CBT: New Strategic Plan Available


Earlier this fall you received an email from us that mentioned we were delayed in sharing the Trust’s new Strategic Plan due to the provincial election. With Election Day behind us, we are pleased to be sharing the new Strategic Plan 2020-2022 with you.

The plan, that will guide the Trust’s activities for the next two years, includes six strategic priorities: community well-being, ecosystem enhancement, high-speed connectivity, housing, local food production and access, and support for business renewal. It also includes two integrated priorities—climate resilience and working with Indigenous peoples—that will be incorporated by the Trust in its work in the Basin.

Trust staff have already started putting resources in place to respond to these priorities and we’ll be sharing more information about implementing the strategic plan soon. We will also continue to work on many of our existing programs.

Learn more about this plan at ourtrust.org/priorities.

Thank you for your ongoing interest in the Trust.

Johnny Strilaeff

President and CEO

Columbia Basin Trust

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KHC/Golden District Arts Council AGM 5:30pm Tues Nov 10 at the Civic Centre

Mark your calendar.

Golden District Arts Council’s Annual General Meeting will be held in the Great Hall at the Golden Civic Centre on Tuesday Nov. 10 at 5:30pm.

Our 19-20 Annual Reports will be presented at the meeting along with

19-20 Financial Statements prepared by Cox & Co.

All Members are welcome.

Purchase your membership at the Art Gallery of Golden.

If you have any questions please send us an email at info@kickinghorseculture.ca

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Help for Municipal Performance Venues

To municipal culture workers across Canada,
We want to give you an update. Urgent action below:

In September, CCNC sent a letter of advocacy to Canada’s Ministers of Culture on behalf of municipal performance centres, largely unable to access pandemic relief funds since March. Our goal was to highlight a gap in support measures and to make sure all performing arts stakeholders receive what they need to survive. 

Read it here.

We’ve heard back, but time is of the essence.

Today, we heard from the Ministry of Heritage. They noted two resources, the first being the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage, and Sport Organizations, which is now closed. The Ministry noted that some municipalities were able to access this fund, though did not distinguish why some may have access when others did not. 

The second is the Emergency Community Support Fund, designed to be accessible to municipal agencies including housing, cultural, and recreational agencies:

“Overseen by Minister Hussen’s office, this fund is open to community organisations from the largest cities to the smallest towns, including registered municipalities or their housing, cultural, and recreational agencies. First Nations and other registered municipal or public bodies performing a function of government in Canada are also eligible.”
Applications need to be submitted before October 30, 2020. More information is available through this website:

At this time, we are not clear on whether this fund will work exactly as we hoped for municipalities’ performance centres, but we wanted to push this information out as quickly as possible in consideration of the fast-approaching deadline.

Given the use of “before”, we advise applying to this fund by Thursday, October 29 at the latest.

Please let us know if you apply and any impressions you have regarding your eligibility. We are prepared to continue advocating to those municipalities in need of support. 

Creative City Network of Canada 

To view the original source of this post, click here.

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TechSoup Canada: How to create inclusive online events

Facilitating Safer, Braver and Inclusive Virtual Spaces

Have you been attending or organizing more virtual meetings since the pandemic? Are you interested in strategies to design online gatherings that can foster dialogue and change?

Join us on Thursday, October 29th, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT, to learn from experts Michelle Buchholz and Adriana Contreras Correa of Drawing Change, on how to co-create virtual spaces that are safer, braver, and more inclusive.

NOTE: The webinar recording will be uploaded to our website shortly after the live event.

Register & learn more about the webinar →

For full details, click here.

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PTC presents UNSCRIPTED: yellow objects

PTC’s Unscripted series brings playwrights, audiences, and the imagination together.

(Vancouver, BC) –  
Hong Kong, 2050: a young woman meets an old man in an abandoned school, and discovers a history beyond her wildest dreams… or nightmares. What is our responsibility to future generations? If changing the past might change the future, how far would you go?

