Art and Entertainment

When I first met Rachel Behan she was at ease, definitely shining, and moving through time and space on a wavelength that suited me perfectly. I came to learn (her accent, a melodic and effervescent Manchester dialect) that she worked as a nanny and simply adored living in Fernie.

The Fernie Writers Conference opened registration for the 2020 conference, August 17-23, 2020. The conference brings award winning authors to Fernie Alpine Resort to lead one-week, four-day and three-day intensive writing workshops.

On June 19, 2020 Fernie's own Shred Kelly released its new album Like A Rising Sun in a unique and COVID-friendly way. Utilizing the Fernie Heritage Library's Book Bike and filling it with copies of their album, they cruised the streets of Fernie, played songs from the album, and gave out free copies to the public!

Artists are almost always operating under the pressure of a deadline. As a breed we are adaptable, resilient, motivated and above all creative, which means we often wear a number of hats to make ends meet. 

Shaw is an illustrator whose work aims to bring a bit of sunshine to magazines, advertising, books, and newspapers. He have been an illustrator for close to 10 years and over those 10 years he’s been lucky enough to have worked with many wonderful clients from all over the world, including Disney and The New York Times.

Fernie is home to a popular Canadian band, Shred Kelly who is known for their high energy live shows, folk tinged sing-along anthems, fusing 'traditional instrumentation with modern rock, presenting a sound that is both unique and compelling."

2020 is a big year for the band. The release of their new album Like a Rising Sun is dropping this June 2019. The first single released was "Dead Leaves" earlier this spring, and was an instant hit. Today the band released the video for their newest release, "Disconnect."

What are our memories right now? How will we recall a time so isolated, so inconceivable, so true? Fernie, here is my love letter to you.

What this means for musicians is that you will look good on stream, but you won’t sound good. Until the big players decide that the audio quality of live streams is as important to the feed as the video and adjust the algorithm to compensate, we are unfortunately stuck with terrible-to-mediocre sound. 

We are in the birth canal of a new world with evolutionary years ahead bringing change to our personal relationships, interpersonal relationships and relationship to resources. The Council of the Thirteen (Indigenous) Grandmothers stated several years ago: “tie into the energy of your mother’s mother’s mother” because this is how slow life is about to go on Earth (again). 

Like most of you, I’ve been spending a lot of time online lately. Unlike most of you, I normally spend a great deal of time online, so I have been perhaps a little less off-kilter than some of you have in moving most of my social life online. However, despite my comfort level even I enjoy a little group socializing now and then.