Art Beat: Talent show discovery comes to the Coast

Amy Bishop is a major singing and guitar talent from Calgary whose powerful voice got her into the finals on the CTV talent competition, The Launch. High Beam Dreams in Gibsons is bringing Bishop for a show on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 from Laedeli Gifts, The Blackberry Shop, Namaste Art, MELOmania, Strait Music and, $25 at the door.

Hot gypsy swing

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Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars are doing their gypsy-swing thing at three gigs this weekend: Saturday Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. in Sechelt; Saturday night at the Gibsons Legion; and Sunday afternoon at the 101 Brewhouse. The Sechelt performance is part of the Summer Music Series on the stage by the library (with Ken McBride opening at noon). At 7 p.m., just before the Saturday show at the Legion, Lucy Falconer will be offering swing dance lessons for beginners on up. For members, the dance lesson and show is $10, show only is $8. Non-members pay $15 or $12. The show’s at 8 p.m. The performance Sunday afternoon at the 101 runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

Nearly Neil

Check out Bobby Bruce’s Nearly Neil show, on Sunday, Aug. 11, when he brings his Solitary Band to Winegarden Park in Gibsons for a full-concert tribute to the music of Neil Diamond. The evening event is billed as a Sunshine Coast Sea Cavalcade Society Thank-You Appreciation Concert for the many volunteers who worked on Sea Cavalcade for years. Half Cut and The Slackers open the show at 5 p.m. It’s an all-ages affair, with children under 12 admitted for free. Tickets are $10, available at Artworks in Sechelt; the Shell station in Wilson Creek; and Dave Coyle Antiques, Seasoned Kitchen, and One Flower One Leaf Gallery in Gibsons. Get them online at

Creek Daze

It’s funky, it’s dunky, it’s an all-new version. The Creek Daze Country Fair is on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Roberts Creek Elementary School with lots of food, music, wares and family activities. The dunk tank alone is worth the trip, not to mention the zaniest parade on the Coast. (See more on pages 32 to 34).

Free tunes

Gibsons has Music in The Landing all weekend. Check out the lineup and locations on the event’s Facebook page.

It’s a Hawaiian music vibe at Gibsons Public Market with Wayne Powell, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10.

And at Slow Sundays at the gazebo in Roberts Creek starting at noon, it’s the Loose Endings Ukulele Ensemble; Tomorrows Stars with local young talent; and closing the afternoon will be Simon Paradis on guitar and vocals, accompanied by Boyd Norman and Jay Johnson.

At the pubs

Vancouver-based Brejera does it Latino-style, bringing the rhythms of choro, pagode, bossa nova, forro, and frevo to the Roberts Creek Legion on Friday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday night at 9 p.m., you can catch the country, soul and blues of Deborah Gold at the Lighthouse Pub in Sechelt.

Ken Dunn plays his original folk at Persephone Brewing from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Through the tangle

Halfmoon Bay artists Sandy Kay’s exhibit A Tangled Web ends at Gibsons Public Art Gallery on Aug. 11, and on Saturday the 10th, Kay will present an artist’s talk on the theme of the show. “It’s a message for finding our own light and purpose in our lives. This talk is meant for everyone. However, I will especially talk to young girls and women about finding their way through their own tangled webs,” Kay said. It’s free and runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the gallery.


The Kube in Gibsons will be exhibiting painter Amy Stewart’s show Reimagine for the remainder of August and into early September. Raised in 100 Mile House, the Vancouver artist’s works look like pure abstracts, but all are drawn from rural and urban environments “through a process of observation, deconstruction, and transformation.” There’s a reception to launch the show on Friday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m.

A Fuller Life

On Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Gibsons Public Library, author Sue Anne Linde launches her book A Fuller Life, “a story of resilience, courage and joy.” With Linde will be the woman who is the subject of the book, Michelle Fuller, who at age 30 was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma. And that was only the beginning of her “decades-long journey through the labyrinthine health care system,” in which she endured life-threatening therapies and surgeries. The presentation starts at 6 p.m.


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 and, regrettably, we can’t list everything. Also check Coast Reporter’s Coast Community Calendar for more music and events.

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