Family Ties

On February 25, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

Bob Bossin performs “Davy the Punk” on Saturday, Feb. 28th at 7:30 p.m.

Imagine your father was a quiet, conservative man. Then imagine if one day someone tells you that your father was once outlaw and a punk.

Performer Bob Bossin, one of BC’s best known folk singers from way back, comes to ArtSpring on February 28th with his one-man show of music, theatre, and storytelling about his father “Davy the Punk”.

The show tells the tale of Davy Bossin’s life in the gambling underworld of the 30s and 40s. A life Bob Bossin knew nothing about till about forty years ago.

Blocked by the rampant anti-semitism of the time, Davy Bossin blazed his own path in the gambling industry. The Attorney General of Ontario and the police doggedly pursued Davy Bossin from the late 1930s onwards.

Imagine Bob Bossin’s surprise to discover this.

Now, how many of us really know the people our parents have been? Often there are many lives lived within a life and this show explores just that.

You’ll want not only want to attend the show because of this fascinating story, but also because Bob Bossin is probably BC’s best known folk singer from way back and has considerable talent and skill, having spent 40 years writing and performing music and stories.

He co-founded the iconic and long-lived Canadian folk group Stringband and is the author of some of Canada’s favourite folk songs. He has recorded a dozen albums.

“Only a handful of songwriters have created a body of work that constitutes a portrait of our country. Stan Rogers did that. So did Gordon Lightfoot. And so does Bob Bossin,” says Stuart Mclean.

In addition to being a musician, Bob Bossin is also a writer. He published poetry in the 70s with House of Anansi Press. He has written non-fiction, including the book Settling Clayoquot (1981), and the play Bossin’s Home Remedy for Nuclear War (1986).

In 2014, Porcupine Quill published the memoir by Bossin – Davy the Punk: A Story of Bookies, Toronto the Good, the Mob and My Dad. Copies of the book will be on sale at ArtSpring on the evening of the performance.

Now is your chance to hear Bossin’s performance about fatherhood, family, immigrant life, political high life and the criminal underworld.

Kinda makes you wonder about your own family, doesn’t it?

Tickets to the February 28th 7:30 pm performance can be purchased at ArtSpring in person (100 Jackson Ave.), or at 537-2102 or at Adults: $23; Youth: $5.


Interested in Having a Spring Fling?

On February 23, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

With spring just around the corner, ArtSpring is getting a head start on the celebrations. Join us for our Spring Fling Festival (March 3-7) with four exciting exciting shows over five days!

Festival Schedule:

For tickets to the shows, visit ArtSpring in person (100 Jackson Ave.), or call 537-2102 or visit

Artist Descriptions:

Jan Lisiecki, the winner of Gramophone Magazine’s prestigious Young Artist of the Year award in 2013, joins us on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 pm. He is a prize-winner in seven international competitions and has already released three highly acclaimed recordings – his Chopin Etudes were nominated for a Juno award – and he plays solo recitals and with major orchestras around the world.

Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnaval in the Appalachian Mountains. A sound where dynamic percussion instruments rumble beneath blues drenched vocals, telecaster twangs, accordion acrobatics, and folksy fiddle tunes. Imagine Matuto. This well-loved band plays at ArtSpring Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. and their dynamic music will be sure to have you dancing!

Cicela Mansson

ArtSpring’s new Executive/Artistic Director, Cicela Månsson, a graduate of the Faculty of Music at McGill and an accomplished coloratura soprano, performs on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. Her tastes range from musical theatre to jazz to classical repertoire. She’ll treat us to an evening of songs from Gershwin, Bernstein, Donizetti and a wide variety of her favourite works.

One actor becomes six different guitarists, each with his own distinctive voice, views and musical style (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk and Country) in Six Guitars on Saturday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. The characters play music, share their history and celebrate or skewer the other genres. Hilarious, charming and at times surprisingly poignant, Six Guitars has toured North America since its premiere in 2010, earning awards and applause everywhere.


Beethovenfest: A Three-Day Extravaganza!

