International Harp School in Wells, BC

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 Harp & Cello School : AUG 14 – 18

Hi all! There is still time to sign up for the 2017 version of our internationally renowned harp school! We are very excited for it. The following email is entirely dedicated to information about this year’s Harp School – the instructors, the programming, and how to register.

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The Harp School has been a career and life changing experience for many harpers over the past 30 years. We are thrilled to announce an incredible line up of instructors coming from all around the world for our 31st Annual Harp School (& Cello too). Participants spend time in Wells during their week long course, learning unnamed (21).jpgfrom these instructors in sessions and self directed topics. In the mornings, delve into your level specific session, and in the afternoons choose from musical topics including ensemble. Enjoy special activities like the student BBQ, Breton dance workshop, instructor concert and the annual Céilidh. Come join us!




Caroline MacKay

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Caroline MacKay creates a space where the mystery of Harp and the magic of Voice become one. Tender Celtic ballads and spirituals, lively Latin rhythms, original works and Classical arrangements are part of her diverse repertoire. She has recorded 7 full-length CDs of original music produced by her Indie Label, HIGH SPIRITS MUSIC. For 20 years, Caroline has performed in a multitude of venues from great Concert Halls, Cathedrals and Festivals to intimate House Concerts, Galleries and Chapels


Tristan Le Govic

unnamed (7).pngOriginally from Brittany, Tristan Le Govic was only six years old when he began learning the Celtic harp at the Conservatoire of Traditional Music of Soye (Plœmeur). The attraction to music will never leave him.
During his studies he gained numerous prizes and nominations that emphasize the recognition of a talented and accomplished musician. Performing on international stages, critics pronounce him as one of the leading Celtic harpers today.


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Sunita Staneslow has played in concert halls and pubs from New Zealand to Tel Aviv. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Sunita is classically trained although her passion is traditional music. She specializes in both Jewish and Celtic music and has become widely known for her creative and accessible arrangements for the harp. She is a frequent performer and instructor at major North American harp festivals. In 2013, Sunita taught at the Southeastern Folk Harp Weekend in Asheville, the Somerset Folk Harp Festival in New Jersey, the Capital Harp Retreat in Madison, the Harp in Worship Conference in Sioux Falls.

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Mairi Chaimbeul is a Boston-based harp player and composer from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Described by Folk Radio UK as “astonishing”, she is known for her versatile sound, which combines deep roots in Gaelic tradition with a distinctive improvising voice and honed classical technique.

Màiri has toured throughout the UK and in Europe as well as North America, was twice-nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, finalist in the BBC Young Traditional & Jazz Musicians of the Year and twice participated in Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, where she attended with full-scholarship, and was awarded the prestigious American Roots Award.

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Morag Northey has lived a balance of excellent training and experience in Cello Performance and String Pedagogy. Her philosophy is actively represented through her educational choices: a Masters degree from University of Calgary with violinist, music icon, and dedicated teacher; Tom Rolston, an Undergraduate Performance Degree with well-published master teacher and pedagogue Phyllis Young, where she worked five years in the University of Texas at Austin’s world-renowned teacher training String Project.



Beginner / Novice with Caroline Mackay

This class is designed for Novice harps — that is, beginners with some playing experience. (It is not necessary to be able to read music, but it could be an asset.) A harp with at least 30 strings will be ideal. (With the permission of the instructor “very beginners” may be accommodated).

Intermediate with Tristan Le Govic

Breton music is part of the Celtic repertoire as well as Irish, Scottish or Welsh music. Join this group if you want to perform some typical Breton tunes, such as An dro, Gavotte or beautiful melodies, as played in Brittany nowadays.

No prior knowledge of Breton music needed. You may or may not have played Breton music before. We will start by learning some tunes step by step and then bring up arrangements and variations. Learners by ear and/or with the music are all welcome.

Intermediate with Sunita Staneslow

The focus of this class will be on flow and phrasing. We will deepen our muscle memory of intervals and chord shapes so that we can learn faster and play more accurately. Tone, dynamics and playing with more ease will be integrated into everything we play.

Note: Sunita’s Morning class is now full, but there is room for more intermediate’s in Tristan’s class.

