Nelson, BC

      Another great Festival!

           Thank you!

  • Our volunteers who help this great festival run smoothly,
  • Our adjudicators for their professional evaluations of all the performers,
  • Our venues for the use of their wonderful space,
  • Our Sponsors and donors for without their financial support we could not maintain this festival and its awards,
  • And last, but not least, all the very talented participants whose performances always amaze us and remind us what enormous talent there is in the Kootenays!

                      ~ From the Board of Kootenay Festival of the Arts


The 2016 Kootenay Festival of the Arts held in Nelson was a huge success. Over 400 talented young performers from the Kootenays including Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Rossland, Grand Forks, New Denver and Grand Forks and as far away as Kamloops and Washington State, were adjudicated in their respected disciplines.

The Highlights Concert held at the Capitol Theatre April 16th featured performers in strings, woodwinds, piano, choral, speech arts and voice. Awards were presented and performers nominated by adjudicators to represent the Kootenays at the provincials hosted by Performing Arts BC.

Performing Arts BC is the association of thirty-four regional festivals that each year hosts the provincial finals in the artistic disciplines of music, voice, dance, and speech arts. The festival brings together emerging young artists for a week of workshops, performances, seminars, and master classes with some of North America`s finest adjudicators, and is the largest event of its kind in Canada.

The mandate of Performing Arts BC is to educate, inspire, and stimulate young performers; to recognize, develop, and encourage emerging professional talent; and to cultivate a life-long passion for the arts.

Performing Arts BC is a unique event in the artistic world and affords emerging young performers of this province the opportunity to study and mentor with outstanding professionals in a nurturing environment. The festival has opened doors to the broader artistic community for thousands of talented young individuals and has enabled a great many of them to achieve their goals of a performing career in dance, music, and theatre.

The provincial finals are held in a different host city each year and this year will be held in Fort St. John from May 31 to June 5.

After a very entertaining week of adjudication, here are the award achievers:

Nominated to Compete at the Provincials
Junior A Piano:    Suki Simington
Junior B Strings:    Fiona Burkholder
Intermediate Strings:    Tibo Kolmel
Intermediate Classical Guitar:    Rebecca Xie
Junior Classical Voice:    Brian Chan
Intermediate Classical Voice:    Maggie Chan
Senior Classical Voice:    Emma Chart
Junior Musical Theatre:    Max Thomson
Intermediate Musical Theatre:    Sebastian Bodine

Nominated to attend as Alternates
Intermediate Strings:    Emmi Matern
Intermediate Classical Voice:    Adrian Palek
Junior Musical Theatre:    Isabel McAleer
Intermediate Musical Theatre:    Reece Boulanger

Nominated as Observers
Piano:    Jaydn Stallings, Simon Kramar
Strings:    Shenoa Stoltz, Sakura Azzopardi, Tamius Elder
Classical Voice:    Jennifer Walsh


Maggie Chan and Brian Chan

trail winners

left to right: Tibo Kolmel, Emma Chart, Sebastian Bodine, Fiona Burkholder, Suki Simington, Max Thomson