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The Coast's oldest choir, now in its 41st year, gave a seasonal show at St. John's United Church last Friday (Dec. 6). The Pender Harbour Choir, under the direction of Joy McLeod and with Paula Seward at the piano, demonstrated control in their vocals while giving their refreshing take on the music of John Rutter, among other composers. Soloists performed on several pieces including Laudamus Te from Vivaldi and The Little Drummer Boy. The Sasspenders, a select group directed by Gwen Hawkins, were in fine form and lightened the evening with a Hawaiian carol then they joined the choir on a few PDQ Bach humorous lyrics and a doo-wop song. McLeod had an easy manner with the audience while explaining the selections. The show closed with The Hockey Song, complete with foot-stomping ala Tom Connors, and another Rutter piece in which the choir showed great animation.

This year’s annual joint concert, Winter Wonderland, of the Sunshine Coast Community Orchestra Association (SCCOA) has many different musical stories to touch your minds and hearts and help you celebrate the wonders of winter.

Two new string orchestras will play under the direction of Kathleen Hovey. The youngest members will take you Skating by Moonlight and a new adult string ensemble will collaborate with three solo youth to bring you Corelli’s sparkling Christmas Concerto Grosso.

Janice Brunson and the Suncoast Concert Band will transport you to a town square where three familiar Christmas tunes can be heard. The Band’s rendition of Bell Carol à la Big Band is a delightful take on this familiar tongue twister carol.

Artistic director Edette Gagné will lead the Coast Symphony Orchestra through the winter movement of Glazunov’s evocative ballet, The Seasons.

The concert is this Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2:30 p.m. at the Sechelt Indian Band Hall. There will be homemade baking and crafts and carolling led by favourite actor and MC, Alec Tebbutt and Gagné.

Tickets are $10 (plus food bank donation) for adults and $5 for children ages five to 12, available at Laedeli, Gaia’s Fair Trade, Strait Music, EarthFair Books and any member of the SCCOA.

Choir concert

A Cappella Strait and Choralations Children’s Choir perform this Friday (Dec. 13) at 7 p.m. at the Highland Centre near Gibsons (657 Highland Rd., opposite Lower Road and Highway 101) and again on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at St. John’s United Church in Davis Bay. Brunson directs the choir with piano collaborator Tom Kellough. Tickets are $15 for adults, seniors and students $12. See for more details.

Creek Gallery

Laurie Verchomin invites you to the new Creek Gallery in Roberts Creek this Friday (Dec. 13) from 7 to 9 p.m. for a special edition of Creative in the Creek with David Roche, Marlena Blavin and Jane Covernton. Then on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., stop by for singer/songwriter/painter/ folk hero Penny Lang at 1 and Christina Symons at 2. Gallery hours later in the week are: Dec. 19 and 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Songs for Christmas

The Suncoast Phoenix Com-munity Choir presents Songs for the Christmas Season with Michael Grice conducting this Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2:30 p.m. at Gibsons United Church. Tickets for $15 adults and $5 for children are at Laedeli, and Sechelt Visitor Centre. For more information call 604-886-1255.   

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There is a fundraiser this Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Cascadia Centre at 1249 Roberts Creek Rd. (at Krause) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. All proceeds go to help support the Sunshine Coast Retreat House.

Gallery concert

Vocalist Katherine Penfold performs at a house concert at the Geopia Gallery and Garden (5474 Jervis Inlet Rd., Earl’s Cove) at 5 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 15. All ages, no alcohol, music and soup. Tickets are $20 at Copper Sky and Earth Fair in Pender Harbour.

Circle Dance

A Circle Dance celebrating Solstice takes place next Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at 7135 Sechelt Inlet Rd. No experience is necessary; all dances will be taught. Please contribute a snack for the evening. Contact Karen at 604-740-8279 for more details.


The woodspirit carver, Guenter Loschinski, would like to invite anyone interested in woodcarving to drop by his workshop to see his latest work and Christmas decorations from Dec. 14 to 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is located at 5655 McMillan Rd. in Halfmoon Bay.

Fine art

Zoega Fine Art and Design opens its doors for Christmas at Shipwreck Studio Gallery in Secret Cove over the holiday season.

The studio is currently open Thursdays through Sundays as well as Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Artist Kristjana Gunnars shows her art work, her handmade jewelry and antiques for sale. Contact her at ship


Banner coordinator Connie Johnston is putting out a request for banner artists for the hand painted banners of Gibsons for 2014. The deadline for applications, Dec. 31, is fast approaching, and more applicants are needed.

The theme is open to anything pertaining to life on the Coast. Colour selection is shown on the forms. The banners that are the most eye-catching are the ones that have all the colours in them, so Johnston is challenging artists to use most, if not all, of the rainbow colours provided. No mixing of paints is permitted. Application forms are online at: under the heading, Hand Painted Banner Project 2014.


Next Friday, Dec. 20, Joy McLeod leads a choir in part one of Handel’s Messiah and in Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. The group has been rehearsing since October to bring you this inspiring choral music. Paula Seward at the piano plus a cello and two trumpets will accompany the group. The performance is at St. John’s United Church in Davis Bay at 7 p.m. with donations accepted at the door.  

Tuesday deadline

For the newspaper of Dec. 20 please send me notice of New Year’s Eve events as that will be my last Art Beat column before January. Send your items before Tuesday at 5 p.m. for Friday’s paper to jan
or phone 604-886-4692. Keep it brief, please.

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