Posts Written OnJune 2016

Junior Henderson is doing his part to keep his culture alive, because he knows how close it was to being lost forever. The eldest son of the eldest son of Master Carver Sam Henderson – a name known around the world for his cultural art done right here in and around Campbell River – Junior’s life has been surrounded by his people’s art and culture since birth, and while it was never “forced” on him, he says, it was natural that he would absorb it organically and make it an important aspect of his life. His father, Henderson says, “went…

An oceanside dinner celebrating BC shellfish and seafood this June sold out in three hours. The occasion? The 10th and final BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival Gala Dinner June 17 in Comox. The gala, presented by the BC Shellfish Growers Association, celebrates the best of BC food, wine and craft beer. It attracts seafood lovers from all over Canada, the U.S. and as far as Mexico, and this year, those diners will be feasting on a dish made by a culinary team from right here in Campbell River. Chef Matt MacDonald from Berwick at the Sea and his team will…

The Campbell River Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada holds a successful fundraising golf tournament, dinner and auction every year and a major part of that success has been due to its patron, retired hockey star Rod Brind’Amour. Over 20 years the Rod Brind’Amour Golf Classic raised $1.5 million for the search for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Then last year, Brind’Amour himself announced that the young player who had been accompanying him to the annual event for the last five years had signed on as co-patron of the successful community event. That meant a name change was in order and…

Mitchell Mussenden says he kind of always expected he and Lucas Antoni would start playing music together. Mussenden, 24, and Antoni, 23, went to school together in Campbell River and Mussenden remembers that one day, Antoni was over at his place playing music and they decided to start doing music together and see what happens. “It was really spontaneous,” said Antoni. “Honestly, there’s no real big story behind it,” agreed Mussenden. “It was just years of ‘it’s probably going to happen at some point.’” A few years ago, Mussenden and Antoni formed How Could I, blending acoustic music with alt-rock,…

Sharon Turner-Rondquist has always been a clown at heart. While the other girls around her were preoccupied with thoughts of what colour and type of gown they would wear to graduation, she had something else in mind. “I asked if I could wear my clown suit to my graduation and my parents said no,” Turner-Rondquist says. “My cousin’s boyfriend, who was a good friend of mine, ended up surprising me by showing up in a clown costume and escorting me down the aisle. So that was as close as I got.” Her parents thought that would be the end of…