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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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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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

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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.

 

The dog days of summer are upon us in August, but there is always plenty of news to share, starting with the results of July’s Treasure Fair. With a goal of raising $55,000, we are so pleased to announce a record-breaking total of $67,346, making it the most successful Treasure Fair in our 23 year history of hosting the fundraising event. The Fugitives’ concert was also a well attended toe-tapping event. 

Thank you to over 140 individual and corporate donors, all the bidders, and the organizing committee and volunteers. A massive cheer for committee lead Catherine Griffiths and her dedicated team, and a special thank you to Robert Steinbach of Country Grocer who organized donations for a $1500 BBQ and a $400 tent, along with gift cards and baskets from CG Pharmacy, Harvest Moon Cannabis, and Upper Ganges Liquor Store.

 

We are also proud to announce ArtSpring is relaunching a new and improved version of our Theatre Angel Program. Starting with our first red curtain performance on October 1, the commitment is to make 20 seats available for each and every ArtSpring Presents show for a special rate of $15 per ticket. These will be first come, first served and will be offered one week prior to the performance both in the Box Office and by phone. The intent is to remove barriers to encourage and include those who may not have the means, are on a fixed budget, or may not have had previous experience attending. Donors and sponsors who would like to contribute are graciously invited to allocate their giving specifically to the Angel Program and join us in extending the gift of art to everyone.

 

Don’t forget to purchase or renew your membership as our 25th Anniversary Season 2023/24 Program Brochure will be mailed out in August. Members will be invited to a special Season Launch Preview Gala September 5th, where the line-up will be previewed and tickets go on sale for members only to get first pick of seats before sales go public online Monday September 11.

 

Finally, make sure you have your say as we reach out for ideas of what to include in our 25th Anniversary celebrations. As always, we thank you for your support in helping us springboard into an exciting new season of arts to enrich, uplift, and connect our community.

 

With thanks,

Howard R. Jang

Executive & Artistic Director

ArtSpring

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

August 14-18 10am-4pm: Classes, workshops, scene development.
August 19  10am-3pm: Final preparations and public showcase at 2pm.
Register at ArtSpring now for the first annual Salt Spring Youth New Creatives Festival, summer arts festival for youth aged 13-18 on Salt Spring Island. This year’s focus will be playwriting and acting wherethe students will be mentored by acclaimed industry professionals Natalie Meisner, Jeffrey Renn, and Karen Lee White. Tuition is $200. Three bursaries are available. The Salt Spring Youth New Creatives Festival (SSYNC) is a collaboration between SSYNC & Graffiti Theatre, in partnership with ArtSpring.

EXHIBITIONS & GALLERIES

Connections by League 181 | ArtSpring Lobby

July 18 – August 30 | Tue-Fri 10am-2pm

League 181 members Judith Borbas, Peter Eyles, Don Hodgins, AFCA, Wendy Wickland and Dulcy Wilson present a series of paintings in the ArtSpring Lobby on now through August 30th. Scrubbed and verified leading-edge imagery drives deep creative expression, resulting in an uninhibited team who is fully process-connected — with the past, the present, nature, and each other. (Credit: Don Hodgens)

Photosynthesis Photography Show | ArtSpring Gallery

Aug 23-Sept 4 | 10am-4pm daily | Reception Aug 24 | 5pm to 7:30pm

Photosynthesis mounts its annual fine art photography show Aug 23-Sept 4. Since 2001, this select group of photographers has grown and matured while retaining an eclectic gathering of styles, subject matter, techniques, and visual expression. The leading-edge photography will not disappoint; this is a show that people look forward to each year. This year, the show includes seventeen regular members along with four guest photographers and one student. All participating photographers are residents of Salt Spring Island.

