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ECHO Players has opened its new season with Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit’. Here, Judy Hipkin plays Madame Arcati with Maggie Bugg playing Ruth Condomine in the 1941 classic. (Don Emerson photo)

REVIEW: ECHO Players stage must-see performance with ‘Blithe Spirit’

Noel Coward’s classic comedy currently playing at Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach

ECHO Players has opened its new season with Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit’. Here, Judy Hipkin plays Madame Arcati with Maggie Bugg playing Ruth Condomine in the 1941 classic. (Don Emerson photo)
The Guitars by Hands Luthiers Show returns to Errington Hall on Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., after a two-year hiatus. (PQB News file photo)
The Guitars by Hands Luthiers Show returns to Errington Hall on Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., after a two-year hiatus. (PQB News file photo)
Dr. Calvin Dyck. (Diamonds Edge Photography photo)

PODCAST: Talking classical music with OCCS artistic director Dr. Calvin Dyck

PQBeat: Discussion includes accordions, well-timed trips to Disneyland and more

Dr. Calvin Dyck. (Diamonds Edge Photography photo)
Violinist Véronique Mathieu, left, and Stephanie Chua will play at the Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach on Oct. 16. (N. Romanoff photo via TOSH)

Piano and violin duo to perform at TOSH in Qualicum Beach

Stephanie Chua and Véronique Mathieu will play at 2:30 p.m on Oct. 16

Violinist Véronique Mathieu, left, and Stephanie Chua will play at the Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach on Oct. 16. (N. Romanoff photo via TOSH)
The Rod & Gun, located at 163 Alberni Highway in Parksville. (PQB News file photo)

Comedy tour making stops in Parksville and Qualicum Bay

Comedians will visit Qualicum Bay Oct. 19 and Parksville Oct. 23

The Rod & Gun, located at 163 Alberni Highway in Parksville. (PQB News file photo)
Dave Klinger and Friends will play a selection of tunes by Cole Porter at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville Oct. 16. (PQB News file photo)

Musicians will play Cole Porter selections at MAC in Parksville Oct. 16

Dave Klinger and Friends will play a selection of famous composer’s tunes

Dave Klinger and Friends will play a selection of tunes by Cole Porter at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville Oct. 16. (PQB News file photo)
The Oceanside Classical Concerts Society (OCCS) will soon welcome Dr. Calvin Dyck as its new artistic director. (Diamonds Edge Photography photo)

Oceanside Classical Concerts Society welcomes new artistic director

Dr. Calvin Dyck will take over role from David Douglas

The Oceanside Classical Concerts Society (OCCS) will soon welcome Dr. Calvin Dyck as its new artistic director. (Diamonds Edge Photography photo)
The first of five concerts in the Oceanside Classical Concert Society’s season takes place on Oct. 15, with Cheng² Duo. (Harald Hoffmann photo)
The first of five concerts in the Oceanside Classical Concert Society’s season takes place on Oct. 15, with Cheng² Duo. (Harald Hoffmann photo)
Vesna Dancers Singers troupe performed to an auditorium filled to capacity during Ukrainian Culture Fest at the Parksville Community Centre on Jensen Avenue on Sept. 25. (Mark Macey photo)

Parksville celebrates Ukrainian culture

Good turnout for Ukrainian Culture Fest at Parksville Community Centre

Vesna Dancers Singers troupe performed to an auditorium filled to capacity during Ukrainian Culture Fest at the Parksville Community Centre on Jensen Avenue on Sept. 25. (Mark Macey photo)
Pattiann Withapea, Parksville BC Culture Days co-ordinator and lead artist, with her art banner titled ‘The Silk Road’. (Deborra Adkins photo)

