Art Beat: It’s a hearts-and-flowers, music-and-dance-a-ganza!

Here are some of the events on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, from Gibsons to Pender Harbour:

• Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars play two sets of their delightful gypsy swing at a three-course dinner and dance at Gibsons Legion. Doors at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 and dance at 8. Members dinner-dance, $35, dance only $10. Non-members, $40 for the dinner-dance, $10 dance only.

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• It’s a DJ-driven, all-ages Valentine’s Day Dance at High Beam Dreams in Gibsons, with DJ Zonolite and special guest Mix Master J. Prize for best-dressed couple, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets from Gibsons Florist, MELOmania and Strait Music, and online at

• The Roberts Creek Legion Wilde Kitchen will be open and Dave Phillips will be playing some Motown, blues and originals, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

• The Mighty Heavy Mellow Chronicles present Dark Valentine #2, 8 p.m. at the Gumboot Garden Café, $20.

• At the Sechelt Legion, Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance with a prime rib buffet and musical entertainment by Jim Taylor. Tickets in advance at the bar. Members $27.95, non-members $29.95. Dance-only tickets at the door at 8:30 p.m. Members $8, non-members $10.

• It’s an all-request Valentine’s Day dance with DJ Snickers (aka Richard Lachance) at the Lighthouse Pub in Sechelt, 9 p.m.

• Blue Ocean Golf and Country Club in Sechelt has a Valentine’s buffet dinner with entertainment by On the Floor. Dinner at 6 p.m., music at 7. Special on kids’ tickets. $45 to $49. Reserve at 604-885-2700.

• Half Cut and The Slackers play a Valentine’s Dance at Holy Family Catholic Church on Nickerson Road in West Sechelt. 6 p.m. cash bar, 7 p.m. catered buffet. Then, dance. $30.

• Celebrate El Dia Del Amor with live music by Eder Lobo and a Flamenco Dance Show at Corner Café Mexican Kitchen in Madeira Park. 5 p.m. Reserve at 604-883-2223.

Valentine’s coffee house

The first Pender Harbour School of Music Coffee House of 2020 goes on Friday, Feb. 14 with two performances by Anna Lumiere – a piano-and-voice solo set of original tunes, another in a duet with her younger son, Noah Ord. Also on tap are the duo of Jay Burnham on bass with brass player Lorenzo Corvin; and Shine, with Kenneth Norman Johnson on piano and vocals by Nancy Pincombe. A bargain for a $10 suggested donation. Doors at 7 p.m., music at 7:30.

Girls night out

The Dirty Betties are a Vancouver-based female troupe who do comedy, burlesque, song parodies and audience interaction in a show they describe as “funny, filthy, feminist.” They bring their Single Ladies Tour to the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons on Saturday, Feb. 15. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30. Tickets are $30+ from

Sunday jam

The Sunday Jam Session at the Pender Harbour Golf Course Clubhouse restaurant is billed as an all-star event featuring Simon Paradis, 2 to 6 p.m.

McBride Memorial

Sunshine Coast musician Ken McBride, who died Jan. 30, “requested a low-key celebration of life,” his wife Lorna said in a recent Facebook post. “I like to think that he is playing tunes with Jimi and Tom Petty and his best bud, Roy [Code],” she wrote. The memorial will be held on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at Devlin Funeral Home, 579 Seaview Rd. in Gibsons.

Beautiful black

February is Black History Month and a celebration will be held at Gibsons Public Market all day, Saturday, Feb. 15, with music, eats, short films, an informative talk on the History and Geography of Blackness in B.C. and at 4:30 p.m., the launch of Gibsons’ Valerie Mason-John’s new book of poetry, I Am Still Your Negro. African Happy Hour is from 5 to 6 p.m. with food tastings.


Gibsons Public Art Gallery opened an exhibition this week featuring three female Sunshine Coast artists working in three different media. Marlene Lowden presents a series of oils in the show Blind Contour Homage. Lucja Barker offers Veil, a sculpture exhibit. And Louise Valentine has What Lies Beneath, a series of pastels. The opening reception is Saturday, Feb. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m., and there’s a meet-and-talk with all three artists on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. On Family Day, Monday, Feb. 17, Lowden does a workshop (kids over 10 welcome) in which she’ll instruct on blind-contour, a drawing technique that goes directly from eye to hand, bypassing our busy minds. Register at 604-886-0531.

Himalayan adventure

There’s “an authentic cultural adventure in the Indian Himalayas,” with storytelling by Chuck Bertrand, and Cathy and Bob McCubbin, plus a short film by Katerina Motylova on Saturday, Feb. 15, 3 to 5 p.m., High Beam Dreams, Gibsons. Free.

Boy Erased

Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Lucas Hedges star in the award-winning feature Boy Erased, about a young, gay American man forced into conversion therapy. Screenings by the Sunshine Coast Film Society are 7:30 p.m. Monday Feb. 17 and Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons, $4 to $9.


If there’s an event you’d like considered for Art Beat, please let us know by 11 a.m. Tuesday at Space is limited and, regrettably, we can’t list everything. Also check Coast Reporter’s Coast Community Calendar for more music and events.

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