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Jesse Roper of Metchosin performs with his band at the All Ways Home music festival in Langford at Starlight Stadium in September. Live performances have been somewhat rare for Roper lately, but he had excerpts from two of his songs play on Netflix and CBS recently. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island tunesmith Jesse Roper cracks TV soundtrack barrier — twice

Popuar bluesman’s songs heard on Netflix’s Riverdale and The Equalizer on CBS

A new Netflix interactive map allows viewers to see where shows were filmed across Canada, including in Greater Victoria. (Netflix/screenshot)

Netflix map marks Vancouver Island sites where hit series Maid was filmed

Ten Mile Point mansion, Victoria’s oldest laundromat among featured locations

Avril Lavigne’s newly released song, Bite Me, precedes more music and a new album by the same name in the new year. (Warner Music Canada)

Avril Lavigne announces final tour stop will bring her to Vancouver Island

Concert set for May 25 in in Victoria, Bite Me tour the pop-punk artist’s first in more than 10 years

This image released by ABC News shows actor-producer Alec Baldwin, left, during an interview with “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos. The hour-long interview about the fatal shooting on the set of Baldwin’s film “Rust,” will air Thursday, Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. (Jeffrey Neira/ABC News via AP)

Lawyer backs up Baldwin’s assertion he didn’t pull trigger

‘Dave has told me since the very first day I met him, that Alec did not pull that trigger’

This image released by ABC News shows actor-producer Alec Baldwin, left, during an interview with “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos. The hour-long interview about the fatal shooting on the set of Baldwin’s film “Rust,” will air Thursday, Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. (Jeffrey Neira/ABC News via AP)
T.W. Paterson’s new book looks into B.C.’s dark history of murder. (Book cover)

Cowichan author T.W. Paterson turns his eye to crime

As its title implies it’s all about murders, solved and unsolved, of which B.C. has had her share

  • Dec 5, 2021
T.W. Paterson’s new book looks into B.C.’s dark history of murder. (Book cover)
The Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra prepares for their 2021 Christmas concerts. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Camerata)

Cowichan Camerata is back with 2 Christmas concerts

The Camerata’s Winter Serenade concert will be held Dec. 11 and 12

  • Dec 5, 2021
The Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra prepares for their 2021 Christmas concerts. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Camerata)
Although it won’t be Samson pulling the train this year, the Christmas Express is back at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for 2021. (Citizen file)

Christmas Express back in Duncan for 2021

Travel through thousands of twinkling lights at the BC Forest Discovery Centre

  • Dec 3, 2021
Although it won’t be Samson pulling the train this year, the Christmas Express is back at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for 2021. (Citizen file)
Sue Decker is headed to the Duncan Showroom in December with her full band. (Jack Adamson photo)

A&E column: Tons of music coming for the holiday season in Cowichan

What’s happening in Cowichan Valley arts and entertainment

Sue Decker is headed to the Duncan Showroom in December with her full band. (Jack Adamson photo)
Nanaimo children’s author Lois Peterson’s latest book is ‘Shelter: Homelessness is our Community.’ (Photo courtesy Louroo Photography)

Vancouver Island author pens children’s book on homelessness

Nanaimo’s Lois Peterson to bring latest book ‘Shelter’ on virtual classroom tour

Nanaimo children’s author Lois Peterson’s latest book is ‘Shelter: Homelessness is our Community.’ (Photo courtesy Louroo Photography)
Gregg Perry, left, and Dr. Don Hilton are happy to lend their support to the Chemainus Theatre’s Return To Stage campaign. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Funding campaigns help Chemainus Theatre stage a comeback

Matching donations go a long way toward 2022 full season reopening

Gregg Perry, left, and Dr. Don Hilton are happy to lend their support to the Chemainus Theatre’s Return To Stage campaign. (Photo by Don Bodger)
FILE - Marilyn Manson attends the 9th annual “Home for the Holidays” benefit concert in Los Angeles, on Dec. 10, 2019. Authorities searched the home of the rocker on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, after allegations of physical and sexual abuse by several women. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Home of Marilyn Manson searched in abuse investigation