In PTC’s first online Unscripted on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 7:00pm PST, join playwright Derek Chan and co-host Davey Calderon (Dramaturg, Public Engagement) as they bring the voices of Hong Kong democracy activists in Vancouver into conversation with Derek’s play-in-development, yellow objects*. The imposition of Beijing’s National Security Law** in Hong Kong has sent pro-democracy activists around the world underground. Twenty-three years after the British handover of Hong Kong to mainland China, the 50-years of autonomy deal has been broken. Hear the voices of activists who continue to work for the freedom of Hong Kong.

A mix of live and pre-recorded conversations, with audiences engaging via Vimeo and Telegram, Unscripted gives Derek a chance to dig deeper into the political issues at the heart of yellow objects, and offers viewers insights into how the political crisis in Hong Kong is affecting Hong Kongers around the globe. Monologues from the play, voiced by Vancouver favourite Hiro Kanagawa, with original music, will bring the poetics of the political into view as the play’s designers share their imagined versions, live and digital, of the world of yellow objects.

In the lead up to November 1st, follow PTC on IGTV (@ptcplaywrights) for streamers of Derek watching Hong Kong horror films as he investigates their aesthetic influence on the play (spoiler alert: Derek is afraid of horror films). 

*黃色物件 (wong4 sik7 mat9 gin2): n. derog., lit. “yellow object”. Coined by Caucasian Hong Kong Police Force Acting Senior SP (Ops) Vasco Williams at a press conference, disputing video evidence showing police officers kicking a man on the ground, who was wearing a yellow vest. 
**National Security Law: A person, within the Region or overseas, with a view to overthrow or undermine the body of power of the People’s Republic of China or the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than three years to life imprisonment. 

PTC: Reimagine Theatre. For information, visit playwrightstheatre.com
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. 
Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

PTC would like to thank Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

The Playwright would like to thank the Canada Council, BCAC, Province of BC, City of Vancouver, PTC, VACT, the National Arts Centre English Theatre Artist in Residence Program, and rice & beans theatre. The Playwright acknowledges the assistance of the 2020 Banff Playwrights Lab – a partnership between the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Canada Council for the Arts. The NAC English Artist in Residence program is made possible with assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts.


Dates and Locations
Sunday, November 1, 2020
7:00pm – 7:45pm PST
Live on Vimeo – Link provided with free registration at https://sidedooraccess.com/shows/a5gq6gzyYZu0RCewvYFe

To learn more, click here.

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The Royal Theatre is open again!


It has been a long 8 months and we are thrilled to open our doors to movie patrons again!

Before you come please know that a lot of things have changed. Not just physically in the building, but our policies – due to WorkSafe BC Guidelines for operating during COVID-19. Below we have outlined what you can expect. As always, we are happy to speak with you about any questions or concerns you have. Our staff and patrons’ safety is our top priority.

  • The Royal has gone through an extensive renovation during its closure. Some of the things you can expected are: new VIP recliner seats, new HVAC (we have the cleanest air going!), completely renovated lobby that is 4 times larger to accommodate social distancing and new washrooms.
  • We are asking movie goers to please purchase their tickets online through our website at this time. We are at a capped capacity of 50 people per showing with social distance seating and shows are selling out. You can take the chance and arrive at the theatre and buy your ticket at the door, but please be prepared for a sellout. If you have questions or want to be shown how to do this, please reach out. www.royaltheatretrail.com
  • Masks are mandatory in the lobby & washroom area. You can remove them once you get to your reserved seat.
  • We are hoping to bring in Encore Met Opera and Ballet performances soon. Please check the website regularly.
  • We would be happy to arrange a private tour of the building so you can see firsthand what we are doing to keep you safe during these times. Please email or call me.

As always we thank you for your years of support and look forward to welcoming you back.

