Arts participation / Performing arts: Arts Research Monitor Vol 17 No 4

In this issue: A focus on arts and culture participation and the situation of the performing arts, including two Canadian surveys and two American studies.


Culture Track Canada

Business / Arts, June 2018

Culture Track Canada summarizes survey findings related to Canadian cultural consumers’ engagement and their “attitudes, motivators, and barriers to participation”. A key finding of the survey is that Canadians “are true cultural omnivores”, with at least one-half of cultural consumers participating in activities such as community festivals (73%), food and drink experiences (68%), historic attractions or museums (66%), zoos or aquariums (66%), music festivals (56%), variety or comedy shows (55%), science, innovation, or technology museums (54%), natural history museums (52%), public art (51%), and plays (50%).


Performing arts, 2016

Statistics Canada, March 9, 2018

Every two years, Statistics Canada provides detailed information about not-for-profit and for-profit (producing) organizations in the performing arts. Operating revenues were $2.16 billion for all performing arts groups in 2016. Operating expenses were $1.90 billion, resulting in a collective operating surplus equivalent to 12.0% of revenues. Not-for-profit performing organizations had total operating revenues of $883 million, slightly lower than operating expenses ($889 million), leaving an operating deficit of 0.7%.


Performing Arts Ticket Buyer Media Usage Study

WolfBrown and Capacity Interactive, December 2017

This report aims to provide a “nuanced picture of consumers’ preferences and behavior across a broad cross-section of performing arts organizations”, including four in Canada and 54 in the United States. An online survey in August 2017 received 26,996 responses from performing arts ticket buyers.


A Long Lead: The Decision-Making Timeframe of Cultural Attendees

Colleen Dilenschneider, May 2, 2018

Based on data from various American sources including the National Awareness, Attitudes, and Usage Study from IMPACTS Research and Development, this brief research post indicates that “there is a long lead time in peoples’ intent to visit cultural organizations – even for locals”. On the other hand, “the time between a ticket purchase and redemption is very quick”.


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Culture Days Newsletter: #PlayOnBeat and Win with the Culture Days Contest

#PlayOnBeat with Culture Days

Culture Days and Sun Life Financial invite you to #PlayOnBeat! In the spirit of our national programming theme ‘OnBeat’, this year’s contest calls for players to explore the world of rhythm through five video interviews with artists. After watching each video, test your knowledge — answer the question correctly to be entered to Win* the $1500.00 grand prize of a travel voucher, or one of 12 pairs of Cineplex movie passes!


Thanks to the five artists who sat down with us to talk about the techniques and history behind their disciplines, and how the power of rhythm inspires their work. Share their videos to help Canadians #GetOnBeat for Culture Days!

#PlayOnBeat and share your results by tagging us on social media.

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Scarecrow Festival – Creston’s Best Scarecrow

Is your scarecrow Creston’s Best Scarecrow?

Entry Deadline is August 20.

The Creston Valley Arts Council, in conjunction with the Creston Valley Fall Fair Association, the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce and the RDCK ( Area B – Tanya Wall), is sponsoring a Scarecrow Festival during the week of the Fall Fair. This year we are celebrating 100 years of the Creston Valley Fall Fair and we want to entice visitors and townspeople to take a walk / drive to enjoy the festive atmosphere created by the display of scarecrows. We are inviting local businesses and organizations to enter.


Questions? Concerns? Contact Brenda Brucker or call 250-428-3358

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Trail & District Arts Council: Your Weekly Arts Event Update!

Tuesday, August 21
The Lester McLean Band
Kootenay Savings Music in the Park
7-8 pm at Gyro Park, Trail

The Trail & District Arts Council is very excited to bring the Lester McLean Band to Kootenay Savings Music in the Park.

Lester McLean is a native of Toronto, Ontario and has been active on the city’s busy music scene since the early 90’s. He has written, performed and recorded under several guises, including the instrumental funk-fusion band The Colour of SoulThe Lester McLean Trio featuring Juno award winning acoustic guitarist Michael Occhipinti, and Lester McLean. Lester’s work showcases his versatility with a wide array of musical styles and genres, great melodies, thoughtful lyrics, ear catching grooves, thick harmonies, and a soulful, eclectic sound.

