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

posted July 2015

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

posted July 2015

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.

posted July 2015

“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

posted July 2015

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

posted July 2015

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

posted July 2015

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.

posted July 2015

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

Elizabeth May MP Town Hall Meeting: Tue Jul 14

There will be a Town Hall meeting on Mayne Island being hosted by our Member of Parliament Elizabeth May, on Tuesday, July 14 from 6 to 7:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the Mayne Island Community Centre, 493 Felix Jack Road.

Ms. May will be offering updates about her latest work in the House of Commons on her constituents’ behalf. She will also take questions from those who attend the meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For further information please contact the Constituency Office at 800-667-9188 or

posted July 2015

Mayne Island Cribbage Club: Tuesdays 7 pm

Mayne Island Cribbage Club meet on Tuesdays at 7 pm, beginning September 15 at the Agricultural Hall.

You don't have to be good to have fun. Come and see how incredible you are compared to the rest of us. All you have to do is have the ability to count to 31. You can drop in when its convenient or come on a regular basis. We have the tables, the crib boards and all the cards.

Cost: $5 per year to join and $2 per evening is all. We play every Tuesday. The new season begins September 15th.

For further information please contact David Burrowes

posted July 2015

Alert: Extreme Fire Danger

With extreme fire danger and the outbreak of numerous wildfires from Port Hardy to Nanaimo to Victoria and Port Renfrew, we’re asking everyone to be extremely careful throughout this hot and dry period, and to voluntarily avoid doing any work such as lawn mowing, weed whacking, chain sawing, haying or any other work with engine powered equipment, including excavating or any other work on the land base in or within 300 metres of grassland or forest areas.

The BC government has issued a level 4; the highest drought rating possible for all of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands amid soaring temperatures and extremely dry conditions. In the extreme fire risk conditions that we’re having, wildfires will start very easily and spread very quickly. It is simply too risky to take unnecessary chances. A spark from a lawnmower, chainsaw, hay baler, or carelessly discarded cigarette will easily start a grass fire. Once started, a wildfire can travel as fast as 14 kilometres per hour.

Help keep your island safe from fire.

Keep up to date with current conditions by looking at the Mayne Island Fire Rescue web site, Facebook page.

For further info please contact Fire Chief Steve DeRousie. (250) 539-5156.

Update July 8th
Extreme Forest Fire Danger Continues

Be Fire Smart during this drought period. Though the temperatures have dropped nearly 10 degrees, it's still incredibly dry in all areas of the island. This means a fire can start easily from normal work or recreational activities that would otherwise pose little or no risk.

No matter what you're doing outside, its a really good idea to have a bucket of water at the ready in case a fire does start. A fire could start from barbecuing, smoking, lawn mowing, construction work, or any number of other outdoor activities. By keeping even a 4 litre ice cream bucket of water "at the ready", you can stop a small fire before it spreads and becomes a major wildfire.

Each of us has a responsibility to ourselves and each other to play and work safely in these extremely dry conditions. The BC Forest Service resources are fully committed to the existing fires burning in the Province and we must realize that extra help may not be immediately available at our beck and call.

The best defence is prevention.

For further information please contact Steven DeRousie, Fire Chief (250) 539-5156.

posted July 2015

Library Book Sale: Sat Aug 1

Keep Calm and Read. Summer Library Book Sale at the Library in Miners Bay. Saturday, August 1st 10 am - 2 pm.

All books priced to sell - Come early for best selection.

For further information please contact Sheila Dunnachie

posted July 2015

Join the Library Fall Fair Parade Team

The Mayne Island Library is preparing for the Fall Fair Parade.

Our theme this year is Alice and The Mad Hatters. Come and make a wild hat at our work party, Sunday, August 9th, 2 - 4 pm at the Library.

Come and be part of the winning team. Young and old, 3 to 93, join us!

For further information please contact Libbie Bake

posted July 2015