NIFPA kicks off with concert

The Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay will be the site of a fundraising concert on Feb. 22.

The North Island Festival of Performing Arts (NIFPA) will host a fundraising concert with three performers at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The event features The East West Duo, Trent Freeman and Shelly Brown, the latter two former NIFPA performers, festival publicist Deidre Knudson said.

The concert is a showcase for the upcoming festival, which draws competitors from across the Island, including from Port Alberni.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $2. Performances will run for about an hour-and-a-half with a brief intermission, during which coffee donated by Mudsharks will be provided.

Freeman and Feely are adjudicators at this year’s festival and Knudson said the opportunity for festival performers to see their adjudicators on the stage is an exciting one.

“It’d be really neat for the performers themselves to actually see their adjudicators get up there and perform and see where they could be in years if they continue with their training and practising,” said Knudson.

A month’s worth of festival competition culminates with a variety showcase on Friday, March 9 and a dance gala on Saturday, March 10 at the Sid Williams Theatre. The showcase is a compendium of pieces.

More information is available on the Sid’s website at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com or the festival’s site at www.nifpa.org.

Just Posted

Port Alberni’s Kari Trott set to shine at Canada Winter Games

Trott is one of two Special Olympics BC figure skaters invited to the national event

BCHL: Bulldogs’ Hawthorne commits to NCAA Wildcats

20-year-old goaltender earns scholarship to play Div. 1 hockey next year

Port Alberni realtor trekking the Sahara Desert in support of ACAWS

Chris Fenton of The Fenton Team will spend five days hiking in the Sahara Desert

Strong winds up to 100 km/h for parts of Vancouver Island

Wind warning in effect for north, east and west Vancouver Island into Saturday morning

Port Alberni bear spraying suspect arrested in Coombs

Nanaimo resident facing 16 criminal charges after “well coordinated” RCMP effort

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Most Read