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reetings, music lovers! For the first of two Yan Zombie Presents events in June, I'm pleased to welcome Michael Red from the mighty Lighta! crew in Vancouver.

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I was first introduced to MRed's sound seeing him lay down one of his trademark morning sets at The Bass Coast festival. Since then I have seen him throw down a seriously diverse and versatile range of sets fitting different occasions; proper dancehall, to dub and rap influenced sets, always delivering that spontaneous vibe that comes from perfectly gauging and reading the dance floor. He was open to my nosey prying for a little insight into what he's up to.

June 7th - Clicks & Whistles June 8th - The Cave Singers with Special Guests June 13th - Michael Red Lighta! June 14th - Tofu Stravinsky w/ Chinese for Travelers June 15th - Electro Swing Club June 20th - Clinton Swanson & Friends

Yan Zombie: First off, thanks so much for taking the time to chat. What other areas of life do you draw inspiration from that guide your musical choices and direction? Michael Red: Hmm. My inspirations are endless really. I'm inspired by a lot different people in my immediate life. Certain close friends I'll have in my head sometimes when I'm mak-

June 21st - Vinyl Richie & DJ Hoola Hoop June 22nd - Deep Dark Woods June 25th - Besnard Lakes w/ July Talk & Grounders June 27th - Kir Mokum SHAHdjs June 28th - Val Kilmer & The New Coke Live 80’s Band June 29th - Arthur Funkarelli July 4th - 4Mat, Deblock & Beat Doktor July 6th - Live Burlesque Show

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YZ: What can you tell me about the focus and theme of The New Forms Festival that you curate and contribute to? MR: I've been with New Forms since 2003. This year, however, I've taken a step back to allow more time for my own personal projects. To me, I take the words "New Forms" literally and make efforts to book and showcase work that is truly "new" or very much "now." As well, I've made it rule-of-thumb for myself to only book artists that haven't been to Vancouver before, and book locals that haven't played the festival before too. I also see the festival as a forum to take more risks than usual and really challenge the average event goer, always seeking to set the bar higher and higher. YZ: For people unfamiliar, what is the Low Indigo Blog and movement all about ?

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ing music, angled towards fashioning something they'd be down with. Jamie DJ Tusk is one of them. Certain artists that work really quickly and are prolific have fueled me recently too, like Machinedrum, Self Evident, and even Riff Raff. I'm not saying I'm down with everything Riff Raff does, but I have to admire his sheer output and what appears to be his lighthearted approach.

MR: Low Indigo is purposefully ambiguous, with elements left undefined, as a reflection of real life and a signature of remaining "open." I see it as having its own organic spirit which, at its own pace, becomes more defined as it discovers itself. I guide its growth, but life in general also helps guide it. The Facebook group, for example, has evolved into a really great community that continues to grow. I never planned for that, and it's totally wonderful. I love the fact that it's participatory and it makes perfect sense to me that an open-ended group of people are all helping shape Low Indigo's growth and identity. It looks like the blog might just become a place to post strictly event and label news, which also makes a lot of natural sense to me — 'cause the Facebook group already more than serves the purpose that a blog typically would. Catch Michael Red at Spiritbar on Thursday, June 13. Cover is $7 before 11:30 p.m. and $10 after that. There will also be opening sets from myself and Frumlater Yan Zombie is a Nelson-based electronic music producer and promotor. His events run monthly at Spirtbar. Follow him on twitter @yanzombiemusic.

The Cave Singers are touring be- time they worked with producer Phil hind their brand new album Naomi, Ek (The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Modest which features the addition of new Mouse) who has given this record a member Morgan Henderson on bass, little more of a polish and a shine. formerly of Fleet Foxes Live, The Cave Singand Blood Brothers. ers can't be beat. Pete The Cave Singers On their last album Quirk's enigmatic Saturday, June 8 No Witch The Cave vocals are worn and Spiritbar Tickets $18 Singers moved out of weathered in all the the woodsy realm of right ways and the their first two releases and more music takes on a hypnotic bent. squarely into a rock realm, greatly They've called themselves a "peoaided by the work of producer Ran- ple's band" and have been known dall Dunn. This new album contin- to sway crowds of all kinds, from ues where No Witch left off but this metal dudes to old ladies.

