Past Events

Our Past Events – 2022/2023 season

About Jennifer Scott:
She is considered the finest Jazz Vocal Improviser in Canada by her peers, her fans, and the musicians who work with her. She has sung with such Jazz Greats as Gene Bertoncini, Clark Terry, Tommy Banks, Paul Horn and Kenny Wheeler. She was nominated for Juno and Jessie Awards with ‘Mythos’ and the theatre production ‘War of the Worlds.’

Jennifer has performed to sold-out crowds from San Diego to Vancouver to Whitehorse on the West Coast of Canada. She began a major foray onto the world stage, including performances in Amsterdam, Milan and Rome. Recent lauded performances included Main Stage shows at the 2009 Vancouver Island Music Fest sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Jane Bunnett and Jerry Douglas.

About Rene Worst:
An internationally known and well-respected bass player, Rene has established himself as one of North America’s most influential and leading jazz voices for several decades. He has toured Canada with jazz legends Chet Baker, Gene Bertoncini and Joe Pass and on the international scene, he has toured the former Soviet Union with Paul Horn. 

He is also the bassist with the Brazilian band Novo Tempo and the multi-disciplinary ensemble Crossing Borders. Both bands have toured extensively throughout the US & Canada; he is a virtuoso on string and electric basses.

Your Arts Council is proud to kick off 2023 with an outstanding solo theatre show this month – How I Met My Mother

Synopsis: An irresponsible bachelor answers the call to care for his dementia-ailing mother while reckoning with his bad-ass past. But will his new-found skills be enough? A true story of love, family and the power of redemption.

This play is written and performed by Jonathon Paterson based on his personal experience of caring for his dementia-afflicted mother and turning his experience into a powerhouse performance that juxtaposes insights on the heartbreaking loss of competency and self against riotous memories of teenage angst, failures, and chaos.

January 20, FRIDAY Howard Phillips Hall
January 21, SATURDAY Daajing Giids Hall
Show starts at 7:30 PM
Tickets at the door. Admission starts 7:00 PM
Under 12Y – FREE
Seniors and students – $10
Haida Gwaii Arts Council members – $15
Public – $20

Sandspit residents can get their ferry ride refunded from Haida Gwaii Arts Council when they attend our show.

Kids under 12 are NOT PERMITTED without parental supervision.
WARNING: some foul language is used.

Playwright and performer Jonathon Paterson will spend an extra day on the island to work with participants in telling their own stories. This fun workshop includes improvisation, acting games and storytelling techniques. This workshop is suitable for adults & teens 16 years & older.

January 22, SUNDAY Port Clements Seniors Room
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Workshop fee – adults $50; youth $25
Bring your own lunch and water bottle

Pre-register for the workshop here.

Sandspit residents can get their ferry ride refunded from Haida Gwaii Arts Council when they attend this workshop.

Award winner Joey grew up in Saskatoon but now calls Haida Gwaii home. This Juno-nominated Hip Hop artist hit the ground running in the early 2000s with internet and mainstream hits that challenged society’s views of Indigenous people. Joey’s collaboration with big names like Dragonette, Bun B & Ty Dolla $ign showcased his talents to the delight of his fans on Haida Gwaii and worldwide.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recognized Joey as among the top 25 Canadian rappers. He has opened for artists like Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and Billy Ray Cyrus. There is only ONE performance, so don’t miss out.



Under 12Y – FREE
Seniors and students – $10
Haida Gwaii Arts Council members – $15
Public – $20