Sandy Middleton

posted May 26, 2018, 11:37 PM by T Brett   [ updated May 26, 2018, 11:37 PM ]

Patrik Sampler

posted Mar 18, 2018, 9:18 PM by T Brett   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 9:19 PM ]

Reading from (and discussing his use of surrealism in) his 2017 novel The Ocean Container – the story of a fugitive environmentalist who traps himself in a small space.

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

1pm, free event

At the Dance Studio (beside the Sointula library)

There will be treats and refreshments!

*A fun (but not required) option: If any locals are interested in reading some of their own writing after Patrik, please come prepared and feel free to share a short piece of writing!

Marine Education and Research Society online auction

posted Mar 13, 2018, 9:53 PM by T Brett   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 9:54 PM ]

Check out this gorgeous quilt currently up in our Window Gallery! Robin Smith of the Oceanfront Hotel made it and is donating it to the Marine Education and Research Society online auction, ready for bidding March 30th to April 8th!

Emma Postl Voice Workshop

posted Feb 25, 2018, 7:53 AM by T Brett   [ updated Feb 25, 2018, 7:54 AM ]

North Island Gazette Article

posted Feb 15, 2018, 10:48 PM by T Brett   [ updated Feb 15, 2018, 10:51 PM ]

Emma Rush in Concert

posted Feb 13, 2018, 11:01 PM by Art Shed   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 11:02 PM ]

Please join us for this very special night of classical guitar music with Emma Rush from Hamilton, Ontario. Sointula's own Niall Weyer will open! Friday, February 9 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM.  Doors 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm.  Tickets $12 at door, Athletic Hall in Sointula. Lorna's refreshments and yummy treats will be available!

This is going to be a really beautiful show!

Play Readings with Justin Neal

posted Feb 13, 2018, 10:53 PM by Art Shed   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 10:54 PM ]

Our January artist in residence is writer Justin Neal. He is hoping to gather together a group of people interested in reading through two of his plays, as well as presenting a public performance at the end of his stay.  

The first read through will take place on January 13th in the Dance Studio (by library) at 1pm, and the public performance would be on January 29th or 30th. We will confirm the public presentation of this soon. 

Justin's recent works include both theatrical plays and screenplays, and he is currently developing a television pilot called Boundary Bay that explores issues arising from resource extraction on Indigenous territory in the Pacific Northwest. A brief outline of Boundary Bay is: The battle over a refinery built on tribal land pits a Chief, his family, and the plat's management and employees in a battle over land, water, tradition and life [series, adventure-drama]. 

These readings will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in acting, writing, and First Nations issues and activism.

If you are interested in getting involved with either or both of the readings, please let us know at:

Poetry Reading with Melanie Siebert and Emily Nilsen

posted Jun 6, 2017, 10:11 AM by T Brett   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 10:52 PM by Art Shed ]

Please join us for an afternoon poetry reading in the library with the Sointula Art Shed's October artists in residence Emily Nilsen and Melanie Siebert!

This reading will be at the Sointula library, Saturday October 7th, from 12:30 to 1:30pm. There will be refreshments available

Come meet the authors of Deepwater Vee and Otolith!

Melanie Siebert's first poetry collection, Deepwater Vee (M&S), was a finalist for Canada's Governor General's Literary Award. Melanie completed and MFA at the University of Victoria where she received the Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal for her master's thesis. She has worked as a wilderness guide on remote rivers in the Northewest Territories, Nunavut, and Alaska. 

Emily Nilsen was born and raised in Vancouver. Her first book of poems, Otolith (Goose Lane Editions/icehouse) was published shortly after the chapbook Place, No Manual (Lake). She was a finalist for the BCB Poetry Prize in 2015 after having been longlisted for the prize on three separate occasions. Her work has also been longlisted for the UK National Poetry Prize. Nilsen holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. She currently lives in Nelson, British Columbia.

Sointula Portraits Call for Participants

posted Jun 6, 2017, 8:22 AM by T Brett   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 8:25 AM ]

Dear Sointula, come meet our new artist in residence Michael Barker! He will be having open studio drop ins in his studio, and also hopes to go to the homes of locals to photograph people where they live and what he says below, and get in touch. We think this project is going to be lovely, and a wonderful document of where this community is at right now.

My name is Michael Barker and I’m a Toronto-based photographer doing a residency at the Sointula Art Shed throughout June. My parents, Chris and Heather (and their dog Toby), moved to Sointula (to the yellow house on 1st) last year and I visited them for the first time last September. As a new visitor I was struck the beauty of Sointula and filled with curiousity about my parent’s new homeplace, it’s community, and unique history.

I would like to photograph both temporary and permanent residents of Malcolm Island, ideally at their home, workplace, or within the landscape of the island. I want to develop a personal and partial portrait of Sointula that captures something of the complexity, beauty, and uniqueness of it’s people, architecture, and landscape. While I see this project as long term project that will span a few years, my goal is to eventually exhibit the project in both Sointula and Toronto, potentially as part of the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto.

You can check out some of my past projects (and general photography) on my website ( These projects include “Fieldwork: Talking with Teachers in Alternative Schools,” an ongoing collaborative project with documentarian Ariel Fielding, interviewing and photographing past and present alternative school teachers in Toronto; and “ALPHA Alternative School 1972/2012,” a collection of portraits of students from the early days of one of the oldest alternative schools in Canada. On my website you’ll also find an excerpt from my multi-year project documenting the work of the Toronto Wildlife Centre—Canada’s largest and busiest wildlife hospital—that bears witness to our often ambivalent relationship with our wild neighbours and the tragic consequences for animals as a result of our impact on their habitats and ecosystems in urban environments.

If you’d like to participate in my project please contact me at — I’d be happy to hear from you. I’m also going to have open studio days when anyone is welcome to drop by to have their portrait taken in the Art Shed, I'm still figuring out when those days will be, and what the hours will be.

Participants will be given an exhibition quality print in gratitude at a later date.


Michael Barker

Painting/Drawing Workshop with Carly Gordon: Intuitive Mark-making

posted May 30, 2017, 7:57 AM by T Brett   [ updated May 30, 2017, 8:04 AM ]

Monday, May 29th, at the FO Hall 4- 7pm, $25.

In this workshop, artists will participate in several different exercises that encourage intuitive mark-making. From these processes, artists will choose one or two ideas to develop into a more finished piece. All mediums welcome, all levels and ages welcome.

Participating artists can work in any medium they choose, and are encouraged to bring their own supplies if possible. Those who wish to attend but don’t have supplies, please let us know, as we do have a limited amount of supplies we are happy to share. We will also provide some tea, coffee, and cookies.

To register, please contact Kerri at the Sointula Art Shed: or 250 974 4234

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