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2014 Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

2014 Pender Harbour Chamber Music FestivalThe 10th anniversary of the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival – scheduled for August 14th through the 17th, 2014 at The School of Music, Madeira Park, BC – is your opportunity to see world-class musicians playing a diverse set of chamber music live, on stage.

The first Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival was held in 2005 and, after a decade of return engagements, has only grown in popularity, regularly selling out well in advance of the Festival dates each year.

The 2014 Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival opens with a concert on Thursday, August 14th, followed by a reception. Friday afternoon’s programme includes a free performance entitled “Chamber Music Doesn’t Bite.” Designed to appeal to children and teens but, really, anyone new to chamber music who may think of the form as stodgy and dull. Au contraire!

The Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival continues through the weekend with concerts on Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon. Expect to to be treated to a wide range of compositions from composers both classic and contemporary, such as Marcello, Boccherini, Paganini, Ranjbaran, Ginastera, Haydn, Doppler, Murphy, Fauré, Dvořák, and Shostakovich, all performed by world class performers including Alexander Tselyakov, the Lafayette String Quartet, Gary Levinson, Suren Bagratuni, Eugenia Zukerman, Julia Nolan, Baya Kakouberi, and more!

The 2014 Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival

August 14th – 17th, 2014
School of Music
Madeira Park, BC
A full schedule, further details, and an opportunity to purchase tickets can be found at the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival website.

Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival Lodging
Whenever and wherever you are in BC – be it the Vancouver Coast, the Thompson Okanagan, Northern BC or the Islands – there is bound to be a member bed and breakfast inn nearby just waiting to be your home away from home. Come explore the BC Sunshine Coast, from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound along the Strait of Georgia, and enjoy the uncommon comfort and amenities of our British Columbia bed and breakfast inns!

Soak up the Sun..Shine Coast!

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

McCulloch_080708_3427On beautiful days like these, there is no better place than to soak up the sun than the Sunshine Coast!

Set along the northeast shores of the Strait of Georgia from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound, there’s plenty to explore and experience on the Sunshine Coast. Stretching 110 miles, visitors can experience a unique sense of place, from coastal mountain ranges, old growth forests, lakes and inlets, there is much to do! Immerse yourself in so many water activities including kayaking, beachcombing, swimming, sailing and windsurfing, canoeing, sport fishing, scuba diving, and more! The Sunshine Coast just isn’t all about the coast. Come unwind and relax at many spas and resorts, or take in some culture with restaurants, events and music festivals.

This section of the BC coast has been called many times “BC’s best kept secret”. Why? It’s all about the Hidden Gems. Hike the famous Sunshine Coast Trail or watch the supernatural spectacle of the Skookumchuck Narrows.

Even more hidden gems? The Bed and Breakfasts of the Sunshine Coast. Make your visit to the Coast even more unique and special by staying at a BC B&B.

Four Winds Beach House & Spa
Dangerously close to the ocean, on a private point overlooking Georgia Strait. Experience one of three Luxurious oceanfront rooms, Gourmet in-room breakfast, Swim Dock, Hot-tub, Registered Massage therapist.

Discovery Place Retreat and Cottage
Our newly created Estate was uniquely designed as an executive retreat. Our goal is to provide you with stylish comfort, attractive appointments and personable service. The property is situated on 2 acres of Fir and Cedar trees with a view of the ocean.

Our Bed & Breakfast member inns of the Sunshine Coast, invite you to experience the unique blend of coastal-mountains setting, natural attractions, heritage sites and boundless opportunities for recreation in this area of southwest British Columbia.

Soak up the sun, from sunrise to sunset at a BC Bed & Breakfast on the beautiful BC Sunshine Coast.

Sechelt Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market Begins It’s 20th Season on the BC Sunshine Coast

Saturday, March 30th, 2013
Sechelt Farmers' & Artisans' Market logo

Since 1993, the Sechelt Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market has been a mainstay attraction on BC’s Sunshine Coast.

The 2013 season of the Sechelt Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market, the largest outdoor market on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, will run Saturdays starting at 9:00 am to 2:30 pm from April 27 through September 28, 2013.

Celebrating its 20th year on the fertile Sechelt Peninsula, this farmers’ and artisans’ market features an exquisite collection of artisans and produce growers.

While you’re browsing this Saturday market in Sechelt, as well as the many other treasures of the area during your travels, we recommend you add the memorable BC Sunshine Coast lodging of our member bed and breakfast inns. (more…)

Festival of the Written Arts Draws Canadian Writers and Readers from Around the World to the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Sunshine Coast Festival for the Written ArtsThis 30th annual Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts will be held August 16-19, 2012 at the Rockwood Centre in Sechelt, BC.