On January 27, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

Catherine and KaiAccording to ArtSpring board member and classical music aficionado George Ehring, Beethoven’s violin sonatas are “hallmarks of the repertoire and great examples of Beethoven’s maturing art.” George has taught the well-loved Meaning in Music course at ArtSpring over the years, which focuses on classical music appreciation. If anyone knows great classical music, it’s George.

Over three consecutive days – February 6th, 7th, & 8th – you will have the rare opportunity to experience the complete Beethoven violin sonatas performed by two terrific performers who are friends of ArtSpring and faculty of our annual Chamber Music Festival.

Award-winning musicians and husband and wife duo, violinist Kai Gleusteen and pianist Catherine Ordronneau, will immerse attendees in Beethoven’s exquisite music. The first concert on February 6th at 7:30 p.m. features Beethoven violin sonatas 1, 4, and 7. During the following evening’s concert on February 7th at 7:30 p.m. hear sonatas 3, 6, 9 (Kreutzer Sonata). On February 8th at 2:30 p.m. listen to sonatas 2, 5 (Spring Sonata), 8, and 10.

For people new to Beethoven, this is also a great chance to hear his small-scale and very approachable music. Kai, concertmaster of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Orchestra in Barcelona, is a very interesting speaker and will introduce each of the sonatas. This will be helpful to anyone who is new to Beethoven’s music and certainly interesting to those familiar with the music.

The weekend is a three-day feast for the senses with music, delicacies and visual art! On opening night at 6:30 p.m. enjoy Salt Spring Vineyards wine and Salt Spring Island cheeses. Continue the celebration on Feb 7th with a wine bar and on Feb 8th for a Viennese Kaffeehaus with tea and decadent desserts.

Bring a friend, a date, a family member, or come solo, and spend one, two, even three fine evenings with us!

For tickets call the ArtSpring Box Office at 537-2102 or visit Adults: $25 per concert or $56 for all three; Youth: $5 per concert. (For the three-concert package, please call the Box Office.)


Who Are You Anyway? – Submit Your Selfie!

On January 13, 2015, in News, by ArtSpring

Pope Francis poses for a selfie.

Nearly anyone with a cell phone can attest to having a collection of selfies. Selfies of that new haircut, from that great party, beside that celebrity last summer. Even Pope Francis poses for selfies. Remember Ellen’s famous Oscar selfie? It became the most retweeted image of all-time.

Now, you can bring your selfie beyond your cell phone or social media feeds into the world of art!

Submit a selfie that says something interesting about you to ArtSpring by February 1, 2015 for a special art project to be curated by four young local media-arts students. There is no cost to enter and there are prizes to be won!

The curators will select a number of selfie submissions and shape the pieces into a gallery presentation to be exhibited in late March.

Email your selfie to Please send as high a resolution image as your technology allows and also include your name, your e-mail address, and phone number.

For more information visit


Here’s Looking at You: Call for Submissions

On November 5, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring
Portraits of Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring by Robert Mapplethorpe

Portraits of Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring by Robert Mapplethorpe

From a time when portraiture reigned to Picasso’s cubist portraits that questioned our ideas of a unified self to Cindy Sherman’s “self” portraits to today’s selfie culture, the subject of the human self is a timeless theme in the visual arts.

Last year Salt Spring artists submitted artwork to our 20/20 Vision curated art exhibit and this year we invite submissions to our Here’s Looking at You exhibit. Submit an image of your piece (i.e. your artistic exploration of the human self) to us by January 31, 2015 and your work may be chosen to appear in the exhibit. There are also two prizes to be won: a $1000 Jury Prize and an $800 Viewer’s Choice Prize.

Please read the full submission guidelines and we look forward to looking at your work!


No Organization is an Island

On September 30, 2014, in News, by Julian Paquette

Volunteers IIWhen I first moved to Salt Spring, I was quite surprised at how many of the island’s organizations ran on a crew of hard-working volunteers and a tiny staff. I thought…this island must be run on volunteers. After a few years on Salt Spring I realized I wasn’t far off.

