The ArtSpring Presents season opens its 20th season on October 18th with an octet of perfect harmony: Saguenay Quartet (QC) and Lafayette String Quartet (BC) who are part of this year’s impressive line-up of over 100 performers in more than 50 events taking place during the 2019-20 season. In addition to its five-star series, ArtSpring Presents will offer professional development workshops with some of the visiting artists from BC, Canada, and beyond. 

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm through the ArtSpring Box Office or anytime online. The ArtSpring Presents season guide is available at ArtSpring or online at 

“In this season, ArtSpring celebrates its 20th anniversary. We invite you to come and enjoy this year of celebration with us as ArtSpring continues to bring you fabulous Canadian and international performing artists, and workshops with some of those visiting artists. We again present the MET Opera live broadcasts, along with performances for youth and the Youth Art Enrichment programs, Makana Youth Choir, and Death Cafés. New this year, we are presenting two gallery shows as part of our season program. Please join us.” – Cicela Månsson, Executive & Artistic Director

ArtSpring Presents, on October 23, a stellar collaboration of guitars in a fearless crisscrossing of genres: rock, jazz, classical, and world music with the acoustic brilliance of the California Guitar Trio together with the Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3) regarded by CBC as the hottest guitar ensemble in Canada. 

On October 28th, Les Voix humaines perform Dowland’s Lachrimae with exquisite lute solos under the masterful hands of Nigel North

On October 30th, for one night only, hip-hop/ballet choreographer Victor Quijada (Los Angeles) extracts jewels from his repertoire with RUBBERBANDance – defying notions of theatricality and audience expectations. 

MM Contemporary Dance (Italy) will take the stage for two nights November 6 and 7 for the breathtaking performance of Michela Merola’s Gershwin Suite and Enrico Morelli’s Schubert Frames. MM, who were first seen at ArtSpring in February of 2018 in an astounding production of Rite of Spring and Bolero, returns with two productions of extraordinary imagination set in the most romantic tones.

On November 15th, renowned Canadian cellist Yegor Dyachkov and pianist Jean Saulnier present a chamber music program of profound emotion; Crossroads: combining thoughtful musical substance and pleasure. 

Finishing off the month on November 28th is the return of Le Vent du Nord, considered a driving force behind Quebec’s progressive folk movement. 

Baltimore Consort takes the ArtSpring stage on January 10th, featuring ethereal soprano Danielle Svonavec performing songs in a concert titled The Food of Love: Songs, Dance, and Fancies For Shakespeare.

On January 26th, producer Mike Delamont (God is a Scottish Drag Queen) returns to ArtSpring in The War of 1812 – the funniest history lesson of a lifetime. 

Dance lovers will be thrilled to see Tentacle Tribe on stage February 18 performing their new work Ghost choreographed by B-girl “Cleopatra” Emmanuelle Lê Phan (Québeco-Vietnamese) and former RUBBERBANDance B-boy Elon Höglund (Stockholm). “Six of Montreal’s best street dancers immerse themselves in the mysterious mechanics of breathing and interpret its life-giving rhythm. Incandescent dance. An exhilarating blast of air.” Danse Danse

Élage Diouf, the sensational Senegalese soul rocker comes to ArtSpring for the first time on February 21 for a night of irresistible rhythms that make fans bask in waves of contagious euphoria. His music – a blend of pop, world, blues, folk, and asiko – thrives at the artistic crossroad of artists like Carlinhos Brown, Peter Gabriel, and Andres Cepeda. The musicality of the wolof language explains his singing mainly in his mother tongue.

“Grandes Dames of piano playing” (Frankfurter Allgemeine), Janina Fialkowska, returns to ArtSpring on March 5th with her interpretations of the classical and romantic repertoire; she is particularly distinguished as one of the great interpreters of the piano works of Chopin and Mozart. 

