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Kiesza Returns to Selkirk and Nelson Kootenay Lake

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Kiesza Returns to Selkirk and Nelson Kootenay Lake

Kiesza Feeling Fresh. Photo: kiesza.comA life following her heart led Kiesza to Selkirk College and then on to Boston's Berklee School of Music, New York, London, and, with her breakout album, several Juno awards. The young star returns this weekend to Selkirk College where she will perform at the sold-out Gala on Saturday night.

Sunday, November 29th, Selkirk is hosting "Hanging out with Kiesza" from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm to unveil a new scholarship in Kiesza's name. Tickets are $10 each, available in advance from Scout Clothing, Andre's Electronic Experts, The Welcome Centre on the Castlegar Campus of Selkirk and at the Selkirk College Trail campus. 

The event will include a two-song unplugged set, autographs, music from current Selkirk students, and door prizes. All of the money from ticket sales will go to the scholarship.

Kiesza Sailing to Japan 

Kiesza was on a sailboat headed for Japan when she heard she had been accepted to Selkirk College.

She got off the boat in Hawaii and flew home to begin her music career. Though her life has always had music in it, including singing lullabies to her fellow sailors, the one resounding theme has always been following her heart.

Love of Outdoors at Heart of Kiesza's Life 

Before her acceptance at Selkirk College, she had been training to be an expert shooter in the navy, with top scores in Morse code as well. In fact, she was so good she was selected for the Queen's honour guard. As she tells it, she had to flip her gun in front of the queen. 

Another passion of hers' has always been the outdoors. In an interview with the Guardian, she says "I'd pack a bag and go off and do a hike in the mountains for 10 days. I didn't date for my entire teen life – it just wasn't on my mind. I had to climb a mountain or explore an ocean." Sounds like a perfect fit for Nelson Kootenay Lake, doesn't it?

Photos: kiesza.com

 

Kootenay Christmas Bazaars: Warm Up to the Giving, Baby

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Kootenay Christmas Bazaars: Warm Up to the Giving, Baby

Shopping in the Nelson Kootenay Lake area comes with a special vibe all its own. We're known for our vibrant downtowns, where in both Kaslo and Nelson you'll be walking down the main streets alongside locals as you shop, visit and walk from cafe to cafe, taking in the sights and enjoying the warmth in the smiles around you.

Handmade Wonders to Choose From

All year round in Balfour, and really all along Kootenay Lake including in Nelson and Kaslo, artisans and artists are busy creating pieces of handiwork and art that showcase their unique talents and skills. You can visit them at their studios and buy items at the various shops in town, but during the holiday season, things get even better.

With all the talented artists and artisans in our area, it's no wonder that we have lots of Christmas Bazaars where you can find truly special gifts for everyone on your list. And best of all, these gifts are handmade with care and talent.

Add these craft fairs to the incredible list of events going on all the time in the area. From stage productions to concert series to Whitewater Ski Resorts opening day (December 5th!) there's always something happening in Nelson Kootenay Lake.

To get you ready for the gift giving season, however, here's a list of all the craft fairs and Christmas Bazaars happening in the Nelson Kootenay Lake area this year:

Balfour and Area:

  • In Balfour: The 20th annual Christmas Craft Faire on Saturday, December 5th. Come join us from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with your food donation for the Aimee Beaulieu Transition House. Admission is free, there's lots going on with tons of crafts for sale as well as door prizes. For more information, including directions to the venue, please phone 250-229-5265.
  • In nearby Harrop: Christmas Craft Fair will be held on December 20th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Located at Harrop Hall, there will be lots to choose from at this annual event. Come grab lunch and find that perfect last-minute surprise gift for someone special.

Nelson:

  • The 5th annual Kootenay Artisan Fair has become a well-loved tradition in Nelson. With 53 juried artists this year, plus live music at the Prestige Lakeside Resort. This fair goes on for three days, but you'd better hurry. Happening this weekend from November 20 to November 22, it costs $3 at the door.

Kaslo and Area:

  • The Kaslo Christmas Craft Fair happens on Sunday December 5th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Legion Hall. 
  • The Lardeau Valley Community Club Christmas Faire takes place on Saturday, November 28th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cover image Robert Dudley's wooden jewellery.

