Oscar winner Minari at the Silver Screen Drive-in!

The Trail & District Arts Council and Royal Theatre present
Silver Screen Drive-In
Thursday, June 24 at 9:30 pm
Waneta Plaza

Sunday Cinema fans we’ve got you covered at the Silver Screen Drive-in! Have your heart warmed by the award-winning “Minari” on Thursday, June 24 at 9:30 pm.

A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, “Minari” follows a Korean-American family that in the 1980s moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. Things get shaken up with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, “Minari” shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. 

The story, inspired by the director’s own family, is named after a Korean vegetable that will grow very strongly in its second season but only after it has died and come back, a poetic metaphor for the film’s themes. A beautifully filmed blend of comedy and drama, brought to life by a wonderful cast playing well-written characters.

“What makes this more than just another formulaic feelgood film is the grit with which Chung evokes the hardscrabble lives of his characters, balancing the dreamier elements of the drama with a naturalism that keeps it rooted in reality.” Mark Kermode, Observer (UK)

98% on Rotten Tomatoes

Director: Lee Isaac Chung / Cast: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Youn Yuh-jung
Genre: Drama / Length: 1h 55min / Rating: G / Country: USA / Language: Korean, English

$12 per person. Limited capacity! 
Call us at 250-368-9669 and or buy online at thebailey.ca and book your ticket now! 

Remember, get there an hour before to pick up your popcorn and get a good spot. Doors close 15 minutes before showtime – no late entries!

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The Royal Theatre and Trail & District Arts Council present
Silver Screen Drive-In
American Graffiti
Friday, June 25 at 9:30 pm
Waneta Plaza

It’s classic car night at the Silver Screen Drive-in on Friday, June 25 at 9:30 pm. Polish your vintage car and drive into “American Graffiti”, a nostalgic look at the 60’s from George Lucas.

“Where Were You in ’62?” On the last day of summer vacation in 1962, high school grads Curt, Steve, Terry and John cruise the streets of Modesto, California in their hot rods as Bill Haley and the Comets, the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and more pump from their radios. It’s the last night before their grown-up lives begin, and Steve’s high-school sweetheart, a bratty adolescent, and an unknown beautiful blonde girl in a Thunderbird provide all the excitement they can handle.

A funny, nostalgic, and bittersweet look at the last days of innocence, all to the soundtrack of the most memorable rock ‘n’ roll hits of the era.  

“A funny-serious movie with gorgeous cars and colours and an amazing feel for the artefacts of an instantly vanished era.” – Empire Magazine

96% on Rotten Tomatoes

Director: George Lucas / Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith / Genre: Comedy, Drama / Length: 1h 50min / Rating: G / Country: USA / Language: English

$12 per person. Limited capacity! 
So, call us on 250-368-9669 or buy online at thebailey.ca and book your ticket now! 

Remember get there an hour before to pick up your popcorn and get a good spot. Doors close 15 minutes before showtime – no late entries!

Buy Now

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BCTC Newsletter June 22, 2021


  • BCTC News: Showcase Applications Deadline Approaching, Pacific Contact 2021, Office Closure, Warming up the Act, Youth Hubs 
  • Member News
  • Industry News: Events & Funding


Showcase applications for Pacific Contact 2022, April 7-10 are  available at I Want To Showcase at:

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 30 at 5:00 pm (PDT).  

Coming up this fall, BCTC is planning to host an in-person/online conference from Thursday, October 28 to Sunday, October 31. The in-person conference will take place at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel in Burnaby with showcases at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Details will be announced in late summer with registration launching in September. 

BCTC’s office will be closed for summer break from Friday, July 16 to Monday, August 9. Wishing all of our subscribers, members, funders, sponsors and colleagues a safe and enjoyable summer season.


As part of BCTC’s Aspiring Emerging Associates Initiative, Warming up the Act provided funding to presenting organizations and festivals to engage aspiring emerging artists. Here are a few highlights of performances supported by the program.

Evergreen Cultural Centre’s Swing Sessions Concerts
Recorded LIVE from the Evergreen Cultural Centre, this concert featured as part of their Swing Sessions, features local artists Sadé Awele and TRS in a virtual evening of Afro-Soul and R&B. View the recording on their Facebook page.
Originally planned to be performed live, their Swing Sessions feature recordings of emerging, BIPOC artists whose musical influences carry generations of sound with them. The Swing Sessions are part of Evergreen’s new, youth-focused programs where the talent of BC’s BIPOC artists is celebrated. Learn more here. 

Vancouver Island MusicFest Emerging Artist Online Concerts
When the Vancouver Island MusicFest was cancelled last year they decided to offer a free online series instead. Over the past couple of months these online concerts have featured emerging, Island-based artists such as Liam Docherty & Kim June Johnson with Jordie Robinson. Coming up on June 24 is Cortez Island based Artist, Jemma Hicken. To view the free concert, visit their Facebook page

The Port Theatre’s Discovery Series 
Live from the Port Theatre features Sirreal with Lower Case g, Revron, Bearclaw & Oktiv6 on June 25 at 7:00 pm. 

