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New Vancouver Island true crime podcast Island Crime’s first season tells the story of Lisa Marie Young, a 21-year-old woman who disappeared after attending a house party in Nanaimo on June 30, 2002. (Family photo)

Case of missing Vancouver Island woman inspires new true crime podcast

‘Island Crime’ Season 1 covers 2002 disappearance of Nanaimo’s Lisa Marie Young

New Vancouver Island true crime podcast Island Crime’s first season tells the story of Lisa Marie Young, a 21-year-old woman who disappeared after attending a house party in Nanaimo on June 30, 2002. (Family photo)
Cowichan Valley dancer Carlow Rush will appear on NBC’s World of Dance for the second time. (Citizen file photo)

Vancouver Island dancers returning to ‘World of Dance’ reality show

Cowichan’s Carlow Rush among those competing for $1-million prize

Cowichan Valley dancer Carlow Rush will appear on NBC’s World of Dance for the second time. (Citizen file photo)
Lauren Spencer-Smith gave American Idol viewers a view of Sproat Lake when she performed from her home town of Port Alberni on April 26. (Photo courtesy ABC Network)

Vancouver Island teen singer looks back on ‘American Idol’ experience

Lauren Spencer-Smith reached Top 20, made lifelong friendships and improved her skills

Lauren Spencer-Smith gave American Idol viewers a view of Sproat Lake when she performed from her home town of Port Alberni on April 26. (Photo courtesy ABC Network)
Nanaimo Community Dances facilitator Neil Cutler has turned his backyard into a dance club and is inviting people to attend his parties over the internet. (Photo courtesy Neil Cutler)

Vancouver Island MC hosts virtual dance parties live-streamed from his backyard

Neil Cutler of Nanaimo Community Dances said he’s drawn viewers from as far away as Alberta

Nanaimo Community Dances facilitator Neil Cutler has turned his backyard into a dance club and is inviting people to attend his parties over the internet. (Photo courtesy Neil Cutler)
Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo is performing a live-streamed show at the Duncan Showroom on March 20. (Photo courtesy Andrew Dodd)

Island musicians go from onstage to online amid COVID-19 pandemic

Bluesman David Gogo to stream next show, Nanaimo venue launches video concert series

Nanaimo bluesman David Gogo is performing a live-streamed show at the Duncan Showroom on March 20. (Photo courtesy Andrew Dodd)
Two days after closing all of its branches, Vancouver Island Regional Libraries announced today that it is laying off the majority of its staff. (News Bulletin file)

Vancouver Island Regional Library issues notices of layoff to most staff

VIRL closed all libraries on March 16 to mitigate spread of COVID-19

Two days after closing all of its branches, Vancouver Island Regional Libraries announced today that it is laying off the majority of its staff. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo’s Carol Rosher is one of the houseguests on season eight of ‘Big Brother Canada.’ (Photo courtesy Global TV)

Nanaimo woman to compete in new season of ‘Big Brother Canada’

Carol Rosher, a cancer survivor, is one of 16 houseguests appearing on reality TV show

Nanaimo’s Carol Rosher is one of the houseguests on season eight of ‘Big Brother Canada.’ (Photo courtesy Global TV)
Nanaimo’s Lauren Spencer-Smith, 16, recently earned her first Juno Award nomination and on March 1 she appears on American Idol. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Juno-nominated teen singer from Vancouver Island to appear on ‘American Idol’

Lauren Spencer-Smith up for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for ‘Unplugged, Vol. 1’

Nanaimo’s Lauren Spencer-Smith, 16, recently earned her first Juno Award nomination and on March 1 she appears on American Idol. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-born actress Sandy Sidhu (front) plays Nazneen Khan in the new Global TV program, Nurses. (Photo courtesy Global)

Nanaimo actress cast in first lead role in TV series ‘Nurses’

Sandy Sidhu wanted to work in medicine before her interest in acting took over

Nanaimo-born actress Sandy Sidhu (front) plays Nazneen Khan in the new Global TV program, Nurses. (Photo courtesy Global)
Nanaimo artist Yvonne Vander Kooi presents her latest exhibition, Passage, at the Ou Gallery in Duncan. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Artist draws from old family photos in large painting exhibition in Duncan

