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Fred Penner returns to Nanaimo’s Port Theatre for a matinee performance Sunday, May 22, as part of the beloved entertainer’s 40th anniversary tour of his debut album, ‘The Cat Came Back.’ (Photo by Tyler Anderson)

Fred Penner returns to Vancouver Island for ‘The Cat Came Back’ 40th-anniversary tour

‘Catchy tunes and good times’ promised for May 22 matinee show at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre

Fred Penner returns to Nanaimo’s Port Theatre for a matinee performance Sunday, May 22, as part of the beloved entertainer’s 40th anniversary tour of his debut album, ‘The Cat Came Back.’ (Photo by Tyler Anderson)
BC Liberal Party leader Kevin Falcon. (Lehmann photo)

PODCAST: Kevin Falcon returns to the B.C. Legislature

Today in B.C.: Is this the same politician first elected 22 years ago?

BC Liberal Party leader Kevin Falcon. (Lehmann photo)
Comedian Johnny Harris checks out The Evelyn May while touring through Ucluelet as part of his CBC Television program Still Standing. (Photo courtesy of the CBC)

Ucluelet to be featured on CBC series Still Standing

Comedian Jonny Harris toured through Ucluelet last month

Comedian Johnny Harris checks out The Evelyn May while touring through Ucluelet as part of his CBC Television program Still Standing. (Photo courtesy of the CBC)
A sign for The New York Times hangs above the entrance to its building, Thursday, May 6, 2021 in New York. The New York Times moved swiftly to change the word fetus, Monday’s answer to its daily Wordle puzzle, out of fear that it would be seen as some sort of commentary on the debate over abortion rights. The game, which became a sensation late last year and was bought by The Times in January, gives users six tries to guess a different five-letter word each day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Wordle answer changed to avoid fraught word, NY Times says

Appearance of ‘fetus’ was ‘entirely unintentional and a coincidence’

A sign for The New York Times hangs above the entrance to its building, Thursday, May 6, 2021 in New York. The New York Times moved swiftly to change the word fetus, Monday’s answer to its daily Wordle puzzle, out of fear that it would be seen as some sort of commentary on the debate over abortion rights. The game, which became a sensation late last year and was bought by The Times in January, gives users six tries to guess a different five-letter word each day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
'American Idol' contestant Cameron Whitcomb. (Submitted photo)

PODCAST: B.C. singer Cameron Whitcomb’s ‘American Idol’ journey

Today in B.C.: Moving to L.A. for career in the entertainment industry

'American Idol' contestant Cameron Whitcomb. (Submitted photo)
The Comox Valley Concert Band’s annual Mother’s Day Concert on May 8 will celebrate 75 years of live music in the Valley. Photo via comoxvalleyconcertband.com

Comox Valley Concert Band celebrates 75 years with Mother’s Day concert

The Comox Valley Concert Band’s annual Mother’s Day Concert on May 8…

The Comox Valley Concert Band’s annual Mother’s Day Concert on May 8 will celebrate 75 years of live music in the Valley. Photo via comoxvalleyconcertband.com
Becky Adams has posted a song she wrote about the loss of homes in Lytton on YouTube. She was raised in the small community that was hit by fire on June 30, 2021, and has strong ties to the area still. (YouTube/Becky Adams)

VIDEO: Lytton-raised woman writes song for those who lost their town to devastating fire

Hole in My Heart written and performed by Becky Adams, who has strong connections to Lytton

Becky Adams has posted a song she wrote about the loss of homes in Lytton on YouTube. She was raised in the small community that was hit by fire on June 30, 2021, and has strong ties to the area still. (YouTube/Becky Adams)
A blue and white checked gingham dress, worn by Judy Garland in the “Wizard of Oz,” hangs on display, Monday, April 25, 2022, at Bonhams in New York. One of the most iconic outfits in American movie history is heading for auction, discovered in a box after decades of being thought lost. The dress was found last year at the Catholic University of America, and is on display in New York City before being put up for sale next month by Bonhams. (AP Photo/Katie Vasquez)
A blue and white checked gingham dress, worn by Judy Garland in the “Wizard of Oz,” hangs on display, Monday, April 25, 2022, at Bonhams in New York. One of the most iconic outfits in American movie history is heading for auction, discovered in a box after decades of being thought lost. The dress was found last year at the Catholic University of America, and is on display in New York City before being put up for sale next month by Bonhams. (AP Photo/Katie Vasquez)
Comedian Ron James. (Submitted Photo)

PODCAST: Ron James travels coast to coast to deliver laughs

Today in B.C.: ‘All over the map’ the latest book from Canadian comedian

Comedian Ron James. (Submitted Photo)
The Run Wild, Avery Cardinal (left) and Tyson Geick, released their first single, “Don’t Need It” on major digital download platforms. Photo supplied

New Comox Valley country band’s first release taking off online

There’s a reason why Avery Cardinal and Tyson Geick’s band The Run…

The Run Wild, Avery Cardinal (left) and Tyson Geick, released their first single, “Don’t Need It” on major digital download platforms. Photo supplied
The cast of The 39 Steps. Back from left: Aidan deSalaiz and Alexandra Brynn. Front: Felix LeBlanc and Caitlin Driscoll. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Laughter generated from The 39 Steps the best medicine

Cast members prepared to deliver a much-needed respite for the audience

The cast of The 39 Steps. Back from left: Aidan deSalaiz and Alexandra Brynn. Front: Felix LeBlanc and Caitlin Driscoll. (Photo by Don Bodger)
This Aug. 13, 2020, photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix’s video streaming service suffered the first loss in worldwide subscribers in its history, leading to a massive sell-off of its shares. The company’s customer base fell by 200,000 subscribers during the January-March period, according to a quarterly report released Tuesday, April 19, 2022; its stock dropped by 23% in after-market trading. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)

