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July 27, 2009

The Colour of Music

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 1:40 pm


Paintings by Eha Onno

August 1 – September 7, 2009
At Morning Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery

Over the summer the Winery is featuring five different local artists in its concrete and glass barrel room.  “The Colour of Music” will be Eha’s third annual show at the Winery; attendance has been high at the previous shows and numerous paintings were sold at each.  Her work is also displayed at the Winery throughout the year.
The Winery is located at 6621 Harbour Hill Drive, Pender Island, BC.  Contact info:, 250-629-8351.

The Colour of Music” features generously sized acrylic paintings, each inspired by an individual piece of music.  Examples of inspirations for the works are “Summertime” by Sam Cooke, “Serenade in B-flat” by Amadeus Mozart, “Wishing it Was” by Carlos Santana, “Shoop” by Salt-n-Peppa, and “Samba Pa Ti” (shown above) by Santana.

Posters with various images from the show will be sold with 50% of proceeds going to a children’s art program.
Eha’s contact info:,

Pender Handbook Revised

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 11:11 am

Press Release:


The much anticipated 2nd Edition of The PENDER ISLANDS handbook will hit the shelves the weekend of BC Day.

The author, Richard Fox, will be at the Farmers Market starting August 1st, and offers those who own the first edition a $5 discount (with no GST) off the $25 cover price if they buy it there on any Saturday. Just show the book, there’s no need to exchange it.

The new 400-page volume has been completely revised, with every bit of information researched and updated.  Besides the hundreds of updates, the text and maps include a dozen new parks and trails added to the 100 existing ones, as well as the new Car Stops. Sections such as The Arts and Wedding Planner have been expanded.

The book is current as of late July 2009, and includes all the happenings on Pender Island and beyond up to that point.

Besides the Farmers Market, look for the book at Talisman Books and other locations to be determined.

The book’s website is still, the home base of this blog.

July 25, 2009

Media watch

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 11:11 am

From the Vancouver Province:

Cruise ship impales baby whale, docks at Vancouver port

By Sam Cooper, The Province July 25, 2009 11:01 AM

What appears to be a baby Mink or Finn whale has been impaled and killed on a Princess cruise ship that docked in the Port of Vancouver Saturday morning.

The whale, about 20 metres long, was wrapped around the bow of the ship Saturday in full view of tourists at Canada Place.

A worker from the cruise ship, who didn’t want to be named, said he was not sure when the whale had been hit. The boat — the Sapphire Princess — had come in from Alaska on the Inside Passage, he said.

“From what I hear there was a bit of a rumbling this morning,” he said. “It’s too bad; I wish we had some system to detect them.

“There’s a lot of whales out there [on the route], but it’s not like we’re dodging them,” he said.

A Scottish couple, John and Margaret Davis, said they were scheduled to leave on the ship at 4 p.m. for Alaska. Margaret said she had specifically selected the cruise for whale-watching. “It’s a shame, it’s not the way I wanted to see whales,” she said as she looked on from a balcony outside Canada Place.

By mid-morning, a diver with a yellow helmet could be seen wrapping a blue rope around the carcass for removal.

July 24, 2009

Art Posters Now Available

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 11:58 am

 From the Islands Trust:


One for all, all for one… by Debbie Bowles, Mayne Island

Art Posters Now Available from the Islands Trust

VICTORIA ⎯ Art posters with conservation message for visitors to the Islands Trust Area are now available free of charge to businesses and locations frequented by visitors.

Work by three artists was selected earlier this year in an art competition sponsored by the Islands Trust.  Dawn Stofer of Denman Island, Debbie Bowles of Mayne Island and Darlene Olesko of Lasqueti Island had their work selected for the posters by a judging panel.  Thirty works of art were submitted by 20 artists from seven islands in the Islands Trust Area.

Three unique posters are available in two sizes:  8.5 X 11” and 11 X 17”.  The Islands Trust received a grant from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to undertake this project.

Islands Trust Visitor Information Posters Distribution Location for North and South Pender Island at the Islands Trust Office located at the Driftwood Centre.

Winestock 2009 lineup…

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 1:01 am

 From Morning Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery:

Winestock™ Music Festival:
Perfect Oceanfront Vineyard Location

The Winestock™ Music Festival, Morning Bay Vineyard’s signature event, returns for its fourth annual show – the best yet.

Join us Labour Day Saturday, September 5, 2009 for the best blow-out of the summer.

Like fine wine, Winestock™ just gets better with age. Now in its fourth year, this year’s music festival promises a rockin’ good time at Canada’s finest oceanfront vineyard.

