ARTiculate – Fall / Winter CALL FOR EVENT LISTINGS


ARTiculate  magazine is now accepting listings for our Fall 2020 / Winter 2021 Events Calendar, listing events occurring October through April (the magazine will be distributed the beginning of October)

The calendar is a great way to help publicize your workshop, concert, film, performance, recital or art exhibition.

The deadline for submitting listings for Fall / Winter events is Friday August 21

Arts, culture and heritage event listings are  free, thanks in part to funding support from the Province of BC through BC Arts Council.

Event listings will only be accepted through this link, or the form on the WKRAC website:

Sorry, we cannot accept events submitted any other way. Please note the following restrictions, due to space limitations:

Free event listings are only formatted as follows (max. six lines, no descriptive sentences).  Longer submissions will be edited:

Type of event: Music Festival

Title of event: Kaslo Jazz Etc.

Date/Time: July 31- Aug. 2

Location: Kaslo Bay Park, Kaslo

Contact info: 250-353-7577

Free event listings are limited to three per organization/venue, due to space limitations. If your venue has ongoing programming or series (exhibitions, concerts, etc.) your options are as follows:

  • Choose three specific events to list.
  • List the whole series as one listing, using start date of the first event and end date of the last event and “Refer to website for details” under “Date/Time.” Your listing will be placed in the “Ongoing” section of the calendar.
  • Purchase a display ad, in which you can list all of your events and dates separately.
  • Copies of  ARTiculate  are distributed to cultural venues throughout the East and West Kootenay, including theatres, bookstores and galleries, as well as hotels, resorts, coffee shops and other high traffic areas. The magazine is also distributed to tourist information centres throughout the region.

For information on rates for ARTiculate display ads and for our Artists, Writers, Musicians . . . at Work ads, contact Natasha at:


ARTiculate magazine is a project of the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council

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Summer Fun!


Touchless everything coming right up!

We are in the final phase of a 2-year renovation project thanks to funding from Canadian Heritage Cultural Spaces Canada, the Columbia Basin Trust and Heritage BC. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s getting a make-over!

We’ve completed the Capitol Theater’s Fire Alarm / Deluge project just before covid hit.Thank yous to Sam Ellison, the City’s Building Inspector, John Matosevic (Kootenay Lake Electrical), Grant Day (Trainor Mechanical), Rick Maida (Fire Department), Terry Brennan (Capitol Theatre Technical Director) and Dale Norman, Engineer. Thank you to all other trades people involved!


Trail Jingles – Super warm and fuzzy covid-love in.

Dr. Bonnie’s Good Times Guide

Arts Festivals Go Online

The next couple of months sees a number of Canadian festivals present online programming from live music to film, art to theatre, there’s something for everyone.

Bard on the Beach has put together some creative, educational and behind the scenes programming and activities, including virtual wine tasting, to keep you in the bard spirit.
Culture Days 2020 (Sept. 25-Oct.25) Unexpected Intersections – encouraging creative and outside-the-box thinking to reveal new avenues of discovery, learning, and expression.
Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival (September 4 – 6) will take their event online to continue bringing the community together to enjoy music and art. Schedule coming soon.
– Nelson International Mural Festival – From August 14 to 16 street artists, muralists, creators, and art enthusiasts join the festival from the local, national, and international art scene.
Ryga Arts Festival, from August 15-23, will showcase a range of online and in person events by authors, actors, filmmakers and musicians from Summerland and across the country.
Salmon Arm ROOTS and BLUES Festival (August 14-16) will include 2 hours of online programming each night, accessible for free to everyone, everywhere, across all 140 Black Press Media websites.
Toronto International Film Festival (September 10–19), includes digital screenings of 50 new feature films, five programmes of short films, virtual red carpets, interactive talks, film cast reunions, and Q&As.
Vancouver International Film Festival, running September 24 – October 7, will be presented as an online festival showcasing 100 feature films including international and Canadian features and documentaries.

Don’t forget to check our Facebook and Instagram for links to online resources and updates!

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New Oral Histories Program – Apply Now!

The FPCC Heritage Program is excited to launch the Oral Histories Program!
This program is currently accepting applications. Deadline: September 10, 2020 4:00 p.m.

The Oral Histories Program (OHP) supports the recording of oral histories focused on how Indigenous communities and individuals in B.C. have survived and lived through difficult times in the past. Elders and Knowledge Keepers will work with a family member or support person to share  stories.

These oral histories may include: 

  • personal and shared experiences, and lessons learned,
  • ways of managing difficult circumstances,
  • land and community-based activities that promoted resiliency and/or
  • other experiences from the past that will guide and inspire future generations.