Jorinda the Opera -- World Premiere in Nelson BC

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Jorinda the Opera -- World Premiere in Nelson BC

Last nights performance of Doug Jamieson's opera Jorinda was spectacular from beginning to end. It was a theatrical treat that demonstrated this communities talent, commitment and generousity to the vocal arts. The show involved over 80 volunteers, of all ages, including vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers, puppeteers, lighting, stage design, photography, design, and many other skills, that together captivated the audience.
 
The story builds and builds and at the climax, with the entire cast on stage it is a glorious moment, swimming in audio and visual pleasures.
 
Jorinda is based on a Grimms fairy tale where the wicked witch and her comic helper Grungella capture all the little girls and turn them into birds. We won't give away the rest of the storyline, but leave it for you to come see this complex, beautiful and entertaining opera.
 
The theatre had many children in attendance last night and in speaking with a few of them after the show they loved the witch and were dancing some of Grungella's fancy footwork as they left the theatre.
 
Show times are 7:30pm Friday and Saturday night and also 2pm on Saturday at the Capitol Theatre. It is an opera for all ages.
 
Jorinda was produced by the Amy Ferguson Institute along with the Nelson Community Opera.
 
Written by Dianna Ducs
 
"Thank you to the board for a lovely gathering and to the cast director and producers for a magnificent performance." Ramona Faust, RDCK representative

Nelson: the Fire {Proof} Town on Kootenay Lake

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Nelson: the Fire {Proof} Town on Kootenay Lake

Nelson, British Columbia has what some might call a fiery history. From its early boom town days of silver mining, to the flowery but protest-laden hippie culture to the present day, where the town's vibrancy seems to literally light on fire the idea that yes, in fact, you can have a bustling economy and thriving community at the same time. 

However, in Nelson, people may have a fiery attitude, but the town itself has taken fire prevention very seriously throughout its history. 

Nelson's Bangup Fire Company

When Nelson was new, back in the late 1800s, our first mayor, John "Truth" Houston helped raise money for a fledgling fire company. At the annual meeting, which took place at the Nelson Hotel, Houston raised a toast to the fundraising efforts of his fellow citizens, saying "Nelson will ere long have a bang up fire company.” How true those words have been all these years later.

In 1913, the current fire station was built on Ward Street. The steep hillside location means that the modern fire engines have some trouble backing into the garage on snowy winter days. But it was that steep hillside location that gained Nelson the spotlight in the 1987 Steve Martin hit Roxanne. They were looking for a hertiage fire station on a hill, and they found it in Nelson. That serendipitous hillside location gave Nelson and its fire department a much needed boost during a time when everyone was beginning to pull to restore Nelson's heritage buildings. Now, with 350 beautifully restored heritage buildings in our town, we are rightly known as the heritage capital of British Columbia, with the oldest working fire department in the province. 

Thank Goodness for Fire Prevention

Fire prevention has had another part to play in our standing as heritage capital. When Nelson was just beginning, tents were set up along what is now Ward street and over the span of a few years, the town grew to 3,000 people. At that point, Nelson incorporated. The year was 1897, and Nelson opened its first post office, and elected its first mayor, John Houston. A town was born. Unlike other boom towns, Nelson somehow had the foresight to require that downtown buildings be made of stone, not wood and erect brick firewalls between downtown buildings. This ensured their longevity and helped with fire prevention. 

1903 Fire in Nelson, BC. Photo by kootenayhistory.comTaking such care with both volunteer fire brigades and ensuing that buildings were well made to withstand fire came about for good reason. Many of Nelson's Kootenay neighbours including Rossland in 1902, Sandon in 1900 and Fernie in 1908 were hit by major fires. The Fernie fire consumed the entire town in 90 minutes flat. Nelson, though, was for the most part spared this fate. Buildings were built along the downtown core and throughout the city and Nelson quickly grew to have the most modern well-equipped fire department in the area. 

Over the course of the twentieth century, buildings began to be covered in vinyl and other "modern" coverings. In the late 1970s, in honour of Nelson's upcoming centenial, many heritage buildings were restored and Nelson began to be recognized as the heritage capital of British Columbia. Because the buildings were originally made from such sturdy materials, and because they had been protected for decades covered in "modern" siding materials, the buildings that now line our streets stand out as shining examples of heritage restoration. 

