Roy Forbes - last night at the Ag Hall

If you didn't get your tickets to the Mayne Island Music Society's presentation of Roy Forbes last night (May 29) you missed out on a great show. The concert was sold out.

Roy finished with an encore of his version of Hank Williams "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" which was a wonderful interpretation of the song.

Toby Snelgrove was there with his trusty camera and took a few shots of Roy playing.

Photos courtesy of Toby Snelgrove

Thanks to the MIMS for bringing Roy to Mayne Island.

May Day 2010 photos

Don Barthel took a bunch of great photos of the May Day celebration that he has posted online here:

Toby Snelgrove also sent in some May Day images that are available from his website

Fish and Bird - House concert on Mayne - Thurs. May 27th

“You may remember, a few years back now, some island kids who starting callusing their fingers on various sizes of stringed instruments. On Mayne, they played in the bands Roaring Jelly and Bell Jar, but have since broken off on the their own and have been wildly galloping around the country, playing with all sorts of other musicians.

Adam and Zoe are now musically reunited and are only two fifths of the art folk ensemble Fish & Bird, which you may have seen on Mayne before at the Community Centre or at the Campbell Bay Music Festival. The band has just returned from a five week, six province tour, and are now spending a chunk of time in Campbell Bay recording their new album.

Come to Toby and Jessica's place on Thursday, May 27th, to see Adam Iredale Gray, Zoe Guigueno, Ryan Boeur, Taylor Ashton, and Ben Kelly perform an intimate concert featuring our new material.”

When: Thursday May 27th. Arrive 7, music at 7:30.
Where: Toby and Jessica's place, 710 Horton Bay Road.
Cost: Suggested $10 donation proceeds to help create our new album!
Other: BYOB – Snacks and coffee and tea provided.

RSVP a must: only 30 seats available or
Toby or Jessica @ 250 539 2123

Roy Forbes - May 29th

Mayne Island Music Society presents Roy Forbes

Roy and his trusty Gurian guitar have toured extensively in Canada and the US over the past three decades. From the early days of small coffee houses and opening act slots with artists like John Lee Hooker, Supertramp, The Earl Scruggs Revue and Santana to eventually selling out his own shows and headlining most of the major folk music festivals in Canada, Roy has developed into one of Canada’s best loved acoustic performers.

Through the years Roy has made a bunch of solo albums as well as a Christmas album with Connie Kaldor. The first, 'Kid Full Of Dreams', received a Juno nomination in 1976 while 1998’s 'Crazy Old Moon', received a 1999 Juno nomination and a 1999 West Coast Music Award, one of several WCMAs Roy has received over the years.

You may remember Roy from the 70’s when he was known as Bim. Whether or not you do, don’t miss this opportunity to hear this totally original, dynamic and exciting performer -  live, right here on Mayne Island on May 29th.

Saturday, May 29th
7:30 pm Ag Hall
(doors open 7:00)

Tickets at Happy Tides
($15) & at the door($18)


Listen to samples of Roy's music at his website. (LINK)

For more information go to

Dirty Grace plays the Ag Hall - Fri May 21st

Kick off to the May Day Weekend! Dirty Grace at the Ag Hall,  Friday May 21st, 8PM

Dirty Grace combines gypsy, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and hip hop into their own unique style (“jazzypsky grass-hop”). Their sound features vocals, guitar, mandolin, accordion, trumpet, piano and drums, Their silken three-part harmonies and tawdry funky  grooves are sure to get sweaty hips swinging and feet kicking up dust!

Featuring Mayne-Islanders Marley Iredale and special guest Michelle Footz

Tickets at the door  $10 adults/ $5 children

Dirty Grace on MySpace - hear music samples

MILT Opportunities

Mayne Island Little Theatre presents:

Adult Acting Workshop with Alison Kelly

A fun and playful weekend that looks into what you can do as an actor, how to develop character and how to tell the story without words. This workshop is designed for the novice, those who want to hone their skills and those that simply want to have fun. This is a hands-on physical workshop so dress comfortably with loose fitting clothing.

Alison Kelly has been an actor, instructor and playwright for 25 years. She is a long time instructor at Studio 58 Langara College, and created the internationally acclaimed “Mom's the Word,” “Mom's the Word, Unhinged,” and “Mom's the Word, Remixed.”

Saturday and Sunday May 29 and 30
Cost: Only $35 (subsidized by MILT!)
Reserve your space in the workshop by May 16th by contacting Brian at 250-539-3027 or at

Monthly Play Readings with Carol Munro

Come along and take part in a play reading session. Read a character or just listen! A friendly, informal chance to bring drama to life with fellow islanders.

Dates and location to be announced (depending on the number of folks who sign on and their availabilty)

With more than 20 year of experience in directing, Carol has won numerous awards for directing and design in the theatre. The goal of the play reading evenings is to a) have fun and b) try out scripts that MILT could potentially stage and c) increase interest and participation in community theatre on Mayne.

Contact Carol at 250-539-3497 or

Annual General Meeting

Sunday, June 6, 6:00 pm at the Lighthouse
Bring a picnic supper if you like. For more information, contact Brian at 250-539-3027

CRL to play the Ag Hall - Wed. May 12th

After visiting Mayne in January of this year Chasing Red Lights (CRL) decided that theyd love to play a show here. Inspired by a wide range of influences, from Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly to Dave Matthews and Nirvana, as well as life's constant changes, beauties, and woes, this young and diverse 3 piece has created a voice all their own.

Providing a mainly acoustic show, expect to hear refreshing and truly talented musicians pour themselves into the Ag Hall.

Tickets are $10 or less at the door.

Doors open at 7.

Their website is

For further information contact:

May Day Banner Workshop - Sat. May 8th

Let’s add more colourful banners to our May Day procession…

Come to our workshop and make your very own pop bottle banner.

We will supply: ribbons, sticks

When: Saturday May 8th 1-3pm
Where: Gazebo in miners’ bay park
What to bring: a large pop bottle or two
Cost: by donation (to Mayne Island Conservancy)

For more information contact or go to the Mayne Island Conservancy web site

Major feature on Mayne Island in the Seattle Times - with photos and video

A major feature all about Mayne Island was published in Saturday's Seattle Times travel section featuring 3 stories, photos and video on their web site:

Exploring the art of Mayne Island in B.C.
"It seems a universal rule: Beautiful islands inspire artists, the way fertile gardens inspire chefs. 
British Columbia's Mayne Island has its share of resident artists. How the island influences their work seemed a question worth exploring." Read more ....
The article contains a photo slideshow of Mayne Island and a video interview on the Seattle Times web site with Jim McKenzie and M.D. Hennessy.

A companion article is in the same section focuses on other aspects on Mayne Island and includes detailed travel instructions and links to maps and accommodations:

Savor the slow life of B.C.'s Mayne Island
"It was the first day of spring, so naturally we were watching Mayne Island volunteers remove Christmas lights from a big tree in the park.
That's what you call "island time." No strict deadlines. No rushing about.
And almost everything is do-it-yourself out here on Mayne, one of the lesser-visited of British Columbia's Gulf Islands. It's nine square miles of lazily winding roads with no traffic lights and only about 1,100 year-round residents — a count that triples in summer." Read more ...
There's also a related article in the travel section on the Gulf Islands as a whole: Get away from it all on B.C.'s Gulf Islands

Mark Lauckner at his Mayne Island Glass Foundry and Insulator Museum.

Jim McKenzie at work in his studio.

John Aitken's Honouring figure.

More Mayne Island photos in a slideshow on the Seattle Times web site: Slideshow

Seattle Times Mayne Island feature.