Stories will be collected and become part of a permanent, online living archive on the First Peoples’ Map. The archive will inform future generations about how Indigenous communities and peoples adapt to current and future challenges such as Covid-19 and climate change.

Program Details 
Successful grant recipients will be provided with online training to conduct oral history interviews, develop questionnaires, transcribe information and  manage data. Training will include skills for using technology and uploading information on the First Peoples’ Map. Interviews will occur over the phone, online or in house on a recording device or self-recorded on video.

Funding through the OHP is available up to $3,000.

Eligibility for OHP includes being an Indigenous person(s) from B.C. who is 19 years of age or older and demonstrated experience working with Indigenous history and cultural heritage. Please review the program guidelines for the full eligibility requirements. All project activities must adhere to FPCC’s COVID-19 requirements as stated in the program guidelines.

How to Apply 

For additional program information, eligibility and approved expenses, please visit the Oral Histories Program page.

Please share this funding opportunity with others by downloading the program poster [PDF]

If you have any questions or need any assistance completing your application or using the grant portal please contact us:
Karen Aird, Heritage Manager
Email: Tel. 250-319-5682.

Additional Links:
FPCC COVID-19 Information and Resources
All current FPCC Funding Opportunities

Warm regards,

Emmy McMillan
Communications Officer, First Peoples’ Cultural Council

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CBC News: How one B.C. venue is blazing the trail for a return to live music

David Friend · The Canadian Press ·

Alex Cuba wasn’t planning to be a trailblazer for the future of Canada’s live music scene, but his upcoming concerts may serve as a blueprint for the road ahead amid the pandemic.

The Latin Grammy Award-winning artist is booked to play four nights at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, B.C., starting on Thursday. He’ll be among the first acts to return to the stage at the venue, or any other space of its size in the country.

“Somebody has to take this step,” the Canadian-Cuban musician said ahead of the shows.

“If we were going to just crawl into a wall and become fearful, nothing will ever happen. I want to give my best and I want to make an effort to let people know that, yeah, there is hope.”

Nearly five months into a nationwide shutdown that crippled the country’s independent music scene, a growing number of bars and restaurants are welcoming back musicians under coronavirus-related precautions.

But without a vaccine in sight, uncertainty lingers everywhere.

Huge arena concerts won’t be possible until at least next year, which means an evening of live music will look quite different under strict distancing measures. And while outdoor performances at drive-ins and garden parties were all the rage this summer, the cooler weather ahead is pushing some venues to consider ways to safely provide live entertainment indoors.

Brad Edgett, executive director of the Mary Winspear Centre, is among those hopeful his venue will help write the playbook for the live music community. He booked Cuba as only the second artist during the pandemic to play the conference centre and theatre, which fit 900 people in its largest hall before the virus limited capacity to 50.

Before him, Vancouver country performer Aaron Pritchett stepped onto the stage for a series of four small shows in mid-July.

Ticket holder questionnaire

Preparations for each concert start roughly a week before the show when Edgett’s staff begin making calls to ticket holders with a list of COVID-19 questions:

To read the full article, click here.

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Impacts of COVID-19 on the arts in canada

Insights into the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the arts and culture, based on four Canadian and American surveys. (Click here to view online at Hill Strategies)

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eARTh Studios upcoming workshops & shows


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Arriving ALive: Recommendations to Protect the Future of Canada’s Live Music Industry

The Canadian Live Music Association has released its pre-budget brief for the 2021 federal budget:  Arriving A-Live: Recommendations to Protect the Future of Canada’s Live Music Economy, Infrastructure, and Cultural Impact contains key recommendations to support and sustain the Canadian Live Music Industry.

You may read the brief in its entirety here.

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Call for nominations for Caucus Representatives – Cross Sectoral Recovery Roundtables

To: All Canadian arts and culture stakeholders

CHRC is pleased to launch the Cross Sectoral Recovery Roundtables (CSRR) nominations and elections process today. You are invited to nominate candidates to serve as discipline/industry representatives using the nominations form attached. Page 2 of the attached document outlines the nominations and elections process timetable, as well as the anticipated dates for the first three roundtable meetings.

Key dates

Monday, August 10: Nominations period opens
Thursday, September 10: Nominations period closes (5 pm Pacific)
Monday, September 14: Voting period opens
Thursday, September 24: Voting period closes (5 pm Pacific)

If you, your arts service organization and/or artist association wish to sign up to a primary or secondary caucus, please respond with your name, organization name, email and desired caucus designation(s) to ensure that we add you to the caucus list(s) and/or the general information list for this project.