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A herd of young actors from the Homelinks homeschooling program are preparing to hit the stage with a musical about safari animals overcoming their differences. Tuishi Pamoja, directed by Allison Girvan and Miriam Mason Martineau, is about a young giraffe, Raffi, and young zebra, Zea appear to want to be friends, despite warnings from their parents. Homeschoolers, ages six to 14, have been working together with great energy and focus to present this musical that is both fun and holds a deeper message and invitation: to look beyond our differences, to reach out and take a chance. The show goes Thursday, June 13 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at South Nelson School gymnasium. Admission is by donation. Daniela Elza’s milk tooth bane bone is a book that sweeps across the reader’s consciousness like a bird’s wing. The poems do something rather miraculous: fragmentary yet narrative, grounded yet mythic, they deconstruct and build simultaneously, forge and empty out meanings and images. Elza, a Portland-based poet, will be at Booksmyth Underground on Thursday, June 13 to read from her new book. The evening will also include readings by Samuel Stephenson, founder of the Nelson Poetry Slam, and an open mic component featuring 10 local readers.

Stevenson is one of those spoken word poets who gets spinal shivers when people tell the truth. He was nominated for a Champion of Literacy Award from the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy in 2011 and currently teaches poetry workshops in high schools. Check out this mix of visiting and local talent at Booksmyth Underground, located at 338 Baker Street. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. and Elza will take the stage at 8 p.m. Admission is $7 to $10, sliding scale. Please arrive early if you wish to sign up for an open mic spot.

Three of the most talented professional photographers in British Columbia will be coming to Nelson to teach a two-day photography workshop geared towards emerging and professional photographers. Anna Beaudry, Brent Edwardson, and Michael Moster will travel from Vancouver to present “The Ignite Sessions – Nelson.” The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 9 and will cover topics such as lighting, posing, photoshop and business practices. “It is so exciting to have photographers of this calibre come to Nelson to help our local pros work on their craft” says workshop host Melissa Welsh. “Our photographers do not have the same access to professional development as our city colleagues do, so it is a real treat to not have to travel for an educational opportunity.” The workshop is sponsored by the Professional Photographers of Canada – BC. Master photographers, committed to making a difference in the photographic industry, volunteer their time to guide emerging photographers towards success. These two-day educational programs refresh fundamental skills, reveal industry standards and instill a sense of confidence and direction in local photographer’s businesses. Welsh, a Past-President of PPOC-BC, will be hosting the event. The program will run 10 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 and 10 to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 10. Registration fee is $169 for non-members and $89 for members. For more information please contact Melissa Welsh 250-352-5664 or see the PPOC-BC calendar online at

Alanna Mitchell British artist collective moves into Oxygen If the unrelenting bad news about the environment has got you down, mark your calendars for a talk on Thursday, June 13 in Nelson by Alanna Mitchell, author of the bestselling Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis of Global Ocean Change. Mitchell will speak on moving from environmental despair to imagining a new world. Mitchell contends that although awareness of the environmental crisis is vital, society cannot achieve a better world unless we can imagine what that world would look like. The author, winner of the prestigious $100,000 Atkinson Fellowship in Journalism in 2008 and the $75,000 Grantham Prize for environmental writing in 2010, is a former Globe and Mail reporter who now directs her attention to investigating changes in Earth’s life-support systems. She will talk at the Nelson United Church, (602 Silica Street) at 7 p.m. An opportunity to meet the author and book signing will follow. A donation of $10 is suggested, with youth and students free.

Bristol Diving School is a collective of artists from Bristol, UK, four of whom are Artists-in-Residence at Oxygen Art Centre from June 8 to July 6. In its initial inception, Bristol Diving School was a project that developed into a collective with the objective to erase individual authorship of an artwork through negotiation between those collaborating in its conception and production. So named for the building where the collective was formed in 2009, it operates both on and off-site as members of the 20-strong collective extend the project through national and international activities. Within Bristol Diving School, collaboration is regarded as both method and subject, with all works accredited to Bristol Diving School: the project as the author, the artist. The group works primarily in New Media and Installation.

