A heartfelt welcome to Brogan Kiss

Charlotte Communiques by Evelyn von Almassy: Brogan Kiss! Isn’t that a great name?

Brogan Kiss! Isn’t that a great name? She is new to our community and to the islands. She began teaching the Vinyasa style of yoga at the Sun Studio this past week. Kiki van der Heiden’s studio now offers a few types of yoga: vinyasa flow, yin fusion, hatha, and kundalini. That is pretty good for the village of Queen Charlotte to have such varieties of yoga available to us.

Someone many of us know, Christopher Mainella, physiotherapist, is here to offer a six week self-care practise program. Each week will focus on a certain part of our bodies, for strengthening and stretching.

He will also incorporate beginning yoga, self and/or partner accupressure points and Pal Dan Gum exercises, which have been practised in China and Korea for thousands of years. He is offering these classes on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. until February 17 in the Sun Studio.

Today, Friday, January 15th at 7 p.m. there will be a performance of `Big Fancy, Old Time Blues“ at the Q.C. Legion. This music is brought to you under the auspices of the Haida Gwaii Arts Council, which is run by local volunteers. Tickets for members are $15 and for non-members $20.

The Dub Jackson Band will be playing at the Haida Gwaii Coffee House on Friday, January 29th at the Legion. I had not heard of this “locally owned and operated band” before, but with the description of  “Swing Punk” how could they not be fun?

They are starting the new year, with their first appearance at the Haida Gwaii Coffee house, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Their goal is to “seek to destroy the global capitalist system from within”, and at the same time, this is a fundraiser for the local group who wish to sponsor Syrian refugees on Haida Gwaii.

What is really wonderful is that an anonymous donor will be matching all donations. We live on an island with very caring people, don’t we? So come out, see and hear local musicians and know that your donations will be helping others.

Nathan Cullen is having “town hall meetings” in different communities in the Skeena-Bulkey riding in February. Just in case you are on the mainland in February, he is in Prince Rupert on February 9th, Kitimat on the 10th, Terrace on the 11th, and Smithers on February 12th. He does not yet have dates for Haida Gwaii, but he shall be having at least a couple of meetings here. Stay tuned for those February dates.

The deadline for submissions for the All Islands Art Show is Saturday, February 13th, for all you artists out there. That is just under a month away from today. The opening of the actual show is Friday, February 19th, at 7 p.m. at the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate. The show will be open until March 19th.

If this will be your first look at this annual show, you are in for a treat. (You will still be in for a treat if it is your 20th time attending.) It is the most diverse show of art that I have ever seen, and there is always a big buzz about it. In the past there has been political art, silver, copper, gold carving, woven work, sewn textiles, all mediums of painting, sculpture, sound, clay, glass works and more.

Many of the pieces are for sale, and most of the artists are usually in attendance. If you have any questions as an artist, or person planning to attend, contact Allison Smith at allislandartshow@gmail.com

Please send your news to almassy@qcislands.net by Thursdays at 2 p.m. Enjoy the last two weeks of January. It is still dark out there, so wear reflective things on your clothing.