Lisa Milne


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Kalein – Welcome to Fall Newsletter

Welcome back to fall at the Kalein Centre! 

Though we have missed welcoming you live at the centre these past few months, we have been busy planning exciting events and programs for the Fall.  We have also modified the office hours at the Centre, now open from 9:30am to 1:30pm, Monday to Friday.  Please find below a summary of both online and live upcoming opportunities, with links provided for further information.  We very much look forward to connecting with you!

NOV 25     7-8:30pm

Death cafés will continue through an online series, via Zoom.  Each café is lightly facilitated, by Rayya Liebich, and open to everyone who is interested in discovering death as a teacher and friend, and making a journey through territory where tenderness, love, gratitude, grief, loss and fear, all live together.  Death cafés offer a gentle doorway into a shared exploration of our questions and fears about the interconnectedness between death, dying, and what it means to be living fully.

 NO COST ~ Due to limited space, pre-registration is required, please click this link for more information.

 NOV 2020     10:30am-12noon

Writing is a powerful tool to transform grief and loss. Join us Thursday mornings in November, from the comfort of your home via Zoom, where you can connect with other grievers in a safe space to explore your loss. Using guided writing prompts, journaling and inspirational poetry, carve out time to remember your departed.  No creative writing experience necessary ~ all grievers welcome.  There is an $80 cost for the series.  

~ Due to limited space, pre-registration is required, please click this link for more information.  

DEC 8       5:30-7pm 

The holidays can be an especially challenging time for those that have lost a loved one. The Kalein Centre’s 5th Annual Festival of Lights is a family-friendly, no-cost event, honouring the memory of those who have passed on, and provides support for those who may be grieving.

Please be aware that due to guidelines, this event will be held outside.  Participants will be invited to place candles and lanterns on the pathways of the beautiful grounds at Kalein Centre.  This event is always a memorable evening. 

Please reserve your lantern now at: info@kaleinhospice.org  or  click here for more information  

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FPCC Micro-Grant Extension

We have extended the deadline to November 6. Start your online application today for the Indigenous Heritage Micro-Grant!

This grant supports one-time emergent activities for First Nations communities, Indigenous organizations, First Nations schools, Daycares and adult education centres in B.C. working towards the revitalization of Indigenous heritage.

Funding: up to $2,000.
Deadline extended: ‪November 6, 2020
Start your application now: www.fpcc.ca/login
To learn more about this grant visit: fpcc.ca/program/the-indigenous-heritage-micro-grant/

We are here to support you! If you have any questions, please contact Paulina at paulina@fpcc.ca


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Language Technology Program accepting applications

Language Technology Program is Accepting Applications!  

The Language Technology Program is now open and accepting applications until April 5, 2021. This program provides up to $180,000 in funding, technology and training to communities to support language revitalization using technology. 

This program combines the FirstVoices Program and Digitization Grants Initiative to offer funding and training to First Nations communities, governments, bands and tribal councils, and Indigenous organizations in B.C.

Up to $80,000 is available for FirstVoices projects and up to $100,000 is available for digitization projects. Projects with smaller budgets are encouraged to apply. 

The application deadline is April 5, 2021. Projects must be implemented between July 2021 and June 2022. 

How to Apply
For more information about this program and to read the guidelines, please visit the program page here.   

Please share this funding opportunity with others by downloading the program poster here.     

COVID-19 Program Requirements
The health and safety of everyone involved in FPCC programs, communities and especially Elders, is of the utmost importance to us. While the Government of B.C. has relaxed some guidelines, we are very careful that our programs do not put anyone at risk. 

Check out our COVID-19 resources here

Additional funding available
To see all of the FPCC grants and programs that are currently open for applications click here.

We are here to provide support   
If you have any questions or need any assistance completing your application or using the grant portal please contact Kyra Fortier at kyra@fpcc.ca.   

Connect with Us   
To receive FPCC news and funding announcements, please sign up for our email list here.    

