Rick Budhwa, principal with Crossroads Cultural Resource Management in Smithers, works with community members at the 2011 excavation in Hagwilget. The project was made into a film, which will be presented at this year’s Society for Applied Anthropology Film Festival in Philadelphia.

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Top arts and entertaiment stories from January to June 2018

January

Reconciliation hits stage, screens with touring production

What does reconciliation really mean?

That’s what Theatre for Living asks with its powerful performance Home.

The live theatre production debuted in Vancouver last year and immediately the company was flooded with requests for a tour. And so, in January and February they will visit 21 different communities to share their compelling story with audiences across B.C. and Alberta.

The performance in Gitanmaax Feb. 1 at Gitanmaax Hall has been moved to Hazelton Secondary School.

‘Sacred Ground’ ancient burial story goes to Philadelphia

We’re used to hearing about the creative element within our community and how it does such a wonderful job taking the arts from here to the bigger world. We keep finding new and exciting examples in the most unexpected areas.

Crossroads Cultural Management (CRM) was recently selected to have it’s film Sacred Ground chosen for exhibition at this year’s Society for Applied Anthropology Film Festival in Philadelphia this April.

February

Heart & Soul Lip Sync Battle

The Heart & Soul Lip Sync Battle was a show for the ages last Saturday night in Smithers. Proceeds from the show at the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre went to the BC Children’s Hospital, Children’s Heart Network and Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre.

March

Brewing success with grand opening

Pretty phenomenal. Great praise from customer number one at the grand opening of the new Bulkley Valley Brewery in Smithers last Saturday. Dana Grant said it was the first time to first to try the beers on offer and was glad to have the chance to try some of the different brews.

April

Smithers’ mountains to star in another movie

Another movie is being filmed in Smithers. This time, it’s a production from China. About 70 people were working on it, with about 50 workers coming from out of town and about 20 were local hires. They spent most of their time filming on the backside of Hudson Bay Mountain. The Chinese production is called Wings over Everest and is about a climber on a recovery mission who discovers her team is at risk by murderous arms dealers.

May

SSS students celebrate Pride

Smithers Secondary School managed to add a splash of colour to the grey, overcast morning of May 25 when they held their second annual Pride Day celebration. Though a town-wide event celebrating the local LGBTQ community was set to take place the next day, this was a special occaision for high school students.

June

Craft beer drinkers rejoice: another brewery is coming to town

Cameron James knew for a long time he wanted to one day own a brewery, but he wasn’t sure if he wanted to quit his job as a high school teacher and brewer in Prince Rupert to open a brewery in Smithers with Blaine Estby and Adin Bennett. The three men met for lunch in Terrace in early 2016 to formally discuss a proposal. “It took me about 45 seconds to be like I would be stupid not to,” said James.

Gone Hollywood gone

After 10 years, the last video rental store in Smithers will be shutting its doors for good.

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Smithers Secondary put on another series of great performances, this time with their production of Chicago in April. Grant Harris photo

Geoffrey Tomlin-Hood and owner Dave Harris at Bulkley Valley Brewery. (Michael Grace-Dacosta photo)

The pride celebration draws a big crowd (Michael Grace-Dacosta photo)

Adin Bennett, Cameron James and Blaine Estby of Smithers Brewery waited two years for this moment. (Michael Grace-Dacosta)

Kai Gorbahn says goodbye to Gone Hollywood in Smithers. (Roy Corbett photo)

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