Bristol Diving School will use their residency to investigate the cultural heritage of Nelson as a research point and develop their findings into a body of work that questions, distorts and embellishes these historical narratives. By researching local history, integrating themselves into Nelson’s artist community and engaging the public in their process through participatory events, they hope to cultivate an archive produced through a collaborative process that takes on an (pseudo) anthropological form. The public is invited to attend an artist talk at Oxygen this Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m. The centre is located at 320 Vernon Street (the entrance is off the alley). For more information visit the Oxygen Art Centre website at


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Craft Beer Revolution Join the revolution and share a hand-crafted beer with Joe Wiebe, the Thirsty Writer, as he celebrates the release of his book, Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries. On Monday, June 17, Wiebe will be at Otter Books signing copies of his book between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. that evening, he will be giving a talk at Mike’s Place Pub. The evening event will feature a cask of the Nelson Brewing Company’s Full Nelson Organic Imperial IPA. Both events are free. In Craft Beer Revolution, Wiebe documents the fascinating craft beer movement in BC, profiling its history, the breweries themselves, the people behind the kegs and casks, and the colourful stories. The book is filled to the brim with recommendations for beer tasting tours around the province, lists of the best brews that BC has to offer and entertaining trivia that will make beer geeks salivate. To write this book, Wiebe undertook what he called his “Craft Beer Odyssey” — a road trip around the bottom half of the province visiting as many craft beer hubs as possible. The Lion’s Head Smoke and Brew Pub near Castlegar was an essential stop on this trip. In his book, he describes it as “an oasis of craft beer,” which offers artisan smoked meat along with twelve taps featuring beer from breweries across the province, including Nelson Brewing, Tree Brewing, Fernie Brewing, Mt. Begbie Brewing, Crannóg Ales, Cannery Brewing and Spinnakers Brewery. The Nelson Brewing Company is another major player in the craft beer revolution. They opened in 1991, and in 2006, they decided to go all-organic, a move that created some challenges due to the difficulty in finding certain ingredients (hops, in particular). However, this movement

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towards healthier, more sustainable production by brewers such as the Nelson Brewing Company has spurred a growth in organic hop production, especially in Canada and the United States. British Columbians are embracing craft beer like never before. It may, in part, be wrapped up in an ever-growing movement to consume highquality, local products. However, there is more to craft beer than its superb ingredients. Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, writes that “craft brewing universally involves boldly flavoured beers coupled with a defiantly independent spirit.” In Craft Beer Revolution, Wiebe celebrates this independent spirit that has overwhelmingly soaked into BC’s brewing scene. For more information about Joe Wiebe or his book go to


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I’m going to be running a 50 kilometre mountain trail race this fall in an event appropriately named Kaslo Suffer Fest. A few weeks ago my friend lent me his copy of acclaimed Japanese author, Haruki Murakami’s memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Well aware that it held the potential to either motivate me or scare the bejeezes outta me, I gladly accepted it. For somebody whose novels are usually expansive, ambitious, and mysterious, his memoir is concise, modest and revealing. Murakami’s made a career out of squeezing bizarre plot lines out of otherwise simple seeming narratives. For example, The Wind Up Bird Chronicles that began as a teenage runaway tale quickly spun into a race to save the world from a demon Colonel Sanders. Another book featured a cult guru and little people that emerged from the mouth of a dead goat. So even though this is his least Murakamiesque book, this is the most Murakami that we ever see in any of his books.

