Mandy Moraes

Damonde Tschritter will headline the Big Beast Comedy tour as the series rolls through Nanaimo on Dec. 7. (Submitted photo)

Three stand-up comedians cruise through Vancouver Island as part of Big Beast tour

Tschritter, Gaskin, Beuhler in Nanaimo, Alberni, Qualicum Beach, Lake Cowichan and Parksville

Damonde Tschritter will headline the Big Beast Comedy tour as the series rolls through Nanaimo on Dec. 7. (Submitted photo)
Illustrations in graphite by Karen Sim depicting monsters with their offspring. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

More than 40 artists to participate in Nanaimo Art Walk this weekend

Event happens in and around downtown Nanaimo on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4

Illustrations in graphite by Karen Sim depicting monsters with their offspring. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Juno award winner and CCMA winner Jess Moskaluke will perform two shows in one night at the Queen’s in Nanaimo on Nov. 25. (Submitted photo)

Country star Jess Moskaluke plays three Vancouver Island shows

Award-winning artist nearing end of cross-Canada tour

Juno award winner and CCMA winner Jess Moskaluke will perform two shows in one night at the Queen’s in Nanaimo on Nov. 25. (Submitted photo)
Max Kolopenuk, front, who plays Brad Majors in the Satyr Players’ production of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ is whisked away while rehearsing Time Warp. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

VIU students have surprises in store during ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Two-night production takes place Nov. 19-20 at the Malaspina Theatre

Max Kolopenuk, front, who plays Brad Majors in the Satyr Players’ production of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ is whisked away while rehearsing Time Warp. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Bruce Coughlan, left, Nolan Murray and Laurence Knight of the Celtic roots trio Tiller’s Folly will perform alongside special guests Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on Nov. 18. (Submitted photo)

Celtic roots trio celebrates 25 years with Valdy, Gary Fjellgaard and Irish dancers

Tiller’s Folly performs at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on Friday, Nov. 18

Bruce Coughlan, left, Nolan Murray and Laurence Knight of the Celtic roots trio Tiller’s Folly will perform alongside special guests Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on Nov. 18. (Submitted photo)
A video about peer-assisted care teams is shown during a presentation at the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s State of the Island Economic Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 26. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Mental health and substance-use solutions pitched at Vancouver Island summit

Preventative actions, correctional release support, industry-focused resources discussed

A video about peer-assisted care teams is shown during a presentation at the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s State of the Island Economic Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 26. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Raj Banga, left, Sunita Banga, Jeet Manhas, Kaajal Manhas, Arjan Manhas, Shashi Monga and Peter Monga all meet together as part of the community organizing committee for the Beban Park social centre Diwali celebration. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Community members in Nanaimo celebrate Diwali, a ‘triumph of light over darkness’

Members of Indo-Canadian community and others will celebrate at sold-out event at Beban Park

Raj Banga, left, Sunita Banga, Jeet Manhas, Kaajal Manhas, Arjan Manhas, Shashi Monga and Peter Monga all meet together as part of the community organizing committee for the Beban Park social centre Diwali celebration. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Longtime friends and stand-up comics John Beuhler, left, and Duane Goad will take to the Terminal Bar stage in Nanaimo on Oct. 21 as part of their five-day comedy tour through the West Coast. (Submitted photos)

Two stand-up comics making multiple Island stops as part of West Coast tour

Duane Goad and John Beuhler play Qualicum Beach, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Lake Cowichan and Parksville

Longtime friends and stand-up comics John Beuhler, left, and Duane Goad will take to the Terminal Bar stage in Nanaimo on Oct. 21 as part of their five-day comedy tour through the West Coast. (Submitted photos)
Nanaimo singer Laura Kelsey at Westwood Lake during the shooting of the cover image for her yet-to-be released single ‘Your Stormy Ways’. (Photo by Van Isle Portraits)

Nanaimo singer opening for Matthew Good on his Island tour

Laura Kelsey also set to release first single from debut album at tour start

Nanaimo singer Laura Kelsey at Westwood Lake during the shooting of the cover image for her yet-to-be released single ‘Your Stormy Ways’. (Photo by Van Isle Portraits)
Joëlle Rabu was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Award earlier this year and was honoured during a celebration ceremony in late August. (Nico Rhodes photo)

Vancouver Island torch singer receives Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Award

Joëlle Rabu’s award part of celebrations in honour of late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Joëlle Rabu was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Award earlier this year and was honoured during a celebration ceremony in late August. (Nico Rhodes photo)
Amy Worth with the Nanaimo Youth Services Association demonstrates how participants will sleep during the organization’s ‘Roughing It’ event at Harewood Centennial Park on Sept. 23. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island event challenges people to ‘Rough It’ for youth homelessness

