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Victoria-born and based singer-song writer Leeroy Stagger says he sees the area through a new lens. (Piper Ferguson/Submitted)

Sidney to hear environmental messages from singer-songwriter Leeroy Stagger

Fatherhood, sobriety has given Stagger a new lens on Greater Victoria

Victoria-born and based singer-song writer Leeroy Stagger says he sees the area through a new lens. (Piper Ferguson/Submitted)
Canadian musician George Zukerman, who won numerous awards for playing the bassoon, leads a musical celebration of Beethoven at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney this Saturday (March 26). The concert is part of an extended marking of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, delayed by COVID. (Courtesy of George Zukerman)

Sidney rolls on with Young Beethoven in celebrating composer’s 250th birthday

March 26 show features all-star ensemble with commentary from bassoonist George Zukerman

Canadian musician George Zukerman, who won numerous awards for playing the bassoon, leads a musical celebration of Beethoven at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney this Saturday (March 26). The concert is part of an extended marking of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, delayed by COVID. (Courtesy of George Zukerman)
Star Cinema manager Shannon Davis holds up a bag of popcorn outside of Scotty’s Dog Shack, as owner Scott Keanie offers up a hot dog. The Star Cinema will be selling popcorn here Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the theatre’s temporary closure, which starts March 17. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

March 17 marks last day for Sidney’s Star Cinema at temporary location

Historic theatre will move into new three-screen digs at previous location in late summer

Star Cinema manager Shannon Davis holds up a bag of popcorn outside of Scotty’s Dog Shack, as owner Scott Keanie offers up a hot dog. The Star Cinema will be selling popcorn here Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the theatre’s temporary closure, which starts March 17. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
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Dreamy pop quartet coming to Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre

The music of Vancouver’s Vox Rea explores the nature of freedom

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Sisters Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay performing as the duo PIQSIQ take to the stage on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Mary Winspear Centre to perform their blend of traditional Inuit throat singing infused with modern technology. (Photo courtesy of the Mary Winspear Centre)

Throat singing sisters bring haunting soundscape to Sidney

Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay perform as PIQSIQ at Mary Winspear Centre Sept. 11

Sisters Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay performing as the duo PIQSIQ take to the stage on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Mary Winspear Centre to perform their blend of traditional Inuit throat singing infused with modern technology. (Photo courtesy of the Mary Winspear Centre)
Ndidi O performs at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Theatre on Sept. 2 as part of the Seaside Sessions, a program highlighting emerging and underrepresented Canadian talent in a cross section of genres. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

Blues singer Ndidi O brings eclectic sound, storytelling to Sidney

B.C.-born singer performs Sept. 2 as part of Seaside Sessions at Mary Winspear Theatre

Ndidi O performs at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Theatre on Sept. 2 as part of the Seaside Sessions, a program highlighting emerging and underrepresented Canadian talent in a cross section of genres. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
This graphic shows the signage for the temporary mural proposed for a building in the 2400-block of Beacon Avenue. (Something Yellow Studio/Sidney Business Improvement Area Society)

Sidney shoots down temporary mural planned to build community spirit

Critics called it work ‘generic’ while questioning its artistic quality

This graphic shows the signage for the temporary mural proposed for a building in the 2400-block of Beacon Avenue. (Something Yellow Studio/Sidney Business Improvement Area Society)
Al Kohut, owner of the New Photographers Gallery, stands by one of the images of Jupiter that are part of the Stirring Imaginations show currently displaying at the Sidney gallery. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney gallery offers out-of-the-world views of Jupiter

Stirring Imaginations highlights Jupiter’s complex hydrogen and helium cloud systems

Al Kohut, owner of the New Photographers Gallery, stands by one of the images of Jupiter that are part of the Stirring Imaginations show currently displaying at the Sidney gallery. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Singer Ken Lavigne will perform by live-stream from Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River on Feb. 7, starting at 7:30, playing romantic ballads and love songs. (Ken Lavigne/Submitted)

Get into the mood for Valentine’s Day with Vancouver Island’s Ken Lavigne

Singer will perform romantic ballads and love songs by livestream from Campbell River on Feb. 7

Singer Ken Lavigne will perform by live-stream from Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River on Feb. 7, starting at 7:30, playing romantic ballads and love songs. (Ken Lavigne/Submitted)
Country star Jess Moskaluke is playing Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre for four nights, Oct. 8 through 11. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

