Salt Spring Temporary Library Closes November 24

SALT SPRING ISLAND, B.C. - In preparation for the move to the new library, the temporary library facilities located at 118 Jackson Avenue will be permanently closed at 5pm on Saturday November 24th, 2012. The new library, located at 129 McPhillips Avenue, is anticipated to open in mid-December. Details of the exact opening date will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Returns will not be accepted at either location until the library re-opens. Due to the move to the new library and the usual Christmas shut down by all public library interlibrary loan departments, the interlibrary loan service at the Salt Spring Public Library will be closed from November 24, 2012 to January 2, 2013. Borrowed ILL books should be returned on the indicated due date, and incoming books will be processed and patrons notified to pick them up when the new library opens. New loan requests will be processed as of January 2, 2013. It is recommended that new and existing patrons obtain or renew…
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In Construction - Salt Spring Library Photo Tour

Had a rare opportunity today to tour the new library being built in town to check in on the progress being made in our newest community building with Duncan Hepburn Chair, Building of the Committee with the Salt Spring Island Public Library Association. Here's my prediction. This building isn't just going to be a library, it is going to become the town centre of activity for gathering, sharing, connecting, learning and exploring all year round. It's an incredibly beautiful and well planned building. In addition to all the most important amenities you would expect from a local library the building boasts a community meeting room that will be outfitted with a project screen, projector and sound system with an outdoor gathering area, meeting rooms for community and business meetings and great places for the community to connect around books and learning all around the space. Note, that all of these photos show the space in various stages of completion, and while there has…
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Salt Spring Digital - Communication, Marketing, Design and Development

Salt Spring Digital is a community group of digital media professionals in communications, marketing, digital design and development who live and/or work on Salt Spring Island. The group's focus is to share connections, new ideas and to support the creation of a thriving digital technology, design, entrepreneurial and innovation culture here on Salt Spring Island. Our group has over 100 members and has held various networking events on the island in the past. We are planning some more gatherings this coming fall. If you're interested in being part of the group, please join us at saltspringdigital.org
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Free Business Directory Listing - 50+ New Businesses Now Signed Up

We've had a great first 5 days since the launch of our new online directory service. Over 50 businesses and organizations have jumped into use the new site. If you run a local business of any kind or are part of any island organization, consider listing in the directory. The benefits are simple. You get free exposure to the 15,000+ who use the Exchange each month, you can ad links, pictures, details about what you do, you can include your phone number, a Google map link and all this will help improve the likely hood that your site will be seen online in search engine rankings. Consider listing today, it's free and it's for you for Salt Spring. Here is an example of one of our great new listings: Fernwood Road Cafe.

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All that Jazz – Karl Schwonik Quartet

One of the greatest pianists Canada has ever known visits ArtSpring on Tuesday, March 20 for a 7:00pm concert. Quebec pianist André Laplante has been honoured in almost every major competition over the years, from the International Tchaikovsky Competition to the Sydney and Long-Thibaud Compeitions. He has won several Juno awards for his recordings and has performed around the world from Carnegie Hall to China. In 2005 he was awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to classical music. He is known widely as a specialist in the music of Franz Liszt and Maurice Ravel. At his ArtSpring concert M. Laplante will play Liszt’s monumental Les Annees de Pelerinage, as well as works by Bach, Mozart and Ravel. “In recent times,” says ArtSpring Executive Director George Sipos, “we have presented some amazing young pianists near the beginning of their careers – Joyce Yang, Di Wu, Mariangella Vacatello. This time we get to hear from one of the world’s seaso…
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Performing Arts Survey Contest Winners

Very big thank you to everyone who participated in our recent survey about the performing arts on Salt Spring. Over 250 people shared a bounty of feedback and ideas about the arts on the island and the ArtSpring experience. This has helped provided us with invaluable feedback to guide how we offer programming and engage with the community. And of course those that took the time to complete the survey were entered into a prize draw to have a chance to win one of 50 bags of Salt Spring Coffee’s Organic Holiday Blend, and also be entered to win our grand prize of a day trip from Salt Spring to see Don Quixote by the National Ballet of Cuba in Vancouver. Without further adieu, here are the winners! Kathy Page is our grand prize winner! And here are the winners of a 1 lbs bag of Salt Spring Coffee’s Organic Holiday Blend! Jennifer Barrio, Tanis Beaver, Kim Benson, Rasma Bertz, Eric Booth, Hannah Brown, Heather Cameron, Brenda Dixon, Cameron Esaryk, Susan Evans, Nixe G…
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Share your ideas about performing arts!

