Sunshine brass shines

Jan DeGrass/Arts and Entertainment Writer / Staff writer
April 11, 2014 01:00 AM

As part of its Arts Café series,the Gibsons Public Art Gallery presents an afternoon concert with the Sunshine Brass.This group of five led by John Fred-erickson represents some of the Coast's best brass players. The concert is next Wednesday, April 16, at GPAG starting at 2:30 p.m. Admission is by a suggested donation of $5. Partial proceeds go to the Food Bank.


DSdanse performs tonight at 8 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons, and again on Saturday at 2 p.m. The young dancers hope to raise funds for their performance in Belgium next year. Tickets are at Gaia's Fair Trade, Laedeli and the Sechelt Visitor Centre.

Burns reading

Author Mary Burns is introducing the print edition of her latest novel, You Again, the third and final book in the Shinny's Girls trilogy. She will be reading from it and talking with the public this Saturday, April 12, at 12:30 p.m. at Windows on the Water in Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons. She would like to get readers and potential readers directly involved by encouraging conversation, and since the family at the heart of the saga consists of a single mother and her three daughters, she's hoping that the people who attend will talk with her about family relationships between women. Listeners and talkers are both welcome. Strait Coffee will provide the java, and it will conclude with a draw for a free book.

Brave Mike

Junco Jan is hosting a Brave Mike 5 event at her studio on the top floor of Gibsons Cinema (access by back stairs on hotel side) on Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Read a poem, prose, song, dance or quote - or simply emote! Risk five while alive or listen to others on the limited comfy seating. Encores, if time permits. There's no fee, just bring your own nutrients and moxie. For more, contact

Go West

West My Friend releases its sophomore album, When the Ink Dries, with a western Canada tour. West My Friend and local musician Brett Wildeman reach the Coast on Saturday at The Arts Building in Gibsons. Doors open at 7; show at 7:30p.m. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 youth/seniors. Kids under 12 get in free (at door).

Sand mandala

Lama Tsundu has been creating the Green Tara Sand Mandala daily since April 7. All are welcome to participate in the dissolution of the mandala on Sunday, April 13, at 2:30 p.m. at the Roberts Creek Gallery, behind the Gumboot Restaurant. This involves sweeping up the sand and pouring all the prayers in the ocean. For more, call Baeleay Callister at 604-885-5132.

Performing arts

The first week of performance and adjudication for the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Performing Arts (SCFPA) culminates with the Piano Encore Concert at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sechelt on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Week two opens with the vocalcategory at St. Hilda's Anglican Church in Sechelt on April 14 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and April 15 at 1:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Choral-community choirs category is at Chatelech Secondary School theatre on April 14 at 7 p.m. and school choirs are at Kinnikinnick Elementary School on April 15 at 9:15 a.m. More about a vocal workshop for solo vocalists and further performances of the strings category can be found on the schedule on the SCFPA website at

Culture Days

Registration is now open for participation in this year's BC Culture Days, taking place Sept. 26 to 28. Register by April 30 for a chance to win a trip to the NationalCongress on Culture: Creating & Sustaining a Daily National Habit, May 22 and 23in Winnipeg.

Professional and amateur artists and arts organizations are invited to be a part of B.C.'s largest celebration of arts, culture and heritage.

Event organizers and artists interested in taking part in the workshop in their area can contact Nazanin Shoja at 1-604-681-3535, ext. 214 or culturedays@allianceforarts.comfor further details. more information.

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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