Arts and Culture

Trail and Beaver Valley reach recreation agreement

Trail and Beaver Valley reach recreation agreement

The City of Trail’s Recreation Negotiating Committee and the Beaver Valley Parks and Recreation Committee (BV Rec) have reached a five-year recreation agreement, effective Nov. 1, 2016. BV Rec will contribute $125,000 annually to allow Beaver Valley (BV) residents to utilize Trail Parks and Recreation facilities, programs and services for the lower-tiered fees outlined in the City’s Trail Resident Program (TRP).

Japanese visitors honour Doukhobor community for past kindness

JJ Verigin and George Takashima, photo by Lisa Poznikoff

Pastor Dr George Takashima from Lethbridge, Alberta, has been bringing tour groups to Castlegar to take in the history of the Doukhobors at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre for a number of years now. This year he came with a request to make a presentation to the Doukhobor people so a somewhat impromptu event was pulled together.

The Best of Fringe Fest -- at the Bailey Theatre

Mike Delamont

What do drag queens, puppets, film noir, comedy and ukuleles have in common?  They are all a part of the upcoming E2 Series at The Bailey Theatre!

If you fancy a night out at The Edmonton Fringe Festival, then consider a series pass right here in your own neighbourhood. E2, which stands for Experiments in Entertainment could be called “The best of the Fringe” this year as the 4 shows booked for this season’s Muriel Griffiths Room series are repeated sell outs across Canada.

Parade of Programs highlights local opportunities for you and yours - plus free skate with the Rebels and Saints!

Parade of Programs highlights local opportunities for you and yours - plus free skate with the Rebels and Saints!

Tonight’s a big night for anyone looking to see what Castlegar has to offer for community services, kids sports, recreation, learning opportunities and activities, not to mention adult volunteer and recreation opportunities, as dozens of local clubs, organizations, sports teams and more converge on the Castlegar Complex for the Eighth Annual Parade of Programs between 5 and 7:30 p.m.

With Come Find Me, Castlegar’s Country Music Darling Lisa Nicole Finds Growth and Success Through Happiness and Heartbreak

With Come Find Me, Castlegar’s Country Music Darling Lisa Nicole Finds Growth and Success Through Happiness and Heartbreak

Award-winning Castlegar country music artist Lisa Nicole is excited to announce the release of her new EP - Come Find Me - available Sept. 6 on iTunes and LisaNicoleMusic.com.

The release will also serve as the kick-off to a fall tour of the same name across Canada in support of the new EP, culminating in her EP release party in Castlegar on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. at The Element Club Bar and Grill. 

Trail/Beaver Valley agree to two-month extension of recreation agreement

Trail/Beaver Valley agree to two-month extension of recreation agreement

The City of Trail’s Recreation Agreement Negotiating Committee and the Beaver Valley Parks Recreation Committee (BV Rec) recently met to discuss the renewal of the one-year Recreation Funding Agreement that expires at the end of August 2016.

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.

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