Beach Crashers rolling to Cortes Island in 38 foot bus

Beach Crashers rolling to Cortes Island in 38 foot bus

The Beach Crashers will light up the dance floor at the Gorge Hall Saturday night, Aug. 13. Photo by Cara Toutcourt. The Whaletown Community Club is bringing more family fun to the Gorge Hall with live music performances from the Qathet region’s “Beach Crashers” and “Little Pharmer.” Crashers is made up of Paia Elliot, Cam Twyford, Davis Steele and Maxime Paquette. Twyford also performs for Little Pharmer. Steele and Paquette shared more about the band with CKTZ. “Our sets are pretty much designed for the dance floors,” Max said, grinning. The group has planned a combination family vacation and music tour to Cortes Island. “We have a big green 38 foot bus that we are fitting the family in because I got plenty of kids and Cam’s got his kids too. And we’re planning to crash somewhere on Cortes and then go to the LoveFest the next day,” Paquette explains. The tour will continue for Beach Crashers at the Sunshine Music Festival in Powell River. Beach Crashers and Little Pharmer perform live at the Gorge Hall Saturday night, Aug. 13. Doors are at 7 p.m. and admission is sliding scale $10-$20. All ages are welcome and the band recommends barefoot dancing. Hear more about the magic that brought Beach Crashers together in the story below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Beach Crashers rolling to Cortes Island in 38 foot bus   This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Hollyhock celebrates 40th anniversary with room for locals to enjoy programming

Hollyhock celebrates 40th anniversary with room for locals to enjoy programming

Hollyhock is feeling the love as they celebrate 40 years of lifelong learning at the Cortes Island campus. Photo courtesy of Hollyhock Learning Centre. Hollyhock Learning Centre celebrated 40 years of lifelong education programming on Cortes Island, the week of July 27th. Since 1982, possibly earlier, the land has been bringing people together to grow their strengths in social justice. Heather Deeth is the new chief product officer at Hollyhock, and said there’s an exciting pulse on campus. “It was just such a gift to see everyone together again…to have this dinner so everyone can see what they’ve created with all this life and joy and vibrancy of people doing really hard work.” Deeth extended an ongoing invitation to local community members to visit the campus and utilize the scholarships for upcoming programs: Climate Hope, Essential Somatics, Heart of the Condor, and Flying SOULO are all upcoming at Hollyhock and still have availability for locals. To view more information about events and programming at Hollyhock, go to Hollyhock.ca. Listen to the full CKTZ News Update below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Hollyhock celebrates 40th anniversary with room for locals to enjoy programming This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Dance Temple event arriving on Cortes, with intentions to stay

Dance Temple event arriving on Cortes, with intentions to stay

Mansons Hall will host the first Dance Temple event of 2022, but there are more to come. Photo by Naomi Jason. Connie Quayle and her partner, Val Lange are bringing Dance Temple to Cortes Island next week. Quayle is a former resident of Cortes, returning to live on the island after spending the last five years in Victoria. It was there, in the city, that Quayle first connected with Dance Temple. “Every Sunday morning we have it in Victoria - ecstatic dance. I’ve hardly missed a week, even throughout the pandemic, still putting on headphones and dancing on the beaches,” Quayle explains. “Ecstatic dance is completely freeform dance…Movement for the sake of joy and release.” “It’s also a completely sober space. And usually there’s a held container. Certain rules, like no talking in the space, using cell phones outside the space, no technology within the container,” Val adds. The ecstatic dance enthusiasts plan to help make Dance Temple a regular occurrence on Cortes. “My vision would be something like four or five people involved co-holding it and having it run regularly, but it might take a couple years… So for now, maybe just every couple months just to get the ball rolling,” Quayle says. Quayle and Lange are bringing Dance Temple to Cortes Island at Mansons Hall on Aug. 6. The event is scheduled from 730-930 p.m. Music will be by DJ N Joy, aka Naomi Jason, one of the founders who helped develop Dance Temple on Salt Spring Island and Victoria. Quayle will be offering a sound therapy session at the end of the evening by playing the...
Klahoose First Nation hiring administrative, manager roles as long-time administrator retires

Klahoose First Nation hiring administrative, manager roles as long-time administrator retires

Three full-time job opportunities are available at the office of the Klahoose First Nation, located in the Multipurpose Building. Photo courtesy of the Klahoose First Nation. For over ten years, Kerry (Marion) McKellar has been the administrator for Klahoose First Nation. McKellar is retiring at the end of 2022. The job is being split into three new roles: administrator, finance manager and infrastructure manager. Marion Janssen is a human resources consultant for the Klahoose First Nation. Janssen elaborates on the opportunities for locals on Cortes Island. “They will be full time, and for us, for Klahoose, that is Monday to Thursday. So they’re four days a week.” Annual salaries for the jobs range between $75,000-$90,000. The median household income on Cortes Island is $34,432, according the the Strathcona Regional District Community Profile for Cortes Island. “There’s certainly a lot going on with the nation right now. And we have, you know, we’ve had a fantastic administrator working with us for the last 10 years. And really she’s been holding down the fort …And we are really looking at the growth and opportunity for our members, ” The HR consultant added. “Therefore, we’re looking for three leaders to come into the community and work in these positions. Ideally, if we could find somebody that is of first nations heritage, that would be excellent, but we are open to others outside of the nations as well.” To read the job descriptions, visit Indeed. For any inquiries about the employment opportunities, reach out to Marion Janssen at marionchrp@gmail.com. To hear the full CKTZ news update, listen below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Klahoose...
Growing mushroom farmers: Fungisle business expands its reach

Growing mushroom farmers: Fungisle business expands its reach

The Fungisle spread at the Farmers Market may include Golden Enoki, Chestnut, Coral Tooth, Lion’s Mane, and/or Black Pearl Oyster mushrooms. Photo by Farhad Zahir. Farhad Zahir incorporated his business, “Fungisle,” last year on Cortes Island and his edible mushroom farm is expanding quickly. A new community supported agriculture (CSA) box service has been introduced for the summer season with Fungisle. As local islanders often discover the fungus food at the local Friday Market, prospective farmers and gardeners are being offered the chance to do it themselves with hands-on workshops. Zahir started offering mushroom-growing workshops at Linnaea Farm in May and he is planning another workshop for the near future. This workshop intends to get deeper into the possibilities of integrating mushroom farming into existing gardens and farms. The budding farmer explains, “I think it’s really important because it’s an unknown area. And it seems very complicated, but it’s not, it can be very simplified and easy to approach. And I really liked to bring that to people. I really enjoy sharing what I know and the more that I share that with people I’d become better at it. So it’s a great exchange, right?” “We’re going to be making mushroom patches and show people how to incorporate those into their garden,” Zahir explains. “I’m also going to be covering how to use the same technique to create a water filtration system with mycelium. This is for a remediation project that we are doing at Linnaea farm.” Fungisle CSA is available by emailing livespore@protonmail.com; Zahir can also be reached at this email for up to date information on future workshops. Learn...