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Lantzville singer Raymond Salgado will sing ‘O Canada’ before the Vancouver Canucks’ upcoming game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 17. (Photo submitted)

Island singer to perform ‘O Canada’ at Vancouver Canucks game

Raymond Salgado scheduled to sing the anthem at Rogers Arena later this month

Lantzville singer Raymond Salgado will sing ‘O Canada’ before the Vancouver Canucks’ upcoming game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 17. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo comedian Peter Hudson’s debut single is Plexiglass, a parody of SexyBack by Justin Timberlake. (Photo courtesy Sam Balsangkar and Bryce Hills)

B.C. comedian releases COVID-19-themed parody song ‘Plexiglass’

Peter Hudson lampoons Justin Timberlake hit on first single from upcoming debut music CD

Nanaimo comedian Peter Hudson’s debut single is Plexiglass, a parody of SexyBack by Justin Timberlake. (Photo courtesy Sam Balsangkar and Bryce Hills)
Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)

B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
Nanaimo-raised singer Allison Crowe with director Zack Snyder on the set of ‘Man of Steel’ in 2011. Crowe performs a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in the upcoming director’s cut of ‘Justice League.’ (Photo courtesy Clay Enos)

Island-raised musician records song for upcoming ‘Justice League’ film

Allison Crowe’s rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah closes out the movie

Nanaimo-raised singer Allison Crowe with director Zack Snyder on the set of ‘Man of Steel’ in 2011. Crowe performs a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in the upcoming director’s cut of ‘Justice League.’ (Photo courtesy Clay Enos)
‘In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,’ a short documentary about Qualicum Beach jazz musician Rick Kilburn, is a finalist in the Los Angeles-based Jelly Film Festival. (YouTube screen shot)

Short documentary about Qualicum Beach jazz musician gets film festival nod

‘In the Zone: Rick Kilburn’ a finalist at L.A.-based Jelly Film Festival

‘In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,’ a short documentary about Qualicum Beach jazz musician Rick Kilburn, is a finalist in the Los Angeles-based Jelly Film Festival. (YouTube screen shot)
Nanoose Bay artist Kelly Corbett’s upcoming exhibition, Extent, features paintings including <em>Reverie</em>, <em>Release</em> and <em>Threshold</em> (clockwise from left). (Photos courtesy Kelly Corbett)

Nanoose Bay artists brings B.C. landscapes to new gallery show in Qualicum Beach

Painter Kelly Corbett presents scenes from Vancouver Island and beyond in ‘Extent’

Nanoose Bay artist Kelly Corbett’s upcoming exhibition, Extent, features paintings including <em>Reverie</em>, <em>Release</em> and <em>Threshold</em> (clockwise from left). (Photos courtesy Kelly Corbett)
This month, Dann Denis became the first writer to have his work published on the Word on the Street bulletin board at Literacy Central Vancouver Island’s Well Read Books bookstore. (Photos courtesy Literacy Central Vancouver Island)

Word on the Street bulletin board building literacy for homeless Vancouver Islanders

Nanaimo literacy group providing creative outlet for those living on the street

This month, Dann Denis became the first writer to have his work published on the Word on the Street bulletin board at Literacy Central Vancouver Island’s Well Read Books bookstore. (Photos courtesy Literacy Central Vancouver Island)
Local actress Hannah Zirke, 15, added to her collection of Joey Awards on Nov. 7 when she was named Best Actress in a Principal Role in a Movie of the Week for her role in the Lifetime channel TV movie ‘The Neighbour in the Window.’ (Photo supplied)

Teen actress from Nanaimo wins award for role in Lifetime channel TV movie

Cedar’s Hannah Zirke, 15, earns fourth Joey Award for ‘The Neighbour in the Window’

Local actress Hannah Zirke, 15, added to her collection of Joey Awards on Nov. 7 when she was named Best Actress in a Principal Role in a Movie of the Week for her role in the Lifetime channel TV movie ‘The Neighbour in the Window.’ (Photo supplied)
Nanaimo artist Tom Shardlow will be exhibiting his B.C. landscapes at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville in November. (Photos courtesy Tom Shardlow)

Nanaimo painter brings B.C. landscapes to Parksville in first solo show

Tom Shardlow presents ‘Wild Places of B.C.’ at Parksville’s McMillan Arts Centre

Nanaimo artist Tom Shardlow will be exhibiting his B.C. landscapes at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville in November. (Photos courtesy Tom Shardlow)
The green-winged teal, western kingbird, northern pygmy owl and Bohemian waxwing (clockwise from top-left) are among the birds included in Nanoose-Bay photographer Mike Yip’s new book, ‘Beginner’s Guide to Common Vancouver Island Birds, Vol. 4.’ (Photos courtesy Mike Yip)

