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…


Meet Castlegar Photographer Steven Wells

When he's not photographing the epic local views, Castlegar photographer Steven Wells is riding the mountain bike trails near his house or taking his Great Dane on walks along the Columbia River. We caught up with Steven to ask him some questions as part of our Castlegar artist series that…


The 9 Best Second-Hand Stores in Castlegar

Thrift stores are like the Tickle Trunk on the famous Canadian kid's show Mr. Dressup: you never know what you'll find within. From vintage clothes to antique furniture, collectible toys to electronics, second-hand stores are super-fun treasure troves of pre-loved stuff. Besides being fun to shop…


Where To Enjoy Fine Art Paintings In Castlegar

Every beautiful painting ever created, from the Mona Lisa to Starry Night, needed three things to help bring it to fruition: a medium (like acrylics), a tool such as a brush, and lots of inspiration. And according to local fine artists and painters, Castlegar provides three similar things in order…


Soar Magazine Features Castlegar's Art Scene

The inflight publication for Pacific Coastal Airlines has featured Castlegar in its latest issue. Called Soar, the bi-monthly magazine is distributed on all Pacific Coastal aircraft and in the October/November edition it details the art scene in the West Kootenay region, specifically in Castlegar…


Why is Castlegar the Sculpture Capital of Canada?

Joy Barrett has had a long career in arts administration. She’s worked at the world-famous Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, at the Calgary Centre of Performing Arts, and as the cultural ambassador for Nelson, British Columbia. Today, she has one of the most important jobs in Castlegar:…