Art Beat: Fafard plays the Heritage

Southern roots singer-guitarist Joel Fafard performs in two shows this week at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. The Roberts Creek-based blues maestro is finally getting to play these local gigs, postponed from early March, thanks to The Virus. Saturday is sold out but at press time, there were still tickets for the Friday, Oct. 9 show, at

New visual art shows

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Among the art displays opening this week is the Sechelt Arts Festival’s 2020 Vision Art Exhibition, occupying some ground-floor retail space at Teredo Square at 5710 Teredo St. On display are works by seven distinct and accomplished Sunshine Coast artists: Allan Forest, Kasia Krolikowska, Sean Loewen, Dionne Paul, Alysha and Chad Sergerie, and Matthew Talbot-Kelly. The exhibits are open Thursday through Sunday, from 12 to 4 p.m. On the weekend of the Art Crawl, Oct. 23-25, you can visit between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

At Gibsons Public Art Gallery, mixed-media artist Connie Sabo has mounted a one-of-a-kind exhibit called The Journey Begins Where It Ends. It’s an installation made entirely from transformed newsprint. “Hundreds and hundreds of sheets of newspaper, daily records of our most recent history, are torn into thousands of long thin strips,” Sabo said. “Each strip is hand twisted and tightly spun to create skeins of yarn, ready to take on a new existence and significance.” Until Nov. 1. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

At The Kube in Gibsons this month, you can check out the paper sculptures in Crissy Arseneau’s show, Cloud City, inspired by the cloud formations reflected in the glass towers of downtown Vancouver. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Divided  Loyalties

Iranian-born Canadian author Nilofar Shidmehr reads from her new collection of short stories, Divided Loyalties, in a Zoom event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, presented by the Sunshine Coast Arts Council.


The nine stories highlight aspects of women’s lives which are often overlooked, subverting “traditional expectations in both small and large ways.” The reading is free. A donation to the Sunshine Coast Arts Council would be appreciated. Register through A direct link is on the Arts Council’s website.

Nikki’s story

Much-loved and respected music teacher and voice coach Nikki Weber is the subject of a profile by writer Neville Judd in the new fall and winter edition of Coast Life magazine. Nikki’s life story, 93-years-long so far, winds from her Caribbean birth, to the Netherlands in the Second World War, to New York City, and all the way out to here, where she’s still helping fine tune our local vocalists. Quite a story.

More live music

• Glenn Millar is in at the atrium at Gibsons Public Market Saturday, Oct. 10, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

• Drip Drop It Like Hip Hop plays Roberts Creek Legion between 4 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, while Tetrahedron takes the outdoor stage on Sunday afternoon. Advance tickets at

• The local duo Shine, with vocalist Nancy Pincombe and pianist Kenneth Johnson, are in at High Beam Dreams on Saturday, Oct. 10, for a 7 p.m. show. Tickets at

• At the Clubhouse Restaurant at The Pender Harbour Golf Course, catch Eddy Edrik on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 2 5 p.m., weather permitting.

Correction: The actor on the right in the photo of the Off the Page performance was incorrectly identified in the Oct. 2 edition of Coast Reporter. He is, of course, Dave Hurtubise.

Due to the pandemic, all listed events are subject to change. Check ahead.

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