Arts and Culture

Long time Grand Forks resident enters the Dragons' Den and lives to tell the tale

Former Grand Forks resident, Gary Gilbert, at the Dragons' Den in Toronto; Photo, submitted

When a person gets the call to film for the Dragons’ Den TV show, it is unheard of to refuse. So when long-time Grand Forks resident Gary Gilbert got the opportunity to pitch his invention to the Den, he jumped.

The opportunity turned into a nerve-wracking, intimidating experience travelling to Toronto, Ontario to film in front of the Dragons. Gilbert’s history as a performer paid off as he stayed cool while the Dragons grilled him on his product.

Grand Forks home to top Canadian nail enhancement artist

Robyn Schwartz, owner of Polished and Pampered Hair and Esthetics in Grand Forks, won the Contessa Hairstylist Award for top nail enhancement artist at the annual Contessa awards held in Toronto on November 11. Photo courtesy of Robyn Schwartz.

Grand Forks is home to many talented people, but who knew you could have your nails done by the top nail enhancement artist in the country?

Our own Robyn Schwartz, owner of Polished and Pampered Hair and Esthetics on Market Avenue in Grand Forks, took home the prestigious Contessa Hairstylist Award for top Canadian nail enhancement artist at this year’s Contessas award gala in Toronto, on Sunday, November 11.

Save The Royal campaign begins!

Save The Royal campaign begins!

This may come as a surprise to some, but unfortunately the live music venue we all love is in some trouble. 

As most everyone is aware, it takes time for a business to grow. 

Since taking over the Royal, just over a year ago, Howie & Paul have been investing all their time and money into making it grow as a musical mecca in BC. 

Their sincere love of live music, and deep love for this wonderful town of Nelson, keeps them and the staff completely devoted (and extremely over-worked) to the Royal. 

OP/ED: Ninja knickers to the rescue

OP/ED: Ninja knickers to the rescue

I was cruising around Pinterest one day and found a quote that struck something deep inside me. It read, "I have an irrational fear of wasting a good outfit on an insignificant day." (I know, deep, right?)

Anyway,I gasped in excitement and thought, "Oh my gawsh, that's totally me!" and quickly 'pinned' it before moving on to other sparkly things ... but something pulled me back.

What the heck is with that anyway?!

Lotusland group Delhi 2 Dublin set to rock Spirit Bar for two shows

The members of Delhi 2 Dublin.

It’s been a banner year for Vancouver’s Delhi 2 Dublin.

And now that banner takes the Lotusland group to the Spirit Bar in Nelson's  Hume Hotel for two shows, beginning Thursday (November 15) and then on Friday (November 16).

From cops to computers: helping a Castlegar child with Autism

From cops to computers: helping a Castlegar child with Autism

What do cops, motorbikes and iPads have in common? They’re all helping make a child’s life better here in Castlegar through the Cops For Kids program, according to RCMP Const. Rob Gardner.

On Nov. 9, Gardner (a Cops For Kids rider) met eight-year-old Cops For Kids ambassador Connor Lauriault, who lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Gardner gave Connor a tour of the detachment and a toy police car … but that’s not all. 

Two businesses join forces for Faceplant Video contest

 Two businesses join forces for Faceplant Video contest

The Nelson Brewing Company and Hume Hotel are joining forces to find the best Faceplant video in the Faceplant Video contest.

The contest is open to everyone.

All the contestant needs to do is post a  30-second video on the Hume hotel facebook page and they are entered. The videos will be viewed on November 23rd and the winners picked.

Prizes include 24 hours for two at Rettallack Ski Lodge, a Whitewater season pass and a pair of Lib Tech skis from Tribute Boardshop on Baker street in Nelson.

For more information go to:

Nelson Council Will Negotiate Lease With Civic Theatre Society

Nelson Council Will Negotiate Lease With Civic Theatre Society

The Nelson Civic Theatre Society moved another step forward on November 5 when Nelson City Council voted to sign a letter of intent to negotiate a 20-year lease agreement with the Society to occupy the Civic Theatre.

Council’s decision was based on the Nelson Civic Theatre Society’s Feasibility Results and Business Plan, completed on October 15. 

Like funk, hip hop, reggae and soul? Check out Freak Motif Saturday at the Royal Inn

The eight-piece Freak Motif is set to play The Royal Inn.

The eight-piece Freak Motif is set to play The Royal Inn Saturday (November 9) starting at 8 p.m.

Freak Motifis is a dance party funk hiphop collective from Calgary that features a full horn section, mcs, singers and djs for a heavy night of improvised funk, trance, hiphop and soul.

Their unique vibe is influenced by artists such as the Meters, the Roots, Parliament/Funkadelic, Phish, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and the Budos Band.

Grand Forks resident Roxanne Marie Priede named Silver Cross Mother

Grand Forks mother honoured to serve as the Royal Canadian Legion's National Memorial Silver Cross Mother at this year's Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa this weekend. Photo courtesy of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Honour and love for one’s country are values the Priede family of Grand Forks holds very dear.

So when Roxanne Priede was asked to serve as the National Memorial Silver Cross Mother by the Royal Canadian Legion from November 11, 2012 to November 11, 2013, she didn’t have to think long to know that her answer would be an enthusiastic “yes”.

“It means the world to me – it is an honour to represent all the mothers of Canada and my son,” said Roxanne during a private interview with The Boundary Sentinel this past weekend.

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