Arts and culture

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)
Brack Hanuse Corlett poses beside the Sisiutl design he painted on a sea can located beside Spirit Square in downtown Campbell River. Photo contributed

Spirit Square sea can mural creates opportunity to make connections

Design created by interdisciplinary artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations

  • Oct 18, 2022
Brack Hanuse Corlett poses beside the Sisiutl design he painted on a sea can located beside Spirit Square in downtown Campbell River. Photo contributed
Bronwyn Kerr wears Janis Guthy’s Pink Explosion during a bonus performance at the 2019 Wearable Art Fashion Show at the Tidemark Theatre. Photo by Marissa Tiel/ Campbell River Mirror

Wearable Art Show returns with with extravagant flair

Spectacular gala night of creativity helps support the local art scene

Bronwyn Kerr wears Janis Guthy’s Pink Explosion during a bonus performance at the 2019 Wearable Art Fashion Show at the Tidemark Theatre. Photo by Marissa Tiel/ Campbell River Mirror
Shawn Decaire unveils n̓əmy̓ut Banners at the Tidemark Theatre in downtown Campbell River. Photo courtesy Tidemark Theatre
Shawn Decaire unveils n̓əmy̓ut Banners at the Tidemark Theatre in downtown Campbell River. Photo courtesy Tidemark Theatre
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)
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)
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)
Kwakwaka’wakw artist and Hereditary Chief G̱ixkastallasame-gi, or Cecil Dawson will be leading a guided tour of his show Cecil Dawson: Standing in the Gap on June 25. Photo courtesy Museum at Campbell River
Kwakwaka’wakw artist and Hereditary Chief G̱ixkastallasame-gi, or Cecil Dawson will be leading a guided tour of his show Cecil Dawson: Standing in the Gap on June 25. Photo courtesy Museum at Campbell River
Raymond Tony Charlie and his wife Lorraine hold a copy of Charlie's book about the abuse he experienced at residential school, his recovery, and the scars that remain. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island residential school survivor publishes account of abuse and recovery

Penelakut elder Raymond Tony Charlie writes In the Shadow of the Red Brick Building

  • May 29, 2022
Raymond Tony Charlie and his wife Lorraine hold a copy of Charlie's book about the abuse he experienced at residential school, his recovery, and the scars that remain. (Submitted photo)
The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
The City of Campbell River sits on the shore of Discovery Passage and is back by the mountains of central Vancouver Island and Strathcona Park.

Livening, beautifying downtown Campbell River has to deal with elephant in the room

Homelessness and unpleasant behaviour downtown taints any effort to encourage visitors

The City of Campbell River sits on the shore of Discovery Passage and is back by the mountains of central Vancouver Island and Strathcona Park.
Alex Witcombe’s mural on 11th Avenue, just around the corner from the city’s “cultural precinct,” was unveiled in November 2017. Photo by John Wheat/Photo Tech Fotosource

Arts groups want to dress up downtown with public art

But there is a sense of urgency with summer approaching

Alex Witcombe’s mural on 11th Avenue, just around the corner from the city’s “cultural precinct,” was unveiled in November 2017. Photo by John Wheat/Photo Tech Fotosource
Satellite Campus program workshop facilitator Avis O’Brien works with a group of children on Cape Mudge to create a cedar weave wrap of a residential school desk, which is on display at the Campbell River Art Gallery as part of the current exhibition, Distant Relatives. Photo courtesy Campbell River Art Gallery
Satellite Campus program workshop facilitator Avis O’Brien works with a group of children on Cape Mudge to create a cedar weave wrap of a residential school desk, which is on display at the Campbell River Art Gallery as part of the current exhibition, Distant Relatives. Photo courtesy Campbell River Art Gallery
The 39 Steps with Aidan deSalaiz, Felix LeBlanc, Caitlin Driscoll and Alexandra Brynn is on stage at the Chemainus Theatre April 22-May 22. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Review: Fast-paced Chemainus Theatre show just plain funny

The 39 Steps will have you guffawing at regular intervals

The 39 Steps with Aidan deSalaiz, Felix LeBlanc, Caitlin Driscoll and Alexandra Brynn is on stage at the Chemainus Theatre April 22-May 22. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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