renascence Arts and sustainability Society



Every year we present a concert series featuring some of Canada's best independent musicians. These shows take place in several intimate venues around the Kootenays, including the Ymir Schoolhouse, the Capital Theatre, Nelson's United church and the Ymir Community Hall.

Past shows include Juno Award winners Bahamas and Linda McRae; Wil, Geoff Berner, Carolyn Mark, Kris Demenor, Christa Couture, Jacques Mindreau and many more. 



We are beginning our season with Coco Love Alcorn at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson, BC on November 16th. 


We are currently at Showcase PEI looking for new East Coast talent to bring to the Kootenays. 

This year we are focussing on East- West collaborations in all forms, providing opportunities for artists from both coasts to collaborate, share styles and build relationships. 

We will also be adding more collaborative opportunities for musicians at our Wildflower stage - Collaboration Station- at this year's Tiny Lights Festival. 






A collaborative art project that is led by the people of Ymir. 

In many ways Ymir is representative of small rural towns in the Kootenays and in Canada which were once resource based but have since transitioned.

The people who have chosen to live here in the past and present, are interesting humans  who are full of stories, history  and characters. The aim of this project is to capture the spirit of these people and this place. 

This is a multimedia project that will incorporate workshops, writing, collecting and archiving stories. We will then transform these stories of the past and present into a professional production that will be presented in the spring of 2018.



Lucas Myers is actor, play write and cultural ambassador. He has written, stared in and produced many successful one man shows including, Deck, Campground, Hello Baby, and Nelsonia. 


Lucas Myers has been creating theatre since his graduation from the National Theatre School in 1998. Working with Theatre SKAM in Victoria, he performed and composed music for many original plays. In 2001 his interests turned to collaborative creation and he studied with the SITI Company of New York, returning to the West Coast to apply their techniques with like-minded artists. Having relocated to Nelson, BC, he has dedicated his energy to creating a new work every year to be performed locally and toured to surrounding communities.

Lucas will be leading a series of workshops to help us  and will be our mentor in writing this production.



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Mind of a Snail is a shadow puppetry duo currently based out of Vancouver BC. Since 2003, Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel have been developing a multilayered style of visual storytelling using overhead projectors as their main light source. Their performances play at the intersection of visual arts, clowning & music. As artistic collaborators, they are interested in exploring beyond the boundaries of traditional theatre, and creating magical immersive experiences for their audiences. Mind of a Snail’s shadow theatre has been described as an early National Film Board animation created live before your eyes.

Chloe and Jessica will be facilitating several workshops in October to help flesh out stories and sections of the presentation. 




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Shawn Stephenson is a composer, performer, music educator and professional recording and live sound engineer with over 20 years experience in the industry. His diverse skill set has led him to work in music composition and production for the Discovery Network, Vision TV, Tourism Canada and Tourism BC.

As an educator, Shawn has facilitated songwriting workshops for children, youth and adults and operates a thriving music education business teaching beginner to advanced guitar, music theory, ear training, vocal technique and basic piano to students aged 5 to 50.  

Shawn will leading a songwriting workshops for adults and youth to create the music for this production.








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