Advanced with Mairi Chaimbeul

Let’s delve deep into some wonderful Scottish tunes. What is it that makes traditional music come alive? We’ll dig into making these melodies our own, exploring how to incorporate disparate influences from a range of styles and instruments, without obscuring the essence of this music.


Cello with Morag Northey

This workshop will be tailored to the participant’s level of achievement. Beginners to experienced are welcomed and encouraged.  Each session will begin with warm-ups to unlock and balance the body, free vibrations, and provide ease, accuracy and direction. Cellists will dive into technique, studies and pieces and tie-up the day with cello ensemble! Morag offers a very rewarding and memorable approach to furthering your love of the cello…forever positive“I am excited to work with any and all who come to play!


Ensemble for Beginner/Early Intermediate with Caroline Mackay

Caroline will bring two new Ensemble tunes, one bright and rhythmic, and the other one gloriously heartfelt and Celtic. These selections are simple enough, with shared parts, (your friends will be there beside you!) to be accessible for Beginners, yet complex enough arrangements to be interesting and challenging for the early Intermediates.

Harp Ensemble/Improv with Sunita Staneslow

Learn to create an accompaniment!  Send your ideas for tunes, I’ll bring some arrangements and together we will learn to adapt a part to your level. We will keep it simple yet creative. Explore special effects on the harp, improvise over a simple bass line and learn to play together. Playing in a group opens your ears and lets you be more daring—at the same time. Prepared to be bold and have lots of fun.

Intermediate/Advanced Ensemble with Tristan Le Govic

For the intermediate-advanced ensemble, Tristan will lead a couple of Breton dance tunes arranged especially for the group with different parts in order to fit all participant levels. If performing the melodic line has often the harp player preference, accompaniment parts with typical rhythmical patterns can also be very interesting without struggling!

Gaelic Ensemble with Màiri Chaimbeul

This will be an inclusive ensemble where we’ll work on a couple of Gaelic songs with beautiful melodies. We’ll create parts suited to each individual’s level and even learn some of the Gaelic words. We’ll explore the art of creating parts that fit in and around each other, and look at a few different accompaniment styles and how they impact the music.

Cello Ensemble with Morag Northey


Below is this year’s schedule.

The school Opens at 8am for coffee, tea (available all throughout the day too).

9am – 12:15pm – Morning session Beg/Novice (Caroline), Intermediate (Tristan & Sunita), advanced (Màiri), Cello (Morag)

12:15 – 1:45pm Lunch options available for purchase around Wells

1:45 – 3:45pm Afternoon session (except Wednesday which has the afternoon off)

School closes at 4pm (arrangements can be made for after hours access, with a $20 deposit students and receive a fob that will give 24 hour access)

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Regular Fee: $555
Deposit: $139 (non-refundable)
Harp Rental: $75 for novice harps, $100 for Int/Adv Harps, plus GST (contact IMA directly if you require a harp rental 1-800-442-2787)

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South Slocan’s Carmen Moreira earns provincial, national recognition

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Top photo, Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, presents Carmen Moreira with BC Social Innovation Award Youth Award during a ceremony in February at the The Imperial Vancouver while (inset and bottom photos) show an incredible display of arts and culture found right here in the Columbia Basin. — Submitted photos

Carmen Moreira has come a long way from participating in Capital Theatre’s summer theatre programs and graduating from Mount Sentinel High School.

The South Slocan native recently received BC Social Innovation Award Youth Award & Shaw’s Canada 150 Award for her work as the Executive Director of SQx Dance Company.

“It is a great honour, and I am humbled and incredibly grateful to be recognized amongst so many talented and selfless Canadians — all of whom are dedicating their lives to serving their communities,” Moreira said after receiving the two prestigious honours.

Moreira’s special contribution to art and culture across the Columbia Basin and beyond (on behalf of SQx Dance Company) has been both provincially and nationally recognized with these two awards in 2017. 

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As a teenager Moreira was a regular of the Capital Theatre’s summer theatre programs. Her formal dance training began with Mrs. Carole Bonin at the McKay School of Dance in Trail.

