Six Artists and 150+ Creative Acts

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Six Artists and 150+ Creative Acts 

June-8-17 Castlegar – On June 16, the Kootenay Gallery will host the opening of an art exhibition 150+ Creative Acts. This exhibition, featuring six Kootenay artists, is a component of the Gallery’s larger community project of the same title. The exhibition will be shown in the East Gallery and will run until July 29. Participating artists include Susan Andrews Grace, Sarah Elizabeth Grimwood, Jane Merks, Natasha Smith, Deborah Thompson, and Rachel Yoder.

Artists in the region were given an opportunity to respond to a call for work on the theme of 150 Creative Acts and the results are diverse, in both their materials and their responses to the themes. Exhibition Curator, Maggie Shirley states “When I put out the call, I wasn’t sure what to expect but what I received is reflective of general remarks I’ve heard from the community when I ask them about Canada 150 – some works are about gratitude and celebration and others are a critical analysis.” She continues, “I think this is a healthy approach to discussing the anniversary of Confederation – it is both a time to honour our strengths and an opportunity to be honest about our past and current inequalities, such as our treatment of First Nations people. This is a time for setting sights on a future that builds from where we’ve been and where we are now. Art and creativity have that ability to help us reflect on life”

In the West Gallery, visitors will have an opportunity to find out more about the community element of 150+ Creative Acts. Project assistant, Emma Chapman explains, “Everyone can see what we’ve been doing in the community so far. They can also come and make something. We’ll have tables set up with activities for kids and adults.”  The community component of the project is challenging people to do something creative and to report it to “For every 150 acts, we’re going to make a big birthday candle and put it up around town”, says Chapman. “We’ve already got 116 acts counted so just a few more to go before we have our first candle.”

Everyone is welcome to come to the exhibition opening at 7:00 pm on June 16. The Gallery also encourages people to participate in the community challenge and contribute to our 150+ Creative Acts. Contact the Kootenay Gallery of Art for more information.

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by Deborah Thompson

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Learning Experience: Local Not for Profits & Charities Attend Free Seminar

Learning Experience: Local Not for Profits & Charities Attend Free Seminar

A Learning Experience:
Local Not for Profits and Charities Seminar

Driven by our purpose to “assist business and not for profits in achieving their
goals”, LLT Chartered Professional Accountants, Catapult Business Coaching Inc,
and law firm De Jager Volkenant & Company recently offered a no cost seminar
to local charities and not-for-profit organizations, about their legal and tax
requirements.  This seminar took place on April 7, 2017.

“Charitable and not-for-profit organizations are a vital ingredient to sports,
social, educational, ministry and other programs in Canadian communities,
and around the world,” said Casey Langbroek FCPA FCGA of LLT and Catapult
Business Coaching. “Largely driven by volunteers these groups – large, small and everything in between – provide services and support to so many. We wanted
to offer this seminar, at no cost to them, to thank them for all they do – and for
their passion and dedication.”

Over 115 representatives of Fraser Valley organizations – a mix of volunteers,
board members, executive directors and staff – attended the half-day seminar
on Thursday, April 6, 2017. 

Here is a synopsis of each topic presented:
Charity Law Update 2016/2017

Presented by Luke Johnson
DeJager Volkenant & Company

Court cases which have a direct impact on Not for Profits and Charities were discussed: some to reinforce the Income Tax Act, and others to create awareness about fraud. In one example the Treasurer of a Victoria, BC-based charity wrote 270 fraudulent cheques to herself, over an extensive period – totalling $200,000, which resulted in the charity winding down its operations. In another, a scam was perpetrated by two “accountants” who orchestrated approximately 1700 false charitable donation receipts totalling $11,000,000.
The lessons: Charities must develop the right “checks and balances” to prevent these types of incidents and, if it appears too good to be true, it probably is not true! 

Not for Profits & Charities 101

Presented by Casey Langbroek FCPA FCGA
Langbroek Louwerse & Thiessen LLP

A great deal of practical information for Charities and Not for Profits was shared and explained, including:

  • The definition of a Not for Profit
  • Characteristics of a Charity
  • The tax filing requirements for each

Also discussed was the requirement for Charities to know and operate within their Purposes – as stated in the Constitution, and as registered with Canada Revenue Agency Charities Directorate. If activities fall outside, then the Purposes must be changed, and approved by Canada Revenue Agency Charities Directorate.

Comments on the most common Charity audit findings, and the completion of the Charities Information Return, and the Not for Profit Information Return were also offered.

