Happy Canada Day long weekend! We hope you are planning to be enjoying the sunshine with family and friends.

If you are out at the Salt Spring Car Club’s “Show ‘n Shine” on July 1, be sure to stop by our Treasure Fair feature auction item — a Porsche 356 Speedster replica built from the ground-up based on the 1956 iconic model. It kicks off the countdown to our annual fundraising Fair, set to take over the gallery and light up its online bidding from July 10-13.

All donors and registrants are invited to attend the Preview Gala on July 10 from 4:00-6:00pm for an advance tour before bidding goes live at 6:00pm. The goal is to raise more than $55,000. Last year’s Treasure Fair exceeded that and became our most successful drive to date. We hope in this 25th Anniversary year, there is momentum to push it even further.

We are also proud to present this year’s Treasure Fair concert on Friday, July 12. I highly encourage you to experience Raagaverse — led by the talented Shruti Ramani (voice) and Jodi Proznick (bass) both of whom appeared in March with The Ostara Project.

A special summer concert by Barney Bentall, Tom Taylor, and Shari Ulrich is coming to ArtSpring July 16. While currently sold out, there is a waiting list that can be joined.

Finally, the Salt Spring Chamber Fest returns with two unique performances on Friday July 26 and Saturday July 27 under the common theme of “Time is an Island – 25 Years of Salt Spring Chamber Music.” Also, be sure to tour the Salt Spring Painters Guild’s Summer Show and Sale in the Gallery. Opening reception is July 26.

See you at ArtSpring!

Howard R. Jang

Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

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As we finalize our exciting upcoming 2024/25 Season launching in the fall, ArtSpring is an active hub in the summer with June’s school and community productions, as well as lobby exhibits by four Indigenous artists all month long and as a part of the SSI Indigenous People Weekend Event (Jun 21-23.)

We’re also gearing up for July’s ever-popular Treasure Fair, including the announcement of our Treasure Fair concert. This year we present Raagaverse! For those of you who caught The Ostara Project back in March, you’ll want to come out for Canadian bassist Jodi Proznick and vocalist Shruti Ramani who return with an intriguing one-of-a-kind Indo-Jazz sound that’s not to be missed.

Makana Youth Choirs, GISS Music, and GISS Theatre take to the stage for their end-of-year student performances, and Evolve Dance Collective explores the theme of womanhood. Those who love vibrant music with a beat will want to come out for 2024 Juno-winning artists OKAN, who fuse Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms.

Finally, ArtSpring’s community-driven Roundtable Committee is facilitating a free Pecha Kucha event that will bring together 10 local artists in different disciples to present what they do and what fires them up. Let the creative collaborations begin!

Don’t forget to register for Treasure Fair to be eligible to bid and attend our Treasure Fair Preview Gala July 10. It’s coming up soon.

See you at ArtSpring!

Howard R. Jang

Executive & Artistic Director

ArtSpring

See you at ArtSpring!

Howard R. Jang

Executive & Artistic Director

ArtSpring

 

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The welcome arrival of May and warmer weather coincides with the final ArtSpring Presents program for the 2023/24 Season. What a colourful, robust, sometimes risk-taking, sometimes crowd-pleasing Season it has been, culminating in the joyous 25th Anniversary Community Festival. Thank you for being part of the story.

In May, we hope you join us for a special month-long exhibition of the remarkable work of veteran island artist Ian Thomas, who in approaching his 90th birthday, feels this is his final statement about his life and his work as an artist. We are honoured to have this exhibition entitled “Past & Present,” curated by Margaret Day and Stephanie Denz, in the Gallery.

The opening reception is Saturday May 4th from 2pm-5pm with Thomas present. Enthusiasts are also welcome to attend two planned Sunday “walk-abouts” with the artist who will provide guidance, commentary, and context to individual pieces with Q&A opportunities. Mark you calendars for 2:00pm May 12 and 19.

In his new series, Poets and their Poetry, Thomas pays tribute to 36 writers close to his heart, including six published poets from Salt Spring. Selected work by authors in this series will be the driving narrative of an Evening Event of Poetry on May 15 with award-winning poet Murray Reiss as MC.

Also in the house this month is a dynamic line-up of community and school productions showcasing music, theatre, and dance, as well as an eclectic lobby exhibition by Salt Spring photographer Hannah Spray. Don’t miss Good Company’s fun filled musical Venus Conundrum playing for six days, with an opening night discount for those born in the 1950s or earlier!

As we finalize our exciting upcoming 2024/25 Season launching in the fall, ArtSpring is still an active hub in the summer with July’s ever-popular Treasure Fair (donations open May 1) and two major July concerts — Bentall, Taylor & Ulrich as well as Indo-Jazz fusion Raagaverse.

See you at ArtSpring!

Howard R. Jang

Executive & Artistic Director

ArtSpring

 

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After months of work from staff, volunteers, and our dynamo festival producer Christina Penhale, we are thrilled to announce that schedules, tickets, and registrations are all live and available online and at the Box Office for ArtSpring’s 25th Anniversary Community Festival April 17-21.

You won’t want to miss the joyous Opening and Closing Celebrations which spotlight an all local line-up of singing, dancing, storytelling, and musical talent, with post show receptions and cash bars to mingle with neighbours. We all deserve to raise a glass and recognize the special place we are in, where we have come from, and what’s possible in the future for arts and our unique community.

Thursday through Saturday are open houses with several special presentations and workshops, but with plenty of free drop-in demonstations and activities for the whole family. Explore, share, tell your friends, come out to support your favourites and discover new artists in the process.

We thank our 2023/24 Season Sponsor Island Savings Wealth Management, Country Grocer, and Sandra Heath for supporting what will be a celebration to remember.

Also, remember next week is the Matriarchs Uprising Festival April 10-13 with two dance workshops, one free Truth Talking circle, and an extraordinary evening of short films on April 12, followed by a live dance performance on the stage April 13. Matriarchs Uprising brings together Indigenous female choreographers who are nurturing the art of contemporary dance and weaving stories of transformation.

