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CONTENTS 6 | Lucas Myers 10 | Going For Gold 16 | One Foot In A Moccasin 18 | A Tale of Three Ranges 22 | Chef Speak


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Lucas Myers is a professional actor, songwriter, and playwright who has appeared in many productions in major theatres across Canada as well as toured internationally to Europe, New Zealand, Mexico, Central Asia, Cranbrook, Kimberley, and Ymir. He grew up in Nelson and like most aspiring performers from small towns, he headed to the big city to pursue his passion further. Graduating from the National Theatre School in 1998, he stayed in Victoria working with Theatre SKAM, performing, composing, and writing, before heading off to bigger centers and bigger audiences. Flash forward to a few years ago with the prospect of a new baby on its way, Lucas and his wife decided to return to Nelson, turning the usual path of international performer upside down. Now based out of Nelson, Lucas tours the province and beyond but returns to Nelson for the quality of life it affords his growing family as well as serving as the muse for his growing list of one-man shows. Lucas returns to Key City Theatre January 14th with Campground: A Murder Mystery Comedy in the Woods (with music). In his one-person play, Myers brings his trademark brand of observational humor and brilliant character work to this examination of the world within a world that can only be found in Campground. The plot: a young man goes missing from a provincial campground while on a personal journey

to discover himself. Four people are suspects. Was there foul play? More importantly, did someone remember to bring the toilet paper (and the potato salad)? WARNING: Includes FLASHLIGHTS, SELF-DISCOVERY, DIDGERIDOO. But before you buy tickets, you should log on to Facebook and add two of his characters as friends: Justin Case, an urban hipster in fashion frame, and Michael Hodgkins, a surly plaid-wearing Albertan. The pair have digital incarnations, and fans can follow their posts as they spend August 28 through early September embroiled in a homicide investigation. And on Sunday, January 15th, Lucas will perform a matinee for a younger crowd.

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Three local athletes epitomize this magazine’s namesake: Go Cranbrook. In the March 2017 Special Olympic Winter World Games in Schladming, Austria, 3,000 athletes from 110 host countries will complete within nine disciplines. In Alpine skiing, three of the 16-member Canadian team hails from Cranbrook, BC. In a country of 35 million people that’s nothing short of remarkable and a testament to the outstanding Kimberley/Cranbrook Special Olympics program. Now in its 30th year, our branch has produced world-class athletes. Head Alpine Skiing coach, Steve Norton, has high hopes for this World Games: “I won’t be surprised if all three bring back hardware. I’m extremely proud of the entire team.” Norton attributes the secret of the region’s success to the dedication of our athletes and the coaching philosophy of fun, tons of mileage, and team building. Norton believes these competitors are no different than any other successful Olympian: “They set goals and work incredibly hard on achieving them.” Kimberley/Cranbrook Special Olympics Coordinator, Joanne Thom, explains, “They’re like you and me. When they compete, they’re incredibly focused.

They want to win, yet they don’t focus on just winning. They’re a team. They support and genuinely like each other.” Thom attributes their success to a regime of dryland/ ski hill training, weight and fitness training, and a positive mental approach. Each athlete signs a Team Canada contract and maintains a detailed diary of his or her food/nutrition intake, sleep, mood, and fitness. According to the Special Olympics Canada’s (SOC) website, its mission is to enrich the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport. As well, their goal is to change people’s attitudes and educate them about, “the dignity and gifts of all people.” When you see Special Olympic athletes’ commitment and courage, you can’t help but think differently. In the East Kootenay, three of these athletes, all heading to the Special Olympic World Games, are demonstrating what it takes to become a world-class athlete and making the residents of the East Kootenay proud to call them our own.





Cranbrook, BC’s 37-year-old, Erin Thom, is one of the most accomplished Special Olympic athletes in the world. She’s the Michael Phelps of the Special Olympics. In Alpine Skiing, she’s competed in the Special Olympic BC Games (SOBC) six times, the Canada Games (SOC) five times, and March 2017 will mark her fifth Special Olympic World Games, an astonishing accomplishment for her 24-year competitive career. When asked how much hardware she’s hung around her neck, Erin looks up and furrows her brow trying to recount all her awards. She breaks into a smile, then laughs. “Lots,” she says. “Lots.” Her mom, Joanne, giggles. “She typically medals at every provincial or national event.” Currently, Erin has 11 Canada Game and 5 World Game medals, the majority of them gold. Joanne gets teary eyed when she reflects on what she’s most proud of regarding Erin’s career in sports. “Just her,” she says. “For anybody with a disability to accomplish a fraction of what Erin has done is remarkable.” Erin’s proudest moment was when she had the honour of being the final torch runner and lighter of the cauldron in Cranbrook’s celebration of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. And along with the medals, media interviews, and formal recognition from the city of Cranbrook, Erin earned the

2013 Special Olympics British Columbia Athletic Achievement Award, presented to an athlete who has demonstrated outstanding athletic skill in both practice and competition. As well, the athlete must act as a role model for other athletes, which Erin has consistently done. Erin attributes her alpine skiing success to two factors: her outstanding coaching, and the simple fact, “I love speed. I love to go fast.” In addition to alpine skiing, she competes in curling, bowling, swimming, softball, and golf. And like most Special Olympians, Erin works hard while not training, volunteering at local Special Olympic events and maintaining jobs at the Home Depot, and the Special Olympics national partner, Staples Canada. When asked what the future holds, Erin giggles. “I think I’m going to quit skiing after Austria,” she says. “I’m 37 years old.” Joanne laughs. “She won’t quit. She loves it too much and has friends from around the world. Katarina, from Russia, has been to every World Games with Erin. She calls me her Canadian momma.” Even if Erin retires from competitive alpine skiing, we know one thing about her: she won’t be taking it easy; there’ll be other dreams she pursues.

