RCAC Announces Biggest Performance Series Ever 2018

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with their rossland_performance_series_2018largest Performance Series yet! This marks the fourteenth year of the Performance Series, the goal of which is to bring high quality arts performances to Rossland.

This is the largest and widest ranging Performance Series yet with local and provincial performers from live performances ranging from comedy to shadow puppetry,

The full list of performances being presented are:

Melody Diachun (Music – Jazz)

Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018, 7:30PM

The RCAC presents award winning Canadian vocalist-songwriter Melody Diachun on her Get Back to the Groove Tour. Melody Diachun is an ideal jazz singer for the 21st century. Her 2018 release Get Back to the Groove showcases her as a soulful, sassy, and playful artist who is at home in the jazz world as well as with blues and R&B. The JUNO-nominated singer’s brand of groove-jazz is both creative and accessible, appealing to a wide audience while being joyfully unpredictable.


At 1pm, September 22 before the performance, there will be a songwriting workshop put on by the skilled Melody Diachun. It will cost $10 per participant. This is a great opportunity to learn from the pros.

The Devils You Don’t (Music – Roots/Jazz)

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, 8:00PM

Come support the Rossland Council for Arts & Culture at their fundraiser dance with “The Devils You Don’t”, a high energy five piece eclectic band blends genres to create its own unique sound that taps into bluegrass, smooth jazz, rock and blues. The group is spearheaded by Craig Korth, one of Canada’s finest banjo players; Rob Fahie, bass player (Nikki Yanofsky); and Clinton Swanson, one of British Columbia’s finest saxophone players with Graeme Tracey on drums and Brian Kalbfleisch lead vocals. This event is sure to sell out, so get your tickets early!

Andrew Collins Trio (Music – Acoustic Roots)

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 7:30 PM

7x CFMA winner/5x JUNO nominee mando-maestro Andrew Collins is joined by fellow Trio string-meisters Mike Mezzatesta and James McEleney to showcase a popular collision of folk, new acoustic roots, chambergrass and jazz, not to mention a dizzying number and energetic interplay of instruments on stage. This dynamic genre-hopping show is propelled even further by Andrew’s captivating lead vocals and James’ soaring harmonies.

They just released a new double album, grafting 11 vocal cuts (tongues) to 11 instrumentals (grooves) to create a seamless finish with their cleverly monikered Tongue & Groove.

Caws and Effect (Family Friendly Theatre- Shadow Puppetry) Performed by Mind of a Snail

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, 7:30 PM

Crows are redreaming the world. Is the future all it’s cracked up to be? Caws & Effect is a modern fable that explores the unexpected consequences that arise after a crow plants a magical seed. The story is told using handmade layered projections, puppetry, masks, and an original musical score. All aspects of the show are created and performed by two artists: Mind of a Snail’s Chloe Ziner & Jessica Gabriel. Their large scale shadow puppetry is quirky and beautiful, like an early National Film Board animation performed live before your eyes. The critics are RAVEN! Great for the whole family!

Van Django (Music – Gypsy Jazz)

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, 7:30 PM

Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada’s most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels.

Van Django’s music is well-rooted in the gypsy jazz of 1930’s Paris France, but beyond that it’s all pure blue-skying; flights of dazzling fancy, driving rhythms and boundless creativity featuring original compositions and arrangements including humorous mash-ups that showcase their eclectic influences in full regalia.

Tim Nutt (Stand up Comic)

Friday, Mar. 8, 2019, 7:30 PM

This will be the second time the RCAC has brought in Tim Nutt for a performance.

Tim Nutt is a comic who can’t be judged by his cover. Long-haired, bearded, and “rough around the edges”, audiences expect Nutt’s material to match. But he surprises with razored-down punchlines and well conjured-up premises that place him as one of the top comics working today. Tim Nutt pushes comedy to explosive new levels and dimensions. He expertly explores the hilarity in everyday life. You’ll delight to his bizarre concepts and twisted viewpoints, all delivered with extra-planetary talent.

An Unconventional Life (Music/Theatrical Performance Piece) Performed by Noemi Kiss and Lynn Van Deursen (Nelson-Kaslo) Written by Lynn Van Deursen

Friday, Apr. 5, 2019, 7:30 PM

A remount of the very popular musical drama based on the film Yentl! “An Unconventional Life” is the result of three Kootenay artists collaborating during the winter months; daring to dream not only about Spring returning, but also about sharing their creative efforts with an audience.

When local soprano Noémi Kiss decided she wanted to sing all the songs from the movie Yentl starring Barbara Streisand, she asked Kaslo thespian Lynn van Deursen if she could “write something theatrical” to link the songs together and create a performance piece. Noémi then asked Nelson pianist Judy Runions if she’d be willing to transpose the orchestral score and accompany her.

Through the guise of a graduation speech, An Unconventional Life tells the tale of an unconventional young woman and her passionate pursuit of an education.

All performances take place at the Rossland Miners’ Hall. Tickets are available in advance at “Out of the Cellar” in Rossland, or online at www.rosslandartscouncil.com

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For more information please contact:

Meghan Wright
RCAC Executive Administrator