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2012 Artswells Line-Up

Aaron Goodwin, Penticton, BC
Musician.Lives the good life every day. Eclectic accordion noir.

Ari Neufeld, Penticton, BC
Who makes a top shelf martini with a $200 bottle of vodka, mixed with $.67 worth of Kool-Aid? Ari Neufeld does. A celebration of sublime and ridiculous.

Aurora Jane, Melbourne, Australia
The fluidity and excitement of a Hendrix Experience, with the deep groove of ‘Blood Sugar’ era Chili Peppers, and the retro get-up-and-dance stylings of 70′s P-Funk.

Benny Walker, Echuca, Victoria, Australia
Australian indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker’s distinctive sound combines raw, powerful honesty with upbeat, catchy rhythms to create captivating music that you’ll be humming for days.

Bidiniband, Toronto, ON
Led by legendary Canadian rocker Dave Bidini, founder of the Rheostaticts… and now in Wells! Catch them while you can.

Big Twang Daddy, Williams Lake and Quesnel, BC
A Cariboo dance band playing mostly original material, with some sideways covers. Eclectic, sometimes traditional, sometimes psychedelic, sometimes ska, but always great for dancing.

Blackberry Wood, Vancouver, BC
Dash of illusion, pinch of magic alt-country/ragtime/circus gypsy music. Come to the show as your alter ego. Wear a bright headband to soak up sweat.

Blair Leaman, Winlaw, BC
A gentleman farmer, an outlaw with an ink six shooter, and an excommunicated priest, are drinking in a bar. These are there poems, songs and stories.

Bob Campbell, Wells, BC
I live here.

Bobby Herron and the Random Associates, Cumberland, BC
Bobby Herron and Random Associates offers up a provocative and playful urban/rural sound with sophisticated and catchy arrangements, sweet vocals and enticing lyrics.

Brother Below, Montreal, QC and Vancouver, BC
Vancouver based musician, Benedict Marsh fronts this outfit designed to make you dance with hook driven melodies layered over up tempo rock-reggae fusion rhythms and tasty strummings.

Cameron Catalano, Vancouver, BC
This Cariboo born composer/producer is pleased to be presenting a rare showcase of songs he and his guitar have collected over the years.

Canadian Waste, Prince George, BC
Buy us a beer, we’ll play you a song. Buy us a second, it’ll be twice as long. Buy us a third and we’ll forget the words.

Christa Couture, Vancouver, BC
Christa Couture’s gorgeously intimate voice and heart-on-sleeve intensity lives “somewhere between the tough vulnerability of Amy Rigby and the passionate, sophisticated folk of Joni Mitchell.”

Christians, Prince George, BC
Unspeakably heavy electric guitar and drums. Improvised, noisy instrumental meditations on the Psalms. Sounds like the walls of Jericho coming down forever and ever and ever.

Corin Raymond, Toronto, ON
He’ll hang with you when you’ve been sleeping in your clothes for days, stained wine glasses scattered around your bed. He can also clear the sky of clouds. Soulful.

Corwin Fox, Victoria, BC
With his distinctive knack for ironic juxtaposition and more heart than an artichoke, Fox takes another cut at big business, government practices, and environmental politics.

CR Avery, Vancouver, BC
Violent and tender, this one-man band sings poetic verse while beatboxing and pounding the piano simultaneously and adding harmonica like a plot twist.

Crossbow, Kamloops, B.C.
Neil Burnett (Celtic harp, penny whistle, etc.) and Christina Zaenker (cello & voice) make music from a new recipe for 38 strings, ringing timber, and assorted sonic spices.

Crowd the Joanna, Kelowna, B.C.
A boot-stomping, whiskey-hollering hoe-down full of sea chanteys and drinking hymns.

D.J. Zazen, Penticton, BC
A rare DJ that draws from all genres of electronica, who plays soulful grooves that make it difficult to watch without joining the dance-floor.

Daniel Moir, Vancouver, BC
Daniel Moir is a musician from Vancouver. Drawing insight from personal experience and philosophy, Daniel continues to write, record and tour relentlessly.

Danielle Savage and the Miscreants, Okanagan, BC
Danielle Savage and her band, the Miscreants, genre-swim via adaptogenic folk. Heavy on the songwriting, light to the touch. Good for the body.

Daughters of Blood and Bone, BC and Tennessee
Melisa Devost, Linda McRae, and Pharis Romero weave older musical traditions into old time country, to delta blues, to field hollers. Arrangements of the traditional, and the not so traditional…

Dave Bidini, Toronto, ON
A Canadian independent music legend, a founding member of the Rheostatics, and a songwriter’s songwriter. Literate, rocking tunes about dead hockey players, cannibalism, and lesbian schoolteachers.

Dave Soroka, Grand Forks, BC
A mythical figure in the Canadian indie music scene, his songs are humorous, contagious, heart-wrenching, and capture the emotions and stories of a true Canadian troubadour.

David Newberry, East Vancouver, BC
David Newberry’s music explores the relationships between social, political, personal, and musical stories of our time, constantly playing games with your notion of what folk music “sounds like”.

David Ross MacDonald, Millicent, Australia
“… one of those few songwriters like Nick Drake, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), and Josh Ritter that can captivate his listeners armed only with a voice and guitar.” American Songwriter Magazine

David Roy Parsons, Vancouver, BC
Started as a busker in Ontario, began recording 12 years ago, has since released four albums of original music. Covered by artists such as Joey Only, Raghu Lokanathan, and Jeremy Stewart.

David Simard, Dorreen, BC and Montreal, QC
Simard channels a deft folk crooner with sensitivity … and a little bit of mischief.

David P. Smith, Victoria, BC
Accordion, piano, musical primitivism. David’s songs are vividly surreal spaces in which the opposing notions of humour and despair mingle.

Dok Auk, Cache Creek, BC
A style all of his own and opinion to be heard Dok Auk will entertain you with his lyrics about life politics relationships and much more.

Doug Koyama, Quesnel, BC
Watch an artist at work. Koyama uses a loop machine to layer bits of melody, harmony and vocal percussion. Each song is completely improvised from beginning to end.

Drum and Bell Tower, Williams Lake, BC
Heavy-footed politi-folk songs by Williams Lake, BC’s Brent Morton. Listen for melodic and danceable journeys for life on a crowded planet.

Ezra Kwizera, Kigali, Rwanda
Ezra’s music carries the spark of life, along with rich undertones of surviving hardships and poverty; and it consists of Traditional, Reggae, Soca, and Dancehall.

The Flaming Trolleys, Winnipeg, MB
From street corners to protests, festivals to parades, bringing their unique and wild blend of dancing, playing, singing, parading, hooping and spinning to ArtsWells!

FM Hi Low, Montreal, QC
FM Hi Low is movement music that soothes, grooves and inspires. Fresh off a recording and backpacking adventure in Jamaica FM Hi Low is all vibes!

Folky Strum Strum, Rolla, BC
The group has been described by fans as having a unique and soulful sound, that is backed by exceptional songwriting” with musicians all from around Rolla, BC.

Fraser Union, Vancouver, BC
Fraser Union (Roger Holdstock, Henk Piket, Barry Truter) sing BC and Canadian songs that tell stories, along with blues and originals, accompanied by guitars, mandolins, dobro, and harmonica.

Free Soul, Prince George, B.C.
“A poppy, reggae-filled musical medley of fun, Mike “FREESOUL” Amos will enrich your senses with his strong guitar skills and smooth soulful vocals.” – Barry McKillican

Ghengis GandhisGhengis Gandhis, Ashcroft, B.C.
The Ghengis Gandhis call their musical style “BC Homegrown Reggae:” fun, danceable, socially relevant, original music that swells the heart and fills the soul.

Geoff Berner, Vancouver, BC
Committed to “dragging klezmer music kicking and screaming back into the bars”, Geoff Berner will show you that it’s better to be disreputable. Bring a flask.

Granville Johnson, Prince George, BC

Grey Gardener, Vancouver, BC
Singing simple yet soulful songs, his natural ability to create beautiful melodic lines is captivating. Speaking of the heart from the heart.

Hannah Epperson, Vancouver, BC
A talented violinist who composes beautifully arranged pieces and uses a loop machine as back-up. You won’t know you’re in love until it’s too late.

High Society, Vancouver, BC
High Society is a band of street musicians, mercenary troubadours, and blues bandits: Cory Sweet, Kenan Sungur, Adam Farnsworth, and Chelsea D.E. Johnson.

Hip Sisters, Grand Forks, BC
Belly dance inspired fusion – a modern colorful and energetic rendition of the ancient and sacred art of belly dance.

Hujune, Fort Fraser, BC
May we sail freely to the next stage…. ever changing, ever evolving, ever loving…. Snachileya> Complex thankfulness.

Jaron Freeman-Fox, Toronto, BC
Jaron Freeman-Fox makes his fiddle squeal like a wounded aardvark and whisper like the sea. Mongol blues. Country and eastern. Afrobeat jig-saws. BYO parachute.

Jayme McKillop, Vernon, BC
Jayme’s impassioned renditions of classic favourites, along with her own songs of human connection and social critique, make for a remarkable listening experience.

Jasper Sloan Yip, Vancouver, BC
In high school, you get your heart broken, cry and then dance about it because it’s new and exciting. Jasper’s songs make you feel this way again.

Jeff Andrew, Vancouver, BC
Guitarist and fiddler Jeff Andrew knows a trick for raising the dead, but it only works on Tuesdays. “Think The Pogues at their most engaging, singing early Tom Waits” (Leicester Bangs).

Jenny Omnichord, Guelph, ON
Jenny Omnichord: be prepared to smile, to be amazed and to be bewildered. The omnichord is coming, and we will all be the better for it.

Jenny Ritter, Victoria, BC
Jenny’s original tunes are a new, beautiful form of unique indie-folk. With roots buried deep in folk traditions, her branches reach into a sky of modern sensibilites.

Joanna Chapman-Smith, Toronto, ON
Just back from Europe, this parlour-sized wanderer with the big voice brings home hints of Parisian cafés and Italian vistas.

Joe Nolan, Edmonton, AB
Joe Nolan is a songwriter wise beyond his ripe young age. His latest record “Goodbye Cinderella” produced by heavy hitter Colin Linden can testify this… Catch Joe while you can.

Joey Only, Vancouver & Wells, BC
Vancouver radio personality, published writer, booking agent, and artist. Joey’s done a thousand shows in Canada playing radical folk and outlaw country music.

Jungal, Australia
This trio of sisters “know how to bring some serious foot stomping, festival-style…Veering between roots and blues and then all over both.”

Karyn Ellis, Quesnel, BC
Playful, bittersweet. Her music is a glass of homemade lemonade after a hot summer stroll. She’s a modern folk darling and gentle powerhouse of a songwriter.

Kris Demeanor, Calgary, AB
Calgary-born songwriter Kris Demeanor delights in exposing the underbelly of western Canadian culture- gambling, drug use, murder, religion, the suburbs. Recently named the first Poet Laureate of the City of Calgary.

Ladybug and Caterpillar, Winnipeg, MB
ladybug: red beetle with black spots, eats aphids (Coccinellidae)
caterpillar: worm like larvae of butterfly or moth (order Lepidoptera)
an unlikely love story.

Lexi Marie, Vancouver, BC
Raw combination of rhythmic, harp-like ukelele, and a voice thats bound to set the stage ablaze. Lyrically driven soulfolk/reggae/hip hop thats good for your soul.

Linda McRaeLinda McRae, Nashville, TN, USA
From Dear John to John Deere. Combining old-time sounds with themes of heartbreak and redemption, Linda’s lyrics are timeless and heartfelt—plus she’s got serious pipes and chops.

Little Horsefly Country Band, Horsefly and Williams Lake, BC
Sweet sister harmonies and vintage country twang rolling out of a modern-day-Great Depression honky-tonk. You can almost hear the dust sifting off their guitar strings.

The Lovely Bones (formerly Seth & Shara), Dunster, BC
With an acoustic twist, and heavily influenced by latin guitar, reggae, and other world music, they create powerful and passionate performances. The thread of the “guroove” runs deep.

Luke Blu Guthrie, Comox Valley, BC
Rhythm & Blues provides the back drop for his lyrical and musical wanderings. Acoustic & electric guitars, assorted foot percussion, and plenty of rhythmic slaps and yowls.

Maiya Robbie, Penticton, BC
Songs crafted from the expanse of landscapes and distances, rythmic and intricate. Singin’ like a bird. Bringing an electric this time.

Maria in the Shower,Vancouver, BC
From uptempo swing to sensitive folk ballad, energetic samba to subtle waltz, Maria in the Shower spread joy with a captivating performance not to be missed.

Marin Patenaude, Horsefly, BC
She sings and plays an old guitar; original songs rooted in real-life blues and story-telling folk. Melodies and words, let say we listen.

MC Bodhi, Penticton, BC
A unique blend of Melodic Electro-Rap and Inspirational Hip-Hop. MC Bodhi putting together his first Rap Album, “MC Bodhi: The Bodhi Tree.”

Meeka Noelle Morgan, Ashcroft, BC

The Melawmen Collective, Ashcroft, BC
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Melisa Devost, Hornby Island, BC
Melisa Devost has toured extensively throughout Canada, the UK, and Europe, carving her niche as a compelling vocalist with the guitar and songwriting skills to match.

Michael Musclow, Penticton, BC
Three-time BC Indie Award nominee, guitar & ukulele master Michael Musclow continues to de-construct our reality through sound waves.

Michelle Dumond, Vancouver, BC
Journey through gypsy folk, pop, jazz and classical styles with lyrics that get you wondering and grooves that get you dancing! With Quesnel’s Christine Allen, percussion.

Mikkal Waters, Lavington, BC
A masterful singer/songwriter with a rich and heartfelt voice and persona, who draws from the depth of his experiences and all encompassing worldview.

Miss Emily Brown, Montreal, QC
A delicately visual lyricist, Miss Emily Brown illuminates the dusty corners of our memories with songs of quiet intensity.

Miss Quincy and the Showdown, Northern BC
Smokin’ hot girls in not many clothes rocking out with raunchy electric roots & blues – what more could you want in a band?

Morlove, Victoria, B.C. & Montreal, PQ
Best heard through your oldest set of speakers, Morlove is the creative collaboration of Corwin Fox and Miss Emily Brown (along with certain special others…). Experimental, handmade folk.

Orkestar Slivovica,Vancouver, BC
High energy Balkan Roma-style brass band. Wedding music and heart-wrenching songs sung in Romani, Serbian, Macedonian, and English!

Ory No Man, Toronto, ON & Wells, BC
“And what is good, Phaedrus,
And what is not good—
Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?”
—Robert M. Pirsig, Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Party on High Street, Nelson, BC
About four years ago, in Nelson, Forrest Gump and Winnie The Pooh haphazardly started a band. They called it The Party on High Street. Psychedelic funk-rock.

Paul Linklater, Toronto, ON
Toronto guitarist, composer, songwriter, and producer. He plays in the Pinecones, who have a new album in the fall, and is a longstanding Bidiniband member.

Pharis & Jason Romero, Horsefly, BC
Guitars, banjos and intense duet harmonies. Ethereal old time songs to hard edged country blues, with an easy rapor, a feeling of intimacy, and love.

Picture the Ocean (formerly Jesse Dee & Jacquie B), Edmonton, AB
Picture the Ocean is refreshing alt-pop delivered by a powerhouse trio that sounds twice its size.

Rachelle van Zanten, Northern British Columbia
Canadian songstress and slide guitarist, whose raw melange of blues, political folk, Americana, and serious guitar shredding is currently shaking up an audience of its own.

RadaR,
Poet, sound tech, and now head of her own production company (Listen Louder Productions). Former member of the Vancouver Slam team and Artswells regulars The Ramoana-Lisas. For love, for friends lost, and new friends found.

Rae Spoon, Montreal, QC
Rae Spoon is a transgendered musician/author. They started out as a country artist and later composed experimental/electronic music. Has six albums and a book of short stories coming soon.

Raghu LokanathanRaghu Lokanathan, Prince George, B.C.
A rare sort of songwriter whose work conjures a world both familiar and strange. He is an artful dabbler in folk traditions.

Rambling Dan Frechette, Kootenay Mountains, BC
Rambling Dan’s old soul songwriting has garnered him many warm embraces from the song lovers who dig his hard edged lyrics and old style sound.

Ross Douglas, Point Roberts, WA, USA
Award-winning songwriter, great singer, wonderful performer, iffy dresser. His music is praised for its humour, emotional power and grand variety of influences.

Sarah Burton, Toronto, ON
Her steady and soulful voice tells the tales of life with beauty, strength, and weariness, and an ever-present sense of excitement. Rock with country and pop influences.

Scott Cook, Edmonton, AB
Prairie balladeer Scott Cook sings acoustic roots music so honest it hurts. He brings years of roads and a deep love of humanity to his songwriting.

Selina Martin, Toronto, ON
“I felt as if I was at CBGB’s in 1977 witnessing the birth of Talking Heads” – Jowi Taylor
“The most overlooked talent in Canadian music” – Globe & Mail

Shawn Stephenson, Ymir, BC
Kootenay mountain musician. Multi-instrumental looper freakshow. He likes meat, veggies, booze, wigs, tofu and bacon stir-fry and other genderless stuff, and knows how to get it.

shayne avec i grec, Victoria, B.C.
One of 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac, a poetic preacher of The Anthropocalypse, and a co-conspirator in the creation of the world’s first psychedelic talk opera.

Shelder the Electric Clamfish, Victoria, BC
Armed with an arsenal of rainbow-coloured clothes and wacky instruments, this Electric Clamfish is certain to get the crowd clapping their hands and stomping their feet.

Sodapop Somers, Vancouver, BC
Psychedelic folk rap. Sodapop Somers, formerly known as “fritz tha cat,” and 1/2 of the group OK Cobra. True school rap skills meets one-man gonzo hip-hop dream theatre.

Spaceport Union, Victoria, BC
An exploration in progressive, art-rock music featuring vocal harmonies, ethereal arias, musical saw and loop pedals, creatively juxtaposed with the fundamentals of rock.

Stellar Radio Choir, Golden, BC
Sounds like your dads record collection that was struck by a high energy pulsar beam. Hooky bass lines, a strong back beat, and psychedelic washed out guitar with a touch of the blues.

Steve Brockley Band, The Road, Canada
A lot of gorgeous women like Steve Brockley’s music, and he’s a pretty ugly guy. That says a lot about the zoom boom power of this man’s words and music.” -C.R. Avery

Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Victoria, BC
Call it folk. Call it fusion. Call it gypsy-roots-folk-tango-afro-psychadelic-soul-music. Or forget about the definitions and just enjoy one hell of a good show.

Tereza Tomek, Vancouver, BC
With powerful expressive folk-als, Tereza Tomek awakens childhood times when everything was animated. Narrative tunes guaranteed to spiral through your head on your next walk through tall trees.

Tim Williams, Calgary, AB
Blues learned at the knee of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mississippi Fred MacDowell, and others mixes with Hawaiian, Mexican and folk country in the hands of a multi-award-winning writer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer.

Transfiguration Good News Band, Prince George, BC
You’ll want to be in that number when The Transfiguration Good News Band comes marching in with big band jazz grunge African American Spirituals and unstoppable dance floor energy!

Trevor Tchir, Edmonton, AB
Uniting the sounds and images of Canada’s rural and urban spaces, Tchir has captivated audiences across the country with his songs of work, play, and love.

Warless, Vancouver, BC
With roots in BC west coast-style folk, gospel and reggae, Warless build warm enthusiastic grooves and an energy that beams positivity and ignites a dance floor.

Wax Mannequin, Hamilton, ON
Strange-folk phenomenon Wax Mannequin has travelled vast terrain — both sonic and physical. His newest release ‘No Safe Home’ is an acclaimed collection of dark, whimsical folk songs.

Weathered Feather, Kamloops, BC
A pack of howlin’ gypsies under the desert sun with the blues psychedelically trickling through their fingers.

Yael Wand, Wells, BC
From the enchanted suburbs of Wells, this honey-voiced mountain folk goddess will shiver your spine and nudge your feet with hillbilly jazz and rootsy ditties.

Check out our ArtsWells playlist on CBC Music? It features many of the artists from the 2012 ArtsWells!

Collaborative Sessions

No one can tell what will happen at these jams… witness the moment before it’s gone forever.

Accordions in the Round
Geoff Berner, David P. Smith, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra members, Dorah Prieto, Alison Jenkins, and Weathered Feather collaborate onstage!

All the Daves of Our Lives
At least seven Daves are performing at this year’s festival. See the Daves together all in one place… sharing their songs and tales of Davedom.

Banjo, the People’s Instrument,
Pharis and Jason Romero lead this musical look into the history of banjo music.

Beatlemania in the Round,
A feel-good sing-a-long session to classic Beatles. Dan Frechette, Ross Douglas, Jenny Ritter, and others.

Cariboo Songwriters
Bob Campbell, Yael Wand, and others singing songs about this special place.

Closing Sing-Along Ceremonies
Come sing ArtsWells goodbye for this year! Until the 10th annual… With a surprise set of performers onstage.

First Songs in the Round
Come listen to the first songs some of the artists wrote… and the stories behind them.

Freestyle Rap Topic Battle
Contestants must verse one another in a head-to-head match up. After a coin toss that depicts who goes first, the contestants both must stand up to the “Topic” portion of the event. The host, MC Bodhi, delivers three random topics ranging from politics, pop culture, current events, and fan requested topics. Contestants respond with having to freestyle rap an 8-bar verse to an ever changing instrumental beat and tempo controlled by our MMR DJ, StepOne. After both contestants have warmed up their flow in the Topic portion, they’ll both move on to the classic rap battle. During the classic rap battle anything goes, as both artists have 1 round, each lasting 45 seconds long, and allows each contestants to rip, and call each other out. Any overwhelming profanity or gore will suffer point reduction from the judges.

Hip Hop in the Round
MC Bodhi, Geo the Voice, Toxik Emissions, JAY-E, P-City, JDK Nonstop, Step One, and others.

Kiss my Brass – Horns in the Round
A mash-up of Maria in the Shower, Tequila Mockingbird, and Transfiguration Good News Band.

Musicians as Authors in the Round
Dave Bidini, Rae Spoon, Jeremy Stewart, CR Avery, and Geoff Berner.

Musicians from Down Under
David Ross MacDonald, Benny Walker, Jungal, and Aurora Jane perform together.

Poetry in the Round
Jeremy Stewart reads and hosts a room full of poetic talent including Erin Arding, Al Rempel, Robert Budde, Adrienne Fitzpatrick, and Alex Faktor.

Rhythms and Ritual
Maria in the Shower hosts an historical (and musical!) exploration of rhythm and song and storytelling.

The Sad Song-Off with Scott Cook and the Long Weekends
The idea for this collaborative session started at a musical gathering at a campfire in the deep woods of Saskatchewan. It was such a success that three of those present submitted a proposal for a repeat at ArtsWells. Scott Cook, Corin Raymond, David Simard, Steve Brockley, and Miss Quincy and the Showdown play with your heart strings. Find out who makes you cry first!

Sports Songs in the Round
Songs about sports! Dave Soroka, Dave Newberry, and others perform their songs about sports (mostly hockey!)

Sunday Gospel,
Celebrate being there in time to not miss this. Melisa Devost, Pharis Romero, and Linda McRae. An ArtsWells classic.

