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Seaside Arts Scene

by Gillian Crowley – 

Lest We Forget

This month’s Sidney Museum exhibit captures the many facets of war as seen by the Canadian Armed Forces in conflicts around the world during the past century. The Museum is also hosting a feature display “WAR: A Personal Response” by artists in the Articulation Textile Group. Their works use artifacts which have become family heirlooms, in some cases from family members who saw active combat in the wars of the 20th century. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; exhibit ends November 29. Sidney Museum is at 2423 Beacon Avenue.

Sidney Concert Band Salutes Veterans

This concert will feature stirring band music, marches and vocals, along with the Saanich Peninsula Pipe Band and a barbershop quartet, Killer Wails. Come for an entertaining afternoon and a musical salute dedicated to our veterans. November 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre.

The Great Canadian Songbook 

Enjoy some of Canada’s greatest songs, past and present, performed by Ken Lavigne, Tiller’s Folly and the Yukon’s Diyet. They’ll be singing music by icons such as Leonard Cohen, Stan Roger, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Buffy St. Marie, Anne Murray and Stompin’ Tom Conners. November 5 at 7:30 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre.

“Dignity of the Streets” Writing Challenge

The Oasis Society for Spiritual Health is issuing a challenge to people in the Greater Victoria community “To See With New Eyes and Hear With New Ears.” This first annual challenge is open to established and budding writers, poets and artists interested in enriching our awareness of Indigenous people living on the streets in Victoria. Prizes of $300 will be awarded to the best written story and poem, as well as the top graphic art story, with special prizes of $100 for winning entries from youth under 19 years of age. Entries are being accepted until December 17, 2018. For more information visit

Artisans Annual Show

Don’t miss this display and sale of unique items created by talented Island artists. Find that perfect gift from jewelry, glass, pottery, turned wood, fibre art, wearables, photography, and holiday décor. The show is eclectic, unpredictable and fun. At ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park, Sidney, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Free admission and parking. Show ends December 22.

Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado

Victoria Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents The Mikado, an enduringly popular operetta. Set in a fictional Japanese town, The Mikado‘s topsy-turvy story and self-deprecating humour satirizes the social norms of etiquette and bureaucracy in Victorian England. This new staging will feature a short prologue by the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. November 9 at 7:30 p.m. and November 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. each day. Mary Winspear Centre.

An Evening with Jack Knox

Look forward to an evening of laugh-out-loud humour as Jack Knox muses on some of the people who shape our Island. Jack is the author of two bestselling humour books, Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada and Opportunity Knox: Twenty Years of Award-Losing Humour Writing. A third book, On the Rocks with Jack Knox: Islanders I Will Never Forget, will be released this month. Ticket purchases will support the 2019 Sidney LitFest. Buy at Tanner’s Books or November 23, 7 p.m. at the Shoal Centre, Sidney. 

Peninsula Singers

Don’t forget to get tickets for the Peninsula Singers popular Christmas show on December 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and December 9 at 2 p.m. A few tickets may be available at the door.

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