Looking heavenward in gratitude, Tonye presents a gritty performance, after admitting, it’s not one of her better days. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Lexi Bainas column: Art, an encore, the classics, topped off with karaoke coming to Cowichan

Do you wake up in the morning singing ‘Let Me Entertain You’?

Well, your wish has been granted. The Duncan Eagles are bringing back their justly famous Step Up to the Mic karaoke on Saturday, April 6, hosted by Vicki Searle.

The note says, “So hope to see many awesome people visiting with us. And remember…Tom foolery is completely encouraged…Dancing, singing, jokes, etc.”

They’re trying for a 7:30 p.m. start but “we will arrange the times if needed.”

They’ve got 300,000 songs to choose from, including everything from golden oldies to today’s hits, so start warming up in the shower now.


The Chemainus Classical Concerts Committee have arranged an exciting concert for Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m., entitled Trios of Europe.

The West Coast Chamber Musicians are made up of a Who’s Who of Victoria’s elite musicians: Jim Stubbs, Lauren Stubbs, Karen Hough, and Anne McDougall, playing trumpet, bassoon, French horn and violin, respectively, and ably supported by pianist Bruce Vogt.

Their program of chamber music includes trios with various instrument combinations, by Telemann, Jolivet, Bruch, and Brahms, and it ends with all five performers rollicking through Stravinsky’s humorous ‘Circus Polka (for a Young Elephant)’.

For ticket information, please visit www.ChemainusClassicalConcerts.ca or phone Eleanor at 250-748-8383 to reserve your seat in advance.


Longevity John Falkner has just announced that, “after wowing people as the opener for Buckman Coe”, singer/songwriter Tonye is coming back to the Duncan Showroom for two shows of her own on Sunday and Monday, April 7-8, the first with her band, and the second as a solo show with accompaniment.

Dealing daily with multiple sclerosis and a performance schedule is a challenge but the singer can lose herself in her music, lifting her audience as well as herself.

“Please come and be ‘healed’. The intimacy of her solo concert will take your breath away and leave you in bliss,” Falkner says in announcing the pair of shows. Tickets are $18 in advance for each night, $20 at the door.


The Cowichan Valley Arts Council is proud to present Memories of the Arctic: Stan Hodgson Retrospective Art Show from April 1 to 17.

As an architect working in Edmonton and later Yellowknife, Stan Hodgson designed institutional buildings such as schools, housing complexes and nursing stations, CVAC tells us. But it is his artistic talent — his meticulous pencil sketches — that will be on display at CVAC’s Arbutus Gallery.

Hodgson died in 2009 and his widow, Yvonne Hodgson, wants the Cowichan Valley to see his work, especially since she and her husband had lived in B.C. since 1990. She is displaying a selection of his drawings and watercolour paintings in the show.

“He loved pencil character studies such as an Inuit building an igloo,” she said.

Local artist Pauline Dueck is curating the show.

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