Outdoor movies in Haley Park!

Trail & District Arts Council and The Royal Theatre present
Silver Screen Outdoor Movies
The Princess Bride
Friday May 27 at 8:15 pm
Haley Park, Warfield

The Trail & District Arts Council and The Royal Theatre have joined together to imagine your new, favourite family experience, Silver Screen Outdoor Movies at Haley Park in Warfield. Running at dusk on May 27 and July 16 this mini hit of films will bring you heartwarming fun. 

Our first movie, “The Princess Bride”, is a classic fairy tale comedy, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing.

A grandfather reads the book “The Princess Bride” to his grandson who is at home sick, despite the fact that the grandson is sure he won’t like the story, as it’s a romance and he prefers something with lots of action and “no kissing”. Cut to the story where Buttercup is being forced to marry Prince Humperdinck when she still mourns the death of her one true love, Westley, who was killed at sea by the Dread Pirate Roberts. But before she can be married, Buttercup is kidnapped by a band of bandits. But hot on their heels is the infamous Dread Pirate Roberts, followed by the Prince and his men. 

What will happen to Buttercup? Will the Prince get her back by force or ransom? Why is the Dread Pirate Roberts chasing them? And what will the grandson think of the story in the end?

“Children can see it as a bright, frothy adventure while adults will appreciate the subtlety and the sheer wit.” – BBC.com

Director: Rob Reiner Cast: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin / Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance/ Length: 1h 38 mins / Rating: PG / Country: USA / Language: English

97% Rotten Tomatoes

The other screening in this series is “The Lego Movie” on July 16. Irreverent family fun, this animated movie sees well-known actors channeling their inner Lego personas from superheroes to average Joe’s, or Emmetts.

To make these fun events accessible to everyone, films are by suggested donation of $5 per person. Tickets only available at the door. Cash or card payment available.

Remember, doors open at 7:15 pm. Get there early to buy your popcorn and get a good spot. And, don’t forget to bring your chairs and blankets to cozy up under the stars.

Please note that if the weather prevents an outdoor screening, movies will be moved indoors to The Bailey Theatre at 1501 Cedar Ave., in Trail. Check our Facebook page for up-to-date information that day.

To keep up-to-date on what’s happening visit trail-arts.com and sign-up for our newsletter.

The Silver Screen Outdoor Movie is sponsored by Bounce Radio, Columbia Basin Trust, Kootenay Savings Credit Union, Teck Metals Ltd. and Tourism Rossland, and made possible thanks to support from the Government of British Columbia and BC Arts Council.

STEPS Dance Centre presents
Step It Up Dance Team’s
2022 Solo Show
Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm
The Bailey Theatre 

STEPS Dance Centre’s performance/competitive group, Step It Up, is putting on a show on May 14 at The Bailey Theatre.
The show will feature all of the dancer’s solos, duos, and trios from the year, as well as their Performance Groups, and some of the group dances also!
All proceeds will go directly to the dancers to help with expenses and provide new opportunities.
Entry by donation.

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RCAC May 2022 Newsletter

The RCAC and VISAC Gallery present the Art of Adornment

Tickets are on sale now! 

The Art of Adornment Juried Fashion Show and Award Gala is on May 14, 2022! The evening includes a juried fashion show of ensembles, exhibit of wearable art, and an awards ceremony.

For more information visit 

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) will be held on 17 May 2022 at 5:30pm in the Lily May Room of the Rossland Miner’s Hall. The RCAC will be reviewing the past year and electing the Board. 

The AGM is open to all interested parties. There will be food to follow. 

Please RSVP to: rosslandarts@gmail.com.

For 2022 the RCAC, with the support of Tourism Rossland, has leased and installed Space Junk on the corner of Columbia Avenue and Washington Street.

This piece was created by Rabi’a from Winlaw, BC. She said the piece was inspired by a delightful short Sci-fi film called ‘Orbit Ever After’.

When we first viewed this sculpture it brought to mind a small mountain community that is connected to the whole world, much like an increasing number of our residents who work remotely and globally over the data highway.

