Arts and culture

Left to Right, in regalia designed and crafted by Lillian and Alver Tait: Brian McMillian, Wilps Wisin Xbil’tkw (Gisk’aast) representing subcrest owl, Markell Gosnell, Wilps Ksim Xsaan (Ganada) representing subcrest Ganada, Donaldo McNeil, Wilps La’ay (Laxsgiik) representing beaver, Deon Pierre, Wilps Duuk (Laxgibuu) representing subcrest bear. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard).

PHOTOS: Northern B.C. fashion show brings Nisga’a talent into the light

Models sported a striking blend of colourful and more sombre tones that reflected the theme of the evening: ‘from darkness to light’

 

Dover Bay Secondary School student Lana Nepomuceno struggles to fit in the glass slipper during a rehearsal for the drama program’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella musical. (Submitted photo)

Dover Bay Secondary School drama program to stage ‘modernized’ telling of Cinderella

Bay Theatrix musical follows 2013 Broadway production, runs Dec. 7-10

 

The cast of five in A Tiny Christmas Carol. From left: Emma Slipp, Jay Clift, Louise Phillips, Yasmin D’Oshun and Stephen Thakkar. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Review: Outstanding Scrooge anchors ‘Tiny Christmas Carol’ in Chemainus

Louise Phillips is an absolute delight as this iconic character

 

Members of A Cappella Plus as they rehearse at Wellington Secondary School on Nov. 24 in preparation for the Community Carol Festival in early December. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Community Carol Festival celebrates quarter-century mark with seven Nanaimo choirs

173 singers will perform traditional and contemporary holiday songs at St. Andrew’s United Church

Members of A Cappella Plus as they rehearse at Wellington Secondary School on Nov. 24 in preparation for the Community Carol Festival in early December. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Ben Sams and Katie MacLean will play Prince Charming and Cinderella in the Gabriola Player’s pantomime production by Robin Bailes. (Bill Pope photo)

Gabriola Players theatre group to produce Cinderella pantomime play

Four-day production will run Dec. 1-4 at the Gabriola Island Community Hall

Ben Sams and Katie MacLean will play Prince Charming and Cinderella in the Gabriola Player’s pantomime production by Robin Bailes. (Bill Pope photo)
Calvin Dyck will lead the Vancouver Island Symphony as the perform Christmas Memories along with the Island Consort Chamber Choir at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on Dec. 3. (Submitted photo)

Orchestra and choir combine talents for Christmas Memories concert in Nanaimo

Two performances planned for the Port Theare on Saturday, Dec. 3

Calvin Dyck will lead the Vancouver Island Symphony as the perform Christmas Memories along with the Island Consort Chamber Choir at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on Dec. 3. (Submitted photo)
Marley’s Ghost looms behind Ebenezer Scrooge in ‘A Wonderheads Christmas Carol,’ a whimsical reimagining of the holiday classic touring BC theatres this December. Kate Braidwood as Scrooge, Jessica Hickman as Marley. (Photo by Daryl Turner)
Marley’s Ghost looms behind Ebenezer Scrooge in ‘A Wonderheads Christmas Carol,’ a whimsical reimagining of the holiday classic touring BC theatres this December. Kate Braidwood as Scrooge, Jessica Hickman as Marley. (Photo by Daryl Turner)
One of the final shows in November is ‘Ridge’. (Photo courtesy of CPAC)
One of the final shows in November is ‘Ridge’. (Photo courtesy of CPAC)
Zachary Stevenson stands out against the Chemainus murals on his return to town. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Review: ‘Dead Ringer’ is a live one for Chemainus Theatre

Tying the show’s eclectic set list together is Zachary Stevenson

Zachary Stevenson stands out against the Chemainus murals on his return to town. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Choreography and athletic artistry come together in Glory at the Chemainus Theatre until Oct. 9. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Choreography and athletic artistry come together in Glory at the Chemainus Theatre until Oct. 9. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Indigenous performer Jeremy Dutcher will be the opening act for the Port Theatre's Spotlight series on Sept. 12. (Submitted photo)

Port Theatre announces Spotlight Series lineup as season fast approaching

Series starts with classically trained Indigenous tenor Jeremy Dutcher on Sept. 12

Indigenous performer Jeremy Dutcher will be the opening act for the Port Theatre's Spotlight series on Sept. 12. (Submitted photo)
Corb Lund is headed to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre in Duncan on Sept. 18, 2022. (Submitted)

Big names in comedy and music take stage in Cowichan in September

Derek Edwards, Corb Lund, Jesse Cook, Serena Ryder, Victoria Symphony, Abra Cadabra

Corb Lund is headed to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre in Duncan on Sept. 18, 2022. (Submitted)
Guy-Olivier Deveau’s sculpture, “The Algorithm”, won in the People’s Choice solo category. (Parksville Beach Festival Society photo via Facebook)

Parksville Beach Festival marks successful comeback in 2022 with record visitor numbers

Sandsculpting exhibition saw 115,217 visitors, higher than 2019

Guy-Olivier Deveau’s sculpture, “The Algorithm”, won in the People’s Choice solo category. (Parksville Beach Festival Society photo via Facebook)
View Upon Neah Bay by Dallas Duobaitisw earned the People’s Choice award at the Sooke Fine Arts Show. (Photo - Sooke Fine Arts Society)

Audiences welcome return of Vancouver Island’s biggest juried art show

Annual Sooke Fine Arts Show exhibition draws more than 7,000 people

View Upon Neah Bay by Dallas Duobaitisw earned the People’s Choice award at the Sooke Fine Arts Show. (Photo - Sooke Fine Arts Society)
The Gabriola Lanterns of Wonder festival will return to honour and celebrate the community’s essential workers on Aug. 20. (Bill Pope photos)

Lantern festival will illuminate Gabriola Island

GLOW, as presented by Gabriola Arts Council, to be held Aug. 20

The Gabriola Lanterns of Wonder festival will return to honour and celebrate the community’s essential workers on Aug. 20. (Bill Pope photos)
Toronto-based queer stand-up comedian Laura Piccinin will show her narrative storytelling of ‘Lesbihonest’ in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter between Aug. 12-21 as part of the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Submitted photo)

Queer stand-up comedian will ‘tell all’ at Nanaimo Fringe Festival

Laura Piccinin brings ‘Lesbihonest’ to the festival, which starts this week

Toronto-based queer stand-up comedian Laura Piccinin will show her narrative storytelling of ‘Lesbihonest’ in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter between Aug. 12-21 as part of the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Submitted photo)
Picture of the Vancouver art gallery from 2014. (Kay Yamagishi/Flickr)

Sustainability and world class art to meet in new Vancouver Art Gallery building

Federal government kicks in $29 million to help fund ‘passive house’ arts centre in downtown Vancouver

Picture of the Vancouver art gallery from 2014. (Kay Yamagishi/Flickr)
Harrison Firefighter Fred Webber smiles as he holds copies of the two Chicken Soup for the Soul books that contain his story. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Harrison firefighter publishes story in 2 ‘Chicken Soup’ books

Fred Webber fulfilled his firefighting dream in his mid 50s

Harrison Firefighter Fred Webber smiles as he holds copies of the two Chicken Soup for the Soul books that contain his story. (Adam Louis/Observer)
‘Lucy and Bonbon’ author Don LePan in his Nanaimo home as he flips through one of his last on-hand copies since the book was published this spring. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo author’s new book blurs boundaries between humans and animals

Don LePan’s ‘Lucy and Bonbon’ a speculative fiction work that explores theoretical inter-breeding

‘Lucy and Bonbon’ author Don LePan in his Nanaimo home as he flips through one of his last on-hand copies since the book was published this spring. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
The Island Fantasy Ball held in Nanaimo this year will feature Polish National 10 Dance champions Armand Fazullin and Klaudia Iwanska. (Photos by Nelson Wong)

Island Fantasy Ball will bring dazzling dance steps to Nanaimo

Event will be held June 4-5 at the Beban Park social centre

The Island Fantasy Ball held in Nanaimo this year will feature Polish National 10 Dance champions Armand Fazullin and Klaudia Iwanska. (Photos by Nelson Wong)