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Art Beat: Inspirato shares its pandemic journey in weekend concerts

Also, Shari Ulrich is in town, Norma Dunning has won the Governor General’s Literary Award and 'tis the season of craft fairs! 
A.Inspirito Vocal Ensemble
Inspirato Vocal Ensemble is performing two shows in Gibsons this weekend – their first since the pandemic began.

The Sunshine Coast’s Inspirito Vocal Ensemble, with conductor Sarona Mynhardt and accompanist Toby Aldren, present two performances of Stars I Shall Find, at Calvary Baptist Church in Gibsons on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. The concerts will feature internationally acclaimed flutist Bernard Blary, the ensemble’s own Gwen Gingerich on percussion, and the debut of 10-year-old soloist Evy Fuller, of Gibsons. The narrative of the program will share the ensemble’s journey over the past 20 months, “how our voices were suddenly silenced, how we faced the challenges, and how we grew closer together even though we were apart,” said Mynhardt. Tickets are available at

Shari Ulrich

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Juno winner, and one of the Coast’s favourite Bowen Island residents, Shari Ulrich, performs an afternoon concert at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons on Sunday Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. She will be joined by Cindy Fairbank on piano and accordion. Get tickets through the Playhouse website.

GG honours

Alberta author Norma Dunning has been awarded the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction for her book, Tainna: The Unseen Ones, published by Madeira Park’s Douglas & McIntyre, (one of Howard and Mary White’s publishing companies). Tainna, pronounced da-e-nn-a, is a collection of short stories about modern-day Inuit characters. The book “is both vivid and raw but infused with a sparkling poetry and the wisdom of the old ways,” wrote the award program’s peer assessment committee.

Audiobook release

Coast performer and writer Caitlin Hicks has just released an audiobook version of her 2015 debut novel, A Theory of Expanded Love. The book was selected as a Best New Fiction pick for iBooks just after it was released. Filmmaker and artist Gordon Halloran edited Hicks’s reading of the audio version, curated the music, and produced the soundtrack. The audiobook is distributed by Findaway Voices.

Christmas craft shows

The 52nd Annual Roberts Creek Christmas Craft Fair runs this weekend, featuring local artisans, door prizes, gift-basket raffle, and goodies. Friday, Nov. 26, 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2.

Gibsons’ St. Bart’s Church Annual Holiday Food and Gift Bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 27, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday baking, jams, and preserves, local arts and crafts, collectibles, chocolates by Hooray.

Potter Clair Wilkening and chocolatier Christabel Watson are having a Pottery and Chocolate Pop-Up Holiday sale at Wilkening’s home studio at 1244 Roberts Creek Rd., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 28, St. Hilda’s Church in Sechelt is holding a fundraising Pre-Christmas & Mini-Bake Sale. Handmade items, gifts for all ages, lots of Christmas ornaments, toques, shawls, Christmas baking. It runs from 9 to 10 a.m. only, just prior to Sunday services.

More live music

The Sofa Kings play the Roberts Creek Legion on Friday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m.

Charlotte Wrinch will play some originals and covers at Persephone in Gibsons on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Billy Hillpicker Band kicks some bluegrass butt at the 101 Brewhouse in Gibsons on Saturday, Nov. 27 starting at 8 p.m. Reserved table seating. Tickets at

The Topher Trick offers up original hip-hop, folk, pop and storytelling at Batch 44 in Sechelt on Saturday, Nov. 27, 8 to 11 p.m.

Poppa Greg plays the Pender Harbour Legion in Madeira Park on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m.