WKRAC Employment Opportunities

Are you interested in supporting arts and culture in the Kootenays? Consider joining the WKRAC team! We are currently hiring for two contract roles.

Communications Coordinator: The WKRAC is currently preparing to launch a new website and a refreshed brand identity. This part-time contract role will be critical in the successful roll-out of this new brand across our e-newsletter, web, and social media channels.

Community Coordinator (3 positions available): A Community Coordinator will be hired from the LGBTQ+, youth (ages 16-25), and Indigenous communities, respectively. The Community Coordinator will consult with their community to identify and prioritize wants/needs to support the creation and presentation of artistic or cultural work.

Find details for both postings on the @AllianceforArts job board. https://www.allianceforarts.com/job-board/?tag=West+Kootenays

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Find out about Native Plant Gardens at the Kootenay Gallery

Photo credit: Valerie Huff

You may have seen the photos of goats and sheep munching on vetch earlier this summer on the grounds of the Kootenay Gallery.  The goats will be discussed, along with other interesting details in a public talk on August 27 at 2:00 pm.

This talk will highlight the progress on the development of native plant gardens. The gardens are designed to attract and support native pollinators at the Kootenay Gallery.  The space, located behind the gallery, is being transformed into a suite of garden spaces showcasing different approaches to native plant gardening, often called rewilding, and include a butterfly garden, pollinator meadow, and flowering shrub hedgerow. 

More garden space is being added to these gardens this year and will feature interpretive signage following an EcoGarden approach, a program developed by the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS). 

Olga Hallborg, Castlegar Butterflyway Rangers Coordinator and Bren Beckwith, PhD,  Owner, KinSeed Ecologies have been driving forces behind the native plant gardens located on the grounds of the Gallery.

Olga Hallborg will share her inspiration for developing a Castlegar chapter of Butterflyway Rangers and passion for building a public space for native plants and their pollinators. 

Bren Beckwith, the gardens designer, will describe the transformation of the space into pollinator habitat, highlight some of the key plant species in the gardens, and link this project to others in the region, as well as provide information on how people can continue to learn and get involved. 

Most of the plants that are growing in the Kootenay Gallery gardens have been provided by KinSeed Ecologies, Bren’s Nelson-based company that specializes in wild seed and plants that are truly native to the West Kootenay region.

The Kootenay Gallery Native Plant Demonstration Gardens are a proud partnership of the Kootenay Gallery, Castlegar Butterflyway Rangers, Castlegar Communities in Bloom, KinSeed Ecologies, CKISS, and the Kootenay Native Plant Society (KNPS). 

Entry to this event is by donation and is free to Kootenay Gallery members.

This talk is being presented as part of the programming for the exhibition Transcience by Janet Kabatoff. The exhibition opens August 26 at 7:00 pm and continues until October 29.

The Kootenay Gallery and the Native Plant Garden are located at 120 Heritage Way. For more information, contact the Gallery at 250 365 3337, email kootenaygallery@telus.net or search www.kootenaygallery.com.

The Kootenay Gallery wishes to thank the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, funded by Columbia Basin Trust for their financial support of this exhibition programming.

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Two New Exhibition at the Kootenay Gallery Celebrate the Everyday

The next exhibitions at the Gallery feature art from two women with local connections. Janet Kabatoff is from Krestova and Mo Hamilton lived in Castlegar prior to living in Prince George.

Safety by Mo Hamilton. Photo by Mo Hamilton

Paintbrush by Jan Kabatoff. Photo: Jan Kabatoff

Jan Kabatoff has created a series of artwork in an exhibition entitled Transcience. Kabatoff is an interdisciplinary artist with a passion for wild plants and flowers, She says, “Living in a rural setting during a pandemic, in relative isolation, has allowed me to discover what my natural surroundings have to offer, and to reflect more deeply on our existential vulnerability and notions of nature and identity.” 

Kabatoff’s artworks are process-oriented and comprised of three large-scale, site-specific installations of pressed plant material, a series of wild-flower paintings; mixed-media works and a time-lapse video of plants through the different stages of life, death and decay.

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See what the Trust is doing to support your community!

75 Long-Term Care Beds Coming To Nelson

People in Nelson and surrounding areas will soon have access to high-quality long-term care in their community with the construction of 75 new publicly funded long-term care beds at 902 Eleventh St. in Nelson.The long-term care is a partnership between the Ministry of Health, Interior Health, Columbia Basin Trust, and Golden Life Management and is expected to be complete in September 2024. It will be part of the Nelson Health Campus, a new modern location that will include the amalgamation of existing local health services into one place.

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High-speed Backbone Expanded Near Jaffray

Columbia Basin Trust has successfully added 60 kilometres of high-speed fibre optic cable to its broadband network in the South Country, between Jaffray and Roosville. Internet service providers can now connect to this regional backbone, receive a higher-quality connection, and in turn improve the services they offer to customers.

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All In To Help Prevent Wildfire

As FireSmart Coordinator for the District of Invermere, one of Anne-Sophie Corriveau’s main objectives is to engage with residents through activities like presentations, a booth at the farmers’ market and an open house at the fire hall, where she shares FireSmart principles and explains why it’s critical that everyone helps out to prevent wildfires.

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Affordable Rental Homes Being Built In Sparwood

Columbia Basin Trust, the Government of Canada and BC housing are coming together with the Elk Valley Family Society to build 30 affordable rental homes for single parent families, seniors and people living with disabilities in Sparwood. The new development at 400 Evergreen Crescent is a four-storey building.

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Montrose Revitalizes Community Space

Montrose Park is a community hub: children play in the splash park, players dash about on the pickleball court and people can work up a sweat on the exercise equipment and more. The park is the community’s main location for outdoor social get-togethers – and has recently grown even more impressive with support from the Trust.