The sun is finally shining and so is our line up for May. On May 3, artist Kunji Ikeda brings us Sansei: The Storyteller which examines one of Canada’s darkest moments. On December 7, 1941, the attack on Peral Harbour triggered the internment and dispossession of tens of thousands of Japanese Canadians living along Canada’s west coast. Through an engaging blend of dance, spoken word, historical audio, family interviews and unexpected humour, Ikeda weaves an illuminating tale that is profoundly personal. Please also join us for a post show pane with members of the Japanese Canadian community and author Brian Smallshaw to discuss lived experiences and local history.
Youth voices will be on stage May 27 with the Makana Youth Choirs in their Spring term concert followed the next day by a matinee from the prize-winning The next afternoon, prize-winning ensemble Elektra Women’s Choir returns to ArtSpring for a matinee performance from its 45-voice Vancouver-based female chorus.
May also sees a strong line up of community engagements including “Electrify Salt Spring” with CBC’s Bob McDonald Friday May 5 to talk about the future of energy, The popular Salt Spring Singers bring us their Broadway Gold show tunes May 6 and 7, Dogs in the Moonlight have booked its Thematic Rock Concert for six days, and 100+ Women Who Care gather in the theatre to select their next charity to support.
Archipelago: Contemporary Art of the Salish Sea continues its international exhibition with visual art from the San Juans through May 24 and the lobby features the paintings of local artist Pamela Thornley.
Finally, ArtSpring’s Treasure Fair is gearing up for July, with calls for volunteers. Treasures are being accepted for donation as of May 1. Hope you can be a part of all the excitement that’s happening here this month.
With thanks,
Howard R. Jang
Executive & Artistic Director
ArtSpring

IN THE THEATRE

Vetta presents: Wartime Masterpieces
Mon May 1| 7:30pm
Join Joan Blackman, violin, Jane Hayes, piano, and VSO principal cello, Henry Shapard for a journey back to the first half of the twentieth century and three composers deeply affected by world wars.

ArtSpring Presents Sansei: The Storyteller
Wed May 3 | 7:30
Through an engaging blend of dance, spoken word, historical audio, family interviews, and unexpected humour, Kunji Ikeda weaves an illuminating tale about his family’s experience with the Japanese internment during WWII.

Salt Spring Community Energy presents “Electrify Salt Spring” with CBC’s Bob McDonald
Fri May 5 | 7:00pm
CBC Quirks and Quarks Host Bob McDonald leads a talk from his book “The Future Is Now” about the new green revolution. Includes Q&A.

Salt Spring Singers presents: Broadway Gold
Sat May 6 | 7:30 pm
Sun May 7 | 2pm
Celebrating 50 years, Salt Spring Singers perform a medley of classic Broadway songs and memorable melodies.

Good Company Entertainment presents: Dogs in the Moonlight: A Thematic Rock Concert (6 nights)
Fri May 12 – Sat May 13 | 7:30pm
Wed May 17 – Sat May 20 | 7:30pm
An homage to Don Henley, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Carly Simon, The Beatles, and more. From the people who brought you Timepiece and Peter on the Brink.

100+ Women Who Care presents: May Mingler and Vote
Thurs May 25 | 6:30pm
Time to meet, mingle, and vote for one of three charities who will be presenting live. This is for members of 100+ Women Who Care.
ArtSpring Presents
Makana Youth Choir: Spring Concert
Sat May 27 | 7:30pm
The Kids (grade 2-5) and Youth (grade 6-9) Choirs show off what they have learned this term in a show that spans pop, folk, classical, and music from all over the world.
ArtSpring Presents Elektra Women’s Choir
Sun May 28 | 2:30pm
Since 1987, this award-winning powerful 45-voice choir has been known for its adventurous programming, seeking out music written specifically for women.

EXHIBITIONS & GALLERIES

Pamela Thornley | ArtSpring Lobby
May 1 – May 30
Daily 10am-4pm until May 24, then regular ArtSpring hours Tues-Friday.
“My paintings have been inspired by my life and travels throughout the beautiful Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. It is my hope that people will see & experience the natural world as I see it.”

