Fun On The Sunshine Coast

Posted by Heather
In life, music
5Jul 09

     It’s been just over  a year now since we left Vancouver, and moved up to B.C.’s Sunshine Coast.  A lot of my friends who know how much I love to sing and dance etc. were pretty concerned when we  announced that we were leaving the big city, and moving to a relatively quiet, laid-back little town.  Some of them even asked me if I was going to be able to handle living somewhere that didn’t have nightclubs, as they knew that one of my favourite ways to relieve stress was on a dancefloor. 

     Well, there isn’t a whole lot of stress living somewhere like this.  There is incredible scenery everywhere, you can walk to the beach, traffic is almost non-existent, it is pretty peaceful, and most of the people are very down-to-earth.  There is a real sense of community here, and people actually say “hi” to you when you walk by, which is so nice. ( this took me a while to get used to, as you don’t always find that in big cities )  I grew up in small towns in Ontario, so feel very comfortable in this setting.  I love how friendly the people are.

     The area has a very artsy feeling – lots of musicians, painters, sculptors, singers, dancers etc. call the Coast their home.  Everyone seems to support and encourage one another, which is great.  People here love their vintage cars, and they love good music, mainly good old fashioned Rock n’ Roll – classic stuff.  In the summer, if you’re not at a friend’s place having a BBQ,  you’re out on the boat , hangin’ out at the beach, going for a hike or kayaking adventure … there is no shortage of things to do here. 

     Lately, we’ve been having a lot of fun going to Karaoke.  Last night, I finally found someone to sing duets with, which was pretty cool.  I like singing on my own, but have been wanting to sing some duets for a very long time.  I can’t believe I had the nerve to ask a complete stranger to sing with me ( I would never have done that in the city ) but the best part was, we were able to find songs we both knew, and we totally “clicked” vocally – it went really well.  It’s so much fun singing here – all your friends pack the dancefloor behind you, cheer you on, and make it a really good time.  Karaoke night here isn’t just for singing – it’s a night to dance like crazy, too.

     So, I have found many outlets here for relieving stress, in so many ways, even though I have far less stress than I used to.  The people here have been really amazing at making us feel welcome , and inviting us to various activities and events.  I guess this “City Girl” is finally learning how to relax a little bit, and for anyone who knows me well, that’s a good thing … I still have a long way to go, but living here is definitely good for my soul.


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