The Vancouver Island Symphony will be playing on the number ‘25’ with a concert at the Sid Williams Theatre on Saturday February 15, featuring elegant classical symphonies, as they celebrate 25 years of making beautiful music. The concert, entitled Celebrate 25 – starts at 2:00 pm is one of nine concerts to mark this happy musical milestone
The Friday concert will be a cd release party, showcasing the Trio’s latest double album, Tongue & Groove. Each cut is honed to perfection and represents a back-to-basics visitation on what the band does best — spontaneity of the stage and rapid-fire, improvisational exchanges. Collins loves to sing so Tongue & Groove, is a double set of 11 vocal songs (Tongue) and 11 instrumentals (Groove), and it’s the best of both worlds, marking a new stage in the life of the Andrew Collins Trio.
The 29th World Community Film Festival is ready to roll in Downtown Courtenay on January 31st and February 1st with over 25 engaging and inspiring documentaries that showcase social and environmental justice stories from Canada and around the world.
Members of the Pearl Ellis Gallery have responded to the call to bring in their brightest colours, to help lighten moods and the gallery walls during the dreariest days of winter. How individual artists interpret “bright colour” is the theme of the current exhibition, on display from January 28-February 15. Paintings, photography, fabric art and sculpture are included in the show and all work is available for purchase.
Maria Dunn delighted a Glacier Granny at the 2017 Vancouver Island Music Festival with her song, Where Grandmothers Meet: it includes a verse applauding the African grandmothers who are raising their orphaned grandchildren.
Around the world, people are developing the skills, will and resources necessary to re-imagine civilization, even in the event of an uncertain future. We encounter extraordinary projects and people such as renegade economist Kate Raworth, philosopher Roger Scruton, Gaian ecologist Stephan Harding and localization revolutionary Helena Norberg-Hodge.
“The story behind this show is tied to Viennese tradition. The Viennese Philharmonic Orchestra for years puts on a New Year’s celebration, which features the orchestra performing waltzes and polkas every year,” says Pierre Simard, conductor and artistic director of VIS. “Johann Strauss wrote so much music, you could have years of repertoire with his music alone. Then his son Johann Strauss Jr., who was considered the king of the waltz in the 19th century, only added to that magnificent body of work..”
“Vienna was ‘the’ music city in the world at that time. Anyone who wanted to make it as a musician – had to make it there. It was the popular music of the time, and these composers embraced it and made it their brand.”
The film follows the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became the world’s most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality.
The Pearl Ellis Gallery starts the new year with “Selections” by J.F. Janzen. The exhibition is about choices and – in this case – images that are part of the artist’s journey of change and growth over the past five years. A recent move to the Comox Valley from Victoria led Janzen to establish Studio Rivertown on his new property. It meshes, along with other ongoing projects, his impressions of the surrounding area from an environmental viewpoint with a deep need for concern for the planet. ”Selections” could be considered a familiarization of Janzen’s style of mark making