Fin de Fiesta Flamenco on Mayne Island: Mon Aug 17

This esteemed flamenco ensemble brings Spanish inspiration to Canadian soil. Made up of Canadian and American flamenco artists who divide their time between North America and Seville, Spain, Fin de Fiesta has been presenting electric performances at festivals and theatres across the continent since its founding in 2012 by artistic director and acclaimed Canadian dancer Lia Grainger.

The name Fin de Fiesta translates as “End of the Party”, a reference to the open jam session that occurs at the end of a traditional flamenco show in Spain when the true improvisational and spirited nature of flamenco shows itself. It is this lively spirit – unpredictable and unrestrained – that inspires their work.

Fin de Fiesta is led by Grainger and accompanied by guitarist Dennis Duffin and a wide range of talented guest artists from North America. On Mayne Island, Fin de Fiesta will be joined by Los Angeles-based singer Daniel Azcarate, who has been making waves in Seville, Spain in recent years, performing to rave reviews at the flamenco city’s famed local clubs and theatres.

Monday August 17, 2015, 8:00 pm
Mayne Island Agricultural Hall, 430 Fernhill Road
$17 advance / $20 door
Advance tickets:

“Simply Awesome!” – The Kitchener-Waterloo Record.

Read an article about Fin de Fiesta and Lia Grainger’s flamenco journey here:

Lia Grainger, dance
Dennis Duffin, guitar
Daniel Azcarate, song  For further information please contact Lia Grainger

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BC Day Instameet: Mon Aug 3

Join fellow Instagrammers for an evening of photography, on BC Day, Monday, August 3, 2015, 7:00 pm. Meet in the Parks Canada parking lot in Bennett Bay. Bring your smartphone or camera.

#mayneisland, #bcday, #explorebc

Hosted by @jacqbenimble
For more information on the BC-wide BC Day Instameets, visit the Hello BC web site

For further information please contact: Jacqueline

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Concert and Dance! Compassion Gorilla: Fri Jul 31

Compassion Gorilla concert and dance at the Mayne Island Community Centre. With opening performance by Shelder the Electric Clamfish.

Time: 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm)
Date: Friday, July 31st
Tickets: $15 available in advance at FarmGate Store.

This is a licensed event, all refreshment sales benefit Mayne Island Youth Fitness. No outside food or drink please. Concession provided by La Maison Rouge.

Compassion Gorilla. This seven-piece world beat powerhouse will liberate feet and catapult audiences into whole-hearted dance entrancement. Infused with elements of Latin, African and Balkan music, Compassion Gorilla combines tight instrumental arrangements with songs and story telling. The result is an engaging show that is fun for all ages and leaves the audience wanting more.

Shelder the Electric Clamfish. Shelder the Electric Clamfish is a multi-instrumentalist and spoken word artist from British Columbia, performing her eclectic-art-folk original compositions and traditional folk arrangements on accordion and ukulele. Expect to hear catchy Quebecois-inspired songs paired with obscure covers of music from Scottish cult movies. She writes songs based on her experiences of traveling through Mexico, going to music school, teaching middle school and searching for eternal love. Her experience as a teacher lends her to engage openly with audiences, through interactivity and vibrant story-telling.

For further information please contact Chris Freewill

La Polizia performed live at the Rickshaw Theatre, August 21, 2014.

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“Bite Me”; an SGIAC Group Exhibition: Fri Jul 31

Mayne Island Artists show off their various skills in the upcoming “Bite Me” exhibition, a special group show by the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council on Mayne using food as the medium, subject and metaphor.

Please join us for opening night, Friday, July 31st 7 - 9:30 pm at the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall for refreshments, live music and first viewing. Show will run through until Sunday, Aug 2. Oh, and Please Do Not Eat The Art!