Throughout his career, Lester has performed with a wide array of Canadian and International artists including, Maestro, jacksoul, Ashley McIsaac, Vinx, Jarvis Church, Colin James, Divine Brown, and Jim Cuddy.

The band’s repertoire consists largely of classic Soul, R&B, Funk and Pop tunes from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and also features original works from Lester himself. The unique blend of songs also shows off the stellar musicianship of the band. The instrumentation features Lester McLean on lead vocals and Soprano Sax, Juno award winning and Nationally recognized Michael Occhipinti on nylon string Guitar and background vocals and multi-instrumentalist Louis Simao on upright acoustic bass and backing vocals. Whether it is the familiarity of a Stevie Wonder Composition or a McLean original, the band is entertaining from top to bottom.

Lester’s band will be joined on stage in Trail by Trail drummer Tony Ferraro.

Check out the music here.


Trail & District Arts Council presents
E2 Experiments in Entertainment Series 2018/2019
The Bailey Theatre

E2 Series Pass – all 4 shows only $70! That’s only $17.50 per show!!!
Single tickets are $24 in advance, $26 at the door

The E2 Series includes these exciting shows:
November 2, 2018 – Cheesecake Burlesque – sassy, silly high-energy burlesque to make you love the skin you’re in!
January 18, 2019 – Bushel and Peck – a hilarious and twisted comedy cocktail about love and the edge of humanity!
March 9, 2019 – Worlds of PuppetsMetamorphosis –  imaginative stories told through intricate wood marionettes and other puppets.
March 29, 2019 – The Slocan Ramblers – fearlessly creative bluegrass with impeccable musicianship and sawdust-thick vocals.

Our E2 Series subscriptions (1 ticket for all 4 shows) are available in person only.
All tickets are general admission.

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Press Release regarding the Pride flag over Nelson, BC


Shown in Photo: Cheryl Dowden, Colleen Driscoll, Megan McTague, Stephanie Myers, Gerry Cartwright, Shirley Lambrecht. Photo credit: Anthony Sanna.

Kootenay Pride celebrated a small victory last night at a city council meeting in Nelson, BC.

Kootenay Pride is one of the oldest Pride groups in the province, this year will their 22nd year honouring the LGBTQ2S community, but the Pride flag has never flown over the city during the Pride events. The only time the Pride flag has flown in front of city hall was after the Orlando massacre in June of 2016.

A few months back Kootenay Pride sent a letter to city hall asking that they consider flying the Pride and Trans flag during this year’s events from Monday, Aug 27th to Monday, Sept 3rd. Last night at the council meeting city staff came forward with a new flag policy that stated that  ‘The City of Nelson will not consider flag raising or lowering for any community group at City Hall and will not engage in any promotions on behalf of any community group.’

Kootenay Pride attended the council meeting and were prepared to speak on the issue citing numerous examples of cities who raise the flags either with or without policies. There was some explanation from staff about how some other cities raise the flag with the use of a community pole. Kootenay Pride feels that a community pole is another form of marginalization and a $4000 expense that the city doesn’t need. Both the Councilors and Mayor showed that they support the raising of the flag with Councilor Michael Dailly putting a motion forward to raise the Pride flag this year and the policy referred back to staff for amendments.

Kootenay Pride feels that it is high time and the city needs to make a statement and show that they not only support the LGBTQ2S community but that they understand that visibility and inclusion matter. Next year Kootenay Pride will be back in front of a possible new council with a municipal election happening this fall to ask for both flags to be proudly displayed in front of city hall.

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Conflict Studies, an Exhibition with artist Justin Langlois opens August 24th

Exhibition Dates: August 25th – September 30th
Opening Reception: Friday August 24th, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Saturday August 25th, 2pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm

Oxygen Art Centre is excited to be hosting Vancouver-based visual artist, educator and organizer Justin Langlois, who will be in Nelson for his project Conflict Studies, an artist-in-residence followed by an exhibition examining the role of conflict in healthy civic life.

