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singer, songwriter, surfer, film-maker, Haleiwa native, and all-round decent guy Jack Johnson In Conversation With Jack Johnson
by Malcolm Johnson
an indepth interview with the singer, songwriter, surfer, film-maker, Haleiwa native, and all-round decent guy Jack Johnson

Xavier Rudd at home away from home Xavier Rudd at home away from home
an interview with the surfer / songwriter / singer
by Susan Burron


  Film Event:Beyond Sahara - Riding from Cairo to Cape Town   Apr 29, 2018 - VIU Theatre in Nanaimo

Adventure Travel Documentary Film Event, Nanaimo, Submission

I'm hosting a film event at the VIU Theatre in Nanaimo.

Beyond Sahara - Riding from Cairo to Cape Town - Tackling one of Biking's Greatest Challenges

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Cheers, Justin. a Vancouver Island Company

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  Xavier Rudd & The United Nations North American Tour    Vancouver, Duncan, & Nelson - Oct 22-26, 2015
Xavier Rudd & The United Nations North American Tour - Vancouver, Duncan, & Nelson - Oct 22-26, 2015

With 30+ dates, the band heads across North America, beginning October 8th in California, and wrapping up in North Carolina. The tour encompasses over a dozen dates across Canada and the United States respectively, including appearances at Phases of the Moon Music Festival in Ozark, AR, Joshua Tree Music Festival in Joshua Tree, CA, and back-to-back nights at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC.

  • Oct. 21: The Neptune - Seattle, WA
  • Oct. 22 & 23: Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
  • Oct. 24: Cowichan Performing Arts Centre - Duncan, BC
  • Oct. 26: Capitol Theatre - Nelson, BC
  • Oct. 27: MacEwan Hall - Calgary, AB
  • Oct. 29: The Winspear Centre - Edmonton, AB
  • Oct. 30: O'Brians Event Centre - Saskatoon, SK

  Daniel Wesley playing   Aug 21, Nanaimo - Aug 22, Courtenay - Sep 12, Hope

  Ash Grunwald Tour Dates   2015

Ash Grunwald BC Tour Dates

  The VIMFF 2014 Fall Series    November 12-15, 2014
The VIMFF 2014 Fall Series - November 12-15, 2014 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival's stellar line-up of programming is ready to launch you into orbit! Here are the shows:

At Rio Theatre (Vancouver):

  • Wed Nov 12 - REEL Rock 9: with the much-anticipated film Valley Uprising
  • Thu Nov 13 - Ski-Mountaineering Night: with guest speaker Ptor Spricenieks and feature film Dreamline

At Centennial Theatre (North Vancouver):

  • Fri Nov 14 - Mountain Bike Show: with feature film Won't Back Down
  • Sat Nov 15 - REEL Rock 9: as usual, this event is so hot it needs two nights!
View the full VIMFF 2014 Fall Series Program here:

  Nanaimo TeenFest    Sept 13, 2014
Nanaimo TeenFest - Sept 13, 2014

We are proud to present TeenFest! The Nanaimo TeenFest will be taking place Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Maffeo Sutton Park, in Nanaimo. This fun filled FREE public event will engage, enlighten, entertain, and empower our youth of today. The event runs from 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

As parents of three children, we realized that it is sometimes hard for the youth to find the resources they need or to find businesses that support and cater to their particular needs. As well, we felt it was so important for the kids to interact with others and find activities, hobbies, or volunteer positions that can help them with their self-esteem, and keep them out of trouble, so we came up with TeenFest. The purpose behind this free community event will be to engage, enlighten, entertain, and empower our youth of today. TeenFest will give teens and their parents the opportunity to connect with each other, their peers and their community. The focus will be on creating opportunities for interaction, education, and enjoyment with exhibitors, activities, workshops, and performances for this age group. The venue will be divided into 4 primary areas: Health and Wellness, Fashion and Beauty, Life and Education, and Cool Stuff.

The goal is to educate the youth while they are having a great time.