For further information please contact Tina

2nd Zumba Fitness Class: Wed Jul 29

Exercise in disguise - come out for a 2nd fun gathering of women at the Ag Hall from 5:30 - 6:30 for a trial session of Zumba led by licensed Zumba instructor Frankie Gowing - just $2 for loud music and good times - and it's good for us.

For further information please contact Frankie Gowing (250) 539-5817.

Additional information and history on Zumba Dance Fitness on Wikipedia.

posted July 2015

Forests and Fungi: Aug 1 & 2

Join the Conservancy on Aug 1st & 2nd for a walk and talk with Andy Mackinnon. Andy is a botanist and Research Ecologist with the Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resources and co-author of the much referred to Plants of Coastal British Columbia. He has studied a wide range of topics, including native plants, fungi, and forest ecology.

Andy will be giving a talk at the Community Centre on Saturday, Aug 1st at 7 pm followed by a forest walk on Sunday, Aug 2nd at 1 pm.

Admission is by donation and space on the walk is limited, so please contact or call (250) ­539-­5168 to pre-­register.

For further information please contact Carly

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Exploring the Night Sky: Sat Aug 8

Join Bruce Lane at 8 pm in the Adachi Pavilion in Dinner Bay Park for an introduction, followed by a tour of the night sky as the stars come out.

Bruce grew up on Mayne Island and is now an amateur astronomer with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Victoria Centre.

Bring chairs, blankets, telescopes, binoculars, etc. Presented by the Mayne Island Conservancy. Admission by donation.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

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Turning the Tide - Community Potluck: Sat Jul 25

Mayne Island welcomes 100 paddlers from neighbouring Islands and Vancouver Island on the Turning the Tide Tour - A Peoples Paddle for the Salish Sea.

Please come and join the Community Welcome and Potluck in Miners Bay Park on Sat Jul 25th at 5:30 pm.

Please bring a dish to share with serving spoons and your own plates and cutlery and a picnic blanket or chairs to sit on.

The Paddlers will also be contributing to the pot luck buying local contributions. Please come and celebrate and lend your voice to protect our Coast.

For further information please contact Annette Witteman (250) 539-5011

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Mayne Island Car Show: Sat Jul 25

The 7th Annual Mayne Island Car Show is being held at the Community Centre on Saturday July 25th, 2015. The hours are 11 am - 3 pm. Car Show entries should arrive at 10 am or a little earlier.

All cars, trucks and motorbikes are welcome in restored or original condition, Vehicles must be insured.

You can look forward to some great food. Brian Dearden is offering his famous Pulled Pork extraordinaire. Also available is Carolyn Campbell's fabulous selection of Tacos, with a choice of fish, veggie or beef tacos.

Rik Martin is organizing the music and providing a great summer selection of taped tunes.

Come out for a great time. Bring your family and friends. Vote for your favourite car. There will be a 50/50 draw and door prizes. Admission is by donation with proceeds to the Chamber of Commerce.

Check the Mayne Island Car Show web site for more info - see a great video by Toby Snelgrove. Please contact Mike Maxwell at (250) 539-5971 or for further information.

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Quartetto Giambori: Tue Jul 14

The Giambori Quartet is here and rehearsing every day in various conducive venues around Mayne Island.

Violinists John and Jane Kane, husband and wife team, are both from the UK and have played in a quartet with Chris Redsell, violist, since 1997. Eric Wilson, cellist is the cello professor from UBC and was originally in the Emerson string quartet in New York. He has played Quartets with Chris Redsell in Italy at the Giambori and in Mount Laurel Chamber Music Festival in Upper New York State.

Members of the Mayne island community are making them all very welcome; in particular Home Hardware who will look after all the inter-island logistics, Tru Value Foods who are supplying, you guessed it, food, and many private citizens who are generously hosting the Quartet for evening meals.

We want to welcome those who are interested in the program to come hear our concert on Tuesday July 14th at 7 pm in the St. Mary Magdalene Church. Tickets are $25 and are available at all the usual places.

For further information please contact Chris Redsell (250) 885-0365.

posted July 2015