Douglas Weekly – February 19

Douglas Weekly - Feb 19


B.C. Continues Investing in Music

British Columbia is home to some of the music industry’s biggest names, including Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan and Carly Rae Jepsen. And it’s no surprise why. With over 200 music companies, 270 recording studios and 600 live music presenters, the province is Canada’s third largest music hub. In 2022 alone, the industry here contributes $341 million to the provincial GDP, and employs over 6,700 people.

To support industry success, develop musical talent and help launch careers, in 2021, B.C announced that it would distribute $22.5 million in funding to hundreds of recipients over three years. And just last week, with $3.3 million of that funding, it announced its latest list of recipients, which include 105 emerging and established artists, 21 projects that market B.C. recording studios to out-of-province and international talent and 78 B.C.-based live music events and business-development activities.

“Supporting B.C.’s artists and music businesses helps them continue to create the music we love and contributes to vibrant and connected communities throughout the province,” said B.C.’s Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport Lana Popham.

Read more about the provincial initiative here and funding recipients here


Flying Green
Helijet orders a groundbreaking electric aircraft.

By Liam Razzell

Helijet may soon be the first Canadian carrier to offer commercial flights using electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Last October, the company announced that it had placed an order with Vermont-based Beta Technologies for four of the aerospace manufacturers Alia eVTOL aircraft. Douglas previously reported on North America’s first electric seaplane, commissioned by Harbour Air, and Canada’s first electric tugboat, to ply the waters off Kitimat. Helijet’s new aircraft makes it a trifecta of innovation for Vancouver Island.

Read the full story in the latest issue of Douglas.


Coming up:  

February 20: Women in Trades Virtual Information Session

February 20: Mastering the Narrative Seminar: Women, Business, and Conquering Imposter Syndrome

February 22: Women Building Businesses Start-Up Hub

February 22: Employing Newcomers in the Capital Region Seminar

February 22: VIATEC’s TechTonic Mixer


March 1: Make it Safe Health and Safety Conference

March 6-7: B.C. Tourism Industry Conference

March 6-8: South Island Prosperity Partnership Rising Economy Conference  

March 14: Victoria Chamber Emerge Connector

March 19-22: Indigenous Youth Leadership Training Event

March 21: Saanich Peninsula Chamber March Mixer

March 22: Victoria F*ckup Nights 


April 18: Saanich Peninsula Chamber April Mixer


June 11-13: Local Government Management Association Conference