Hailing from Nanaimo, Sirreal will perform songs from his latest release, “In The Nick of Time”. The Discovery Series is The Port Theatre’s new presentation series that features emerging artists from the Vancouver Island community. More info here.

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AGOG presents Otipemisiwak – Métis Nation Columbia River and Claire Dibble

AGOG is proud to present Otipemisiwak – The People Who Own Themselves an exhibit featuring cultural items crafted by members of Métis Nation Columbia River along with portraits by Claire Dibble, We invite you to explore the info below to find out more about this very special exhibit.

It is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge the traditional stewards of the lands where these images were made and are currently exhibited. This exhibition is being held on the unceded traditional lands of the Ktunaxa and the Secwepemc peoples, which is also home to Métis Nation Columbia River Society and its members.

Due to Covid restrictions, unfortunately we won’t be able to host a reception at this time. But, please do make a plan to visit AGOG over the summer and come enjoy!

The Métis are Indigenous peoples in Canada and parts of the US who are unique in being of mixed Indigenous and European (primarily French) ancestry, with roots out of the Red River homeland. In Canada, they are considered a distinct culture, and are one of three groups of Canadian Indigenous peoples referenced in the Constitution.

By their nature, Métis are of mixed heritage, and sometimes difficult to identify in a group. Their identities are often questioned because they may not have the visual markers of other Indigenous groups. Historically, this was seen as an advantage, helping to avoid prejudice, reducing the risk of having children taken away to residential schools, and being able to legally gather in groups of more than two people (which was illegal for Indigenous people in Canada for a considerable period). This project aims to contribute to the amplification of Métis voices and pride in Métis ancestry, as well as demonstrate a sense of community and commonality despite visual differences.

This 3 minute video from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, presented by an astute little person, offers a brief overview of Métis history in simple terms.

Golden and the surrounding area has served as a home for Métis people of various backgrounds for generations. In some families, the heritage was intentionally hidden in the name of self-preservation and protection. In recent years, with the aid of increased access to ancestry records and also due to shifts in societal perspectives around indigeneity, more people are becoming aware of and embracing their own Métis heritage. 

Golden’s local Métis chapter, the Métis Nation Columbia River Society (MNCRS), offers a welcoming community for folks from any Indigenous background and their friends, family, and allies. The MNCRS mission is to share, lift up and support Métis culture in the Columbia Valley, Golden, and Area A, and the organization strives to bridge the gaps in health, wealth, and education between local Indigenous people of All Nations and the non-Indigenous population. The MNCRS office is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm, drop-ins and visitors are welcome whenever public health guidelines allow.

“Otipemisiwak – The People Who Own Themselves” was funded through the financial support of Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives Program. The photographs were made by Claire Dibble, a non-Indigenous artist based in Golden. She has completed several grant-funded portrait series in the past, including river guides on the Kicking Horse (2011), 101 travellers on TC1 (2016), and community-nominated heroes in Castlegar (2018) – learn more at www.clairedibble.com. With the awareness that representation of Indigenous people by Indigenous people is essential, the first phase of the project also included a series of photography workshops for members of the Métis Nation. The portraits in the exhibit represent only a small percentage of Métis in Golden. There are many more not pictured here.

In addition to the portraits, this exhibition features various cultural items contributed by members of the Métis Nation, including a buffalo hide that members tanned in 2020. Historically, the Métis were totally dependent on the buffalo for food, clothing, tools, shelter, and as a means of making their living by providing pemmican to traders, voyageurs and trading posts. The Métis in Golden have recently been holding workshops in fleshing, scraping, smoking and tanning buffalo hides as a demonstration of this significant piece of their culture.

How to get the full experience: Bring your headphones or earbuds and your mobile phone or tablet. Scan the QR codes under select portraits to connect to audio files hosted online. AGOG is providing Guest wifi access.

On this National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, CBC Radio’s Q featured Ojibway poet Duke Redbird reading a poem he wrote for the Reclaimed showcase at the 2021 Juno Awards to honour the victims of residential schools.

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Studio Connexion Art Gallery 3rd Exhibition/ 2021 Summer Series

Bonjour aux amis de Studio Connexion,

Our 2021 Summer Exhibitions Series continues with artist Delreé Dumont who has newly arrived in the Arrow Lakes region. We are excited to work with Delreé and are looking forward to presenting her artworks infused by her heritage and her culture.

Some of her work has been sold here during the Winter Group Show. It is truly unique landscapes and wildlife done in acrylic with her own pointillism technique reminiscent of beadwork by First Nations. Dereé’s solo show is from June 22nd to July 10th with a special opening on Friday June 25th from 5 to 7 pm. No reservations needed but only 3 adults at once in the gallery.