The message: A Charity or Not for Profit is a privilege – not a right – that must not be abused.

The New Societies Act is here!
So Now What Do We Do?

Presented by Ken Volkenant

DeJager Volkenant & Company  

The transition from the B.C. Incorporated Societies to the new B.C. Societies Act.

The main themes of the New Societies Act were discussed:

  • More modernized corporate legislation
  • Rewording to address problematic areas of the former Society Act
  • Transparency and openness
  • More flexibility
  • More accountability to the public and to members.

The need for an up-to-date members’ list, and to review the new provisions for salary disclosure was emphasized. Attendees were also urged (if they had not already done so) to start the transition process now, and that this is an opportunity to change the Purposes and the Bylaws to suit current circumstances (subject to approval by Canada Revenue Agency Charities Directorate). 

The Process of a
Successful Board

Presented by Casey Langbroek, FCPA, FCGA
Catapult Business Coaching Ltd.

Highlighting Board Governance “Direct and Protect” principles, the presentation emphasized that a Board (where there is an Executive Director and staff) is there to govern, and must do so well.

A Board needs to know that there are staff policies to guide the staff, and rather than micromanaging an organization, a Board’s role is to set its own policies. These include:

  • Executive limitations
  • Purpose principles
  • Accountability principles
  • Role descriptions for Board members
  • Board Committee terms of reference
  • Board code of ethical conduct
  • CEO Certificate of Compliance, and
  • Evaluations of the effectiveness of the Board, the Chair and the CEO.

Governing well means that there must be a Strategy that the Board and Staff agree on, that steers the Staff and the organization in the right direction.

Following the seminars, participants completed a survey – designed to gather feedback and to guide future forums and seminars.

“It is so very satisfying to do this,” explained Ken Volkenant, DeJager Volkenant & Company.  “To give back to a sector that does so much to better our communities across Canada – and so very many overseas. This is all about providing educational opportunity to Not for Profits and Charities – an important and vital sector of the economy – which need lots of opportunity for relevant education, training and development.”

The 6th Annual LLT and DeJager Volkenant & Company Charity, and Not for
Profit Forum will take place April 2018.   If interested, please let us know and
we will be sure that your Charity of Not for Profit receives an invitation.

For a PDF version of the presentation’s PowerPoints, please contact

Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming
LLT Complimentary Client Seminars.

  • There are 86,193 registered charities and foundations in Canada. Their top fundraising methods are collection plate for free offerings, fund raising dinners, galas and events, and sales.
  • 5,395 charities engage in foreign activities helping other overseas. and expending about $3.2 billion
  • In 2015 charities issued $15.7 billion in donation receipts
  • Close to 100,000 Not for Profits operate in Canada (the real number is unknown) that work in Canadian communities, and in other parts of the world
  • An estimated 2 million people are employed by the Charities and Not for Profit sector
  • 14 million people in Canada volunteer of their time to those organizations.
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Finding Your Voice – A Writing Workshop with Keith Liggett


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Trail & District Arts Council News

 TDAC Pipe band
Thursday, June 15 Music in the Park presents
7:30 pm, Gyro Park

Bring your lawn chair and a donation
(minimum $2.00 suggested)

Music in the Park kicks off it’s season with the Trail Maple Leaf Band. This community orchestra celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and the repertoire will include tunes to celebrate this milestone.
Other shows in June 
June 22 Trail Pipe Band & Kate E. Shaw Dancers
June 29 Tim Hurley & the Vultures
visit our website @ for more information

 Serena Rider
Saturday, July 15, 8:00 pm SERENA RIDER
The Bailey Theatre
$48.50 floor, $38.50 Balcony
on sale June 2 at 10:00 am

Celebrated Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder tours the interior of British Columbia this July. Come hear songs from her new album, “Utopia”, plus all your favourites!
Tickets at the box office or online:
 Charles Bailey - John
7:30 October 21 John Mcdermott: Raised on Songs & Stories
The Bailey Theatre
$47.50 – go on sale June 9 @12:00

John McDermott is an international recording star and household name. Besides his stellar musical career — platinum, double-platinum, triple-platinum albums and multiple Juno nominations — he is also known for his commitment to veteran’s causes, garnering several prestigious awards and commendations for his ongoing work including his foundation dedicated to aiding veterans and first responders, McDermott House, Canada.
A delectable evening of story and song, delivered with charm and grace by the consummate craftsman himself, John McDermott.
Tickets at the Box Office or online:

 Dancing Dads and divas
6:30, June 10, Kootenay DanceWorks presents
The Bailey Theatre

