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  • Ken Lavigne Returns to the West Shore
    Oct 4, 2017 - Goldstream News Gazette
    Tenor will be performing at Teechamista Theatre on Oct. 7
  • Vancouver Island, Through an Artist's Eyes
    Oct 2, 2017 - New York Times
    Revered in British Columbia, little known in the U.S., the artist Emily Carr, born in Victoria in 1871, may be from another era, but amid environmental concerns, her words and images resonate.

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  • Time now to support the arts
    Apr 9, 2015 - Goldstream News Gazette
    Is it too much to dream of making an amazing feature film here, using only Vancouver Island trained cast and crew?

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

  • Artist transforms old library into collaborative community
    Sep 30, 2014 - Goldstream News Gazette
    Amongst the shadows of children's laughter and concentrated silent reading, Linda Simrose has created a gathering place for artists in the former Metchosin Elementary library, invoking a sense of inspiration and collaboration for all who go there.

August 2014

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June 2014

    Jun 14, 2014 - The Times Colonist
    Potter, Belle Leon shown in her studio at the Coast Collective Arts Centre, is one of the talented exhibitors in the upcoming TOP SHELF SHOW at the Collective.
  • Our Rich History Points to a Promising Cultural Future
    Jun 4, 2014 - What's Up Magazine - June/July 2014
    The West Shore's rich cultural traditions pre-date the arrival of European settlers by thousands of years. Early pioneers continued the cultural transformation as new people, great music, literature, dancing and celebrations began to infuse the local scene.

May 2014

  • Young Art Comes to the Coast Collective
    May 16, 2014 - Goldstream News Gazette
    The Our Neighbourhood Children's Art Show is giving children from the age of two right up to Grade 6 students the chance to have their work shown in the professional gallery at the Coast Collective Art Centre.
  • Art centre a chance for collaboration
    May 14, 2014 - VictoriaNews
    Will local politics be set aside to make a shared vision happen?

April 2014

  • Painters go au naturel in Colwood
    Apr 25, 2014 - Goldstream News Gazette
    Plein air is the art of painting outside, capturing scenes directly from eye, through brush, to canvas. It is also the basis of the Al Frescoes Spring En Plein Air show at the Coast Collective in Colwood.
  • Langford looking to build arts centre
    Apr 10, 2014 - Times Colonist
    Langford is looking at building a performing arts theatre for concerts, plays and other cultural activities.
  • Art in Bloom
    Apr 2, 2014 - What's Up Magazine - April/May 2014
    Each spring Vancouver Island is treated to a feast for the senses as our stunning landscapes reawaken and the colourful blossoms begin to appear. Spring is also the time of year when our talented community begins a new season of cultural activities and events to delight and inspire.

February 2014

  • For Lovers of Art and Chocolate ...
    Feb 1, 2014 - What's Up Magazine - February/March 2014
    Do you love art and chocolate? If your answer is a passionate "yes!" you're going to LOVE the Coast Collective Art Centre's gallery opening for the RED show, just in time for Valentine's Day.

December 2013

October 2013

  • A New Chapter for the Coast Collective
    Oct 1, 2013 - What's Up Magazine - October/November 2013
    In January 2014, the five-year-old Coast Collective Arts Centre at Esquimalt Lagoon will evolve into a non-profit enterprise as part of the Society for Arts on the South Island (SASI). It's an exciting new chapter for this community arts success story.

September 2013

August 2013

  • Home away from home: Internationally acclaimed composer Gavin Bryars and filmmaker Anna Tchernakova (and Bluey the cat) love Metchosin
    Aug 23, 2013 - Goldstream News Gazette
    The first thing to jump to mind upon laying eyes on seasonal Metchosin couple Gavin Bryars and Anna Tchernakova likely isn't Marilyn Monroe, Russian feature films, opera and international acclaim.
  • West Shore lifestyle one worth celebrating
    Aug 21, 2013 - Goldstream News Gazette
    On Tuesday, July 16, Goldstream News Gazette photojournalists spread across the West Shore to record moments in the lives of the people who make up its diverse communities.
  • Colwood church celebrates century
    Aug 21, 2013 - Goldstream News Gazette
    It's likely been a long time since anyone arrived to church in a horse-drawn buggy, but all will have the chance at the St. John the Baptist Heritage Church Centennial on Saturday. With people in period costumes, old fashioned games for children and traditional crafts on display, the church grounds will look like a regular Sunday community gathering circa 1913.
  • UPDATED: Traffic closures for Stomp performance in Langford
    Aug 20, 2013 - Goldstream News Gazette
    The regular music will change at the fountain on Goldstream Avenue, Aug. 26 for a free performance by Stomp, an internationally acclaimed percussion and dance troupe.
  • Hop on the farm tour starting in Langford
    Aug 14, 2013 - Goldstream News Gazette
    Take a self-guided farm tour from Langford to Sooke.
  • The Creative Edge
    Aug 1, 2013 - What's Up Magazine - August/September 2013
    Just like good nutrition, fresh air and exercise, creative expression is a vital part of healthy human development. Free expression and artistic activities help forge valuable life skills, which have driven technological innovation and cultural evolution throughout history. It is our human creative edge and it's all about the process, not the product.