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32-year-old Cranbrook skier, Jonathan Robins, is heading to his second Special Olympic World Games. As well, he’s competed in two SOC Games and four SOBC Games. Steve Norton, his alpine skiing coach, attributes his success to his strength and agreeable nature. “He’s extremely strong and can muscle his way through difficult situations,” Norton says. When Jonathan wears his South Korea World Games’ medals, a huge smile stretches across his face. Like Erin Thom, Jonathan loves to go fast. JEFF PEW

“It’s awesome,” he says, when describing what it feels like to race down a mountain in a Super-G race. Sitting beside Jonathan while he talks about his training and travel, it’s clear how thankful he is: a permanent smile stretches across his face, and every sentence is punctuated with gratitude. “Thanks,” Jonathan says. “Thanks.” Mark your calendars Cranbrook! The countdown is on. On March 14-25th, 2017, three local athletes will be off to the airport for the adventure of a lifetime as they represent Canada in the Special Olympics World Games. Go Cranbrook! Go Canada!





28-year-old Cranbrook Special Olympian Roxana Podrasky, or Roxy, punctuates every sentence with, “Sick,” a big beaming smile on her face. Although Roxy is heading to her first Special Olympics World Winter Games, she’s no stranger to competition: she’s won three SOBC Games gold medals and 3 SOC Games medals. She attributes Erin Thom’s success to inspiring her to compete. In 2011, when she saw Erin’s gold medals, Roxy asked, “How’d you get those?” Erin told her about Special Olympics, and since then Roxy has become a new person. “I can get really scared,” she says, “and sometimes I can be really lazy!” Roxy claims her Special Olympics training regime, goal setting, and positive attitude has helped her overcome her fears. Roxy says icy conditions or huge

powder days can challenge her comfort level. Through coaching, she’s developed a positive attitude to overcome these challenges. “When I’m racing, I approach each gate and yell, “Yes I can! Yes I can! Yes I can!” Joanne Thom believes Roxy’s success is due to her amazing concentration skills and positive thinking. “She can talk herself through anything,” Thom says. Roxy’s excited about Austria’s World Games and her chance to meet friends from around the world. As well, she says, “We get these pretty cool Team Canada bags, full of pants, jackets, vests and other stuff. It’s pretty sick!”

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Joe Pierre Jr. is a kind man. He is an interesting man. He is the husband to Jennifer Pierre. He is the father to Jude Pierre. He is the son of Sophie Pierre, former Nasu?kin (Chief) of ʔaq’am and now retired Commissioner for the British Columbia Treaty Commission. He is the son of the late Joe Pierre Sr., former Nasu?kin of ʔaq’am. He is the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement Facilitator for School District 5. On October 26, 2016, he became the Nasu?kin of ʔaq’am, as he is a man who has earned the respect of his community. While the above describes Pierre and his relations to the world outside himself; there is something, which most anyone who knows Pierre would say, states who he is within. A word that describes the very essence of his self, his history, and his future: storyteller. Joe Pierre Jr. is a Ktunaxa Storyteller. It is the first thing he will tell you when you ask him who he is. He will tell you that storytelling was a large part of his childhood, and has become an integral part of who he is as an adult. He will also tell you that that was a time between childhood and adulthood, that he experienced a great understanding of the power that is held in the stories he tells. Pierre grew up being raised by his grandparents, Andrew and Malyan. His mother, Sophie, parented Joe and his sister Cindy, as a single mother; relying on her mother and step-father to support her children. They cared for the children, while she embarked on a journey that would one day lead her to become Nasu?kin and Commissioner. It was during this time in his life that he became exposed to the stories of the Ktunaxa.

