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There’s no shortage of arts events to keep you warm this winter. So bundle up and get out there.

Exploring Indigenous identity through dance

Indigenous dance gets a contemporary twist Nov. 20 to 24 via a performance dubbed Mînowin. Performed by the Dancers of Damelahamid, the show is described as “an innovative multimedia dance work about rebirth and transformation.” The performance piece marries narration, movement, song and projections as the dancers connect coastal landscapes with contemporary perspectives on Indigenous dance and culture.
Nov. 20 to 24 at the Cultch, 1895 Venables St.
Tickets: thecultch.com

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East Van Panto returns with Pinocchio

East Van Panto: Pinocchio runs Nov. 20 to Jan. 5 at the York Theatre.

Every journey into adulthood inevitably includes run-ins with a fox, a cricket and an orca, and this year’s East Van Panto reflects that timeless truth. East Van Panto: Pinocchio follows an old ice cream seller named Gelato, the “mysterious Beckwoman of Commercial Drive” and a potential cappuccino war. Very Vancouver. Back for its seventh year, this rendition of the East Van Panto is written by Marcus Youssef and directed by Stephen Drover.
Nov. 20 to Jan. 5 at the York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr.
Tickets: thecultch.com

Nutcracker remounts for holiday season

Alberta Ballet's Nutcracker runs Dec. 28 to 30 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Photo Darren Makoivichuk
Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker runs Dec. 28 to 30 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Photo Darren Makoivichuk

If a production of the Nutcracker isn’t happening somewhere in Vancouver, can it truly be the holiday season or are we living in an alternate reality? You have until Dec. 28 to ponder this existential question, when Alberta Ballet’s production kicks off at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The choreography comes courtesy of Edmund Stripe, while Emmy Award-winning designer Zack Brown takes care of the costumes. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra takes care of Tchaikovsky’s musical score. Expect all the other bells and whistles as well: the Sugar Plum Fairy, a Mouse King and Russian princesses.
Dec. 28 to 30 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St.
Tickets: ticketmaster.com

Look busy, the Messiah is coming

The Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Vancouver Cantata Singers perform Handel's Messiah Nov. 30 at
The Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Vancouver Cantata Singers perform Handel’s Messiah Nov. 30 at the Chan Centre.

Fun fact: it took George Frideric Handel just 24 days to write the Messiah back in the 18th Century.
Fast forward almost 300 years, and the three-part performance about all things Jesus lands Nov. 30 at the Chan Centre. Early Music Vancouver brings the show to town alongside guest conductor Ivars Taurins, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Vancouver Cantata Singers. Guest soloists include Joanne Lunn, Krisztina Szabó, Thomas Hobbs and Peter Harvey.
Nov. 30 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Rd.
Tickets: earlymusic.bc.ca

Make the angels dance

The Chor Leoni men’s choir perform their Angels Dance program Dec. 21 at the Orpheum.
The Chor Leoni men’s choir perform their Angels Dance program Dec. 21 at the Orpheum.

The Chor Leoni men’s choir is going to make the angels dance on Dec. 21. The evening’s program for Angels Dance includes traditional holiday music from across Europe, Canada, the southwest and Appalachia, along with dancers from the Arts Umbrella Dance Company. Musicians getting in on the act include Tina Chang (piano), Vivian Chen (harp), Ed Henderson (guitar) and Katie Rife (percussion).
Dec. 21 at the Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.
Tickets: ticketstonight.ticketforce.com.

Sadness reigns in FADO 

The Firehall Arts Centre hosts Elaine Ávila’s new play, FADO, running Nov. 21 to Dec. 14.
The Firehall Arts Centre hosts Elaine Ávila’s new play, FADO, running Nov. 21 to Dec. 14.

Ghosts and the holiday season go together like two peas in a pod. The Firehall Arts Centre hosts Elaine Ávila’s new play, FADO, beginning Nov. 21 and the show is described as a “tale of love and ghosts” set against the “saddest music in the world.” Billed as part concert and part theatre, FADO follows the story of a young Portuguese woman confronting her country’s fascist past and her own identity. In a related plot twist, Fado is the national music of Portugal and translates to the English word for “fate.”
Nov. 21 to Dec. 14 at Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St.
Tickets: firehallartscentre.ca.

Europe in 10 days

Winters Brothers screens at the Cinematheque as part of the European Union Film Festival Nov. 22 to
Winters Brothers screens at the Cinematheque as part of the European Union Film Festival Nov. 22 to Dec. 2.

