Alliance News / Make Content Your Audience Can Find with #DigitalLadders


Featured In This Issue

  • Make Content Your Audience Can Find with #DigitalLadders
  • This May, Plan for the Future of Your Organization
  • Hot Off the Blog: Music BC Announces New Executive Director
  • What’s On: April 24-30

Make Content Your Audience Can Find with #DigitalLadders

We’re still gearing up for our April 30 #DigitalLadders Salon, Digital Tools to Help You Create (free in person and online in partnership with the VPL!), but we’ve also got one more Salon to whet your digital appetite.

The digital world offers many ways for potential end users to discover cultural organizations, product and experiences. In Digital Discoverability: Making the Work of the Creative Industries Easier to Find, digital strategist Annelise Larson will explain what discoverablity means, the basic best practices to ensure your content is optimized for search online, as well as other mechanisms for getting found and connecting with your target audience. Whether you want yourself, your work, organization, company or event to be more easily found online, you will walk away with a solid foundation on which to build an effective digital discoverability plan.

Digital Discoverability: Making the Work of the Creative Industries Easier to Find takes place May 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the BC Alliance’s downtown Vancouver headquarters (100-938 Howe Street). BC Alliance members attend for $10, non-members for $15, and anyone can livestream for $10. As always, ASL interpretation is available upon request. For more information, and to register today, visit our Salons page.

This May, Plan for the Future of Your Organization

On May 21 and 22, the BC Alliance is partnering with Realize Strategies to offer a pair of workshops on succession planning for arts, culture and heritage organizations.

Executive Director & Board Succession Planning, on May 21, offers best practices around passing the torch to a new ED or reinforcing your board (register here), while the May 22 workshop, Staff Retention and Succession Planning, helps you preserve your all-star staff while still laying plans for future departures (register here). You do not need to attend one session to attend the other, so register according to your needs.

As always, BC Alliance members access all of our workshops at a special discounted rate, and anybody can attend remotely via livestream. ASL interpretation is available upon request. For more information, including rates and registration, visit our Workshops page.

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Auditions, Classes and Events at the Capitol


Capitol Theatre Summer Youth Program

Youth age 13 to 21 are invited to audition for the Capitol Theatre’s 31st annual Summer Youth Production of James and the Giant Peach, directed by Adriana Bogaard, with musical director Malaika Horswill and choreographer Mackenzie Hope. This popular program runs July 2nd through 27th, Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm, with performance on July 25, 26, 27 at 7:30pm and July 27 at 2pm.

Auditions are April 26th (6pm – 8pm) and April 27th (10am – 4pm) at Nelson United Church. In preparation for the auditions please have a song ready to sing for the directors so that they can hear your vocal range. Songs will be performed acapella (unaccompanied).

To book an audition time, call Eva at the Capitol Box office at 250-352-6363.


Footlight Performance Academy

In ‘Acting Out Stories’, instructor Avi Phillips will guide young actors (age 8-12) as they discover and develop worlds, real and imagined, tell stories through movement and creative drama. They will learn to trust and support each other’s ideas as they move into the world of focused theatre-making, developing improvisation skills, and establishing stage presence.

The program takes place on the Capitol Theatre stage and will culminate in a final showcase where actors share their new skills with each other.  ‘Acting Out Stories’ runs June 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19. Registration is limited to 10 participants and costs $75+GST.  Call the Capitol Box Office to sign up, 250-352-6363.