ArtSpring, like many Salt Spring not-for-profits, needs volunteers. In fact, we are currently looking for more volunteers to join our team. We’re hoping to find people for all kinds of roles including gardening, ground maintenance, ushers, box office, and hospitality crew.

If you’d like to meet folks who enjoy the arts and be a part of creating a thriving community arts centre then volunteering at ArtSpring is for you. Volunteers also enjoy special perks and incentives!

Please contact our friendly Box Office Manager and Coordinator of Volunteers Taryn Hancock at or (250) 537-2102 for more information.

Thank you!


Marta Marta Productions

On August 18, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring

Marta Marta Productions

As one of Vancouver’s cutting-edge new works dance companies, MMP is a response to artistic director Martha Carter’s vision of dance as a necessity of life. Together with Vancouver Microcosmos String Quartet MMP present two new dance productions to the music of György Ligeti.

  • Rehearsals (free) – Aug 17, 19, 20 & 21 from 12-1 pm
  • Informal Performance 1 (free) – Aug. 18 at 7 pm
  • Workshop Dancing Your Spine ($20) - Au Open g 20 from 7-8:30pm
  • Informal Performance 2 (free) – Aug 22 at 8 pm

For more info call ArtSpring at 250.537.2102 or visit www.artspring.caSpeaking_067


A Room of One’s Own

On July 15, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring


On June 27th, George Sipos and Cicela Mansson (our new Executive/Artistic Director) and the ArtSpring board presented ArtSpring’s longstanding Technical Director Marv Coulthard a plaque. In honour of Marv’s years of work – he’s been with ArtSpring since the building opened in 1999 – the technical studio has been renamed The Marv Coulthard Studio.

Thanks for all of your hard work over the years Marv. Here’s to many more!


Farewell George, but Not So Long

On June 30, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring

George and CarThis Friday marks George Sipos’ last day as ArtSpring Executive Director. It’s been a great seven year run for George at ArtSpring and we’ll miss him dearly.

During his time here, George was a champion for youth and the arts. He spearheaded various youth-related initiatives like maintaining the $5 youth tickets ArtSpring offers.

He also was the visionary behind the ArtSpring Chamber Music Festival, which is now in its 7th year this July.

George grew our dance programming into an ever-more popular yearly series that features some of Canada’s most innovative dance troupes.

His passion for the arts and willingness to try new things – like this year’s 20/20 Vision Art Exhibit – were great gifts he gave to the Salt Spring community.

George has very strong beliefs about the role of the arts in society and he never shied away from holding on to what he held true.

Art is to provoke, to move, to inspire, to evoke. Entertainment is secondary.

Definitely the fodder of many heated and passionate debates around these parts.

And the inspiration for the past seven years.

Thank you George. Farewell, but not so long.



The Salt Spring Kidd Pivot Project

On May 13, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring

SS KP ProjectRemember the spectacular dance film An Evening with Crystal Pite at the Netherlands Dans Theatre we screened last fall? It featured choreography by Crystal Pite, “one of the hottest choreographers on the planet” (according to the Vancouver Sun). We definitely agree. Now, Crystal will visit us on Salt Spring next week with her dance company Kidd Pivot for three days of events and workshops. 

On Thursday, May 22 we begin with a film night and chat with Crystal Pite at the GISS Dance Studio. This will be an extraordinary chance to converse with an incredible dance professional and see her work on screen.

On Friday, May 23, in addition to a workshop for the high school dancers at the Gulf Islands Secondary School, Crystal and the Kidd Pivot dancers will teach two workshops for the public: a workshop for Salt Spring community dancers at Antler Ridge Studio (211 Horel Road) at 1pm and a workshop for advanced and pre-professional dancers at GISS at 5pm.

On Saturday, May 24 at the GISS Dance Studio at 9am, Friday workshop attendees are invited to spend the morning with Crystal and company putting what they learned into action by creating a choreographic project. The public is also invited to attend and watch the creation unfold into a finished product.

To register for the workshops and film screening, call the Box Office at 537-2102 or visit us online, and also make sure to confirm your registration by emailing All events are $20 each (except Saturday, which is free). Payments can be made at ArtSpring (by phone or online) or at the door.