Meet Acrylic Painter Mirja Vahala

If you've visited the Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar before, chances are you've seen the work of painter Mirja Vahala. Her beautiful acrylic landscapes are a regular sight at the gallery as well as at many other locations around the Kootenays. Her art studio is based in Robson, just across…


Meet Artist, Seamstress, and Designer Sue Reed

Sue Reed is the talented artist and seamstress behind the brand Dreamscape Studio, which specializes in custom, unique, and individualized handbags, wallets, purses, and more. Based in Ootischenia, the community on the eastern side of the Columbia River across from Castlegar, Sue designs…


Meet Metal Artist Lisa Huth

Lisa Huth is an artist and blacksmith based in Pass Creek, just north of Castlegar. Her preferred medium is metal and she's done commissions for clients that include everything from patio railings to range hoods and she's also created pieces that have been showcased in such festivals as Castlegar's…


Borscht Cook-Off Returns This October

Eating traditional Doukhobor borscht is a common Kootenay experience. The hearty soup has an orange hue, unlike the purple-red of other beet soups, and is rich to the point of decadence, with whipping cream, butter, cabbage, celery, tomato, and four different root vegetables. Enjoying a warm bowl…


Meet Videographer Tyler Hadikin of Stacked Films

Tyler Hadikin is a local videographer who has done work for a variety of clients, from X Games athletes and real estate agents to East and West Kootenay businesses and all manner of events. He's created some of our favourite short films about Castlegar over the years and we've shared some of them…


Meet Watercolour Painter Tara Smith

Tara Smith was born and raised in the Kootenays and like most local children she was introduced to the sport of fishing at a young age. These days she's busy teaching her own two kids how to fish but occasionally she finds some free time to paint watercolours of, you guessed it, fish. Specifically…


Castlegar's Sculpture Walk 2022 – Here's How To Vote For Your Favourites

There are many reasons why Castlegar is the official "Sculpture Capital of Canada" and one of the main ones is the fact that for the past decade the city has hosted an annual Sculpture Walk event. Artists from the Kootenay region and beyond have their work displayed in and around the downtown core…


Stefanie Harron Shares Her Wildlife Photography Secrets

The modern age can learn a lot from Stefanie Harron. The Castlegar-based photographer specializes in wildlife and astral photography and for both disciplines she says the ability to sit still and be patient is an asset. A graduate of video journalism at George Brown College in Toronto, Stefanie…


Doukhobor Museum To Host Live Action Escape-Room Style Theatre Group

It’s part escape room, part live theatre, and part history lesson. On June 7 and 10, a new kind of interactive experience is descending on the Doukhobor Discovery Centre in Castlegar. The event is free and open to all ages and attendees can expect to work with their group and the actors to try and…


Meet Castlegar Jewellery Maker Sonja Rosenberg

Sonja Rosenberg has spent a lot of time in the middle of Canada as well as on either end. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the mother of four learned metalsmithing and jewellery design in Halifax at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and eventually found her way to Castlegar, British…


Matty Kakes Is Changing The Look Of Castlegar One Wall At A Time

Matty Hillman is a resident of Pass Creek, just east of Castlegar, and an instructor at Selkirk College, specializing in Human Services, Child and Youth Care. When he's not teaching he's a talented muralist who goes by the name Matty Kakes and is "especially interested in the intersection of youth…


Award-Winning Musician Shawn Hook Takes Us Home

Award-Winning Musician Shawn Hook Takes Us Home Shawn Hook is a celebrated singer-songwriter who comes from a long line of West Kootenay musicians – in fact, his grandfather's guitar is on display at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre in Castlegar. Born Shawn Hlookoff in 1984, he started playing piano…