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Cowichan Tribes artist Shawn Johnny stands in front of the new mural he created at the The Hamlets in Duncan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Mural unveiled at The Hamlets in Duncan

Work the creation of Cowichan Tribes artist Shawn Johnny

IceBear likes to integrate himself into his work, like with this dream catcher. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Art exhibit largest assembled collection of IceBear’s work

Acclaimed artist recreates visions in paintings and sculptures

IceBear has an exhibition of his work at the CVAC gallery in Duncan, hosted by the Cowichan Public Art Gallery. (Photo courtesy of Cowichan Public Art Gallery)

A&E column: Artists wanted, performances, climate festival

Some of what’s coming up in Cowichan arts and entertainment

Jacksun Fryer, left, and Carlow Rush of Vancouver Island’s Funkanometry have advanced to live shows in ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Pictured here, the two at the Vancouver Island Exhibition in 2021. (News Bulletin file photo)

Funkanometry advances through ‘America’s Got Talent’ to live shows

Dance duo secure a spot as one of the 55 final contestants

Jacksun Fryer, left, and Carlow Rush of Vancouver Island’s Funkanometry have advanced to live shows in ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Pictured here, the two at the Vancouver Island Exhibition in 2021. (News Bulletin file photo)
Right, Saturday night headliner Darius Rucker performs for a big crowd at Sunfest 2022.

Cowichan’s Sunfest thrills country fans

Not just the weather that heated up the weekend

Right, Saturday night headliner Darius Rucker performs for a big crowd at Sunfest 2022.
The first-ever Breath of Art Market will be held on Station Street on Aug. 6. (Submitted photo)

Inaugural Breath of Art Market to be held downtown on Aug. 6

Dozens of artists will be displaying their work on Station Street

  • Aug 2, 2022
The first-ever Breath of Art Market will be held on Station Street on Aug. 6. (Submitted photo)
Wide Mouth Mason performs at Laketown Rock 2022. (Robert Porter/RMS Media)
Wide Mouth Mason performs at Laketown Rock 2022. (Robert Porter/RMS Media)
Lana McQueen’s work, including Ghost Pony, will be featured in the window at Imagine That! gallery in downtown Duncan through August, 2022. (Lana McQueen artwork)
Lana McQueen’s work, including Ghost Pony, will be featured in the window at Imagine That! gallery in downtown Duncan through August, 2022. (Lana McQueen artwork)
Dancing duo Olivia Shafer, 16, and Esmée Rush, 15, earned top spot in the 2022 edition of the Duncan Has Talent dance competition. For more from Duncan Has Talent, check out page 17, andonline at cowichanvalleycitizen.com for video. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Competition proves Duncan has dance talent

Four acts, five contestants, one winner. Well, make that two. Dancing duo…

Dancing duo Olivia Shafer, 16, and Esmée Rush, 15, earned top spot in the 2022 edition of the Duncan Has Talent dance competition. For more from Duncan Has Talent, check out page 17, andonline at cowichanvalleycitizen.com for video. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
From left, Jamie Unrau, Senya Pike, and Jason Pressman are three of the lead actors in the Shawnigan Players’ production of ‘Cymbeline’ which will be shown at Gem O’ The Isle Farm in Duncan. (Photo courtesy of Shawnigan Players)
From left, Jamie Unrau, Senya Pike, and Jason Pressman are three of the lead actors in the Shawnigan Players’ production of ‘Cymbeline’ which will be shown at Gem O’ The Isle Farm in Duncan. (Photo courtesy of Shawnigan Players)

Shawnigan Players asking ‘Have you met Cymbeline?’

