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Colin J.D. Crooks has published his debut novel, a fantasy titled “The Shards of Etherious: Arisen.” (headshot photo courtesy Joslyn Kilborn Photography)

Cumberland author delves into fantasy world with debut novel

The Shards of Etherious: Arisen is the first book of a five-book series

Bridgette Murphy, 2nd Assistant, ‘B’ Camera slates the next scene on location in Toronto for production of the third season of “Coroner” in this undated handout photo. While some shows affected by pandemic lockdowns last March were able to resume production in the summer and air in the fall, many were held up by restrictions, a lack of COVID-19 insurance, and the development of expensive and extensive health and safety protocols with officials and unions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - CBC, Ramona Diaconescu

‘It was nail-biting but we did it’: Canadian shows didn’t let COVID derail production

There has been lots of testing, distancing, sanitization and personal protective equipment

Artist Jim Holyoak’s installation “Quagmire.” Holyoak will be the first speaker for the Artist Talk Online Winter 2021 series. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

North Island College Artist Talk goes online for winter 2021

The series invites contemporary Canadian artists to speak about their professional practice

  • Jan 24, 2021
Artist Jim Holyoak’s installation “Quagmire.” Holyoak will be the first speaker for the Artist Talk Online Winter 2021 series. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2017, file photo, Larry King attends the 45th International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton, in New York. Former CNN talk show host King has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than a week, the news channel reported Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. CNN reported the 87-year-old King contracted the coronavirus and was undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87

King conducted an estimated 50,000 on-air interviews

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2017, file photo, Larry King attends the 45th International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton, in New York. Former CNN talk show host King has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than a week, the news channel reported Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. CNN reported the 87-year-old King contracted the coronavirus and was undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
The District of Saanich’s communications team decided to take part in a viral trend on Thursday and photoshopped U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders into a staff meeting photo. (District of Saanich/Twitter)

Bernie Sanders makes guest appearance municipal staff meeting in B.C.

Vancouver Island firefighters jump on viral trend of photoshopped U.S. senator

The District of Saanich’s communications team decided to take part in a viral trend on Thursday and photoshopped U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders into a staff meeting photo. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
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A person wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 walks past the independent Rio Theatre, displaying a COVID-19 related message on its marquee in Vancouver on Sunday, December 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada’s movie theatre association calls out ‘absurdity’ of B.C. theatres closures

Vancouver’s Rio Theatre is moving forward with plans to reopen on Saturday

A person wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 walks past the independent Rio Theatre, displaying a COVID-19 related message on its marquee in Vancouver on Sunday, December 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Artist Jim Holyoak’s installation Quagmire. Holyoak will be the first speaker for the Artist Talk Online Winter 2021 series, Monday, Jan 25 at 6 p.m. NIC photo

NIC Artist Talk goes online for winter 2021

NIC’s Artist Talk is returning for the winter 2021 season with a…

  • Jan 20, 2021
Artist Jim Holyoak’s installation Quagmire. Holyoak will be the first speaker for the Artist Talk Online Winter 2021 series, Monday, Jan 25 at 6 p.m. NIC photo
Angel Azul

World Community Film Festival reaches 30th year

Every February for the past three decades, World Community has hosted a…

Angel Azul
Artist Jason deCaires Taylor creates artificial coral reefs from statues cast from live models. The film Angel Azul considers the perilous situation coral reefs face and solutions necessary to save them. Photo supplied

Artist combines creativity with environmental solution

Angel Azul by Marcelina Cravat is one of 17 documentaries featured at…

  • Jan 18, 2021
Artist Jason deCaires Taylor creates artificial coral reefs from statues cast from live models. The film Angel Azul considers the perilous situation coral reefs face and solutions necessary to save them. Photo supplied
Dr. John Hooper is the new conductor of Island Voices. Photo supplied

Island Voices welcomes new conductor

This spring will be a time of transition for Island Voices chamber…

Dr. John Hooper is the new conductor of Island Voices. Photo supplied
Inside the new shop operated by Wachiay Friendship Centre. Jared Kotyk (left), Jan Kotyk, Paloma Joy, Tim Gagnon, Jonah Hill, Jennifer Corbett and Tally, the shop dog. Photo supplied