This year’s event includes:

  • The world premier of a documentary film about literary travel in Northern Labrador
  • A world class lineup of Canadian mystery authors, non-fiction writers, novelists, poets and more.
  • Daily contests
  • Big Tent book sales and self-published authors

Tickets are selling fast for this event, so now is the time to secure both your place at the event and to reserve your Sunshine Coast lodging at our member bed & breakfasts and inns.

Canadian Writers Are the Focus of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts

The lineup of writers at the 30th annual festival are a “Who’s Who” of Canadian authors.

8:00 pm  

Torngat MountainsNorthwords

A documentary film, Northwords focuses on the experiences of Canadian writers Joseph Boyden, Sarah Leavitt, Rabindranath Maharaj, Noah Richer and Alissa York as they undertake a literary journey to Torngat Mountains National Park in a far removed area of North Labrador.

8:00 pm  

Wayson ChoyWayson Choy

The author of the Trillium Award-winning novels The Jade Peony, and All That Matters, Wayson Choy has dedicated 30 years to teaching communication and literature.

9:00 am  

Love You to Death by Gail BowenGail Bowen

Acclaimed Canadian mystery writer Gail Bowen is the Arthur Ellis Award-winning author of the Joanne Kilbourn series and Charlie D novels for Rapid Reads, which are written for readers with learning disabilities.

  10:30 am  

Charlotte GillCharlotte Gill

Charlotte Gill won the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for Eating Dirt, which is her memoir of 17 years of tree planting in the Canadian wilderness, and the BC Book Prize for her novel Ladykillers.

1:00 pm  

Michael CrummeyMichael Crummey

Newfoundland native Michael Crummey is the author of national bestseller River Thieves, about the history and culture of the Beothuk Aboriginal people of Newfoundland, along with its follow-up The Wreckage, and more.

  2:30 pm  

Douglas GibsonDouglas Gibson

Well known and respected in Canadian publishing circles, Douglas Gibson has been the editor and publisher of a number of the top writers of Canada. His Stories About Storytellers collects 21 mini-biographies.

4:00 pm  

The Quintessential Writers Group: Betty Keller, Rosella Leslie, Maureen Foss & Gwendolyn Southin

The founders of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written arts are themselves published authors of 27 novels.

7:00 pm  

lorna crozierLorna Crozier with Shelagh Rogers

Multiple award winning poet, essayist and auto-memoirist Lorna Crozier will sit down with Shelagh Rogers, host of The Next Chapter on CBC Radio for a conversation on Crozier’s career.

  8:30 pm  

Linden MacIntyreLinden MacIntyre

Linden MacIntyre is the Gemini and International Emmy award winning co-host of CBC’s The Fifth Estate. His bestselling novels include The Bishop’s Man and the “Cape Breton trilogy”.

9:00 am  

Ami McKayAmi McKay

Amy McKay is the bestselling author of the novels The Birth House, about an early 20th century midwife, and The Virgin Cure, about the late 19th century’s horrifying “syphilis cleansing” practice.

  10:30 am  

Eric Paetkau & Howard White with Patrick Munro

Former CBC Radio host Patrick Munro will moderate a discussion between Dr. Eric Paetkau, whose The Doc’s Side memoir documents BC frontier medicine, and Howard White, who specializes in BC coastal history and legends.

1:00 pm  

Patrick LakePatrick Lane

Poet Patrick Lane has been recognized for his work with the Canadian Authors Association Award, Governor General’s Award for Poetry and many others. His works are internationally published.

  2:30 pm  

Indian Horse by Richard WagameseRichard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese is a premier Native Canadian writer from the Wabaseemoong First Nation who, since 1969, has written professionally in the newspaper, radio, and television industries and has gone on to major success as an author.

4:00 pm  

Anne MichaelsAnne Michaels

Poet and “infrequent novelist” Anne Michaels has earned great acclaim for her unique balance of language, character and plot.

  7:00 pm  

Peter RobinsonPeter Robinson

Yorkshire-born novelist Peter Robinson has lived in Canada since 1974, but his works, such as the “Detective Chief Inspector Allan Banks” series, have remain focused on his hometown.

8:30 pm  

Noah Richler — Bruce Hutchison Memorial Lecture

Noah Richler is a former BBC documentary producer and the author of This is My Country, What’s Yours: A Literary Atlas of Canada, a dissection of what it means to be Canadian through his eyes and the perspective of nearly 100 Canadian writers, that’s earned a BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

9:00 am  

Camilla Gibb

Camilla Gibb is an accomplished social anthropologist and the author of four novels.

  10:30 am  

JJ Lee

JJ Lee is a fashion writer and commentator who gained literary raves for his non-fiction auto-memoir book The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit.

1:00 pm  

Childhood Under Siege by Joel BakanJoel Bakan

UBC Law professor Joel Bakan is the the author of Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power and Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children.

