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Artsbeat: Many will be missing Les Mann
A weekly compilation of facts, figures, and fascinating Cowichan culture:
• Former valley guitarist/songsmith Marty Daniels spent a month looking for the right place to buy in Cowichan. He also got a chance to jam at the Bay Pub and the Willow Street Cafe with Lonesome Don Wilkie and Dave Martin — and twice at the Brig with the Stunt Pilots house band. Marty resumes his local house hunt after his current stretch playing music aboard a cruise ship in the Mediterranean.
• Maple Bay artist Glenn Spicer reports his wife Diane Doucet has retired from her long-time teaching job at Duncan Elementary School. Diane is now pursuing her artistic interests. Good luck Diane!
• Cowichan costumier Mindi Howatt, who own downtown’s former Magic & More, tells me she’s now making clothes and outfits for a New York City movie producer.
• Kerry Davis — Cowichan’s recent Green Party candidate — is now president of the proactive Cowchan Valley Arts Council. CVAC’s 2013-14 board of culture-vulture directors is vice-president Sheila Badman, past-president Judy Brayden, treasurer Lynette Colvin, and secretary Melanie Higgs, plus members-at-large Cory Towriss, Rodger Hunter, Renske Sagar, Dan Mullins, Gail Robertson, Marie Strong, and Pauline Thompson.
• Locally based Shaw Cable reporter Jenn Meranaitz says she’s off to a new post with Shaw in Vancouver. Congratulations Jenn and good luck.
• Condolences to family and friends of Les Mann, father of Cowichan guitarist Colton Mann. Les died suddenly last weekend. He was a strong supporter of local arts, particularly young musicians. Les spearheaded Cowichan’s 2012 Moonfest at Providence Farm too. I last saw Les happily filming Colton’s band at SunFest. We’ll miss you, Les.
Peter W. Rusland has been covering Cowichan’s arts and entertainment community for two decades. If you’d like to add to this column, reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.