RCAC Events & Announcements

Performance Series

The Passage (Theatre) Performed by Itinerant Tinker
Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:30 PM 
Tickets $22 or at ‘Out of the Cellar’ in Rossland

RCAC is ecstatic to announce that Rossland’s own Jessie Jeanne will be opening our evening by performing an array of traditional and modern folk songs, as well as her own original songs. 

Come travel back in time to 1897 with the Rossland Council for Arts & Culture as they present The Passage performed by Itinerant Tinker Theatre on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The Passage is a one-woman show based on the true story of Nelly Garner, the first woman to attempt the Edmonton trail. Full of optimism and vigour, Garner set out with her party in the summer of 1897. The journey quickly became a test of her bravery and ambition - and her will to survive. 


Klezmeridian Ensemble (Music - Klezmer)
Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, 7:30 PM 
Tickets $20 at or at ‘Out of the Cellar’ in Rossland

This Valentine’s Day join the Rossland Council for Arts & Council for an evening of music. Crossing all musical meridians, Klezmeridian has its roots in Yiddish Klezmer folk music, the music of Eastern Europe and contemporary folk music. This ensemble brings together West Kootenay musicians Martine denBok on violin and vocals, Nicola Everton, clarinet, Noel Fudge, guitar, Bessie Wapp, accordion and vocals, Rob Fahie, double bass and Graham Tracey, percussion and vocals, all of whom are accomplished musicians in their own right in the genres of classical, jazz, rock, folk and world music. 

In addition to performing traditional arrangements, talented composer Noel Fudge offers a distinctive touch to the group with his original compositions in both Klezmer and contemporary style. This unique mix of accomplished musicians creates an energy that is fast paced, energetic and introspective. 

Visual Arts

Tickets are on sale now! Get yours online or at Out of the Cellar!
Joe Hill Coffee House on February 16!

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:
Discover Rossland- for Newcomers and Old-timers too!
Curious about what volunteer opportunities or fun programs are available in town? Interested in getting more involved in your home town of Rossland? Come and learn about opportunities to engage with local social, sport, art and cultural groups. You won’t want to miss this event!
Volunteer organizations will be gathered in the Miners Hall to introduce themselves to you. You might find the perfect group to volunteer with, or a great program for your kids or yourself! Want to learn about what the Sustainability Commission or Heritage Commission does? How about helping at the museum, learn to curl or help refugees? Do you have questions about how to be Bearsmart? These are just a few of the organizations attending and people are here to help!
When: Feb 4, 2020
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Miners Hall
There will be free snacks and beverages with all proceeds going to the Rossland Mountain Market
Music and great door prizes too!
Volunteerism built Rossland- come see it in action!

Concerts in Care presents Johanne Perron

See cellist Johanne Perron on February 11 at 10:30am at the Rossland Seniors’ Centre.

Johanne Perron is active as a chamber musician and solo performer.  As soloist she has played with orchestras including the Montreal, Mexico and Lisbon Symphonies.  She has presented recitals in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and United States, and has performed as chamber musician with members of the Philadelphia Piano Quartet, Classic Chamber concerts of Naples Florida and at the Luzerne NY chamber music festival.  The other aspect she pursues with excitement is the education of the next generation.  Johanne has served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina, at the Lynn University Music Conservatory at Boca Raton, and at the Domaine Forget, an international summer music festival.  In 2005, after a twenty-year absence from Canada, she returned to teach at the University of Montreal, which attracts young and talented musicians from around the world.
Grants & Workshops

Public Art Grants now open!

Public Art Grants support the acquisition and installation of permanent art by Basin artists in public spaces in communities. If you have a project that will expand the impact of arts and culture in your community by installing a permanent art piece in a public space, this program may be able to help.

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.

Winter Painting Guided Residency
March 14 - 19, 2020

IMA is pleased to welcome back Peter Corbett, one of western Canada's premier plein air oil painters to once again lead a six-day guided painting residency in the beautiful and historic community of Wells, Barkerville and Bowron Lake. This residency includes accommodations at the IMA Nest building as well as, critiques, demonstrations, and ongoing hands-on work with Peter.

“The 6 days spent with Peter Corbett as guide was a breakthrough for me in terms of how to paint quickly and effectively outside and I discovered new techniques and new paint in the studio. Peter, artist and scientist, is the perfect mentor for outdoor painting; he understands so much about the land, animals, water and atmosphere and he shares all that he knows and loves with enthusiasm and spirit. We painted in the town, at Bowron Lake, summits on the road, rivers and marshes, and clouds in the sky. We honed our field studies in the studio. We worked hard and long and it seemed like play.” ~Louise Drescher, Rossland, BC

Register by Valentines Day for the "I Love Wells" Special, starting at $789 for the 6 day program including accommodations.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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