Sunday Morning Coming Down,
A Sunday morning assembly of musicians still hurting from the night before, singing hurting country songs about drinking. Corin Raymond, CR Avery, Geoff Berner… expect good things. Bring a flask.

Dance

Bottoms Up Barely Burlesque, Quesnel, BC
A simply delightful & delicious dance ensemble that will tease you & please you. Join these burlesque beauties & fabulous French men for a performance of unseemly proportions.

Hip Sisters, Grand Forks, BC
Belly dance inspired fusion – a modern colorful and energetic rendition of the ancient and sacred art of belly dance.

Mutya Macatumpag,
Mutya Macatumpag brings her show, “Dear eM,” an interdisciplinary performance, sourced, choreographed, and performed using music, movement, and visual arts.

Vile, Quesnel, BC
Vile, is a pole arts duo who have competed and performed in B.C. and Alberta. Most recently competing in the Alberta Pole Fitness Championships.

Zahirah Middle Eastern Bellydancers,
The word ‘Zahirah’ in Arabic means shiny ladies, and that they are. All of the dancers have individual backgrounds in dance and music and bring a range of body acceptance and sensuality that is portrayed in their dancing.

Film

My Unwanted Guest,
51 minutes. In a tragic story of one man’s plight to re-unite with a soul mate, Daniel sets off to attend his funeral in a neighboring town. We are taken on a personal odyssey of grief and survival, as Daniel finds himself stranded at the bottom of a cliff. He sets forth to escape his ill fate, or perhaps only survive. Daniel struggles with survival, denial, and the fact that he could miss his soul mates funeral. Will Daniel escape? Will he be rescued? Will he make it to his soul mates funeral in five days? More importantly, will he overcome denial and accepts the truth of his past once and for all?

On the Line
68 minutes. An eco-adventure documentary like no other. Follow Frank Wolf and Todd McGowan on a 2,400km journey by foot, bike, raft, and kayak as they seek to uncover the truth about a proposed 5.5 billion dollar oil pipeline.

Vice Versa, Prince George, BC
22 minutes. Harnessing the transformative power of shared words, six northern poets face up to the realities and stereotypes of their society. Created by Prince George-based writers/artists Josh Massey and Justin Foster.

Performance Arts

14th Annual One Minute Play Festival

The ArtsWells Festival is proud to present the 14th Annual International One Minute Play Festival – Sponsored by MLA Bob Simpson. There is a cash prize of $75 for first place entry, $50 for second and $25 for third. All are welcome to enter this perennial favourite festival event, as long as your performance is one minute or less! Hosted by Paul Crawford, the man with “Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!” all entrants perform their piece in front of the audience and a panel of judges. Sign up at the IMA Gallery or enter at the event. You can also enter in the category of One Minute Excuses as to why you can’t enter a play. The subject matter and manner of the play or excuse itself is entirely open to personal interpretation.
Sunday 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Upstairs Hall

Bookworm

”Corin Raymond puts the low in loneliness and the high in high-dee-ho.” A man on-stage, telling a story. This play has been getting rave reviews across the country, at every Fringe Festival Corin Raymond goes to. Line up early to get in.
Friday 8:45 PM – 9:45 PM Sunset Theatre
Sunday 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM Sunset Theatre

GoGo Bonkers

Gogo Bonkers is an eco-friendly, outside-the-box songwriting duo who have recently expanded their creative horizons to include live musical theatre as well as a series of YouTube webisodes that feature characters from their live show. Adults and kids alike love their performance.
BluStaff’s Forest Adventure – Saturday 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Outdoor Stage
Save the Sea – Saturday 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Tempest Stage
Sunday 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Outdoor Stage Sunday 9:40 PM – 10:25 PM Downstairs Hall

Improv Ad Nauseum

One of the most popular improv skit comedy troupes in BC.
Unafraid to cut to the chase, “Improv Ad Nauseum” goes where other shows don’t even dare and then usually takes things a step further! Taking suggestions from the audience, the “Improv Ad Nauseum” team creates an incredible tapestry of cultural hallucinations, full of ‘oh-no-you-didn’t’ moments and witty comebacks, always bonkers and never stale. By the end of their two-act declaration of war you’ll be tickled to the point of exhaustion.
Saturday 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Sunset Theatre
Improv Workshop – Saturday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Dance Studio
Monday 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Bear’s Paw

Kaliban

What happened to Shakes peare’s immortal mythic-man-beast after the Tempest? Come and explore the darkly comic difficulties encountered by Kaliban, as the half-human immortal struggles to fit in with an ever-changing, perpetually-shifting contemporary society.
Written and performed by Wells’ Andrew Hamilton.
Sunday 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM Sunset Theatre
Monday 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Sunset Theatre

Magical Jesaja

Magical Jesaja brings an hour-long magical performance with acts ranging from juggling to card, silk, and fire magic. You and your kids will be amazed by this young wizard. Chinese linking rings, fiber optics rope magic, dancing butterflies, Zombie ball levitation, and surprises!
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (at dusk) Outside the Town Hall

Mind of a Snail

A shadow puppet duo from the West Coast of B.C. Since 2003, Jessica Gabriel and Chloé Ziner have been developing a multilayered style of visual storytelling using overhead projectors as their main light source. Their performances combine originally crafted puppets, music, masks, recycled waste, and eclectic experiments in lighting and timing. Their “Compost-Modern” approach explores the interconnectedness between what is natural, what is artificial, and where everything blurs in between. Mind blowing, visual show not to be missed. www.mindofasnail.org
Saturday 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM Sunset Theatre Sunday 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Sunset Theatre Shadowjam
Sunday 11:30 PM – 12:15 AM St. George Stage

Paper Cut Pony Productions

PaperCut Pony Productions presents Pookie Pookie the Strange and her immaculate astral child. Come, pay a penny to see your unlived lives shivering in the seeing sticks! Savour the songs of the divining sporks! Heed her sacred yodels and behold as she unfolds your untold tails like spilling snails from the spout of a teapot.
PaperCut Pony brings together the talents of Janet Walker, a performance artist, storyteller, designer, and musician from Victoria B.C; Ruairi Gallagher, an acrobatic musician from Melbourne, Australia; and the firey-eyed Maya Herzog, a clown artist of multi-dimensional talents. Roaming all weekend long

Potato Dreams

Potato Dreams, an original play from Williams Lake. Isabella returns to the house after being away for over forty years. She shares the story of her life while living at the Potato House and brings to life her dreams and imaginary friends for all to enjoy. Made possible by the Cariboo Regional District, City of Williams Lake, and the Central Cariboo Arts and Cultural Society.
Saturday 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM Sunset Theatre

Shadowjam! with Mind of a Snail

Shadowjam is a fully participatory workshop/ritual playtime event where everyone present is a performer and everyone is the audience. It’s a magical blend of improvised musical jam, in-the-moment shadow puppetry, and spontaneous storytelling. Bring instruments! Bring your crafting fingers! Bring interesting translucent objects! Bring a flashlight! Bring spontaneity and presence! Together we will build puppets and channel our shared dream. A show for everyone!
Sunday 11:30 PM – 12:15 PM St. George

Barkerville’s Chinese Arts & Music Performance

Beautiful performance of classical Chinese art and music in Barkerville. There is an extra fee on top of the ArtsWells Pass. Not to miss. Runs Monday-Friday at 7:00 PM through September. Adult tickets are $15, Seniors and Youth – $12, Children – $8. Tickets are available at the Barkerville Reception Centre.
Weekdays (including Friday and Monday of the festival weekend) 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Barkerville

Theatre Royal in Barkerville

Daily Shows! Extra fee on top of your ArtsWells Pass

Visual Arts

Mini Mural Project
Saturday August 4th – Monday August 6th


Now in its fourth year, the Mini Mural Project features professional artists creating ‘Mini Murals’ on 4’ x 8’ panels under a tent on the school field. Artists will be creating over the duration of the weekend. Coordinated by Caroline Anders, the idea is to have a stimulating, fun and creative space where artists can work together or on their own in the inspiring setting of Wells. The public are encouraged to come by and check it out.

Mini Mural Artists

Alison Yule
Alison graduated with a B.F.A., majoring in Art History from Concordia University in 2001, receiving a scholarship to study Mexican muralism for her final year at the University of New Mexico. She taught in Chile and in Japan and in 2008 Alison received a M.Sc. grant from Utrecht to facilitate mural projects with gang youth in El Salvador. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at U.B.C.

Beth Holden
After graduating with a BFA from Concordia University, Beth Holden moved from Montreal to the Cariboo Mountain town of Wells. The strong artistic community and the mountains have kept her interest in the location and have inspired her work. Trained in painting and drawing her focus has shifted to glass and its ability to mimics nature’s dynamic relationship with sunlight.

Caroline Anders
Caroline hails from Sudbury, Ontario, and currently lives in Wells, BC. Mainly a self-taught artist, she has continued to grow as an artist by creating constantly and loving it! HONK!

Corey Hardeman
Documents her surroundings in oil paint. Plans to populate Wells with mountain caribou, tiny ponies and small children—let the chips fall where they may.

Leya Tess
Leya layers paint & illustrates other’s ink-lings. She studies pattern, line and acupuncture on Vancouver Island.

Lindsay Comeau
Lindsay is 21, born and raised in Quesnel but currently a fifth year student in the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Her main creative focus is drawing/ painting and digital painting (using photoshop) but she also does 3d modeling and animation.

Mogli and Bubzee
spaced to cadencing creatures amidst imaginaries together bound Moglied and Bubzied along, whirled with pastured views to abyssals momentuming to stillness plucked with a brows content. with lingered eerie eyed gazing in moon lights shattering the pages in the books unfurl…. they went…

Nick Lakowski
I began painting as part of the city of Surrey’s Youth Visions community mural project and was a participating artist from 99-01 working collaboratively on 7 large murals. My current practice involves themes of geometric abstraction, posthumanism, biopolitics and mortality/immortality.

Paula Scott
Paula began painting 18 years ago and is known mainly for her colourful, thought provoking narratives. The Robson Valley Music Festival and ArtsWells Festival are fortunate to enjoy her colourful backdrops and poster designs.

Tahirih Goffic
A Quesnel girl, born and raised, who now lives, paints and raises her two gorgeous children with her musician husband in beautiful Bella Coola B.C.

Rhea Lonsdale
Rhea Lonsdale is a multidisciplinary artist who works with sound, light, video projection and traditional media. Hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, her body of work regards the phantasmal and imaginary, having strong roots in storytelling and making use of an established language of symbology.

… AND …

… this year …

Yarn Bombing

The Arts of Yarn Bombing playshop with Caroline Anders, Wells, BC
Yarn Bombing is the softest and cuddliest form of street art, and Yarn Bombers are busy making the world a brighter and cozier place. Let’s get together and YARN BOMB something here in the cozy town of Wells! We will get together and knit throughout the weekend then put what we all made up! Everyone is welcome! Supplies included! Saturday, 2pm, at the Island Mountain Arts office.

Abandoning Paradise: The Grey Whale Project

Abandoning Paradise: The Grey Whale Project, by Glenn Clark and Peter Corbett, Wells, BC
Artists Glenn and Peter will create a mural on the side of the famous Clarkii Paintmobile, “The Grey Whale” based on a field sketch of the Kitimat Harbor created on the first leg of the art project in June of this year. The project finds the two British Columbian artists following the controversial pipeline route and painting it in its present state. On the other side of the van an unofficial poll will ask BC citizens whether or not they are in support of or against the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Mass participation is encouraged.
Date: Saturday, August 4th, 10am until 6 pm.

2Pro:gress

Island Mountain Arts presents: 2Pro:gress, Wells, BC
From July 15th to August 14th, Island Mountain Arts presents a collaborative exhibition of artists responding to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.


Literary Arts

A Waltz with Ann Walsh Through History, Mystery, and More.
Ann Walsh has written many books set in Barkerville during the gold rush. Join her to learn about miners and murders, hurdies and hangings, gold and guilt and meet some of the characters who lived during this exciting era. Sponsored by Canada Council through the Writer’s Union.
Sunday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Barkerville

Dave Bidini
A Canadian independent music legend, a founding member of the Rheostatics, and a songwriter’s songwriter. Literate, rocking tunes about dead hockey players, cannibalism, and lesbian schoolteachers.

Geoff Berner
Committed to “dragging klezmer music kicking and screaming back into the bars”, Geoff Berner will show you that it’s better to be disreputable. Bring a flask. Watch for Geoff Berner all over town reading from his soon to be published novel – “Festival Man.”

Jeremy Stewart
Jeremy Stewart lives and writes at several confluences: of two rivers, of weathered poems and the electric guitar, and of sleeplessness and dreams.

Adrienne Fitzpatrick
A writer and traveller, living and exploring in Prince George. She’s a big fan of summer festivals and the great white north.

Al Rempel
Al Rempel’s books of poetry are understories and The Picket Fence Diaries. His poems have also appeared in The Malahat Review, CV2, Event, and in anthologies such as The Best Canadian Poetry, 2011. Al’s second book of poetry is called This Isn’t the Apocalypse We Hoped For.

Alex Faktor
Much like their poetry, Alex (Quinn Darling) Faktor scuffs at social grid-lines, asks “Why?” far too often, and hails from northern BC (Lheidli T’enneh territory).

Erin Arding
Erin is an artist, musician, and poet who takes the scissors to literary forms. Maybe if the poems behave, she’ll glue them back together.

“All Roads Lead to Wells” Book Launch with Sue Safyan
Author Sue Safyan reads from her recent book, “All Roads Lead to Wells.” The novel tells the story of a group of idealistic young men and women who moved to the tiny B.C. town of Wells in the late 1960s and 1970s..
Book Launch: All Roads Lead to Wells, Stories of the Hippie Days
Saturday 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Sunset Theatre

Writing Workshop: Jump Start Your Writing with Keith Liggett
This workshop will combine exercises with projects to create a will to write. Each participant should bring one short piece of completed writing to present to the group for critique. The focus of the workshop is two-fold. To create strong writing habits and to familiarize the participant with the workshop format of critique and self-editing. Limited to 10 participants. Bring writing materials and a creative mind.
Instructor Keith Liggett’s writing spans a variety of genres – poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. He has worked full-time as a ski journalist and contributed to a syndicated newspaper column.

Playshops

Pick up some insider trade secrets or learn a new skill at ArtsWells.

Don’t miss your chance to learn from some of the artists. All of the workshops are open to ArtsWells ticket holders. All ages welcome unless otherwise indicated.

Saturday & Sunday:

Tibetan Heart Yoga
A system of asana and meditation designed by the Gelukpa Tibetan Buddhist tradition of the Dalai Lamas. Sessions led by Michelle Dumond.
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM – 12:00PM
Wells-Barkerville School Field (main floor of the hall in the event of rain)

Evening Yoga
CBC’s Sarah Towle leads the sessions.
Saturday 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Wells-Barkerville School Field

Burlesque Sass Class with Sasparilla Foxx
An intro class with dancer Jessie Herman and members of Bottoms Up Barely Burlesque. Bring all of your sass, and a pair of gloves if you have some!
Saturday 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Dance Studio
Sunday 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Dance Studio

Freestyle Rap with Sodapop Somers aka Fritz tha Cat
Can you rap? Whether you know it or not, the answer is YES! We’ll start with a simple breakdown on the art of freestyling, then have a group rap session. Bring your voice or bring a drum! Kids and grown-ups welcome!
Saturday 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dance Studio
Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Dance Studio

Writing Workshop: Jump Start Your Writing with Keith Liggett
This workshop will combine exercises with projects to create a will to write. Each participant should bring one short piece of completed writing to present to the group for critique. The focus of the workshop is two-fold. To create strong writing habits and to familiarize the participant with the workshop format of critique and self-editing. Limited to 10 participants. Bring writing materials and a creative mind.
Instructor Keith Liggett’s writing spans a variety of genres – poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. He has worked full-time as a ski journalist and contributed to a syndicated newspaper column.
Saturday to Monday – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pub at the Wells Hotel

Saturday:

All Things Fiddle
Patrick from the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra leads a fiddle workshop. Incite into tune-writing in the style of old-time music, improvisation, how to accompany a singer/songwriter on violin or mandolin, and comping chords and rhythms on bowed instruments.
Saturday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tempest Stage

Balloon Animal Workshop
All ages welcome! Ben Blanchard teaches a balloon animal workshop for those who want to try something new. Materials provided, come with the whole family!
Saturday 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Wells-Barkerville School Field (School gym stage in the event of rain)

Banjo, the People’s Instrument
Jason and Pharis Romero will take you through the history of the banjo and its populist roots. They’re good story tellers and there ain’t nothin’ like a good banjo.
Saturday 3:30PM-4:15PM Sunset Theatre

Clown Lab and Playshop
An all-ages and family friendly playshop! An invitation to explore play and performance through games and exercises in presence building, sensory and corporeal awareness, impulse trust, and improvisation.
Saturday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Dance Studio

Geodesic Dome Building
Fun for kids! Local artist Beth Holden teaches a workshop with newsprint and other simple materials to build a geodesic dome. All ages welcome for this fun, craft-making session.
Saturday 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Wells-Barkerville School Field (School gym stage in the event of rain)

Gardening Tour in Wells
Have you ever wondered what you can grow at 4,000 feet? Join us for a guided tour of some of the fabulous gardens of Wells and find out! The tour will start at the Island Mountain Arts Gallery at 10:00 AM on Saturday.
The tour is led by Lindsay Read, a full-time worker in the cashless economy, a mother, homemaker, gardener, artist, and volunteer. She lives in Wells with her beautiful family.
Saturday 10:00 AM Meet at Island Mountain Arts front porch

Getting to First Bass
Bass master class with Peter Mynett from the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. A workshop that looks at the fundamentals of bass-playing in an ensemble setting. Topics will include: taking a deeper look at the possibilities of root-5’s and some concepts to strengthen tone and time. Suitable for 5-10 people.
Saturday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM St. George Stage

Improv with Ad Nauseum
The ultimate PLAYshop. Play with acting improvisation techniques. Come alone, come with a partner, all ages welcome.
Saturday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Dance Studio

Light Up Your Life with Dave Jeffery
The director of the Sunset Theatre will teach you what he knows about theatre lighting in the beautiful venue. A great chance to learn from his decades of experience.
Saturday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Sunset Theatre

Lyric Writing With Linda McRae
Need ways to unblock your creative flow? Linda will show you how to jump start the writing process and improve your writing no matter what discipline you’re in…songwriting, prose, poetry, journalism, what have you. Please bring paper and a pen.
Saturday 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Wells-Barkerville School Field (School gym stage in the event of rain)

Sacred Geometry: An Introduction to Astrology
Take a journey through the Zodiac and be introduced to the dynamic that informs this ancient art.
Set the stage with the Signs organized and understood through the elements, polarities and modalities. Understand the dialogue that unfolds through the angular patterns that emerge in this tridimensional engaging presentation.
Martin Comptois brings 25 years of astrological studies and a passion for the subject.
Saturday 4 pm at the Healing Village (ice rink on the school grounds)

Storytelling Through Time
Storytelling workshop with Jack Garton from Maria in the Shower. Come and have a chat about the power of stories. Myth, songs, books, movies, politics, performance, and the brain.
Saturday 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Dance Studio

Sustainable Festivals
Join the two main creators of Towards Eden Festival, and founders of Green Power Events, Erin Sage Sharp and Ash Bigdeli for an intimate talk where they will discuss their experience with running a renewable energy powered festival. See what we are doing now, and what they see in the future for festivals run on renewable energy. Rika and Sage have also designed the ArtsWells festival poster for the last two years.
Saturday 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Wells-Barkerville School Field

Vocal Improvisation with Doug Koyama
Learn to feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme. No, it’s not bobsled time. Doug is willing to teach you improvising singing around a beat… goes well with campfires and magic.
Saturday 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Dance Studio

Sunday:

2012 and Beyond
These times of accelerated change and evolution are marked by the signature of the Uranus Pluto square active from 2012 to 2015.
Gain insight into the meaning of the times by studying the charts of the 1930’s and the 1960’s, the last two periods these two planets were engaged in exact hard aspects. This workshop ends with a round table as we seek to understand sustainable ways to prepare in these powerful times.
Long-time astrologer Martin Comtois teaches this workshop.
Sunday 4:00PM The Healing Village (ice rink on the school field)

A Waltz with Ann Walsh Through History, Mystery, and More.
Ann Walsh has written many books set in Barkerville during the gold rush. Join her to learn about miners and murders, hurdies and hangings, gold and guilt and meet some of the characters who lived during this exciting era.
Sunday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Barkerville

Alexander Technique – “Poised for Life”
Emma Jarrett helps people who want to express themselves better by removing physical limitations of strain, pain, and exhaustion. Artists who feel blocked from doing their best creative work can learn to choose poise instead of pain. Emma’s insightful approach reaches individuals who are willing to look to themselves for the solutions, which include adjusting how they think and move.
For more information, visit www.emmajarrett.ca
Sunday 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Dance Studio

Applied Theatre Workshop
A crash course into playback theatre with Arlo Olsen. Begins with 15 minutes of warm-up games, then leads into focusing on communication, team building and speaking.
Sunday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tempest Stage

Balkan Line Dancing
Maria in the Shower performs at the Main Hall later on Sunday. This session will prepare you with the Balkan dance moves you’re going to need for the set. Family friendly so bring the kids!
Sunday 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Beatboxing with FM Hi Low
What instrument do you always have with you, is completely free, can make almost any sound imaginable, and doesn’t require electricity? Your mouth! Come and tap into the potential of your lips tongue and teeth.
Sunday 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Dance Studio

Belly Dancing
The Hip Sisters – belly dance inspired fusion – offer an energetic workshop that looks at fundamental belly dance moves, great posture, and safety while dancing.
Sunday 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Dance Studio

“Drumspeak” drumming Workshop
Sssnap’s Granville Johnson leads this workshop. “Drumspeak” focuses on technical tips that aid in the expression of hand drumming. Suitable for all levels and genres of play. Djembes supplied and will be for sale after the workshop.
Sunday 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM St. George Stage

The Haven’t You Always Wanted to Tap Dance Class
An introductory workshop into the language of tap dance. We’ll learn and practice the rudimentary steps and shuffles, then string together some simple choreography. All ages and levels welcome! Great time and place to try something new.
Sunday 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Dance Studio


Results from the Literary page:

Literary Arts

Ann WalshAnn Walsh Williams Lake, BC,
Ann Walsh is a long time Cariboo resident and author of books about Canada’s history for young readers as well as short fiction for adults

Al RempelAl Rempel Prince George, BC,
Al Rempel’s books of poetry are This Isn’t the Apocalypse We Hoped For, understories, and The Picket Fence Diaries. He has fun making videopoems.

Blair LeamenBlair Leamen Winlaw, BC A gentleman farmer, an outlaw with an ink six shooter and an excommunicated priest, are drinking in a bar. These are their poems, songs, and stories.

Erin ArdingErin Arding, Prince George BC, Erin Arding’s poems like to rub up against the jagged edges of a language in conflict with itself, listening to it gurgle and pop.