Pierre’s grandfather passed away when Pierre was only nine years old. But Pierre recalls memories of his grandfather telling stories of the Ktunaxa over and over throughout his young years. One fond memory he recalls is when his grandmother would go foraging. Pierre and his sister Cindy would play in the woods until they were “bored, tired, or hungry.” Returning to the car, they would find their 80-year-old grandfather, waiting for them and ready to tell them stories of the Ktunaxa. While Pierre says that he and his sister enjoyed hearing the stories repeatedly, Pierre admits that he hadn’t understood the importance of those stories at that time. Years later, Pierre grew to become a Theatre Major at the University of Calgary. It was then that he learned the power that could be carried in a story. His studies taught him that different elements, such as his own voice, could truly bring stories to life. It was then that he began seeing the value of telling stories to convey messages and meaning beyond the words being said. Upon completing his studies, Pierre returned home to his traditional territory, Ktunaxa ?amak?is; when his grandmother, Maylan, fell ill. It seemed appropriate that he become one of her caregivers, having been cared for


NASUʔKIN (“CHIEF”): “Someone chosen to make decisions of weight due to her or his history, experience or education. Traditionally chiefs were placed into leadership roles because their family was seen as a source of relevant history, experience or education. Today, due to the influence of the Indian Act; the Ktunaxa vote publicly for their councillors, including the chief councillor, which are viewed as having the most socially and culturally grounded resources for decision-making.” -Dr. Christopher Horsethief

by her for so many years. He did her driving, so that she could complete daily tasks; such as going to the post office, the bank, or the drug store. He would help with chores around the home and ensured she kept well. It was during this time that he had the opportunity to hear the stories that had been told to him so many times as a child. His grandmother would ask him if he remembered stories told by his grandfather, as she’d retell them to Pierre. Each story would trigger memories for Pierre. However, this time the stories resonated with more meaning. This time Pierre truly understood the value of the Ktunaxa stories he had been told his whole life. In First Nation cultures, stories are more than entertainment. For Pierre, he recognizes that these stories he had been hearing as a child, and now as an adult, are much more than just the words being told. They carry the culture and history of his people, the Ktunaxa. He also recognizes that had he not had the modern experience of studying theatre at the University of Calgary, he might not have recognized the important meanings of these stories. Of the stories, one in particular holds greatest importance to Pierre and the Ktunaxa: the Ktunaxa Creation Story. It is a story of the huge sea monster known as Yawuʔnik̓, who killed many animals; and the Chief animal, Naⱡmuqȼin, who sought to stop Yawuʔnik̓. It is the

story of how the Ktunaxa and the Kootenays came to be, along with all other races of the world. It is a story that has been told now for generations. It is a story that he is sure he has told throughout the Kootenays and beyond, to over 5,000 people. Maybe even 10,000. Pierre has lost count. Now a father himself, he hopes to pass on his passion for storytelling to the next generation. He takes pride in taking every opportunity to share Ktunaxa songs or stories with his son, Jude. Jude often requests that his father retell him Ktunaxa stories that he’s heard many times, whether told verbally from memory or being read from the Ktunaxa Legends book. However, having learned himself that sometimes experiences of the modern world help you understand experiences from the past, Joe also enjoys reading modern day stories to Jude, including Big Nate and Jedi Academy. As the newly elected Nasu?kin of ʔaq’am, Pierre will continue to share his understanding of the importance of stories to his community members. For Pierre knows, stories are a way to ensure that his community members will succeed in the modern day, while honouring and strengthening their Ktunaxa culture. He wants to continue to see the Ktunaxa make great strides with one foot in a moccasin, and the other in a running shoe.

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It is hard to imagine a nicer setting for a city than the area formerly known as Joseph’s Prairie, now called Cranbrook. Nestled into an open, sunny basin up Joseph Creek, a small tributary of the St. Mary’s River, it has everything. It is surrounded by diverse forests, lakes, rivers, and most importantly, some of the wildest and most easily accessible mountains on the planet. While most towns are content to call one mountain range home, Cranbrook is blessed to watch the sun rise over the Easterly Rocky Mountains, and see it set over the Purcells to the West. A short drive on BC’s highway #3 heading west allows access to a third range, the Southern Selkirks. All three of these ranges have their own personalities, climates, and character, and all are fun to explore for different reasons and in different seasons. The Selkirks, while not exactly right in Cranbrook’s back yard, are just over the fence, past Creston. Most locals are very familiar with this range, either from summers spent on the beaches of Kootenay Lake, or from driving Canada’s highest year-round highway over Kootenay Pass, which bisects the range. The most westerly of the three ranges, it is typically the wettest, and is home to coastal-sized cedars, and a deep 2-3 metre snowpack at higher elevations in the winter months. Many skiers make the most of this deep snow, heading to Whitewater or Red Mountain for lift-accessed skiing, or to Kootenay Pass for some of the easiest access backcountry skiing around. Busy weekends see close to 100 cars parked at the summit parking area, and skin tracks from split boarders, snowshoers, Nordic, and backcountry skiers heading off in all directions. Stagleap Provincial Park, The Darkwoods Property, Midge Creek Ecological Reserve, and the small waterfront beaches of Kootenay Lake Provincial Park are the best known protected areas in the Southern Selkirks.