Gallery hours are 11am to 4pm from Tuesday through Saturday. Other times can be arranged by calling or texting the gallerist at 250.265.8888. Please note, this is a Covid Smart Practice located at 203 Fifth Ave. NW. in the heart of Nakusp only 2 1/2 short blocks from Broadway St.

Proud to represent more than 20 artists from across Canada. If you love Landscape as much as we do you are in for a treat. Gentle reminder the “Programme Friends of the Gallery” is still in existence. A donation of $10.00 will inform you first with gallery news and we are looking at the possibility to rent the gallery for special occasions to people who belong to the programme.

See you at the gallery!

Anne Béliveau

Owner & Curator

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Summer art semester begins!


Learn more about Oxygen’s Summer Arts Semester taking place online and in person from June through August below and by visiting our website. From painting and collage to lino printing, and performance to ukulele, engage your creativity with our incredible artist instructors and fellow art enthusiasts!

For more information about classes, instructors, or help with the online registration process, contact Natasha Smith, Education Coordinator via education@oxygenartcentre.org

Beginner Ukulele

Instructor: Catherine McGrath
4 Classes:
June 27, July 4, 11 & 18

Sundays 6:30 pm – 8:30pm

Course Description:
This course is designed for people who have little or no experience playing ukulele. It will begin with the basics – how to tune, hold, and strum the ukulele – followed by the introduction of two simple chords and a number of catchy two-chord songs. Additional chords will be added gradually and song complexity will increase. The course will also cover a variety of strumming patterns and some very basic and useful music theory.          



Commedia Dell’arte Mask Performance

Instructor: Bessie Wapp
5 Classes:
July 10, 11, 13, 17, 18

Sat. & Sun. 9:30-11:30am, Tues: 4-6pm Sat. & Sun. 9:30-11:30am

Course Description:
Explore Commedia Dell’arte, a 500+ year old Italian mask tradition involving a cast of characters that reflect the full range of human nature and foibles. Each character is driven by a strong desire unique to them so situations of hilarious conflict are the norm. Together we will embody each characters’ physicality and voice, assemble a folded paper mask (provided), develop short scenes, and watch the sparks fly!       


Clown Performance Intensive

Instructor: Marya Folinsbee
2 Classes:
July 24 & 25

Time: 10 am – 3 pm (lunch break 12-1 pm)

Course Description:
A deep dive into the weird and fun world of clowning for performance!  Using exercises, devising techniques, storytelling, music, costume, props, and physical theatre, participants will develop at least one polished “clown turn” (a short performance), and offer supportive feedback to their fellow clowns.  Great for both experienced performers and newbies, and a fun way to work your comedy muscles in community!

Course Fee: $110          
Material Fee: $20 + small material list


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With the last show of our Homegrown 2020/2021 season behind us, we want to thank all the performers who adapted to this crazy year, and our audiences for tuning into our shows. Thanks to hard work all around, we were able to present 16 pre-recorded shows, 2 livestreams, 4 in-person shows and our annual Indigenous Cultural Celebration which included 9 online events and 3 zoom conversations. 

Capitol Theatre Summer Youth Program 2021

Thanks to the recent updates to the public health orders, we are pleased to announce that we are 100% able to go ahead with our Summer Youth Program in some form. This year we will be presenting “Little Women” with a cast of 28 youth between the ages of 12 and 18. Depending on how things go in the next couple weeks, we hope to be able to welcome small audiences back into the theatre to experience the magic of live theatre once more. We will produce a filmed version of the show either way so that our community can enjoy the show these teens create. Most importantly, we are able to offer this intensive and immersive theatre experience to these youth. Stay engaged with our social media and newsletters to find out more about the summer show as information becomes available!

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Amplify BC Newsletter June 17, 2021

The Talking Stick Festival, now in its 20th year, began as a way to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and performance to a wider audience. The Talking Stick Festival – Summer Sojourn shows partner with many performing arts and Indigenous non-profit organizations to bring you a rich virtual experience of Indigenous arts and culture content from across Canada. Learn More.

Talent MATCH is a free service that aims to build awareness among employers from museums, arts, tourism, culture, and hospitality organizations about hiring student talent while providing resources, connections to post-secondary institutions, and one-on-one support. Free one-on-one consulting will only be available till September 30 for Creative BC members. Learn More.

The BC Touring Council currently has a call out for applications to showcase at Pacific Contact 2022, and are hosting a Showcase Info Session on Friday, June 18, 2021. The 2022 Pacific Contact is scheduled to return April 7–10, 2022 to full capacity as an in-person conference and will include artists from outside BC that were scheduled to showcase in 2020 plus new artists from the June 2021 application process. Learn more.

Music Canada, in collaboration with the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, has launched a survey as part of a new and first-of-its kind research study on equity, diversity and inclusion in Canada’s music industry. This survey intends to gain a deeper understanding of how sustained action in support of the values of equity, diversity and inclusion can better serve the music community by identifying diversity and inclusion gaps. Learn more.

