Sechelt outdoor concerts begin

Art Beat

Jan DeGrass / Arts & Entertainment Writer
June 26, 2014 12:29 PM


Sechelt is presenting an outdoor concert series this summer.

The Summer Music Series begins this Saturday, June 28, with local and touring musicians performing at outdoor venues. Look for two shows each Saturday, at noon and 7 p.m. From June 28 to July 19 these performances will take place on the lawn of the District of Sechelt Office, Library Building at 5797 Cowrie Street. 

This Saturday’s show features the local, five-piece outlaw roots band, Robotic Horse Mechanical Sun, at noon. In the evening, the acoustic guitar duo of Joe Stanton and Simon Paradis will perform with special guest Dale Stavroff.

Spring show

The Spring Art Show by the St. John’s United Artists is on this weekend. On Friday, June 27, it runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with an artists’ reception from 4 to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale includes gently used art supplies, proceeds of which will be donated to the church. The show is at 5085 Davis Bay Road, lower hall. Any questions, please contact Isobel Gibson at 604-740-8028.

Music in the Landing

Music in the Landing is back for another year of live music by local performers starting this weekend.

The Gibsons Public Market is a new venue this year on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. This week a fun group of ukulele players and singers will entertain. Friday evening will be the first time back in the gazebo on the Gibsons Wharf from 7 to 8 p.m. with fine jazz players from last weekend’s festival: Karen Graves, vocals, sax and flute, joined by Budge Schachte on guitar.

Listen to sweet tunes from Verna Chan, vocals, and Paul Steenhuis, guitar, on Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Pioneer Square. 

Saturday evening concerts in Winegarden Park start the following week, but don’t miss the Knotty Dotters Marimba Band on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Winegarden bus stop stage. This eight-piece group of women play uplifting and joyous music from Zimbabwe and delight dancers of all ages.

Peanut Butter Jam

Roger Camp and his band are doing the Peanut Butter Jam again this year in support of the food bank. It will feature the Drew Camp band with special guests at Henderson Beach in Roberts Creek this Saturday, June 28, at 1 p.m. Canned goods, peanut butter, produce and, of course, good old-fashioned cash will be gratefully accepted. “You bring the peanut butter, we’ll provide the hours of jam,” Camp said.


Trained SoulCollage facilitator Heather Conn is hosting a beach drop-in session — Sun, Sand and SoulCollage — on Saturday, June 28, at Mission Point House in Davis Bay. Between 10 a.m. and noon, people are invited to drop by and create a card or two. No experience is necessary. All supplies provided. This is not a structured workshop. Drop-in fee is on a sliding scale $10 to $20. For more info, call 604-886-6520 or see www.sunshinecoast


The St. Stanislav’s Youth Choir from Slovenia stops in at Gibsons United Church on Monday, June 30, at 3 p.m. on their way to Kathaumixw, the international choral festival in Powell River. The Sunshine Coast Music Society presents a concert at the church, 724 Trueman Road, Gibsons, with tickets available for $15 adults and $5 children at Laedeli and Strait Music.


The Sunshine Coast Dance Society will be holding auditions and hosting a master class
for the 2014 dance scholarships awards from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, at Coast Academy of Dance studios, Sechelt. You must provide an application form and letter of intent to Maggie Guzzi by June 30.

The auditions will immediately follow the master class from Alison Denham, and applicants must attend both. This year, the Society is pleased to advise that two awards will be available: the Lois Smith Dance Scholarship for Excellence in Ballet ($1,000) and the Sunshine Coast Dance Society Award of Dance Excellence ($500 any genre). For eligibility, email Guzzi at: or phone 604-885-5880.

Ceramics show

Laurie Rolland of Davis Bay is having a show of ceramics at Circle Craft, Granville Island in Van-couver, June 27 to July 29. Called Finding Joy, the show features teapots, tea sets and various wall pieces.

Got art?

I’m away from my desk from June 27 to July 12. Please send your arts events to editor Ian Jacques at Deadline is 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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