subscribe-via-itunesOn this episode of Hello Alberni we replay a portion of our “An Evening Out” event where we interviewed Chris Arthurs, the director of Portal Players’ upcoming production of “Reefer Madness – The Musical!”. Chris outlines what the show is about and talks about working with the cast and crew.

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Thanks to Paul Blondahl for the photo above, showing Chris Arthurs, Peter Wienold and Denis Levasseur (l to r).

Also on this episode, we spoke recently with Sandy Bouleau, the musical director of the show. Sandy has assembled an outstanding orchestra to support the cast in this production, and gives us a rundown on who’s in the band.

“Reefer Madness” is recommended for adult audiences only, and tickets can be purchased online through Portal Players’ website at Port Alberni ticket outlets include Rollin Art Centre and the Capitol Theatre box office during regular hours. Advance tickets are $20 each; at the door on show nights, they are $25 each.

The show runs for four weekends on Friday and Saturday nights, starting on February 22.

On a programming note, coming soon on future Hello Alberni podcast episodes: additional excerpts from “An Evening Out” with Dennis Olsen, and a feature look at Pot Luck Ceramics and their unique Fundraising Coop venture.

What an amazing and unbelievable night of music and camaraderie last Saturday at The Capitol Theatre, as we celebrated “An Evening Out” with Dennis Olsen and guests.


For the 150 people in attendance, it was a magical, musical night of beautiful acoustic guitar followed by some classic rock guitar in the second half. All of that interspersed with commentary and background, as Dennis Olsen shared his musical journey with us, live.

Also on tap was Chris Arthurs, director of the upcoming “Reefer Madness – The Musical”, being produced by Portal Players Dramatic Society. Much of the performing company was on hand to help promote the show’s February 22 opening date. Host Peter Wienold and co-host Dennis Levasseur kept the night moving right along.


Co-produced by Hello Alberni & Portal Players, and sponsored by The Graphics Factory, the minds behind the scenes were Wienold and Levasseur, who brought two different skill sets together to help make this an amazing night for everyone involved. Special thanks were sent out to Ken Wiegand, sound operator; Nathan Satterlee, lighting designer & operator and poster designer extraordinaire; Suzanne Levasseur assembled a wonderful team of volunteers at the Capitol Theatre to help with ushering, box office, concession and tend bar. Thanks for publicity assistance to the AV Times and Alberni Valley News; and special thanks to Paul Blondahl for the amazing photography seen in this and future blog posts.


While the first half featured an intimate acoustic set with Dennis Olsen solo on classical guitar, the band Storm Warning joined in for a rocking set in the second half. Gordie Rhodes, Guido Anselmo, and Denis Levasseur rallied around lead guitarist Olsen for an energy-filled group of songs, a few of which were even danceable, which resulted in some dancing action in the theatre aisles during the encore.

Hello Alberni will replay portions of this special “Evening Out” in podcast form, arriving shortly online and in iTunes, so stay tuned.


This week we’re pleased to offer three interviews in a Business Themed podcast.

First, we chatted with Gayle Stephen-Player, the owner/manager of Gayle’s Fashions. Gayle is also the chair of the Uptown Merchants Association.

Also, we spoke with Neil Malbon, President and Teresa Bird, Vice-President of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce for a 2013 update.

We also snuck in a quick shout out to the Rotary Arts District.

Remember, February 2 is our big “An Evening Out” event at The Capitol Theatre – check this website for more information and links to online ticket purchases.

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January 13, 2013

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“An Evening Out” with Dennis Olsen and special guests promises to be a great one indeed. See below for full details.

Tickets have just been opened up for online purchase by clicking here.

Be sure to get your tickets early for a wonderful night of music, interviews and entertainment. Partial proceeds will benefit the Vancouver Island Chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

A Musical Night at The Capitol Theatre February 2, 2013 is very excited to announce that, together with Portal Players Dramatic Society, we are presenting “An Evening Out” with Dennis Olsen and special guests Storm Warning.

“An Evening Out” is on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at The Capitol Theatre. Doors & Lounge open at 7 pm; the programme starts at 8.

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Tickets are $15 in advance, and any remaining tickets on show night are $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available for online purchase now; outlet ticket sales at Rollin Art Centre and the Capitol Theatre Box office will begin the week of January 7.

You won’t want to miss this very special evening out, which includes music, entertainment and interviews. Well-known local guitarist Dennis Olsen will share his fascinating journey as a musician, from his early days, through to today as a performer, recording artist and a mentor to his students.

“An Evening Out” will feature acoustic performances by Olsen, and a set with the band Storm Warning. Host Peter Wienold will be joined on stage by co-host Denis Levasseur, who together with Olsen, was the other half of the Denis & Dennis performing duo.

The night also features a chat with Chris Arthurs, director of Portal Players’ upcoming “Reefer Madness” musical production. Audience members will be treated to a preview of a selected number from the show.

February is Heart Month and partial proceeds from this event will benefit the Vancouver Island chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Be sure to get your tickets early, as “An Evening Out” with Dennis Olsen, is certain to be a sold-out night. has partnered with Portal Players Dramatic Society to present an unforgettable evening at The Capitol Theatre on Saturday, February 2, 2013. Be sure to keep the date open, and keep watching this space for more details . . . .

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Well Hi There,

You’re getting a sneak peak at our new website – thanks for checking us out.

Officially launching in January 2013, celebrates many of the great things about the Alberni Valley. While the mechanics of the site are still be developed, the content is starting to come together. We invite you to stay tuned for clever links, informative posts, entertaining podcasts and much more, all about our little corner of the planet.

A couple of test posts below juxtapose a 45 year old CBC documentary on Port Alberni youth with a promotional video that uses beautiful HD video footage and slow motion.

We’re just getting started – more coming soon . . .

Courtesy of Alberni Valley Tourism

Port Alberni – Discover Adventure from Punchline Video Productions on Vimeo.