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Music BC E-News 6/17/2021: Upcoming LHI Sessions | BSAFE COVID-19 Training For Safe Reopening


BSAFE is a 90-minute, online course oriented toward staff in BC’s tourism, hospitality and entertainment industries. The training aims to provide with employees and managers with a strong foundation in COVID-19 health and safety protocols, and to assist them in understanding ever-evolving best practices. Upon successful completion of the course, participants are awarded a certificate that demonstrates their knowledge of and commitment to COVID-19 health and safety.



Tune in every Friday at Noon (PT) as we feature an emerging BC artist in a short, intimate and unplugged session – streaming free to Facebook Live and YouTube. 


Ft. Bukola
Friday, June 25th @ Noon
Tune in on Facebook Live

Ft. Zaac Pick
Friday, July 2nd @ Noon
Tune in on Facebook Live

Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia for their support in this program. Produced by Self Hired. 

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Working Towards a More Equitable Charitable Sector

Let’s Make it Easier to Do Good

By eliminating mandated racist and colonial ways of engaging with communities in the charitable sector. 

Bill S-222

Unless you are a political enthusiast or closely watch the charitable sector, you probably haven’t heard of Independent Senator Ratna Omidvar’s Bill S-222, the Effective and Accountable Charities Act. However, this somewhat technical bill to amend the Income Tax Act has the potential to meaningfully improve how Canadian charities operate, while also being important for access to justice. 

The current Income Tax Act requires charities “direct and control” non-profit’s activities if they want to partner. As a result, white-led charities often have to direct and control a BIPOC non-profits’ activities with whom they wish to work. This discourages charities from working with Indigenous organizations and prevents Black-led non-profits from receiving the very benefit of the charitable dollars the sector has been promised.  Charitable status applications are onerous and the rules are complicated. 

If you’ve spent time in the charitable sector, you are probably hearing alarm bells. As Senator Omidvar put it, this kind of approach “is not a partnership. It is tantamount to a takeover.” 

Bill S-222 seeks to amend the Income Tax Act to to enable charities to establish equal partnerships with non-charities, empowering the voices of BIPOC organizations, while still ensuring accountability and transparency. Having been quickly sent to third reading in the Senate, it is likely headed for the House of Commons soon.  This is an important initiative we at PLEO wholeheartedly support. 

Sign the Petition 

In response, Imagine Canada has started a petition to support the bill which you can find here. You can also email, call, or write your MP to engage your community in this issue. 

Fill in the requested information:

  1. A valid address is required in addition to the name/signature (phone/emails are optional). Note that your name will NOT be published. 
  2. Fold the paper in 2 and
  3. “seal” the document by stapling it or taping it.
  4. Mail it, no postage necessary.

Read our article on Bill S-222 on rabble.com
Watch the event recording!


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Indigenous Day Programming | Workshops

Join the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, Arts Revelstoke, The Aboriginal Friendship Society, The Revelstoke Museum & Archives, the Railway Museum, the Interior Forestry Museum and Tourism Revelstoke for an array of programming meant to celebrate Indigenous people and educate our community on the Sinixt, Secwepemc, Suknaquim (Okanagan)/Sylix and Ktunaxa nations of this land.  

Brown Bag History Talk with Laura Stovel and Cathy English

Brought to you by the Revelstoke Museum & Archives, and the Revelstoke Railway Museum

Laura Stovel, author of Swift River, and Cathy English, curator of Revelstoke Museum and Archives will team up at Revelstoke Railway Museum for a Zoom presentation on the history of the Sinixt nation, and the role of Indigenous people during railway exploration and construction.

Wednesday, June 23 | 12:00pm over Zoom

Meeting ID: 897 4280 3990
Passcode: 217171 

Exhibition at the Gallery with Nahanni McKay

Brought to you by the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre

Nahanni McKay is a Metis artist from Treaty 7 Territory, currently residing in Banff, Alberta. Her exhibition, ‘The Beekeeper’ is on display in the gallery at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre until the 25th of June. Captured with 35 mm film, this exhibition explores the narrative of the beekeeping process by a doctor who spends his spare time tending to his colony of bees.

Nahanni is a photography graduate from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, B.C. and creates pieces about the coexistence of people and wildlife through film.

This exhibition is on display at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre now until June 25. 
Open Wednesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Riverside Traditional Knowledge Tour at the BC Interior Forestry Museum

Brought to you by the BC Interior Forestry Museum and the Aboriginal Friendship Society 

A local student will be leading small groups of 8 to 10 people on a guided tour through reconciliation, ethnobotany, history, and cultural stories on the riverwalk at the B.C. Interior Forestry Museum. 

Dates: Monday, June 21st –  Saturday, June 26th

  • Monday, June 21 | 1:00 pm 
  • Tuesday, June 22 | 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 23 | 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 24 | 5:00 pm
  • Friday, June 25 | 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 26 | 1:00 pm 

Tickets are $5.00 and are available at the Forestry Museum and the Visitor Centre.
Age Recommendation: Not recommended for children under 12 due to sensitive content.

