Starting on a sad note, one of the mainstays of arts and entertainment in the Cowichan Valley for the past 12 years, Kirsten Schrader, is stepping down as Manager of the Arts and Culture Division of the Cowichan Regional District. Valley and the Cowichan Performing Arts Center.
Schrader took the job in 2010 and was named Presenter of the Year in 2018 by the BC Touring Council for her efforts to make CPAC an award-winning theater venue.
“I’m so proud of the accomplishments we’ve made as a team over the past 13 years,” Schrader said. “Thank you to the Cowichan Community Center Commission for trusting in my vision to make CPAC a place worthy of national attention. We have learned during the COVID-19 closure that our theater is a cultural center and plays a vital role in bringing communities together in shared and meaningful experiences. It is a special place worth investing in.
Several projects initiated by Schrader will be completed by the summer of 2023, including replacing the original 1978 theater seats, renovating the restrooms to make wheelchairs accessible, and relocating the theater concession.
“I hope CVRD will continue to support and recognize the value of the arts in our daily lives,” Schrader said. “I look forward to getting involved in the community once we return here. Thank you to the talented staff at CPAC and the passionate and resourceful arts community for your collaboration over the years.
Schrader’s replacement will be Patrick LeBlanc, the current theater host, while a permanent replacement is being sought.
Music teacher Joy Ann Bannerman had a congratulatory letter to share.
She received two letters from the National Jury of the Canada Conservatory about flute student Joanna Hibberd.
Duncan’s student received the Canada Conservatory Medal of Excellence for the Grade 4 Classical Flute exam, the highest score in British Columbia for that subject and grade.
She also won the $500 Jack and Louise Speake Scholarship for furthering her musical education.
“We are both excited and delighted!” Bannerman said. “I’ve had laureates before at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and Canada Conservatory, which is based in London, Ontario, in the 1990s and early 2000s. Due to the pandemic, the awards ceremony in Vancouver will not take place this fall and she will receive her two awards in the mail in the coming months.
Hibberd began playing the flute as an adult with lessons in the spring of 2018.
“It’s never too late to love learning a musical instrument,” she said. “I am the proof.”
The Maple Bay Painters are hosting their signature fall exhibition at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Gallery from October 13 to November 10.
Founded in 1967, the Maple Bay Painters are one of the oldest arts groups in the region, with over 40 artists working in a variety of media.
A number of small works will be for sale as part of a fundraiser for the group’s annual scholarships for local high school graduates planning to further their education in the visual arts.
“For buyers, this is a chance to secure a piece at a great price from a well-known artist,” said a press release for the event.
There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 14 from 4-6:30 p.m., featuring music by cellist Trisha Danielle.
For more information, visit the Maple Bay Painters website: https://maplebaypainters.ca/events
The Cowichan Artisans Studios fall tour will take place this weekend.
On October 15 and 16, 13 artisans will open their workshops from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Studios range from Ladysmith to Shawnigan Lake on this self-guided tour.
For a map go to https://www.cowichanartisans.com/events
The Cowichan Valley Naturalists focus on dragonflies.
A webinar on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. is titled “Dragonflies Can Change Your Life,” with the tagline “They Dance in the Sky with Dinosaurs!”
Cameron Eckert will be the guest speaker for this illustrated introduction to dragonflies and damselflies and the places where they live.
Eckert is a Whitehorse ecologist who explores, studies and documents the rich biodiversity and ecosystems of the Yukon and British Columbia.
Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.
The Cowichan Public Art Gallery is hosting a public information meeting on Friday, October 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
It will take place at the Cowichan Community Center in Duncan in the library.
The meeting will discuss the group’s first official art exhibition space, on the ground floor of the Green Door building, which is expected to be part of the new public gallery. The Green Door space is expected to open in early 2023.
He will also discuss the difference between a public gallery and the private galleries already thriving in the Cowichan Valley, and all the latest news on gallery plans.
For more information, email [email protected]
If you’re looking for a laugh, you can check out the Big Beast Stand-up Comedy Tour in Lake Cowichan on October 22.
The show is coming to the Riverside Inn, and will feature John Beuhler, who has been on JFL, corner gas, the Comedy Network and 800lbs Gorilla Records; and Duane Goad, who has been on Comedy Central, NBC, Las Vegas Comedy Festival and The Improv.
“The pandemic is over and professional comedians have been woken up from their hangovers,” Beuhler said in a press release.
“The ensuing recession closed many stand-up comedy venues, and in an attempt to rebuild a thriving and hilarious infrastructure, Beuhler founded Big Beast Comedy to bring the world’s best stand-up comedy to those who love it. appreciate the most. ”
The show starts at 8 p.m.
Buy tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-beast-stand-up-comedy-the-riverside-inn-lake-cowichan-tickets-421704819467
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