Follow FPCC on social media for updates: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram   


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2021 Exhibition Proposals

Solo or Group Exhibition Application

The Gallery is currently accepting proposals for its 2021 exhibition year. Please submit applications by email to info@revelstokeartgallery.ca or in person to the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre during our regular business hours. 

For full details, please see the Application Form – Solo Exhibition 2021

Deadline:  Saturday October 31, 2020

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Author Reading Series

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
7:00 PM
Free/ by donation
R.S.V.P. required

            Famed Vancouver fiction and nonfiction writer Timothy Taylor, and Slocan Valley author Fletcher FitzGibbon will read from and talk about their writing online on Wed., Nov. 18 as the Zoom continuation of the “Home and Away” author reading series co-presented by Nelson, B.C.’s Oxygen Art Centre and Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.

            The event begins at 7 p.m. Those interested in attending the event need to R.S.V.P. by emailing info@oxygenartcentre.org. Attendees will receive the Zoom link and accompanying event information once they R.S.V.P. The event is free and everyone welcome to attend. Donations are encouraged: $2 – $5 via Oxygen’s CanadaHelps page. Author Tom Wayman will emcee the event.

Oxygen, at 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance), is the city’s only artist-run centre. The Nov. 18 event was originally scheduled last March as an in-person event, part of a series pairing a Kootenay author with one from elsewhere. This virtual event reinstates the series online. A Q & A session at the November event will offer the chance for reading attendees to interact with the featured writers.  

            A short story by Taylor, who currently teaches writing at UBC, won the 2000 Journey Prize. His first novel, Stanley Park (2001), was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and was chosen as the 2004 title for One Book, One Vancouver. The novel was a contender in CBC’s 2007 Canada Reads competition.

            His most recent titles include the novel The Rule of Stephens (2018) and a food memoir, Foodville: Biting Dispatches from a Food-Obsessed City (2014). The Toronto Star said of The Rule of Stephens that “Taylor has composed a tightly-crafted, suspenseful story, and one that smartly plays off the disjunction between the rational world of Stephen Hawking and the ‘lower and darker land’ of Stephen King.”

            The National Post called Foodville “a fun take-down of our obsession with food and the next new thing. He takes to task those who describe dishes with ridiculous superlatives by simply asking ‘Really?’ Is that restaurant really ‘a national treasure’? Was it really ‘a transcendent food experience?’”

            FitzGibbon is perhaps Canada’s only author who is also a practicing Chartered Professional Accountant. He was a prize-winner in Kootenay Mountain Culture magazine’s 2016 fiction contest, co-founded the Nelson Writers’ Salon, and has acted in community theatre and performed as a storyteller to a range of audiences. He recently published a chapbook, A Field Guide to Dream Data—a combination poetry collection and how-to guide for collecting information on your dreams.

He describes his writing as aiming “to reconcile his experiences in the fast-paced realm of business and his appreciation and admiration of the natural world.”

            The Nov. 18 author reading series is supported in part by the B.C. Arts Council and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, and co-sponsored by Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.

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An Evening with Chantal Kreviazuk

Trail & District Arts Council presents

An Evening with Chantal Kreviazuk

Sunday, November 8 at 7:30 pm &
Monday, November 9 at 7:30 pm

The Trail & District Arts Council is excited to announce two incredible shows by iconic Canadian songstress, Chantal Kreviazuk, at The Bailey Theatre this November. An Evening with Chantal Kreviazuk will be a night of stories and songs, the perfect intimate evening for these 50 person shows.

Chantal Kreviazuk is one of Canada’s most accomplished songwriters and recognizable voices and a platinum-selling, three-time Juno Award-winning artist. She released her eighth studio album, “Get to You,” this summer, featuring 11 songs, all written and produced by Chantal with Dylan Wiggins.

