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Strathcona Country Salon Series: Celebrating local talent over in sweet Strathcona County, Gallery 501 has a virtual display of 87 individual artworks by 54 artists, including impressionistic sky paintings by Melissa Baron, the rustic portraits of Joyce Hill and some amazing acrylic paintings of sea turtles by Carleen Ross. There’s sculpture, painting, even a chance to vote for your favourite piece online for the People’s Choice Award — all from the relative safety of your underwear at home, as much as we miss the wine and cheese … but soon enough!
Details: Online at strathcona.ca, no charge
Before I Get to Turn Around: We’ve praised Mariel Buckley plenty in these pages, but her brother Tim — who goes by T. Buckley professionally — is a heck of a songwriter, too. This new single Before I Get to Turn Around by him was written after receiving a late night phone call from an old friend who was escaping a life caught up in the drug trade. It’s hard out there these days, and music that confronts our troubles can be a lovely sort of empathy you can also tap your feet along to. Hope you’re safe and know you matter and hope this song helps.
Details: On T. Buckley’s YouTube channel, no charge
Punk the Capital (2021): Look over in Saturday’s You section and you’ll find an explosion of punk coverage, so the timing of this documentary streaming at Metro Cinema is nicely timed. When punk rock exploded in D.C. in the late 1970s, it was a mighty convergence of powerful music, inter-generational friendships, and clear minds. Punk the Capital captures that transformative period, situating DC punk and DC hardcore within the larger narratives of rock ‘n’ roll. Featuring recently unearthed Super-8 film of bands like Bad Brains and interviews with legends like Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye, the film explores why the sounds and ideas from this influential music scene continue to inspire around the world.