Cancelled – Cirque Zíva

Makes me sad to hear about cancellations. Alas, when it comes to issues with travel visas and immigration, they have the power. So, Cirque Zíva is cancelled. Below is the advisory.


NANAIMO, BC (September 28, 2012) – The Port Theatre Society is extremely disappointed  to announce the cancellation of The Spotlight Series presentation of The Golden Dragon Acrobats in Cirque Zíva due to unavoidable complications with international travel visas and American immigration for these foreign touring  artists. The Port Theatre Society was notified on Monday, September 20th of this by the troupe’s North American agent.  It has become very clear that none of the four scheduled Canadian dates will be able to take place in January, 2013 and there is currently no discussion of rescheduling this tour.

There are always risks and challenges when working with artists from abroad, although this is an exceptional circumstance.


The Port Theatre Society will ensure that all ticket holders will have the option of exchanging their tickets for another “premium” Spotlight Series presentation, either The Number 14 or Burlesque To Broadway and will be offered special discounts on the other remaining Spotlight Series events.  These discounts will be available at the time of exchange only.


Refunds will be available to current Cirque Zíva ticket holders upon request.

Contact the Port Theatre Ticket Centre at 250.754.8550 to rebook your tickets to one of the other “premium” Spotlight Series presentations and to receive discounts on other Spotlight Series events.




For further information, please contact:

Bruce Halliday, General Manager – 250-754-4555 or


Crimson Coast Dance Society and Jennifer McLeish-Lewis co-production will come to Malaspina Theatre at VIU on September 29th at 8 pm.

Vancouver Island art aficionados will have the opportunity to see contemporary dance and hip-hop through the eyes of touring professionals and emerging local artists.

Soft Animal
choreography: Jennifer McLeish-Lewis
Dancers (R-L) Nicole Dupuis, Kathryn Carlberg, and Caitlin Brown
Photo by Yvonne Chew

As the season changes from the still and sultry nights of Summer to the vibrant colours and crisp air of Autumn, “Leaving Traces – New Dance Works” brings to Nanaimo fresh ideas from both seasoned professionals and bright young talent. This Crimson Coast Dance Society and Jennifer McLeish-Lewis co-production will come to Malaspina Theatre at VIU on September 29th at 8 pm. Tickets $18 in advance, $25 at the door and $10 for students.

“Leaving Traces – New Dance Works” is an evening filled with breathtaking and innovative performances from a collaboration of studios, dancers and choreographers:

– Nanaimo’s Crimson Coast Dance Society
– Jennifer McLeish-Lewis
– Local, pre-professional choreographers from Nanaimo’s VIBE Dance.

We welcome Jennifer as a part time resident to Nanaimo!  She is a west coast-based contemporary dance artist working internationally. She has performed from as far away as Brussels to our

own back yard. McLeish-Lewis will have two pieces in the Nanaimo show – “Leaving Traces” choreographed by Daelik and performed by McLeish-Lewis and, “Soft Animal” choreographed by McLeish-Lewis – the work they do with stiletto’s is worth seeing.

The other choreographers – Voula Rounis, Melisa Jones, Dominique Saab, Chelsea Ikona – have been working hard to ensure their choreographed pieces are ready to showcase. “Leaving Traces” will create a bright, fresh take on hip-hop and modern pieces with the aid of gifted dancers and will show how much talent we have here on the central Island.

Don’t miss the Island’s own innovative collaboration happening right here in Nanaimo. The Malaspina Theatre is located at 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, on the campus of VIU. Check out for more details on this show and all that they do locally.

4Cats Art Studio Hosts First National Costume Swap Day™ Canada Event in the Central Vancouver Island Region

4Cats Art Studio head curator, Tara Gray, gets into the Halloween Spirit!


(Sept. 25, 2012) Lantzville, B.C. – Are the dark corners of your storage room a little spookier than usual? Do they come complete with piles of too small, underused or long-forgotten costumes, bits and bobbles of Halloweens past? Do you have no desire to spend tons of time and money fighting the crowds (and your kids) to score another costume that will end up in that cob-webby pile?

4Cats Arts Studio has got a fun, economic, creative and light-on-the-earth solution for you –  National Costume Swap Day Canada. The swap takes place on Saturday, October 13th, 2012 at 1-7221 Lantzville Road, Lantzville, BC. It starts at 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and is FREE!We encourage you to bring your CLEAN costume to the studio by Thursday, October 9 so we can sort them for easy swapping on National Costume Swap Day – October 13!! Costume Swap costumes can be taken at the door on swap day as well. Please bring a non perishable food item for Loaves and Fishes too… they do need it right now!

We’ve got your back in the costume department this year. Spend a fun early October Saturday afternoon with other parents and kids looking to discover some great finds and get rid of that never-to-be-worn-again (by you) box of costumes, accessories and more in the spirit of upcycling.