  • Primary caucus members vote and report through that caucus; secondary caucus members participate in information exchange (observer-participant).
  • Secondary caucus member status is intended for bilingual and/or official language minority national organizations, and organizations with jurisdiction in two or more areas.
  • Caucus change requests sent to by Friday, September 4 will be reflected in the election process.

The governance guidelines are being finessed based on the feedback we received during the vote/poll conducted in late May. The updated governance documents will be available by the end of August, and an accompanying document will present all changes in the interest of transparency. Please refer to the updated organizational chart for a current overview of the roundtables’ composition.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us as indicated below.


Grégoire Gagnon, Executive Director, CHRC – 613-562-1535, ext. 22;
Jane Needles, CSRR Project Consultant – 514-914-2448;
Hamal Docter, CSRR Project Consultant – 647-831-4295;

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On the Table BC: How connected are we now?

An opportunity for dialogue

As we move into peak summer, the new normal of maintaining a 6-foot distance in a mask-wearing society starts to put some potentially unseen pressures on our communities. Social cohesion refers to the extent of connectedness and solidarity among groups in society through two main dimensions: the sense of belonging in a community, and the relationships among members within the community itself. So how has COVID affected social cohesion?

Join in on Thursday, August 13th from 12-1:15 pm for Missed Connections: Social Cohesion and COVID, the next installment of SFU’s Public Square weekly online event series, as Vancouver Foundation’s Lidia Kemeny and others share insights and dialogue unpacking what shifts we are seeing in social cohesion as a result of the pandemic, where the challenges in our social fabric exist, and some success stories that have emerged in these uncharted times.

Learn More & Register (Free)

Ideas for connectedness

Conversations involving community connectedness have been the most talked about topic category in past events across BC since On the Table launched. There are many ways community engagement and participation show up in our communities – check out all the variations on this theme from past events to spark an idea for your own gathering!

See Past On the Table Topics

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RCAC August Newsletter

Join us September 11-13 for the 2020 Sculpture Symposium!

Three new sculptures for Centennial Trail will come to life this weekend.
See the transformation process and witness a log becoming a sculpture firsthand.

We will have more details for you soon!
Keep an eye on our social media and website.

We are running a social media campaign highlighting works created during COVID.

If you are an artist and are willing for RCAC to share your creations please send any videos or images to with your instagram handle and links to your facebook or website.

We have been setting up our past visual art exhibitions for viewing online. Click here to check them out!

The RCAC is looking for volunteers to support programming and operations. Whether you want to help us look to the future by becoming a Board Member, bringing programs to life by volunteering on a committee, or help with social media and website development we are interested in hearing from you!

Please reach out if there is a way you would like to engage with us!

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Two Regional Women Artists featured in Kootenay Gallery Exhibitions


Photo: Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil by Ann Swanson Gross

On August 28, the Kootenay Gallery will open the first two new exhibitions in our post-Covid shutdown schedule. The two shows share a theme of the domestic from a feminine perspective. The East Gallery will feature the art of one of the West Kootenay’s premier artists, Susan Andrews Grace. In the West Gallery, a retrospective of the late Winlaw artist, Ann Swanson Gross will be offered.  These exhibitions will be up until October 31.

Poet and artist Susan Andrews Grace has created a body of work she has titled Domestic Fetishes. Andrews Grace says, “My fetishes are power objects relative to the world of an artist and woman who has done a heck of a lot of domestic work. These are not the titillating fetishes of public imagination but more akin to the original fetish, an inanimate object used for spiritual purposes. Mine are made with the female gaze in mind and carry funny-bone benefits. They invite the collaboration of the viewer in making sense of everyday objects and materials.”

The exhibition explores themes of marriage and domestic life through a variety of media. The two dimensional and three dimensional art objects are subtle, profound and occasionally outrageous. Please be advised some elements of the exhibition have a mature theme.

The second show opening on August 28 is Reflections: an Ann Swanson Gross Retrospective. This show comes from the Slocan Valley community where Ann spent most of her life up until she passed away in 2018. The foundation of the exhibition is a collection of works from Cindy and Richard Moser, which Cindy donated to the Gallery, prior to her own death. Valley residents Sam Simpson and Ann Harvey approached the Gallery about creating a show of Swanson Gross’s work.  The two have acted as the bridge between the Slocan Valley community and the Gallery staff to bring works to the gallery from a wide variety of friends and family.

Swanson Gross’s work is deeply personal.  Sometimes it reflects a somber or troubled soul. At other times, it is celebratory. The artist created two dimensional images, often large scale work with fibre-tipped water based pens. While her subjects were often friends and family, she created numerous self portraits. Her other primary artistic outlet were clay sculptures, many of rubenesque female figures. A cross section of both paintings and sculptures will be on display, alongside a portfolio of cards she had gifted friends over the years.

