AGOG presents Golden Visual Arts Guild this Friday from 5 to 7pm

This is a special invite to drop in to AGOG from 5 to 7pm this Friday, October 19 to celebrate with the Golden Visual Arts Guild on the opening of their second exhibit at AGOG. We’ll have some refreshments and some complimentary appies to munch on. Around about 5:30pm the Guild folks will give you a guided ‘tour’ of the pieces in the show and answer any questions you may have. Come celebrate the opening of this very special project. All are very welcome.

Featuring the works of Joyce Priest, Salena Gaetz, Denise English, Phyllis Twa, Margaret Roosdahl, Krys Sikora, Lora Curran, Jennifer Henry, Joyce Nixon, Sonia Robillard, Heather Beaton, Brenda Bernat, Jan Rodman, Donna Weirsma.

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FILM KICKS presents THE WIFE – Thursday Oct 18

7:30pm, Thursday Oct 18 at the Golden Cinema

UK/SWEDEN/USA, 2017, English, 100 minutes

After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife….


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E-News 10/11/2018: Music BC Announces Mental Health Workshops + Panel!


Attention Managers: Join us for an intimate workshop as we explore mental health in the music industry!

Music BC in partnership with Unison Benevolent Fund is pleased to present two free workshops for managers, as well as a free panel on mental health. The two Managers’ Workshops, Promoting Mental Health in Music will be led by Dr. Stevens on Thursday November 15th & Friday November 16th at Music BC. These intimate workshops focus on addressing the mental health issues within the music industry including how to:

– Understand mental health as a continuum (from vibrancy to illness)

– Promote good health for self and others

– Problem solve relevant psychosocial issues at work to provide a heath-enhancing environment

Please note: To be eligible, you must be a BC resident managing one or more artists.

Space is limited to 20 per session with priority going to Music BC Members.

Music BC will email successful applicants to confirm their spot in the workshop.

Application deadline: November 10th at 5pm PST



Music BC in partnership with Unison Benevolent Fund is also pleased to present a FREE panel titled “How-To: Promoting Mental Health In the Music Industry“.

The panel will take place Saturday November 17th 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street in downtown Vancouver.

Music BC members will receive priority access.

Join moderator Terry McBride CEO of Nettwerk, world-renowned psychologist Dr. Chris Stevens from Australia, recording artist & mental health advocate Catherine MacLellan, and Catherine Runnals, President & Partner, BRANDLIVE, as they explore what it takes to maintain good mental health in such a dynamic industry. Dr. Stevens has over 25 years’ experience developing organizational capabilities for what he calls the “virtuous circle” of sustained innovation, high performance and psychological well-being.

Joining Dr. Stevens, will be P.E.I. artist and music industry mental health advocate Catherine MacLellan whose father, Gene MacLellan, died by suicide in 1995 when she was 14.  The Song and the Sorrow, a recently released documentary follows Catherine as she journeys to understand her father and face her own struggles with mental illness. Catherine Runnals, President/Partner of Vancouver’s BRAND LIVE (Skookum Festival, Celebration of Light) and a ten year “road warrior” who has worked with the likes of Sheryl Crowe, Nelly Furtado, and the Tragically Hip.

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Creative City News October 2018: Summit Program Now Available

In this issue:
2018 Full Summit Program
Summit Panel Announcement: Day 3
Summit Registration
Summit Flight Discounts
Summit Sponsorship
News From Around the World
Public Art Calls
Job Postings

We are excited to announce the release of the 2018 Summit Program!

The program will ONLY be available online this year, and no printed copies will be handed out during the Summit. We appreciate your effort to save the trees!

Download the Full Summit Program

Day 3 Summit Panel

November 8th, 2018 | 3:45pm – 4:30pm

Join Marcelino “FrostFlow” DaCosta, Wali Shah, and Anu Radha Verma as they explore their take on the theme New Horizons, presented earlier in the day by Jesse Wente. Through 10 minute Ted Talk-esque presentations they will provide commentary through the lens of their work in their own communities. The panel will be followed by a question and answer period.
Anu Radha Verma | BA, MES 

Anu has lived, worked, studied, played, struggled and agitated in both Canada and India. Her work has cut across sectors and places, but is always focused on the intersections of social justice, community and creativity. She has been focused on the suburbs as a place of brilliance and social change – having organized various queer and trans, racialized community spaces locally over the past 8 years. Anu Radha has been fortunate to support the creativity of folks who are typically unwelcome, under-represented or invisibilized in/from mainstream arts spaces such as BIPOC communities, queer and trans folks, youth, and many more. She is a community-based consultant, the Community Arts Curator for Social Change at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, co-organizer of QTBIPOC sauga, originator and curator of brOWN//out (Pride Toronto) and a Board member at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre. Anu Radha is a queer, diasporic, sometimes-femme, a survivor, and someone who lives with mental health struggles. Find her on Twitter @aradhaverma.
Marcelino “FrostFlow” DaCosta | Professional Artist, Educator, Speaker & Community Engagement Worker 

Professional Artist, Educator, Speaker & Community Engagement Worker – Marcelino DaCosta, aka FrostFlow, has been a practitioner and advocate of Hip-Hop culture since 1998. He is the founder of the internationally renowned Ground illusionz Hip-Hop Collective based out the G.T.A. FrostFlow is internationally respected as a dynamically progressive and passionate signature B-Boy artist; performing and opening for legends such as:  Maestro fresh Wes, Oscar Peterson, and A Tribe Called Red.