July 2013

  • Library promotes local music
    Jul 29, 2013 - Monday Magazine
    The GVPL is launching a new collection dedicated solely to local music, July 29, at the three main district branches - Central, Nellie McClung and Juan de Fuca.
  • Metchosin farm marks 25 years of lavender notes
    Jul 9, 2013 - Goldstream News Gazette
    Fragrant purple flowers have been the highlight of Linda Dowling's farm for a quarter of a century.

June 2013

  • Metchosin Farm venue draws foodies
    Jun 20, 2013 - Goldstream News Gazette
    The stunning backdrop of four hectares of Metchosin farmland will greet guests to the annual Feast of Fields this fall.
  • West Shore Arts & Culture: A Creative Tradition
    Jun 1, 2013 - What's Up Magazine - June/July 2013
    Each summer over 400 artists gather in Metchosin to exchange ideas, explore new techniques and soak up the creative energy at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA).

May 2013

  • Give your mother the Royal (Roads) treatment
    May 8, 2013 - Times Colonist
    Royal Roads University and its Hatley Castle opens doors to families this Sunday for the 18th annual Mother's Day Paint-In and Craft Fair.
  • Social media saves farm
    May 1, 2013 - Goldstream News Gazette
    Nearing foreclosure and struggling to make ends meet, a Metchosin farmer turned to social media to call out for help.

April 2013

  • Metchosin: the chosen place for a day of art
    Apr 12, 2013 - Times Colonist
    After the obligatory weekend trip to Costco, my wife and I decided to improve the day with some culture in Metchosin. This small community on a lovely country road makes a perfect Sunday drive.
  • Colwood artist creates homage project to build connections to nature
    Apr 3, 2013 - Victoria News
    Will Gordon's retrospective will feature large paintings and sculpture from the past, slipping in the addition of found objects, to his most recent works created completely with found objects. The show will also kick off The Homage Project - a series of performances around the region.

March 2013

  • Grade 12 students invited into the adult art world
    Mar 26, 2013 - Victoria News
    Xchanges Gallery is hosting the Xchanges Student Invitational Show and had six of its adult artists go to six high schools in Greater Victoria to select Grade 12 students to participate.

February 2013

  • Colwood committee to discuss proposed performing arts centre
    Feb 14, 2013 - Goldstream News Gazette
    A dream shared by many of a performing arts centre bringing culture, business and nightlife to the West Shore is taking another small step towards reality. A new report on the proposed performing arts centre for Colwood is on the agenda for the joint meeting of the planning and land use and parks, recreation and culture committees on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

July 2012

June 2012

  • Colwood promises land for new Royal Bay school's art centre
    Jun 30, 2012 - Times Colonist
    A performing-arts centre at one of two new high schools planned for the West Shore has moved a step closer to reality. Colwood council, already behind the idea of a centre at a new school in the Royal Bay area, has committed land valued at $1.1 million for the facility. The municipal land, slightly larger than a hectare in size, is adjacent to the school property.
  • Colwood commits to the arts
    Jun 29, 2012 - Goldstream News Gazette
    Colwood city council has voted to commit 2.72 acres of land valued at $1.1 million for a performing arts and cultural centre at Royal Bay.

April 2011

  • On the hunt for Emily Carr
    Apr 12, 2011 - Goldstream News Gazette
    The pastoral, treed landscapes of Metchosin haven't changed much in 80 years - a good thing for someone seeking traces of Emily Carr. A keen eye for detail in Carr's paintings and West Shore rural pastures has helped Elaine Limbrick unearth new stories about Victoria's most iconic artist.


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