Behind the scenes at local nurseries: Get the 411 on one of gardening’s busiest seasons

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By Lisa Caroglanian Dorazio Unlike our southern hemisphere friends, autumn, also known as fall, begins for us in the Lower Mainland September 22nd. As our daylight disappears, it is the time of year when you begin to think about Thanksgiving and Halloween, transitioning out of swimsuits into sweaters, and looking for interesting and fun things to […]

Counter-Narrative: Brandon Gabriel on becoming a visual storyteller and the power of decolonial art

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by Nick Ubels Brandon Gabriel is an internationally acclaimed mixed-media artist from the Stó:lō Coast Salish community of Kwantlen. His vivid creative work lends a critical eye to colonial processes that have attempted to relegate his culture to history books and museums. At 37, he has already amassed an impressive body of professional work that […]

Abbotsford Arts Council bows out of Jubilee Arts Centre: Proposed cultural hub to open without long-planned gallery component

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On the heels of this year’s Jam in Jubilee concert series, the community can expect another flurry of activity to soon take over Jubilee Park. The Abbotsford Downtown Business Association (ADBA) will be moving their offices into the upstairs floor of the MSA Centennial Library building early this fall, but they will do so without […]

An interview with Astrid Lyre

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Astrid Lyre, lead singer and guitarist for the Nanaimo based alt-rock group Eleanore, returned to her hometown of Abbotsford in late July. During her short stay Astrid, who underwent a transition from male to female, visited CIVL Radio’s studios at UFV to discuss Eleanore’s debut album, and the state of gender and sexuality in Canada’s […]

Getting in on the ground floor: James Kasper shares experience starting Fraser Valley Music Awards

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In anticipation of the first-ever Fraser Valley Music Awards, I sat down with FVMA Coordinator James Kasper to talk about the awards and the local music scene. As well as being a musician and a founder of Mighty Speck Records, Kasper started and organized the Vancouver Island Music Awards (VIMAs) for 11 years.