“Everyone has a stash of costumes from Halloweens gone by that they don’t use any more,” says 4Cats Nanaimo curator, Tara Gray. “We’re putting those old costumes to good use and making them new to you while helping families save money and live lightly.”

Get all of the details on the local costume swap and find out all the details on this national movement at

How it works: Come and bring your costumes to exchange and trade with the group. You will get an exchange ticket at the door for every costume you bring in that allows you to go home with a new-to-you costume for your kids.

4Cats Nanaimo is pleased to be part of National Costume Swap Day Canada celebration where communities throughout the country are helping families save money, create a stronger sense of community and live lightly on the Earth this Halloween.

Fathers: A Literary Anthology. Interview with Andre Gerard.

Father’s Day is around the corner and I met with a wonderful man named, Andre Gerard, who has created a book that would make for a terrific gift for Dad – Fathers: A Literary Anthology. I was able to have an interview with Andre when he was in Nanaimo. Thanks Chapters!

Andre was a delight and I am pleased to say he is now a friend. I learned lots from him and his book is well researched. He contacted each and every one of the authors featured – Andre thought and thought about the stories featured. He has a good eye for meaningful Father’s stories – good and bad stories about Dad.

Fathers: A Literary Anthology is a literary treasure trove. Wise and wonderfully varied essays and poems by five Nobel laureates and by writers such as Margaret Atwood, Alan Bennet, Angela Carter, Virginia Woolf and Franz Kafka also make Fathers a powerful self-help manual for all children trying to understand and improve their relationships with their fathers. As well, the inspired musings in this collection will help all fathers—fathers young and fathers old—better appreciate the complexities of their role and the rich rewards it offers.

To order, please check out Andre’s website here…

Oysters… fresh from the farmer, Rob Tryon.

Here is a note from my new friend, Rob, about his great shellfish products. I am ordering the scallops. Rob has promised me he would teach me how to eat an oyster properly. Support our local farmers… the ones on land and on sea.

Hello Everyone,

It’s that time again… June 15th will be the delivery date. There will be pickup points in Victoria, Nanaimo and Parksville. All orders need to be in by June 11, 2011.

Please note the new email— New Blog coming soon……

Help me spread the Effing Word about BK Shellfish by forwarding this to friends, family, co workers and people you think would enjoy some fresh shellfish.

Barkley Sound Shellfish by Imperial Eagle Clam Co. Ltd.

1. Pacific Rim Petites Oysters (1.5-2.25″) 5 dozen bag = $25
A deep water cultured oyster that is intensely tumbled and suspended off rafts. (To view a video of the tumbling process: Named after the Pacific Rim National Park that includes the Broken Group Islands, West coast Trail, and Long Beach!!

2. Effingham Extra Small Oysters (2.25-3″) 5 dozen bag = 25$
Another “tumbled” oyster that is the most popular of the Barkley Sound Shellfish!!! The Tumbling process occurs every 25-45 days. Great for “shooter” oysters with a little Tabasco, vodka, balsamic, etc.. Grown in Effingham Inlet and are the pride of the Barkley Sound Shellfish!!

3. Swale Rock Small Oysters (2.25-3″) 5 dozen bag = 30$
The biggest of the tumbled oysters. The tumbling process gives the oysters a hard shell and deep cup. It amplifies the beach hardening that traditional oysters get. The newest brand the Barkley Sound shellfish line and the feedback from the distributors that carry these has been exceptional.

4. Sechart Beach Oysters (3-7″) 3 dozen bag = 20$
These would be your typical Beach Oysters that are great on the BBQ. These are grown on our beach in Sechart Channel that borders the Broken Group Islands which are part of the Pacific Rim National Park…Doesn’t get anymore pristine!!!

5. Useless Inlet Manila Clams (15-20/pound) 5 pounds = 20$
Grown on our beach in the unique Useless Inlet. Useless Inlet’s opening is very small but the tidal flush it gets is phenomenal and that gives us great growth!!

6. Sechart Savoury Clams (15-20/pound) 5 pounds = 15$
This beach is located near the Broken Group Islands which are part of Pacific Rim National Park.

7. Barkley Sound Pacific Scallops (1-4/pound) 1 dozen = 25$
What can I say… Roe in scallops was our Christmas Eve Dinner!!!

Thank you and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

ROB TRYON (@RobTryon)
GM- NW Aquaculture Ltd.
Owner- Imperial Eagle Clam Co. Ltd.
Hm: (250) 248-6238
Cell: (250) 668-0356
Fax: (250) 248-6239
Follow on Twitter: @effingoyster, @PacRimPetites, @SwaleRock, @BKShellfish, @UselessManila, @SechartSavoury
Become a fan of Effingham Inlet Oysters on Facebook

Lawyer, educator and author of The Condominium Manual, Mike Mangan, brings his expertise to Nanaimo on June 3 for a FREE talk.