In lieu of an opening event, a come-and-go style Open House will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on September 25. To avoid crowding, there will be no formal speeches and admittance to the Gallery will be limited to 50 people at one time. Other COVID protocol will be in place and masks are recommended. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Due to the pandemic, the Kootenay Gallery is currently open limited hours, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm, Thursdays to Saturdays. The Gallery is located at 120 Heritage Way, across from the airport, between the Doukhobor Discovery Centre and the West Kootenay SPCA.

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Alliance Mail


Last week, we sounded the alarm bells about potential cuts to the City of Vancouver’s arts, culture and heritage funding. Well, you can’t un-ring a bell, but we’re going to try. City of Vancouver Cultural Services has reached out to let us known that the cuts represent already-delayed capital projects. Thanks to COV staff for the timely clarification.

Apply Now for a Digital Ladders Prototype Lab!

Our free Prototype Labs will help you bring your digital idea to life. Over four days, you’ll shape your project, and come to a better understanding of how to build a strong funding application. You’ll also have access to expert mentors who will work with you to get your idea off the ground. Then, over six subsequent weeks, one-on-one consulting hours will be provided to each project to help develop a project plan or funding application.

Prototype Labs take place in September and early October, and you’ve only got until August 20 to apply. Find out more at the Digital Ladders website, and apply today.

Video Games and Art

Roger Ebert once infamously expounded that “video games can never be art.” The ensuing ten years have proven him wrong. From intimate personal narratives to glossy, stylish thrillers, from fine arts in VR to massive concerts in Fortnite, video games have a dynamic and unparalleled ability to tell an immersive story. Click here for more.

Best of the Blog

Find out what the creative community is talking about at the BC Alliance Blog. Here’s the latest:

CAPACOA and CQT Offer Wikidata Workshops for Performing Arts 

To help build “A Linked Digital Future for the Performing Arts”, CAPACOA and the Conseil Québécois du Théâtre invite you to participate in a joint effort to link up the performing arts to Wikidata, an open and collaborative international knowledge base.
Read more…

Central Okanagan Music Strategy Launches Community Survey 

Lend your voice to contribute to a music strategy for the Central Okanagan region, to be delivered in late 2021.
Read more…

City of Vancouver Clarifies Arts and Culture Funding + Announces New Supports 

City of Vancouver Cultural Services has reached out to clarify that the recently reported “cuts” represent already-delayed capital projects. The City has also announced $3.5 million in new supports for artists and cultural workers.
Read more…

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Heritage BC: Erasure: who will be champions of the silenced?

heritage bc update

Erasure: A Statement on Racism, Inclusivity and Equity

Starting in June, we have dedicated space in our newsletter for guest writers so that they can share, and we can learn from, personal experiences about racism, inclusivity and equity. These first-person contributions help us to ‘listen’ to different perspectives and other worldviews. This week’s contributor asks the probing questions: “Who are, or who will be, the heritage champions of those silenced voices from the past? If you do not look, will you see?”

Erasure: A Statement on Racism, Inclusivity and Equity

I used this word when I spoke as a panellist for Mapping Heritage: Uncovering Community (Heritage BC webinar). ‘Erasure’ continues to have meaning in thinking about heritage in BC.

I am a descendant of Cumberland’s Chinatown. My paternal grandfather arrived in Victoria in 1890 and soon made his way to Cumberland. He died in Cumberland’s Chinatown on April 27, 1924, leaving grandma with nine children (the youngest was less than a year old). The family left for China in 1928—never to live in Cumberland again.

When you leave, who will remember you and your family, especially as the community declines over time through death and/or dispersal to other places offering better opportunities? One by one the families leave, the ‘bachelors’ die, and then—silence. There are no voices to tell the stories, to say “we were here.”

The silence is also about what is valued and by who. In the colonial history of BC, those who settled and remained became those who mattered. Residents of smaller communities on the Island, not known for having a Chinatown, are surprised to learn that the early Chinese population was sufficiently large that they hosted a Chinese Freemason Society in the 1920s, i.e., Cobble Hill, Ladysmith. Or, that their place names are identified in Chinese characters dating from 1897, such as, Cedar, Comox, Departure Bay, Maple Bay, Parksville.

Today these locales are not known for their settlement by Chinese Canadians or any other racialized group with immigrant origins. Even in communities that acknowledge having a Chinatown, as in Cumberland, whose history that matters can be contentious. Today there are walking trails with signage informing visitors of the former Chinatown and #1 Japanese Town located in Coal Creek Historic Park. Cumberland successfully promotes its multicultural heritage. However, in 2001, the land still belonged to Weldwood of Canada Ltd (a forest products company) and how the land was to be used was in question.

