Sunday, June 9th, 2013
2:30 PM


Brigadoon Dance Academy presents the 17th Annual PRIDE OF SCOTLAND

Over 100 Brigadoon dancers perform with Special Guests:

Pipers- Tamara Cameron, Bill Poppy and Christopher McBride, Drummer- Ryan Wiley and Dancer- Cameron Collins

Adults $18
Seniors/Students/Groups of 10 or more $15
Child aged 5 and under: $10

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Feel the Excitement * Share the Joy * Two Days of Spectacular Dancing

Watch the floor come alive with the finest in Ballroom Dancing, as top BC, Canadian and International couples compete at The Island Fantasy Ball. Right here in Nanaimo!

The annual Island Fantasy Ball returns to Beban Park on Saturday and Sunday April 20 & 21, 2013.  The Nanaimo Ballroom Dance Society wishes to extend an invitation for you to attend this gala event where you, the spectator, can enjoy both competition and performance in one elegant weekend.

Couples from Juvenile to Senior, and from Newcomer to Championship will compete in all ten Ballroom and Latin American dances. As skilled athletes, they put it all on the floor: technique, costume, drama and emotion, paired with contemporary and classic dance music. It is all there for you to experience.

Saturday’s schedule of events includes the exhilarating International Open Latin Championship. The energy on the dance floor is felt throughout the audience and the rich Latin rhythms quicken the pulse. The evening includes a sumptuous buffet served by Spice of Life Catering.

Sunday is a perfect time to bring the family and enjoy the Juvenile and Junior couples looking adorable and unbelievably talented for ones so young. The International Open Adult Standard Championship will also be featured, which means that you will enjoy the timeless waltzes, quicksteps and slow foxtrots that made Fred and Ginger famous!

Come and Watch the Best of the World compete with the Best of BC!
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Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 – Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
Saturday 9a-5p Sunday 10a-4:30p

A two day lifestyle show for and about women. Over 90 booths with information, products and services of interest to Women. Gifts, financial information, health information, gifts, business opportunities, cosmetics, fitness, fashion and jewelery, seminars and much much more!

Lots more info to come!

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Organizers Lloyd & Swan MacIlquham announce the upcoming date for their 6th annual Nanaimo Scottish/Chinese tradition, “Robbie Burns & Chinese New Year Celebration”. The event will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2013, from 4 to 7 pm, in the Bowen Park Auditorium in Nanaimo.

Net proceeds go to the Nanaimo Art Gallery.

The event will jointly celebrate the Scottish poet Robert Burns’ 254th birthday and the Chinese Year 4710, also known as “Year of the Snake”.

Guests will be entertained with Scottish Highland dancing by Brigadoon Dance Academy, with Piper Bill Poppy, a pipe and drum band, Chinese Gu Zheng by Selena Yu, as well as Chinese folk dancing by Shu Zeng & The Flowers of Nanaimo and the Chinese lion dance and lion sword dance by Shifu Jackie Li.

Tickets are only available in advance and cost $20 per person, or $10 for children 6-11.

Tickets are available from Swan and Lloyd MacIlquham by calling 250-729-9948 or contact them by email,, or from the Nanaimo Art Gallery at 150 Commercial Street, Nanaimo.

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August 16, 17, & 18, 2013  !  

This year’s theme is “Picture Yourself At the Fair – From Pioneer Days To Modern Ways”.
The Fair originally started over 100 years ago and continues now as an annual event to advance the education of agriculture and showcase local farmers and 4-H clubs, bringing agricultural awareness to our community. As farming changes and land becomes more urban, we need to keep our farms alive, to provide top quality products and to encourage the education of the past, present and future of all areas of agriculture. Although some professionals show at Fairs, it is the children that most impress the fairgoers. Bright eyed children and animals are a winning combination. We take a step back to celebrate the simple, but important things in life.
Our country Fair is more than just entertainment. The one value we truly exhibit is Family. At our Fair, everyone of every age can participate. From displaying jams, jellies and livestock to showing heirloom quilts, artwork, pumpkins, prize flowers, home grown zucchini, fresh baked cookies and pies. Many painstaking but loving hours, go into every item and animal on display, with the hopes of encouraging others to learn different crafts and skills and to especially excite beginners to try new things that can enhance their life skills and self-sufficiency. Our Fair is a place to come with family and friends, a place to have fun and honour accomplishments. Our entry fees are kept very low, as is the prize money. The intent has never been to make the winners rich by having or making the best, the biggest or the most expensive entry, but to enjoy the variety of talents and efforts put forth by our neighbours and to honour accomplishments.
Our Fair is presented each year by a core group of hard working volunteers, who donate many hundreds of hours to carefully organize this annual 3 day event. Many community minded corporate sponsors lend or donate countless services, too numerous to mention. The Fair would like to thank all of these supporters in the community for their efforts, be it financial, material, hard work, time or effort. With your kind generosity, we are excited to welcome you back this year.
We wish all exhibitors the best luck with your entries and extend an invitation to everyone to come to our Fair, view the many animals, exhibits and shows, to relax and just have fun!
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Wednesday, August 1st, 2012        6:00 PM to 7:30 PM   