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Revelstoke Workers Benefit From Affordable Rentals

People working in Revelstoke will soon have access to 24 new affordable rental homes, with the first tenants moving into their new homes on September 1. These one-bedroom homes are intended for individuals and couples with moderate and low incomes who are working in the city’s resort and hospitality industries.

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EVENTS & DEADLINES

August 12 – 14

Nelson International Mural Festival

August 19 – 21

Flats Fest Canal Flats

August 23, 25, 30, 1

Webinars: Beyond the Farmers’ Market: Getting your Product to Market

August 20 – 27

Kimberley Kaleidoscope Festival

August 28

Farm Event: The Big Buzz Farm Tour :Winlaw

August 30

Applications Close: Climate Resilience Program

September 1

Application Deadline: Community Readiness

September 2 – 4

Tiny Lights Festival : Ymir

2022 ‘PEAK’ Music Festival: Cranbrook


IN THE NEWS

Fernie’s Volleyball Courts A Popular Addition To Town

The Last Full Month Of Summer Is Here

Three First Nations Incorporate Solar Power Into Affordable Housing Units

Work Has Begun On Swan Ave Park In Kimberley

Motus Network Established In The Columbia Valley Used To Track Bank Swallows

Elkford Bike Park Funding Secured

RDCK Working Hard On Composting Programs

Cycling Without Age Moving Forward Again

FireSmart Support

Kaslo Council Roundup: A Avenue watermain project underway

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Culture Days is just around the corner!

Mark your calendar! 🗓 From September 23 to October 16, 2022, communities across Canada will create, share, and connect through arts and culture—all part of the national Culture Days celebrations! There’s still time to join in! Registration for activities and hubs for the 3-week annual event is open.

Why get involved? In 2021, an estimated 3.4 million people across Canada came together in-person and online to participate in over 3,000 free events. After attending Culture Days events, attendees report increased feelings of community pride, and are more likely to support year-round arts and cultural initiatives. Read more about the impact of Culture Days events in communities. Sign in to your Dashboard to get started.


Organizer Resources

Participation Guide  Social Media and Marketing Materials  FAQs  Programming Ideas  Online Programming  Public Relations Guide  Promoting your Event  Indigenous Cultural Programming  School Engagement Toolkit ● Promoting Your Event: Organizer Webinar ● Social Media Accessibility Guide


More from the Website!

Collections: 

Start curating your “must-attend” list using Collections! This tool allows you to group and save specific events to easily share with others via a unique URL. Create Collections based on interests, themes, or languages, or use it as a scheduler—the possibilities are endless! 
See how it works here!

Start Collecting!

Culture Days Historic Map: You can now browse through 10+ years of Culture Days events through our online archive. Explore this interactive map and discover the many different arts and culture events across the country that have been a part of Culture Days through the years!

Start Exploring!

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Local Nelson arts organization introduces brand new look and name

For more information about Echo Vocal Arts Alliance visit  www.echovocalarts.ca

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Music in the Park

Trail & District Arts Council presents
Kootenay Savings Music in the Park
Plan Band opening act RUCKUS
Thursday, August 11, 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm
Gyro Park, Trail

RUCKUS, one of the Kootenay’s most popular cover band’s, brings their fun attitude to Music in the Park tonight from 6.15 pm.

The 4-piece takes pride in performing all your favorite songs, with a “RUCKUS” twist. With “RUCKUS” since 2010, lead singer Loretta Sheriff’s distinctive voice and musical theatre background bring a new edge to familiar songs. Drummer Rob Taylor, the founder of “RUCKUS”, has been gigging since the age of 15. Playing what the people want to hear, he keeps the beat going. Newest member Paul Dasti on Bass guitar and vocals, moved to Trail in 1978 from Northern Ontario, where he attended Cambrian College majoring in music theory. He was the bass player for “Nickel”, who were quite popular in cities from Thunder Bay to Halifax. Paul is a well-known musician, playing with many local bands. With over 40 years’ experience, guitar master Darren Mahe has shared the stage with “Trooper”, “Headpins”, “Great White” and many more. His expertise and dedication to his craft is significant. New addition
At 7pm, Plan B, a Kootenay-based rhythm and blues band on the jazzier side of blues, hit the stage. Plan B includes Aron Tinsley (drums), Jason Thomas (2nd guitar and keyboards), Jason Friesen (bass), George Capelletto (guitar), and Randy Eastwood (vocals).

Don’t forget to bring plenty of water. Need to cool off? The music is right by the water park and the river, and we will have a misting tent!

Music in the Park is held at Trail’s Gyro Park every Thursday starting at 6.15 pm, except for the Night Market on August 4 when the event will run from 5 pm. Come down and feel the buzz.

Admission is by donation – $3 minimum suggested. Or support the future of Music in the Park and buy a pass for the whole season for just $50.

Upcoming Music in the Park Shows
Aug 18 The Hillties / Ndidi O
Aug 25 Rumour Mill / The Fugitives
Sept 1 Golden City Fiddlers / Raine Hamilton String Trio

For more detail on upcoming acts, please visit our events calendar.

Please note: if the weather prevents an outdoor performance, bands and bar will move indoors to The Bailey Theatre at 1501 Cedar Ave., in Trail. Check our Facebook page or call our Box Office at 250-368-9669 and listen for updates on our recorded message.

This show is made possible thanks to funding from Kootenay Savings, BC Arts Council, BC Touring Council, the Government of Canada, Tourism South Kootenay and Teck Metals Ltd.


