Art Beat: Blues master Brandon Isaak plays in Gibsons

High Beam Dreams presents “an intimate evening of roots and blues,” with B.C.-born international performer Brandon Isaak, a two-time Juno nominee. Check him out on YouTube; he’s great. Isaak will be joined by stand-up bassist Pat Darcus. Saturday, May 25 at 7 p.m. $25 early bird; $30 regular, $35 at the door. Tickets at Laedeli, MELOmania, Strait Music, and 

Legion legends 

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On Friday, May 24, Sinéad X Sanders brings her roots, rhythm and blues, and rock ’n’ roll to Roberts Creek Legion, backed by Double-D Dave Dykhuizen on lead guitar and Sandy Bone Smith on drums. “Featuring an opening set of intergalactic space folk by Roberts Creek’s own Jeevious Family,” 8 p.m. Members $8, non-members $12. 

Also at the pubs 

Charlotte Wrinch will play a mixture of covers and originals from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Persephone Brewing Co. in Gibsons. On Saturday night at the Roberts Creek Legion, the Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio offers up their mix of blues and bluegrass, 8 p.m. 

Songs of Passion, Songs of Joy 

A Cappella Strait and Choralations Children’s Choir, under the direction of Janice Brunson, present two performances, both at 7 p.m. – Friday, May 24, at St. Hilda’s Church in Sechelt, and Saturday, May 25, at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Gibsons. Included will be compositions by Sunshine Coast composers Reg and Lynn Dickson, and Dave Baker, as well as Eric Whitacre, Samuel Barber, Mia Makaroff. Tickets at Laedeli Gifts, Strait Music and at the door. Adults $20, students/seniors $15, children under 12 free. 

Graduating cabinetmaker 

The Grove Front Gallery in Sechelt is opening an exhibition of years of projects by the talented Brett Almey, who’s graduating from the Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking in Roberts Creek. There will be refreshments and live violin music, too. Saturday, May 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. 5455 Inlet Ave. 

Woodblock how-to 

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council is presenting a two-Saturday workshop in Sechelt on carving and printing woodblocks, “ideal for beginners,” although not suitable for children. Award-winning painter and print maker Leonard Brett will instruct on how to prepare tools, paper, transfer, cut, register and print the blocks. Some materials are provided, some you’d have to bring. More information is on the council’s website. Saturday May 25 and June 1. Register at 604-885-5412 or the website. 

Classical spring concert 

The Coast Symphony Orchestra presents its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 26, conducted by Jonathan Der. The program includes symphonies by Haydn and Kalinnikov, the overture to Rossini’s Barber of Seville, and “a series of well known and loved operatic excerpts sung by Beth Buono.” At the Chatelech Theatre at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, at Laedeli in Gibsons, Strait Music in Sechelt and at the door. 

Art Biz 

Facilitator Annie Briard will present a workshop on artists’ rights, delving into important legal information for all creators, from copyright basics to contracts, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sunday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members $15, non-members $25. Space is limited. You can register ahead of time online at the SCAC website. 

Recital season starts 

Dominique’s School of Dance is holding its spring year end recitals over the next couple of weeks at Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. There’s one evening performance, on Friday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. The four other shows are all at 1 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays, May 25 and 26, and June 1 and 2. Adults $17, children $12. Tickets available at the school, 1051B Gibsons Way. 

Boudoir Rouge 

The men and women of Boudoir Rouge Burlesque are back with another show featuring “nearly 20 dancers, glitter cannons, all new performances and an 80s-90s dance party.” Proceeds are going to the Roberts Creek Hall new-roof campaign. Saturday, May 25, at the Roberts Creek Hall. Doors 7:30 p.m., show 8:30 p.m. Tickets $30 at 


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