Senate News: Canadian cultural diplomacy | La diplomatie culturelle canadienne

Canada must develop a cultural diplomacy strategy to meet foreign policy objectives

The federal government must develop a comprehensive strategy to strengthen cultural diplomacy as a pillar of Canada’s foreign policy.

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Senate committee recommends amendments to Bill C‑69

Members of the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources have recommended amendments to Bill C-69.

Bill C-69

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The wait is over—event registration has launched!

And we’re off! Registration is now open

It’s finally here! Thanks for your patience as we’ve been developing a shiny new event registration system—we are thrilled to launch it today with a few new bells and whistles. We aim to make registration a breeze while ensuring that audiences have a pleasant experience planning out their Culture Days weekend.

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Be a part of the celebration

If you’re new to Culture Days or thinking about participating, 2019 is the year to get in on all the action. We are celebrating 10 years as an organization and planning for the biggest Culture Days weekend yet!

Here’s a few ways to kick-start the creative planning:

  • Need event planning inspiration? Check out our updated 100 Event Ideas for a cross-disciplinary collection of unique programs.
  • Browse through our Participation Guide to learn more about making the most of your Culture Days planning. In it, you’ll find info about our new Culture Days Hub creation system, and our updated admissions policy, which now allows for Pay-What-You-May donations at events.
  • Catch up on our special blog series written by Leah Sandals, profiling a variety of initiatives across Canada working at the intersections of creativity, the arts, and well-being.

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Presentation: Growing Your Business with FTAs

Join us to hear how to boost your export opportunities.

Seize this unique opportunity to learn about the tremendous value of free trade agreements (FTAs) for Kootenay’s active and aspiring exporters. You’ll meet Provincial representatives who negotiate BC’s interests in these agreements and who also assist businesses in overcoming tariff and non-tariff trade barriers.

Presenter: Chelsie Luciani, Senior Manager, Trade Policy & Negotiations, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology.

Exporting allows you to expand the horizons of your business and gain a competitive advantage. Whether it’s new markets across Canada or around the world, Export Navigator’s community-based advisors are on-hand to provide FREE support to help your business grow outside of the Kootenays. Capitalize on export knowledge and resources and invaluable connections made available by this program and its advisors.

Presenter: Michael Hoeher, Export Advisor, Export Navigator, Kootenay-Boundary Region

Wednesday, June 19th, noon to 1:30pm
Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce (91 Baker Street, Nelson)

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Kootenay Savings Music in the Park starts this Thursday!

Trail & District Arts Council presents
Kootenay Savings Music in the Park
Starting Thursday, June 13 at 7:00 pm
Gyro Park, Trail

The Trail & District Arts Council is thrilled to present another great season of Kootenay Savings Music in the Park. Happening every Thursday, and one Tuesday, from June 13 to August 29 at 7 pm in Gyro Park, the 2019 line-up has something for everyone. From Jazz, to Bluegrass, to Cuban Son and Latin Soul, to Rock and Roll – Music in The Park will surely have something for everybody!

The shows start this Thursday with a local triple bill of Trail Maple Leaf Band, Trail Pipe Band and Scotties School of Highland Dance.
Last year’s popular Night Markets return on July 18 from 5-9 pm and August 8 from 5-8.30 pm! The market is hosted by Trail’s incrEDIBLE Farmers Market and will feature beer, wine and cider at our Adult Only Beverage Garden! And, you will be able to enjoy artisanal food from the best food trucks and vendors in the area including fabulous local artists, designers and craft-makers.

“Trail & District Arts Council is super excited about partnering again with incrEDIBLE Trail and we can’t wait to feel the buzz again at this fabulous summer event,” said Executive Director, Nadine Tremblay. “The combination of food trucks, vendors, live music, beer garden and the beautiful setting of Gyro Park is exciting. There will be something for everybody and we hope that Greater Trail comes out to take in some music, dance and celebrate summer together outdoors.”

The first Night Market on July 18, sponsored by Teck Metals Ltd., will feature the acoustic soul, funk & pop stylings of Toronto’s Lester McLean Band from 7-8.30 pm, with local favourite Tony Ferraro on drums. Come early so you don’t miss the market and opening act Brad Lee Whiplash & The Werewolves of Thunder starting at 6.15 pm!

Then, on August 8, Locarno Band, featuring Tonye Aganabe hit the Gyro Park stage from 5-8.30 pm with their groove heavy mix of Mexican folk, Cuban Son and Latin soul at the Night Market.

The rest of the line-up is just as amazing, offering a range of styles, including the Ron Halliday Band, Diamond Willow, Plan B, Fiddle Camp Jam, Willy Blizzard, Devils You Don’t, Holly Hyatt Band, Blue Crush, and Hairlöss.

With entrance by donation ($2 minimum suggested), it’s the perfect opportunity to bring a lawn chair or a blanket, get outside and listen to some live music in the beautiful setting of Gyro Park every Thursday starting at 7 pm.

For a complete list of acts, dates and times please visit our events calendar.

This show is made possible thanks to Kootenay Savings, BC Arts Council, BC Touring Council and Teck Metals Ltd.