Trail & District Arts Council and The Flying Steamshovel present
WHITEHORSE
Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 pm
The Bailey Theatre
FREE CONCERT

Join the Trail & District Arts Council in celebrating the start of the performance season, experiencing the exciting Bailey Theatre upgrades and re-engaging audiences after a couple tough years in the live arts sector.
Since their debut, Whitehorse has traveled from magnetic folk duo to full-blown rock band exploring new instrumental and lyrical terrain with each record. The creative partnership of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet has a signature sound – guitar-heavy, harmony-abundant, and lyrically deft. The JUNO Award winners have been busy in the last two years releasing two full length albums in 2021 with “Strike Me Down”, a collection of disco-twirling, hard riffing tales from the brink following hot on the heels of “Modern Love”. Strike Me Down showcases Whitehorse’s masterful, fantastical storytelling and melodic pop sensibilities, with plenty of space made for guitar shredding, epic basslines, and spaced-out vocal layering. 

2022 sees Whitehorse’s prolific streak continue with another full-length album release, “I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying”, as well as Volume 3 of the band’s popular “The Northern South” series of covers EPs. In addition to the band’s long-awaited return to live touring, it promises to be another stellar year for Whitehorse and their fans.

“…musical mad scientists with the stage as their laboratory. Instruments are set up everywhere for them to play, and they’ll record drum loops live to accompany themselves, creating a soundscape that sounds huge, and never leaves you wanting…Simply brilliant.” – Jean-Frederic Vachon, Diary of a Music Addict

“…an alchemical blend of torch and twang…Doucet and McClelland have beautiful voices on their own, and together there’s a natural symmetry that bears a bold witness to the themes of love and loss found in much of their work…” – Jeffrey Loewen, infonews.ca

“… dramatic, acoustic, roots-pop…with them duetting throughout their set effortlessly, beautifully and building the songs higher, fuller than they are in recorded form.” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

The box office will be open at intermission during the show for people to buy tickets to upcoming shows or to become a Patron of the Arts! Becoming a Patron of the Arts Member for just $15 demonstrates your support for the Arts Council as well as gives you exclusive benefits including pre-access to buy the best seats for select performances and other special offers.

All tickets are assigned seating.

Tickets can be reserved on-line or by phoning or visiting our box office. Maximum of 4 tickets per patron. Our Patron of the Arts Members (existing or new) can reserve their tickets starting at 12 noon on Thursday July 28th. Any remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Tuesday Sept 6th at 12 noon.

Patron of the Arts Memberships can be purchased through our box office in person at the Bailey Box Office at 1501 Cedar Ave., Trail, by phone at 250-368-9669, or online at our ticketing website thebailey.ca. Click on the ‘Memberships’ button in the menu bar at the top of the page. Your membership will be processed within two business days, at which time you will be able to reserve your tickets on-line. On-line ticket reservations will be charged a $1/ticket fee. Our summer Box Office hours are Tues-Wed-Thursday from 12-4 pm.

Please note – buying online will charge you $1 online ticketing fee per ticket.

The Whitehorse show is presented by Trail & District Arts Council and The Flying Steamshovel, and   supported by the BC Arts Council, the BC Touring Council, the Government of British Columbia, and Tourism South Kootenay. This series is funded [in part] by the Government of Canada. / Ce projet est financé [en partie] par le gouvernement du Canada. 

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THE CANADIAN PRESS: Artists to cash in when work is resold with update of copyright laws

By Marie Woolf | The Canadian Press

Artists are to get paid when their work is resold in a shakeup of copyright laws that would give them a slice of collectors’ profits.

Painters, sculptors and other visual artists stand to get a payout when their work is resold at auction and by galleries, in a government move designed to help sustain thousands of artists currently working below the poverty line.

Under reforms of copyright law, being drafted by Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, artists would get a “resale right” giving them a royalty during the term of copyright, according to Champagne’s office.

Artists complain that they now get nothing if paintings and sculptures increase in value dramatically.

Montreal abstract artist Claude Tousignant, whose painting Accelerateur Chromatique 90 resold in 2012 for $110,000, is among the artists supporting reform of the law. He would have received $5,500 had changes to copyright law being prepared by Ministers, been in place when it was resold.

The late Inuk artist, Kenojuak Ashevak, sold a work called Enchanted Owl in 1960 for $24 and it was later resold for $158,500.

“Our government is currently advancing work on potential amendments to the Copyright Act to further protect artists, creators, and copyright holders,” said Laurie Bouchard, a spokeswoman for Champagne. “Resale rights for artists are indeed an important step toward improving economic conditions for artists in Canada.”

CARFAC, which represents Canadian artists, wants artists to get five per cent of the value of their work when it is resold, and for their estate to receive funds according to copyright rules decades after their death.

It says at least 90 countries, including the United Kingdom and France, already have resale rights for artists, but Canada is lagging behind, driving many artists to abandon their craft because they cannot make a living from it.

There are over 21,000 visual artists in Canada, and according to the 2016 census, their median income is $20,000 a year from all income sources.

“It’s important to really acknowledge that half of our artists live in poverty,” said April Britski, executive director of CARFAC. “We all benefit from arts and culture, and our creators deserve a better, more stable income.”

The forthcoming change in the law follows years of campaigning by Sen. Patricia Bovey, the first art historian in the Senate.

Bovey, former director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, said France has had resale rights for over 100 years and the change to copyright laws is far overdue in Canada.

The senator said she knew of many artists who had sold works at the beginning of their careers for small sums, and seen them appreciate “by 10 times or more.”

Inuit artists, who often live in remote areas and sell locally, are among those who would particularly benefit if they get a slice of resale value at galleries and auctions.

“Artists are the group in Canada who make up the largest percentage of the working poor _ below the poverty line,” Bovey said. “It’s our artists who tell us who we are, where we are, what we as a society face. If they can’t financially support themselves we will lose that really important window on who we are as Canadians.”

