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 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.

ArtSpring’s 2020 raffle launches Friday January 10, 2020.

This year: two prizes, one in 500 odds, $50 per ticket.

Grand Prize: Two nights for two people at the exclusive Sonora Resort (Discovery Islands, BC). Includes flights, luxury accommodation, gourmet dining, spa credits, and amenities too numerous to list. Value $7030

2nd prize: Two tickets to all ArtSpring Presents 2020-2021 performances and $200 for House Piccolo restaurant (Salt Spring Island). Value $1400

Tickets will be available online, from the ArtSpring box office, and at all ArtSpring Presents events from Friday January 10 to Monday May 4. The prizes will be drawn at the Julie Nesrallah & Robert Kortgaard concert on Tuesday May 5.

By supporting fundraising initiatives like the annual raffle, you contribute to the maintenance and operations of this building. You help our small but mighty staff. You help mentor budding artists and you help support a space that also showcases the pros.

We thank you for your support!

Rules of Play

500 tickets sold
Event license # 122433
Problem gambling helpline: 1-888-795-6111
Must be 19 years of age to play
Know your limit, play within it



We hope to see you at the upcoming AGM.



100 Jackson Avenue

Monday, December 2, 2019, at 4:15 p.m.

For the receipt of Annual Reports, Financial Statements, and the Election of Directors.


All are welcome. All who have been members for 30 days as of December 2, 2019, are allowed to vote.

(2018-2019 members may renew at the AGM)


The 2018-2019 AGM report will be available to members at the Box Office the week prior to the meeting (date to be confirmed). If you do pick one up, please bring it with you to the AGM.

Funds will be raised through three days of silent auction culminating in a live auction gala with auctioneer Walter Stewart – all held in ArtSpring’s beautiful timber-framed building.

On July 18th, ArtSpring will open its doors to a silent auction extravaganza with 700 (and counting) items valued at over $100,000. Funds raised go directly into the operations and sustainability of ArtSpring as Salt Spring’s largest community arts centre.

The money raised will help ArtSpring maintain and evolve the community’s use of the 259-seat theatre, box office and online ticketing services, 3 galleries with artist workspace, meeting room, lobby, extensive grounds surrounding the building, and parking lots. 

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“Jan Lisiecki. Remember the name.” The Financial Times

Just 21, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. The New York Times has called him “a pianist who makes every note count”. Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age.

Jan Lisiecki was born to Polish parents in Canada in 1995. He began piano lessons at the age of five and made his concerto debut four years later, while always rebuffing the label of “child prodigy”. His approach to music is a refreshing combination of dedication, skill, enthusiasm and a realistic perspective on the career of a musician. “I might be lucky to have talent, but it is also about dedication and hard work,” says Jan.

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The Fretless is an innovation in music that must be heard. They harbor all the energy of fiddle tunes, while shattering all expectations in writing, creativity and performance. This award-winning unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements.

Watch The Fretless perform Alphonzo McKenzie’s/Salkantay

The Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is quickly gaining high acclaim around the world. This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements.

The award-winning group will perform songs from their newest album, Birds Nest, which was the 2017 Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. Instrumental compositions are inspired by events, people and places connected to the band. Each song tells a story and has its own musical arc, with a commitment to mastery of their instruments and a playful, creative artistry that shows throughout their performances.

OCT 17
7:30 PM; bar 6:30 PM
$25 | YOUTH $5

ArtSpring’s dance season opens with one of Canada’s best-known choreographers – Josh Beamish, or MOVETHECOMPANY. This year, ArtSpring is proud to present New-York based Canadian Josh Beamish for two performances in one evening; Thursday October 5 at 7:30 pm; bar opens at 6:30 pm. There will be two dance workshops; Wednesday October 4 and a special workshop for GISS/GISPA students on Thursday October 5.

Tickets are available online or at ArtSpring’s Box Office. Adult tickets are $25. Youth are $5, thanks to Country Grocer’s generous youth sponsorship program. Josh Beamish | MOVETHECOMPANY at ArtSpring is proudly sponsored by Joan Farlinger and Salt Spring Coffee.


, by Josh Beamish, features six male dancers illustrating the human condition of men seeking relationships in today’s technological society. Saudade, a portuguese word describing a love that remains; a constant desire for a reality unlikely to exist – the love and longing after someone leaves. Merging elegant balletic lines with street-style dynamism and drive, the work conjures up fleeting intimacies in a series of ghostly solos, duets, and group passages, accompanied by Hildur Guðnadóttir’s hauntingly beautiful cello score.

Beamish has brought together six outstanding male dancers whose collective credits include leading companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Sasha Waltz & Guests, and La La La Human Steps.

Concerto, by Josh Beamish, is a technically astonishing and articulate choreographic approach to the body in space. In Concerto Beamish has earned the respect and admiration of his peers and critics worldwide for his distinctive and meticulous style as a dancer. Concerto is both created and performed by Beamish to the music of J.S. Bach.


MOVETHECOMPANY was founded by Josh Beamish in 2005 and his works have since extensively toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.  Outside of the company, he has created in collaboration with The Royal Ballet, Dutch National/Het Nationale Ballet Junior Company, Cape Town Opera, New York City Ballet Principals Wendy Whelan for Restless Creature and Ashley Bouder for The Ashley Bouder Project, among many more. Josh is the recipient of artistic residencies throughout North America, including the Banff Centre, Jacob’s Pillow and a term as the National Incubator Artist for the American Dance Institute in Washington, DC. He is an alumni of the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate organization of New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, and a Jerome Robbins Foundation grantee.



Dear Friends,

After months of pouring over recordings and live performances, I’m truly excited to offer you an exceptional new season at ArtSpring.

This season marks our 19th year providing world-class performances on the ArtSpring stage, and this season is no exception. Canadian legend Jane Coop, award-winning Rolston String Quartet, preeminent Gryphon Trio, the unbelievably talented Jan Lisiecki, fiddle and folk music of The Fretless and Early Spirit, jazz tributes by Rémi Bolduc, spectacular ballet and contemporary dance with local and Italian companies, provocative and hilarious theatrical performances, and much more will grace the ArtSpring stage.

ArtSpring celebrates the season opening on October 5th with the dance company of Josh Beamish and on October 11th with classical music icon, Jane Coop in her brilliant new program Piano Giants: Beethoven & Rachmaninov.

I look forward to seeing you!

Cicela Månsson

Executive & Artistic Director


On Friday, July 21st and Saturday, July 22nd, ArtSpring presents the 10th Annual Salt Spring Chamber Music Festival Concerts: a celebration of one of life’s noblest pursuits – chamber music featuring international guest artists and rising young artists.


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