The local entrepreneur started his career in the woodworking industry in 1984 with his own company, Acorn Wood Designs, helped launch the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at the University of British Columbia in the mid-90s and has been custom-making guitars for about 30 years.
Guitar Marty's Summer Rock Camps will be back for an eighth year starting June 24.
- Vader's little princess by Jeffrey Brown, Chronicle Books, 64 pages, $16.95
WHILE J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot has been crafted for those too young to remember either the baby-boomer television show or the movies, there are certain expectations: you don't have to be a convention-attending devotee to know that anything Star Trek should always be accompanied by a decent dose of kitsch and humour.
- Astrolabe Musik Theatre NEWmatica: The Power of Percussion at Britannia Mine Museum (1 Forbes Way, Highway 99, Sea to Sky Highway, Britannia Beach, Saturday, May 25 at 7: 30 p.m. Tickets $25/$18. For more information visit newmatica. brownpapertickets.com.
Vancouver NGO The Shanti Uganda Society has been chosen as one of four recipients to accept The Crystal of Hope award and share in the $150,000 donation sponsored by Swarovski. Sadie St. Denis, executive director of Shanti Uganda, will be accepting the international honour from actress and producer Hilary Swank this Saturday in Vienna at the annual Life Ball. This year's Life Ball will be hosted by AIDS LIFE, a European NGO that is held to remember those who have suffered from AIDS and honour those raising funds in 36 different countries. The Girl Effect, a social change movement for adolescent girls, has been selected as the beneficiary as well. Shanti Uganda's Teen Girls Health and Wellness Program teaches young girls about healthy relationships, HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, family planning, skills training and sexual reproductive health rights. Girls are empowered and inspired to make healthy choices and stay in school.
Indian cinema icon and humanitarian actress Shabana Azmi will speak about her life and work, focusing on the attitudes towards women on screen and in society June 11, as part of the SFU Vancouver Speaker Series. The discussion is presented by SFU Public Square and the Indian Summer Festival. Azmi, who is receiving a honorary degree from SFU on June 12, is a five-time winner of the National Award For Best Actress. The talk is at 7 p.m. in Room 1400 of the Segal Centre, Harbour Centre, SFU Vancouver, 515 West Hastings St. The cost is $10 and can be purchased online at sfuvanspeaksshabanaazmi.eventbrite.ca.
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The interior of this year's PNE Prize Home is again designed by Jillian Harris, co-host of Love It or List it Vancouver and formerly of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette TV shows.
Audiences in Abbotsford will soon have the rare opportunity to experience the voice of B.C.-born and raised Ben Heppner, recognized as the finest dramatic tenor before the public today.
The Abbotsford Sports & Entertainment Centre expects to welcome its one millionth fan into the arena during the wrap-up concert of the sold-out Carrie Underwood Blown Away Tour tonight.
Abbotsford musician and conductor David Rushton will direct the 45-voice Gloria Dei Chorale, Canada West Chamber orchestra and soloists Andrea and Amaris in Vivaldi's "Gloria," as well as additional vocal duets with orchestra and joyful choral selections.
Dewdney Pub June 16, David "Hurricane" Hoerl will perform at the Dewdney Pub from 8: 30 p.m. - 12: 30 a.m., at 8793 River Road S., five minutes east of Mission, off the Lougheed Hwy. Call 604-826-4762.
Nothing is sweeter than a song - or so it is said. There are certainly a lot of people who like to sing, and sing and blend in with others. Soundscape A Cappella Chorus was started by a collection of people who wanted not just to sing, but to sing in harmony - with each other, of course. Soundscape is now a 30-member mixed chorus (men and women) under the direction of Donya Metzger.
The three-day Surrey Children's Festival starts today (Thursday) at Bear Creek Park. Gates open at 9 a.m.
June 1 is the "early bird" deadline for this year's Musical Theatre Intensive, brought to Surrey Arts Centre this summer by Arts Club Theatre Company.
What has been dubbed as an "incredibly versatile voice" makes Langley native Tiffany Desrosiers an integral part of the vocal quartet, Vivace.