Fiery  Things to Do in Nelson

Our firehall is used to visitors, with hundreds touring the museum each year. Yes, it's where Roxanne was filmed, but it is also the oldest working fire hall in British Columbia. There's lots to see, including a working fire bell with a couple of the still working, still intact old fire alarms. These old alarms used to be placed throughout the city, and citizens would trip the switch on any of these boxes, which would alert the fire department of a fire at the location of that box. Take a tour of the old fire hall. You will not be disappointed.

And of course, you can take a Roxanne walking tour around the city. A tour guide is available at the Nelson Visitor Centre. The tour takes you along many of our winding uphill streets, and of course past the fire hall as well.

 

 

A Weekend of Pride for Nelson Kootenay Lake

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A Weekend of Pride for Nelson Kootenay Lake

It will have been nearly two decades (that milestone will be hit next year!) when Kootenay Pride hits the streets this Labour Day weekend, September 4 through 7.

Fringe Becomes Mainstream

What was once seen as a fringe event this year encompasses all of Nelson and her neighbours, with even school district 8 joining in — their float will be a rainbow decorated school bus, of course. Kootenay Pride celebrates that wonderful Kootenay ideal of unity and diversity. Everyone is welcome here, gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. And over the Labour Day weekend (September 4-7, 2015), a series of events lets everyone know how very welcome they are. From the Friday night "Meet and Greet" at Finley's to the Saturday night at the Spirit Bar to the infamous parade on Sunday and Mimosa Monday at the Hume to end the weekend in style, there are events for everyone, all weekend long.

 

This is About Human Rights

Last year, as reported in the Nelson Star, the Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall said, “This is about human rights. Being here and calling for human rights, that everyone single person matters. Every single person has the right to love whom they choose. That’s a political statement, and we make it here every year with fabulous colours, dance moves and this year I brought my new sparkle shoes,” she said.

It's true. 

Pride is a lot of Fun

It's also a lot of fun. With events running all weekend long, many of them family-friendly, Kootenay Pride has really come of age and, at the same time, our community has grown to more fully embrace the incredible diversity among us.

With all ages joining in on the parade, from young kids to their grandparents, the parade definitely has an inclusive feel to it. Everyone feels welcome, as they should.

The full event schedule includes:

  • Kootenay Pride Meet and Greet at Finley's — 6:00 Friday night
  • Deep Pride at Bloom — 10:00 Friday night
  • Coffee House at Expressions — 12:00 Saturday
  • Spirit of Pride Gala Drag Show and Dance — 10:00 Saturday night
  • Kootenay Pride Parade along Baker Street — 3:00 Sunday
  • Pride Wine Garden at Bibo — 4:00 Sunday
  • Mimosa Monday at the Hume — 11:00 Monday

Kootenay Pride, now officially nearly twenty years old, is fun. It's about celebrating the diversity within us, our families, our friends and our neighbours. Come and join in the celebration this Labour Day weekend and help us show the world why the Kootenay Lake area is home to more rainbows than anywhere outside of Ireland :)

Gary McCandlish - Artisanal Bowl Turner in Balfour

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Gary McCandlish - Artisanal Bowl Turner in Balfour

So, I'm going to split my firewood more thoughtfully from now on. I still don't quite believe what I saw, but I was there, in Gary McCandlish's shop, and unless he's some sort of magician (I'm a little bit convinced he may be) I witnessed the procedure he goes through to turn what I would have called a piece of firewood into a finely hewn, absolutely gorgeous, wooden bowl. 

Crafting a Life in Balfour

Gary is so relaxed and at ease with the skill, the patience, the craft, the work involved in each bowl, that I at times took it for granted myself as I looked  at each piece, noticing the gorgeous swirl of the wood grain, the shine, the small detail.  As he says, "Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don't." I know little about bowl turning, except that in the world of fine woodworking, bowl turners might be the goalies of the lot. Insanely talented, a little mystical, and a breed apart. 

From a Simple Block of Wood — Art

Bowls start out as I mentioned, as a block of firewood. Sometimes taken from the knottiest, gnarliest bit of the tree, the skill is often in creating a bowl that could bring you to tears it is so beautiful — or, if you aren't lucky, it will burst and it was all for nothing. No bowl. Start again with a new piece. And so it goes. To be clear, bowls don't explode like this often. It simply struck me that this was a possibility. 

Bowl turners sometimes seek out wood that might explode, because the patterns that these bowls produce are beautiful. This is their nature. 

