Arts and Culture

KHAOS: Nelson’s Home-Grown Opera a First in North America

KHAOS: Nelson’s Home-Grown Opera a First in North America

By Bill Metcalfe, Nelson Daily

“To my knowledge Nelson is the only community of this size to attempt commissioning an opera anywhere in North America,” says Marty Horswill. “How many towns of ten thousand people even have an opera company?” 

Premiere performance March 8

Is there life beyond the gates of The Mountain Kingdom? The West Kootenay’s OTHER mountain film festival

Is there life beyond the gates of The Mountain Kingdom? The West Kootenay’s OTHER mountain film festival

Devotees of the Rossland Mountain Film Festival might be intrigued to learn that their beloved film fest has a sibling in the region: The North Valley Mountain Film Festival, which will be holding its sixth annual event on March 3 at Bosun Hall in New Denver.

According to organizer Gary Parkstrom, the festival is “the brainchild of local back-country skiing legend Myles Berney.  He, along with an assortment of rag-tag, mountain-loving misfits decided six years ago that the North Slocan needed a festival that would celebrate mountains and people in the mountains.

Big John Bates comes to the Royal

Big John Bates comes to the Royal

The Royal Hotel will be the place to be Saturday, January 28 when Big John Bates comes to town for an 8 p.m. show.

Big John Bates has toured the world, awing crowds and even being banned by others.

The groups heavy, high energy live performances together with their southern punk rock has gained them some serious recognition in the music world.

With his sound moving to a more dark and rustic place on his latest album we're excited to hear what Big John Bates unleashes on the

Ats, culture, and heritage grant applications available from CKCA and CBT

Ats, culture, and heritage grant applications available from CKCA and CBT

Artists in all disciplines—as well as arts, culture and heritage organizations—are invited to apply for funding through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), which delivers the Arts, Culture and Heritage Program of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

For 2012/13, funding has increased by $55,000, to $706,000. This will help CKCA better meet demand in sought-after programs like minor capital for arts and heritage facilities, support for touring and major project funding.

LVR writers shine at Kootenay Literary Competition

LVR's group of young writers include, left to right, Kevin Milde, Tia Huttemann, Trilby Buck, Brynn Forsey, and Sarah Graeme. —Photo courtesy L.V. Rogers High School

A handful of L.V. Rogers writers came away with more than just a few ribbons during Friday’s Kootenay Literary Competition awards night held at the Hume Hotel.

Grade 11 student Trilby Buck edged out classmate Kevin Milde for the overall prize in the Youth (Grades 10-120 competition.

Each entrant submitted the best pieces to the Kootenay Literary Competition in the fall.

Friday, the top writers were honoured for their work.

January is happening at the Royal Inn

January is happening at the Royal Inn

Here's what's happening at the Royal Grill and Lounge in January:
 
Tuesday, January 17th - Magic Bus w/ Suplex - Showtime 10pm - Magic Bus Tuesdays is a night to hear some talented local musicians or dj's with no cover!  This Tuesday Dj Suplex takes the stage! 
 
Wednesday, January 18th - Variety Shows w/ Estevan And Tracy Lynn - Starts 8:30pm - It's the Royal's open stage...come grab a bite, grab a drink and enjoy the many musicians who take their turn in the spotlight. 
 

Rural Transcapes and Conceiving Family back by popular demand

Rural Transcapes and Conceiving Family back by popular demand

When Nelson based Watershed Productions held the premiere screenings for two recently released documentary films this past fall, Conceiving Family and Rural Transcapes, the response was “one you would only see in the Kootenays,” says Amy Bohigian, Director/Producer for both films.

The question and answer period was probably longer than the film itself. Each film resonated and people really responded.”

Pop Rock trio Hanson is coming to the Heritage City

The trio Hanson is going to rock the Capitol later this month. — Submitted photo

The Capitol Theatre in Nelson is proud to announce the Pop Rock trio Hanson is coming to the Heritage City Sunday, January 29.

Currently on the South American leg of their long-awaited Shout It Out World Tour, Hanson also announced an extensive string of Canadian concerts starting January 23rd in Vancouver.

“This tour will be the most extensive Canadian tour we’ve done to date. We’re excited to visit many parts of the country for the first time, and make Canada a part of our world tour”, said singer and drummer, Zac Hanson.

Longtime West Kootenay writer, Fred Wah, named Canada's Poet Laureate

Fred Wah

Longtime West Kootenay author, editor and teacher Fred Wah has been named Canada's next poet laureate. 

House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer and Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella jointly made the announcement.

"Fred Wah's poetry is grounded in Canada's political and social landscapes," Scheer said in announcing the appointment.  "He has done much to encourage and promote the importance of literature, culture and language within Canadian society." 

Live improvisation, with musicians from Wassabi Collective, PANDA, LINT

Live improvisation, with musicians from Wassabi Collective, PANDA, LINT

This week at the Royal on Baker …

Tuesday, December 20th - Magic Bus w/ DJ Deeps, Earthtone & Sturdy - Showtime 10pm -  Some of the best local electronic music can be heard Tuesday's at the Royal.  Join us for the Magic Bus.  No Cover!

Wednesday, December 21st - Variety Shows w/ Estevan and Tracy Lynn - Starts 8:30pm - This isn't just a night for musicians.  At an open stage anything can happen and frequently does.  Join us for a great night of music!

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