We can’t wait to welcome you to ArtSpring!

Howard R. Jang

Executive & Artistic Director

ArtSpring

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Jazz, tango, alternative Indigenous country, opera classics, puppets and more make their way to the ArtSpring stage this March!

  

This spring is especially intriguing because of its culturally diverse line-up and the voices and points of view we get to experience. Yukon-based Diyet and The Love Soldiers is a country, folk, and roots trio with a sound and a story rooted in Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life. On International Women’s Day, The Ostara Project, a Canadian all female jazz collective, joyfully defy the narrative that women only account for five percent of jazz instrumentalists in the industry. We hope you come see this new super group!

  

Youth favourite Axis Theatre is back to entertain and engage young ones (and the young at heart) with Frog Belly Rat Bone, incorporating handcrafted puppets and an original pop musical score. The performers will be hosting a talk-back after the show, joining the many artists this season who have done post-show Q&As or workshops to students or the community.

As a lead up to ArtSpring’s 25th Anniversary month in April, which will include exhibitions and festivities, save the date for March 16 as our Community Roundtable Committee kicks off its first speaker series with a panel on the “pre-history” of ArtSpring. Perspectives and memories from community members engaged in the ArtSpring dream before the doors even opened are shared.

With the lively and passionate Payadora performing “Tangomania” on March 22, we thought it would be fun to offer an introductory workshop on the technique of tango dancing. We have partnered with the local tango society (yes, there is one) to have some fun on a Sunday morning. No experience required.

Wrapping up the month with the dance theme is the dynamic Shay Kuebler and company, who upon learning in 2018 the UK had appointed a Minister for Loneliness, created a powerful piece inspired by what has become even more relevant given our collective Covid experience.

Community productions, presentations and concerts, Spring Break creative camps, and our final two Met Opera broadcasts round out a busy March.

See you at ArtSpring!

Howard R. Jang, Executive & Artistic Director

 

ArtSpring Presents in The Theatre

DIYET & THE LOVE SOLDIERS | Tue Mar 5 | 7:30pm | Tickets $5-$35 | Tickets $5-$35

Diyet & The Love Soldiers is an alternative country, folk, roots and traditional ensemble with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life. Diyet sings in both English and Southern Tutchone (her native language) and plays bass guitar. Backed by Love Soldiers — husband Robert van Lieshout and Juno winning producer, Bob Hamilton — this trio from the Yukon has a sound and story that have captivated audiences across Canada and Europe.

THE OSTARA PROJECT |Fri Mar 8 | 7:30pm | Tickets $5-$35

An estimated five percent of jazz instrumentalists are women. In 2022, Canadian bassist Jodi Proznick (JUNO nomination 2007, 2018) and pianist Amanda Tosoff (JUNO nomination 2022) decided to challenge the almost-exclusive male narrative by bringing together seven outstanding Canadian female jazz musicians, each one a composer and bandleader in her own right. ArtSpring is proud to be presenting The Ostara Project on International Women’s Day.

MET OPERA: La Forza Del Destino | Sat Mar 9 | 8:55am | Tickets $15-$20-$25

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, with stellar soprano Lise Davidsen in her role debut as the noble Leonora. Director Mariusz Treliński delivers the company’s first new Forza in nearly 30 years, resetting the scene in a contemporary world. Please note the broadcast begins one hour earlier than usual. Two intermissions.

AXIS THEATRE: Frog Belly Rat Bone | Wed Mar 13 | 1:00PM Tickets $5-$35

A delightful production for Vancouver’s Axis Theatre, suitable for young children and the young at heart. Incorporating beautifully handcrafted puppets and an original pop/rock musical score, Cementland comes to life as two enigmatic garbage collectors tell the story of a very special boy whose singular wish is to find TREASURE! Elementary school classes have been invited to a morning show. This afternoon show is open to all other kids, parents, grandparents, and puppet lovers.

PAYADORA: Tango Mania | Fri Mar 22 | 7:30pm | Tickets $5-$35

Join us for music that excites the heart and feeds the soul! Payadora is an award-winning ensemble who performs its own arrangements of a core repertoire drawing from Argentinian/ Uruguayan traditions (tangos, milongas, waltzes, and folk music such as the Zamba and chacarera,) as well as original songs inspired by that tradition.

MET OPERA: Roméo et Juliette | Sat Mar 23 | 9:55am | $15-$20-$25

Two singers at the height of their powers—soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Benjamin Bernheim—come together as the star-crossed lovers in Charles Gounod’s Shakespeare adaptation, Roméo et Juliette with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct one of the repertoire’s most romantic scores. (REVIVAL)

SHAY KUEBLER: Radical System Art (MOI) Momentum of Isolation |Wed Mar 27 | 7:30pm | $5-35

A strong and iconic voice from Vancouver, the dynamic Shay Kuebler returns with a poignant and virtuosic piece that delves into the pain of solitude. In today’s world, isolation has taken on a whole new meaning and even greater resonance. Through inventive and powerful choreographic language, Momentum of Isolation beautifully translates this universal emotion. Kuebler’s signature style—highly physical dance rooted in his background in martial arts, urban dance, and theatre—is on full display.

Community Presentations

The Legacy of Lightfoot: Gordon Lightfoot tribute | Fri Mar 1 | 7:30pm | $25-35

The musicians who have come together to celebrate The Legacy of Lightfoot combine their decades of experience as performers and songwriters to give a meaningful and engaging performance of Gordon’s enduring catalogue of music.From his days playing the coffee houses in the 1960s to the mega hits of the 70s and all the way up to the beautiful music written in his later years, The Legacy of Lightfoot shines a light on the entirety of Gordon’s masterful career.

Vetta presents Music for Eternity | Mon Mar 11 | 2:30pm | $20-25

Featuring the return of Ariel Barnes, cello and Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet, we bring you music by Brahms, Messiaen and Canadian composer Joan Mackey that explores the edges of time.

