Art Beat: Start the year with some good Intent

Vocal Intent is extending an open invitation to “celebrate the beauty of life through song.” The six-member local singing group – Sylvain Brochu, Jon Eriksson, Tom Kellough, Jen MacInnes, Elizabeth Scott and Tina Wesseling – has been rehearsing some new songs through the fall which have been included in a program entitled “Oh Love …” Sunday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, Gibsons. Admission is by donation at the door.

On a different note

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• Also in music this weekend, you can catch the Blueline Duo performing in the atrium at Gibsons Public Market, 473 Gower Point Rd., on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

• Later on Saturday Jan. 5, at the 101 Brewhouse on Gibsons Way, Gambier Island’s Bobby Bruce brings his Mr. Diamond tribute, Nearly Neil. That’s from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets $15.

• And on the same night at the Roberts Creek Legion on Lower Road, it’s The Brown Brothers at 8 p.m. Admission TBA.

January FOG

A record number of submissions are now hanging in the brightly renovated Doris Crowston Gallery at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre (until Jan. 28) in the annual Friends of the Gallery (FOG) exhibit. Works in the unjuried show are by members of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council. The reception is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday Jan. 6, at Medusa and Trail, Sechelt.

The Party

Some very watchable British actors lead an international cast in the first Sunshine Coast Film Society screening of the year, The Party. Janet, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine. Truth is, from this night forward, nothing will be the same. A theatrical play for the big screen, the film also stars Brits Emily Mortimer and Timothy Spall, Switzerland’s Bruno Ganz and American Patricia Clarkson. At the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons, Monday Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m., doors at 7. Members $5; non-members $9. Tickets online or at the door.

Penelope’s own Odyssey

The time is the Trojan War, about 1200 BC. Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, left in Ithaca, lives her own Odyssey of tests, wit and resilience – a story of war, justice and the cost of peace. Performed by British master drama teacher Olivia Olsen in a two-hour telling, on Sunday, Jan. 13, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Pavilion. Tickets $25 at Laedeli Gifts and Cards in Sunnycrest Mall, or contact Elizabeth at


• Vamps and Rogues Variety is seeking acts for a show on Saturday, April 6 at the Roberts Creek Hall. They are looking for “a variety of acts with an edge – singing, dancing, clowning, puppets – if it’s raucous, maybe bawdy, we want to see it!” Send them a video of your act, invite them to a rehearsal, or make some other arrangement. Contact bouncethe Deadline Jan. 30.

• Latitude 46 Publishing is looking for Indigenous creative non-fiction and fiction short stories, prose, poetry, song, photos and visual artwork for its next anthology. The call for submissions is open to self-identifying Indigenous writers. Anthology will be published in fall 2019. More info: Deadline Feb. 8.

• The BC Arts Council is accepting applications for two of its project-assistance funding programs: Community Arts Festivals and the Youth Engagement Program. Find all the details at the B.C. Tourism Arts and Culture website. The deadline has been extended to Jan. 30.


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