  2:30 pm  

New Voices: Robyn Michele Levy and Kim Clark with Sheryl MacKay

Sheryl MacKay, host of CBC radio’s North by Northwest, will moderate a discussion with Kim Clark and Robyn Michele Levy; writers who have shared stories of their struggles with medical issues.

4:00 pm  

Jane Urquhart

Canadian novelist and poet Jane Urquhart specializes in historical fiction and is a recognized master of the “Southern Ontario Gothic” style.

  7:30 pm  

Rebecca JenkinsRebecca Jenkins

BC recording artist Rebecca Jenkins closes the festival with a musical performance featuring a jazz trio made up of husband Joel Bakan on guitar, Bruce Meikle on bass, and Myim Bakan Kline on drums.

For more information about the event and to order tickets go to the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts website.

Choose Sunshine Coast Lodging as Individual as a Literary Work

Breakfast at a BC Sunshine Coast B&B inn

The home-made breakfast of a BC Sunshine Coast B&B inn will get your day’s literary adventures at the writers festival off to a great start.

Our member Sunshine Coast bed & breakfast inns are dedicated to providing unique lodging to accompany your experience of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts and all the many summertime activities and attractions the Sunshine Coast region of British Columbia has to offer.

Enjoy a broad range of breakfast selections, comfortable B&B guest rooms offer unique and cozy accommodations, and the singular service and area knowledge of the innkeepers at locations all across British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast region.

What’s Your Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts Expectation or Experience?

This is the 30th year of this Sunshine Coast writers festival.  In that time, it has grown to become one of the most recognized Canadian writers festivals in all of Canada.

Please share your plans for this 2012 event and memories of past Sunshine Coast writers festivals.

Exploring The Sunshine Coast

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

In the heart of lush green forests with wildlife everywhere you look, the Sunshine Coast is one of the most stunningly beautiful locations not only in British Columbia, but in the world. No matter what type of vacation you are looking to embark on, you are sure to find it here. And if taking a step away from the hustle and bustle of the city life is what you are looking for, then there may not be a better place to visit.

Kayaking in the Sunshine Coast

Home to a whopping eight provincial parks, and an unprecedented eleven marine parks, the Sunshine Coast provides the visitor with amazing experiences every minute of the day. Whether you are  looking to conquer a mountain peak with an ocean view at the top, or explore the shoreline for extraodinary sea life, the park systems will be sure to please you.  One park that is a must see is Sargeant Bay Provincial Park. Set aside to preserve the splendid beaches, rocky headlands, lagoons and heavily forested uplands, this day-use only park is a lovely spot for walking, nature viewing and picnicking. Boaters will find safe anchorage here, and the surrounding waters are perfect for canoeing, kayaking, board sailing, scuba diving and fishing.

When you’re not out exploring the country side, then make sure to take in the arts and culture district .With more artists per capita than any region in Canada, the Sunshine Coast proudly waves its artistic flag – the Purple Banner. From Langdale to Lund, the flying purple flag indicates the home studio or gallery of a Sunshine Coast artist at work.  Talented people are drawn to the natural beauty and laid back lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast, and its growing reputation as an arts and culture centre is much deserved.

Also home to six great golf courses, an endless amount of scuba diving sites, and fantastic dining experiences, the Sunshine Coast is always a great choice for your next vacation. And with some great Sunshine Coast Bed & Breakfast options, there are no excuses why you shouldn’t circle the Sunshine Coast on your map as a future year round destination.

Music + Art = The Sunshine Coast in August

Friday, August 13th, 2010

For those not familiar with the Sunshine Coast, it is that gorgeous part of the B.C. mainland coast accessible by ferry from Horseshoe Bay (to Langdale) or Comox (to Powell River).  It boasts over 2000 hours of sunshine annually and is home to many artists and musicians.

August 20-22 is a time when the Sunshine Coast really strutts its stuff. The Pender Harbour Music Festivalwill start things off with a celebration of the 200th anniversaries of Chopin and Schumann.   Performances by a lineup of superb musicians highlighting the two pivotal composers and others are sure to mesmerize and intrigue.   Come and enjoy chamber music played in the beautiful and intimate environs of the School of Music in Madeira Park.

Meanwhile, Arts Alive in the Park takes place in Powell River that same weekend, August 21 and 22.  “Arts Alive in the Park” is tons of summer fun and kicks off the annual Blackberry Festival (the kind you love to eat!).  This is an opportunity to view the work of established and emerging local artists in a beautiful outdoor setting. There is also dance, music, a poetry slam and workshops for both kids and adults.

For your Sunshine Coast Bed & Breakfast accommodation, be sure to check out the BC B&B Innkeepers Guild members.  Ask your B&B hosts about the many natural attractions of the Sunshine Coast.  Insiders know where to go.