Art Beat: Timely (and free) films from the National Film Board

It’s National Indigenous History Month as well as Pride Month and the National Film Board is celebrating with films that can be streamed free of charge. Now Is the Time, directed by Burnaby-based Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter, centres on the day in August 1969 when Haida carver Robert Davidson was only 22 years old, and his first totem pole was raised in the community of Old Masset. The award-winning film has received wide recognition at North American film festivals. 

Following the online release of Christina Willings’ Beauty Beyond Binary in May, the NFB has also announced the launch of two more LGBTQ2+ themed and internationally recognized films on its free streaming platform at Love, Scott, and I Am Skylar. 

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Coast Pride 

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 28, Sunday in the Park with Pride Society presents Sunday on the Porch with Pride. It’s an online “mashup of music, dancing, karaoke, rainbow cupcake decorating, mocktails and makeup demos, interviews and history. And don’t forget Best Dressed Pet.”

Check out the calendar page at for streaming details. 

Summer music 

The Sechelt Summer Music Series has for the past few years featured good live music acts on a low-rise, covered stage on the lawn outside the district offices on Cowrie Street at midday on Saturdays. Folks could spread out safely in that space, but rather than run any risk, the series is being featured online only for at least the month of July. August is TBA and could go live at the site, depending on provincial guidelines at the time. Performance videos are now in production and will be released weekly. Lineup details will soon be available on Facebook at the Sechelt Summer Music Series page. 

Watercolour Workshop 

On Saturday, July 4, the Sunshine Coast Arts Council (SCAC) is offering an online workshop with painter Roberta Mauel. It’s an introductory-level event where participants will learn how to “apply watercolour paint to paper in a painterly and creative manner,” and “how to make use of warm, cool and complementary colour combinations, brush strokes, wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry techniques.” The workshop runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is limited to 20 participants.

Register at the SCAC website at

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