The Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s first show of 2022 will be the annual Friends of the Gallery Exhibition at the Arts Centre in Sechelt, which will run Jan. 7 to Feb. 6. “If you are a member and would like to participate, please drop off your work [created in 2021] Tuesday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Wednesday, Jan. 5, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.,” the council said in a release. Memberships start at $25. Just one work per member can be submitted, but in any medium, including three-dimensional and digital, to a maximum size of 24-by-36 in. Submission forms can be found on the council’s website. Members’ exhibitions are the most varied of the year with such a range of talents, and always worth a visit.
Beachcombers’ arts contest
The Beachcombers TV show’s 50th anniversary is on Oct. 1, 2022, and the Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society (SCWES) is hosting “a literary, cover art and colouring contest for kids” as part of a celebration of the milestone. Winning entries will be part of anthology to be published later in the year. “Submit your original short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, scripts, and cover artwork, and colouring for our anthology and exhibit,” SCWES said. The submission deadline is June 1. Actor Jackson Davies, who played Constable John Constable in the show, will be one of the contest judges. Details on www.scwes.ca, where you can also find the society’s first online anthology.
New Year’s party, not
Roberts Creek’s Daniel Wesley started a tradition in 2018 of hosting a New Year’s Eve beach-rock dance party at Roberts Creek Hall.
The 2020 version had to be cancelled, and now the 2021, too. Daniel Wesley’s Reggae Dance Party Vol. 3, featuring his kick-butt, Vancouver-based band, is now scheduled for Dec. 31, 2022. Wesley is the real deal, with nine studio albums and a Live at the Commodore Ballroom double-album under his belt. As of press time, a Dec. 28 gig with the band at Vancouver’s Commodore was still on – already re-scheduled for a third time. But new health regulations could kibosh it. Check ahead.
More live music?
Christmas weekend was already looking to be a quiet one, and the only live music opportunity in sight was Joe Stanton at Sechelt’s Batch 44 on Friday, Dec. 24, at 1 p.m. Health regulations aimed at limiting the spread of the Omicron variant might postpone that, too. Again, check ahead.