Denman Island, BC


Concerts Denman

Benefit concert with Diana McIntosh

On Wednesday, August 10, support the Concerts Denman series by attending a benefit concert with internationally known pianist/composer Diana McIntosh. Combining spoken text and piano, with synthesized orchestra on tape, McIntosh will perform her one-woman theatrical musical work, Through the Valley: Milgaard, a piece that was originally commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for its New Music Festival of 2001.

The 2004-2005 Concerts Denman series is now over. Information about next year's series will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Arts Denman is proud to present the 14th Annual Concerts Denman Series for the 2004-2005 season! All concerts are held at the Denman Island Community Hall and begin at 8pm. Sumptuous desserts and refreshments are available in the Back Hall following each performance, where you also have the opportunity to speak with the artists about their work. Concerts Denman's 14th season is poised and ready to dazzle its audience once again with an eclectic array of shows!

St. James Players
Saturday, September 18

What do symphonic musicians do in their spare time? They play, of course. In this case, the 6 musicians of St. James Players play wonderfully and explore the woodwind chamber repertoire with curiosity and passion. This Vancouver-based ensemble, consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn, brings together musicians with a wide variety of international experience. They perform in an informal style that is both beautiful and spirited. Their shared love of the music that makes up the woodwind repertoire comes through in the intimacy of their playing. This will be an impressive Concerts Denman Series opener.

Robert Minden Duo
Saturday, October 16

Back by popular demand, the astonishing duo of Robert Minden and Carla Hallett will surprise you with found sounds of terra cotta pots, bottles and plumbing pipes, enchant you with stories and delight you with the unusual resonance of the theremin, musical saw and waterphone, just a few instruments in their vast array. The group first made its name in 1986. Now with 4 albums, a Juno nomination, numerous scores for radio and film, and a CBC TV Special, they continue to evolve, performing the most sophisticated music on the most ordinary things. If you have seen them live you’ll be sure to get their tickets early, if you haven’t, you’re in for an unforgettable experience! This is our first Ruth Terry Memorial Concert. Visit the Robert Minden Duo's website,

The McDades
Saturday, November 20

If you’ve ever wondered what is Canadian music, the McDades may well be crafting a new definition of it. The “original” McDades, from a prodigiously talented Edmonton family, join forces with “honourary McDades", two innovative and multi-faceted Quebecois musicians. The resulting music has been called Celtic, but it’s tinged with cultural input from all over the map. Jazz, bluegrass, traditional Franco-Canadian fiddling, throat singing, down-home vocal harmonies and African and Indian percussion are just to name a few of the influences that wind their way in and out of the music. This is fun and funky music that is sure to generate heat on a November evening. Visit The McDades website,

Faustwork Mask Theater
Saturday, January 22

In an engaging mix of monologue, physical comedy and theatre, this one person show is a tour de force that explodes the artistic, cultural, and psychological use of masks. Since 1983, Faustwork have been performing internationally to audiences of all ages with extraordinary cleverness and originality. We’ll see dozens of ingenious art masks made by Robert Faust and experience vignettes that are comic, poignant and surreal. Characters emerge magically and transform through body language, mime, dance and dialogue. Originally from New Orleans, Faust became enchanted with masks from Mardi Gras festivities and has made this his life’s work. Rave reviews from across North America! Visit Faustwork Mask Theater's website,

The Arrogant Worms
Sunday, February 20

Self-described comedic folk demigods Chris Patterson, Mike McCormick and Trevor Strong are on a mission to make you laugh. The three make up the Arrogant Worms, who have been bending and twisting a uniquely Canadian form of musical comedy since they first appeared on CBC Radio’s Basic Black in 1990. If you have never heard these “crusty on the outside, tender on the inside” comic songsters then you just haven’t been paying attention. Come on out and sing along to classics like “Big Fat Road Manager” and learn amazing new facts about your country from “Canada’s Really Big”. The Worms' submissive humour will speed you through the end of February. This is the season’s only Sunday show. Visit The Arrogant Worms website,

Robert Silverman
Saturday, April 2

In a world that sees piano virtuosos come and go, Robert Silverman has reached a pinnacle of musical and technical authority after years of deep commitment to the instrument and its vast literature. Silverman’s playing offers a polished technique, and an extraordinary tonal palette, an uncanny ability to sing its way into the heart of a phrase, and a probing interpretation of the most complex works in his repertoire. The distinguished pianist has played in concert halls throughout North America, Europe, the Far East, Australia, and soon Denman Island on our lovely Yamaha Grand. Silverman’s discography includes 25 CDs and a dozen LPs. His recording of Liszt’s piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque, and his widely acclaimed 10-CD recording of all thirty-two Beethoven Sonatas was nominated for a Juno award. Visit Robert Silverman's website,

A Tribute to a Lover of the Arts

Photo courtesy Denman Island ChocolateRuth Terry was a valued supporter and patron of Arts Denman presentations. She always enjoyed any opportunity to experience the arts in our community. When she passed away in March of 2004, a fund was established to help ensure the ongoing success of Concerts Denman and many generous donations were made in her memory. Ruth would be thrilled to know that this fund will continue to support live music and theatre on Denman Island. She always believed that culture enriches us and brings us closer together.

One event each year in the Concerts Denman Calendar will be designated the Ruth Terry Memorial Concert, an opportunity to remember Ruth’s spirit and to donate to the fund and to ensure its long term viability. This year the October 16th concert by the Robert Minden Duo will mark the occasion. Ruth loved their inventive and evocative music and their appeal across all ages and interests.

Ticket Information

Tickets are available in advance ($14 adults, $8 students) at D.I. General Store (335-2293), Abraxas Books (335-2731) & Bop City Records (Courtenay, 338-6621). $16 (adults) and $8 (students) at the door. Series ($70 - all 6 concerts) and mini series ($38 - any 3 concerts) tickets also available; call Jennifer West (335-1256) or Tim Hicks (335-2255) for ticket information.

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