A big thank you to Ryan Zanussi and the City Works crew and Carl Schlichting of the Castlegar Sculpturewalk for installing this sculpture!

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Alliance Mail / Ways to Celebrate Asian Heritage Month

Hello Alliance Friends, 

The month of May is Asian Heritage Month (AHM) and Jewish Heritage Month (JHM) respectively in Canada. My colleagues and I would like to use this week’s newsletter to highlight the importance of Asian Heritage Month, and to dedicate next week’s newsletter to Jewish Heritage. 

With that in mind, I have compiled a list of events, talks and resources on our blog which I hope will encourage you to support and celebrate with our Asian Canadian community. 

As we celebrate Asian Heritage Month, it is also important to remember that yesterday was the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit people (MMIWG2S). We encourage you to read, or re-read the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ final report, and it’s 231 Calls for Justice to learn how to take further action. I have also compiled a list of resources and information regarding MMIWG2S on our blog

Finally, I would like to end this week’s newsletter with an important note from my colleague Susanna Fong regarding Asian Heritage Month, which you can read below. 

My best wishes to you this week, 


Note from Susanna: 

Hello everyone! For those who do not know me, my name is Susanna Fong and I am the Administrative Coordinator for the Alliance. 

In May 2002, the Government of Canada formally declared that the month of May is Asian Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the contributions that Asian-Canadians have made for the country. Here at the Alliance, we celebrate the works of people like Margaret Lyons (the first female VP of the CBC), Rupi Kaur (the author of Milk and Honey), and Anna Wong (an artist and master printmaker). The Daily Hive has published a list of events celebrating Asian Heritage month, which you can click here to read. 

However, while we celebrate the accomplishments made by Asian-Canadians, we cannot and should not forget the systemic issues that Asian-Canadians face in the past and present. During the pandemic, there has been an increasing rate of anti-Asian racism. A study led by the University of Victoria revealed that there is a 717% increase in reports of hate crimes in 2020 compared to 2019 due to the pandemic in Canada. It is clear that the fight against anti-Asian racism is not over. 

As a final note, I want to leave you with a few links to resources that can educate you on how to fight against anti-Asian racism. #Elimin8Hate and Project 1907 (both led by Vancouver Asian Film Festival), and Act2endracism have great resources on combating anti-Asian racism. If you want to go above and beyond, consider volunteering or donating to organizations such as the Yarrow Society and Sher Vancouver.  


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Music BC E-News 05/05/2022


The deadline for applications to ARC is fast approaching. BC artists who qualify will need to provide a short pitch video or written essay, their creative resume, samples of their original music among other details. Our staff are here to help in the process! Please don’t hesitate to reach out hello@arcprogrambc.com with any questions on the program application or if we can offer any guidance in the process!

Ready to take the leap? Applications are now open for BC-based artists – make sure to review the Guidelines and Eligibility before embarking on your application.

Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia for their 3-year investment in this program!



Music BC Artist and Business Travel applications are once again open for submission. The deadline for this intake will be June 10th, 2022 at 5:00PM (PDT). For each deadline always make sure to review the Guidelines and Eligibility as we do make adjustments throughout the year based on feedback from our applicants and members.

Review past recipients here from the program: https://bit.ly/3KMOgvd
*March 18th recipients will be published soon.



The folks at HoneyJam are searching the country for female artists, ages 14-25, representing pop, hip hop, jazz, soca, r&b, gospel, rock, dancehall, blues, alternative, opera, country – all styles of music to participate in this season’s artist development programme.All artists planning to attend the Toronto in person auditions as well as artists from other provinces across the country who can’t make the live auditions, please fill out this online submission form.


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Photographer Fred Rosenberg to speak at Nelson Public Library

Photo credit: Jeremy Addington

Stories aren’t only told through the written word. Photographs can also tell a story of a person, a place or community. Photographer Fred Rosenberg has been telling stories from the streets of Nelson with his camera for four decades. Rosenberg shares his experiences in a talk, “Anecdotal Evidence: A Personal History of Candid Photography,” at the Nelson Library on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 pm.

