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ARTS & CULTURE | Student of Nature: The Work of Carver and Artist Jacob Moondog

ARTS & CULTURE | Student of Nature: The Work of Carver and Artist Jacob Moondog

By Venta Rutkauskas– Imagine… On the windswept plains near Mankota, Saskatchewan, a young boy rides a pinto pony, following his mother as she checks the cattle on the vast ranch she and her family have worked for generations. The little boy senses this land is alive. Something about it, its great silence, leaves its mark […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Green up your Gifts with the Medieval Market

ARTS & CULTURE | Green up your Gifts with the Medieval Market

Christmas is around the corner and many of us are thinking about gifts for friends and family. Of course, gifts that you make yourself are the best. But if you just don’t have time, or aren’t that handy, you can purchase beautiful handmade gifts at the Medieval Market and still feel good about your ecological […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Plugging Drum and Bell Tower’s Existential Qualifier

ARTS & CULTURE | Plugging Drum and Bell Tower’s Existential Qualifier

  By Brandon Hoffman– Williams Lake has a pretty small music scene. Given that I play music with one Brent Morton (aka Drum and Bell Tower) all the time, and even played a small part in the making of his new album, reviewing said album might be a slight conflict of interest. So make no […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Balancing Roots, Electronics, and Individualism

ARTS & CULTURE | Balancing Roots, Electronics, and Individualism

By Tyler Shippit–   Cariboo artist Blocktreat is releasing a new album at the end of April, Exciting New Ventures in F***ing Up. Imagine walking along a rocky trail to your private spot while listening to Exciting New Ventures as the album mirrors a self-reflection one often gets in those quiet moments of realization—realization that […]

ARTS & CULTURE | From the Unseen to the Canvas: The Art of Simone Benjamin

ARTS & CULTURE | From the Unseen to the Canvas: The Art of Simone Benjamin

  By Venta Rutkauskas- Driving through the autumn fog, I am on my way to meet painter Simone Benjamin. In the fog, the lines of reality are blurred, and it has been said the veils between worlds are lifted. It would seem that artists of all media understand the notion that ideas and inspiration are […]

ARTS & CULTURE | New Season at the Station House Gallery

By Brandon Hoffman- We’re all ready to embark upon another season at the Station House Gallery. I am quite thrilled with the lineup we were able to put together for our 35th year. We received a huge pile of fantastic applications and it was a daunting task narrowing it down. Our season kicks off in […]

ARTS & CULTURE | The Writer’s Art and Craft: Author Steven Hunter

ARTS & CULTURE | The Writer’s Art and Craft: Author Steven Hunter

By Venta Rutkauskas — Stories, like song, lie deep in the consciousness of our humanity. The storyteller opens up to the world of imagination and crafts a tale to suit the time. Some stories teach while others entertain; each author’s style is a unique fingerprint. When the storyteller chooses the novel as a form, the breadth […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Halloween Traditions

ARTS & CULTURE | Halloween Traditions

By Jessica Kirby — It is the time of year when the neighbourhood ghosts and goblins venture out into the early evening hours and wander the streets in search of tricks, treats, and all around good times of the family, friend, and sometimes frightening varieties. Halloween is a much-loved tradition for many and like everything important […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Love and Discord in the Second Worst City in Canada

ARTS & CULTURE | Love and Discord in the Second Worst City in Canada

By Margaret-Anne Enders — Back in May, Williams Lake was designated by MoneySense magazine as the second worst city in Canada in which to live. This is not the first time Williams Lake has made the list, so it may seem like old news, but I still get riled up about it for a few different […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Global Peace: Can seven billion people stand together?

ARTS & CULTURE | Global Peace: Can seven billion people stand together?

By Jessica Kirby — Over the next 100 days, let us stand with the millions of people across the world who are suffering the devastating impact of violence and conflict. Let us share ideas and plans for helping and supporting them in their time of dire need. – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon The world began […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Creativity and Play Makes my Day

ARTS & CULTURE | Creativity and Play Makes my Day

  By Danielea Castell — It turned out to be my last campaign as an activist. The world was preparing for Y2K and I was living on Salt Spring Island when Texada Corporation became the new owners of 40,000 hectares of pristine forest which they promptly announced they were going to clear cut. Every cell […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Celebrate Canada!

ARTS & CULTURE | Celebrate Canada!

By Sharon Taylor, Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George-Williams Lake Branch  — The last week of June gives us an opportunity to Celebrate Canada! with four days focusing on four different elements of Canadian culture. The first is National Aboriginal Day, June 21. Many Aboriginal cultures traditionally celebrate around the Summer Solstice, the […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Performances  in the Park 2015

ARTS & CULTURE | Performances in the Park 2015

Performances in the Park is the place to be on a Thursday night. From July 2 to August 20, 2015, the Gwen Ringwood Theatre in Boitanio Park will light up each Thursday evening with awesome musical performances from 6 – 8 p.m., along with food vendors, a children’s art corner, and a farmer and vendors’ […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Feature Profile Bio: Pearl Gottschalk – Sacred Activism

ARTS & CULTURE | Feature Profile Bio: Pearl Gottschalk – Sacred Activism

By Lisa Bland —   Working with the World’s Indigenous People On August 9 each year, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is recognized to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. The United Nations first recognized the day in 1994, to be celebrated every year for a decade. In […]