Best Regards,

  • FREE event
  • Zombie Paintball
  • Skateboard Half pipe – courtesy of Switchback Longboards
  • Teen talent Contest
  • $500 shopping spree giveaway from Woodgrove Centre
  • Special guest performances
  • more at

  Ash Grunwald Touring BC   July - Aug 2014

Ash Grunwald, loved for his crowd frenzied shows and blistering guitar playing, is reminiscent of the greats before him like Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Steve Ray Vaughn. Vocally and lyrically, you can pick up pieces of Howlin’ Wolf, R.L. Burnside, Eddie James “Son” House and Tom Waits. Australia’s Triple J Magazine notes, “The fat, urgent rhythms drive Grunwald’s smoking, bluesy riffs like an unlicensed teenager in a stolen car.”

  • Jul 19-20, 2014 - Fusion Festival - Surrey
  • Jul 30, 2014 - Duncan Cowichan Music Festival - Duncan
  • Jul 31, 2014 - The Rainbow Room - Port Alberni
  • Aug 02, 2014 - Sea Star Winery - Gibsons
  • Aug 03, 2014 - Blues Benefit Bash, Nanaimo Entertainment Centre - Nanaimo
  • Aug 10, 2014 - UpTown Live Festival - New Westminster

  Daniel Wesley Playing Jacks in Tofino    this Thursday June 19, 2014

  Towers and Trees & the River and the Road tour BC & Alberta   April 2014
Towers and Trees & the River and the Road tour BC & Alberta - April 2014

Towers and Trees & the River and the Road tour BC & Alberta two of BC’s most exciting emerging indie acts wind their way from Nanaimo to Edmonton AB Towers and Trees (Victoria) and the River and the Road (Vancouver) first met on yet another landmark: a mountainside in Port Renfrew where each was wowed by the other’s set at Tall Tree Music Festival. Not a surprising turn of events when you consider that both bands share similar strengths: profound song-writing and an exceptional, high-energy live show.

  • April 17: the Queens, Nanaimo BC (w. Gold and Youth, presented by Got Pop?)
  • April 18: Upstairs Cabaret, Victoria BC (w. Mike Edel, presented by the Zone @ 91.3)
  • April 19: Cobblestone Pub, Cobble Hill BC
  • April 20: Media Club, Vancouver BC
  • April 21: Kamloops/Kelowna TBA
  • April 22: the Last Drop, Revelstoke BC
  • April 23: Rockwater, Golden BC
  • April 24: Broken City, Calgary AB
  • April 25: Brixx Bar & Grill (@ the Starlite), Edmonton AB


  Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks    Rio Theatre in Van - March 7, 2014
Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks - Rio Theatre in Van - March 7, 2014

Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks (FEAT), Canada has invited nine local speakers from a range of adventure disciplines to talk on March 7, 2014 about their recent accomplishments and expeditions. FEAT employs a fast-paced, pecha kucha-style presentation format where each speaker has only seven minutes (no more, no less) to tell their story. Far removed from a formal speaking platform, FEAT is social and fun and the audience is encouraged to interact with speakers.

FEAT’s line-up of nine speakers includes Adam Campbell, Alicia Woodside, Debora De Napoli, Denis Barnett, Norm Hann, Ryan Robertson, Sarah Hart, Tiffany Melius and Tobin Seagel . They’ll speak of adventurers and expeditions in the disciplines of ultramarathoning, extreme backcountry skiing, stand up paddle boarding, cycling, mountain biking, sailing, and climbing. FEAT Canada will be MC’d by International Adventurer Kevin Vallely and will include a special FEAT demonstration only to be announced at the show.

“It’s fantastic to have so many great speakers from the lower mainland and Vancouver Island,” says Sean Verret, who is the producer and director of FEAT Canada. “We truly are lucky to put together a lineup rich in inspirational adventurers and motivators. The night, once again, will be magical and dynamic.”

International speaker and bestselling author Philip McKernan spoke at the inaugural FEAT Canada event, which was held in November last year. “I speak quite a lot and that event last night was top class. Genuinely hard to believe that this was its first year in Canada. Hats off to Sean Verret and his team for a really great job,” he said.

