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Recreational prawn closures at a record high
One of the wonderful aspects of the recreational tidal waters fishery in the Pacific region is the diversity of species that anglers, in the most broadly applied sense, can go after. Other than for reasons of conservation there are no species of fin or shellfish off-limits to public access, although for practical reasons associated with the deep water they inhabit some desirable species like sablefish simply aren’t accessible. This freedom of access for the public, courtesy of the purchase of the appropriate licence and subject to rules and regulations pertinent to the good management of individual species, shouldn’t be taken for granted and certainly isn’t the case along those other coasts of the Canadian shore. To use but one example, there is no recreational fishery allowed for lobster around the Atlantic provinces despite a relative abundance of them. Here on the west coast the infringement of access to what various ministers continue to insist, in the face of evidence otherwise, is a common property fisheries resource comes more insidiously through the privatization of large portions of allowable harvest of individual species via quota management schemes in the commercial fishery for them. Halibut is the
are numerous sub-area closures example most familiar to anglers around the south coast for the but quota management is by no coming months of January to means exclusive to them and the Jeremy Maynard March inclusive. Thirty three sublist is slowly growing – believe areas are affected, said to be a it or not DFO is about to apply record number for one winter. quota management to the wild Full information is contained oyster fishery, which almost cerin Fisheries Notice no. 1163, tainly will result in reduced pubwhich can easily be found on the lic access to them. DFO website, but in the readerThese last few paragraphs ship area of this newspaper are a reminder, to me as much the following sub-areas will be as anyone else, of the wealth of closed: 13-12, 13-13 & 13-17 (east opportunity for the recreational Quadra Island and northeastern harvest of seafood we enjoy here Read Island); 15-2 & 15-3 (southalong the BC coast and a preeastern Cortes Island down to the top end of amble of sorts regarding an increasingly freTexada, including the popular Twin Islands quent seasonal restriction in places on public area); 25-1 to 25-5 and 25-16 (all of Muchalat access to one of the most desirable shellfish and Tlupana Inlets and the top end of Tahsis species, prawns. Prawns are managed according to a bench- Inlet). In many cases it is the same sub-areas mark number of berried (egg bearing) prawns that are affected annually or at least more often than not. per trap in the surveys, known as the index About the only good news out of this is that level. Those sub-areas determined to be at or the fall sampling program took place at all in below the index are closed for recreational 2013. DFO has said it no longer has the funds harvest during the first three months of the year. At the end of November DFO released the to conduct this work and would instead apply permanent seasonal closures in those sub-areas results of this year’s fall assessment program with a persistent history of below index prawn of prawn abundance and once again there
abundance, which would be an unfair blow to residents of nearby small coastal communities. Understandably the commercial prawn harvesters, who take the large majority of the overall harvest, have said they will not pay for the fall sampling program, and in the absence of a recreational licence fee increase and reform of how accrued funds can be spent, the recreational fishery has no way to pay for the sampling either. This could be the springboard into some pointed commentary as to how this is but one example of many in which DFO is increasingly unable to do its job because the present federal government is starving the department of necessary funding, but I’ll resist the temptation this time and try to stay on topic. I don’t think that many anglers would argue there shouldn’t be a conservation benchmark for the prudent management of any fin or shellfish species but the question has to be asked why these closures are in place at all. Relatively little recreational prawning takes place from early May when the commercial season starts into the late fall when the sampling occurs because a) of gear conflict (i.e. recreational loss) and very low recreational success and b) See Ardent Angler on page 4.
