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MET Opera Broadcast Stars Diva Renée Fleming

    News & Events    January 14, 2015

When writing about the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of The Merry Widow starring the great Renée Fleming, the Huffington Post says: “It is hard to imagine a merrier widow than Renée  Fleming, and she swirls through the Metropolitan Opera’s sumptuous new production of Franz Lehar’s popular operetta…” If last week’s opera broadcast at ArtSpring, The Barber of […]

ArtSpring Presents an Exciting New Season!

    News & Events    September 3, 2014

At ArtSpring the season is full to bursting with music, dance, theatre and a special curated gallery show this year. Subscriptions and single tickets sales start this week for ArtSpring Presents 2014/15, Met Opera broadcasts, the Bolsoi Ballet and the Royal Ballet broadcasts. The ArtSpring Presents series begins on Sunday, October 5th with the celebrated […]

Composer Iman Habibi Gets Creative at ArtSpring

    Local News    August 13, 2014

Composer and pianist Iman Habibi is at ArtSpring all this week with the Emily Carr String Quartet for a creative residency. Iman Habibi is working on a new piece for the Emily Carr String Quartet. His music is contemplative, melodic and very beautiful. Habibi is an award-winning composer whose work has been programmed by prestigious concert organizations […]

7th ArtSpring Chamber Music Festival this Week!

    Local News    July 23, 2014

Since 2008, the Salt Spring Chamber Music Festival has had its home at ArtSpring. Again this July 21-26, the distinguished faculty David Visentin (Artistic Director), Hiroko Kagawa, Paula Kiffner, Kai Gleusteen, Catherine Ordronneau and Guest Artist-in-Residence Guillaume Tardif bring their vast talents to spread the music of Bach, Haydn, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Ysaye, Ravel and Faure […]

New ArtSpring Director Gears Up for Summer

    Local News, News & Events    July 2, 2014

Just two weeks after traveling west across the country with her dog, Mia, ArtSpring’s new Executive/Artistic Director, Cicela Månsson, has rolled up her sleeves and is busy at work. “I’m thrilled to be in such a wonderful place and to have the chance to do work that makes a real difference in the community,” says […]

Ivan and Me

    News & Events    April 23, 2014

The first time I saw Ivan Coyote perform, I shared a stage with her. It was over a decade ago at Casa del Popolo, a bar frequented by artists and creative types in Montreal’s Mile-End neighbourhood. I was one of the poets to read that night before Ivan headlined with her stories. I’d read Ivan’s […]

Play Celebrates Life of Tommy Douglas

    News & Events    April 15, 2014

What is remembered of even the most famous of us a few decades after our death? Often lamentably little beyond a few salient facts. Think of Tommy Douglas, whom Canadians in at 2004 CBC poll voted “The Greatest Canadian” of all time. What comes to mind at the mention of his name but a few of the most […]

Incredible Dance Show with Taiko Drumming on Salt Spring

    News & Events    April 2, 2014

Karoshi, the next show in ArtSpring’s dance series, blows off some serious workplace steam on Monday, April 7th with Shay Kuebler’s Dance troupe from Vancouver. Merging dance, multimedia and live Taiko drumming, Shay Kuebler’s Karoshi (which is a Japanese term that translates literally to “death from overwork”) physically and visually depicts the clash between extreme […]

Phantom Star in Concert this Friday

    News & Events    April 2, 2014

The Canadian production of The Phantom of the Opera premiered on Sept. 20, 1989 at the Pantages Theatre in Toronto. It broke all box office records of its day for advance ticket sales, and then ran for 10 years. The star of the show, playing Christine, was soprano Rebecca Caine, the same Rebecca Caine who […]

Never Mind the Glitz

    News & Events    March 26, 2014

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We spend a lot of time encouraging audiences to come hear a string quartet because they won first prize at Banff, to listen to a band because they are two-time Juno nominees, to see a play because the CBC called it “wildly funny, the highlight of the season, etc.”  Sometimes, however, it’s a relief to […]

Ballet this Sunday. Minus the Riot.

