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Victoria author Penny Chamberlain is releasing her first adult novel, ‘Songs from a Small Town (in a Minor Key).’ (Photo courtesy Frances Litman/submitted)

Victoria author releasing novel about a strange illness in a small town

Penny Chamberlain to hold live-streamed reading of ‘Songs from a Small Town (in a Minor Key)’

Victoria author Penny Chamberlain is releasing her first adult novel, ‘Songs from a Small Town (in a Minor Key).’ (Photo courtesy Frances Litman/submitted)
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)
Nanaimo drag queen Divine Intervention, Tara Beladi of Vancouver and Victoria’s Honey Dewme (from left) are among the nine performers taking part in the Suga Honey Iced Tea live-streamed fundraiser on May 30. (Photos courtesy Brookie Jay Photography/Dank Sinatra/Sortome Photography )

Island drag queen organizes benefit show for hospitals and performers

Suga Honey Iced Tea to feature nine drag artists from Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver

Nanaimo drag queen Divine Intervention, Tara Beladi of Vancouver and Victoria’s Honey Dewme (from left) are among the nine performers taking part in the Suga Honey Iced Tea live-streamed fundraiser on May 30. (Photos courtesy Brookie Jay Photography/Dank Sinatra/Sortome Photography )
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)
Victoria’s Prudence Emery, seen here sitting on the roof of the Savoy Hotel in London, recently released her memoir, Nanaimo Girl. (Photo courtesy Tomas Jaski)

Victoria author, longtime film publicist releases memoir, ‘Nanaimo Girl’

Prudence Emery crossed path with countless celebrities during her 40-year career

Victoria’s Prudence Emery, seen here sitting on the roof of the Savoy Hotel in London, recently released her memoir, Nanaimo Girl. (Photo courtesy Tomas Jaski)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
Calgary metalcore band Shark Infested Daughters performed at the Lantzville Legion in April. Tonight, Oct. 13, they’re coming to Victoria’s Upstairs Cabaret. (Greg Sakaki/The News Bulletin)

Shark-attack metal band coming to Victoria tonight

Shark Infested Daughters, a Calgary metalcore group, play the Upstairs Cabaret tonight, Oct. 13

Calgary metalcore band Shark Infested Daughters performed at the Lantzville Legion in April. Tonight, Oct. 13, they’re coming to Victoria’s Upstairs Cabaret. (Greg Sakaki/The News Bulletin)