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We invite you to join us for an historic peace event

The world's attention is on this cross-borders peace event being planned for July 6-9, 2006 in Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada. We invite you to participate in the Our Way Home National Reunion Weekend. This event will mark the courageous legacy and honour the contribution made to Canadian life by US war resisters that came to Canada during the Vietnam War and that are currently coming to Canada during the US War in Iraq. The Our Way Home National Reunion will also honour the thousands of Canadians who helped them resettle in this country then and now. Our Way Home Reunion will be held July 6th to 9th, 2006. Our Way Home Reunion will include workshop presentations, panel-discussions, live theatre performances, a film festival, keynote presentations and a major peace concert.

Keynote presenters, and presenters for workshops and panel discussions. Among the presenters that are confirmed to be attending include:

"Keynote Speaker"

George McGovern

George McGovern was the 1972 Democratic presidential candidate and will long be remembered for his courage in speaking out against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

One of the most significant figures in America today, George McGovern was first elected to Congress in 1956 and reelected in 1958. As a congressman, he was an advocate for the American farmer and represented the nation's heartland with distinction. In 1960, President John F. Kennedy named him the first director of the Food for Peace Program and Special Assistant to the President. McGovern was then elected to the Senate in 1962 and reelected in 1968 and 1974. As a member of the Senate committees he led the way in expanding key nutrition programs.

George McGovern

In 1976, President Gerald Ford named McGovern a United Nations delegate to the General Assembly, and, in 1978, President Jimmy Carter named him a United Nations delegate for the Special Session on Disarmament. After leaving the Senate in 1980, McGovern was a visiting professor at numerous institutions, including Columbia University, Northwestern University, Cornell University, American University and the University of Berlin. He served as the president of the Middle East Policy Council from 1991 to 1998, when President Clinton appointed him ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. In 2001 he was appointed the first United Nations global ambassador on hunger. In this position, McGovern continues his leadership in the battle against world hunger.

A prolific author, McGovern has lectured at more than 1,000 colleges and universities around the world. He has also received many honorary degrees and distinguished awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor,which was bestowed upon him by President Bill Clinton on August 9, 2000.

George McGovern will long be remembered for his friendship and respect for the common man, and his work on behalf of American farmers and hungry children throughout the world.

"Special Guest Presenter"

Arun Gandhi

Arun Gandhi, is grandson of Mahatma Ghandi and is president and co-founder along with his wife, Sunanda of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Memphis, Tennessee.

Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa, Arun is the fifth grandson of India's legendary leader, Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi. Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, he was beaten by "white" South Africans for being too black and "black" South Africans for being too white; so, Arun sought eye-for-an-eye justice. However, he learned from his parents and grandparents that justice does not mean revenge, it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering.

Grandfather taught Arun to understand nonviolence through understanding violence. "If we know how much passive violence we perpetrate against one another we will understand why there is so much physical violence plaguing societies and the world." Gandhi said. Through daily lessons, Arun says, he learned about violence and about anger.

Arun shares these lessons all around the world. For the past five years, he has participated in the Renaissance Weekend deliberations with President Clinton and other well-respected Rhodes Scholars. This year, some of his engagements included speaking at the Chicago Children's Museum and the Women's Justice Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He also delivered talks at the Young President's Organization in Mexico, the Trade Union Leaders. Meeting in Milan, Italy, as well as the Peace and Justice Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Sometimes, his journeys take him even further. Arun has spoken in Croatia, France, Ireland, Holland, Lithuania, Nicaragua, China, and Japan. Also, he is a very popular speaker on college campuses. In the past year, he spoke at the University of Rochester, North Dakota State University, Concordia College, Baker University, Morehouse College, Marquette University, and the University of San Diego.

