ArtSpring Newsletter — What’s on December 2022

Happy Holidays! The holiday season promises to sparkle at ArtSpring this month, with one ArtSpring Presents performance, a Met Opera Live in HD world premiere, and a busy house of local and regional concerts to capture the festive spirit.
Grammy-winning musician John Reischman brings back his global reputation as one of the finest mandolinists of his era to fans of folk, bluegrass, and old-time swing with his acoustic band the Jaybirds.
Saturday morning opera lovers can look forward to the Met Opera’s world premiere ofThe Hours, adapted from Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer-prize winning novel of the same name and inspired by the Oscar-winning film.
Our friends at Bandemonium combine forces with Swing Shift Big Band to swing us into the holiday mood. Vetta Chamber Music is back with Bach and Mendelssohn, The Salt Spring Film Festival follows up its sold-out screening of Leonard Cohen with a documentary about Buffy Sainte Marie, and Viva Chorale! presents Christmas in the Cotswolds with proceeds to the Salt Spring Island Food Bank.
Finally, we hold our AGM on December 5 at 5pm at ArtSpring. All are invited. Those who have been members since November 5, or are renewing, are welcome to vote.
I look forward to seeing you in the theatre soon!

With thanks,
Howard R Jang
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring


Sat Dec 3 | 7:30pm
Two popular local performing bands combine forces to bring an eclectic offering sprinkled with seasonal favourites from Benny Goodman to Duke Ellington. Guest artists Yael Wand and Brandon Bronson.

Sun Dec 4 | 7:30
Grammy Award-winning mandolinist John Reischman and his Jaybird bandmates perform their signature Pacific Northwest sound of acoustic bluegrass, folk, and swing.


Vetta presents Bach and Mendelssohn

Mon Dec 5 | 7:30pm
The Vetta all-woman ensemble explores the deep connections between Bach and Mendelssohn. Four of the ten players this season are young professionals or university students.

Wed Dec 7 | 7:30 pm
Named “Best New Artist” the year The Beatles came to America, Buffy Sainte-Marie defied the odds. An inspiring look at her groundbreaking career, the film has been met with wide acclaim.

Sat Dec 10 | 10am
Renée Fleming makes her radiant return in this world-premiere production of The Hours, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from Michael Cunningham and the Oscar-winning film. Composer Kevin Puts.

Fri Dec 16 | 7pm
Enjoy choral music, carol sing-a-longs, and actor Jeffrey Renn reading from “Cider with Rosie.” Stay for cider and baked treats. All proceeds go to SSI Food Bank.


Lesley Burke: No Personal Space
ArtSpring lobby
Tue-Fri, Dec 1–16 | 10am-2pm, and before all theatre events
In these lushly colourful acrylic and mixed media artworks, Lesley Burke aims to capture a kinder, closer experience after the isolation of Covid.


Show your support for your community performing and visual arts centre by purchasing an annual ArtSpring membership. Members get advance purchase on the ArtSpring Presents seasons and the right to vote at ArtSpring’s AGMs in December.

Individual memberships cost $30 and Couple’s memberships are $50 per year.


Are you looking for a fun way to engage with the ArtSpring community and give back? We’re looking for volunteers for our upcoming season.

From ushering at shows, to box office help, to billeting visiting artists, there are volunteer roles to fit just about everyone. Build skills, meet like-minded people, and enjoy great perks.
Visit or email to find out more.

ArtSpring acknowledges the unceded territory and the ancestors of Salt Spring Island, the Coast Salish First Nations peoples of Salt Spring and surrounding areas, who continue to use and steward these lands. We at ArtSpring wish to pay respect to the Elders of this land, past and present.