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International institutional investors with an estimated $3 trillion in assets are getting nervous about their financial relationship with fossil fuel corporations. As global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) continue to rise and their effects become more threatening, pressure is building to reduce carbon emissions. A government imposed carbon tax is now perceived as nearly inevitable. But the waiting and uncertainty is uncomfortable for investors. One of the most noteworthy examples of their financial nervousness is contained in a letter sent to 45 of the worldâ€™s top energy corporations on behalf of 70 of the worldâ€™s largest fund managers. â€œAs investors with longterm investment strategies,â€? the letter begins, â€œwe would like to understand (your companyâ€™s) reserve exposure to the risks associated with current and probable future policies for reducing GHG emissions.â€? It adds, â€œWe would also like to understand what options there are for (your company) to manage these risks by, for example, reducing the carbon intensity of its assets, divesting its most carbon intensive assets, diversifying its business by investing in lower carbon energy sources, or returning capital to shareholdersâ€? (Shawn
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emissions tolerable for a habitable planet. This difference between what is available to burn and what can be burned is increasingly apparent as climate science evolves in sophistication and predictability. The resulting conflict between financial opportunity and ethical responsibility is becoming too conspicuous to avoid. One economic study expects that some oil and gas corporations could suffer a 40 to 60 per cent loss in market value as their assets become â€œstrandedâ€? â€” unable to be used. If fossil fuels are to remain in the ground, then whose fossil fuels will be used and whose will not? Who will make those decisions and how will the constraints be enforced? These questions present opportunities for incredible national and international conflict â€” precisely the uncertainty that cautious investors do not like. Meanwhile, the failure of carbon trading and other measures to reduce GHG emissions is forcing many countries to consider the
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In the spirit of Christmas giving, the Museum at Campbell River is hosting its first Festival of Trees. Local businesses or groups can sponsor a pre-lit tree, then take it upon themselves to decorate them. All proceeds from the sponsorships will be used to assist the Museum with delivering low cost public and school programming, and with costs associated with creating temporary exhibits. Awards will be given to the decorators: Most Unique, Most Traditional, Best of Festival, and People’s Choice. The trees will be on view in the Museum’s changing gallery till Dec. 29, from noon to 4 p.m. and the public are invited to come in and cast their vote. Along with the decorated trees, a collection of hand-crafted, wooden antique toys will be on display in the gallery and the North Island Model Photo submitted Railroaders will be running a model Noelle Maffin will perform once again at the Celebration of Light at the Maritime Heritage Centre. train. Christmas at the Museum. Throughout the festival period, the Museum will be hosting other seasonal events such as: Children’s Christmas themed Lego on Saturday, great passions is singing jazz music. Noelle Lighten up your winter solstice at the has a recording underway with her very own Dec. 14; and a Winter Solstice Social annual Celebration of Light on Dec. 20, 7 and the announcement of the People’s written music. More recently, Noelle has p.m. sharp at the Maritime Heritage Centre. An all inclusive family event, the Celebration been delving into the “New Thought” genre, Choice Awards on Saturday, Dec. 21. For further information, please highlights seven attributes of Spirit, bringing exploring the power and meaning of Spirit. Local musician, Neil Maffin, has also per- contact the Museum at 250-287-3103. light into the darkest part of the year with formed on Broadway as well as New York candles and music. City, many musicals and television shows. Last year’s sold out performance was a This superb, creative duo, will sure to enterrocking hit with Noelle Maffin. This year Noelle’s inspiration will be with her very tal- tain the audience. The community is invited to attend this ented husband, Neil Maffin. Noelle Maffin has performed in New York event, as an inspirational way to acknowCity, Vancouver, Edmonton and up and down ledge the holiday season. It will be followed Vancouver Island. Noelle has performed with by potluck appetizers and desserts. Donations gratefully received. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. the great Eddie Watkins Jr. One of Noelle’s
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Grigg from page 3. technologies become more appealing, while renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and tidal become more competitive and viable. Oil spills, fracking, pollution and the ecological damage from drilling, mining, distributing and burning fossil fuels — now barely tolerated as the cost of progress — will become even more undesirable. Public attitude is reluctantly shifting to regard coal, oil and gas as necessary evils rather than necessary energies. If a practical alternative were available, consumers would readily
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total of greenhouse gas emissions cannot exceed 1,000 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents without risking a dangerous temperature increase of 2°C — as of 2011, we have already emitted 531 gigatonnes. At present emission rates of about 36 gigatonnes per year, we have little time to avoid the danger zone and possible climate calamity. Given these compounding factors, the prospects for investing in oil, gas and coal are not promising. Understandably, the fund managers of the world’s largest institutional investors are getting nervous.