Mike McGeeMike McGee, San Jose CA USA “Mighty” Mike McGee is an international spoken word artist, writer, performer, speaker, slam poet and comic. He has performed in thousands of venues all over North America, and was one of the first Americans ever to perform poetry at the University la Sorbonne in Paris, France. – See more at: http://www.mikemcgee.net/about/#sthash.gfSsbv6L.dpuf

Shane KoyczanShane Koyczan,Penticton, BC Koyczan is an award winning Canadian Poet, Author and Performer. With his lyrical compositions and eloquent delivery, Koyczan builds wordscapes that unearth the full scope of human emotion. His performances cross poetic genres and often intertwine collaborations in various artforms, culminating in an exceptional interdisciplinary experience.

Shayne Avec I GrecShayne Avec I Grec One of 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac, a poetic preacher of The Anthropocalypse, and a co-conspirator in the creation of the world’s first psychedelic talk opera.

Jeremy LovedayJeremy LovedayVictoria, BC Jeremy Loveday is the 2x defending Victoria Poetry Slam Champ and a pillar of the Victoria poetry community.His poetry “captures the magic of being alive”.

Sparrow MoersSparrow Moers Vancouver,BC Sparrow is a spoken word bird who enjoys gathering raw emotions, packing them into poetic bullets, and firing them at open ears.


Results from the 2011 page:

2011 Artswells Line-Up


Click here for the 2011 festival schedule in .pdf format!

Why not take a minute and check out our ArtsWells Radio 3 playlist? It features many of the artists who performed at the 2011 festival! http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/play/Yulia-K/playlist/ArtsWells-2011

Al Rempel, Prince George, B.C.
Al Rempel’s books of poetry are understories (Caitlin Press, 2010) and a chapbook, The Picket Fence Diaries (Lipstick Press, 2010).

Ana Bon-BonAna Bon-Bon, Vancouver, B.C. & London, UK Blues Cabaret chanteuse Ana Bon-Bon is an accordion-playing songwriter and performer. Miss Ana Bon-Bon plays rhythm and roots accordion to accompany a deep, evocative vocal style heavily influenced by American spirituals, jump blues, and her eastern European ancestry.

Andrea Ramolo, Toronto, ON
Windows down and a love behind you, highway driving on a bright summer day, Ramolo will nod you rhythmically along the bends and you’ll smile.

Ann Walsh, Williams Lake, B.C.
Ann Walsh is a longtime Cariboo resident. She has written numerous historical fiction novels. She has also published a book of poetry.

Arbitrio, Here and There, B.C.
Doug Koyama performs improv vocals to Jim Savage’s fingerstyle guitar compositions. Christine Allen drums. (“Arbitrio” is Latin for “arbitrary,” which also means “to bear witness.”)

Ari NeufeldAri Neufeld, Penticton, BC
Young and old all at once, Ari will sweep you up on a breathtaking carousel ride and say all the things you were thinking but were afraid to say.

Barb Coupé, Prince George, B.C.
An ArtsWells / IMA junkie and UNBC Masters student, Barb Coupé is a forester / poet whose writings can be found in Lived Experience, Gumption and Grit, and Unfurled.

Ben Sures, Edmonton, AB
Songs line up at Ben Sures’ doorstep when they want to get written. As one of his influences once said, shut up and talk to me.

Bernard Boulanger, Vancouver, B.C.
This acoustic guitarist and vocalist (also of the Colorifics) is inspired by earnest concern for our fragile relationship with nature, playful irreverence, self-conscious longings, and romantic daydreams.

Beth Holden, Wells, B.C.
From Montreal to the Cariboo, sunlight and its dynamic forces have remained Beth’s inspiration. When not creating art, she can be found wandering the mountains.

Bill Horne, Wells, B.C.
Bill was born in Vancouver and studied painting and drawing at the Banff Centre, and film animation at UBC. He works primarily in silkscreen, as well as digital photography, paper-making and assemblage. Bill lives in Wells, B.C., where he and Claire Kujundzic run “Amazing Space Studio.”

Blackberry Wood, Vancouver, BC
Dash of illusion, pinch of magic alt-country/ragtime/circus gypsy music. Come to the show as your alter ego. Wear a bright headband to soak up sweat.

The Blackwood Two, Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
Feel-good grassroots with honest, original songwriting. Sunny fiddles and banjos and lyrics that make you look back, smile, shrug and tap your feet.

Bob CampbellBob Campbell, Wells, B.C.
Since moving to the Cariboo in 1975, this weathered songwriter has played hundreds of dusty halls and smoky pubs. Loved for his themes and subtle humour.

Bubba Tres, Fernie, BC
Zombie-killing, midget-fighting, specky-loving spacerock. Smoke, lasers, drunken dancing bunnies, confetti, strobes, megaphones, drums, bass ukuleles, tubas, trumpets, mandolins. Black Sabbath and Madonna covers.

Buffaloswans, Vancouver, BC
Frolicking somewhere between the dusty vintage past and the psychedelic rafters of the future, Buffaloswans play in the fields and forests of Cosmic American Music.

Bulat Gafarov, Moscow, Russia
A challenge to the coordination mechanism between your visual and auditory perceptions. Throat singing, beatboxing, electorica. Ancient and immediate. You really have to see this.

Caley Watts Band, Bella Coola, BC
Sweet-voiced singer-songwriter Caley Watts draws on her Cree ancestry and connection to place to create intimate, moving eco- and socially-conscious folk rock tunes.

Caroline Anders, Wells, B.C.
Caroline Anders is an oil painter who lives in Wells (and a longtime ArtsWellsian). She has a solo exhibition at the Terrace Art Gallery this fall.

Chelsea Scott, Wells, B.C.
Chelsea has been cutting, pasting, drawing, sculpting, photographing, painting, sewing, dancing and creating since she was a young one. She is proudly self-taught.

Claire Kujundzic, Wells, B.C.
A painter, printmaker, illustrator, muralist, and graphic designer, Claire works in a variety of media and styles, from realism to cartooning to abstraction. She enjoys telling stories about what she sees around her. Claire’s work has been commissioned, reproduced and collected by many groups.

The Colorifics, Vancouver, BC
Bohemian-cabaret, originally-spun tributes to the dirty 30′s, 40′s jazz, and 60′s surf and pop. Harmony vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, gypsy-jazz fiddle, and latin-jazz-rock percussion!

Corey Hardeman, Wells, B.C.
Documents her surroundings in oil paint. Plans to populate Wells with mountain caribou, tiny ponies and small children—let the chips fall where they may.

Corin Raymond, Toronto, ON
He’ll hang with you when you’ve been sleeping in your clothes for days, stained wine glasses scattered around your bed. He can also clear the sky of clouds. Soulful.

Corwin FoxCorwin Fox, Victoria, BC
With his distinctive knack for ironic juxtaposition and more heart than an artichoke, Fox takes another cut at big business, government practices, and environmental politics.

Courtney Wing, Vancouver, B.C.
Multi-instrumentalist Wing’s dynamic group furnishes his neo-folk compositions with symphonic textures so rich they melt even the most bitter-struck hearts.

CR Avery, Vancouver, BC
Violent and tender, this one-man band sings poetic verse while beatboxing and pounding the piano simultaneously and adding harmonica like a plot twist.

The Creaking PlanksThe Creaking Planks, Vancouver, BC
Unofficial mascots of East Vancouver, the Creaking Planks mash up modern music with old-timey instruments. Psycho squeezebox, qu’est-ce que c’est? The jug band of the damned delivers unorthodox performances everywhere from festivals and halls to backyards, basements, bookstores and tattoo parlours. www.creakingplanks.com.

Cris Derksen, Vancouver, B.C.
Cris Derksen is a young half-Cree classically-trained Canadian cellist whose captivating melodies and steadfast bass lines have captured the attention of local and international audiences.

Crossbow, Kamloops, B.C.
Christina Zaenker (cello & voice) and Neil Burnett (harp, etc.) make music from a wild new recipe for 38 strings, ringing timber, and assorted sonic spices.

Danielle Savage, Okanagan, BC
Danielle Savage and her band, the Miscreants, genre-swim via adaptogenic folk. Heavy on the songwriting, light to the touch. Good for the body.

Dave Bidini, Toronto, ON
A Canadian independent music legend, a founding member of the Rheostatics, and a songwriter’s songwriter. Literate, rocking tunes about dead hockey players, cannibalism, and lesbian schoolteachers.

David Newberry and the Keep On Keepin’ On, East Vancouver, BC
David Newberry sings folk songs with rock sensibilities. Or is it the other way around? His increasingly noisy songs capture insights into the complex social world.

Dave Soroka, Grand Forks, BC
A mythical figure in the Canadian indie music scene, his songs are humorous, contagious, heart-wrenching, and capture the emotions and stories of a true Canadian troubadour.

David Jeffery, Wells, B.C.
Sunset Theatre co-owner and former instructor Dave Jeffery has been teaching teens for 30 years and has directed over 55 plays, musicals and collectives.

David Roy Parsons, Vancouver, BC
Called “sophisticated and straightforward at the same time, like Hank Williams” by Geoff Berner, “this guy is a super genius songwriter” (Jeremy Stewart).

DEJA, Zürich, Switzerland / Vancouver, BC
Smooth AND sharp. With his socially conscious hip hop and rap and positive energy, DEJA will get you feelin’ alright within a couple of beats.

Dixie Star Storytelling, Vancouver, B.C.
Imaginative stories for adults and children, the husband and wife team of Tim and Lisa Sars craft a sense of magic and intimacy in all their shows.

The Donefors, Toronto, ON
With music that stays rooted in each instrument’s organic sound, they’ll roll out of bed and still put on a great show.

Dorah Amora, Salt Spring Island, B.C.
This self-taught Gypsy accordionist extraordinaire will make you forget every bad Polka you ever suffered through. Eargasmic tunes to put your heartsoul in a trance.

Dorjee Tsering, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, IN
Powerful and human, Dorjee Tsering communicates the inner strength of the Tibetan people through art. He teaches traditional Tibetan music and dance from exile in India.

Doug Koyama, Quesnel, BC
Watch an artist at work. Koyama uses a loop machine to layer bits of melody, harmony and vocal percussion. Each song is completely improvised from beginning to end.

Drum and Bell Tower, Williams Lake, BC
Drum & Bell Tower is a one-man computer-based live-drum-pounding, knob-tweaking, psychedelic-guitar-soaked experiment with rhythm and harmony. It is music for spacing out and/or dancing off the proverbial buttocks.

Duke & Battersby
Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke have been working collaboratively since 1994. Their work has been exhibited in North and South America and throughout Europe.

Erin Arding, Prince George, B.C.
Erin is an artist, musician, and poet who takes the scissors to literary forms. Maybe if the poems behave, she’ll glue them back together.

e.s.l., Vancouver, BC
Playful songwriting and and incredible chops. e.s.l. takes listeners all over the emotional map, from whimsical silent-movie-esques, to lush cello sounds and aching vocals, to traditional Polish stylings.

Exes and Allies, Penticton, B.C.
Brings intense groove to the accordion like no other. Integrity, purity and funky beats, all while swinging you back to the roots with strings and things.

Faye Blais, Toronto, ON and Melbourne, Australia
Faye’s songwriting, presence and personality are showcased beautifully through her impressive jazzy-bluesy folk style, on acoustic and electric guitars, and keys, with stunning, dynamic vocals.

Fish and BirdFish & Bird, Victoria, BC
Folk with bluegrass, country, jazz, and Beach Boys influences. Strength in the blend. They’ll draw you into listening closer and make you remember things you’ve forgotten.

Fraea BraveRaven, Victoria, B.C.
This strange little beast is finding her way between the worlds. Coming to you in stereophonic tones and ink spattered marvels. Animated adventure of eccentric entities.

Free Soul, Prince George, B.C.
“A poppy, reggae-filled musical medley of fun, Mike “FREESOUL” Amos will enrich your senses with his strong guitar skills and smooth soulful vocals.” – Barry McKillican

Gabriel Holmes, Likely, B.C.
This renegade blues pirate is seldom seen but never fails to satisfy. A true-bador who rocks from the heart, Gabriel’s original guitar tunes feed your funky soul.

Ghengis GandhisGhengis Gandhis, Ashcroft, B.C.The Ghengis Gandhis call their musical style “BC Homegrown Reggae:” fun, danceable, socially relevant, original music that swells the heart and fills the soul.

Geoff BernerGeoff Berner, Vancouver, BC
Committed to “dragging klezmer music kicking and screaming back into the bars”, Geoff Berner will show you that it’s better to be disreputable. Bring a flask.

Go Go Bonkers, Vancouver, BC
A wild musical ride full of Ogres, fairies, ravens, bears and trees. Several of these characters try to make the world a better place every day.

Hannah Epperson, Vancouver, BC
A talented violinist who composes beautifully arranged pieces and uses a loop machine as back-up. You won’t know you’re in love until it’s too late.

High Society, Vancouver, BC
High Society is a band of street musicians, mercenary troubadours, and blues bandits: Cory Sweet, Kenan Sungur, Adam Farnsworth, and Chelsea D.E. Johnson.

Jason Griffin, Wells, B.C.
In the over 16 years he’s lived in Wells, Jason’s done various things in the community— canoe guide, cabinetmaker / interpreter at Barkerville, and woodworking entrepreneur.

Jason & Pharis Romero, Horsefly, BC
Jason and Pharis play as a husband-wife duet, singing lovingly hard-cut vocals on traditional and original songs with their (home-made) guitars and banjos.

Jasper Sloan Yip, Vancouver, BC
In high school, you get your heart broken, cry and then dance about it because it’s new and exciting. Jasper’s songs make you feel this way again.

Jeff Andrew, Victoria, BC
Jeff Andrew was once blessed by a hobo on the streets of Salem, Massachusetts. He also knows a trick for raising the dead, but it only works on Tuesdays.

Jeremy Stewart & the Lives of the Saints, Prince George & Wells, B.C.
A pop songwriter with a melancholy buzz; a northern BC poet; an avant-grunge lead guitar alchemist. His band creates a field of possibility for beauty and disaster.

Jesse Dee & Jacquie B, Edmonton, AB
Fun, visceral lyrics and a jazzy funk to their step, they’ll get have dancing in no time. Honest and versatile, and full of surprises!

Jessie Herman, Quesnel, B.C.
Dancer, choreographer, instructor, studio owner, shimmy shaker, mover and a maker! Jessie’s studio, Gold Pan City Dance, is known to be transformed into a musical venue of unseemly proportions and welcomes performing artists of all kinds to shine!

Joan Beck, Wells, B.C.
Joan began taking pottery courses in 1964 and later attended Pottery School in Vancouver and eventually made her way to Williams Lake. Following years found her attending many workshops and doing extensive work with the medium, both hand-built and wheelthrown. Joan operates her summer gallery in Wells.

Joey OnlyJoey Only, Vancouver & Wells, BC
Joey Only’s just ending 9 years as a Vancouver radio personality, and is a published writer, booking agent and artist. He’s done a thousand shows in Canada playing radical folk and outlaw country music. Joey and his duet-singing lady Leah Martin are getting married at ArtsWells this year, and everyone is invited!

John Pippus, Vancouver, BC
Rough and ready blues, acoustic soul-folk. But then there’s the other side of the coin: ballads, pop and new country.

Johnnie Ninety-Nine, Vancouver, BC
A johnny ninety-nine is a ruthless beverage using wine and gin. This band takes a similar approach to songwriting, their music combined, not diluted.

Jungal, Australia
This trio of sisters “know how to bring some serious foot stomping, festival-style…Veering between roots and blues and then all over both.”

Justin Foster, Prince George, B.C.
Justin Foster is a poet and longtime resident of the Cariboo. He is a creative writing graduate student at UNBC.

Katie Nahachewski, Prince George, B.C.
Tri-Loom Weaver Katie Nahachewski was born and raised in Prince George, and says she “lives to make other people’s lives a happier place to be.”

Kristen Roos, Vancouver, B.C.
Kristen Roos’ sound art is based on sound waves. In whatever form he works, Roos demonstrates that there is more to sound than just audibility.

Karyn Ellis, Quesnel, BC
Jazzy, swinging folk and warm tones. She conjures images of summertime boardwalks and 1950s bathing suits at the lake.

Ken Hamm, Forget, SK
A blues and roots artist with an international reputation, Ken Hamm is known for his stellar guitar work as well as for his originals.

Kia KadiriKia Kadiri, Vancouver & Victoria, BC
This Maximum/Universal hip-hop artist is one of Vancouver’s most respected and powerful females on the mic. You’ll walk out four inches taller after her show.

Kirby, Hamilton, ON
Belted emotional lyrics, a driving rock style, and quiet, thoughtful picking on the guitar, reminiscent of Nick Drake, John Mayer or Dallas Green.

Ladybug the RamblerLadybug and Caterpillar, Vancouver, B.C.
You’ll be glad to lend your ear to the continuing adventures of Ladybug the Rambler, Caterpillar, and Moony the banjo.

Laura McIntosh, Vancouver, B.C.
A gentleman and a scholar, fond of pigments. Ms. McIntosh studies illustration at Emily Carr University, after which she hopes to take over the world.

Laurie Landry, Wells, B.C.
Wells artist Laurie Monique Landry is an artist working in pencil, charcoal, & oil of landscapes, still life and people. Vancouver- and IMA-trained, she also has just completed training in Paris, France.

Liliana Dragowska, Williams Lake, B.C.
A craft-a-holic by nature, Liliana loves the creative expression that the Cariboo community brings out in her life.

Linda McRaeLinda McRae, Nashville, TN, USA
From Dear John to John Deere. Combining old-time sounds with themes of heartbreak and redemption, Linda’s lyrics are timeless and heartfelt—plus she’s got serious pipes and chops.

Lisa Haslett, Prince George, B.C.
Lisa Haslett (nee deHoog) was born and raised in the Burns Lake area. She now lives and writes in Prince George.

Lorne Dufour, McLeese Lake, B.C.
A longtime horse logger, resident of the Cariboo, and a natural poet. Lorne writes poetry at the drop of a hat to commemorate any occasion.

Lost & Found Puppet Co., Vancouver, B.C.
Lost & Found Puppet Co. explores the stories of objects through all forms of puppetry.

Maiya Robbie, Penticton, BC
Songs written under the influence of the absurd, sweet awkwardness of love / living, this singer-songwriter crafts her words and music as an attempt at human topography.

Mamaguroove, Dunster, BC
A sonic and scenic smorgasbord of aural intensity and imagery infatuation. Envelops and grips the senses of audiences from the first crack of the snare drum.

Marcel Gagnon, Fort Fraser, B.C.
“Often couched in poetry similar to Leonard Cohen or even JJ Cale. For a long time he didn’t think anyone would want to hear it.” – Stuart Derdeyn, The Province

Martin Comtois, Williams Lake, B.C.
Astrologer, cook, artist, storyteller, impresario. When not in the kitchen you’ll find him doing astrological readings and workshops. For information on his work check www.mountainmystics.ca.

Mary Forbes, Williams Lake, B.C.
In 2007 Mary was awarded Gold for best Individual Interpretive Program in all of Canada. Today Mary’s Dandelion Interpretation in Williams Lake is a storytelling, community education and special events business that thrives in the gold mine of Cariboo culture.

Melisa Devost, Hornby Island, BC
Melisa Devost has toured extensively throughout Canada, the UK, and Europe, carving her niche as a compelling vocalist with the guitar and songwriting skills to match.

Melissa Bandura, Vancouver, BC
Melissa describes her music as “quirky folk: think of dwarves skipping through the forest carrying various stringed instruments!” Eccentric chord changes, unconventional meters, and flowing melodies.

Mind of a Snail Puppet Co., Vancouver, B.C.
Shadow Puppet duo with a multi-layered style of visual storytelling. Originally crafted puppets, overhead projectors, music, masked characters, recycled waste, and eclectic experimentations in lighting and timing.

Miss Emily Brown, Montreal, QC
Miss Emily Brown returns to ArtsWells for another year of creative collusion with a mitt full of new dusty encyclopedia songs to refract love into your lenses.

Miss Quincy, Nelson, BC
Miss Quincy comes alive on stage through her stories, her music and the characters she picks up along the way. 1930s blues, bluegrass, and vaudeville.

MorloveMorlove, Victoria, B.C. & Montreal, PQ
Best heard through your oldest set of speakers, Morlove is the creative collaboration of Corwin Fox and Miss Emily Brown (along with certain special others…). Experimental, handmade folk.

Mr. Something Something, Toronto, ON
A little something for the body, a little something for the mind: your soundtrack to a joyful revolution. Internationally recognized for their unique blend of Afrobeat, jazz and pop.

Murray Boal, Dragon Mountain, B.C.
Murray is a songwriter and farmer whose inspiration comes from the spirit of the people and places of the rich and colorful Cariboo Chilcotin.

Namgar, Buryat Republic, Siberia
Traditional far-eastern Siberian folk with electrifying immediacy, rooted in both the past and present. Mongolo-metal that’s made old ladies cry and come back for more.

Navaz, Prince George, BC
Persian-fusion with high-energy, highly danceable grooves. Driving rhythms, hauntingly beautiful vocals, and intensely exciting soloing from some of the best instrumentalists in Persian music.

Newberry vs Newberry, Ontario and B.C.
Newberry vs Newberry is a project of Sioux and David Newberry, siblings with unique and complimentary musical styles. They also sing a lot about trains and boats.

Nice Verdes, BC and Australia
Nice Verdes create original world music that’s sunny and uplifting, influenced by sounds from around the globe, including those of Cuba, Senegal, and Central America.

NikTex, Montreal, PQ
NikTex are delighted to serve themselves on a platter of fusion folk, world and electronic. At a glance: Guitars, Electronix, Percussion and Vocal Harmonix.

Nora Curiston, Grand Forks, B.C.
Nora Curiston is a painter, sculptor, and Emily Carr graduate. Her sculptures are ‘visual poems’ – juxtapositions or manipulations of objects that give them new meaning.

O’mally, Victoria, BC
From the oceanside forests and farms of Canada’s West Coast comes the free-range style of O’mally, a breakout artist with a distinctive sound.

Ory No ManOry No Man, Toronto, ON & Wells, BC
“And what is good, Phaedrus,
And what is not good—
Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?”
—Robert M. Pirsig, Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Paula Scott, Dunster, B.C.
A narrative oil painter who has shown provincially and beyond. While circumstances send her in a thousand directions, Paula tries to focus on painting thought-provoking narratives.

Pawnshop Diamond, Vancouver, BC
This five-piece incorporates the time-tested tools of solid songwriting with decidedly modern musicianship and sharp lyricism that make for a sound both vintage and timeless.

Po-Co and Wanda, Victoria, B.C.
With two suitcases packed with giggles and tricks up all four sleeves, this clown couple is sure to knock your socks off when you least expect it.

Queso Blanco, Vancouver, BC
A vintage Cuban music and surf guitar blend. From their calypso covers to their Hawaiian lounge style and humor, the band is ever unpredictable.

Raghu LokanathanRaghu Lokanathan, Prince George, B.C.
A rare sort of songwriter whose work conjures a world both familiar and strange. He is an artful dabbler in folk traditions.

The Re-Mains, All over New South Wales, Australia
A hard-driving independent band on a country-rock-and-roll crusade since 2002. They’ve played more rodeos, outback dives and inner city hellholes than any other band in Australia.

The Roaming Diva, Montreal, PQ
With an orchestra in her purse and a twinkle in her eye, the Roaming Diva delights the ears, seduces the eyes, and opens the mind.

Rob Budde, Prince George, B.C.
Rob Budde teaches creative writing at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. He has published seven books.

