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Art Beat: Suncoast Phoenix Choir marking Remembrance Day with Mozart's 'Requiem'

Also, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin at the Raven's Cry, folk legend Roy Forbes plays in Pender and film society presents 'I'm Your Man'
Students interrogate the cast of _Body and Soul_, the Driftwood Players production currently running at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons, during a special student matinee.

Last week, more than 100 students from Elphinstone and Chatelech Secondary students were treated to a special student matinee of Driftwood Players’ current production of Body and Soul at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons.  

“Thanks go to the cast and crew of Body and Soul,” said producer Bill Forst. “They volunteered their afternoon for this special matinee in order to encourage young peoples’ interest in live theatre.” 

The raucous romantic comedy continues for additional performances on Nov. 10, 11 and 12. Tickets are available at

Offertorium for Remembrance Day 

The Suncoast Phoenix Choir will mark Remembrance Day 2023 with two performances of the Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  

Performances take place on Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt.  

Tickets are $20 and available at Strait Music in Sechelt and from choir members. 

From Downton Abbey to Deutschland 

The Sunshine Coast Film Society will present the award-winning German comedy-drama I’m Your Man on Monday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse. Another screening follows on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. 

The movie is directed by Maria Shrader, and stars Maren Eggert as Alma, a cool, skeptical archaeologist who works at Berlin’s Pergamon Museum.  

In exchange for much-needed funding, Alma is coerced into living for three weeks with an experimental humanoid robot (polyglot Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame) designed for one purpose: to make her happy. After a messy breakup with a colleague, it’s the last thing that Alma wants. It’s a clever look at love, happiness, and what it means to be human. Clichés are upended on the way to an unexpected ending.  

The show plays in German with English subtitles. Film society membership is required. Book memberships or tickets in advance online ( or with cash only at the door. The film is rated 18+. 

Folk legend in Pender Harbour 

Roy Forbes has been a fixture in Canadian music for 50 years. The Canadian folk singer-songwriter will perform as part of the Pender Harbour Music Society concert series on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. 

Forbes has been a major record label phenom, broadcaster, film score composer, highly-respected indie recording artist, varied and valued collaborator as well as (presently) a busy concert performer. His performances consistently engage and uplift audiences. 

Tickets are available online at 

Award-winning pianist at Raven’s Cry 

The Coast Recital Society is scheduled to present pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin at the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. 

Richard-Hamelin has been described on the international music scene as a “highly sensitive” pianist (Gramophone), driven by “a great depth of feeling without the slightest condescension” (Le Devoir). In 2015, he received the Silver Medal at the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and the Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata. He has recorded six albums to date, all released under the Analekta label. 

Tickets ($30 for adults, $10 for students) to hear the distinguished pianist can be obtained by emailing 

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