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Kenny Hess and his band perform The Songs That Wrote Country Music. They are bringing their show to Quesnel this week and will be performing Friday, May 31 at The Occidental.                                 Kenny Hess/Facebook photo

Kenny Hess shares The Songs That Wrote Country Music May 31 in Quesnel

New show celebrates songs by country music legends and the stories behind them

Kenny Hess and his band perform The Songs That Wrote Country Music. They are bringing their show to Quesnel this week and will be performing Friday, May 31 at The Occidental.                                 Kenny Hess/Facebook photo
Wells playwright and actress Julia Mackey performs Jake’s Gift. A Sunset Theatre presentation of Jake’s Gift Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. is a fundraiser for Mackey to return to Normandy this June to perform Jake’s Gift at Juno Beach to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Tim Matheson photo

Saturday performance of Jake’s Gift in Wells is a fundraiser for return to Normandy

Juno Productions is bringing the award-winning play to Juno Beach for the 75th anniversary of D-Day

Wells playwright and actress Julia Mackey performs Jake’s Gift. A Sunset Theatre presentation of Jake’s Gift Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. is a fundraiser for Mackey to return to Normandy this June to perform Jake’s Gift at Juno Beach to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Tim Matheson photo
Volunteers greeted walkers and wheelers heading out on the sixth annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk and Wheels event on May 26, 2018 in Spirit Square. Donations from the event totalled $4,000.                                 Melanie Law photo
Volunteers greeted walkers and wheelers heading out on the sixth annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk and Wheels event on May 26, 2018 in Spirit Square. Donations from the event totalled $4,000.                                 Melanie Law photo
The Phoenix Tour, a Theatre Royal production featuring family fun for everyone, has received $5,000 from the New Pathways to Gold Society Small Projects Funding Program. The Phoenix tour begins May 3 in Wells and ends May 12 in Ashcroft. Photo courtesy of Richard Wright

Barkerville’s Theatre Royal hits the road on Phoenix Tour

Funding from New Pathways to Gold Society supports tour from Wells to Ashcroft

The Phoenix Tour, a Theatre Royal production featuring family fun for everyone, has received $5,000 from the New Pathways to Gold Society Small Projects Funding Program. The Phoenix tour begins May 3 in Wells and ends May 12 in Ashcroft. Photo courtesy of Richard Wright
A comedy night fundraiser May 3 at The Lodge will raise money for St. Ann’s Catholic School.                                 Photo submitted

Laugh it up for St. Ann’s School

The Lodge in Quesnel is hosting a comedy night fundraiser May 3

  • Apr 28, 2019
A comedy night fundraiser May 3 at The Lodge will raise money for St. Ann’s Catholic School.                                 Photo submitted
Kristina Kennedy (Karen) and Micheal Diebolt (Steve) in the dramedy Deja Date.                                 Heather Norman photo

Quesnel’s Paisley Players return with new, two-play show

The show is written and directed by local Gino de Rose

Kristina Kennedy (Karen) and Micheal Diebolt (Steve) in the dramedy Deja Date.                                 Heather Norman photo
Keith Prestone competes in the Paint and Sketch Competition April 6. Prestone won this round and went on to win the event.                                 Lindsay Chung photo
Keith Prestone competes in the Paint and Sketch Competition April 6. Prestone won this round and went on to win the event.                                 Lindsay Chung photo
The Interstellar Jays are celebrating the release of their debut CD, Musasabi Madness, this Saturday night at the Occidental.                                 Photo submitted

North Cariboo band Interstellar Jays releasing their debut CD

Musasabi Madness is described as 55 minutes of groove-driven good times

The Interstellar Jays are celebrating the release of their debut CD, Musasabi Madness, this Saturday night at the Occidental.                                 Photo submitted
Greg Kennedy has been juggling for as long as he can remember. His show, Science, Engineering and Art: A Juggler’s Perspective, is coming to Quesnel this weekend.                                 Greg Kennedy/Innovative Juggler photo

Innovative Juggler performing in Quesnel Sunday

Juggler Greg Kennedy blends art and science in his innovative juggling show

Greg Kennedy has been juggling for as long as he can remember. His show, Science, Engineering and Art: A Juggler’s Perspective, is coming to Quesnel this weekend.                                 Greg Kennedy/Innovative Juggler photo
The Quesnel and District Museum and Archives. Melanie Law photo

Quesnel’s Friends of the Museum wants to hear pulp mill stories

A write up of all the museum’s upcoming events

  • Apr 8, 2019
The Quesnel and District Museum and Archives. Melanie Law photo
Wellsian Anne Laing learns printmaking from Hans-Christian Behm Monday, March 25 at Island Mountain Arts’s Winter Printmaking Residency in Wells. Learn more about the residency on Page 7.                                 Photo by Julie Fowler/Island Mountain Arts

Artists learning plein air painting and printmaking in Wells

Cariboo artists filling up winter residencies hosted by Island Mountain Arts

Wellsian Anne Laing learns printmaking from Hans-Christian Behm Monday, March 25 at Island Mountain Arts’s Winter Printmaking Residency in Wells. Learn more about the residency on Page 7.                                 Photo by Julie Fowler/Island Mountain Arts
Kristin Krimmel’s pieces for The Barn Project are ready to go up at the Island Mountain Arts Gallery in Wells. The exhibition opening and artist talk for The Barn Project is Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m.                                 Island Mountain Arts/Facebook photo

