Voices of the River

Voices of the River, a documentary about the Nanaimo River watershed by Nanaimo filmmaker Paul Manly, will premiere at Nanaimo Centre Stage, 25 Victoria Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, on Friday, September 21, 2012, with two screenings.

The 7:00 pm screening (doors open at 6:30) will be followed by a question and answer session and a live performance by acoustic musicians Wind Weaver, Terry Mack, Paul Beezoyen, and Brian Hazelbower who are featured in the soundtrack. Tickets are $15 and are available online at ManlyMedia.com. The 9:30 pm screening (doors open at 9:15) will be followed by a live performance by Shane Philip, Tongue and Groove, and Prince Pauper who are also featured in the soundtrack. Tickets are $20 and are also available online. Proceeds from this event will go towards the educational component of the Nanaimo River Stewardship initiative and The Land Conservancy (TLC).

With a diverse series of interviews Voices of the River explores the historic and contemporary uses and values of the Nanaimo River. The Nanaimo River watershed is the lifeblood of this community. It is the main source of drinking water for the city of Nanaimo. It is one of the most important ecological features of the mid island region comprising over 800 square kilometres and providing habitat to a wide range of wildlife including rare and endangered species. It is culturally and spiritually significant to the Snuneymuxw people. It is important for the fishing, forestry and tourism industries and it provides a wide range of recreational opportunities for local residents.

There are plans for increased development in the watershed and along the river and pressure from growing water consumption. “There has never been a better time to start the process of creating a long-term vision for the watershed than now. “ For more information, call Paul Manly at 250-729-1254.