Arun is very involved in social programs and writing as well. Shortly after Arun married his wife Sunanda, they were informed the South African government would not allow her to accompany him there. Sunanda and Arun decided to live in India, and Arun worked for 30 years as a journalist for The Times of India. Together, Arun and Sunanda started projects for the social and economic upliftment of the oppressed using constructive programs, the backbone of Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence. The programs changed the lives of more than half a million people in over 300 villages and they still continue to grow. Arun is the author of several books. The first, A Patch of White (1949), is about life in prejudiced South Africa; then, he wrote two books on poverty and politics in India; followed by a compilation of M.K. Gandhi's Wit & Wisdom. He also edited a book of essays on World Without Violence: Can Gandhi's Vision Become Reality? And, more recently, wrote The Forgotten Woman: The Untold Story of Kastur, the Wife of Mahatma Gandhi, jointly with Sunanda.

Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden,'60's icon. Leader of the student movement, leader the anti-war movement (one of the "Chicago Seven"), and a leading activist in the civil rights movement. Tom Hayden was among the most progressive Senators in California, initiating far reaching environmental and worker rights legislation. Tom Hayden has been speaking up in opposition to the US occupation of Iraq. He has recently joined a group of US notables calling for Canadians to send a letter directly to Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, urging him to allow U.S. soldiers to enter Canada if they request permission to do so during the US War in Iraq.

Kim Phuc

Kim Phuc - The Vietnam War gave rise to many tragedies, some more familiar than others. A photograph of a young girl running naked down a road, her skin on fire with napalm, changed the way the world looked at the Vietnam War, and indeed at all wars. That photograph was seen around the world, and later won a Pulitzer Prize. The girl in that photograph is Kim Phuc.

Phan Thi Kim Phuc was born and raised in the village of Trang Bang, 30 minutes north of Saigon. During the Vietnam War, the strategic Route 1 that runs through the village became the main supply road between Saigon and Phnom Penh. On June 8, 1972, an American military advisor coordinated the napalm bombing of Kim's village by the South Vietnamese. Nine-year-old Kim fled from a pagoda, where she and her family had been hiding. Two of her infant cousins did not survive the attack, and Kim was badly burned.

Kim was photographed running down the road, screaming from the burns to her skin. Nick Ut, the Associated Press photographer who was there to cover the siege, took the photograph of young Kim. Moved by her pain, he rushed her to a South Vietnamese hospital. She then spent 14 months recovering in Barsky Hospital, the American hospital in Saigon, where her care was paid for by a private Foundation. Ut's photograph of Kim remains one of the most unforgettable images of the Vietnam War.

Kim Phuc was not expected to live. Third degree burns covered half of her body, and she would require many operations and years of therapy. After two years, against all odds and with the help of doctors who were committed to her care, she was able to return to her village, where she and her family began to rebuild their lives.

In 1986, Kim seized the opportunity to study in Cuba, but once again her studies were cut short. She was beset with physical problems, including diabetes, which blurred her vision. While in Cuba, she met a fellow Vietnamese student , who she married.. Eventually, she and her husband settled in Canada with the help of some Quakers.

In 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund invited Kim to attend the Veterans Day ceremonies at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Kim spoke to a group of several thousand Vietnam War veterans about her experiences after the napalm attack on her village. She used that opportunity to share with the verterans about how she finally found happiness and freedom after years of pain and suffering; she spoke about pain and suffering. She even met a pilot who coordinated the air strike on her village - she forgave him!

During her visit to Washington, DC, she met Ron Gibbs, a Vietnam veteran and a member of the Board of Directors for the Memorial Fund. They shared their experiences from the war and their hopes for the future. The idea for the Kim Foundation was born out of that meeting. The Kim Foundation is a private charitable organization that is dedicated to providing funds to support the work of international organizations that provide free medical assistance to children who are victims of war and terrorism. The Foundation is a way for Kim to give something back in return for all the help she received. It also provides a means for her to promote peace and forgiveness. In 1997 UNESCO named Kim a Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and a recipient of the Queen.s Golden Jubilee Medal.

