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CHLY executive director Jesse Woodward and longtime volunteer Gord Bibby (from left) in the CHLY studio. This month VIU’s community radio station celebrates 20 years on the airwaves. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island University community radio station celebrates 20th anniversary

CHLY 101.7 FM marks 20 years on the air with concert in downtown Nanaimo

Nanaimo writer Haley Healey has released her first fiction book, ‘Immortal Grit.’ (Photo courtesy Kristin Wenberg)

Nanaimo historical writer makes fiction debut with supernatural mystery novel

Haley Healey to unveil ‘Immortal Grit’ at book launch at Coach and Horses

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Lonely Doug.’ (Photo courtesy Bread and Clutter)

Nanaimo children’s author writes about famous fir tree ‘Lonely Doug’

Writer and illustrator Lindsay Ford releases 10th children’s book

Playwrights Anna Marie Anderson, Kim Senklip Harvey and Yvette Menard (from left) are participating in TheatreOne’s upcoming Emerging Voices series. (Photos submitted)

Nanaimo’s TheatreOne announces lineup for upcoming staged play reading series

Three playwrights from Island and mainland to participate in 2022 Emerging Voices season

Playwrights Anna Marie Anderson, Kim Senklip Harvey and Yvette Menard (from left) are participating in TheatreOne’s upcoming Emerging Voices series. (Photos submitted)
A screen shot from last year’s One Minute Mobile Movie Challenge winner ‘Bro in a Box’ by Gord Bestwick and Todd Cameron, starring Bestwick and actor Emily Celeste. (YouTube screen shot)

Nanaimo filmmakers’ group presents One Minute Mobile Movie Challenge

Sixth edition of CineCentral Filmmakers Society competition to be screened online

A screen shot from last year’s One Minute Mobile Movie Challenge winner ‘Bro in a Box’ by Gord Bestwick and Todd Cameron, starring Bestwick and actor Emily Celeste. (YouTube screen shot)
Michael Joseph, Alexis Barudin, Daleal Monjazeb, Athena Bardonnex, Jenna Gill and Cameron Le (from left) star in the VIU theatre department production of ‘A Drama Class’s Dream.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

VIU theatre students return to the stage with modern Shakespeare adaptation

‘A Drama Class’s Dream’ is VIU theatre department’s first production since March 2020

Michael Joseph, Alexis Barudin, Daleal Monjazeb, Athena Bardonnex, Jenna Gill and Cameron Le (from left) star in the VIU theatre department production of ‘A Drama Class’s Dream.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Sherri McLean, Pat Donaldson, Carolyn Kuhn, Sheila Fremont-Male, Kristin Forester, Stephanie Brossard, Natasha Ballantyne and Sheila Coultish (clockwise from top-left) star in the Nanaimo Theatre Group production of Talking With. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Theatre Group returns to the stage with ‘off-beat’ monologues

‘Talking With’ is theatre group’s first production since last October

Sherri McLean, Pat Donaldson, Carolyn Kuhn, Sheila Fremont-Male, Kristin Forester, Stephanie Brossard, Natasha Ballantyne and Sheila Coultish (clockwise from top-left) star in the Nanaimo Theatre Group production of Talking With. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Sidney-based pianist Michael Kaeshammer is performing at the Port Theatre on Oct. 15. (Photo courtesy Tine Acke)

Vancouver Island pianist performs in Nanaimo after long absence

Sidney’s Michael Kaeshammer plays the Port Theatre on Oct. 15

Sidney-based pianist Michael Kaeshammer is performing at the Port Theatre on Oct. 15. (Photo courtesy Tine Acke)
Nanaimo artist Rod Corraini’s latest exhibition ‘Yesteryear’s Wheels’ is on display at Art 10 Gallery until the end of the month. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo artist paints cars from his childhood in new exhibit

Rod Corraini presents ‘Yesteryear’s Wheels’ at Art 10 Gallery through October

Nanaimo artist Rod Corraini’s latest exhibition ‘Yesteryear’s Wheels’ is on display at Art 10 Gallery until the end of the month. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Bowen Island poet Susan Alexander is the guest editor for the inaugural issue of Wordstorm Society of the Arts’s ‘Counterflow’ magazine. (Photo courtesy Karolina Turek)

Nanaimo spoken word group creating online art and literature magazine

Submissions open for WordStorm Society of the Arts’s new ‘Counterflow’ magazine

Bowen Island poet Susan Alexander is the guest editor for the inaugural issue of Wordstorm Society of the Arts’s ‘Counterflow’ magazine. (Photo courtesy Karolina Turek)
Nanaimo poet Joanne Dzierza’s latest book is ‘The Mountains Mock our Egos.’ (Photo courtesy Daiki Katawama)

