WINTER KICKOFF 2017 – get ready!

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Pre-ski is the new apres-ski

Greetings NKLTourism partners,

Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism is coordinating the first ever Winter Kickoff to promote the start of winter in Nelson, Balfour, Ainsworth, Kaslo, Lardeau and Meadow Creek.

The event will run from November 24 to December 2, and is themed around “Kootenay Style“. Together, we can make this an enticing experience that celebrates our distinctive culture and adventure scene in advance of the winter season – pre-ski!


  • Local partners are invited to participate by offering pre-winter activities, events, programs, and specials. Ideas include behind the scenes tours, workshops, tutorials, live music and performances, film screenings, markets, culinary features and more.

Hosting an event has multiple benefits

  • it will encourage tourists to visit the region during the festival, and
  • inspire locals to get ready for winter (thus boosting sales for local partners); and
  • will contribute to making our region THE destination for winter enthusiasts.

Contact Information

  • Visit our Winter Kickoff Partner page for more info on the event and to register your event(s) on the Winter Kickoff calendar.
  • Contact Event Coordinator John Bowden at with any questions or if you’d like assistance.


  • The goal is to increase visitation during this historically quiet time of year and to generate excitement for the winter season.
  • NKLT will market the event to communities within a 4 hour driving radius (Kelowna, Vernon, Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, etc.).
  • We encourage all partners to promote Winter Kickoff through their communication channels (social, newsletter, posters, in-store, etc).

We look forward to working with you to make Winter Kickoff a success, and to welcome visitors to the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region!

WINTER KICKOFF 2017 – Celebrate Pre-Winter Kootenay Style >>>


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Renew your Creston Arts Council Membership today!


Renew your Creston Arts Council Membership today!

Click Here

  1. Fill out the short form on the website found here.
  2. Bring your payment to any meeting, or pay online using any major credit card or Paypal.
  3. DONE.  How easy was that?

Registration takes only a couple of minutes, and will last 1 full year from your date of payment.  You will also get your own user profile on the Arts Council website to showcase your Art, link to your website, facebook and more!

Membership in the arts council allows you have a say in the direction and operation of the council. Membership fees support council activities and projects.

Memberships are open to individuals, organizations and businesses interested in or engaged in cultural activities and subscribing to the goals of the Community Arts Council of Creston.

  • Group members are eligible to apply to CACC annually for funding from the British Columbia Arts council (BCAC) each September.
  • Members will receive an information page on the Arts Council website with links to their website.
  • Display grid rentals.
  • Reduced fees for workshops.
  • Participation during Arts and Culture Week.
  • Have a voice/vote in the direction of the Arts Council in Creston.
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Castlegar Sculpturewalk Call for Artists 2018

2018 Call for Artists


Castlegar Sculpturewalk is now accepting applications for our 2018 Event, which will kick off on May 5, 2018. The application deadline is October 31, 2017.

Now in its 7th year, Sculpturewalk has rapidly become one of the premiere arts events in Canada, drawing people to the beautiful city of Castlegar, BC and earning the trademark The Sculpture Capital of Canada™.

Click on the Enter button above for the full application guidelines and online form. See you in 2018!

Image: Winner of the 2017 People’s Choice Award, “Imagine the Stories” by artists Rabi’a and Carl Schlichting

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Art Contest – Vote For Me!

On Behalf Of Julie Breton

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Finalist in the 2017 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. Vote for me each day from Sept 14th to Nov 7th and I’ll get a chance to be featured at the art event SCOPE Miami Beach. Merci!


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The Great Dinner Lottery – Updates from the Kootenay Gallery

Updates from the Kootenay Gallery

Here’s a reminder about the Great Dinner Lottery. If you want to attend, you need to sign up for it by September 29. It should be a lot of fun.

Also, please note, there was an error in the update sent last week. The movie Maudie will play at the Old Theatre (formerly the Castle Theatre) on September 25. Pick up your series ticket at the Gallery  – all 8 films in the movie series for $64 or purchase tickets for individual films at the door.

Finally, we hope to see you next Friday at 7:00 pm for the opening of two new exhibitions,Venus Spreads Her Wings by Catherine Stewart and Sway by Katherine Pickering. Your attendance makes a positive difference to the artists.

The Great Dinner Lottery

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The Great Dinner Lottery

For the Cultured Soul

Like to take a chance? Don’t miss The Great Dinner Lottery. Tickets are priced between $1 and $102 and everything in between. For as little as $1, you could enjoy a catered three course meal, a glass of wine and more. It will be an elegant evening of chance and entertainment. At the end, it will be revealed how much the price of your dinner will be.

To save your spot, call the Gallery at 250-365-3337 or email

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Grant Application Deadline – BCAC Grants


A reminder that the application forms for the annual BCAC grants for member groups are available on our web site under Forms.

Click here to download the application form

The deadline for this year’s application to be received is September 20, 2017and can be handed in at our AGM, Sept. 20, 2017 at the Carr building – Creston Museum @ 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.
Please do not mail your application if you have not done so by now, as there is no guarantee that it will be received by Sept. 20th.

Our apologies that this reminder is a little late, however, we strongly encourage you to apply for this available funding. A big Thank You to Tammy at the museum who reminded me that this was outstanding.

Please ensure that the total of the Expenses must equal the total of Revenues or your application will be denied.

A reminder that any project funded by the BCAC and the Province of BC must be acknowledged on any literature/advertising. Logos are available for download on the BCAC website.

We also have some exciting plans for the coming year which should greatly advance the profile of the community at large and the Creston Valley Arts Council. We would like to share these plans with you.

Best regards and see you all on Wednesday

Alison Szpak, Treasurer

Copyright © 2017 Creston Valley Arts Council, All rights reserved.
Box 464
Creston, BC  V0B 1G0

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BC Music Fund September Newsletter

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September 2017 Newsletter

Deadline for Music Company Development is Sept 20

Apply by Wednesday, September 20 for the Music Company Development program. Visit our website to review the:

This program is designed to build the capacity and support the growth of BC music companies through investing in business development activities.

BC-based music companies are eligible to apply for a grant to cover up to 50% of business development activities, such as the launch of new business units, researching or testing new products or revenue streams, improvements to business processes, skills development and talent scouting.

Learn about Music Company Development program

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New to the Vancouver International Film Festival this year, VIFF AMP is a two-day summit that highlights the intersection between film and music in today’s changing industry landscape. This summit will feature workshops on the creation of content for film and television, including composed music, source music and the world of post-production and sound design. Networking opportunities and showcases will ensure that AMP attendees make themselves heard. Check out the event schedule and buy your tickets now!

Grammy Museum Grants Program

Interested in preserving BC’s music heritage? Or conducting scientific research on the impact of music?

The GRAMMY Museum Grants Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. Canadians are eligible to apply, and proposals are due October 1, 2017.

Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials in academic libraries. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. Over $7 million in grants have been awarded to nearly 400 recipients.



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