Becoming a Bowl Turner

Gary was a millwright before he discovered bowl turning. He was a millwright for years as he practiced bowl turning. As he put it, the day he went from millwright to bowl turner was the day when he had made bowls for all his family, all his friends, and he still had more bowls. People were asking for them. 

As I consider these bowls, the detail stays with me — a good example might be the vessels he showed me. Quite casually, as I recall, he mentioned that a recent newspaper article noted that he had vessels. Ah, he explained to me, he realized he needed to make a few vessels then. The upcoming Columbia Basin Culture Tour is fast approaching, and visitors will want vessels. 

Fair enough. But what is just occurring to me now is that these vessels are works of art. Really, it may have well have been me considering a Tupperware container for all the care I gave these vessels in that moment. But the lids fit perfectly, and the entire vessel, each one, was a lovely symmetrical piece of art that was also practical. And food safe.

The Talent in Each Piece of Wood — Cherry, Acacia, Walnut...

Gary has created bowls from the insanely hard Acacia, from the common birch (which is, in my humble opinion, the most beautiful of all the bowls) from cherry, walnut — You name it. He tells stories about the wood, stories that in some way renewed my faith in humanity. If we can create such beauty from a slab of wood, there must be good in this world. There must be a God. 

There are people who understand this, much better than I. In the recent storm, a walnut tree fell, and someone thought to call Gary. He rushed over, cutting the wood, getting it ready to haul away and make bowls from. In the meantime, another bowl turner got wind of this bounty and called. I have the impression there is a bit of an underground network involving trees and bowl turners. Gary explained that oftentimes, in cases like this, the people involved simply want the wood to go to a higher purpose.

A Higher Purpose

A higher purpose. This is why we have art. This is why it is so crucial that we make art, and if we are not making art, this is why we should support artisans and artists. They make sure that fallen wood goes to a higher purpose. 

Sometimes, too, a tree will fall or will need to be cut down, and Gary will be commissioned to create bowls for those for whom that tree was special. In one case, a walnut tree needed to be removed in order to plant more flowers. The bowls made were for the children, who had spent years collecting the walnuts from that tree. Having collected walnuts a few times, this is no small chore. I would say a gorgeous hand hewn walnut bowl might be a fair exchange in that case. 

From Tree to Bowl

Or as a memorial to someone who has passed, for whom that tree was special. Trees are like that. As Gary was talking, I thought of trees in my life that I would like bowls from. I wanted to ask him about Jacaranda bowls, as Jacaranda trees are trees from my childhood. The tree I first climbed, before the Pecan tree, before the Oak. 

What I perhaps especially loved, listening to Gary speak about the bowls, about the trees, about the wood, was the combination of matter of factedness, combined with touch of esteem. Gary creates his bowls in Balfour, off of Highway 3A in his shop, send him a note, call 250-229-5434 or just stop by. If you drive along the highway, you can't miss the gorgeous handcrafted sign proclaiming: Gary Wooden Bowls

The Columbia Basin Culture Tour happens August 8 and 9 throughout the Nelson Kootenay Lake area.

Ainsworth Hot Springs: Ageless Warmth and Beauty

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Ainsworth Hot Springs: Ageless Warmth and Beauty

Ainsworth Hot Springs: Just a few miles south of Kaslo, nestled in a geothermic niche surrounded by ancient mountains and a view of Kootenay Lake that makes you a little bit happier to be on this earth.

Ainsworth Hot Springs: community, wilderness area, historic site.

Ainsworth Hot Springs is all these things. A draw for tourists, Ainsworth Hot Springs has captivated people for hundreds of years as they soak in its medicinal healing waters. Run for thirty five years as a faimly business, the hot springs was recently sold to the Lower Kootenay Band of Creston.

As chief Jason Louie has said,

“The Lower Kootenay Band has a history with the site that dates back hundreds of years,” he said. “The Ainsworth Hot Springs are known by the Ktunaxa people as ‘nupika wu’u’, which has a literal translation meaning ‘spirit water’.”

