Arts and Culture

Rising From the Ashes - Ponderosa Festival Returns in 2016

Rising From the Ashes - Ponderosa Festival Returns in 2016

Festival founders Kris Hargrave and Kia Zahrabi confirmed today that while BC’s largest interface fire of 2015 caused the cancellation of their third installment, Ponderosa Arts & Music

Festival will return in 2016, August 19 to 21, in Rock Creek, BC. The festival, called off due to safety concerns just two days before it was set to begin, was hit hard by the cancellation. Kris and Kia however, are “rallying for Rock Creek” and bringing the three days of music, art, camping, and freshness, back for another year.


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It was a dark period in the forging of the United States, one of many for a nation aspiring to greatness. The fostering of paranoia in order to expunge enemies, imagined or real, is an unfortunate device employed by those with distorted dreams. The victims, in this case, included folk musician Pete Seeger, writer Dashiell Hammet, singer/actor Paul Robeson, attorney Ben Myers, composer Hanns Eisler, jazz musician Arte Shaw, actor Edward G.



“For every noble lord, bishop, gentleman or priest enjoying his life of cultured leisure, there exist thousands of impoverished men, women, and children living in desperation. Noble wealth is the blood of The People… [T]he substance of The People is devoured by this class of voracious parasites. The aristocracy’s ‘culture’ is parasite culture.”


Carly Dow and Madeleine Roger will be performing in Nelson and Winlaw later this month. — Submitted photo

Carly Dow and Madeleine Roger are joining forces to tour through western Canada starting on February 21, targeting the Kootenays and West Coast as well as some dates in Alberta.

Stops in the West Kootenay include Winlaw on February 26, and Nelson on February 27th and 28th.

“We’re both very excited for this tour,” says Dow.

Selkirk Pro-Musica Concert series presents The Clinton Swanson Quartet

The Clinton Swanson Quartet includes, from left, Don Clark – Trumpet, Doug Stephenson – Guitar, Rob Fahie – Bass and Clinton Swanson – Saxophone. — Submitted photo

For its third concert of the season, the Selkirk Pro-Musica Concert Series is proud to present the Clinton Swanson Quartet. 

“Nelson’s hardest working musician” teams up with some of the region’s finest to present an evening of intricately arranged chamber jazz. 

Inspired by ensembles like the Modern Jazz Quartet, the group will present original music and arrangements of pieces by jazz legends such as John Coltrane, John Lewis and Charlie Parker.

R.C. Sherriff’s classic World War One drama Journey's End Friday in Nelson

Photo is of the cast of a recent production of Journey's End by the Swansea Theatre Company. — Submitted

TNT in Nelson presents an epic reading of R.C. Sherriff’s classic World War One dram, Journey's End, Friday at the former Nelson Daily News building on Baker Street.

Journey's End is performace by Quinn Baron, Eden Chisholm, Geoff Burns, Rob Andrew, Stephen Fowler, Don Thompson, Brian Deon, Cloud Edwards, Michael Calladine and Richard Rowberry.

Journey's End begins at 7:30 p.m. at 266 Baker Street in Nelson.

Admission is $12 at the door.

gallery 2 opens first exhibit of the year with 'Local(i)ty 2'

gallery 2 opens first exhibit of the year with 'Local(i)ty 2'

Gallery 2 is excited to be presenting the first two exhibitions of 2016. Local(i)ty 2, curated by Carin Covin, presents the work of artists Nora Curiston, Laura Widmer and Brenda Feist in the Reid and West Galleries. This ambitious exhibition includes work in diverse media from all three artists that explore connection to place, with particular emphasis on artists working in smaller urban centres, as Carin Covin explains: “The title Local(i)ty 2 refers to the location that these artists work from, here in Grand Forks and in Kelowna.

Show Garners Rave Reviews

Show Garners Rave Reviews

CBC calls Trent Arterberry’s physical comedy gifts “amazing”

Trent Arterberry brings extraordinary mime and theatre work to two of his original shows at The Charles Bailey Theatre Saturday Jan 16 and Sunday January 17.   A fine way to beat the mid-January blahs!

Writer's festival coming to Penticton

Writer's festival coming to Penticton

The Shatford Centre/Okanagan School of the Arts is preparing to host a stimulating weekend for writers and aspiring authors with the first annual Okanagan Valley Writer's Festival, April 8 to 9. Offerings include workshops and panel discussions on various aspects of writing, selling and marketing fiction and nonfiction in a range of genres—plus poetry, songs, and screenplays.

Castlegar Refugee Project to host International Culture Festival

Castlegar Refugee Project to host International Culture Festival

Castlegar has a new event being staged on Family Day called the International Culture Day, a fundraiser supporting the Castlegar Refugee Project.

Slated for Feb. 8 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Complex, International Culture Day will give area residents of all backgrounds and traditions an opportunity to showcase their cultures through displays, dancing, music, food, ethnic clothing and crafts – virtually any medium that highlights their background, according to Julie Leffelaar.

“We’re hoping to see any and all cultures represented, from European to First Nations to African to Middle Eastern and more,” she said. Leffelaar is a committee member for the Castlegar Refugee Project, which is hosting the event to raise both funds and awareness.

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