Paddy Lamb, an artist based in Edmonton, said it’s very hard to make a living in the arts even for established artists.

He said he had seen works leap in value when artists become established and their art is sold at major galleries or auction rooms.

“For Inuit artists, as soon as their work leaves Nunavut it immediately appreciates in value ? and (the artists) receive none of that,” he said. “This is a tool to enable artists to make a living.”

He said Canadian artists know from artists from countries where resale rights are already in place, how important the payouts are to “help people out.”

“Most payouts in Britain come in smaller increments to artists who are not A-list artists,” Lamb said. “In Australia, a lot of that goes to Aboriginal artists. What we are asking for is a real good level playing field.”

CARFAC’s vice-president, Theresie Tungilik, an artist who lives in Rankin Inlet, said it is “unfair” that artists who see work resold are not “getting a penny from it.”

“I’ve been watching how the world has been treating its artists,” she said. “France has done this over a hundred years ago and it is important for all Canadian artists, including Inuit artists, that they have the same right.”

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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REGISTER NOW for Oxygen Adult Education Fall 2022 Art Courses

Oxygen Art Centre (OAC) expands its educational offerings this Fall offering seventeen courses in a myriad of disciplines including writing, film, photography, singing, acting, and digital and visual arts. The semester is longer than in previous years running from September to December allowing for a variety of different course formats from one-day intensives to 8-week courses with outdoor, online, and in-person options.

Oxygen is excited to be expanding the educational opportunities available at the Centre” says Education Coordinator Natasha Smith “after spending the summer with our families and in our gardens, the Fall is the perfect time to nurture creativity” says Smith.

Practice the art of drawing en plein air, learn the fundamentals of drawing with ink, build your painting skills, try out lino printing, bind some books, record your life story,photograph your artwork, get creative on your iPad, learn 16mm Low-tech film processing, add your voice, be an actor, be a clown, and write it all down! There’s no doubt there’s an OAC class for you! What’s your creative calling?

For more information on courses, Oxygen Gift Certificates and to register: www.oxygenartcentre.org,  education@oxygenartcentre.org.

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Music BC E-News: ARC at Rifflandia Festival | Showcase in Toronto: Applications Now Open | New Jumpstart Foundations Modules Launched

ARC x RIFFLANDIA FESTIVAL

ARC is coming to Rifflandia Festival this September! We are thrilled to announce that the 15 ARC participants are joining the festival lineup and will be sharing their incredible talent on the ARC Stage in the heart of Electric Avenue September 15th – 17th!

Join us next month in Victoria, BC and discover Bridal Party, DACEY, Desirée Dawson, Glass Forest, JJ Adrian, Kimmortal, Lush Fleece, Matt Storm, Mikey Jose, Missy D, Nimkish, Nicky MacKenzie, Post-Modern Connection, Serena Sun and Zoey Leven.

Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada and Stingray for supporting the ARC Program.

RIFFLANDIA FESTIVAL


APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR COME TOGETHER

Come Together – our artist showcase and industry event in Toronto – is back and now accepting applications! We are thrilled to once again be hosting this initiative for artists ready to break into Canada’s largest music market, presented by Canada’s Music Industry Associations, SODEC and CIMA.

Come Together is an opportunity for export-ready artists from across Canada to meet with, build business relationships, and showcase for key music industry professionals from Toronto and surrounding areas including labels, agents, managers, publishers, music supervisors, publicists, and more.

Applications close on Sunday, August 21st.

Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada for their support in this initiative.

APPLY NOW


JUMPSTART FOUNDATIONS

Announcing two new video modules in our career and professional development toolkit for artists and industry! Jumpstart Foundations is an on-demand video series presented by industry professionals and specialists.

Now available:
Music Business Fundamentals: Managing Your Creative Project
Instructor: Nancy Lee
This session will walk through the necessary steps to lay a solid foundation for a start in the music business, including strategies on managing your creative project, building and planning your budget, as well as best practices for keeping motivated, organized and on schedule.

Introduction to Music Conferences & Showcasing: Making The Most Of Your Experience
Instructor: Savannah Wellman

This session will introduce the world of music conferences and industry showcasing – including what the key markets and events are available, when to start seeking these opportunities and best practices to making the most of your trip. For artists, the session will offer tips on how to tailor your performance for an industry audience. For professionals, the session will offer tips on how to plan and prepare for an upcoming conference as well as common missteps to avoid.

Log on to foundations.musicbc.org to get started. Have any feedback to share on the preview? Share your thoughts on this program by completing this short survey.


Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada for their support in this new program.

REGISTER AND WATCH

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RCAC August 2022 Newsletter

“RCAC 2022 ONLINE ART AUCTION”
https://www.32auctions.com/RCAC-2022
AUG. 5 – NOV. 1, 2022

The RCAC proudly presents the 2022 Online Art Auction featuring three Wood Sculptures from the 2020 Wood Carving Symposium, and three 2022 Adirondack Art Chairs from the 2022 RCAC Art Chair Project!

Expand your art collection! 
Support artists!
Own something you wouldn’t create yourself!

Access the Auction by plugging https://www.32auctions.com/RCAC-2022 into your internet search bar, or use your smartphone to scan the QR code (like you’re taking a picture) hanging on each item for bid. Once you are on the website, create an account and start bidding! You will not be charged for making a bid. 

Remember, since the Art Auction is online, clear your own throat before you transform into the auctioneer as you make your bids!

Click the pink “Contact Us” on the Auction site, or email rosslandarts@gmail.com for any questions.

Auction starts Friday, August 5th and expires November 1st.

See you in the center ring!

AUCTION


We want to showcase your work!

All Mediums and all ages are welcome. 

