Art Beat: Remembrance Day marked in ceremony, drama and song

In addition to the Nov. 11 ceremonies at Royal Canadian Legions up and down the Sunshine Coast, the Suncoast Phoenix Community Choir commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt at 3 p.m. Admission is by donation. Partial proceeds go to the St. Hilda’s Church Restoration fund. 

On the evening of Saturday, Nov. 10, a group of local actors and readers will perform Next of Kin: Descendants of War, a moving compilation of war-related writing and song delivered in radio-drama style. (See more above.) Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sechelt, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 at the door. 

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Choirs of Archangels 

We don’t often get to hear live choral music on a weekday afternoon, but we will on Monday, Nov. 12, which is a statutory holiday in lieu of Remembrance Day for many people. Vancouver’s MOTET Chamber Choir, directed by local choirmaster David Poon, joins with Chilliwack’s a cappella ensemble Belle Voci to perform choral masterpieces by Josquin, Byrd, Bairstow, Rachmaninoff, and more. 2 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5700 Nickerson Rd., West Sechelt. Tickets are $20 in advance at motet.brownpapertickets.com, $25 at the door. Youths under 18 are free. 

Jazz Affair 

A cappella of a much different flavour is on offer on Saturday Nov. 10 when the Quebec group Jazz Affair performs at the Pender Harbour School of Music in Madeira Park. These six singers were award winners at the prestigious Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival in New York. 7 p.m. Tickets $25 at Harbour Insurance, Madeira Park; Visitor Information Centre, Sechelt; and the School of Music website. 

On the Wall – OFF the Wall! 

Opening Thursday Nov. 8 at Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Coast Creatives: On the Wall—OFF the Wall is described as “a visual arts, live-mic performing arts celebration of creativity on the Sunshine Coast.” The exhibition is combined with a series of five live-mic events to be staged through the month of November. Organized by irrepressible, community-rallying artist Janice (Junco Jan) Williams, with the help and guidance of GPAG staff and manager Michael Aze. The opening reception is on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Details and dates of the three evening and two afternoon live-mic events are on GPAG’s website. 

Write-On! 

The Sunshine Coast youth playwriting project Write-On! culminates this weekend in a three-day run at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. All three 20-minute plays will be performed: Raindrops and Roses, by Gabriel Ryan, The Regulars, by Emma Judd and The Tour Guide, by Darius Meikle. Friday Nov. 10 and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission by donation. 

Heady Hedy 

Who knew? Leading lady Hedy Lamarr was not only a 1940s film star, she was a brilliant, self-taught inventor who co-developed technologies that helped win the Second World War and that later led to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellphone communications. The Sunshine Coast Film Society is presenting two screenings of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt and Monday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. Society members $5; non-members $9. 

Everybody Street 

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Art and the Documentary Sunday Film Series presents Everybody Street on Sunday, Nov. 11. The visceral film is about the lives and work of some of New York’s unique street photographers and the iconic city that has inspired them. At the Arts Centre, at Medusa and Trail in Sechelt. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the 83-minute film starts at 10:30 a.m. Local photographer Paul Clancy will lead a discussion after the screening. Suggested donation is $10; members of the SC Credit Union (screening sponsor) get in for $5. 

Jan speaks 

Author and journalist Jan DeGrass will be speaking to the Women’s Connection at the Pender Harbour School of Music in Madeira Park on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. Her talk is entitled Co-op Activism and Soviet Stories – and why it took 40 years to write about them. Her book, The Co-op Revolution, is an account of her years in Vancouver’s food co-op movement during the 1970s. It will be published by Caitlin Press in spring 2019. Her novel, Jazz with Ella, was published in 2012 and describes a true experience, though fictionalized, of visiting the Soviet Union during the 1970s Cold War. Why is she just writing about them now, 40 years later? Years of magazine and community newspaper journalism got in the way of writing books. 

Jane speaks 

Freshly Picked: A Locavore’s Love Affair with BC’s Bounty is an essential read for any local food lover. Author Jane Reid offers stories, memories and tales of love and affection for the best of what B.C. has to offer. On Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Jane launches Freshly Picked at Sechelt Library. Admission is free. Books will be available for sale.

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