Kootenay DanceWorks dancers and dads presents its annual “Dancing Divas & Dads” performance and fundraising event.
A portion of the funds received will be donated to the KBRH Maternity & Pediatrics Departments.  Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to support our local youth, our dancing dads and the KBRH Maternity & Pediatrics Departments.
To buy tickets on line

 For ever Frozen
The Bailey Theatre, $31.50

The show has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances from April 28 to June 14. All tickets for the April 28 show will be honoured.
Enjoy an amazing and interactive large-scale musical in the world of Christian Hans Andersen’s fascinating tale. Take part in a fantastic journey to the land of winter, a colourful adventure filled with original music, done in the most spectacular staging and presented in front of a dazzling decor. Along with tons of magical characters, your whole family is invited to travel in the heart of an imaginary and enchanted world of song, dance, laughter, emotion and surprises! (suitable for 2-12 year olds)

7:30 pm, June 16 Ron James – PEDAL TO THE METAL
The Bailey Theatre

Award-winning comedian RON JAMES has been selling out theatres for 15 years with his marathon, side-splitting, kinetically charged performances. Marshaling a comedian’s eye for satire and a writer’s ear for language, Ron takes his audience on a breath-taking, non-stop roller coaster ride, cutting a wide swath through contemporary culture with his razor-sharp ribald wit, uncompromising standards and unique, poetically honed delivery … a stand-out amongst ‘stand-ups’.
With eight critically acclaimed one-hour comedy specials under his belt, plus five seasons starring in his own series, “The Ron James Show”, Canada’s #1 road warrior is back doing what he does best: delivering laughs face to face and coast to coast … a full throttle Pedal To The Metal ride!

 A world of Dance
6:00 pm, June 17 Studio LaBelle presents

Studio LaBelle is a classical dance studio in Fruitvale, BC and is excited to present the year end recital to the public. The show is a fun and entertaining look at dance around the world and the young dancers are thrilled to give you a superb evening of performance art!
To purchase tickets :

 The down child

The Bailey Theatre   $48.50

 “One of the greatest blues bands in the world. Period”

A blues force for forty-four years, The Legendary Downchild Blues Band’s roots run deep with their saxophone-driven jump blues led by guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Donnie Mr. Downchild Walsh. This Juno Award winning Canadian powerhouse has earned Downchild a reputation as the premier blues band in Canada and is revered by fans across the globe.

This is musicianship of the highest order. With sharp arrangements, slick pacing and a steely fix on giving audiences what they want, Downchild is a juggernaut with a long-standing legacy in classic blues. Singer Chuck Jackson, tenor sax player Pat Carey, drummer Mike Fitzpatrick, bassist Gary Kendall, and pianist/organist Michael Fonfara- have been Walsh’s compadres for the past decade and a half and they continue to rock houses, tearing up stages in every corner of the world with their rollicking signature sound.

The Downchild Blues Band, the inspiration behind the creation of Dan Ackroyd’s and the late John Belushi’s Blues Brothers, have recorded 17 albums in their long and storied career, and are a member of the Canadian Blues Hall of Fame. Walsh and his band-mates have won countless music industry awards including the Juno for Best Roots and Traditional album in 1991. They also received a Juno Nomination in 2005 for “Blues Album of the Year,” for their album “Come on In”. In 2007, Downchild was named “Entertainer of the Year”, at the Annual Maple Blues Awards.

“There would be no Blues Brothers if it weren’t for Downchild.” – Dan Aykroyd
To buy tickets on line:

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Economic Development Wrokshop

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Elected officials are invited to attend a FREE one-day workshop on June 16 to learn more about regional economic development models and implications for the Basin-Boundary Region.

This event explores economic development models and best practice approaches in the context of the new rural paradigm, place-based development, and cluster-focused development.

Register with Selkirk College by June 14 for this workshop.

Building a 21st Century Workforce
Join Selkirk College for a FREE one-day regional workforce development learning summit on June 19. This summit will highlight workforce innovations and discuss challenges.

Explore the concepts of clusters, technology and innovation as they relate to building a 21st Century workforce. Work together to help build evidence-based regional cluster-focused strategies specific to technology, tourism, forestry, mining and metals, and advanced manufacturing.

Register with Selkirk College by June 14 for this workshop.

Economic Development Workshop
Economic development practitioners are invited to attend a FREE one-day workshop on June 20 to learn more about regional economic development models and implications for the Basin-Boundary Region.