Fans of Gordon Lightfoot will get to wander through the wonderfully crafted songs of one of Canada’s greatest songwriters, presented by musicians perfectly suited for the journey: John McLachlan, Marc Atkinson, and Scott White performing Early Morning Rain: the songs of Gordon Lightfoot. 

Creator and director Hiromoto Ida (Ichigo-Ichieh New Theatre) performs Birthday Present for Myself on March 30th in a skillful merging of dance, theatre, classical music, and voice to tell the story of the old man, raising a glass of sake to himself in celebration on what will be his last birthday.

Youth Theatre in the ArtSpring Presents season includes Axis Theatre’sTh’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish by Joseph A. Dandurand” on April 15th with a special school performance. Jessie Richardson Awards Nominations (2016-17): Outstanding Design Set, Costumes and Props – Jay Havens; Outstanding Composer/Musical Direction – Marguerite Witvoet; Significant Artistic Achievement for centrally focusing on an Indigenous story.  

Founding conductor and music director, Clyde Mitchell, of Lion’s Gate Sinfonia unites 34 of the most respected musicians in the BC music scene on April 19th featuring guest artist, Joan Blackman in a program of music composed entirely by Beethoven (1770-1827). 

Mezzo-soprano and CBC host Julie Nesrallah and concert pianist Robert Kortgaard take the stage May 5th in an eclectic program titled My Favourite Things. With the music of Gioacchino Rossini; Francis Poulenc; Gabriel Grovlez; Reynaldo Hahn; Franz Grothe; Maurice Ravel; Manuel De Falla; Georges Bizet; Jules Massenet; Kleban/Hamlisch; Gershwin/Arlen; and William Bolcom. 

On May 20th, ArtSpring Presents one of the most outstanding and influential contemporary dancers of her generation: Peggy Baker performing unmoored. This autobiographical storytelling work brings Peggy’s deeply personal embodied life experience to the stage with BC-based Sarah Chase’s innovative solo research. 

Concluding the ArtSpring Presents 2019-20 season series on May 30th is the Borealis String Quartet, known for its fiery performances, passionate style, and refined, musical interpretation.

Throughout the 2019-20 season, ArtSpring will host several special events and workshops for all ages, Met Opera LIVE broadcasts, the 4th Annual Celebrate the Arts! on March 28, the 20th Annual Treasure Fair from July 16 – 18, the 17th Annual Chamber Music Festival from July 19 – 25, Creative residencies with Tara Cheyenne followed by Wen Wei, and four facilitated Death Cafés.

Thanks to the generous support of Country Grocer, the ArtSpring Presents 2019-20 Youth Arts will include Art Enrichment Programs: Mixed media collage with Erin Cleal starting January 31 and Picasso with Tracy Harrison starting April 17. GISS will be offered several free workshops with visiting artists of the 2019-20 ArtSpring Presents series. Additionally, Country Grocer has made it possible for youth to attend any ArtSpring Presents performance for only $5. 

Children grades 2 – 5 are invited to join ArtSpring’s Makana Youth Choir led by Caroni Young (director of Viva Chorale!). Rehearsals are held on Fridays.  

New this Season
ArtSpring Presents is pleased to showcase two gallery exhibits in its 2019-20 season.

Birgit Freybe Bateman
In 2011 Birgit Freybe Bateman was honoured with an exhibit at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. This important body of work, never before seen in its entirety in North America, opens February 24, 2020.

The Art of Rock n’ Roll
ArtSpring and Steffich Fine Art collaborate to bring the art of rock n’ roll to the ArtSpring Gallery. The show will feature the photographic work of Dee Lippingwell, Canada’s premier rock concert photographer, along with the work of local favourite and well-known rock-music poster artist Bob Masse. This show will include Masse’s poster art done for the iconic The Fillmore. Opens May 21, 2020.

ArtSpring supports the advancement of performing, visual, and creative arts and crafts on Salt Spring Island. Primarily, our work is to facilitate the community in their creative process and their use of this facility. ArtSpring Presents, just one of the things we do, is a curated series of professional artists from BC, Canada, and beyond.

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