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Arts and Culture

By Contributor On on Wednesday Jan 26 2022

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

The Trust partners with CKCA for the delivery of arts and culture programming, as well as representing the interests of the arts and culture...

By Sarah Lord On on Sunday Jan 23 2022

Shayna Jones is doing essential artistic work from the small town of Kaslo.

An award-winning professional performance artist specializing in the traditional oral storytelling of African and Afro-Diasporic folklore, she is a professionally trained actor, vocalist, and fine mover.

Jones has performed for audiences across Canada.

As a folklorist, Jones combines her passion...

By Sarah Lord On on Thursday Jan 20 2022

Shayna Jones ended up in Kaslo in a relatively standard way: she lived in Vancouver and had visited friends here many times and felt drawn to the area.

"But what keeps my kids and me here," says Jones, "is this land's magnificence and raising my kids in a peaceful, beautiful, loving environment. This land nourishes my ability to access any creative space in my body, heart, and mind. I...

By The Nelson Dail... On on Thursday Jan 20 2022

A Balfour resident has collaborated with her sister in Kelowna to bring to life in a book seven years of life experiences during World War II, beginning in 1939 until 1945.

Wendy Hamilton and Cathie Pavlik of Kelowna recently completed and published a memoir, Dear Bill - The War Years.

Dear Bill, is a compilation of 141 letters sent to Hamilton’s father, Bill...

By Contributor On on Friday Jan 14 2022

2022 brings the launch of Not Extinct - A Sinixt Virtual Exhibit, an interactive website based on the book, Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way by Marilyn James and Taress Alexis that features traditional and contemporary Sinixt stories. Each story illuminates the Sinixt relationship with the upper Columbia River watershed and the Sinixt quest to reclaim their rights and responsibilities in...

By Sarah Lord On on Monday Jan 10 2022

The Kootenay Lake Historical Society (KLHS) is raising funds to renovate the S.S. Moyie, a cultural and historical landmark ship stationed in Kaslo.

The S.S. Moyie is the world's oldest intact passenger sternwheeler (a paddle steamer having the paddlewheel in the stern). The S.S. Moyie regularly travelled over...

By Sarah Lord On on Monday Jan 10 2022

The S.S. Moyie was built in Nelson for the Canadian Pacific Railway and launched in October 1898.

In 1958 it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada and later added to the BC Register of Historic Places.

The Kootenay Lake Historical Society (KLHS) is the custodian of the S.S. Moyie and oversees thousands of artifacts and operates the Kootenay Lake Archives. Keeping the...

By Contributor On on Thursday Jan 06 2022

The City of Nelson and its Cultural Development Committee are pleased to announce the RDCK is now accepting applications for 2022 Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiative funding. 

The application deadline is February 11, 2022.

The City of Nelson is committed to a sustainable future that includes a productive economy, well-protected environment, healthy citizens, and strong...

By Contributor On on Wednesday Dec 15 2021

The Cultural Development Committee (CDC), on behalf of the City of Nelson, is pleased to announce author Jane Byers’ appointment as Nelson’s 2022 Cultural Ambassador.

The award comes with an $1000 honorarium.

“We are thrilled to formally acknowledge Jane’s accomplishments, both as a writer and valued contributor to our community,” says Sydney Black, Chair of the CDC.


By Sarah Lord On on Sunday Dec 12 2021

Montana Burgess, Executive Director of the West Kootenay EcoSociety, won a national award recognizing her contribution to collective sustainability efforts.

Canada’s Clean50 annually offers recognition to Canada’s leaders in sustainability for their contributions over the past two years. 

The Clean50 Individual awards are selected from 16 diverse categories that transcend...