by Gillian Crowley –
Four Friends Having Fun
Find out why these four artists are having a ball. Visit the ArtSea Gallery to catch Linda Butcher, Lois Kissinger, Shirley Sarens and Karen Wilk who are back for a third year – creating, painting, learning and laughing together. They’ll be happy to explain their work as you wander the Gallery. September 3 to 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney.
“Four in One” Folk Night
Deep Cove Folk Club is offering “The Ten Mile Musical Diet” which will draw on groups of talented local musicians to kick off the season. A short open stage will be followed by local band Soup to Nuts performing their eclectic musical styles. Then Victoria’s own folk fiddler, Nellie Quinn, will get feet a’ tapping with traditional tunes and original compostions. Ending the evening, North Saanich’s band Side by Side will entertain with their broad repertoire, including ever popular sing-alongs. Tickets $10 at the door. September 14, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30). St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich.
LitFest’s First Fall Event
Cathy Converse and Yvonne Blomer will lead off the first of three fall events that support the upcoming Festival April 12 to 14, 2019.
Cathy is a bestselling author with several books on the BC Bestseller List. This fall she will launch her newest book, Against the Current: The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron. Agnes (b. 1863) was B.C.’s first female high school teacher and principal, an internationally published writer and the first European woman to travel 10,000 miles down the Mackenzie River to the Beaufort Sea.
Joining Cathy is Yvonne Blomer, Poet Laureate of Victoria. Her most recent books are Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur and Refugium: Poems for the Pacific. Yvonne’s poetry will also be part of a winter exhibit at The Bateman Centre in Victoria.
More at www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca. Tickets online or at Tanner’s Books. September 21, 7 p.m. at Shoal Centre, Sidney.
Harry Manx with String Quartet
Multi-instrumentalist Harry Manx will be joined by Victoria’s Emily Carr String Quartet in an evening of cross cultural music that references both Indian and western music. Harry’s “East meets West” compositions are brought to light in a whole new way with the inclusion of the String Quartet. September 23, 7:30 p.m., Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.
Shane Koyczan, Spoken Word Poet
Many will remember Shane’s moving performance We are More at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Now is your chance to catch this internationally renowned spoken word poet in Sidney.
His rhythmic verse will rocket you through social and political territory with a “furious honesty and a tender humanity” that has earned accolades worldwide. Koyczan is winner of the U.S. slam Poetry Championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics. The Vancouver Sun says: “Shane Koyczan is at the heart of a Category Five creative hurricane.”
September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.
Reminder: Be sure to reserve October 12 to 13 for the always exciting Sidney Fine Art Show. Note too that October’s Seaside Magazine will focus on the local arts scene.