ArtSpring Newsletter – What’s on November 2021

Who knows where inspiration comes from? I was listening to the CBC the other day, they were interviewing The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger who wrote Light My Fire. Remember that wild piece? Krieger said the instrumental solos were inspired by the chord structure in John Coltrane’s jazz cover of My Favourite Things, and the bass line was inspired by Fats Domino’s Blueberry Hill. Funny how there is this line of connection between such apparently different pieces of music. How do we ever know what we might inspire in others?

One thing we do know is that it will likely happen at ArtSpring in November. Musician Stephen Fearing will be discussing the question of inspiration as part of his one-day songwriting workshop this month (followed by a concert the next night), and the young singers of the Makana Youth Choir will be sharing what they’ve learned this term under the inspirational tutoring of director Caroni Young.
Inspiration from Anishinaabe sky and star stories forms the basis of Trace, a spectacular show from leading contemporary Indigenous dance company Red Sky Performance. And Jeffrey Renn delves into the youthful inspirations of poet Robert Service, in part two of his autobiographical one-man play.

The Salt Spring Forum welcomes an inspirational guest in the field of forest ecology and conservation sciences, Suzanne Simard (already a sold-out event), and DAISSI is inviting you to come along to a Pride and Poetry evening and read a poem that has inspired you. And visual art inspiration? We are rich in new works this month from our island’s talented painters and printmakers.

Finally, a word about current audience capacity at ArtSpring. While we are pleased to hear the province is moving forward to 100% venue capacity, at this time we want to prioritize the comfort and manage the expectations of our existing ticket holders. We know that many of our patrons bought tickets thinking that there would be spacing in place. Therefore, until the end of 2021 all events at ArtSpring will remain at 50% (129 seats). We will continue to assess the situation and will keep you informed of any and all changes planned for 2022.

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director


ArtSpring Presents
Red Sky Performance
Fri Nov 12 | 7:30pm
Contemporary Indigenous dance from Toronto’s Red Sky Performance. Trace is a highly kinetic contemporary work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories.

Salt Spring Forum
Suzanne Simard
Finding the Mother Tree
Sat Nov 20 | 7:30pm
The Forum welcomes Dr Suzanne Simard, professor of Forest Ecology, Department of Forest and Conservation sciences, Faculty of Forestry at UBC.

ArtSpring Presents
Stephen Fearing songwriting workshop
Wed Nov 24 | 10am-5pm
One of Canada’s finest songwriters leads a one-day workshop to help you on your songwriting journey. Book early – spaces are limited.

ArtSpring Presents
Stephen Fearing
Thu Nov 25 | 7:30pm
Stephen Fearing is a beguiling teller of tales and a singularly intense instrumentalist. Join us to be swept away by this alluring entertainer.

ArtSpring Presents
Makana Youth Choir Concert
Fri Nov 26 | 7:30pm
Come see the Makana Youth Choir in action with their end-of-term concert.
These young singers will share their enthusiasm and joy for the holiday season.

ArtSpring Presents
At Your Service – The Life and Yarns of Robert Service part 2
Tue Nov 30 – Thu Dec 2 | 7:30pm
Jeffrey Renn presents the next chapter in the adventures of Robert Service, adapted for the stage from his autobiography, The Ploughman of the Moon.



Daina Deblette
East Meets West
ArtSpring galleries
Wed Oct 27 – Tue Nov 2
12pm-4pm w/days | 10am-4pm weekends
Daina Deblette presents a coastal landscape series of oil paintings celebrating her Nova Scotia roots and her migration to Salt Spring Island 5 years ago.

The Salt Spring Printmakers
Foot Stomping Prints
ArtSpring lobby
Tue-Thu, Nov 2-Nov 30 | 10am-1pm
and before evening concerts.
This is the group’s first original show as the new Salt Spring Island Printmakers Society, and offers recent original prints, created in a variety of techniques.

An Intimate Evening of Pride and Poetry
ArtSpring galleries
Wed Nov 3 | 7pm-9:30pm
Poetry, Candlelight and Wine. This is the 10th event of the DAISSI Pride 2021 series. Bring a published poem that inspired you. Everyone welcome LGBTQ2SIA+ and Allies. RSVP here

The Salt Spring Painters Guild
Summer Show and Sale in November
ArtSpring galleries
Sat Nov 20 | 12pm-4pm
Mon Nov 22 – Sun Nov 28 | 11am-3pm
Usually held in summer, this show displays the group’s new works from the year. The show reflects their enthusiastic members’ wide range of styles, media and subjects.



ArtSpring Presents
Makana Youth Choir
Fridays Sept 24 – Nov 26 | 3:30pm-4:30pm
Young singers – grades 2-5 – meet weekly to learn to sing together, with a focus on harmony, blend, and balance.
Director Caroni Young.


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All events are subject to change. Refunds, exchanges, or credits will be offered if events are cancelled or rescheduled.

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Your safety is our priority. We are taking all measures to provide a safe, sanitized, and comfortable theatre setting by following current regulations provided by the provincial government, WorkSafeBC, and ActSafeBC. Please see our website for updates to policies and protocols.

Proof of vaccination is required for every patron age 12+ attending an event at ArtSpring. Starting October 24 the Public Health Order requires proof of two vaccinations at least seven days prior to event. Patrons age 19+ are also required to show a piece of valid government photo ID. Face masks must be worn at all times at ArtSpring. For more information and examples of what to bring please visit:

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