Along with competitive experience, Frost has also become a national ambassador, local leader and pioneer of many grassroots public health initiatives for youth all while supporting and representing world recognized organizations & companies such as “BBoyizm”, “Unity Charity” & “BluePrint Pathways”. Frost currently shares and promotes Hip-Hop Culture through continual effort and inspiration on a multitude of platforms as director of “Full Step Saga” – From street-level front line work to stage performance, to speaking at universities and sharing along world-class innovators at TEDX. FrostFlow represents a definitive essence of his craft.
Wali Shah | Poet, Public Speaker

Wali Shah is a spoken word poet and public speaker that has worked with organizations like TED Talks, Bell Media, Microsoft, The CFL, and many more. Wali has spoken at hundreds of schools across Canada where he introduces poetry as a tool for self-expression and develops workshops to engage youth in the practice of expressive writing and speaking.

Outside of speaking engagements, Wali is an ambassador for Crime Stoppers, and the BellLet’sTalk movement; he was inducted as Canada’s Top 20 Under 20, and assisted in raising over one million dollars for United Way.

*Stay tuned for more information and the complete 2018 Summit Program!

Bios for All Speakers Can Be Found Here

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Culture Days‘ 10th anniversary is coming!

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary
of Culture Days

We’re basking in the glow of 2018, and already starting to plan for next year. Incredibly, Culture Days turns 10 years old in 2019—and we want you to be a part of the celebration. Mark your calendars now for the 2019 edition of Culture Days taking place on September 27, 28, and 29, 2019.

Plans are in motion to make next year’s milestone 10th anniversary more impactful than ever. To celebrate our special birthday, Culture Days will be active year-round with blog posts, online content, webinars, and more that highlights the ways arts and culture contribute to the well-being of communities, the economy, and every person they touch. Follow the hashtag #Culture365 to be part of the 10th anniversary conversation throughout the year.

Donate Now to Make the 10th Year
the Best Ever

As a leading voice for cultural engagement, we connect millions of Canadians to accessible arts experiences. During the next ten days, we are asking all our friends and fans to please donate to help make the 10th anniversary the best year ever! As a charitable organization, Culture Days relies on contributions from donors both large and small, who know the importance of arts and culture in their lives and in their communities. If just 10% of our network donated $10 today, we’d reach our goal.

Donations made today until October 22 will go towards special 10th anniversary programs and resources that assist activity organizers and volunteers (like you) to mark the special occasion in communities across Canada. All donations made via Canada Helps are tax deductible.

Donate Now!

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Kootenay Morning Expansion

Anthony Sanna and Zoe Creighton

Are you someone who wants to get more connected to your community? Do you want to meet more people? Are you curious? Have you ever wanted to know more about a subject? Then becoming a volunteer Kootenay Morning radio host might be just the thing for you.

Kootenay Co-op Radio is thrilled to announce that our flagship current affairs show Kootenay Morning is expanding.

Through a grant awarded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, Kootenay Morning will be expanding from 2 to 4 days a week with the aim to cover more of what is happening in and around our region.

As a community radio station, we’re equally excited to expand our format with regular contributors from the many and varied organization around the area. We’re inviting groups to regularly join us behind the mics to share their organization news  – are you hiring? when is your AGM? are you looking for board members or volunteers? Did you get a big grant?… and more.

Kootenay Co-op Radio strives to reflect all aspects of the community and we are only as good as the people who show up to the microphone. Whether your interested in becoming a volunteer host or want to be a regular contributor to the show, we invite you to show up.

Contact Anthony Sanna, the News & Spoken Word Coordinator if you have any questions about participating in this expansion. Email or call 250-480-6828.

This initiative is made possible by a grant Kootenay Co-op Radio received from the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the only organization mandated to financially support campus and community radio stations in Canada.


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Author Lorinda Stewart to speak about daughter’s kidnapping


On August 23, 2008 Lorinda Stewart’s daughter, Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout, was kidnapped in Somalia. The kidnappers’ demand: pay a $2.5 million ransom or Amanda would be killed. For the next 460 days, Stewart did everything in her power to get her daughter back alive.

That experience became a book. On Thursday, November 1 at 7pm, Stewart’s story—detailed in her 2017 memoir One Day Closer: A Mother’s Quest to Bring Her Kidnapped Daughter Home—will be front and centre at the Nelson Public Library. The evening begins at 7pm with a conversation between Stewart and journalist Bill Metcalfe as she recounts her experience.

The story is harrowing. The RCMP requested that Stewart be the lead communicator with Adam, the negotiator for Amanda’s kidnappers. She learned more than she ever imagined about such fragile negotiations, including how to demand POLs—proofs of life—and how to react to “bad calls”, when forced to listen to her daughter’s desperate cries for help. The negotiation stretched on; eventually, faced with the real possibility of her daughter’s death, Stewart engaged private hostage negotiators and fundraised the ransom money.

Amanda Lindhout had been travelling with Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan and a Somali translator when all three were abducted. Lindhout’s story became the bestselling book A House in the Sky, co-authored by Sara Corbett.

Corbett describes One Day Closer as “A gripping, mother’s-eye view of Amanda Lindhout’s kidnapping ordeal.” She continues, “For any parent who has ever worried about, advocated for, and deeply loved a child, Lorinda Stewart’s honest, lion-hearted account will leave you both stunned and uplifted.”

Stewart will show images of the RCMP’s covert operational center where the negotiations took place and play audio of her first phone call with the kidnappers’ negotiator. Otter Books will be on hand with copies of Stewart’s memoir. Doors open at 6:30pm.

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