For further information, call the Forestry Museum at 250-837-8078

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The First Peoples’ Map Launched by FPCC

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council has launched the first online map showcasing Indigenous arts, languages and cultures. The First Peoples’ Map of B.C. is the only map of its kind – unique in content and scope.  

You may view the full news release here

No other map in Canada weaves together Indigenous language, arts and cultural information with content from community experts deeply invested in the work of linguistic, artistic and cultural survival. The First Peoples’ Map also supports non-Indigenous people to better appreciate Indigenous perspectives as one small step towards reconciliation.   

“FPCC’s First Peoples’ Map is an incredibly valuable tool that everyone can easily use and learn from. First Nations in British Columbia celebrate diverse and living languages, arts, cultures and heritages that this map largely captures,” said Terry Teegee, Regional Chief, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations. “FPCC initiatives, such as the First Peoples’ Map, are vital to the integrity of British Columbia’s social and cultural fabric as this work deepens public knowledge and understanding of the many Nations and cultures that have existed in the province since time immemorial, as well as the complexities of human relationships to present day. I congratulate and support FPCC in their ongoing work.” 

We raise our hands to all of the speakers, artists, Knowledge Keepers and those working to revitalize their languages, arts and cultures for contributing to the map. Our Web Story shares quotes, stories and endorsements about how the map is being used by different people. Visit the map today to see what information is included about your community and other regions of the province.

Visit the First Peoples’ Map
First People’s Map News Release


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It’s time to….celebrate tourism!


AGM Details

Local artists will be performing throughout the AGM, from start to finish, refreshing your memory of the talent we have across our region.

JUNE 23, 2021 – 7PM

We anticipate the “show” will be about 45 minutes. View last years AGM Minutes, 2021 Agenda and Financials on NKLT website

Join us via ZOOM as we celebrate tourism businesses, the arts, our people and our communities – Our Place.  

Invite others from your business and the community as we celebrate together a memorable year past, and look towards a fruitful future.



The NKLT Winter Survey, based on data collected from Members in April/May 2021, is ready for review. Thank you to those who completed the survey, your contribution is invaluable. The overall information and feedback is highly valuable providing us with reference points, validity and recommendations.


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Alliance Mail / Cracking the door back open

Everything is opening! Ish!

Step 2 of BC’s COVID Reopening Plan kicked off June 15. Learn more about what that means below. Stay safe, but look forward. It’s nice to get excited about things.

You’ll want to hit up our Best of the Blog section this week — lots of opportunities to provide feedback, scoop up some professional development, and more.


Reopening Step 2: What You Need to Know

With step 2 of BC’s Reopening Plan in effect, what does that mean for in-person gatherings? You can find out here, but here’s some quick stats relevant to the arts and culture community.

Organized gatherings indoors can now take place with up to 50 people with a COVID safety plan in place. This means movie theatres and live theatres will be able to open. Events with up to 50 people will also be permitted in restaurants.

Restaurants and bars can serve liquor until midnight.

Banquet halls can also operate with up to 50 people in attendance and a COVID-19 safety plan in place.

Provincial travel restrictions are lifted, meaning recreational travel within BC is allowed. However, the out-of-province non-essential travel advisory continues. BC Transit and BC Ferries will also be able to offer increased service as needed.

Want to know how to safely reopen? Check out Actsafe’s new BSAFE™ online safety course.

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Touchstones Nelson: Time Warp

Often controversial, always entertaining – John McKinnon has had a prolific 50-year career in the arts; ‘Time Warp’ takes a retrospective look at McKinnon’s work through the decades.

Programming for ‘Time Warp’ includes a self-guided walking tour of McKinnon’s public art pieces throughout Nelson, as well as a film and publication.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 19 | 10 am – 4 pm

More Info: info@touchstonesnelson.ca

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Will we have a Summer Kicks this year?

Hi folks,

We are gratified that so many people in town have been asking whether there will be a Summer Kicks series this year. It’s good for the soul to know that Golden families enjoy those Wednesday evenings just as much as we like planning and putting them on for everyone.

Yesterday we watched the Premier’s media session announcing that the Province can now enter into Step Two of the four-step plan to “bring people back together.”

While there is some really good news — like loosening the restrictions on restaurants and movie theatres — there are unfortunately still many unknowns in the province’s re-opening plan that must be clarified before we can safely put on a Summer Kicks concert. As announced yesterday, the orders controlling the arts sector and organized gatherings for concerts are still limited to a capacity of 50.

We have been greatly supported this past year by the guidance of safety professionals in our industry called Actsafe. We’ve also been in weekly province-wide arts sector Town Hall info sessions as we’ve tried to make feasibility plans for Summer Kicks and our indoors Live Kicks season at the Civic Centre. We’ve also benefitted greatly from ongoing discussions with Town of Golden staff and the insights they bring to us from the municipal sector..