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Oxygen Art Centre hosts Resident Artist Matthew Talbot-Kelly


Oxygen Art Centre hosts Resident Artist Matthew Talbot-Kelly for a site-specific sculptural installation project: “…concerning the inept and yes, foolhardy barricading of wayward denizens…”


Project Dates: April 15 – May 19, 2019
Open Studio Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm
Closing Celebration: Friday May 17th, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Saturday May 18th, 2-4pm

While in residence at Oxygen Art Centre, Talbot-Kelly will build a temporary, multi-part Site Specific installation, an assemblage made of two realities – physical and digital. This will be a domestically scaled fence/barrier/wall made from reclaimed and reconfigured furniture that is seamlessly and endlessly extended by an Augmented Reality (AR) overlay made visible via the built-in cameras on provided tablets. Talbot-Kelly will be in residence at Oxygen from April 15th through May 19th 2019. During this time the gallery will be open to curious visitors Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm, with Talbot-Kelly present to discuss his project with the public. The residency will culminate with a closing celebration on Friday May 17th from 7-9pm and an Artist talk on Saturday May 18th from 2-4pm.

Matthew Talbot-Kelly is a peripatetic mixed media artist, filmmaker and architect. His wide-ranging art practice comprises works in both analog and digital time-based mediums. Working variously from Dublin, Vancouver, Mumbai, London, and Montreal, Talbot-Kelly has participated in residencies and exhibited internationally. “Oxygen Art Centre looks forward to hosting such a dynamic and accomplished figure with an eye for the absurd and experimental, and ambitious aspirations while in residence in Nelson this spring.” Says Oxygen Art Centre Executive Director Genevieve Robertson. “Through building a barrier that is neither practically functional nor with a clear purpose, Talbot-Kelly’s work questions the absurdity of our personal empires, our desires to keep others ‘out’, and our possessions ‘in’.”

Walls are topical at the moment – they keep people out, they define space (a here from there), allocate membership within, separate public from private – though their resonance goes beyond a contemporary USA centric lens.

“This construction will be capriciously placed, be made of ineffectual semi-charred ruinous source materials, it’ll have a never-upright orientation, submerging and emerging from the interior surfaces: cumulatively this work will stray far from a utilitarian conventional fence”, says Talbot-Kelly. “As much as it will be an inept, useless wall, I’m imagining the results may also exhibit characteristics of a barricade. In this way, the construction’s political overture will be reoriented.”

ABOUT Matthew Talbot-Kelly

Matthew Talbot-Kelly (Ireland/Canada) is a mixed media artist, filmmaker and architect based in the Pacific Northwest. Talbot-Kelly is interested in how chance, editorial and mise-en-scène processes may be devices of (non)sense-making, uncovering compelling readings of the fragmentary familiar, through dialectics of contradiction and (in)comprehension. His wide ranging art practice comprises works in both analog physical (mixed media, collage, assemblage, installations, architecture, text) and digital time-based (film, animation, loops, interactive, sound, VR and AR) realms. Recently exhibited physical/digital/interactive works The (n)Atrocity Exhibition – a house crash for the rest of us, (BAF Gallery, Vancouver, 2017) Circling Towards a Possible Present, (Sunnycrest Mall, Sunshine Coast, BC, 2017), articulated subtext – an interactive VR installation, (Seaside Centre for the Arts, Canada, 2016), in Kamera / ‘After The Gold Rush’ / Venetian retirement station of a fictitious New York cabbie, Teatro di Villa Groggia, Cannaregio, (Venice, Italy, 2015), Blow 24 fps (Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Canada, 2015), and falling:catching (Krtashreya Aurodhan Gallery Garden, Pondicherry, India, 2014). Talbot-Kelly’s award winning digital & analog hybrid experimental 3d collage films The Trembling Veil of Bones (2010) and Blind Man’s Eye (2007), have screened around the world, including the Venice Biennale Film Festival. Talbot-Kelly is presently working on a large architectural/performative/mixed media work in production, a modern day Cabinet of Curiosities to be unveiled as a pop-up in a shopping mall. Various works have been funded by the Canada Council, NFB, The Irish Film Board, Ontario Arts Council.