    News & Events    March 12, 2014

On May 29, 1913 Paris witnessed history’s most famous theatrical riot. The audience for the first performance of The Rite of Spring was shocked, so the story goes, by Stravinsky’s unprecedented music and Diaghilev’s daring choreography. Fights broke out and the police had to be called to quell the brouhaha. But as with many good […]

Portland’s Star Dance Company on Salt Spring

    News & Events    March 5, 2014

Portland’s Northwest Dance Project, one of the most widely praised contemporary dance companies on the American West Coast, has been called by the American press “one of the hottest dance troupes in the country” and they perform at ArtSpring on Monday, March 10. The company was started and continues to be directed by Sarah Slipper. […]

New Music: Crossing the Bridge into the Unknown

    News & Events    February 19, 2014

Contemporary composers, no less than Mozart or Beethoven or Brahms, work to craft sound into compositions to help us understand the world we live in and the inner workings of our lives. Though New Music is sometimes seen as frightening and unfamiliar by audiences, it is by crossing the bridge into the unknown that we […]

One-Woman Play Explores Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault

    News & Events    February 17, 2014

To entertain. To explore. To inform. These have always been the pillars on which live theatre is built. On Wednesday, February 18 ArtSpring brings a highly praised one-woman play to Salt Spring in which actress Emmilia Gordon presents a powerful drama about drink spiking and drug facilitated sexual assault. If that sounds heavy duty, well, […]

Driving Miss Daisy on Stage at ArtSpring

    News & Events    February 6, 2014

Regardless of the play, theatre is always an act of courage: How to convince an audience that what they see on stage matters, not just as entertainment, but as an exploration of intense moments of human experience. You’d think the courage to attempt this is especially necessary for new and experimental theatre, for works that […]

Les Voix Humaines in Concert February 7

    News & Events    February 5, 2014

That history repeats itself is a truism so widely known that we tend to ignore it. The Taliban we read about endlessly in the newspaper is a case in point. Here are a bunch of irrational Islamists determined to overthrow secular government in the name of a radically fundamentalist religion. They seem animated by a […]

World-Famous Cellist Performs December 3rd

    News & Events    November 27, 2013

Raphael Wallfisch, one of the greatest living cellists in the world, visits ArtSpring on Tuesday, December 3 for a concert of music by Bach, Brahms, Debussy and Stravinsky. So what, you say. What makes him so special? For starters, he has played with all the major orchestras in the world, and has recorded every known […]

African American Roots Music Group Performs November 14th

    Uncategorised    November 13, 2013

Digging for roots is rewarding not just for gardeners. Much of what we value in music too has its roots in a past that is often obscure, but whose recovery can enrich both our ears and minds. In the case of African-American music, we think we know the terrain: the Blues, Gospel, Jazz. But behind […]

Sackbut and Vocal Ensemble Peforms Sunday

    News & Events    October 30, 2013

After all the fog we’ve been having the last few weeks, Salt Springers know a thing or two about the meaning of the word “obscure.” We know that the harbour, the hills, the contours of this place are as lovely as ever, only hidden from view. The same thing can be true about music. Time […]

Iconic Dancer Margie Gillis Performs Oct. 19th

    News & Events    October 16, 2013

Margie Gillis is unquestionably one of the greatest artists Canada has ever produced. Her appearance at ArtSpring in a new dance work on Saturday, October 19 marks fourty years of remarkable achievement as a dancer, choreographer and inspiration to several generations of young artists intent on exploring how movement can reveal and express the inner […]

Singing Sideways: Adi Braun Brings Jazz to ArtSpring

    News & Events    October 9, 2013

What do you do if you’re born with a natural musical gift into a family of opera singers? What do you make of such a blessing, or, alternatively, curse? That was the question facing Adi Braun, the jazz/cabaret singer who performs at ArtSpring on Saturday, October 12. Her parents were both prominent stars of the […]

Jazz Legend Harold Mabern in Concert Monday

    News & Events    September 25, 2013

When classical musicians talk about the history of music they talk about form: polyphony, fugue, sonata form, twelve-tone serialism, and all the rest of it. Liken it to jazz musicians and you hear a list of names of legendary performers: Miles Davis, Art Tatum, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, and on and on. Why is that? […]

Piano Fortissimo: Beatrice Rana in Concert

    News & Events    September 18, 2013

This spring all eyes in the classical music world were on Fort Worth, Texas, as they are every four years for the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, one of the most prestigious competitions for the best and brightest pianists from around the world. The favourite this year for many who followed the performances was 20-year old […]

