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Chilliwack’s Matt Johnson was strapped into a straight jacket and hung by his ankles upside down, and had less than two minutes to free himself before two spinning saw blades fell. (America’s Got Talent video)

VIDEO: Chilliwack escape artist Matt Johnson dazzles judges on America’s Got Talent

Johnson brought a packed auditorium to its feet with a death-defying stunt

Craig Lebleau is the star of <em>Mud Mountain Haulers</em>, along with his family and Kamloops-based company Lebleau Brothers Haulers. (Photo credit: Submitted)

New TV show filmed in region shines a light on forest industry

Mud Mountain Haulers, featuring Lebeau Brothers Logging in Kamloops, no airing on Discovery Channel

One of Nancy McMinn’s clay horse sculptures. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Clinton Art Society is sharing fun, one piece of art at a time

With in-person meetings prohibited, group is taking its love of art online for all to share

Tracy Fallstrom, of Clinton, has launched her new CD. (Jennifer Bolster photo)

Clinton artist shares music From the Heart

Tracy Fallstrom is proving it’s never too late to pursue your passion.

Tracy Fallstrom, of Clinton, has launched her new CD. (Jennifer Bolster photo)
Cataline: The Life of B.C.’s Legendary Packer is the second book by Quesnel author Susan Smith-Josephy, and looks at the life of the ‘King of the Packers’. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Legendary packer Cataline explored in new book by BC author

Book explores the life and experiences of packer who was a legend throughout the Interior

Cataline: The Life of B.C.’s Legendary Packer is the second book by Quesnel author Susan Smith-Josephy, and looks at the life of the ‘King of the Packers’. (Photo credit: Submitted)
Langley actor Jacob Tremblay and his sister Erica released rehabilitated seal pups on a B.C. beach earlier this month. (Sarah Ellam/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

B.C. child actor Jacob Tremblay helps release rehabilitated seal pups

One of the marine mammals was named Ja-cod in the young celebrity’s honour

Langley actor Jacob Tremblay and his sister Erica released rehabilitated seal pups on a B.C. beach earlier this month. (Sarah Ellam/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Sage Sound Singers musical director Michelle Reid (front row, left) and members of the choir enjoy some Smile Cookies during a rehearsal for their Tribute to Fiddler on the Roof concert coming up later this month.

Sage Sound Singers bring Fiddler on the Roof to Ashcroft

‘It’s quite a challenge to accomplish what we have accomplished’

  • Nov 13, 2019
Sage Sound Singers musical director Michelle Reid (front row, left) and members of the choir enjoy some Smile Cookies during a rehearsal for their Tribute to Fiddler on the Roof concert coming up later this month.
100 Mile House singer Ingrid Mapson will be in concert in Ashcroft on Oct. 6. Ingrid Mapson submitted photo.

South Cariboo singer set to share the rhythms of her heart

Professional singer Ingrid Mapson will perform in Ashcroft on Oct. 6

100 Mile House singer Ingrid Mapson will be in concert in Ashcroft on Oct. 6. Ingrid Mapson submitted photo.
Plein Air Paint-out people’s choice award winner Julie Cutting painted faces on hoodoos outside Ashcroft on June 1. Submitted photo

PHOTOS: Plein Air people’s choice winner paints faces on hoodoos outside Ashcroft

The artist’s choice winner on June 2 painted the B.C. Express heritage building

Plein Air Paint-out people’s choice award winner Julie Cutting painted faces on hoodoos outside Ashcroft on June 1. Submitted photo
Nashville’s Jake Durkin performed Jesse Roper’s song “Anytime of Night” on the March 6 airing of American Idol. (Keri Coles/News staff)

B.C. song serenades Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry on American Idol

Vancouver Island singer-songwriter Jesse Roper calls the experience ‘pretty surreal’

Nashville’s Jake Durkin performed Jesse Roper’s song “Anytime of Night” on the March 6 airing of American Idol. (Keri Coles/News staff)
The Sage Sound Singers (pictured at their spring 2018 concert) are getting ready for their annual Christmas concert. Photo: Barbara Roden.