Come enjoy musical entertainment in the great outdoors. Wide variety of musical talent. From kids entertainer, Shelley Bean and the Duckety Muds; Vocal Ensemble, Panache!; Guitarist, Buckman Coe;  Celtic flavour, Trinitude; Latin rhythms, Rio Samaya; Indie/folk music with West My Friend; Medieval Rock,  The Knights of Camelot and Latin/European Jazz with TerraZetto.   Bring a friend, bring the whole family.  Mafeo Sutton Park Nanaimo.

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The 20th anniversary of The Island Fantasy Ball is in May 2012 in Nanaimo BC . It features the undefeated champions, Zillion Wong & Sarah Liang, who won the Standard BC Closed Championship from 2005-2011 against all comers but have now retired from amateur competition. The excitement this year will be to see the battle to take over their title, as well as to see top dancers from BC, Canada and the rest of the world compete for the BC open championships.  While attending the Island Fantasy Ball  , stay on Long lake in luxury at Long Lake Waterfront B&B Nanaimo BC .



A TRIBUTE TO OUR LOCAL HEROES,  The RCMP, Fire, Paramedics, and Coast Guard. An immensely moving program of the most stirring music known. With conductor Pierre Simard and host Bill Robinson.

Beethoven: Egmont, Overture
Elgar: Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)
Schubert: Marche Militaire
Dvorák: A Hero’s Song
Symphony Idol 2011 Winner
Beethoven:Symphony No. 5

Heroic deeds told through words and music

Stories of heroes and heroines unfold through words and music as the Vancouver Island Symphony, under the baton of the dynamic Pierre Simard, and with Bill Robinson as MC, presents Heroes Forever, on Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Port Theatre.
“We are linking classical music to the people in this community, really relating it and making it an experience!” explains Simard. “Heroes Forever is a continuation of our concert two years ago honouring local heroes, firemen, Coast Guard Auxiliary, paramedics and RCMP.”  Owner of Long Lake Waterfront Bed and Breakfast, Gordie Robinson, is Station Leader of Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary 27 and will be honored at this event.

The Music
A story of courage is told in each piece of music, from the very opening note of Beethoven’s stirring ‘Egmont’, through Elgar’s gripping ‘Nimrod’, Schubert’s lively ‘Marche Militaire’ and Dvorak’s joyful inspiration ‘A Hero’s Song’, to the very last note of Beethoven’s powerful and triumphant ‘Symphony No. 5’. “This is music that moves our very being, that really speaks to the positive side of being human,” adds Simard.

Composer as Hero
And each of the composers has their own heroic story, like Beethoven who was heavily influenced by the political and social tensions of the French Revolution. He turned the world of music on its ear while waging a life struggle with the loss of his own hearing.

Music as Hero – Symphony Idol
Beethoven is the people’s choice as the 2011 Symphony Idol. His ‘Symphony No. 5’, with ‘fate knocking at the door’, reveals his true intimate thoughts, secret sorrows, pent-up rage, dreams and bursts of enthusiasm; the four opening notes are now familiar around the world as the ‘fate rhythm’.

A Local Hero
It takes courage to step up onto the stage to conduct the VI Symphony when you have no previous experience. A local lawyer, successful bidder in the 2011 Symphony Sizzle auction, will be surprising many as he steps up to the podium with his own baton for Schubert’s ‘Marche Militaire’  – but only after a few lessons and a short rehearsal with Maestro Simard.

A Tribute to the Community
And while honouring local heroes, the VI Symphony also presents this concert as a tribute to the heroics of the community at large, the supporters, organizers, managers, volunteers, board members, musicians, technicians and audience who have helped make this orchestra the jewel that it is, so that music can continue to be presented – LIVE.

To hear more about these amazing stories, join Artistic Director Pierre Simard for Pre-Concert Talk before the performance. in the Port Theatre at 6:30 p.m. (doors will close at 6:35 p.m.for the Pre-Concert Talk and re-open prior to the performance)
Post Concert Talk following the Performance with Conductor and Musicians

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