Ardent Angler from page 2. because of good recreational fishing opportunities for other species during the extended summer season. The commercial prawn fishery has evolved into an intense, highly efficient and increasingly mobile fishery that is managed the same way i.e. against an index. However the time lapse between inseason sampling, analysis and notice of end of fishery and subsequent removal of traps still effectively fishing means that in many cases the subarea is harvested to below index by the time all the gear is out of the water. Increasingly evidence is mounting that the present prawn management system is
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John Lee Trio performing Thursday at jazz society party JThis Thursday is the Jazz Society’s pre-Christmas celebration, with extra fun and draw prizes, so plan on coming a bit early if you want the best seats or intend to meet a group of friends. The show marks the end of a phenomenal calendar year in which we lost our old digs at the Elks’ and found ourselves a new home at The Avalanche Bar. As frustrated as we were to find ourselves homeless, we’re really thankful that the nice folks at The Av let us have a room at their inn. Kind of Christmassy - but that all happened last February - and since then we haven’t regretted a moment. To add to the excitement of this as a special event, we’re really pleased to introduce a wonderful new act to our stage, The John Lee Trio from Nanaimo. John Lee, bass, was raised on the west coast islands of Canada. He’s been playing music since the age of five. By the time John completed his high school studies, he had received much attention from professional musicians in Canada and earned an impressive collection of awards, scholarships, and honours from jazz festivals, including Envision Jazz Festival, MusicFest Canada and Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. With the support of the Slaight Family Scholarship, Lee continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he pursued a Bachelor of Music in Performance. In addition to his academic training, Lee has studied with prestigious jazz educators David Santoro, Neal Smith, Greg Osby, Ralph Peterson Jr., Yoron Israel and Bob Gullotti. John Lee is known for his incredible proficiency as a multi-instrumentalist as well as his ability to connect the audience to his music and live charisma. He performs regularly in colleges, universities, clubs and concert halls. Lee has performed in cities throughout Canada and the U.S. including New York City (Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, SOMETHIN’ Jazz
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Live), Vancouver (Cellar Jazz Club, Vancouver Francophone Festival), and Victoria (Hermann’s Jazz Club). He performs regularly with recognized young contemporary jazz artists, in addition to having shared the stage with international jazz artists such as Cyrus Chestnut, Terell Stafford, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Phil Dwyer and Joel Miller. Besides performing, John Lee is a dedicated educator who strongly believes in the importance of education in music. He has founded and directed his own jazz programs, including an annual five-week summer jazz program Next Generation Quintet located on Vancouver Island. After years of performing and studying in Boston, John relocated back to his hometown of Nanaimo, BC to establish an educating practice and career. Currently, John Lee is in pre-production and development of his debut album featuring a complete set of original compositions and arrangements. Andrew Janusson, guitar, grew up in Nanaimo, B.C. and has been playing since he was 13. Andrew is studying music at Vancouver Island University. He advanced quickly and performed with the large and small jazz ensembles, wind ensemble and musical theatre productions at Dover Bay Secondary as well as forming bands and playing gigs outside of school. It was here that he earned the Dogwood Award Scholarship to attend V.I.U. and further his studies in music, focusing on jazz performance. Andrew specializes in jazz, classical, rock and Latin styles of guitar. He also has a wealth of experience in funk, soul, and R&B styles. Michael Mlikotic, drums, is a Nanaimo-born musician who started his musical training by playing piano at the age of eight. Throughout his life, Michael has learned to play many instruments, including trombone, guitar and bass, but now has focused as a jazz drum-
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Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble, with guests Quintessence Brass, present The Sounds of Christmas this coming Friday December 13. The evening’s concert will feature traditional Christmas carols as well as some with a more contemporary twist. Please join us at The Little Red Church in Comox Friday, December 13, at 7:30 (doors open at 7). Tickets are $10 for adult and $8 seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Swing Set (L to R): Michelle Weckesser, Wendy Nixon Stothert, Dale Graham, Jennifer Forsland
SWING SET AT ZOCALO CAFÉ FRIDAY DECEMBER 13 Swing Set returns to celebrate Christmas with juicy jazz harmonies! The popular a cappella jazz quartet, featuring Jenn Forsland, Wendy Nixon Stothert, Michelle Weckesser and Dale Graham, performs two shows on Friday December 13 at the Zocalo Café. This annual event brings capacity crowds - make reservations to avoid disappointment. Call 250-331-0933 to reserve your table for either the 5:30 or the 8:00 sitting. The Zocalo Cafe is licensed and will offer a special menu for this event, pairing great tastes with sweet sounds. Stothert is an acclaimed music leader in the Comox Valley, directing the Just In Time Vocal Jazz choirs as well as perform-
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The group’s 2012 CD Swing Set Live at Joe’s Garage will be available for sale. Capturing the quartet’s remarkable vocal alignment, the recording includes a mix of accompanied and a cappella arrangements. For this outing, expect a few new selections, along with well-loved favourites from their Christmas repertoire and beyond. From Beatles to ballet, from hearth and home to far away, Swing Set will move you to tears and laughter. Catch them on Friday December 13th, at the warm and welcoming Zocalo Café. Admission is by donation. Reserve now at 250-331-0933 to guarantee a seat at the 5:30 or the 8:00 show.
