Jan 16

“Art a La Carte” Okanagan Arts Awards Fundraiser



January 22, 2015

Looking for a great event to chase away the mid–winter blues?
Art a la Carte is an evening of music, dancing, great food wine and silent
auction, with proceeds going to support the Okanagan Arts Awards.

Featuring music by Anna J and Half a Quorum
Special delicacies by Chef Nick Gowing, of Nourish Kelowna.
The event will also include:
Excellent wines from Intrigue Wines
Award winning beers from Tree Brewing
The unveiling of this year’s winning sculpture
To be presented at the awards at the end of March.

A perfect evening which promises to be incredible!
Tickets: $75.00
Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Place: The Laurel Packinghouse, Kelowna
Tickets: “Select Your Tickets” www.selectyourtickets.com

Dec 10


Microsoft Word - Call for Artists -Awards Design Submission 2014

8th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards  CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominate a Deserving Artist


The Okanagan Arts Awards, now in its 8th year, is an annual celebration recognizing winning nominees for their outstanding achievement. The arts awards serve to underline the importance of the arts in our communities, and to recognize individuals and groups for their significant contributions and for their exceptional support of arts and culture in BC’s Central Interior.

Nominations to anyone who resides from Kamloops to the Nicola Valley, Princeton to Osoyoos, and through to Revelstoke. To nominate click here


Arts Categories: The Arts Awards recognize all forms of the Arts:

  • Central Okanagan Foundation Community Arts Association Award: arts organization
  • Arts Educator:     a teacher in any context, public school, community
  • Culinary: demonstrate a high degree of competence
  • Dance:     performance, choreographers, companies
  • Design:     industrial, fashion, jewelry, furniture
  • Graphic Arts:     advertising, web design, commercial graphics
  • Literary Arts:     fiction, non-fiction, news, weblogs, poetry
  • Media Arts:     film, video, animation
  • Music:   singing, song writing, instrumentation, composing, performance
  • Supporter of the Arts:         through financial, volunteer or other significant contribution
  • Theatre:   producer, director, actor, company
  • Visual Arts:     all forms and types of visual arts
  • Youth: Age to 25: one award will be given: music, dance, theatre, visual arts, including media & design
  • Lifetime Achievement Award    

This award will be presented on the basis of overall contributions to the arts.

This is not a nomination award


The timeline for the various steps of the nomination process are as follows:

  • Deadline for Nominations                    January 31, 2015
  • Presentation of Awards                     March 28, 2015


The Central Interior has some of the most talented individuals that deserve recognition for their continued contributions to the Arts.


Take the time to nominate your star of the arts, raising their profile and honouring the calibre of art in your community.  Go to the Okanagan Arts Awards website at www.artsco.ca . or click here to nominate


You will find that this year’s on-line application process is easy and very user friendly!


Questions: Arts Council of the Central Okanagan Ÿ250-861-4123 Ÿ e-mail: info@artsco.ca


Microsoft Word - Call for Artists -Awards Design Submission 2014

Jan 16

2015 Musical Instrument Bank Competition – Call for Applications

Call for applications:
2015 Musical Instrument Bank Competition


Deadline: April 1, 2015

Please share this information widely within your networks.

Are you – or do you know – a Canadian professional violinist or cellist pursuing an international solo or chamber music career?

About the competition
The Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank program offers classical musicians a unique opportunity to borrow rare, fine-stringed instruments for a 3-year period.

About the instruments
The MIB collection includes 20 violins and cellos dating from the late 1600s to the early 1900s, crafted by such celebrated luthiers as Stradivari, Gagliano, and del Gesù.

The MIB experience

Here’s what some past MIB recipients have said about the opportunity:

“It has allowed me to expand the range of my playing… and has helped me to expand the colour palette in my sound”

“The sonic capabilities of the instrument were far greater than anything I’d experienced before and they offered
me ways to interpret the music with more ease”

“I feel limitless in expressing my music through the instrument and its sound stands out in an international
setting…it’s like the instrument has opened another chapter in my life, a special ingredient in my career that
I could not find anywhere else.”


For more information: 
Sarah Brown
1-800-263-5588 or 613-566-4414 ext. 6004


The Canada Council supports, promotes and celebrates the work of Canadian artists and arts organizations.

Jan 16

Breastfeeding Art Expo – Call of Artists


The Breastfeeding Art Expo is a three-year arts and health project that will celebrate and support breastfeeding. The project will involve artists and community members from across the Interior Health region (Thompson-Cariboo Shuswap, the Kootenays and the Okanagan). Artists will work with a team to explore the topic of breastfeeding, through a variety of art forms (e.g., art panel, a sculpture, a 3-D photographic display, or even filmed dance or theatre). We want to hire approximately ten professional artists.

