Why art?

By Arts Editor Cheryl Folland As the semester comes to a close, stress runs high. This week I interviewed people asking how art, whether created or observed, as helped them. What causes art in its various mediums to speak to people’s hearts? How does creativity provide an outlet to deal with difficult situations? Josh Bourget: Sometimes I feel lost. I grew up in a culture with a special connection to The Land (North West Territories), but I now live in a culture which has no understanding of it. And I’ve tried to talk to people about it, but I can’t […]

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Louder than History: Influences in Aboriginal music

Above: 📷 courtesy of exclaim.ca By Managing Editor Molly Barrieau Last year, Light in the Attic released a compilation album Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985. This led to a Grammy nomination, and a review on CBC Music, which is how I came across the one-of-a-kind compilation. It is unique in its attempt to gather and share Aboriginal songwriting in a time of civil unrest across the continent. Like many other songs written during the 70s, these all connect on levels of anti-government, anti-war, and activism. Willie Dunn opens the album with “I Pity the Country”, and […]

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Coming Soon: Arts events nanaimo

By Arts Editor Cheryl Folland WHAT Three time Juno Award Nominee, Jenn Grant, with special guest Rachel Sermanni WHEN April 5, at The Queen’s, 34 Victoria Cres. Early show, doors open 7 pm, show begins 8 pm. WHY YOU SHOULD GO Last time Jenn was here, she was in a duo, this time she’ll be performing with a full band. Tickets are $20 in advance, plus s/c. $25 at the door, available at Lucid, Desire Tattoo, The Queens, and online at ticketzone.com. WHAT Old City Laugh Lounge, featuring Dylan Rhymer of Vancouver, BC. WHEN April 14, at Old City Station […]

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Kendall Patrick Peaks and Valleys

Above: 📷 courtesy of HYPE music By Arts Editor Cheryl Folland It only takes one listen to hear the depth of life experience and heartache in Kendall Patrick’s lyrics. A Nanaimo native, Patrick can be found most evenings working at The Vault Cafe. In this supportive community, with it’s creation-stimulating aesthetic, her strength as a poet and musician is well received and proclaimed. The sound pours out with a sultry soul-soothing vibe felt in the core of listeners. Patrick creates original folk melodies to tell her story with humble artistry. “The first time I played a song, that I wrote and performed […]

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