Entertainment

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

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. From left: Mark DuMez, Georgia Bennett and Randy Huber couldn’t be happier about the upcoming return to the stage at the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Holiday Jubilation a momentous occasion for Chemainus Theatre

First live performance on stage since March 2020 designed to make the Christmas season shine

 

Joy Sheldon with her book 'Cowichan Kid'. (Submitted)

The Scary Apple Witch

Cowichan Valley author Joy Sheldon offers this excerpt from her book for Halloween

  • Oct 24, 2021

 

Laila Biali will be performing at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 23. (Submitted photo)

Award-winning jazz artist Laila Biali will perform in Duncan on Oct. 23

Biali is on tour for the first time since the pandemic began

Laila Biali will be performing at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 23. (Submitted photo)
Astrid Notte’s Aura of Hope. (Photo submitted)

Artists provide different reflections for Duncan art show

Notte and Green combine their many talents to provide picturesque examples of work

Astrid Notte’s Aura of Hope. (Photo submitted)
Lindsey Wadden and her border collie Ollie were featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. (Special to The News)

B.C. border collie impresses Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show host with Jenga talent

Lindsey Wadden and her dog Ollie were featured in a segment on show hosted by Jimmy Fallon

Lindsey Wadden and her border collie Ollie were featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. (Special to The News)
Goats cuddle in their pen at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Organizers deem this year’s Cowichan Exhibition a success

Event curtailed again this year due to pandemic, but lots attended regardless

Goats cuddle in their pen at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kory Breaden, from Nanaimo, has unofficially established a Guinness World Records mark for longest video game marathon after playing Call of Duty for 145 hours. (Duel Screens Podcast/Twitch image)

B.C. gamer sets unofficial world record with 145-hour video game marathon

Kory Breaden, from Nanaimo, awaits Guinness World Records’ verification after playing Call of Duty

Kory Breaden, from Nanaimo, has unofficially established a Guinness World Records mark for longest video game marathon after playing Call of Duty for 145 hours. (Duel Screens Podcast/Twitch image)
Artist Tanya Bub sits along the Dallas waterfront with her sculpture of a man called ' Arthur Heart' and one of a small dog. Don Denton photograph

Artist Tanya Bub creates fantastical driftwood creatures

Whimsical creations from Vancouver Island beaches

  • Aug 20, 2021
Artist Tanya Bub sits along the Dallas waterfront with her sculpture of a man called ' Arthur Heart' and one of a small dog. Don Denton photograph
Carlow Rush, left, and Jacksun Fryer, right, form the Vancouver Island-based dance duo Funkanometry. They performed at the Mid-Island Co-Op in downtown Parksville on July 23, 2021, for a coming dance video. (Michael Briones photo)
Carlow Rush, left, and Jacksun Fryer, right, form the Vancouver Island-based dance duo Funkanometry. They performed at the Mid-Island Co-Op in downtown Parksville on July 23, 2021, for a coming dance video. (Michael Briones photo)
Carlow Rush, left, and Jacksun Fryer, right, form the Vancouver Island-based dance duo Funkanometry. They performed at the Mid-Island Co-Op in downtown Parksville on July 23, 2021, for a coming dance video. (Michael Briones photo)

Vancouver Island hip hop dance duo Funkanometry promotes ice cream dream

Nanaimo-based pair work on video in Parksville

Carlow Rush, left, and Jacksun Fryer, right, form the Vancouver Island-based dance duo Funkanometry. They performed at the Mid-Island Co-Op in downtown Parksville on July 23, 2021, for a coming dance video. (Michael Briones photo)
Chemainus is the 79th episode for Jonny Harris of Still Standing. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)

Still Standing with Jonny Harris still has legs

Host of the popular TV show brings educational comedy into his presentations

Chemainus is the 79th episode for Jonny Harris of Still Standing. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)
The Back Row Brass are going to be live on stage, and you can see them live and in person at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Friday, July 23, 2021. (Vancouver Island Symphony photo)

See the Back Row Brass — in person — in Duncan

“We are very excited to have live classical music back onstage at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre”

  • Jul 19, 2021
The Back Row Brass are going to be live on stage, and you can see them live and in person at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Friday, July 23, 2021. (Vancouver Island Symphony photo)
FILE - Britney Spears arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” on July 22, 2019. When Spears speaks to a judge at her own request on Wednesday, June. 23, 2021, she’ll do it 13 years into a court-enforced conservatorship that has exercised vast control of her life and money by her father. Spears has said the conservatorship saved her from collapse and exploitation. But she has sought more control over how it operates, and says she wants her father out. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Britney Spears’ new attorney says father must step aside

‘If this is not abuse, I don’t know what is’

FILE - Britney Spears arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” on July 22, 2019. When Spears speaks to a judge at her own request on Wednesday, June. 23, 2021, she’ll do it 13 years into a court-enforced conservatorship that has exercised vast control of her life and money by her father. Spears has said the conservatorship saved her from collapse and exploitation. But she has sought more control over how it operates, and says she wants her father out. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Jonny Harris strolling up from the Chemainus wharf Monday while in town for filming of the CBC-TV series, Still Standing. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)

Still Standing crew and host Harris seen around Chemainus Monday

Footage being compiled for the popular program to be broadcast in January 2022

Jonny Harris strolling up from the Chemainus wharf Monday while in town for filming of the CBC-TV series, Still Standing. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)
The 39 Days of July kicked off at noon on Friday June 25 with a set from Chemainus resident Bill Hamilton. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
The 39 Days of July kicked off at noon on Friday June 25 with a set from Chemainus resident Bill Hamilton. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Jonny Harris on stage during a live show pre-COVID. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)

Chemainus Still Standing through all sorts of adversity

Crew from the popular CBC-TV program coming to film an episode

Jonny Harris on stage during a live show pre-COVID. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)
Susan de Bree (poster/literary chair) presents a plaque to Peter Terpstra of Duncan Christian School with an award in recognition of Emily Ann Aylward winning first place at the national level in senior black and white poster contest. (Submitted)

A&E column: Podcast, poster contest winner, art on display

A taste of what’s going on in the Cowichan Valley

Susan de Bree (poster/literary chair) presents a plaque to Peter Terpstra of Duncan Christian School with an award in recognition of Emily Ann Aylward winning first place at the national level in senior black and white poster contest. (Submitted)
The organizers of the annual 39 days of July festival hope to return to live shows in Charles Hoey Park this year, like in this photo taken in 2019, but they’re waiting until the July 1 public health updates before they make firm plans. (File photo)
The organizers of the annual 39 days of July festival hope to return to live shows in Charles Hoey Park this year, like in this photo taken in 2019, but they’re waiting until the July 1 public health updates before they make firm plans. (File photo)
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)