Like the flowers emerging after a long winter, Salt Spring is a hive of activity in the early Spring! Welcome warmer weather with blossoms from daffodils to cherry blossoms, lambs, and embrace the Island's unique arts and culture scene by attending the film festival, exploring studios and visiting Artspring with events for everyone!

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March 2019 Events & Ideas on Salt Spring Island

  1. 20th Annual Salt Spring Film Festival | Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd | Times: Various | Gulf Islands Secondary School: 112 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island | $10 - $45 | Don't miss the chance to see documentary films from Canada and around the world at the Salt Spring Film Festival! Chose one movie or attend a weekend of screenings to experience new global talent!
  2. Head to the South End and stop by Salt Spring Island Cheese to visit with their baby goats (and of course sample some delicious cheese and chose your favourite to enjoy at home!) These friendly, playful 'kids' are the perfect way to enjoy the laid back Salt Spring vibe!
  3. Keep an eye out in the fields to spot the 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 spot lambs include Ruckle Farm on the South End of the Island, along the Fulford Valley and as well as Sunset Farm on the North End of the Island!
  4. The Myrtle Sisters Family Show | Friday 1st | 2:30pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | $10-$30 | The Myrtle Sisters are stranded in 2019 because they can’t agree about where to go next! The show is suitable for families and kids of all ages with original and historical music, comedy and dance.
  5. Petunia & The Vipers + The Myrtle Sisters | Friday 1st | 8:00pm | Beaver Point Hall: 1365 Beaver Point Road | $20 | Rockabilly, country swing, sweet melodic ballads from Petunia and the Vipers, and porch stompin’, wash-tub bass-bouncing jug-time traditional jazz from the Myrtle Sisters.
  6. Buckman Coe & Tonye | Saturday 2nd | 7:30pm | Beaver Point Hall: 1365 Beaver Point Road | $TBA | Big band soul and roots shakedown party for Buckman Coe’s 6th album release, with special guest Tonye Aganaba. Beaver Point Hall.
  7. Metamorphosis Journey - An Experimental Workshop |Monday 4th | 7:00pm to 9:00pm | Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | $30 | Led by award-winning filmmakers and Certified Professional Coaches, Nova Ami and Velcrow Rippe,  Metamorphosis Journey is an experiential workshop that explores transformation in the face of planetary emergency. The participant moves through the stages of Chrysalis, Crisis, Catharsis, Symbiosis, and Metamorphosis, personalizing this arc, and applying it to their own lives.
  8. Audrey Feltham - Open Studio & Artist Talk | Studio: Friday 8th & Saturday 23rd (10:00am to 4:00pm @ 132 Beaver Point Road); Talk: Sunday 10th (2:00pm to 4:00pm @ Mahon Hall: 114 Rainbow Road | Audrey is a professional printmaker and fibre artist who has been working in the visual art field for over a span of 26 years. She was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta but has lived in Newfoundland and Labrador for 47 years. Her work is collected in public galleries and museums both nationally and internationally.
  9. ArtSpring Presents: Ballet Victoria's Carmina Burana | Saturday 9th | 2:30pm to 4:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$25 | Carl Orff’s epic choral masterpiece is set to music twenty-four texts from the manuscript of courtly poetry and dramatic texts. These texts, collectively known as Carmina Burana, were found in 1803 in a monastery in Bavaria. In a sensational mix of dance and drama Paul Destrooper, Artistic Director of Ballet Victoria, explores and interprets the themes of the songs: power, corruption, over-indulgence, humour, and beauty.
  10. ArtSpring Presents: Lizzy Hoyt | Wednesday 13th | 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$25 | Entwining soaring melodies rooted in Celtic and folk traditions, Lizzy Hoyt delivers a diverse evening of music based on repertoire from her acclaimed album, New Lady on the Prairie. Her talents as an instrumentalist are featured in spades: blistering fiddle sets, finger-style guitar, ancient melodies for Celtic harp, and some percussive Cape Breton step-dancing.
  11. Artspring Presents: Axis Theatre: The Troll Grandfather | Thursday 14th | 1:00pm to 2:00pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Road | $5-$25 | Filled with mythology and magic, 9-year-old Sandy Nardini and her Grandfather set out on a dangerous journey to claim Sandy’s magical birthright, a blessing that could save her mother’s life or have dire consequences for their entire family. One night, after being sent to sleep in the study, Sandy uncovers the secret that has kept her Grandpa estranged her whole life – Grandpa is a troll!
  12. Salt Spring Home & Garden Show | Friday 15th to Sunday 17th | 15th (Welcome Reception): 5:00pm to 8:00pm; 17th: 9:00am to 4:00pm; 18th: 10:00am to 4:00pm | Farmers Institute: 351 Rainbow Road | Meet with 40+ vendors showcasing local design expertise, construction services and advice, garden care, water collection and conservation, creative decor and design ideas and special home services.
  13. 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!)
  14. Experience the Spring flowers! See why Salt Spring Island is known as a gardeners paradise! Enjoy hundreds of varieties of flowers across 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!
  15. Artspring Presents: Kai Gleusteen & Catherine Ordronneau | Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd | 7:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$30 | Since 1999, when they began to work together, Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau have established themselves as one of the most important duos in the interpretation of sonatas for violin and piano. Having performed more than 100 recitals in Europe, Canada, and the US, they are praised for their unique partnership, and for the emotional power of their interpretations.
  16. Animal Teapots with Jessica Sallay-Carrington | Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th & Saturday 30th | 12:00pm to 4:00pm | Merchant Mews Unit 5: 315 Upper Ganges Road | Using the technique of building the teapot solid, then hollowing it out, Jessica will teach you how to turn a sculpture into a teapot. Emphasis is on how she does details such as eyes, animal faces and bodies.
  17. Train to be a Butterfly Citizen Scientist! | Sunday 24th | 1:00pm to 4:00pm | Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve: 265 Blackburn Road | Led by entomologist Linda Gilkeson, PhD, this project seeks to increase the number of citizen scientists trained to identify butterflies on Salt Spring Island and to collect records that can be used to show long-term trends in butterfly numbers.
  18. Salt Spring Folk Club presents: Shari Ulrich | Monday 25th | 7:00pm | Fulford Hall: 2591 Fulford-Ganges Road | $TBA | Originally a California girl, long settled on the west coast of Canada, Shari celebrates 45 years as a touring recording artist and multi-instrumentalist (violin, mandolin, piano, guitar, dulcimer, & harmonica).
  19. Artspring Presents: Skylight performed by Chris Humphreys & Deanna Milligan | Thursday 28th & Friday 29th | 28th: 7:30pm; 29th: 2:30pm & 7:30pm | Artspring: 100 Jackson Avenue | $5-$25 | This tale of two lost lovers trying to reconnect is funny, smart, and devastating.
  20. Take a sneak peak at what local artists have been working on before market season on the Salt Spring Studio Tour! Check out the Studio Tour website to see winter hours at workshops across the island!
  21. Mark your calendar! The Salt Spring Saturday Market is back starting April 6th (9:00am to 4:00pm) Celebrate the return of Salt Spring Island's famous Saturday market with a leisurely stroll through the stalls to see what wonderful new creations local artisans have handcrafted over the winter months!

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