Art Beat: Passion at Pender Harbor


The Pender Harbor Music Society opened its 2022-2023 concert series with two passionate recitals on August 13 and 14. The Vetta String Quartet was led by Joan Blackman on violin, accompanied by David Gillham, violin, David Harding, viola, and Zoltan Rozsnyai, cello.

The second concert complemented classical with jazz through the styles of The Four Jays, also featuring Joan Blackman and including Jane Hayes, piano, Julia Nolan, saxophone and Jodi Proznick, bass.

Audience members spoke admiringly of “the joy they had making music together”, describing the bands as “phenomenal musical ensembles”.

August Art and Words Returns in September

The dozens of artists and writers featured at the inaugural Art and Words festival in Davis Bay last weekend will once again exhibit their work at the Gibsons Public Library from September 1-30.

This innovative event is the brainchild of Cathalynn (Cindy) Labonte-Smith and the Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society. Painters and sculptors were randomly paired with poets and novelists. The resulting creations are the result of mutual inspiration.

There will be a meeting of authors and artists for a public reading and discussions about their collaborative process on Saturday, September 17, from 2-4 p.m.

Choking in Sechelt

As the tents descend after the popular Hackett Park Craft Fair last weekend, the music resumes on the park’s outdoor stage this weekend as part of the Sechelt Summer Music Series.

On Saturday August 20, two artists will be featured starting at noon. Guillermo Martinez is a lover of classic sounds and explores the fusion between North American and British folk, blues and rock with hints of folklore from his native country, Argentina.

The famous Anagram Quartet will then make its appearance, with a repertoire composed of original compositions influenced by Brazilian and Latin rhythms with funky and offbeat grooves. Anna Lumiere (keyboards and vocals) and Graham Ord (sax and flute) are joined by John Rule on drums and Aristazabal Hawkes on bass.

Shining in the Gibsons

The Music in the Landing series at Winegarden Park continues with three bands lined up over two days.

On Friday, August 19 at 7 p.m., the Charlotte Wrinch Band performs its signature blend of nostalgic folk and uplifting fun.

On Saturday, August 20 at 3:30 p.m., local jazz ensemble The Variants (Michael Maser, Graham Walker and Kevin Crofton) will charm audiences lying on the Gibsons Harbor foreshore. Later in the evening at 6:30 p.m., the Billy Hillpicker Band presents a mix of acoustic roots, bluegrass and folk music.

Acoustic richness at Roberts Creek

Slow Sundays in the Creek continues its series of summer performances featuring an eclectic lineup of artists this weekend. Music and spoken word begins at noon behind the Roberts Creek Library.

On Sunday, August 21, Roberts Creek hosts the BUGS Ukulele Singers, singer-songwriter Michelle Morand, Coast guitarist Carl O’Day and stand-up comedy Nelson Giles. At 2:30 p.m., Wanda Nowicki appears with The Van Aldens, featuring Bud Kurz, Bill Barclay, Steven Schwabl and her Vancouver cousin Albert.

Gerardo the Clown will lead the playful stage manager throughout the afternoon.

mountain music

Last month’s Songbird Forest concert has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 28 due to rain. Mark your calendar for an afternoon of music under the trees in the forest above Roberts Creek.

The hiking audience will be treated to the music of Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos, a devotee of the Japanese art of forest bathing who is fascinated by the meditative states induced by the flute. Ramos will be joined by famed improviser and jazz musician Graham Ord, whose sensitive musicality is laced with a great sense of humor.

More information and reservations are available online:

spinning turtle

The art may be in the eye of the beholder, but the painters of this year’s Roberts Creek mandala artwork insist the colorful mosaic is shaped like a sea turtle, not a turtle as reported last week in Coast Reporter. It’s obviously time for the newspaper’s arts and culture staff to revisit the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Center to brush up on reptile basics.


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