“This album means so much to me because it has a positive message throughout about self-love, acceptance and perseverance,” says Chantal. “It’s also the album I created the most independently without outside influence. It’s my essence of recording at the moment and for that I am so proud and happy.”

The choice to proceed with the release of an album during a global pandemic was an easy one for Chantal. “The wonderful thing about music is that it is always welcomed and needed,” she says. “In times of crisis, it offers solace and comfort. Without question, now is the time to release music.”

In 2016, Chantal returned with her sixth album “Hard Sail” after a nearly seven-year break from recorded music. During that time, she focused on raising her three sons and crafting songs. Chantal has written for Drake, Pitbull, Kendrick Lamar, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Josh Groban and countless others. Chantal and her husband Raine Maida released their first collaborative album together as MOON VS SUN, “I’m Going to Break Your Heart,” as well as an accompanying documentary, earlier this year.

In 2014, Chantal and Raine became members of the Order of Canada, recognizing their work with human and animal rights, mental health, education and the environmental causes. Chantal is a founding artist of War Child and has been an ambassador for them for nearly two decades.

Don’t miss out. Only 50 seats per performance!!!

Each show will be for an intimate group, to keep to a maximum of fifty people. Only individuals from the same household, or your “double bubble”, may be seated together.

Tickets are $50.

Patron of the Arts members will be able to buy tickets 24 hours in advance from 12 noon on Monday, October 26. Tickets will go on sale to the general public from noon on Tuesday, October 27.

For those who already have a Patron of the Arts membership please click here for details on how to purchase in advance online.

For those who wish to buy a new membership to access the advance ticket purchase, please purchase your membership by 10 am on Monday, October 26 to get email access. Memberships are $15 annually.

Tickets and memberships may only be purchased online at thebailey.ca, or by phoning the Box Office at 250-368-9669 from Monday to Friday from 12-4 pm.

Anyone attending will have to adhere to our safety protocols to ensure physical distancing. Full safety details are available on trail-arts.com. We will also be giving out full refunds to anyone who can no longer attend if they feel ill.

No physical tickets will be issued for this performance. Please print your receipt and bring it with you to the show.

This show is made possible thanks to funding from the Government of British Columbia, BC Arts Council, Creative BC, and Canadian Heritage.



To view the full announcement, click here

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In Love

In Love

Concert and online auction are being readied for your delight.

Vancouver – Isn’t being in love the most delicious feeling?  Or maybe it’s a whole lot of feelings – wonderment, excitement, happiness, bewilderment!   On Saturday November 7th at 7pm, Laudate Singers steps into the world of musical theatre to celebrate being In Love.  

Our singers will share solos and duets that speak to them. It’s an opportunity for you to get to know them a little differently as they leave their singing mates behind and take centre stage on their own.  Hear familiar and not-so-familiar songs from Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, Once, Brigadoon, and other musicals. 

This is a concert to fundraise for Laudate’s season. A donation of $40 gives you the link to enjoy the live-streaming concert, a $40 tax receipt and the good feeling of helping ensure that Laudate Singers keeps on singing, pandemic or not!  You can watch the concert as it happens on November 7th evening, at a later date and as many times as your heart desires. 


The second aspect to our fundraising this fall is an Online Auction! Running from Wednesday October 28th until Sunday November 8th, everyone is welcome to browse the auction site, poke through the items, learn about the donors, and make bids. When the auction ends, you will be informed whether you have made the highest bid on an item, will pay securely online through the auction site, and we will be in touch to deliver the item to you. We are so grateful to individuals and the business community for supporting us with auction item donations! They know the value of music and are happy to keep local musicians like Laudate Singers alive and well.

While you’re waiting for the auction to begin, be in touch with us to say you will help Laudate Singers keep on singing. Our manager, Miriam Davidson, will happily return your email to info@laudatesingers.com or message left at 604-729-6814. Your $40 donation gives you access to the concert and a charitable tax receipt.  

