Arts and Culture

COLUMN: Homelessness in a Neighbouring City

COLUMN:  Homelessness in a Neighbouring City

Nelson's Report on Homelessness

This column is narrowly focussed on a social problem in Nelson, but despite that, I am sure the issues are of interest to readers anywhere in Canada.

Nelson's Committee on Homelessness has released its eighth annual report card on the issue of homeless citizens. It explains some background. You can find it at

The signs of deterioration

The Dead South at the Flying Steamshovel

The Dead South at the Flying Steamshovel

Canadian bluegrass powerhouse band, The Dead South, has a fine sound and will be at Rossland's Flying Steamshovel on July 21. Voted 2015’s “Best Band” in Prairie Dog Magazine’s “Best of Regina”, The Dead South will be embarking on an extensive Canadian tour starting July 15th in Calgary.

Music in the Park at Gyro

Music in the Park at Gyro

Let's all play a bit of weather roulette -- Rosslanders can head down the hill after Rossland's Mountain Market on Thursdays, weather permitting, to enjoy Kootenay Savings' Music in the Park.  Take a lawn chair to sit on, and a tooney (or more) to donate for the good times, and settle yourself in comfort at Gyro Park.

Here are the shows happening on July 19 and 26, and what the Trail  Arts Council has to say about them:

July 19th- Kootenays Savings Music In The Park presents: THE YOUNG'UNS:

Gold Fever Follies 2016 -- More Fun and Laughter

Gold Fever Follies 2016 -- More Fun and Laughter

Feeling stressed?   Is the world too much with you?  Some laughter would help.  Let down your hair, if you have any, and go see the 2016 version of the Gold Fever Follies, at the old Bank of Montreal building on the corner of Columba and Washington.

Opening night  was delightful.  The talented and energetic Follies cast and crew put on a flamboyant, funny, action-packed, colourful and lively show.

Bits and Pieces: Dealing with Reality

Bits and Pieces:  Dealing with Reality

Missing Magnetism

Watching, listening, net-surfing, one experiences “the news” and wonders – is there a deeper story that connects all the dots?

Gold Fever Follies 2016: Come Early, Seating Will be Limited

Photo by Dave Cornelius, from last year's show.

The Gold Fever Follies will be an attraction again this summer of 2016, even though the MIners Uniion Hall is not available as a venue while renovations are under way.   The new location will have limited seating, so come to a show during July when attendance has historically been a bit lighter.  

The show will go on at the old Bank of Montreal building, now the Rossland Gallery.  Only about 60 seats will fit there.  

30 Days of Sunshine Book Tour comes to West Kootenay

30 Days of Sunshine Book Tour comes to West Kootenay

Sunshine Coast author Mark Cameron is loading up the family camper van for 30 Days of Sunshine, his inaugural BC Book Tour.

This promotional tour for Cameron’s debut novel, Goodnight Sunshine, will have his family of four exploring the southern half of British Columbia in their 19-foot camper van, stopping along the way to engage with readers at a variety of libraries, farmers’ markets and bookstores.

Find Out More About Rossland's Facinating, Action-packed Past on June 9.

Photo of Mural on Ferraro's Store

Have you ever wondered about Rossland history?  Unlike what too many of us older people didn't enjoy in school,  Rossland history is lively and fascinating.  A gold-mining boom-town whose population and building construction exploded between 1895 and 1900, Rossland attracted the riches needed for hard-rock mining and produced a large quantity of high-grade gold ore.  Rossland was dubbed "the Golden City" internationally. Times were fast-paced, action-packed and rowdy.



The Rossland Public Library invites kids to join the fun and games at the 2016 BC Summer Reading Club. This year’s theme is Book a Trip!  Registration is free and starts at the library on 1 June.



Oxygen Art Centre in downtown Nelson is an artist-run venue that provides space and programming for artists and the public to engage in the creation, study, exhibition and performance of contemporary art in all disciplines.  

Oxygen Art Centre is currently accepting submissions for its Exhibition and Residency program.  

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