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Sam Silver, as evil Queen Regina, squares off with director and playwright Dann Wilhelm, as Mother Goose, in White Rock Players Club’s staged-reading pantomime Once Upon A Panto: The Legend of Shenanigans, preparing for a shorter than usual run Dec. 1-20 at the White Rock Playhouse. Fred Partridge photo

White Rock Players persist with pandemic-era panto

Theatrical favourite set to return in distanced, staged-reading

Sam Silver, as evil Queen Regina, squares off with director and playwright Dann Wilhelm, as Mother Goose, in White Rock Players Club’s staged-reading pantomime Once Upon A Panto: The Legend of Shenanigans, preparing for a shorter than usual run Dec. 1-20 at the White Rock Playhouse. Fred Partridge photo
Santa reads a special book at Guildford Town Centre. (File photo)

UPDATE: Santa Claus won’t be visiting Surrey’s largest shopping mall due to COVID-19

All ‘holiday marketing activations’ now cancelled in Ivanhoe Cambridge-operated malls this year

Santa reads a special book at Guildford Town Centre. (File photo)
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5 writers to be feted at first virtual $100K Giller Prize ceremony

One of five writers will receive the $100,000 fiction prize at a virtual ceremony Monday

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Jim Carrey as President-elect Joe Biden and Maya Rudolph as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the Nov. 7, 2020, episode of “Saturday Night Live.” (Twitter)

Jim Carrey, as Biden, mocks Trump loss on ‘SNL’

Host Dave Chappelle opened his monologue by lighting a cigarette and calling it ‘a pretty incredible day’

Jim Carrey as President-elect Joe Biden and Maya Rudolph as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the Nov. 7, 2020, episode of “Saturday Night Live.” (Twitter)
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who lives in Los Angeles, announced his cancer diagnosis in March 2019, in a July 20, 2020 story. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who lives in Los Angeles, announced his cancer diagnosis in March 2019, in a July 20, 2020 story. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
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Radio play time for ‘Fairy-Tale Mysteries’ actors kept off Surrey stages by COVID

Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society keeps busy with podcast production

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A promo photo for this year’s 5X Festival, which has moved to an online platform with musical performances and more.

Two-day digital Diwali celebration to cap Surrey-based 5X Festival for 2020

‘Tripled engagement’ online so far this year, with MainStage event Nov. 14-15

A promo photo for this year’s 5X Festival, which has moved to an online platform with musical performances and more.
South Surrey’s Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann will present a rare live classical concert Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. at Langley Community Music School, 4899 207 St. (Contributed photo)

South Surrey pianists make return in Langley concert

Bergmann Piano Duo presents distanced, small audience performance at LCMS

South Surrey’s Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann will present a rare live classical concert Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. at Langley Community Music School, 4899 207 St. (Contributed photo)
The Bright Lights Christmas Train at Stanley Park. (submitted photo: Vancouver Park Board)

Bright Nights Christmas Train to roll at Stanley Park, tickets on sale Nov. 6

COVID-19 precautions in place for the 23rd annual attraction in Vancouver

The Bright Lights Christmas Train at Stanley Park. (submitted photo: Vancouver Park Board)
NBC’s ‘Debris’ was filming near South Surrey’s Mud Bay Park Wednesday morning. According to IMDB, the series follows a pair of agents that work to investigate an alien spacecraft that is causing mysterious effects on people. The series stars Riann Steele and Jonathan Tucker. (Aaron Hinks photo)

NBC series ‘Debris’ shot in South Surrey

Filming crews spotted near Mud Bay Park Wednesday afternoon

NBC’s ‘Debris’ was filming near South Surrey’s Mud Bay Park Wednesday morning. According to IMDB, the series follows a pair of agents that work to investigate an alien spacecraft that is causing mysterious effects on people. The series stars Riann Steele and Jonathan Tucker. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Chilliwack group The Eddy J Band performed during the fourth annual Fraser Valley Music Awards in November 2019 in Chilliwack. (Claudia Wyler Photography)