ABOUT Oxygen Arts Centre

Based in Nelson BC, Oxygen Art Centre is a rural artist-run centre that provides space and programming for artists and the public to engage in the creation, study, exhibition and performance of contemporary art in all disciplines. Oxygen Art Centre is particularly interested in work with regional relevance, interdisciplinary work and work that engages audiences in participatory processes. Oxygen’s Exhibition and Residency Program supports process-based projects that encourage experimentation and push conventional practice. Founded in 2002, Oxygen is an integral and long-standing cultural hub for artists of all disciplines and professional levels in the West Kootenays and beyond.

Closing Celebration:

Artist Talk:

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White Buffalo returns for a night of true tales, singer-songwriters and delicious desserts!

Trail & District Arts Council presents
The Best Songs & Stories of White Buffalo
Friday, April 26 at 7:30 pm

Muriel Griffiths Room at The Bailey Theatre

Don’t miss this super fun night of true stories, original songs and tasty desserts at the Best Songs and Stories of White Buffalo!

All our storytellers tales are important to them and have real stakes, whether it is about their story of immigration or something that scared them. Connect with the person on stage as they tell, not read, their stories.

You’ll even get to learn about our songwriters’ processes, and what influenced their original songs!

Need another reason to come out? Check out this article about why listening to stories is great for our brains! Or, why storytelling is important for humans to connect and empathise.

Don’t forget White Buffalo’s not just about the songs and stories! It’s about making new friends and relaxing while you enjoy a drink and fabulous desserts by Hooper’s Bakery, including macaroons, mini tarts, truffles and pain au chocolat! Gluten and dairy free options available – order in advance. We even have amazing door prizes to be won!!!

All for only $20.
Get tickets at our Box Office in person or by phone at 250-368-9669 from 12-4 pm Monday to Friday, or 24/7 at

Trail & District Arts Council presents
Wild Rose
Thursday, April 25 at 7 pm

The Royal Theatre

Rose-Lynn Harlan has dreamt of becoming a country music star for as long as anyone can remember. But Glasgow isn’t exactly Nashville, and, as a convicted criminal and single mother of two young children, Rose-Lynn is more country song than country starlet.

Just released from prison, forced to wear an ankle monitor and keep curfew, she can’t return to her job as the house-band singer at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry. Sporting her white cowboy hat and white leather cowboy boots, Rose-Lynn lands a new job as a housekeeper for the lovely, and very posh, Susannah (Sophie Okonedo). After catching her singing on the job, Susannah’s kids quickly become Rose-Lynn’s biggest fans and Susannah her enthusiastic patron, determined to help her get to Nashville. But Rose-Lynn’s dreams come at a cost. Her mother (Julie Walters), who knows all about abandoning dreams, has always done what she can to help her daughter realize hers, but she also wants her to take responsibility and act like the grownup that her kids need her to be.

“Rose-Lynn’s story reminds us that taking responsibility doesn’t have to mean giving up hope. And sometimes when we’re chasing our dreams, we realize we were living them all along.” – TIFF

Director: Tom Harper / Writer: Nicole Taylor / Stars: Julie Walters, Jessie Buckley, Sophie Okonedo / 1h 40min | Drama, Music / Country: UK / Language: English

Tickets cash on the $10 on the door.
Please note: this is a Sunday Cinema screening rescheduled to replace Sunday’s screening. This is also the last screening until Fall.

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Music BC Announces New Executive Director Lindsay MacPherson

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Dear BC Music members and BC music industry colleagues,

After announcing the departure of Alex Grigg as Executive Director last week, on behalf of the Music BC Board of Directors, I am proud to share that Lindsay MacPherson has been hired as Alex’s successor. As many of you know, Lindsay has spent the past two and a half years as the Manager of Programs and Operations at Music BC and has over 10 years of experience within the local music industry working with Nettwerk Music Group, Newcap Radio, Boompa Records and Secret Study, working live events such as Squamish Valley Music Festival, Red Truck Concert Series and Shorefest.

