What have you been up to lately? We asked you to let us know how you’ve been keeping busy and creative. Please keep submissions coming to diana@artspring.ca
Thank you this week to ArtSpring Box Office volunteer Sabine Swierenga who said that teaching her 12-year old granddaughter to make Easter bread via FaceTime was a thrill, and almost made up for not being able to get together in person. Well done to both of you!

Events online

from Dance Umbrella. Prepare to be mesmerized by Le Patin Libre.


Salvaging deserving music from the scrapheap of history. This is the place to celebrate the beautiful music of an unfairly neglected composer.


How can artists impact movement in climate change? In recognition of Earth Day, Duo Concertante are pleased to announce, Ecology of Being.

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well. We realize that everyone is getting a little squirrely and we thought we would tap into that wild creative energy. Submit a written piece (a few sentences max) or a video (90 seconds max) of what you’ve been up to art or leisure-wise during the past 6 weeks. Send submissions to diana@artspring.ca by May 18th and we’ll assemble some to include in an upcoming newsletter.
Stay safe, be well, create art.

With all best wishes,

Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director

Events Online

In 1983 Rosas danst Rosas became an international classic that is still performed today. Dancers of any age and skill level can join in. All you need is a chair.

To lift your spirits in this time of social distancing, here are some beautiful ballet moments.

An initiative by Eric Whitacre – Composer, Conductor, Speaker. Submissions due by May 22nd.

For a happy dose of patriotism…

Warning: the tune will get stuck in your head!
With all best wishes,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director


Events Online

Take Me To The World: a 90th Sondheim Birthday Celebration


Frankenstein with Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch


“What a piece of work is a man” from Hamlet



In the Shadow of the Pines

Dear Friends,

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well. We’ve received such positive feedback on the weekly newsletter that we’ve decided to continue with that format for the time being. We are so glad that in some small way we can continue to serve the community. Each week I connect with presenters across Canada and though there are many challenges we are all looking for ways to stay relevant and serve the communities in which we live.

With all best wishes,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director


The gift of time and space

Our stellar maintenance crew is making hay – from safe distances of course – while the lockdown remains in place. Erin and Nikki have been taking advantage of this pause in normal routines to give several sections of the building a refresh. The results are impressive. We can’t wait to have you back to see for yourselves.

Events online

“And the people stayed home”

A poem about the pandemic by Kitty O’Meara

The Berlin Phil Series

Their message is “stay home, stay safe, and watch lots of Digital Concert Hall.”


Live with Carnegie Hall

Tune in for unforgettable episodes that feature some of the world’s finest artists as they share behind-the-scenes stories, excerpts from past performances, and live musical moments.


Canada’s classical musicians are making amazing virtual videos

Here are the CBC’s favourites so far.


Watch a short film

The often-entertaining NFB . . .

The Cat Came Back

Unforeseen circumstances can get in the way of any event. To say COVID-19 was unforeseen may be an understatement. This is to let you know that, sadly, ArtSpring’s annual and much-loved Treasure Fair has been cancelled for this year. Read more

March 13, 2020
Dear ArtSpring patrons,
The safety of our patrons, artists, and staff is of utmost importance to us at ArtSpring. We are closely monitoring developments around COVID-19 and following the Public Health Agency of Canada and HealthLink BC for recommendations, guidance, and direction. At this time Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has directed event organizers to cancel any gatherings larger than 250 people. The following ArtSpring performances and events have been cancelled:
Friday March 13 – Salt Spring Forum with Kevin Patterson MD
This event is now being recorded and will be available on www.saltspringforum.com on Saturday March 14. Information about what to do with your tickets can be found on: www.saltspringforum.com/new-events
Saturday March 14 – Met Opera: Der Fliegende Holländer
The box office will be processing refunds for ticket holders next week.
MET Opera has cancelled all performances through to March 31.
Thursday March 19-Sunday March 22 – Choral Festival Workshop and Concert
As the Choral Festival workshop involves relatively close proximity by participants, the director Morna Edmundson and ArtSpring have proactively decided that it is best to reschedule for next season. Choral Festival registrants can choose a complete refund or could choose to leave their registration fee with ArtSpring as a donation. Anyone who cancelled in advance will be offered a full refund or donation option.
Saturday March 28 – Celebrate the Arts
This event also involves close proximity by participants, therefore ArtSpring has proactively decided that it is best to reschedule this event for next season.


As a small not-for-profit live performance venue and gallery space, we rely on your support. Thank you. 
To help keep the public healthy we have implemented extra disinfecting and sanitation measures throughout our spaces including disinfecting all high-touch surfaces before each show and sanitizing every surface in our washrooms. Also we have added signage on recommended precautions, and are in the process of installing additional hand-sanitizers.
During this time please help reduce demand on our health care system. If you have travelled outside of the country please self-isolate for 14 days upon your return. If you feel ill, please stay home. If you have tickets to an ArtSpring Presents event and are unable to attend because you feel ill or have recently been out of the country let us know and we’ll provide tickets to a future show. Email tickets@artspring.ca or call 250.537.2102.
Our website and social media channels will be updated with any additional actions we are implementing to keep you safe, as well as any changes to our schedule.
We continue to assess the situation daily. Thank you for your trust in ArtSpring.
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

After a large production – such as the recent dance performance by Montreal’s Tentacle Tribe – the lighting rig in the ArtSpring theatre needs to be rehung. Salt Spring photographer Seth Berkowitz filmed a mornings-worth of work showing our technical crew – director Malcolm Harris, with Harley Dunn, Alan Coombes and David Crone – in action.