‘Roughing It’ outdoor overnight event to be held at Harewood Centennial Park Sept. 23-24

Amy Worth with the Nanaimo Youth Services Association demonstrates how participants will sleep during the organization’s ‘Roughing It’ event at Harewood Centennial Park on Sept. 23. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Artist’s renderings depicting exterior and aerial views of a new Nanaimo Art Gallery at a non-site specific greenfield space located in or near the city’s downtown core. (Nordicity/City of Nanaimo images)

Consultant pitches new $20-million Nanaimo Art Gallery

Feasibility study presented to city with options for galley reconstruction or relocation

Artist’s renderings depicting exterior and aerial views of a new Nanaimo Art Gallery at a non-site specific greenfield space located in or near the city’s downtown core. (Nordicity/City of Nanaimo images)
Ken Lavigne and Joëlle Rabu will headline the first two days of Nanaimo’s inaugural Big Band Festival at Maffeo Sutton Park, Sept. 2-4. (Anna Bullock and Angie Oh photos)

Nanaimo’s first-ever Big Band Festival on its way to the waterfront

Ken Lavigne and Joëlle Rabu headline event Sept. 2-4 at Maffeo Sutton Park

Ken Lavigne and Joëlle Rabu will headline the first two days of Nanaimo’s inaugural Big Band Festival at Maffeo Sutton Park, Sept. 2-4. (Anna Bullock and Angie Oh photos)
Toronto-based queer stand-up comedian Laura Piccinin will show her narrative storytelling of ‘Lesbihonest’ in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter between Aug. 12-21 as part of the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Submitted photo)

Queer stand-up comedian will ‘tell all’ at Nanaimo Fringe Festival

Laura Piccinin brings ‘Lesbihonest’ to the festival, which starts this week

Toronto-based queer stand-up comedian Laura Piccinin will show her narrative storytelling of ‘Lesbihonest’ in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter between Aug. 12-21 as part of the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. (Submitted photo)
Sarah Varro, left, James Vickers and Ezra Beaton play the Doors’ Roadhouse Blues at the Queen’s Hotel during the July 31 Sunday Blues Jam session. They’ll play the Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival as the New Blues Showcase on Aug. 13 between 1-2 p.m. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Youth talent will get a share of the stage at Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival

Festival happening Aug. 11-14 at Maffeo Sutton Park

Sarah Varro, left, James Vickers and Ezra Beaton play the Doors’ Roadhouse Blues at the Queen’s Hotel during the July 31 Sunday Blues Jam session. They’ll play the Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival as the New Blues Showcase on Aug. 13 between 1-2 p.m. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Participants at a drum-in and mallet-making workshop this past spring show their creations. (Photo submitted)

Unique scavenger hunt for sounds to be held on Nanaimo’s waterfront

Vibroacoustic therapy practitioner Narissa Young organizes free event July 23

Participants at a drum-in and mallet-making workshop this past spring show their creations. (Photo submitted)
Elizabeth Burdock gathers reishi mushrooms while foraging West Coast forests in March. (Submitted photo)

Gabriola Islander TikTok creator has millions foraging for her content

Elizabeth Burdock, known as @whichbetty, garners millions of views for foraging content

Elizabeth Burdock gathers reishi mushrooms while foraging West Coast forests in March. (Submitted photo)
Paolo Bortolussi, left, Calvin Dyck and Mark Beaty perform along the shore of Nanaimo’s Long Lake during Vancouver Island Symphony’s Pop-Up Concert Series last year. This year’s summer series will run July 7 until Aug. 20. (Photo courtesy Vancouver Island Symphony)

Vancouver Island Symphony planning series of pop-up concerts

Pop-Up Concert Series will see four groups play six locations from July 7 until Aug. 20

Paolo Bortolussi, left, Calvin Dyck and Mark Beaty perform along the shore of Nanaimo’s Long Lake during Vancouver Island Symphony’s Pop-Up Concert Series last year. This year’s summer series will run July 7 until Aug. 20. (Photo courtesy Vancouver Island Symphony)
Classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on June 29 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted photo)

Legendary Canadian rock band Chilliwack playing Vancouver Island twice this week

David Gogo to appear as special guest in June 29 performance

Classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on June 29 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted photo)
Indigenous storyteller Kung Jaadee will host an hour-long online storytelling event on June 22 through the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo by Kim Th’e)
Indigenous storyteller Kung Jaadee will host an hour-long online storytelling event on June 22 through the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo by Kim Th’e)