Kootenay Danceworks presents
Dancing Divas and Dads
Saturday, June 15 at 6:30 pm
The Bailey Theatre

Kootenay DanceWorks dancers and dads presents our annual Dancing Divas and Dads performance and fundraising event.
Come out and support the amazing moms, dads and dancers!
A portion of the funds received will go towards the Fall production of The Nutcracker.

Admission $18

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Kaslo Jazz Etc – Single Day Tickets And Performer Schedule!

Performer Schedule Available Now

Find out when Ani DiFranco, Galactic, Small Town Artillery and all the other artists are performing. Don’t miss the day of your favourite workshop such as yoga, the craft beer & cider panel or comedy. Click HERE for the schedule details and then

Single Day Tickets On-Sale Now

There are a VERY limited amount of Single Day Tickets for sale! For all ticket and outlet information please click on the TICKETS icon.


Camping Update

Attention Campers! Lovers Wilderness Tent Camping Passes now on-sale. This exclusive “Tent Only Wilderness Camping” is a great spot for families and those that enjoy the great outdoors and the quiet it provides. Spots are very limited – grab yours by clicking on the icon.  All proceeds benefit the Kaslo Housing Society.

**South Beach Campground has under 100 spots left! Don’t miss out on grabbing your camping passes.**

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Member Survey: Cultural Hubs and Districts


We know municipal cultural planners are a passionate group, and this is your chance to raise awareness of culture’s role in building liveable, sustainable, and vibrant communities.

We want to hear from you!
CCNC has been invited to participate in a panel on a radio call in show (exact date is TBD) to discuss the value of cities having cultural hubs and districts. To prepare, we want to hear from you, our members, to complete this 5 minute,10 question long, survey so that we can compile research to share with the audience.

The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, June 14th.

Please note that this survey is not limited to one person at a city and it will not represent the view of your city; the opinions you share are your own anonymous and personal opinions.

What are Cultural Hubs and Cultural Districts

The Department of Canadian Heritage describes cultural hubs as multi-tenant facilities involving cultural participants from a range of sectors and disciplines and may include features such as (a) shared space, technology, and resources; (b) collaboration and exchange of ideas; (c) public access and programming, all with the ultimate aim of encouraging innovation and productivity.

The Department of Canadian Heritage defines a cultural district as a well-recognized, branded, mixed use area where a high concentration of cultural facilities serve as an anchor of attraction. Facilities include amenities like performance spaces, museums, galleries, artist studios, arts-related shops, music or media production studios, dance studios, colleges for the arts, libraries, arboretums, and gardens. Because they are mixed use developments, cultural districts incorporate other facilities, such as office complexes, retail spaces, and occasionally residential areas.

A little more information…

If you would like to table your city’s cultural hub / district as a possible case study or example, please contact

The date and time of the interview are TBD. We will be sure to let our members know once this information has been confirmed. Stay tuned!

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For the second year in a row, Nelson, B.C.’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival is running a contest for West Kootenay book clubs. And for the first time, a separate contest is aimed at West Kootenay writers’ groups.

The winning club or group wins a 10 per cent discount on a festival Gold Pass for all its members. The Gold Pass admits the holder to every 2019 festival event, July 11 to 13. As well, members of the winning book club will meet with festival author Iona Whishaw over lunch on Friday, July 12. The winning writers’ group will meet with festival writer-in-residence Marilyn Bowering over lunch on Saturday, July 13.

For each contest, a competing book club or writers’ group will submit a 250-word-maximum anecdote about their organization. The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival organizing committee will select the winning entry. Submissions should be sent to Deadline is Tuesday, July 2. Please use the subject line: “Book Club contest” or “Writers’ Group contest”.

“We had an excellent response last year to our contest for area book clubs,” said EMLF executive director Robyn Lamb. “At the festival, though, we were approached by a member of a local writers’ group who asked us to offer a similar contest for writers’ groups.”

Lamb said the festival is happy to oblige. “We know that just like there are dozens of book clubs in the West Kootenays, there are similar groups of writers who meet to share and improve their writing. Since the Elephant Mountain Literary festival is here to serve both readers and writers, having two contests just makes sense.”

A full listing of 2019 EMLF events, as well as registration information, is at


Iona Wishaw

Besides meeting with the winning book club, Vancouver, B.C. author and educator Iona Whishaw will be reading at the festival’s Friday, July 12, 7:30 p.m. “Wine & Crime” wine-tasting and short crime fiction readings event. She will also introduce a talk by fellow detective fiction writer William Deverell on Saturday, July 13 at 1:15 p.m.

marilyn-bowering Marilyn Bowering

Victoria, B.C, novelist, poet, playwright and educator Marilyn Bowering, besides meeting with the winning writers’ group, presents a talk on the writing craft at the Nelson Public Library at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11. She will be part of a panel on Saturday, July 13 at 9 a.m. entitled “Can Creativity Be Taught?” And she will read at the Saturday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. presentation by festival headliners, along with singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing and screenwriter and novelist Ian Weir.


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