Archipelago: Contemporary Art of the Salish Sea | ArtSpring Gallery
Sat April 22-Wed May 24 | 10-4pm daily
ArtSpring is proud to present its first international visual art exhibition, as part of a unique cultural exchange between two of North America’s most feted arts communities – the Southern Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands. ArtSpring presents six acclaimed San Juan artists Danielle Dean (photography,) Joe Miller (painting,) Glenn Hendrick (printmaking,) Raven Skyriver (glass) and Tom Small (stone sculpture.) Don’t miss seeing this remarkable exhibition! In collaboration with San Juan Museum of Art and Salt Spring arts.
A colourful medley of clown and circus artists, Japanese dance, piano and percussion, bluegrass, and an operatic masterpiece blooms on stage this March at ArtSpring. Social calendars are bound to be busy!
Adding to the Spring mix, Vetta Presents is back with its inimitable and irreverent classical crossover style, Salt Spring Forum talks earthquakes, and ArtSpring’s Lobby and Gallery are awash in local creativity with exhibitions from the SS Painters Guild and the Printmakers Exhibit.
Also in the news, we’re pleased to announce we have found and appointed our new Technical Director who will be assuming the role March 13. We welcome islander Cimmeron Meyer and look forward to her bringing her many skills to the stage and behind the scenes. We are so thankful to have had Malcolm Harris at the helm for these past years and will miss him, even though he’ll be close at hand and is always welcome.
So much to see and talk about this month. I look forward to seeing you at ArtSpring soon!
With thanks,
Howard R. Jang
Executive & Artistic Director
ArtSpring

IN THE THEATRE

Mon Mar 6 | 7:30pm
Joe Trio, with Cameron Wilson, violin/arranger, Charles Inkman, cello, and Allen Stiles, piano, have delighted audiences across Canada and beyond with an inimitable and irreverent classical crossover style. Tonight they are joined by Joan Blackman on violin.

Sat Mar 11 | 7:30
A surreal, wordless, physical comedy. With otherworldly room service, broken lamps, creaky floorboards, and giant rats, a guest confronts a proprietor who has been hiding his true self. A gorgeous, hilarious, and daring theatrical experience where magic lingers in every shadow.

Tue Mar 14 | 7:30pm
Accomplished dancer-choreographer-actor Hiromoto Ida skillfully merges Japanese dance, theatre, classical music, and voice to tell the story of the old man, raising a glass of sake to himself in celebration on what will be his last birthday.

Sat Mar 18 | 9:00am (NEW PRODUCTION)
Wagner’s soaring masterpiece makes its triumphant return to the Met stage after 17 years. A supreme cast led by tenor Piotr Beczała in the title role of the mysterious swan knight.

Wed Mar 22 | 7:30pm
Bringing together three people, 38 percussion instruments, one piano. A dazzling repertoire across musical styles including works by Bach, Schubert, Ravel, Chabrier, Copland, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla, Brubeck, Saint Saëns, as well as their own original compositions.

Sat Mar 25 | 7:30pm
Please note the performance published in the program has been rescheduled for the fall. Instead, Gryphon Trio brings you a luminous new musical experience featuring violist Radia (Ryan Davis) weaving together classical, folk, and electronic traditions with original compositions and visuals.
Sun Mar 26 | 3:00pm
Dr. John Cassidy leads the Forum discussion on earthquakes and what living in one of the most seismically active regions in Canada could mean for us. What causes earthquakes? Could the “big one” happen in our lifetime? How can we be better prepared?

Thurs Mar 30 | 7:30pm
Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, Juno-nominated The Slocan Ramblers have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene, heralded as the “bluegrass band to watch.”

EXHIBITIONS

SSI Painters Guild Exhibition Spring Show
ArtSpring Lobby
Tue-Fri, Mar 2 –30 | 10am-4pm, and before all theatre events.
Works done in groups, under instruction, or in workshops, reflecting The Guild’s diverse activities. The Guild promotes the artistic growth and self-expression of our members through encouragement, fellowship, mentoring and workshops.