Ainsworth Hot Springs — Historic Community

The healing waters of Ainsworth Hot Springs has drawn tourists along Kootenay Lake for years, and shows no signs of slowing down. The spot is incredible: overlooking a section of Kootenay Lake embraced by high mountain peaks, on a moonlit night it’s hard to imagine a place you’d rather be. And residents of Ainsworth Hot Springs agree. It’s a fairly remote spot, but with a lovely community feeling and warmth to it that has encouraged people to return again and again, once they’ve found it. Ainsworth is the oldest surviving community on Kootenay Lake, with 50 proud residents making their home here.

Ainsworth Hot Springs: Cross Border Connection & History

Between Cody Caves and the hot springs, there is a robust tourism flow through the area, with eager visitors ready to either soak their troubles away or try their hand under ground, spelunking for fun. And there has been a longstanding cross border connection, too. Ainsworth Hot Springs is actually named after a famous steamboat captain, George Ainsworth. Soon after Ainsworth was founded, silver ore was discovered and Ainsworth enjoyed a short boom time. If you’ve ever enjoyed Ainsworth Hot Springs, you know what a great respite it can be from our normally busy lives.

Between "Little Switzerland" Canada's "Monte Carlo"

If you haven’t explored further than the hot springs, consider this: A short 12 miles up the road is Kaslo, known as the “Little Switzerland” of Canada. After Ainsworth’s boom, Kaslo enjoyed her heyday, and in large part due to that still retains a lovely heritage feel to the village, coupled with a gorgeous setting surrounded by lake and mountains. A quick drive away is the ghost town of Sandon, once known as the Monte Carlo of Canada! You won’t find the same level of revelry there today, but it’s a well preserved ghost town with lots to recommend it.

And if you are interested at all in where all the lovely warm to hot mineral-rich water comes from, you should check out Cody Caves. There are a variety of tours available from fun family tours to more strenuous adventures for the hardier tourist. And, of course, a short 10 minutes away is the longest free ferry in the world, taking you across Kootenay Lake from nearby Balfour to Crawford Bay. A fun trip in itself, but there’s lots to see on the other side of the lake, too. When you make the trip, other things to look for include mining relics along the way, as well as great hiking trails and gorgeous viewpoints from the highway. 

Festival Season in Nelson and Kootenay Lake

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Festival Season in Nelson and Kootenay Lake

From Peaks to Streets — You Can Dance All Day In The Area

It was the comments that really got to me. Telling the story behind the story of all the great festivals we have in Nelson, Balfour, Kaslo and Meadow Creek - all along Kootenay Lake. The dancing, the music, the kids and their bubbles. Sure, that's part of it. The sun, the snow, the sand and water and blue, blue sky all play a role. But the comments, to me, told the rest:

"The magic is in how wonderfully quirky the area is. Not like any other place," said Tom Hudock. Mary Wilson wrote, with hearts and smiling faces and a big thumbs up, "Wow! It's amazing — our shimmy mob dance last year..." and a friend chimes in, "I see you in there, Mary!" 

"Such a great place! I love the area." and "Wonderful place to live and visit! We are so lucky here in the Kootenays!,"

We're Happy to Be Dancing This Summer

Sure, lots of places have a kind of community pride. But Nelson and the Kootenay Lake area just take it a step beyond: happy to be quirky, happy to be dancing in the streets. Happy. And when we get really happy, we seem to get together to create a festival to share our happiness with the world.

More Chances to Love Nelson Kootenay Lake

Each year it seems that more festivals are added to our roster, more chances to tap your feet to the local beats, more chances to don a silly mask and blow bubbles from a bubble wand. More chances to eat together, smile together, have fun together. Watch indie theatre on a stage, listen to stories, meet famous authors or learn about poetry together. More chances to hear jazz performed on a floating stage in Kaslo. More chances to love Nelson Kootenay Lake.

Celebrate Sports, Local Markets and Community

May long weekend brings a celebration of logging sports to Kaslo, all summer long the Kootenay Eco Society brings markets twice a week to Nelson. Tiny Lights festival in Ymir and the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival allow us to hear local poetry while we look around and notice that a fair number of people we know love art and music and good, local food and drink.

Winter allows us to gather around bon fires and warm ourselves while admiring the ice sculptures at Whitewater. Summer brings sand sculptures and bands playing at Lakeside and fireworks. And this year, it also brings a wonderful celebration of paddling along the entire length of Kootenay Lake, from Meadow Creek to Lakeside Park in Nelson. 

Come along with us and celebrate all year long. 