ArtSpring is looking for a Project Coordinator to oversee the 2020 Treasure Fair fundraising event (July 16 – 18).

Contract position
Date Posted: January 28 2020
Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
Start Date: March 16, 2020
End Date: August 14, 2020
Salary: honorarium tbd
City/Town: Ganges, Salt Spring Island
Term: See description below

Description of ArtSpring
ArtSpring is a collaborative and respectful work environment. The ArtSpring volunteers and staff are as diverse as the events and the audiences. Our staff members work toward a common goal: creating a welcoming and inspiring arts centre on Salt Spring Island. ArtSpring is a multi-use performance facility and gallery space for touring professional artists and community arts groups. Approximately 250 events per year occur at this facility and 75% of them are created and performed by community artists. ArtSpring is owned and governed by the Island Arts Centre Society (ArtSpring), a registered charitable organization. In 2019 ArtSpring celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Description of Treasure Fair
Treasure Fair is a silent and live auction and one of three-yearly fundraising events for ArtSpring. Community support is essential to the success of ArtSpring and all of its fund-raising efforts. Ticket sales and theatre rentals amount to 42% of ArtSpring’s very tight operating budget. Accounting for half of ArtSpring’s fundraising efforts, Treasure Fair is extremely import to the financial health and stability of this organization. The work leading up to Treasure Fair starts many months in advance and relies heavily on the work of approximately 120 volunteers. Donations are recruited and received from individuals, business, and corporations who give items, skills, and experiences that become part of the TF auction. But, mostly, it’s just a lot of fun with great people and fantastic results! Treasure Fair dates for 2020 are July 16 – 18.

Job Description
Treasure Fair – Project Coordinator, ArtSpring

The Project Coordinator reports directly to the Executive/Artistic Director and works in collaboration with other team members including the Communications Manager, the Operations Manager, the Box Office & Volunteer Manager, Social Media Manager, and the Building & Grounds Manager.

The Project Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Treasure Fair volunteer team to organize, execute, and oversee the Treasure Fair fundraising event.

This is a part-time position with a flexible schedule of approximately 20 hours per week from March through to mid-August with the understanding that hours will increase to full time for the four weeks that lead up to and during Treasure Fair.

The successful candidate will have:
• Strong interpersonal and oral/written communication skills
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment with multiple deadlines
• Excellent time management, organizational and administrative skills
• Ability to take initiative and work both independently and as part of a team
• Professionalism, maturity and sensitivity to confidential information
• Computer literacy (including Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel) with the ability to design and maintain internal systems
• Proficiency in the professional use of social media tools (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
• Passion for the performing arts
• Education/Experience:
o Post-secondary degree in related field, and/or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience.

Principal Responsibilities:
85% Treasure Fair – Project Coordinator
• Oversee the running of Treasure Fair and Lobby Art Auction programs
• Works collaboratively and collegially with and in leading a large group of volunteers
• Work collaboratively with the Communications Manager and Social Media Manager to create, plan, and possibly write marketing materials for Treasure Fair.
• Other duties as required

15% Documentation and Reporting
• Create a work plan and maintain a calendar of project deadlines
• Prepare regular summaries, progress reports, and final report of Treasure Fair for the Executive/Artistic Director.

How to Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter via email to treasurefair@artspring.ca. Deadline for applications is 5:00PM Friday February 28, 2020.
No telephone calls or faxed applications please. We thank everyone who expresses an interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Remuneration: honorarium tbd.



Morna Edmundson of Vancouver’s Elektra Women’s Choir will be running a three-day Choral Festival for women’s and men’s voices at ArtSpring. Morna works with choirs of all levels and enjoys conducting the classics of the repertoire to the latest contemporary music, with an emphasis on Canadian repertoire. Thank you to Debbi P. Toole and Paul McManus for their generous sponsorship.

Schedule overview

Thursday March 19 – 7pm-8pm – rehearsal
Friday March 20 – 9am-5pm – voice works, rehearsals, sectionals
Saturday March 21 – same as Friday, plus 6:15pm-8pm – concert run-through
Sunday March 22 – 1:15pm-3:30pm – call time and concert

REGISTER with the ArtSpring Box Office or online from 10am, Monday January 6. You will also need to complete this REGISTRATION FORM.

Early bird starts JAN 6 $130, after FEB 6 $160. Registration closes March 12. Includes music packet and one ticket to Sunday show plus Saturday dinner and snacks.