Through his camera lens, Rosenberg has documented people of all ages and walks of life participating in community life from parades to protests. Many of these photographs can be found in his book of Nelson photographs, Anecdotal Evidence, published in 2021 by Ceriph Press.

“Publishing Anecdotal Evidence just felt right,” says Ceriph Press owner Anne DeGrace. “What I was delighted to discover was that Fred was not only an exceptional visual storyteller, he can also spin a fascinating tale about his process.” Rosenberg has drawn praise for an insightful eye for subject and composition in street photography and in portraiture. In this free presentation he’ll talk about the nature and the craft of candid photography—journalistic, naturalistic, and street—and his own exploratory journey. He’ll illustrate his points with his own photographs, and with examples of work by photographers he admires.

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Beyond Extinction: Sinixt Resurgence

We are also honored to be showing for 1 night only Friday May 13 @ 7pm Beyond Extinction: Sinixt Resurgence with filmmaker Ali Kazimi, and Sinixt matriarch, Marilyn James in attendance for a Q&A at the end. Tickets for this documentary are on sale now.

You can purchase tickets online in advance or show up at the theatre box office. www.royaltheatretrail.com

Doors open 30min prior and we encourage you to arrive then, if purchasing inhouse to get you seated on time.

We look forward to seeing you.


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May at PLEO

Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society is thrilled to announce that the Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier has appointed our Founder and Legal Director Martha Rans QC to the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS).

As a lawyer who specializes in the legal needs of non-profit societies, charities, co-operatives, and artists, and a vocal advocate for the arts, culture and heritage sector, Martha Rans QC is a valuable addition to the ACCS.

Congratulations Martha! 


We are pleased to share that Martha Rans QC is currently attending the National Summit on Arts, Culture, and Heritage on behalf of the National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts.

Along with our colleagues from the arts, culture, and heritage sector, Martha will be reporting on the ongoing legal issues facing artists and arts organizations across Canada.

Copyright Conversations: Fraudulent Use of Indigenous Art has been postponed and will be rescheduled in the Fall.

Stay tuned for the new date!

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CCBC Citizen of Craft Award

Deadline for Nominations – June 1st, 2022

People who physically make objects understand that the making is only one aspect of creating culture: we need admirers and friends who are knowledgeable and thoughtful in their reception of our work, and who champion its grand diversity. This award is specifically for someone who is not a craftsperson, but without whom the craft community would be sorely diminished.

Applying online through Slideroom, the nominators will be required to provide:

Nomination Statement

Describe in 1000 words or less why you nominating this person for the CCBC Citizen of Craft Award. Please include a description of how this person has made a substantial contribution to the development of craft in your community/region.

Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae

Please provide the nominee’s professional curriculum vitae of up to 10 pages in length. CV should emphasize the person’s achievements in the promotion of and support for contemporary craft.


Provide 1-10 items of that may illustrate their achievements 

In the submission you will have to indicate that the Nominee:

  • accepts the conditions of the award – travel to Vancouver for presentation at the CCBC AGM (TBA)
  • grants permission to release his/her/their name to the public when the announcement of the results is made. Both the winner and nominees will be listed.
  • agrees to allow CCBC to use all materials submitted for promotional purposes and archival records.
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Workshop: Wet Felt Exploration and Play

Date & Time: May 29, 2022 10 am-3pm

Materials are included. Beginners welcome.
$95 (includes materials)
Hosted at Art Space- 112 Northwest Blvd, across from the Visitor Centre in Creston
Instructor: Carmen Ditzler

Wet felting turns combed wool into solid fabric. Using hands, water, soap, and friction there are infinite possibilities. We will learn how wool and silk meld together to make a strong fabric- felt. Learn about properties of wool that felts and how we can add other fibres and fabrics. How to make a three-dimensional object in felt or it can be flat! Play with colours and textures.