Submit your work and be featured in our Fall Exhibition at in the Lily May room, Miners Hall from October 14-23, 2022. 

Access “In the Moment” Exhibition entry form at rosslandartscouncil.com/visual-arts/ 

Applications due Sept. 30th 2022. 

SUBMISSION FORM HERE


We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Writer/Researcher to advance our ArtWalk project with the Public Art Committee!
Apply now and allow us to recognize your unique writing style. 

Contract Period: October 2022 to February, 2023

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to rosslandarts@gmail.com

Application Deadline: 
August 31, 2022

For more information:
https://rosslandartscouncil.com/public-art/researcher-writer-opportunity-rcac-public-art-committee

APPLY HERE

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August at PLEO

We want to hear about your experiences with the Arts Re-Entry Clinic! Did you use the online resources? Watch the webinar? Submit an intake form?

Tell us what you liked, and how we could do better by submitting an anonymous survey in the link below!

LEARN MORE

Are you a non-profit society with legal questions? Our Ask a Law Student service can help!

Learn more about this program and the ways in which it supports BC’s non-profit sector in this month’s project spotlight!

LEARN MORE

PLEO is proud to advocate on behalf of BC non-profit societies. Martha Rans QC recently presented before the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services to discuss the legal needs of the sector and advocate for additional resources.

To read the full transcript, follow the link below to the Hansard Blues.

READ HERE

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Call for Submissions – Patrons Show

The September show at the Village Gallery is dedicated to patrons of the arts: those who love and collect works of art, seek out particular artist, follow them and encourage them often by comments on Facebook pages or by purchasing the art work and adding it to their collections. 

Sometimes people inherit works of art that have great family significance; or they are part of a dear friend’s bequest; or patrons may commission works by a favorite artist. 

You do hear of art investors who have made significant profits from savvy art purchases. For every one of these, however, there are many others who just love to have original art on their walls.  

Do you have one or more pieces of art that you would love to share with our audience? Contact the Village Gallery or the Monashee Arts Council to discuss the procedures and timelines.

Application Deadline: September 3rd 2022

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Record in BC program launches, community outreach, and industry updates.

Record in BC Opens Today!

Record in BC attracts established out-of-province artists to record at B.C. studios, or with B.C.-based producers. Canadian and international artists are eligible to apply.

Applications are being accepted now until November 30, 2022, or until funds are no longer available. Applications will be evaluated at the end of each month. 

Read the guidelines for the Record in BC program

Attend an online info session to learn more about the Record in BC program:

  • August 10, 2022, 4 pm – 5 pm 
  • August 25, 2022, 12 pm – 1 pm, on Facebook Live
  • September 13, 2022, 12 pm – 1 pm 

Creative BC staff are also available up until the deadline to answer your questions, exchange ideas, and provide 1:1 support. If you’re considering an application, reach out today!

Reserve your spot at a Record in BC Info Session


Music BC launches Jumpstart Foundations:
on-demand learning opportunities with industry professionals

Music BC is excited to have launched a brand-new element of its career development toolkit for artists and industry professionals. Jumpstart Foundations is a newly-devised on-demand video series, presented by music industry leaders. Hear from these experts in a setting and style that works for you!

Throughout Summer and Fall 2022, Music BC will be releasing concise and engaging video modules in areas such as Music Marketing, Funding, Creative Resumes, Professionalism, and Project Management. These resources will be offered at no cost to viewers, but registration is required. 

Register for free now.


Apply to Join the ArtStarts 2023/24 Artist Directory!
Learn more and get started on August 9, 2022

Are you an artist interested in working with young people in schools across B.C.? Apply to join the ArtStarts Artist Directory, offered by ArtStarts in Schools, for the 2023/24 school year!
 
Want to know more? An online Learning Lab will be offered on August 9, 2022, from 6 pm – 8 pm. The subsequent Artist Directory application deadline is October 24, 2022Sign up for the Learning Lab.

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CALLING ALL VISUAL ARTISTS!

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) invites West Kootenay artists and artisans to participate in a juried visual art exhibition entitled, In The Moment. We want to showcase your work!
The past several years has brought into focus the nature of impermanence in our daily lives. Living “in the moment” has taken on greater meaning and importance. Being in the moment can evoke countless ideas, observing the calm and quiet that results from time slowing down, the richness of colour as the sun sets, the subtle beauty of a rising full moon and the crystal formations that comprise the hoarfrost in the trees are moments in time there for us to observe and contemplate. This exhibition encourages emerging and professional artists, including youth, of all visual art mediums to explore the nature of their lived experiences in these changing times, pushing original, creative ideas representing personal moments in time.

Submissions to the exhibition should be an artist’s representation of living In The Moment. This juried exhibition will be in the Lily May Room of the Miners Hall October 14th to 23rd, 2022. All artists with successful submissions will be remunerated for exhibiting their works.

West Kootenay artists/artisans are encouraged to respond to this theme with new and recent ideas and works. All original visual art works must have been completed within the last two years. All mediums are welcome: paintings, sculpture, fibre art, and more. Open to visual artists of all ages.
The RCAC would like to thank in advance the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Columbia Basin Trust, BC Arts Council and BC Gaming Commission for making this exhibition possible! These funders provide exceptional opportunities for unique, creative emerging and established artists to showcase their work in our community. Without their support, this event could not take place.
The winner of the “People’s Choice Award” will go home with $150 for the piece that receives the most audience votes.
Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2022.
Submission information available at https://rosslandartscouncil.com/visual-arts/.

