Alberni arts briefs

Small stories about big events in Alberni's arts and entertainment scene.

Rock the Country with Barkley Sounds Choir on April 27

The Barkley Sounds Community Choir will celebrate spring on Sunday, April 27 with Rock the Country, a concert featuring music by Johnny Cash, the Beach Boys, The Drifters and other music from the era.

Bonnie Wallbank will direct the choir, while celebrated guitarist Dennis Olsen will be the soloist.

The concert starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Alberni District Secondary School Theatre.

Tickets are $10 each and available at the Rollin Art Centre, Blue Fish Gallery and Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce.

 

Wreck of the Valencia lore comes to Trinity Church

In 1906, the steamer Valencia was driven ashore on the B.C. coast with much loss of life. In the words of Silva Johansson, “it changed the maritime history of Canada’s West Coast, and led to the creation of the West Coast Trail.”

Port Alberni’s Maritime Heritage Society is sponsoring an evening of images, storytelling and song focusing on the wreck of the Valencia, which will be conducted by Silva Johansson, the public outreach officer of Parks Canada. She will tell the story of the worst wreck of the “Graveyard of the Pacific,” and she is certainly qualified to do so. She is a professional heritage interpreter with 20 years of experience with the Ucluelet Aquarium, BC Historic Sites, the Royal BC Museum, and Parks Canada. She has travelled the BC coast aboard the tall ship North Star of Herschel Island and now lives in Ucluelet. Place: Trinity Church, 5th and Angus in Port Alberni, Time: April 24 at 7pm. Memberships in Port Alberni Maritime Heritage Society will be available that evening. For more info, please call 250-723-8362.