Sequence of Silence and Sound:

“Gold and shadow is the music of Dane Letourneau and friends…it is also an arbutus in the blazing glory of the afternoon, the contrast of pavement and path…. Sun melting into everything you see, or warm earth between your fingers,” writes Dane Letourneau of Gold and Shadow on the band’s website. The Nanaimo based band […]

Book Review: Red Zone

“The Language of Unerasure”: Red Zone by Kim Goldberg An empty mattress. A field of flowers all around. The image is startling, surreal, unexpected, and a little beautiful.   But on closer look, the field is shown to be just a vacant lot. The graffiti-scrawled back wall of some anonymous urban structure comes into focus […]

Getting Vocal About Local

In 2005 two Vancouverites, Alisa Smith, and J.B. MacKinnon, decided to eat nothing but local food for one year. The experiment was initially documented in a series, and published online at where it became an instant hit. Smith and MacKinnon’s lovingly written chronicles of finding sustenance close to home was colourful and entertaining, and […]

From Good to Great

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Niels Gram sees the truth of this old saying played out weekly at Community Futures Nanaimo, where he works as a small business developer. Since June of 2006, Gram has […]