In this memoir, Murakami traces his thought as he trains for both the New York Marathon and a triathlon in Japan. This is a fellow who spends six out of every seven days running and then writes literary masterpieces when he gets home. He’s very candid, a little selfdeprecating, and (a rarity in memoirs) never comes off as preachy or pretentious. The most successful aspect of his memoir is his direct connection between the acts of running and writing. He examines the parallels between success in both literary and physical planes, the solitary nature of the two activities, and the ways each act both complements and compensates for the other. Instead of chronicling his romances or heartbreaks, this memoir focuses on this. These pursuits have become who he is, more than anything else. One of Murakami’s notable marathon mantras is “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” Beyond running or writing, these words can be applied to so much in life. So I’m going to run the 50 km, and it’s going to hurt. But despite the name of the festival, I’m determined not to suffer.


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at Touchstones Nelson, opening Friday June 14 at 7pm. The exhibition will also include pertinent information about the region and the scope of the pipeline project. Last spring Clark and Corbett travelled in an old Chevy utility van, which doubled as a plein air painting studio, outfi tted with an upper deck for capturing more expansive views of their surroundings. The van was painted with a mural and dubbed The Grey Whale. Throughout their journey, the artists met many residents who would be affected by the controversial project, and witnessed the landscapes that may be at risk, including salmon bearing rivers and the treacherous seas around the Great Bear Rainforest and Kitimat Harbour.

Friday June 14, 7-9pm Exhibit dates: June 15 to September 15 Location: Gallery A Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History 502 Vernon Street, Nelson Artists paint landscapes threatened by the Enbridge Pipeline Over the course of a year, Glenn Clark (Penticton) and Peter Corbett (Winlaw), traveled across northern BC, painting landscapes that would be impacted by the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. An exhibition of their plein air sketches and studio paintings will be shown

Glenn Clark received his BFA from the University of Calgary in 1991, and has exhibited his work throughout BC and in Calgary, as well as completing several mural projects. About this project, Clark states: “I feel a great sense of urgency to visit the many sensitive sites in BC’s northern region and to document their current state. My work will illustrate the grandeur of this geographic area and as a worse case scenario, act both as a record and a reminder of a pre-pipeline landscape”. Peter Corbett is a fish biologist and a self taught painter, and has exhibited his work for the past seven years throughout BC as well as Calgary and Edmonton. Corbett states: “As a fish biologist, I feel the government and

resource industries do not take scientific evidence adequately into account in their decision-making process. Maybe as an artist I will have a better chance to reach out to more people and help change the way we view our landscape and its resources”. The artists’ project was supported by a grant from the BC Arts Council. All are welcome to the exhibition opening on Friday, June 14, as well as the artist talks on Saturday, June 15 at 3pm. Stay tuned for a series of related events throughout the summer on the theme of “art as activism”, including fi lm screenings and a panel discussion.

Cut over Kitimat headwaters 2012, Peter Corbett. Oil on canvas, 8”x10”


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Kispiox Village Totem Park, 2012, Glenn Clark. Oil on canvas, 40”x50”

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Elephant Island Orchard Wines captured our imaginations on our first visit a decade ago and hasn’t failed to impress since then. Not having visited the winery for a few years, we were reintroduced to its fruit wines at a Naramata Bench Winery Association tasting in Calgary a few months ago. Guests were presented with a glass of pink bubbly upon arrival and it was a real treat. Murmurs could be heard around the room when it was announced that the Pink Elephant was made from apple, not grape, juice. Then, on our last trip to Naramata, we were royally entertained at the Naramata Heritage Inn, where the new owners’ grand opening celebrations were kicked off with the sabering of sparkling wine. A series of brave volunteers sharply slid the blade of a sabre along the neck of the bottle, which snaps off the heavy ring of glass at the top. The pressurized contents then shoot the cork and glass ring a considerable distance, and also eject any tiny glass shards. It’s an exciting way to start a celebration, and the wine

did nothing to lessen the momentum of the evening. Elephant Island Orchard Wines was founded in 1999 by Miranda and Del Halladay, in partnership with Miranda’s grandmother, the architect Catherine Chard Wisnicki. Wisnicki had purchased the property against the advice of her husband, who was convinced the investment for retirement would turn into a White Elephant. He referred to the property as his wife’s Eye-land, because of what he perceived as her obsession for the aesthetic. So visitors shouldn’t be surprised when the road down to the winery doesn’t take them over a bridge and onto an island. It does, though, lead to a remarkable selection of wines, a couple of which are even made from grapes.