Moreira then furthered her studies at the School of Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre before graduating from Mount Allison University (BA Hons) in 2008. In 2011, Moreira graduated from London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) — BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance.

Shortly after graduation, Moreira founded SQx with of a mission of using contemporary dance to promote kinship, collaboration and teamwork. SQx’s most popular program, Interactive Dance Awareness was delivered 70,000 people in BC in 2015.

In 2016, this same programming was expanded to not only include BC but also YK, NWT, AB, SK, and delivered to 120,000 people.

Moreira said there are three significant qualities that set SQx apart from other art and culture organizations.

Vision -We are not like most art and culture or dance organizations who typically use genre in a specific artistic legacy. Instead, our mission is to use dance to make the world a better place.

Clarity in Target Populations while Embracing Diversity – We reach out to audiences that are often away difficult to reach geographically. Our target populations are:

  • minority language groups (we deliver in French & English)
  • minority ethnic groups & religions
  • indigenous groups (on & off reserve)
  • rural areas
  • inner-cities (particularly those with high occurrences of gangs)
  • communities with Syrian refugees or other newcomers to Canada
  • schools with special needs students

Location -Our home is Area I of the Regional District of Central Kootenay. Now we are the most booked school tours program in Canada.

SQx’s work has been supported by Province of British Columbia (BC Ministry of Finance and the Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism, Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation), Government of Canada, Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, BC Arts Council, Columbia Basin Trust, Canada Council, Boeing, Canadian Tire, and Telus.

What’s more, Moreira been invited to TransCultural Exchange’s 2018 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts, Exploring New Horizons. She will be presenting SQx’s work on embracing diversity through art and culture and social innovation as part of the panel discussion: “Artists as Agents of Change.”

She will also be a panel presenter and the 2017 Surrey Social Innovation Summit.

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Call for Live Visual Artists in the Columbia Basin

Hello Everyone,

I am the owner of a local PR firm in Cranbrook, Brook PR. I am organizing a large event, for a client, on October 14th, 2017 in the Kimberley Platzl. We are currently looking for 8-10 local artists to “perform” their art in the Platzl for approximately 4-5 hours through the event. This event has a Columbia Basin theme, and so we will be choosing artists from various communities throughout the entire Basin.

We are looking for a variety of art styles: painting, sculpting, and any other art style that may entertain the curiosities of the community who attends the events.
Artists should not be musical in nature, as the sounds would compete with the bandstand performers.

There are respectable honorariums and travel pay for those who are chosen to perform. Honorariums are negotiable, based on experience.


I would like to ask that the attached expression of interest forms be forwarded to your members, or artists that you know in your community.


We thank you for your support in helping us reach all artists in the Basin with this opportunity.




Danielle Cardozo, Founder

19B 9th Avenue South

Cranbrook, BC V1C 2L9

C: (250) 919-7595


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ARTiculate magazine fall/winter 2017-18 call for story ideas

Hello everyone,

For those of you who have already sent me your story suggestions for the upcoming issue of ARTiculate: thank you! We love getting your ideas and we seriously consider all suggestions. For those of you who haven’t: now’s your chance! The deadline for story submissions is Wednesday, July 26.

No completed stories at this time, please. Just send me a quick email with the who, what, when, where and why of your proposal, and who the contact person is. We are on the lookout for regional stories about interesting people, timely happenings or community news, with a focus on the arts, culture and heritage of the East and West Kootenay. The fall/winter issue will be distributed in early October; do take that into consideration when submitting your ideas.

We are also always looking for writers to take on assignments. Interested? Send me an expression of interest and a brief writing sample and I will reply with a copy of our editorial guidelines. Pssst: we pay our contributors.

Please feel free to pass this email on to others.

Margaret Tessman, editor:

ARTiculate magazine

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Winter Treasures The Fine Art of Holiday Giving – Call for Submissions

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Winter Treasures

The Fine Art of Holiday Giving

November 9, 2017 – December 21, 2017

Call for Submissions

Port Moody Arts Centre is celebrating the holiday season with our much anticipated 4th annual Winter Treasures. It is an elegant, boutique style, show and sale. We invite artists and artisans in all media to submit 2D and 3D artwork and fine craft that is suitable for holiday gift giving.