Chamber Music Festival This Week at ArtSpring

    News & Events    July 22, 2013

The Salt Spring Chamber Music Festival springs to life at ArtSpring this week with three great concerts and a week of learning for the festival’s resident students and faculty. This year’s concerts will feature many highly talented musicians who play diverse instruments that range from banjo to cello and from piano to oboe. The first […]

Boisterous Danish Band to Play Concert

    News & Events    July 10, 2013

This spring the band Le Vent du Nord brought their traditional-Quebecois-folk-music-meets-the-21st-century to ArtSpring. The audience loved their old meets new style. Similarly, Habadekuk, a boisterous Danish band that takes traditional Danish dance melodies and gives them a new lease on life plays a concert at ArtSpring on July 19th at 8:00 p.m. Known as one […]

African Music Concert This Sunday

    News & Events    July 4, 2013

Last year H’SAO, a higly gifted band of musicians of Chadian origin now living and making music in Montreal, hit the Vancouver Folk Festival and were absolutely amazing. This Sunday, July 7th  at 2:30 p.m. at ArtSpring, Salt Springers will have a rare chance to hear this stunning group in concert. Including instrumentalists and singers, […]

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Community News

  • Alert: Fulford Harbour Boat Fire

    by on August 10, 2018

    It probably started around 12:15 and was out with the boat totally destroyed by about 12:45. Coast Guard and lots of other vessels on hand. Didn’t see the initial fire so don’t know if there was an explosion or not. Of course, have no idea if the occupants got to safety but likely they did […]

  • Salt Spring Chamber – Green Touris...

    by on August 9, 2018

    The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce has again been recognized and re-accredited by Green Tourism Canada. We become Canada’s first Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre to become accredited members of Green Tourism Canada in 2016. Our “silver” re-accreditation was made official on August 3rd, 2018. We are proud to be working within this program […]

  • Sow Spinach and Greens; Pests and Proble...

    by on August 9, 2018

    Yesterday should have been “Spinach Day” in my garden, but it is far too hot to attempt to sow anything right now. I have had good results sowing spinach as late as the middle of August so will wait to until it cools down in a couple of days to plant seeds. The forecast for […]

  • Temporary Wastewater Bypass for Ganges W...

    by on August 9, 2018

    The Capital Regional District (CRD) is currently upgrading the wastewater treatment plant in Ganges Village on Salt Spring Island and in order to complete the work a wastewater bypass is required between August 16 and August 28, 2018. During this time, wastewater will receive preliminary treatment only (solids screening) and then bypass the normal treatment process […]

  • Indefatigable Old Boys Awards Ceremony

    by on August 8, 2018

    The Old Boys celebrated their 2017/2018 season with the Annual Awards Ceremony at the Tweedle residence on August 4th. This years Awards Ceremony had been held back due to the absence of stalwart Head Statistician, Columnist, and Sausage Roll connoisseur Fraser Hope while on his sojourns back to bonnie Scotland. Quite what Hope was up […]

  • Salt Spring Makes the Cover of the Vanco...

    by on August 8, 2018

    Salt Spring makes the cover of the Vancouver Sun – but not for a good reason The severity of Salt Spring’s housing crisis is well known by the many hundreds who are directly affected, and by a few hundred more like me who know people who are. But as of yesterday, tens of thousands across […]

  • Fire News: Close Call, On Alert, Lessons...

    by on August 8, 2018

    (Humanity) is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in (us) can be wrought by crisis – once that crisis can be recognized and understood. Norman Cousins Glimpsing backwards to discover patterns of adaption For those of us who have gone through hardships in the past, this week we woke up once again to the need […]

  • Video and Photos: New Bike Park Opens to...

    by on August 6, 2018

    After years of consultation, planning, design and community engagement The Salt Spring Lions Commemorative Bike Park opened today with a big turn out from the community. Dozens of families, bikes in tow, joined the project sponsors, managers and supporters in the opening of the island’s first bike park. The family bike park is a dirt […]

  • Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 201...

    by on August 3, 2018

    Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue responded to 60 Incidents in June 2018. These were: Twenty (20) medical emergencies, One (1) structure fire, Five (5) motor vehicle incidents (MVIs), Eight (8) calls for assistance, Two (2) BC Hydro incidents – one fire and one tree on lines, Thirteen (13) open burns, One (1) animal rescue, Two […]

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