Doreen Amos (nee Notl)
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the Evergreen Choristers will entertain with carols and there will be a reading of a favorite seasonal book. Santa’s helpers are accepting donations to The Comox Valley Food Bank in the form of canned goods or cash. Circle December 14 from 1 to 3 PM on your calendar for a festive, kid-friendly activity. December 14 and 15 is also the last weekend that the Filberg Lodge is open in 2013. The Gift Shop is full of fantastic gift ideas and Cranberry Mama will be in the Lodge Sunday, December 15. See you then. For more information call 250-339-2715 or visit our Facebook page /FHLPA. AFTERNOON JAM • With Gord Kruger and “The Amigos”. Enjoy a lively afternoon of dancing and relaxing with Gord Kreuger and his band every Saturday, 2pm to 6pm in the Courtenay Legion Lounge. 367 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay. email@example.com Maureen Watson, 250-334-4322 COMOX VALLEY FARMERS MARKET • 9-12 every Saturday, Native Sons Hall, downtown Courtenay. Come for the freshness, stay for the fun! FMI: Mkt. Mgr. Vickey 250.2180321 or or www.comoxvalleyfarmersmarket.com & keep in touch on Facebook. COMOX LEGION • Meat draws are held every Saturday 3 p.m. plus Ace of Spades draw.
In the Comox Valley 10 TUESDAY PEARL ELLIS GALLERY • In Comox presents: “The Pearl Ellis Gallery Members Christmas Fundraiser Show & Sale” Dec 10th - Jan 26th - 2013. Open Tues - Sat from 10 am - 4 pm, Sun 1 - 4 pm, Closed Monday. Free Admission. Located at 1729 Comox Avenue. FMI see www.pearlellisgallery.com or see our virtual gallery on our web site or our Facebook page CATCH THE SPIRIT • Dec. 2-Jan. 1, Driftwood Mall, 2751 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay. Holiday campaign presented by Bentall Kennedy featuring a shopping spree contest, an opportunity to nominate a holiday hometown hero through the Holiday Hero program, and over $25,000 worth of prizes to be won. Participating malls include Driftwood Mall, where shoppers can enter to win one of two $10,000 cash prizes, plus $2500 that will be donated to the charity of their choice, and nominate notable community members to be recognized as holiday hometown heroes. For more details, please visit www.catchthespirit.ca FMI: Carine, 778-239-3067 carine@carineredmond. com CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING • Dec. 2 Dec. 20, 9am-4pm. Christmas Gift Wrapping, Excel Career College Courtenay Campus, 201-841 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay. Excel Career College will be offering Christmas Gift Wrapping services Monday to Friday until December 20th from 9:00am-4:00pm by donation (cash or non-perishable food items). All proceeds will benefit the Comox Valley Food Bank.. FMI: Natalie, 250-334-2452 www. excelcareercollege.com firstname.lastname@example.org JUST BY CHANTS • Mystic Valley Voices, universal chanting community, meets 6:45-8:30 pm every Tuesday at the Little Red Church (house), 2182 Comox Ave. FMI: 250-218-1688. COMOX GLACIER WANDERERS • Join the Wanderers every Tues. to Fri at the South East end of the Comox Mall, near Travel Agent. Walk starts at 9 a.m. sharp. Experience the picturesque Filberg Park, Mac Laing woods, beach town of Comox etc. FMI: Karen Fraser 250-890-0608 KNITTING FUN AT THE COMOX LIBRARY • Our new kitting group, A Good Yarn: Knitting & Crochet Circle, warmly invites people of any age and ability to join our weekly