Cultural activity

Golden’s cultural vibrancy is one of the community’s greatest assets - one worth protecting, and one worth paying for.

Golden’s cultural vibrancy is one of the community’s greatest assets – one worth protecting, and one worth paying for.

No one person or one organization can be credited with the overabundance of cultural entertainment around town.

Groups, businesses, and individual artists are continually working hard to bring great acts to town and host wonderful events in Golden.

Kicking Horse Culture (KHC) is certainly one of the largest contributors, and a lot of people will have breathed a sigh of relief this week when KHC’s funding was secured for one more year.

(The group’s funding used to flow through Golden Area Initiatives, who’s contract is expiring at the end of 2013).

Not only has the funding been secured, it has been removed from the local taxpayers’ shoulders.

The money, for 2014 at least, will come entirely from the Economic Opportunities Fund. The fund comes from BC Hydro’s annual payment in lieu of taxes.

It sounds like quite a victory, but it is an incomplete one. This is a temporary solution, albeit a great one, but it will have to be redetermined next year.

There will be a municipal election in 2014, so there may be different faces sitting around the table next year when this topic comes up again.

My only hope is that Kicking Horse Culture, which has hosted 170 concerts since 2004, as well as countless other events, is still valued. I hope it is still deemed worthy of supporting even if it comes at a cost.

It’s hard to measure the value of this kind of service, especially when not everyone in the community participates in these events.

But in a community with a dwindling tax base (just like many other small communities in British Columbia), every person and/or family you keep in Golden is valuable — as is every visitor who comes back or stays one extra day to be part of a Golden event.

And I can say for certain that Golden’s cultural vibrancy is one of the things that attracts and keeps people in this community. In a tough economy, quality of life becomes that much more important, and Golden has an excellent quality of life.

Just Posted

Golden’s weekly news recap

Find out what’s going on in the community

Host/creator of ‘Sport Fishing on the Fly’ shares destination portal

‘Sport Fishing on the Fly’ host Don Freschi hooks people up with the ultimate fly-fishing experience

Services report: Golden Fire Rescue saves cat from tree

Golden Fire Rescue Golden Fire Rescue was very busy over the past… Continue reading

Rockets gain an edge with dedicated athletic therapist

The Golden Rockets are upping their game this year in many different… Continue reading

Clothesline Project displays powerful meanings in Golden

Pedestrians and drivers in Golden may have noticed an interesting display near… Continue reading

Protesters rally in Victoria over newly approved Trans Mountain pipeline

The Still No Consent! No Trans Mountain! 20 kilometre march will end at Island View Beach

Wildfire burning in coastal forest

A fire beside the Sea to Sky Highway is burning up a steep slope

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Five B.C. students taken to hospital after playing with vaping device

School district said students were taken to hospital ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Being a pot dealer is not what it used to be

Sunday Big Read: the business of selling marijuana in B.C. is a slow bureaucratic slog

VIDEO: Two more pride flags have been stolen from Langley woman

Lisa Ebenal was “angry” and “fed up” after the latest theft. Then people started showing suppport

B.C. couple who has raised 58 children turns to community amid cancer diagnosis

Family who raised, fostered and adopted many kids hoping to gain some precious together time to fight cancer

Canucks acquire forward J.T. Miller from Lightning

J.T. Miller, 26, had 13 goals and 34 assists for the Lightning last season

Most Read