The goal is to explore and play without a pre-conceived idea of what you are making. Depending upon what decisions you make you will end up with a cowl or a small bag or a wall piece or a unique piece of material to stitch further.

For more info, email ditzsmall@gmail.com or visit https://www.carmenditzler.com/product-page/wet-felt-exploration-and-play

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Join our team: Executive Assistant

The Circle is seeking a dynamic individual for the Executive Assistant position, someone who is excited to work alongside a strong Indigenous leader and a collaborative team of seasonal stewards. This person has a clear understanding of the complex, confidential and supporting role of an executive assistant, loves administration and developing practical tools to support the creative possibilities of our work. They will have high emotional intelligence, self awareness, practices for reflection, growth and wellbeing. They know how to manage up and across and enjoy enabling the shared leadership of those around them. This position will report directly to the CEO and work closely with the team, partners and members.

The Executive Assistant will be responsible for providing professional, detail-oriented administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer. Coordinate all aspects of logistical needs for meetings and engagements for the CEO. Ensure meeting materials are compiled; prepare summary and action item notes. As a member of the Operations team, the Executive Assistant will provide high level meeting coordination for the CEO, partners, members and The Circle team.


  • Minimum five years of experience in executive level administrative support
  • Excellent written and verbal communication; proven ability to write and format moderately complex documents and manage information flow skillfully
  • High level of familiarity and effectiveness with online platforms and computer applications (i.e. Salesforce, Google Suite, Excel, attendease)
  • Superior time management, unitasking skillset with the ability to prioritize tasks and work both independently and collaboratively
  • Create efficiencies, maximize resources and check things off a to do list each day
  • Experience working with Indigenous and or other equity deserving communities


The salary range for this position is 45K – 60K. Health and wellness benefits are provided. We provide 15 days vacation, flexible working hours, birthday off and June 21st as a paid holiday. We work a 4 day work week for July and August and have a 3 week paid holiday closure between December and January. Working hours are 8:30 am – 430 pm with flexibility for home, community and cultural responsibilities. Option to work remotely with support to set up your home office.

​This position is open for anyone in Canada with reliable internet access.


Preference will be given to First Nations, Metis and Inuit applicants though we strongly encourage applications from all Indigenous people, Black People, people of colour, immigrants and refugees, and LGBTQ+ people.


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Oxygen Art Centre hosted artists Angela Glanzmann and Stephanie Yee as Artists-in-Residence from April 10th to the 23rd to create an installation for their exhibition entitled EAT IT UP!, which opened to the public on Wednesday, May 4.

Glanzmann (Toronto) and Yee (Halifax) invite viewers behind the scenes into the weird and obscure world of competitive cooking reality TV. The exhibition explores cooking through an immersive and playful installation that expands on their own histories, ethnicities, and social positions.

Their installation takes place on the set of a fictional show EAT IT UP, complete with a presentation table, competitor’s kitchen stations, and pantry/food storage. Constructed out of common household supplies and cardboard, food sculptures speak to the culinary resourcefulness and resilience of their ancestors as they had to adapt to new cultures and customs.

Oxygen Art Centre is an artist-run centre located at #3-320 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC via alleyway entrance. The exhibition will be open to the public Wednesdays to Saturdays from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Prior to your visit please review Oxygen’s COVID-19 prevention protocols on our website.

The exhibition, EAT IT UP! will be on view from Wednesday, May 4, 2022, until Saturday, May 28, 2022. The public are invited to visit the exhibition during the run Wednesdays to Saturdays from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Admission is free.

Artist Bios:

Angela Glanzmann is an artist, cultural worker and professional beekeeper currently based in her birth place of Tkaronto (Toronto). Her institutional education includes a BFA from NSCAD University and an MFA from the University of British Columbia. Her artistic and writing projects address settler relationships to land, queer possibilities, jokes about critical theory and the connection between violence and cuteness. Glanzmann’s work has appeared in galleries, publications and artist-run centres both nationally and internationally. She is currently reading lots about pollinators in preparation for spring. 

