Musical honours for students

Art Beat

Coast Reporter
July 3, 2014 10:04 AM

Stanislav’s Youth Choir: The 46-member St. Stanislav’s Youth Choir from Slovenia on their way to compete at the Kathaumixw Choral Festival was already a big winner with the audience at Gibsons United Church on June 30 in a presentation from the Sunshine Coast Music Society. The arrangements, under conductor Damijan Mocnik, were creative, especially on the piece Miniwanka by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. The choir also performed Slovenian folk music and sacred songs.

Two Coast music students who performed well at the local Festival of the Performing Arts in April received more accolades at another provincial festival June 3 to 7 in Penticton.

Simon Gidora of Halfmoon Bay was a runner-up in the junior strings category while Breanna Picard received an honourable mention in the intermediate woodwinds category. Young musicians from all over the province were competing, so to be placed anywhere near the top is excellent.

“These two are amazing,” said local festival president Sue Carson. “The Sunshine Coast celebrates their talents.”


Driftwood Players are preparing a production of Daniel MacIvor’s Marion Bridge to be performed at Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons Nov. 13 to 23.

Auditions are scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6, at the Heritage Playhouse. Three female parts are required from late 30s to early 50s. If you are interested in auditioning or assisting offstage, send a quick reply to  or call Lori 604-741-7456, Bob 604-740-0105 or Bill 604-840-0304.


The Coast music group Sundog, a roots trio featuring Joe Stanton, Simon Paradis and Trevor Antonyk, will be at Roberts Creek Legion No. 219 this Saturday, July 5. Come by for some fine acoustic roots music. Tickets are at the door: $5 for members, $10 for guests with members.

Blakey show

For the month of July, 101 Office Supply is featuring paintings by local artist Nicola Blakey who is known for her studies of local crows. For this show, she has supplied a number of smaller canvasses including some newer pieces. 101 is on Cowrie Street in Sechelt.


Arches: Gateways to Time, an art show at the Landing Gallery in Gibsons runs from July 5 to 31.

Discover the majestic geological arches and cliff dwellings of the Southwest depicted in Barry Haynes’ archival canvas photo prints. Stephen Murphy’s photos capture the architectural and natural beauty of Italy’s Tuscany using Ultrachrome prints and the Polaroid process. Don’t miss the ongoing, in-gallery slide show by collaborator Catherine Evans of Tours of Exploration, reminiscing about natural and cultural arches from journeys to Central America, South America and Asia. Also, all are invited to an opening reception this Saturday, July 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.

GPAG show

Balance, an exhibition by 18 Sunshine Coast glass artists and renowned artist Todd Clark, opens at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery this month and runs to Monday, Aug. 18. All are welcome at an opening reception this Saturday, July 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. The glass exhibition is by a collection of local coastal artists working in the medium in different ways using various techniques and all passionate about the luminosity, brilliance, colour, manipulation and difficulty in handling this material. 

Hunter and McEvoy

Journey Through Dream-time is the title of the new Sunshine Coast Arts Centre exhibit featuring the works of Elaine Hunter and Kevin McEvoy. The show opened July 2 and runs to July 27 at the Doris Crowston Gallery.

All are welcome this Sunday, July 6, for the opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Hunter describes her work as both mystical and dreamlike, explaining that she tries “to take each viewer of the work into another world, one beyond that which we can actually see, but one that can give us peace, augment our happiness or heal our troubles.”

McEvoy combines drawing, painting, hand printing and photography in this exhibit.  For further information, phone 604-885-5412 or see

Byrnes at the Bot

The fourth annual Boppin’ at the Bot with Jim Byrnes, 2014 Canadian blues vocalist of the year, takes place July 9, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Sparling Pavilion at the Botanical Gardens on Mason Road.

Byrnes has become a funky fixture of summer at the Garden accompanied by guitarist extraordinaire, Lindsay Mitchell of Prism fame. On the playbill will be songs from Byrnes’ new album, St. Louis Times, a collection of personal, musical memories. Tickets for $50 are available at the Garden by calling 604-740-3969.

Celtic music

Celtic Week in Roberts Creek runs July 7 to 11.

Watch out for many musicians enjoying a week of instruction from fiddle to song at the School of Celtic Music. The week ends with the annual Gala Concert featuring world renowned instructors at Rockwood Pavilion in Sechelt, on July 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets for this popular show are at Laedeli and Sechelt Visitor Centre or at the door.

On July 12 Music in the Landing hosts the school’s Trad Band at Winegarden Waterfront Park in Gibsons at 7 p.m. Bring a seat and enjoy this Celtic Big Band.

On July 13 in the Madeira Park outdoor classroom is a free event with the Trad Band starting at 1 p.m. For more details, call Ann Law at 604-886-4768.

Got art?

I’m away from my desk from June 27 to July 12. Please send your arts events to Ian Jacques at

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