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A scene from “Tia and Piujuq” is shown in this 2019 handout photo. A new Indigenous television channel featuring a programming slate that’s entirely in the Inuit Inuktut language is set to launch on Monday. Billed as the first Indigenous-language channel in Canada, Uvagut TV will broadcast a variety of content including children’s series, award-winning films and live programming. (Arnait Video Productions, Isuma Distribution International)

New Uvagut TV to feature all programming made in Inuktut language

Uvagut TV will broadcast a variety of content including children’s series, award-winning films and live programming

Writer Joy Kogawa is photographed in her Toronto home on Friday, February 22, 2019. Kogawa is giddy about the “miracle” of technology allowing people to learn about Canada’s racist past that forced thousands of citizens like her out of their homes and into internment camps during the Second World War. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

B.C. tree that inspired award-winning author Joy Kogawa damaged by windstorm

The backyard tree is the focus of Kogawa’s children’s book ‘Naomi’s Tree’

Local marimba player Nicole Arendt will be prominently featured in the Vancouver Island Symphony’s upcoming ‘Debussy and Duets’ concert. (Chris Helman photo)

Nanaimo marimba player in the spotlight in Vancouver Island Symphony concert

Longtime VIS timpanist Nicole Arendt to play three pieces in ‘Debussy and Duets’ live stream

This weekend Amy Pye is holding a virtual book launch for her latest children’s book, <em>Bruce the Silly Goose</em>. (Photo courtesy Amy Pye)

Nanaimo writer and illustrator pens children’s book about COVID-19 safety

Amy Pye to hold online book launch for ‘Bruce the Silly Goose’

This weekend Amy Pye is holding a virtual book launch for her latest children’s book, <em>Bruce the Silly Goose</em>. (Photo courtesy Amy Pye)
Nanaimo Harbourfront Library librarian April Ripley is organizing a competition to create a booklet of Vancouver Island poetry. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library seeks submissions for poetry contest

Winning entries to be part of booklet released for National Poetry Month

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library librarian April Ripley is organizing a competition to create a booklet of Vancouver Island poetry. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Actress Kim Cattrall poses for a photograph during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sept. 8, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

‘Sex and the City’ revival won’t have Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha

There have also been long-reported tensions between Cattrall and Sara Jessica Parker

Actress Kim Cattrall poses for a photograph during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sept. 8, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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Painting exhibit inspired by long-toed birds and jazz now at Nanaimo Museum
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Alan Tudyk stars as Alien Harry Vanderspeigel in the new series Resident Alien (Photo by: James Dittinger/SYFY)

Resident Alien brings Ladysmith to the small screen with January 27 premiere

Episodes will air every Wednesday on the CTV Sci-Fi Channel

Alan Tudyk stars as Alien Harry Vanderspeigel in the new series Resident Alien (Photo by: James Dittinger/SYFY)
Maffeo Sutton Park’s Spirit Square is one location being considered as the site of a new welcome pole. (News Bulletin photo)

Welcoming totem pole coming to Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park

Project being done with support of Snuneymuxw First Nation, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre

Maffeo Sutton Park’s Spirit Square is one location being considered as the site of a new welcome pole. (News Bulletin photo)
Joy Sharpe holds a picture of her late husband Ray while posing for a photograph with the Sybil Andrews painting ‘hauling’ before donating it to the Campbell River Hospice Society. (Submitted photo)

$6 painting turned into $10,000 charity windfall

A 1952 original Sybil Andrews painting donation fetches Campbell River Hospice Society a nice return

Joy Sharpe holds a picture of her late husband Ray while posing for a photograph with the Sybil Andrews painting ‘hauling’ before donating it to the Campbell River Hospice Society. (Submitted photo)
Designs by local artists Robert Plante and Amy Pye (from left) adorned street banners for the past two years. (Photos submitted)

City of Nanaimo asking for street banner designs

This year’s theme asks artists to imagine what Nanaimo might look like in 100 years

Designs by local artists Robert Plante and Amy Pye (from left) adorned street banners for the past two years. (Photos submitted)
Western Edge Theatre artistic director Brian March and local theatre artists Brianna Hamilton and Daniel Puglas (from left) make up Western Edge’s new team of “artistic associates.” (News Bulletin file photos/Courtney Harder)

Nanaimo theatre company adds younger, diverse voices to artistic team

Western Edge hopes new ‘artistic associates’ will help form new ideas, reach new audiences

Western Edge Theatre artistic director Brian March and local theatre artists Brianna Hamilton and Daniel Puglas (from left) make up Western Edge’s new team of “artistic associates.” (News Bulletin file photos/Courtney Harder)
Nanaimo artist Shawnda Wilson’s Jacana No. 1 is among the paintings she’ll have on display in her upcoming show at the Nanaimo Musuem. (Photo courtesy Shawnda Wilson)

