The Borealis String Quartet has established itself as an ensemble praised for its dynamic performances, passionate style, and refined, musical interpretation. Featured in numerous CBC broadcasts, the Borealis String Quartet has performed to critical acclaim and sold out concert halls across Canada. In Ottawa, their National Arts Centre debut was featured by CBC Radio on In Performance and The Gazette in Montreal chose their debut as a Critic's Choice event receiving rave reviews. They achieved further national attention as finalists in the CBC Great Canadian Music Dream Competition which was broadcast nationally on CBC Television. In addition to their extensive concertizing, the Borealis has filmed a music video for Bravo! Television at the Chan Centre which was debuted at the Vancouver International Film Festival and their critically acclaimed CD entitled Classic Borealis recorded for Skylark Records was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.
The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division