You can enjoy all the culture of Europe without the 10-hour flight through the Cinematheque’s 22nd annual European Union Film Festival. Films from 25 countries will be featured during the festival’s run, including heartwarming titles such as Metal Heart, Me, Myself and My Dead Wife and Eternal Winter.
Lovely.
Nov. 22 to Dec. 2 at the Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St.
Tickets: thecinematheque.ca

Disney on Ice gives it 110 per cent

Disney on Ice’s Mickey’s Search Party skates across Pacific Coliseum Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.
Disney on Ice’s Mickey’s Search Party skates across Pacific Coliseum Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.

There was a time when the mere appearance of Mickey and Minnie on a sheet of ice alone would bring the crowd to its feet. But in 2019, Disney’s go-tos simply won’t do in isolation. And so, Disney on Ice’s Mickey’s Search Party is now a multi-level performance piece including acrobats, aerial stunts, video projections, skeletons and even stilts. The storyline for Mickey’s Search Party features Mickey and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic. Clever cross-promotion dictates that the whole slate of Disney-Pixar characters be involved somehow, so be prepared for guest spots from the likes of Coco, Frozen, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story and the Little Mermaid.
Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 at Pacific Coliseum, 2901 East Hastings St.
Tickets: TicketLeader.ca

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Holiday Arts: Vancouver's seasonal shows, ranked from the retro to the serene to the classical – Straight.com

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Holiday performances are packing the weeks before Christmas, with offerings from the elegant to the silly. Aside from the unprecedented wave of homegrown seasonal plays, here are some of the top shows decking the city’s halls from now through the New Year, sorted for your every Yuletide mood.

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Jim Byrnes reprises his role in Bah Humbug! for the Downtown Eastside–set show’s final installment at SFU Woodward’s.

Unconventional Xmas

Bah Humbug!

At SFU Woodward’s in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts from December 5 to 21

It’s the 10th and final version of this modern, hyperlocal twist on A Christmas Carol. Set in the Downtown Eastside, the show stars singer Jim Byrnes as a pawnshop owner and slumlord who preys on the poor. Directed by Michael Boucher, it also features actors Tom Pickett, Stephen Lytton, Kevin McNulty, Sam Bob, Savannah Walling, and Margo Kane, with the St. James Music Academy Youth Choir joining the live band, and muralist Richard Tetrault artfully conjuring the alleyways that lie just outside the theatre.

O Christmas Tea

At the Vancouver Playhouse from December 5 to 7

Fringe-circuit favourites James & Jamesy put a holiday spin on their comedic British tea party. Catastrophe strikes, tea floods, and physical comedy abounds.

Paul Anthony’s Talent Time Christmas Show

At the Rio Theatre on December 5

The city’s most twisted live-comedy talk show brings in inspired special guests, promising more surprises than a stuffed stocking. Local funnyman Ryan Beil cohosts.

Mixed Nuts

At the Vancouver Playhouse from December 13 to 15

The Arts Umbrella Dance Company upends and reimagines The Nutcracker in entertaining fashion, with vignettes that retell the story through everything from hip-hop to ballroom and polished pas de deux.

The Vancouver Bach Choir’s entire “family of choirs” reunites for one of the city’s oldest holiday concerts.

Classic Christmas

A Christmas Carol

At Pacific Theatre from November 29 to December 21

Local theatre artist Ron Reed has not only written this adaptation of Charles Dickens’s famous work, but taken on performing it solo, stepping into the shoes of 43 of the book’s characters—including, of course, the infamous old miser himself.

Handel’s Messiah

At the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on November 30

Here’s a concert that should be truly epic—in other words, everything you could hope for in the soaring choral masterpiece. The big draw is guest music director Ivars Taurins, who helms the famed Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and has led more than 200 renditions of the monumental work. He’ll be conducting the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Vancouver Cantata Singers in a landmark production copresented by Early Music Vancouver. World-class soloists include soprano Joanne Lunn, mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó, tenor Thomas Hobbs, and baritone Peter Harvey.

Christmas With The Bach Choir

At the Orpheum on December 1

The first rendition of this concert was in 1930, making it one of the oldest holiday traditions in the city. And it’s now grown to showcase more than 400 performers (including the Bach Choir’s children’s chorus), this year singing classic Viennese and other European Christmas fare. Vancouver-based horn quintet A Touch of Brass provides accompaniment, as does Michael Dirk on the Wurlitzer theatre organ.

