Arts and Entertainment

Tyler Scott Hoover, a professional Spider-Man cosplayer and model, is pictured in the classic costume of the Marvel comic superhero. In August 2022, as the iconic character marks 60 years in the vast, imaginative world of comic books, movies and merchandise, fans like Hoover reflect on Spider-Man’s appeal across race, gender and nationality. (Tyler Scott Hoover via AP)

As Spider-Man turns 60, fans reflect on diverse appeal

‘We should always be open to the possibilities’

 

Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith appeared on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Aug. 8 as a musical guest, and played her latest single Narcissist, which dropped midnight July 29. (Photo credit Todd Owyoung/NBC)

B.C. teen singer performs new single on ‘The Tonight Show’

Lauren Spencer-Smith was the musical guest Monday, Aug. 8, on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night talk show

 

Anela Kahiamoe and Luke Blu Guthrie entertained the audience at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens on a beautiful Friday evening. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Guitarists trade licks at Merville show

Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens also host artisans’ fest, more music next month

  • Aug 6, 2022

 

Singer Maggie Martin has taken social media by storm with more than 3.5 million likes on TikTok. Her latest release Never Blue has been picked up by Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. (Contributed - Maggie Martin)

Vancouver Island singer Maggie Martin racks up 3.5 million likes on TikTok

Langford resident didn’t let the grass grow under her feet during pandemic

Singer Maggie Martin has taken social media by storm with more than 3.5 million likes on TikTok. Her latest release Never Blue has been picked up by Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. (Contributed - Maggie Martin)
Tamara Stanners at Vancouver's Zulu Records- Lia Crowe photography

Among the stars

Painting, producing and performing all part of Constellation Festival co-organizer’s artist pursuits

  • Jun 24, 2022
Tamara Stanners at Vancouver's Zulu Records- Lia Crowe photography
Filling the waterfront grounds of Filberg Park with some of the West’s top artists, artisans, musicians and entertainers, the Filberg Festival returns to Comox July 29 to 31!

Filberg Festival’s celebration of arts, music and food returns to Comox!

Tickets on sale now for July 29 to 31 festival

  • Jun 21, 2022
Filling the waterfront grounds of Filberg Park with some of the West’s top artists, artisans, musicians and entertainers, the Filberg Festival returns to Comox July 29 to 31!
Newfoundland artist Marlene Creates (left) is installing her new exhibition at the Comox Valley Art Gallery. The exhibition runs from June 15 to Sept. 10, with the opening event set for June 16 at 7 p.m. Photo supplied

Comox Valley Art Gallery welcomes new exhibit by Newfoundland artist Marlene Creates

“My artwork is where the inside (my thoughts) and the outside (my…

Newfoundland artist Marlene Creates (left) is installing her new exhibition at the Comox Valley Art Gallery. The exhibition runs from June 15 to Sept. 10, with the opening event set for June 16 at 7 p.m. Photo supplied
Filling the waterfront grounds of Filberg Park with some of the West’s top artists, artisans, musicians and entertainers, the Filberg Festival  returns to Comox July 29 to 31!

Filberg Festival’s celebration of arts, music and food returns to Comox!

Tickets on sale now for July 29 to 31 festival

  • May 30, 2022
Filling the waterfront grounds of Filberg Park with some of the West’s top artists, artisans, musicians and entertainers, the Filberg Festival  returns to Comox July 29 to 31!
Jason Heit teaches a class at the Island MMA Training Centre in Victoria. Heit moved back to the Island in 2007 after spending four years as a security guard for various A-list celebrities. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Island man’s journey took him from the boxing ring to supplying security to the stars

Drew Barrymore, Nicholas Cage, Robbie Williams: Victoria’s Jason Heit was by their side