Stephanie Yee is a second-generation Chinese Canadian artist and cultural worker based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), the unceded territory of the Mi’kma’ki. Her education includes a BFA in Intermedia from NSCAD University where she began her exploration into community and identity. With a practice rooted in storytelling, her work manifests as gatherings, performance, writing, installation, video and playing with food. Often beginning with familiar imagery, processes, and materials, Yee playfully interjects as a means of exploring and questioning preconceived notions. She has participated as an artist, facilitator and curator in artist-run centers, festivals, residencies and galleries both locally and internationally.

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Get out your calendars! It’s a busy month :)

We have a full programming calendar this month! We are celebrating Asian History Month with a two-day film festival featuring some of the Missing Voices interviews, as well as Through These Eyes, a film by Lynn Trinh, and an incredible dance performance by Tsuneko Kokubo filmed in Gallery A, with the backdrop of Emma Nishimura’s Generational Echoes. We are also looking forward to getting outside and following the Chinatown Walking Tour created by the Museum in 2021. This self-guided tour is available on the Museum Walking Tour app, available for iPhone and Android devices. 

On May 5, the Museum staff will be participating in a private event to commemorate REDress Day, and we encourage all of our readers to hang a red dress in your shop or home window to show your support.

Later this month we are celebrating sports as we officially relaunch the Nelson Sports Collection, host the book launch for Visionary: The Ernie Gare Story, and screen The Mystery Mountain Project, a film documenting the ill-fated trek to the peak of today’s Mt. Waddington. (Read a great article published by our friends at Kootenay Mountain Culture mag!)

Details for all programs can be found in the Events section below. With all of this and more happening this month, we hope to see you at the Museum!



Wednesday, May 4 | 4-5:30 pm

All educators are invited to enjoy refreshments and a private tour of the current exhibitions – ‘Broken Promises’ and Emma Nishimura’s ‘Generational Echoes’ – with Curator Arin Fay and Museum Guide Tressa Ford. This free event is a great opportunity to see the shows, ask questions, and book school tours for your class!



May 4 to 7

ArtLab has reopened, and is stocked with all of the paper, stickers, and embellishments your little ones will need to create a beautiful handmade Mother’s Day card. ArtLab is open during regular operating hours and supplies are FREE. Admission fees or membership is required.


Friday, May 6 | 6 pm

Artist Emma Nishimura joins us virtually in the Gallery to discuss ‘Generational Echoes’ with Nelson Museum Curator Arin Fay. They will talk about the traditional techniques she employs, including the Japanese folding technique ‘furoshiki’, and the process of intaglio printing, and how her family’s history inspired this collection of works. Admission is free, donations are welcomed.


Wednesday, May 18 & 25 | 4-5:30 pm

The first workshop filled up so fast we’ve scheduled a second series!
Learn the basics of lino-cutting to create your own unique stamp, with facilitator Jayme Johnson. All materials supplied. This is a two-part workshop; you will be able to take the carving tools home to complete your design, then return on May 25 to complete the ink and application process. Sign up on Eventbrite. The workshop is free, donations are welcomed. 


Friday, May 13 & 20 | 7 pm

We are celebrating Asian Heritage Month with a free two-evening film series. Friday, May 13 features Through These Eyes, a film by Lynn Trinh, and the Missing Voices series produced by the Museum. On Friday, May 20 we will debut the beautiful dance film, Fukoshiki, featuring the performance of Tsuneko Kokubo, with music by Paul Gibbons.


Thursday, May 19 | 7 pm

One hundred years after Don and Phyllis Munday first explored the Waddington Range, a group of climbers attempt to retrace the Munday’s first route through the Homathko valley. In the spirit of adventure these hardy climbers chose to embark on this expedition outfitted as if it was 1926. Tickets are available on Eventbrite, donations are welcomed. 