Wachiay opens store-front arts shop in downtown Courtenay

There’s still tailor-work in the back of old AnnSew site, with the store in front

Inside the new shop operated by Wachiay Friendship Centre. Jared Kotyk (left), Jan Kotyk, Paloma Joy, Tim Gagnon, Jonah Hill, Jennifer Corbett and Tally, the shop dog. Photo supplied
Dirt Rich shifts focus from greenhouse gas emissions to carbon drawdown. Photo supplied

Dirt Rich considers regenerative agriculture, reforestation, conservation efforts

Marcelina Cravat’s film Dirt Rich shifts focus from greenhouse gas emissions to…

  • Jan 16, 2021
Dirt Rich shifts focus from greenhouse gas emissions to carbon drawdown. Photo supplied
Gather is an intimate portrait of a growing movement among Indigenous Americans to reclaim their spiritual and cultural identities.

Gather: a story of resilience

The 30th edition of the World Community Film Festival runs virtually this…

  • Jan 14, 2021
Gather is an intimate portrait of a growing movement among Indigenous Americans to reclaim their spiritual and cultural identities.
Tina Filippino is offering Letz Sing terms via Zoom, beginning Monday, Jan. 18. Photo supplied

Comox Valley singing program moves to online format for winter session

“Singing is better than not singing.” That is Tina Filippino’s mantra, and…

  • Jan 12, 2021
Tina Filippino is offering Letz Sing terms via Zoom, beginning Monday, Jan. 18. Photo supplied
Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)

Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Writer Joy Kogawa is photographed in her Toronto home on Friday, February 22, 2019. Kogawa is giddy about the “miracle” of technology allowing people to learn about Canada’s racist past that forced thousands of citizens like her out of their homes and into internment camps during the Second World War. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

B.C. tree that inspired award-winning author Joy Kogawa damaged by windstorm

The backyard tree is the focus of Kogawa’s children’s book ‘Naomi’s Tree’

Writer Joy Kogawa is photographed in her Toronto home on Friday, February 22, 2019. Kogawa is giddy about the “miracle” of technology allowing people to learn about Canada’s racist past that forced thousands of citizens like her out of their homes and into internment camps during the Second World War. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A scene from “Tia and Piujuq” is shown in this 2019 handout photo. A new Indigenous television channel featuring a programming slate that’s entirely in the Inuit Inuktut language is set to launch on Monday. Billed as the first Indigenous-language channel in Canada, Uvagut TV will broadcast a variety of content including children’s series, award-winning films and live programming. (Arnait Video Productions, Isuma Distribution International)

New Uvagut TV to feature all programming made in Inuktut language

Uvagut TV will broadcast a variety of content including children’s series, award-winning films and live programming

A scene from “Tia and Piujuq” is shown in this 2019 handout photo. A new Indigenous television channel featuring a programming slate that’s entirely in the Inuit Inuktut language is set to launch on Monday. Billed as the first Indigenous-language channel in Canada, Uvagut TV will broadcast a variety of content including children’s series, award-winning films and live programming. (Arnait Video Productions, Isuma Distribution International)
This grizzly cub pic is one of the photos to be featured at Catherine Babault’s upcoming solo exhibit at the Centre culturel francophone in Vancouver, from Jan. 21 to March 4, 2021.

Comox Valley nature photographer has solo exhibit in Vancouver

Nature and wildlife photographer Catherine Babault presents her artwork at the Centre…

  • Jan 13, 2021
This grizzly cub pic is one of the photos to be featured at Catherine Babault’s upcoming solo exhibit at the Centre culturel francophone in Vancouver, from Jan. 21 to March 4, 2021.
Actress Kim Cattrall poses for a photograph during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sept. 8, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

‘Sex and the City’ revival won’t have Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha

There have also been long-reported tensions between Cattrall and Sara Jessica Parker

Actress Kim Cattrall poses for a photograph during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sept. 8, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette