Fiddlers of Coastal Chaos

The Coastal Chaos Tour is bringing the best in youth fiddle talent to a series of concerts, and you can catch them on the Coast this Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Gibsons Heritage Playhouse.

Bad to the Bow, 25 fiddlers aged nine to 19 from the Sunshine Coast, have been impressing audiences here and in concerts in the Lower Mainland and Washington for more than 10 years.

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Last year, under the musical direction of Chelsea Sleep, they released their first CD, The Joy of It, and their performance on Aug. 21 will include tunes from the CD. Joining them for the first time is the BC Fiddle Orchestra (BCFO) from Victoria, led by renowned Canadian fiddler and composer Daniel Lapp. The BCFO is made up of approximately 30 fiddlers aged 10 to 17.

These two talented young groups join together to perform in a massed fiddle extravaganza. Doors open at 7 p.m., show is at 7:30. Advance tickets are $12, and $8 for seniors and youth 12 and under, available at Gaia's Fair Trade in Gibsons and Strait Sound in Sechelt. For further information, contact Fred Mason at 604-741-5558.

Ruff Cuts

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 140, Sechelt, presents dinner and dancing tonight, Friday, Aug. 16. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and then The Ruff Cuts (fresh from the Sea Cavalcade Street Dance) crank out hits from the 1950s, '60s and '70s until 11 p.m.

Lemonade at the library

Stop, read, refresh, this Saturday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gibsons Public Library on their fabulous deck facing the ocean. Stop by the library, pick up a book, head out to the deck and enjoy the view with a refreshing lemonade -their treat.

FibreWorks opening

Vancouver artist Marilyn Foubert will crown a lifetime of art achievements in B.C. with a new six-week exhibit opening this Saturday, Aug. 17, at FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Madeira Park.

The exhibit, Primitive Elegance, features 30 major works in fabric art produced at Foubert's Kitsilano studio during the past four years.

Foubert said her latest art exhibition is also a homecoming to her beginnings in art 35 years ago. It was then she first worked in fibres as an art college student. Her career includes abstract expressionism paintings, found art creations, nature art, art instruction at Arts Umbrella and leading adult classes at her home studio.

The opening reception is from 2 to 4 p.m. at FibreWorks Gallery (12887 SC Highway, near Madeira Park). See for more details.

This weekend

From Creek Daze to the Arts Council's Hackett Park craft fair, from the Chamber Music Festival in Madeira Park to the Festival of the Written Arts in Sechelt, there are so many events to attend this weekend, it makes my head spin.

And don't forget Power of Paint at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt plus Music in the Landing in Gibsons. Get out there and enjoy!

Kids' art

Children's art classes are offered again this summer from Aug. 19 to 23 at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery (431 Marine Dr.). Ages five to eight go from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and ages nine to 12 go from 10:45 a.m. to noon. Register for these classes at 604-886-0531 or email


Boca del Lupo and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts present Fall Away Home, a modern fairy tale about a young girl who, in an effort to help others, falls down a hole and finds herself falling all the way through the planet.

Several Coast performers are featured in it: Roberts Creek residents Jay Dodge and Sherry Yoon (authors/directors) and Stefan Smulovitz (sound design and music). Created in the tradition of Boca del Lupo's much lauded and beloved free, outdoor, all-ages spectaculars, Fall Away Home takes place as part of Stanley Park's 125th anniversary celebrations Aug. 24, 25, 29, 31 and Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. with previews Aug. 21, 22, 23 at 8 p.m., in the service yard at Stanley Park in Vancouver.

Find out more at It's free with mandatory ticket reservations from: or by calling 1-604-205-3000.

Live at Boomers

It's singer/songwriter night next Friday, Aug. 23, at Boomers Burger Bar at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons. The Coast's own Joe Stanton with his folk/roots music will perform along with English-born Vancouverite Chris Ronald at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Reserve at 604-886-1646.

Tuesday deadline

Send me notice of your arts events for this column by Tuesday at 5 p.m. for Friday's paper to or phone 604-886-4692. Keep it brief, please.

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