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Joëlle Rabu was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Award earlier this year and was honoured during a celebration ceremony in late August. (Nico Rhodes photo)

Vancouver Island torch singer receives Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Award

Joëlle Rabu’s award part of celebrations in honour of late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Joëlle Rabu was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Award earlier this year and was honoured during a celebration ceremony in late August. (Nico Rhodes photo)
Backstage group shot at New York Fashion Week that featured Nanaimo’s Ay Lelum. Aunalee Boyd-Good and Sophia Seward-Good, centre, debuted their Transformation line on Sept. 11. (Photo by Tony Leung Fashion Nomad)

Nanaimo’s Ay Lelum showcased at New York Fashion Week

New collection tells of Snuneymuxw transformation through art and music

Backstage group shot at New York Fashion Week that featured Nanaimo’s Ay Lelum. Aunalee Boyd-Good and Sophia Seward-Good, centre, debuted their Transformation line on Sept. 11. (Photo by Tony Leung Fashion Nomad)
Victoria-born professional skateboarder Robert Doucet Boyce, also known as Sluggo, was spotted at skateparks up and down Vancouver Island over the summer giving away free skateboards to aspiring youngsters. (Instagram photo)

Pro skater and tattoo artists give away skateboards and gear across Vancouver Island

Sluggo was spotted in Nanaimo on Sept. 11 at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park

Victoria-born professional skateboarder Robert Doucet Boyce, also known as Sluggo, was spotted at skateparks up and down Vancouver Island over the summer giving away free skateboards to aspiring youngsters. (Instagram photo)
Amy Worth with the Nanaimo Youth Services Association demonstrates how participants will sleep during the organization’s ‘Roughing It’ event at Harewood Centennial Park on Sept. 23. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo event challenges people to sleep rough to draw attention to youth homelessness

‘Roughing It’ outdoor overnight event to be held at Harewood Centennial Park Sept. 23-24

Amy Worth with the Nanaimo Youth Services Association demonstrates how participants will sleep during the organization’s ‘Roughing It’ event at Harewood Centennial Park on Sept. 23. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Greg Bush, left, Dean Boland, Derrick Milton, David Bamford and Paul Nuez rehearsing at the Christ Community Church on Bowen Rd. on Sept. 6 in preparation for the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival’s presentation of ‘Disney Digs D’Jazz.’ (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Jazz Festival in Nanaimo will include jams, parade, Disney classics and more

Three-day celebration happening Sept. 16-18 at multiples venues

Greg Bush, left, Dean Boland, Derrick Milton, David Bamford and Paul Nuez rehearsing at the Christ Community Church on Bowen Rd. on Sept. 6 in preparation for the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival’s presentation of ‘Disney Digs D’Jazz.’ (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Belinda Cornish, left, Alexander Ariate, Alexandra Brynn, Oscar Derkx, and Camille Legg will perform in Vancouver for the Arts Club Theatre’s production of Mischief Theatre’s ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ from Sept. 8-Oct. 16. (Eric Kozakiewicz photo)

Nanaimo actor part of ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ play within a play

Alexandra Brynn performing in Vancouver production starting this month

Belinda Cornish, left, Alexander Ariate, Alexandra Brynn, Oscar Derkx, and Camille Legg will perform in Vancouver for the Arts Club Theatre’s production of Mischief Theatre’s ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ from Sept. 8-Oct. 16. (Eric Kozakiewicz photo)
Ken Lavigne and Joëlle Rabu will headline the first two days of Nanaimo’s inaugural Big Band Festival at Maffeo Sutton Park, Sept. 2-4. (Anna Bullock and Angie Oh photos)

Nanaimo’s first-ever Big Band Festival on its way to the waterfront

Ken Lavigne and Joëlle Rabu headline event Sept. 2-4 at Maffeo Sutton Park

Ken Lavigne and Joëlle Rabu will headline the first two days of Nanaimo’s inaugural Big Band Festival at Maffeo Sutton Park, Sept. 2-4. (Anna Bullock and Angie Oh photos)
Artist’s renderings depicting exterior and aerial views of a new Nanaimo Art Gallery at a non-site specific greenfield space located in or near the city’s downtown core. (Nordicity/City of Nanaimo images)

Nanaimo Art Gallery envisions new location with potential $20-million price tag

Feasibility study presented to city with options for gallery reconstruction or relocation

Artist’s renderings depicting exterior and aerial views of a new Nanaimo Art Gallery at a non-site specific greenfield space located in or near the city’s downtown core. (Nordicity/City of Nanaimo images)
Antoinette Hérivel is showing her ‘Green Front Door’ series, which describes memories from early childhood during post-war Britain between 1947-51 in 31 watercolour, pencil, ink, collage and text drawing at the Gabriola library until Aug. 31. (Submitted photos)

Gabriola artist blends history and memory in art show

Antoinette Hérivel’s ‘The Green Front Door’ showing until Aug. 31

Antoinette Hérivel is showing her ‘Green Front Door’ series, which describes memories from early childhood during post-war Britain between 1947-51 in 31 watercolour, pencil, ink, collage and text drawing at the Gabriola library until Aug. 31. (Submitted photos)
Carelton Stone plays Nanaimo’s Port Theatre alongside the Crash Test Dummies on Aug. 24. (Meghan Tansey Whitton photo)

