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Marleen Vermeulen: Seven-colour palette

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When Marleen Vermeulen first saw the Sunshine Coast, she almost cried. It was not a positive reaction to the coastal landscape which would become the painter’s signature subject. “It was dark and it was wet,” recalls Vermeulen. “I thought, ‘I’m going to be buried alive here.’” Nick, Vermeulen’s husband, was spearheading the move to Canada, ... Read More »

Bach to business

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Coast couple invent new way for classical musicians to up their game An idea spawned during a chance meeting in a hot spring has inspired two Coast residents to develop a unique interactive music app recently launched on iTunes. It’s called Sit-ins, a kind of karaoke for chamber musicians. Subscribers to the $8.99-a-month service virtually ... Read More »

Dean Hunt: Heiltsuk artist

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Dean Hunt knows an opportunity when he sees one, even if it comes in the form of a frog and a broken elbow. The Heiltsuk artist, known for his wood carvings, paintings and jewellery, is also a beats DJ and indigenous tattoo practitioner. His father, Bradley, is a respected carver and painter, and his older ... Read More »

Simply delicious: Northern Divine, the Canadian caviar

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It is sustainable, natural, safe, healthy, award winning and a world class business and its local owners believe it might be the greenest aquaculture fish farm in the world. While the good reputation of Northern Divine Aquafarms keeps growing, it has gone almost unnoticed for more than two decades on the Sunshine Coast. Known world ... Read More »

GPAG celebrates Canada’s 150th

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The Gibsons Public Art Gallery will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by transforming the gallery into an Expo-style pavilion. Stewart Stinson, President of the GPAG Board, wrote a successful Canada 150 grant to support the project. “I really enjoyed Expo ’86,” says Stinson who came up with the idea to create the pavilion intended to ... Read More »

Pender Harbour: all set for 2017

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Our Pender Harbour and District Chamber of Commerce has been quite busy getting ready for 2017. We have our budget in place. Membership renewal is well underway. Existing projects are continuing and some new ones are in the planning stages. We have been meeting with other community groups to ensure there is no duplication of ... Read More »

Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival coming in August


The Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 13th season this summer. From August 18th – 20th, music lovers can enjoy a weekend of extraordinary music. Artistic Director (and stellar pianist) Alexander Tselyakov has programmed a wide range of the chamber repertoire and in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, Canadian composers will be featured in ... Read More »

Cruising the Salish Sea

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Many of us who live along the shores of the Salish Sea take our inland waters for granted–not realizing that we live in one of the most extraordinary areas in the world for sailing and motor boating. These protected coastal waters offer a huge diversity of inlets, islands, and harbours, and every landscape from wilderness ... Read More »

The little store that could

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How modest Claytons Grocery grew into Trail Bay Mall I needed groceries on the day more than 20 years ago that I moved to the Sunshine Coast, so Claytons was one of the first Sechelt businesses I ever walked into. And as many people likely do on their initial visits, I couldn’t help but notice the ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast Community Foundation: Ahead of the curve


Most British Columbians are familiar with the Vancouver Foundation–the largest community foundation in Canada–but few realize that BC also has 50 other community foundations. The Sunshine Coast Community Foundation (SCCF), established in 2003, is one of the smaller ones, but is making its mark as a leader of small foundations in Canada. “Our main objective ... Read More »

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