Backbeat Presents The Cavalcade of Stars: A Complete 60’s Music Experience |             Fri Mar 15 | 7:30pm | $45

A live multi-media celebration featuring the music of six of the world’s greatest musical groups — lovingly performed by BackBeat, Canada’s most authentic musical tribute to the 60s. This magical evening of entertainment features Top 10 pop hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, The Monkees, The Dave Clark Five and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Be transported back in time to the greatest decade in pop music history!

Caravan of Desire: Burlesque | Sat Mar 16 | 7:30pm | $30 | 19+

Salt Spring born-and-raised Chai Tease brings her Victoria burlesque company to town! Come watch her dance the night away with her performance sisters Jacqueline Daniels, Tommy Tricker and Ginger Vicious, and favourite drag daddy, Oliver Clozoff! Explore the glittering, shimmering world of burlesque and its different styles. Show is strictly 19+. Two pieces of ID required at the door.

 

Musical Theatre Camp presented by StageCoach Theatre & ArtSpring | Mar 18-22 | 10am – 3pm | (ages 6-13)

Join Sue Newman for an adventure into the world of musical theatre and what it is to become a “triple threat”! Acting! Singing! Dancing! Throughout the course, the group will not only learn skills in each genre, but design posters and come up with costumes and props! Problem solving together and the overall creative process culminates in their ensemble performance for family and friends at the end of the week.

Musical Theatre Camp presented by StageCoach Theatre & ArtSpring | Mar 18-22 | 10am – 3pm | (ages 6-13)

Join Sue Newman for an adventure into the world of musical theatre and what it is to become a “triple threat”! Acting! Singing! Dancing! Throughout the course, the group will not only learn skills in each genre, but design posters and come up with costumes and props! Problem solving together and the overall creative process culminates in their ensemble performance for family and friends at the end of the week.

Exhibitions & Galleries

Salt Spring Painters Guild Exhibit (ArtSpring Lobby)
Mar 1-29 | Open during Box Office hours and before evening performances.

Works from the Salt Spring Painters Guild will be on display in the Lobby in March. These are works done in groups, under instruction, or in workshops, and reflect our diverse activities.

The Guild promotes the artistic growth and self-expression of our members through encouragement, fellowship, mentoring and workshops. The only prerequisite to join us is a desire to draw and paint!

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Happy New Year! As we approach a fresh new year, ArtSpring’s official 25th Anniversary, there is much excitement in the air. This includes the special announcement of our headlining act for April’s four-day Celebration Festival — Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo). We are also pleased to announce his opening act will be none other than young country up-and-comer Salome Cullen, who graduated from GISS this past June and has performed many times on the ArtSpring stage with his school music program. He now records his own music. Advance tickets will go on sale Tuesday January 16.

Our Community Festival organizer, Christina Penhale, is on the look-out for other local performers and artists interested in being featured during our four days of celebration. She is calling for proposal submissions until January 31 for consideration. Please see the link later in the newsletter.

For ArtSpring Presents programming, January is bursting at the seams with two passionate operas from The Met: Live in HD simulcast series, Shakespearian-inspired music from Baltimore Consort, and the return of Victoria Baroque, now as a Saturday matinee. Makana Youth Choirs is opening choir registration for the Spring term, with rehearsals starting Friday, January 19.

As a special event, we are also pleased to have Deb Williams, Co-founder and Artistic Producer of the The Flame — Vancouver’s premier storytelling event — to lead her two day personal storytelling workshop, helping people structure and tell more compelling stories about their lives and experiences. Whether you are an accomplished speaker or are shy and don’t think you don’t have stories worth telling, Deb assures me everyone has a story to tell and connections to make. Storytellers of all ages, genders, and orientations learn, laugh, and discover new insights in her encouraging and supportive space.

ArtSpring also plays host to community events such as GISS Theatre’s high school presentation of Alice in Wonderland, GISS Dance’s performance of contemporary, jazz, and hip hop stylings, the Salt Spring Photography Club’s annual photography exhibition, a Vetta Monday matinee, and a special screening from Salt Spring Film Festival of “Physician, Heal Thyself,” featuring Dr. Gabor Maté, one of the world’s most influential thinkers on trauma, addiction, and mental health.

How can the arts enrich, uplift, and connect you this month? See you at ArtSpring!

Howard R. Jang

Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

ArtSpring Presents in The Theatre

MET OPERA: Live in HD:  Nabucco (Verdi) Sat Jan 6 | 9:55am | Tickets $15-$25

REVIVAL. Ancient Babylon comes to life in a classic Met staging of biblical proportions. Baritone George Gagnidze makes his Met role debut as the imperious king Nabucco, alongside Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska reprising her thrilling turn as his vengeful daughter Abigaille. Join us for intermission quiche!

VICTORIA BAROQUE | Sat Jan 13 | 2:30pm | Tickets $5-$35

With signature fiery energy, celebrated violinist Aisslinn Nosky leads Victoria Baroque in concerti by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann, and a mesmerizing contemporary piece, ‘Falling Still’ by Canadian composer, Emily Doolittle. Nosky has captivated audiences around the world with her innovative interpretations and impeccable technique as a soloist, director, and conductor. Hailed as “superb” by The New York Times and “a fearsomely powerful musician” by The Toronto Star.

THE FLAME: PERSONAL STORYTELLING WORKSHOP & PERFORMANCE                   Sat Jan 20-Sun Jan 21 | 10am-4pm | $80 \\  Performance | Jan 21 | 7:30pm | $10

No matter who we are, what we have in common is a story to tell and the need to be heard. It’s how we connect. But what makes a great story, and how can you be a better personal storyteller?

Enter Deb Williams, storyteller, actor, comedienne, playwright, teacher, and co-founder and Artistic Producer of The Flame — Vancouver’s premiere storytelling event – who brings her transformative workshop to Salt Spring for the first time. With practice, tips, and encouraging feedback, you will leave with several polished and meaningful stories about your life experiences. Select stories to be performed. Space is limited!

