2017 Juno Award Winners Play Outstanding Fiddle

On October 13, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck

The Fretless is an innovation in music that must be heard. They harbor all the energy of fiddle tunes, while shattering all expectations in writing, creativity and performance. This award-winning unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements.

Watch The Fretless perform Alphonzo McKenzie’s/Salkantay

The Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is quickly gaining high acclaim around the world. This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements.

The award-winning group will perform songs from their newest album, Birds Nest, which was the 2017 Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. Instrumental compositions are inspired by events, people and places connected to the band. Each song tells a story and has its own musical arc, with a commitment to mastery of their instruments and a playful, creative artistry that shows throughout their performances.

OCT 17
7:30 PM; bar 6:30 PM
$25 | YOUTH $5


All-male work explores love & longing

On September 22, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck

ArtSpring’s dance season opens with one of Canada’s best-known choreographers – Josh Beamish, or MOVETHECOMPANY. This year, ArtSpring is proud to present New-York based Canadian Josh Beamish for two performances in one evening; Thursday October 5 at 7:30 pm; bar opens at 6:30 pm. There will be two dance workshops; Wednesday October 4 and a special workshop for GISS/GISPA students on Thursday October 5.

Tickets are available online or at ArtSpring’s Box Office. Adult tickets are $25. Youth are $5, thanks to Country Grocer’s generous youth sponsorship program. Josh Beamish | MOVETHECOMPANY at ArtSpring is proudly sponsored by Joan Farlinger and Salt Spring Coffee.


, by Josh Beamish, features six male dancers illustrating the human condition of men seeking relationships in today’s technological society. Saudade, a portuguese word describing a love that remains; a constant desire for a reality unlikely to exist – the love and longing after someone leaves. Merging elegant balletic lines with street-style dynamism and drive, the work conjures up fleeting intimacies in a series of ghostly solos, duets, and group passages, accompanied by Hildur Guðnadóttir’s hauntingly beautiful cello score.

Beamish has brought together six outstanding male dancers whose collective credits include leading companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Sasha Waltz & Guests, and La La La Human Steps.

Concerto, by Josh Beamish, is a technically astonishing and articulate choreographic approach to the body in space. In Concerto Beamish has earned the respect and admiration of his peers and critics worldwide for his distinctive and meticulous style as a dancer. Concerto is both created and performed by Beamish to the music of J.S. Bach.


MOVETHECOMPANY was founded by Josh Beamish in 2005 and his works have since extensively toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.  Outside of the company, he has created in collaboration with The Royal Ballet, Dutch National/Het Nationale Ballet Junior Company, Cape Town Opera, New York City Ballet Principals Wendy Whelan for Restless Creature and Ashley Bouder for The Ashley Bouder Project, among many more. Josh is the recipient of artistic residencies throughout North America, including the Banff Centre, Jacob’s Pillow and a term as the National Incubator Artist for the American Dance Institute in Washington, DC. He is an alumni of the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate organization of New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, and a Jerome Robbins Foundation grantee.




ArtSpring Launches New Season

On September 22, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck

Dear Friends,

After months of pouring over recordings and live performances, I’m truly excited to offer you an exceptional new season at ArtSpring.

This season marks our 19th year providing world-class performances on the ArtSpring stage, and this season is no exception. Canadian legend Jane Coop, award-winning Rolston String Quartet, preeminent Gryphon Trio, the unbelievably talented Jan Lisiecki, fiddle and folk music of The Fretless and Early Spirit, jazz tributes by Rémi Bolduc, spectacular ballet and contemporary dance with local and Italian companies, provocative and hilarious theatrical performances, and much more will grace the ArtSpring stage.

ArtSpring celebrates the season opening on October 5th with the dance company of Josh Beamish and on October 11th with classical music icon, Jane Coop in her brilliant new program Piano Giants: Beethoven & Rachmaninov.

I look forward to seeing you!

Cicela Månsson

Executive & Artistic Director



On Friday, July 21st and Saturday, July 22nd, ArtSpring presents the 10th Annual Salt Spring Chamber Music Festival Concerts: a celebration of one of life’s noblest pursuits – chamber music featuring international guest artists and rising young artists.


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Remembering Bob Rogers

On July 20, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck

Bob Rogers, Salt Spring photographer and lifetime ArtSpring supporter passed too soon and will be dearly missed by all. Thank you, Bob, for your endless contribution to our community. May your spirit soar as we remember you fondly.


July 2017 ArtSpring Events

On July 6, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck

Is it July already?! Salt Springers sure have been busy with family, friends & beaches to bask on.

In between sun-in’s, our crew have been preparing for ArtSpring’s major fundraiser, the 17th Annual Treasure Fair, July 13-15, including a truly special Treasure Fair fiddle concert by the one and only, Daniel Lapp.

This month, classical music lovers will be treated exceptionally well by a special Salt Spring Forum event with author, Madeleine Thien taking readers into a world of classical music, followed by our 10th annual Chamber Music Fest featuring a Young Artist and Faculty concert, July 21 & 22.

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Gallery Lighting Upgrade

On July 6, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck

An anonymous donor approached ArtSpring in 2014 wishing to support a project to upgrade  the ArtSpring gallery lighting. Finding a gallery lighting design company proved to be a real challenge. But we did it and soon the installation will be complete. As with most large projects there are a host of people to thank.

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Classical music lovers will want to read Madeleine Thien’s novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, a new novel that catapults its narrator from Vancouver to China into a world of classical music, the Cultural Revolution, and the Tiananmen Square demonstrations – join us, July 9th for a live presentation and discussion with the author at ArtSpring.

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Treasure Fair Feature

On June 9, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck

Treasure Fair Feature
As the auction catalogue grows you’ll want to start making your “must have” lists. This year boasts a spectacular collection of outstanding items unique to Treasure Fair. Imagine your next winter on the island of Maui…

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Summer Fun at ArtSpring

On May 31, 2017, in News, by Jessica Beck


The ArtSpring team have been twirling through the halls – ok, not really, but we’re really happy and getting ready to launch our sizzlin’ Summer Schedule and upcoming spectacular 2017/18 Season! We’re also vitalizing our facebook activities and would love to hear from you.

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