Coronavirus

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)
Artist Lois Flach puts a realistic face to the COVID-19 war being waged by front-line health care workers. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus artist puts her creative touch to COVID Angel

Lois Flach’s painting of a front-line worker a powerful image

Artist Lois Flach puts a realistic face to the COVID-19 war being waged by front-line health care workers. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Vic Theatre is reopening to the public with limited seating and an online concession. (Twitter/@thegirltrish)

Vic Theatre reopens for in-person screenings

Theatre features travel-themed film series with limited seating

The Vic Theatre is reopening to the public with limited seating and an online concession. (Twitter/@thegirltrish)
ECHO Players are exploring ways to connect virtually with their audience. (File photo)
ECHO Players are exploring ways to connect virtually with their audience. (File photo)
COVID-19: Qualicum Beach man stages concerts for charity out of his garage

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach man stages concerts for charity out of his garage

Larry MacDougall says reception from neighbours has been heartening

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach man stages concerts for charity out of his garage
Jennifer Abbott, a music teacher at Sandowne Elementary School, shares a musical literacy activity with her students over a Facebook video. She’s been sharing optional music activities for students to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sandowne Elementary School/ Facebook

Music education remains important, especially during pandemic

‘Music really does lift people up in times of trial,’ says Island music teacher

Jennifer Abbott, a music teacher at Sandowne Elementary School, shares a musical literacy activity with her students over a Facebook video. She’s been sharing optional music activities for students to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sandowne Elementary School/ Facebook
Parksville’s McMillan Arts Centre will open again on June 18. (File photo)

Parksville’s McMillan Arts Centre set to reopen on June 18

Local artists will have work on display; COVID-19 protocols observed

  • May 30, 2020
Parksville’s McMillan Arts Centre will open again on June 18. (File photo)
Nanaimo drag queen Divine Intervention, Tara Beladi of Vancouver and Victoria’s Honey Dewme (from left) are among the nine performers taking part in the Suga Honey Iced Tea live-streamed fundraiser on May 30. (Photos courtesy Brookie Jay Photography/Dank Sinatra/Sortome Photography )

Nanaimo drag queen organizes benefit show for hospitals and performers

Suga Honey Iced Tea to feature nine drag artists from Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver

Nanaimo drag queen Divine Intervention, Tara Beladi of Vancouver and Victoria’s Honey Dewme (from left) are among the nine performers taking part in the Suga Honey Iced Tea live-streamed fundraiser on May 30. (Photos courtesy Brookie Jay Photography/Dank Sinatra/Sortome Photography )
Stephanie Greaves during a “lawn-cert” as she has come to call them, performing for neighbourhoods as part of the 7 p.m. cheer. (Stephanie Greaves Photo)

Greater Victoria performer does ‘lawn tour’ for neighbourhood 7 p.m. shows

Stephanie Greaves started in Oak Bay and can’t keep up with requests

Stephanie Greaves during a “lawn-cert” as she has come to call them, performing for neighbourhoods as part of the 7 p.m. cheer. (Stephanie Greaves Photo)
Silken Laumann poses for photographs with her plaque as she is inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame during an event in Toronto on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Olympic rower Laumann and “Never Have I Ever” star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan will host a star-studded special in support of Kids Help Phone this Friday afternoon.”Unsinkable Youth” will air on CTV as well as on Facebook and YouTube. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canadian stars to appear in ‘Unsinkable Youth’ to support Kids Help Phone

The one-hour program is intended to send a message of hope and gratitude

Silken Laumann poses for photographs with her plaque as she is inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame during an event in Toronto on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Olympic rower Laumann and “Never Have I Ever” star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan will host a star-studded special in support of Kids Help Phone this Friday afternoon.”Unsinkable Youth” will air on CTV as well as on Facebook and YouTube. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Tune in for the Wish You Were Beer! Virtual Happy Hour concert series and you can have your very own house concert, featuring some of the Comox Valley’s best musicians. Luke Blu Guthrie (pictured) played May 2 at Brewing Company. Photo by Terry Farrell

Comox Valley craft breweries hosting a series of live-stream concerts

Wish You Were Beer Comox Valley Craft Brewery Virtual Happy Hour underway

Tune in for the Wish You Were Beer! Virtual Happy Hour concert series and you can have your very own house concert, featuring some of the Comox Valley’s best musicians. Luke Blu Guthrie (pictured) played May 2 at Brewing Company. Photo by Terry Farrell
Starting on May 7, three short films will be running in the transom window outside the Deluge Contemporary Art studio titled phasing. (Provided by Deluge Contemporary Art)

Short films with lunar theme to be screened on Victoria studio’s window

Screenings at Deluge Contemporary Art start at dusk and run until midnight nightly until June 6

Starting on May 7, three short films will be running in the transom window outside the Deluge Contemporary Art studio titled phasing. (Provided by Deluge Contemporary Art)
David Michaud, president of Keycorp Sports and Entertainment, along with producers Mitch Kerefoot and Kurt Jory at Westhills Stadium. (Black Press Media file photo)

Crown of Sound music festival postponed until further notice

Inaugural event won’t be taking place Westhills Stadium on June 13

David Michaud, president of Keycorp Sports and Entertainment, along with producers Mitch Kerefoot and Kurt Jory at Westhills Stadium. (Black Press Media file photo)
Contemporary visual artist Lizzie Snow has transformed three artworks into colouring pages to splash some creativity into self-isolation routines. (Paul Levy photo)

Tofino artist creates colouring pages to splash creativity into self-isolation

Lizzie Snow is helping self-isolators battle the doldrums of social distancing.

Contemporary visual artist Lizzie Snow has transformed three artworks into colouring pages to splash some creativity into self-isolation routines. (Paul Levy photo)
Nanaimo jazz singer Narissa Young (centre) has been performing for neighbours in cul-de-sacs. (Photo courtesy Kenny Brault)

Nanaimo jazz singer entertaining neighbours in cul-de-sacs

Narissa Young performing while being mindful of social distancing

Nanaimo jazz singer Narissa Young (centre) has been performing for neighbours in cul-de-sacs. (Photo courtesy Kenny Brault)
Large crowds at The 39 Days of July came out to listen to the music of young performers in 2019. This year, due to COVID-19, performances will be available online only. (Lexi Bainas/file)

Duncan’s 39 Days of July transitions to online shows for 2020

Traditionally, the 39 Days of July has consisted of a series of outdoor musical events

Large crowds at The 39 Days of July came out to listen to the music of young performers in 2019. This year, due to COVID-19, performances will be available online only. (Lexi Bainas/file)
Alessia Cara and her band perform during “Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble” an online Canadian COVID-19 broadcast benefit event in support of frontline workers and Food Banks Canada in this image taken from video. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble

‘Stronger Together’ special raises over $6 million for Food Banks Canada

The 90-minute special on Sunday night featured a number of A-list performers and celebrities

Alessia Cara and her band perform during “Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble” an online Canadian COVID-19 broadcast benefit event in support of frontline workers and Food Banks Canada in this image taken from video. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble