Are you passionate about art and love to connect with other creatives? Or perhaps you are curious and want to learn more from artists and art leaders in the Okanagan community and beyond?
Join RCA’s monthly Art Talks, an opportunity for artists and art leaders to have a conversation with the Kelowna community. Art Talks is held every 4th Tuesday of the month. Interested community members can sign up for free.
Our RCA@Home series also offers a Virtual Cinema House - screening fresh documentaries weekly available for rent, and arts and culture Social Clubs - like joining a rad book club, but for arts and culture! Topics discussed include film, theatre and music, and online education workshops for youth and adults. Social Clubs are offered Tuesday evenings and joining our club is free.
Searching for the Wind – Adapting for the Stage
A graduate of the Playhouse Acting School, Christopher Weddell has played on stages in Europe and Canada. He is a founding member and past Artistic Associate of Bard on the Beach and has written several plays, including hit versions of Tehanu and Gulliver’s Travels for Kaleidoscope Theatre. Weddell has also written a multi-media adaptation of Gary Geddes’ Falsework which he is directing for The Canadian College of Performing Arts, where he has taught since 2000.
He has received 2 NCRC awards, including Best Current Affairs Program (2017) for The Charles Campbell Story and the Edmund Kean Award from Bard on The Beach for Lifetime Achievement. In 2007, he was invited by The Shakespeare Theatre Association of America to lecture in Lennox , Massachusetts and as founder/owner of Shakescenes, he teaches acting workshops across the country.
In this talk, Weddell will be exploring the nuances of stage adaptation, focusing mostly on his early sketches of a libretto for W.O. Mitchell’s classic Who Has Seen the Wind.
Melany Nugent-Noble is a Kelowna-based artist, whose work responds to the political and social nature of public spaces, and takes various forms including community-focused installations, and art books made from public government documents and speeches. In 2020, Melany was the City of Kelowna’s inaugural Artist in Residence for her project When it is Necessary to Stand Still, which included the production of a collection of interactive beacons that change colour and brightness as they move closer and further from each other. These beacons were distributed to residents through a series of activations to increase a sense of connected-ness times of isolation in our day-to-day.
In this presentation, Melany will provide an overview of a succession of research behind the project, future directions and ways to get involved.
Andrew Judah is an art-rock band leader, musical score composer, producer, collaborator and recently has been a key player in starting a record label called Sounds Suspicious. He is based out of Kelowna and is a full-time career musician.
Our Theatre Programming Coordinator, Karma Lacoff Nieoczym, is looking forward to talking with Andrew about his most recent album Impossible Staircase, scoring, and life.
50 years of Blues
As a one-man cheering section for the days when blues and jazz met the roots of rock and roll, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne is an artist who’s got it all: talent, charisma and showmanship. Oozing with class and sophistication, Wayne is a throwback to the golden age of classic rhythm and blues while offering a fresh approach to the genre.
Hailed as "an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary blues." As a Juno Award Winner and 7 time Maple Blues Award winning blues, boogie-woogie and jazz pianist, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne is called “Blues Boss” for a reason. He was recently inducted into the “Piano Boogie-Woogie Hall of Fame” in 2017 by the Cincinnati Ohio Blues Society.
Writing from Silence
One of the ways in which power maintains itself is through silencing, whether that be notions of what one can or cannot say in polite company, who has the power or place to speak, or perhaps who is given a platform but under a shared, unspoken set of restrictions. In this talk, UBCO creative writing professor Michael V. Smith examines taboo, stereotypes, family histories, and cultural silences to reveal how writing can function as a means of speaking truth to power.