Singer-songwriter opening for the Crash Test Dummies at Nanaimo show

Carleton Stone in midst of month-and-a-half-long international tour

Carelton Stone plays Nanaimo’s Port Theatre alongside the Crash Test Dummies on Aug. 24. (Meghan Tansey Whitton photo)
An excavator working on ‘unplugging’ the Nanaimo Estuary on Aug. 12 as part of a restoration project facilitated by the Nature Trust of B.C. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Nature Trust of B.C. works to enhance freshwater flow in Nanaimo Estuary

Site seen as top priority due to plugging created by historical land uses

An excavator working on ‘unplugging’ the Nanaimo Estuary on Aug. 12 as part of a restoration project facilitated by the Nature Trust of B.C. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Toronto-based queer stand-up comedian Laura Piccinin will show her narrative storytelling of ‘Lesbihonest’ in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter between Aug. 12-21 as part of the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Submitted photo)

Queer stand-up comedian will ‘tell all’ at Nanaimo Fringe Festival

Laura Piccinin brings ‘Lesbihonest’ to the festival, which starts this week

Toronto-based queer stand-up comedian Laura Piccinin will show her narrative storytelling of ‘Lesbihonest’ in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter between Aug. 12-21 as part of the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Submitted photo)
Sarah Varro, left, James Vickers and Ezra Beaton play the Doors’ Roadhouse Blues at the Queen’s Hotel during the July 31 Sunday Blues Jam session. They’ll play the Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival as the New Blues Showcase on Aug. 13 between 1-2 p.m. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Youth talent will get a share of the stage at Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival

Festival happening Aug. 11-14 at Maffeo Sutton Park

Sarah Varro, left, James Vickers and Ezra Beaton play the Doors’ Roadhouse Blues at the Queen’s Hotel during the July 31 Sunday Blues Jam session. They’ll play the Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival as the New Blues Showcase on Aug. 13 between 1-2 p.m. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Participants at a drum-in and mallet-making workshop this past spring show their creations. (Photo submitted)

Unique scavenger hunt for sounds to be held on Nanaimo’s waterfront

Vibroacoustic therapy practitioner Narissa Young organizes free event July 23

Participants at a drum-in and mallet-making workshop this past spring show their creations. (Photo submitted)
Emily Carrington at her desk at home on Gabriola Island, holding original inkings of her debut graphic novel memoir, ‘Our Little Secret’ which depicts teenage sexual abuse and the aftermath that follows. (Photo submitted)

Gabriola artist tackles trauma of childhood sexual abuse in graphic novel

Emily Carrington’s memoir ‘Our Little Secret’ aims to provide a voice for other survivors

Emily Carrington at her desk at home on Gabriola Island, holding original inkings of her debut graphic novel memoir, ‘Our Little Secret’ which depicts teenage sexual abuse and the aftermath that follows. (Photo submitted)
Sean Smith with Island Red Cedar Construction was the first to ring the bell in the final race during Nanaimo’s Silly Boat Regatta held at Maffeo Sutton Park on Sunday, July 17. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Pirates, clowns and other sailors put their best paddle forward at Silly Boat Regatta

Event held Sunday, July 17, raised money for Nanaimo Child Development Centre

Sean Smith with Island Red Cedar Construction was the first to ring the bell in the final race during Nanaimo’s Silly Boat Regatta held at Maffeo Sutton Park on Sunday, July 17. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Elizabeth Burdock gathers reishi mushrooms while foraging West Coast forests in March. (Submitted photo)

Gabriola Islander TikTok creator has millions foraging for her content

Elizabeth Burdock, known as @whichbetty, garners millions of views for foraging content

Elizabeth Burdock gathers reishi mushrooms while foraging West Coast forests in March. (Submitted photo)
The City of Nanaimo will work with RCMP and other organizations to develop a program that addresses gun and gang violence through allocated federal funding. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo to receive $1.8 million to address gun and gang violence

Federal funding to be allocated over four years

The City of Nanaimo will work with RCMP and other organizations to develop a program that addresses gun and gang violence through allocated federal funding. (News Bulletin file photo)
Paolo Bortolussi, left, Calvin Dyck and Mark Beaty perform along the shore of Nanaimo’s Long Lake during Vancouver Island Symphony’s Pop-Up Concert Series last year. This year’s summer series will run July 7 until Aug. 20. (Photo courtesy Vancouver Island Symphony)

Vancouver Island Symphony planning series of pop-up concerts

Pop-Up Concert Series will see four groups play six locations from July 7 until Aug. 20

Paolo Bortolussi, left, Calvin Dyck and Mark Beaty perform along the shore of Nanaimo’s Long Lake during Vancouver Island Symphony’s Pop-Up Concert Series last year. This year’s summer series will run July 7 until Aug. 20. (Photo courtesy Vancouver Island Symphony)
Classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on June 29 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted photo)

Legendary Canadian rock band Chilliwack playing Vancouver Island twice this week

David Gogo to appear as special guest in June 29 performance

Classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on June 29 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted photo)