Arts and Culture

CBT launches youth writing contest

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is challenging youth ages 15-29 to submit works of fiction with appealing characters, dynamic plots and magnificent style to its first ever SCRATCH Writing Challenge - just make sure your story takes place
somewhere in the Columbia Basin.

Andy Ross: making it real

Andy Ross: making it real

Rossland musician Andy Ross has been playing music for most of his life; he finds inspiration from his musician son and in everyday experiences. During a set he'll multi-task, playing harmonica in between singing verses while playing either left-handed guitar or dulcimer. This is surely not just another guy with a guitar.

Punk meets acoustic in Joe Keithley's Kootenay Mountain Tour

Joe Keithley, lead man of D.O.A., submitted

Founding member and lead man for the hardcore punk band D.O.A. Joe Keithley arrives this week on his solo Mountain Tour. Father of three and owner of Sudden Death Records, Keithley is more familiar to most as Joey Shithead in the punk scene.

Brian Kalbfleisch: Rossland's Redroom serenader

Brian Kalbfleisch: Rossland's Redroom serenader

If you’ve found time to go out for a pint or a glass of wine lately, chances are you may have been tapping a toe to the powerful piano and warm croon of Brian Kalbfleisch. He’s been serenading his way through town and is one of Rossland's most eclectic entertainers. If you've missed him, go down to the Redroom Lounge for 'Martini Monday', grab a brew or a bite, sit back, and let yourself cozy up to his often familiarly traditional, somewhat jazzy scores.

Kootenay Country exhibit a hit at UBCM conference

Photo from left to right – Mayor Greg Granstrom, Rossland, Heath Slee RDEK Area B Director, Bill Baird RDKB Area E Director, Mar

The “Kootenay Country” exhibit has won acclamation at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conference recently held in Vancouver by being the first group invited by the City of Richmond to set up a display during the upcoming Olympic games.


The City of Richmond, a government partner in the Olympics, is sponsoring an official venue called the “O” Zone, which will be located in the heart of Richmond near the Olympic Oval to showcase various regions of British Columbia. It is expected that up to 25,000 people per day could visit the “O” Zone.

Local filmmakers debut ‘Greening the Cube: 100-Mile Housing’

Local filmmakers debut ‘Greening the Cube: 100-Mile Housing’

Sunday, October 4th at the Rossland Miners' Hall will mark the world premiere screening for the locally filmed and produced documentary Greening the Cube: 100-Mile Housing.

Filmed throughout the West Kootenays, Boundary Region, and Greater Vancouver over the past two years, the upcoming features (3pm and 7pm, October 4th at the Miners Hall) mark the first such public screening for director/producer Tyler Austin Bradley and cinematographer Andrea Vandenboer’s documentary on green-building.

REVIEW: The Informant!

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Have you ever noticed how some people just aren't that funny? They make jokes, they pull faces to try to make you laugh, but it just doesn't work. Which, of course, is kind of funny. If you're a person inclined toward funniness. The Informant!, a new film by Stephen Soderbergh, is a comedy that isn't very funny. In fact, it's difficult not to read the exclamation point in the film's title as a sort of warning: the people behind this film make comedy like deaf people sing.

One Guitar Unites Our Country

Six String

Jowi Taylor is touring across Canada promoting a work of art he has created to be a Canadian icon. It is a work of art meant to represent our country and all of its stories. Made up of select pieces of history that have been forged together to compose one breathtaking, unique and functional instrument of unity, it is the Six String Nation Guitar, which will be coming to the Miners' Hall this Friday night.

Movie Review: State of Play And the Death of the Newspaper

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Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck team up to offer star billing for what amounts to a marketing ploy for the struggling newspaper industry. Paper papers are in a state of crisis. A Pew Research Survey has confirmed that over the last year, readers who use the internet as their sole source of news has gone from 24% last year, to 40% this year, for the first time passing paper papers, who are at a mere 35%. It was time to say something.

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