Thursdays May 5, 12, 19 & 26 | 4-8 pm

Join us for FREE admission from 4 – 8 pm every Thursday evening. Take in the two shows in our galleries: Broken Promises (Feb 26 to May 28), and Emma Nishimura’s Generational Echoes (March 17 to June 4). Head up to the second floor and learn about the history of the region, and don’t forget to check out the Shop for new work weekly!

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Fun for Mother’s Day weekend!

The Trail Ambassador Committee presents
Trail Ambassador 2022 Pageant

Friday May 6 at 7 pm
The Bailey Theatre

Join the 2022 Trail Ambassador Program in the Bailey Theatre for their annual pageant. The Trail Ambassador Program is ready to present the hard work of the 2021/2022 Trail Ambassador Candidates. In an entertaining evening like no other pageant in BC, the audience should expect a great opening dance, well-written speeches, special talents, a frugal fashion show, an evening gown presentation and much more.

At the end of the night they will crown Miss Trail 2022 and Trail’s Princess 2022. Get ready to see these exceptional young women put on a show!

This show will also be streamed LIVE from The Bailey Theatre. Watch from the comfort of your home for just $10 per household. Tickets for the livestream available here.

Tickets for the in person show are $18.50 and may be purchased online, or by phone at 250-368-9669 or in person at The Bailey Theatre Box Office during regular box office hours Monday-Friday between 12 – 4 pm. Tickets purchased on-line or by phone can be picked up at the box office during regular box office hours. The Box Office will be open at 6 pm on show day for ticket pick up and at-the-door ticket purchases.

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Trail & District Arts Council presents
TECK Family Series
Oot n’ Oots
Sunday, May 8 at 3:00 pm
The Bailey Theatre 

Want the perfect Mother’s Day outing?
Missing Silver City Day’s family Day events?
Juno nominated The Oot n’ Oots make music that is, to quote Jerry Garcia, not for kids only.

Hailing from the Okanagan Valley, BC, the band includes “force of nature”, 15-year-old Ruth Cipes, with her dad Ez and uncles Ari, Gabe, and Matthew. In performance the group casts a spell of lightheartedness and laughter with their wildly imaginative music that draws on diverse influences from the history of rock n’ roll. This is truly entertainment for the whole family.

The band has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, has been honoured on “best of lists”, and received many awards and nominations in Canada, the USA, and Australia.

Their third album, “Ponderosa Bunchgrass and the Golden Rule” is currently nominated for “Children’s Album of the Year” at the 2022 Juno Awards.

“Sheer exuberant amazingness. If you’ve never listened to the Oot n’ Oots, you should.” – Fullvanfun.com
“Whoa! How long can The Oot n’ Oots contain this force of nature? Amazing.” – Chris Walker, host, Daybreak South, CBC Radio One

Individual tickets are $15.

Tickets on sale at thebailey.ca or by calling 250-368-9669. 

The TECK Family Series is sponsored by Teck Trail Operations. With funding support from the BC Arts Council, the Government of British Columbia, the BC Touring Council, and Creative BC. This project is funded [in part] by the Government of Canada. / Ce projet est financé [en partie] par le gouvernement du Canada.

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Less than 50 tickets left for an “Intimate Evening with Johnny Reid”, the multi-platinum, award-winning artist.
Tickets are $98.50.
Buy Now.

The Stampeders, creators of a veritable soundtrack to a whole generation, are bringing along all their classic hits, including the Hall of Fame song, “Sweet City Woman”!
Tickets are $66.50.
Buy Now.

Selling fast! Multi-platinum award winning singer, songwriter, actress and author Jann Arden performs her numerous hit songs.
Regular tickets $78.50 / Premium Tickets $83.50.
Buy Now.

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Arts Whistler: Join us for our AGM next week!

Date: May 11, 2022 | Time: 5:00pm | Meeting begins at 5:30pm
Venue: The Gallery at the Maury Young Arts Centre | Restrictions: Must be an Arts Whistler member in order to vote.
(All Arts Whistler memberships have been extended throughout Covid-19 health restrictions. Your membership is still valid if it was valid as of March 2020.)
Pre-Register at www.artswhistler.com/agm

After “official business”, all Arts Whistler members enjoy a drink on us plus fun, games, prizes and a 40th anniversary cake. 
The most fun you can have at an AGM. For realsies!

Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but registration will also be available on-site, May 11 at 5:00pm at Maury Young Arts Centre

Pre-register now!

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Alliance Mail / Accessibility Support and Festival Opportunities

This week in the office has been a busy one as we were focusing on grant writing.

Grant writing is kind of interesting because you get to remember a lot of the cool projects that you or your organization did, and highlight things that you are proud of. 

This week was an opportunity for me to reflect on what makes work meaningful, and I think that for me it comes down to directly serving my community. 

Knowing that I am serving artists and artist organizations gives so much energy to my every day work. I really hope, and I think the rest of the team does too, that we can bring a lot of positivity and useful contribution to our community. 

Speaking of community, I have recently been craving some more local, wholesome social things to do. Maybe it’s because spring is in the air. All of a sudden I found myself signing up for MeetUp groups this week—Hike and Chat? Sure! Sign me up! Beer and Chess? I love chess! I’m there.

I may have gotten too excited too soon, though, because I came down with a nasty virus (caught from my daughter, who caught it at daycare), and it served as a good reminder to be extra cautious. 

But if you’re feeling brave, and up for something fun, today is International Dance Day!  The Dance Centre’s line up of events is sure to not disappoint, and if you’d rather stay at home and just rock out to Avril Lavigne, I think that’s cool too. 

On the mothering front, it’s been a bit of a challenge this week. It feels like the laundry just never ends! But other things are very good—M has figured out how to ask me to watch compilations of funny dog videos on YouTube, for instance, even though she has all but three words to communicate with. 

All is well.

Hope you are well too,


Renfrew Raving Moon Festival looking for artists of all disciplines for light installation 

Calling all artists! | Are you a musician? Dance group? Installation artist? Eco artist? 

Still Moon is seeking artists for the 20th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival this September. They are currently recruiting performers for the Harvest Fair and artists for the Streamside Lantern Installation. 

For this year’s festival, the festival is reflecting and celebrating twenty years of bringing together art, the community, and the environment with the theme of “resurfacing.” The vision is to see the fair activated with an array of performers and the ravine animated with illuminated art of all kinds.

The theme is open to interpretation and artists are encouraged to apply by going to stillmoonarts.cafor more information.

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Free series of introductory art demonstrations for the creative and the curious

Free series of introductory art demonstrations by Grant Smith for the creative and the curious: 1.“So, You’ve Always Wanted to Draw? Four Things Good Drawers Already Know” 2. “Capturing Your Travels in Watercolour” and 3. “The Simplest Stencil Print Technique Ever!”.

May 16, 2022 | 7 pm | registration required, limited spots available – Introductory Art Demo by Grant Smith: “So, You’ve Always Wanted to Draw? Four Things Good Drawers Already Know”

May 18, 2022 | 7 pm | registration required, limited spots available – Introductory Art Demo by Grant Smith: “Capturing Your Travels in Watercolour”

May 20, 2022 | 7 pm | registration required, limited spots available – Introductory Art Demo by Grant Smith: “The Simplest Stencil Print Technique Ever!”

More Info: https://www.artgallerykimberley.com/ | info@artgallerykimberley.com

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Solo Art Exhibition by Grant Smith

May 4-28, 2022 | Wed.-Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-4

Art exhibition featuring incredibly talented and diverse Kimberley artist Grant Smith. Grant’s solo art exhibition will feature his latest stencil and block prints of local animals along with his chalk drawings of pine trees from the Second Butte in Wycliffe and the backyards of houses along 106th Avenue Rails-to-Trails pathway. Additionally, Grant has completed an artwork to support Wildsight’s Mountain Caribou Recovery Program.

Part of Grant’s art exhibition will be a free series of introductory art demonstrations for the creative and the curious (registration required): 1. May 16 “So, You’ve Always Wanted to Draw? Four Things Good Drawers Already Know” 2. May 18“Capturing Your Travels in Watercolour” and 3. May 20 “The Simplest Stencil Print Technique Ever!”.