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said in February that its detectives had begun investigating rocker

FILE - Marilyn Manson attends the 9th annual “Home for the Holidays” benefit concert in Los Angeles, on Dec. 10, 2019. Authorities searched the home of the rocker on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, after allegations of physical and sexual abuse by several women. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
The Reklaws pose on the red carpet at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Calgary, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Dallas Smith named entertainer of the year, takes three trophies at CCMA Awards

Smith performed his single “Hide From a Broken Heart” for the fully vaccinated crowd

The Reklaws pose on the red carpet at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Calgary, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Musician Tyler Joe Miller. (File photo)

‘Holy smokes!’: B.C. musician reacts after winning $25K ‘Top of the Country Contest’

Tyler Joe Miller’s bio and song video are posted to topcountry.siriusxm.ca

Musician Tyler Joe Miller. (File photo)
Jennifer Lopez posted to Instagram that she is finished her part of filming in Smithers. (Screenshot)

VIDEO: Jennifer Lopez wraps up filming in Smithers

In an Instagram post, the star of The Mother tells her family she is on her way home

Jennifer Lopez posted to Instagram that she is finished her part of filming in Smithers. (Screenshot)
Making up director Rien Vesseur’s cast are: Mary Louise Phillips, Lisa Read, Leslie Sanchez, Bronwen Thorburn, and Keith Simmonds. Cathy Schmidt is the production’s stage manager. (Rien Vesseur photo)

Duncan’s Mercury Players aim for laughs with first post-pandemic production

‘The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townwomen’s Drama Society Murder Mystery’ premiers Dec. 2

Making up director Rien Vesseur’s cast are: Mary Louise Phillips, Lisa Read, Leslie Sanchez, Bronwen Thorburn, and Keith Simmonds. Cathy Schmidt is the production’s stage manager. (Rien Vesseur photo)
FILE - Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim poses after being awarded the Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony at the Guildhall in London, on Sept. 27, 2018. Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century, has died at age 91. Sondheim’s death was announced by his Texas-based attorney, Rick Pappas, who told The New York Times the composer died Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at his home in Roxbury, Conn. Pappas did not return calls and messages to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Towering musical theater master Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

Tributes quickly flooded social media as performers and writers alike saluted a giant of the theatre

FILE - Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim poses after being awarded the Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony at the Guildhall in London, on Sept. 27, 2018. Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century, has died at age 91. Sondheim’s death was announced by his Texas-based attorney, Rick Pappas, who told The New York Times the composer died Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at his home in Roxbury, Conn. Pappas did not return calls and messages to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
Chris Ronald is headlining a concert Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 at Providence Farm in Duncan. (Submitted photo)

A&E column: Music for all tastes coming to Cowichan

What’s coming up in the arts and entertainment scene in Cowichan

Chris Ronald is headlining a concert Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 at Providence Farm in Duncan. (Submitted photo)
At home, Thomas Dudley is co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in the Shelbourne Plaza. He is also a talented videographer who has filmed the documentary series Seeing Canada. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
At home, Thomas Dudley is co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in the Shelbourne Plaza. He is also a talented videographer who has filmed the documentary series Seeing Canada. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Vancouver Island Symphony will perform Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s suite ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ this coming April. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)

Vancouver Island Symphony seeking art inspired by music inspired by art

VIS to hold exhibition by Island artists based on Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’

The Vancouver Island Symphony will perform Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s suite ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ this coming April. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)
Two teenagers attempt to trap and kill a monster in an “iconic” scene from the Netflix program ‘Stranger Things’ recreated by Nanaimo man Todd Cameron using vintage toys . (Photo courtesy Todd Cameron)

Netflix enlists Island man to recreate ‘Stranger Things’ scenes with vintage toys

Todd Cameron replicates ‘iconic scenes’ from TV series using figurines, Lite-Brite

Two teenagers attempt to trap and kill a monster in an “iconic” scene from the Netflix program ‘Stranger Things’ recreated by Nanaimo man Todd Cameron using vintage toys . (Photo courtesy Todd Cameron)