The sounds of Howe Sound

Laura Houle/Community Columnist / Staff writer
April 16, 2014 01:00 AM

Don't miss West Howe Sound painter Marleen Vermuelen's show, My Conversation with Nature, which runs until April 28 at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery.

Come out to Rock for Tibet, a musical fundraiser for the Sunshine Coast Tibetan Resettlement Project (SCTRP) on May 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Gibsons United Church Hall, 724 Trueman Road. Featured musicians include the Cornpones, the Billy Hillpickers Light, John Marion, Johnny Besso, Kevin Crofton and Denise Olson.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from Gaia Fair Trade, MELOmania, Laedeli or Strait Music. For more information contact Ellen Besso, or 604-886-1916.

In 2010, the federal government announced that Canada would welcome 1,000 displaced Tibetans living in India to Canada following an appeal by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Canada's Prime Minister in 2007. See for more details.

In December, the SCTRP brought a Tibetan family to Canada and have agreed to sponsor them for one year by providing housing and helping them integrate into Canadian life.

The funds raised on May 3 will be used to sponsor more exiled Tibetans and bring them to the Sunshine Coast from Northeast India. The SCTRP relies on donations and volunteer labour. If you want to make a tax deductible donation or volunteer your time, contact Janet Cotgrave via

If you'd like me to mention your event, please email the details to or phone, 604-886-0415. This column is published every other week throughout the year.

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