Coast composers celebrated

Jan DeGrass/Arts and Entertainment Writer / Staff writer
March 7, 2014 01:00 AM

The Sunshine Coast Music Society presents a Celebration of Coast Composers at 7 p.m. this Sunday, March 9 at Highland Centre in Roberts Creek.

The Suncoast Concert Band, directed by Janice Brunson, will play as well as the Creek Big Band, directed by Michael Grice, and Jazz Group of Seven performing the compositions of local musicians Steve Giltrow, Sacha Fassaert, Doug Reid and John Fredrickson. It features talented musicians who also compose their own music in addition to arranging music from other composers for our Coast bands.

This will be the first time a concert will showcase their music exclusively.

Highland Centre is at 657 Highland Rd. To find it, turn north (toward the mountains)at the junction where Lower Road meets the highway, then the first turn left. Tickets are $15, available at Laedeli in Sunnycrest Mall, and Sechelt Visitor Centre.

Children's show

This Friday, March 7, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. is the opening reception for Words of Art, a show of work by young people at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery in partnership with Gibsons Public Library. The theme is "text." All are welcome.

This Saturday, March 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. the GPAG offers a workshop with book illustrator Megan Mansbridge titled Found Objects and Sculpey Art.

One act play

The newly formed Rising Tide Theatre offers a one-act play by David King and music this Saturday, March 8, at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 604-886-0482 for details.

War Horse

Those of you who saw the National Theatre of London's production of War Horse last week will know that it was a theatrical treat. The London stage performance is broadcast again by satellite in HD and can be seen on the wide screen at the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt, this Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 each ($10 for17 years and under). Call the theatre at 604-885-4597 to reserve.


Wadjda is a Saudi Arabian/German film drama in Arabicwith English subtitles.

It screens this Sunday, March 9, at the Sechelt Seniors Centre) at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The film will be screened again on Monday, March 10, at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons, at 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7). Cost is $5 members, $9 single event. The Sunshine Coast Film Society's annual general meeting will follow the film in Gibsons.

Landing gallery

Featured artist at the Gibsons Landing Gallery for the month of March is Jan Poynter. Her series of new florals includes Jan's annual spring painting. Bold contrasts and deep luminous colour infuse these new, still life originals. Visitors can watch Poynter in action at a painting demonstration on Saturday, March 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.?

New York bound

Artist Elaine Hunter of Halfmoon Bayis off to New York for another exhibition titled The Power of Perception II. Her picture of Bargain Bay, Pender Harbour, is being used on the official invitation and poster. She is hoping to spread news of our beautiful part of the world in New York next week among visitors and the other artists coming from Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S. She will be the only Canadian taking part in this show.

Telus grants

Dozens oflocal musicians and filmmakers from across B.C. and Alberta will be receiving grants of up to $7,500 to create music videos. Telus provides Canadian artists with the opportunity to showcase their final creative on Telus OptikLocal. Submissions for the Summer 2013 Music Video Fund and now the Winter 2014 Music Video Fund received overwhelming response. Organizers were amazed by the calibre of creative vision and talent. Two of the emerging artists and filmmakers are from Sechelt, Louise Burns and Anthem Jackson, and they have been selected for grants worth up to $7,500.

Tuesday deadline

Send me notice of your arts events, one week ahead, for this column by Tuesday at 5 p.m. for Friday's paper to or phone 604-886-4692. Keep it brief, please.

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