In debating land use, the issue of whose history was being valued arose. In Cumberland proper, only one individual remained of the original Chinatown families. An ad hoc group, Concerned Citizens of Cumberland (of more recently arrived residents of European descent) was formed. A ‘battle’ for what was to become of the land engaged the community in lobbying, multiple town halls, stakeholders’ meetings, and even newspaper coverage outside of the Comox Valley.

In November of 2001, I received a call from one of the leaders of the Concerned Citizens. He was seeking an ally to support heritage; he did not know that he had stumbled upon a descendant of Cumberland’s Chinatown. At stake was the community’s heritage, but whose? European, or its Asian Canadian community; a history of the K’omoks People was not even a consideration.

Additional allies were sought. The journalist, Stephen Hume, was an important one; the title of his Vancouver Sun article (January 12, 2002) tells you exactly the dynamic of the moment. “Cultural Imperialism: When Cumberland officials decided to redevelop their bulldozed Chinatown, they consulted with many community groups – but ignored the Chinese themselves.” Erasure. It could very well have happened; however, those who cared were mobilized.

Instead of a rod and gun club, in its place the Village of Cumberland has Coal Creek Historic Park serving a diverse population of young and old from the Comox Valley and beyond. The history and memory of Chinatown and #1 Japanese Town are no longer a shadow.

Who are, or who will be, the heritage champions of those silenced voices from the past? If you do not look, will you see?

Imogene L Lim, PhD
Vancouver Island University

Since that fateful telephone call in November of 2001, Dr. Imogene Lim has maintained a relationship with the Village of Cumberland through the Concerned Citizens of Cumberland, then The Chinatown/ No.1 Japanese Town Ad-Hoc Group, and finally, through a formal appointment to the Coal Creek Historic Park Advisory Committee (2008-present).  She is a founding member and former Board Director of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC.  In 2020, Dr. Lim was appointed a Board Director of the Chinese Canadian Museum Society of BC, which will lead the development and operation of the first Chinese Canadian Museum.  She is also a descendant of Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Racism: Do Not Let the Forgetting Prevail
The guest posts have helped our sector to reflect on and learn from their first-person accounts as we ‘listen’ to different perspectives and worldviews. These posts have been collected together on our website, along with a selection of resources about BC’s Black community and resources for diversity and inclusion.

Taking Reconcili-Action

In July 2019, three BC students travelled to the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nation’s traditional territory to learn what reconciliation really means, and how they can play a part in creating a more inclusive and respectful Canada.

Along the way, they asked key questions including, “How can non-Indigenous people better understand Indigenous peoples and create meaningful connections with them?”

What they learned is now available on a website,  teacher’s guide, and resource guide to help classes create powerful reconciliation projects that will establish meaningful connections with members of the Indigenous community.

Congratulations to Lucas Hung, Leona Lam, Kevin Butchart and BC Heritage Fairs for this inspired work and for helping all of us in Taking Reconcili-Action.

Taking Reconcili-Action has been added to our Indigenous Cultural Heritage resources.

Free Webinars

The Reality of Inclusion when Collaborating and Partnering with Indigenous Neighbours

Friday, September 18 at noon. Register here.

This illustrated presentation details how the Ktunaxa finally became the tellers of their own story in the Fernie Heritage Strategy, an 18-month journey that resulted in a remarkable and unprecedented collaboration of voices and stewards in the Elk Valley. The presentation will touch upon some of the unique aspects of the project process and shared lessons both presenters have taken away.

Elana Zysblat, Ance Building Services
Janice Alpine, Business Development Officer/Tourism Engagement, Ktunaxa Nation

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Chamber Newsletter August 2020


Think Local First…Chamber rolls out Social Media contest to promote shopping, dining, personal services, and buying products in Nelson and Area.

Nelson and Area businesses have been busy establishing safe dining and retail practices with Covid-19 protocols in place .  These restaurants, pubs, craft breweries, coffee shops and retail businesses, tourism attractions are being enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, sitting on outdoor decks and patios enjoying a beverage or a nice meal after shopping.

Those businesses, plus personal services like hair salons,real estate agents, chiropractors, physiotherapist,health and wellness practitioners and  construction contractors such as electricians, drywallers,plumbers and building contractors plus ,manufacturers are what makes our economy hum, every day.  We are fortunate to live in a community that is so diverse.

Nelson is certainly Open for Business, and we at the Chamber truly appreciate the vibrancy this  summer is bringing. Its busier than many expected without international visitors. but we have to stay vigilant and work together to Keep  All of  us Open For Business.