BALTIMORE CONSORT | Fri Jan 26 | 7:30pm | Tickets $5-$35

Baltimore Consort takes to the stage with In Angel’s Wede: Music for Mary Queen of Scots, created in 2020 when the ensemble was asked if they could perform a women-themed program to celebrate the centennial for women’s right to vote in the US. Founded in 1980 to perform the instrumental music of Shakespeare’s time, the internationally acclaimed music ensemble has explored early music from England, Scotland, France, Italy, and Spain, focusing on the relationship between folk and art song and dance.

MET OPERA: Live in HD: Carmen (Bizet) Sat Jan 27 | 9:55am | Tickets $15-$25

NEW PRODUCTION. Acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell makes her Met debut, reinvigorating the classic story of deadly passion with a staging that moves the action to the present day, amid a band of human traffickers. Mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina leads a powerhouse quartet of stars.

Community Presentations

GISS Drama presents “Alice in Wonderland”
Wed Jan 10 – Fri Jan 12 | 7:30pm | $15

This seventy minute trip down the rabbit hole was entirely designed and adapted by these grade 10-12 students. Come through the Tulgey Woods with them and meet the Tweedles, Humpty, the Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter and more as Alice finds her way past the Red Queen. With a snicker snack of her Vorpol sword, she manages to slay more than the Jabberwocky.

GISS Dance presents “Affinity”
Wed Jan 17 – Thu Jan 18 | 7:30pm | $15

The GISS Dance performance of “Affinity” will offer new works of choreography for the stage. These vibrant and enthusiastic youth have been working hard in the studio to plan their grooves and moves and will be performing lyrical dance, contemporary, jazz, and of course, hip hop and funk.

Salt Spring Film Festival presents “Physician, Heal Thyself” with Gabor Maté
Wed Jan 24 | 7:30pm | $13

One of the world’s most influential thinkers on trauma, addiction, and mental health, Dr. Gabor Maté is widely admired as the author of such bestsellers as In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, The Myth of Normal and When the Body Says No. In this engaging and painfully honest review of his life’s work, Dr. Maté shares not only his professional theories, but also his personal story. Winning an Audience Award at VIFF, the film encourages us to own our failings, accept our imperfections, and prioritize our mental health.

Vetta presents “Music of the Heart”
Mon Jan 29 |  7:30pm | $25
From Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet to the Russian composer Babajanian to the great Brahms, this piano trio program will speak directly to the heart. A Monday matineé.

Exhibitions & Galleries

Salt Spring Photography Club (ArtSpring Lobby)
Jan 8 – 31 | Open during Box Office hours and before evening performances.

Every year, Photo Club members are invited to submit their best photos without the constraints of size or subject matter for its annual January Lobby Show at ArtSpring. From the unusual to the beautiful to the most technically challenging, the photographs showcase Salt Springs’ range of photographic talent. Most images are offered for sale.

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

The holiday season promises to sparkle at ArtSpring, with one major ArtSpring Presents performance, a Met Opera premiere, and a busy house of local and regional choirs and concerts to capture the festive spirit.

Saturday’s opera schedule at ArtSpring is one of the island’s best kept secrets according to ardent fans. Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the simulcast event has Salt Springers take their seats in concert with the in-person audience but with the added experience of behind-the-scenes interviews, footage of scene changes and production design, and the all-important coffee and quiche intermission.

On December 9, The Met premieres Florencia en el Amazona. Sung in Spanish and inspired by magical realism, Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s story focuses on opera diva Florencia Grimaldi, who returns to her native Brazil to perform and search for her lost lover who has vanished into the jungle. If you’ve never been the the opera, come give it a try!

On December 15, ArtSpring welcomes UK-based Gothic Voices for the first time. In what BBC Music Magazine chose as its number one “unmissable Christmas event,” Nowell Synge We Bothe Al and Som is a reimagined carol evening with choral performances that take us back to medieval times.

December is also the time for local and regional productions such as Metta Grove, a Tribute to Ukraine, Salt Spring Film Festival’s revival of The Last Waltz, the GISS Music concert, Vetta’s Monday mid-day concert, and Viva Chorale’s Food Bank Fundraiser event.

Don’t forget tickets or gift certificates are available for purchase as holiday presents and we hope you consider a donation to ArtSpring in time to receive a 2023 tax receipt.

See you at ArtSpring! Please note ArtSpring closes December 23 and reopens for the new year on Tuesday January 9, 2024.

See you at ArtSpring!

With thanks,

Howard R. Jang, Executive & Artistic Director

ArtSpring

ArtSpring Presents In The Theatre

MET OPERA: LIVE IN HD — Florencia en el Amazonas

Sat Dec 9 | 9:55am | $15-$25

PREMIERE. The new production brings the mystical realm of the Amazon to the Met stage as opera diva Florencia Grimaldi returns to her native Brazil to search for her lost lover who has vanished into the jungle. Sung in Spanish with subtitles, an all star cast navigates intrigue and emotion on board the riverboat El Dorado to its final destination and story conclusion.

 

GOTHIC VOICES: Nowell Synge We Bothe Al and Som 

Fri Dec 15 | 7:30am | $5-$35

For what the BBC called an “unmissable Christmas event,” join us in welcoming UK’s Gothic Voices who for 30 years has been renowned for its excellence and spirituality in harnessing the haunting choral legacy of Medieval English carols, chants, and music.

Community Presentations

Metta Grove
Sat Dec 2 | 7:30pm | $35 | 19+

Multimedia artist Simon Haiduk presents a concert of digital art animations and ambient soundscapes curated to engage the soul, explore creativity, and emphasize nature and spirituality. Presentations will be given by Simon on his creative process and integration of plant medicines and by his partner Jane Calm, a therapeutic counsellor, on accessing psychic abilities.