McKernan’s sentiments were echoed by the other speakers. Gary Robbins, West Coast Trail record holder commented: “The inaugural FEAT evening went off without a hitch and to an almost sold-out crowd. It was amazing to feel the energy of the speakers and audience".

Nicki Rehn, an endurance runner, felt this same energy too. "FEAT was as spirited and adrenalin-filled as the adventures themselves. A great night shared with great people, both on the stage and in the audience,” she said.

Paul Gleeson, a man who has rowed across the Atlantic spoke in the inaugural FEAT and recollected, “FEAT Canada was fantastically organized and the energy of the crowd was amazing. There was a great buzz in the theatre that night and the feedback was brilliant”. This FEAT Canada will be no less captivating.

FEAT Canada will be held on Friday March 7, 2014 at The Rio Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tickets are $20 and they can be booked by contacting (866) 943-8849 or by visiting

  surf documentary 'Isolated' and cycling and performance tour 'Pedalling for Papua'   Victoria ,Tofino & Vancouver - Feb 13-17, 2014
surf documentary 'Isolated' and cycling and performance tour 'Pedalling for Papua' - Victoria ,Tofino & Vancouver -  Feb 13-17, 2014

Presented by Pacific Peoples' Partnership

Isolated is a feature surf documentary from Executive Director Ryan Phillippe following elite surfers on a journey to find remote waves around the islands of Indonesia. What they discover, however, is an unfolding atrocity in West Papua, linking gross human rights violations, military occupation, and natural resource extraction.

Pedalling for Papua is an international cycling and performance tour. Campaigner Jeremy Bally cycled nearly 22,000 kilometres to share the story of West Papua around the world. Bally has returned home to share the performance.

Filmmakers from Isolated and Jeremy Bally will attend all events, a chance for audiences to see many sides of this complex, tragic and beautiful story through the eyes of explorers, athletes and storytellers.۬۬

  • Thursday, February 13 – VICTORIA Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street Doors 6:30, show 7:00 / Tickets: $15 door or $10 in advance at: Eventbrite

  • Saturday, February 15 – TOFINO
    Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre, 380 Campbell Street
    Doors 8:00, show 8:30 / Tickets $8

  • Monday, February 17 – VANCOUVER
    Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (Gold Corp Centre for the Arts)
    Simon Fraser University, 149 West Hastings Street
    Doors 6:30, show 7:00 / Tickets: $15 door or $10 in advance at: Eventbrite

  • Thursday, February 13 – VICTORIA / Lunch & Learn
    Harry Hickman Building, Room 110, University of Victoria
    12:30 – 1:30 pm / Free admission

Geoff Clark, producer of Isolated, Jeremy Bally, and Todd Biderman of Pacific Peoples' Partnership will join a lunch hour panel on their experiences and developments in West Papua. Hosted by UVic's Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives

Contact Pacific Peoples' Partnership for more info / Email:
Phone: 250-381-4131 / Web:

Funds raised will enable PPP and local Papuan partners to strengthen civil society in the Manokwari region of West Papua, including five women's cooperatives serving a network of over 2000 women. DONATE NOW
Let's raise awareness about West Papua together as a step towards peace!

PPP is grateful to all our Tour Partners: LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Media-Net, Open Cinema, Tofino Film Festival, Aarrow Productions, Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives, BC Council for International Cooperation, Something Kreative, the Constant Arts Society, Province of BC, the Elders and Youth Tribal Governance Fund at the Victoria Foundation, and Rika Oceanscapes and Design!

  The Lion The Bear The Fox   2014 BC Tour dates

on my way to work in the morning i decided to unplug and listen to the radio. I was stoked to here the Lion the Bear the Fox "Room 32".

Three well known west coast musicians, Christopher Arruda (the lion), Cory Woodward (the bear) and Ryan McMahon (the fox) have come together to make great music. If you have the chance to check them out we recommend you do yourself the favor.