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Looking up towards Moyie or Kimberley, the Purcells are a locals favourite. Still receiving a good share of the moisture from the storms that track in from the West, the Purcells are lush, and are known for difficult off-trail travel, as the bush grows thick with all that moisture. The Purcells average 2-2.5 metre snowpack, and are generally rolling and gently sloped around Cranbrook, which is located near the southern end of the Purcell massif. Farther north, near Invermere, glacier-covered peaks over 3000 metres abound, but the south country near Yahk, Moyie, and Perry Creek is a lush, wildlife-rich paradise with incredible ridgewalks, lakes tucked into the back of most drainages (filling potholes left behind when the glaciers melted over the last few thousand years), and incredible vistas. The oldest of the three ranges, they have had millions more years to erode, and are, near Cranbrook at least, more gently rolling than their neighbours to the East. The well-known Purcell Wilderness Conservancy and St. Mary’s Alpine Park see a large number of visitors, while the Purcell’s lesser known protected areas, Gilnochie, Lockhart Creek, and Kianuko Provincial Parks see relatively few human visitors. Looking east, Cranbrookites stare up at the stratified, jagged wall of the Steeples and Fisher Peak. These are typical of what we call the ‘Southern Rockies,” but what the rest of the world labels the “Northern,” or “Canadian” Rockies, as the range truly is the spine of North America, a soaring wall of rock stretching from the Yukon all the way down to Mexico. Near Cranbrook, the range is mostly drier than the Purcells and Selkirks, with notable exceptions like the Iron Range and Lizard Range near Fernie, where storms that track up the Elk River dump substantially more precipitation than on the rest of the range. The drier Rockies typically see 1-2 metre snowpack, offering easier travelling in the backcountry, with more open forests dominated by lodgepole pine and Douglas fir. The Rockies around Cranbrook are the most diverse, with influences converging from the priaries, coast, north, and south. This diversity is reflected in both the plant and wildlife communities, and the

region has one of the most diverse assemblages of both anywhere in Northwestern North America. As such they boast some terrific protected areas that showcase both this diversity and the rich cultural history of the Ktunaxa First Nation. Top of the World, Height of the Rockies, and Akimena-Kishinena Provincial Parks are all very popular destinations. The low-elevation larch and fir forests harbor the most diverse carnivore population in North America, the most diverse plant community in the Rockies, and some of the cleanest water on the planet. Most residents visitors alike love Cranbrook for its mountains, and having three separate mountain ranges within reach of easy day trips is part of what makes Cranbrook one of the coolest towns around.




CHEF SPEAK You don’t know what the fork anyone is saying! Welcome to Chef Speak! It’s a bizarre language, often created of words with French culinary roots. It’s a form of communication that is dominating the best kitchens because by using a few key phrases alone, it takes the guesswork out of communication in the kitchen. We thought it would be fun to grab a few folks from local businesses around town to test their knowledge of Chef Speak, and we found a local chef to translate the real meanings! We asked and they answered!

Donna Hartt: The Mountain Medium Shane Berry: General Manager, Cranbrook Hyundai Mariah McDonnel: Afternoon Host of 102.9 The Drive Ronny Belkin: Executive Chef, St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino

There’s something about having the opportunity to be in one of Canada’s best kitchens for the first time. It operates like a well-oiled machine. When you’re watching the Chef and their team in the middle of an intense service, you can feel it. You know that every movement is calculated. Every team member absorbed. Every pan, every pot, and every plate; timed to perfection. You focus for a moment on the intense communication, and it only takes a couple of moment for you to realize…


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Donna: Throw it in the trash. Shane: Cancelled. Mariah: Out of a product. Ronny: Sold out for the evening, no more of that menu item available.

Donna: Something to do with a chicken. Shane: It has to have something to do with chicken obviously. Chicken flavoured? Mariah: I have no idea! Zero idea! Ronny: One of the best food processors in the business. It is used for almost everything.

Donna: What to cook next. Shane: The next order! Mariah: How many people you have or referring to numbers of something. Ronny: When the chef is on line calling orders, “on deck” means the next table to cook.

6-Top/ 4-Top/ Deuce Donna: Garnishes? Shane: Three really good poker hands. Mariah: How many people. Ronny: The number of people sitting at a table; 6 people, 4 people, 2 people.

Dying on the Pass Donna: Sitting in the heat too long! Shane: Next question. I don’t know. The food got cold? Mariah: I think that means, you don’t have anyone to take the food to the table. Ronny: Food has been sitting under the heat lamp for too long without being served compromising the quality of the dish.

Fire It Donna: Get it on the flames. Shane: Throw it in the microwave. Mariah: Start cooking. Ronny: Cook the order. The customer is ready for their food.

Hot Behind Donna: Someone passing through with food. Shane: Oh, that’s a loaded one. I’m not going to bite. Mariah: You’re carrying hot food behind someone and they need to move. Ronny: When you walk behind someone with hot food in your hands, you always say “hot behind” letting people know not to move until you’ve passed them.

Salamander Donna: That’s a type of oven. Shane: Oh, that’s a dish. Salamander dish. Mariah: I have heard someone say that, but I don’t know. Ronny: A broiler cooking unit, designed to brown food quickly.

In the Weeds Donna: Salad? Haha. Shane: Stuck in Nelson. Mariah: You’re struggling. Ronny: Very busy and starting to sink. If a cook is in the weeds usually one of the chefs has to step in and bail them out.

Kill It Donna: Well-done, like a steak? Shane: Extra well-done. Mariah: Stop what you’re cooking. Ronny: They want it well-done. Every chef’s nightmare.