Netflix shares drop 25% after service loses 200K subscribers

Projecting a loss of another 2 million subscribers during April-June period

This Aug. 13, 2020, photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix’s video streaming service suffered the first loss in worldwide subscribers in its history, leading to a massive sell-off of its shares. The company’s customer base fell by 200,000 subscribers during the January-March period, according to a quarterly report released Tuesday, April 19, 2022; its stock dropped by 23% in after-market trading. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)
Former teen idols from the ’50s and ’60s Frankie Avalon, left, Fabian, centre, and Bobby Rydell, right, show off their foot prints in plaster casts Friday, July 3, 1998, on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. Rydell, a pompadoured heartthrob of early rock ‘n roll who was a star of radio, television and the movie musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” died Tuesday, April 5, 2022. He was 79. Along with James Darren, Fabian and Frankie Avalon, Rydell was among a wave of wholesome teen idols who emerged after Elvis Presley and before the rise of the Beatles. (AP Photo/B. Vartan Boyajian, File)

Bobby Rydell, 1960s teen idol and ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ star, dies at age 79

Between 1959 and 1964, he had nearly three-dozen Top 40 singles

Former teen idols from the ’50s and ’60s Frankie Avalon, left, Fabian, centre, and Bobby Rydell, right, show off their foot prints in plaster casts Friday, July 3, 1998, on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. Rydell, a pompadoured heartthrob of early rock ‘n roll who was a star of radio, television and the movie musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” died Tuesday, April 5, 2022. He was 79. Along with James Darren, Fabian and Frankie Avalon, Rydell was among a wave of wholesome teen idols who emerged after Elvis Presley and before the rise of the Beatles. (AP Photo/B. Vartan Boyajian, File)
Jon Batiste accepts the award for album of the year for “We Are” at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Jon Batiste tops Grammy Awards, winning 5 trophies

RB supergroup Silk Sonic takes home four awards

Jon Batiste accepts the award for album of the year for “We Are” at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Estelle Harris, at right, and Don Rickles arrive at the world premiere of “Toy Story 3,” Sunday, June 13, 2010, at The El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles. Harris, who hollered her way into TV history as George Costanza’s short-fused mother on TV’s “Seinfeld” and voiced Mrs. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise, has died. She was 93. Harris’ agent Michael Eisenstadt confirmed the actor’s death in Palm Desert, Calif., late Saturday, April 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)
Estelle Harris, at right, and Don Rickles arrive at the world premiere of “Toy Story 3,” Sunday, June 13, 2010, at The El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles. Harris, who hollered her way into TV history as George Costanza’s short-fused mother on TV’s “Seinfeld” and voiced Mrs. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise, has died. She was 93. Harris’ agent Michael Eisenstadt confirmed the actor’s death in Palm Desert, Calif., late Saturday, April 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)
Big Little Lions are finally back together playing to live audiences. Paul Otten (eft) and Helen Austin’s first tour since the pandemic includes seven shows in BC in 11 days, including a stop at the Old Church Theatre in Courtenay, April 9. Photo contributed

Big Little Lions playing at Courtenay’s Old Church Theatre

After an enforced two-year break playing live, Big Little Lions are back…

Big Little Lions are finally back together playing to live audiences. Paul Otten (eft) and Helen Austin’s first tour since the pandemic includes seven shows in BC in 11 days, including a stop at the Old Church Theatre in Courtenay, April 9. Photo contributed
This photo provided by the Hawai’i Police Department shows actor Ezra Miller who was arrested and charged for disorderly conduct and harassment Sunday after an incident at a bar in Hilo. Miller known for playing “The Flash” in “Justice League” films was arrested after an incident at a Hawaii karaoke bar, where police say Miller yelled obscenities, grabbed a mic from a singing woman and lunged at a man playing darts. (Hawai’i Police Department via AP)

‘The Flash’ actor Ezra Miller arrested at Hawaii karaoke bar

Police say Miller yelled obscenities and lunged at a man playing darts

This photo provided by the Hawai’i Police Department shows actor Ezra Miller who was arrested and charged for disorderly conduct and harassment Sunday after an incident at a bar in Hilo. Miller known for playing “The Flash” in “Justice League” films was arrested after an incident at a Hawaii karaoke bar, where police say Miller yelled obscenities, grabbed a mic from a singing woman and lunged at a man playing darts. (Hawai’i Police Department via AP)
Chemainus Theatre artistic director Mark DuMez, left, and managing director Randy Huber between the banners for The 39 Steps and Glory that were on the schedule for 2020 before the pandemic and are now again prominent for the 2022 season. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Smaller casts, but still big performances on Island theatre’s 2022 show schedule

The 39 Steps and Glory return to the lineup from postponed 2020 season

Chemainus Theatre artistic director Mark DuMez, left, and managing director Randy Huber between the banners for The 39 Steps and Glory that were on the schedule for 2020 before the pandemic and are now again prominent for the 2022 season. (Photo by Don Bodger)
John Fogerty and Tom Cochrane are the headliners at Laketown Rock 2022, that will be held July 22-23. (File photo)

John Fogerty, Tom Cochrane lead acts at Laketown Rock 2022

Weekend concert to be held at Laketown Ranch on July 22-23

John Fogerty and Tom Cochrane are the headliners at Laketown Rock 2022, that will be held July 22-23. (File photo)
Vince Ditrich. (Submitted photo)

Today in B.C.: Longtime Spirit of the West drummer turned author Vince Ditrich

Podcast: Musician talks being a kidney transplant recipient, release of his first book

Vince Ditrich. (Submitted photo)
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