Danielle Lebeau Peterson will be featured at the next Cowichan Folk Guild Coffeehouse on Saturday, May 14, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Folk Guild)

Danielle Lebeau Peterson will be featured at the next Cowichan Folk Guild Coffeehouse on Saturday, May 14, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Folk Guild)

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The Cowichan Folk Guild Coffeehouse on Saturday, May 14, will feature Danielle Lebeau Peterson.

“A life-long musician with deep roots in performance and teaching, Danielle charms audiences with her easy banter, soaring vocals and guitar stylings,” said CFG’s Nikki Nilsson. “It is evident Danielle comes from a musical family. This passionate singer/songwriter pays tribute to all her musical influences and brings a unique voice to her own original compositions. Her ‘Tribute to Joni Mitchell’ demonstrates Danielle’s musical virtuosity but also showcases her own distinctive talents as an emerging artist.”

Doors open at 7 p.m., with the main show starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Duncan United Church Hall at 246 Ingram St.

Tickets are $5 for Folk Guild members and $10 for non-members. Get them at the door.


The winners at the 2022 Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show have been announced.

On May 4 at an opening event attended by about 150 art lovers, an intricate burned wood mandala, a stone sculpture and Métis beading and a ribbon skirt were picked as winners.

The Best in Show award, sponsored by Excellent Frameworks, went to Nanaimo artist Devin Watson for Interdiluvian, a wooden plaque on the theme of water.

“From the smallest organism to the tallest tree, water connects us to the pattern of all life, crossing boundaries of the physical and the metaphysical in its eternal journey from the highest clouds to the bottoms of the oceans and everywhere in between,” said Watson.

Jurors Awards, sponsored by Hand of Man Museum and Duncan Daybreak Rotary, went to Kaija Heitland for My People are Blueberry People, a beadwork and ribbon skirt honouring her Métis and Scandinavian ancestry; Paul Mcuish for Cabinet, a spalted maple and sapele cabinet; and Joane Moran for Refresh, an oil painting of ripening wild blueberries.

Awards of Excellence, sponsored by the Old Farm Market, went to Nikki Manzie for Patroness of Land and Water, a traditional Ukrainian doll using vintage furs and fibres; and Richard Gibson for Wind, as sculpture created from Quadra Island marble.

The Fine Arts Show is on at the CVAC gallery in the Cowichan Community Centre until May 29.


The Cowichan Valley Fine Arts show is offering more than the chance to see some of the finest works by local artists.

Until May 29, at the Cowichan Community Centre, there are also free demonstrations running alongside the show, and a ticketed event.

The free demonstrations are Alison Irwin weaving baskets on Tuesday, May 17, from 2-4 p.m.; and Pauline Dueck painting animal eyes on Tuesday, May 24, from 2-4 p.m. Both will be in the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Gallery on the ground floor.

You’ll have to get your tickets in advance for Art Attack on May 13. Running from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., artists will create a painting inspired by live music from Laura and the C Chords in front of the live audience, who can also vote for their favourites. The top two painters from each group will go head to head in a second heat.


And if that wasn’t enough for art lovers, the Cowichan Artisans Spring Studio Tour is happening this weekend May 13, 14 and 15.

Studios of the 13 participating artisans will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on this self-guided tour. Take in as many of them as you want.

Get a tour map here: https://www.cowichanartisans.com/tour-map


The Bahai communities in the Cowichan Valley are hosting an all-day event at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre in Duncan on May 22.

Free and open to everyone, the program includes meals, refreshments, music, arts and programs specifically for adults, youth and children.

The program will open with the Tzinquaw Dancers and member of the Quw’utsun’ Tribe.

“The main objective of these conferences now taking place in thousands of locations around the world and 80 locations in Canada is to bring about a unified vision for the betterment of the world,” organizers said in a press release. “In it we will explore together the power of communities to unify, heal, and transcend differences, where everyone feels empowered to contribute to the betterment of all, by releasing the potential that lies within each of us and transcending differences of background, culture, religion, or age.”

See more information here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjC3P99pnno


Duncan-born author Lucille Labossiere has published her second novel.

Her new release, Eight Hours, is described as a fast-paced crime thriller involving the revenge kidnapping of a child.

It was published by Friesen Press of Victoria in mid-November, 2021.

“Already some readers are saying they wish the book was longer,” said a press release for the novel.

It can be ordered through local bookstores and is available online at Friesen Press Bookstore or Amazon.ca

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Lucille Labossiere has released her second novel, ‘Eight Hours’. (Photo courtesy of Lucille Labossiere)

Lucille Labossiere has released her second novel, ‘Eight Hours’. (Photo courtesy of Lucille Labossiere)