In Lindsay’s time with Music BC she has overseen the planning and execution of over 40 major projects on behalf of Music BC. These include facilitating opportunities for 250 showcasing artists, providing 60 live music grants, and 352 touring and travel grants for BC artists and industry professionals, as well as 30 educational and professional development opportunities including the Phoenix program, workshops on fostering positive mental health and respectful workplaces. She has also been vital in fostering Music BC’s new partnerships with festivals across the Pacific Northwest including Treefort, Bumbershoot, Pickathon, Upstream Music Fest and Capitol Hill Block Party.

As our Hiring Committee interviewed candidates in a search of Alex’s successor, we felt strongly not only about Lindsay’s obvious accomplishments within the organization, but equally as confident about her ability to continue to build on and promote the vision we have collectively been working towards. We have had a succession plan with Lindsay since she first joined Music BC, and I’m thrilled to see that plan come to fruition. Lindsay’s experience across so many facets of our industry, combined with her relationships, vision and acute attention to detail make her the perfect leader for our organization going forward.

Lindsay has expressed to the Hiring Committee that she is thrilled to be taking on this new challenge at Music BC. She is proud of what the Music BC team has accomplished for the BC music industry over the last few years, and she looks forward to continuing to build and strengthen our organization as Executive Director, working with our Board of Directors, our partners and all Music BC members.

We are extremely excited that Lindsay will be able to continue her great work on behalf of our organization and look forward to all of you having the opportunity to connect with her in the coming weeks and months.

Best regards,

 Scott Johnson                                                                                                                                        President                                                                                                                                           Music BC Industry Association Board of Directors

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Photos: Dead Crow (Art Joyce); Galadriel Watson

Four Kootenay authors will offer warmup events during April and May for June’s 6th annual Convergence Writers’ Weekend, this year featuring Toronto novelist and memoirist Joy Kogawa.

On April 26 at 7 pm, New Denver author Art Joyce together with folklorist Mark Mealing will present a film premiere and discussion of the trickster figure at Kaslo’s Langham Centre, 447 A Ave. (Highway 31). “Coffee with a Writer” sessions will be held at noon at New Denver’s Outlet Youth Centre, 306 6th Ave., with Nakusp authors Galadriel Watson on May 4 and Claire Paradis on May 25. A third “Coffee with a Writer” session will be held at noon May 18 at the Nakusp Library 92, 6th Ave. NW, with Fernie writer Keith Liggett.

Convergence Writers’ Weekend will be held this year at Silverton, B.C.’s Silverton Gallery. Besides a talk by Kogawa on June 7 that is open to the public, writing workshops for registrants will be held June 8 led by Liggett and Slocan Valley author and Selkirk College writing instructor Leesa Dean. More information, including how to register, is available at

At the April 26 event at the Langham, Joyce will premiere a film of his performance poem “Dead Crow: Prologue.” He’ll be joined by Kaslo cultural anthropologist Mealing, who will discuss how the archetypal trickster figure, like Joyce’s Dead Crow, occurs in cultures around the globe. Admission is by donation ($10 suggested).

The three free “Coffee with a Writer” sessions in New Denver and Nakusp offer a chance for local readers and writers to interact informally with area authors. Watson, at New Denver’s Outlet Youth Centre on May 4, is a widely published children’s author, whose writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, Globe and Mail, and Discover magazine. Paradis, who will be at the Outlet Centre May 25, is a former associate editor of the Arrow Lakes News. Besides her work as a journalist, she is the author of short stories, micro-memoirs, and poetry.

Liggett, who will be at the Nakusp Library on May 18, has had his writing appear in major ski journals and more than 75 newspapers. He has published an award-winning cookbook, two collections of poems, and, in 2015, The Fernie Originals, a series of profiles of Fernie, B.C. businesses and essays about the town. He also organizes literary programing for Cranbrook, B.C.’s St. Eugene Resort.

This year’s Convergence is co-sponsored by Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace, the Columbia Basin Trust, Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Area K director Paul Peterson and Area H director Walter Popoff, and RDCK’s Recreation Commission No. 6.

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