This year’s headliners are The Odds, a legendary Canadian alternative rock band from the 1990s. They toured with Warren Zevon, The Tragically Hip and Doug and the Slugs. Now they’re rockin’ the vineyard.

Western Canada’s first punk band, The Furies, join the bill for the first time. Back in 1977 when punk first came to Vancouver, The Furies were it. Now they bring their primitive style to Winestock™. Wear your spikes (and we don’t mean golf).

Vancouver’s Coco Love Alcorn brings her jazz-inspired folk music to Winestock™ for the first time. The Antigonish-born singer has worked with the likes of Burton Cummings, Ani DiFranco, 54-40 and Jesse Cook. Now touring out of both Toronto and Vancouver, Coco’s voice has been compared to Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald. Don’t miss her!

Perennial Winestock™ favorite Wyckham Porteous is back with a new act featuring his fabulous songwriting and a harder-edged sound.

Morning Bay’s favourite punker, Dave Rave of New York City, promises to “rock the party” with his faithful bassman, Bill Culp who does the best Carl Perkins this side of Memphis.

And back for more is Leslie Alexander, with her husband, legendary music producer Johnnie Ellis. Leslie brings her country-influenced roots music that pleased Winestock™ fans two years ago (see her rockin’ with Jim Byrnes and Stephen Drake at Winestock™ 2007 in the pic at right).

All backed by the fabulous Morning Bay City Rollers, featuring musicians from many of the west coast’s all-time top bands (Doug and the Slugs, Colin James and others).

All this in the little vineyard by the sea, drinking the wines made from those vines, enjoying music from Noon ’til Dusk, when everyone comes on stage for a monster jam. Only 300 tickets available.

Tickets $35 pp available at the retail vendors below, or purchase directly online.

In Vancouver at Dr. Vigari’s Gallery,  (604) 255-9513 at 1312 Commercial Dr, BC

In Victoria at Classic Guitars on Fort, 250-389-6029, 828 Fort Street

On Pender Island at Talisman Books and Gallery, 250-629-6944, Driftwood Centre, Pender Island, BC; and at Medicine Beach Fine Wines, 250-629-2024, Medicine Beach Store, Pender Island, BC.

July 8, 2009

Orca Day 2009

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 4:13 pm

Submitted by Parks Canada:


Get to know your local whales


Thieves Bay Park & Marina, Pender Island

Saturday, July 18 Starting at 3pm

•  3pm – 5:30pm  Expert presentations by Centre for Whale Research (including Orca ID & vocal station) and Soundwatch; Children’s Activities with Parks Canada and Jeff Hogan/Killer Whale Tales

•  5:30pm – 7 pm  Bring your own Picnic; live Local Music by Ptarmigan Music Society; Ask The Experts Q&A

Limited parking.  Please walk, bike and use Car Stops.  If you must drive, ride share.  Please bring your own chair and water bottle.

For more information  call Parks Canada at 250-629-6137

Orca Day presented by: Gulf Islands National Park Reserve; Pender Islands Conservancy Assn. (PICA); Pender Islands Animal Welfare Society (PAWS); Ptarmigan Music Society; Pender Island Power and Sail Squadron; Vancouver Island South District – Canadian Power and Sail Squadron.

Shuttle available for Otter Bay, Port Browning and Poets Cove Marina patrons.  Thanks to Pender Island Realty and Pender Island Waste Management for their support.

For the promotional poster click here:  orcadayposter.pdf

Culinary tips…

Filed under: Recipes — Jocko @ 12:49 am

Submitted by Heather Grant:What do you do with those curious curly green garlic scapes you see at the Pender Island Farmer’s Market each July?  Whiz them through your food processor with olive oil, fresh parmesan cheese, almonds, and salt & freshly-ground pepper to make an amazing Garlic Scape Pesto. Delicious on hot new potatoes or as a dip. Let it sit for a while after blending to allow the flavours to develop and the garlic to mellow.

Thanks to Lisa on Hooson Road for turning us on to this dish at a recent Pender birthday barbeque!

July 2, 2009

Community housing examined…

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 11:57 am

From the Islands Trust:


VICTORIA ⎯ The Islands Trust Council has created a new Community Housing Task Force to develop a housing strategy for the Islands Trust Area.  Trust Council unanimously approved the task force at its quarterly meeting on North Pender Island June 17-19.

Membership on the task force will be determined by the Local Planning Committee of Trust Council.  The task force will have nine months to complete its work.

Trust Council has allocated $15,000 to develop the strategy and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities has provided an additional $10,000 to specifically address seniors’ housing needs.

For the full news release, go here: newsjul022009.pdf

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