June 12, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
While normally viewed alone on a computer screen, our host and local funny man, Lucas Myers, invites you to come gather together at the Civic and LOL in the presence of others as your favorite silly cat videos are projected larger-than-life one after the other. Experience the joy of a surprised kitten or keyboard cat together. Participate in this experiment that tests the social boundaries of the online community with a live, off-line event as we attempt to gather in physical space and real time to enjoy one of the internet’s most popular phenomena and raise money for the important work that the SPCA performs in our communities. Local video cat submissions will be accepted until June 2 @ noon for entrance into a local portion of the program.
The festival originated as a ‘high art’ collective experience at the Walker Art Centre in the summer of 2012 and has since gone on to tour numerous cities around the U.S and recently debuted in Canada at the TIFF Lightbox in Toronto. Nelson may be the smallest community on this tour, but I’m sure it will be one of the most enthusiastic.
Aside from this great selection of Catcentric videos, the event begins with an SPCA Kitty Corral adoption area in the lobby followed by the purrrrrrty stylings of Toronto’s cat eared vixen of the Theremin, Clara Venice, and a frisky burlesque performance by the Show-Cats set to the jiving sounds of the Stray Cat Strut, music from DJ Morninglory & DJ Sweets of Meow Mix and live painting from Avrell Fox.
So brush those whiskers, don your cat ears and join us for an amazing night that is sure to be as individually unique as the animals being celebrated.
In the meantime, check out these links to whet your appetite:
The Strombo show – http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/news/just-for-cats-film-festival
Rick Mercer Report – http://www.cbc.ca/22minutes/videos/clips-season-21/laureen-harper-cats
This Hour Has 22 Minutes http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Rick+Mercer+Report/ID/2443013782/
CBC Radio “Q” interview – http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2014/04/17/cat-video-festival/
Pop singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and romantic — Clara Venice wears her art on her sleeve. She is one of the only people in the world who plays the Theremin as a proper instrument, which adds an emotional and haunting diversity to her music. Her mesmerizing visual style – part Harujuku girl, part 21st century pop princess – draws listeners into her playful and melodic dream world. Clara recently joined the Barenaked Ladies on their cross-Canada tour. Her debut EP Love Riddle was co-produced by Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies, Lou Reed, Rheostatics) and mixed by Dave Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, Carly Rae Jepsen).Morninglory and Sweets of Meow Mix
Meow Mix is an all-female DJ collective forming during the early days of a now vibrant Kootenay electronic music scene. With a hand in growing the local dance culture, the crew has been spinning records together since the year 2000.
Tattoo artist and painterShow Cats
What do you get when you cross the showgirl with some rockabilly cattitude? A Show Cat! This eclectic dance troupe of fabulous felines is inspired by classics from the Prohibition area to today and world dance fusion. The Cats sass up Latina flair, Samba and Bollywood dance with a neo-vaudevillian, burlesque twist. The Show Cats- created, choreographed, and directed by long time Nelson performer and dance instructor Erin Thomson- can be contacted for events and creative opportunities.
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.
Doors and Kitty Corral @ 6:30
Show @ 7:30
$15 General admission
$10 Children 12 and under