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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’

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

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)
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)
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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)
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)
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)
Last week Nanaimo artist Sean Anderson drew a mural on a wall in the lobby of the Bowen Park Activity Centre. (Photo courtesy Julie Bevan)

Nanaimo artist creates mural, colouring pages inspired by Bowen Park

Sean Anderson said project aims to spur interest in park’s wildlife and nature

Last week Nanaimo artist Sean Anderson drew a mural on a wall in the lobby of the Bowen Park Activity Centre. (Photo courtesy Julie Bevan)
Nico Rhodes, Lucas Smart, James McRae and Kosma Busheikin (from left) recorded their set for the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival’s online video series at the Harbour City Theatre this week. (Photo courtesy François Savard)

Nanaimo International Jazz Festival goes online with help of Canadian Heritage grant

Video concert series from Harbour City Theatre to be unveiled in February

Nico Rhodes, Lucas Smart, James McRae and Kosma Busheikin (from left) recorded their set for the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival’s online video series at the Harbour City Theatre this week. (Photo courtesy François Savard)
This month, Dann Denis became the first writer to have his work published on the Word on the Street bulletin board at Literacy Central Vancouver Island’s Well Read Books bookstore. (Photos courtesy Literacy Central Vancouver Island)

Nanaimo literacy group providing creative outlet for those experiencing homelessness

Literacy Central Vancouver Island sharing art and poetry on new community bulletin board

This month, Dann Denis became the first writer to have his work published on the Word on the Street bulletin board at Literacy Central Vancouver Island’s Well Read Books bookstore. (Photos courtesy Literacy Central Vancouver Island)
Glass artist Hollie St. Jean, jeweller Karin Schieber and wildlife painter Patricia Mansell (from left) present ‘3 Artists, 3 Mediums’ at Art 10 Gallery until the end of January. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Painter, glass artist and jeweller share spotlight at Nanaimo’s Art 10 Gallery

Patricia Mansell, Hollie St. Jean and Karin Schieber present ‘3 Artists, 3 Mediums’

Glass artist Hollie St. Jean, jeweller Karin Schieber and wildlife painter Patricia Mansell (from left) present ‘3 Artists, 3 Mediums’ at Art 10 Gallery until the end of January. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Michael MacKinnon, Shanté van Horlick, Elizabeth Herman, Wendy Alexander, Elise Boulanger and Andrea Rodall (clockwise from left) are among the singers performing in Opera Nanaimo’s Front Row Favourites concert. (Photos courtesy Daniel Holmes/Pier-Alexandre Gagné/Jodie Gallant/submitted)

Opera Nanaimo presents pay-per-view concert from the Port Theatre

‘Front Row Favourites’ includes classical pieces, songs from operas and musicals

Michael MacKinnon, Shanté van Horlick, Elizabeth Herman, Wendy Alexander, Elise Boulanger and Andrea Rodall (clockwise from left) are among the singers performing in Opera Nanaimo’s Front Row Favourites concert. (Photos courtesy Daniel Holmes/Pier-Alexandre Gagné/Jodie Gallant/submitted)
Nanaimo’s Fiddelium fiddle ensemble won first prize in the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge Junior Instrumental category. (Photo courtesy Cross Canada Fiddle)

Nanaimo’s Fiddelium fiddle ensemble wins CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge

Group finished first in Junior Instrumental category, wins $3k in new instruments

Nanaimo’s Fiddelium fiddle ensemble won first prize in the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge Junior Instrumental category. (Photo courtesy Cross Canada Fiddle)
Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular alumni joined producer and director Katy Bowen-Roberts (bottom row, centre) in a video performance of the Christmas carol ‘O Holy Night.’ (YouTube screenshot)

Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular alumni present video recital of ‘O Holy Night’

14th edition of annual Christmas production postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19

Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular alumni joined producer and director Katy Bowen-Roberts (bottom row, centre) in a video performance of the Christmas carol ‘O Holy Night.’ (YouTube screenshot)
The Smokey Valley Drum and Dance group is one of the groups taking part in Crimson Coast Dance Society’s inaugural Sum̓sháthut Festival. (Photo courtesy Tsatassaya White)

Indigenous artists mark winter solstice with new music and dance festival

Nanaimo’s Crimson Coast Dance Society presents virtual Sum̓sháthut (Sun) Festival

The Smokey Valley Drum and Dance group is one of the groups taking part in Crimson Coast Dance Society’s inaugural Sum̓sháthut Festival. (Photo courtesy Tsatassaya White)
Nanaimo’s Fiddelium fiddle ensemble is a finalist in two categories in the 2020 CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge. (Photo courtesy Cross Canada Fiddle)

Nanaimo fiddle ensemble up for two CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge awards

Fiddelium a finalist in Junior Instrumental and Community Music Class categories

Nanaimo’s Fiddelium fiddle ensemble is a finalist in two categories in the 2020 CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge. (Photo courtesy Cross Canada Fiddle)