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Art Beat: Coast Recital Society launches its 2023-2024 season

Also, Beachcombers reunion coming up
Acclaimed pianist Jaeden Izik-Dzurko originally from Salmon Arm will perform on the Coast Sept. 9.

The Coast Recital Society plans to welcome classical music fans back to the Raven’s Cry Theatre for another season of afternoon performances by world-class national and international artists.   

The season starts on Saturday, Sept. 9 with a recital by young B.C. pianist Jaeden Izik-Dzurko. Born in Salmon Arm, Izik-Dzurko recently won both the Paloma O’Shea and Maria Canals International Piano Competitions in Europe, as well as the Hilton Head International Piano Competition in the United States. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the UBC School of Music, Izik-Dzurko has already secured performance dates for this season in Europe, the U.K., and Japan. 

“We are delighted that Jaeden Izik-Dzurko will open our 2023-2024 concert season,” said Frances Wainwright, Artistic Director of the Coast Recital Society. “He will perform music by Schubert, Ravel, Chopin and rarely-heard repertoire by Nikolai Medtner.”  

Subscriptions to the CRS 2023-2024 season, and tickets for individual concerts are available for purchase: $150 for the six-concert series and $30 for individual concerts; students are $50 for series passes and $10 for single tickets. For information, browse to or email [email protected]

Harbouring Beachcombers memories 

Admirers and veterans of the erstwhile Beachcombers TV series have announced an upcoming 50th Reunion Celebration, set to take place on Sept. 15 and 16. 

The highly-anticipated event will bring together former members of the Beachcombers cast and crew and their families for a weekend of reminiscing, reconnecting, and creating new memories. 

The Beachcombers Reunion Celebration aims to commemorate the rich history and cherished experiences of its seaside host community. 

The event takes place in two locations: at the Gibsons Public Market and a yet-to-be-officially-announced local theatre. Gatherings will include exclusive question-and-answer sessions with production secrets and stories.  

Rare episodes of the show will be screened to augment guided tours and photo exhibitions. 

Tickets to the event are free, although registration for the screening and cast reception is required.  

“We are incredibly excited to celebrate this momentous milestone with our Beachcombers family,” said Jackson Davies, one of the event organizers and a star of the long-running TV series. “The Reunion Celebration will be a time to reminisce about our shared memories and the unique spirit of our community. We can’t wait to reconnect with old friends and make new connections during this memorable weekend.” 

More information and registration instructions are available at 

Hills are alive with the sound of music 

The Living Forest Institute is planning a series of concerts that gives new meaning to woodwind instruments. 

The Health Trail Concert Series takes place over three Sundays in September (10, 17 and 24) starting at 2 p.m. in the endangered Health Trail Forest. 

Each performance by local musicians is followed by an optional 45-minute hike to explore the trail that is threatened by potential clearcuts. The scenic Health Trail traverses the lower Mount Elphinstone slopes through old growth forest, habitat to bears and elk. 

On Sept. 10, xwesam singer and songwriter Keely Halward performs original songs. On Sept. 17, “Flotsam and Fingerpicking” features Steve Charles and Martin Reisle as they explore eclectic musical realms with stringed instruments. On Sept. 24, ANAGRAM (Anna Lumiere and Graham Ord) perform original songs as well as several Brazilian choros on accordion and flute. 

Admission is by donation and registration is not required. Participation is at your own risk. 

Each performance will be about 45 to 50 minutes long and takes place within a five-minute hike from Trailhead Three at the top end of Health Trail. 

Browse to for more information on the musicians and essential details. Should the weather become inclement, visit the website for updates. 

Going through a spooky stage 

The Driftwood Players will return with another high-spirited production for the 2023 Halloween Block Party in Gibsons. 

“Game Show Hell” features a couple who end up in the afterlife following a botched wedding proposal.  

The Driftwood Players are looking for actors, dancers, singers and backstage helpers with no experience required. 

“Our Halloween productions are a great way for people to get involved in community theatre,” said writer-director JoAnne Bennison. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously and like to keep things low-key, raucous and fun, while putting on one heck of a show!” 

Anyone interested is encouraged to audition on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall in Gibsons. Weekly rehearsals will be held in September and October, culminating in three free outdoor shows Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Halloween Street Party in Gibsons, in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast Museum.  

For more information, contact producer Bill Forst at [email protected] or director JoAnne Bennison at 604-886-7687. 

Love is the last word 

An upcoming performance by performer, therapist, and spiritual explorer Lizzie Allan promises to be an evening of laughter, introspection, and a shared vision for global harmony. “Save the World with Lizzie Allen” will include a silent auction to support the creation of local singer-songwriter Deanna Knight’s forthcoming album. 

The show takes place on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets ($30) are on sale at the One Flower One Leaf Gallery. More information about this one-of-a-kind event is available at