The School of Music coffeehouse runs on the second Friday of the month in Madeira Park and has been entertaining successfully for two years now.
They usually present three or four 20 to 35-minute acts on stage in a small waterfront theatre, in a cabaret setting. Local talent is showcased, with the advantage of professional sound and lights. Refreshments are served as a fundraiser for the Pender Harbour Choir, and those folks can bake, according to Joanne Mauro, coffeehouse coordinator.
Tonight, Friday, Feb. 14, the show opens with Reflections, a vocal ensemble, Edmund Arceo, tenor, with jazz tunes, Triad, a new women’s trio, and a late addition, Greg Slauenwhite, guitar and vocals playing blues, rock and pop. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors open at 7. Admission is $10 at the door. See more at www.penderharbourmusic.ca.
The opening reception for Going Coastal, a new show of work by photographer Dean van’t Schip and painter Andre Serin at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt, is this Saturday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. All are invited.
This Saturday, Feb. 15, features a night of love songs by Coast artist Charlotte Wrinch, local singer-songwriter, at Chaster’s Restaurant, in Bonniebrook Lodge near Gibsons.
She plays a mixture of original and cover songs drawing from folk, pop and jazz genres. To find out more, visit her website at www.charlottewrinch.com.
Recently, one of Wrinch’s original compositions was picked up for radio play by KXRL Radio Los Angeles for the month of February. Log on to the station’s site and request Charlotte Wrinch, The String. The link is at: www.kxrl-radio.com.
With the current proposal to bring a liquid natural gas (LNG) facility to Howe Sound, the Green Film Series continues to bring timely films to the Sunshine Coast with the screening of Gasland II this Monday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Gibsons Heritage Playhouse. This film takes a broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level. This event is produced by Rhizome Up! Media CCC Ltd., in community partnership with the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association. This is a community screening and admission is by donation. Doors open at
7 p.m. with the film starting at 7:30. For more information go to: www.greenfilms.ca.
Creek Big Band
A terrific fundraising event and dance featuring the Creek Big Band is planned for next Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Creek Hall from 7 to 11:30 p.m.
The show includes a performance by the Elphinstone Secondary School jazz band. Refreshments will be for sale and a dessert bar buffet by donation. Tickets for $20 are sold in advance only, at The Copy Shop in Kern’s Plaza in Gibsons.
Sacred Sound presents Harmonic Overtone — a throat singing workshop with Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos, renowned shakuhachi performer and teacher.
This workshop offers you the opportunity to enter into the practice of deep harmonic overtone chanting as practised by the peoples of Central Asia for centuries. Ramos will take beginners through the basics of this fascinating vocal style in this one-day workshop on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gibsons United Church. Cost is $90 or pre-pay $75 by Feb. 16. Contact Mark Trevis, Vibrational Vitality, at 604-808-0034 or Alcvin Ramos via private message on Facebook.
For February and March, One-O-One Office Supply on Cowrie Street in Sechelt is featuring paintings by Patricia Collier. She has been creating art for 25 years and has been teaching drawing and painting on the Coast for the last six. Having experimented in various media, she has been working primarily in oils for the quality they bring to her paintings. This show includes a number of mid-sized canvasses of floral studies.
Gibsons Rotarian John Kavanagh recently presented a grant cheque from the Gibsons Rotary for $2,970.20 to Gibsons Landing Heritage Society president Nest Lewis. The funds will be used to purchase new QSC speakers for the Heritage Playhouse — good news for musicians.
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