Fun on sea and in forest

Art Beat

• In Gibsons, Sea Cavalcade celebrates its 50th anniversary all weekend with a parade, family day and fireworks. To join in the fun, see sea for a full schedule of activities. 

• Rainforest Circus takes to the trees in Cliff Gilker Park (Roberts Creek) with three shows on Saturday and two on Sunday. Tickets are at or at

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• The opening reception for the show Trash-Formation will be held Sunday, July 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (Trail and Medusa). Come meet the artists and enjoy the result of artists giving purpose to discarded objects. 

Dinner for Jennifer 

Join others for a fundraising dinner for Jennifer D’Amour to help her during her battle with a rare type of lymphoma cancer. Delicious food from local guest chefs and live music is sponsored by the Pender Harbour Blues Society on Saturday, July 28 at Coopers Green Hall (Halfmoon Bay) at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 for this licensed event and are available at Java Docks in Madeira Park and McLash Law Office in Sechelt. For more information, call Marilyn at 604-741-1186. If you can’t make it but would still like to donate, see 

Monte Montego 

Local favourites Monte Montego hit the stage to get you dancing on Saturday, July 28 at 9 p.m. at Roberts Creek Legion. Danny Dolen will start off the evening with a set of Maritime flavoured goodness. 

Slow Down 

Went to Slow Sundays in the Creek last week to mellow out with music and found myself joining in a sing-along with the ukulele guys then lunching on curried kidney beans followed by samples of sweet coffee bean chocolate truffles. It’s a whole afternoon’s entertainment.

Slow Sundays continues on July 29 at noon with the Loose Endings Ukulele Enthusiasts and likely others. At 1:15 p.m., it’s blues man Dale Stavroff, accompanied by percussionist extraordinaire Al Burns. At 2 p.m. it’s the Lowry Olafson Trio. 

More Music

Music in the Landing in Gibsons takes a break this weekend for Sea Cavalcade activities. Last week, organizer Verna Chan reported that the blue tent used each week for the Winegarden Park stage was stolen. Funktete has graciously offered to give up their tips on the night of Aug. 4 to fund the replacement of the stolen tent. They earn a big thank you and also a big thank you goes to Gibsons Building Supplies for supplying a new tent at a reduced cost, and quickly enough that Funktete will have the use of it. Everyone has chipped in with kind words and offers to help in replacing the tent. 

Sechelt Summer Music

The summer series of music in Sechelt continues featuring Ted and Bonar at noon on the stage by the Library and the Grant Olsen
Band at 1 p.m. It’s free.

Felted Scarves

Workshops continue at FibreWorks Studio and Gallery in Madeira Park. Fine felted scarves workshop is by Sheleigh McCulloch on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cobweb felting is a technique to make extra-fine, lightweight fabrics. Students will learn the basic method of felting, as well as ways to combine and arrange different fibres for a variety of effects. See for more. 

Farm Team

Hear live music at the Gumboot Café in Roberts Creek on Saturday, Aug. 4 when the Simon Paradis Trio Farm Team will be playing the originals from their forthcoming CD recording in September. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door. 

J Tones Sing

Nikki Weber presents Women Who Love to Sing, featuring the new J Tones Trio (Joy Germaine, Joan Vernon and Jan Gillis). Joining them will be friends Trudi Diening, Jacquie Allan, Jane Metcalfe, Bev Nielsen and Patrice Pollack, all accompanied by Miles Black on keyboards and Barry Taylor on drums. The show is on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Pender Harbour School of Music in Madeira Park. Tickets are $22 available at Strait Music in Sechelt or by phone to Nikki at 604-740-0933. 

Dance Macau

Here’s the latest report from the Sunshine Coast’s DSdanse troupe who are representing Canada and performing at an international dance festival in Macau. Dominique Hutchinson writes: “The schedule is intense, the dancers are asked to work really hard… They [organizers] run a tight ship… But every day you see their mission is clear, well organized and just fantastic. The kids have to deal with heat stroke, jet lag and the realization that some comforts from home like Canadian cuisine are a privilege. Our team includes some former members … and Sarah Hutton (one of the teachers at our studio) and Aiden Cass (her dance partner). The first day finished with a fantastic gala of dignitaries of all the countries and local dance school and regional school.” The dancers have had a chance to reconnect with friends from a previous dance tour, the Cie Phfase dancers from Belgium. Check out the Facebook page DSdanse Youth Dance Company - Macau 2018. 

Culture Days

The time is now, before July 31, to register your BC Culture Days event. Culture Days takes place Sept. 28 to 30. The public is invited to participate in the world of arts and culture, to learn more about the artists, creators, curators and designers who comprise our communities. Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement. Anyone can organize an activity for the event, from cultural organizations to artists, schools to businesses. If you register your activity before July 31, you’ll meet the deadline to be part of the Culture Days publicity and marketing campaign, providing valuable promotion for your event. For more information on how to register, contact BC Culture Days manager Nazanin Shoja at 604-681-3535, ext. 214, or 

Message Me

Please send notice of your arts and entertainment events to my email: or phone 604-741-9360. Deadline is Tuesday noon for Friday’s paper.

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