For more information please contact:
Meghan Hall
RCAC Executive Administrator
rosslandarts@gmail.com

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Get Excited: The Night Market this Thursday

Trail & District Arts Council presents
The Night Market at Music in the Park
Jenie Thaiand opening act the Holly Hyatt Trio
Thursday, August 4, 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Gyro Park, Trail

Two powerhouse women will be bringing their blues chops to Music in the Park this Thursday, August 4 for an entertaining evening of food vendors, market, beer & wine garden as 3X Maple Blues Award Nominee Jenie Thai and the Holly Hyatt Trio come to The Night Market in Gyro Park, Trail from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. 

Jenie Thai is described as composed, pleasant, amiable, and sweet, but she is also tough and gritty, and plays barrelhouse piano steeped in the blues. Whether playing covers of classics or her own songs, her fiery passionate voice delivers pop with style and guts direct from her heart. Now calling Toronto home, she mostly lives on the road, sharing the music that is in her soul.

Opening for Jenie Thai at 6:15 pm are special guests the Holly Hyatt Trio. Holly Hyatt is a vocalist, songwriter, acoustic and electric bass guitar player from the beautiful Slocan Valley. Her music has infectious dance grooves, funky guitar, and positive, uplifting. Her three-piece band consists of Hyatt on vocals & bass, Jon Burden on guitars and Steve Wilson on drums. Her live show has been described as “soulful, funky, fun danceable blues!” 

Organized by Trail & District Arts Council, in partnership with Trail’s incrEDIBLE Farmer’s Market, our Night Markets have become a staple of Music in the Park where you may picnic, shop, and dance the night away. 

The market will see a range of artisans and other vendors in the park, plus fun for the kids with Doreen’s Balloon Creations and Face Painting with Yarnia. Keep cool with tasty cooling treats from Jodie’s Ice Cream Wagon, slushies from the Trail Smoke Eaters and iced coffees from Salmo Village Coffee. Plus, save room for delicious eats by El Tio Chava TacosKootenay Kabab with butter chicken and kababs, and Trail’s Incredible Farmer’s Market who will be cooking up burgers and hot dogs. And, the Beer and Wine Garden will be serving up cold beverages including cider and sodas.

Don’t forget to bring plenty of water. Need to cool off? The music is right by the water park and the river, and we will have a misting tent!

Music in the Park is held at Trail’s Gyro Park every Thursday starting at 6.15 pm, except for the Night Market on August 4 when the event will run from 5 pm. Come down and feel the buzz.

Admission is by donation – $3 minimum suggested. Or support the future of Music in the Park and buy a pass for the whole season for just $50.

Upcoming Music in the Park Shows
Wednesday Aug 10 TruckVanCar / My Son the Hurricane **
Aug 11 Ruckus / Plan B
Aug 18 The Hillties / Ndidi O
Aug 25 Rumour Mill / The Fugitives
Sept 1 Golden City Fiddlers / Raine Hamilton String Trio
* Night Market event from 5-8.30 pm with food trucks, market and beer and wine garden, in association with Trails Incredible Farmers Market.
**Wednesday show.

For more detail on upcoming acts, please visit our events calendar.

Please note: if the weather prevents an outdoor performance, bands and bar will move indoors to The Bailey Theatre at 1501 Cedar Ave., in Trail. Check our Facebook page or call our Box Office at 250-368-9669 and listen for updates on our recorded message.

This show is made possible thanks to funding from Kootenay Savings, BC Arts Council, BC Touring Council, the Government of Canada, Tourism South Kootenay and Teck Metals Ltd.


Music in the Park is back at Gyro Park until September 1 at 6:15 pm to 8pm weekly on Thursdays.
Entry is by suggested donation of $3, but if you don’t want to carry round change, buy a season Pass.
A season pass gets you a fun button and helps to support the arts.
Buy one now for $50 for the season by going to thebailey.ca, calling 250-368-9669 or buying one on the day!
So get outside and dance in the sun all summer long!

Buy A Season Pass


Trail & District Arts Council and The Flying Steamshovel present
WHITEHORSE
Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 pm
The Bailey Theatre
FREE CONCERT

Join the Trail & District Arts Council in celebrating the start of the performance season, experiencing the exciting Bailey Theatre upgrades and re-engaging audiences after a couple tough years in the live arts sector.
Since their debut, Whitehorse has traveled from magnetic folk duo to full-blown rock band exploring new instrumental and lyrical terrain with each record. The creative partnership of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet has a signature sound – guitar-heavy, harmony-abundant, and lyrically deft. The JUNO Award winners have been busy in the last two years releasing two full length albums in 2021 with “Strike Me Down”, a collection of disco-twirling, hard riffing tales from the brink following hot on the heels of “Modern Love”. Strike Me Down showcases Whitehorse’s masterful, fantastical storytelling and melodic pop sensibilities, with plenty of space made for guitar shredding, epic basslines, and spaced-out vocal layering. 

2022 sees Whitehorse’s prolific streak continue with another full-length album release, “I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying”, as well as Volume 3 of the band’s popular “The Northern South” series of covers EPs. In addition to the band’s long-awaited return to live touring, it promises to be another stellar year for Whitehorse and their fans.

“…musical mad scientists with the stage as their laboratory. Instruments are set up everywhere for them to play, and they’ll record drum loops live to accompany themselves, creating a soundscape that sounds huge, and never leaves you wanting…Simply brilliant.” – Jean-Frederic Vachon, Diary of a Music Addict

“…an alchemical blend of torch and twang…Doucet and McClelland have beautiful voices on their own, and together there’s a natural symmetry that bears a bold witness to the themes of love and loss found in much of their work…” – Jeffrey Loewen, infonews.ca

“… dramatic, acoustic, roots-pop…with them duetting throughout their set effortlessly, beautifully and building the songs higher, fuller than they are in recorded form.” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

The box office will be open at intermission during the show for people to buy tickets to upcoming shows or to become a Patron of the Arts! Becoming a Patron of the Arts Member for just $15 demonstrates your support for the Arts Council as well as gives you exclusive benefits including pre-access to buy the best seats for select performances and other special offers.