First to the Pink Elephant. Fermented from the juice of Granny Smith apples, the wine is made with the methode champenoise, like traditional Champagne from France. Before being corked it gets a dosage of Cassis, which lends a beautiful pink colour to the end product. We have served it with the addition of Okanagan Spirits black currant liqueur to make Kir Royals which, with the addition of a preserved hibiscus flower in the bottom of a glass, results in a very exotic drink that bumps up any celebration a notch. Another sparkling wine, The Little King, is named in memory of the Halladays’ son, Rex. All proceed to go a pediatric nursing education fund at the BC Children’s Hospital. To date more than $70,000 has been donated.

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Four fruit wines are available, from pears, cherries, blackberries and black currants. The dessert wine line-up includes fortified versions from black currants (Cassis), raspberries (Framboise), apricot and crabapple wines and a Port-style wine, too. Two grape wines, with tongue-incheek names, Naysayer (Cabernet Franc) and I Told You So (Viognier), acknowledge that the Halladays can handle fruit from vines too. In fact the Viognier (which has a touch of Sauvignon Blanc added for acidity) was named the best in its category in the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, a testament to Del’s skill in the winery. If Elephant Island was just a novelty among BC wineries, it would be a good one. But it’s much more than that. We still smile when we remember reading, on our first ever visit, a newspaper article talking about how someone managed to slip an Elephant Island cherry wine into a Pinot Noir tasting in Vancouver. It won, much to the embarrassment of the judges when the ruse was discovered. More information can be found on the excellent web site, Lorne Eckersley is publisher of the Creston Valley Advance. His website,, features a collection of columns, stories and photographs about wine, beer and spirits, food, travel and arts.





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Homelinks presents the musical Tuishi Pamoja, directed by Allison Girvan and Miriam Mason Martineau, on Thursday, June 13 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the South Nelson school gymnasium. The show, put on by homeschoolers ages six to 14, follows a young giraffe, Raffi, and young zebra, Zea, who want to be friends despite warnings from their parents. Lucas Myers is remounting the very first show he performed in Nelson, East, as a festival opener for the Tiny Lights Festival in Ymir. The show combines three plays, including We Are Going on a Journey which condenses a Greyhound bus ride from Vancouver to Toronto into 20 minutes, The Landlords Daughter, a tale of Love and Rental SNAFU, and The Forgetful Prince, a puppet show. The evening will also feature special guests that are performing at the festival. See East at The Ymir Hall, June 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 with a Tiny Lights festival pass or $10 without, and are available in advance at the Ymir Store.


International Seller of “SEA SICK - THE HIDDEN CRISIS OF GLOBAL OCEAN CHANGE” 7 PM THURSDAY JUNE 13TH NELSON UNITED CHURCH 602 SILICA STREET Youth (to age 25) & Students are free Suggested donation $10 Email or phone 250 358 7904 for more info!


Portland-based poet Daniela Elza will be reading from her new book milk tooth bane bone on Thursday, June 13 at Booksmyth Underground (338 Baker Street). The night will also feature slam poet Samuel Stephenson and open mic readings. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7 to $10, sliding scale.


The Civic Theatre hosts a gala screening of Star Trek: Into Darkness on June 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for this licensed event (sorry, no minors). There will be prizes for best costume. Gala tickets are available at Otter Books and Baker Street Menswear and online at There will also be regular, family-friendly screenings on June 15, 16 and 18.



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Nathan Grey, a former Nelsonite now living in Vancouver, will have his abstract paintings on display at the Craft Connection/Gallery 378 until the end of June. An opening reception for the show will be held on June 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. History of Fire in Nelson opens in Gallery B at Touchstones Nelson on June 8. This exhibit will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the firehall on Ward Street in Nelson, and document the many fires that have transformed our community over the decades. Oxygen Art Centre’s newest artist in residence is the Bristol Diving School, an artist collective from England. They will be working in the centre from June 8 to July 7 and will offer an artist’s talk on June 13 at Oxygen, located at 320 Vernon Street (alley entrance).

