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All Original Orphans' Thanksgiving returns

Arts news: Brittania Mine Museum reveals big plans



Fall is officially here and that means Thanksgiving isn't far behind.

If you find yourself far from home this holiday—or just love live music and good food—you can head down to The Point Artist-Run Centre for the All Original Orphans' Thanksgiving on Friday, Oct. 5.

In a town where cover songs reign supreme, the celebration puts original music centre stage—this year featuring Lozen and JennaMae & the Groove Section (though they might toss a few covers in for good measure too).

Like any good Thanksgiving gathering there will also be a healthy focus on food with chefs John Vance and Kishan Habib in the kitchen preparing a traditional turkey feast (as well as a veggie option). The meal will also include "John's uncle's famous Whistler Highland Lodge cranberry sauce recipe," according to organizers.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 with dinner and $15 for show only. For kids 12 and under tickets are $20 with dinner and $10 for the show only.

Get them at thepointartists.com.

Britannia Mine Museum unveils new plans

The Britannia Mine Museum revealed plans for its new Mill Show Experience last week.

The "immersive, multi-sensory show" aims to bring the 20-storey mill building and national historic site back to life, starting in spring 2019.

It will "tell the captivating story of the wide-ranging importance of the historic mill building when it was fully operational from the 1920s until its closing in 1974," according to a release.

The project was made possible thanks to $1.4 million in funding from the Government of Canada under its New Building Canada Fund and another $2.8 million that the museum fundraised from "a supportive B.C. mining industry" and the provincial government.

Dynamic Attractions, a Port Coquitlam-based company that specializes in building amusement theme park attractions and structures, will be engineering and creating a moveable skip for the mill to demonstrate how mining equipment was hauled up and down the building.

"The show will transport visitors back in time for an authentic, thrilling, visceral and acoustic experience, taking advantage of the sheer mass of awe and the 10-storey historical mill building," said Kirstin Clausen, executive director of the museum, in a release. "This modern day interpretation of the mill's history wouldn't be possible without the gracious support of our board, the provincial and federal governments as well as the supportive mining industry. We are thrilled to be working with the internationally experienced team VISTA Collaborative Arts to create and produce our show."