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August 6, 2009

Pender’s Becki Ross launches new book…

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Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver


Becki L. Ross
University of Toronto Press © 2009

On Sunday August 16 Becki Ross is launching her new book Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex and Sin in Postwar Vancouver at Talisman Books, Driftwood Centre, at 2pm.

Press release:  “After the Second World War, Vancouver emerged as a hotbed of striptease talent. In Burlesque West,the first critical history of this notorious striptease scene, Becki Ross delves into the erotic entertainment industry at the northern end of the dancers’ west coast tour – the North-South route from Los Angeles to Vancouver that provided rotating work for dancers and variety for club clientele.

Drawing on extensive archival materials and fifty first-person accounts of former dancers, strip-club owners, booking agents, choreographers, and musicians, Ross reveals stories that are deeply flavoured with an era before “striptease fell from grace because the world stopped dreaming,” in the words of ex-dancer Lindalee Tracey. Though jobs in this particular industry are often perceived as having little in common with other sorts of work, retired dancers’ accounts resonate surprisingly with those of contemporary service workers, including perceptions of unionization and workplace benefits and hazards. Ross also traces the sanitization and subsequent integration of striptease style and neo-burlesque trends into mass culture, examining continuity and change to ultimately demonstrate that Vancouver’s glitzy nightclub scene, often condemned as a quasi-legal strain of urban blight, in fact greased the economic engine of the post-war city.

Provocative and challenging, Burlesque West combines the economic, the social, the sexual, and the personal, and is sure to intellectually tantalize.”

Becki L. Ross is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of British Columbia.

July 27, 2009

The Colour of Music

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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:,

July 24, 2009

Winestock 2009 lineup…

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 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.

June 25, 2009

Music On The Ridge

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Submitted by Meg:

There’s a great show happening on Thursday July 9th on your island!

Featuring David Simard from Montreal, Danielle LP  and O’mally from Victoria!  These three will play a mixture of folk, old time and rock on guitars, banjo’s, mandolins and glockenspiels!

How could you miss it!

Live at “Music on the Ridge” 9805 Spalding Rd, South Pender.

Call 250-858-2038 for more info.

See you all there!— Meg Iredale

June 8, 2009

Something Fierce!

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From the Pender Film Group:

Film Night at the Hall: ‘Fierce Light‘ this Saturday, June 13th, 7:30pm

This week we have a real treat, we are hosting a pre-screening of the new film FIERCE LIGHT this Saturday, June 13th at 7:30pm (the film is currently in the theatres and not out on dvd until the fall).  This is a new film from BC native Velcrow Ripper.  Many of you may have attended our screening of Velcrow’s SCARED SACRED, a couple of years ago, it won many awards and brought a good crowd to the hall.
Fueled by the belief that another world is possible, acclaimed filmmaker Velcrow Ripper takes us on inspiring journey into what Martin Luther King called Love in Action, and Gandhi called Soul Force; what Ripper is calling Fierce Light. Illustrated by interviews with spiritual luminaries Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Thich Nhat Hanh; and activists including Alice Walker, and Julia Butterfly Hill – FIERCE LIGHT is a spiritual experience in itself, about the impact and the necessity of spiritual action in today’s world.
Fierce Light won best documentary at the Vancouver Film Festival and is getting rave reviews.  See you there!

May 5, 2009

Events calendar…

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Submitted by the Morning Bay Winery:


May events at Morning Bay Winery

Friday, May 8 from 5 to 8 pm. Opening night reception for art show, “Blood Star 
comes to the Vineyard” featuring the works of Pender Island artists Susan Taylor and Frank Ducote. Continues to May 28.

Sunday, May 10, 12 to 5. Bring Mom up for our Mother’s Day Chocolate and Wine tasting, featuring artisan chocolates from Victoria’s Chocolat., Chocolatiere $10 per person.

Saturday, May 16, 7 pm to 12 am. “Rhythm and Vine.” Concert and dance featuring Vancouver’s “The Enablers.” Advance tickets $10 (includes 1 glass of wine)  at Talisman, Gallery, Southridge Country Store and at the Winery.  Cover charge at the door of $15 includes concert and glass of wine.

Friday, May 29 from 5 to 8 pm. Opening night reception for show featuring the works of Pender Island artist Ghenia Bogun. Show continues to July 2.

Plans for Winestock are already underway with several acts already confirmed and negotiations with others continuing. Circle Saturday, September 5, 2009  on the calendar for our Fourth Annual Winestock Music Festival. Watch for more announcements at

And join us during our regular tasting hours between 12 and 5 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This summer we’ll feature cheese and charcuterie from Victoria’s artisan charcutier “Choux Choux.”

Morning Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery, 6621 Harbour Hill Road, Pender Island. 250-629-8351.

April 20, 2009

Islands Trust Call For Visitor Poster Art

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From the Islands Trust:

VICTORIA ⎯ The Islands Trust is seeking submissions of art from resident island artists which will be used to create posters with conservation messages for visitors to the Islands Trust Area.

“These posters will be used as an educational tool to encourage sustainable tourism in the region by reinforcing values that are critical to the long-term conservation of the region and by incorporating specific messages about water and habitat conservation,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Chair of the Islands Trust Council. “The project will also provide a significant opportunity to promote the rich artistic culture of the region, as local artwork will be showcased in the poster design.”

Up to three pieces of work, one from each of the three regions of the Trust Area (Northern Islands, Southern Islands and Howe Sound Islands), will be selected.  Artists of the selected pieces will each receive a $1000.00 honourarium.

Any artist residing full-time in the Islands Trust Area is eligible to submit up to two works of art to the Islands Trust.  Current staff members, contractors and trustees are not eligible to enter this competition.

For a complete copy of the Call to Artists (i.e. project description, eligibility requirements, selection process and criteria, timeline, application requirements and application form) go to the Islands Trust web site at: after April 30.

Completed artist submissions must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2009.

Finalists announced:   newsjun102009.pdf

March 13, 2009

The L.Q.T. returns!

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The Lester Quitzau Trio featuring Joby Baker on drums and Rick May on Bass, will grace the Pender Community Hall with their “soulful acoustic and electric Folk/Roots/Jazz/Blues… with a sonic spectrum of style from Jeff Beck to Pete Seeger”, on Saturday Mar. 14 at 8 pm.  “The Same Light” CD Release Tour”  Tickets are $18. in advance at Talisman and Southridge; $20. at the door.

Check out for more information.

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