Mise en Place Donna: Put it on the plate. Shane: Where’s my tip? Mariah: I do not know. Ronny: Translates to “everything in its place.” For a chef this means being prepared before the rush or having all your prep done before starting a dish.

The Pass Donna: It’s ready to go. Serve it. Shane: That makes me think of the Seahawks… I don’t know. I pass. Mariah: An area where you stock and food is organized. Ronny: The pass is where you put finished food for the servers to pick up.

Soigne Donna: Sounds like an important chef. Shane: What? Soigne? Soigne? I can’t even think of what that would relate to. Mariah: A style of cooking? How something is finished? Ronny: Make it perfect, don’t screw it up, don’t overcook it; perfect, perfect, perfect!

Yes, Chef Donna: I am on it. Fixing it. Whatever you need to do. They give the order. You say yes. Shane: The proper response when a chef asks you a question. Mariah: You’re acknowledging the chef talking to you. Ronny: The only answer a chef is ever looking for.

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In the seeming blink of an eye, Dawson Rutledge has become one of the most talkedabout and popular musicians to come out of Cranbrook, and there is a good chance you have seen him perform if you are even slightly active in the community. He has played an impressive number and variety of venues all over the Kootenays (as well as across Canada), ranging from fundraisers to the recent Kootenay Game Changer Awards Gala to favourite locals hangouts in Cranbrook, Kimberley, and Fernie to art galleries, jam nights, large-capacity theatres, the farmer’s market, and even Sam Steele Days. He has opened for many well-known artists including Fred Penner, Tiller’s Folly, Lion Bear Fox, and Barney Bentall. His musical charm has even crossed the border and garnered him invitations to play at music festivals in the States. When reviewing Dawson Rutledge’s already prolific career as a singer-songwriter, musician, and performer, it is hard to believe that it has been little more than sixteen months since this talented 19-year-old first performed one of his original songs live at Key City Theatre in June 2015 and less than a year since the release of his self-produced, acclaimed first album – Today, Tonight, and Tomorrow, half of which he composed and recorded while still in high school. What’s more is he also spent a good portion of this past summer unable to sing much while he was recovering from complications after a difficult tonsillectomy. While Dawson doesn’t identify his music with any particular genre, his album, which has been described as “folk-alternative,” has received many positive reviews and lots of radio play. He has even made it onto a few top ten lists, reaching as high as #5 on one of them, in country/folk and folk/blues/roots categories. Dawson sang in a choir at age eight and started playing guitar at ten, but it was in his senior year at Mount Baker Secondary that a full-fledged desire to take his music public really took hold. While immersing himself in every band, class, singing, and acting opportunity he could find, he discovered a new direction and focus during a song-writing and composition class taught by award-winning Music Program teacher and mentor, Evan Bueckert. Dawson had such a knack for storytelling and setting his lyrics to music that Mr. Bueckert encouraged him to continue developing and recording new songs. His exceptional musical ability shone through and he was awarded the top male musician scholarship from Mount Baker and a District/Authority Scholarship by the Ministry of Education.


I invited Dawson out for tea to learn more about the background and influences which helped to shape his fascinatingly unique yet timeless style of musicality. True to reports, he is quite open, personable, and down-toearth. He comes across as an old soul, authentic and comfortable in his own skin, which makes others feel at ease around him. Throughout our conversation, I had to keep reminding myself that this easy-going, articulate young man was only a year out of high school and still technically a teenager. He conveyed such amazing insights from his experiences traveling and performing that I could have easily been talking to a much more seasoned musician than someone who’d only been on the circuit for little over a year. As a performer, Dawson is engaging, dynamic, and versatile. He switches between acoustic and electric guitars while accompanying himself on a kick drum and tambourine setup which he taught himself to play after watching videos of a Texas musician named Shakey Graves. Egged on by his mom who teased he hadn’t even played a guitar and sang around a campfire yet, Dawson challenged himself to add another instrument to the mix to before his first big solo performance at Key City Theatre. Together we mused that perhaps it was his many years of playing sports, from stick handling in hockey and lacrosse to pitching baseball to volleyball and basketball, that helped him to develop the better-than-average hand-eye coordination that one would certainly need to sing while playing instruments using both hands and both feet at the same time. Dawson admitted, “It’s all been a whirlwind. I never could have planned for this.” When his long-time interest in music took fire towards the end of high school, his parents encouraged him to just go for it. His dad mused that Dawson could always work later so he might as well have fun, take the risk, and follow his dream now while he was young. I asked if music ran in his family, and sure enough, one of his grandmothers was a music teacher and his dad plays drums in a local cover band called the Testers. Even his sister, Shaylee, has gotten into the act by contributing lyrics for a few of the songs Dawson now performs. Longtime Cranbrook residents, Dawson’s parents, Andrew and Stefani Rutledge, run Cranbrook’s two Pharmasave stores, a family business they purchased from his grandfather. Dawson also works there as a cashier in between writing and recording for his next album and an increasingly busy performing schedule.

