver Island Military Museum, as pictured above, and the Nanaimo Museum. Dorman was injured during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. (Photo Contributed)

Timeless Tales: Mementoes from Nanaimo soldier injured at Vimy Ridge on display at Nanaimo Museum

Vancouver Island Military Museum also has collection of Vimy Ridge memorabilia

Photographs, letters and other memorabilia belonging to George Dorman, who was born in Vancouver but settled in Nanaimo after the First World War, are on display at the Vancouver Island Military Museum, as pictured above, and the Nanaimo Museum. Dorman was injured during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. (Photo Contributed)
Wes Lazaroff, left, Sherri McLean, Dave Bigelow and Dana Mowbray star in Nanaimo Theatre Group’s presentation of Toronto, Mississippi. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin

VIDEO: Nanaimo Theatre Group play is a story about the power of family and love

Toronto, Mississippi debuts in Nanaimo Wednesday (April 19)

Wes Lazaroff, left, Sherri McLean, Dave Bigelow and Dana Mowbray star in Nanaimo Theatre Group’s presentation of Toronto, Mississippi. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
The inaugural Nanaimo Beer Run is April 23. The event took place in several cities across Canada in 2016 including Toronto, as pictured above. Photo Contributed

Vancouver Island brews on tap during Nanaimo Beer Run

Inaugural Nanaimo Beer Run features samples from five Vancouver Island breweries

The inaugural Nanaimo Beer Run is April 23. The event took place in several cities across Canada in 2016 including Toronto, as pictured above. Photo Contributed
Oh What A Night, a musical tribute to Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons, shows at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre Saturday (April 15) at 7 p.m. Photo Contributed

Singers pay tribute to music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Oh What a Night shows at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre Saturday (April 15)

Oh What A Night, a musical tribute to Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons, shows at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre Saturday (April 15) at 7 p.m. Photo Contributed
Saxophonist Jeff McGregor performs with pianist Brent Jarvis, bassist Ken Lister and drummer Hans Verhoeven at the Lighthouse Bistro and Pub Sunday (April 16) at 7:30 p.m. Photo Contributed

New York based saxophonist performs in Nanaimo promoting latest album

Jeff McGregor performs at Nanaimo’s Lighthouse Bistro Sunday (April 16)

Saxophonist Jeff McGregor performs with pianist Brent Jarvis, bassist Ken Lister and drummer Hans Verhoeven at the Lighthouse Bistro and Pub Sunday (April 16) at 7:30 p.m. Photo Contributed
Gabriola author Jane Reddington releases her third book in her Mabel Hartley series, The Crusader’s Hoard.                                RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin

VIDEO: Mabel Hartley book series a cross between Indiana Jones meets Nancy Drew

Gabriola author Jane Reddington releases third book for Mabel Hartley series

Gabriola author Jane Reddington releases her third book in her Mabel Hartley series, The Crusader’s Hoard.                                RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
God wears a floral power suit in one-man comedy show

God wears a floral power suit in one-man comedy show

God is a Scottish Drag Queen shows at Nanaimo’s Malaspina Theatre April 21-22

God wears a floral power suit in one-man comedy show
The inaugural Nanaimo Beer Run is April 23. The event took place in several cities across Canada in 2016 including Toronto, as pictured above. Photo Contributed

Vancouver Island brews on tap during Nanaimo Beer Run

Inaugural Nanaimo Beer Run features samples from five Vancouver Island breweries

The inaugural Nanaimo Beer Run is April 23. The event took place in several cities across Canada in 2016 including Toronto, as pictured above. Photo Contributed
Jacqui Kaese is receiving the Excellence in Culture Award during the City of Nanaimo’s Culture and Heritage event at the Port Theatre April 6.                                RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin

Jacqui Kaese awarded City of Nanaimo’s Excellence in Culture Award

Nanaimo Culture and Heritage Awards are Thursday (April 6) at the Port Theatre

Jacqui Kaese is receiving the Excellence in Culture Award during the City of Nanaimo’s Culture and Heritage event at the Port Theatre April 6.                                RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Thaddeus Hink Photo                                Stephanie Morin-Robert performs during Blindside, a free storytelling event for youth at the Port Theatre. Morin-Robert shares her story of losing her left eye to cancer when she was two years old and overcoming insecurities.