Please stay tuned. If the province’s announcement on or around June 30th initiating Step 3 permits Summer Kicks-like concert gatherings, then we will be ready to bring you a concert on our stage beneath our tent on Wednesday July 7 and … hopefully … for many more evening concerts through the summer!

We really(!) hope to see you all setting up in front of our stage this summer.


Bill Usher, Executive & Artistic Director

If you have any questions about KHC programs, please send us an email at mailto:info@kickinghorseculture.ca

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Overburden now on view

Overburden: Geology, Extraction, and Metamorphosis in a Chaotic Age
Oxygen Art Centre: 1 June – 10 July 2021 (by appointment)
Kootenay Gallery of Art: 18 June – 21 August 2021 (drop-in)
Talks + Workshops: 19 – 20 June 2021 (online)

Organized by artist Genevieve Robertson on behalf of Oxygen Art Centre and Kootenay Gallery of Art curator Maggie Shirley, the exhibition features eleven artists, including 2020 Sobey Art award winners Tsēmā Igharas and Asinnijaq. Other participating artists include Gabriela Escobar Ari, Patti Bailey, Randy Lee Cutler, Darren Fleet, Jim Holyoak, Keith Langergraber, Sarah Nance, Tara Nicholson and Carol Wallace.

The title, Overburden, references the topsoil and vegetation that is removed before mining takes place. It also references our earth’s current condition and the psychological burden that many people experience in the face of climate and other ecological changes. 

Overburden brings together a group of artists whose shared concerns address geology and its relationship to shifting climate patterns and resource extraction, in both regional and global contexts. Artists respond to mining histories in the Kootenay area, arctic ice melt that is uncovering paleontological data, mining reclamation practices, Indigenous sovereignty, and glacial seismic events. While some artists bear witness to harmful extraction practices and an ever more unstable world, others seek to find caring, embodied, and imaginative ways to come into relationship with the geologic material under our feet and interwoven into our everyday.

Through these artistic inquiries, the artists included in Overburden both disrupt and mimic methods of scientific research, and explore embodied, performative and material responses. What are the ways in which the earth is pushing back, disintegrating and metamorphosing in response to our actions? What role might artists play in articulating our anthropocentric paradigm and how can we begin to shift our thinking to one in which interdependence and care are central?

At each gallery, the exhibitions take place on different dates but overlap between June 18 and July 10 for those who wish to experience the complete physical exhibition at both sites. Local residents will be able to visit the Oxygen exhibition until July 10, by appointment (via Oxygen website). The Kootenay Gallery of Art exhibition will open June 18 and run until August 21 (drop-in). Please consult each gallery to find out hours and days of operation, as well as organizational COVID protocols. 

As part of the exhibition the website www.overburden.ca offers the exhibition experience online. In addition, there will be online programming events over the weekend of Saturday June 19  and Sunday June 20 featuring panel talks, workshops and performances. Please consult the website for the full schedule and registration. 


19 – 20 June 2021 (Zoom)

Saturday June 19, 2021:

10:45-11:00 – Opening words from curators Maggie Shirley and Genevieve Robertson 

11:00 – 12:00 – Keynote Speaker – Patti Bailey

Patti Bailey, qʷn̓qʷin̓x̌n̓ is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation sn̓ʕay̓čkstx (Sinixt), in Inchelium, Washington and practices traditional and contemporary weaving. The last twenty years of her career were spent working as an Environmental Planner for the Colville Tribal government to develop and implement strategies and cooperative working relationships to deal with decades of impact to river communities, Tribal people, and natural resources from Columbia River pollution sources in Canada. Patti Bailey shares this story through a discussion of downstream toxicity, environmental advocacy through citizen science, and lack of corporate accountability.

1:00 – 4:30 – Panel Talks

Panel 1: 1:00-2:30 

Documenting Change: Place-based knowledge, resource extraction and shifting climate patterns

Artists: Tara Nicholson, Carol Wallace, Sarah Nance, and Gabriela Escobar Ari

Panel 2:  2:45-4:30

Imaginaries: Speculative and embodied ways of relating to rock, mineral and mountain

Artists: Jim Holyoak + Darren Fleet, Randy Lee Cutler, Asinnajaq, Keith Langergraber 

4:30-4:45 – Closing remarks

Sunday June 20, 2021:

11:15 am – Zoom Window Open

11:30 – 12:00 pm – Marseille Tidal Gauge Aria performed by artist Sarah Nance

Marseille Tidal Gauge Aria is a vocal performance composed from tide level data collected over the past 130 years from a tidal gauge in the bay of Marseille, France. The artist converted each yearly average tide level into a note within her vocal range and set the resulting atonal composition to a poem from Rasu-Yong Tugen’s Songs from the Black Moon. Nance performs the piece operatically, drawing on the genre’s propensity for magnified human emotion; the rising sea levels in the bay can be heard in the increasingly higher pitches of the aria.

