Arts and Entertainment

Nancy Walt will be showing her art at the Persimmon Drive location. (Courtesy of Nancy Walt)

Scattered Artists’ summer home studio tour returns to Saanich

19th annual art tour features 22 artists, five venues within biking distance

 

Tyler Scott Hoover, a professional Spider-Man cosplayer and model, is pictured in the classic costume of the Marvel comic superhero. In August 2022, as the iconic character marks 60 years in the vast, imaginative world of comic books, movies and merchandise, fans like Hoover reflect on Spider-Man’s appeal across race, gender and nationality. (Tyler Scott Hoover via AP)

As Spider-Man turns 60, fans reflect on diverse appeal

‘We should always be open to the possibilities’

 

Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith appeared on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Aug. 8 as a musical guest, and played her latest single Narcissist, which dropped midnight July 29. (Photo credit Todd Owyoung/NBC)

B.C. teen singer performs new single on ‘The Tonight Show’

Lauren Spencer-Smith was the musical guest Monday, Aug. 8, on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night talk show

Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith appeared on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Aug. 8 as a musical guest, and played her latest single Narcissist, which dropped midnight July 29. (Photo credit Todd Owyoung/NBC)
“Freighter at a Wharf, Crofton B.C.” (1980), a 24-by-36-inch oil on canvas by E.J. Hughes, at Madrona Gallery.

At the Galleries: Enjoy Canada’s wilderness through the eyes of painters, carvers, jewellers

Victoria galleries host a refreshing display of wilderness works this summer with…

  • Aug 1, 2022
“Freighter at a Wharf, Crofton B.C.” (1980), a 24-by-36-inch oil on canvas by E.J. Hughes, at Madrona Gallery.
Lynda Slater, a Sooke Community Arts Society board member, is looking forward to the completion of renovations for the new gallery and gift shop on Church Street in early August. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Arts Council’s new art gallery opens in August

‘Finishing touches’ and move expected to be completed this month

Lynda Slater, a Sooke Community Arts Society board member, is looking forward to the completion of renovations for the new gallery and gift shop on Church Street in early August. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
Singer Maggie Martin has taken social media by storm with more than 3.5 million likes on TikTok. Her latest release Never Blue has been picked up by Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. (Contributed - Maggie Martin)

West Shore singer Maggie Martin racks up 3.5 million likes on TikTok

Langford resident didn’t let the grass grow under her feet during pandemic

Singer Maggie Martin has taken social media by storm with more than 3.5 million likes on TikTok. Her latest release Never Blue has been picked up by Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. (Contributed - Maggie Martin)
Tamara Stanners at Vancouver's Zulu Records- Lia Crowe photography

Among the stars

Painting, producing and performing all part of Constellation Festival co-organizer’s artist pursuits

  • Jun 24, 2022
Tamara Stanners at Vancouver's Zulu Records- Lia Crowe photography
The story of a gray whale is the subject of a new Sooke-produced documentary. Tale of the Whale premieres on June 10 at EMCS Community Theatre. (Shutterstock)

Tale behind the whale at Sooke school premieres June 10

The intriguing tale behind the whale skeleton that floats above the lobby…

The story of a gray whale is the subject of a new Sooke-produced documentary. Tale of the Whale premieres on June 10 at EMCS Community Theatre. (Shutterstock)
Jason Heit teaches a class at the Island MMA Training Centre in Victoria. Heit moved back to the Island in 2007 after spending four years as a security guard for various A-list celebrities. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Victoria man’s journey took him from the boxing ring to supplying security to the stars

Drew Barrymore, Nicholas Cage, Robbie Williams: Victoria’s Jason Heit was by their side

Jason Heit teaches a class at the Island MMA Training Centre in Victoria. Heit moved back to the Island in 2007 after spending four years as a security guard for various A-list celebrities. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
Clare Twiddy, left, and Kaylar Chan form the Vancouver-based rage-funk band Raincity. They’re coming to Port Alberni’s Rainbow Room for a show on April 30, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY RAINCITY)

Raincity launching 5-date tour funkifying Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island tour a homecoming for Parksville singer

Clare Twiddy, left, and Kaylar Chan form the Vancouver-based rage-funk band Raincity. They’re coming to Port Alberni’s Rainbow Room for a show on April 30, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY RAINCITY)
The 39 Steps with Aidan deSalaiz, Felix LeBlanc, Caitlin Driscoll and Alexandra Brynn is on stage at the Chemainus Theatre April 22-May 22. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Review: Fast-paced Chemainus Theatre show just plain funny

The 39 Steps will have you guffawing at regular intervals

The 39 Steps with Aidan deSalaiz, Felix LeBlanc, Caitlin Driscoll and Alexandra Brynn is on stage at the Chemainus Theatre April 22-May 22. (Photo by Don Bodger)
MISSAMBA brings their African roots-themed music to the Edward Milne Community Theatre on May 27. Adam Daou, a Malian musician from Mopti, plays a variety of percussion, including the djembe, duddun, calebasse, and balafon. (Contributed - MISSAMBA)

ISSAMBA’s rhythmic roots comes to Sooke

Rhythms rooted in all five regions of Africa resonate throughout ISSAMBA Showcase…

MISSAMBA brings their African roots-themed music to the Edward Milne Community Theatre on May 27. Adam Daou, a Malian musician from Mopti, plays a variety of percussion, including the djembe, duddun, calebasse, and balafon. (Contributed - MISSAMBA)
Writers can enter the Islands Short Fiction Contest until April 30. (Stock photo)

Vancouver Island writers still have time to enter Islands Short Fiction Contest

Nanaimo Arts Council extends deadline until month’s end

Writers can enter the Islands Short Fiction Contest until April 30. (Stock photo)
Tide Pools Rathtrevor by Lorna Dockstader at Avenue Gallery.

At The Galleries: Nature takes centre stage in Greater Victoria

Vancouver Island artists appear in galleries for spring

  • Apr 10, 2022
Tide Pools Rathtrevor by Lorna Dockstader at Avenue Gallery.
After a two-year break, the Louisiana Hayride Show is rolling across western Canada and will stop in Sidney on May 2 in paying tribute to the giants of classic country and rockabilly. (Photo courtesy of Louisiana Hayride Show)

Louisiana Hayride Show rolls into Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre

Tribute show highlights the countless stars that rocked to stardom on the legendary broadcast show

After a two-year break, the Louisiana Hayride Show is rolling across western Canada and will stop in Sidney on May 2 in paying tribute to the giants of classic country and rockabilly. (Photo courtesy of Louisiana Hayride Show)
Pharis and Jason Romero headline the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival to be held at Laketown Ranch in Youbou on June 17 to 19, 2022. (Laureen Carruthers photo)

Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival back in June

Headliners Pharis and Jason Romero, The Lonesome Ace Stringband and more

Pharis and Jason Romero headline the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival to be held at Laketown Ranch in Youbou on June 17 to 19, 2022. (Laureen Carruthers photo)
Will Smith cries as he accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for “King Richard” at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

At a pugnacious Oscars, Apple’s feel-good ‘CODA’ triumphs as best picture

Drama erupts as Will Smith slaps presenter Chris Rock

Will Smith cries as he accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for “King Richard” at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Wu Tang Clan are considered by many to be the best hip hop or rap group in the world. Facebook

Wu-Tang Clan, The Glorious Sons, Arkells and more headline Laketown Shakedown 2022 in Cowichan

This is the first year back for the festival since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020

Wu Tang Clan are considered by many to be the best hip hop or rap group in the world. Facebook