David Cline

David Cline is the US national president of Veterans For Peace. He is a disabled combat veteran who served with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam during 1967. Upon his return he joined the GI antiwar movement and helped publish the underground Fatigue Press at Fort Hood, Texas. In 1970 he joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War and has been a member ever since. He has worked with homeless veterans, in PTSD rap groups and co-founded the Jersey City Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee. He has also been involved in the labor movement as a shop steward in the American Postal Workers Union and as local vice-president in the Transport Workers Union.

Mark Nykanen

Mark Nykanen, is a four time Emmy Award Winning Investigative Journalist for NBC TV. Nykanen is war resister who has moved with his family to Nelson, BC and is working as a fiction writer.




Jeffrey House

Jeffrey House, is legal counsel representing Jeremy Hinzman, and other US military deserters who are applying for refugee status in Canada. Jeffrey House was called to the Bar in Ontario and practices law in Toronto. Mr. House came to Canada as a US draft resister during the Vietnam War.



Rabbi Michael Lerner

Rabbi Michael Lerner, noted writer, author and editor of the leading progressive Jewish magazine in the North America, Tikkun. Rabbi Lerner was imprisoned during the Vietnam War for his anti-war activities in Seattle, Washington. Rabbi Lerner was chair of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at the University of California at Berkeley.



Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

The Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, a highly realized and internationally respected teacher of Gelugpa Buddhism, was born in Tibet in the province of Kham in 1948. In 1959, during the Chinese invasion, he escaped from Tibet and continued his education for sixteen years in India. In 1975, His Holiness the Dalai Lama requested Zasep Rinpoche to study in Thailand where he joined the monks of a forest monastery. For eighteen months he studied and practiced with them. He then traveled to Australia and translated for Tibetan speaking Lamas for a number of years. Since 1976 he has taught western Dharma students in Australia, Canada, and the United States and has developed Dharma centers in each of these countries, including the Tashi Choling Society in Nelson, BC, Canada.

Dr. John Hagan

Dr. John Hagan is the leading author, researcher and historian on US war resisters coming to Canada during the the Vietnam War. Dr. Hagan is author of the award winning book, Northern Passage: American Vietnam War Resisters in Canada, published by Harvard University Press. Dr. Hagan is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University and continues his research at the University of Toronto. Dr. John Hagan came to Canada as a US draft resister during the Vietnam War.

Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason, award-winning filmmaker, regionally premiers her new feature-length documentary film, Breaking Ranks. Breaking Ranks features current US military deserters who have recently come to Canada. Michelle Mason's award winning documentary film, The Friendship Village will also be shown at the our Way Home Reunion. The Friendship Village has won six international awards, including "best documentary film" at film festivals in New York, Chicago and Boulder."

Michelle Mason is married to historian, Dr. Jeff Schutts, formerly a platoon-leader and conscientious objector from the US military. Dr. Schutts co-produced the Friendship Village and will also be a presenter at the Our Way Home Reunion.

Dr. Stephen Zunes

Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and chair of the Peace & Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. He is an associate editor of Peace Review and won recognition in 2002 by the Peace and Justice Studies Association as Peace Scholar of the Year. His periodic op-ed columns appear in major daily newspapers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. In addition, he is a frequent guest on Pacifica Radio, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, BBC radio, CBC radio and MSNBC. Professor Zunes is the author of scores of articles for scholarly and general readership on Middle Eastern politics, U.S. foreign policy, international terrorism, social movements, and human rights. He is the principal editor of Nonviolent Social Movements and the author of the highly-acclaimed "Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism."

Bill Blaikie

Bill Blaikie was born and grew up in Transcona, Manitoba. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Winnipeg in 1973 and a Master of Divinity degree from the Toronto School of Theology in 1977. From 1977 to 1979, he worked as Director of a Special Outreach Ministry of the United Church in the North End of Winnipeg. Mr. Blaikie was ordained to the Ministry of the United Church of Canada in 1978.

Bill Blaikie was first elected to the House of Commons in 1979 as a New Democrat and has been re-elected eight times, most recently on January 23, 2006. He is Dean of the House of Commons. Bill Blaikie's interest in issues pertaining to the Vietnam War has its origins in the way the anti-Vietnam war movement helped him and other young people of that era to discover the prophetic tradition within the larger biblical tradition that calls on citizens to challenge the self-righteous assumptions and hidden corporate interests of their own "side" in conflicts like the Vietnam War.

