This Friday, Jan. 10, the School of Music in Madeira Park presents its monthly coffeehouse that brings in a new year of local talent.
It features Mark Brezer (guitar and vocals / folk, pop), Ken Johnson (piano), Jena Wren (vocals / original compositions, jazz classics and favourite tunes) and SH-BOOM (men’s vocal quartet / oldies and jazz). Coffee and goodies will be sold. A $10 donation at the door is suggested. Doors open at 7 with music starting at 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to inquire about performing at the next coffeehouse, call Joanne at 604-883-9749.
Sunshine Coast acoustic guitar duo — Stanton Paradis (Joe Stanton and Simon Paradis) — are performing an evening of original music this Saturday, Jan. 11, to launch their new CD, Good Road Home.
The concert is sold out already, but check this column in the future for other opportunities to enjoy their music. The CD was recorded in Halfmoon Bay last summer, and is being officially released to the world this month.
Mixed Works by Co-op members are on display now at the Gibsons Landing Gallery (436 Marine Dr.) from Jan. 8 to March 30 for their winter/spring show.
This collection represents a wide variety of subjects and styles and shows all of the mid-career, established artists and artisans. Feature artist for the next two months is Donna Swain, whose work will be on display until Feb 28.
Igniting the Muse is the title of her new and changing contemporary works. Energetic brush strokes and vibrant colour highlight bold abstracts and landscapes. The show’s reception is Feb. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Artist Jan Poynter will be using the empty Zocalo space in Lower Gibsons (441 Marine Dr.) as her winter studio this year from Jan. 22 to Feb. 19 and will be offering beginner classes for watercolour (two Sundays) and acrylic painting (two Saturdays). Details and registration are at www.janpoynter.com.
The Sunshine Coast Film Society presents their first film of the season, Le Havre (France/Finland 2011), a comedy/drama in French with English subtitles.
In this warm-hearted portrait of the French harbour city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoe shiner. The Sechelt screening is at the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre this Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. Doors open 1:30 p.m. Admission is $5 members, $9 single event.
The Gibsons screening is at the Heritage Playhouse this Monday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 members, $9 single event. Annual membership is $20 (good until end of April 2014). For more information, see www.scfs.ca.
For more than 25 years the Friends of the Gallery (FOG) exhibition at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre has been a popular annual event.
All current and new Sunshine Coast Arts Council members are invited to display one work of art they have produced in the last year. The exhibition is on until Feb. 9.
An amazing number of visual artists live on the Sunshine Coast and many participate in this group show to share their accomplishments, techniques and ideas. In the last few years the number of artists in the exhibition has reached nearly 100. With that many artworks, there is always a good selection of media and styles. Drop in to the Arts Centre (Trail and Medusa, Sechelt) during open hours, or phone 604-885-5412.
Writers can get started with simple, inspirational exercises designed to bring your stories to the page.
Join Shelley Harrison Rae and the writers in the Wordlink Lounge, 5852 Skookumchuck Rd. in Sechelt, on Monday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Phone 604-989-0089 or email: email@example.com for more details. It’s a $20 drop-in or pay $100 for six sessions.
Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley by Nanaimo-based authors Lorna Malone, Alison Malone Eathorne and Hilary Malone (Harbour Publishing, $29.95) has won the 2013 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards’ competition for Canada’s best fish and seafood book.
It will now go on to compete against winners in other countries for the same category to be named the best fish and seafood book in the world. The results for that competition will be announced at an award event in Beijing in May.
Sea Salt is the collaborative project of the Malone family who have been exploring this coast together aboard their sailboat, Aeriel, for more than 20 years. They’ve drizzled barbecued Brie bought from Hilary’s Cheese in Cowichan Bay with thyme-infused honey and sipped a favourite vintage from the Saturna Island Family Estate Winery alongside their own fresh Manila clam linguine.
Gorgeously illustrated with the fresh photography of Sunshine Coast writer Christina Symons, the recipes in Sea Salt are highly adaptable for anyone cooking by the water.
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