Category Archives: Arts

Michael Keith revives live music in Mansons Landing

CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

Cortes Island is home to many musicians, but, during the pandemic, live music events were almost entirely non-existent due to public health orders. With the orders finally lifted, local artists are eager to return to the stage.

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Ocean rescue ‘heroes’ the subject of new television series

By Crystal St.Pierre, Windspeaker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Four communities along the western shores of British Columbia that are members of the Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary will be showcased in an upcoming television series called Ocean Warriors – Mission Ready.

“We are going to watch those guys transition into a full-fledged volunteer Indigenous coast guard,” said Steve Sxwithul’txw, creator, producer and director of the upcoming series.

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Danny Ramadan, the enduring storyteller

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Danny Ramadan has an intriguing way of answering a question. 

“Let me tell you a story,” the Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker and longtime advocate for queer refugees says.

Ramadan is in every way a storyteller, a hakawati, who builds lyrical narrative around dichotomies; contrasting beauty with ugliness, tenderness with violence, love and loathing, all interwoven with memories bitter and sweet. 

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Cortes Island summer music festival cautiously revives as pandemic restrictions ease

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

Editor’s Note: Greg Osoba has played with bands Six Foot Johnson and with the Mark Brotten and Rex Weyler ensembles in past Lovefest events.

An annual summer music festival, in various forms, on rural Cortes Island has been an institution for decades. It’s been organized by various people and set in numerous locations over the years. The events range from full weekend to single day celebrations.

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