Ross Douglas, Point Roberts, WA, USA
Award winning songwriter, great singer, wonderful performer, iffy dresser. His music is praised for its humour, emotional power and grand variety of influences.

Sage Birchwater, Williams Lake, B.C.
Sage Birchwater, a 38-year resident of the Cariboo Chilcotin, is a journalist and author. He specializes in oral history and memoirs, and has published several books.

The Sandman, Dunn Center, ND, USA
Chris “Sandman” Sand’s music is fusion in the raw—country / hip hop / folk / rap / cowboy / punk. Unique, fresh, sexy, and distinctly western.

Scott Cook, Edmonton, AB
Prairie balladeer Scott Cook sings acoustic roots music so honest it hurts. He brings years of roads and a deep love of humanity to his songwriting.

Seth & Shara, Dunster, BC
Seth Macdonald and Shara Gustafson, better known as the front line of Mamaguroove, are in new musical territory—with an acoustic latin / reggae / world twist.

Sharon Cahn, Horsefly, B.C.
Fibre Artist and Designer Sharon Cahn of Pluckings has been creating Wearable Art for over 30 years, winning many awards in both Canada and the US. Her felting experience has been acquired over the last 8 years by studying with Polly Stirling, Pat Sparks and Chad Hagen, among others.

Shawn StephensonShawn Stephenson, Ymir, BC
Kootenay mountain musician. Multi-instrumental looper freakshow. He likes meat, veggies, booze, wigs, tofu and bacon stir-fry and other genderless stuff, and knows how to get it.

shayne avec i grec, Victoria, B.C.
One of 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac, a poetic preacher of The Anthropocalypse, and a co-conspirator in the creation of the world’s first psychedelic talk opera.

Shelder the Electric Clamfish, Vancouver, B.C.
Raised in the Gulf Islands, Shelder combines her wild hippy upbringing together with classical and jazz training to perform and teach music that transcends reality.

Sincerely, Someone, Penticton, BC
Liam Kidner and DeAnna Maggie are united by a love for the simplicity of folk and the beauty of a clever lyric.

Sioux Newberry, Ontario
”…you have a killer pop band and are smart & poetic. Is ‘funrock’ a word? LITERATE FUNROCK. That’s what you do. Well.” – David Newberry, Musician, Sibling

Soupbone, Williams Lake, BC
Soupbone’s good times recipe calls for sweet and savory blues and Motown. Their unique sound, original show, and eclectic repertoire offer up something for every palate.

Stephen St. Laurent, Prince George, B.C.
With almost 20 years of theatrical writing, directing, and acting under his belt, Stephen has also completed a series of social documentary and educational videos.

Steve Brockley, Montreal, QC
Folk music isn’t usually this greasy. A finger picked electric guitar, smooth vocals, slick upright bass, and one special drummer. Neat lyrics are a bonus.

Tahirih Goffic, Bella Coola, B.C.
A Quesnel girl, born and raised, who now lives, paints and raises her two gorgeous children with her musician husband in beautiful Bella Coola B.C.

T. Nile, Vancouver, BC
Tamara was groomed for musical life; she was accompanying her father, a multi-instrumentalist sidewalk entertainer, through North America and Australia by the age of six.

Teapot Hill, Vancouver, BC
Teapot Hill is what happens to indie rock when it turns 30 and stops trying to be cool. It is the sound of friends making music for nothing but the sheer joy of it.

Tone Indbryn, Sechelt, BC
A singer / songwriter / poet who has honed her craft for nineteen years. Her music crosses many folk genres; it’s unconventional and individual.

Transfiguration Good News Band, Prince George, BC
Come celebrate the joys and sorrows of life with The Transfiguration Good News Band—danceable jazz-grunge fusion arrangements of traditional African-American spirituals—Hallelujah!

Trevor Tchir, Edmonton, AB
Uniting the sounds and images of Canada’s rural and urban spaces, Tchir has captivated audiences across the country with his songs of work, play, and love.

Trish Halsey Belsham, Vanderhoof, B.C.
Trish Halsey Belsham is a seasoned choreographer with 25 years of involvement in many dance programs throughout B.C.

Van Andruss, Yalakom Valley, B.C.
Van Andruss is a Bioregionalist from the Yalakom Valley, his home for over 35 years. An elder Hippie, he leads a quiet, literary life.

Wax MannequinWax Mannequin, Hamilton, ON
Born in the smoke and industry of Hamilton; a damaged, underdog town; a perfect breeding ground for strange, variant things incorporating folk, scrappy prog-metal and a tireless creative ethic.

William Brown, Winlaw, B.C.
Cult leader William Brown wants your body, all of your possessions (including your Grateful Dead DVD collection), and, of course, your soul!

Yael WandYael Wand, Wells, BC
From the enchanted suburbs of Wells, this honey-voiced mountain folk goddess will shiver your spine and nudge your feet with hillbilly jazz and rootsy ditties.


Film

Amazay, a film about water

In 2003 Northgate Minerals proposed to dump 750 million tonnes of acid tailings into a pristine lake.
The Tse Keh Nay said no. The battle for Amazay Lake had begun.

In 1968, the creation of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam amassed the world’s largest artificial lake, the Williston Reservoir. The rising waters flooded the Tse Keh Nay from their homelands and resulted in the destruction of the lower half of their watershed. The impacts of this massive event are still being felt today. Mercury contamination, massive erosion, wildlife habitat destruction and the loss of whole villages have taken their toll.

In 2003, a new threat emerged that endangered the upper half of the Finlay River – Kemess North.
Over the next 5 years the Tse Keh Nay would fight through a flawed environmental assessment process to ultimately convince our Governments to reject the Kemess North project and protect Amazay Lake.

This is their story. Directed by Stephen St. Laurent and J.P. Laplante.

OHME MADE MOVIES

Strange and forbidden visual experiments made by cult leader William Brown. Includes short documentaries on the interesting lives of cult members; harvest the cat!; stand up comedy; live spoken word performances; rainbow chasing and other strange, forbidden…things…watch if you dare!

Duke & Battersby Film Fest

This film program features the video work of the internationally award-winning Canadian artists Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby. Duke and Battersby do not shy away from dirty stuff. Or creepy stuff. Or stuff that makes people uncomfortable. You could say that the dirty, the creepy and the uncomfortable are their milieu. Duke and Battersby’s inclination to make art that is simultaneously entertaining, intelligent and ethical is underpinned by their understanding that every aesthetic act is in some way futile.

Literary Arts

Finding Your Voice; Writing With Heart

Participants can look forward to a writing circle sharing with Van Andruss, Lorne Dufour and Sage Birchwater with a focus on poetry, telling your story, and exploring various ways to get your writing “out there” for others to enjoy. Lorne, Van and Sage will each share short, five-minute readings of their work. Participants are invited to bring samples of their writing to share or discus. We look forward to connecting with a fellowship of writers.

Prince George: Poetry at the Centre

Prince George, B.C. has been called “the secret poetry capitol of Canada” by BookThug publisher Jay MillAr. It has played host to national and international poetry figures such as Al Purdy and Robert Creeley since the late ‘60s. For decades, its writers have been paradoxically marginal and central all at once to our national literary culture. This year, Artswells presents a poetry reading featuring Prince George poets Barb Coupé, Rob Budde, Al Rempel, Lisa Haslett, Erin Arding, Justin Foster, and host Jeremy Stewart, none of whom are likely to venture an explanation as to just what makes the city’s poetic side tick.

Shadowjam! with Mind of a Snail

Shadowjam is a fully participatory event where everyone is a performer and everyone is the audience. It’s basically a magical blend of improvised musical jam, in-the-moment shadow puppetry, and spontaneous storytelling. We start by crafting shadow puppets together around a theme. Then we set up a sheet in the middle of the room, with an overhead projector and puppets on one side and musical instruments all around. Everyone is encouraged to try any role, whether it’s as a puppeteer, musician, narrator or whatever else. No experience is needed and spontaneity is encouraged. The only requirement is that people try to be present in the moment, listening and responding with the whole picture in mind. Shadowjam provides a framework for unconditional play within an expressive, inclusive group experience. Participants often describe it as a shared dream.

A Waltz with Ann Walsh Through History, Mystery, and More


Ann Walsh has written many books set in Barkerville during the gold rush. Join her to learn about miners and murders, hurdies and hangings, gold and guilt and meet some of the characters who lived during this exciting era. Ann will also share tips about writing, helpful for creating song lyrics. Check her website http://www.annwalsh.ca/

Needlefelting the Easy Way with Sharon Cahn


There is a $15 cost to buy the supplies for this workshop (cost is not included with festival pass). This charge includes materials enough for you to make several items. We will make one in the one hour class, but you can later can go on to needlefelt outside the class, having gained confidence in your ability to needlefelt. If you need a refresher course, the kit includes a DVD that goes over the process again. It is an easy foolproof way to begin. http://www.pluckings.com/

PLUS, Sharon will be teaching a second textiles workshop:
Nuno Felting with Sharon Cahn. Also known as Laminated Felting, nuno felting is a process where wool is felted into an open weave fabric. The materials cost for this workshop is $35. In this class we will make a nuno-felted silk scarf. There will be a material fee for the supplies, but you will go home with the ability to go on from here to wherever felting takes you.

Expressing Your Power of the Feminine with Trish Belsham

A movement workshop open to anyone. We’ll play with ideas of what the feminine means to you. This is a co-creative opportunity to dip into your imagination through movement. No experience necessary; only a willingness and curiosity to explore and express your interpretation of the feminine. Bring your ideas! Not recommended for children under six years old. All children under ten must be accompanied by an adult.

Organic Farmers in the Round

What does it take to grow food in the Cariboo? The challenges, the opportunities, the experiences–join facilitators Sage Birchwater as we get to meet the local farmers who so generously support our ArtsWells festival with their fabulous work and produce. Murray and Janette Boal of Dragon Mountain Farm, Rob Borsato and Cathie Allen of Macken Creek farm, Terri and Chris of Roads end Farm, Mike and Stephanie Bird of Slow Train farms, Corine Singfield of Bella Coola CSA, and others will share their experiences and answer questions. This is a great opportunity to meet the pioneers of organic farming in the Cariboo as we all move towards food sustainability in these changing times.

Vocal Improv with Doug Koyama

Learn to feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme. No, it’s not bobsled time. Doug is willing to
teach you his skills. He can get you started on improvising singing around a beat… goes well with campfires and magic.

Hip Hop with DEJA and Lee Asher

Exactly what it sounds like. He’s badass and so is this workshop. There’s dance involved too. DEJA has been involved with teaching Vancouver youth about producing beats, rapping, freestyle and hip hop culture while Lee teaches hip hop dance.

Persian Music Workshop

Discover new rhythms and vibes with this workshop taught by world class Persian music instrumentalists.

Living the Dream In Wells with Jason Griffin

This place is great – what’s it like to live here? New this year, this workshop is for people interested in moving to Wells. We’ll discuss community life, the artist co-op, business/employment opportunities, recreation, what winter is like, housing, community forest, amenities, etc. This will be an informal workshop – bring your questions and ideas.

Yoga with Kate Sulis

Kate Sulis has been leading yoga classes in Wells and Quesnel for a number of years. She is a registered massage therapist and uses this experience to help lead participants through a fairly energetic yoga routine which focuses on core strength and flexibility. She follows no particular brand of yoga, but draws on experience from different classes she has taken over the years. Come prepared with a yoga mat if you have one and a light-weight blanket. We will be outside (weather permitting) so bug dope might be in order!

Washtub Bass with Paul Hendriks of Blackberry Wood

Are you tired of conventional music? Can you hold a stick? Have you mastered every instrument, and don’t know what to do next? Can you count to one? Do you have cake? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you may be interested in having your mind blown wide open by an infosational multimedia-extravulation detailing the rise and fall and subsequent rise of what many consider to be the perfect instrument.
Chief bucketeer and blackberry plank’s Paul Hendriks will hold your hand through the dark places as we explore together the washtub bass!

Wells Walks with Mary Forbes

Wander the streets of Wells and hear the sordid stories and stupendous sallies of the the little town that could and still does. From miners to minstrels on a tailings pile or snob hill. From any vantage point Wells will warm your heart and help walk off last night’s dance and prime you for more culture than you can carry in a Cornish water wheel. Let’s go for a walk! http://www.dandelioninterp.ca/index.cfm

Signs of the Times

At various times through out the festival.
Join Williams Lake astrologer Martin Comtois for an entertaining and informative look at the astrological perspective of the changing times. Using the Astromantic Mandala Table take a journey through the symbols of astrology; the signs, elements, modalities and polarities; and the personal, social and transpersonal planets. Gain insight into the meanings behind the present Cardinal Grand Cross alignment and its creative impulse into your life. Astrology contributes a sense of clarity and purpose as we seek personal fulfillment and empowerment while navigating these complex times. Check the school gym for information on times and place for this inspirational workshop. For readings or more on Martin’s work visit his website at www.mountainmystics.ca or email at mountainmystics.martin@gmail.com.

Get Musical: Creative Sound Exploration with Shelder the Electric Clamfish


Using our bodies, voices and any instruments available, we will explore a multitude of ways to create sound, which will ultimately lead to a final spontaneous and improvised group performance. Activities we will do include passing the sound (allowing the sound to morph as it is “passed” from one person to the next), small group improvisations, sound painting, and responding to improvised gestures. the idea is to create an environment where everyone is free to express themselves and does not feel inhibited by technique, rhythm or pitch.

Sound Exploration Walk with Kristen Roos

Walk through town and listen to the interior sounds of objects using contact microphones. This workshop is great for anyone who hasn’t been exposed to the magic of contact microphones, come listen to a sign post, drum on a wall, turn a playground into an instrument.
Great for a variety of ages: 6 yrs old and up! www.kristenroos.com

An Introduction to West African Dance with Sally Miller of Nice Verdes

A fun, energetic and lively introduction to West African dance and rhythms. Participants will learn some traditional dance steps to a particular rhythm. Suitable for all ages and levels, but be ready for some moving! There will be live drumming, too!

Banjo, the People’s Instrument

Jason and Pharis Romero will take you through the history of the banjo and its populist roots. They’re good story tellers and there ain’t nothin’ like a good banjo.

Lyrical Dance Class with Jessie Herman

Learn some basic elements of jazz and ballet mixed together to create a flowing and modern movement known as Lyrical dance. Dive into some choreography, let the music fill you up and carry you away. No experience is required, just a open mind and open heart. Please wear clothing that will allow you to move freely!

Lyric Writing with Linda McRae


Want to find ways to unblock your creative flow? Come have some fun and Linda will show you how to jump start the writing process and improve your writing no matter what discipline you’re in…songwriting, pros, poetry, journalist, what have you. Please bring paper and a pen.

Basic Makeup Special Effects with David Jeffery

An all-ages, hands-on workshop in creating bruises, cuts, abrasions, black eyes (and a little general info on how to make your own stage blood, etc.). Materials provided for up to 15 participants.

Top Hats and Tails with Jessie Herman

Class and steamin’ hot sass all rolled into one! This dance class will focus on good old Cabaret style JAZZ! Top hats and tails will be provided for all you cats who come on out! Ladies, fish nets and heels are smiled upon but not necessary. Gentleman, bare chests and suspenders are smiled upon but not necessary. This class can be rocked in bare feet and clothing that will allow you to move freely.

Tri-Loom Weaving with Katie Nahachewski

Tri-loom weaving is a simple, portable, and versatile way to create that woven item you have always wanted to create. Your loom can be anywhere from a few inches short to many feet long, allowing you to create anything and go anywhere the modest triangle can take you. Participants will have use of the looms provided and basic weaving materials. Extra quantities of weaving materials, hooks, needles, and looms will be for sale if the participants wish to continue their projects after the workshop is done. A small project will be completed within the time frame of the workshop. Bring a pillow or jacket to sit on, this is best done on the floor/ground for beginners.

Radical Folk History 101 with Joey Only

The working class has used folk music for centuries to represent their struggle against the system. Joey Only will take you on a musical journey through the slave rebellions, the strikes of 1877, the death of Joe Hill, the Industrial Workers of the World (1905-1930) and the songs of Woody Guthrie, Utah Philips and more.

Nurture Nature Now! (N3)

N3 is the way 2 B!
This workshop is focused on entertaining and engaging youthful people! Activities are based around experiential education. This workshop is led / performed by the nature-loving Skyla. Activity specifics include warm-up, trust and active games, the natural world around/inside us (spirit animals), make a human dream catcher (a web of connections), group sing-a-long-play-a-long songs, nature crafts, and silly skits. How are we all interconnected with each other and the world around us? Come and find out with Nurture Nature Now!

Bandleading with Kris Mitchell


Find out how to get a band right up there to hero. Find out from the veteran band leader of Blackberry Wood. There go all of Kris’ secrets…

Hula Hooping with Doug Gook

Doug offers you his hula hoops or bring your own. He’s been hooping with ArtsWells since the beginning but this is the first official workshop.

Theatre

Mind of a Snail presents:
Plasticity Now

The Spirit of Plastic has a message for us. Plastic: where did it come from, and where is it going? This is a shadow puppet story about time and energy, oil and water. Plasticity is the adaptability of an organism to a changing environment. All the musical instruments and puppets for this show were made from waste plastic.

Lost and Found Puppet Co. presents:
Herban Adventure, A Puppet and Music Fairytale

Lost in the forest, a chance encounter with a Dandelion turns one man’s world upside down…

Visual Arts

Mini Mural Project
Saturday July 30th – Monday August 1st


Now in its third year, the Mini Mural Project features professional artists creating ‘Mini Murals’ on 4’ x 8’ panels under a tent on the school field. Artists will be creating over the duration of the weekend. Coordinated by Caroline Anders, the idea is to have a stimulating, fun and creative space where artists can work together or on their own in the inspiring setting of Wells. The public are encouraged to come by and check it out. A huge thanks to Island Mountain Arts, Kroma Paints, Opus Framing, Rona and Cloverdale paints for their generous donations. We could not do it without them!

Installations

Liliana Dragowska
“Felt the Rain”

This outdoor installation–consisting of a felted, semi-functional umbrella with quilted photography printed on canvas–can be found near the outdoor stage. A variety of felted pieces draped off the umbrella into the street interact with onlookers and passersby.

Nora Curiston
“Painted to Look Like Itself”

Going out into the area near Wells where all the old metal machines and debris are rusting into the landscape, Nora Curiston will choose one of the large pieces and ‘paint it to look like itself ’. Viewers can help with the painting if they wish. The end result would see a large rusted object painted to look like itself sitting in its own location in the environment amongst the other rusted objects.

Art Walk

Island Mountain Arts (IMA) Public Gallery



The IMA Public Art Gallery (est.1988) is located in one of the town’s restored heritage buildings, the former Hill Meat Market, on historic Pooley Street. IMA runs the annual Summer School of the Arts, Toni Onley Artist’s Project, as well as the Public Gallery and Gift Shop, special events, concerts, and the ever-expanding ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art. The featured exhibit in the gallery is called “Ripe: 10 Fruitful Year’s of the Toni Onley Artists’ Project”. It showcases the works of close to 40 artists who have been a part of the first 10 years of the Artists’ Project.

Amazing Space Gallery



Bill Horne and Claire Kujundzic have converted this 1930’s Catholic Church into a studio, gallery and home. Bill uses new technology as well as traditional printmaking to create imagery of the Wells area. Claire is a painter and printmaker known across Canada for her art and graphic design work. www.claireart.ca

Beck’s Pottery



Located on The Barkerville Highway, Beck’s pottery displays a great collection of wheel and Raku pottery by Wells artist Joan Beck, paintings by Cariboo artists, native carvings and books. The hours of operation are 10:00am-6:00pm seven days a week.

Cartier & Bailey Creative Studio Gallery



Cartier & Bailey Creative Studio Gallery, located in the historic Sunset Theatre lobby, features original artwork by Laurie Landry and Corey Hardeman, jewelry by Cass Chowdhury, and quilting by the 2 Kathys. Regular open hours from noon – 6pm, also open during Artswells hours.



Results from the 2010 page:


2010 Photos

Click on the links for more information on all the great artist who performed at ArtsWells 2010!

2010 Artswells Line-Up

ArtsWells 2010 Schedule at a glance

Aaron GoodwinAaron Goodwin & the Circle of Stones, Penticton, B.C. I am a musician, and hopefully one day author. I live the good life every day.

Andrea Ramolo,Toronto, Ont.“The Toronto-based roots singer has the whiskey-soaked pipes to land a song straight into your cerebral cortex”. Blending folk, roots, blues, and some tap-dancing, Andrea and her one-man band (Jason Skiendziel) bring their 80 date cross-Canada tour to Artswells. Party time!!!

Ari NeufeldAri Neufeld, Penticton, B.C. Ari is young and old all at once. His organic approach to making music turns not only his emotion, but his physicality into song. He breathes beats and croons out multi-octave melodies over textured acoustic guitar and percussion performed by his feet, through an amplified wooden box.

Betty Supple Betty grew up in F’realtown Ontario, which means she is required, by blood, to keep it real. She’s been firin’ out tunes since it occurred to her to do so, and speaks her mind, heart and soul through her songs.

Blackberry WoodBlackberry Wood, Vancouver, B.C. Blackberry Wood is a wonderful, secret and Magic combination of original Alt-country/ragtime/Circus/Gypsy music, BIG party grooves like exotic Worldbeats, headbobbin’ HipHop, jumpin’ Ska, and other irresistible body shakin’ an’ foot shuffling stuff.

The Burning HellThe Burning Hell, Peterborough, Ont.The Burning Hell sings catchy, fatalistic little songs about animals, conferences, wombs and tombs, making music to dance to at the end of the world.

Carolyn Mark Victoria, BC Carolyn will sing and play the guitar and hopefully the piano. She might tell some jokes. Diona Davies will play the violin tastefully and harmonize.

Chasing Red Lights, Penticton, B.C. Mankind has always been Chasing Red Lights. From the very first rising of
the sun right up until now, where, even as the sun sets, the chase carries on into the night. This constant stop and go through lifes meaning,purpose, culture, goals, dreams, desires, needs, wants, and all the yellows in between. ..

Corbin Murdoch, East Vancouver, B.C. Corbin Murdoch is an adventurous folk musician from East Vancouver. Whether collaborating with jazz artists for mash-up performances, with visual artists for a year-long song-blog (http://corbinmurdoch.wordpress.com), with bluegrass bands or brass quintets, Corbin Murdoch and his band, The Nautical Miles, continue to push the boundaries of contemporary Canadian folk music.

Corwin FoxCorwin Fox, Victoria, B.C. With his distinctive knack for ironic juxtaposition and a playful sense of humour, Fox takes another deep cut at Big Business, Government practices and environmental politics, all while warming us with his deeply concerned and heart-felt words of compassion and wisdom. Live, Fox’s performances can range from extremely intimate acoustic shows to full band onslaught.

CR Avery Band, Vancouver, B.C. Whether performing to thousands at the Royal Albert Hall or the lucky few who made it inside the packed past capacity speakeasy, C.R. Avery is a unique, raw and dynamic performer. His genius lies in many genres – blues, hip-hop, spoken word and rock & roll. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation; with the rare ability to sing poetic verse while beatboxing simultaneously while pounding the piano and adding harmonica like a plot twist.

