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Juno-winning Toronto dub poet Lillian Allen is VIU’s Gustafson Distinguished Poet for 2021. (Photo courtesy Karen Lee)

Juno-winning dub poet is VIU’s Gustafson Distinguished Poet this year

Lillian Allen will present online lecture, reading and Q-and-A

Juno-winning Toronto dub poet Lillian Allen is VIU’s Gustafson Distinguished Poet for 2021. (Photo courtesy Karen Lee)
Peter Crema and Harmony Gray (from left), past participants of the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Code Switching teen art group, at work in ArtLab in 2019. The NAG will be expanding the space thanks to a $75,000 arts infrastructure program grant. (Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre receive new arts infrastructure funding

Province announces recipients of funding through B.C. Arts Council program

Peter Crema and Harmony Gray (from left), past participants of the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Code Switching teen art group, at work in ArtLab in 2019. The NAG will be expanding the space thanks to a $75,000 arts infrastructure program grant. (Bulletin file photo)
Ty Wesley, Nicole Darlington and Cameron Macaulay (from left) performed in the Beholder Entertainment production <em>Gender Sucks!</em> in the 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Video still courtesy Sam Wharram)

Nanaimo Fringe Festival artist lottery open to local and B.C. playwrights

Organizers hope to stage plays in-person at indoor and outdoor venues this summer

Ty Wesley, Nicole Darlington and Cameron Macaulay (from left) performed in the Beholder Entertainment production <em>Gender Sucks!</em> in the 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Video still courtesy Sam Wharram)
This weekend Amy Pye is holding a virtual book launch for her latest children’s book, <em>Bruce the Silly Goose</em>. (Photo courtesy Amy Pye)

Nanaimo writer and illustrator pens children’s book about COVID-19 safety

Amy Pye to hold online book launch for ‘Bruce the Silly Goose’

This weekend Amy Pye is holding a virtual book launch for her latest children’s book, <em>Bruce the Silly Goose</em>. (Photo courtesy Amy Pye)
Maffeo Sutton Park’s Spirit Square is one location being considered as the site of a new welcome pole. (News Bulletin photo)

Welcoming totem pole coming to Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park

Project being done with support of Snuneymuxw First Nation, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre

Maffeo Sutton Park’s Spirit Square is one location being considered as the site of a new welcome pole. (News Bulletin photo)
Western Edge Theatre artistic director Brian March and local theatre artists Brianna Hamilton and Daniel Puglas (from left) make up Western Edge’s new team of “artistic associates.” (News Bulletin file photos/Courtney Harder)

Nanaimo theatre company adds younger, diverse voices to artistic team

Western Edge hopes new ‘artistic associates’ will help form new ideas, reach new audiences

Western Edge Theatre artistic director Brian March and local theatre artists Brianna Hamilton and Daniel Puglas (from left) make up Western Edge’s new team of “artistic associates.” (News Bulletin file photos/Courtney Harder)
Nanaimo artist Shawnda Wilson’s Jacana No. 1 is among the paintings she’ll have on display in her upcoming show at the Nanaimo Musuem. (Photo courtesy Shawnda Wilson)

Painting exhibit inspired by long-toed birds and jazz coming to Nanaimo Museum

Nanaimo artist Shawnda Wilson’s show ‘When Charles Speaks’ opens next week

Nanaimo artist Shawnda Wilson’s Jacana No. 1 is among the paintings she’ll have on display in her upcoming show at the Nanaimo Musuem. (Photo courtesy Shawnda Wilson)
Charles Hartnell’s ‘It Might as well be Spring,’ Heather Bray’s ‘Untitled’ and Solace Stuart’s ‘Illustration For The Playlist’ (cropped, from left) are among the works featured in the inaugural edition of ‘Code: A Collection of Youth Art.’ (Photos courtesy the artists)

Nanaimo Art Gallery teen program presents final exhibition in magazine form

‘Code: A Collection of Youth Art’ features the work of local artists from age 11 to 25

Charles Hartnell’s ‘It Might as well be Spring,’ Heather Bray’s ‘Untitled’ and Solace Stuart’s ‘Illustration For The Playlist’ (cropped, from left) are among the works featured in the inaugural edition of ‘Code: A Collection of Youth Art.’ (Photos courtesy the artists)
Nanoose Bay artist Kelly Corbett’s upcoming exhibition, Extent, features paintings including <em>Reverie</em>, <em>Release</em> and <em>Threshold</em> (clockwise from left). (Photos courtesy Kelly Corbett)

Nanoose Bay artists brings B.C. landscapes to new gallery show in Qualicum Beach

Painter Kelly Corbett presents scenes from Vancouver Island and beyond in ‘Extent’

Nanoose Bay artist Kelly Corbett’s upcoming exhibition, Extent, features paintings including <em>Reverie</em>, <em>Release</em> and <em>Threshold</em> (clockwise from left). (Photos courtesy Kelly Corbett)
Lantzville fiddler Quin Etheridge-Pedden has been nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year for his album ‘Out of the Blue.’ (Photo courtesy Kelli Etheridge)

Vancouver Island fiddler nominated for Canadian Folk Music Award

Quin Etheridge-Pedden up for Young Performer of the Year for album ‘Out of the Blue’