Historic Kaslo May Days — A Celebration of Youth

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Historic Kaslo May Days — A Celebration of Youth

Welcome Summer Sunshine This Weekend in Kaslo!

The annual May Days celebration in Kaslo, British Columbia started in 1892, so it's coming up to 125 years in 2017. May Days tradition highlights the diverse culture of Kaslo and the entire Nelson Kootenay Lake region. It's become one of the momentus events that welcomes the summer season here. Whether you are a vintage car enthusiast, skate boarder, logging sports lover or simply enjoy the sunshine, there are good friends and excellent food. Events take place May long weekend every year.

Logging Sports

The May Days celebrations include some year after year traditions including the logging sports competitions, which bring loggers from the United States and across Canada to vie for prizes. The competition is volunteer run, and this year will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 to 4:00.

Competitions include:

  • Tree Climbing
  • Log Rolling
  • Axe Throwing
  • Springboard Chopping

This is truly one of the main events during the May Days celebration. If you have ever wondered what logging sports were all about, you might want to make the time to attend at least one of the days. For more information on logging sports, check out this page on the UBC forestry undergraduate society's website

Show and Shine

This will be the eighteenth annual Show and Shine in Kaslo. The inaugural event saw 15 cars line the historic downtown. This year, expect to be wowed by cars from the 1930s all the way to some rare vintage Mustangs from the 1960s and 70s. The show is on Sunday, from 10:00 to 3:00, with cars lining the historic downtown all day long. If you are unfamiliar with Kaslo, one of the many features of this village are its roads, which, with their well maintained curves and incredible views of both mountains and lake a joy to drive. For a great description of why Kaslo is truly the place to be for vintage car lovers, check out our post over on 108 Healthy Things to Do for a conversation with Cliff Blakely, one of the organizers of the Classic British Car Show.

May Days Full Schedule Includes:

Other events on the weekend schedule include:

  • May Days Parade
  • Softball Tournament
  • Garden Fest
  • Bird Watching
  • River Trail Walk
  • Horse Demonstration
  • Kids’ Fun Races
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Skate Park Demonstration
  • Helicopter Tours

The Story of Kaslo

As the oldest incorporated village in the Kootenays, Kaslo began not as a mining town, but as a logging town. In 1893, Kaslo was incorporated, and by 1897, it had telephone and electrical service, a brewery, a cigar factory, as well as many hotels and bars. The silver mining boom came to Kaslo, but when that went bust, Kaslo went silent for a period of time, reinventing itself in agriculture in the twentieth century.

Kaslo was one of many Kootneay areas designated for the relocation and internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II. The Langham Cultural Centre commemorates this deeply sad and unfortunate era in Kootenay history, and the Joy Kogawa book, Obasan, tells the story of one family's internment in the area. 

Now, Kaslo relies on both logging and tourism to support its population of just over 1,000 people. It is often called the "Little Switzerland" of the Nelson Kootenay Lake region because of its charming picturesque village right on the west arm of Kootenay Lake, surrounded by mountains. 

Ensemble Vivant - Fresh and Playful

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Ensemble Vivant - Fresh and Playful

Being inspired is a beautiful thing. You don't know when it's going to occur, it just magically hits you smack right in the head, or heart, and leaves an unforgettable impression.

From Bach to Piazzola, the night was a cacophony of tones, timbres and rhythms. Ensemble Vivant began with J.S. Bach's gentle Little Fugue in G Minor and right away I was inspired to play the piano more. Listen to classical music more. Sing more music that moves my heart. And after Bach came the playful Fuga Y Misterio by Astor Piazzolla. Instrument tapping and toe tapping rhythms penetrated the audience.

The introduction of the jazz legend Don Thompson brought a new texture to the stage with his amazing xylophone playing. He performed, with the ensemble, original works to new renditions of Charles Chaplin or word painting of Bilbo from The Hobbit.

Ensemble Vivant exemplified their name, bringing a "fresh" performance to the Capitol Theatre. I'd happily welcome them back to Nelson again. A Canadian treasure.

The Nelson Overture Concerts Society has one more performance this season, with Natasha Hall performing March 14, 2015 at the Capitol Theatre. Natasha is a Nelsonite who performs across North America with orchestras and other soloists and chamber ensembles. It will be a night to remember and we hope to see you there.

Next years season will be another grand escape into the classical world. Season passes can be purchased now.

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