1:00 – 2:30 pm 

Writing Workshop: ‘Listening to the Stones’ with Randy Lee Cutler 

This writing workshop engages with mineral specimens for the purposes of condensation and displacement. What this means is that we will listen to a collection of geological formations through a series of responses, writing genres and breathing exercises. By collapsing these approaches together, our aim is to connect with deep time, unknowing as well as those informal knowledge practices that might shift our thinking to one of interdependence in a more than human world.


Comic Workshop:  ‘Storytelling Across Deep Time’ with Jim Holyoak and Darren Fleet 

After introductions and a brief presentation, participants will be guided through the process of an ‘856’ writing circle, with an aim of generating spontaneous, free-associative creative writing. Selections of this will be used as material for dialogue and narration within comics, drawn in the second half of the workshop. This drawing segment of the workshop will also include stretching, warm-up exercises focusing on mark-making, line weight and techniques for drawing comics. Please come prepared to share, with several sharpened pencils and a pad of paper.

To attend any and all online events visit www.overburden.ca to register via EventBrite links. Contact info@oxygenartcentre.org with any questions.


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Chamber Newsletter

The news that many businesses and residents had been hoping for, but your never certain until it is final. The BC Restart Plan will move into the next phase tomorrow, as more restrictions are lifted

Liquor can be served in restaurants and pubs until midnight, cinema projectors will roll once more and recreational travel throughout all corners of B.C. will resume. But keep in mind, even with the relaxed protocols, inside and patio capacity is still extremely restricted.

The provincial government confirmed Monday that B.C. is transitioning to the second stage of its reopening plan, effective Tuesday June 15th 

“Case counts are declining, hospitalizations are stabilizing and [vaccinations] are climbing at a positive rate,” B.C. Premier John Horgan said.

While travel restrictions within the province are loosening, the province is advising against non-essential travel from other provinces.

In addition to allowing indoor seated gatherings of up to 50 patrons — the key factor behind reopening movies theatres and banquet halls, albeit at limited capacity — British Columbians will also be permitted to hold outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people.

And people can invite either up to five others or one other household into their homes, high-intensity indoor fitness classes can resume at reduced capacity and indoor team games will be allowed — but without spectators.

Spectators will be allowed to gather for outdoor sports, as long as the gathering does not exceed 50 people.

Transitioning to Stage 2 of the province’s four-stage plan, unveiled late last month, was dependent on at least 65% of adults in the province getting jabbed with their first COVID-19 vaccine dose as well as a continued decline in cases and hospitalizations.

Such benchmarks were quickly achieved in the three weeks since provincial officials outlined the reopening plans.

As of Friday, 75.1% of adults in B.C. and 73.1% of those 12 and older have received at least one vaccine dose. Meanwhile, both active cases and hospitalizations have been halved since late May.

“We will continue to monitor through the next incubation period before moving to the next stage,” B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said.

But Health Minister Adrian Dix said last week British Columbians should not expect the government to accelerate plans for Stage 3 of the reopening despite signs the province is exceeding benchmarks.

He said at the time that sticking to the previously determined dates — July 1 is the earliest possible date the province could transition to Stage 3 — would make residents more confident about the government’s plan.

Full details : https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions

Business recovery grant program extended

The B.C. government has extended the deadline for the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program to ensure businesses have the time they need to apply.

One of the main requirements has also been lowered to ensure more businesses are eligible.

“We continue to listen to B.C. businesses about what they need to navigate through the second wave of this pandemic and position themselves for a strong recovery,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “This funding has been set aside for businesses to help them rebuild, keep people employed and support B.C.’s economic recovery. We are committed to making sure hard-hit businesses can access these critical funds.”

The time to apply for the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program has been extended from March 31, 2021, to Aug. 31, 2021.

The previous requirement for a business to have experienced at least a 70% revenue loss at some point in March or April 2020 has been adjusted. Now, a business is required to demonstrate only a 30% revenue loss in any one month between March 2020 to the point of application.

“I sincerely appreciate the B.C. government’s willingness to continue to adjust this program to meet the needs of businesses, particularly those in tourism and hospitality,” said Walt Judas, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of BC. “This is the type of response that will help businesses get through these difficult times.”

The $345-million Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program provides fully funded grants to businesses that employ up to 149 B.C. residents. Grants of $10,000 to a maximum of $30,000 are available, with up to an additional $5,000 to $15,000 available to tourism-related businesses.

Interpretation services are in place in multiple languages to support business owners through the application process, including the application portal and the recovery plan. To access these services, contact Small Business BC, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific time), at 1 833 254-4357 or email: BusinessRecoveryGrantProgram@gov.bc.ca

The program is part of StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. The plan outlines the latest steps the Government of British Columbia is taking to help people, businesses and communities come out of the COVID-19 pandemic stronger and better prepared.

