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FILE - Madonna speaks at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. Madonna will launch a new tour through North America and Europe this summer that will be include 38 songs in the Billboard Hot 100. The 35-city tour will kick off on July 15 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia with stops in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Madonna launches 2023 North America and European tour in B.C.

Tour to feature a ‘celebration’ of pop star’s Billboard Hot 100 hits

FILE - Madonna speaks at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. Madonna will launch a new tour through North America and Europe this summer that will be include 38 songs in the Billboard Hot 100. The 35-city tour will kick off on July 15 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia with stops in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
Saanich-based director and co-producer Arnold Lim (centre) guides crew members before shooting a scene for the feature film All-in Madonna. The film was shot in and around Victoria and the South Island in 2019. (Photo by Patrick Coble/Blue Lake Films).

All aboard for Vancouver Island filmmaker Arnold Lim’s latest award-winning short

Whale watching vessel hosts Short Bursts during 2023 Victoria Film Festival Feb. 3 to 12

Saanich-based director and co-producer Arnold Lim (centre) guides crew members before shooting a scene for the feature film All-in Madonna. The film was shot in and around Victoria and the South Island in 2019. (Photo by Patrick Coble/Blue Lake Films).
This combination of photos shows promotional art for “The Price of Glee,” a series premiering Monday, Jan. 16 on ID, left, and “That 90s Show,” a series premiering Jan. 19 on Netflix. (ID/Netflix.Netflix via AP)
This combination of photos shows promotional art for “The Price of Glee,” a series premiering Monday, Jan. 16 on ID, left, and “That 90s Show,” a series premiering Jan. 19 on Netflix. (ID/Netflix.Netflix via AP)
FILE - Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida shows the Silver Bear Award she accepted on behalf of her ‘dearest friend’ Anna Magnani during the prize giving ceremony at the end of West Berlin’s 36-nation Film Festival on July 8, 1958. Lollobrigida has died in Rome at age 95. Italian news agency Lapresse reported Lollobrigida’s death on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 quoting Tuscany Gov. Eugenio Giani. (AP Photo/Heinrich Sanden Jr., File)

Italian film legend Gina Lollobrigida dies at age 95

European film star rose to prominence in the 1950s

FILE - Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida shows the Silver Bear Award she accepted on behalf of her ‘dearest friend’ Anna Magnani during the prize giving ceremony at the end of West Berlin’s 36-nation Film Festival on July 8, 1958. Lollobrigida has died in Rome at age 95. Italian news agency Lapresse reported Lollobrigida’s death on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 quoting Tuscany Gov. Eugenio Giani. (AP Photo/Heinrich Sanden Jr., File)
This image released by 20th Century Studios shows Kate Winslet, as Ronal, left, and Cliff Curtis, as Tonowari, in a scene from “Avatar: The Way of Water.” (20th Century Studios via AP)

‘Avatar 2,’ ‘M3GAN’ hold onto top spots at the box office

In third place is ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’

This image released by 20th Century Studios shows Kate Winslet, as Ronal, left, and Cliff Curtis, as Tonowari, in a scene from “Avatar: The Way of Water.” (20th Century Studios via AP)
Restorer Valentina Piovan works on Vittore Carpaccio’s 1502 painting ‘The agony in the garden’ at the Dalmatian School in Venice, northern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. On November 20th, the National Gallery of Washington inaugurated the first retrospective exhibition of Carpaccio’s works outside of Italy. It will run until February 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

VIDEO: Carpaccio the artist, not the appetizer, now getting his due

Renaissance painter getting recognition outside of Venice in first retrospective of his work

Restorer Valentina Piovan works on Vittore Carpaccio’s 1502 painting ‘The agony in the garden’ at the Dalmatian School in Venice, northern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. On November 20th, the National Gallery of Washington inaugurated the first retrospective exhibition of Carpaccio’s works outside of Italy. It will run until February 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Miss Haiti Mideline Phelizor competes in the evening gown competition during the preliminary round of the 71st Miss Universe Beauty Pageant in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel wins Miss Universe Competition

Gabriel is a fashion designer, model and sewing instructor

Miss Haiti Mideline Phelizor competes in the evening gown competition during the preliminary round of the 71st Miss Universe Beauty Pageant in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Randy Bachman (right) holds the Juno as Robbie Bachman videotapes a closeup of the trophy after being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards in Winnipeg, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Robbie Bachman, co-founder and drummer of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, has died at 69, representatives for his brother Randy confirm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Randy Bachman (right) holds the Juno as Robbie Bachman videotapes a closeup of the trophy after being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards in Winnipeg, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Robbie Bachman, co-founder and drummer of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, has died at 69, representatives for his brother Randy confirm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
FILE - Motorcycle daredevil Robbie Knievel, right, poses with his famous father, Evel Kneivel, at a New York news conference on March 27, 1989. Robbie Knievel, an American stunt performer, died early Friday at a hospice in Reno, Nev., with his daughters at his side, his brother Kelly Knievel said. He was 60. Evel Knievel died in 2007. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

Robbie Knievel, daredevil son of Evel Knievel, dies at 60

Robbie Knievel, an American stunt performer who set records with daredevil motorcycle…

