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Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Erable @ Beban Social Centre
Feb 23 – Feb 25 all day
Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d'Erable @ Beban Social Centre

In February of every year, Nanaimo pulsates with the rhythm of the Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable. This festival is indeed one-of-a-kind: a bilingual event inspired by eastern Canada’s sugar shack traditions. Over the course of three days, festivities include a variety of activities to delight visitors: exciting performances by a diverse range of musicians, dancers, and street entertainers – without forgetting authentic, traditional French Canadian food fare, notably the decadently sweet sugar toffy on snow. Come to Nanaimo and discover our Festival’s truly special ambiance, our joie de vivre, and our warm hospitality.

WiL @ Upstairs Lounge, Oak Bay Recreation Centre
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm
WiL @ Upstairs Lounge, Oak Bay Recreation Centre

William Mimnaugh (aka WiL) is a Canadian singer songwriter who performs music within the Americana (roots rock) tradition. He is best known for penning songs like ‘Roam’, flagship anthem to Travel Alberta’s stunning ad campaign called ‘Remember to Breathe’. He is known for his delicate beautiful songs, but live, he destroys the stage with the attitude and vigour”… possessing a very particular performance style; one that comes with experience; on and off the road. WiL delivers his eclectic brand of contemporary roots inspired rock with band mates Keith Gallant (drums) and Lena Birtwistle (keys/vocals).

His music style is unique, blending elements of traditional country, roots-rock, soul and blues like many ‘Americana’ artists yet he defies the expansive genre, ever so slightly, by adding elements of straight up pop music resulting in a distinctive and refreshing sound. He first hit the scene in 2003 with his debut release ‘Both Hands’. Nominated for three Western Canadian Music Awards including Best Live Act, the album launched his career path as a touring singer/songwriter.

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Advance tickets $20 at Ivy’s Bookshop, the Oak Bay Recreation Centre and online at | $25 at the door

Please note The Upstairs Lounge is a licensed restaurant, doors open at 6 pm for dinner service, the concert starts at 7:30 pm