meetings at the Comox Library, 1720 Beaufort Ave. on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendance is free and no registration is required. For more information please contact the library at 250-3392971, email@example.com, or visit the website at: www.virl.bc.ca. DROP-IN, ONE HOUR MEDITATION • DropIn meditation, every Tuesday 7PM sharp, Ocean Resort in Oyster Bay, $$donations to CV and CR food banks, 250 792-3165. ROYAL PURPLE DROP-IN BINGO • Every Tuesday night, 7 p.m., at the Elks Home on Sixth St. COMOX VALLEY WOOD CARVERS • If you are interested in any type of wood carving please join us at the Royston Community Hall every Tuesday from 9:30 AM to 3 PM for a day of carving and learning about carving. No experience necessary. FMI call Al at 250-331-0156 or Jim at 250339-5350. CUMBERLAND LEGION BINGO • Every Tuesday night, guaranteed 22 games per night. Doors open 6 p.m., first game 7 p.m. Come out and support your community. TRACK WORKOUTS • The Comox Valley Roadrunners hold track workouts at the Vanier track every Tuesday at 5 p.m. Come out, meet fellow runners and be prepared to run a total of 5 km in a fun,
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16 MONDAY THE WOOLGATHERERS • A Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Knitters. Preserving and Promoting Weaving and Spinning in the Comox Valley. Meetings at Fallen Alders Hall, Royston, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm every Monday except Stat holidays. Business meetings: 2nd Monday. We invite you to join us. FMI: Jery Lowe, 250-337-5496/ Carole Redfern 334-4284. LADIES AUXILIARY DROP-IN BINGO • Comox Legion Ladies Auxiliary Drop-in Bingo, upper hall. Doors open 6 pm, bingo 7 p.m. All money goes to charities. Free coffee and tea.
17 TUESDAY HR HOLIDAY SOCIAL • Dec. 17 11:30-1pm. HR - Holiday Social. Locals at The Old House, 1760 Riverside Lane, Courtenay. Please join us for lunch (included in the cost) to connect and mingle! This is a great time to come out and share your thoughts and ideas for the upcoming year. We would love to hear what was very successful for 2013, what challenges you had and what you will be working on next year. Carolyne Taylor and Susan Pearse your Member Relations team will be joining us to bring in the holiday season! FMI: Carolyne Taylor, 250-479-4235, firstname.lastname@example.org www.bchrma.org COURTENAY LEGION • Every Tuesday: Fun Euchre 1:30, Pub Darts 7:00. BABY TALK • Courtenay Lewis Centre, Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. All families with infants aged newborn to six months welcome. Socializing, support, refreshments, guest speakers and resource library. Free drop-in, no registration required. FMI: Chris, 339-0194 VANCOUVER ISLAND BRAZILIAN EMBROIDERY STITCHERS • Meet every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Black Creek Community Hall. Please bring a bag lunch. FMI: Darlene 897-1345.
VELVET UNDERGROUND HELPS HEAD INJURY SOCIETY Velvet Underground Hair Salon in Courtenay recently held a fabulous Drag Queen show, Drag on Fire, at the Bridge Lounge to raise awareness and money for The Head Injury Society. We are very proud to say that the event sold out and we raised $2000.00! Above, salon owner Vicky Weber presents a cheque for $2000.00 to The Head Injury Society. enthusiastic environment. Rain or shine. FMI visit www.cvrr.ca DUPLICATE BRIDGE • Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., Comox Seniors Centre.