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Matthew MacDonald-Bain and Baraka Rahmani in the Arts Club’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.
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Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley

At the Granville Island Stage from December 5 to January 4

Cue the witty dialogue as Roy Surette directs a Yuletide follow-up to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. When it debuted last year, our theatre critic called it “cozy and romantic”.

A European Christmas

At the Orpheum on December 7

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra plays sparkling seasonal selections from Hansel and Gretel and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, with maestro Constantin Trinks on the podium. Mezzo Barb Towell and soprano Allie Clayton lend their vocal power.

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker

At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from December 20 to 22

The Goh’s family-friendly spin on the beloved holiday ballet has lush sets and international stars in the roles of the Cavalier Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy. But what sets it apart is the fun touches, from tiny gymnasts tumbling out from under a giant skirt to mice that throw big hunks of cheese during the battle scene. The Vancouver Opera Orchestra brings Tchaikovsky’s famous score to life.

Christmas Reprise XVII

At Holy Rosary Cathedral on December 21

Traditional carols mix with contemporary holiday compositions in the atmospherically historic church. The Vancouver Cantata Singers’ all a cappella repertoire spans Hieronymus Praetorious’s “Magnificat Quinti Toni”, Morten Lauridsen’s “O Nata Lux”, and a signature rendition of Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria”.

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Alberta Ballet’s glistening Russian-inspired spin on the classic The Nutcracker returns to town in the days right after Christmas.
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Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker

At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from December 28 to 30

Choreographed by Edmund Stipe, Alberta Ballet’s elegant version of the classic takes its inspiration from opulent imperial Russia; think mice dressed as Cossack soldiers, snowflakes garbed as Russian princesses, arctic wolves, and onion domes on the fairy-tale buildings. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra plays the score live.

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Greg Armstrong-Morris, Erin Palm, and Nick Fontaine in It’s a Wonderful Life, by Patrick Street Productions.
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Retro Holiday

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage

November 24 at the Vogue Theatre

A live-action cast re-creates some of the best scenes from the 1965 animated TV special. The iconic Vince Guaraldi tunes are all there, as well as a show-ending audience sing-along.

Christmas With Sinatra

At the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver on December 8, and at the Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre on December 15

Amid holiday sets and lighting, singer Dane Warren resurrects Old Blue Eyes’ festive hits, from “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to “The Little Drummer Boy”.

It’s A Wonderful Life

At the Anvil Centre from December 19 to January 5

Patrick Street Productions turns the beloved 1946 holiday movie into a musical stage adaptation, weaving in nostalgic show tunes like “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Lost in the Stars”, alongside traditional carols. It’s all backed up by a swingin’ live orchestra. Stage veteran Greg Armstrong-Morris plays Clarence, the angel trying to get his wings by saving George Bailey (Nick Fontaine).

Caroline Shaw appears at Music on Main’s Winter Solstice program.

Seasonal Serene

Christmas Oratorio

The Vancouver Chamber Choir’s recently installed conductor Kari Turunen hails from Finland, and he brings a gorgeous dusting of northern frost to the ensemble’s annual Christmas program. Think Ēriks Ešenvalds’s “Northern Lights” and “O Salutaris Hostia”, Otto Olsson’s “Guds Son är Född”, and fellow Finn Einojuhani Rautavaara’s “Canticum Mariae Virginis”, set alongside reimagined standards like Michael McGlynn’s glimmering new arrangement of “Silent Night”.

Music for the Winter Solstice

At Heritage Hall on December 11 and 12

Music on Main celebrates the darkest days of the year with candlelight and eclectic performances by New York City vocalist, violinist, and composer Caroline Shaw and singer-composer Gabriel Kahane, as well as local avant-pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa. The program ranges from Arvo Pärt to Rodney Sharman and the Wyrd Sisters, as well as to composer in residence Sabrina Schroeder.

Winter Harp

At North Vancouver’s BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts on December 11 and 12; at New Westminster’s Holy Trinity Cathedral on December 18; and at Christ Church Cathedral on December 20

Flickering candlelight, soothing harps, violins, and flutes, and medieval garb make this atmospheric concert the antidote to all mall madness.

Sing Lullabye

At St. Philip’s Anglican Church on December 15, and at Christ Church Cathedral on December 21

The a cappella masters of musica intima draw from the British choral tradition for this year’s transcendent treat. Seasonal music spans Herbert Howells, Kenneth Leighton, Jonathan Dove, and James MacMillan. Canadian composers Kristopher Fulton and John Burge also join the mix.

