RCAC Events & Announcements

Visual Arts

The Art of Adornment is this week!

Join the RCAC and VISAC Gallery at Miners' Hall on Saturday March 7 for an evening of inspiring wearable art. Ensembles will strut the catwalk in the Performance Hall and accessories will be exhibited in the Lily May Room.

Get your tickets today and see art come to life and artists rewarded for their creativity at this unique event.
Buy your tickets now

Performance Series

Heartship (Music – Folk/Blue Grass) 
Friday, Apr. 3, 2020, 7:30 PM 
Tickets $25

April Verch, Annie Lou, and Cara Luft are all acclaimed artists on the Canadian musical landscape. Each has forged her own path of deep connection to traditional North Americana – branches on the same tree, grown up from the roots and reaching up and out in different directions. Now they are coming together to twine those branches and bring audiences a dynamic and masterful program of extraordinary songwriting, intricate harmonies, fiddle and banjo, guitar and dance.

Through the collaboration of these three artists Heartship was born, bringing together the considerable talents of three superb musicians and songwriters. Heartship – the vessel for the heart’s passage through the best and the worst of times, carried on the winds of music and dance.

Home From Far celebrates these women’s shared and strong conviction that “home” is something we carry with us, even as we travel far from our roots, from our loved ones – wherever we may go.

With the support of Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo, and Alex Rubin on guitar, these three powerhouse women will lift the roof and knock off your socks.

Joe Hill Coffee House on March 15!

Everyone is welcome! The bar is closed but treats and drinks are available for purchase.

Admission is $3 – kept affordable by an all-volunteer crew, and the generosity of the Rossland Legion.
Doors open at 6:30 PM; the show starts at 7:00.  
We hope to see you there!
Joe Hill Coffee House is heading into its 12th season as a great place for performers young and old, polished or learning, to play for the best audience in the Kootenays.  If you have hankering for a chance to practice your chops in a laid-back venue, we would love to have you come and perform.  (No audition; everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame, just sign up.) 

You can cheer us up by calling Les Carter at 250-362-5677, or  Thanks! 
(You can also call Les for more information about Joe Hill Coffee House – venue, dates and times, how it all works, the Joe Hill story, and more.)
In the Community:
Ice Ih Icosahedron - Antoine Marcheterre

Out of 18 possible configurations, it is ice Ih, or Hexagonal Crystal lattice, that forms naturally in earth’s atmosphere. Under appropriate temperature, pressure and humidity conditions, water grows into delicate snowflakes that are infinite in their possible appearance, yet follow immutable structural organization. An elaborate aerial dance of six-fold symmetry between ice and vapor is responsible for the intricate form snowflakes present upon landing on the ground.

This sculpture is an attempt at bringing forward the magic of crystalline water in its most wondrous form.

Thanks the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, the RCAC and the Columbia Basin Trust for their help in making this possible.

The sculpture can presently be seen at the Quoynery, the art gallery on the corner of Washington and Columbia.

See more of Antoine's work on Instagram (link: and on
The Trust is renewing its strategic plan and we invite you to join the conversation and shape the future of how we live, work and play in the Basin. The public engagement process is now starting with online engagement and in-person community meetings.

Everyone is invited —of all backgrounds, interests and ages—to participate in the online conversation and to join us at the community meetings. Drop by for a quick chat, stay for the guided conversation or have your say online.
"RENT" the Rock Musical proudly presented by the Rossland Light Opera Players at The Charles Bailey Theatre. 

Loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera "La Boheme". It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in Lower Manhattans East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow  of HIV/AIDS. Beautiful songs, "Seasons of Love", emotional acting , local talent. This will be a show you must see. 
Performances:  March 6, 7pm., March 7, 2pm. & 7pm. , March 8, 2pm. 2020
All shows:  The Charles Bailey Theatre
Call Theatre or buy tickets online. $28.00
New to Jazz at the Griff this year, Vancouver’s Tiny Islands will bring their high energy show, featuring New Orleans jazz, swing and funk, to Afternoon Tea & Jazz on Thursday, March 12 at 2:30 pm in the Muriel Griffiths Room at The Bailey Theatre.

Tiny Islands’ tunes about love and life blend complexity with accessibility while always joyfully bringing people together to share in the spirit of jazz music. They draw on a spectrum of inspirations from Afrobeat, Balkan Brass, Funk, New Orleans, Ellingtonian, and Latin jazz. And, the music is influenced by a variety of performers including Gerry Mulligan, Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Bach, Oliver Nelson, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Mozart and Kermit Ruffins.                          
Tickets are on sale now at $17.50 in advance of $22 on the door.
Grants & Workshops

CKCA Grants now open!

Columbia Basin – 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 has a longstanding partnership with CKCA for the delivery of arts and culture programming, as well as sharing the perspectives of the arts and culture community in the region.

“In partnering with the Columbia Basin Trust, we’ve seen firsthand the positive impact funding has in supporting arts and culture.” said Laura White, CKCA Chair. “In particular, we have seen the evolution of many emerging artists in this region who have thrived. The Trust’s continued investment in arts and culture through the CKCA has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact for artists and organizations in the Basin.”

For 2020-21, CKCA is receiving $750,000 from the Trust to directly support arts and culture projects. Funding is available for individuals and groups through the following programs: funding through community arts councils; minor capital arts projects; touring; arts and cultural mentoring / master classes; major project arts; artists in education; and an arts presenting and creation program for organizations. Applications are adjudicated once a year by local arts councils and the CKCA Steering Committee. Funding also supports the development of a regional arts and cultural publication and the popular Columbia Basin Culture Tour, which will occur in August 2020.

“We are pleased to continue supporting artists and strengthening the arts and culture sector in partnership with CKCA,” said Michelle d’Entremont, Manager, Delivery of Benefits. “Together we are supporting and growing arts and culture in local communities and contributing to the unique culture of Basin life that so many of us enjoy.”

Visit, for more information about programs and application procedures. Please note, applications will now be submitted online for most programs. Call CKCA at 250.505.5505 or 1.877.505.7355 for any additional questions.

CKCA applications must be received by March 6 or March 13, 2020, depending on the program.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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