Blindside storytelling comedy one-woman show about self acceptance

Blindside shows at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre Monday (April 10) at 7 p.m.

Thaddeus Hink Photo                                Stephanie Morin-Robert performs during Blindside, a free storytelling event for youth at the Port Theatre. Morin-Robert shares her story of losing her left eye to cancer when she was two years old and overcoming insecurities.
Photo Contributed                                Alisa Smith celebrates the release of her new novel Speakeasy during a book launch at the White Room on Friday (April 7) from 7-10 p.m.

Alisa Smith celebrates release of novel with book launch in Nanaimo Friday (April 7).

Speakeasy delves into historical exploits of the Bill Bagley gang

Photo Contributed                                Alisa Smith celebrates the release of her new novel Speakeasy during a book launch at the White Room on Friday (April 7) from 7-10 p.m.
Riff Raff performs at the Queen’s in Nanaimo on April 13 as part of his Aquaberry Aquarius Tour, promoting his latest album.                                Photo Contributed

Riff Raff performs in Nanaimo at the Queen’s

Rapper promoting latest album during the Riff Raff Aquaberry Aquarius Tour

Riff Raff performs at the Queen’s in Nanaimo on April 13 as part of his Aquaberry Aquarius Tour, promoting his latest album.                                Photo Contributed
Heydemann Art of Photography                                Holly Bright, artistic director of Crimson Coast Dance Society, received the John Hobday Award in Arts Management: Mentorship award from the Canada Council for the Arts in March.

Nanaimo’s Holly Bright receives John Hobday Award in Arts Management

Award offers Bright mentorship opportunity to expand arts management relationship with First Nations

Heydemann Art of Photography                                Holly Bright, artistic director of Crimson Coast Dance Society, received the John Hobday Award in Arts Management: Mentorship award from the Canada Council for the Arts in March.
Image Contributed                                The Industrious Peoples exhibit runs from Friday (April 7) to June 30 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.
Image Contributed                                The Industrious Peoples exhibit runs from Friday (April 7) to June 30 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.
RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin                                Gerda Hofman is this year’s Honour in Culture recipient for the City of Nanaimo’s annual Culture and Heritage Awards. She was recognized for hercountless volunteer hours and contribution to Nanaimo’s arts community.

VIDEO: Gerda Hofman receiving City of Nanaimo’s Honour in Culture Award

Nanaimo’s Culture and Heritage Awards ceremony is Thursday (April 6) at the Port Theatre

RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin                                Gerda Hofman is this year’s Honour in Culture recipient for the City of Nanaimo’s annual Culture and Heritage Awards. She was recognized for hercountless volunteer hours and contribution to Nanaimo’s arts community.
RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin                                Snuneymuxw elder Ellen White, left, talks with Judith Guichon, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, after receiving her insignia of Member of the Order of Canada at a ceremony at Dufferin Place Friday (March 31).

UPDATED: Snuneymuxw elder Ellen White given insignia of Member of Order of Canada

White recognized for decades of work including efforts preserving Hul’q’umi’num language

RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin                                Snuneymuxw elder Ellen White, left, talks with Judith Guichon, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, after receiving her insignia of Member of the Order of Canada at a ceremony at Dufferin Place Friday (March 31).
Photo Courtesy of Ouro Collective                                Ouro Collective performs as part of Crimson Coast Dance Society’s 11th annual Body Talk Finale Performance at the Port Theatre Sunday (April 2) at 7:30 p.m.

Crimson Coast Dance presents annual Body Talk performance at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre

Nanaimo show features Ouro Collective at the Port Theatre April 2

Photo Courtesy of Ouro Collective                                Ouro Collective performs as part of Crimson Coast Dance Society’s 11th annual Body Talk Finale Performance at the Port Theatre Sunday (April 2) at 7:30 p.m.
RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin                                 Naomi Beth Wakan unveiled her poem on the City of Nanaimo’s Poetry Walk March 23 during an official ceremony.

First stone laid for Nanaimo’s Poetry Walk

Inaugural poet laueate Naomi Beth Wakan honoured with first poem on Nanaimo’s Poetry Walk

RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin                                 Naomi Beth Wakan unveiled her poem on the City of Nanaimo’s Poetry Walk March 23 during an official ceremony.