November & December 2014
Ice carving demonstrations are part of the fun at Coastal Black.  Photo by Amanda O'Brennan

Festivals & Events

The Spirit of the Season

Celebrate the magic of Christmas at the second annual Coastal Black Christmas Festival

The main purpose of Kitty Cat PALS is to improve the well being of cats in the Comox Valley, with a special focus on feral cat colonies.  The organization has spayed or neutered more than 2,000 cats, almost all of which were found living outdoors.  Of these, 1,400 were adopted into forever homes.  Bosley’s Pet Foods and Woofy’s Pet Foods in Comox both donate space in their stores to showcase cats available for adoption through Kitty Cat Pals.  Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Animals

Crusaders for Feral Cats

Kitty Cat PAL volunteers go to great lengths to ‘prevent a litter'

“The Stormtrooper represents how we are warriors in the modern sense,” says Andy Everson of the Star Wars character over-painted to look like an indigenous warrior.  “We choose what side we’re going to fight for.  Are we going to be a cog in the wheel of the machine or are we going create our own future?”  Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Art

A Cultural Collaboration

Andy Everson uses new technology and modern icons to reach new audiences with his art

“I love knowing that my images go out all over the world,” says photographer Boomer Jerritt, whose latest book (inset) features Vancouver Island.  Photo by Heather Jerritt

People

A Visual Storyteller

InFocus Magazine photographer Boomer Jerritt captures the beauty of Vancouver Island in his new book

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Local Business

The Path to Success

Cumberland clothing designer finds her niche in designs inspired by nature

“Dancing Freedom has multiple levels,” says Helen Pattinson.  “It’s so deep, and it’s so fun.  One of my favorite moments as a facilitator is when I see people lost in movement and clearly loving it.  There’s that moment when I invite everyone to just let it rip.  We can be like kids again.  And that’s so good for us.” Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Health

Freedom of Movement

Dancing Freedom allows participants to let loose and move to music in a fun, safe and non-judgemental way

Corwin Fox’s casual Cumberland recording studio is a hot spot for musicians from the Valley and beyond.  “The population here is not that large but we have all kinds of talented songwriters and musicians," says Fox.  “Really, really high level players.  It’s exciting.”  Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Music

Making Beautiful Music

Cumberland producer Corwin Fox’s unique style has musicians vying for his services

The Evergreen Choristors are a fun loving group of seniors with a passion for singing, including (front row, from left) Venda Triska, Ruth Hay and Norm MacLean.  Photo by Boomer Jerritt

People

A Passion for Fun

Evergreen Choristors spread the joy of music

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