Art Beat: It’s jazz week in Gibsons

Organizers of the Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival next weekend (June 21 to 23) get things warmed up with one-off music events around town on just about every day between now and then. For starters, on Friday, June 14, Coast pianist Anna Lumiere and saxophonist Karen Graves and their Vancouver band Mimosa perform at High Beam Dreams in Gibsons. Tickets at Laedeli, MELOmania, Strait Music and

On Saturday, June 15, Double Treble play flutes, harp and guitar at Gibsons Public Library from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Then at 12:30 p.m. at Sunnycrest Mall it’s guitarist Budge Schachte and singer Wanda Nowicki. And at 3:30 p.m. at Gibsons Public Market, you can hear the Jazz Group of Seven.

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On Sunday, June 16 at 11 a.m., singer-songwriter Katrina Bishop entertains at One Flower One Leaf at 436 Marine. On Tuesday the 18th, Budge Schachte teams up with Karen Graves at the Uptown Eatery on Gibsons Way at 7 p.m. On June 19, it’s the Verna Chan Quartet at Leo’s Tapas on Gower Point Road at 7 p.m., and on Thursday, June 20, it’s a family affair with Anagram and Hordes of Ords at the 101 Brewhouse, 7 p.m. Look for more on the jazz festival itself next week.

Second Friday

Pender Harbour School of Music has its Friday Coffee House, on June 14, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The playbill includes veteran performers Reg and Lynn Dickson, vocal trio Definitely Divas, and the Pender Harbour Secondary School choir. Desserts, tea and coffee are available. Tickets at the door all for a $10 donation.

Also in music this weekend, 11 Sunshine Coast musicians gather for the Righteous Babe Sessions, a tribute to Ani DiFranco, at Rockwood Pavilion in Sechelt on Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m. At the atrium at Gibsons Public Market, Pulling Strings perform from 1 to 3 p.m. The Ruff Cut Band is in at the Gibsons Legion on Saturday night.

And on Sunday, June 16 at 2 p.m., it’s the Made in Canada concert at the Highland Centre in Roberts Creek, featuring tunes by Canadian composers played and sung by some great local performers.


If you’ve ever wanted to check out or learn more about acrylic paints, this is your chance. And you might find the possibilities with the medium surprising. Fine arts master Sara Robichaud is presenting an A-to-Z lecture on acrylics at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt on Friday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is by donation but you do have to pre-register at 604-885-5412 or by email to


Dance Works Academy in Gibsons presents Connect on Saturday, June 15, featuring the Spectrum adult dance company, with guest performers. There are two shows, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids, at Peggy Sue’s and Giggle ‘n’ Bloom.

Banner designer

Artworks, at 5697 Cowrie St. in Sechelt, is celebrating its seventh anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, where you can meet Charlie Craigan, designer of the colourful new killer-whale banners seen in downtown Sechelt. Refreshments and door prizes, too.

Art farming

If you have ever been curious about what goes on at Deer Crossing the Art Farm, you can find out at its tenth anniversary party, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, June 15.

“Wander through the land and see what ten years of art farming can grow. Find hidden treasures in the forest, and enjoy live music, art, and endless opportunities to play.” The Farm is at 1747 Storvold Road, Gibsons.

Creative in the Creek

It’s a full-on variety show at the Gumboot Café in Roberts Creek on Thursday, June 20. Tunes and songs by three different acts, a clown, a comedian, a spoken-word performance, “and always a surprise or two.” All for a donation at the door. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Heads up

Roberts Creek artist Mardi Coeur de Lion is offering a unique outdoor painting workshop to be held over four Thursdays, “in a beautiful rustic setting… surrounded by horses.” You get to paint your own pre-made piece of sculpted “Venetian plaster equine art.” Starts June 27. Contact


If you have an event you’d like considered for Art Beat, please let us know by 11 a.m. Tuesday at Space is limited. Also check Coast Reporter’s Coast Community Calendar for a complete list.

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