Nanaimo poet gets ‘deeply reflective’ in her second book

Joanne Dzierza releases ‘The Mountains Mock our Egos’

Nanaimo poet Joanne Dzierza’s latest book is ‘The Mountains Mock our Egos.’ (Photo courtesy Daiki Katawama)
Psychedelic rock duo Anunnaki - bassist Dave Read and drummer Arlen Thompson (from left) - has released its eighth record, ‘Martyr of Alexandria.’ (Photos courtesy Jason Felker)

Nanaimo psychedelic rock duo pays tribute to Egyptian philosopher on new EP

Anunnaki honours murdered fifth century scholar Hypatia with ‘Martyr of Alexandria’

Psychedelic rock duo Anunnaki - bassist Dave Read and drummer Arlen Thompson (from left) - has released its eighth record, ‘Martyr of Alexandria.’ (Photos courtesy Jason Felker)
Nanaimo country singer Joel Lee has released his third single, ‘This Party Ain’t Over.’ (Photo courtesy Lance Sullivan/Concept Photography)

Nanaimo country singer keeps the party going with new song, music video

Joel Lee’s latest single is ‘This Party Ain’t Over’

Nanaimo country singer Joel Lee has released his third single, ‘This Party Ain’t Over.’ (Photo courtesy Lance Sullivan/Concept Photography)
Mary Ann Richards and Dirk Huysman of D’dance Glass studio are taking part in their 10th Gabriola Island Thanksgiving Studio Tour. (Photo courtesy Blair Mann)

Gabriola Arts Council presents 25th annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour

In-person event returns after tour was presented online last year due to COVID-19

Mary Ann Richards and Dirk Huysman of D’dance Glass studio are taking part in their 10th Gabriola Island Thanksgiving Studio Tour. (Photo courtesy Blair Mann)
Nanaimo writer Robert Hilles’ new releases include a book that takes place across two time periods and a book of poetry inspired by the Chernobyl disaster. (Photo courtesy Rain Hilles)

Nanaimo author presents poetry and prose in online double book launch

VIU creative writer prof Robert Hilles to unveil latest releases via Zoom

Nanaimo writer Robert Hilles’ new releases include a book that takes place across two time periods and a book of poetry inspired by the Chernobyl disaster. (Photo courtesy Rain Hilles)
Stz’uminus artist Daniel R. Elliott examines his painting ‘Red Herring,’ one of the pieces on display in his Winds of Change exhibit at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Indigenous artist ponders colonialism and reconciliation in VIU exhibit

Daniel R. Elliott of Stz’uminus First Nation presents ‘Winds of Change’ at Malaspina Theatre

Stz’uminus artist Daniel R. Elliott examines his painting ‘Red Herring,’ one of the pieces on display in his Winds of Change exhibit at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Elise Boulanger released her first music video, It Started in the Garden, with the help of a provincial grant. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island artist promotes biodiversity with new music video

Elise Boulanger releases first music video with help from Creative BC grant

Elise Boulanger released her first music video, It Started in the Garden, with the help of a provincial grant. (Submitted photo)
Nanaimo-based poet and songwriter Sonnet L’Abbé is concluding the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s ‘Huli u’tu staluẃ/Riverbed’ series with a performance at the Brannen Lake boat launch. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Art Gallery wraps up Millstone River-themed summer event series

Poet and songwriter Sonnet L’Abbé to perform at Brannen Lake boat launch

Nanaimo-based poet and songwriter Sonnet L’Abbé is concluding the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s ‘Huli u’tu staluẃ/Riverbed’ series with a performance at the Brannen Lake boat launch. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Playwrights Dante Ambriel, Blaine Nosworthy and Joy Dubé are showcasing work at Western Edge Theatre’s Swipe Right! Digital Theatre Festival. (Photos courtesy Ashley Ross/Tashi Draper/Sharmila Xavier)
Playwrights Dante Ambriel, Blaine Nosworthy and Joy Dubé are showcasing work at Western Edge Theatre’s Swipe Right! Digital Theatre Festival. (Photos courtesy Ashley Ross/Tashi Draper/Sharmila Xavier)
The City of Nanaimo is de-accessioning Underwater Fantasy, a mural by artist Dan Richey that has decorated the Maffeo Sutton Park toilet block for the last 16 years. (City of Nanaimo image)

City of Nanaimo to paint over Maffeo Sutton Park bathroom mural

‘Underwater Fantasy’ mural was first installed in 2005

The City of Nanaimo is de-accessioning Underwater Fantasy, a mural by artist Dan Richey that has decorated the Maffeo Sutton Park toilet block for the last 16 years. (City of Nanaimo image)