Art Banner Crawl part of BC Culture Days in Parksville

Residents can pick up map at arts centre and hunt for banners downtown

Pattiann Withapea, Parksville BC Culture Days co-ordinator and lead artist, with her art banner titled ‘The Silk Road’. (Deborra Adkins photo)
Irene Orrom’s display is one of five new exhibitions on display at the McMillan Arts Centre (MAC) in Parksville until Oct. 23. (Submitted photo)
Irene Orrom’s display is one of five new exhibitions on display at the McMillan Arts Centre (MAC) in Parksville until Oct. 23. (Submitted photo)
Susan Wismer, Parksville Museum president, and Mayor Ed Mayne officially opened the museum’s new entrance pavilion on Sept. 22. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

New open-air entrance pavilion opens at Parksville Museum

Photo and information panels line the structure

Susan Wismer, Parksville Museum president, and Mayor Ed Mayne officially opened the museum’s new entrance pavilion on Sept. 22. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Chintan Bolliger’s work is part of three fall exhibitions at TOSH in Qualicum Beach. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

Exhibit re-imagines nature at The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach

Chintan Bolliger hopes viewers will take away their own interpretation

Chintan Bolliger’s work is part of three fall exhibitions at TOSH in Qualicum Beach. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Veteran Canadian troubadour James Gordon will perform at Qualicum Beach Community Hall on Sept. 23. (Trina Koster photo)

Veteran Canadian troubadour James Gordon coming to Qualicum Beach

Gordon will play Qualicum Beach Community Hall Sept. 23

Veteran Canadian troubadour James Gordon will perform at Qualicum Beach Community Hall on Sept. 23. (Trina Koster photo)
BC Culture Days Parksville co-ordinators Pattiann Withapea and Jennifer Bate with the top two Exquisite Corpse paintings from the 2021 event. (Mark Macy photo)
BC Culture Days Parksville co-ordinators Pattiann Withapea and Jennifer Bate with the top two Exquisite Corpse paintings from the 2021 event. (Mark Macy photo)
‘Blithe Spirit’ cast members left to right: Paul Churchill, Diane Korol, Judy Hipkin, Amanda Wagner, Maggie Bugg, Michael King and Wendy Alexander. (Submitted photo)

ECHO Players in Qualicum Beach to kick off season with supernatural comedy classic

‘Blithe Spirit’ will run Oct. 13 to Oct. 30 at Village Theatre

‘Blithe Spirit’ cast members left to right: Paul Churchill, Diane Korol, Judy Hipkin, Amanda Wagner, Maggie Bugg, Michael King and Wendy Alexander. (Submitted photo)
The Old School House (TOSH) Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach has launched a multi-year capital fundraising campaign. (PQB News file photo)

Fundraising bash cancelled at TOSH in Qualicum Beach due to low ticket sales

Arts centre’s capital fundraising campaign will continue

The Old School House (TOSH) Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach has launched a multi-year capital fundraising campaign. (PQB News file photo)
Author Bill Arnott, seen here in Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest, recently wrote ‘A Season on Vancouver Island’ with many references to the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. (Submitted photo)

B.C. travel writer visits Parksville Qualicum Beach for new book

Bill Arnott checked out numerous PQB spots on three-month Island trip

Author Bill Arnott, seen here in Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest, recently wrote ‘A Season on Vancouver Island’ with many references to the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. (Submitted photo)
Dave Klinger will play New York Jazz, from 1900 to 1960, at the McMillan Arts Centre (MAC) in Parksville on Sept. 18. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Dave Klinger will play New York Jazz, from 1900 to 1960, at the McMillan Arts Centre (MAC) in Parksville on Sept. 18. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Alistair McVey, outgoing president of ECHO Players, presents a cheque for $1,000 to Lyra Sales, winner of the ECHO Players scholarship for 2021-22. (Submitted photo)

ECHO Players in Qualicum Beach presents $1,000 scholarship to Lyra Sales

Sales has appeared in six main stage productions in six years

Alistair McVey, outgoing president of ECHO Players, presents a cheque for $1,000 to Lyra Sales, winner of the ECHO Players scholarship for 2021-22. (Submitted photo)