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“SINGINGISTHEFINALPIECEOF THEPUZZLEFORME.” For more information about Dawson Rutledge including upcoming tour dates, please visit www.dawsonrutledge.com or find him on Facebook or Twitter. You can also watch some of his performances on YouTube.


What I found interesting is how Dawson distinguishes himself from many other musicians -- he considers himself more musical than lyrical. He explained, “Singing is the final piece of the puzzle for me. First, I create the music with all of its layers and textures; then I start to play, thinking about what I’ll sing before I actually vocalize anything out loud. Other musicians start with the lyrics first, then develop their melodies.” Dawson’s approach definitely works for him as many reviewers have praised his natural-born performance ability and mature gift for subtle but riveting story-telling. I asked him where his inspiration comes from, “Some of it is personal (for example, his song, “Johnny’s Tale,” reflects feelings about his own transition into adulthood), and some of it is me imagining an alternate universe and what might happen for someone else somewhere else. I also like to create stories that people can relate to and interpret how they want.”

When I asked him about musical influences, Dawson says he appreciates all types of music and that a lot of what he listens to, for example, indie electronic, is not very reflective of what he plays. A visit he once took with his parents to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, really impressed upon him the universality of music and its importance to all cultures throughout history. He noted, “Going to that museum, I just really got it. Music is everywhere. Everyone has music.” Dawson also told me he doesn’t go after or create his music for any target audience. Just as he loves listening to other musicians and can enjoy a broad range of styles, he hopes others can be open and do the same for him. “I’ve always been a pure lover of music, and I appreciate and note all the little things people do to make a song their own. When I listen to music, I will listen to the full album, every part and every track, not just the ‘hit’ songs. I can find something admirable in every piece, like the way a piano or trumpet is added.”

As another testament to Dawson’s expanding appeal, he recently won the popular vote and made it to the top ten for the Interior and Northern BC region of the CBC Searchlight 2016 competition, a nation-wide search for Canada’s best up and coming musicians. He acknowledged that he owes a lot of his success so far to the amazing support he has received from Evan Bueckert, the greater school district staff and teachers, his family and friends, and the close-knit community of Cranbrook, which rallied around him. “I am grateful because there are a lot of caring people here who like to show their support and do their part when they know someone is working hard and doing something cool.” As we were wrapping up our conversation, I asked Dawson that same question that always made me cringe whenever someone older asked it, “So, where do you see yourself in five years, or even ten years?” Without hesitation, he shook his head and laughed. “I have no idea. I’d like to imagine I’ll be playing music to my own kids one day.”

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Nov - Dec | In the Spirit of Giving | Cranbrook

Jan | The Weir | Cranbrook Community Theatre | Dates TBA

and District Arts Council | Baker Street

Jan 5 - 7th | Monty Python’s SPAMalot |

Nov 19th | Free Community Swim 12| 1pm

Cranbrook Community Theatre

Nov 23rd | The Bombadils | Studio Stage Door

Jan 6th | Spokane Chiefs at Kootenay Ice

Nov 23rd | Red Deer Rebels at Kootenay Ice

Jan 8th | Vancouver Giants at Kootenay Ice

Nov 24th | Rock of Ages Key | City Theatre

Jan 14th |Lucas Meyers | Campground, A Murder

Nov 25- 27th | Cranbrook Winter Farmers

Mystery (with music) Key City Theatre

Market | 1114 Baker Street

Jan 15th | Lucas Myers | Captain Future Saves

Nov 26th | Home Grown Coffee House | Studio Stage Door

the World | Key City Theatre| 3pm

Nov 26th | Santa’s Helpers | One Stop Shopping

Jan 18th| Prince Albert Raiders at Kootenay Ice

Vendor & Craft Show Anglican Hall 11| 4 pm

Jan 18th | Joelle Rabu | Key City Theatre

Nov 26th | Swift Current Broncos at Kootenay Ice

Jan 20th | Art Movie Night | Ai Weiwei

Nov 27th | 45th Annual Santa Claus Parade

“Never Sorry” | C64 Kimberley

| Downtown Cranbrook | 7pm

Jan 27th | Spokane Chiefs at Kootenay Ice

Nov 27th | Edmonton Oil Kings at Kootenay Ice

Jan 28th | Tim Williams Live | Pynelogs Invermere

Nov 30th | The Dead South | Studio Stage Door

Jan 28th | Snowed in Comedy Tour | Key City Theatre

Nov 28th | Abbamania & The Bee Gees | Key City Theatre

DECEMBER Dec 1st | The Dressmaker | Key City Theatre | 7pm Dec 2- 4th | 2016 East Kootenay Invitational Competition hosted by Cranbrook Skating Club | Memorial Arena Dec 3 - 4th | Symphony of the Kootenay’s | Stealing Back the Holidays | Key City Theatre Dec 4th | Father Christmas at the Lambi House | Fort Steele 11| 3pm Dec 4th | Polar Express | the Wildhorse Theatre Fort Steele | 2pm Dec 6th | Regina Pats at Kootenay Ice Dec 6th | Kevin Lavigne Christmas Musical