50 nominees announced for Fraser Valley Music Awards

Winners to be named during virtual awards ceremony on Nov. 19

Chilliwack group The Eddy J Band performed during the fourth annual Fraser Valley Music Awards in November 2019 in Chilliwack. (Claudia Wyler Photography)
Crowds usually fill Surrey Civic Plaza for the city’s annual Tree Lighting Festival, but not in 2020. (file photo: City of Surrey)
Crowds usually fill Surrey Civic Plaza for the city’s annual Tree Lighting Festival, but not in 2020. (file photo: City of Surrey)
Brian Wielgasz and 32 other musicians are featured during Surrey City Orchestra’s Remembrance Day concert recording for 2020. (submitted photo: Sam Farrugia)

Remembrance Day concert/service recorded by Surrey City Orchestra

Free online event to feature everything from ‘The Last Post’ to swingin’ jazz of the WWII era

Brian Wielgasz and 32 other musicians are featured during Surrey City Orchestra’s Remembrance Day concert recording for 2020. (submitted photo: Sam Farrugia)
The West Coast Women’s Show is normally held every October at Tradex in Abbotsford. This year’s event will be an Online Pop-Up from Nov. 13 to 15. (Abbotsford News file photo)

West Coast Women’s Show in Abbotsford goes virtual for 2020

Online Pop-Up shopping from Nov. 13 to 15 replaces annual event at Tradex

The West Coast Women’s Show is normally held every October at Tradex in Abbotsford. This year’s event will be an Online Pop-Up from Nov. 13 to 15. (Abbotsford News file photo)
FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1987 file photo, actor Sean Connery holds a rose in his hand as he talks about his new movie “The Name of the Rose” at a news conference in London. Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family. (AP Photo/Gerald Penny, File)

Actor Sean Connery, the ‘original’ James Bond, dies at 90

Oscar-winner was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1987 file photo, actor Sean Connery holds a rose in his hand as he talks about his new movie “The Name of the Rose” at a news conference in London. Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family. (AP Photo/Gerald Penny, File)
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Maestro Otto Tausk. (Photo: vancouversymphony.ca)

50/50 lotto players buck up for Metro Vancouver musicians hit hard by COVID

‘Rapidly growing jackpot’ for VSO’s 50/50 draw as they go online with TheConcertHall.ca

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Maestro Otto Tausk. (Photo: vancouversymphony.ca)
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Sooke’s Paul Larouche enjoys gold panning along the Sooke River, looking for small treasures. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

VIDEO: Island man finds niche audience by gold-panning on YouTube

Paul Larouche, 29, with over 215,000 subscribers, opens up about his journey

Sooke’s Paul Larouche enjoys gold panning along the Sooke River, looking for small treasures. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
A study by SlotsOnlineCanada notes there is at least 88 hours of top-rated horror movies for Canadians to consume this Halloween. (Unsplash)

Spooks and Chill study reveals Canada’s favourite horror flicks

88 hours of top-rated horror movies can fill COVID-19 Halloween

A study by SlotsOnlineCanada notes there is at least 88 hours of top-rated horror movies for Canadians to consume this Halloween. (Unsplash)
Walnut Grove’s Shawn Meehan (front) has started another band, Trigger Mafia. This local country rocker has put country on the shelf, and is going hard-core rock with this group, releasing their first single last Friday to radio. It started as a way to pass the time during the COVID lockdown, and evolved. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley musician drives rock revival with COVID twist

Trigger Mafia goes straight from the garage to radio with raw lyrics

Walnut Grove’s Shawn Meehan (front) has started another band, Trigger Mafia. This local country rocker has put country on the shelf, and is going hard-core rock with this group, releasing their first single last Friday to radio. It started as a way to pass the time during the COVID lockdown, and evolved. (Special to Langley Advance Times)