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Open song circles have been a hit with performers and audiences all summer in Waterwheel Park. The latest on Aug. 25 from the front included guitarists Sam Robbins, Cheryle Chow and Lynn Irving and Diana Einagel Sly on the violin. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Community musicians make magic on stage

Regular Open Song Circle jams a treat for audiences

Open song circles have been a hit with performers and audiences all summer in Waterwheel Park. The latest on Aug. 25 from the front included guitarists Sam Robbins, Cheryle Chow and Lynn Irving and Diana Einagel Sly on the violin. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Registration for Fuller Lake Skating Club returning skaters like Hannah Wilson and newcomers is next Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Fuller Lake Arena. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Registration for Fuller Lake Skating Club returning skaters like Hannah Wilson and newcomers is next Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Fuller Lake Arena. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Sweet Potato Brown performs at last weekend’s Chemainus Valley Country Jamboree. The group includes: Paul Morelli (electric guitar); Shelley Brown (acoustic); Andy OKell (drums); and Sheldon Bordal (bass). (Photo by Kathy Holmes)

Country Jamboree hits all the right notes with Chemainus audience

Last major festival of the summer

  • Aug 25, 2019
Sweet Potato Brown performs at last weekend’s Chemainus Valley Country Jamboree. The group includes: Paul Morelli (electric guitar); Shelley Brown (acoustic); Andy OKell (drums); and Sheldon Bordal (bass). (Photo by Kathy Holmes)
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I & You, with Nick Bradbury and Jolene Bernardino, is on for a limited time at the Chemainus Theatre’s Studio Theatre Aug. 22-31. (Photo by Don Bodger)
I & You, with Nick Bradbury and Jolene Bernardino, is on for a limited time at the Chemainus Theatre’s Studio Theatre Aug. 22-31. (Photo by Don Bodger)
I & You features Capilano University musical theatre program grads Nick Bradbury and Jolene Bernardino.  (Photo by Don Bodger)

Play revolves around teenagers in thought-provoking dialogue

Chemainus Theatre’s I & You focuses on the development of an unlikely friendship

I & You features Capilano University musical theatre program grads Nick Bradbury and Jolene Bernardino.  (Photo by Don Bodger)
County Line is in the lineup for the Chemainus Country Jamboree. (Photo submitted)
County Line is in the lineup for the Chemainus Country Jamboree. (Photo submitted)
Sweet Potato Brown is a big part of the entertainment package. (Photo submitted)

Chemainus Country Music Jamboree on stage Saturday

Dance at the Legion Hall rounds out a celebration day of country music

Sweet Potato Brown is a big part of the entertainment package. (Photo submitted)
Heart & Soul, Lynda and Jim Hamilton, at the Chemainus Accordion Festival. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Accordion Festival

Bands, duos and soloists combine to provide foot-stomping tunes at Waterwheel Park

Heart & Soul, Lynda and Jim Hamilton, at the Chemainus Accordion Festival. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Brandy Moore & The Nightcaps are coming to the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton Saturday.  (Photo submitted)

Sizzling summer sounds spice up the season in Crofton

August acts abundant after the long weekend at Osborne Bay Pub

Brandy Moore & The Nightcaps are coming to the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton Saturday.  (Photo submitted)
Another edition of the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society’s Song Circle is on tap Sunday, featuring artists like Garry Lindell. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Another edition of the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society’s Song Circle is on tap Sunday, featuring artists like Garry Lindell. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Now known as Beatlemania Unplugged, the area’s Beatles tribute band that consists of musicians from Yellow Point-Cedar, Ladysmith and Duncan are playing at the next Tuesday Night Music In The Park event at Waterwheel Park. Group leader John Booth grew up in Chemainus. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Now known as Beatlemania Unplugged, the area’s Beatles tribute band that consists of musicians from Yellow Point-Cedar, Ladysmith and Duncan are playing at the next Tuesday Night Music In The Park event at Waterwheel Park. Group leader John Booth grew up in Chemainus. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Bob Patterson on bass during the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society’s Open Song Circle at Waterwheel Park, part of the Music In The Park summer series. The next one is Aug. 11 from 2-5 p.m. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Summer songs