Previous shows have included painting, printmaking, jewelry, woodwork, metalwork, stone, glass, ceramics, as well as textile and leatherwork. Preference will be given to smaller works in a variety of price ranges up to $500.00. Artists will be encouraged to replenish sold artwork during the run of the show.
Please apply using the Winter Treasures Call for Submissions link.

Contact Information
t: 604.931.2008 x116

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2nd Annual Craft Beer Tasting Fundraiser on August 19th. “Taps & Tapas 2”


Date & Time: August 19th from 7-10pm

The Board and Staff of gallery 2 are pleased to invite you to the 2nd Annual Craft Beer Tasting Fundraiser on August 19th. “Taps & Tapas 2” will offer a summer evening event on the grounds of the Old Courthouse. There is no need to dig out the suit but be comfortable in your summer attire and enjoy a casual evening, with food, drink and live music. You will be in the company of those who wish to educate themselves in the ways of brew by tasting the subtle differences between products and their producers in a pleasurable and relaxed atmosphere. Find your favorite.
“Taps & Tapas 2” will offer craft beers by varying breweries .What would brew be without the accompaniment of a varied selection of appetizing finger foods served Tapas style. There will be music by Lulu & the Lazy Boys. So don’t miss out we are limiting the sales of tickets and tickets must be bought in advance. Tickets are on sale now!

Click here for more event details

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Opportunity for Indigenous Artists in Your Community

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Calling Indigenous Artists in BC!  Are you an Indigenous artist interested in working with schools? Would you like to inspire curiosity and learning in young people across the province through your creative practice? Do you want to learn how to integrate the BC curriculum and help activate learning in classrooms through art?

Indigenous artists in BC working in all disciplines—visual arts, music, dance, theatre, storytelling and more—are invited to apply to take part in the Arts Integration Learning Lab: Indigenous Artists Edition, a learning series designed to identify the complex relationship between education and decolonization through the perspectives of Indigenous artists.

The cost for artists selected to participate is fully subsidized, covering tuition, program materials and lunch. A limited number of travel and accommodation grants are also available. This opportunity is made possible through funding support from BC Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia’s Creative Futures program.

The Arts Integration Learning Lab: Indigenous Artists Edition will be presented by ArtStarts in Schools and IndigenEYEZ on October 23-27, 2017. Apply by September 5, 2017 at


Apply by September 5 for Arts Integration Learning Lab: Indigenous Artists Edition

ArtStarts has just announced an opportunity that I think will be of interest to artists in your community.

Indigenous artists in BC working in all disciplines
—visual arts, music, dance, theatre, storytelling and more—are invited to apply to take part in the Arts Integration Learning Lab: Indigenous Artists Edition, a learning series designed to identify the complex relationship between education and decolonization through the perspectives of Indigenous artists.

This event is presented by ArtStarts in Schools, a charitable organization that seeks to expand the role of arts in education for the benefit of BC’s young people. For this learning series, ArtStarts has partnered with IndigenEYEZ, a creative facilitation organization with a focus on strengthening four essential relationships—with self, with others, with nature and with culture—through an Indigenous lens.

The cost for artists selected to participate is fully subsidized, covering tuition, program materials and lunch. A limited number of travel and accommodation grants are also available. This opportunity is made possible through funding support from BC Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia’s Creative Futures program.

You can learn more at or get in touch with Elfred Matining, Program Manager, at 604-336-0626 ext 106 or

Can you please help spread the word to artists in your community who may be interested in applying?

I’ve included a few sample posts below so you can quickly share this opportunity via your social media networks, website or newsletter. I’ve also attached an image and info sheet if that helps.

I really appreciate any help you can provide to reach out to local artists!


Tweets to share:


Indigenous Artists in all disciplines! Apply to Arts Integration Learning Lab w/ @artstarts @IndigenEYEZ by Sept 5

Calling BC Indigenous Artists! Inspire curiosity in young people. Apply to Arts Integration Learning Lab by Sept 5

Indigenous Artists are vital in schools. Build your skills @ Arts Integration Learning Lab @artstarts @IndigenEYEZ

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