Posted On May 31, 2017 By In Regulars With 481 Views

Seaside Arts Scene

by Gillian Crowley – 

Leonard Cohen Re-Envisioned
Victoria-based Tower of Song is a duo – Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone – who reimagine and interpret the songs of Leonard Cohen, as well as perform original material.

The two singer-songwriters collaborated to produce a dialogue through song and a tribute to the legendary songwriter. Reimagining both rare and classic works of Cohen, the duo craft a sound that resonates with both longtime Cohen fans and a younger audience. They also collaborate with a rotating cast of guest artists.

June 9, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.

ArtSea Spring Studio Tour 2017
We are lucky to have so many fine artists living here on the Peninsula. Spend a few hours with ArtSea’s self-guiding map which will conduct you on a scenic ramble through the Saanich Peninsula to visit 15 venues where local artists will show and discuss their work. Start at Tulista Gallery in Sidney and end at McTavish Academy of Art, or wander in your own direction. Along the way you’ll discover visual arts, fine jewelry, bronze works, art photography, whimsical sculptures and more. Pick up a map at Tulista Gallery.

June 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Emily Dickinson at the Star Cinema
The reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson is revealed in
A Quiet Passion, a thoughtful biopic rated highly by the critics. It’s well worth seeing Cynthia Nixon in a role very different from the one she played in Sex and the City.

The Star Cinema is generously offering a special matinee with proceeds going to support the September 22 to 24 Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival. Tickets $10: Tanner’s Books, online at under “Upcoming Events,” or at the Star Cinema.

June 12, 2 p.m. at Star Cinema, 9842 Third Street, Sidney.

Celebrate Canada
Sidney Days 2017 is celebrating Canada’s 150 with a fun line-up of events on the July 1 weekend. Enjoy live music, cultural dance groups, fireworks and a unique photo mosaic celebrating Canadians. Photographer Tim Van Horn has created the “Canadian Mosaic Project” which is taking him across Canada collecting stories and images of the people who make up this wonderful country. Located at the Mary Winspear Centre, the photo mosaic Pavilion will include an opportunity for local residents to have their photo taken, tell their story and become part of the biggest photo album ever created.

More at under “Things to Do.” June 30 to July 2.

Black Angus
Folk music lovers rejoice! The Victoria-based Black Angus band is coming to the Deep Cove Folk Club. Gareth Hurwood, Alex MacCuaig, Sarah Tradewell and Tom Salter say they are all about good songs, good humour, good friends and good whisky. Their powerful performances take listeners from Vancouver Island to Ireland and back again. Black Angus plays traditional and contemporary Irish, acoustic roots, Americana, West Coast Celtic, blues and old-time music. You’ll be dancing your way home.

June 9, 8 to 10:30 p.m. at St. John’ United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich.



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