FEBRUARY Feb 1st | Medicine Hat Tigers at Kootenay Ice Feb 3rd | Moose Jaw Warriors at Kootenay Ice Feb 6th | The Canadian Guitar Quartet | Key City Theatre Feb 8th | The Barefoot Movement | Studio Stage Door Feb 11th | Prince Albert Raiders at Kootenay Ice Feb 12th | Lethbridge Hurricanes at Kootenay Ice Feb 17th | Saskatoon Blades at Kootenay Ice Feb 17th | Art Movie Night | Emily Carr: Winds of Heaven | C64 Kimberley Feb 21st | Swan Lake | Key City Theatre

Roadshow | Key City Theatre

Feb 24th | Tom Cochrane with Red

Dec 8th | The LJO | The Heid Out

Rider | Western Financial Place

Dec 9th | Elf the Musical | Key City Theatre

Feb 25th | Lethbridge Hurricanes at Kootenay Ice

Dec 10th | Opening Day | Kimberley Alpine Resort Dec 10th | Kelowna Rockets at Kootenay Ice Dec 11th | Father Christmas at the Lambi House | Fort Steele Dec 14th | Swift Current Broncos at Kootenay Ice Dec 27th | Lethbridge Hurricanes at Kootenay Ice

MARCH Mar 4th |Slopes for Hopes | Kimberley Ski Resort Mar 8th | Ring of Fire: Project Johnny Cash | Key City Theatre Mar 10th | Ben Bedford | Studio Stage Door


CRANBROOK ARTS: FESTIVE CREATIVITY FOR THE COMMUNITY Celebrate the season with local art brought to you by the Cranbrook & District Arts Council! Our featured gallery exhibit for November and December is “In the Spirit of Giving.” Find a unique, created-in-theKootenays treasure, or simply stop by to view the

art and take a break from all the holiday hustle and bustle. Take home the 2017 Kootenay Rockies Art Calendar for $20. In our Featured Artist space, we are pleased to present works by artist, Joseph Cross, and beautiful gem soaps by Sharon Cross.

Also, ask about our special workshop coming up in January, instructed by artist, John de Jong. Our address is 1013 Baker Street, and we are open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am – 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am - 4:30 pm. For more information, please visit us at www.cranbrookarts.com or call (250) 426-4223.

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Every Tuesday the ladies’ night cycling club delivers friendship, fitness, and fun.

an original and faithful member of the ladies’ night cycling group.

It doesn’t matter how many times you ride the trail in the day, at night, the game changes. The ride feels different. Your breath cuts rebelliously through the air, disappearing beneath the twinkling stars while animal eyes flash in the distance. It’s a brand-new experience, and your senses know it. They sharpen in response.

“Most of us are there because of the social network -- we have a lot of laughs, we stop, we chat, we debrief from work. It’s evolved into something bigger than just a riding club. We all have a love for the outdoors and biking, then you add the social aspect to it, and it’s become a favourite night of the week for many of us.”

There can be bit of an eerie feel to the evening, but the ladies’ night cycling group merely shakes it off. They boldly interrupt the stillness with bursts of laughter before climbing onto their bikes to streak through the darkness with headlamps and hoots of joy.

The women start riding as soon as the snow melts – usually sometime in April. They often meet at the College of the Rockies parking lot, but change up the location frequently throughout the cycling season to other local areas, such as South Star or Eager Hills. Although most of the Tuesday night rides start at about 7 p.m. and finish before the sun sets, when fall comes, the group embraces the darkness and often begins to ride after the sun’s disappearance.

“There’s a core group of about eight women who show up to ride every Tuesday, although we can have up to about 20 women of all riding abilities, ages, and backgrounds with us some nights,” says Jill Carley,

“Newcomers are sometimes a little nervous; they don’t know what to expect,” says Carley. “But because we’re such a welcoming and easy-going group, it only takes one ride and they usually fall in love with it and can’t wait to come back. We’re very considerate of each rider’s different skill level and expectations. Everyone has their own personal goals of what they want out of the ride and we support them as a group.” Night rides usually last 1.5 hours. The terrain is mostly cross-country riding, with the women dividing into smaller groups based on like-minded goals and abilities.



“And one of the best parts of the night is saved for last,” adds Carley. “We always go for a post-ride beverage. We’ve become a solid group of friends. We all just want to ride, have some fun, and blow off steam. And even if you don’t feel like riding that night, you do it anyways, because at the end of the evening you’re enjoying a cold drink, with good company and no regrets.” The Tuesday ladies’ night cycling group has been active for about six years. They are a spin-off group from the Wildhorse Cycling Club, which offers co-ed rides on Thursdays. The annual fee to join is $20. More information can be found at www.bikewildhorse.ca or through the “Wildhorse Cycling Club” Facebook group. “Get out of that comfort zone and join us for a ride,” encourages Carley. “If you are a new rider, the beginning of the year is probably the best time to try it out, if you can. In April, we all start a little bit out of shape, but our fitness does improve over the summer and by fall we have built up some stamina and muscle. Your existing bike is almost always good enough. You don’t need anything expensive or special. It’s such a good time. Such a good group. We’d love to see you there.”


