Sarah Orton performed as part of the donor recognition night and opening performance of the Shambhala Music and Performance Hall on Wednesday night.

UPDATE: Shambhala Music and Performance Hall opens

Nelson and Selkirk College celebrated the opening of the Shambhala Music and Performance Hall this week.

After many years of construction and renovations at Selkirk College, music program students were finally able to take the stage for the grand opening of the Shambhala Music and Performance Hall.

“We’re happy to have a place for the students to perform. We’re really happy to be a part of it,” said Anna Bundschuh, one of the Shambhala Music Festival’s producers.

The hall held its official opening to donors on Wednesday night with a reception and performances from students and faculty.

An event was also held on Thursday night which was open to the public.

Bundschuh along with her siblings Jimmy Bundschuh and Corrine Zawaduk announced in October of last year that they would be contributing $75,000 to the project.

The donation earned them a permanent place for the Shambhala name at the Selkirk Tenth Street Campus.

“I’m just so touched and amazed,” said festival producer Zawaduk. “The sound quality is amazing. The lights are great. The quality of the performance was outstanding. I’m so pleased. It’s been a long time coming.”

Zawaduk said they had been on tours through the facility throughout the construction and it was great to see the evolution of the space.

“It’s more difficult than you often think to pull off something of this calibre and they’ve done an amazing job,” said Zawaduk. “Good for Selkirk for putting such amazing effort behind their music students.”

The siblings along with their parents Rick and Sue host the Shambhala Music Festival at the family’s Salmo River Ranch in August.

The festival has grown from 500 attendants in 1998 to 10,000 in 2011.

“The community has helped us out so much and it has really been the arts and culture community that has helped us to our success and we really wanted to give back to an institution that is going to help foster the growth of more artists in this community so it seemed like a natural fit for us,” said Zawaduk.

“With Shambhala Music Festival, we’ve always tried to encourage locals to come and play so there has always been then. To see all these bright, amazing, young kids who are going to go off and be famous.”




Just Posted

RDCK approves loan request to remediate Salmo tailings site

The H.B. Mine tailings pond poses a risk of toxic contamination

Nelson Brewing Company wins award

Hooligan Pilsner won first place at the B.C. Beer Awards

Ramona Faust re-elected to RDCK board

Faust defeated challenger Reggie Goldsbury

Leafs stretch winning streak to seven

Nelson routed Golden 7-3 on Saturday

VIDEO: John Dooley elected Nelson’s mayor

Logtenberg, Anderson, Woodward, Renwick, Morrison and Page elected to council

VIDEO: Monday Roundup!

Post-election, curling club, Salmo toxic tailings site, Castlegar airport reliability, and more

Outdoor retailer MEC vows to boost diversity after online complaint

Mountain Equipment Co-op was criticized for perpetuating a white-only picture of the outdoors

Trump vilifies caravan, says he’ll cut Central American aid

Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the Guatemala-Mexico border, about 5,000 Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border Sunday in southern Mexico.

Federal carbon tax rebates will exceed the cost for most people affected

Officials say 70 per cent of people in those provinces will get back more than they end up paying out as fuel costs rise to incorporate the carbon tax.

Rotating strike in Toronto will have ‘significant impact,’ says Canada Post

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities.

Cancelling Saudi Arabia arms deal would cost $1 billion: Trudeau

Canada has added its voice to global calls for answers, with Trudeau telling the CBC in an interview today that the Saudi government’s explanation of what happened lacks credibility.

Former B.C. sheriff caught in sex-related sting pleads guilty to lesser charge

Kevin Johnston will be sentenced on Nov. 6 for his role in communicating online with a person posing as a 14-year-old girl.

WWE star Roman Reigns announces he has leukemia

Grappler formerly played in CFL

China opens mega-bridge linking Hong Kong to mainland

The $20 billion bridge took almost a decade to build while incurring major delays and cost overruns

Most Read