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Chris Manocchio unleashes after taking first place and a $1500 cash prize at the Tofino Oyster Festival Shucker’s Showdown on Nov. 27 at the Shore Pier. (Marcie Callewaert photos)

PHOTOS: Tofino crowns inaugural oyster shucking champion

Chris Manocchio shucks 18 oysters the fastest in front of an ecstatic crowd

Ucluelet artists Judy and Tom Schmidt received the Pacific Rim Arts Society’s Rainy Coast Arts Award during the 52nd AGM on Nov. 20 at the Cougar Annie Room at Waters Edge Resort. The annual award recognizes artists for their outstanding dedication to the arts and culture on the West Coast and beyond. (Nora O’Malley photo)

The Schmidt’s win 2022 Rainy Coast Arts Award

Pacific Rim Arts Society presented the honour during their 52nd AGM

A still pulled from the short film ‘Muuxtuu: A Ukee Mountain Bike Film’, which is part of TAFF’s Saturday in-person and online program. (Submitted photo)

Tofino Adventure Film Festival returns this weekend

Festival goers can watch in-person screenings or stream the event online from home

A still pulled from the short film ‘Muuxtuu: A Ukee Mountain Bike Film’, which is part of TAFF’s Saturday in-person and online program. (Submitted photo)
Ron Lee and Ryan Orr are excited to revive the Tofino Oyster Festival with a new family-friendly event on Nov. 27, the Shuckers Showdown. (Kim Leckey photo)

Tofino Oyster Fest returns with family-friendly Shucker’s Showdown

About 20 chefs will faceoff on Sunday, Nov. 27 for the Tuff City shucking championship crown

Ron Lee and Ryan Orr are excited to revive the Tofino Oyster Festival with a new family-friendly event on Nov. 27, the Shuckers Showdown. (Kim Leckey photo)
Zachary Stevenson stands out against the Chemainus murals on his return to town. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Review: ‘Dead Ringer’ is a live one for Chemainus Theatre

Tying the show’s eclectic set list together is Zachary Stevenson

Zachary Stevenson stands out against the Chemainus murals on his return to town. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The West Coast’s Glee program is returning for its 10th season after being shut down by COVID-19.
(Photo courtesy of Courtney Johnson)

Glee program puts Tofino-Ucluelet youth in the spotlight

The stage is getting set for West Coast youth to shine as Glee is returning for its 10th season.

The West Coast’s Glee program is returning for its 10th season after being shut down by COVID-19.
(Photo courtesy of Courtney Johnson)
The Offspring at a sold-out show in Penticton. (Black Press Media file photo)

The Offspring, Simple Plan roll into Victoria this fall

Canadian leg announced for Let the Bad Times Roll Tour

The Offspring at a sold-out show in Penticton. (Black Press Media file photo)
Carving on the Edge Festival organizers admire a totem pole. (Submitted photo)

Carving on the Edge Festival returns Sept. 8-13

Festivities include Totem Pole raising at Naa’Waya’Sum Gardens on Sept. 9

Carving on the Edge Festival organizers admire a totem pole. (Submitted photo)
A past bodypainting art project by Filippo Ioco. (Submitted photo)

Fading into the Tofino forest: International artist to make statement with camouflage bodypainting

Filippo Ioco will be at the Naa’Waya’Sum Indigenous Coastal Gardens next week to paint four models

A past bodypainting art project by Filippo Ioco. (Submitted photo)
Colleen Macdonald signs copies of her new book “Let’s Go Biking, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast” at Mermaid Tales Bookshop on Aug. 14. (Marcie Callewaert photo)

Explore Vancouver Island by bike with new guidebook

Author Colleen MacDonald talks about her 3rd biking route book

Colleen Macdonald signs copies of her new book “Let’s Go Biking, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast” at Mermaid Tales Bookshop on Aug. 14. (Marcie Callewaert photo)
Tufted Puffins can be spotted in the Tofino area from June to September. (West Coast Aquatic Safaris photo)

Tufted Puffins spotted in the Tofino area

From June to September, Tufted Puffins are anchored to Cleland Island in Ahousaht territory

Tufted Puffins can be spotted in the Tofino area from June to September. (West Coast Aquatic Safaris photo)
Tofino has been named one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations by TIME Magazine. (Westerly file photo)
Tofino has been named one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations by TIME Magazine. (Westerly file photo)
Indigenous storyteller Kung Jaadee will host an hour-long online storytelling event on June 22 through the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo by Kim Th’e)
Indigenous storyteller Kung Jaadee will host an hour-long online storytelling event on June 22 through the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo by Kim Th’e)
JESSIA reacts after winning Breakthrough Artist of the Year presented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and singer-songwriter Donovan Woods at the 51st annual Juno Awards in Toronto on May 15. (CARAS/The JUNO Awards photo)

Ucluelet recording artist JESSIA is Canada’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year

This is the homegrown Ucluelet singer-songwriter’s first Juno win

JESSIA reacts after winning Breakthrough Artist of the Year presented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and singer-songwriter Donovan Woods at the 51st annual Juno Awards in Toronto on May 15. (CARAS/The JUNO Awards photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardians Riley Caputo, left, Jeff Frank, and Tommy George stand on the new viewing platform constructed beneath the Cedar Tree of Life along the Big Tree Trail on Meares Island. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tribal Parks Guardians improve access to Big Tree Trail near Tofino

Trail improvements include a composting toilet, new dock and refurbished boardwalk

Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardians Riley Caputo, left, Jeff Frank, and Tommy George stand on the new viewing platform constructed beneath the Cedar Tree of Life along the Big Tree Trail on Meares Island. (Nora O’Malley 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)
Rifflandia returns to Victoria for the first time in four years Sept. 15-18. (Photo courtesy of Rifflandia)

Lorde, Charli XCX to headline as Victoria’s Rifflandia festival resurrected

September lineup unveiled for the first Victoria fest in four years

  • May 4, 2022
Rifflandia returns to Victoria for the first time in four years Sept. 15-18. (Photo courtesy of Rifflandia)
Whipped Cream, a DJ from Nanaimo, will be performing at Coachella music festival in Indio, Calif., on April 16 and April 23. (Brandon Densley/Dnz.media photo)

Vancouver Island DJ Whipped Cream’s dream jumps off her board with Coachella gig

DJ to play the same days as Billie Eilish and Megan Thee Stallion

Whipped Cream, a DJ from Nanaimo, will be performing at Coachella music festival in Indio, Calif., on April 16 and April 23. (Brandon Densley/Dnz.media photo)
Tofino author Tom Stewart takes a cappuccino and talks shop at Driftwood Café. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Q&A: Tofino author Tom Stewart talks about his new book ‘Immortal North’

“Crack your heart open like an egg for the pan. Sweat over every sentence.”

Tofino author Tom Stewart takes a cappuccino and talks shop at Driftwood Café. (Nora O’Malley photo)