Tribute to Ukraine
Sun Dec 3 | 2:30pm

As a rich celebration of heritage and homeland, the folk songs, dance, and music of Ukraine are performed by a collective of national and international artists in this passionate cultural performance. The concert is a fundraiser for the purchase of medical supplies.

Vetta Chamber Music  Mon Dec 4 | 2:30pm | $30

Vetta’s ensemble of the mentorship program is back by popular demand, this time as a dynamic string orchestra playing Mozart, Bartók and Dvořák! This is concert two of five in Vetta’s new Monday matinee format. A beautiful way to spend an afternoon.

 

Salt Spring Film Festival presents The Last Waltz
Wed Dec 6 |  7:30pm | $13
A rare opportunity to see the greatest concert film of all time on the big screen, now with restored quality and sound! On the 45th anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s 1978 masterpiece of music cinema, THE LAST WALTZ is being re-released across Canada to celebrate the life of the legendary Robbie Robertson, who died in August at the age of 80.
GISS Music presents All Together We Are Love
Wed Dec 13 | Thu Dec 14 | 7:30pm | $10-$15

Come join the GISS Music winter showcase! The show will feature students from the Composition/Songwriting Class, GISPA Music, Concert Band, Jazz Band and Choir. The comp class will be divided over two nights, so come to both nights to make sure you get all the music!

Viva Chorale! presents Food Bank Fundraiser Concert 

Fri Dec 22 | 7:00pm | $$2-$25

Viva Chorale’s annual Food Bank Fundraiser is a joyous evening of choral music, story-telling, and sing-alongs that will get the whole family in a holiday mood.

Embrace the spirit of Peace On Earth and Goodwill to All with Beatrix Potter’s beloved “Tailor of Gloucester,” narrated by actor Chris Humphreys. Viva Chorale! community choir performs seasonal music in between readings, and audience members can join in carol-singing.

Exhibitions & Galleries

Katie Watt: A Retrospective (ArtSpring Lobby)
Dec 1 – 22 | Open during Box Office hours and before evening performances.

Katie’s work is inspired by her somatic and tactile relationship with dance and nature. She predominantly focuses on the human body utilizing form, colour, and shadow to depict darker themes. This collection of paintings embodies these themes and the pieces are selected from work spanning the last three to five years with a handful from her much earlier work.

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Box Office

Buy tickets online, by phone, in person. Box office open 10am-2pm, Tuesday-Friday, and one hour before each event for sales for that event only. Leave a message outside of these hours and we will contact you as soon as we can.
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All events are subject to change. Refunds, exchanges, or credits will be offered if events are cancelled or rescheduled.

After October’s jubilant and well-attended opening to the season with no less than nine ArtSpring Presents performances and just as many community events, November promises to continue the momentum with classical youth, Inuit throat singing, joyful modern dance, blazing gypsy music, ArtSpring’s own Makana Youth Choirs, and a sensory multi-media showcase combining Indigenous, Canadian, and Norwegian musical stories.

November is also a busy month for community events from Bach on the Rock’s Remembrance Day performances involving several island choirs, Viva Chorale’s take on Japanese culture, a local jazz performance in ArtSpring’s gallery, two must-see “Best of the Fest” films from the Salt Spring Film Festival, and a new photography exhibition from Brian Purcell in the lobby all month long.

I am also pleased that more people in the community are now asking about our new Theatre Angel tickets, which are available for only $15 a week before any ArtSpring Presents performance. Twenty seats are reserved per performance. The tickets must be requested in person or by phone only. Youth tickets, as always, are $5 making it affordable for families to bring children to any of the compelling shows we stage.

See you at ArtSpring!

With thanks,

Howard R. Jang, Executive & Artistic Director

ArtSpring

ArtSpring Presents In The Theatre

Victoria Conservatory of Music: Young Artists Collegium Program
Sun Nov 5 | 7:30pm | $5-$20

Students from the highly-regarded Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Young Artists Collegium Program come to ArtSpring for a special chamber music concert. Featuring ensembles of outstanding young talent aged 12 to 18 on strings, winds, and piano, the concert will be followed by a fascinating on-stage feedback session from a great master artist, violinist Yuel Yawney of the Borealis String Quartet.

PIQSIQ
Mon Nov 13 | 2:30pm | $5-$35 (new date & time)

PIQSIQ is an experience inspired by haunting northern beauty. Sisters Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Ayalik are Inuit throat singers from Arctic Canada who blend their ancient traditional form with contemporary technology to create evocative soundscapes and improvisational compositions that change with every show.

Bouge de là: Through My Eyes
Tue Nov 21 | 7:30 | $5-$35

A dancer enters the stage and discovers a ball. Intrigued, she moves toward it. As soon as she touches it, the magic of the stage is unleashed, transforming one dancer into many in this graphical world made up of forms, colours, textures, sounds, and illusions. This topsy-turvy, playful performance is full of surprises and invites audiences to see the world anew through the eyes of a child.

Quartetto Gelato: Tasty Tunes
Thu Nov 23 | 7:30pm | $5-$35

Virtuosic showpieces and romantic ballads, blazing gypsy tunes and forgotten chestnuts are all brought to life with multi-instrument mastery. This is Quartetto Gelato. With sold-out performances in New York, Washington, L.A., London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with its exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion, and humour.

Makana Youth Choirs Fall Concert
Sat Nov 25 | 7:30pm | $2-10

Come see the Makana Youth Choir in action with their end of term concert, directed by Caroni Young. These young singers from grades 2-9 will show you their enthusiasm and joy at the end of their second term. With a focus on teaching musical concepts such as harmony, tone and note reading, find out what these young singers have been learning!

