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 … Continued

It’s a Dog’s Life

By contributor Kelly Whiteside I can’t count the number of times I’ve had customers from my workplace get legitimately upset with me when I inform them our store is not pet friendly, and that any non-service animals must be left outside. I don’t understand it. I love my animals as much as the next person, … Continued

Making of a rain warrior

Above: Ammonite Falls 📷 Kris Mutafov By Kris Mutafov I always hated the rain. It would get my bag wet, it would get my hair wet, my feet wet, and frankly, it would dampen my spirit. So logically, I moved to Nanaimo this September. I had heard the stories from my roommates before it began; clouds upon … Continued

Funding a hockey fan’s dream

Above: An artist’s rendering of the proposed events centre. 📷 Courtsesy NanaimoNewsNOW By contributor Kelly Whiteside Two years ago, when our Nanaimo city council was elected, none of the nine councillors mentioned a multiplex or event centre as a priority in their platforms. Now, over the course of a few months, council has spent upwards of $500K … Continued

Community development through music

By Krista Meckelborg The recent passing of Stuart McLean of CBC’s The Vinyl Cafe reminds us how art brings people together. The Canadian radio host, humourist, and author has, once again, given us an opportunity to reflect on the importance of art in our communities. Canada is filled with people reminiscing over road trips with … Continued

Nanaimo to receive transit upgrade

By News Editor Aislinn Cottell Nanaimo is taking another step towards a sustainable future with the implementation of 24 New Flyer buses, an addition which will make the RDN transit system the first fully Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered fleet in Canada. CNG is natural gas (largely methane) stored under high pressure, which can be … Continued

Discovering Leah Westwood

By Production Manager Catherine Charlebois A lone gravestone sits under the protection of a willow in the Bowen Cemetery, moss creeping up its side, with the name James M Brown engraved on its rocky surface. Below it, in a faded and barely legible script, the text reads: In loving memory of his beloved wife who … Continued

A stroll through Bowen Park

Above: A view of the Millstone River Side Channel. Photo by Cole Schisler. By Sports and Lifestyle Editor Cole Schisler The best time to explore Nanaimo’s nature is after a good rain. Bowen Park is a perfect place to start. Feel the soggy squish of fallen foliage underfoot as you walk alongside the Millstone River … Continued

Nanaimo comedy, a growing community

Above: Peter Hudson performing stand up. Photo via Peter Hudson’s Facebook page By Sports and Lifestyle Editor Cole Schisler Peter Hudson has been a comedian for five years. He has toured across Western Canada with the likes of Jake the Snake Roberts, Jon Lovitz, Everlast, Platinum Blonde, Bif Naked, and Super Troopers. Now Hudson is … Continued

Downtown Nanaimo plays host to photography exhibition

By contributor Bryce Gardiner  Nanaimo will be hosting the first annual Vancouver Island Photography Exhibition on October 21 from 6–9 pm and October 22 from 9 am–5 pm. The exhibition will host numerous contributing artists from across Vancouver Island and provide opportunities to meet with other photographers, artists, and members of the public. Event host … Continued

Everyday Earth: The value of a river

Above: Nanaimo River. Photo courtesy of Nanaimo Information. By contributor Chantelle Spicer Water is an endless cycle that has existed for millennia, creating a multitude of relationships that have value beyond anything our economy could place on it. Yet, it is a major part of our economy, necessary for all life on this planet, but … Continued

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