Painting exhibit inspired by long-toed birds and jazz coming to Nanaimo Museum

Nanaimo artist Shawnda Wilson’s show ‘When Charles Speaks’ opens next week

Nanaimo artist Shawnda Wilson’s Jacana No. 1 is among the paintings she’ll have on display in her upcoming show at the Nanaimo Musuem. (Photo courtesy Shawnda Wilson)
Nanoose Bay artist Kelly Corbett’s upcoming exhibition, Extent, features paintings including <em>Reverie</em>, <em>Release</em> and <em>Threshold</em> (clockwise from left). (Photos courtesy Kelly Corbett)

Nanoose Bay artists brings B.C. landscapes to new gallery show in Qualicum Beach

Painter Kelly Corbett presents scenes from Vancouver Island and beyond in ‘Extent’

Nanoose Bay artist Kelly Corbett’s upcoming exhibition, Extent, features paintings including <em>Reverie</em>, <em>Release</em> and <em>Threshold</em> (clockwise from left). (Photos courtesy Kelly Corbett)
Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle (center) sings “Ordinary Day” with a virtual choir of 200 physicians from all over Canada. The video draws attention to A Dollar A Day Foundation, which supports those suffering with mental health and addiction issues. (Screenshot/YouTube)

VIDEO: 200-physician choir sings to benefit mental health, addiction recovery

Led by Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle, the video calls attention to mental health needs

Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle (center) sings “Ordinary Day” with a virtual choir of 200 physicians from all over Canada. The video draws attention to A Dollar A Day Foundation, which supports those suffering with mental health and addiction issues. (Screenshot/YouTube)
FILE - In this June 8, 2008 file photo, actress Dawn Wells arrives at the TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Wells, who played the wholesome Mary Ann among a misfit band of shipwrecked castaways on the 1960s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, of causes related to COVID-19, her publicist said.(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

‘Gilligan’s Island’ star Dawn Wells dies, COVID-19 cited

Tina Louise, 86, who played Ginger the movie star is the last surviving member of the cast

FILE - In this June 8, 2008 file photo, actress Dawn Wells arrives at the TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Wells, who played the wholesome Mary Ann among a misfit band of shipwrecked castaways on the 1960s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, of causes related to COVID-19, her publicist said.(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Lauren Spencer-Smith in Hawaii during ‘American Idol’ tapings. Her elimination from the singing competition was the most read arts and entertainment story of 2020. (Lauren Spencer-Smith Instagram)

Nanaimo News Bulletin’s top 10 most-read arts and entertainment stories of 2020

Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith and her ‘American Idol’ journey well represented in top 10

Lauren Spencer-Smith in Hawaii during ‘American Idol’ tapings. Her elimination from the singing competition was the most read arts and entertainment story of 2020. (Lauren Spencer-Smith Instagram)
What’s better than yakking with friends? Join the free Women’s Winter Yakfest to recharge. The online event takes place on the first and third Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Submitted image)

Nuu-chah-nulth storyteller kicks off virtual 2021 Women’s Winter Yakfest series on Vancouver Island

‘It’s part book club, part hen party, part learning conference — and all fun’

What’s better than yakking with friends? Join the free Women’s Winter Yakfest to recharge. The online event takes place on the first and third Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Submitted image)
Nanaimo resident Tricia Cook’s memoir is <em>Too Scared to Tell till Now: A Woman’s Journey to a Fulfilled Life</em>. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo woman hopes to help others with memoir revealing childhood sexual abuse

Tricia Cook’s memoir ‘Too Scared to Tell till Now’ recounts a lifetime of hardship and resilience

Nanaimo resident Tricia Cook’s memoir is <em>Too Scared to Tell till Now: A Woman’s Journey to a Fulfilled Life</em>. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Charles Hartnell’s ‘It Might as well be Spring,’ Heather Bray’s ‘Untitled’ and Solace Stuart’s ‘Illustration For The Playlist’ (cropped, from left) are among the works featured in the inaugural edition of ‘Code: A Collection of Youth Art.’ (Photos courtesy the artists)

Nanaimo Art Gallery teen program presents final exhibition in magazine form

‘Code: A Collection of Youth Art’ features the work of local artists from age 11 to 25

Charles Hartnell’s ‘It Might as well be Spring,’ Heather Bray’s ‘Untitled’ and Solace Stuart’s ‘Illustration For The Playlist’ (cropped, from left) are among the works featured in the inaugural edition of ‘Code: A Collection of Youth Art.’ (Photos courtesy the artists)
Tyson Hepburn, founder of new production company Tyson Media, has issued a national call-out for submissions for unscripted original Canadian content. (Tyson Hepburn photo/Twitter)

B.C. reality TV Producer on the hunt for the next big show – and it could be your idea

Tyson Hepburn, founder of Tyson Media, has issued a national call-out for submissions

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Tyson Hepburn, founder of new production company Tyson Media, has issued a national call-out for submissions for unscripted original Canadian content. (Tyson Hepburn photo/Twitter)