Category Archives: Arts

An Artistic Sacred Journey: The Pacific Northwest’s canoe culture

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A massive canvas canoe adorned with sweeping bold lines of red, black and royal blue swallows up the space around it.

Artist KC Hall has little room to step back and get perspective on his latest work housed in a temporary workshop on Quadra Island a week before Christmas.

Hall, renowned for his synthesis of graffiti, manga and Northwest Coast art, is finishing up a central piece for the Sacred Journey travelling exhibition, slated to launch in Campbell River on Vancouver Island this spring.

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Rustic Oracle: seeing the missing womens crisis through a child’s eyes

the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Award-winning Mohawk filmmaker Sonia Bonspille Boileau, (Le dep, The Oka Legacy, Last Call Indian), is premiering her latest film Rustic Oracle this week in Nanaimo and Kelowna.

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Marnie’s Books – Small Bookstore with big draw on Cortes Island

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Folks from far-flung places land on Cortes Island every summer to swim the lakes, paddle the seas and explore the forests.

Yet a top destination in this B.C. outdoor adventure paradise is a tiny independent bookstore called Marnie’s Books. The red, cottage-like bookstore punctuated by an aquamarine door is a hive of activity whenever it’s open.

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Shaena Lambert launches her Latest novel – Petra – on Cortes Island

The internationally recognized novelist Shaena Lambert recently made a virtual visit to Marnie’s Books, on Cortes Island. Four of works have been chosen for Best Canadian stories and the Globe and Mail recognised three of her previous novels as books of the year. Lambert is also a dedicated environmentalist, who was arrested twice during the Burnaby Mountain protests, and continues to actively oppose oil pipelines and logging of old growth. In the most recent Folk U Friday radio program,  the Vancouver novelist explained why she chose to virtually launch her new novel, Petra, on Cortes Island. 

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