Multiple road closures will be in effect this weekend as downtown gears up for the kick-off to event season and the start of a major construction project. These road closures may affect your daily commute and parking situations. Check out the information below to know which routes will be affected.

Brewloops – April 27th from 5-10pm

The 400 block of Victoria Street will be closed for Brewloops beginning Friday, April 26th at 5:30pm until Sunday, April 28th at 10am.

CFJC-TV Boogie the Bridge – April 28th from 7am-12pm

Various routes through downtown will be closed for the 27th Annual CFJC-TV Boogie the Bridge.

Road Closures:
● Victoria St. between 2nd Ave. and 4th Ave.
● 3rd Ave. between Seymour St. and Victoria St.
● 2nd Ave. between Seymour St. and Victoria St.
● 1st Ave. between Seymour St. and Victoria St.
● Larch Ave., Baker St. and Fort Ave. will be closed to all traffic at Fortune Drive
between 7:30am to approximately 12:30pm.
Affected Lanes:
● Seymour St., (heading East, Northside curb lane) between Victoria St. West
towards 2nd Ave.
● Victoria St. West (heading East, Southside lane) between Seymour St. and
Overlanders Bridge access.
● Victoria St. West (heading West, Northside lane) between South end of
Overlands Bridge and Seymour St.
● Middle Northbound and Southbound lanes over the Overlanders Bridge

Where possible, please use the Halston Bridge instead of Overlanders Bridge until
approximately 12:30pm on April 28, 2024

If you can’t use the Halston Bridge, access to the NorthShore from downtown will be
available via Victoria St. W. westbound to Mission Flats Rd, via Victoria St. W
eastbound, to the Overlanders Bridge, to the Tranquille Corridor overpass.

More information about the 2024 Route can be found at www.boogiethebridge.com

ANCESTRAL DREAMS & OTHER PREMONITIONS

Cindy Mochizuki 

Central Gallery
April 20 to July 6, 2024

Curated by Charo Neville

Cindy Mochizuki’s inaugural presentation at the Kamloops Art Gallery unveils a narrative tapestry woven from the threads of her artistic journey. Through four pivotal artworks, Mochizuki unveils enduring themes, embarking on a quest of material and narrative recovery. Her immersive installations delve into the intersections of memory, history, and community, amplifying the voices of the marginalized.

Based in Vancouver, Mochizuki’s work resonates deeply within Japanese Canadian communities, both in British Columbia and Japan. Collaborating closely with family members, community participants, and archives, she excavates untold immigrant stories, shedding light on transpacific connections and invisible histories.

Employing a diverse range of mediums such as audio fiction, performance, animation, and community engagement, Mochizuki’s creations transcend conventional storytelling. From the haunting echoes of Ancestral Dreams & Other Premonitions to the dynamic reimagining of Tides & Moons: Herring Capital, each piece unveils layers of history with poignant clarity.

Autumn Strawberry, 2021, and Tides & Moons: Herring Capital, 2022, serve as poignant reminders of the struggles faced by Japanese Canadians during and after World War II. Through theatrical settings and animated installations, Mochizuki breathes life into forgotten narratives, offering a glimpse into the resilience of those who endured systemic oppression.

The Sakaki Tree, a Jewel, and the Mirror, 2020, and Cave to Dream, 2019, transport viewers into realms where folklore and dreams intertwine. These multi-media installations blur the boundaries between past and present, inviting audiences to ponder the passage of time and the power of collective memory.

Through her ambitious exhibitions, Mochizuki provides a platform for intergenerational dialogue, bridging the past, present, and future. Her art serves as a beacon of resilience, illuminating the untold stories of Japanese Canadians and fostering a deeper understanding of cultural heritage. In the gallery space, Mochizuki’s creations transcend mere artworks, enveloping viewers in a dreamscape where history comes alive.

