Music, Crafts, Art and AGM in Cowichan – Cowichan Valley Citizen

Get ready for a new sound at the Duncan Showroom, as the Skye Douglas Project takes the stage on Sunday May 8th.

The five-person jazz ensemble formed quite recently, making their debut at the 2021 Nanaimo Jazz Festival.

“The music and stage presence are filled with infectious joy as they aim to be ambassadors of hope in these uncertain times,” reads a press release for the show.

The band is led by Dean “Skye Douglas” Boland on trumpet, with Kenton Willem on saxophone and flute, James Darling on piano, Brian McMahon on bass and James McRae on drums.

Their music includes contemporary jazz selections, the American songbook and original compositions.

The show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. You can text 250-597-1554 to get them.


The Cowichan Musical Society is holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Boardroom of the Cowichan Performing Arts Center in Duncan.

There will be elections for the executive this year. Being a member of the executive or general manager, who sits on working committees to manage the company’s productions, is “a great opportunity to influence the future of the club”, says CMS.

“And remember: you don’t have to be on the executive to partake in the fun of producing a musical,” a note from CMS said. “We need volunteers with a variety of skills — production management, construction, sewing, backstage organization and more. So come chat with us about how you can get involved when the show starts.


The fifth annual Cowichan Valley Craft Crawl is gearing up Saturday, May 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“Enjoy a fun-filled day exploring the Cowichan Valley while you visit talented vendors,” reads a press release for the event.

There will be 87 vendors to choose from, located from Mill Bay to Chemainus.

For more information see cowichanvalleycraftcrawl on Instagram.


Excellent Frameworks in Duncan is hosting an art exhibit called “From Birth to Death” for the month of May.

The exhibition features six original works in the first solo exhibition by artist Ditidaht Chuuchuub – Darren Webster Thompson. He signs his work Deerin Thompson.

The exhibited works come from the collection of his brother Derek K. Thompson – Thlaapkiituup.

“He has generously made them available to the public in an effort to showcase his brother’s incredible work,” reads a press release for the show.

“From Birth to Death is intended to reference the balance between life and death, creation and destruction, beauty and ugliness, and fleeting moments of meaning and meaninglessness,” the statement continued. . “The exhibition presents works that are totally unparalleled in the context of Pacific Northwest Coast art, or First Nations art in general, and in today’s context, Darren is evolving old forms, making advancing age-old sensibilities and placing bold symbols in age-old ways.

“We are all born into the world wet and disheveled, and clinging to life – not yet detached from the embryo sac. We are born small. We are born with the strength of our Ancestors. We are born with the love of our mothers. From birth to death, we cling to all that is old and good.

Chuuchuub is from the Nuuchahnulth, Coast Salish, Haisla and Heiltsuk cultures.

He draws inspiration from other artists in his family.

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