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Art Beat: Arts Centre sale, shingles only

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council has come up with a creative fundraising idea to help pay for a new roof.
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The Arts Centre in Sechelt.

Arts Centre sale, shingles only

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council (SCAC) has come up with a creative fundraising idea to help pay for a new roof for the Arts Centre building in Sechelt. The SCAC is selling a limited number of the old-growth wood shingles on the current roof for five dollars each. Just 500 of them will be sold. “We invite you to support the project and keep a little history of the building for yourself,” the council said. “These wonderful objects, although no longer useful on the roof, still have lots of creative life left in them, making them perfect upcycled materials for art projects.” Reserve as many as you like right from the SCAC website or call 604-885-5412.

Dance Showcase and fundraiser

The Coast Academy of Dance is presenting a live dance showcase from the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons on Saturday, Feb. 27. There will be solo, group, and competitive pieces among the performances, which you can enjoy online. All proceeds will go to bursaries for the Sechelt dance school’s graduating students. Book your ticket ($30) and video link at

Virtual tour and celebration

On Sunday, Feb. 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Black History Month Collective will host an interactive celebration via Zoom, including a virtual tour of The Fabric of Freedom exhibit. There also will be poetry performances by Adelene da Soul Poet and Queenie. Tickets are free but pre-registration is required via email at The Black History Month Collective is also asking for submissions from Black artists young and old for the organization’s exhibition in 2022. Contact

The Replacement Wife

Here’s a potent romantic-comedy plot: A wife diagnosed with terminal cancer, before she leaves for a faint-hope cure at a Mexican clinic, lovingly hooks her husband up with her best friend. Things get complicated when the new-age cure actually works, and six months later the wife returns home to her husband – happily shacked up with the new bride she found for him. Off the Page is off to North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 21 to perform a reading of Vancouver playwright Aaron Bushkowsky’s The Replacement Wife. The online performance, featuring actors Kevin Crofton, Nick Heffelfinger, Janet Hodgkinson, Jessie Liang, and Wanda Nowicki, starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8.96, all in, at

Ray’s Planet

Gibsons writer Claire Finlayson will do a reading and chat about her book, Dispatches from Ray’s Planet: A Journey through Autism, in an online event this weekend hosted by the Powell River Public Library. Finlayson “will discuss her rich and insightful memoir exploring her journey to better understand her adult brother – both before and after they realized he was on the autism spectrum,” the library said. The event will run from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. Join in by going to the Powell River Public Library Facebook page. Space is limited in Art Beat but please let us know about your events at