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From left: Thomas Kuecks, David Lane, John Ivison, Denis Berger, Rod Gray, and James Kuecks are Cabin Fever. Catch their performance on the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre website. (Ashley Foot photo)

A&E column: Music Festival winners, CVAC awards, and Cabin Fever

The latest from the Cowichan Valley arts and entertainment community

From left: Thomas Kuecks, David Lane, John Ivison, Denis Berger, Rod Gray, and James Kuecks are Cabin Fever. Catch their performance on the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre website. (Ashley Foot photo)
Blue Moon Marquee from Duncan will be featured at the 2021 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival on June 28. (Submitted)
Blue Moon Marquee from Duncan will be featured at the 2021 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival on June 28. (Submitted)
Chilliwack’s Matt Johnson was strapped into a straight jacket and hung by his ankles upside down, and had less than two minutes to free himself before two spinning saw blades fell. (America’s Got Talent video)

VIDEO: Chilliwack escape artist Matt Johnson dazzles judges on America’s Got Talent

Johnson brought a packed auditorium to its feet with a death-defying stunt

Chilliwack’s Matt Johnson was strapped into a straight jacket and hung by his ankles upside down, and had less than two minutes to free himself before two spinning saw blades fell. (America’s Got Talent video)
'Minus 30C Inconveniences' by Thomas Hutchings has won one of two People's Choice Awards at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Fine Arts Show for 2021. CVAC is holding its annual general meeting on June 8. (Submitted)

A&E column: Fundraisers, arts survey and 50th AGM

What’s going on in the Cowichan Valley arts community

'Minus 30C Inconveniences' by Thomas Hutchings has won one of two People's Choice Awards at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Fine Arts Show for 2021. CVAC is holding its annual general meeting on June 8. (Submitted)
Kirsten Schrader says the new arts and entertainment grants will help the Cowichan Valley arts community adapt to digital. (Submitted)

CVRD grants pave way for digital arts development

The Pivot Program will support the development of a community-focused digital studio space

  • Jun 4, 2021
Kirsten Schrader says the new arts and entertainment grants will help the Cowichan Valley arts community adapt to digital. (Submitted)
Students work on designs for the new Cube Mural that will be unveiled in Lake Cowichan on June 3, 2021. (Submitted)

Cube Mural unveiled in Lake Cowichan

“Cowichan Lake Arts and Culture Society has long felt that art could liven up the main street”

  • Jun 4, 2021
Students work on designs for the new Cube Mural that will be unveiled in Lake Cowichan on June 3, 2021. (Submitted)
Curvaceous by Pauline Dueck has won one of two People’s Choice Awards at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Fine Arts Show for 2021. (Submitted)
Curvaceous by Pauline Dueck has won one of two People’s Choice Awards at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Fine Arts Show for 2021. (Submitted)
The AcousChicks from Brentwood College School had a winning season in 2021. (Submitted)

Brentwood picks up national music honours in spite of pandemic

“It’s not easy running choirs and bands in the middle of a pandemic”

The AcousChicks from Brentwood College School had a winning season in 2021. (Submitted)
Gulf Islands artists Marsha Batchelor and Bev Paterson will be exhibiting painting and sculpture in the CVAC gallery at the Cowichan Community Centre May 28 to June 19, 2021. (Submitted)

A&E column: Art, art, art — plus a Read-a-Thon

What’s going on in arts and culture in the Cowichan Valley

Gulf Islands artists Marsha Batchelor and Bev Paterson will be exhibiting painting and sculpture in the CVAC gallery at the Cowichan Community Centre May 28 to June 19, 2021. (Submitted)
The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District is working with several Vancouver Island art councils on the Digitial Innovation Group to improve digital skills for Island artists. (Submitted photo)

Arts group promotes digital literacy for Island artists

The goal is to leverage digital skills to promote Vancouver Island as an ‘arts powerhouse’

The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District is working with several Vancouver Island art councils on the Digitial Innovation Group to improve digital skills for Island artists. (Submitted photo)
The Cowichan Valley Naturalists are offering a look at B.C.’s glass sponge reefs at a presentation on May 18. (Adam Taylor photo)

A&E column: Glass sponge reefs; AGM; and new book

What’s going on in arts and entertainment in the Cowichan Valley

The Cowichan Valley Naturalists are offering a look at B.C.’s glass sponge reefs at a presentation on May 18. (Adam Taylor photo)
Laketown Shakedown has been rescheduled for 2022, with options for ticket holders to receive refunds or credit for future events. (File photo)
Laketown Shakedown has been rescheduled for 2022, with options for ticket holders to receive refunds or credit for future events. (File photo)
The Cowichan Valley Arts Council is offering courses in drawing May through August 2021. (Submitted)

A&E column: Art is everywhere in the Cowichan Valley

What’s going in the Cowichan Valley arts and entertainment community

The Cowichan Valley Arts Council is offering courses in drawing May through August 2021. (Submitted)
The Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show has 113 entries for 2021. (Screenshot)
The Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show has 113 entries for 2021. (Screenshot)
The CVAC Fine Arts Show is always something to see and 2021 promises to be no different, as they adopt a fully multimedia approach. (File photo)

Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show goes multimedia for 2021

The show, which runs from May 1-22 will be available both in person and online.

The CVAC Fine Arts Show is always something to see and 2021 promises to be no different, as they adopt a fully multimedia approach. (File photo)
Mark Brandon has discovered there are more acting roles available for seniors now than ever before. (Photo submitted)

Act your age means more movie roles for seniors like Mark Brandon

The Baker’s Son provides a prominent role as a news anchor

Mark Brandon has discovered there are more acting roles available for seniors now than ever before. (Photo submitted)
Artist Jennifer Lawson is opening her studio this weekend for people to take a look at her latest work. (Submitted)
Artist Jennifer Lawson is opening her studio this weekend for people to take a look at her latest work. (Submitted)
Chemainus Art Group creates mural mosaic to celebrate a joyful spring. (Photo submitted)

Art group members celebrate a joyful spring in Chemainus with surprise mosaic

Each of 33 squares pushed together into one mural

  • Apr 19, 2021
Chemainus Art Group creates mural mosaic to celebrate a joyful spring. (Photo submitted)
Trickster author Eden Robinson will be reading from her new book during an online conversation hosted by the Vancouver Island Regional Library on April 23. (Red Works Photography)

A&E column: Music, art, fundraising and renowned author

What’s going on in Cowichan Valley arts and entertainment

Trickster author Eden Robinson will be reading from her new book during an online conversation hosted by the Vancouver Island Regional Library on April 23. (Red Works Photography)
The McCloskey-Hydro Rain Garden, located in a sunny Hydro corridor and receiving about 2.5 million litres of rainwater runoff per year from the roof of nearby McCloskey Elementary School. (Deborah Jones photo)

A&E column: From nature to poetry to puppets, there’s plenty afoot

What’s going on in the Cowichan Valley arts and entertainment scene

The McCloskey-Hydro Rain Garden, located in a sunny Hydro corridor and receiving about 2.5 million litres of rainwater runoff per year from the roof of nearby McCloskey Elementary School. (Deborah Jones photo)