Sage Sound Singers invite people to go ‘Somewhere in My Memory’

This year’s Christmas concert features a beautiful mix of seasonal music

The Sage Sound Singers (pictured at their spring 2018 concert) are getting ready for their annual Christmas concert. Photo: Barbara Roden.
Members of the Krush Dance Company were at Jackson House and Thompson View Lodge and Manor last weekend, entertaining residents in advance of the company’s winter recital on Dec. 15. Photo: Seanna Sampson.

Krush Dance Company is a stealth local success story

More than 150 dancers aged three and older take part in weekly dance classes and recitals

Members of the Krush Dance Company were at Jackson House and Thompson View Lodge and Manor last weekend, entertaining residents in advance of the company’s winter recital on Dec. 15. Photo: Seanna Sampson.
Theatre Diary: Despite setbacks, the show must go on

Theatre Diary: Despite setbacks, the show must go on

Less than a week before opening night, cast and crew wonder if the show will have to be cancelled.

Theatre Diary: Despite setbacks, the show must go on
Some of the cast of Blithe Spirit as pictured in the publicity shot. Photo: Kelly Tuohey.

Theatre Diaries 6: Getting down to the wire

Opening night of Blithe Spirit is less than two weeks away; will the cast be ready?

Some of the cast of Blithe Spirit as pictured in the publicity shot. Photo: Kelly Tuohey.
Musician Lucas Olsen will be bringing classical music to the area in a concert on November 2.

Classical music concert coming to Ashcroft

An evening of classical music will take place at St. Alban’s on Nov. 2

  • Oct 25, 2018
Musician Lucas Olsen will be bringing classical music to the area in a concert on November 2.
(from left) Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan, Jim Mertel, and Theresa Takacs reheasre a scene while Marina Papais waits on the ‘sofa’ for her cue. Photo: Barbara Roden.

Theatre Diaries 5: What’s my line?

The cast goes off-book, props pile up, and costumes are coming along.

(from left) Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan, Jim Mertel, and Theresa Takacs reheasre a scene while Marina Papais waits on the ‘sofa’ for her cue. Photo: Barbara Roden.
(from left) Rex Harrison, Margaret Rutherford, and Constance Cummings in the 1945 film version of Blithe Spirit , which cast members have been advised not to watch.

Theatre Diaries 4: Back to the beginning

Blocking is done, and everyone gets set to start all over again.

(from left) Rex Harrison, Margaret Rutherford, and Constance Cummings in the 1945 film version of Blithe Spirit , which cast members have been advised not to watch.
Cast members read through the script of Blithe Spirit as Jan Schmitz films the proceedings. (clockwise from top centre) Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan, Jim Mertel, Nancy Duchaine, Marina Papais, Theresa Takacs, Jan Schmitz, and Skylar Dubois. Photo: Barbara Roden.

Theatre Diaries 2: The adventure begins

The actors gather for a table-read, and the set begins to take rough shape.

Cast members read through the script of Blithe Spirit as Jan Schmitz films the proceedings. (clockwise from top centre) Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan, Jim Mertel, Nancy Duchaine, Marina Papais, Theresa Takacs, Jan Schmitz, and Skylar Dubois. Photo: Barbara Roden.
The Ashcroft and District Fall Fair returns on September 9. There has been a fall fair in the area since 1889; this poster is from the 1926 event. Photo: Barbara Roden.

Ashcroft and District Fall Fair returns for another fun-filled day

‘The biggest little fair in B.C.’ has something for everyone, with new events and old favourites.

The Ashcroft and District Fall Fair returns on September 9. There has been a fall fair in the area since 1889; this poster is from the 1926 event. Photo: Barbara Roden.
The ever-popular Chicken Poop Bingo returns to the Lytton River Festival.

Lytton River Festival promises fun for the whole family

There are new events lined up this year, as well as old favourites like Chicken Poop Bingo.

  • Aug 14, 2018
The ever-popular Chicken Poop Bingo returns to the Lytton River Festival.