If you are an artist interested in being part of this project and you live in the Interior Health region, please go to our website www.breastfeedingartexpo.ca to read details about the project. If you are interested in applying go to the “CALLS” section of the website and download the application form. The deadline is February 27, 2015 at noon.


We also want to hire a videographer (or videographer team) to create a series of vignettes to capture the Breastfeeding Art Expo Story. To apply, see the “CALLS” section of the website and select “Call for Videographer”.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go to www.breastfeedingartexpo.ca or contact the Project Coordinator: karen.graham@interiorhealth.ca or call 250-868-7846


Jan 16

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program: Submission Deadline Extended to February 4!


Photo Credit: Jessica Auer & Andreas Rutkauskas, 2014.

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program: Submission Deadline Extended to February 4!

Due to server maintenance at the Yukon Arts Centre January 27-29 2015, we will be extending the submission deadline of the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program to February 4 at midnight. Please submit all application information by this deadline in order to have your submission fully considered.

Visit this link to access full program details, and the online application form.


Please note that online applications will still be accepted during our server maintenance period (January 27-29), however you may expect a delay in your e mail confirmation notice, and all communications from the Yukon Arts Centre.

To contact the Chilkoot Residency Team while our servers are down, please e mail us at our alternate address, chilkootresidency@gmail.com or call us at (867) 667 8460.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and wish all applicants good luck!


Anne Margaret Deck

Gallery Outreach Intern

Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery

Tel: (867) 667 8460


Facebook | @YukonArtsCentre

Jan 16

Salt Spring National Art Prize – Call for Submissions

Call for Artist Submissions: 

Attention all Canadian Artists, Galleries and Art Groups: 

The community of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia and the Salt Spring Arts Council is proud to present the first Salt Spring National Art Prize or SSNAP. 

This exciting biannual event, scheduled at Salt Spring Island’s historic Mahon Hall from September 25 to October 26, 2015, is offering 2D and 3D artists the opportunity to compete for over $24,000 in prize money. 

All Canadian artists over the age of 19 are eligible to compete, with the winners presented at the Awards Night, on October 24, 2015

The call for submissions is from January 15 to May 31, 2015, with details and entry forms on the website. Please visit:www.saltspringartprize.ca for more information or call, 250-931-1144

Yours sincerely, 

Founding Director 


Ronald T. Crawford 

Jan 16

Winter at Ballet Kelowna

After a record-breaking snowfall in Kelowna earlier in the week, Simone Orlando and the Ballet Kelowna dancers are back in the studio working on Winter Journey, the piece Simone created in 2006 through her Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award at The Banff Centre.

Winter Journey is one of three Lee Award pieces to be presented on Ballet Kelowna’s upcoming Spring Tourprogramme.  The Company will be touring to 9 cities this spring, including Penticton, Vancouver, and Banff.  For more information on our tour dates and destinations click here.

Simone is just back from Ipswich, England where she participated in DanceEast’s Rural Retreat, an invite-onlyconference for dance leaders from around the world.  Guest speakers at the conference included Major General John Sutherell, Assis Carreiro (Freelance Dance Consultant), Christopher Hampson (Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet) and Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp (Executive Director of The Place in London).

While in the UK, Simone had the opportunity to see theScottish Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker and the Royal Ballet’s new production of Don Quixote.  Simone wasn’t the only one abroad over the holidays.  Ballet Kelowna dancerDesiree Bortolussi attended Ballet Ireland’s production ofSwan Lake, Jed Duifhuis visited Germany to see Ballet Mannheim, and Mark Dennis saw Staatsoper Hannover‘s production of Sleeping Beauty and Rodin und Claudel.


Single Tickets for the 2015 Season Now on Sale

Single tickets for The Ashley Bouder Project on March 3featuring the Canadian premiere of Rouge et Noir by Joshua Beamish and Forward: A Mixed Repertory Programme onApril 24 featuring Ballet Kelowna, are now on sale.  Save up to 15% on single ticket prices to these two extraordinary performances by purchasing a Mini-Pack.  Purchase Single Tickets and Mini-Packs here.

Upcoming Master Classes and Choreographic Workshops

Ballet Kelowna’s Master Class and Choreographic Workshop Series continues in 2015 with more international guest artists.  Choreographer Heather Myers teaches a workshop on February 8, while New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Ashley Bouder teaches ballet classes onMarch 2.  Join Kelowna’s-own Joshua Beamish for hischoreographic workshop on March 4.  For more details clickhere. To register send an email to info@balletkelowna.ca or call 250-762-6105.

Photo credits:
Top – Donald Lee, Middle: Ballet Kelowna, Bottom: Joshua Beamish creating on New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Ashley Bouder & Amar Ramasar. Phil Chan photo.

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