News about theatre, music, art and books this week – Cowichan Valley Citizen

The Cowichan Musical Society has good news for live theater fans.

They announced last week that their production of Beauty and the Beast would hit the stage in January.

Tickets are on sale now at the Cowichan Ticket Centre.


The Cowichan Folk Guild cafes are also back.

The next one will be on Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Duncan United Church. It will feature Cara McCandless, who is described in a press release as a prolific singer/songwriter based in the Cowichan Valley.

“She has an arsenal of material that combines indie/folk, blues, rock and country tunes that outline her thoughts on love and life,” the statement read. “Cara started out with a musical ear. When she got her first guitar, it was a life-changing moment that turned into a passion and a journey of self-discovery that resulted in her writing over 160 songs. Cara creates truthful lyrics with masterful technique and precision craftsmanship. She has made a name for herself that is respected among her peers within a pool of talented musicians and she is growing. Cara has a unique voice. She will captivate you with her live performance, touch you with her songs about her experiences.

Admission is $5 for folk guild members and $10 for non-members, at the door.

Masks and a vaccination passport are required to enter.


A local artist exhibits her work in downtown Duncan.

Doreen Green, who specializes in graphite drawings, has a display of works that depict past Remembrance Day services at Duncan in the window of the Station Street Gallery at 1139 Station St.

Head downtown to enjoy!


For more on the art world of Cowichan, check out the Cowichan Artisans Fall Tour, taking place November 6-7.

11 artists will take part in the tour, with studios open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Provincial health guidelines will be followed.

The visit is autonomous. Visit for a map of participating studios.


An art exhibit running through November 12 at Portals Gallery at the Cowichan Community Center in Duncan is all about wood.

Todd McAneeley is the featured artist, with his show called “Wildlife”.

A press release for the show describes him as someone who “enjoys using offcuts – scrap wood intended for combustion – to create his art. A self-taught wood carver, he creates coffee tables and works of art. unique wall art that stems from his deep love of nature and his decades of woodworking experience.

His work for Live Edge Design makes sense in this context.

“My medium is the same wood that too many people chop and turn to ashes,” McAneeley said in the statement. “I love the aroma and feel of wood. I refuse to copy anyone’s work. It must be one of a kind. I derive great satisfaction from it. »

He did not always know how to devote himself to his passion. Earlier in his life he suffered from a seizure disorder that made it impossible for him to work safely with the necessary tools, but following brain surgery, woodworking opened up to him.

The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Also at Duncan’s Portals Gallery, you can enjoy jazz with your art on November 3 and 10.

John Robertson and Geoff Johnson will perform “Music to See Art” in the gallery from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Donations are welcome.


The 2021 edition of the Garden House Foundations Annual Charity Book Sale was a huge success last month.

The sale raised $14,315, which will go to the foundation’s permanent fund. The fund is used to provide annual grants to the Duncan SPCA, Cowichan Family Life Association and Cowichan Women Against Violence.

Hundreds of people attended the sale, held at George Bonner School in Mill Bay. The 500th visitor was Debbie Stenner, who received a round of applause and a free book.


Speaking of books, in our last issue we published an excerpt from Joy Sheldon’s book Cowichan Kid: Hijinks at Stratfords Crossing near Duncan in the 1950s which told a Halloween story about the Scary Apple Witch.

For those who enjoyed this story, Sheldon has also published a number of books, including Whoopee, I’m a GRG (grandparent raising grandkids), a comedy anthology; Santa and Bumble the Goofy Elf – Hijinks at the North Pole on Christmas, a fantasy for young readers; and The Roger Hardfoot Story – A Wilderness Adventure in 1891, a juvenile historical adventure.

You can find his books on Amazon, Duncan’s Volume I and Ladysmith’s Salamander Books.


Duncan United Church is hosting a book launch on Friday, November 12 at noon.

Author Yves Engler, described in a press release as a Canadian author, activist and freelance journalist who focuses on Canadian foreign policy, will launch his new book Stand guard for whom? A People’s History of the Canadian Army at the Church’s Heritage Hall at 246 Ingram St.

Wearing a mask will be compulsory to attend.

The launch is sponsored by the Duncan United Church Social Justice Team.

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