Country star Jess Moskaluke rides into Sidney

Juno Award winner plays Mary Winspear Centre Oct. 8 to 11

Country star Jess Moskaluke is playing Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre for four nights, Oct. 8 through 11. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
Canadian film director Richard Bell will answer questions about his movie Brotherhood in Sidney on Thursday. (Submitted)

Director visiting Sidney says movie gives voice to boys

Recent death of brother gives Richard Bell’s Brotherhood added personal dimension

Canadian film director Richard Bell will answer questions about his movie Brotherhood in Sidney on Thursday. (Submitted)
Aaron Pritchett will play the Mary Winspear Centre July 16 to 19, starting at 7:30 p.m. (Photo Courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre to host a trio of acts

Aaron Pritchett, Alex Cuba and Valdy will each play four shows

Aaron Pritchett will play the Mary Winspear Centre July 16 to 19, starting at 7:30 p.m. (Photo Courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
The popular LEGO exhibition featuring among other themes sets from the Star Wars franchise awaits visitors to the Sidney Museum and Archives which reopened June 24. (Sidney Museum and Archives/Submitted)

Sidney Museum and Archives reopens brick by brick with Lego exhibit

Museum joins other reopenings including Sidney library, Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

The popular LEGO exhibition featuring among other themes sets from the Star Wars franchise awaits visitors to the Sidney Museum and Archives which reopened June 24. (Sidney Museum and Archives/Submitted)
Vancouver Island artist brightens pandemic with whimsical signs

Vancouver Island artist brightens pandemic with whimsical signs

Anna Trelford decorates her fence with signs that riff on COVID-19 pandemic

Vancouver Island artist brightens pandemic with whimsical signs
Bob de Wolff, here seen with artistic director Nellie Quinn, said the Folk’ N Fiddle Festival hopes to be back in June 2021 after cancelling its 2020 edition scheduled for June 5 through 7. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Folk and Fiddle Festival Society)

Musical festival hopes to re-tune in Sidney in June 2021

Folk’ N Fiddle Festival has cancelled its 2020 edition scheduled for June 5 to 7.

Bob de Wolff, here seen with artistic director Nellie Quinn, said the Folk’ N Fiddle Festival hopes to be back in June 2021 after cancelling its 2020 edition scheduled for June 5 through 7. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Folk and Fiddle Festival Society)
Guitarist Al Anderson, who played with Bob Marley during the 1970s, will play in Sidney Jan. 30 when The Original Wailers take to the stage of the Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo submitted)

Legendary reggae guitarist Al Anderson to hit the stage this week in Sidney

Member of Bob Marley’s band brings the Original Wailers to the Mary Winspear Centre Jan. 30

Guitarist Al Anderson, who played with Bob Marley during the 1970s, will play in Sidney Jan. 30 when The Original Wailers take to the stage of the Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo submitted)
Star Cinema general manager Lindsey Pomper stocked up the concession ahead of the theatre’s opening in a temporary location on Fifth Street. The Cinema expects to operate out of the space for up to 30 months until it returns to the old location at Sidney Avenue and Third Street as part of The Cameo commercial-residential development. Wolf Depner/News Staff

Sidney’s Star Cinema raises curtain on temporary location

Theatre will operate one screen in former Sidney Buy & Sell space for the next 30 months or so

Star Cinema general manager Lindsey Pomper stocked up the concession ahead of the theatre’s opening in a temporary location on Fifth Street. The Cinema expects to operate out of the space for up to 30 months until it returns to the old location at Sidney Avenue and Third Street as part of The Cameo commercial-residential development. Wolf Depner/News Staff
Jazz Vespers in North Saanich resumes with Ashley Wey Trio

Jazz Vespers in North Saanich resumes with Ashley Wey Trio

St. John’s United Church hosts next concert in series Sunday, Dec. 1

Jazz Vespers in North Saanich resumes with Ashley Wey Trio
Hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids headline this Sunday’s Indigifest 2019, happening at Esquimalt Gorge Park. Photo submitted

Award-nominated Snotty Nose Rez Kids headline this weekend’s Indigifest 2019 in Esquimalt

Aug. 24 event at Esquimalt Gorge Park showcases Indigenous musicians, artists from around B.C.

Hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids headline this Sunday’s Indigifest 2019, happening at Esquimalt Gorge Park. Photo submitted
This map shows the location of a proposed film studio on Camosun College’s Interurban campus. (Camosun College/Submitted).

Proposed Saanich studio part of a larger push to capture Hollywood dollars

Local film commission set to launch promotional push to attract movie productions

This map shows the location of a proposed film studio on Camosun College’s Interurban campus. (Camosun College/Submitted).