ARTS & CULTURE | National Aboriginal Day: Bringing communities together

ARTS & CULTURE | National Aboriginal Day: Bringing communities together

By LeRae Haynes —   Communities come together this summer to celebrate First Nations history and traditions at events that span National Aboriginal Day (NAD) weekend and continue with the 33rd annual Secwepemc Gathering in July. From babies to elders and teens to toddlers, there is inspiration and fun for everyone with the opportunity to celebrate […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Canada – Indonesia:  Cross Cultural Youth Exchange and Community Development

ARTS & CULTURE | Canada – Indonesia: Cross Cultural Youth Exchange and Community Development

By Cael Geier — The spirit of Indonesia is welcoming. In locals I have met, I find no trace of reluctance to see a foreigner walking the streets, nor do I feel harassed by vendors as I have in other developing countries. A simple greeting and smile are easily accepted everywhere, and returned in kind. […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Ciel Patenaude unveils “The Knowing”

ARTS & CULTURE | Ciel Patenaude unveils “The Knowing”

By Brent Morton — Williams Lake’s multi-talented Ciel Patenaude, whose brand new exhibit opens on April 2 at the Station House Gallery, took a moment to sit down to discuss her epic new collection. Ciel, imagine you’re in an elevator, on the ground floor, and in walks the curator of a famous gallery. You have 30 […]

ARTS & CULTURE | For Whom the Drum Tolls: Brent Morton inspires a generation

ARTS & CULTURE | For Whom the Drum Tolls: Brent Morton inspires a generation

By Sage Birchwater — Nobody fills a room quite like Brent Morton. Few musicians touch the heart of culture and the urgency of our times as deeply and vividly as he does. Since arriving in Williams Lake from his hometown of Saskatoon in 2007, Morton has fashioned a vast musical legacy. His powerful voice and […]

ARTS & CULTURE | The Itsy Bitsy Bikini and International Women’s Day

ARTS & CULTURE | The Itsy Bitsy Bikini and International Women’s Day

By Maggie Pyper —  I recently watched a presentation by fashion entrepreneur (and former White Power Ranger) Jessica Rey about the bikini, and how it affects men’s brains. Rey quoted a Princeton study to suggest men can’t help but objectify women wearing bikinis. I was shocked. Apparently, when a man looks at a scantily-clad woman, […]

ARTS & CULTURE | “Lived Experience” Literary Journal – A Legacy to Culture

ARTS & CULTURE | “Lived Experience” Literary Journal – A Legacy to Culture

By Sage Birchwater — Shortly before Christmas, 2014, Van Andruss released the latest volume of his annual literary magazine, Lived Experience Number Fourteen, Stories and Poety from BC and Beyond. When the journal had its beginnings in 2001, it was only 28 pages and contained the prose and poetry of 11 writers. Fourteen years later, […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Love Note: A Valentine’s Invitation

ARTS & CULTURE | Love Note: A Valentine’s Invitation

By Jack Adam Weber — Some months ago a friend sought my support for her relationship heartbreak, and during that conversation a voice in my head said, “We should be putting all this love energy into our relationship with the natural world and the condition of the biosphere, not into our private love affairs.” If you […]

ARTS & CULTURE | SPIRITUALITY | Water Gratitude: Giving back with a grateful act

ARTS & CULTURE | SPIRITUALITY | Water Gratitude: Giving back with a grateful act

  By Danielea Castell — There are many ways people talk about Water these days—their concerns about it, how to manage it, how to share it. The 2014 RBC Water Attitudes Study found, “Canadians share a deep connection to Water.” In my life and my work as a Water Gratitude artist and founder of the […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Green-ify Your New Year

ARTS & CULTURE | Green-ify Your New Year

  By Jessica Kirby — The first New Years celebrations date back 4,000 years to the Babylonian religious festival called Akitu, which coincided with the Spring Equinox, honoured barley cutting and the victory of the sky god Merduk over the evil sea goddess Tiamat, and saw a new king crowned or the old king’s rule […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Halloween Vs. The Day of the Dead

ARTS & CULTURE | Halloween Vs. The Day of the Dead

By Teena Clipston — I grew up celebrating Halloween, and, like many other children, never understanding the meaning of the day. All I knew was I was getting candy, and if I had the stamina to walk for blocks in the cold, it could very well mean lots of candy. Now in those days, we […]

ARTS & CULTURE | YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | It’s All About the Music

ARTS & CULTURE | YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | It’s All About the Music

Without music, life would be a mistake” — Friedrich Nietzsche By Jenna Sipponen — Sometimes your body responds to good music with goose bumps, sometimes you just can’t help but sing along, and sometimes it’s proper to just quietly listen. Depending on your music choice, you may have a combination of these experiences. Music keeps […]

FIRST NATIONS | ARTS & CULTURE | Winter Storytelling

FIRST NATIONS | ARTS & CULTURE | Winter Storytelling

By Jessica Kirby — After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” — Philip Pullman These are the coldest months of the year. They spread out grey before us with the sparkle of Christmas left behind and the promise of spring just out of reach. As we hunker […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Featured Artist: Living in the Flow with Al-Lisa Tresierra McKay

ARTS & CULTURE | Featured Artist: Living in the Flow with Al-Lisa Tresierra McKay

By Lisa Bland — Artists and visionaries throughout the ages have stood at the edges of worlds unseen—gatekeepers to parallel universes, reminding us of the myths, dreamscapes, and mysteries that exist within and around us in every moment, yet lie just beyond our reach. The trust and courage required to stand fully and authentically in […]