Coronavirus

Nadia Rieger restocks some of the art supplies at the Crows Nest Artist Collective. Their move to stocking more art supplies over the course of the pandemic was a response to increased demand, which she thinks shows people have been turning to creating art to cope with mental health struggles due to lockdowns and restrictions on other activities. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Vancouver Islanders using art to conquer COVID blues

It seems people have been turning to their creative sides to stay mentally and emotionally healthy

 

Guide

Your Guide to Our New Normal

Black Press Media publishes informative new guide exploring COVID-19 and its local impacts

  • Feb 22, 2021

 

There are many options for enjoying a meal out locally during Dine Around and Stay in Town, on now through Feb. 7. (10 Acres Commons)

Dine Around Stay in Town Victoria carries added importance during pandemic

Special menu items for eat in or takeout/delivery, staycation deals available through Feb. 7

 

Cindy Foggit plays the lead role of Eliza in Passion and Performance’s film production Eliza: An Adaption of a Christmas Carol. (Courtesy of Rachel Paish)

Victoria adult dance studio releases modern adaption of A Christmas Carol

Instead of usual stage performance, dance studio turns to film

Cindy Foggit plays the lead role of Eliza in Passion and Performance’s film production Eliza: An Adaption of a Christmas Carol. (Courtesy of Rachel Paish)
Guide

Your Guide to Our New Normal

Black Press Media publishes informative new guide exploring COVID-19 and its local impacts

  • Jan 11, 2021
Guide
Greater Victoria magician Jason Verners is performing an online show Jan. 5, using a new high-tech format. (Courtesy Jason Verners)

Virtual magic takes Victoria’s Verners to the next level

Interactive Jan. 5 show via Moment House aims to stretch beyond typical streaming platform

Greater Victoria magician Jason Verners is performing an online show Jan. 5, using a new high-tech format. (Courtesy Jason Verners)
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’

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

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

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)
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)