Christmas With Chor Leoni: Angels Dance

At the Orpheum on December 21

The polished young contemporary dancers of the Arts Umbrella Dance Company bring a new layer to the men’s choir’s holiday program. The performance centres around two folk-inspired works: composer Conrad Susa’s American Southwest–tinged Carols & Lullabies (choreographed by Lesley Telford) and Malcolm Dalglish’s haunting, harp-accompanied Star in the East, which features Appalachian shape-note singing (and choreography by Ballet BC alumna Livona Ellis). Watch for the debut of Two New Counting Carols by composer in residence Zachary Wadsworth, too. Pianist Tina Chang, harpist Vivian Chen, guitarist Ed Henderson, and percussionist Katie Rife lend their skills to the program.

Pop-culture Trimmings

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Merry Kissmas—A Royal Romance parodies the sappy holiday specials on TV right now, on show at the Improv Centre.

Merry Kissmas—A Royal Romance

At the Improv Centre from November 20 to December 24

Vancouver TheatreSports playfully parodies the nonstop stream of holiday specials filling up your PVR right now. This time, along with sending up TV’s usual Christmas clichés, it’s building in a plot surrounding an imagined royal wedding in an unknown small country called Improvanzia. As usual, audience suggestions fuel all the sappy romantic twists and turns leading up to Kissmas Day.

Jazz songstress Holly Cole joins the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Holly Cole Christmas

At the Orpheum on December 11

The smoky-voiced Canadian jazz songstress presents a holiday program of Christmas favourites and her own sultry hits, including music from her latest album, HOLLY. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs rich orchestral backup to her band.

Home Alone

At the Orpheum on December 18 and 20

John Hughes’s rambunctious comedy classic gets live accompaniment by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, celebrating the score composed by John Williams. Bask in the antics of Macaulay Culkin’s bratty eight-year-old Kevin while gaining a new appreciation of the music behind the laughs. Julian Pellicano conducts.

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ARTS AROUND: ‘Tis the season for Christmas crafts – Alberni Valley News

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MELISSA MARTIN

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

Calling all artists and local crafters! The Rollin Art Centre’s annual Christmas Market is just around the corner.

All local artisans and crafters are invited to be included in this month-long celebration of the holidays. If you are interested, stop by and pick up your form today. All you need is a current Community Arts Council membership to take part.

The deadline for submissions is the last week in November. Mistletoe Market is open the entire month of December and is a great way to showcase your one of a kind works. The Rollin Art Centre is located at 3061 Eighth Ave., or call for more info: 250-724-342.

COASTAL CRUSH

The last art exhibit for the year at the Rollin Art Centre is titled “Coastal Crush.” This exciting and very different exhibit features local artist Michelle Frost. Michelle’s collection is influenced by the coastal shores and features fluid paintings, recycled glass and art panels—an exhibit which is not only two-dimensional but three-dimensional.

This exhibit on now at the Rollin Art centre until Nov. 26.

SATURDAYS ARE KRAFT DAYS

If you are between the ages of seven and 13 and you love glitter glue, googly eyes and all the wacky ways you can use pipe cleaners, then drop by the Rollin Art Centre for a fun craft every Saturday afternoon from 1-3 p.m, where you will be creating some fun memories and souvenirs in theme with the season.

No registration is required—just come on by. The cost is $15.

BOOK DONATIONS ACCEPTED EARLY

The Community Arts Council is now accepting all gently used books for our giant book sale in May.

Usually we don’t take them until February, so if you’re cleaning out your reading materials, now is a great time to make room for new ones by donating all those books to the Rollin Art Centre.

Books can be dropped off Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

OLD SALTS NIGHT

The Maritime Heritage Gallery presents another Maritime Heritage Night at the Lighthouse Pier on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

Do you have stories of working, sailing, fishing and diving around, on, in or beside the waters of the Alberni Canal or the West Coast? Please come along and share those stories in an informal setting with mug-up and refreshments offered.

Together we can learn more about the history of life on our coast and enjoy the company of other “mariners.”

A CHRISTMAS TRADITION

Timbre! Choir has been singing in the Alberni Valley for 47 years. Please join us once again on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the ADSS Theatre at 2:30 p.m. as we present Merry Christmas, Darling.

Tickets are on sale now at Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre, Finishing Touches, Salmonberry’s, from choir members or at the door. Adults and seniors pay $20 and students under 18 and children pay $5. The choir will be conducted by Rosemary Lindsay and accompanied by Danielle Marcinek.

SOLSTICE

The Barkley Sounds Community Choir presents “Solstice” on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the ADSS Theatre.

