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Mike McKinlay and Isabelle Groc won an award in 2018 for their documentary ‘Toad People’ at the Wildscreen Panda Awards. The Fraser Valley Regional Library will be showing the film during its virtual Doc ‘n Talk event on April 15, 2021. (Jakob Dulisse)

From toad documentary to ukulele jams, Fraser Valley libraries offer various virtual events

A list of upcoming online events hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library in April

Mike McKinlay and Isabelle Groc won an award in 2018 for their documentary ‘Toad People’ at the Wildscreen Panda Awards. The Fraser Valley Regional Library will be showing the film during its virtual Doc ‘n Talk event on April 15, 2021. (Jakob Dulisse)
People attend the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival on Nov. 24, 2019. The Chilliwack Film Society, which launched the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival (CIFF) in 2017, received a $5,000 government arts grant from the BC Arts Council. (Submitted)

Chilliwack Film Society, local artist benefit from $1.19 million in provincial arts funding

BC Arts Council grants handed out to visual artist Krista Kilvert and Chilliwack Film Society

People attend the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival on Nov. 24, 2019. The Chilliwack Film Society, which launched the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival (CIFF) in 2017, received a $5,000 government arts grant from the BC Arts Council. (Submitted)
Langley’s Dallas Smith, seen here at the JUNO Awards in 2017, is among performers during the 2021 Canuck Country Rocks benefit concert, online on Thursday, April 29. (Photo: Youtube)
Langley’s Dallas Smith, seen here at the JUNO Awards in 2017, is among performers during the 2021 Canuck Country Rocks benefit concert, online on Thursday, April 29. (Photo: Youtube)
UFV Theatre’s fourth-year Devised Theatre class presents its final project from April 8 to 10. Devised Theatre Showcase, No Strings Attached will be presented online via Zoom. (Submitted photo)

Sock puppets part of UFV Devised Theatre final project

Fourth-year students present production online from April 8 to 10

UFV Theatre’s fourth-year Devised Theatre class presents its final project from April 8 to 10. Devised Theatre Showcase, No Strings Attached will be presented online via Zoom. (Submitted photo)
Vincent Mikuska is seen reflected in the glass of one of his paintings on March 25, 2021. His show is on display at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from March 29 to May 7, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

From cardboard to canvas: How one Chilliwack artist turned ‘micro’ landscapes into paintings

Vincent Mikuska’s solo show ‘Shifting Perspectives’ brings bright colours, white together

Vincent Mikuska is seen reflected in the glass of one of his paintings on March 25, 2021. His show is on display at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from March 29 to May 7, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Jonah Kassel of Chilliwack placed third in the Optimist International Musical Happiness Competition. (Melanie Tocher/bbandbphotography.com)

VIDEO: Young Chilliwack musician recognized on international level

Jonah Kassel of Chilliwack placed third in Optimist International Musical Happiness Competition

Jonah Kassel of Chilliwack placed third in the Optimist International Musical Happiness Competition. (Melanie Tocher/bbandbphotography.com)
The winners’ artwork from the Xyólheméylh Gratitude Art Contest will be turned into thank-you cards for the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society. (Submitted)

Winners announced in provincewide Indigenous youth ‘gratitude’ art contest by Fraser Valley society

Winners’ artwork from Xyólheméylh Gratitude Art Contest to be turned into thank-you cards

The winners’ artwork from the Xyólheméylh Gratitude Art Contest will be turned into thank-you cards for the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society. (Submitted)
The cast and crew of UFV Theatre’s Pariah (The Outcast) are preparing for the live-streamed Zoom production, which runs March 24 to 27.

UFV Theatre presents virtual performance of Pariah (The Outcast)

Live-streamed Zoom one-act play runs from March 24 to 27

The cast and crew of UFV Theatre’s Pariah (The Outcast) are preparing for the live-streamed Zoom production, which runs March 24 to 27.
Rocky LaRock in The Reach Gallery Museum looking at his carving of Sasquatch. (Youtube/Screenshot)

VIDEO: Sasquatch featured in new video with Sts’ailes carver Rocky LaRock

The video is part of LaRock’s gallery at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford

Rocky LaRock in The Reach Gallery Museum looking at his carving of Sasquatch. (Youtube/Screenshot)
Harvest Cafe on Mill Street has created a new donut to celebrate the Disney film Flora and Ulysses, which was filmed in part at the Chilliwack eatery. (Submitted photo)