Jason Heit teaches a class at the Island MMA Training Centre in Victoria. Heit moved back to the Island in 2007 after spending four years as a security guard for various A-list celebrities. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
The Islands Folk Festival will be back this summer at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 23, 2022. (Citizen file)
The 39 Steps with Aidan deSalaiz, Felix LeBlanc, Caitlin Driscoll and Alexandra Brynn is on stage at the Chemainus Theatre April 22-May 22. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Review: Fast-paced Chemainus Theatre show just plain funny

The 39 Steps will have you guffawing at regular intervals

The 39 Steps with Aidan deSalaiz, Felix LeBlanc, Caitlin Driscoll and Alexandra Brynn is on stage at the Chemainus Theatre April 22-May 22. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Writers can enter the Islands Short Fiction Contest until April 30. (Stock photo)

Vancouver Island writers still have time to enter Islands Short Fiction Contest

Nanaimo Arts Council extends deadline until month’s end

Writers can enter the Islands Short Fiction Contest until April 30. (Stock photo)
Larry Brennan has a voice so much like Joe Cocker, you’ll have trouble telling the difference, promise producers of ‘The Joe Cocker Experience’, coming to Cowichan on April 9, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Joe Cocker Experience)

‘Joe Cocker Experience’ aims for authenticity in Cowichan show

“Close your eyes, and you’ll swear you’re hearing the real deal”

Larry Brennan has a voice so much like Joe Cocker, you’ll have trouble telling the difference, promise producers of ‘The Joe Cocker Experience’, coming to Cowichan on April 9, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Joe Cocker Experience)
Pharis and Jason Romero headline the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival to be held at Laketown Ranch in Youbou on June 17 to 19, 2022. (Laureen Carruthers photo)

Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival back in June

Headliners Pharis and Jason Romero, The Lonesome Ace Stringband and more

Pharis and Jason Romero headline the Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival to be held at Laketown Ranch in Youbou on June 17 to 19, 2022. (Laureen Carruthers photo)
Will Smith cries as he accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for “King Richard” at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

At a pugnacious Oscars, Apple’s feel-good ‘CODA’ triumphs as best picture

Drama erupts as Will Smith slaps presenter Chris Rock

Will Smith cries as he accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for “King Richard” at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Wu Tang Clan are considered by many to be the best hip hop or rap group in the world. Facebook

Wu-Tang Clan, The Glorious Sons, Arkells and more headline Laketown Shakedown 2022 in Cowichan

This is the first year back for the festival since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020

Wu Tang Clan are considered by many to be the best hip hop or rap group in the world. Facebook
Jenna Woldenga is creating animation for a retelling of a Dungeons and Dragons game. (Contributed)

Summerland-raised animator’s Kickstarter campaign raises $2.5 million

Jenna Woldenga is retelling a Dungeons and Dragons campaign in a series of animated Youtube videos

Jenna Woldenga is creating animation for a retelling of a Dungeons and Dragons game. (Contributed)
Darius Rucker is the headliner for Sunfest 2022. (Photo courtesy of dariusrucker.com)

Darius Rucker to headline Sunfest 2022

Cowichan Valley also welcomes Dallas Smith, Billy Currington Hardy, Kip Moore

Darius Rucker is the headliner for Sunfest 2022. (Photo courtesy of dariusrucker.com)
Although it won’t be Samson pulling the train this year, the Christmas Express is back at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for 2021. (Citizen file)

Christmas Express train rides back in Duncan for 2021

Travel through thousands of twinkling lights at the BC Forest Discovery Centre

  • Dec 3, 2021
Although it won’t be Samson pulling the train this year, the Christmas Express is back at the BC Forest Discovery Centre for 2021. (Citizen file)
The Merville Hall will host the Art and Authors event this weekend. Photo by Erin Haluschak / Comox Valley Record

Art and Authors event coming to Merville Hall this weekend

Watercolourist Ron Morrison anchoring event, with three local authors joining

The Merville Hall will host the Art and Authors event this weekend. Photo by Erin Haluschak / Comox Valley Record