FILE - Motorcycle daredevil Robbie Knievel, right, poses with his famous father, Evel Kneivel, at a New York news conference on March 27, 1989. Robbie Knievel, an American stunt performer, died early Friday at a hospice in Reno, Nev., with his daughters at his side, his brother Kelly Knievel said. He was 60. Evel Knievel died in 2007. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)
Tanika Charles will perform t the Sid Williams Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 25 - part of the Blue Circle Series. Photo supplied

Tanika Charles and STORRY team up for night of R&B in Courtenay

The Sid Williams Theatre Society presents a Blue Circle Series performance from…

Tanika Charles will perform t the Sid Williams Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 25 - part of the Blue Circle Series. Photo supplied
Artist Sarah Clark at her “open office.” Photo supplied

Plenty happening at the Comox Valley Art Gallery in January

Have you ever felt lonesome? That’s what artist Sarah Clark is asking…

Artist Sarah Clark at her “open office.” Photo supplied
FILE - Lisa Marie Presley poses for her first picture, in the lap of her mother, Priscilla, on Feb. 5, 1968, with her father, Elvis Presley. Lisa Marie Presley — the only child of Elvis Presley and a singer herself — was hospitalized Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, her mother said in a statement. (AP Photo/Perry Aycock, File)

UPDATED: Lisa Marie Presley, singer and daughter of Elvis, dies at 54

Presley died in a Los Angeles hospital a few hours after a medical episode at her home.

FILE - Lisa Marie Presley poses for her first picture, in the lap of her mother, Priscilla, on Feb. 5, 1968, with her father, Elvis Presley. Lisa Marie Presley — the only child of Elvis Presley and a singer herself — was hospitalized Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, her mother said in a statement. (AP Photo/Perry Aycock, File)
The Nanaimo Musicians Association Big Band will play at the Little Red Church in Comox on Jan. 19. Photo supplied

The Nanaimo Musicians Association Big Band to perform in Comox

Georgia Straight Jazz Society has the privilege of presenting one of the…

The Nanaimo Musicians Association Big Band will play at the Little Red Church in Comox on Jan. 19. Photo supplied
The Georgia Strait Big Band will be playing at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay on Jan. 21. Photo supplied

Big band music at Courtenay’s Evergreen Club

The Evergreen Club is hosting an afternoon of music and dance, featuring…

The Georgia Strait Big Band will be playing at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay on Jan. 21. Photo supplied
Based on the overwhelmingly positive response to his “energetic, inspiring” performance at St. George’s Back-to-Church Sunday in September, singer-songwriter Luc Blu Guthrie has been invited back to for the Ol’ Time Gospel Jamboree on Jan. 22. Photo supplied

Luke Blu Guthrie hosting Gospel Jamboree at St. George’s in Courtenay

The Reverend Ryan Slifka announces that St. George’s United Church invites everyone…

Based on the overwhelmingly positive response to his “energetic, inspiring” performance at St. George’s Back-to-Church Sunday in September, singer-songwriter Luc Blu Guthrie has been invited back to for the Ol’ Time Gospel Jamboree on Jan. 22. Photo supplied
Ariel Barnes will be the guest cellist at the upcoming Vancouver island Symphony concert at Sid Williams Theatre. Photo via ariel-barnes.com

Cellist Ariel Barnes featured in upcoming Vancouver Island Symphony performance in Courtenay

Cellist Ariel Barnes is the guest artist, and Jonathan Girard will lead…

  • Jan 18, 2023
Ariel Barnes will be the guest cellist at the upcoming Vancouver island Symphony concert at Sid Williams Theatre. Photo via ariel-barnes.com
The Feral Fibres Art Show runs from Jan. 14-Feb. 18 at The Gallery @ Weird Chuch in Cumberland. Photo supplied

Cumberland art gallery features fibre arts show

The Gallery @ Weird Church in Cumberland is featuring the Feral Fibres…

The Feral Fibres Art Show runs from Jan. 14-Feb. 18 at The Gallery @ Weird Chuch in Cumberland. Photo supplied
This image released by Lionsgate shows Mike Colter in a scene from “Plane.” (Kenneth Rexach/Lionsgate via AP)

Review: Gerard Butler keeps ‘Plane’ grounded

Straightforward action flick doesn’t exactly soar but it won’t leave you on the runway

This image released by Lionsgate shows Mike Colter in a scene from “Plane.” (Kenneth Rexach/Lionsgate via AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2018 file photo, Actor statuettes are pictured at the American Fine Arts Foundry in Burbank, Calif., in preparation for the SAG Awards. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

SAG Awards nominate ‘Banshees,’ ‘Everything’ and Zendaya

Screen Actors Guild Awards are considered one of the most reliable predictors of the Oscars

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2018 file photo, Actor statuettes are pictured at the American Fine Arts Foundry in Burbank, Calif., in preparation for the SAG Awards. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - Guitarist Jeff Beck performs at the Louisiana Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans on April 29, 2011. Beck, a guitar virtuoso who pushed the boundaries of blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, influencing generations of shredders along the way and becoming known as the guitar player’s guitar player, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, after “suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis,” his representatives said in a statement released Wednesday. He was 78. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Jeff Beck, guitar god who influenced generations, dies at 78

Beck won eight Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice

FILE - Guitarist Jeff Beck performs at the Louisiana Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans on April 29, 2011. Beck, a guitar virtuoso who pushed the boundaries of blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, influencing generations of shredders along the way and becoming known as the guitar player’s guitar player, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, after “suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis,” his representatives said in a statement released Wednesday. He was 78. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)