Nutty doughnut at Chilliwack cafe celebrates release of Disney film

Harvest Cafe was used for a set in recently released family film, Flora & Ulysses

Harvest Cafe on Mill Street has created a new donut to celebrate the Disney film Flora and Ulysses, which was filmed in part at the Chilliwack eatery. (Submitted photo)
Core band members Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne will be bringing Okan’s powerful Latin music to the Harrison Festival, with a beach-side concert and Cuban music workshop. (Contributed)

Harrison Festival Society brings Latin vibe to virtual concert

Okan and Mazacote will be performing on March 26 in concert-goers living rooms

Core band members Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne will be bringing Okan’s powerful Latin music to the Harrison Festival, with a beach-side concert and Cuban music workshop. (Contributed)
Damian Brennan of Chilliwack has released nine-song album ‘Shamrock Shore’ just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. (Submitted)

Chilliwack artist releases album of Irish music leading up to St. Patrick’s Day

Tin whistle, Irish bodhrán drum can be heard on Damian Brennan’s new CD ‘Shamrock Shore’

Damian Brennan of Chilliwack has released nine-song album ‘Shamrock Shore’ just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. (Submitted)
Artist Kevin Stone made this 3,000-pound stainless steel falcon, seen here on display outside his business on Rowat Avenue in Chilliwack on Sept. 29, 2020. Last week, he sold the piece to an art gallery owner in Florida for $200,000 CAD. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack metal sculptor sells steel falcon to Florida art gallery for $200,000

‘It’s an unbelievable place for my artwork to go and be on display,’ says artist Kevin Stone

Artist Kevin Stone made this 3,000-pound stainless steel falcon, seen here on display outside his business on Rowat Avenue in Chilliwack on Sept. 29, 2020. Last week, he sold the piece to an art gallery owner in Florida for $200,000 CAD. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Sgt. Zi Shen Wang of 147 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Chilliwack is one of 14 Canadian cadets to perform in the Commonwealth Day cadet band concert on March 8. (Submitted)

Chilliwack cadet to perform in international concert on Commonwealth Day

15-year-old Air Cadet Sgt. Zi Shen Wang one of 14 Canadian cadets to perform in concert

Sgt. Zi Shen Wang of 147 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Chilliwack is one of 14 Canadian cadets to perform in the Commonwealth Day cadet band concert on March 8. (Submitted)
The first ever Optimist International Musical Happiness Competition is open to kids aged 11 to 18. (needpix.com)

Scholarship money up for grabs in Optimist International’s musical happiness competition for youth

Competition in recognition of International Day of Happiness, open to kids 11 to 18

The first ever Optimist International Musical Happiness Competition is open to kids aged 11 to 18. (needpix.com)
Ted Kim of Chilliwack released his single ‘Stress’ on March 1, 2021. (Submitted)

Chilliwack’s Ted Kim releases ‘Stress’ song about affects pandemic on his life

‘Stress has always been one of the things that I’ve found tough to manage in my life,’ says musician

Ted Kim of Chilliwack released his single ‘Stress’ on March 1, 2021. (Submitted)
Chilliwack’s Ryan Wugalter with his kids, three-year-old Mira and 15-month-old Solomon. Wugalter recently released his children’s album Super Giraffe. (Submitted)

Chilliwack father releases children’s album, songs about superhero giraffe and not eating magnets

Inspiration for Ryan Wugalter’s new album ‘Super Giraffe’ came from his two young kids

Chilliwack’s Ryan Wugalter with his kids, three-year-old Mira and 15-month-old Solomon. Wugalter recently released his children’s album Super Giraffe. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Laurie James’ new book ‘Leah’s Husband Is Dead – Again!’ is the author’s first novel. (Submitted)

Chilliwack comedian, actor writes first humorous novel

Laurie James’ new book ‘Leah’s Husband Is Dead – Again!’ was recently released

Laurie James’ new book ‘Leah’s Husband Is Dead – Again!’ is the author’s first novel. (Submitted)
Kathleen Gros will be helping local creatives explore the intersection of words and pictures through comic books in an upcoming online workshop.

Vancouver graphic novelist to share skills in online workshop with Agassiz Library

Kathleen Gros will be leading the Magical World of Words and Pictures workshop on March 6

Kathleen Gros will be helping local creatives explore the intersection of words and pictures through comic books in an upcoming online workshop.