Laurene Coleman

Laurene Coleman

Singers transport listeners to pastoral landscape

NANAIMO - Island Bel Canto singers host their spring concert Sunday (May 5) at 7:30 p.m.

Island Bel Canto singers want their voices to whisk listeners away to a landscape filled with pastoral beauty, fragrant spring flowers and a touch of bird song on the wind.

“I’d like them to find themselves … thinking about how the air feels in the springtime and how there is always a hint of bird song somewhere, with waves lapping or water trickling down the stream,” said Laurene Coleman, marketing chairwoman for the choir.

The choir hosts In the Garden, Songs of Love and Nature Sunday (May 5) 7:30 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, located at 6234 Spartan Rd.

The evening’s program includes Robbie Burns’ classic poem My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose by Canadian Composer Eleanor Daley and Eric Whitaker’s She Weeps Over Rahoon.

“I love the contrast between the classic and the contemporary,” said choir director Lionel Tanod, in a press release.

Other numbers include Scarborough Fair, Girl from Inpanema, What I Want, Edelweiss and Down by the Salley.

“[Down by the Salley] tells the story about a young man. For whatever reason he was impatient and his lady love wanted him to take love easy and he didn’t and he lost her and now he regrets it,” said Coleman. “It definitely brings to mind a picture of young lovers in a natural setting.”

The concert also features violinist Trish Clair who will be featured during the Five Hebrew Love Songs performance and will also present several pieces as well as with members of the Nanaimo Youth Fiddlers.

“One of our mandates as a choir is to try and provide a platform for young and aspiring musicians,” said Coleman.

Coleman has been a member of Island Bel Canto for about 10 years. She said she loves when audeince members are affected by her singing.

“It’s always wonderful to look out in the audience and see people who are visibly moved by what you are singing – that is a great feeling,” she said. “Even after people that are still in the moment don’t want to applaud because they want that moment to last a little longer – that is a great moment.”

Tickets for the performance are $15, children under 12 are free. They are available at Fascinating Rhythm, the Quilted Duck or

Just Posted

Douglas Holmes, current Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District chief administrative officer, is set to take on that position at the Regional District of Nanaimo come late August. (Submitted photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo’s next CAO keen to work on building partnerships

Douglas Holmes to take over top administrator role with RDN this summer

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Nanaimo residents on edge of city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Nanaimo artist Dave Stevens is displaying paintings inspired by arbutus trees and the Millstone River at Nanaimo Harbourfront Library from now until the end of fall. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo writer and artist’s work goes up at Harbourfront library

Dave Stevens presents work inspired by arbutus trees and the Millstone River

The courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo man, already in jail, found guilty of sexual abuse of sons

Man previously sentenced for sexual interference involving girl in Nanaimo

Stuffed toys, many with donations pinned to them, are piled in the Lions Pavilion at Maffeo Sutton Park at a vigil May 31 honouring the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were discovered outside a residential school in Kamloops. (News Bulletin file photo)
Thousands donated to child and family service agency following Nanaimo vigil

Toys and money donated to Kw’umut Lelum child and family services

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps near Nanaimo

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver police officer charged with assault during an arrest in 2019

The service has released no other details about the allegations

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Christian Eriksen in stable condition, Euro 2020 match resumes

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Nathan Watts, a member of the Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni, shares his story of substance use, a perspective he said isn’t seen enough. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Watts)
Public shaming, hate perpetuates further substance use: UVic researcher

Longtime addict Nathan Watts offers a user’s perspective on substance use

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Condolences pour in for Kathy Richardson, Naramata’s 3rd homicide victim in recent weeks

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

Most Read