PIECES

Victoria Kjargaard

The Cube
April 13 to July 6, 2024

Curated by Elsie Joe, Curator, Secwépemc Museum and Heritage Park

Pieces” emerges as a poignant collaboration between settler artist Victoria Kjargaard and Nłeʔkepmx curator Elsie Joe, forging a dialogue that transcends cultural divides. Through Kjargaard’s graphic compositions and Joe’s curatorial insight, the exhibition serves as a vehicle for reconciliation, confronting the painful legacies of the Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS).

Kjargaard’s artworks serve as a solemn tribute to the victims of the KIRS, intertwining images of the school and its inhabitants with elements of nature. Each piece becomes a sanctuary for reflection, inviting viewers to confront the atrocities of the past and acknowledge the lives lost to this dark chapter in history.

Motivated by the recent discovery of unmarked graves at the former KIRS site, Kjargaard embarked on a journey of self-discovery and understanding. Despite growing up in Kamloops, she found herself unaware of the school’s haunting legacy, prompting her to delve into its history as a non-Indigenous artist.

Working closely with Joe, Kjargaard translated her personal reflections into a powerful exhibition, aiming to spark dialogue and foster understanding within the wider community. Together, they navigated the complexities of sharing such sensitive histories, bridging the gap between personal reckoning and collective healing.

Kjargaard’s artistic process, involving epoxy, sanding, and layering imagery, imbues each composition with a weathered aesthetic, mirroring the passage of time and the resilience of memory. Through her evocative visuals, she strives to amplify the voices of the past and pave the way for a future rooted in unity and healing.

“Pieces” stands as a testament to Kjargaard’s journey of acknowledgment and reconciliation, offering viewers a glimpse into the profound impact of the Residential School System on Indigenous communities. As each artwork speaks to the resilience of the human spirit, it beckons us to confront our shared history with empathy and compassion, laying the groundwork for a path toward collective healing.

Kamloops Art Gallery hours:

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursdays: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (FREE admission sponsored by BCLC)
Closed Monday, Sunday, and Statutory Holidays

Join Downtown Kamloops and the Kamloops Film Society for an intergalactic day of Star Wars excitement on May 4th at the Paramount Theatre!

Here’s what’s in store:

🌟Pre-show performance at 1:30 – Dr. Michael Mehta belts out some fabulous space-themed songs!

🌟Screening of Star Wars: Episode V – Empire Strikes Back at 2 pm.

🌟Pre-Show Performance at 6:00 pm – Brendon Methot’s dazzling performance.

🌟At 6:30 pm, catch a screening of Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.

Before the screenings, test your Star Wars knowledge with our Trivia Challenge and win prizes. Don’t miss delectable Star Wars-themed cookies by Sweet Spot for sale in the lobby!

Get your tickets now at thekfs.ca/movies/

Join us at the upcoming KCBIA Annual General Meeting as we chart a progressive course for Downtown Kamloops. This is your opportunity to participate in the governance of our community. Cast your vote in the election of Board members or consider a nomination and run to elevate your leadership. Express your opinion on proposed constitutional amendments and gain insights into the impacts and benefits of the City Centre Sanitary Upgrades along Lansdowne Street. This year’s guest speaker is City of Kamloops Capital Projects Manager, Matt Kachel. Refreshments including light snacks, coffee and tea will be available. Don’t miss this chance to contribute to our community’s direction and growth!

When:                   Thursday, May 9th from 4:30 – 6:00

Where: City of Kamloops Station Plaza Boardroom, 500 Lorne Street (Across from Twisted Steak)

Click here to register for the AGM.

As the sun begins to linger a little longer and the promise of spring fills the air, Downtown Kamloops is gearing up for a month filled with excitement, culture, and community. April is set to be one to remember in Downtown Kamloops.

Holi Festival of Colours: April 7

The Holi Festival returns to Riverside Park on April 7 from 1-4 pm. This SOLD-OUT event will have a live DJ, delicious food, vibrant colours, and more! Though the event is sold-out, everyone is invited to attend this colourful celebration.

For more information and inquiries about event support, contact rdbkamloops@gmail.com.