What are we fundraising for? Our desire is to keep our singers singing and return to traditional live concerts as soon as possible!  While public health considerations may necessitate changes, we anticipate live-streaming concerts with just a few in the audience.

Buon Natale, an Italian Baroque Christmas ~ Sunday December 13th, 3pm.  Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat with Baroque Chamber Orchestra. Violinist Nancy Di Novo and others will join us to herald the Christmas season.

Return to the British Isles ~ Saturday March 13th, 8pm. Six years ago we explored music from the British Isles and we’re heading back! Works from English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish composers with a new commission by our own composer-in-residence Emile Deedes-Vincke. 

Songs of Canada ~ Saturday May 15th, 8pm.  Our Explorations end with a bit of time travel to enjoy the program that was cancelled last spring because of the pandemic. We’ll celebrate Canadian music and the inspiring individuals who wrote it with a showcase of brilliant works, local composers, past Laudate commissions and a new one from Emile.


Dates and Locations

Gala Concert: Sat., Nov. 7, 7 pm. Email info@laudatesingers.com or call 604-729-6814. For a minimum $40 donation, you get a private link to the live stream event.

Online silent auction: Weds., Oct. 28 @ 9 am to Sun., Nov. 8 @ 6 pm. Go to www.32auctions.com/Laudate2020 to browse for free and bid on a wide variety of items.


Laudate Singers, founded in 1995 by current Artistic Director Lars Kaario, is a chamber choir that strives to foster the development of professional musicians and enrich the cultural fabric of our community. Laudate Singers presents repertoire across periods, cultures and genres.

A committed champion of Canadian choral music, Laudate Singers commissions and performs new Canadian works. Since 1995, the choir has been mentoring and nurturing young composers through its composer-in-residence programme. Our audiences are often the first to ever experience new works by established and emerging composers.

The choir has recorded seven critically-acclaimed CDs: Christmas Journey, Songs of Heaven and Earth, A Baroque Christmas, Celtic Journey, Voices, Sax & Syn, Voice of the Tango, and Mystics & Lovers.

Laudate Singers firmly believe that music cannot happen in a vacuum; community outreach and collaboration are pillars of the choir’s mandate.

Web: www.laudatesingers.com | www.32auctions.com/Laudate2020
Instagram: @laudatesingers

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Youth Empowered Speakers Program accepting applications

Investing In Our Next Generation Of Language Leaders

Learn your language while working towards a rewarding career!

We are now accepting applications for the Youth Empowered Speakers (YES) Program.

The YES Program is for B.C. First Nations youth between the ages of 18-30 who want to become fluent in their language while pursuing a career in language revitalization. Eligible applicants must be a member of a First Nations community in B.C., but they are not required to live in their community.

The program includes training, paid work internships and mentor-apprentice language learning in three streams: 
1.    Community Revitalizationist – For high school graduates interested in language revitalization work
2.    Early Childhood Immersion Educator – For students studying Early Childhood Education
3.    Language Immersion Teacher – For students enrolled in a Bachelor of Education Program

The aim of mentor-apprentice learning is to create fluent speakers where a mentor is paired with an “apprentice” or learner. It is a one-on-one immersion method where the mentor and apprentice spend time doing everyday activities, while using the language at all times. 

The application deadline is Dec. 7, 2020. The program runs between April 2021 and March 2022.

Apply now!
For more information and to read the guidelines click here. To apply on the FPCC Grant Portal click here

We are here to help
If you need any assistance with your application or questions, please contact: Aurora at yes@fpcc.ca 

Additional opportunities
We have additional funding opportunities and programs available.Please visit our website for details.


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Alliance Mail / Attack of the killer robots.

With BC going to the polls this week, and America on the verge of an especially critical election, there are political articles, hot takes, and memes aplenty circulating. We’re also nearing Halloween, so let’s dig into the spookiest thing of all: online disinformation.

