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Tiller's Folly plays Pender

The Tiller's Folly, that most quintessential of Canadian West Coast acoustic bands, combines an amalgam of Celtic, bluegrass and folk laced with a touch of country and rock to become Canadiana roots music saturated in deep Pacific brine.

The gift the Sechelts share

Coast resident Gwen Abram sought tranquility when she visited friends on the Sunshine Coast in 1963. As a girl, she had lived through the wartime bombing of London and had nearly been killed three times.

Jazz band rocks Legion

Over the past few months, torch singers, jazz-rock groups and blues have dominated the Coast jazz scene. The Bayou Jazz Band with their spontaneous Dixieland style has not been heard from since the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival last September.

Two books up for honours

When they open the envelope at the Lieutenant Governor's B.C. Book Prizes gala in Vancouver tomorrow night (April 30), there are two excellent chances that Sunshine Coast authors will take home honours.

Silverman wows capacity audience

Robert Silverman is a consummate communicator, entertainer and educator - and he's no slouch as a pianist either.Montreal-born Silverman first played in Elphinstone Secondary School's cafeteria Oct. 18, 1979.

The sexy robber and the secretive poet

Unsolved mysteries - writers love them. There's something kind of sexy and intense about the idea of a train robber, Bill Miner, having a secret love affair with an iconic poet and performer, Pauline Johnson.

Youth film festival planned

Ever wonder what's the deal with young people in B.C.? If so, an exciting and entertaining film festival is coming to the Coast to help answer those questions. The B.C.

Growing up a fiddler

As I was enjoying the Coast String Fiddlers concert at St. Bart's Church last Sunday, I was struck by what other fiddler fans must have noticed long ago. They're all grown up.

Artist depicts children of war

The war in Iraq greatly disturbed Pender Harbour artist Helen Broadfoot, especially when she heard President Bush talk about collateral damage, the death of civilians and children in the course of fighting. "It stuck in my craw," she says.

Rocking concert was a blast

A Blast from the Past was a fun trip to a musical era full of blue suede shoes, bobby socks and poodle skirts. The extravaganza, written by Lynne Dickson and directed by Tracey Lloyd, gave two performances at Chatelech Theatre on April 10.