11 WEDNESDAY OCEAN WAVES SQUARE DANCE CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY • Dec. 11, 6:00 p.m. for potluck supper, 7:30 -10:00 dancing at the Filberg Centre with caller Fran & Roger Archambault and cuer Lorna & Carmen Corbet. FMI phone Cathy or Guy at 250338-7942. TOPS (COURTENAY) • 9am-11:30am every Wednesday, St Georges United Church, 505 6th St., Courtenay. TOPS is a nonprofit support weight loss group. We are one of many in Comox Valley. FMI: 250331-0276 email@example.com tops. org COURTENAY LEGION • Every Wednesday: Drop-in Darts 1:00, Masters’ League Darts 7:30. COMOX VALLEY NEEDLEARTS GUILD • Meets at Berwick Comox Valley Retirement Residence, 1700 Comox Avenue, 7:009:00pm, every Wednesday. New members are welcome; we do crossstitch, canvaswork, Hardanger, Huck embroidery, etc., bring your stitchery! Call FMI 250-3340935. PUPPY PARTY! • Free event for puppies 16 weeks and younger. A great way to play off that puppy energy in a safe friendly environment. Bring your camera to capture the cavity sweetness of puppy play every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 at Sunrise Veterinary Clinic, 800 Shamrock Place (beside the Comox McDonalds) Comox. Call 250-339-6555 today for more information!
12 THURSDAY UNITY SERVICE • Thursday, Dec 12th - 7 pm, Unity Spiritual Centre, Lions Den, Nordin Street, Comox. What is seen as a joyous season can also be a time when we remember our personal losses - loved ones who are no longer with us, a change in home or relationship. This service creates a sacred space to remember, honour
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13 FRIDAY NEWCOMERS WALK AND TALK • Comox downtown and the Marina. Walk through Comox downtown and the Marina. Meet in the Marina parking lot, boat launch side. Dec. 13, 8:50am-10:50am. FMI:Laurey Thiele firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-7025965 COURTENAY LEGION • Meat draws every Friday, 5-7 pm. Dec, 13: “Fab Friday” Wing Night, 50 cents a wing. For members and bona fide tuesda. COMOX LEGION • Meat draws every Friday, 3 p.m. Open to all Legion members and signed in guests.
14 SATURDAY SANTA IN THE FILBERG LODGE • The Filberg Lodge in Comox is transformed at Christmas time into a cozy, pine-scented wonderland. Join us December 14 for a special guest: Santa! Mrs. Claus has assured us that Santa is available to take time out of his busy schedule for pictures with the kids (and big kids at heart) so bring your cameras! In addition to Santa,
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Ron Schmidt of Assante Capital Management Ltd. presents 49th Parallel Dance Company’s “Watering Hole” with choreography by Ariana Champlin and Carolyn Schmidt snf music by Black Taxi. The company performs Saturday, December 14th, 2 pm at The Old Church Theatre, 755 Harmston Ave., Courtenay. Tickets: $20 general admission - purchase online at www.49thparalleldanceco.com and at Silhouette Dance Shop, Triple Heat Dance, and Assante Capital. “Through a series of dance skits set to an amazing soundtrack, we are taken through “a day in a life” at The Watering Hole. Love, lust, pain, brawls, and celebrations. All beautifully displayed with grace, and athletic precision.” Plank Magazine, Vancouver “Don’t miss Watering Hole by New Yorkbased 49th Parallel Dance Company, which melds the best of contemporary dance, theatre, and indie rock music to recreate a chaotic night at a local pub.” - The Vancouver Sun
49th Parallel Dance Company was founded in 2010 by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre graduates, Ariana Champlin (New York City) and Carolyn Schmidt, who is a native of Courtenay. The company operates out of both Canada and the USA and is committed to connecting dance communities across North America through the creation and production of innovative dance works. The soundtrack for Watering Hole is a compilation of original tracks by Brooklyn-based band Black Taxi who has been referred to as “one of New York City’s most prominent live acts.” Watering Hole was created in 2012 with the support of a project grant from the Calgary 2012 arts initiative. Since then, it has become a bicoastal project with three casts of dancers and has been performed in Calgary, Vancouver, New York City and in the State of Maine. This performance is 49th Parallel Dance Company’s Vancouver Island debut!
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The dynamic Jenn Forsland leads Celebration Singers in rehearsal preparing for their upcoming Christmas concerts December 15th and 16th at St. George’s United Church in Courtenay.