The Chamber Board of Directors wanted to thank you for showing confidence in our community and support for businesses, and we truly  appreciate everything that local businesses, owners, staff and suppliers alike are doing to make Nelson such a great place to Live, Work, Dine, Shop and Invest.

We want to show our thanks, by having you show us your local dining, shopping, business dealings in Nelson and Area, by offering  a monthly prize of $250.00 in business gift cards, from the local business  or businesses of your choice.

It’s easy and definitely worth your while

Rules for entry are as follows:

– Post a photo while shopping or purchasing something at a local Nelson business

– They must follow @discovernelson and #discovernelson #nelsonbc

– Unlimited entrees per month

– Winning entry is selected at random at the end of each month and announced on Instagram

HERE is a link to a video about the contest

Monthly prize of $250  worth of gift cards from the local business or businesses of your choice for the  selected photo-post

The Chamber has been working closely with our Nelson and Area Economic Development Partners(NAEDP) at Community Futures, The City and Electoral Area E and F in getting this message out.

We have been going door to door in the downtown core, with the Keep Us Open for Business  posters.

They are complimentary to the “BE SMART” poster and highway signage messaging through the NAEDP and Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism.

The Chamber Board of Directors thanks everyone for their efforts in helping our businesses get through this, and we encourage you to tell your staff, tell your customers and let everyone know about the chance to show our support once more for local business, and maybe win some valuable gift cards from one or more of our local businesses.

Chamber offers space for local artisans to sell crafts

The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce recognizes the challenges presented to all business sectors in Nelson and Area.  This is especially impact to small businesses such as artisans, and crafters, whose primary sales venue would be markets, and artisan markets throughout the year.

The Chamber of Commerce working in partnership with the City of Nelson who currently run the Farmers Markets at Cottonwood.

There hadn’t been a venue for artists to display their wares, so we are offering up The Station , home of the Chamber and the Visitor Centre.  The event goes Saturdays from 9am-2pm. Stop by on you way to or from the Farmers Market that runs at the same time  just down the street in Cottonwood Falls Park If you know artisans that have been looking for a venue to display and sell their product, have them shoot an email to, or call Trina  at the Chamber 250 352 3433

The Chamber is pleased to be able to provide this opportunity to local artisans, and extend this invitation to take part in the weekly Artisan Market Saturdays 9am-2pm at The Station, just in front of the Visitor Centre, 91 Baker Street in Railtown.

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RVAC Fall 2020 Exhibition Schedule


September 3rd – 27th :  

Main Gallery
Jo C Willems It Just Takes Time
Side Gallery 1
Susan Lind Close to My Heart 
Side Galleries 2 & 3
Kim Dollar Unconscious Awakening

October 1st – 29th :  

Main Gallery
Member’s Show My Latest
Side Gallery 1
Susan Hoyle Reflection & Refraction
Side Gallery 2
Ariane Arbour Daydreaming
Side Gallery 3
Susie Kathol Ceramics

November 5 – 26th :  

Main Gallery
Zuzanna Riha Dreamers
Side Gallery 1
Shea Slager No Path Is Set
Side Gallery 2
Carmin Wesley Chaos And Calm
Side Gallery 3
Kristen Robilliard Astral Peregrinations

December 3rd – 20th :  

All  Galleries
Member’s Show Gifts from the Gallery

Call for Submissions:

The Gallery is currently accepting proposals for its 2021 exhibition year. Please submit applications by email or in person to the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre.

For full details, please see the Application Form – Solo Exhibition 2021
 Deadline: September 30th 2020

Are you following out Facebook and Instagram?  Please Like our page to keep up to date on new shows, classes, workshops and events!


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Beyond the Mask & Call for Art


Stronger Together – an exhibition of MAC members’ artwork

Call for Submissions: “Stronger Together”

The Monashee Arts Council (MAC) will be hosting its third gallery show this year which will showcase art created by MAC members, many who have supported the organization during its 20-year history. The Village Gallery (under the auspices of MAC) invites artists and artisans in the community to join MAC and participate in “Stronger Together” for the month of September. This is an open-theme exhibit for 2-D and 3-D artists and artisans who are current or new members of the Monashee Arts Council.

Submissions are limited to two (2) pieces per artist and need to be delivered to the gallery with application form by August 28-29th. Memberships may be renewed at time of delivery. MAC will need the following information for each piece of work:

Title, Medium, Size, Price (if selling), Description (how, why, when or where), Name of Artist.

(Please note that the Monashee Arts Council will receive 40% commission on any art sold during this show.)

