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The arts made Sooke special

Artists from all disciplines made Sooke a great place to enjoy being

The arts played a major role in Sooke this year.

From the highly successful and well run Sooke Fine Arts Show to the Sooke Community Arts Council’s Art in the Park, visitors and locals had a lot of opportunities to see the talent in town. Sooke is becoming well known for its talented artists as well as its promotion of artists from across the region.

The Sooke Coffee House Society brought in a bevy of musicians and performers to entertain us and the Sooke Harbour Players awed us again with their musical, Afterlife.

Dancers from the Sooke Dance Studio trod and pirouetted their way across the stage and highlighted their love of dance and the theatre.

Arts shows at the South Shore Gallery, the Reading Room, Stick in the Mud and Sooke Harbour House all brought art lovers to venues around Sooke.

The new night market on Thursday nights in Sooke was deemed a success for its first years, as is the always present Sooke Country Market on Saturdays. Artisans and craftspeople found new venues for their art along Otter Point Road at the Barking Dog and the Sea of Bloom.

Music filled the halls with performances by the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and the school and youth concert bands as well as the choirs, ensembles and vocal groups.

If you ever wonder what there is to do in Sooke, just look to the arts, it fills the calendar every month of the year.

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