The Creaking Planks, Vancouver, B.C. The Creaking Planks strap on forgotten and dismissed instruments of simpler times, preemptively gathering the tunes and jingles of today from the ashbins of tomorrow and re-presenting them in a novel anachronistic setting and style.

Crooked Brothers, Winnipeg/Falcon Lake, Man. These Manitoban boys are hard to pin down musically – Stomping scrapyard funk, back porch blues, or honest country waltzes… they’re worth checking out.

Danielle Savage & The Miscreants Danielle Savage is joined this summer by her Penticton-based band, ‘the Miscreants’, permutating from her history as a singleton-songwriter and Pan-American busker/ performer.

Dave Soroka The sweet side of rock’n'roll.

Dave Newberry, Vancouver, B.C. David Newberry sings folk songs with rock sensibilities. Or is it the other way around? His songs capture insights into the complex social world. Exclaim Magazine says “his voice has a ring of truth,” and calls him “an artist to watch.”

David Roy Parsons “I have to say that David Roy Parsons is the best new songwriter I’ve found in the last couple of years. I don’t say that lightly. I’ve played several hundred gigs in about 10 countries in that time. His lyrics remind me of John Donne, and his melodies are undeniable. He’s sophisticated and straightforward at the same time, like Hank Williams. If you care about songwriting, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of listening to this man.”–Geoff Berner

The Deckchairs Since their inception in 2007 The Deckchairs have been resposible for developing and delivering and emphatic style of progressive folk music based around 12 string and lapsteel guitars.

Diana Catherine and the Thrusty Tweeters Woodbridge, Ontario The Spirit Ranch Sessions is their latest album produced by Grammy winner of The Allman Brothers, Bud Snyder. CBC’s Fresh Air with Mark Rheaume listed them in the TOP 8 Ontario Bands of 2009.

Dirty Grace, Victoria, B.C. Together, Marley Daemon, Betty Supple and Shelder Footz represent the stripped-down, raw version of their band, Dirty Grace. Their highly diverse, original repertoire points to a new era in music when bands, released from the suffocating limitations of adhering to a single genre, are free to explore any and all inspirations that come their way. Dirty Grace combine gypsy, bluegrass, jazz and hip hop (what they call ‘Jazzypsy Grass-Hop’) with their unique brand of ‘New Canadian Poetry’ (“Canoetry”) to create dancy, emotional grooves with big heart.

DJ BassMint of Karmetik Collective gets back to his roots with this project. His deep and delicious funky electro infused sound carries the dancer into other realms, relying heavily on luscious vocal melody, throbbing baselines and groove of epic proportions. Inspired by life on the rugged West Coast of British Columbia, BassMint brings a broad spectrum of feeling to the dance floor, sure to tickle all corners of the psyche.

Dorah Amora From Saltspring Island, Self-taught Gypsy Accordionist Extraordinaire. Forget every bad Polka you ever suffered through and prepare for eclectic French, Gypsy, eargasmic tunes to put your heartsoul in a trance

Drum and Bell Tower, Williams Lake, B.C. Drum & Bell Tower is a one-man computer-based live-drum-pounding, knob-tweaking, psychedelic-guitar-soaked experiment with rhythm and harmony. It is music for spacing out and/or dancing off the proverbial buttocks.This stompy psy-folk songwriting project of Williams Lake BC’s Brent Morton offers melodic and danceable journeys for life on a crowded planet.

Erin & JeremyErin Arding and Jeremy Stewart like to dance and leap and run around in parks at night. Fizzy pop songs with natural flavour.

Fish and BirdFish & Bird, Victoria, B.C. BC’s Fish & Bird use various folk traditions as the context with which to express something modern and relevant, whether performing as a duo, or more recently filling out with a full band.”

Free Soul, Prince George, B.C.
Blest from birth unplugged from earth is my soul purpose. Free my mind, soul my rhymes

Geoff BernerGeoff Berner, Vancouver, B.C. Geoff Berner, Wayne Adams and Diona Davies have played in 12 countries and on national radio in 5. They play strange klezmer music for drunken dancing.

Ghengis GandhisGhengis Gandhis, Ashcroft, B.C. The Ghengis Gandhi’s have coined their musical style as “BC Homegrown Reggae”… it is fun, danceable, socially relevant original music that swells the heart and fills the soul…

Ghost Brothers, Vancouver, B.C.Ghost Brothers are Vancouver’s very own Roots Rock Rhythm Bandits. Reggae/Surf/Folk inspired grooves , harmonious and energy-infused songs will keep you moving on the dance floor. If you like to be entertained, you will most definitely enjoy Ghost Brothers lively performances, memorable tunes and crowd interaction. Four guys: djimbes, guitars, bass, drums, flutes, keyboards, pump organs and vocal melodies all perfectly placed and combined with no effort.

Glenna Garramone, Vancouver, B.C. Winner of the 2010 Artswells Songwriting Contest, harmonizes the experimental with the classical, the unexpected with the organic, and she wants you to sing along.

Graham Hall Quesnel, B.C. Graham (DJ.Algorhythm) is coming back home for his second year at ArtWells. A self described dance instigator, break-beat belligerent and enigmatic electro-eclectic his only want is you, feet on the floor shakin the night away.”Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” ~Samuel Beckett

Granville JohnsonGranville Johnson The feel and sound of the Djembe’s African goat-hide/skin that barks and sings the essence of the rhythmic melody ringing beneath fingertip and palm.

Indio Saravanja “He is a poet of the finest water, a keen observer with finely attuned literary sensibilities and a thinker of considerable substance….. Saravanja is clearly connected to the larger contemporary global zeitgeist. Big things are coming his way”. (Greg Quill- Toronto Star)

Ingrid Gatin Winnipeg, Manitoba Ingrid Gatin makes eclectic beautiful. Reaching top 20 on Earshot Charts across Canada, Ingrid is getting ready to take Canada by storm. Touring by train, writing music in a cabin in the woods, and making art in the Exchange District of Winnipeg all are influences that can be heard in the sounds of Ingrid’s music. With accordion, piano, vocals, handclaps, foot-stomps, and tambourine, Ingrid has crafted her own eclectic and beautiful sound in the indie/roots music genre.

Jeff Andrew, Victoria, B.C. Jeff Andrew was once blessed by a hobo on the streets of Salem, Massachusetts. He also knows a trick for raising the dead, but it only works on Tuesdays.

Jesse Dee & Jacquie B, Edmonton, AB. Jesse Dee & Jacquie B define versatility. Their musical landscape ranges from funky jazz and hard hitting rock, to delicate folk; yet their unique harmonies and rhythmic shifts defy any expectation listeners may have. Putting a finger on what they’ll do next is next to impossible! Dee’s electric guitar and pedal stylings along with the charming accordion B throws on occasionally, the final product is a genre-bending mélange that has been steadily becoming a favourite of Canada’s independent music scene.

Jill Staveley, Peterborough, Ont.“Like a female equivalent of Greg MacPherson, a lone person singing and playing an electric guitar can be the most beautiful thing in the world. Staveley spoke little, more often opting to play her guitar and captivate the crowd with her strong voice and melancholic songs.”
- Chartattack

Joanna Chapman-Smith, Vancouver, B.C. Alone on stage, sitting atop a percussion rig made out of a suitcase and outnumbered by instruments, she charms unassuming crowds into singing along and letting themselves be carried away into her world that questions right and wrong, mind and body, permanence and impermanence.

Joey OnlyJoey Only Outlaw Band, Vancouver, B.C. He’s a Vancouver radio personality, writer for BC Musician Magazine, booking agent and artist. His epic alt-country troupe JOEY ONLY OUTLAW BAND has played 250 shows in Western Canada.

Johnnie Ninety-Nine Vancouver, BC A johnny ninety-nine is a ruthless beverage using wine and a shot of gin. The Johnnie Ninety-Nine Band take a similar approach to song-writing, believing high-proof music should be combined, not diluted.

Karyn Ellis Playful and passionate, this modern folk darling has “a magical waywith song… Leonard Cohen has no copyright on the word hallelujah.”(Globe and Mail)

Ken Whiteley, Vancouver, B.C. Ken Whiteley is one of Canada’s most respected roots musicians, songwriters and recording producers. His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children’s music. Recognized as a gifted guitarist and mandolinist, Ken’s musical cohorts affectionately refer to him as a “playing encyclopedia” for his vast repertoire, depth and range of playing styles, and his prodigious ability on over 20 instruments. www.kenwhiteley.com

Kent McAlister & the Iron Choir, Calgary AB. & Vancouver, B.C.Kent McAlister And The Iron Choir create clever, dark folk-country music that sits well outside the commercial pop-country box.

KarmetiK::Bhutan Sonically combining the east, the west, the above and the below, they religiously infuse packed dance floors with live instrumental fusion. Bhutan cleverly creates an ethnically diverse musical tapestry, often incorporating a variety of instruments.

Kia KadiriKia Kadiri, Vancouver & Victoria, B.C. Kia Kadiri is one of Vancouver’s most respected & powerful females on the mic. This Maximum/universal recording artist has dedicated her voice, time and energy to the hip-hop community. She has performed for countless festivals, and fundraising events over the years.

Kirby Belted emotional lyrics, his driving rock style and quiet thoughtful picking on the guitar, reminiscent is of Nick Drake, John Mayer or Dallas Green.

Ladybug The Rambler I love the wide open prairie sky. I will sing and play for all and the stories will reveal themselves. It is my hope that my music reminds people that the earth does not belong to us but that we belong to the earth. thank you.

Lady Glitch Guttersnipe Lady Glitch first picked up a guitar at age 15 and immediately began constructing a unique musical identity. Self taught and fueled by mentors such as Ani Difranco and Django Reinhardt. The urgent sounds emerging from her well-worn axe can only be described as Gyspy Gutter Folk, revealing Lady Glitch’s Compelling musical vision that demands attention

Lake of Stew, Montreal, PQLake Of Stew is a six-piece acoustic string band that sing all kinds of original tunes in all kinds of styles, and all kinds of mutations of traditional-ish song forms. They all like to have fun with tunes, grub, dancing, and singing, and are currently happy about everything!

Leslie Alexander “Wonderfully evocative . . . the simplicity and directness of these songs make for a superb listen,” said Americana-UK about music from Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Alexander, whose three independent have garnered international airplay and honorable mentions from the ISC and Billboard song competitions. Leslie recently finished tours across North America with Jane Siberry & Jenny Allen and is currently recording her fourth CD.

Lexus Lexus’ lyrically driven style taps into the roots that inspire and move. Her vocal artistry travels across Canada with fellow soulsista Chelsea Johnson this summer!

Linda McRaeLinda McRae, Nashville, TN, USA From Dear John to John Deere. Combining old-time sounds with themes of heartbreak and redemption, Linda’s lyrics are timeless and heartfelt. She has the pipes and the chops

Lisa Poushinsky, Ottawa, Ont. With edgy songwriting and a stage presence reminiscent of the great jazz vocalists, L.Poushinsky’s guitar and vocal chops deliver “tear stained bone machine melodrama for the forlorn and frisky alike.”

LMNOP LMNOP are James Lamb, Corbin Murdoch, David Newberry, and some Other People. Three of Vancouver’s most promising songwriters have come together in a special country-rock collaboration that is even more than the sum of its parts.

Low Flying Planes, Edmonton, AB. On the menu is a fresh twist of gypsy with your folk. Lynett McKell and Megan Kemshead will have you swaying from their first notes. Their harmonies blend together to create an instrument that stands alone and will keep your ears guessing and toes tapping.

Llynn KellmanFormer RCA recording artist Llynn Kellman followed a mysterious white light from notoriety to obscurity. One of the best songwriters you’ve never heard of.

Marc Carney I have been making music in the Okanagan for 15 years or so. My musical influences have been mainly my friends and a complete breakdown of a fair and just society.

Marcel Gagnon, Fort Fraser, B.C. “Often couched in poetry similar to Leonard Cohen or even JJ Cale. For a long time he didn’t think anyone would want to hear it.”
Stuart Derdeyn: The Province

Marley Daemon, Victoria, B.C. Hailing from an obscure, secluded little island off the coast of B.C., Marley Daemon is a new breed of folk songstress. Drawing on a strange array of cross-cultural artistic influences (jazz, Celtic, magic literature, Wicca, post-modern philosophy and Indian Classical to name a few), she weaves pieces of music that push into unexplored territory, uncovering new human emotions. Exploring the deepest questions surrounding human identity, her lyrics are heartfelt, personally revealing, and reach to a depth of reflection uncommon in much of today’s music.

Medicine Wheel Woman & Seed Guide, Fort Fraser B.C. We are honoured to welcome them as our guests.

Melissa Bandura, Vancouver, B.C. Melissa describes her music as “quirky folk: think of dwarves skipping through the forest carrying various stringed instruments!”. She uses eccentric chord changes, unconventional meters, flowing melodies and interesting harmonies. She paints pictures with her words and loves to get metaphorical!

Melisa Devost, Hornby Island, B.C. has toured extensively throughout western and northern Canada, the UK and continental Europe, carving her niche as a compelling vocalist with the guitar chops and songwriting skills to match. She has shared the stage with many folk/roots veterans such as, Ruthie Foster, Colin Linden and David Francey and has graced many festivals with her unique take on gospel singing, often teaching workshops on the subject.

Miss Emily Brown, Montreal, PQ Miss Emily Brown returns to ArtsWells for her fourth year of creative collusion with a mitt full of new dusty encyclopedia songs to refract love into your lenses. She is over the moon to be joined by a dreamy assortment of cowboys and yogis: Leon Power (drums, mandolin), Kevin Bertram (bass, accordion) and Steve Brockley (guitar, voice).

Miss Quincy Nelson, B.C. Miss Quincy comes alive on stage through her stories, her music and the characters she picks up along the way. She naturally captivates her audience so that you can easily imagine her wild west wrangling, saloon brawling or midnight serenading. Equal parts edgy frontier woman and risque saloon madame, her mystique lays within the character created through her music and the carnival weaved throughout the show. Influenced by the renegade women who came before, Miss Quincy draws inspiration from the blues ladies of the 1930s, boot stompin’ bluegrass, and a healthy dose of vaudeville.

Moon Union, Salmo, B.C.Moon Union is Nyla Raney and Tom Reimer. They are lovers and musical confidants. There music is a lush wash that brings a cinematic vision on an aural palate, that creates a beautiful music

Namgar, Buryat Republic.
From the spot where Russia, China and Mongolia meet comes Namgar. The history of Buryats includes Genghis Khan, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Russian education sysytem. Namgar’s music could be called Buryat/Mongolian as Buryats retained traditions that Mongolia lost when the Qing Empire ruled China. Interestingly, it is more archaic than Mongolian, and yet newer due to the presence of Russian culture, especially musical education styles. We are blessed to welcome them as guests.

National Treasure, Wells, B.C.
The new collaboration of Wellsians Ory No’man, Jesse Dee, and Jacquie B. Together they delve into the realm of 3 part harmonies and zoom across the Folk, Blues, Jazz, and Rock landscapes.

MorloveMorlove, Victoria, B.C. & Montreal, PQ. Best heard through your oldest set of speakers, Morlove is the creative collaboration of Corwin Fox and Miss Emily Brown. Experimental, handmade folk.

NikTex Victoria, B.C. NikTex is returning to Artswells for a second year, this time with a full band of bandits from KarmetiK, Wassabi and beyond. They are delighted to serve themselves on a platter of fusion folk, world and electronic. At a glimpse : Guitars, Electronix, Percussion and Vocal Harmonix.

Nir Blue, Montreal, P.Q. & Vancouver, B.C. From Mount Carmel to underground loft concerts to out-door shows, Piano Rocker Nir Blu mixes melancholic classical piano with heavy metal and raw songwriting.

O’mally, Victoria, B.C. O’mally’s ‘Speck’, recorded on Mayne Island BC goes back to what folk music is about: good friends inspiring each other to play great music and having fun. O’mally’s live shows are no different!

Onalea Onalea is a singer/actor/songwriter who likes to perform in both delightfully naughty, grotty cabarets and splendid concert halls. Her four CD’s range from big band to jazz standards, electronica to original material. She has performed across Canada in theatrical roles & in original shows with symphony orchestra. Onalea recently premiered the poetic song cycle Blanche: The Bittersweet Life Of A Wild Prairie Dame, which was commissioned by the Banff Centre & Two Bit Oper-Eh?- Shun an Oratorio about Homelessness that she created the libretto for, and appeared as a soloist in, for the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble. “Onalea is a captivating singer when she takes on a torchy tune” Martin Morrow, Globe&Mail

Ory No ManOry No Man, Toronto, Ont. & Wells, B.C. is a cancerian fire dragon who likes to hike, bike, ski, play music with his friends, and bear his soul to whomever is willing to listen. His favorite things in life are pretty girls, his guitars, his wurlitzer’s, his motorcycle, and riding his motorcycle to play to pretty girls. He writes songs about pretty girls, and then sings those songs to other pretty girls whom he’ll write other songs for and sing to other pretty girls.

Raghu LokanathanRaghu Lokanathan, Valemont, B.C. A rare sort of songwriter whose work conjures a world both familiar and strange. He is an artful dabbler in folk traditions.

Romi Mayes, Winnipeg, Man.Romi Mayes Band is an unstoppable force. Think The Rolling Stones meets Ray Charles meets Joan Jett. Mayes can out-cuss any sailor on a Saturday night.

Ross Douglas, Point Roberts, Wa. Award winning songwriter, great singer, wonderful performer, iffy dresser. His music is praised for its humour, emotional power and grand variety of influences More? www.rossdouglas.com

Ryan Somers [OK Cobra], Vancouver, B.C. & Toronto, Ont.Ryan Somers is the vocal half of the alt.rap duo that is OK Cobra. The OG (original gonzo) poet is an acid-folk singer trapped in a rapper’s body.

The Sandman, Dunn Center, N.D.

Sarah Burton, Toronto, Ont. Sarah Burton packs a deadly musical punch using charisma, charm and a rock and roll attitude. With songs that are at the core, folk, Sarah draws from country, pop and rock to bring her songs to life. Blending traditional folk sensitivity with quirky and sometimes sarcastic word play, Sarah writes honest songs that slide nicely under the skin and into the heart. Teaming up for this year’s festival with the sweet-unique of Jesse Dee and Jacquie B, Sarah Burton offers an intimate look into the kaleidoscopic human heart.

Scott Cook, Edmonton, AB Edmonton’s own prairie balladeer Scott Cook sings thoughtful acoustic roots music so honest it hurts. He brings years of roads and a deep love of humanity to his songwriting and storytelling.

Scott DunbarScott Dunbar, Prince George, B.C. & Montreal, PQ comes from the land of lumberjacks and pickuptrucks, and has bit by bit been learning to master his mutant abilities in order to use them for the betterment of all humanity. Lately Scott has been existing in Montreal taking in the cultural scene, busking and hawking his first independently and entirely home (mom) produced cd Philosophies of a Moth Vol. 1: An Awful Racket. Distinctly and diversely influenced blues and soul strains emerge for an on-the-whole uplifting celebration of all that lives.

Shawn StephensonShawn Stephenson, Ymir, B.C. Kootenay mountain musician… multiinstrumental looper freakshow. He likes meat, veggies, booze, wigs, tofu and bacon stir-fry and other genderless stuff. He is overly friendly when he needs to be… usually to get some of the above items. Shawn is an independent recording artist with two discs under the proverbial belt.

Shayne Avec I Grecshayne avec i grec, Victoria, B.C. says words, and sometimes even writes them down. He is one half of Ghosts of the Highway, and one whole of himself. He lives in Victoria, but wanders endlessly.

Steve Brockley, Montreal, P.Q. Folk Music isn’t usually this greasy. A finger picked electric guitar, smooth vocals, slick upright bass, and one special drummer. Neat lyrics are a bonus.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Victoria, B.C. The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is Victoria, BC based, varied accoustic band, who consistantly stretch genre boundaries with influences from from folk to gypsy, bluegrass to ska. With an ever developing and maturing sound, you can expect to hear more about this band from the west coast of Canada, who look and play like they are from deep Europe but sound like they were raised by Bill Monroe.

Tim Williams, Calgary, AB. Tim Williams is a blues-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. He is a 40-year veteran of the roots music scene in North America, roots which stretch back to the coffee-house scene of his native California in the mid 60s. He has played folk/blues/jazz festivals and concert halls and clubs from Halifax to Vancouver Island to the Yukon.
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Tribute to Tempest Grace Gale (aka Pest) 1984 – 2009

Transfiguration Good News Band, Prince George, B.C. Come celebrate the joys and sorrows of life with The Transfiguration Good News Band—danceable jazz-grunge fusion arrangements of traditional African-American spirituals—Hallelujah!

Trevor Caswell, Kamloops, B.C. Folk and Blues singer Trevor Caswell doesn’t much like writing bios but he does like to sing and play guitar and is excited to be back at Artswells to do so!

Tusk Mountain, Oliver, B.C. Along with a heavy influence from their Canadian country roots, Tusk Mountain delivers a high-energy breed of dark folk music and electric driven rock ‘n’ roll.

Wax MannequinWax Mannequin, Hamilton, Ont. was born in the smoke and industry of Hamilton; a damaged, underdog town; a perfect breeding ground for strange, variant things. Incorporating folk, scrappy prog-metal and a tireless creative ethic, Wax infused his local influences with road-broken experience to forge something unsettlingly new.

Window Broker Hard working and hard traveled; Window Broker plays a progressive-rock-and-country-blues-roll that can be enjoyed with any meal, or as a meal replacement.

Yael WandYael Wand, Wells, B.C. From the enchanted suburbs of Wells, Yael just released her third album, Good Stitch Gone. With Christina Zaenker and Juli Steemson, they aim to shiver your spine and nudge your feet with hill-billy jazz songs and swinging roots ditties.

2010 Artswells Workshops

A Waltz with Ann Walsh Through History, Mystery, and More.


Ann Walsh will read from and talk about her gold rush books “Your Time, My Time” and the Barkerville Mystery Trilogy–”Moses, Me and Murder” “The Doctor’s Apprentice” and “By The Skin of His Teeth.”) Widely used in schools, these books are packed with Gold Rush history are enjoyed by both younger readers and adults alike–check her website http://www.annwalsh.ca/

Wilderness Running with Tyler Doerksen

With all this fresh air and invigorating wilderness, Wells is a runner’s paradise. Join local runners on a moderately challenging jaunt of 6 kilometers down backroads, trails, and a sub-alpine meadow.

Needlefelting the Easy Way with Sharon Cahn


There is a $35 cost to buy the kit for this workshop (cost is not included with festival pass). The kit contains a special paper that allows participants to needlefelt their first project in a foolproof way. There is enough wool and the special paper in the kit for you to make several items. We will make one in the one hour class, but you can later either practice on more of the paper or can go on to needlefelt without it, having gained confidence in their abilities to needlefelt. If you need a refresher course, the kit includes a DVD that goes over the process again. It is an easy foolproof way to begin. http://www.pluckings.com/

PLUS, Sharon will be teaching a second textiles workshop:
Nuno Felting with Sharon Cahn, also known as Laminated Felting is a process where wool is felting into an open weave fabric. In this class we will make a nuno felted silk scarf. There will be a material fee for the supplies, but you will go home with the ability to go on from here to whaterever felting takes you.

Freestyle Rap Session with Ryan Somers aka Fritz tha Cat


Can you rap? Whether you know it or not, the answer is YES! We’ll start with a simple breakdown on the art of freestyling, then have a group rap session. Bring your voice or bring a drum! Kids and grown-ups welcome!