Whether it’s targeted and deliberate fake news, an inelegant Facebook troll job, or simply satire gone wrong, we’ve all encountered disinformation at some point on social media. How can you tell when a story is real, fake, or somewhere in between? How do you know when a Twitter account has been planted to antagonize you, or to amplify your rage over an issue you care about?

There are ways to tell. Does the account only ever seem to post about political issues with little identifying personal information? Are their posts inflammatory and meant to sway emotion (whether they agree with your views or not)? Are they posting articles from unreliable sources, or four years out-of-date? Do they have an unwieldy Twitter handle full of numbers, or a Facebook profile photo that seems to have been pulled from a Google search?

Here are some resources to help you on your journey to weed out the bots. FactCheck.org has a primer here. Online quizzes like Spot the Troll and Bad News will test your ability to discern bad facts and bad faith actors. Websites like Snopes can help you sniff out the truth behind individual stories. And tools like Botometer, while imperfect, can give you an idea of the reliability of the account you’re interacting with.

Educating ourselves and our loved ones on online disinformation is one way we can take action during election season, and year-round. 


P.S. Spoiler for next week’s newsletter: look out for a big announcement on our previously announced event, Why Art? Why Now?

To read the newsletter, click here.

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Indigenous directors explore pandemic life through short films in NFB online project

‘It was almost like … learning how to be more vulnerable through documentation’

Rhiannon Johnson · CBC News · Posted: Oct 14, 2020 5:03 PM ET

Two Indigenous directors have made short films about the COVID-19 pandemic that are being featured in a National Film Board of Canada online project called The Curve. 

The project offers a personal look into the experiences of filmmakers, animators and digital storytellers, and how their lives have been changed by the pandemic. 

When the pandemic hit Toronto, Ojibway filmmaker Cole Forrest and his partner left their apartment in the city and returned to their home community of Nipissing First Nation, near North Bay, Ont. 

For Forrest, this return forced him to face his fears and resulted in him reconnecting with his community in a new way.

“A lot of the pandemic has been based around my anxiety,” said Forrest. 

“I thought coming home was also a way of healing those things because this is a safe space.”

The title of his film is Nbisiing, which is the Ojibway name for Lake Nipissing — nibi means water. 

Forrest said the film is about his love for his community and that through the filmmaking process, his bond with the community, the land and the water was deepened.

To read the full article, click here.

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Photo courtesy the artist, Kristy Gordon

How to Submit to Commercial Galleries with Kristy Gordon

Saturday, December 5, 2020

2:00 – 5:00 PM


Total Fee: $60.00

Oxygen Art Centre is excited to offer a short, online workshop titled, How to Submit to Commercial Galleries led by internationally renowned professional artist Kristy Gordon. On Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 2:00 -5:000 pm Gordon will unveil the practical steps you can take to develop a connection with a commercial gallery.

This course is for artists that are interested in obtaining professional representation in order to help promote and sell their work, so they can focus on creating. In this course artists will learn how to make initial contact with a gallery; how to prepare a professional artist C.V., Biography, and Artist’s Statement; and how to select the images to submit. It will also cover current techniques for building connections with galleries using Instagram. Through lecture, discussions, and individual feedback, this workshop will demystify how to gain representation by a commercial gallery.

“It really is wonderful to have an artist like Kristy Gordon living within our midst, and who is willing to share her experience and knowledge of the artworld and how it works,” says Oxygen’s Education Coordinator, Natasha Smith.

Kristy received her MA from the New York Academy of Art and has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and China. Kristy has taught drawing and painting classes internationally since 2008 at institutions and academies including the New York Academy of Art, The National Academy (New York City), and Art Escape Italy (Florence). Her paintings hang in more than 600 collections worldwide and is represented by two prominent commercial galleries: Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor, New York and Cube Gallery in Ottawa, Canada.

For more information on this course and to register please visit www.oxygenartcentre.org and contact education@oxygenartcentre.org.