Membership is $15 per calendar year and is open to all who want to see the arts flourish in the area. Please pick up your MAC membership and application forms  at the Village Gallery, 1975 Vernon Street. (Highway 6). You can also request these documents by email:

Happening Now!
Beyond the Mask: a collection of Pandemic Quarantine Art 2020

The Monashee Arts Council recently put out a call to local artists who have created works during the past four months of the pandemic.  The show, Beyond the Mask, is now up at The Village Gallery (1975 Vernon Street, Lumby, BC) and will run until August 29, 2020.  In addition to the submitted pieces from our local community, there is also a private art collection on loan from local resident Ernie Hurd, which he acquired from artists across the county who were sharing their creations during the earlier months of 2020 online.  Make sure you stop by sometime this month to take in the diverse creative works on display!

The Village Gallery is open Monday-Saturday (10am-4pm).  Safety precautions are in place with a maximum number of visitors permitted in the gallery at one time and hand sanitizer and masks available at the entrance.

Thank you for supporting the arts!


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Announcing a new directory of online arts instruction!


Since the onset of the pandemic in Canada in March, many artist-educators and arts organizations have gone to great efforts to pivot their method of instruction to include online arts lessons and classes. Through our national roundtable discussion series, we discovered ways in which The Network could help to promote these new online offerings to help increase discoverability and engagement with the public.

As a result, we are pleased to announce the launch of our directory of online arts instruction. Throughout the past few weeks we have been contacting every artist-educator and organization that is featured on Canada’s Map of Arts & Learning encouraging them to update their profiles and let us know if they are now offering online instruction. Because of the tremendous response, we are able to launch this national directory that is searchable by art form, age range, price range and more.

We hope that this directory will be an important tool for supporting arts education across Canada while also enabling the sector to increase income potential during the pandemic and into the future. If you would like to be featured on the Directory of Online Arts Instruction, fill out an application form today!

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BC Transit to mandate use of face coverings

BC Transit, in alignment with TransLink and other transportation agencies, will be proceeding with mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the Province as of August 24.

Accommodations will be permitted for children under the age of 5 and those that cannot wear a face covering for health reasons.

We recognize the advice from health professionals, including Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, has been to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible including on transit vehicles. Customers have indicated making the use of face coverings mandatory will create a more comfortable environment.

While face coverings will be mandatory, the policy will be implemented as an educational step without enforcement. The educational position is aligned with TransLink and other transit agencies in Canada.  

We will work hard to ensure customers are aware of our new policy over the coming weeks, and work together to make transit a comfortable environment for staff and customers.

The Together We Ride campaign continues across the province, promoting the need to work together to make the transit journey comfortable for customers. Details are available here:

BC Transit and our local government partners are working on plans to hand out promotional face coverings later this summer. Stay tuned for more details!

For more details about the mandatory mask policy and BC Transit’s response to COVID-19, please visit or call your local transit office.


“Transit is an important service for many British Columbians. BC Transit’s decision to make masks mandatory on their vehicles will help make transit safer for fellow passengers. Find one that’s comfortable, and make time to get used to wearing them and taking them on and off as needed. Those of us who are able should be using masks on transit all the time. I do and I expect others to as well.”

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.


“Across British Columbia, our response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been rooted in public health. Public transit continues to be an essential service that people rely on, and we appreciate the work of our transit operators to keep these services running throughout the pandemic response and recovery. Knowing your fellow bus passengers will also be wearing a non-surgical mask or face covering will help boost people’s confidence in choosing transit while contributing to a welcoming and safe environment on our buses.”

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena


“The implementation of a mandatory mask policy is in response to feedback from our customers. I am pleased to have the support of TransLink, Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Province of BC to implement this policy that will make transit more comfortable for our customers.”

Erinn Pinkerton, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer

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What’s New – Our Trust Monthly


Celebrating 25 years of your ideas & efforts

No one could have foreseen all that would be achieved, and all the Basin would become. On July 27, 1995, the Financing Agreement between the Trust and the Province of British Columbia was signed. This agreement endowed the Trust with $321M to invest in regional hydroelectric projects and begin creating a revenue stream to support the efforts and ideas of people of the Basin. See the complete post here and follow all of our posts on the past 25 years on your favourite social platform using #Trust25.

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Cattle Put to Work

Cattle lumbering across the rolling land, flicking their tails, cocking their ears and slowly chewing on grass. You wouldn’t think this would be an effective strategy to reduce the risk of wildfires to a community, but a project south of Cranbrook plans to prove it is. In brief, grass feeds fires and cows eat grass. Read more about this project on Basin Stories.