Musicians gather for Open Song Circle in tranquil Waterwheel Park setting

Bob Patterson on bass during the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society’s Open Song Circle at Waterwheel Park, part of the Music In The Park summer series. The next one is Aug. 11 from 2-5 p.m. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Black Moon Valley features, from left: Heather Haseltine, Eric Morten, Steven Evans and Jay Hull. They’re performing at the Island Rockabilly Festival in Chemainus. (Photo submitted)
Black Moon Valley features, from left: Heather Haseltine, Eric Morten, Steven Evans and Jay Hull. They’re performing at the Island Rockabilly Festival in Chemainus. (Photo submitted)
Black Moon Valley features, from left: Heather Haseltine, Eric Morten, Steven Evans and Jay Hull. They’re performing at the Island Rockabilly Festival in Chemainus. (Photo submitted)
Black Moon Valley features, from left: Heather Haseltine, Eric Morten, Steven Evans and Jay Hull. They’re performing at the Island Rockabilly Festival in Chemainus. (Photo submitted)
Right, Glen Foster is among the Island Rockabilly Bash performers. Far right, Black Moon Valley features, from left: Heather Haseltine, Eric Morten, Steven Evans and Jay Hull.  (Photos submitted)

Chemainus hosting Vancouver Island Rockabilly Festival

Rockabilly in the spotlight at Waterwheel Park Saturday

  • Jul 24, 2019
Right, Glen Foster is among the Island Rockabilly Bash performers. Far right, Black Moon Valley features, from left: Heather Haseltine, Eric Morten, Steven Evans and Jay Hull.  (Photos submitted)
SOUL KING SINGER                                Michael Clarke of Rock Legends and Soul King fame performs with other local artists at the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society’s latest song circle at Waterwheel Park in Chemainus.  (Photo by Don Bodger)

Singers in a jam at Chemainus’ Waterwheel Park

Soul King Clarke joins the group for latest session

SOUL KING SINGER                                Michael Clarke of Rock Legends and Soul King fame performs with other local artists at the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society’s latest song circle at Waterwheel Park in Chemainus.  (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mamma Mia! stars, from left, include: Erin Ormond, Stephanie Roth and Jenni Burke. Along with the rest of the cast, they can take great pride in becoming part of the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s best-selling show of all time. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Mamma Mia! smashes Chemainus Theatre Festival ticket sales record

Total expected to surpass 30,000 tickets before the show ends on Aug. 31

Mamma Mia! stars, from left, include: Erin Ormond, Stephanie Roth and Jenni Burke. Along with the rest of the cast, they can take great pride in becoming part of the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s best-selling show of all time. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Cast members John Han and Georgia Bennett are wide-eyed in wonder in The Magician’s Nephew, on at the Chemainus Theatre until Aug. 11. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Cast members John Han and Georgia Bennett are wide-eyed in wonder in The Magician’s Nephew, on at the Chemainus Theatre until Aug. 11. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Liz Maxwell Forbes in the backyard of her cozy Crofton home with a copy of her book River Tales that follows her previous publication, Growing Up Weird: A memoir of an Oak Bay childhood. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Going with the flow in River Tales

Crofton author documents many interesting experiences from her time on the Cowichan River

Liz Maxwell Forbes in the backyard of her cozy Crofton home with a copy of her book River Tales that follows her previous publication, Growing Up Weird: A memoir of an Oak Bay childhood. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Jack Connolly and Genevieve Carbonneau playing with Genevieve and the Wild Sundays. (Photo by Bev Knight)

Chemainus Bluegrass Extravaganza hits all the right notes

Festival season bringing music fans out in droves

Jack Connolly and Genevieve Carbonneau playing with Genevieve and the Wild Sundays. (Photo by Bev Knight)