Art Beat: Art show in the garden

The EDGES painters’ group is holding a one-day art sale in member Judy McLarty’s spacious Roberts Creek garden on Sunday, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. “Diverse styles. Original art by six local artists of the Edges group. Frank Coldicott, Judy McLarty, Diane Miles, Elaine Seepish, Alison Taylor, Odette Venuti.” Lots of room for safe distancing, McLarty assures us. 3227 Crystal Rd. 

Commotion on the Ocean 

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The music of Neil Diamond will be echoing around the south side of Gambier Island on Saturday, Aug. 1, as local singer Bobby Bruce takes his Nearly Neil tribute, by boat, to three different harbours in a fundraiser for the island’s community centre. Bruce will sing from the vessel in each location for Commotion on the Ocean, a safe-distance set of performances that will also be broadcast live on Facebook.

“The events are not open to the public in-person,” organizers say. “The point of this ‘Stay In Your Bay’ event is to create a COVID-safe event for Gambier Islanders.”

The one-night tour starts in West Bay at 5:30 p.m., followed by stops in Gambier Harbour and New Brighton. Local docks will be limited to 50 ticket-holders, but waterfront residents are encouraged to “rock the dock at a distance” and “party in your yard-y.”

Ticket information at the events link at

Also in live music this weekend, catch the violin duo of Bridget Graham and Mari Nielsen – alumni of the Bad to the Bow Youth Fiddle Group – at Gibsons Public Market on Saturday Aug. 1 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (The Market has a number of open music dates through to the fall and invites performance inquiries. Contact 

The Grateful Dead tribute band GD/BC makes a special appearance Saturday, Aug. 1, for an outdoor gig at the Roberts Creek Legion. It’s a safe-distancing event, so only 50 tickets are being sold, and most of those were gone by press time. Try your luck at 

Slow Sundays at the Roberts Creek gazebo on Aug. 2 features the folk, blues, and country fusion of The Wildflowers at 1 p.m., followed by the trio Martini Madness at 2 p.m. 

Apasianado, featuring Lori Carmichael and Randy Rayment, plays the Pender Harbour Golf Course’s Clubhouse Restaurant deck on Sunday afternoon, 2 to 5 p.m., weather permitting. $5. 

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