📍100 Lorne Street

Western Canada Theatre Year-End Productions

Jesus Christ Superstar: April 4th – 20th, Sagebrush Theatre

An explosive, dynamic telling of the last week of Jesus’ life, full of iconic music, exhilarating dance, and stirring performances. The greatest story ever told, following the exuberant faith of Jesus’ followers, the betrayal of Judas, and the devastating finale. A story of faith, passion, and betrayal, as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago, leaping off the Sagebrush stage in an all-new, original WCT production.

📍1300 9th Ave

Inner Elder: April 23rd-27th, Pavilion Theatre

A young Indigenous girl growing up in Alberta navigates a world of substance abuse, aliens, and the spiritual presence of her guiding grandmothers. In her darkest moments, her superhero Kookum with magic moccasins appears to help light the way forward. With humour, forgiveness, and truth, she is able to heal from the past and transform her future.

Award-winning Cree artist Michelle Thrush (from APTN’s Blackstone, CBC’s North of 60Arctic Air) weaves real-life memories with laughter, grace, and playfulness to explore her own inner Elder. A mix of poignant recollections, beautiful humour, and intimate storytelling that will open your heart and mind while making you laugh out loud.

📍1025 Lorne Street

Get your tickets now at www.wctlive.ca/tickets

Bikini Bills Swimwear Show: April 13

Bikini Bills is hosting a swimwear event on Saturday, April 13th from 4-6 pm.

Check out the new 2024 swimwear, enjoy snacks and music, and stay for the fashion show! Also, enter to win door prizes from some of our downtown businesses. The show is free or by donation to the Chris Rose Walk for Autism.

📍 143 Victoria Street

Far & Wide Book Swap: April 23

Update your summer reading list at Far & Wide’s Spring Book Swap event! You will also be able to DIY your own bookmark. Your GoodReads account will thank you.

Keep an eye out on Far & Wide’s Instagram page for more details!

📍353 Victoria Street

Spring Artisan Sale & Demos: April 27th

The Kamloops Arts and Crafts Club is hosting their Spring Artisan Sale on April 27 from 9-3pm at the Hertage House. Explore handmade ceramics, jewelry, crafts, and more! Craft demos and techniques will be held throughout the day. Coffee and baked goods will be available.

📍100 Lorne Street

Brewloops: April 27th

Brewloops returns to downtown Kamloops on April 27th from 5-10pm! Enjoy beverages from over 20 breweries, cideries, distilleries, and more from around British Columbia. Non-alcoholic options will also be available.

Enjoy food from delicious local food trucks and live performances by Delhi 2 Dublin, Small Town Artillery, Yaris Paris, The Stonefruits, Earthbound, Tommy Carson and Stefan Thordason.

This is a 19+ event. For more information, head to the Brewloops Facebook Page.

📍400 Block Victoria Street

CFJC-TV Boogie the Bridge: April 28

The 27th Annual CFJC-TV Boogie the Bridge returns to the heart of downtown Kamloops on April 28th! The 200 block of Victoria Street will become a sea of red as Kamloops’ largest health and wellness event kicks off Sunday at 8 AM. Register as a team or individually and be part of all the fun. Proceeds from this year’s event go to support Volunteer Kamloops. Please plan your route accordingly and be aware of road closures throughout the morning. For more information, head over to the Boogie the Bridge website.

Boogie Events:

April 9th: Boogie Burger & Beer Night – Shark Club

April 26th & 27th: Boogie Expo at the Colombo Lodge

April 28th: 27th Annual CFJC-TV Boogie the Bridge

📍200 Block Victoria Street

Gravity Fair Productions will be filming in Riverside Park and Petersen Creek Park tomorrow for BCLC as they create a ‘bike-to-work’ week promo video.

If you are interested in finding more Kamloops movie locations visit the TNRD Film Commission website. Film Commission – Thompson-Nicola Regional District (tnrd.ca)

Saturday, July 29th 300 & 400 Blocks Victoria St 8 AM – 10 PM
Downtown Night Market

300 Block of Victoria Street & 400 Block of Victoria Street will be temporarily closed for the DTWN Night Market.

Please use caution when driving in the vicinity of the event and obey all traffic control devices and traffic control people. Thank you for your cooperation.