Introduction to Ukrainian Dancing with Ksenya Dorwart


- Warm ups
- Bar work
- Feet and arm positions
- Introduction to basic Ukrainian steps (central and Hutzul steps)
- Boys and Girls technique
- Combinations
Under ideal circumstances, practice attire for girls includes black tights, bodysuits and dance skirts.
Practice attire for young boys includes white T-shirts and black shorts.
Older boys attire includes white T-shirts and black sweat pants.

Yoga with Kate Sulis

Kate Sulis has been leading yoga classes in Wells and Quesnel for a number of years. She is a registered massage therapist and uses this experience to help lead participants through a fairly energetic yoga routine which focuses on core strength and flexibility. She follows no particular brand of yoga, but draws on experience from different classes she has taken over the years. Come prepared with a yoga mat if you have one and a light-weight blanket. We will be outside (weather permitting) so bug dope might be in order!

Bird’s Eye View Stilt-Walking with Ruthie Sumiko Tabata

Stilt walking workshop for all ages, heights, and shoe sizes.

Wells Walks with Mary Forbes

Wander the streets of Wells and hear the sordid stories and stupendous sallies of the the little town that could and still does. From miners to minstrels on a tailings pile or snob hill. From any vantage point Wells will warm your heart and help walk off last night’s dance and prime you for more culture than you can carry in a Cornish water wheel. Let’s go for a walk! http://www.dandelioninterp.ca/index.cfm

Drumming Circle with Granville Johnson

Drummers of any level welcome! Drums are provided. www.designbygranville.com

Sound Exploration Walk with Kristen Roos

Walk through town and listen to the interior sounds of objects using contact microphones. This workshop is great for anyone who hasn’t been exposed to the magic of contact microphones, come listen to a sign post, drum on a wall, turn a playground into an instrument.
Great for a variety of ages: 6 yrs old and up! www.kristenroos.com

Hot Venues: Running Them & Getting Booked Into Them with Carla Stephenson

Ever wonder what it would be like to host your own house concert or start a little venue in your town?This workshop will examine all the basics.
Where to start, how to contact musicians, legalities of alcohol sales, promotion, basic sound requirements.. and so much more. You will leave with lots of hands on information, suggestions, templates for contracts, posters and stage diagrams. If you are a musician looking for gigs this workshop will show you what venues are looking for and what give you some insight into their process for making choices on who plays and who does not.There will be time for an open discussion where we can connect musicians and venues and problem solve collectively on creative solutions to make everyone money! For the past few years we have booked our entire winter seasons at Artswells and we can show you how. www.undergroundartsrailroad.com

Journey on The Relation Ship: Transformative Rebuilding of Our Relationship to Aboriginal History through Story, Song, and Art, with The Melawmen Collective. Facilitated by Meeka Noelle Morgan, M.A. , and Rob Hall , co-founders, The Melawmen Collective.

This transformative workshop brings the story of local Secwepemc People to life through storytelling, song, and music in a way that is inclusive, collaborative and consciousness shifting for all. Through the teachings of her people and family, Meeka presents a perspective of history that is closer to her oral tradition of storytelling, yet merges with poetry, song, and visual art. Through his own experience of consciousness shifting, Rob presents his perspective through song. Their workshops are interactive and encourage collaboration with one another through the development of sharing experience and feeling, and what happens when we channel our creative energies to express our stories. A journey into local Aboriginal history, expressed through contemporary artistic mediums. Bring writing or art making implements and notebook if you like but not necessary.

Getting to First Bass (learning bass as a second instrument) with Peter Mynett


This workshop is designed for people with experience on another instrument who want to get a handle on bass as a second instrument. Also applicable for beginner bassists. Topics will include: basic technique on stand up and electric base, simple base line construction, understanding bass in ensemble settings, and more.

Tightening Tone and Technique with Paul Wolda


This workshop is open to percussionists of all levels, and is an open forum for percussionists. We will be focusing on creating good tone while making sure that our technique avoids injury. We will focus on dynamics and creating an orchestrated sound between percussionists. Also will be tuning djembes. Bring/Bang your drums!

Yoga for Musicians with Kate Sulis

Do you have repetitive strain issues from playing your instrument? Are you interested in learning some self-care to prolong your playing career? Learn to stretch, strengthen, and generally be kind to your body to undo all the stress from life and copious hours of playing instruments. Specific concerns can be addressed – bring your sore and abused body! Kate is a yoga instructor and RMT with 15 years experience in making folks helping themselves to feel better.

Lyrical Dance Class with Jessie Herman

Learn some basic elements of jazz and ballet mixed together to create a flowing and modern movement known as Lyrical dance. Dive into some choreography, let the music fill you up and carry you away. No experience is required, just a open mind and open heart. Please wear clothing that will allow you to move freely!

Rhythmic Fiddle WorkChop with Patrick M’Gonigle


This workshop is going to focus on implementing violin into various styles of music. We will work on improvised soloing, percussive bowing techniques, and the various historical backgrounds of these styles. Topics: Chops and grooves, chord voicing on violin/viola, jazz, bluegrass, old-time, Darol Anger, improvisation.

Veggie Oil Conversion with Jason Griffin

Join Jason and his veggie-fueled vehicles for an overview of converting and operating a diesel vehicle on waste vegetable oil (WVO). A practical demonstration of the how-to’s and what-to-consider in the daily maintenance of a WVO-vehicle including a discussion of the pros and cons of WVO vs. bio-diesel.

Vocal Improvisation with Dirty Grace


Being comfortable with jamming vocally makes way for hours of spontaneous, good’ol fun. We’ll play with singing with others, exploring our own sounds, harmonies, freestyled words, and vocal percussion/beat boxin’. We’ll illustrate some movements and sentiments with sound, inside safe, encouraging, inclusive space. No experience necessary.

Lyric Writing with Linda McRae


Want to find ways to unblock your creative flow? Come have some fun and Linda will show you how to jump start the writing process and improve your writing no matter what discipline you’re in…songwriting, pros, poetry, journalist, what have you. Please bring paper and a pen.

Juggling It All with Tyler D

The ancient art of juggling (keeping more objects in the air than hands used) has brought Tyler into many strange, fun and exciting places and situations. Eventually Tyler and his props ended up at ArtsWells six years ago. Torches flew. People were confused and he hasn’t missed an ArtsWells yet.

Outdoor Natural Art Making with Ruthie Sumiko Tabata and Caroline Anders

Join Caroline and Ruthie in the Wells natural surroundings for an outdoor art making Happening. We will go on a short walk in the woods and bog visiting landmarks and gathering natural materials to make a collective outdoor natural picture/sculpture. Over time, nature will dominate and the picture may evolve into something new or fade into the earth. Come be a part of our nature art instillation and be a part of something special!!

Geodesic Dome Building for Kids with Beth Holden

Simply using newspaper and masking tape, help make a three dimensional, geodesic dome appear before your very eyes! This workshop is geared towards kids but is open to all of those who are young at heart. You don’t need to bring anything other than your creativity and a smile.

Laughter Yoga with Heather & Chris Hartridge

The Quesnel Laughter Club started in 2006 after Chris was smitten with the laughter bug in his first Laughter Yoga session at ArtsWells and yes, he was instantly inspired! Now both certified by the Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga, Chris and his giggling wife Heather will host life-changing Laughter Yoga session for this year’s festival. Bring a friend and come prepared to LAUGH FOR NO REASON… all you need is the willingness to laugh! You’re guaranteed to experience the power of laughter and you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy after… maybe even the next day!! www.heatherhartridge.com

Everyone Can Sing, hosted by Onalea Gilbertson

Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. Let’s start at the very beginning….a very good place to start. We’ll do vocal warm ups, sing together, and you will be empowered to find, cultivate, and use your voice……..and leave singing. www.onalea.com

Signs of the Times with Martin Comtois

An astrological perspective on the changing times. Join astrologer, chef and artist Martin Comtois for a journey into the astrological archetypes as we search for insight into the meaning of these very powerful times.Visit him in the school kitchen to find out about the times he will be presenting his workshops or for an individual session. You can also visit his website for more information on what he’s been up to. www.mountainmystics.ca

Introduction to Stage Combat with David Jeffery

Everyone is welcome to come and learn a few simple tricks for creating basic stage fight moves such as slaps, punches, and chokes. Who knows…you may leave this workshop with the skills to fight James Bond (ask Dave about the Bond role he turned down). Hi-ya!

Top Hats and Tails with Jessie Herman

Class and steamin’ hot sass all rolled into one! This dance class will focus on good old Cabaret style JAZZ! Top hats and tails will be provided for all you cats who come on out! Ladies, fish nets and heels are smiled upon but not necessary. Gentleman, bare chests and suspenders are smiled upon but not necessary. This class can be rocked in bare feet and clothing that will allow you to move freely.

Drawing in the Fifth Dimension with Megan Hepburn

What is drawing? A process? A language? Design? Creative self-expression? The primary abstract human art form? What you do when your teacher is boring or your parents are fighting? Mindless scribbling or a big waste of time?
In this all-ages drawing workshop we will take all of these ideas and more to the next level. No, you will not need to bring pencils and paper, though please do if you want to use them.
You will, however, need a few supplies.
Please bring:
– some tape
– a roll of coloured thread or rope
- scissors
- a camera of any kind if you have one
- an image or object that makes you want to draw
- an image, object, word or text that frightens you
- some serious attitude

Clowning Around with Aubrey Burke

Aubrey Burke, a.K.a “Po-Co the Clown” was born in to a clown family with big feet, a big nose and a big ol’ laugh. He encourages the absurd and life as one big joke! www.aubreytheburke.com

Introduction to Ballet with Jessie Herman

Come take a graceful step into the mad and marvellous world of classical ballet. Learn the basic positions, work on posture, placement and carriage of the arms, all through the voice and memory of my most loved and hated Russian ballet Master! Please wear clothing that will allow you to move freely and bonus cookies for men in tights.

Radical Folk History 101 with Joey Only

The working class has used folk music for centuries to represent their struggle against the system. Joey Only will take you on a musical journey through the slave rebellions, the strikes of 1877, the death of Joe Hill, the Industrial Workers of the World (1905-1930) and the songs of Woody Guthrie, Utah Philips and more.

No Score? No Script? No problem. Hosted by The Sunset Theatre. Starring You

A colourful film will be shown with the sound turned off. You are invited to improvise the score. You are invited to improvise the dialogue. This delightful drop-in-when-you-like event could go anywhere. It’s your call. Aaaaand “Action!”

Watershed Roves with Mary Forbes

What’s a watershed? What’s the significance? And where did she get that fabulous hat? If you can’t spot Mary (I can only imagine you’ve misplaced your glasses), she’ll spot you and share her treasure trove of information. www.ccconserv.org

2010 Artswells Films

Dirt! The Movie

“Floods, drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.”

DIRT! The Movie–directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow–takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, “dirt is very much alive.” Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. “Drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.”

DIRT! the Movie–narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

DIRT! the Movie is simply a movie about dirt. The real change lies in our notion of what dirt is. The movie teaches us: “When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked.” But more than the film and the lessons that it teaches, DIRT the Movie is a call to action.

“The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.”

What we’ve destroyed, we can heal.

Roll Out Cowboy

Chris “Sandman” Sand is a rappin’ cowboy from Dunn Center, North Dakota (population: 120 and shrinking). He drives a semi, plays the guitar and raps. He looks like Woody Guthrie but sings like LL Cool J. Roll Out, Cowboy follows the 39-year-old country/hip-hop musician as he tours the American West during the 2008 Presidential election. Small town America isn’t as conservative as we think.

His tour bus is broken, he bought his house for a thousand bucks, and the small farming town in which he lives is disappearing faster with each passing year. Roll Out, Cowboy’s Chris Sand is the face of the dying American West. Except for one thing: He raps.

The Woody Guthrie protégé looks like a cowboy, talks like a cowboy, but writes songs like LL Cool J. When hip hop music hit the airwaves of the North Dakota badlands, where Sand grew up, he learned to rap and rhyme to the pulse of baling machines and irrigation pumps. The result? A music fusion in the raw—country/hip hop/folk/rap/cowboy. Whatever you call it, it’s unique, fresh, sexy, and distinctly western.

Roll Out, Cowboy follows Sandman the rappin’ cowboy as he embarks on a national tour during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. He travels from red state to blue and back again; blending discordant music genres into a style uniquely his own. Through him we see a part of America that remains immune to marketing campaigns, record labels, and consumerist politicking; as if it were the truth. We witness band break-ups, small town groupies—even a brief flirtation with commercial truck-driving, when a particularly impoverished Sand needs to make ends meet.

This is not the romanticized, Roy Rogers version of the American frontier. This is Sandman. The cowboy who raps.

ArtsWells: The Festival of All Things Art

Two years in the making, the documentary of the 2008 Swell. Independent filmmaker, Dan Williams and interviewer Carmen Mutschele brought their team to the 2008 ArtsWells Festival and did a host of interviews and live tapings. Over the last two years Dan teamed up with videographer Jason Beauchene who has now edited it into a 60 minute documentary featuring interviews and performances by Shane Koyczan, Don Alder, Green Tara, Linda McRae, Kevin Kane, Yael Wand, Miss Emily Brown, Jarimba, Blue Island Trio and more.

TWO BIT OPER- EH?- SHUN

For 18 months songstress Onalea Gilbertson gathered vivid tales from Canada’s largest homeless shelter, the Calgary Drop-In Centre and teamed with composer Marcel Bergmann to create a sweeping composition discussing homelessness and addiction. This recording of the world premiere at Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo features the award winning Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, The Drop In Centre Singers, soloists and choir.

Family Stones

Incarcerated at twelve for a crime her mother committed, Sapana’s story is one that has been shared by thousands of Nepali youth. Shunned by her community and father, she and her brother accompanied their mother to prison after her arrest for trafficking girls into the sex trade in India.

Indoctrinated at 14 by Maoist recruiters, Chandra became a messenger for the Maoist rebels in their uprising agauinst the government, an act considered treason by the Nepali army who arrested him….

Reel Youth, in partnership with Prisoners Assistance Nepal (PA Nepal), is proud to present a touching and uplifting film about seven remarkable Nepali children and their struggle to connect to a society that relinquished them.

Filmed in part by the youth themselves, ‘FAMILY STONES’ showcases the work of Canadian Zachary Bartonas the Directer of Kamala Foundation, and it’s sister organization PA Nepal. It is a testament to resilience and the individuals who continue to rescue children from the Nepal’s prisons.

Scored with songs by the youth of PA Nepal, and violist Christien Lein, the result is a film that is much like the children themselves: captivating, ebullient and memorable.

This film was produced with the financial support of the Canadian Government through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Island Mountain Arts and Reel Youth present the 2010 Video Production Day Camp Films

For four years now, Island Mountain Arts has been partnering with Reel Youth to give up-and-coming filmmakers to write, produce, direct, and often star in their own films. This year’s films include “Sacrificial Ignorance”, “Pressure”, and the haunting “Beavers”. Special Thank You to Mark Vonesch, film maker and visual artist and the Founder and Director of Reel Youth. He has made over 200 films with young people over the last six years, which have been screened in film festivals across North America, broadcast on television and distributed online.

2010 Artswells Theatre

Forget Me Not

Where Poetry, Song and Dance Collide

Micaele Johnson, Smithers native, Theatre Royal and Barkerville’s weetheart for 5 seasons opens her one woman show at the Sunset Theatre in Wells BC. Forget Me Not takes us on her journey as a young woman leaving the north to explore the greater landscape of the west and the lights of the big city through poetry, song and dance. Forget Me Not encompasses Micaele’s own poetry and song while she dances to music that speaks to her heart,informs her journey and inspires her to dance.

A prolific tap dancer, Micaele started studying tap at the age of 12 after sustaining a major injury during figure-skating training. After a year at Canadian College Performing Arts her passion for dance and performing brought her to Barkerville where she performed 5 seasons at Theatre Royal. Her thirst for knowledge and excellence propelled her to continue her studies at Circle in the Square in New York City. Micaele fell in love with the big lights and dreams of Broadway but like many Canadians was required had to come back home before the dream was sated. Coming back to Vancouver, Micaele interrupted the role of the Station Mistress for Storyeum,danced her way through West Side Story at Royal City Musical Theatre under the musical direction of the late Lloyd Nicholson,played Nurse Monika in The Physicists for Genus Theatre and portrayed a Hurdy Gurdy Girl in the silent film Little Heaven and Earth.

Co-created and directed by Karen Jeffery Forget Me Not paints the picture of the inner landscape of leaving home to find your dreams, embracing the world and learning that sometimes the best things in life are found in your own back yard. Semi – autobiographical using Micaele’s writing and choreography, theatrical license and interpretation has been engaged to lace together beautiful and mysterious mosaics of life and love. Professional Actress, Singer, Producer, Stage-manager and Executive Director, For-Me-Not is Karen Jeffery’s creation-directorial debut which fulfills another dream of the Sunset Theatre when she bought it over 10 years ago.

Victorian Street Music

Take a step back in time to the Victorian era as Danette Boucher, James Douglas, Andrew Hamilton, Lynnette Candy and JP Winslow dust off some old Barkerville Street songs. Clap your hands and stomp your feet and enjoy a family friendly evening of music and memories. All Welcome.

The Fred Wells Show

By James Douglas and Danette Boucher

Fred Wells lives on! James Douglas is returning in the role that gave the town its name– The Fred Wells Show. A popular original production depicting the life and times of the man that built the town and recreated the area in the 1930’s.

As the great depression fell like a fog of gloom over Canada in the 1930’s one tiny pocket of prosperity shone like a beacon of hope high in the Cariboo Mountains. An introverted but charismatic and determined prospector called Fred Marshall Wells had a hunch that there was still gold to be found in the area where British Columbia’s great Cariboo Gold Rush had once boomed in the 1860’s. And he was right – the second caribou Gold Rush had begin.

The Fred Wells Show emerges as the inner thoughts of a man of few words. It is an exploration of a person who loved to be alone with the land, and who was fiercely compelled to see what lay within it. It is also a snapshot of a precise moment in BC history – a moment when Fred wells suddenly found himself in a position to save a collection of souls from the jaws of the greatest depression of the modern age.
“We cannot believe our luck. As the world sinks in to a chasm of despair we at the Cariboo Gold Quartz find ourselves sitting right in God’s pocket.”

No Score? No Script? No problem. Hosted by The Sunset Theatre. Starring You

A colourful film will be shown with the sound turned off. You are invited to improvise the score. You are invited to improvise the dialogue. This delightful drop-in-when-you-like event could go anywhere. It’s your call. Aaaaand “Action!”



Artwalk Artists

Lindsay Read
Lindsay lives in Wells with her family. She divides her time between motherhood, painting, volunteering and organic gardening.

Laura McIntosh

Laura McIntosh is a gentleman and a scholar.
She enjoys working with paints, fabrics, glue, and whatever other neato tidbits come her way (most recently a very enthralling Bedazzler and some broken shoes).
Ms. McIntosh is in the process of completing her Bachelors Degree in Illustration at Emily Carr University, after which she hopes to take over the world.

Nora Curiston

Nora Curiston is a painter and sculptor living in Grand Forks. A self-proclaimed ‘late bloomer’ she only recently graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. She thinks of her sculptures as ‘visual poems’ – quirky juxtapositions or manipulations of objects that give them new meaning.

Caroline Anders

Caroline lives in Wells year round, painting during the winters and working out at Bowron Lake during the summer. Caroline had a solo exhibition titled ‘Cities’ last April at Island Mountain Arts and will be exhibiting that series at the Quesnel Art Gallery, Terrace Art Gallery and Maple Ridge Art Gallery in 2011.

Paula Scott

Paula began painting in her late thirties, is mainly self taught and credits the BC Festival of the Arts and Island Mountain Arts workshops for much of her development as an artist. Her work is mainly autobiographical; memories, feelings and muses of the world from her perspective meant to provoke thought.

Maria Sandner

Born and raised in Christina Lake, BC. Obtained my BFA from SFU in Vancouver. Never straying far from the mountains, I then lived in Whistler for 3 years, working as a Snowcat mechanic’s assistant and making paintings for art shows in my spare time. I currently reside in the small town of Ymir where I have a home studio so I can paint and snowboard full time.

Stephanie Kellett

Stephanie Kellett is an emerging BC artist whose ‘creepy cute’ paintings use collage and an expressive painting style to disarm the shadow side of life.

Laurie Monique Landry

A visual artist painting with acrylics and oil, Laurie Landry completed Fine Arts Techniques at Emily Carr University in 2008. She is currently living in Wells, BC to focus on a series of local landscape and still life paintings.

Andrew Raney

Andrew has worked with steel most of his career and gets a lot of his inspiration from nature.
His forms generally are of an organic nature, giving new warmth to an otherwise industrial material and process. Andrew works with fire to achieve the plastic state of the material, and with the high temperature of the oxy-acetylene torch, is able to cut and weld the steel into an amazing creation. www.craftconnection.org

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) with Laurie Monique Landry
A COLLABORATIVE CULTURAL PERFORMANCE
Artist Trading Cards are miniature original works of art that anybody can produce. They can be paintings, collages, silkscreening, drawings, anything!!! The point of the project is the exchange of cards as well as personal experience. Like ArtsWells, it’s about the artistic exchange of ideas, be it music, words, or visual.
Bring your ATCs! Don’t have ATCs but would like to participate? We’ll have a creativity table set up, for you to create your own ATCs for trade or swap.
Rules:
1. Art Trading Cards (ATCs) must adhere to 2.5” x 3.5” size.
a. Art side must have original artwork created by creatively inspiring YOU.
b. Back side should have your name, bio, and optionally, information bout the artwork
2. Cards must be for trade or swap only. No money shall be exchanged.*
3. You must have fun making the art cards, and have fun trading or swapping.
Need to create cards? Come 1 hour before swap time
When:
Swap Time – July 31 & August 1 2 – 3 pm
Need to create cards? Come 1 hour before swap time
Where:
Cartier & Bailey Creative Studio, in the Good Eats Building at the corner of Pooley & Blair Streets.
http://www.cartierbaileystudio.com/


Results from the Theatre page:

For a sample of typical ArtsWells artists, check out line-ups from past years here


Jakes GiftThe multi-award winning drama about a WW2 veteran’s return to Juno Beach to find the grave of the brother who never came home. www.jakesgift.com

Bits A performance extravaganza of this and that. Mostly that. Patrick shies away from labels, but shamelessly flirts with titles. Lately, he’s been trying to get The Artist’s number.

Kaliban What happened to Shakespeare’s immortal mythicman-beast after the Tempest? Come and explore the darkly comic difficulties encountered by Kaliban, as the half-human immortal struggles to fit in with an ever-changing, perpetually-shifting contemporary society. Written and performed by Wells’ Andrew Hamilton.

Bookworm Corin Raymond puts the low in loneliness and the high in high-deeho.” A man on-stage, telling a story. This play has been getting rave reviews across the country, at every Fringe Festival Corin Raymond goes to. Line up early to get in.


Results from the 2009 page:


2009 Photos



2009 Line Up

Click on the links for more information on all the great artist who performed at ArtsWells 2009!