The Barn Project exhibition opens March 15 in Wells

Kristin Krimmel says she drew inspiration from the way light played on the barns she photographed

Kristin Krimmel’s pieces for The Barn Project are ready to go up at the Island Mountain Arts Gallery in Wells. The exhibition opening and artist talk for The Barn Project is Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m.                                 Island Mountain Arts/Facebook photo
Nashville’s Jake Durkin performed Jesse Roper’s song “Anytime of Night” on the March 6 airing of American Idol. (Keri Coles/News staff)

B.C. song serenades Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry on American Idol

Vancouver Island singer-songwriter Jesse Roper calls the experience ‘pretty surreal’

Nashville’s Jake Durkin performed Jesse Roper’s song “Anytime of Night” on the March 6 airing of American Idol. (Keri Coles/News staff)
Celebrating a great performance. Lindsay Chung photo

Quesnel dancers shine at Spring Showcase

Gold Pan City Dancers shared 29 performances during the March 2 Spring Showcase

Celebrating a great performance. Lindsay Chung photo
Luke McMaster is taking his Icons of Soul tour to northwest B.C. (Contributed photo)

Luke McMaster brings Motown and soul to the Lester Centre

On March 8, McMaster performs his Icons of Soul tour in Prince Rupert, and then Quesnel, March 11

Luke McMaster is taking his Icons of Soul tour to northwest B.C. (Contributed photo)
Juno Award- and Canadian Country Music Award-winning duo Doc Walker — Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw — performed Feb. 21 at the Quesnel and District Seniors Centre as part of their Acoustic Songs and Stories From the Heartland Tour. Doc Walker sang some of their best-known songs from the past two decades and shared stories about how these songs came to be, giving the audience a chance to get to know them a bit better throughout the evening. Lindsay Chung photo

A night of songs and stories

Juno- and CCMA-winning country duo Doc Walker performs in Quesnel

Juno Award- and Canadian Country Music Award-winning duo Doc Walker — Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw — performed Feb. 21 at the Quesnel and District Seniors Centre as part of their Acoustic Songs and Stories From the Heartland Tour. Doc Walker sang some of their best-known songs from the past two decades and shared stories about how these songs came to be, giving the audience a chance to get to know them a bit better throughout the evening. Lindsay Chung photo
Alden Chatwin, 2, was transfixed by an old typewriter at the Quesnel Museum and Archives on Saturday afternoon. Ronan O’Doherty photos

Educational Family Day fun at the Quesnel Museum and Archives

The museum provided games, scavenger hunts, snacks, a dress-up chest and free admission

Alden Chatwin, 2, was transfixed by an old typewriter at the Quesnel Museum and Archives on Saturday afternoon. Ronan O’Doherty photos
Prince George artist Mo Hamilton leads a block printing workshop with Wells-Barkerville Elementary School students.                                 Photo by Mia Cirotto

Mo Hamilton presents her 100 Houses Project in Wells

Current Island Mountain Arts exhibition explores the theme of what home means

  • Feb 6, 2019
Prince George artist Mo Hamilton leads a block printing workshop with Wells-Barkerville Elementary School students.                                 Photo by Mia Cirotto
From left to right:,Debbie Knabke, Sue Brown and Troy Giesbrecht, organized the Pet Safe Coalition Society of Canada Fundraising Gala at Wings on Jan. 25. The event raised just over $3,000 for the local non-profit. The Pet Safe Coalition’s mandate is to assist animals during personal or large-scale emergencies and disasters, says Knabke. Throughout the 2017 wildfires, the coalition rescued, sheltered and eventually reunited more than 1,000 animals with their owners, evacuees from the fires. When Nazko flooded last spring, the group once more jumped to action. And when the fires struck a bit closer to home last summer, the coalition worked to help locals execute their own animal evacuation plans.                                Ronan O’Doherty photo

Quesnel residents open their pocketbooks for pets

Pet Safe Coalition of Canada Society gala raises $3,000

From left to right:,Debbie Knabke, Sue Brown and Troy Giesbrecht, organized the Pet Safe Coalition Society of Canada Fundraising Gala at Wings on Jan. 25. The event raised just over $3,000 for the local non-profit. The Pet Safe Coalition’s mandate is to assist animals during personal or large-scale emergencies and disasters, says Knabke. Throughout the 2017 wildfires, the coalition rescued, sheltered and eventually reunited more than 1,000 animals with their owners, evacuees from the fires. When Nazko flooded last spring, the group once more jumped to action. And when the fires struck a bit closer to home last summer, the coalition worked to help locals execute their own animal evacuation plans.                                Ronan O’Doherty photo
Doc Walker is coming to Quesnel. Submitted photo

Doc Walker coming to Quesnel to share the stories behind their songs

Award-winning country duo brings Acoustic Songs & Stories From the Heartland tour to Quesnel Feb. 21

  • Feb 1, 2019
Doc Walker is coming to Quesnel. Submitted photo