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Art Beat: What's playing at Music in the Landing, also Driftwood Players choose their next play

As well, two new Gibsons Public Art Gallery exhibitions open and Daniel Wesley is holding a family-friendly show on July 31
A. Janet Panic (credit Janet Panic - Victoria Vaughan Photography)
Métis singer-songwriter Janet Panic will be onstage in Hackett Park on July 9, as part of the Sechelt Summer Music Series.

This weekend, the Music in the Landing series on the Gibsons waterfront features three great musical performances. On Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m., Wanda (Nowicki) and Her City Guys take to the stage in Winegarden Park. The next day, July 9, the Verna Chan Trio performs at 3:30 p.m., while the Captain Fantasy Band delivers a tribute to Ween at 7 p.m. 

On Sunday, buskers will perform at the bus shelter above Winegarden Park starting at 2 p.m. 

Meanwhile, the Sechelt Summer Music Series continues at Hackett Park on Saturday, July 9. Janet Panic and The Van Aldens appear back-to-back in the newly opened outdoor amphitheater, starting at noon. 

There’s paint in this pool 

The Gibsons Public Art Gallery opens two new exhibitions this week with artists in attendance on July 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. 

Louise Dee, who is British-born but lives in Vancouver, paints figurative abstractions and fictional portraits to explore themes of identity, belonging and the concept of home. Her show Public Pool explores mythologies, subjective realities and historical narratives that inform a sense of self. 

Painter Suzo Hickey, from Prince Rupert, presents Small Fish Big Landscape. Her works depict houses, trees, power lines, mountains and sky in the Northern Canadian landscape, through the lens of lockdowns, travel restrictions, masks, and social distancing.  

More information is available online at 

It’s about time 

The Driftwood Players theatre society has announced auditions for its next mainstage production: Timepiece, a two-act drama written by playwright Kico Gonzales-Risso. 

The script was performed for the public last year as part of the Off the Page play-reading series. 

The Driftwood Players are looking for four adult cast members to audition for a rehearsal schedule that will involve eight to 10 hours per week through late summer and September. Novice and experienced participants are welcome. The play itself will run from October 13 to 23 at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse. 

Auditions are offered on July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre, and July 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the hall of St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Gibsons. 

Potential performers are encouraged to contact director Mac Dodge ([email protected]) or producer Bill Forst ([email protected]), in advance for a copy of the script. 

Easy Livin’ long weekend 

Hard-working songwriter, realtor and inspiration for the 101 Brewhouse’s Easy Livin’ Pilsner, Daniel Wesley has announced a family-friendly performance of his distinctive reggae-influenced music on July 31. 

The event will be held at Sechelt’s Rockwood Pavilion, and will include a food and beverage truck. 

Wesley will be backed by three bandmates: Mike Kenney (keys and guitar), Richard Brown (drums), Matt Reid (bass).  

“It’s going to be lots of fun,” said Wesley. “I’m pretty stoked about it. It’s been tough for kids on the Coast. I’ve got two myself, and it’s tricky finding events for them to share with their families.” 

Wesley’s show will begin at 5 p.m. on July 31. 

Tickets ($30) can be purchased from