Winter Harp celebrates its 19th year on tour at the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt this Saturday, Nov. 24, at 2:30 p.m.
This year's guest is Kim Robertson, considered one of the world's leading Celtic harpists. The performance features music from well-known carols to Celtic, medieval, world and Spanish tunes on the Celtic and classical harps, drums, tambourines, temple bells, flutes and an assortment of beautiful and rare instruments.
The artists, who will be garbed in gorgeous medieval attire, include: Robertson: Celtic harp, voice; Janelle Nadeau: pedal harp, voice; Roger Helfrick: voice, harp, plucked psaltery; Lauri Lyster: percussion, voice; Jeff Pelletier: flute, bass flute; Joaquin Ayala: nyckelharpas, bass psaltery, organistrum; and Lori Pappajohn: Celtic harp and voice (and Winter Harp director). They will also be releasing their new CD: The Bullfighter's Daughter, featuring the ensemble's Spanish pieces.
Tickets are $29 available at the Sechelt Visitor Centre, Gaia's Fair Trade (Lower Gibsons) and Shanti Gifts (Wilson Creek). See more at www.winterharp.com.
Pottery open house
Creek Clayworks' annual pottery sale and studio open house is this weekend (Nov. 24 and 25) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1738 Lockyer Rd. in Roberts Creek.
New pieces from the salt kiln are on display and Mike Allegretti and Elaine Futterman will be on hand to talk about their new firing method and serve their famous chocolate chip cookies. See more at www.creekclayworks.ca or call 604-885-2395.
The Gibsons Public Art Gallery continues to celebrate its new location and opening exhibit, a tribute to Leonard Cohen, with an Arts Café, featuring dance, poetry, music and a puppet show this Sunday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. GPAG is now located at 431 Marine Drive. Call 604-886-0531 for more details.
Jackson Davies reads
Jackson Davies will read from his book, Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40, talk about his experiences on the series, and show a gag reel and footage from The Beachcombers this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gibsons Public Library.
Tim McLaughlin, a Roberts Creek artist and photographer, is having a joint show with Sophena Kwon called Found Moments: Portraits and Polaroids from Nov. 22 to Dec. 5 at the Havana Gallery, 1212 Commercial Dr. in Vancouver. The opening reception is this Sunday at the gallery from 4 to 7 p.m.
Green film and forum
The Pipedreams Project: three people kayak from Kitimat to Vancouver to express their concern for the coast in the face of the risk presented by the pipeline and oil tankers. Stopping along the way in various communities, their commitment to save the B.C. Coast grows. This is a "No Pipelines/No Tankers" event with guests Ben West from the Wilderness Committee and Sven Biggs from Tanker Free BC with a town-hall style forum to follow the film on Monday, Nov. 26, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. Tickets are available at the door and are $7 for Sunshine Coast Film Society members, $10 for non-members. See www.greenfilms.ca for more details.
The Sunshine Coast Arts Council is hosting a farewell reception for Frances Wasserlein, to recognize the dedicated contribution she has made to the arts community through her role as executive director of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council. The reception is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt. The Arts Centre will continue to be open regular hours. The annual winter break is from Dec. 17 to Jan. 7 when they will open again for the annual Friends of the Gallery exhibition.
Artesia's coffeehouse this month features Robyn Edgar on keyboard with Jake Downie; Rosalee and Dale Stavroff of Back Porch reunion with Ian McLatchie on steel guitar; the rootsy Angie McCauley and David Groom; and singer/songwriter Mike Tandy accompanied by Rodin Columb on guitar and Barry Taylor on drums.
Doors open at 7 p.m. next Friday, Nov. 30, for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $10 at the door at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre.
Music grants for youth
Music grants for youth application/nomination forms are now available for youth ages 13 to 19 requiring financial assistance to further their musical goals. See www.suncoastarts.com for further information and the nominator information/application form. Deadline is Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.
Two weeks ago I included an incorrect phone number to purchase tickets for the upcoming performances of the Nutcracker. The correct phone number is 604-989-6050. My apologies to all.
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Send notice of your arts events to contributing writer Carole Rubin. She is filling in for Jan DeGrass for one more week as DeGrass promotes her recently published novel, Jazz with Ella. You can reach Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 604-883-2022.
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