SSI Printmakers Exhibition Re-imagined: Creating Art from Waste!
ArtSpring Gallery
Tue-Fri, Mar 14 –26 | 10am-4pm.
Opening Reception Mar 15
Keeping waste from the landfill and turning it into art is the theme for 27 artists plus prints from nine school classes (K-12). It will be an extravaganza of colour, waste materials, and designs. All welcome.
February showers us with arts, culture, and community this month with stirring music and dance performances, thought-provoking films, and a new exhibit of paintings and photography entitled “What Moves Me.” The theme of the month, indeed!
On February 3, Jasmine Jazz features an unusual and exquisite east-meets-west interplay between traditional Chinese and jazz instruments led by Juno-nominated bassist and composer Jodi Proznick. Then, it’s a back-to-back weekend on Feb 10th and 11th with Canadian pianist/conductor Ian Parker returning to captivate audiences, followed by popular Top 10 singer-songwriter Andrew Allen, with his comic wit, story-telling, smooth vocals, and great songwriting.
Graveyards & Gardens arrives February 16, a collaborative performance installation created and performed by Pulitzer Prize-winning musician and composer Caroline Shaw and award-winning choreographer and contemporary dance artist Vanessa Goodman.
Finally for ArtSpring Presents this month is dancer and choreographer Tara Cheyenne, in her solo piece Body Parts, in which her own body comically side-tracks her performance.
Salt Spring Film Festival is back with two special Wednesday screenings, Shaw and Goodman conduct a public dance workshop, 100+ Women Who Care rally for their cause, and Julianna Slomka presides over the lobby with a very personal collection of works.
So much to see and talk about. I look forward to seeing you at ArtSpring soon!
With thanks,
Howard R. Jang
Executive & Artistic Director
ArtSpring

IN THE THEATRE

Wed Feb 1 | 7:30pm
A middle-aged master tailor and his devoted wife find their relationship turned upside down by the arrival of a handsome new apprentice in this richly erotic and deeply moving Moroccan film, which has won multiple awards around the world.

Fri Feb 3 | 7:30
An unusual, exquisite interplay between traditional Chinese and jazz instruments, featuring musicians from the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble and Vancouver’s finest jazz artists. Led by Juno-nominated bassist/composer Jodi Proznick.

Wed Feb 8 | 7:30pm
A huge hit at the Vancouver International Film Festival, this wildly entertaining movie follows the filmmaker on her journey to find out why the NBA’s Vancouver Grizzlies left Canada over 20 years ago. Filmmaker Kat Jayme in attendance.

Fri Feb 10| 7:30pm
Canadian pianist and Vancouver Academy of Music conductor Ian Parker returns from his tour with orchestras across North America to captivate audiences here with an enthusiastic recital.

ArtSpring Presents Andrew Allen

Sat Feb 11 | 7:30pm

Popular Top 10 singer-songwriter Andrew Allen, who has toured with the likes of Bruno Mars and One Republic, lends his comic wit and smooth vocals to a dynamic, interactive live show.

Mon Feb 13 | 7:00pm
Having raised over $211,000 in four years for 12 Salt Spring causes, 100 Women Who Care is back to hear nominee presentations and vote for February’s winner in this high-impact philanthropic collective. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
 
DAISSI presents Celebration of Bill Turner
Tues Feb 14 | 7:00pm
Diverse and Inclusive SSI (DAISSI) welcomes 2SLGBTQIA+ members and all friends to a celebration of love for recently passed community advocate Bill Turner.
Wed Feb 15 | 5:00pm
A 90-minute dance composition workshop with Caroline Shaw and Vanessa Goodman, exploring collaboration between sound and movement. Discover their process prior to their show the next night.
Thurs Feb 16 | 7:30pm
Created and performed by Pulitzer Prize-winning musician/composer Caroline Shaw and award-winning choreographer/dance artist Vanessa Goodman. “One of the most memorable Vancouver theatre moments of 2021.”
Sat Feb 25 | 7:30pm
Part stand-up comedy, part Greek tragedy, part performance art, part contemporary dance, Body Parts is Tara Cheyenne’s solo piece whereby her own body comically fights and side-tracks per performance. (13+)