“We push one another, too,” says Carley. “Sometimes we try to ride more technical features, and there’s some highly-skilled riders who can mentor those wanting to improve. However, most of the terrain we ride is suited to every type of rider and any kind of bike. You don’t have to be a downhiller or hard-core mountain biker. It’s for everyone.”


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PLAY IT SAFE For more information visit avalanche.ca and to find an upcoming Avalanche safety course or Avalanche Skills refresher course contact the College of the Rockies or Treehouse Outdoor Education.

Cranbrook residents seem to fall into two categories: those who love winter, and those who despise it with every fibre of their being. Like it or lump it, winter is part of Cranbrook’s reality, with the first flurries falling as early as Halloween some years and the last dumps sometimes piling up well into April. Some years, the mountains around Cranbrook boast a minimum of five months of consistent winter conditions, and as long as seven months at higher elevations.

understand the calculated risks associated with backcountry travel, but how to access all the information and decision-making tools available. Sources are explored such as the Mountain Information Network, which highlights real-time, area-specific information on riding and avalanche conditions and how to access and interpret Avalanche Bulletins. These are published three times a week for a range of geographical areas on Avalanche.ca.

Given this wintry reality, most locals are geared up for winter fun. Whether you snowmobile, Nordic ski, snowshoe, snowboard, or backcountry ski, it makes sense to learn as much about winter, snow, and snow safety as you can. Avalanches are not random winter events, just lurking out there waiting to cause tragedy to innocent travellers; they are somewhat predictable.

Courses also cover how to use the latest gear and potential technological limitations of specific gear. For example, did you know that your mobile phone or GoPro can interfere with the performance of your life-saving digital avalanche transceiver?

Continual learning and practice help outdoor enthusiasts determine whether it is safe to travel in the backcountry, especially when heading into known avalanche territory. First of all, you need to be able to recognize avalanche terrain. This may seem like a no-brainer. However, many avalanche victims claim that “they never would have thought that slope would slide,” and are caught off guard. Often it is not the big, open, obvious avalanche paths that result in dangerous avalanches. One of the first steps backcountry users should consider before heading out is attending an Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Course. During this two-day course participants gain valuable information and decision-making tools needed to stay safe while enjoying the backcountry. Beginner backcountry users are taught to recognize avalanche terrain and how to travel safely through our mountains in winter. Participants gain experience that not only helps them

Avalanche safety starts with owning a modern, threeantenna digital transceiver; an avalanche probe; and a shovel; and taking a course on how to use them efficiently. It also requires learning how to work with your backcountry partners to plan for a safe journey to your destination, and an efficient rescue should an avalanche occur. While course curriculum is standardized for everyone, specific field days are available for sledders and for skiers/splitboarders/snowshoers, as the risks associated with snowmobiling and terrain use differs from sport to sport. Many winter recreationists take an AST course every few years, or alternatively, Companion Rescue Skills refresher courses, so they know that their rescue skills are sharp when they need them. So, like it or lump it, winter is here. Get out there, explore, and enjoy, but do it safely. Take a course, travel with people you know and trust, and most importantly, talk about risk and safety. Follow a few golden rules to help ensure you get to enjoy winter for many years to come.

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As we brace for the cold days of frosted windshields, the design world is preparing for a major shift in interior design. Industry experts are signaling that 2017 will see a shift from elaborate luxury back to the simple days of old. For those in the Kootenays who have long appreciated and modeled a more natural style, this is a welcome change in the design world! Here’s what industry experts are saying will be popular in 2017:


JEWEL COLOURS AND STONE SURROUNDINGS Say ciao to coppers and golds, and start thinking emerald green and amethyst. Bright pops of jewel colours can be found among the earthy colour schemes Pantone has presented for spring 2017, in the form of classic furniture pieces and oversized artwork. Stone-coloured surroundings will be just what is needed to help the natural palettes stand out; one might also consider featuring textured stones in terracotta, bluestone, and corals.

WOODS While woods are on the list for 2017, we are saying goodbye to the painted, reclaimed wood we have been seeing over the past couple of years. The next design season will signal a movement towards wood in its natural state. Irregular driftwoods, live edges, and knotty species will be at the forefront of materials used next season. With woods ranging in so many natural colours, the design world will begin to rely more on stains than paints.

TEXTURE Cork, wools, and porous stones will dominate both your walls and your floors. We are going to see entire walls being covered with cork board and texturized hardwoods. Floors will be adorned with textured wool rugs as well as culturally inspired, multi-texture loop and cut carpeting.

BOOKS For a true bibliophile, books never go out of style. The adoration of classic books is returning to the design world. It might show up as a small collection of wellworn leather classics on a serving table or an intelligently-designed book nook in the main living area. The design world is taking a break from the digital focus of the world to show an appreciation for escapism in the tangible form. Overall, industry experts are pointing at a shift from the world of luxury and excess to an appreciation for exactly what we have here in the Kootenays: nature and tranquility. It’s about time the design world figured out what we already knew!

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