Nanoose Bay photographer self-publishes Vancouver Island birding guide

Mike Yip features more than 235 birds in new beginner’s birding book

The green-winged teal, western kingbird, northern pygmy owl and Bohemian waxwing (clockwise from top-left) are among the birds included in Nanoose-Bay photographer Mike Yip’s new book, ‘Beginner’s Guide to Common Vancouver Island Birds, Vol. 4.’ (Photos courtesy Mike Yip)
The Vancouver Island Symphony’s Noteworthy Kids children’s choir program will take place online this year due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)

Vancouver Island Symphony’s children’s choir program goes online due to COVID-19

Registration now open for fall and winter sessions of Noteworthy Kids

The Vancouver Island Symphony’s Noteworthy Kids children’s choir program will take place online this year due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)
Nanaimo drummer Mike Harrison with one of Neil Peart’s backup cymbals from Rush’s 2012 Clockwork Angels tour. (Photo courtesy Ashley Harrison)

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island drummers pay belated tribute to Neil Peart of Rush

Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer died of cancer at age 67 in January

Nanaimo drummer Mike Harrison with one of Neil Peart’s backup cymbals from Rush’s 2012 Clockwork Angels tour. (Photo courtesy Ashley Harrison)
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 )
Todd Cameron of Nanaimo scored a viral hit with his short stop-motion music video tribute to ‘Schitt’s Creek.’ (Photo courtesy Todd Cameron)

Vancouver Island man scores viral hit with stop-motion tribute to ‘Schitt’s Creek’

Todd Cameron used vintage Fisher Price toys to create one-minute music video

Todd Cameron of Nanaimo scored a viral hit with his short stop-motion music video tribute to ‘Schitt’s Creek.’ (Photo courtesy Todd Cameron)
New Vancouver Island true crime podcast Island Crime’s first season tells the story of Lisa Marie Young, a 21-year-old woman who disappeared after attending a house party in Nanaimo on June 30, 2002. (Family photo)

Case of missing Vancouver Island woman inspires new true crime podcast

‘Island Crime’ Season 1 covers 2002 disappearance of Nanaimo’s Lisa Marie Young

New Vancouver Island true crime podcast Island Crime’s first season tells the story of Lisa Marie Young, a 21-year-old woman who disappeared after attending a house party in Nanaimo on June 30, 2002. (Family photo)
Lauren Spencer-Smith gave American Idol viewers a view of Sproat Lake when she performed from her home town of Port Alberni on April 26. (Photo courtesy ABC Network)

Nanaimo’s Lauren Spencer-Smith looks back on ‘American Idol’ experience

Teen singer reached Top 20, made lifelong friendships and improved her skills

Lauren Spencer-Smith gave American Idol viewers a view of Sproat Lake when she performed from her home town of Port Alberni on April 26. (Photo courtesy ABC Network)
Nanaimo Community Dances facilitator Neil Cutler has turned his backyard into a dance club and is inviting people to attend his parties over the internet. (Photo courtesy Neil Cutler)

Vancouver Island MC hosts virtual dance parties live-streamed from his backyard

Neil Cutler of Nanaimo Community Dances said he’s drawn viewers from as far away as Alberta

Nanaimo Community Dances facilitator Neil Cutler has turned his backyard into a dance club and is inviting people to attend his parties over the internet. (Photo courtesy Neil Cutler)
Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra director Karl Rainer and his sons performed for neighbours on their back porch on March 29. (Photo courtesy Jane Wilson)

Musicians in quarantine thank Nanaimo neighbours with backyard performance

Chamber orchestra director Karl Rainer and his sons play for those in self-isolation

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra director Karl Rainer and his sons performed for neighbours on their back porch on March 29. (Photo courtesy Jane Wilson)
Two days after closing all of its branches, Vancouver Island Regional Libraries announced today that it is laying off the majority of its staff. (News Bulletin file)

Vancouver Island Regional Library issues notices of layoff to most staff

VIRL closed all libraries on March 16 to mitigate spread of COVID-19

Two days after closing all of its branches, Vancouver Island Regional Libraries announced today that it is laying off the majority of its staff. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo’s Carol Rosher is one of the houseguests on season eight of ‘Big Brother Canada.’ (Photo courtesy Global TV)

Nanaimo woman to compete in new season of ‘Big Brother Canada’

Carol Rosher, a cancer survivor, is one of 16 houseguests appearing on reality TV show

Nanaimo’s Carol Rosher is one of the houseguests on season eight of ‘Big Brother Canada.’ (Photo courtesy Global TV)