Coronavirus

The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach has temporarily closed its doors to the public as of Nov.18. (Mandy Moraes photo)

COVID-19: The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach closes until 2021

TOSH takes proactive approach to ‘protect the well-being of the community’

 

Local Indigenous artist, IceBear’s latest creation draws attention to the state of the world under COVID-19. (Courtesy of IceBear Studios)

Victoria artist hopes painting will boost frontline worker morale

IceBear wants to get copies of his painting into hospitals hardest hit by COVID-19

 

Cole Byers and Jasmine Grant are taking a leap of faith and opening The Rack Westcoast Bistro in Langford, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Langford residents making “all-in move” opening restaurant amid COVID-19 pandemic

Although The Rack Westcoast Bistro isn’t officially open yet, it’s serving anyone who wanders in

 

The iconic and well-loved live music venue Logan’s is permanently closing its doors due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Google Maps)

Victoria pub Logan’s permanently closing its doors

Live music venue unable to weather COVID-19 storm

The iconic and well-loved live music venue Logan’s is permanently closing its doors due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Google Maps)
Premier John Horgan and Rob Douglas, BC NDP candidate for Cowichan Valley, meet with Cowichan First Nation elders, as they demonstrate spearfishing along the river. (Submitted)
Premier John Horgan and Rob Douglas, BC NDP candidate for Cowichan Valley, meet with Cowichan First Nation elders, as they demonstrate spearfishing along the river. (Submitted)
Three Bills and a Brooke perform for residents at the Swallows Landing. (Images by Peter Reid).

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  • Oct 3, 2020
Three Bills and a Brooke perform for residents at the Swallows Landing. (Images by Peter Reid).
The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre has been unable to hold live performances since last March. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Duncan’s Big Stick lights up red to signal COVID’s devastation of the arts

“COVID-19 has been truly devastating to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre”

  • Sep 23, 2020
The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre has been unable to hold live performances since last March. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)
Vancouver Island dance school pirouettes into full-fledged education institution

Vancouver Island dance school pirouettes into full-fledged education institution

Steps Ahead studio will provide assistance with distance learning, as well as artistic classes

Vancouver Island dance school pirouettes into full-fledged education institution
Guided tours of Haig-Brown House ended in the study during the Fall Festival at Haig-Brown House in Campbell River, B.C. on Sept. 22, 2019. The Art+Earth Festival is going mostly virtual for its second year as organizers find a way to hold it during the coronavirus pandemic. File photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror
Guided tours of Haig-Brown House ended in the study during the Fall Festival at Haig-Brown House in Campbell River, B.C. on Sept. 22, 2019. The Art+Earth Festival is going mostly virtual for its second year as organizers find a way to hold it during the coronavirus pandemic. File photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror
The Chemainus Theatre Festival’s Playbill Dining Room will be open next week. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Theatre’s Playbill Dining Room reopening

Productions still on hold, but dining room will starting feeding people again Sept. 9

The Chemainus Theatre Festival’s Playbill Dining Room will be open next week. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Actors Rob Atkinson and David Bigelow (from left) rehearse a socially-distanced scene that involves an audience participant in the Nanaimo Theatre Group production of the one-person show ‘Every Brilliant Thing.’ (Josef Jacobson/The New Bulletin)

Live theatre coming back as Nanaimo Theatre Group will present one-person show

Theatre company staging COVID-19-conscious production of ‘Every Brilliant Thing’

Actors Rob Atkinson and David Bigelow (from left) rehearse a socially-distanced scene that involves an audience participant in the Nanaimo Theatre Group production of the one-person show ‘Every Brilliant Thing.’ (Josef Jacobson/The New Bulletin)
TOSH is open again after being closed due to COVID-19. (File photo)
TOSH is open again after being closed due to COVID-19. (File photo)
David Kaube’s sand sculpture of an eagle head in Qualicum Beach. (Peter McCully photo)
David Kaube’s sand sculpture of an eagle head in Qualicum Beach. (Peter McCully photo)
BOXCARSIX, a feminist artist collective made up of eight from the ages of 30 to 60, will open their latest exhibit Postcards from the Pandemic on Thursday at The Fifty Fifty Art Collective. (Provided by Clare Thomas)

New Victoria art show displays 600 collaboratively made postcards from the pandemic

An artist would start a card and then mail it to another who would add to or complete the design

BOXCARSIX, a feminist artist collective made up of eight from the ages of 30 to 60, will open their latest exhibit Postcards from the Pandemic on Thursday at The Fifty Fifty Art Collective. (Provided by Clare Thomas)
The Sid Williams Theatre is receiving some funding for livestream programming. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Courtenay theatre gets support for livestream ‘hybrid’ shows this year

Island Coastal Economic Trust funds help Sid Williams Theatre with infrastructure, training

The Sid Williams Theatre is receiving some funding for livestream programming. Photo by Mike Chouinard
A virtual career fair is offering people the chance to chat with experts in the film industry. (Photo by Penny Rogers/Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission)

Virtual film industry career fair offers chance to talk with the experts

Experts in 11 different departments, three film union representative will be in attendance

A virtual career fair is offering people the chance to chat with experts in the film industry. (Photo by Penny Rogers/Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission)
The eighth annual Victoria Flamenco Festival will be hosted on Youtube and Zoom from July 23 to 26, in response to the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
The eighth annual Victoria Flamenco Festival will be hosted on Youtube and Zoom from July 23 to 26, in response to the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Beholder Entertainment co-founders Miles Kehoe, production manager, Ty Wesley, writer and recipient of the inaugural Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre artist sponsorship, and Sam Wharram, director (from left) present ‘Gender Sucks!’ at the upcoming 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Photo courtesy Sam Wharram)

10th annual Nanaimo Fringe Festival to be held online due to COVID-19

Festival will feature six productions by local, regional and international artists

Beholder Entertainment co-founders Miles Kehoe, production manager, Ty Wesley, writer and recipient of the inaugural Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre artist sponsorship, and Sam Wharram, director (from left) present ‘Gender Sucks!’ at the upcoming 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Photo courtesy Sam Wharram)
Bonnie Catterson is closing Nanaimo’s Kismet Theatre Academy after eight years due to COVID-19 and her own health issues. Among the school’s productions was Rock of Ages in 2018. (Photos courtesy Vital Image/submitted)

Nanaimo’s Kismet Theatre Academy closes after eight years due to COVID-19

Bonnie Catterson founded the school in 2012 as ‘a place for the oddballs’

Bonnie Catterson is closing Nanaimo’s Kismet Theatre Academy after eight years due to COVID-19 and her own health issues. Among the school’s productions was Rock of Ages in 2018. (Photos courtesy Vital Image/submitted)
Tla-o-qui-aht carver Hjalmer Wenstob has enjoyed spending more time with his wife Annika, daughter Huumiis and son Cinkwa during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Hjalmer Wenstob)

COVID-19: Tla-o-qui-aht artist finds ‘wonderful moments’ in isolation

Hjalmer Wenstob can’t remember the last time he’s felt so connected to his family or his art.

Tla-o-qui-aht carver Hjalmer Wenstob has enjoyed spending more time with his wife Annika, daughter Huumiis and son Cinkwa during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Hjalmer Wenstob)