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There’s still time to register

Have You Registered Yet?
Arts BC is excited to be partnering with Island Mountain Arts to present this year’s digital Northern Exposure Conference! 

Our friends from Island Mountain Arts will be bringing their 6th annual Northern Exposure Conference to a computer near you! Each year, the conference has brought together folks from the music and arts industry across rural and urban British Columbia to share ideas on the sector, access professional development and foster support networks. 

This year’s virtual gathering will have a strong emphasis on sustainability and the need for systems change to ensure more support overall for working artists and cultural workers. Registrants can look forward to four days of online workshops, panels, artist showcases and keynote conversations from OCT 22-25.

📣 During the conference you can find our very own Arts BC Director, Program & Services, Elliott Hearte presenting and moderating at the following: 

Funding & Support Roundup
OCT 23, 10:30AM-12:00PM (PST)

Bridging the Gap: Accessibility in the Arts
OCT 24, 7:30PM-8:30PM (PST)
ASL Interpretation will be provided at this event

For more on the programming schedule visit here, or click the button below to learn how you can register now to join the conference.

✅ Register Now ✅

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8 reasons to try crowdfunding today

Does crowdfunding actually work? 8 convincing reasons for your nonprofit to try crowdfunding today

Learn more about how our crowdfunding services can help you generate serious revenue — join our free webinar on Oct. 22. Details and registration here.

Everyone in the nonprofit sector knows what it’s like to be stretched too thin. Chances are, your organization is overworked, underfunded, and putting out fires left and right. We all choose this path because we want to make a difference and help solve issues we’re truly passionate about. But when you’ve barely got the resources to address your core mission, spending time learning about new ways to fundraise can feel like an insurmountable task — even if they have the potential to bring in more funds and spread your message to a wider group of people.

Trust us — we get it. That’s why we designed our platform carefully, with the goal of breaking down the barriers that prevent nonprofits from trying out crowdfunding and online giving. Experimenting with new technology can often feel like a big risk, especially if there’s no real problem with the way you’re doing things now. You might be thinking, “but what if it doesn’t work out, and I’ve invested time, money, and energy for nothing?”

The good news is that we can offer real solutions to make implementing crowdfunding an effortless no-brainer. Read on for our simple, clear-cut explanation of what crowdfunding is, exactly, and eight convincing reasons why it can work for you.  READ MORE

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CharityVillage launches new crowdfunding service

CharityVillage introduces their crowdfunding solution to help organizations meet their fundraising goals and attract new donors online

CharityVillage, trusted partner to the Canadian nonprofit sector, is pleased to announce the launch of our next generation crowdfunding platform that will help organizations reach new donors and build a sustainable future. In partnership with Canadian headquartered crowdfunding pioneer FundRazr, CharityVillage is expanding the options for nonprofit organizations and charities to embrace new technology to meet their fundraising goals and attract new donors with engaging virtual campaigns.

“A hallmark of our support for Canadian nonprofits and charities over the past 25 years has been our focus on assisting the sector to integrate new forms of technology to perform their mission work more effectively and efficiently,” Mary Barroll, CharityVillage General Counsel and VP of Media Affairs says, “so developing new virtual fundraising tools for nonprofits is a natural progression of our history.” During our earliest days in 1995, that meant setting up computers to show nonprofit professionals how to use the Internet for both sides of the hiring equation — for employers to recruit qualified professionals on our niche job board and for jobseekers to find meaningful nonprofit opportunities. Over the decades, we’ve pioneered new technology throughout our evolution as Canada’s recruitment platform dedicated exclusively to the nonprofit sector with free webinars, online publications, podcasts and social media and encouraged early adoption of online training by launching 13 e-learning courses for nonprofit professionals, all of which were updated last year. Fast forward to 2020, we’re proud that CharityVillage has helped organizations take their hiring entirely virtual, for safety and efficiency, with our new video interviewing services.  READ MORE

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