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American Idol thoughts: Vancouver Island teen singer looks back on reality TV experience

Lauren Spencer-Smith reached Top 20, made lifelong friendships and improved her skills

Nanaimo author highlights history-making Vancouver Island women in first book

Haley Healey presents ‘On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island’

VIU visual art grads hold final exhibition online due to COVID-19

‘Pandemonium’ features more than 100 works by 17 graduating students

Lantzville fiddler releases new album on his 18th birthday

Quin Etheridge-Pedden showcased ‘Out of the Blue’ with live-streamed concert

‘Experimental’ music and art venue in Nanaimo closes due to COVID-19

The White Room announced it was shutting down in a Facebook post

Nanaimo jazz singer entertaining neighbours in cul-de-sacs

Narissa Young performing while being mindful of social distancing

‘Nanaimo Girl’ releases her memoir of a lifetime of celebrities

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

Nanaimo clothing design company holds first online fashion show

Ay Lelum – The Good House of Design asked fans to submit ‘runway walk’ videos

Mid-Island rapper in rehab releases EP about overcoming addiction

Ill Tone’s ‘Up in my Head’ chronicles rapper’s struggle with chemical dependency

Nanaimo artist auctions COVID-19-inspired art for pandemic relief charity

Andrea Thomas’s paintings will benefit Nanaimo Community Response Fund

Nanaimo musician Glen Foster releases new album, living room concert video

‘Not Far Away’ includes reworked versions of songs from 2019’s ‘Party Out There Tonight’ EP

Nanaimo musician up for Independent Music Award for first song from first CD

Ryan Newton gets alt. country song nomination for ‘Casting Shadows (On the Heels of Tomorrow)’

Island jazz student gets $100,000 scholarship to attend U.S. ‘dream school’

Drummer Daniel Mottahedeh accepted to McGill University, the New School in New York

Nanaimo Art Gallery teen art group creating COVID-19-inspired art

Code Switching group lives on online after physical meetings cancelled due to pandemic

Nanaimo author up for CBC Short Story Prize

Julia Jenkins makes award longlist for ‘I am Aani Littlecrab’

Vancouver Island man hosts virtual dance parties live-streamed from his backyard

Neil Cutler of Nanaimo Community Dances said he’s drawn viewers from as far as Alberta

Nanaimo barbershop quartet records musical tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry

Ode to provincial health officer is to the tune of a singing valentine

A traumatized RCMP officer tracks a serial killer in Nanaimo in new book

Island author John Dacombe releases ‘Unidentified Male: A Constable Amber Virtanen Mystery’

Vancouver Island musicians in quarantine thank neighbours with backyard performance

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra director Karl Rainer and his sons play for those in self-isolation

Vancouver Island teen singer Lauren Spencer-Smith releases new EP ‘Mixed Emotions’

Spencer-Smith is currently a contestant on reality TV show ‘American Idol’