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SPOTLIGHT: Indigenous Art and Activism Series


Now Playing At the Civic Theatre
We are excited to present the Indigenous Art & Activism Series this Wednesday and Thursday, featuring a series of documentary films and a live concert with Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback.
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Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters
Wednesday May 30 7:30pmAdmirers and collectors of Pacific Northwest art are notably unanimous in their admiration of the oeuvres of Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick, who died this year far too young at the age of 61. Maker of Monsters is a portrait of a Canadian art legend, an enigmatic carver from a tiny village on the remote Northwest Coast of British Columbia.

Beau Dick’s remarkable masks have been celebrated across the global art scene as vibrant expressions of West Coast Indigenous culture and a sophisticated crossover into the contemporary art world. Dick had an unprecedented ability to tap into the collective memory of his people and breathe new life into age-old traditions.

Maker of Monsters gives an intimate look into the life of one of Canada’s greatest artists. Beau Dick worked within an ancient tradition and rose to the ranks of international success within the white cube world of contemporary art while never forgetting his roots. Beau was able to use his celebrity to call attention to the injustices done to his people and the environment.

Director: Natalie Boll and LaTiesha Ti’si’tla Fazakas
English / PG

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World and The Recordings of Willie Thrasher
Thursday May 31 5:00pm

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.

The film brings to light a profound and missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and Taboo, RUMBLE shows how these pioneering musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

RUMBLE has a long list of music artists, historians, family members, and experts participating in the film, including: Buddy Guy, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, John Trudell, David Fricke (Rolling Stone Magazine), Steven Tyler, Taboo, Derek Trucks, Corey Harris, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Monk Boudreaux, George Clinton, Jackson Browne,  Joy Harjo, Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Pura Fé (Ulali), Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne), Matt Sorum (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Slash (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Pat Vegas (Redbone), Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and many others.

1Hr 43 Min / English / PG

Following Rumble, the short doc, The Recording of Willie Thrasher, made by local filmmaker, Adam O. Thomas, follows the career of Willie Thrasher, an Inuk singer-songwriter from Aklavik, Inuvik.

Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback Live in Concert
Thursday May 31 8:30pmClosing out the Indigenous art and activism series, we are thrilled to be bringing Willie Thrasher and his partner Linda Saddleback live to The Civic Stage on May 31st.

Originally a founding member of the rock group, The Cordells, Willie Thrasher toured northern Canada in the late 1960s and early 1970s, playing schools and community halls. Based out of Inuvik, they were considered the town’s first rock and roll band and played mostly contemporary songs and covers. After a show in the mid-1970s, Thrasher was approached by an elderly man and challenged as to why he didn’t play music that reflected his Inuit heritage. From that point, Thrasher moved into more personal songwriting and began studying Inuit music.

After this change in style, Thrasher joined Canadian artists such as Buffy Sainte-Marie and Willie Dunn in exploring their Inuit and First Nations roots in the mid-1970s, and speaking out on political issues. In the early 1980s, Thrasher made two recordings with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Northern Service: Spirit Child, a full-length studio album of original songs, and Sweet Grass, a live recording in Val-d’Or, Quebec, with fellow First Nations musicians Willy Mitchell, Morley Loon, and Roger House.

His songs “Spirit Child”, “Old Man Carver” and “We Got to Take You Higher” are featured on the 2014 compilation album Native North America, Vol. 1. As a result of the revived publicity from the Native North America compilation, Thrasher has undertaken more extensive touring, heading off to London, England later in June following his Nelson performance.

Buy tickets to the concert as well as the two docs on the 31st and save $5!

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Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback to Play in Nelson“…Enter Willie Thrasher. An Inuk musician, born in Aklavik Northwest Territories in 1948, Willie’s early life was a traditional one. Living up north with his family, they lived off the land and felt connected to the water, the earth and the food they ate. But at the age of five, that life abruptly ended when he, like so many other Indigenous Peoples in Canada, was forced in to residential school. There, his traditional way of life was systematically wiped from his memory. Life was now chaotic and filled with violence and fear.

So young Willie sought escape in music. One day he discovered an old drum set in the gymnasium and began to play. Soon he was playing everyday, beating out his frustrations on the old kit.” Read More

Volunteer Training Session Coming Up
Our first quarterly training session will be held in June

Sunday, June 10th at 11:00am, we will be holding a training session for volunteers! The session is mandatory for all Civic volunteers. Currently volunteer with us? Check your email to sign up. Interested in joining our volunteer team? Contact Aimee at and join us at our training session!

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Join us for our next Films with Friends Meet Up

Our Films with Friends meet ups are now held every Thursday at 6:00pm at Cake Betty Cafe and Cakery – 709 Vernon St. If you or someone you know needs someone to go the movies with, this is a great opportunity to see a film in a group setting. The group will be meeting for coffee, treats and conversation at 6 and will then enjoy this week’s Thursday film at The Civic! While the meet up is geared towards seniors in our community, everyone is welcome! Check out the event on Facebook

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Coming To The Civic
Avengers: Infinity War
Friday June 1 TBCThe Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus (screenplay by), Stephen McFeely (screenplay by)
Stars: Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Brolin
2Hrs 29Min / English / PG

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Ocean’s 8
Friday June 15 TBCDebbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

Director: Gary Ross
Writers: Gary Ross (screenplay), Olivia Milch (screenplay)
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway
Runtime TBD / English / Rating TBD

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