The North Carolina-based EDM duo Clicks & Whistles is at Spiritbar on Friday, June 7. Ticket info at the Hume Hotel. Lowry Olafson plays a family-friendly house concert on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. Come hear, up close and personal, a fine musician whose lyrics and tunes are delightful to hear. Advance ticket purchase required. Adults $15; kids $8. Contact 250-352-9547 or email p.nina@ for location and to purchase your tickets. Papa Thom, a musician who travels Canada raising awareness of homelessness and poverty, will give a benefit concert for St. Saviour’s Food Pantry on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at St. Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral, 701 Ward Street (at Silica). Admission by donation, and nonperishable food items welcome. Info 250-352-9871. The Cave Singers play Spiritbar on Saturday, June 8. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $18, available at the Hume Hotel front desk, and online through by searching “Hume Hotel.” Kootenay Co-op Radio punk implosion featuring Living Deadbeats, Taberf**ks, Thus Far, Drunk On Purpose, and Sober Becky in the KCR basement (308 Hall Street) on June 12. Cover is $8 and doors open around 8 p.m.

Abandoning Paradise: The Northern Gateway Project by Glenn Clark and Peter Corbett opens June 14 in Gallery A at Touchstones Nelson. The exhibit features landscape paintings of places that would be impacted by the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline.

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Alanna Mitchell, author of Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, will give a talk at the Nelson United Church (602 Silica Street) at 7 p.m. on June 13 about moving from environmental despair to imagining a new world. A donation of $10 is suggested, with youth and students free.


The funk rock trio Jan Van Gold Band plays Sleep is for Sissies in Winlaw on Friday, June 7. For info call 250-2267663.

Electric Wednesday open stage at Spiritbar on Wednesday, June 12. Take your turn in the spotlight, or enjoy the music of those who do, at one of the Kootenay’s best open stages. Talk to Estevan to sign up for a timeslot during the night.

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and the All Seasons Cafe new Spring Menu. Vegan and Vegetarian dishes, BC meat from four different Kootenay farms, Oceanwise fish and seafood.

Award winning wine list starting at


Factories and Alleyways bring their lush three-part harmonies to the Cedar Creek Cafe in Winlaw (5709 Highway 6) on Thursday, June 13. The show starts around 6:30 p.m. and will be held outside, weather permitting. Admission by donation. Yan Zombie present: Vancouver producer/DJ Michael Red, a founding member of Lighta! Sound, will be at Spiritbar on Thursday, June 13. Doors at 10 p.m. Cover is $7 before 11:30 p.m. and $10 after.


DOWNTOWN LOCAL MARKET WEDNESDAY JUNE 12 10:00AM TO 4:00PM 400 block of Baker Street, Nelson for more info

Tofu Stravinsky plays Spiritbar on Friday, June 14 with Chinese for Travelers. Tickets are $10. Amy Ferguson Institute fundraiser on Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m. at the Nelson United Church (602 Silica Street), featuring performances by local vocalists and musicians including Audrey Bisset, Allison Girvan, Bob Hargrieves and many more. Tax receipts will be provided for donations over $20. Electro Swing Club returns to Spiritbar on June 15 with their unique and original musical time travelling experience. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $10 if you dress in swing attire. The Tiny Lights Festival brings music, art, dance and spoken word to five historic venues in Ymir on June 15 and 16. This year’s lineup includes Vancouver’s Miami Device, a nine piece Afro-beat/funk band, and violin wizard Jaron Freeman-Fox with his super group The Opposite of Everything. Weekend passes are $75 for adults and $45 for youth. See the full schedule of events and purchase tickets online at

The best patio in Nelson is now open. Come and experience our new menu, the same award winning wine list with wines starting at $30.00, in a truly spectacular setting.

June 7, 2013  

Vurb is a weekly entertainment newspaper distributed Fridays in the Nelson Star.