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Luke MacDonald, with the original Gust of Wind sign, has revamped the artist showcase as a virtual experience. (Ilia Poichuk photo)

Gust of Wind Concert Series blows into Tofino’s Main Street

7 videos filmed at 7 unique locations to be released over 7 weeks, plus live concerts every Friday

Jonathan Scott’s documentary Power Trip, explored the obstacles in bringing solar energy to every household. (PBS/Special to THE NEWS)

One of B.C.’s Property Brothers nominated for Independent Lens award

Winner to be determined through audience votes on July 22

Artists Judy and Tom Schmidt pose beside their tiny driftwood house ’She Sells Seashells By The SeaShore’. (Nora O’Malley photo)

West Coast artist amazes with driftwood tiny houses

Unique art exhibit on display at Orange Door Gallery in Ucluelet

Museum assistant Amy Vandal unwraps a set of traditional tattoo needles as part of a new exhibit at the Alberni Valley Museum. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni Museum explores Indigenous tattoos in new exhibit

Body Language exhibit runs until December 2021

Museum assistant Amy Vandal unwraps a set of traditional tattoo needles as part of a new exhibit at the Alberni Valley Museum. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Ucluelet will need to wait another year to crown the town’s fastest baby as Ukee Days, which features the popular Baby Crawling Contest, has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Westerly file photo)

Ucluelet’s Ukee Days festival will not return in 2021

COVID-19 pandemic forces cancellation for second year in a row

Ucluelet will need to wait another year to crown the town’s fastest baby as Ukee Days, which features the popular Baby Crawling Contest, has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Westerly file photo)
Local band Downtown Brown and the Hitch, from left, Mark Lagace, David James Brown, Andy Keeling, and Gareth Hochachka play at the ANAF on July 2. (Submitted photo)

Ucluelet’s ANAF opens for locals only

“It’s going to be like a private clubhouse this summer”

Local band Downtown Brown and the Hitch, from left, Mark Lagace, David James Brown, Andy Keeling, and Gareth Hochachka play at the ANAF on July 2. (Submitted photo)
A shot from within Leah McDiarmid’s new gallery shows a sneak peak at June 13’s opening exhibit. (Leah McDiarmid photo)

New gallery promises engaging experience in Tofino

Tofino Gallery of Contemporary Art unveils inaugural exhibit on June 13

A shot from within Leah McDiarmid’s new gallery shows a sneak peak at June 13’s opening exhibit. (Leah McDiarmid photo)
Chilliwack’s Matt Johnson was strapped into a straight jacket and hung by his ankles upside down, and had less than two minutes to free himself before two spinning saw blades fell. (America’s Got Talent video)

VIDEO: Chilliwack escape artist Matt Johnson dazzles judges on America’s Got Talent

Johnson brought a packed auditorium to its feet with a death-defying stunt

Chilliwack’s Matt Johnson was strapped into a straight jacket and hung by his ankles upside down, and had less than two minutes to free himself before two spinning saw blades fell. (America’s Got Talent video)
Marcus Paladino shows off his new book Cold Comfort. He dedicated the work to his fiancée (and copyeditor) Nora Morrison. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino surf photographer Marcus Paladino releases first book

Cold Comfort pays tribute to the past 10 years of wave riding on Canada’s West Coast

Marcus Paladino shows off his new book Cold Comfort. He dedicated the work to his fiancée (and copyeditor) Nora Morrison. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District is working with several Vancouver Island art councils on the Digitial Innovation Group to improve digital skills for Island artists. (Submitted photo)

Arts group promotes digital literacy for Island artists

The goal is to leverage digital skills to promote Vancouver Island as an ‘arts powerhouse’

The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District is working with several Vancouver Island art councils on the Digitial Innovation Group to improve digital skills for Island artists. (Submitted photo)
A screenshot from a Nuu-chah-nulth healing song and performance created in collaboration between Hjalmer Wenstob and Timmy Masso. (Screenshot from YouTube)
A screenshot from a Nuu-chah-nulth healing song and performance created in collaboration between Hjalmer Wenstob and Timmy Masso. (Screenshot from YouTube)
Theatre manager Sophie L’Homme is ecstatic to share the news that Tofino’s aging Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre is finally getting upgrades. (Nora O’Malley photo)

BC Arts grant funding breathes new life into Tofino’s community theatre

“Once it’s done, it’s going to be a pride of the town.”