All tickets are assigned seating.

Tickets can be reserved on-line or by phoning or visiting our box office. Maximum of 4 tickets per patron. Our Patron of the Arts Members (existing or new) can reserve their tickets starting at 12 noon on Thursday July 28th. Any remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Tuesday Sept 6th at 12 noon.

Patron of the Arts Memberships can be purchased through our box office in person at the Bailey Box Office at 1501 Cedar Ave., Trail, by phone at 250-368-9669, or online at our ticketing website thebailey.ca. Click on the ‘Memberships’ button in the menu bar at the top of the page. Your membership will be processed within two business days, at which time you will be able to reserve your tickets on-line. On-line ticket reservations will be charged a $1/ticket fee. Our summer Box Office hours are Tues-Wed-Thursday from 12-4 pm.

Please note – buying online will charge you $1 online ticketing fee per ticket.

The Whitehorse show is presented by Trail & District Arts Council and The Flying Steamshovel, and   supported by the BC Arts Council, the BC Touring Council, the Government of British Columbia, and Tourism South Kootenay. This series is funded [in part] by the Government of Canada. / Ce projet est financé [en partie] par le gouvernement du Canada. 

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What’s Happening at the Kootenay Gallery

What’s Been Happening

Artist Talk by Jim Holyoak

There was an enthusiastic audience of twenty-one people who attended Jim’s engaging artist talk on July 9. Thank you to Jim for contributing so much time and energy into the programming portion of this exhibition, as well as the immense collection of artwork.

What’s Happening at the Gallery

Current Exhibition

Vestigial Trail

Jim Holyoak

Exhibition: June 23 – August 20, 2022

A catatlogue of the exhibition is being published and will be available at the gallery before the end of the exhibition.It includes photos of the exhibition, the artist statement and biography, an essay by the curator, and more. Contact us if you want a copy.

“My art practice is comprised of drawing, ink-painting, artists’ books, comics, and room-sized drawing installations. Throughout my life, drawing has been a way of contemplating animals and monsters, perception and fantasy, the real and unreal, metamorphosis and hidden worlds. What we think about, remember and imagine has powerful effects on how we perceive and experience, on what we believe and how we behave. This is what prevents me from dismissing the imaginary as completely unreal.”

The Kootenay Gallery and Jim Holyoak are grateful to the Canada Council of the Arts and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance for their financial support of this exhibition.

Find out more

Upcoming Exhibitions

Transcience
Jan Kabatoff

August 27 – October 29

Opening –  August 26 at 7:00 pm

Talk on Native Plants (see below) – August 27 at 2:00 pm

Artist Talk  – September 24 at 2:00 pm
 

“Living in a rural setting during a pandemic, in relative isolation, has allowed me to discover what my natural surroundings have to offer, and to reflect more deeply on our existential vulnerability and notions of nature and identity.

My project is reminiscent of the rich botanical history that has informed artists throughout the ages, while at the same time it reflects on the fragility and transience of life and the times we’re living in now.”

The Kootenay Gallery and Jan Kabatoff gratefully acknowledge funding from the Columbia Basin Trust through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.

Transcience Web Page

The 100 Houses Project
Mo Hamilton

August 27 – October 29

Opening –  August 26 at 7:00 pm

The 100 Houses Project is a compilation of 100 block prints depicting houses in different scenarios. I began this project in 2016 as a means to explore varying concepts of home and to consider the state of our contemporary time. As a whole, the project represents a cross section of human experience, capturing both every-day life and the impact of large-scale events.”

The 100 Houses Project

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5th Exhibition of 2022 Summer Series at Studio Connexion Art gallery in Nakusp

Bonjour les amis de Studio Connexion,

We are already in the second half of the Summer Series and

we are really pleased to have artist Delreé Dumont returning

for a second exhibition at Studio Connexion and this time to be our 

featured artist during the Columbia Basin Culture Tour on Saturday August 6 

& Sunday August 7. The gallery will be open from 10am to 5pm on both days.

Please note that Delreé will be attending the Opening Reception on Saturday

August 6th from 1:00 to 4pm. You are invited to come meet & greet Delreé.

Delreé’s exhibition starts on Wednesday August 3rd and runs through Saturday

August 20th. Her new collection of paintings is titled RESPECT and is divided in 

3 themes: Indigenous Culture, Nature and Wildlife. They are all in her pointillism 

technique which reminisces of beautiful bead works. This collection will appeal 

to art lovers at large and collectors of Indigenous culture artworks. 

The gallery is located in the heart of beautiful Nakusp at 203 Fifth Avenue NW

just 2 1/2 short blocks from Broadway Street. The regular gallery hours are

from 11am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Other times may be arranged

by contacting the gallerist (calling or texting: 250.265.8888).

You can also follow us on social media. Check our website:

www.studioconnexiongallery.com

See you at the gallery!

Anne Béliveau

Gallerist at Studio Connexion 

203 Fifth Ave.NW. Nakusp, BC.

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Emergency Response and Salvage for Cultural Institutions

Hello, everyone out there in the Kootenay Arts/Culture/Heritage sector!

I’m reaching out on behalf of BC Museums Association to remind you (or let you know, if this is the first you’ve heard about it) about a two-day, hands-on, in-person emergency response workshop coming up in Rossland September 18-19.

This workshop is presented by BC Heritage Emergency Response Network, and here’s what they say about it: ” Join our team of experts for this 2-day hands-on workshop that provides training and guidance on emergency response and collections salvage (mixed and archival materials) and is targeted at museum/gallery professionals, keepers of cultural heritage, and volunteers from small cultural institutions with little to no training in responding to emergencies.”