Celebration Singers present annual Christmas concert Celebration Singers invites all music lovers to embrace the holiday season and join them in an evening of Christmas melodies and beautiful singing. This choir concert will be held two nights, Sunday December 15th and Monday December 16th at 7:30 pm in St. George’s United Church on Fitzgerald Avenue. Director Jenn Forsland has again chosen a repertoire of choral music that suits the four part harmonies Celebration Singers has earned a reputation for performing well. The delightful Christmas songs Calypso Lullaby (based on Mary’s Little Boy Child) and Christmas in Killarney will certainly be familiar to everyone. A couple of jazzy numbers, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) and Cool Yule, will get audiences in the groove. With superb accompaniment by the versatile Sean Mooney, the gospel spiritual Go Where I Send Thee is sure to fill St. George’s with joy. Sean Mooney is one of the valley’s most well known pianists and his talent on the keys is reason enough to come to a Celebration Singers concert! As well, Anela Kahiamoe will be adding some wonderful authentic Hawaiian ukulele sounds to Mele Kalikimaka. Other guest musicians will be Grahame Edward, Jonathan Fairbanks and Jack Roland. As the evening unfolds, the choir will entertain with a number of more classical arrangements that challenge and showcase the skills of this 65 member group. Of The Father’s Love Begotten is based on a 13th Century Plainsong, and its soaring moving melodic lines are breathtaking. Northern Lights evokes the shimmering aurora borealis just like the Norwegian composer imagined. And just to make this evening more perfect, there will be opportunities for the audience to join their voices in song with the choir and sing some traditional Christmas carols to help celebrate the season together. Come and enjoy Jenn Forsland, Sean Mooney and the Celebration Singers Choir on December 15th or 16th at St. George’s United Church. Tickets, at only $12, may be available at the door but to avoid disappointment, get yours ahead of time at Blue Heron Book Store in Comox, House of Colour in Courtenay, or from any choir member. For more information or tickets, you can also contact Michelle Pagdin at 334- 4597.
JON AND ROY’S HOLIDAY SPECIAL
Snowflakes are starting to appear, carols are popping up on the radio, the holidays are right around the corner - and with that comes Jon and Roy’s fifth annual Holiday Special! After four successful years of sold out shows at Victoria’s Alix Goolden Hall and Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre, the band will bring the revue to Courtenay’s Sid Williams Theatre for the first time on Saturday, Dec. 14; doors at 7 pm. Ticket price $37.00. This year’s lineup features CBC Radio 2 Drive’s Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65), Horse Feathers, Mother Mother’s Ryan Guldemond with guests, and Scott Stanton and David Lang of Current Swell. The event will be a revue, giving each artist a change to play an intimate “unplugged style” set. Come join in for a warm and festive evening, filled with some of the best music of the Pacific Northwest!
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Christmas show at Pearl Ellis Gallery The Pearl Ellis Gallery in wonderful downtown Comox presents its annual “SCROOGE APPROVED” art show and sale. This Christmas Fundraiser event begins December 10th and runs January 26th. The opening of the show will be celebrated with a meet and greet on Saturday, December 14th from 1:00pm - 4:00 pm. The show offers an art extravaganza of over 40 pieces priced at $400.00 or less. Visitors can expect to see quality pieces of work by local artists. This is an all media event so there will be everything from paintings in watercolour, acrylic, oil, plus photography and steel. Along with the 40 or more original pieces being brought into the show there will be three silent auctions of donated fundraiser pieces. The first will run from Dec. 10th to Dec. 19th, the second and third will be run when the gallery reopens in Jan. The proceeds from the auction go to support the gallery high school bursary program and operation costs. What would be a better way to start off your Christmas shopping than attending an art show. There is bound to be something for all tastes! Along with your Christmas shopping don’t forget the gallery offers a large array of cards, several books by local artists and 2014 calendars. Remember, visitors to the gallery not only get a chance to see great art displays, but are able to view the wonderful displays in the Comox Archives Museum that shares our space. Throughout our Christmas fundraising show the gallery encourages the public, and gallery members, to drop off food items in support of the Comox Valley Food Bank. The gallery is located at 1729 Comox Avenue. Although the Christmas Fundraiser runs from Tuesday, December 10th to Sunday, January 26th, the gallery will close for a Christmas break from December 22nd to January 13th. FMI see www.pearlellisgallery. com . We are also on Facebook.
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