Yvonne Vander Kooi presents ‘Passage’ at Duncan’s Ou Gallery

Nanaimo artist Yvonne Vander Kooi presents her latest exhibition, Passage, at the Ou Gallery in Duncan. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Toronto’s Sarah Wells and Sam Effah moved to first place in The Amazing Race Canada after a successful outing digging for clams at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station. (Photo courtesy CTV)

‘The Amazing Race Canada’ comes to Vancouver Island

Stops include Deep Bay Marine Field Station, WildPlay Element Parks and Horne Lake Caves

Toronto’s Sarah Wells and Sam Effah moved to first place in The Amazing Race Canada after a successful outing digging for clams at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station. (Photo courtesy CTV)
Amazing Race Canada host Jon Montgomery will be welcoming viewers and contestants to the Nanaimo area on the July 30 episode of the cross-country competition. (Photo courtesy CTV)

Nanaimo is the next stop on ‘The Amazing Race Canada’

Episode will air on Tuesday, July 30 at 9 p.m. on CTV

Amazing Race Canada host Jon Montgomery will be welcoming viewers and contestants to the Nanaimo area on the July 30 episode of the cross-country competition. (Photo courtesy CTV)
VIU jazz grads Graham Villette and Brock Meades (from left) recently won the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship. (Photo courtesy Stephanie Jones/Jiji Francois)

Cowichan Valley jazz graduate wins prestigious scholarship

Bassist Brock Meades and drummer Graham Villette get $2,000 Fraser MacPherson Scholarship

VIU jazz grads Graham Villette and Brock Meades (from left) recently won the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship. (Photo courtesy Stephanie Jones/Jiji Francois)
Duncan-based poet Cassandra Blanchard reads from her debut book of poetry, Fresh Pack of Smokes, at Well Read Books on April 27. (Photo submitted)

Poems come from personal experiences in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

‘Fresh Pack of Smokes’ reflects on Duncan author’s history of transience and drug addiction

Duncan-based poet Cassandra Blanchard reads from her debut book of poetry, Fresh Pack of Smokes, at Well Read Books on April 27. (Photo submitted)
Youth mural project facilitator Yvonne Vander Kooi (middle) and two of her teenage artists work on a mural in memory of Makayla Chang at the Harewood Activity Centre earlier this month. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island youths creating mural in memory of murdered teen Makayla Chang

Mural to be unveiled at Nanaimo’s Harewood Centennial Park on March 17

Youth mural project facilitator Yvonne Vander Kooi (middle) and two of her teenage artists work on a mural in memory of Makayla Chang at the Harewood Activity Centre earlier this month. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Comic Debra DiGiovanni is performing in the Snowed In Comedy Tour, which comes to the Port Theatre on Jan. 11. (Photo courtesy Kim Newmoney)

Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to B.C.

Tour features nearly 30 dates in the Interior, Vancouver Island, the Okanagan and the Kootenays

Comic Debra DiGiovanni is performing in the Snowed In Comedy Tour, which comes to the Port Theatre on Jan. 11. (Photo courtesy Kim Newmoney)
Satan’s Angel performs at the Queen’s on Friday, Nov. 2. (Photo courtesy Brian Smith)

B.C. burlesque veteran Satan’s Angel to retire after 50+ years

Septuagenarian performer still uses same flaming tassels from 1962

Satan’s Angel performs at the Queen’s on Friday, Nov. 2. (Photo courtesy Brian Smith)
Ellie Barnhart won the 2018 edition of Nanaimo Idol at Maffeo Sutton Park on July 22. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Duncan teenager wins Nanaimo Idol singing contest

Fourteen-year-old Ellie Barnhart beat out 15 contestants to win studio time and training

Ellie Barnhart won the 2018 edition of Nanaimo Idol at Maffeo Sutton Park on July 22. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Johnny Reid, seen here performing at Sunfest, is a Cowichan Valley fan favourite. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen file)

Country star Johnny Reid comes to Cowichan Theatre

Reid is beginning his ‘Revival’ tour with a series of four dates on Vancouver Island

Johnny Reid, seen here performing at Sunfest, is a Cowichan Valley fan favourite. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen file)