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Joel Grenz shooting ‘My Homeland’. (Submitted photo)

Parksville filmmaker nominated for provincial Leo Award

Joel Grenz tabbed in ‘Best Music Video’ category

Joel Grenz shooting ‘My Homeland’. (Submitted photo)
The Foothills Brass Quintet. (Photo for Oceanside Classical Concerts Society courtesy of Don Dempson)
The Foothills Brass Quintet. (Photo for Oceanside Classical Concerts Society courtesy of Don Dempson)
William Allen with his guitars. (Photo submitted)
William Allen with his guitars. (Photo submitted)
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Darrel Hancock's home studio
ShowBiz Minute: Efron, Gilbert, Box Office
Stranger Things 3 breaks record on Netflix
Actress Felicity Huffman arrives at Boston court
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)
The Nous Chantons group is holding a singing event at the Parksville Community Park on June 24. (NEWS file photo)                                NEWS file photo The Nous Chantons group is holding a singing event at the Parksville Community Park on June 28, and is inviting the public to take part.

French singing group staging Parksville event on June 24

Outdoor celebration will be at community park

The Nous Chantons group is holding a singing event at the Parksville Community Park on June 24. (NEWS file photo)                                NEWS file photo The Nous Chantons group is holding a singing event at the Parksville Community Park on June 28, and is inviting the public to take part.
Ian Lowe, a Royston Coast Salish metal artist gifted this piece he created named Resilience to B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. Photo submitted.

Vancouver Island artist gifts B.C.’s health officer with symbolic hummingbird

A special connection brought the piece to Dr. Bonnie Henry’s desk in Victoria

Ian Lowe, a Royston Coast Salish metal artist gifted this piece he created named Resilience to B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. Photo submitted.
A drive-in theatre will set up temporarily this weekend at the Cowichan Exhibition. Tickets go on sale Monday at 5 p.m. and are sure to go fast, with only 50 available each night. (Langley Advance Times files)

Hot ticket: Tickets available for Island drive-in theatre experiences

Lion King coming to the big screen at the Cowichan Exhibition, as well as sites in Alberni, Nanaimo

A drive-in theatre will set up temporarily this weekend at the Cowichan Exhibition. Tickets go on sale Monday at 5 p.m. and are sure to go fast, with only 50 available each night. (Langley Advance Times files)
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)
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)
Qualicum Beach author Laura Langston has released a new novel, ‘No Right Thing’. (Michael Briones photo)
Qualicum Beach author Laura Langston has released a new novel, ‘No Right Thing’. (Michael Briones 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)
Lauren Spencer-Smith in Hawaii during American Idol tapings. (Lauren Spencer-Smith Instagram)

Vancouver Island teen won’t be next American Idol, but she’s excited about her future in music

Lauren Spencer-Smith, originally from Port Alberni, misses out on top 10 of reality TV talent show

Lauren Spencer-Smith in Hawaii during American Idol tapings. (Lauren Spencer-Smith Instagram)
Chelsea Preston. (Photography by David Cooper)

Former Parksville ballet student Chelsea Preston earns lead role at prestigious Stratford Festival

Being cast in ‘Chicago’ is ‘very much a dream come true’

  • Apr 20, 2020
Chelsea Preston. (Photography by David Cooper)
Artists are banding together for Islanders in need with Rock for Relief: A Living Room Concert for Vancouver Island. (Image contributed)

Artists band together for Islanders in need

Rock for Relief: A Living Room Concert for Vancouver Island broadcasts tonight

Artists are banding together for Islanders in need with Rock for Relief: A Living Room Concert for Vancouver Island. (Image contributed)
Order of Canada musician Phil Dwyer wrote ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’ for B.C.’s Chief Provincial Health Officer, as well as other people working on in the health care sector during COVID-19. (Photo submitted by Phil Dwyer)
Order of Canada musician Phil Dwyer wrote ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’ for B.C.’s Chief Provincial Health Officer, as well as other people working on in the health care sector during COVID-19. (Photo submitted by Phil Dwyer)
The Vancouver Island Regional Library has come up with creative ways to provide services to cardholders during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)

COVID-19: Libraries still offering services to cardholders

Options include existing online resources and new and enhanced ways to help

The Vancouver Island Regional Library has come up with creative ways to provide services to cardholders during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)
Lauren Spencer-Smith at Aulani Disney resort in O’ahu. (Lauren Spencer-Smith Instagram photo)
Lauren Spencer-Smith at Aulani Disney resort in O’ahu. (Lauren Spencer-Smith Instagram photo)
ECHO Players have announced they will postpone their season. (News file photo)

ECHO Players season postponed due to COVID-19 situation

Both spring productions will run at a later date

  • Mar 17, 2020
ECHO Players have announced they will postpone their season. (News file photo)
Anita Galitzine in her family garden with recently published book, ‘The Story of Phant’, accompanied by her lifetime companion. (Amber-Lea Nielsen photo)

Nanoose Bay author pens inspirational story of ‘Phant’

Woman makes amazing discovery 50 years after fleeing during Second World War

  • Mar 12, 2020
Anita Galitzine in her family garden with recently published book, ‘The Story of Phant’, accompanied by her lifetime companion. (Amber-Lea Nielsen photo)