Katie Hommy and Stephanie Scott from Dominion Lending Centres VanIsle are pleased to present a live presentation by Mike Mangan, author of:

The third edition of The Condominium Manual is NOW available!

Written by lawyer and educator, Mike Mangan, The Condominium Manual is an essential resource for condominium owners including strata council members and investors, as well as real estate professionals across BC. First time condo buyers, tradespeople. real estate agents, property managers and anyone who is interested in learning more on the ins and outs of condos, Mike Mangan is THE expert to learn from. This is a FREE event. Learn more about Mike, the book and condos at

Using plain language, recent court cases and real life examples, this third edition covers everything regarding strata law including:

  • The December 2009 amendments to the Strata Property Act;
  • Updates to the law in connection with dozens of court cases;
  • Provides extensive new coverage concerning repairs, lawsuits and arbitrations and insurance;
  • Bylaws, repairs and expenses;
  • Common property, record keeping and much more.

WHEN:            FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd at 4:00pm

WHERE:           Dominion Lending Centres VanIsle

                        603-5800 Turner Road, Nanaimo, B.C., V9T 6J4

Please RSVP to or call 250-619-0939 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            250-619-0939      end_of_the_skype_highlighting to confirm your seat. Space is limited, so reserve today to avoid disappointment!

Mike is available for interviews… in person on the afternoon of June 3rd, or via phone before that.
Please contact Kimberly Plumley at Publicity Mavens at 250-390-9285 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            250-390-9285      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or via email at

Get (h)appy. Vancouver Island travel App by Nanaimo travel writer!

I love Twitter. I have met some amazing people there. I am always so impressed with the creative folks there… and many of them are in my own backyard. Last week Jamie Moore contacted me because of my contests I have been doing. She asked if I could give-away one of her Vancouver Island Exploration Travel Guide iPhone apps. I said yes. I thought many of us would love to get our hands on this guide.

I have been talking a fair bit to Jamie and man, she is SMART. Some good laughs, I learned lots and we are going to get our kids together for a playdate. Friendships form quite quickly with the aide of social media.

Soooo… here is the contest. I have one of the apps available. Simply post or tweet about your favourite Vancouver Island destination. Please use the hashtag #twittergiver so I can see all the entries.  Contest ends Wednesday, May 18th at 1 pm. I am eager to learn more about our lovely Island. This contest is open to anyone who wants to participate.  Play along and let’s get (h)appy! Lots on info below about the app…. I would also suggest that if you do not win, purchase it. It is a great app.



Make Summer Travel Easier With the New *Vancouver Island Exploration Guide* iPhone App

16 May 2011 – Nanaimo, BC – Want to know the best spots on Vancouver Island to land a huge salmon or watch thousands spawn? Need help navigating the island’s wine trail? Looking for fun kid-friendly activities?

Start planning your summer adventures with the new Vancouver Island Exploration Guide travel app. Save on time (and gas money) by downloading this handy guide ($2.99) to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from the iTunes App Store.

All the info you need is in the palm of your hand: Top attractions, places to stay, tips on peak times to see orcas, which trails to avoid if you’re not hard-core, simple ways to save money and more.

“It’s the kind of guide that comes in handy whether you’re standing on a street corner looking for a good seafood restaurant or lying on your couch planning a day hike,” says author Jamie Moore. “The best part is that it’s always growing with new entries and the latest info, and users get free updates for life.”

The *Vancouver Island Exploration Guide* is the island’s most complete travel app with 130 things to see and do — including hidden gems and 50 free attractions and activities — from Victoria to Port Hardy. It features slideshows with 740+ photographs, interactive Google Maps and one-click website links and phone calls.

The easy-to-use interface lets you search by region, price or activity while being accompanied by a professional travel writer and island resident as your personal guide. The iPhone’s built-in navigation pinpoints where you are, and the app shows you what’s nearby and how to get there.

The app can be purchased in the iTunes App Store for $2.99.

About the author

The author of Tourism Vancouver Island’s Outdoor Guide, Tour Planner and other island visitor guides, Jamie Moore is an award-winning writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers. Her writing credits also include blogs, Rand McNally guides, Resort + Recreation magazine and Endless Vacation magazine. She also contributes to the new Family Matters department in WestJet’s up! magazine. Visit

About the publisher

Sutro Media is an online-based application publishing company. Partnering with expert, established travel writers around the world, Sutro creates highly visual, authentic, up-to-date, and rich guides … for your phone. To date, Sutro has collaborated with writers on 235+ travel apps. Many of these are regularly featured on the “What’s Hot” list in iTunes.

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