Aaron EzRa AbleMan & The PerfarmersAaron EzRa AbleMan & The Perfarmers, United States AbleMonk & The PerFarmers have been planting musical seeds around the globe and harvesting beautiful world influenced sounds. Their music blends afro-cuban melodies, reggae rhythms & basslines, live instrumentation, and brings a head-nodding message of positivity.

Aaron GoodwinAaron Goodwin, Penticton, B.C. I am a musician, and hopefully one day author. I live the good life every day.

Aaron JoyceAaron Joyce, Vancouver, B.C. Aaron Joyce is a singer-songwriter/composer/guitarist/steel guitarist living and working in the Vancouver area.

Adrienne PierceAdrienne Pierce, Horseshoe Bay, B.C. A prolific singer-songwriter from Horseshoe Bay, B.C. in Canada. She has played everything from Lilith Fair to The Cavern Club in Liverpool. Adrienne has toured with and opened for some amazing artists (Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Jane Siberry) and has performed live on several radio stations including the BBC.

Alin CoenAlin Coen, Hamburg, Germany A German songwriter who will steal you away when you experience her live. She writes about loving and letting go, defeat and hope in a voice entirely her own. Her music is rooted in folk, takes a few turns toward jazz, wanders through pop and heads straight for your heart.

Ana Bon-BonAna Bon-Bon, Vancouver, B.C. Blues Cabaret chanteuse Ana Bon-Bon is an accordion-playing songwriter and performer hailing from her home in the internationally reknown and respected West Coast roots music and art scene of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Miss Ana Bon-Bon plays rhythm and roots accordion to accompany a deep, evocative vocal style heavily influenced by American spirituals, jump blues, and her eastern European ancestry.

Anna B. and the HeartbonesAnna B. and the Heartbones, Vancouver, B.C. They create a unique musical experience, one in which she is the proprietor of her own World Beat Cantina. Her music is a myriad of musical influences from Roots, Brazilian Bossa Nova and Samba, Mexican Mariachi and Jazz.

Ari NeufeldAri Neufeld, Penticton, B.C. Ari is young and old all at once. His organic approach to making music turns not only his emotion, but his physicality into song. He breathes beats and croons out multi-octave melodies over textured acoustic guitar and percussion performed by his feet, through an amplified wooden box.

Ari ShineAri Shine, California, USA Ari Shine has been heard on CBC Galaxie Radio, Sirius, DeGrassi and Veronica Mars. He has been compared to Elvis Costello by the Village Voice

Auberte CampeauAuberte Campeau, Penticton, B.C. I have been a musician for 35-ish years. I play piano and compose, I play guitar and sing, I play a variety of percussion instruments as well. I have facilitated a variety of workshops using music, such as healing for women, children and adults with special needs, ESL and FSL classes. I have also performed in a variety of venues as an entertainer. I am originally from Ontario and have been living in BC for 30 years. I plan on moving to Montreal in the near future.

Blackberry WoodBlackberry Wood, Vancouver, B.C. Blackberry Wood is a wonderful, secret and Magic combination of original Alt-country/ragtime/Circus/Gypsy music, BIG party grooves like exotic Worldbeats, headbobbin’ HipHop, jumpin’ Ska, and other irresistible body shakin’ an’ foot shuffling stuff.

Bob CampbellBob Campbell, Wells, B.C. started out as a drummer and since moving to the Cariboo in 1975, has played hundreds of dusty halls, legions and smoky pubs. His guitar was always close at hand and so the last fifteen years have found him songwriting, performing solo, and releasing his first CD “Ditchflowers” (2004). His themes and subtle humour continue to make him friends along the way. Wells is thrilled to have Campbell back as a resident.

Brandon ScottBrandon Scott, Vancouver, B.C. British Columbias Brandon Wolfe Scott is a source of beauty. Just so we understand, thats beauty in the form of music. The music is the focus here, as it should be. Scotts incredible, sparse but lavish folk compositions create a landscape in the mind, one whose structures are emotional and alive.

Carolyn Mark
Carolyn Mark, Victoria, B.C. Rough and ready songstress Miss Carolyn Mark dreams of one day becoming a moose whisperer. Hopefully that won’t interfere with her rise to alt country royalty.

Chloe Hall
Chloe Hall, Melbourne, Australia This is an exciting new group on the alternative fringe of the Australian folk scene… They generate smiles as soon as they play, with their winning combo of heart, humour and great musicianship” Andrew Pattison, Festival Director NewsteadLive! AUSTRALIA Joyful and uplifting: expect three-part harmony, great songs and buckets of energy.

Clinton John LeonClinton John Leon, Vancouver, B.C. C. J. Leon is a curious creature with eyes full of wonder at play in a world of miracles and melancholy. He tries to put as much of himself on the internet as the laws of physicality permit as he believes Google tells everything to everybody these days.

Corbin KeepCorbin Keep, Bowen Island, B.C. Corbin’s act is part singer-songwriter, part cello-centric variety show. His repertoire includes hilarious original songs, sent-up classical numbers & familiar cover tunes, all delivered with spontaneous wit. He creates sounds heretofore unheard from a cello (with no electronic effects) which always have a musical purpose in the context of his performance.

Corwin FoxCorwin Fox, Victoria, B.C. With his distinctive knack for ironic juxtaposition and a playful sense of humour, Fox takes another deep cut at Big Business, Government practices and environmental politics, all while warming us with his deeply concerned and heart-felt words of compassion and wisdom. Live, Fox’s performances can range from extremely intimate acoustic shows to full band onslaught.

Craig WerthCraig Werth, Newmarket, New Hampshire USA New Hampshire-based musician, songwriter, educator, and humorist is currently touring with Canada’s three-time Juno-winner David Francey. He brings to his writing and performing a life-load of experience as a counselor, teacher, outreach caseworker, builder of musical instruments, and family man. Craig’s compositions explore topics ranging from natural wonders like whales, dinosaurs, and zucchinis; to relationships, parenting, his Newfoundland heritage, and his Long Island and Catskill Mountain roots. He performs primarily with voice, guitars, bouzouki, and mountain dulcimer.

The Creaking PlanksThe Creaking Planks, Vancouver, B.C. The Creaking Planks strap on forgotten and dismissed instruments of simpler times, preemptively gathering the tunes and jingles of today from the ashbins of tomorrow and re-presenting them in a novel anachronistic setting and style.

Dan ManganDan Mangan, Vancouver, B.C. Having toured the USA, UK, Australia and Canada numerous times, Vancouver’s Dan Mangan has become a go-to artist for the CBC, indie music-mags and folkies around the globe.

DarylectonesDarylectones, Penticton, B.C. Met many years ago in a different band and hit it off and began playing together. They went off in different directions but managed to keep in touch and get together whenever possible and eventually came together in our current configuration, the darylectones.

Dave LangDave Lang, Swift Current, Saskatchewan Smart words, smart chords, smart clothes – Dave Lang has had a fondness for smartness since someone told him he had a smart mouth. Inspired by Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Bob Wills and Lenny Bruce, Lang writes smart songs that make you smile.

David FranceyDavid Francey, Ottawa, Ont. David Francey was born in 1954 in Ayrshire, Scotland, where as a paper boy he got his first taste of the working life. He learned to read at an early age, and by age eleven was devouring the newspapers he delivered. This helped establish his interest in politics and world events while developing the social conscience that forms the backdrop of his songs.

Dave NewberryDave Newberry, Vancouver, B.C. sings songs about the socail-the way we move together in our everyday lives at work, at play, in sickness and health, underground or on top of a mountain, at home alone or wasting away in a crowed casino. He has a crude, world-weary sound shaped by the generations of roots musicians that have come before. David will release his debut solo album in late summer 2009, produced by Jon Wood.

Dirty GraceDirty Grace, Victoria, B.C. Dirty Grace combine gypsy, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and hip hop into their own unique style (“jazzypsky grass-hop”). Three-part harmonies weave throughout like a silk thread.

Graham HallDJ Algorhythm (Graham Hall) Algorhythm brings back home some local talent after a journey across the world. He has played at clubs in Taichung Taiwan to as far as Koh Samui Thailand and is now brining it back home for your aural pleasure.

Drum and Bell TowerDrum and Bell Tower, Williams Lake, B.C. Drum & Bell Tower is a one-man computer-based live-drum-pounding, knob-tweaking, psychedelic-guitar-soaked experiment with rhythm and harmony. It is music for spacing out and/or dancing off the proverbial buttocks.

Erin Arding & the 60 Hz HumErin Arding & the 60 Hz Hum, Prince George, B.C. Erin Arding and the 60 Hz Hum is a firecracker of country / folk / pop that will make you want to move and emote at the same time.

Fish and BirdFish & Bird, Victoria, B.C. BC’s Fish & Bird use various folk traditions as the context with which to express something modern and relevant, whether performing as a duo, or more recently filling out with a full band.”

Flying Fox and the Hunter GatherersFlying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers, Winnipeg, Manitoba Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers are a sextet of classically trained musicians that draw from jazz, folk, rock, and funk, while maintaining pop sensibilities to create their own musical niche.

Geoff BernerGeoff Berner, Vancouver, B.C. Geoff Berner is the westcoast’s cynical, blasphemous accordion wielding maniac. His witty songs recount drunken tales both sentimental and un- to a wicked klezmer beat.

Ghengis GandhisGhengis Gandhis, Ashcroft, B.C. The Ghengis Gandhi’s have coined their musical style as “BC Homegrown Reggae”… it is fun, danceable, socially relevant original music that swells the heart and fills the soul…

Gordie TentreesGordie Tentrees, Whitehorse, Yukon Yukon roots music songwriter Gordie Tentrees has released his 3rd album, Mercy or Sin, produced by Juno Award-winning Producer Bob Hamilton. Joining Gordie (dobro, guitar, Harmonica) are long-time bandmates Ken Hermanson (banjo, Lapsteel, guitar) and Matt King (upright bass). Gordie has toured relentlessly in North America, Europe and the UK, building an international buzz in the roots music world.

Granville JohnsonGranville Johnson The feel and sound of the Djembe’s African goat-hide/skin that barks and sings the essence of the rhythmic melody ringing beneath fingertip and palm.

Los Gringos SalvajesLos Gringos Salvajes, Smithers, B.C. While Los Gringos Salvajes call Smithers home, their sultry urban sound more closely resembles the modern day tango bar basements of Buenos Aires . Sung mostly in Spanish, lyrics are at once gritty and poetic, often melancholy, teasing or darkly humorous. A smaller, more intimate version of the band presents itself at Wells.

James LambJames Lamb, Montreal, PQ Recently featured on CBC Canada Live and the co-winner of the Arts Wells Songwriting Competition, James Lamb comes from a large family of folk musicians in the Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia.

Jane EamonJane Eamon, Kelowna, B.C. Jane delights in sharing her inspirations and stories often with humour. It’s never boring and always unpredictable. Audiences leave feeling like they’ve spent an evening with old friends.

Janine StollJanine Stoll, Toronto, Ont. From fronting acclaimed band The DoneFors to maintaining a thriving solo career, Janine Stoll maintains the status of being considered one of Canada’s finest songwriters.

Jeff AndrewJeff Andrew, Victoria, B.C. “Jeff Andrew is an incurable drifter with a voice like rusted steel. His album Vagabonds & Wastrels is a mix of edgy, political folk, cabaret-style fantasy, experimental spoken word and raucous juke-joint hollers.”

Jeremy Stewart & the RestJeremy Stewart & the Rest, Prince George, B.C. Jeremy Stewart & the Rest perform folk songs like psychedelic doom garage rock. They play guitar, harmonica, accordion, harmony vocals, drums, bass, and keyboard. They come from the industrial wilds of Prince George.

Jess HillJess Hill, Vancouver, B.C. When asked to describe her own music, Jess Hill sighs a haunted little sigh and hums the words “folk noir” and “a hopeful melancholy”.

Jesse Dee and Jacquine BJesse Dee & Jacquie B, Edmonton, AB. This Edmonton-based high-energy duo has been spreading their genre-bending stylings all over Western Canada and soon the East. Think Rag Time Jazzy Folk with an aggressive edge that is creating a buzz in everyone’s ears. You do NOT want to miss this show!

Joey OnlyJoey Only Outlaw Band, Vancouver, B.C. He’s a Vancouver radio personality, writer for BC Musician Magazine, booking agent and artist. His epic alt-country troupe JOEY ONLY OUTLAW BAND has played 250 shows in Western Canada.

KarmetiK::BhutanKarmetiK::Bhutan, Victoria, B.C. Sonically combining the east, the west, the above and the below, KarmetiK::Bhutan is religiously infusing packed dance floors with live instrumental fusion. Bhutan cleverly creates an ethnically diverse musical tapestry, often incorporating a variety of instruments including flutes, didgeridoos, slide guitar, live drums, congas, and multi-part vocal harmonies with state of the art loopers, synthesizers, samplers, and sequencers.

Kia KadiriKia Kadiri, Victoria, B.C. Kia Kadiri is one of Vancouver’s most respected & powerful females on the mic. This Maximum/universal recording artist has dedicated her voice, time and energy to the hip-hop community. She has performed for countless festivals, and fundraising events over the years.

KirbyKirby, Hamilton, Ont. The hooks are barbed. The lyrics bite hard enough to break the skin. And the soul of a resigned heart booms out in a powerful voice – After 3 Successful Canadian Tours in 2008, Hamilton’s own KIRBY returns to bring his Good Fight back across Canada.

La La Boom BoomLa La Boom Boom, Vancouver, B.C. The bass drum explodes, lush harmonies echo and, oh! make yourself heard, fiery young violin. Let us dance to something meaningful, where soulful verses roam among bouncing basslines amidst the electro-acoustic-garage-gospel ensemble that is La La Boom Boom. Five urban gypsies wander between Vancouver, Victoria, and Whistler to bring you piercing and fierce pop jams and gems weaved of dreamy catharsis and troubadour spirit.

LabyrinthLabyrinth’s Kin Intentionally textured electro/acoustic storytelling, Combining voice, percussions, acoustic instrumentals, and electronic wizardry with myths, dreams, and imagination. Labyrinths Kin takes you upon a light ship sailing deep into the night. In sync with the beating of a peaceful heart, dance your way through the collective maze of multi-dimensions, other worlds and fairy tales!

Ladybug the RamblerLadybug the Rambler, Vancouver, B.C. Ladybug the Rambler and her banjo Moony have had many adventures together and are currently working on their first solo release. Her previous exploits include her work as a member of the Soapbox Poets, The Artwells Festival (as part of the Ramoanalisas), The Robson Valley Music Festival (with Chelsea Johnson), Wysestock and her various performances at Cafe Deux Soleils in the people’s republic of east vancouver.

Lily Come DownLily Come Down, Vancouver, B.C. Melissa Bandura and Joanna Chapman-Smith are the Sirens of Lily Come Down, seducing the audience with their songs’ poetry sung with captivating melodies. Blending Joanna’s velvet-smooth voice with Melissa’s sultry cadence, these gals bring a depth to their creative lyrics with help from Chris and Justine’s singing know how.

Linda McRaeLinda McRae, Nashville, TN, USA From Dear John to John Deere. Combining old-time sounds with themes of heartbreak and redemption, Linda’s lyrics are timeless and heartfelt. She has the pipes and the chops

Melisa DevostMelisa Devost, Hornby Island, B.C. has toured extensively throughout western and northern Canada, the UK and continental Europe, carving her niche as a compelling vocalist with the guitar chops and songwriting skills to match. She has shared the stage with many folk/roots veterans such as, Ruthie Foster, Colin Linden and David Francey and has graced many festivals with her unique take on gospel singing, often teaching workshops on the subject.

Miss Emily BrownMiss Emily Brown, Montreal, PQ Miss Brown toys with autoharp, guitar and found-poetry. Her debut album was named one of 2008′s top twelve by CBC’s Alan Neal. “That voice…”

Morag NortheyMorag Northey, Calgary, AB Morag’s works are infused with classical training, global contemporary cabaret, a hint of avant-garde, a sense of ‘other-worldliness,’ and humor.

MorloveMorlove, Victoria, B.C. & Montreal, PQ. Best heard through your oldest set of speakers, Morlove is the creative collaboration of Corwin Fox and Miss Emily Brown. Experimental, handmade folk.

Nikole Texidor Nikole Texidor, Victoria, B.C. Melodically Rich, Harmonically Interesting. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Indian Instruments and Folk Jazz Collide. New record out Summer 2009.

Ory No ManOry No Man, Toronto, Ont. is a cancerian fire dragon who likes to hike, bike, ski, play music with his friends, and bear his soul to whomever is willing to listen. His favorite things in life are pretty girls, his guitars, his wurlitzer’s, his motorcycle, and riding his motorcycle to play to pretty girls. He writes songs about pretty girls, and then sings those songs to other pretty girls whom he’ll write other songs for and sing to other pretty girls.

Paul MosleyPaul Mosley, London, UK Paul Mosley is a cult British singer songwriter with curious charm and talent to spare. Now flying solo with an ever changing backing orchestra of harp, bassoon, drums, saw, hurdy gurdy and electronics Paul has become a staple of London’s live scene, renowned for his unpredictable shows and wide ranging ambition.

PestPest, Hornby Island, B.C. Tempest has blown in off the high seas of coastal BC – a maelstrom of guitar, banjo, poetry and sea chanty.

RadaRRadaR, Vancouver, B.C. Charisma: 8 (-8 awkward modifier, roll to be made at every turn), Strength:7 (+1 anger modifier), Dexterity: 6 (+2 yoga modifier), Intelligence: 9 ( +/-3 drug modifier), Wisdom: 7 (+1 live and learn modifier), Constitution: 8 (+5 hot sauce modifier), Weapons Class: I’ll Beat Box your ass! And possibly hug you into a coma….

Rae SpoonRae Spoon, Montreal, PQ Is an artist who follows in the tradition of the singers he respects, mining the territory between reverence for the greats and his own original perspective. His cowboy-folk twang and prairie imagery is borne out of his Albertan history and his lyrics stem from his own unique life experiences.

Raghu LokanathanRaghu Lokanathan, Victoria, B.C. A rare sort of songwriter whose work conjures a world both familiar and strange. He is an artful dabbler in folk traditions.

Los RastrillosLos Rastrillos, Mexico City Mexico City has been skanking to the cool- mestizo- reggae rhythms of the Rastrillos since 1989, grooving to their joys and pains, following their musical quest for basic human values—friendship, respect, love, communication, teamwork as well as individual effort—and for the group’s growth.
The Rastrillos’ songs talk about all they have experienced during this long voyage guided by the four winds. They have shared the stage with internationally renowned groups, and with the best the Mexican musical scene has to offer, infusing their compositions with every kind of musical influence, but never compromising their unique sound, identity and roots. They use reggae as a route to self-awareness.

Rob SzaboRob Szabo, Toronto, Ont. Hailed by the press as a “gifted musician” with “the soul of a poet” and “a voice of tremendous power and whimsy”, Toronto-based Rob Szabo is a tireless touring troubadour, an acclaimed songwriter and in-demand record producer.

Sara CiantarSara Ciantar, Vancouver, B.C.

Sarah BurtonSarah Burton, Toronto, Ont. Sarah Burton packs a deadly musical punch using charisma, charm and a rock and roll attitude. With songs that are at the core, folk, Sarah draws from country, pop and rock to bring her songs to life. Blending traditional folk sensitivity with quirky and sometimes sarcastic word play, Sarah writes honest songs that slide nicely under the skin and into the heart.

Sarah Noni MetznerSarah Noni Metzner, Toronto, Ont. Has established herself on the global music scene as a must-see performer as well as an artist who never stops evolving and exploring new elements of song and show. A multi-instrumentalist and multi-award winning musician, Sarah has recently returned to BC for a short summer tour after 5 months of touring Europe.

Scott CookScott Cook, Edmonton, AB Edmonton’s own prairie balladeer & hi-tech hobo has spent the last ten years traveling the world. His music draws on roots, blues, folk, country and reggae, and elicits comparisons to Greg Brown, and Tom Waits.

Scott DunbarScott Dunbar, Montreal, PQ comes from the land of lumberjacks and pickuptrucks, and has bit by bit been learning to master his mutant abilities in order to use them for the betterment of all humanity. Lately Scott has been existing in Montreal taking in the cultural scene, busking and hawking his first independently and entirely home (mom) produced cd Philosophies of a Moth Vol. 1: An Awful Racket. Distinctly and diversely influenced blues and soul strains emerge for an on-the-whole uplifting celebration of all that lives.

Shawn StephensonShawn Stephenson, Ymir, B.C. Kootenay mountain musician… multiinstrumental looper freakshow. He likes meat, veggies, booze, wigs, tofu and bacon stir-fry and other genderless stuff. He is overly friendly when he needs to be… usually to get some of the above items. Shawn is an independent recording artist with two discs under the proverbial belt.

Shayne Avec I Grecshayne avec i grec, Victoria, B.C. says words, and sometimes even writes them down. He is one half of Ghosts of the Highway, and one whole of himself. He lives in Victoria, but wanders endlessly.

TariqTariq, Vancouver, B.C. Tariq has been writing, recording and performing his songs for over a decade now and he takes his musical cues from country, pop and most certainly folk and folk inspired music. He has released four full-length albums since 1996 and was even nominated for a Juno once.

The Tenbrooks TwoThe Tenbrooks Two, Wells, B.C. An acoustic duo with self composed gypsy jazz swing, Cuban and bluegrass sounds featuring flatpicking guitar, banjo, accordion and decadent vocal harmonies.

The Tequila Mockingbird OrchestraThe Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Victoria, B.C. The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is Victoria, BC based, varied accoustic band, who consistantly stretch genre boundaries with influences from from folk to gypsy, bluegrass to ska. With an ever developing and maturing sound, you can expect to hear more about this band from the west coast of Canada, who look and play like they are from deep Europe but sound like they were raised by Bill Monroe.

TravelerTraveler, Tempe, Arizona, USA Traveler is a unique world music electric gypsy band best known for playing exotic music with a rock’n roll edge, combining ethnic instruments with a full blown rock band.

Wax MannequinWax Mannequin, Hamilton, Ont. was born in the smoke and industry of Hamilton; a damaged, underdog town; a perfect breeding ground for strange, variant things. Incorporating folk, scrappy prog-metal and a tireless creative ethic, Wax infused his local influences with road-broken experience to forge something unsettlingly new.

We are the CityWe are the City, Kelowna, B.C. Progressive three-piece band from Kelowna. Just released first album “In A Quiet World”, and selected as a Top 20 Finalist for the Peak Performance Project.

WillettWillett, Sudbury, Ontario Born in Sudbury, Ontario Willett started as an array of individually written songs by Laura and Zachary. When they began collaborating on their solo acts the music carried the same charming attributes of their previously written songs and evolved into a full-band rock set that included a variety of styles and instrumentation.

Wingdam RamblersWingdam Ramblers, Wells, B.C. this contemporary folk duo has been playing music collectively and otherwiswe for decades, and their songwriting still wins them friends and fans wherever they go. both bob and murray have released several solo albums but most recently have recorded their debut wingdamramblers cd.

Yael WandYael Wand, Wells, B.C. From the enchanted suburbs of Wells, Yael just released her third album, Good Stitch Gone. With Christina Zaenker and Juli Steemson, they aim to shiver your spine and nudge your feet with hill-billy jazz songs and swinging roots ditties.