Gryphon Trio | Echo: Memories of the World
Thu Nov 30 | 7:30pm | $5-35

Created by the Gryphon Trio, in collaboration with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists from Canada and Norway, the multimedia presentation explores the flow of knowledge and cultural treasures through the generations. As we face the dangers of climate, conflict, and environmental degradation, the work draws on resilient stories from Canada, Norway, Australia, and Mali, combining live and pre-recorded music, spoken word, and film.Community Presentations

Community Presentations

Bach on the Rock presents Remembrance 2023
Sat Nov 11 | 7:30pm | Sun Nov 12 | 2:30pm | $5-$25

Featuring “Dona Nobis Pacem,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 40-minute Cantata for Choir, Orchestra, and two soloists, through the vision of Artistic Director Jean-Sébastien Lévesque. Also appearing are well-known Canadian Soprano Suzie LeBlanc, Baritone Hans Grunwald, and the Makana Youth Choirs. Come 30 minutes early for war era sing-a-longs with Salt Spring Singers, Viva Chorale! and Lost Chords.

100+ Women Who Care Meeting
Tue Nov 14 | 6:30pm

100+ Women Who Care celebrate five years of high-impact philanthropy with its November meeting and vote for one of three member-nominated charities. The winning presentation earns the charity over $15,000 in one evening. Doors open at 6:30 for a pre-meeting mingler!

Salt Spring Film Festival presents SWAN SONG featuring Karen Kain

Wed Nov 15 | 7:30pm | $13

Named Best Canadian Documentary at the Calgary International Film Festival, SWAN SONG takes viewers behind the scenes as Kain directs a legacy-defining 2022 production of Swan Lake on the eve of her retirement as Artistic Director, after a two-year pandemic delay. Contentious racial politics and a pointed push for equity are deftly explored, as some of the strongest emerging ballerinas are young women of colour, challenging ballet’s Eurocentric ideals of beauty, perfection and conformity.

Viva Chorale! presents Kintsugi
Sat Nov 18 7:30pm | Sun Nov 19 2:30pm
Join Viva Chorale as it explores the art of Japanese Kintsugi through song. Kintsugi is the art of repairing pottery that has broken but instead of trying to hide the flaws, they are celebrated with golden lacquer making the breaks more visible and through the process of mending more beautiful. Viva Chorale’s Kintsugi concerts will present a selection of music about strength, resilience, and beauty, and will explore and celebrate Japanese culture through music.
 Duncan & Peck present Jazz in the ArtSpring Gallery
Fri Nov 24 | 7:00pm | By donation at the door

Saxophonist Iain Duncan and B3 organist Nick Peck present an evening of jazz, blues, and bossa nova, with Hans Verhoeven on drums and surprise guests. Cover is by donation at the door, cash or e-transfer. General admission seating. Music from 7pm-9:15pm with intermission. Doors open at 6pm.

Salt Spring Film Festival presents The Road to Patagonia

Wed Nov 29 | 7:30 | $13

International premiere! Join handsome and adventurous Australian Matty Hannon on what begins as an incredible solo challenge — to surf the entire West Coast of the Americas, traveling 50,000 km by motorcycle from the top of Alaska to the tip of Tierra del Fuego. Hannon’s audacious plans unexpectedly fall apart right here in BC, where he meets the woman of his dreams, Heather Hillier, who throws caution to the wind, sells her home, buys a motorcycle and follows Hannon south.

Exhibitions & Galleries

Brian Purcell presents  “One’s View of Humanity (ArtSpring Lobby)
Nov 1 – 30 | Open during Box Office hours and before evening performances.

Constantly trying to get to a position where he can capture a moment for its artistic merit, Brian is just as devoted to his love for the alien as his hate of the mundane. A man with innumerable stories, he can capture his art from many perspectives. Brian has lived a life that is full and, as such, his photography reflects his own quirky viewpoint. The subject matter itself puts a unique lens on what would otherwise be forgotten.

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Box Office

Buy tickets online, by phone, in person. Box office open 10am-2pm, Tuesday-Friday, and one hour before each event for sales for that event only. Leave a message outside of these hours and we will contact you as soon as we can.
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All events are subject to change. Refunds, exchanges, or credits will be offered if events are cancelled or rescheduled.

ArtSpring’s 25th Anniversary Season kicks off with one of the most performance and locally programmed-packed months in our history, starting with the sensational season opener Ballet Kelowna on October 1. Entitled taqəš and Other Works, this high energy three-in-one performance promises to please a wide range of audiences with powerful Indigenous storytelling, a mesmerizing interpretation of Ravel’s Bolero, and audience favourite MAMBO.

This will be a season to remember with diverse content and voices. Spotlights on Indigenous creators, women, and cultural topics. A balance of classical and contemporary. And a welcomed return to humour and joy and fun as part of the experience, with some children’s and youth performances on the calendar as well.

October is filled to the brim with no less than nine ArtSpring Presents shows bringing in professional touring artists and presentations from across the country to engage with our community. These are artists who have often appeared on stages around the globe, and we are so thrilled they are able to come to Salt Spring to give local audiences world-class experiences we’d normally have to travel to larger cities to see. As a bonus, many of them have graciously agreed to participate in post-show talk backs or workshops for students and the community.

Our local bookings and exhibitions are also packed to the brim, with stimulating films, political debates and talks, guild and art exhibitions, the SSNAP gala, and a very special Celebration of Life.

From high art to hot topics, ArtSpring, in our 25th Anniversary Season, is positioned to be the springboard for creativity, connection, conversation, and celebration for a community where arts matter.

This season, I’d like to bring your attention to two accessibility programs ArtSpring offers. Youth 18 and under can attend any ArtSpring Presents performance for only $5. It’s a great way to bring your kids and teens, or for teachers to bring their students, to introduce them to professional arts performances.

We are also proud to announce the Theatre Angel Program, whereby 20 seats are made available one week before every ArtSpring Presents performance for only $15 a ticket. Available in-person or by phone, the program allows for two tickets per purchaser. The intent is to help individuals or families feeling the pinch gain access to the arts. No income qualifications are requested, and this program is proudly supported by ArtSpring and the corporate and individual donors who believe experiencing the arts should have ways to make it universally attainable.

