Renowned quizmaster brings trivia event all the way from Victoria to Cortes Island

Renowned quizmaster brings trivia event all the way from Victoria to Cortes Island

Benji Duke has done over 1,000 quiz nights across BC during his career as a Quiz Master. Photo courtesy of Benji Duke. “Quizzing is a big part my life. I’ve been doing it pretty consistently for about 15 years now.” Benji Duke is bringing his famed Pub Quiz event all the way from Victoria to the Mansons Landing Community Hall on Cortes this Saturday evening. “It’s just a great way to get everyone talking, communicating your positivity, sharing experiences, sharing culture and just knocking it back and forth and having a good laugh.” Duke has been a Victoria resident for 15 years after migrating from the UK. Shortly after moving, he began doing regular quiz nights and the event grew from there. Duke has thrown over 1,000 quiz nights in BC during his Quizmaster career. “I think it’s really important that people learn just to laugh at themselves and other people, and also celebrate not knowing things as much as you celebrate knowing things.” The night will include fun trivia, music and riddles, with a dance party after. Duke hosts the event, adding entertainment and engaging with crowd. The event takes place Saturday night with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at all Cortes stores or at the door. Listen to the CKTZ story below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Renowned quizmaster brings trivia event all the way from Victoria to Cortes Island This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Volunteer safe homes needed on Cortes Island: women’s centre

Volunteer safe homes needed on Cortes Island: women’s centre

The women’s centre has been operating for four years, providing a variety of services to women in need. Photo courtesy of Cortes Women’s Resource Centre. Photo courtesy of the Cortes Island Women’s Resource Centre The Campbell River and North Island Transition Society is looking for private safe homes to shelter women and children fleeing violence on Cortes Island. The society works closely with the Cortes Island Women’s Resource Centre to help provide services, resource and shelter for those in need. “We are definitely looking for safe homes, especially in the summertime. We tend to lose some of them as traditionally they tend to be maybe an Airbnb or something that gets rented out,” said Tanya Henck, director of the Cortes Women’s Centre. Henck founded the organization in early 2019 and continues to work on providing more services for women and children locally. “We consider a domestic abuse to be verbal, emotional, financial, sexual—it doesn’t just have to be physical abuse.” Any volunteers with any size of functional, safe and vacant living space available on Cortes can contact Emily at the CR and NI Transition Society at 250-286-3666 or email safehome@annelmorehouse.ca to begin the vetting process to provide a safe home. CKTZ News spoke with Tanya Henck about the need for safe homes and services in a remote community like Cortes Island: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Volunteer safe homes needed on Cortes Island: women’s centre This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Artist spotlight: Local Jemma Hicken returns to the stage for Lovefest

Artist spotlight: Local Jemma Hicken returns to the stage for Lovefest

Jemma has been performing live as well as online throughout her career. Photo courtesy of White Point Photography. Jemma Hicken is a born and raised Cortes musician who is returning to the scene this year to play at the returning, annual summer music festival Lovefest. Hicken has recently finished a degree in music and has moved back to the island to get in touch with her roots. “It feels really good to be performing here again and bringing my music back to the community that fostered my love of music in the first place,” Hicken says. There were Lovefests in 2017, 2018 and 2019 but the 2020 and 2021 festivals were cancelled due to COVID-19. Lovefest 2022 is on Aug. 14 and tickets are available in stores throughout Cortes Island and Rex Weyler will be selling tickets at Mansons Friday Market. Lovefest will be from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14 at Linnaea Farm. Early bird tickets are $25 Tickets will be $30 at the door. $20 for people under 18. A family ticket is $60. Listen below for more on Hicken’s growing relationship with music and community and some insights on her influences artistically: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Artist spotlight: Local Jemma Hicken returns to the stage for Lovefest This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Photography exhibit on Cortes showcases past and present of B.C. deforestation

Photography exhibit on Cortes showcases past and present of B.C. deforestation

“Falling Boundaries” depicts collages of historical imagery of colonial deforestation and photos of the present day destruction left behind. Photo courtesy of David Ellingsen. David Ellingsen is presenting his latest work “Falling Boundaries” at the Old School House Gallery opening this weekend on July 29. “Falling Boundaries” depicts collages of historical imagery of colonial deforestation and Ellingsen’s photos of the present day destruction left behind. “We’ve seen the loss of one of the great primary forests of the world here in the Pacific Northwest, BC and Washington and Oregon over the past one hundred years. So I wanted to speak directly to that last century.” Ellingsen works predominantly in long-term projects with a focus on climate, biodiversity and the forest. Photo courtesy of David Ellingsen Photography. “It was just what was done and it was the norm. But I really think that sort of construct shouldn’t last any longer. It’s just been so utterly destructive to the natural world that it really needs to be looked at seriously.” Ellingsen grew up on Cortes Island, and after a career in commercial photography, decided to break into the art world with projects focused on climate, biodiversity and the forest. Listed here are the opening hours for the upcoming show at the Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery: OPENING RECEPTION Friday, July 29 6-9 p.m. ARTIST TALK Friday, Aug. 5 8 p.m. GALLERY HOURS Friday, July 29 6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 30 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 31 2-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 2-6 p.m. Listen below for more details on David Ellingsen’s upcoming show:...
Local farmer works to provide local crops despite challenging climate in recent years

Local farmer works to provide local crops despite challenging climate in recent years

Reef Point Farm has been an established farm for decades on Cortes Island and Sarah has taken up the mantle of working the land. Photo courtesy of Weaver Films. Sara Stewart, a local produce farmer on Cortes Island, has been running her market garden called Wildflower Produce for years, but recently, with unpredictable weather patterns, she says she could be in for a difficult year. “During last year’s heat wave, the cherries literally cooked on the tree,” Stewart said. “Last June 15th, I started picking cherries. And then this year, they’re at least a month away from being ripe. And I don’t actually know if they’re going to ripen because we’ve had such a wet season,” she added. Sarah has access to upwards of 450 fruit trees on Reef Point Farm where she leases land, but wonders if any will bear fruit this year due to our wet and cold spring in 2022. Photo courtesy of Weaver Films. Stewart’s issues growing during this year’s unseasonably cold and wet spring have been echoed with by other local farmers, she said, and small scale and large scale fruit producers have reported a lag in production or a total lack of production entirely across the province. Running her business out of Reef Point Farm, Stewart also commented on how the economic situation is having an effect on her work. “The inflation as well has affected a lot of farms this year” she said. “It’s been challenging to try and balance the higher cost for farmers. Like all of my supplies went up and the quality of them also went down for a lot of...