Special guest performers include Phil’s Harmonics String Orchestra, Dennis Olsen and Guy Langlois, Anna Lewis and the AV United Handbell Ensemble. Tickets are available at Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre, from choir members and at the door.

CALL TO ARTISTS

Reflect, Consider, Study, Contemplate. The second Biennial Vancouver Island Artist Juried Art Show will take place at the Alberni Valley Museum from June 26 to Sept. 12, 2020. The submission deadline is April 17, 2020.

Follow us on Facebook: ReflectShow2020. Primary indications of interest or questions can be sent to reflectshow2020@gmail.com. Attn: Robert Gunn or Chris Doman.

MAGIC COTTAGE CRAFT SALE

Handcrafts and treasures are available for all your Holiday needs at 3945 Fourth Avenue between Morton and Maitland in the cottage out back. The cottage is open Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24, Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check out handmade chocolates, sweets and treats, jewellery, vintage collectables, artwork, paper crafts, farmhouse furniture and lots more.

The craft sale is fundraising for the Read & Feed breakfast program.

CHAR’S LANDING CONCERTS

Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., Steve & Vivian Ruskin

Sunday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m., Nashville’s Mark Stuart – Folk/Americana

Thursday, Nov. 28, 3 p.m., Writers’ Workshop with Susan Glickman

Thursday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., AV Words on Fire ! – Spoken Word Open Mic featuring Susan Glickman

Saturday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., HINATINYIS with Sandy Bouleau

Tickets are available at Char’s Landing or the Rollin Art Centre (cash ONLY).

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412.

Email: communityarts@shaw.ca.

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City of Kamloops to spend $35000 on arts centre communications – Kamloops This Week

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City council has approved spending $35,000 on a communications plan for Kamloops Centre for the Arts and the referendum process and has launched online engagement.

The money will be funded from council’s contingency budget in 2019 and 2020. The annual contingency budget is $36,000. Council on Tuesday voted unanimously — 6-0 — in favour of the funding. Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian and Coun. Dieter Dudy were absent for personal reasons. Coun. Denis Walsh declared a conflict of interest, as he owns property at St. Paul Street and Fourth Avenue, across the street from the proposed arts centre, which would sit on city-owned land bordered by Seymour Street, St. Paul Street and Fourth Avenue.

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City communications manager Wendy Heshka said the money will be spent on materials, including a printed mail-out to be sent to residents at a cost of between $12,000 to $15,000. The rest of the money has yet to be allocated, but will go toward audio-visual content, brochures, signage and/or mass media advertising. Heshka said the city will use as many internal resources as possible, including staff and the sign shop.

Council has expressed need for improved communications since the last performing-arts centre proposal, which was defeated by voters in a 2015 referendum. However, the $35,000 communications budget approved this week is a carbon copy of that used in the 2015 referendum.

Heshka said growth of the city’s communications department will improve communication.

“We have more human resources now, which is a really big asset,” she told KTW. “We have a new print shop and we have a brand new engagement website that really wouldn’t be offered for this project at no cost. The $35,000 fits well into council contingency and, therefore, it doesn’t take away from another service. We’ll reach more people because we have more internal assets and we’re not pulling it from a surplus. We’re not pulling it from anything but council budget, which is fitting because they’re the ones who supported it.”

Coun. Arjun Singh expressed some concern over the ability for council to advocate for the project while ensuring accurate information is communicated to the public. He put forward a motion, calling for staff to proceed with polling stations and locations for the referendum without council approval — to ensure the separation of church and state (council and staff) — as council advocates for the arts centre. That motion, however, was defeated.

Asked how the project will be communicated to the public, Heshka said the Kamloops Centre for the Arts Society and city council will be responsible for communicating the “yes” vote, while city staff will provide facts about the project and referendum. She said answers to the public won’t always put the project in a positive light.

“We just need to be really careful that we’re not trying to convince people to vote a certain way, but we are trying to convince them to vote,” Heshka said of the municipality’s responsibility in carrying out a referendum. “We want people to get out and vote in an informed way.”

City chief administrative officer David Trawin further explained that materials to be released to the public will include facts about the project and promote the referendum, but will not urge residents to vote “yes.” As such, city funds would not be allocated for any possible counter-group that may emerge in opposition of the project.

“We’re not giving money to either side,” Trawin said.

With the referendum date set for Saturday, April 4, and a communications budget allocated, the city also officially launched engagement for the Kamloops Centre for the Arts online at letstalk.kamloops.ca/KCA. There, residents can learn about the project — including reading the business case — ask questions of city staff and sign up for updates via email newsletter.

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