ArtSpring wants to know what you think about the performing arts on Salt Spring. Fill out our easy online survey and you'll have a chance to win one of 50 bags of Salt Spring Coffee's Organic Holiday Blend, and also be entered to win our grand prize of a day trip from Salt Spring to see Don Quixote by the National Ballet of Cuba in Vancouver. It takes apx. 7 minutes to complete and you have a good chance of winning a prize as a thank you for your time! Click here to fill out the survey now!
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Support the Arts on Salt Spring

There's an opportunity for you to help fund the Salt Spring Arts Education Centre, a place for workshops and classes to happen on our faire isle. And it won't cost you anything! All you have to do is go to the Aviva Community Fund website and vote for the idea! You can vote every day, a total of 15 times. Start NOW. This could happen if we all participate. Voting in this round is only open until Nov. 9, so don't put it off! http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf11181
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Mount Tuam Scottish Tower House

In a 160 acre lot atop Mount Tuam sits this new dwelling. With breathtaking views over the Southern Gulf Islands to the San Juan Islands and Mount Baker beyond, the house is built in the style of a period Scottish tower house, using similar materials and ensuring extraordinary longevity and ease of maintenance. External walls are constructed of very durable metamorphic random rubble ledgestone sourced from Port Renfrew on Vancouver island. All dressings such as quoins, window surrounds, corbels, copestones, etc. are carved from imported yellow sandstone. Seven gargoyles collect rainwater from the roofs and discharge it onto the rock outcrop on which the building perches and the roof itself is clad in Vermont slate with code 6 lead flashings and watergates. Stone is used liberally inside for flooring, wall components, two staircases (one straight and one spiral), fireplaces, balusters and other architectural features. Where rainwater conductors have been used, these …
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CBC One Day on Salt Spring Video

CBC One Day on Salt Spring video by Rob Lowrie About the project 1 Day. 24 Hours. 34 Million Lives. On any ordinary day in Canada, extraordinary things happen. Canadians have remarkable stories to tell. And for the past 75 years, the CBC has enabled us to share those stories with each other. This year, we celebrate this rich heritage with 1 Day, a special CBC/Radio Canada documentary and online project that invites all Canadians to help create a unique 24 hour portrait of Canada, from midnight to 11:59, coast to coast. The two hour documentary, to be filmed on April 30th, 2011, is a joint project – between us and you. For 24 hours, our crews will span the country. We'll follow some of Canada’s most fascinating figures as their day unfolds – from emergency physicians to cops, cultural icons to sports stars. But 1 Day will also draw on videos and photos sent in by Canadians who seize this unique opportunity to provide a glimpse into their lives, their famili…
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Salt Spring Cabin Architecture and Design

Cabins are an integral part of Canadian culture. Spending summers on a dock or in the woods is a rite of passage for our neighbors to the north, who even mark the return of warmer weather with an unofficial but widely celebrated weekend holiday (May Two-Four) to kick off cottage season. On a four-acre site on Salt Spring Island, just southwest of Vancouver, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects crafted a cabin—modest in size yet bold in design—on the site where another cottage once stood. Inside the walls of rammed earth and steel, the 191-square-foot space is a cozy nook warmed by the caramel colors of the cedar on the floor and ceiling, which was milled from salvaged timbers, as well as the heat produced by the wood-burning stove. “The small size creates an intimate, protected refuge within a larger landscape,” architect Tom Kundig says. “It forces you to engage with the bigger landscape yet still provides a sanctuary from the elements.” Read more at Dwell.com:
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Linear House (Villa Klaathem) by Patkau Architects

A sixteen acre farm located on Salt Spring Island, an island in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, the site of this house is bisected from east to west by a long row of mature Douglas fir trees. There is a gentle slope falling across the site from south to north. The south half of the property is an orchard containing a variety of fruit trees; the north half of the property is a hay field. There was an existing cottage on the site which has been sold and relocated to a neighbouring property. The existing barn, garage and studio buildings remain. The new house, called Villa Klaathem by the owners, extends 276 feet in a straight line along the south side of the fir trees. The orchard has been made more regular with the addition of further fruit trees so that the clarity of the juxtaposition of cultural landscape to the south, and natural landscape to the north of the new house is reinforced. Full story and photos at Daily Ic…
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