Andrew Collins Trio at the Merville Hall

Andrew Collins Trio at the Merville Hall

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.

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World Community Film Festival Opens Friday

World Community Film Festival Opens Friday

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.

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Bright Colours At The Pearl Ellis Gallery

Bright Colours At The Pearl Ellis Gallery

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.

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Film Envisages a Vibrant Future

Film Envisages a Vibrant Future

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.

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The Waltz – Vancouver Island Symphony

The Waltz – Vancouver Island Symphony

“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.”

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“Ask Doctor Ruth” Kicks Off CVAG Winter Film Series

“Ask Doctor Ruth” Kicks Off CVAG Winter Film Series

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.

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New year, new show at the Pearl Ellis Gallery

New year, new show at the Pearl Ellis Gallery

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

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