Arts and Culture

Allan Markin, Doukhobor singer-songwriter, releases new album.

The songs have a strong ethnic Doukhobor/Russian flavor, with rich professional orchestration. — Submitted photo

Allan “Dr Eclectic” Markin has recently released his new folk-roots album Places: Songs of Toil and Peaceful Life, consisting of 12 original compositions that explore important events in Doukhobor history, as well as salient elements of their life concept.

“The album was inspired by my desire to better understand my own Doukhobor heritage,” said Markin, “and to make the Doukhobor story more accessible to Doukhobors and nonDoukhobors.

This is why I chose to write all the songs in English.” 

Chart named winner of 2016 June Lythgoe Scholarship

AFI Board Member and local composer (far left) Doug Jamieson and AFI President Dianna Ducs presents Emma Chart with the 2016 June Lythgoe Scholarship. — Submitted photo

Emma Chart of Nelson has been chosen the winner of the 2016 June Lythgoe Scholarship.

Chart, who recently completed in the summer youth theatre production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was chosen after the adjudication of a strong list of candidates.

"Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and to have such an award available to cultivate young people’s musical aspirations is absolutely wonderful,” Chart said.

Basin communities get huge boost for arts, culture and heritage projects

Pamela Nagley Stevenson's recent exhibit at the Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar.

Over 160 arts, culture and heritage projects—including the Columbia Basin Culture Tour—have received a total of $706,000 in funding support for the 2016–2017 season through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust.

Still time to enter BC SPCA Wildlife in Focus photo contest

Hello, by Paul Cowhig, is currently the most-voted-for entry.

Hit us with your best shot! The BC SPCA’s eighth annual Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest, featuring a new platform and a brand-new look, is open for entries. Each year, participating photographers go wild to capture the best of British Columbia’s wildlife through the lens, but you don’t have to be a photographer to support them – with the introduction of a new People’s Choice Award, you can cast your ballot by donating to vote.

Salmo announces winner of photo contest

Salmo announces winner of photo contest

The results of Salmo’s Lifestyle Photo Contest are in. There were 40 qualifying submissions and more than 2,200 votes cast. The winner receives a $300 community gift basket which includes an “official” Salmo Dinner Jacket (SDJ), $150 in Salmo dollars to be spent at participating local retailers and more. The initiative is part of the “Sustainable Salmo” public consultation & asset mapping process to vision and ultimately rewrite the community’s Official Community Plan, hybridized with an integrated community sustainability plan.

Columbia Basin Culture Tour - a free opportunity to see our area's spectacular cultural offerings

Slip Bucket Designs - Lisa Christie

Taking place Aug. 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., the Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists' studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event. Travel to studios and archives that aren't normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections or meet people behind the scenes. To participate in the tour, simply grab a map, your Culture Tour Directory and go!

PIGS – Canada’s Most Authentic Pink Floyd Tribute coming to Nelson's Capitol Theatre

The members of PIGS – Canada’s Most Authentic Pink Floyd Tribute are going to rock the Capitol Theatre Friday, August 5. — Submitted photo

Pigs will most likely fly before the English rock band Pink Floyd returns to the stage to perform their progressive and psychedelic music in front of fans.

However, right here in beautiful downtown Nelson, at the unique Capitol Theatre, PIGS – Canada’s Most Authentic Pink Floyd Tribute band will give Floydsters a taste of Roger Waters, Nick Mason & Company on Friday, August 5 at 8 p.m.

Local Jenny Robinson takes new release to Kaslo Jazz Festival

Fifteen years and now Lost Years is ready for release.

Recorded over the course of 15 years, Nelson musician Jenny Robinson’s new release, Lost Years, has songs that have traveled many roads.

Canadian Bluegrass Powerhouse Band The Dead South makes stop in Nelson, Rossland

The Dead South is coming to the West Kootenay July 21-22.

Canadian bluegrass powerhouse band, The Dead South. Voted 2015’s “Best Band” in Prairie Dog Magazine’s “Best of Regina”, The Dead South will be embarking on an extensive Canadian tour with stops at the Hume Hotel Spirit Bar in Nelson (July 22) and Flying Steamshovel in Rossland (July 21).

Bits and Pieces: Dealing with Reality

Bits and Pieces:  Dealing with Reality

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Watching, listening, net-surfing, one experiences “the news” and wonders – is there a deeper story that connects all the dots?

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