ILLUMINATING KAMLOOPS WITH FRANCOPHONE-INFUSED STREET ART: Artist Turbo Bambi and CSF Students Create Cheerful Mural in Street Art Workshop to Celebrate Cultural Heritage.

In a celebration of artistic collaboration and cultural heritage, French-Canadian artist Turbo Bambi joined forces with the students of Kamloops Francophone High School to create a vibrant mural through a street art workshop. Located at 260 4th Avenue within the renowned Kamloops Back Alley Art Gallery circuit, this colourful mural celebrates the francophone communities of Kamloops and British Columbia. Completed in early June, this awe-inspiring mural illuminates the alley with a cheerful spirit, showcasing the city’s cultural heritage through contemporary street art.

STREET ART WORKSHOP
Earlier this June, the French-Canadian artist Turbo Bambi came from Revelstoke to lead a dynamic and colourful street art workshop with the students of Kamloops francophone high school (CSF). Magali Tejada, the teacher who initiated the collaboration, spearheaded the logistics and organization, with a dedicated team of teachers supporting the project’s realization. In collaboration with students from grades 7 to 9, Turbo Bambi guided the creation of a mural inspired by the Francophone culture, using her distinctive style. The participants had the opportunity to learn techniques on mural art and acrylic painting, making this workshop an enriching creative experience.

“BONJOUR” MURAL BY TURBO BAMBI
Created by the French-Canadian artist Turbo Bambi in collaboration with the students of École Collines-D’Or, the vibrant mural celebrates the francophone communities thriving locally and capturing the essence of diversity through a vivid array of colours. Appearing on the wall of 260 4th Avenue, the word “bonjour!” emerges in white on a blue backdrop as a nod to Quebec’s flag, inviting the viewers to engage with the warmth and friendliness it represents. Inspired by British Columbia’s breathtaking landscape, the mural incorporates iconic elements like the Eiffel Tower and the sugar maples of Quebec, symbolizing the coexistence of multiple francophone backgrounds within the province. Often represented in her artwork, Turbo Bambi’s cheerful characters come to life within the mural, bringing a powerful message of solidarity among francophone communities across BC.

Grade 7 – 9 students from École Collines-D’Or in Kamloops, BC with Muralist Turbo Bambi

MURALIST – TURBO BAMBI
Blending the lines from backcountry to canvas, Bambi’s passion for the outdoors feeds her desire to create. As a passionate explorer of snow, surf, and skate culture, the French-Canadian artist, based in Revelstoke, BC, translates her exhilarating ART-doorsy adventures into vibrant street art that breaks free from the constraints of realism. Each piece she creates is infused with a sense of joy and whimsy, inviting viewers to escape into a world of fantasy.

Experience the mesmerizing journey of Kamloops’ newest mural at 260 4th Avenue, where creativity flourishes, and explore the workshop and mural’s “behind the scenes” process by visiting
turbobambi.com or @turbobambi_design.

To check out more of Bambi’s work across BC, click here!

Filmed in Kamloops, the ‘Been There All Along’ trailer is out. If you are interested in finding more Kamloops movie locations visit the TNRD Film Commission website. Film Commission – Thompson-Nicola Regional District (tnrd.ca)

Boogie The Bridge Sunday, April 23, 2023, Road Closures and Detours

Drivers should plan alternate routes between 6 am to 1 pm due to temporary road closures and detours for the annual community event in the following areas:

Closures:

The recommendation is to take the Halston Bridge.

Detours:

A detour to the North Shore will also be available via Seymour Street, linking to First Avenue and Lansdowne Street.

Access to Mission Flats Road will be available via Summit Drive and a detour will be provided via the Overlanders Bridge, linking to Leigh Road, Tranquille Road and back over the bridge.

Boogie participants are encouraged to take public transit to the event, which is free to those who show their race bibs to drivers on race day.

For more information visit Boogie the Bridge 

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