If you are interested in contributing to this program, it can be done online with every ticket you buy via the “Donate” Button or contact ArtSpring directly. I’m excited to officially kick off this new season and, as always, we deeply appreciate your support.

With thanks,

Howard R. Jang

Executive & Artistic Director

ArtSpring

ArtSpring Presents In The Theatre

Ballet Kelowna
Sun Oct 1 | 2:30pm | $5-$35

Entitled taqəš and Other Works, this high energy three-in-one performance promises to please a wide range of audiences with powerful Indigenous storytelling, a mesmerizing interpretation of Ravel’s Bolero, and audience favourite MAMBO, featuring a vibrant soundtrack of Latin, swing, and jazz standards.

Michael Kaeshammer
Sat Sept 16 | 7:30pm | $10-$30

Community favourite and piano maestro Michael Kaeshammer returns to Salt Spring with an ensemble of musicians on October 11 to serve up his brand of eclectic yet accessible jazz-based pop from his superb 15th album Turn It Up.

Love Bomb
Fri Oct 13 | 7:30 | $5-$35

The award-winning Love Bomb takes to the stage in what has been described as “a rock concert within a play – and a mystery on top of that.” Love Bomb takes an intimate and emotionally brave look at sex trafficking, an issue that impacts lives in Canada and around the world. Described as an important, powerful, and positive work for teen students to also see.

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival
Sun Oct 15 | 2:30pm | $15

For the first time, a curated collection of outdoor and adventure films from the world-renowned Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival will be screened at ArtSpring in support of SSI Search and Rescue. Expect thrilling cinematography, poignant storytelling, and a deep environmental connection to our natural world.

Oktopus
Wed Oct 18 | 7:30pm | $5-35

Quebec-based world music group Oktopus entertains by combining klezmer with components of classical, Quebecois, jazz and Balkan themes in a festive show sprinkled with humour and audience engagement. The group of eight has been deemed “simply rollicking and spectacular fun!”

Trio Fibonacci
Fri Oct 20 | 7:30pm | $5-$35

Canadian chamber music sensation Trio Fibonacci presents a concert that goes straight to the heart of the melody. The highlight Max Richter’s masterful re-composition of the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, which takes us to the convergence of past and present. Works by Glass, Nyman, Amar, Eno, and Einaudi complete this program of spellbinding simplicity.

MET OPERA: Dead Man Walking $25 | $2- |#15
Sat Oct 21 | 9:55am

The Met Opera: Live in HD is back with its popular Saturday morning broadcasts with October 21 seeing the first of six operas this season. Dead Man Walking is a contemporary opera based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir about her fight for the soul of a condemned murderer. Susan Sarandon won the Oscar for Best Actress in the film of the same name.

RIDGE ft The Fugitives
Sun Oct 22 | 2:30pm | $5-$35

The Fugitives are back with RIDGE — a performance that combines historical WWI stories, powerful lyrics, and music from their 2022 JUNO nominated album Trench Songs. A poignant and thought-provoking theatre show, it carries on the long tradition of folk music reshaping songs over time — the same way soldiers reshaped their protest songs in the trenches.

Middle Raged
Wed Oct 25 | 7:30pm | $5-$35

Have a laugh with the real-life scenarios in live sketch comedy MIDDLE RAGED, written and performed by Geri Hall (a regular on This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Gary Pearson (a writer for Corner Gas, MadTV, and Just for Laughs.) Geri and Gary play a married couple dealing with the madness of childrearing, empty nesting, aging parents, financial stresses, and even trying Outlander-style role play to spice up the bedroom. A break-out success at Canada’s largest Fringe Festivals.

Community Presentations

Still Working 9 to 5
Mon Oct 2 | 6:30pm | Free

Hosted by the Salt Spring Community Response Network and the Salt Spring Film Festival, this award winning film highlights age-defying actresses and activists, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda, who comment on their original 1980 film, the highest grossing comedy of that year. Screening in honour of International Day of Older Persons, seniors who bring younger companions receive a gift!

Gently Down the Stream
Sat Oct 7 | 7:30pm | $25

Scott Merrick’s final performance before his Celebration of Life 2pm Sunday, October 8 is a Readers’ Theatre presentation of Gently Down the Stream, written by acclaimed playwright Martin Sherman. Beau meets Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer, at the dawn of the internet dating revolution. After a life of hurt of loving men in a world that refused to allow it, Gently Down the Stream is a moving love story, reflecting the triumphs and heartbreaks of the gay rights movement.

Scott Merrick LIVE Celebration of Life
Sun Oct 8 | 2:00 – 3:30 | FREE

Join Scott, his family, and friends to celebrate his fabulous life! Speakers, music, and a wonderful slideshow including images of Scott’s stage performances and varied parties. Many of you are included!

Free to attend. All are welcome.

Still Working 9 to 5
Tue Oct 10 | 7:00pm | $15-$25

Join RAVEN and SS Public Library for an evening with CBC journalist and author Angela Sterritt, in conversation with Cowichan educator Maiya Modeste (Stqeeye Society) about her new book, Unbroken. Although the topic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirited (MMIWG2S) people is heavy, Sterritt’s storytelling is life-affirming.

Vetta Concert One: Life’s a Beach
Mon Oct 16 | 2:30pm | $20-$25

Amy Beach was a trailblazing composer who wrote with her heart on her sleeve. Join pianist Jane Coop and the Vetta String Quartet performing the Haydn Sunrise Quartet, Shostakovich’s earliest quartet, and the Amy Beach Quintet.

SS FORUM: Erin O’Toole

Tue Oct 17 | 7:30 | $15-20

The Salt Spring Forum are delighted to welcome Erin O’Toole, former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and widely regarded as one of the last true gentlemen of Canadian politics. There will be much to discuss with him, not least whether social media and US influences have set us on the same course as our American neighbours, but also whether cross-party cooperation is now even possible in Canadian politics.