Lantzville fiddler Quin Etheridge-Pedden has been nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year for his album ‘Out of the Blue.’ (Photo courtesy Kelli Etheridge)
Nanaimo resident Tricia Cook’s memoir is <em>Too Scared to Tell till Now: A Woman’s Journey to a Fulfilled Life</em>. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo woman hopes to help others with memoir revealing childhood sexual abuse

Tricia Cook’s memoir ‘Too Scared to Tell till Now’ recounts a lifetime of hardship and resilience

Nanaimo resident Tricia Cook’s memoir is <em>Too Scared to Tell till Now: A Woman’s Journey to a Fulfilled Life</em>. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Nanaimo’s Fiddelium fiddle ensemble won first prize in the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge Junior Instrumental category. (Photo courtesy Cross Canada Fiddle)

Nanaimo’s Fiddelium fiddle ensemble wins CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge

Group finished first in Junior Instrumental category, wins $3k in new instruments

Nanaimo’s Fiddelium fiddle ensemble won first prize in the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge Junior Instrumental category. (Photo courtesy Cross Canada Fiddle)
Nico Rhodes, Lucas Smart, James McRae and Kosma Busheikin (from left) recorded their set for the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival’s online video series at the Harbour City Theatre this week. (Photo courtesy François Savard)

Nanaimo International Jazz Festival goes online with help of Canadian Heritage grant

Video concert series from Harbour City Theatre to be unveiled in February

Nico Rhodes, Lucas Smart, James McRae and Kosma Busheikin (from left) recorded their set for the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival’s online video series at the Harbour City Theatre this week. (Photo courtesy François Savard)
Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular alumni joined producer and director Katy Bowen-Roberts (bottom row, centre) in a video performance of the Christmas carol ‘O Holy Night.’ (YouTube screenshot)

Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular alumni present video recital of ‘O Holy Night’

14th edition of annual Christmas production postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19

Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular alumni joined producer and director Katy Bowen-Roberts (bottom row, centre) in a video performance of the Christmas carol ‘O Holy Night.’ (YouTube screenshot)
This month, Dann Denis became the first writer to have his work published on the Word on the Street bulletin board at Literacy Central Vancouver Island’s Well Read Books bookstore. (Photos courtesy Literacy Central Vancouver Island)

Word on the Street bulletin board building literacy for homeless Vancouver Islanders

Nanaimo literacy group providing creative outlet for those living on the street

This month, Dann Denis became the first writer to have his work published on the Word on the Street bulletin board at Literacy Central Vancouver Island’s Well Read Books bookstore. (Photos courtesy Literacy Central Vancouver Island)
The Smokey Valley Drum and Dance group is one of the groups taking part in Crimson Coast Dance Society’s inaugural Sum̓sháthut Festival. (Photo courtesy Tsatassaya White)

Indigenous artists mark winter solstice with new music and dance festival

Nanaimo’s Crimson Coast Dance Society presents virtual Sum̓sháthut (Sun) Festival

The Smokey Valley Drum and Dance group is one of the groups taking part in Crimson Coast Dance Society’s inaugural Sum̓sháthut Festival. (Photo courtesy Tsatassaya White)
Michael MacKinnon, Shanté van Horlick, Elizabeth Herman, Wendy Alexander, Elise Boulanger and Andrea Rodall (clockwise from left) are among the singers performing in Opera Nanaimo’s Front Row Favourites concert. (Photos courtesy Daniel Holmes/Pier-Alexandre Gagné/Jodie Gallant/submitted)

Opera Nanaimo presents pay-per-view concert from the Port Theatre

‘Front Row Favourites’ includes classical pieces, songs from operas and musicals

Michael MacKinnon, Shanté van Horlick, Elizabeth Herman, Wendy Alexander, Elise Boulanger and Andrea Rodall (clockwise from left) are among the singers performing in Opera Nanaimo’s Front Row Favourites concert. (Photos courtesy Daniel Holmes/Pier-Alexandre Gagné/Jodie Gallant/submitted)
Nanaimo author Afiena Kamminga presents her latest book, ‘Unamakik, Land of Fog.’ (Photo courtesy Hans Larsen)

Nanaimo author tells story of Viking stranded in the Maritimes in new book

Afiena Kamminga imagines 10th-century Cape Breton Island in ‘Unamakik, Land of Fog’

Nanaimo author Afiena Kamminga presents her latest book, ‘Unamakik, Land of Fog.’ (Photo courtesy Hans Larsen)
Last week singer Narissa Young, pianist Scott Arkell and the rest of her band released the jazz standards album ‘Fever.’ (Photo courtesy Dirk Heydemann)

Nanaimo jazz singer releases first album in nine years

Narissa Young’s latest CD ‘Fever’ features renditions of jazz favourites

Last week singer Narissa Young, pianist Scott Arkell and the rest of her band released the jazz standards album ‘Fever.’ (Photo courtesy Dirk Heydemann)
Revelstoke-based potter Kaisa Lindfors presents <em>How to Feel Full: An Exploration of Drawing and Journaling on Clay</em> at Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery from Dec. 3 to 17. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Artist combines ceramics and journaling in first Nanaimo exhibition

Revelstoke’s Kaisa Lindfors presents ‘How to Feel Full’ at Nanaimo Ceramic Arts

Revelstoke-based potter Kaisa Lindfors presents <em>How to Feel Full: An Exploration of Drawing and Journaling on Clay</em> at Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery from Dec. 3 to 17. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)