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An Interactive Trail

Starting this summer, the Trails for Creston Valley Society will place nine interpretive signs along the Ka Papa Cedars Trail. Each sign is designed to provide historical, environmental and cultural education to enhance the hiking experience. Read more on how the Trust’s Trail Enhancement Grants can help you upgrade your local Trail on Basin Stories.

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Closer to Home

Are you looking to hire an apprentice for full-time employment? Freightliner of Cranbrook did just that by hiring apprentice Cameron Brown with support from the Trust’s Apprentice Wage Subsidy program which is currently accepting applications.

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In the Beginning

In 1993, the Columbia-Kootenay Symposium asked people living in the Basin how Columbia River Treaty downstream benefits should be redistributed. This laid the groundwork for the Trust’s founding two years later. Follow our #Trust25 posts on your favourite social platform.

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Oxygen Art Centre transmits a remote residency featuring Z’otz* Collective


IMAGE: Z’otz* Collective, Historical Sneeze 2 (series), 22” x 30”, 2016-2017, mixed media on paper

Residency: 22 – 28 August 2020
Exhibition: 29 August – 26 September 2020

Z’otz* Collective, Nahúm Flores (Honduras), Erik Jerezano (Mexico), and Ilyana Martínez (Mexico|Canada), take up a remote residency in their Toronto studio while transmitting updates and studio visits through our online platforms. The remote residency takes place from August 22 to 28, 2020.

The residency has been augmented due to the pandemic to ensure the safety of the artists and community, while also offering an intimate glimpse into the collective’s studio.

Z’otz* Collective was formed in Toronto in 2004 by three artists of Latin American heritage; Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano, and Ilyana Martínez. In a shared studio, they meet weekly to collaborate on works that incorporate drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and site-specific installation. Their work connects to the storytelling traditions of their Latin American culture. Through the wording of their titles, the Collective gives hints to the narratives contained within their works, while leaving space for viewers to create their own conclusions.

Z’otz* Collective has shown work at multiple galleries and museums across Canada including Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Dunlop Art Gallery, Union Gallery, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Cambridge Galleries, and the MacLaren Art Centre. All three members have been awarded grants from the Pollock–Krasner Foundation for their individual practices and have received support from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Z’otz is the Mayan word for “bat”. The direct approach of drawing, their primary means of expression, enables them to create quirky subjects and hybrid creatures. They use humour and play to examine the immigrant experiences of displacement, transition and transformation.

To create their works, the artists use a system of rotation: they work on different pieces at the same time and then exchange them. Intuition and chance drive the process, as they respond to each other’s forms and marks. They converse with one another in a language they invent through the act of creating in community.

The residency will take place from 22 – 28 August 2020 and will be available to the public through Oxygen Art Centre’s social media channels and website.

Z’otz* Collective will also present an exhibition at Oxygen Art Centre following their residency. The exhibition will be on view from August 29 to September 26, 2020 during hours of operation, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. More information about pandemic related protocols will be available to visitors on site and on our website and social media channels.

Artist Bios:

Erik Jerezano was born in Mexico City in 1973. He is a self-taught artist who has exhibited in galleries and artist-run centres across Canada and Mexico. He has been awarded grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and his work was purchased for the Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts. He was involved in community arts projects in Mexico City, where he collaborated on outdoor murals. The indescribable softness of the (often) ironic reflexivity of Jerezano’s work binds together the two places where he has been shaped the most culturally: Mexico City and Toronto.

Nahúm Flores was born in Danlí, Honduras and immigrated to Canada at age 17, after living in Mexico and the US. He holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University. He has been awarded grants from the Pollock–Krasner Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. His paintings and drawing installations have been widely exhibited in Canada and Central America. He was one of six artists to win the Biennale of Visual Art of Honduras in 2006. This year his work was shown in a solo exhibition entitled “The Inheritors”, at the Museum of National Identity in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Growing up in Honduras, Flores was exposed to a mixture of Catholic and Indigenous beliefs reflected in daily life. His mixed media work is a fusion of drawing and matter that is intuitively processed. This mode of working gives voice to his subconscious, resulting in expressive figures and amorphous forms. Although scenes depicted are often bleak, they also reflect his sense of humour.
Ilyana Martínez was born in Toronto and grew up in Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and majored in Drawing and Painting at the Ontario College of Art & Design. She has been involved in design endeavours with prominent museums such the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Drumheller), and the National Museum of Art (Mexico City). Ilyana is a recipient of numerous awards for her drawings and paintings, among these, from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. Her work conjures up places of line, gesture and colour, where contrasting worlds of the urban and the natural coexist and sustain one another to create alternate possibilities. The drawings are layered environmental maps: of the built, of the uncovered, and of the imagined.

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