Cowichan Valley Shakespeare Festival returns in August with one of Shakespeare’s less-known works

From left, Jamie Unrau, Senya Pike, and Jason Pressman are three of the lead actors in the Shawnigan Players’ production of ‘Cymbeline’ which will be shown at Gem O’ The Isle Farm in Duncan. (Photo courtesy of Shawnigan Players)
From left, Jamie Unrau, Senya Pike, and Jason Pressman are three of the lead actors in the Shawnigan Players’ production of ‘Cymbeline’ which will be shown at Gem O’ The Isle Farm in Duncan. (Photo courtesy of Shawnigan Players)
The opening number of the Kathy White Dancers’ spring show, ‘Scottish Pride,’ was the ‘Canadian Reel,’ featuring dancers decked out in the tartans of the Canadian provinces and territories. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Duncan’s Kathy White Dancers show their ‘Scottish Pride’ with spring show

Dancers returned to the stage for first spring show in two years

The opening number of the Kathy White Dancers’ spring show, ‘Scottish Pride,’ was the ‘Canadian Reel,’ featuring dancers decked out in the tartans of the Canadian provinces and territories. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
(From left to right) Jamie Unrau, Senya Pike, and Brian Dennison are three of the lead actors in the Shawnigan Players’ production of Cymbeline which will be shown at Gem O’ The Isle Farm in Duncan, B.C.

Shawnigan Players asking ‘Have you met Cymbeline?’

Cowichan Valley Shakespeare Festival returns in August with one of Shakespeare’s less-known works

(From left to right) Jamie Unrau, Senya Pike, and Brian Dennison are three of the lead actors in the Shawnigan Players’ production of Cymbeline which will be shown at Gem O’ The Isle Farm in Duncan, B.C.
Sunfest is set to go on without Billy Currington. (Citizen file)

Day 2 attraction Billy Currington cancels Sunfest appearance

Classic rock legend Randy Bachman tapped to replace him at annual country music festival

Sunfest is set to go on without Billy Currington. (Citizen file)
John Beuhler is headlining the Cobblestone Pub July 28. (Black Press file)

Laughs and tunes around town

Bits and bites from Cowichan’s comedy and music scene

John Beuhler is headlining the Cobblestone Pub July 28. (Black Press file)
Detail from the painting ‘Curiosity’ created specially for the exhibition. (Ice Bear painting)

CPAG hosts exhibition by renowned Ojibway artist IceBear

Public opening reception on July 28 from 4-7 p.m. at Portals Gallery

  • Jul 19, 2022
Detail from the painting ‘Curiosity’ created specially for the exhibition. (Ice Bear painting)
The Islands Folk Festival is back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)

Islands Folk Festival just around the corner

This year’s roster of performers has a distinctly Vancouver Island and British Columbia focus

The Islands Folk Festival is back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
Mike Coleman, who served as the mayor of Duncan for 22 years, died on June 29. Here, he attends his last council meeting in 2005. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Foundation poetry contest winners announced

Competition honours foundation founder Michael Coleman

Mike Coleman, who served as the mayor of Duncan for 22 years, died on June 29. Here, he attends his last council meeting in 2005. (Citizen file)
Cowichan Marsh, by Cheryl Painter. Painter has a solo show at Excellent Frameworks in Duncan during July 2022. (Cheryl Painter artwork)
Cowichan Marsh, by Cheryl Painter. Painter has a solo show at Excellent Frameworks in Duncan during July 2022. (Cheryl Painter artwork)

A&E column: Art on the menu in Duncan through July

Shows at Excellent Frameworks and CVAC’s Annex, Elsie Miles

Cowichan Marsh, by Cheryl Painter. Painter has a solo show at Excellent Frameworks in Duncan during July 2022. (Cheryl Painter artwork)
Cowichan Marsh, by Cheryl Painter. Painter has a solo show at Excellent Frameworks in Duncan during July 2022. (Cheryl Painter artwork)
Sunset Cinema is back in Duncan in 2022 with a free outdoor movie night July 14. (Black Press file)
Sunset Cinema is back in Duncan in 2022 with a free outdoor movie night July 14. (Black Press file)
Arkells perform at Laketown Shakedown in Youbou over the 2022 Canada Day long weekend. (Robert Porter/RMS Media photo)
Arkells perform at Laketown Shakedown in Youbou over the 2022 Canada Day long weekend. (Robert Porter/RMS Media photo)