Art Talks - Virtual RCA

Are you passionate about art and love to connect with other creatives? Or perhaps you are curious and want to learn more from artists and art leaders in the Okanagan community and beyond?

Join RCA’s monthly Art Talks, an opportunity for artists and art leaders to have a conversation with the Kelowna community. Art Talks is held every 4th Tuesday of the month. Interested community members can sign up for free.

Our RCA@Home series also offers a Virtual Cinema House - screening fresh documentaries weekly available for rent, and arts and culture Social Clubs - like joining a rad book club, but for arts and culture! Topics discussed include film, theatre and music, and online education workshops for youth and adults. Social Clubs are offered Tuesday evenings and joining our club is free.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 7:30PM

JOYCE ROSARIO, Community Festival Curator

Guest Host: Neil Cadger

Joyce Rosario is a performing arts curator and facilitator based in Vancouver BC. In her practice she is guided by values of collaboration, rigour and care and over her career has gained broad exposure in interdisciplinary, experimental and community-based performance. Until June 2020 she was Associate Artistic Director at the PuSh Festival where she spent seven years in curatorial and senior leadership positions.

Previously, Joyce spent 10 years in the Canadian dance milieu as a producer and executive director. She trained in Theatre Production/Design at the University of British Columbia in 2003, and in her early career was once nominated for a Jessie Richardson award in Costume Design. Her first foray in performance was as a teenage participant in a new genre public art project by Suzanne Lacy. Joyce is a first-generation Canadian of Filipina descent, privileged to live on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 7:30PM

JAMES LONG, Artistic Director

Guest Host: Neil Cadger

Responding to the Moment… or at least trying. 

Vancouver-based and international touring theatre artist James Long will share some of his more recent work and then discuss making performances in the current political and social climate with Neil Cadger. How to respond to a global moment?  

James Long has been making new works of interdisciplinary performance and public art with a wide variety of local, national, and international collaborators since 1996. The resulting works have been presented in over 50 cities, festivals, and independent venues across North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2003, with fellow artist Maiko Yamamoto, he founded Vancouver-based Theatre Replacement to further his work as a performance maker, teacher, and facilitator of educational programs. James continues to write about performance and creation methodology, teaches in both post-secondary and workshop scenarios across Canada and the US, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser’s School of the Contemporary Arts and a Masters of Urban Studies, also through Simon Fraser University. In 2019 James, with Maiko Yamamoto, was awarded the Siminovitch Prize in direction for their work at Theatre Replacement and as freelance artists.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 7:30PM

DENISE CLARKE, Innovative Performance Artist

Guest Host: Neil Cadger

Calgary-born, innovative performance artist, choreographer, and Associate Artist in One Yellow Rabbit, based in Calgary, Alberta. She trained in ballet from childhood and worked as a choreographer and dance teacher. Denise Clarke created and became director of the Summer Lab Intensive School in 1997. She continues to teach, give master classes, and lecture, most recently at the University of Regina, Queens University, UC-Drama at the University of Toronto, and the Quebec Drama Federation.

In 2013, she was appointed Member of the Order of Canada. She also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 7:30PM


Searching for the Wind – Adapting for the Stage

A graduate of the Playhouse Acting School, Christopher Weddell has played on stages in Europe and Canada. He is a founding member and past Artistic Associate of Bard on the Beach and has written several plays, including hit versions of Tehanu and Gulliver’s Travels for Kaleidoscope Theatre. Weddell has also written a multi-media adaptation of Gary Geddes’ Falsework which he is directing for The Canadian College of Performing Arts, where he has taught since 2000.

He has received 2 NCRC awards, including Best Current Affairs Program (2017) for The Charles Campbell Story and the Edmund Kean Award from Bard on The Beach for Lifetime Achievement. In 2007, he was invited by The Shakespeare Theatre Association of America  to lecture in Lennox , Massachusetts and as founder/owner of Shakescenes, he teaches acting workshops across the country.  

In this talk, Weddell will be exploring the nuances of stage adaptation, focusing mostly on his early sketches of a libretto for W.O. Mitchell’s classic Who Has Seen the Wind.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 7:30 PM


Melany Nugent-Noble is a Kelowna-based artist, whose work responds to the political and social nature of public spaces, and takes various forms including community-focused installations, and art books made from public government documents and speeches. In 2020, Melany was the City of Kelowna’s inaugural Artist in Residence for her project When it is Necessary to Stand Still, which included the production of a collection of interactive beacons that change colour and brightness as they move closer and further from each other. These beacons were distributed to residents through a series of activations to increase a sense of connected-ness times of isolation in our day-to-day. 

In this presentation, Melany will provide an overview of a succession of research behind the project, future directions and ways to get involved. 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 7:30 PM

ANDREW JUDAH, Art-rock Leader

Andrew Judah is an art-rock band leader, musical score composer, producer, collaborator and recently has been a key player in starting a record label called Sounds Suspicious. He is based out of Kelowna and is a full-time career musician. 

Our Theatre Programming Coordinator, Karma Lacoff Nieoczym, is looking forward to talking with Andrew about his most recent album Impossible Staircase, scoring, and life.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 7PM


50 years of Blues

As a one-man cheering section for the days when blues and jazz met the roots of rock and roll, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne is an artist who’s got it all: talent, charisma and showmanship. Oozing with class and sophistication, Wayne is a throwback to the golden age of classic rhythm and blues while offering a fresh approach to the genre.

Hailed as "an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary blues."  As a Juno Award Winner and 7 time Maple Blues Award winning blues, boogie-woogie and jazz pianist, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne is called “Blues Boss” for a reason. He was recently inducted into the “Piano Boogie-Woogie Hall of Fame” in 2017 by the Cincinnati Ohio Blues Society. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 7PM

MICHAEL V. SMITH, UBCO Creative Writing Professor

Writing from Silence

One of the ways in which power maintains itself is through silencing, whether that be notions of what one can or cannot say in polite company, who has the power or place to speak, or perhaps who is given a platform but under a shared, unspoken set of restrictions. In this talk, UBCO creative writing professor Michael V. Smith examines taboo, stereotypes, family histories, and cultural silences to reveal how writing can function as a means of speaking truth to power. 

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