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The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival celebrates 10 years with free events

Graphic novelist Sami Alwani teaches a workshop on creating comics at EMLF 2021 (photo credit: Kirk Lisage)

For the first time, Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival can be accessed from anywhere in the world. That’s because the Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year from July 7 – 11, is entirely online. But 2021 Festival organizers have taken accessibility a step further, making all events free (donations welcome) and small-group online workshops affordable.

“All people need to do is register for author readings, talks, and panel discussions to receive a link and a reminder,” says Executive Director Robyn Lamb. “As for the workshops, we’ve kept prices low and invite anyone for whom cost is a barrier to reach out.”

While there is no limit to the audience size for events such as the Celebrating Local, Alumni, and All-Star readings, or the craft talks or panel discussions, workshops are limited to just 10 people—and so writers are encouraged to register soon.

On offer is Wild Words: Nature Writing with Jenna Butler; Curtains Up! Play Writing with Clem Martini; Poetry in Motion with Carla Funk; and From Concept to Craft in Comics with Sami Alwani. Also available are one-on-one critique sessions of pre-submitted writing with literary professionals: there are ten spots each with authors Jenna Butler and Anne DeGrace.

Full information about the workshops and instructors as well as the complete schedule of events is available at emlfestival.com.

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Share your creativity this Culture Days—Register events now!

Join thousands of creators and event organizers for a celebration of arts, culture, and creative expression with national impact. Event registration for Culture Days 2021 just opened last month, and we’re already seeing stellar indoor, outdoor, and online programs begin to populate the Events page. We’ve also updated our system to make your registration experience easier than ever before. If you’re ready to go, sign in or create an account. We’ll walk you through the process once you’re signed in to your Dashboard.

Visit your Dashboard now!

Don’t forget—we have a variety of resources and guides available to assist you in planning your events, whether in-person or digital.

Hit Refresh: At-home & Online Programming 2.0 webinar

Planning at-home and online programs and events can seem daunting when your budget is modest, your audience is remote or rural, and your technical know-how is limited. However, shifting your programming can create fresh and exciting possibilities! This webinar is presented by Arts Etobicoke, a nonprofit arts organization in West Toronto that focuses on building community through the arts. On Wednesday, June 30th at 1:00pm EDT, join Program and Gallery Manager Akshata Naik and Communications and Development Coordinator Ian Dodds as they share strategies on adapting arts programming for online and at-home audiences. 

Through an interactive process, Arts Etobicoke found ways to connect with participants that were easy, affordable, and fun and that were achievable within their organizational capacity. The webinar will include an overview of Arts Etobicoke’s Arts in Isolation initiative and will explore how digital platforms can be used to remove barriers to participation and grow your organization’s reach to engage with new audiences. Akshata and Ian will provide some tips and tricks for adapting existing programs on a limited budget and developing innovative new ways to offer meaningful arts and culture experiences.

Save your virtual seat >> sign-up for the webinar here

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Invitation: Canadian Artists and Content Creators Economic Survey

We are reaching out because we believe your organization may be interested in a survey currently in the field that is led by the Department of Canadian Heritage, namely the Canadian Artists and Content Creators Economic Survey.

We hope to provide an opportunity for all artists and content creators in Canada to be heard and to see themselves represented in the survey results. To that end, we are reaching out to bring this initiative to your attention, and to invite you to help us promote the survey in your networks.

What is it?

  • This survey is part of the Department’s ongoing research to fill data and knowledge gaps related to the cultural sector and to the economic sustainability of Canadian artists and creators.  The survey launched in May and will be accessible online until July 2, 2021.
  • In helping to create an updated portrait of the artistic and creative community in Canada, the data gathered through this survey will serve the important function of informing future and existing Canadian Heritage work, ensuring the Department continues to be responsive to the creative sector’s reality.
  • This pilot research project targets artists and content creators working in Music (live performance and sound recording); Visual arts (including craft and design); Performing arts (as performers and creative roles critical to their production); Writing (in all forms and on all platforms); and Audiovisual directing and content creation (including social media, video games, television and film).
  • The key variables that will be measured are related to the artistic or creative occupation; employment and income before and during the pandemic; funding context and relations with industry; and demographics.

Why should your organization participate?

  • Your organization would be at the forefront of efforts that will help to gather intelligence about the space in which it works and to reflect the reality of its members.
  • Widespread participation and a high response rate will help us share meaningful key findings and results that are of interest to your organization while safeguarding respondents’ privacy.
  • The anonymized, aggregate survey results will also be published and made available online for your research needs.
  • Survey results could be used in the future to help support recovery measures, program design or policy development.

How can you help?

  • Help us ensure the survey is reflective of realities on the ground by sharing the survey link to your distribution list and within your networks.
  • Encourage your members to participate. The more people participate, the better informed and able we will be to continue serving the sector in an effective, timely, and responsive manner.

We look forward to hearing from the artists and content creators you represent and work with!

English: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/canadian-artists-content-creators.html

French: https://www.canada.ca/fr/patrimoine-canadien/campagnes/artistes-createurs-contenu-canadiens.html

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