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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

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

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

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)
Anne Cateaux released her debut novel, Shimmy, after a decade of working on getting it published. (Photo courtesy of Anne Cateaux)

Ladysmith author explores love and friendship in debut novel

Shimmy answers ‘where do pets go when they die?’

Anne Cateaux released her debut novel, Shimmy, after a decade of working on getting it published. (Photo courtesy of Anne Cateaux)
John Carswell has just published his first fiction novel, “The Big One.” Photo supplied

Vancouver Island author’s first novel has a broad target audience

‘The Big One’ will have mass appeal to Islanders, adventurists, and others

John Carswell has just published his first fiction novel, “The Big One.” Photo supplied
Baby Olaia Mock and her barefooted mom Jamie move and groove on Chesterman Beach during a March 4 headphone community dance party. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Vancouver Island headphone dance parties promote peace and joy

Dance With Love set to bring good vibrations from Coast to Coast on cross-Canada tour

Baby Olaia Mock and her barefooted mom Jamie move and groove on Chesterman Beach during a March 4 headphone community dance party. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Reflecting Spirit’s artist-owner Signy Cohen and painter Didymus Bernadotte at a past ArtSplash! event. (Westerly file photo)

ArtSplash! returns to Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort

The beloved community art show will run daily from March 18 to 26, 2022 in the Black Rock Ballroom

Reflecting Spirit’s artist-owner Signy Cohen and painter Didymus Bernadotte at a past ArtSplash! event. (Westerly file photo)
The 2015 Jamie’s Whaling Station crew having a blast a the Parade of Whales. What’s your favourite Whale Fest moment? Tell us at office@westerlynews.ca. (Westerly file photo)

Whale Fest Contest: What’s your most magical Pacific Rim Whale Festival memory?

Tell us your favourite experience for a chance to win a night at the Wickaninnish Inn

The 2015 Jamie’s Whaling Station crew having a blast a the Parade of Whales. What’s your favourite Whale Fest moment? Tell us at office@westerlynews.ca. (Westerly file photo)
Kevin Lewis and Ryan Cook show off their sculpture. To see other images and vote, go to www.canada.ca/winterlude. Image, EVVP

B.C. carvers co-create ice sculpture for national contest

Kevin Lewis, Ryan Cook are Team BC for the Olympic/Paralympic-themed event

Kevin Lewis and Ryan Cook show off their sculpture. To see other images and vote, go to www.canada.ca/winterlude. Image, EVVP
A winter sunset in Tofino and the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. (Westerly File photo)

Online Valentine’s gathering explores Indigenous conceptions of love

The three-day series takes place this February 12, 13 and 14

A winter sunset in Tofino and the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. (Westerly File photo)
Myles Beeby, winner of the 2022 Whale Festival poster contest, stands on Mackenzie Beach with his winning painting called ’Aquatic Taijitu’.  (Wild Coast Photography)

Tofino artist Myles Beeby earns Whale Fest poster honours

The 2022 Pacific Rim Whale Festival poster titled ‘Aquatic Taijitu’ is all about balance

Myles Beeby, winner of the 2022 Whale Festival poster contest, stands on Mackenzie Beach with his winning painting called ’Aquatic Taijitu’.  (Wild Coast Photography)
Clockwise from top left: Reed Platenius, 17, gets carried out of the surf after winning the Pro Men’s final at Cox Bay on Sept. 26 (Nora O’Malley photo), Tofino Gallery of Contemporary Art owner Leah McDiarmid, right, with sales associate Montserrat Seaman during their inaugural solo exhibit, Tofino Poet Laureate Christine Lowther stands next to a giant cedar tree, and a screenshot from a Nuu-chah-nulth healing song and performance created in collaboration between Hjalmer Wenstob and Timmy Masso.

Tofino and Ucluelet’s Top 10 sports and arts stories of 2021

Revisiting the Coast’s best sports and arts newsmakers of the past year

Clockwise from top left: Reed Platenius, 17, gets carried out of the surf after winning the Pro Men’s final at Cox Bay on Sept. 26 (Nora O’Malley photo), Tofino Gallery of Contemporary Art owner Leah McDiarmid, right, with sales associate Montserrat Seaman during their inaugural solo exhibit, Tofino Poet Laureate Christine Lowther stands next to a giant cedar tree, and a screenshot from a Nuu-chah-nulth healing song and performance created in collaboration between Hjalmer Wenstob and Timmy Masso.
Artist Marion Evamy, centre, with gallerist Leah McDiarmid and CARE Network’s James Rodgers, brightens up doldrum winter days with her solo exhibit ‘Waving at Whales’. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino art exhibit ‘Waving at Whales’ brightens dark winter days

Marion Evamy honoured with being TGCA’s inaugural solo exhibit from Dec. 2 - 15

Artist Marion Evamy, centre, with gallerist Leah McDiarmid and CARE Network’s James Rodgers, brightens up doldrum winter days with her solo exhibit ‘Waving at Whales’. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Jennifer Lopez posted to Instagram that she is finished her part of filming in Smithers. (Screenshot)

VIDEO: Jennifer Lopez wraps up filming in Smithers

In an Instagram post, the star of The Mother tells her family she is on her way home

Jennifer Lopez posted to Instagram that she is finished her part of filming in Smithers. (Screenshot)
At home, Thomas Dudley is co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in the Shelbourne Plaza. He is also a talented videographer who has filmed the documentary series Seeing Canada. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
At home, Thomas Dudley is co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in the Shelbourne Plaza. He is also a talented videographer who has filmed the documentary series Seeing Canada. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
<em>Tla-o-qui-aht Dugout Canoe</em> starring master carver Joe Martin is one of nine short films that will be screened during the virtual Tofino Adventure Film Fest. (Jackie Windt photo)

Clayoquot Action’s virtual Tofino Adventure Film Festival opens this weekend

Homegrown festival reel is available to screen worldwide from Nov. 25 to 28

<em>Tla-o-qui-aht Dugout Canoe</em> starring master carver Joe Martin is one of nine short films that will be screened during the virtual Tofino Adventure Film Fest. (Jackie Windt photo)
Lights, camera, action, mask! Monday Night Movies in Tofino are back, but moviegoers will need to make a concession with the fact there will be no concession popcorn. (Pixabay photo)

Monday Night Movies return in Tofino

“It’s a pretty good line-up, there is something for everyone”

Lights, camera, action, mask! Monday Night Movies in Tofino are back, but moviegoers will need to make a concession with the fact there will be no concession popcorn. (Pixabay photo)