More Info: https://www.artgallerykimberley.com/ | info@artgallerykimberley.com

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What’s Happening at the Kootenay Gallery

What’s Been Happening

A Great Opening for Young Visions ’22

The opening of Young Visions 2022 was our largest event in the past two years. It was well attended by both the students and the community in general. The event was catered by Judy Wearmouth and we are grateful to her (as always). The show continues until May 28.

Current Exhibition

Young Visions 2022

Staff and Students of SD 20

April 22 – May 28

One of our favourite events of the year is back. Young Visions returns to the Gallery to showcase the hard work and talent of our SD 20 youth. This year’s show is as colourful and thought-provoking as ever.

Check it out before the end of the month.

Up-coming Exhibitions

East and West Galleries

West Kootenay Camera Club

Photo Salon

June 3 – June 10

Photos by members of the West Kootenay Camera Club

The annual Photo Salon, presented by the West Kootenay Camera Club, is part of the Kootenay Gallery’s ongoing community outreach program.  This exhibition provides an opportunity for both professional and amateur photographers to present their recent photographic work in a professional gallery setting. 

Please note, this year there will not be a formal opening event.

Exhibition Hours:
June 3rd & 4th:  10 am – 5 pm
June 5th: 10 am – 4 pm (Gift Shop is closed)
June 6th: CLOSED
June 7th to 10th: 10 am – 5 pm

Vestigial Trail

Jim Holyoak

Exhibition: June 23 – August 20, 2022

Residency: June 23 – July 8, 2022

Programming Schedule

Opening Night – June 23 at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to this free event.

Meet the Artist – 1:00 pm to 1:30 on June 28, June 30, July 6 and July 8. This will be an opportunity to meet Jim and ask him questions about the large-scale drawing he will be creating during his residency.

Jim Holyoak & Jesse Lee – Music and Drawing Event – June 24 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. At this informal event, attendees will be invited to draw (or not) while watching/listening to an improvised collaborative performance between Jim Holyoak (drawing with crayons, pencils, brooms and brushes) and Jesse Lee (making music with guitar, keyboard, loopers and percussion).

Drawing Monsters – Workshop – June 25 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. We will try a variety of monster-drawing exercises using pencils and wax crayons. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Artist Talk – July 9 at 11:00 am. Join Jim along with curator Maggie Shirley to find out more about the exhibition and Jim’s artistic career.

Watch for more details and workshop registration info in the next newsletter.

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Upcoming Exhibitions at Studio Connexion Art Gallery

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Music BC E-News 04/28/2022: Travel Grant Applications Reopen | ARC Accelerator Deadline May 15 | The Great Escape


This summer a new program will kick-off in order to help advance the business, creative, and technical skills of BC recording artists! Introducing ARC – an intensive program that will incorporate a series of artist development experiences and feature some incredible names from the music industry as producers, mentors and creative faculty members. 

Ready to take the leap? Applications are now open for BC-based artists – make sure to review the Guidelines and Eligibility before embarking on your application. 

Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia for their 3-year investment in this program!



Music BC Artist and Business Travel applications are once again open for submission. The deadline for this intake will be June 10th, 2022 at 5:00PM (PDT). For each deadline always make sure to review the Guidelines and Eligibility as we do make adjustments throughout the year based on feedback from our applicants and members.

As well, we are now in the process of notifying the applicants from our second deadline (March 18th, 2022) on the status of their application, we thank everyone for their patience.



As the UK’s premier new music and industry gathering, The Great Escape Festival is where music industry representatives from around the world come to network, make deals and discover new and emerging talent. Participating BC artists in this year’s showcase include JESSIA, Mauvey and Art d’Ecco

Canada House will once again showcase the country’s hottest rising independent artists to music fans and industry over three days (May 12, 13 & 14) at the Green Door Store. Participating this year are 18 artists from Alberta, Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.


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