The workshop targets museums and museum collections, but is likely to have valuable information for anyone responsible for a cultural collection of any kind.

Cost is just $45 per person for the two days, and you can learn more and register here.

Tammy Bradford, Manager
Creston Museum

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Alliance Mail / Celebrating Pride and Staying Cool in the Heat

Hello, Alliance friends,  

As our province goes through a heat wave this week, we hope that you are managing to stay hydrated and healthy. It is a bit of a rollercoaster to go from Juneaury straight into 40 degree weather, and my deepest hope is that we can all stay safe and get through this together. 

Remember to keep an eye out for folx who may be experiencing heat related illnesses. Pregnant women, elders, babies and children, people with low income or proper access to housing are the most at risk. Be ready to offer assistance when needed. It can be something as simple as a water bottle, or a wet paper towel. I have found that brushing up on this check list for treatment with dehydration and heatstroke has been useful.

If you are finding it challenging to work from home, many neighbourhoods offer spraying stations, and most community centres and public library branches have free, air-conditioned spaces where you can cool down, and also work.

Most recently, the Emily Carr University Library shared an Instagram post inviting people to come and enjoy their space for a bit of a cool down. So hey, why not take some time to look at art books while taking in that wonderful AC, which not all of us can afford. 

If you find this information helpful, and want to share any other tips and tricks with our readers, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on our Instagram. I read every message, and am more than happy to repost useful information for the community! 

I also wanted to share with you this resource created by Foundry BC on Tips for When the News Stresses You Out.  The recent legislature regarding state-imposed limits on gay marriage, trans rights and reproductive rights has been difficult to process. As we gear up to celebrate Pride, it is important to remember that Queer folx and womxn of our communities continue to be controlled and silenced, and that there is much for us to be done to restore justice. 

This Pride, let’s do our part to make 2SLGBTQIA+ peoples feel extra validated, uplifted, recognized—and hydrated. 💦

Cheers,  


Anna


CONFERENCE

Indigenous Disability & Wellness Gathering

The Indigenous Disability & Wellness Gathering is seeking support from local friends for their National three-day gathering in November.

The Gathering brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments, leadership, service providers, community members and others to learn, connect, and collaborate in addressing the unique barriers Indigenous peoples with disabilities face.

The organization is welcoming donations such as door prizes, swag bag trinkets, gift certificates, dancers, elders, volunteers, media coverage and those who wish to offer workshops and learning opportunities.

All generous donations will help support the success of the Gathering and bring awareness to diversity and inclusion within our communities.

Dates: Nov. 15, 16 and 17, 2022
Registration deadline: Early bird registration until Aug. 31, 2022.
For more information, click here


OPEN CALL

Open Call for Performing Artists at Pacific Contact 2023

BCTC encourages applications from all groups, including women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who contribute to diversity. 

Showcases. Music, Dance, Theatre, Variety, and Family, Digital and Outdoor Arts There will be approximately 35 juried main stage showcases of

Pacific Contact 2023to apply to showcase at 2024-2025 or 2023-2024 invites performing artists interested in touring in British Columbia in BC Touring Council


Deadline to apply: Friday, August 19, at 5:00 pm (PDT).
For application guidelines, click here.


Gachet 2023 call for submissions

Gallery Gachet is a unique artist-run centre which presents exhibitions of relevant arts practices that demystify mental diversities, challenge stigmatization and marginalization, and promote social and economic justice. 

Gallery Gachet is currently welcoming proposals for exhibitions and projects that engage their mandate in interesting and challenging ways. 

Deadline date: Sept. 1, 2022.
To learn more, click here


RESOURCES

CADAC Replacement Initiative Information Session 

The most recent CADAC Information Session, which was presented on July 14, 2022 had for objective to inform arts organizations concerning exciting changes coming to the CADAC system.

CADAC is a joint effort of arts funders across the country and is dedicated to the collection, dissemination, and analysis of financial and statistical information about Canadian arts organizations in a system of record.

The full information session is available on YouTube, and can be accessed for free. 

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Music BC E-News 07/28/2022: Music BC Showcase at VMF 2022 | Travel Grant Final Intake Now Open

MUSIC BC AT VANCOUVER MURAL FESTIVAL

We are so excited to kick-off the first weekend of Vancouver Mural Festival next Friday with an incredible lineup of local talent! Join us at City Centre Hub for this free evening of live music. Featuring Matt Storm, Clear Mortifee, Sadé Awele, Maya & Ben and Francis Arevalo.

City Center Hub (2111 Main St.)
Doors open at 5:30pm

Free

Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia for their support in this initiative.

FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH

FINAL INTAKE FOR 2022 NOW OPEN

Music BC Artist and Business Travel applications are open for the last application intake for 2022. 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.

We would also like to note that status notifications for applications received during our last deadline (June 10th, 2022) will be circulated shortly. We thank everyone for their patience.

The deadline for our final intake is September 9th, 2022 at 5:00PM (PDT).

APPLY NOW

JUMPSTART FOUNDATIONS

Have you had a chance to discover our new program? Jumpstart Foundations is an on-demand masterclass series presented by industry professionals and specialists.

Our second Module: Introduction to Professionalism in the Music Industry hosted by Kristina Lao will walk through the necessary steps to lay a solid foundation for a foothold in the music business, including how to tailor your resume to highlight your creative experience and properly articulate your goals.Register for free now and watch the first two modules in Jumpstart Foundations. Log on to foundations.musicbc.org to get started. Have any feedback on the modules or this new program? Share your thoughts by completing this short survey

Stay tuned for more instructive and inspiring content over the Summer and Fall 2022.

Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada for their support in this new program!

REGISTER AND WATCH

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