12 Ways to Welcome Spring on Salt Spring Island in March 2017 Reasons to Visit SSI, Salt Spring Island Events Experience Salt Spring on the cusp of seasonal changes as a long winter melts into a spectacular spring! Welcome the warmer weather by enjoying blossoms across the Island from daffodils to cherry blossoms and embrace the Island's unique arts and culture scene by attending the 18th Annual Salt Spring Film Festival. Keep your eyes on the fields to spot the Island's newest additions as well as the beginnings of the Farm Stand season! Click here for Salt Spring Island Accommodations while you're here >> March 2017 Events & Ideas on Salt Spring Island Kiran Ahluwalia | Thursday 2nd | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $23 | Kiran Ahluwalia is a modern purveyor of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan which she honours, yet also departs from in order to explore bold new territories. Winning two JUNOs, the UK Songlines Award and two Canadian Folk Awards, Kiran has over the course of six albums created a style uniquely her own – a hybrid of Indian grooves and Saharan Desert blues with elements of jazz thrown in. 18th Annual Salt Spring Film Festival | Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th | Times: TBA | Gulf Islands Secondary School: 112 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island | $10 - $40 | Don't miss the chance to see films submitted from around the globe at the Salt Spring Film Festival! Chose one movie or attend a weekend of screenings to experience new global talent! Isabel Bayrakdarian | Friday 10th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $35 | It’s not every prima donna who can boast a degree in biomedical engineering, but then Isabel Bayrakdarian isn’t your average prima donna. In a career still in its second decade, an eagerly anticipated visitor to opera houses and concert halls the world over, Isabel has become as celebrated for her beauty, presence and style as for her strikingly multi-hued voice that’s wholly in sync with the rest of her image. Find your own lucky charm in the clover fields of Burgoyne Bay in honour of St. Patrick's Day or see why Salt Spring Island is a rainbow hotspot during Spring showers (if you're lucky - maybe you'll even find a pot of gold hidden by those sneaky leprechauns!) Kai Gleusteen & Catherine Ordronneau | Friday 17th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $28 | Kai and Catherine are frequent visitors to ArtSpring, Chamber Music Fest faculty, and in 2014-15 presented the complete Beethoven Violin and Piano Sonatas. This season they present music of Russian composers. A passionate and dramatic evening of music. Experience the Spring flowers! See why Salt Spring Island is known as a gardeners paradise! Enjoy hundreds of varieties of flowers cacross the Island including lilac, cherry blossoms, laburnum, tulips, daffodils, crocuses and more! Stop by Foxglove Farm & Garden or Fraser Thimble Farm for something for your own garden! Keep an eye out in the fields to spot mischievous little lambs that are sure to be there! Salt Spring Island is famous for these adorable bundles of wool and for good reason! Great places to see lambs include Ruckle Farm on the South End of the Island as well as Sunset Farm on the North End of the Island! Stop by Salt Spring Island Cheese and visit with their baby goats (and of course sample some delicious cheese!) These friendly, playful 'kids' are the perfect way to enjoy the laid back Salt Spring vibe! Salt Spring Folk Club Presents: Shred Kelly | Monday 20th | 7:00pm | Fulford Community Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | $25 | Since the inception of Shred Kelly, the Fernie, BC based band have been re-defining what folk-rock means. Through their individual pan-Canadian backgrounds, Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert, Ian Page-Shiner, and Ty West have amplified the traditional sound of folk music with a more contemporary approach. Pushing the boundaries of the genre, they have incorporated a wide range of influences to create a sound that is uniquely called ‘Stoke Folk.’ Take a sneak peak at what local artists have been working on during the winter months before market season on the Salt Spring Studio Tour! Check out the Studio Tour website to see winter hours at workshops across the island. See beautiful works at the Butterfly Pottery Studio, scope out a bespoke bag at Salt Spring Tweed, pick out the perfect glass piece at The Glass Foundry or see what's been brewing at Salt Spring Island Ales! Dave Gunning | Thursday 23rd | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $23 | There are stories that wash over you like a tide, and then there are stories that grab you by the heart. Dave Gunning has made a point of finding the latter and wrapping them up in song since ever since he broke upon the Canadian East Coast music scene back in 1997. Benjamin Butterfield and Sarah Hagen | Monday 27th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | ArtSpring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $28 | Praised by The New York Times as “clarion-voiced and vibrant,” tenor Benjamin Butterfield is known for his performances throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and has performed with many of the world’s leading conductors. Visit our 2017 Events Calendar for more exciting Salt Spring Island events in March 2017 and beyond - we look forward to seeing you here!