2009 ArtsWells ArtWalk

Caroline Anders

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Caroline came from Ontario and lived at Bowron Lake seven years ago, now calling Wells home. She is currently working on her first series entitled ‘Cities’ with a show at Island Mountain Arts in 2010. She currently resides in the small town of Wells, BC where she paints full time in the winters pageanders@hotmail.com

Patricia Chauncey

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Textiles are not just soft, sweet doilies any more. Patricia Chauncey proves textile practice can be pushed to the limit. She uses many traditional textile techniques and methods in new ways. Patricia Chauncey has studied advanced textile practice and surface design. She is the Education Liaison with Vancouver Guild of Fabric Arts and former regional representative to the International Surface Design Association. Patricia Chauncey is Currently a member of the Williams Street Studios in East Vancouver.

Martin Comtois

Martin Comtois Life is a great journey and art is our commentary on that crazy trip. In my art I try to reflect to beauty I see in nature and in my own creative unfolding.

Gail Dunn

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Gail moved to Wells two years ago with her husband Ron to open the Homespun Gallery on Pooley Street. She works in clay to create sculptural stylized forms as well as burnished smoked pottery, Raku, and Tree Spirits but still has time to explore all mediums in painting and drawing.

Ron Dunn

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Ron is an internationally recognized wood turner who is represented by galleries in BC and Alberta. Ron has won awards in every competition he entered. His creations are mainly from local wood which he enjoys collecting.

Nigel Fox

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Nigel Fox is a 28 year old computer science grad living in Topley, BC. He was born and raised in Prince Rupert until leaving for college in 1998.

Corey Hardeman

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Corey’s paintings explore her ideas about population, regeneration and speciation. By experimenting with elements of shape and texture, she attempts to convey an idea of the nature of her subjects, as they relate to one another and to our own ideas of other species.

Beth Holden

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After graduating with a BFA from Concordia University, Beth left Montreal for Wells. The artistic community and surrounding mountains keep her interest in the location and inspire her work. Her current work focuses on glass and its ability to mimic nature’s relationship with sunlight.

Bill Horne

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Bill was born in Vancouver and studied painting and drawing at the Banff Centre, and film animation at UBC. He works primarily in silkscreen, as well as digital photography, paper-making and assemblage. Bill lives in Wells, B.C., where he and Claire Kujundzic run “Amazing Space Studio.”

Stephanie Kellett

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An emerging BC artist, Stephanie Kellett’s work is both sensitive and raw; it evokes an emotional response from the viewer, as well as celebrates the Sacred in the mundane. Through an organic and playful process, Stephanie loves to create concurrently cute and ugly images that simultaneously attract and repulse the viewer.

Claire Kujundzic

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A painter, printmaker, illustrator, muralist, and graphic designer, Claire works in a variety of media and styles, from realism to cartooning to abstraction. She enjoys telling stories about what she sees around her. Claire’s work has been commissioned, reproduced and collected by many groups.

Laurie Landry

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A visual artist painting with acrylics and oil, Laurie Landry completed Fine Arts Techniques at Emily Carr University in 2008. She is currently living in Wells, BC to focus on a series of local landscape and still life paintings.

Laura McIntosh

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Laura McIntosh’s work stems from a fascination with the visually symbolic, and aims to explore the boundaries of where inner and outer worlds intersect and feelings and thoughts are translated through a personal and yet universal visual language.

Donna Morrison

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Donna Morrison was raised on the Okanagan Valley, BC and studied fine arts of the Thompson River University, Kamloops, BC. Since graduation Donna has been travelling, exhibiting and painting surrealist narratives depicting commonalities between women in other cultures using a variety of mediums as dictated by enviroment and space.
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Lindsay Read

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Lindsay lives in Wells with her family. She has four scheduled exhibits this year showcasing a series of paintings inspired by the Bowron Lakes.
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Maria Sandner

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Born and raised in Christina Lake, BC, Maria obtained her BFA from SFU in Vancouver. Never straying far from the mountains, she then lived in Whistler for 3 years, working as a Snowcat mechanic’s assistant and making paintings for art shows in her spare time. She currently resides in the small town of Ymir, BC where she paints and snowboards full time.

Paula Scott

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Paula began painting in her late thirties, is mainly self taught and credits the BC Festival of the Arts and Island Mountain Art workshops for much of her development as an artist. Her work is mainly autobiographical; memories, feelings and muses of the world from her perspective meant to provoke thought.

Brooke Wilken

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Brooke Wilken is a Saskatchewan-born painter whose work is inspired by her love of nature and Canadian lore.

Ting Yuen

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Ting is a self taught artist who has lived in five countries and travelled the world extensively. Her rich experiences are reflected in the colourful, whimsical, and contemporary themes of her figurative acrylic paintings. www.artrushgallery.com

Kate Zisman

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Kate lives in East Vancouver and is a graduate of the visual arts program at Simon Fraser University. She spends a lot of time thinking about our relationships to the natural, especially animals, and has most recently been exploring these in a series of oil paintings. Kate loves hearing stories about all sorts of animal encounters – with house cats and raccoons or grizzlies and caribou.


2009 ArtsWells ArtWalk

Needlefelting the Easy Way with Sharon Cahn of Pluckings

sharon-cahnThere is a $35 cost to buy the kit for this workshop (cost is not included with festival pass). The kit contains a special paper that allows participants to needlefelt their first project in a foolproof way. There is enough wool and the special paper in the kit for you to make several items. We will make one in the one hour class, but you can later either practice on more of the paper or can go on to needlefelt without it, having gained confidence in their abilities to needlefelt. If you need a refresher course, the kit includes a DVD that goes over the process again. It is an easy foolproof way to begin.

Instant Books From A Sheet of Paper with Pamela Cinnamon

instant-books-002A simple and fun technique to create a small book from only one sheet of paper – no glue, staples or stitching! Notes & quotes, poetry & dreams, addresses & lists. Lots of papers! Lots of sample ideas! Lots of fun!

Steel Guitar Workshop with Travis Bernhardt

travis-thumbnailSometimes called slide guitar, Dobro, or lapsteel, a steel guitar is any guitar played with a steel bar which slides across the strings. Travis will take you on a musical trip through Hawaii, India and the American South. Bring a guitar, any kind will do, and you’ll learn fundamental techniques for playing rhythm and lead on steel in a variety of styles. If you don’t have a steel bar and/or fingerpicks, there will be some extras available to use at the workshop. Travis, steel guitarist for The Creaking Planks, has studied steel guitar with Steve Dawson, Debashish Bhattacharya, and the Campbell Brothers (Chuck and Darick).

Shaolin Kung-fu with Clinton John Leon

yinyangCJ Leon will teach the essential tiger-style open-hand Shaolin Kung-fu form. Learn the classic techniques that made the Shaolin monks the most revered warriors of the ancient world.

Outdoor Natural Art with Caroline Anders and Ruthie Sumiko Tabata

img_0650Join Caroline and Ruthie in the Wells natural surroundings for an outdoor art making Happening. We will go on a short walk in the woods and bog visiting landmarks and gathering natural materials to make a collective outdoor natural picture/sculpture. Over time, nature will dominate and the picture may evolve into something new or fade into the earth. Come be a part of our nature art instillation and be a part of something special!!

Yoga with Kate Sulis

kate-yoga-smallerKate Sulis has been leading yoga classes in Wells and Quesnel for a number of years. She is a registered massage therapist and uses this experience to help lead participants through a fairly energetic yoga routine which focusses on core strength and flexibility. She follows no particular brand of yoga, but draws on experience from different classes she has taken over the years.
Come prepared with a yoga matt if you have one, and a light-weight
blanket. We will be outside (weather permitting) so bug dope might be in order!

Music BC presents Indie Artists on Songwriting and the Business with Dan Mangan, Brandon Scott and Amanda Schweers

musicbc-logo-final-4c-150Dan Mangan and Brandon Scott will be performing a few of their songs, and talking about their own songwriting process. Together Amanda, Dan, & Brandon will address what to do with these songs once you’ve written them, and reflect on some of the things they’ve learned along the way as independent artists like: SOCAN, applying for grants, planning your tour, and some pitfalls to avoid.

Vocal Improvisation with Dirty Grace

images-1Being comfortable with jamming vocally makes way for hours of spontaneous, good’ol fun. We’ll play with singing with others, exploring our own sounds, harmonies, freestyled words, and vocal percussion/beat boxin’. We’ll illustrate some movements and sentiments with sound, inside safe, encouraging, inclusive space. No experience necessary.

Road Stories with Ghosts of the Highway

gothshayneIn the spring of 2008, Jeff Andrew and shayne avec i grec hitchhiked from Vancouver, BC, to St. John’s, NFLD, bringing their mix of radical folk and spoken word to more than 50 cities across Canada. Join them at this open mic-style workshop to hear the tales of high adventure. Bring your own road songs and stories to share – everyone who wants to will get a chance to perform!

Lost & Found Puppet Co. with Maggie Winston

grandma-puppet-007This the story of one puppet that has been created on the theme of our lowest human chakra, Mula Dhara. The Root Chakra has many characteristics that were explored by the puppeteer to create a physical puppet body and human personality. Perhaps this character has given us all the ability to get down and dirty?

Object Theatre Animation with Maggie Winston

Learn the hidden characters within everyday objects and how to animate them as puppets.

Gospel Singing with Melisa Devost

melisa-devostThis workshop will combine learning the basics of vocal technique with learning and singing gospel songs. Everyone of all ages and abilities welcome!

Church Music with Auberte Campeau

auberte-campeau1Auberte will present a variety of inter-active songs, call answer-style and some songs where the audience joins in at the chorus. She will also have a variety of percussion instruments for people to play, including a djembe african drum. People will also be invited to clap, snap fingers and stomp for certain songs! She will be presenting some quiet meditative songs as well that people can close their eyes to and simply relax or meditate.

Radical Folk History 101 With Joey Only

joey-onlyThe working class has used folk music for centuries to represent their struggle against the system. Joey Only will take you on a musical journey through the slave rebellions, the strikes of 1877, the death of Joe Hill, the Industrial Workers of the World (1905-1930) and the songs of Woody Guthrie, Utah Philips and more.

Poi Spinning With Donnalee Davidson

donnaleeLearn how to transform balls on cords into weaving circles and colourful spirals. Learn the rhythm and art of poi with Donnalee! This workshop is aimed at beginners but welcomes spinners of all levels to join in and learn some new moves.

Lyric Writing With Linda McRae

linda-mcraeWant to find ways to unblock your creative flow? Come have some fun and Linda will show you how to jump start the writing process and improve your writing no matter what discipline you’re in…songwriting, pros, poetry, journalist, what have you. Please bring paper and a pen.

Hand Drumming Performance and Workshop with Granville Johnson

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Birds Eye View Stilt Walking with Ruthie Sumiko Tabata

Stilt walking workshop for all ages, heights, and shoe sizes.

Juggling Workshop with Tyler D.

Wells/ Prince George resident juggler and unicyclist will teach some juggling basics and advanced tricks for juggler-wannabes of any age.

Reading from “Jacob’s Prayer” with Lorne Dufour

jacobs-prayerJacob’s Prayer takes place during this time of transformation and it speaks to the unexpected existence of resiliency in the most unassuming of characters. It centres around one tragic Halloween evening in 1975 when two men lose their lives and another is saved by a friend who chooses not to be destroyed by his own tragedy and devastating loss. Jacob’s Prayer is the haunting and poetic story of a community’s suffering, loss and eventual healing.

Extreme Textile Techniques with Hilary Young and Patricia Chauncey

photo by Bill HorneThe Extreme Textile Workshop provides 3 hours to experiment with an exciting array of methods, tools and materials to create fabric with texture and dimensions.
Learn how to use destructive technique in a safe and fascinating way.
Come rip, tear, melt and burn to create a whole new textile vocabulary.

Photo by Bill Horne

Creativity from the Core with Corbin Keep

corbin-keepDissolving Traditional Song Form and replacing them with your Truest Deepest Expression.


Results from the “Applications page:

Apply to Perform or Exhibit at ArtsWells 2014

August 1-4

** If you have trouble downloading any of the applications please email artswellsfestival@imarts.com or call us at 250-994-3466 **


Musical Performers

We are always seeking out new and exciting musical performances. From gospel to reggae, bluegrass to hip-hop, soul music to classical, we want the best of the broadest spectrum of talent at ArtsWells. The line up is usually announced in the spring. Deadline January 31st.
You can download the application as a doc. It can be faxed to 250-994-3433, mailed to
219 Douglas Ave Penticton, BC, V2A 2T9
or emailed to artswellsfestival@imarts.com.
Don’t forget to include a digital promotional photo.

Visual Artists

Another component of The ArtsWells Festival is our visual ArtWalk which showcases local and regional artwork around the festival site. 2013 will also mark the 5th annual Mini Mural Project (Mini Mural Call for Artists 2014), a series of live art creations that take place over the weekend. This year, ArtsWells is soliciting for innovative art projects/installations to be carried out/presented at the festival. We are looking for projects in any media that can be displayed in the spaces we have available. These spaces include many outdoor locations, and some indoor locations. We welcome proposals that are interactive, innovative, performative, experiential, educational and any and all things art. Download the proposal form below. Deadline to apply is May 1.
Call for Proposals ArtsWells 2014




Workshops


Another exciting component of ArtsWells are our workshops where people learn and do all things art. If you have a skill to share, a mini-forum to lead, or possess a desire to bring people together to share, we invite you to host a workshop. Workshops have ranged from laughter yoga to classical bass technique, mini journal making to kung-fu, radical folk history to gospel singing, panel discussions to Broadway dancing! Whatever you can do, come and share it. Download the application form below. Workshop Application Form 2014.
Deadline to apply is May 1.




Performing Arts


As a multidisciplinary arts festival we welcome artists of all disciplines to perform pieces (of any length) during the festival. This category can apply to a wide range of artists including, but not limited to, poets, dancers, clowns, roving performers, puppeteers, magicians, authors, mimes, stilt-walkers, fire-spinners, jugglers, or any and all things art. You can download the application form here Performing Arts Application.Deadline to apply is May 1.




Films

ArtsWells invites you to submit your films for consideration. ArtsWells encourages all filmmakers from diverse genres to apply. From animation to documentary, short fiction to full length feature, come and be a part of the reel experience at ArtsWells. Have a favourite film/documentary that you didn’t create? Many films are available for screening purposes simply by requesting them from the filmmaker. Get the reel rolling today. You can download the application form here.
Film Application Form 2013. Deadline to apply is May 1.




Theatre

The festival has a growing history of theatrical events, not in any small part due to the One-Minute Play Festival. Come and share the stage with us this summer in Wells; the ArtsWells Festival of All Things happens at a theatrical epicenter of the north. Come and share the stage with us at the historic Sunset Theatre and in Barkerville at Theatre Royal. Artists are encouraged to submit works for presentation during the festival weekend.You can download an application to perform here! Deadline to apply is May 1.
Performing Arts Application.




Vendors

photo by Chris WagnerCome and sell your wares at ArtsWells! Whether you make jewelery, paint faces, do henna, give massages, design clothes, or want to provide food to the hungry masses, we would love to have you at the festival. Download the vendor application form here or you can send an email with any questions to bethholden@live.com
Deadline is May 1.
ArtsWells Vendor Application – 2014

photo by mike fawcett


Results from the IMA page:

Invest In the Arts!

Donations collected will go towards running all of Island Mountain Arts’ programs like the ArtsWells Festival, The Public Gallery and The School of the Arts, including the International Harp School and the Toni Onley Artists’ Project. Last season IMA paid out over $100,000 on fees and scholarships directly to artists – we rely on support from folks like you in order to deliver these programs and support hundreds of artists. Every dollar counts!

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Become an IMA Member


IMA 1-Year Membership




Island Mountain Arts Society

Island Mountain Arts is a non-profit society and the host organization for the ArtsWells Festival. Island Mountain Arts celebrates its 36th Annual School of the Arts this year offering quality arts courses, workshops, events, and exhibitions for people of all interests, ages, and levels all within a days drive from anywhere in BC. Courses include the International Celtic Harp School, The Toni Onley Artists Project for Professional and Emerging Artists, life drawing, painting, digital photography, spoken word, creative writing, publishing, music, guitar, songwriting and more!! Please visit our website www.imarts.com for more info.

IMA Mission Statement

Island Mountain Arts serves artists and stimulates and enhances artistic, cultural and economic development by striving for excellence in the arts through workshops, seminars, exhibitions and the ArtsWells Festival.

Membership and Donations

By supporting IMA through memberships and donations, you serve art and artists everywhere – in the community, the region, the province, and beyond. Other benefits of membership include regular mailings about our great programs, events and exhibitions, invitations to special events, discounts on IMA events and merchandise and a vote at our Annual General Meeting.

Reciprocal Membership Benefits

New! In addition to our standard membership benefits, we are now offering reciprocal benefits to many galleries and museums in the province and beyond! The following is a list of participating organizations, but be sure to check in periodically as this is a growing initiative.

Alberta Crafts Council Gallery (Edmonton, AB)
www.albertacraft.ab.ca
-Free admission

Art gallery of The South Okanagan (Penticton, BC)
www.galleries.bc.ca/AGSO
-Free admission and 10% discount in the gift shop

Barkerville Historic Town (Barkerville, B.C.)

www.barkerville.ca
- Savings of $2.50 on admission and Savings of $8.00 on heritage packages (admission, stage coach ride, theatre tickets, and gold panning)

The Friends of Barkerville – Barkerville Hotel (Barkerville, BC)
www.barkerville.ca
-10% discount in the gift shop

The Grand Forks Public Art Gallery (Grand Forks, BC)
www.galleries.bc.ca/grandforks
-Discount on Grand Forks Art Gallery Events and 10% off the gift shop

Kamloops Art Gallery (Kamloops, B.C.)
www.kag.bc.ca
- Free admission

Kootenay Art Gallery (Castlegar, BC)

http://www.kootenaygallery.com/index.html

-Free admission and 10% discount in the gift shop

McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinberg, Ontario)
www.michael.com
-Free admission

The Nickle Arts Museum (Calgary, Alberta)
www.ucalgary.ca/~nickle/
- Free admission and 10% off in Gift Shop

Northwest Museum of Art and Culture (Spokane, Washington)
www.northwestmuseum.org
- $2.00 off Adult and $1.00 off Senior/Student admission and 10% off in the Museum Store

Old Log Church Museum (Whitehorse, YK)
www.yukonmuseums.ca/museum/oldlog/oldlog.html
- Free admission and 20% discount in Gift Shop

Stonerose Interpretive Centre and Eocene Fossil Site (Republic, WA)
www.stonerosefossil.org
-Dig for free, 10% discount in gift shop and invitation to membership dig in April

Touchstone Nelson: Museum of art and History (Nelson, BC)
www.nelsonmuseum.ca
-Free admission

Two Rivers Art Gallery (Prince George, BC)
www.tworiversartgallery.com
-Free admission and 10% discount in the gift shop

Vernon Public Art Gallery (Vernon, B.C.)
www.galleries.bc.ca/vernon
- 10% off Gift Shop and reduced ticket prices to performances and other gallery events

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies (Banff, AB)
www.whyte.org
- Free admission

Winnipeg Art gallery (Winnipeg, MB)
www.mag.mb.ca
-Admission benefits

Whatcom Museum of History and Art (Bellingham, WA)
www.whatcommuseum.org
- Future participant pending completion of new art museum

Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse, YK)

http://yukonartscentre.com/gallery.htm

-Discounts on YAC programs


Results from the Wells Area page:

Wells Information

Welcome to the Wells, Barkerville, Bowron Lakes region, a hub of entertainment activity with inspiring galleries and studios, art exhibits, workshops and courses, live theatre and cabaret at the Sunset Theatre, the Theatre Royal and street interpreters in Barkerville, The ArtsWells Festival, coffee houses, concerts, and dances. Visitors to Wells can experience some of the best eco- and adventure tourism pursuits in BC. The Wells & Area Trails Society maintains a network of old mining trails, historic ditchlines and mining roads that offer incredible recreation paths to all levels of hiker, snowmobilers, and skiers. The Bowron Lake Chain is world famous for its 116 km amazing wilderness canoe circuit. We hope you get a chance to explore all that our communities have to offer. Link to Wells Site

Barkerville Historic Town

In 1862, a miner named Billy Barker struck gold on Williams Creek starting a rush of fortune seekers from all over the world. Some claim that Barkerville was the largest city west of Chicago and north of San Francisco at that time. Over a century later visitors are still discovering that history is alive and returning to the site of BC’s largest and most important gold rush. The town comes alive with fabulous guided town tours, mining demonstrations, street and indoor theatre, stagecoach rides, restaurants, gift shops, bakery, live theatre, gold panning, and over 125 historic buildings with displays. Barkerville is a lot of fun! Link to Barkerville Site


Results from the Visual page:

Visual Arts

Mini Mural Project
Saturday August 3rd – Monday August 5th


Now in its fifth year, the Mini Mural Project features professional artists creating ‘Mini Murals’ on 4’ x 4’ panels under a tent by the Community Hall. Artists will be creating over the duration of the weekend. Coordinated by Caroline Anders, the idea is to have a stimulating, fun and creative space where artists can work together or on their own in the inspiring setting of Wells. The public are encouraged to come by and check it out.

Mini Mural Artists

Alison YuleAlison Yule Alison graduated with a B.F.A., majoring in Art History from Concordia University in 2001, receiving a scholarship to study Mexican muralism for her final year at the University of New Mexico. She taught in Chile and in Japan and in 2008 Alison received a M.Sc. grant from Utrecht to facilitate mural projects with gang youth in El Salvador. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at U.B.C.

Endrene ShepherdEndrene Shepherd Endrené Shepherd is a Penticton Area native with deep roots in the Okanagan Valley. She started making art as soon as she could grasp a crayon. Now she grasps lots of things, and she still makes art.

Leeanne ChrisholmLeeanne Chrisholm Lee-Anne Chisholm is a visual artist from Quesnel B.C. Her goal as an artist is to evoke a sense of beauty and emotion in her paintings. Although Chisholm has versatility with a variety of art forms, acrylic on canvas is her preferred medium for expression.

Nick LakowskiNick Lakowski I began painting as part of the city of Surrey’s Youth Visions community mural project and was a participating artist from 99-01 working collaboratively on 7 large murals.  My current practice involves themes of  geometric abstraction, posthumanism, biopolitics and mortality/immortality.

Laura McIntoshLaura McIntosh Began painting clumsy surrealist art in the angsty basement of her youth, and over the years has ventured into many creative territories. Experiences with various formats of visual storytelling inform Laura’s return to the expressive possibilities of painted imagery that drew her to art so many angsty basements ago.

Leya TessLeya Tess There once was a lady on the coast whose mother loved Starwars, the most Ideas of paint and design, circled in Leya’s mind, like wolves around a lamb roast

RemiRemi Sometimes I wonder why I wander, for inspiration I figure. I find that the places I’ve been and people I’ve met inspire me and influence me greatly, part of their spirit is in my he*art.

StefStef Stephanie Kellett is a local Kootenay Artist who celebrates the numinous that shines through everyday mundanity.

Tessa MythosTessa Mythos Inspired by the realms of spirit and magic, faery tales, folklore, prophecy and the healing arts.

Travis CharukTravis Charuk He has transformed entire rooms, walls, canvas’, musical instruments, clothing, skateboards etc. into multi-colored psychedelic arrays of art. He plays guitar in The Party on High St.