SSNAP 2023/24 Closing Gala and Awards
Sat Oct 21 | 6:00pm | $40

The culmination of the Salt Spring National Art Prize 2023/24 Exhibition. An evening of world-class art, exceptional Canadian artists, fine food, and exciting award presentations. The awards ceremony will announce this year’s prize winners, including the top award of $20,000. Many of the finalists from across Canada will be attending.

SS Forum: Rashid Sumaila
Sat Oct 28 | 7:30pm | $20-$25

Songs of life, peace, and love will be told during this evening of glorious sound with Cicela Månsson and Don Conley on voice and piano. These life journeys offer a small view into the creator’s life, sharing how they viewed the world around them with songs by Barber, Copland, Debussy, Faure, Finzi, R. Strauss, and others.

Songs of Love & Life
Sat Oct 28 | 7:30pm | $5-$30

Songs of life, peace, and love will be told during this evening of glorious sound with Cicela Månsson and Don Conley on voice and piano. These life journeys offer a small view into the creator’s life, sharing how they viewed the world around them with songs by Barber, Copland, Debussy, Faure, Finzi, R. Strauss, and others.

Exhibitions & Galleries

Parallel ArtShow (ArtSpring Gallery)
Sep 23-Oct 22 | 10am-4pm daily

The Parallel Art Show 2023/24 (PAS) is a juried competition and exhibition of Southern Gulf Islands artists that runs concurrently with the Salt Spring National Art Prize.

This year’s jury – Sophia Burke, Helen Mears, and Richard Steel – have chosen 44 local artists for the exhibition. The finalists are showing two- and three-dimensional works across many mediums.

Parallel ArtShow (ArtSpring Lobby)
Oct 3-30 | 10am-4pm daily

“I have had a love of colour for forty years.This show is about my sense of colours within a space and how it affects the space.I am known for my landscape. I consider painting from the landscape my understanding of the subtle complexity of colour and it’s multitudinous combinations.”

— Josephine Fletcher

SSI Weavers & Spinners Guild Exhibition & Sale  (ArtSpring Gallery)
Oct 26-29 | 10am-4pm daily

The SSI Weavers & Spinners Guild is celebrating more than 50 years of learning together and from each other to make yarn and cloth. At their annual sale, you will find products made by someone you know, or can get to know. Unique, handcrafted articles range from hand-dyed fibre and handspun yarn to towels, linens, clothing and accessories.

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Box Office

Buy tickets online, by phone, in person. Box office open 10am-2pm, Tuesday-Friday, and one hour before each event for sales for that event only. Leave a message outside of these hours and we will contact you as soon as we can.
tickets.artspring.ca | 250.537.2102
All events are subject to change. Refunds, exchanges, or credits will be offered if events are cancelled or rescheduled.
It’s that time again! With ticket sales opening at the Box Office in September for the new 2023/24 Season, this year promises to be extra special as ArtSpring celebrates 25 colourful years of arts, history, and community. With over 30 professional performances from across the country and around the globe, six lively Met Operas, and a curated program of the best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival — being screened for the first time on Salt Spring — the Season aims to ignite the imagination, stir the soul, and spark conversation.
Encompassing the classical to the cutting edge, thought-provoking intimate experiences to popular crowd-pleasing comedic and musical acts, refined mature programming to vibrant children’s productions, this Season presents an eclectic repertoire of the best in dance, music, and theatre.
There is still time to get or renew your Membership to attend our Season Launch Event on Tuesday September 5, where members will have advance access to purchase their favourite seats to all performances. You’ll have to attend in person to get first picks, but advance tickets are available at the Box Office or by phone for the rest of the week. Tickets go public (and online) on Tuesday September 12.
September is also a great time to visit ArtSpring during the day as no less than three art exhibitions are scheduled into the Gallery, all focussed on the depth and quality of locals’ work. In the theatre, we are looking forward the sounds of South India with Transcendent Talas and a lively Salt Spring Forum discussion about what our neighbours in Alberta are up to from political scientist Lisa Young. And, if you have a child in grades 2-9 and they love to sing, be sure and register for Makana Youth Choirs, which runs every Friday starting September 15.
We are also pleased to welcome back Island Savings Wealth Management as our Season’s Partner this year, and we thank all of the individual and corporate donors and sponsors who make ArtSpring possible. This will be a year to remember!
With thanks,
Howard R. Jang
Executive & Artistic Director
ArtSpring

In The Theatre

2023/24 Season’s Launch Event!
Tuesday September 5 | 4pm-6pm
An Introduction to the Season | 4:15pm
Tickets on sale in person 4:30pm
We are welcoming all ArtSpring members to a wine and cheese launch event to welcome in our exciting 25th Anniversary 2023/24 Season. Doors open precisely at 4pm and numbered tickets are given in the order people arrive. These will be used to service customers in order. After a short presentation in the theatre by Howard, the Box Office will be open for advance tickets before they go on sale to the public September 12.
Get or renew your membership as this an exclusive benefit to purchase the seats you want all season long. Discounts are available for selecting 5+ Shows.

2023/24 Met Opera: Live in HD
Now on sale! ArtSpring announces its six exhilarating operas for the season, broadcast live in HD from The Met in New York City, including company premieres, new productions, and classic favourites. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning, with the added value of seeing fascinating behind the scenes coverage, live interviews, and an intermission with quiche!
Transcendent Talas
Sat Sept 16 | 7:30pm | $10-$30
Journey into the captivating realm of Carnatic music with “Transcendent Talas,” an awe-inspiring concert that explores the power of rhythm. This spellbinding group promises an evening of soul-stirring compositions, where a kaleidoscope of rhythms and South Indian melodies converge in harmonious resonance.
SS Forum: Lisa Young
Thu Sept 28 | 7:30 | $15-$20
The recent election in Alberta saw the United Conservative Party return with a majority. Premier Danielle Smith is moving the province further to the right, while seeking much greater autonomy within Confederation. Professor Lisa Young, a distinguished political scientist and prolific public commentator, is the best person in Canada to help us understand these developments.