Art and Entertainment

Summer, Through Your Lens

Sean Janzen hanging out after a day of riding the local skate park.
Photo by Erik Zuffa

Bear tree in bloom.
Photo by Marie Wilfong

Sandra giving a bee a high-five at the ski hill.
Photo by Milo Alvarez

My neighbour’s kids asked me to mail this photo to you - "The Weber family and the chocolate milk."

I took this picture on one of our many rainy days and it just so happened that there was a sunny break for 30mins before the rain came back, again. The kids all ran outside and as you can see had lots of fun in the biggest puddle on our street.

This month four photos are featured, representing summer through your lens!

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Fernie’s Oolichan Books has a big winner on its hands. In June, Yi-Mei Tsiang was awarded the prestigious Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, given annually by the League of Canadian Poets for the best first book of poetry. Days later, we were lucky to hear her read from Sweet Devilry above 2nd Avenue in the Oolichan office. Yi-Mei also publishes children’s books and speaks often at schools. Her enthusiasm and energy, which must win the hearts of children everywhere she goes, were also a hit with the adult crowd.

Stieg Larsson (born Karl Stig-Earland Larsson) was a journalist, anti-fascist and a former Trotskyite. He is best known for writing the Millennium Trilogy, a series of books that began with perhaps his most popular book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Photo by Kyle Hamilton

Kerri Holmes, Yolaine Hames, Rebecca Edwards and Kumi Yamamoto play together as Trinity Mountain Ensemble. Rebecca explains how they are trying to make classical music accessible to everyone.

Trinity Mountain Ensemble was formed almost by accident at the end of last year – we met while playing with Fernie Chamber Orchestra, and decided to meet every week to play quartet music together, just for fun.

Our first public performance was a Christmas carol concert with Fernie Chamber Orchestra and Fernie Community Choir – at that point we didn’t even have a name for our group.

Born Ruffians, playing Saturday night at Wapiti

The lineup for Wapiti’s second outing is, for the most part, set. It’s like the organizers took what worked last year and turned up the volume. It is sonically diverse and impressive. At just $45 per ticket, if purchased before August 1, the festival is money well spent.

The critics are going wild at the release of Steven Heighton’s new short-story collection, The Dead Are More Visible. Recent reviews have compared Heighton to James Joyce, to Vladimir Nabokov, to Alice Munro, to Mavis Gallant. There appears to be universal agreement that he is, in the words of Jeet Heer, “as good a writer as Canada has ever produced.” This bold assertion seems designed to provoke naysayers; there have been none.

Twenty eight years ago I announced my intention to the world that I was going to be a freelance photographer by registering my photography business. I must admit, it’s been a wild ride ever since. I got the idea, after a two-year stint as a ski bum in Europe, when I saw an article in Photo Life magazine by Canadian adventurer/photographer Pat Morrow, on hang-gliding photography. I thought, if Pat can get an article published in a national photo magazine on such an obscure subject, surely I could do the same on ski photography based on my experience in Europe.

The British are expert at creating television that celebrates their past; programs that drown the viewer in wave after wave of well-written, well-acted, beautifully-produced nostalgia. From Foyle’s War (celebrating Britain in the 1940s) to Pride and Prejudice (celebrating Britain in the 1820s), the Brits love to look back at the events of yesteryear through undoubtedly rose-coloured glasses. Downton Abbey comes out of this tradition. It tells the story of an aristocratic family and their servants, all of whom reside in a large manor house in Yorkshire.