CBT’s Cultural Night will show off some of the Best in the Basin

By David F. Rooney

Wanna dance in the streets? Well, why not do just that next Saturday when the Columbia Basin Trust hosts a Cultural Night to show off some of the Best in the Basin.

“More than anything we want to celebrate with folks,” CBT spokeswoman Delphi Hoodicoff said in an interview.

Cultural Night is being held as part of the CBT’s three-day symposium, Shaping Our Future Together, at the Community Centre starting on Friday, October 22.

The free event, which runs from 7 until 9:30 pm downtown, will bring together musical performers and a native hoop dancer at Grizzly Plaza while a series of films produced in the Basin and a native storyteller will be at the United Church.

A statement from the CBT said that, as well, a self-guided tour has been designed to include an excursion of Revelstoke’s rich culture. “Comprising this tour are three wonderful museums, two visual arts venues and a common area to come together with your fellow cultural enthusiasts and dance in the street,” the statement said. “This event is intended to be all-inclusive, offering a little of everything.”

Here’s the schedule:

Grizzly Plaza

7:00 pm — The Moving Mosaic Community Samba Band (Nelson)
7:30 pm — Peter Stevens, Akisqnuk First Nations Band, Hoop Dancer (Columbia Valley)
7:45 pm — Heather Gemmell, folk singer and  guitarist (Cranbrook)
8:15 pm — Peter Stevens, Akisqnuk First Nations Band, Hoop Dancer (Columbia Valley)
8:30 pm — Maritime Kitchen Party Band (Revelstoke)

United Church

7:00 – 7:30 pm — Films from across the Basin (Film titles were not immediately available)
7:30 – 8:30 pm — Ktunaxa Natiion Storyteller Joe Pierre
8:30 – 9:00 pm — Films from across the Basin (repeat)

Museums and Art Galleries

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — All museums and art galleries are open for tours and viewings free of charge, on a first-come-first-served capacity basis. Please customize your own schedule to best suit your personal interests.

To find out more about the symposium please read Major CBT symposium to explore innovative approaches common issues.

Meanwhile, here are some photos of the entertainers (except for Hoop Dancer Peter Stevens) you can see and hear on Cultural Night:

Ktunaxa storyteller Joe Pierre
Shannon Sternloff, Trevor Wallach and Steve Smith of Maritime Kitchen Party
Folk singer Heather Gemmell
Moving Mosaic Community Samba Band