Justin Langlois will be in residence at the Oxygen Art Centre from August 20-24th where he will be interviewing select participants around the nature of disagreement for his proposed project, Conflict Studies. In conjunction with this project, Torchlight Brewing Company is bottling a Conflict Brew special beer for the month of August. The beer will have a blank label in which the participants will be invited to embellish with their own text or design during their interview. Langlois takes an interesting view on disagreement, noting. “The act of disagreement is a core part of everyday life, so learning to disagree is a civic exercise. Disagreement is difference. And difference is the spark of civic life.” Through this project, Langlois hopes to encourage community members to indulge in challenging conversations, with text-based artworks and documentation displayed for the month of September in the gallery.

The Exhibition, Conflict Studies opens with a reception for the artist on Friday, August 24th from 7-9pm, with an artist talk to follow on Saturday, August 25th at 2pm. The exhibition will then run from August 25th to the end of the month, closing with Cultural Days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 28th, 29th and 30th. Gallery hours are Wednesday thru Saturday from 1- 5 pm. Oxygen Art Centre located in the alley way behind Hipperson’s Hardware, at 320 Vernon Street.

Langlois has a BA Honours in Communication Studies and an MFA in Visual Arts / Integrated Media both from the University of Windsor in Ontario. He is the recipient of many grants including Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. He is the co-founder and research director of Broken City Lab, the founder of The School of Eventual Vacancy and the curator of the The Neighbourhood Time Exchange. He is also the lead artist on Locals Only with AKA Artist-Run in Saskatoon funded by the Canada Council of the Arts New Chapter initiative. He is currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Integrated Learning in the Faculty of Culture and Community at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Langlois often draws on conversation, social interaction, and the format of the interview to generate new work. As Vancouver’s inaugural artist in residence, in 2016-17, Langlois focused on key social, environmental and political issues facing the city at the time, culminating in a giant neon sign reading, SHOULD I BE WORRIED? installed near Olympic Village along False Creek. Typical, across much of his art practice, Langlois uses text-based signage installed in public spaces, hopes to inspire diverse possibilities and ways of thinking. His clever signage and text draws from slogans,  everyday expressions, and advertising campaigns, inverting or distorting the text to offer new expressions that grow in depth as one ponders them. His works are often installed outside the confines of the gallery space catching the viewer off guard and thus drawing unconscious material and associations to the surface. This sort of tapping into the collective subconscious is akin to spotlighting the elephant in the room and leaves an uncanny presence in the mind the unsuspected passerby. Working outside the white cube allows Langlois’s work to reach an audience that may or may not enter a gallery space and places his art in a broader, more civic context.

Exhibition and Opening:
Artist Talk:

320 Vernon St (alley entrance)
250 352 6322
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The Nelson and District Arts Council is excited to present the Nelson International Mural Festival happening August 17th-19th, 2018 throughout Nelson, BC!

Get ready for a weekend jam-packed with art and fun! We’ve got some great things planned for you including…

– Opening night Patio Parties at Cantina Del CentroYum SonTandoori Indian Grill & LoungeSprout Plant Based Eatery and Backroads Brewing Company
– Friday night mingle times with the Artists at their murals
– A Family Friendly Street Dance at Hall St Plaza featuring Erica DeeTonyeChristie Lee Charles (Vancouver’s Poet Laureate!) , Skylar LoveOcea Sasa and Ryan Fluxo on Saturday evening
– A FREE Screening at the The Civic Theatre
– Street Theatre with Little Wagon Theatre
– Hip Hop Dance Workshop with Emily Jean Honegger
– Workshops to learn more about mural making, applying for the festival, and the artists

and SO much more! The official map and schedule is available at

Through the festival, NDAC seeks to increase the cultural vibrancy of Nelson by engaging local, national and international street artists, muralists, creators and arts lovers through large scale public artworks and educational opportunities. NDAC desires to shine a light on local cultures and histories, encouraging collaboration and community building. The festival is an inclusive event intended for all cultures, genders, ages and abilities. All festival events will take place in fully accessible, public spaces and will be offered free of charge, with the exception of the opening party at Spirit Bar. For more information go to!

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