This event explores economic development models and best practice approaches in the context of the new rural paradigm, place-based development, and cluster-focused development.

Register with Selkirk College by June 16 for this workshop.

Strategic Doing 301
Purdue Agile Strategy Lab will provide training in the deep skills, tools and frameworks of agile strategy and collaboration. Called Strategic Doing, this discipline teaches participants how to design and guide complex collaborations following simple rules.

This training that has inspired hundreds of collaborative initiatives and is relevant to companies, universities, non-profits, health care networks, local government and more.

Register with Selkirk College by July 31 for this workshop.

View May 17, 2017 Rural Policy Learning Commons

Youth Unemployment in Rural and Urban Canada Workforce Development Webinar.

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Music BC News

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October 11 and 12th Music BC will be heading to Toronto bringing 4 BC bands for a Music BC Industry Showcase and Mentorship in partner with MRG Events and Canada’s Music Incubator.  This is the latest addition to our How-To Series.  APPLY NOW through Do604 or Do250!

September 14th – 17th, the tenth annual, Rifflandia Festival will take place in Victoria, BC.  The first wave of artists has been released, including Dear Rouge, Yukon Blonde, Leeroy Stagger, Band of Rascals and many more!

Apple Music has just confirmed a 27m paid subscriber base with a 7m increase in the past year and a half.  Although this marks the fastest 6-month growth period since its initial launch it’s still nothing compared to the latest growth stats out of Spotify! Spotify has now confirmed it’s surpassed 50m paid subscribers and has gone up a whopping 10m in just a six month period.

There are still a handful of festivals across the US that embody the art of creating a music festival as a cultural statement.  Check out the Guardians list of the the top festivals in the US for inspiration this summer!


The terrorist attack that happened last week at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester has left over 100 people injured and 22 people dead. The Universal Music Group is proud to stand with Ariana Grande and other performing artists, including Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, participating in the “One Love Manchester’ show.  The shows proceeds will be donated to an emergency fund to support the victims and their families.


Richmond Canada Day in Steveston presented by YVR Vancouver International Airport in partnership with the Steveston Salmon Festival has just announced their artist lineup for this years celebration! Artists including Wintersleep, Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer and Youngblood among others will be joining in on the festivities.


The West 4th Avenue Khatsahlano Street Party is returning again this July!  Vancouver’s largest FREE Music + Arts Festival will close down 10-blocks of West 4th Ave from 11am to 9pm and feature multiple stages. Artists including The Zolas, The CourtneysLouise Burns, Twin Bandit and many more will be taking the stage!  The festival will also feature many local artisans and street performers.  Come down and enjoy the bustling patios, giveaways and special activities July 8th!

Located in the mystical town of Uclelet, the Otalith Music Festival will be returning August 18-19th.  The lineup including Twin Peaks, Carmanah, Peach Pit and a special guest TBA was released with only 100 tickets remaining!

604/Light Organ Records has partnered with YVR to present local artists as part of the Canada 150 Celebrations. Searching to showcase Vancouver’s diverse and talented community, artists are encouraged to apply by the end of the week by emailing


The chamber vocal ensemble Musica Intima is looking for a new part-time general manager.  Don Brooks, the president, will be accepting applications via email until June 30th.  Read the job description HERE


SoundCloud’s Chief Content Officer Stephen Bryan has been poached by Youtube confirmed as of last week.  He will be leaving SoundCloud by the end of the month and will officially become a YouTube employee in July.

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Presented by the Vancouver Metal Arts Association

at the

Sidney & Gertrude Zack Gallery, Vancouver, BC

October 19 – November 12, 2017

The Vancouver Metal Arts Association is excited to announce a call for entry for our upcoming juried exhibition: LIGHT

See details below and on line at

Deadline for submission is August 1, 2017

The exhibition LIGHT is being held at the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery. This exhibition will bring together work from contemporary art jewelry and metal artists embracing the theme of LIGHT.

Simultaneously a verb, adjective and noun, light can be many things. The beauty of light can guide, dazzle, comfort, signal or illuminate. But to light is also to spark or ignite, to understand. Light is a transformative agent; throughout history numerous cultures and religions have celebrated the mysterious properties of light.  We embrace light with diverse intentions, both practical and abstract.

How do you explore the concept of light within your practice? Are you interested in the symbolic meaning that light carries across so many cultures?  Perhaps you are investigating the material qualities of luminescence, translucence, reflection or even weight within your work?

We are committed to exhibiting a broad range of relevant, well-executed work.

Please follow the link for application: 

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