FEATURE: Local teen rapping his way into Vancouver music scene

Most eighteen year olds are planning their high school graduation or university applications, not planning their next rap opening for artists like Tech N9ne and Madchild. But Neyvone is an 18-year-old New Westminster grad who is rapping his way into the local music scene, intent on not letting his broken past define his future.   […]

FEATURE: Artists in B.C.

              Most British Columbians work a nine to five job, but B.C. was recently named the province with the highest number of working artists in the country. Vancouver painter Robert Kitt, and New Westminster artist Marsie Alvarado, share their story behind their craft, and talk about how hard or […]

VIDEO: Small-town feel makes New Westminster good home for artists

Every day, Marsie Alvarado travels from Vancouver’s Gastown to New Westminster to open up her shop at River Market on the Fraser River. Alvarado is one of eight artists selling their craft at the River Market that opened in 2010, and one of about 24,000 artists in British Columbia. “It was a lot easier for […]

New emergency money in New West city grants program budget

New Westminster’s city grants program budget is increasing by $15,000 next year to create a new pool of emergency money. Council unanimously approved the 2015 grants budget and budget allocation at their meeting on Nov. 3. In this budget, there is $754,000 being allocated to the eight existing grant programs and one new pool of money called […]

Royal City Race: Election 2014

Champagne bottles were popping and the crowd was cheering at Jonathan Cote’s campaign office last night as Cote and a full council of his team were elected. The final numbers counted Cote with 7,661 votes, Wayne Wright with 5,149, James Crosty with 1,345 and Vladimir Krasnogor with 315. Wright has been the mayor of New Westminster […]

The pointe of staying selfless in a selfish world: A young dancer’s struggle with choosing professional dance or post-secondary school

At a National Ballet of Canada drop-in class, a teacher is telling Alex Lee he is ready to work for a ballet company. This is something every aspiring dancer would die to hear, and Lee is no different. Two years ago, when Lee first started thinking about ballet as a serious possibility, and not just a hobby shown […]