EXHIBITIONS

Julianna Slomka: “What Moves Me.”
ArtSpring lobby
Tue-Fri, Feb 2–27 | 10am-2pm, and before all theatre events
Paintings, drawings in graphite, white pencil, charcoal, or pastel, and photography, “all portraying a variety of subjects that interest me, and I hope move the viewer.”
    A fresh-faced new year now upon us, January at ArtSpring promises Baroque Bach, Blues, and the best of Opera through its ArtSpring Presents program as well as local stagings, screenings, and exhibitions. The Gulf Island Secondary School (GISS’s) dance, theatre, and music programs all hit the stage in the first half of January, and Makana’s Kids and Youth Choirs take on new registrations for the Spring term as of January 10th.
    On Saturday, January 14th, the Met’s award-winning opera series Live in HD presents Umberto Giordano’s exhilarating drama Fedora, returning to the Met repertory for the first time in 25 years. That Sunday, Victoria Baroque returns with the much-loved British harpsichordist and music director Steven Devine in a program of exhilarating works by Johann Sebastian Bach.
    Switch gears into the guitar riffs and vocal stylings of Suzie Vinnick and Lloyd Spiegel on January 22 as they deliver blues, storytelling, and juke joint energy. Salt Spring Film Festival hosts a special screening of “Call Jane,” starring Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver, a compelling drama set in 1968 about the fight for women’s right to choose. Vetta is back, this time with the dynamic duo from Barcelona, Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau, for a classic program of romantic chamber music.
    Finally, come explore January’s Lobby Exhibition from the Salt Spring Photography Club, where it displays its “Best of 2022.” It’s a robust month of community and culture. I look forward to seeing you at ArtSpring soon!
With thanks,
Howard R. Jang
Executive & Artistic Director
ArtSpring

IN THE THEATRE

Thurs Jan 5 | 7:30pm
Fri Jan 6 | 7:30 pm
This thrilling and mysterious production is designed and produced entirely by GISS students. Join famous Detective Poirot in the 1930s as he solves a murder where everyone is a suspect!

Wed Jan 11 | 7:30
Thurs Jan 12 | 7:30
The semester-end collection of choreography by dance students features tributes to Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Queen Latifa, and even to Glen Miller’s “In the Mood” in swing time step.

Sat Jan 14 | 10am
Umberto Giordano’s exhilarating drama returns to the Met repertory for the first time in 25 years. Starring soprano Sonya Yoncheva, one of today’s most riveting artists, in the title role of the 19th-century Russian princess who falls in love with her fiancé’s murderer. Sung in Italian.

Sun Dec 15 | 2:30pm
The much-loved British harpsichordist and music director Steven Devine returns to direct Victoria Baroque in a program of exhilarating works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his son, Carl Philipp Emmanuel.

GISS Music presents Lost Together

Wed Jan 18 | 7:30pm

Thurs Jan 19 | 7:30pm

Join GISS Music Students in their semester-end music celebration! Concert Band, Jazz Band, Choir students, as well as students from the Composition and GISPA Music classes.

Sun Jan 22 | 7:30pm
Blues and folk guitar riffs, storytelling, and vocal stylings from award-winning Saskatoon native Vinnick and Australian powerhouse Spiegel promise to bring the house down.
Wed Jan 25 | 7:30pm
Elizabeth Banks plays a conservative housewife in 1968 Chicago whose second pregnancy leads to a devastating diagnosis in a time when abortion was illegal. She discovers an underground network who helps. Sigourney Weaver also stars.
Vetta presents Romanticism Unleashed
Mon Jan 30 | 7:30pm
Vetta Chamber Orchestra is delighted to have the dynamic duo from Barcelona, Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau, join them for a classic program of romantic chamber music.

EXHIBITIONS

SS Photography Club presents Annual Exhibition
ArtSpring lobby
Tue-Fri, Jan 4 –30 | 10am-2pm, and before all theatre events
Local photographers are on display as the Best of 2022 is put forward — work of any subject matter, size, and technical approach. Many images available for sale.

YOUTH

Tues Jan 10 | 10:00am – Friday Jan 28 2:00pm
Registrations open at the Box Office for Kids (Grade 2-5) and Youth (Grade 6-9) for Spring Terms starting Friday January 28. Practices every Friday. End of Term concert May 27th. Learn music literacy, singing techniques, and make new friends!

VOLUNTEER AT ARTSPRING


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 artspring.ca/volunteer or email megan.w@artspring.ca 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.