Theatre manager Sophie L’Homme is ecstatic to share the news that Tofino’s aging Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre is finally getting upgrades. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Master carver Joe David puts a hand on the totem pole he carved for the township of Tofino, and everyone who stands before it, in Sept. 2018. David is a founding member of the Carving Festival and Society. (Westerly file photo)

Carving on the Edge virtual festival springs into town

Live Open Carving Area and “Around the Fire” Virtual Discussion Forums replace usual in-person events

  • Mar 26, 2021
Master carver Joe David puts a hand on the totem pole he carved for the township of Tofino, and everyone who stands before it, in Sept. 2018. David is a founding member of the Carving Festival and Society. (Westerly file photo)
Alan Tudyk stars as Alien Harry Vanderspeigel in the new series Resident Alien (Photo by: James Dittinger/SYFY)

‘Resident Alien’ plans to return to Ladysmith for season 2

Show runner Chris Sheridan says the hit SYFY series will return to film season two in Ladysmith

Alan Tudyk stars as Alien Harry Vanderspeigel in the new series Resident Alien (Photo by: James Dittinger/SYFY)
Paramount Pictures announced that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be released April 8, 2022. (Paramount Pictures/YouTube photo)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 won’t return to film on Vancouver Island

The first Sonic movie was filmed in Ladysmith and other Vancouver Island locations

Paramount Pictures announced that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be released April 8, 2022. (Paramount Pictures/YouTube photo)
Rain Dogs, a short film by snowboard brand KORUA Shapes, is one of 10 films in the action packed 2021 TAFF line-up. (Submitted photo)

Tofino Adventure Film Fest coming up this weekend

“It’s incredible, the community support for this festival.”

Rain Dogs, a short film by snowboard brand KORUA Shapes, is one of 10 films in the action packed 2021 TAFF line-up. (Submitted photo)
WILDLIFE TREE: Tofino Poet Laureate Christine Lowther stands next to a giant cedar tree on District Lot 114, the site of Tofino’s controversial affordable housing project. The tree was pinned with an official Ministry of Forests yellow wildlife tree sign to educate fallers that the tree needs to be left standing for food, shelter and nesting. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino author Christine Lowther calling for poetry about trees

“I’m thrilled to be of service to trees through poetry.”

WILDLIFE TREE: Tofino Poet Laureate Christine Lowther stands next to a giant cedar tree on District Lot 114, the site of Tofino’s controversial affordable housing project. The tree was pinned with an official Ministry of Forests yellow wildlife tree sign to educate fallers that the tree needs to be left standing for food, shelter and nesting. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Steve Bick is coming out of his COVID cocoon with a curated compilation of original tracks by West Coast musicians. (Submitted photo)

Curated album showcases West Coast musicians

‘Locals Only – Volume One’ features an eclectic mix of tunes from musicians living on the Pacific Rim

Steve Bick is coming out of his COVID cocoon with a curated compilation of original tracks by West Coast musicians. (Submitted photo)
The Pacific Rim Whale Festival is breaching for a COVID-safe return in March. (Poster photo by Owen Crosby)

Pacific Rim Whale Festival aims for virtual return in March

Educational celebration scheduled to arrive in Tofino-Ucluelet on March 15.

The Pacific Rim Whale Festival is breaching for a COVID-safe return in March. (Poster photo by Owen Crosby)
What’s better than yakking with friends? Join the free Women’s Winter Yakfest to recharge. The online event takes place on the first and third Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Submitted image)

Nuu-chah-nulth storyteller Jeneva Touchie kicks off 2021 Women’s Winter Yakfest virtual series

“It’s part book club, part hen party, part learning conference—and all fun.”

What’s better than yakking with friends? Join the free Women’s Winter Yakfest to recharge. The online event takes place on the first and third Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Submitted image)