2014 BC concert dates

  • Feb 08 The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver
  • Feb 27 Andy's House Concerts Victoria
  • Feb 28 Char's Landing Port Alberni
  • Mar 01 Quality Resort Parksville
  • Mar 02 Simonholt Food and Drink Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Mar 14 Good Omens Coffee House Summerland, B.C.
  • Mar 15 The Streaming Cafe Kelowna, B.C.
  • Mar 17 The Rockwater - Golden, B.C.
  • a bunch of Alberta dates. Check their website

  Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series   Vancouver, Nov 12-16, 2013
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series - Vancouver, Nov 12-16, 2013

Celebrating the Adventurous Heart!

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is thrilled to present the VIMFF 2013 Fall Series at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver and the Rio Theatre in Vancouver on November 12-16, 2013. Shows include:

  • REEL Rock 8, with four brand new films to quench your thirst for climbing;
  • Tim Cope's presentation On the Trail of Genghis Khan, about his 3-year journey on horseback through the Eurasian Steppe from Mongolia to Hungary;
  • the Fall Ski Show, with presntations by Justin Lamoureux and Austin Ross, and new ski films filled with deep powder, inspiring lines and face shots;
  • BC's Endangered Wilderness – Past and Futuree, with live presentations and films reflecting BC's natural treasures and threats we are all facing

All shows start at 7:30pm (doors at 6:30pm). Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door; Fall Series Packages available at $25 for 2 tix, $36 for 3 tickets, and $48 for 4 tickets to different shows.

  films from the 2012/2013 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival   Raincoast Education Society Tofino, Sept 15, 2013
films from the 2012/2013 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival - Raincoast Education Society Tofino, Sept 15, 2013

The Raincoast Education Society is pleased to present the "BEST of the FEST," a selection of top films from the 2012/2013 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. Proceeds from the event directly support the Raincoast Education Society's environmental education programs. Poster attached.

When: Sunday, September 15th, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Silent Auction 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Films 8:30 - 10:30 pm)

Where: Tofino Botanical Gardens (1084 Pacific Rim Hwy). Event is rain or shine. Outdoor screening if it's clear, indoor screening if not. Please bring warm clothes, blankets and a picnic. No outside alcohol. This is a licensed event.

Cost: $10 Adults, $5 Children (inquire about family rates).

For more info:

  Otalith Music Festival, Ucluelet   Aug 23 - 24, 2013
Otalith Music Festival, Ucluelet - Aug 23 - 24, 2013

Vancouver Island is buzzing with talk about a new summer festival. Otalith Music Festival in Ucluelet, BC (40 Km's south of Tofino).

On August 23rd and 24th, Otalith will bring performers from the folk, indie and bluegrass genres to one stage for two days at the end of August. Featuring performances from Current Swell, Yukon Blonde, The Cave Singers, The White Buffalo and many more, Otalith promises to be a great weekend of entertainment on the coast. You can check out the full lineup and ticketing information at

Part proceeds from Otalith will go to help support some great regional causes! Pacific Wild is an organization that helps support education, research and conservation of species and the environment in the Great Bear Rainforest. The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust supports community development, education and research in the UNESCO designated Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve and Region. We’re also hosting representatives from Surfrider Vancouver Island and Ocean Gybe, making this one of the largest coastal community fundraisers on Vancouver Island.

  Tall Tree Music Festival   Port Renfrew, June 28-30, 2013
Tall Tree Music Festival - Port Renfrew, June 28-30, 2013

Artists include Hollerado, Hey Ocean, A Tribe Called Red, Sweatshop Union, Wake Owl, The Zolas, Funk Hunters, Humans, Quoia, Bend Sinister, Gold and Youth, Pigeon Hole, Smalltown Djs and many many more.

  Song and Surf Music Festival   Port Renfrew, Feb 15-17, 2013
Song and Surf Music Festival - Port Renfrew, Feb 15-17, 2013

We are excited to be hosting our fifth annual Song and Surf music Festival on February 15-17 and are looking to expand our community. We provide a coastal experience with some of British Columbia's most talented artists.

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