A new wave of B.C. small-town cultural renaissance

Let's be honest, most of B.C.’s artistic community has always lived on the Gulf Islands, on Vancouver Island, up the Sunshine Coast, in Haida Gwaii rather than in Vancouver

A new wave of B.C. small-town cultural renaissanceMy grandfather arrived in Vancouver from England, via the Empress of Canada and the fledgling Canadian Pacific Railway in September 1909. At a goodbye dinner in London, he had been advised by a family friend to “Stay out of the towns – find your fortune in the countryside.” He took that advice literally and found…

Country artist up next for arts council

Chris Henderson, one of the busiest touring acts in Canadian country music, will be in Kindersley on Jan. 12 at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre

Country artist up next for arts councilKenneth Brown of The Clarion A Saskatchewan-born country music artist is the next performer in the arts council’s Stars for Saskatchewan series. Chris Henderson, who was born in Estevan, has become one of the busiest touring acts in Canadian country music. He will be in Kindersley on Jan. 12 to perform at the Norman Ritchie…

Heroes and villains: how history picks the winners

The Second World War movie Darkest Hour raises questions about perspective and reality

Heroes and villains: how history picks the winnersGary Oldman’s riveting portrayal of Winston Churchill leaves no doubt as to who is the hero of the new film Darkest Hour. But apart from the off-screen Adolf Hitler, does the movie really have a villain? Thanks to the way the narrative unfolds and the carefully-chosen camera shots, casual viewers might be tempted to ascribe…

Great music and, of course, great dessert

Kindersley Composite School band concert was held on Dec. 20

Great music and, of course, great dessertThe Kindersley Composite School band concert was held on Dec. 20 and those in attendance were witness to a phenomenal exhibit of musicality as the band played everything from Christmas music to Canada’s second national anthem: the Hockey Night in Canada theme. Shown here are the junior and senior bands – both led by Colleen…

The art of healing should include art

Sometimes it’s not enough to heal the body. Art also has a role in health care. But funding for programs that bring art to patients is in short supply in Alberta

The art of healing should include artFor centuries, art has been used in healing ceremonies, although the formal art therapy profession has only been recognized for the past several decades. The history of art in hospitals dates back to the Renaissance, yet we still too often consider art an add-on to healing. That's changing rapidly. Art is becoming prominent as an adjunct…

A spectacular Christmas Spectacular!

The musical Christmas Spectacular: What Christmas Means to Me proved to be a fantastic trip down memory lane

A spectacular Christmas Spectacular!Dahling Productions presented the musical, ‘Christmas Spectacular: What Christmas means to me.’ in four performances over the weekend. Richelle Ortman, owner of Dahling Productions, said the inspiration came from the Christmas Spectacular production at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The play had a cast of about 50 people and featured many fantastic…

Luck plays a big part in creating a winning athlete

Fire the coach. Yell at the players to motivate them. Or accept that luck plays a significant role in the outcome, no matter how valiant your efforts

Luck plays a big part in creating a winning athleteNow is the winter of sports discontent. National Football League coaches are being primed for the chop. National Hockey League and National Basketball Association coaches, too, are trying to stay one step ahead of the grim reaper as their teams’ rosy prospects dim. In the NFL, we hear that longtime Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis…

Christmas songs and the power of nostalgia

Bing Crosby's version of White Christmas is recognized as the best-selling single record ever

Christmas songs and the power of nostalgiaIt’s surely a personal quirk, but I must confess that the relatively modern Christmas songs, like All I Want for Christmas Is You and Fairytale of New York leave me cold. Yes, I know they’re critically acclaimed and immensely popular, not to mention enormous money-spinners. However, they don’t tickle my fancy at all. Perhaps it’s a…

NRCC fundraiser a big hit with supporters

Name That Tune concept proves to be plenty of fun – and a great way to raise money for the centre’s new kitchen

NRCC fundraiser a big hit with supportersKenneth Brown of The Clarion Last weekend’s Name That Tune fundraiser for the Norman Ritchie Community Centre (NRCC) helped give new meaning to the idea of crowd participation. The sold-out fundraiser on Dec. 9 at the NRCC was presented by NRC Management Inc., the centre’s community-based management board. The evening’s entertainment was provided by Danceland…

When a kiss is just a kiss

Fairy tales impart pro-social values and are full of lessons for the young. We do our children no favours when we read lust and sexual assault into them

When a kiss is just a kissIn Casablanca, the greatest movie ever made, Dooley Wilson (as Sam) sings: “You must remember this/ A kiss is just a kiss/ A sigh is just a sigh.” Sarah Hall of North Shields, England, would disagree. For her, a kiss, such as that bestowed by the handsome prince on Sleeping Beauty, teaches impressionable youngsters that…
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