Dominique Ferraton Open Studio

posted Apr 18, 2017, 4:23 PM by T Brett   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 4:30 PM ]

Please join us in the Art Shed studio Sunday April 30th from 1 - 4pm to see what Dominique has been working on this month in her studio. Access the studio via side door of shed at 260 2nd St. (corner of 2nd St. and 13th Ave).  There will be tea and cookies! 

Dominique Ferraton is a multidisciplinary artist from Montreal. Her work explores landscapes, soundscapes, and our relationship with the sights and sounds in our environment.  

Waterwise Gardening with Egan Davis Cancelled

posted Apr 5, 2017, 12:22 PM by T Brett   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 7:49 AM ]

Egan is unable to make it to Sointula at this time. We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused those who have registered.

Saturday April 15th, 2017  2pm - 4:30pm at the Sointilla Art Shed, 260 2nd Street.

This is a 2.5 hour interactive gardening workshop, $20/person.

As the arid summer of 2015 showed us, changing climatic conditions can be a real challenge for gardeners - even here in the North Island! This class will clear up some facts on water use and plant needs, and explain why plants in nature live without supplementary irrigation. This workshop does a good job of answering "How do I know when to water" and 'How much water to use?" Egan will suggest the best plants to grow without irrigation, and how to maintain plants during the establishment period. He will also highlight some of the non-conventional planting techniques to ensure plant establishment that he has seen in his travels and tested in his work.
This workshop will consists of:

- a presentation
- question period
- outdoor demonstration

Egan Davis is the chief instructor of the Horticultural Training Program at the University of British Columbia's Botanical Garden, where he teaches all aspects of horticulture, from soil science, plant identification and greenhouse management, to landscape design and pruning techniques. And he won the BC Horticultural Educator of the Year Award last fall!

Davis previously worked for 9 years as a master gardener at VanDusen Botanical Garden, and can often be heard on the radio offering gardening advice on shows like CBC's North by Northwest. He is also a dear friend of ours who is engaging, fun, hilarious, and extremely knowledgeable, so this workshop will be a real treat!

Speaking of treats, we will provide tea, coffee, and some cookies.

Please message, call, or email us to confirm you're attending, just so we can get of sense of how many people to expect. You can pay Egan in person when you come.
250 974-4234

Alex Stursberg and Evan Hardy Open Studio

posted Mar 23, 2017, 7:21 AM by T Brett   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 7:23 AM ]

Leeroy Stagger April 14th, 2017

posted Mar 23, 2017, 7:12 AM by T Brett   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 12:23 PM ]

FRIDAY, APRIL 14TH, doors 7, show 7:30pm

$15, pay at the door

At the Athletic Hall (aka the Old Firehall) in Sointula

Come see Leeroy Stagger as he tours his new album Love Versus, showcasing his ever-evolving fusion of roots, rock, and pop.

More info about Leeroy Stagger on his website:

Leeroy Stagger is touring his latest album Love Versus (out April 7, 2017 through True North Records). This eleventh studio release by this Western Canadian is also a milestone, marking the first recording made at Stagger’s home studio in southern Alberta. But more significantly, his ever‐evolving fusion of roots, rock and pop reaches new heights on Love Versus, resulting
in 10 tracks that confirm his status as one of Canada’s best contemporary singer/songwriters.

Artist Residency Cottage and Studio renovations complete!

posted Mar 8, 2017, 9:12 PM by T Brett   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 9:24 PM ]

We are pleased to announce recent upgrades to the cottage that include a much larger dinning table window, new kitchen counter tops and oven, renovated bathroom and art studio!  Updated album coming soon...  Here are a few highlights.

Window Gallery opening March 2017

posted Mar 8, 2017, 8:55 PM by T Brett   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 8:02 AM ]

Coming soon to the new Sointula Art Shed Window Gallery: an exhibition by current artists in residence followed by Sointula's own master puppeteer Roy Small!

Shiitake mushroom growing workshop March 12, 2017

posted Mar 8, 2017, 8:43 PM by T Brett   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 8:44 PM ]

Our upcoming shiitake mushroom growing workshop is FULL! We will be learning from Port Hardy's Grassroots Learning Centre and Forest Farm, in our backyard here in Sointula, and all participants will leave with 3 shiitake mushroom logs - exciting!

If anyone else was hoping to attend, let me know and I can put you on a wait list in case of cancellations, or you can contact Grassroots in Port Hardy about the workshops they offer there. (Ours will cost a little bit more as they do theirs on their own woodlot, and we are having to arrange for the wood to be cut and hauled to our place, etc.) More info on Grassroots here:

Writing Workshop with Keagan Hawthorne!

posted Mar 8, 2017, 8:30 PM by T Brett   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 8:31 PM ]

We are very excited to present this terrific opportunity for a series of writing workshops in Sointula with our January artist in residence Keagan Hawthorne! The workshops will take place over 3 Monday evening sessions in January, and the cost for all three sessions is only $17. We would also like to host a public presentation on the last Monday of the month if participants are interested (more info on that will follow.) 

Workshop dates/times:
Monday January 9th, 16th, and 23rd, from 7 - 9pm
Public presentation: Monday January 30th, 7-8pm (details to follow)

Please register soon by emailing, or by calling 250 974 4234. If possible, also please send us your email address, as Keagan will have some materials to send you before the first workshop. 

Each workshop will include a discussion about some of the techniques of writing, illustrated with readings from selected texts. There will be an opportunity for some free writing, as well as a round-table where participants are invited to read their writing and receive constructive comments from others. Participants are free to work in whichever form/genre they feel most comfortable.

Keagan Hawthorne has a degree in Folklore from Memorial University and currently lives in Victoria. He has led several past writing workshops through public schools and libraries.

Songs in The Shed, Episode 4

posted Nov 15, 2016, 10:03 PM by T Brett   [ updated Nov 15, 2016, 10:06 PM ]

New Song In The Shed, Episode 4: Nina Vroeman performing ‘Snakeskin’

Beaded Hide Pouch Workshop with Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

posted Oct 27, 2016, 9:00 AM by T Brett   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 9:00 AM ]

Please join the current Sointula Art Shed artist in residence Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse, Saturday October 29th from 1 - 4pm, for an afternoon workshop learning how to make a beaded hide pouch. Teresa will supply all the materials, and has come up with a design based on an item she saw in the Sointula Museum.  

$28, including materials.  
Space is limited, so please RSVP by emailing us at, or call 250 974 4234!

Also, Teresa is having an open studio every Thursday evening from 5-7pm, in her studio in our shed at 260 2nd Street, so please feel free to stop in and meet her, and see some of her incredible work, before the workshop! And you can see more of her work here:

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