Eloise Charet

Eloise Charet and her sister ran an orphanage in Cambodia until the Fall of Saigon. Journalists called Charet's orphanage "an island of joy amidst a sea of despair." In a 1997 Readers Digest article entitled, "We refuse to Leave Without Our Children," described is how Eloise and her sister turned down three evacuation notices and became world famous because they would not leave without their babies. In the end they helped save 85 Khmer orphans and brought back survivors from an airplane crash in Saigon. The Charets were the first in Cambodia to evacuate an orphanage to Vietnam and then from there to Canada. Eloise Charet and her sister were a big influence on the massive baby lift that took place during the Fall of Saigon. Eloise Charet now makes her home in the West Kootenays of British Columbia.

Svend Robinson

Svend Robinson was a Member of Parliament representing the New Democratic Party (NDP) in his Burnaby, BC riding from 1979 to 2004. Svend was one of the youngest MP's, and served as party spokesperson on Justice and Foreign Affairs. He was born in America, and in the 1960's his father and mother both strongly opposed the Vietnam War and brought their family to Canada to begin a new life, settling in British Columbia. As a social change-agent in the Federal Parliament, Svend Robinson was an unflinching, visible leader speaking out and representing progressive views on many issues including gay rights, the environment, disarmament, and the rights of the Palestinian people. Svend was the first openly gay MP in Canada, and was adopted into the Haida nation. He was named an honourary director of both the BC and Ottawa Civil Liberties Associations and of Lawyers Against Apartheid. Svend currently works in the Advocacy Department of the BC Government and Service Employees Union.

Keith Mather

Keith Mather is a member of Veterans for Peace. For 13 years Keith Mather has been a member of Veterans Writers Workshop, led by internationally renowed US author Maxine Hong Kingston. Keith Mather has authored his story in a book to be published in April 2006, "Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace", edited by Maxine Hong Kingston.

Keith Mather was Drafted right out of high school in Sept 1967. He was in fact opposed to the Vietnam War when he was drafted. Keith trained as an Infantryman at Fort Lewis, Washington. While in the military he became increasingly opposed to the war. Keith Mather's first AWOL was in December of 1967, second AWOL was in February 1968. He took part in the "Nine for Peace" demonstration in San Francisco in July of that year. For his anti-war activities Keith was put into the stockade at the Presidio of San Francisco.

While awaiting his first court-martial a fellow prisoner was shot and killed by a guard while on a work detail. Keith and 26 other prisoners staged a non-violent sit down demonstration inside the stockade grounds, for which they were charged with mutiny. Prior to this second court martial, Keith Mather along with another prisoner escaped from the Presidio stockade, traveled to Canada arriving in Vancouver January 1st 1969. Keith Mather lived in Canada for twelve years, married a french Canadian woman, and settle first in Quebec, and eventually in British Columbia.

Upon returning to California in 1980, Keith Mather lived above ground for four years before being arrested and put back into the army where he spent five months at Fort Ord and Fort Riley in Kansas. Keith Mather was discharged on May 10th, 1985.

Keith Mather now lives and works in the San Francisco Area, and travels to Canada often, maintaining his many friendships. These days you can find Keith Mather speaking in schools as he continues to support resistance to war. Keith Mather featured in the newly released anti-war documentary film, "SIR! NO! SIR!". Keith Mather indicates his thanks to Canada for its welcome and warmth.

Alex Atamanenko

Newly elected MP, Alex Atamanenko, is the son of refugees from the Russian Revolution, who was born and raised in New Westminster, BC. He earned a Bachelor.s degree in Recreation Administration from UBC and a Master.s degree in Russian Literature from the University of Toronto. He served as an interpreter during the Prime Minister.s visit to the Soviet Union in 1989 and for the Canadian Navy trip to Vladivostok in 1990.

As a devoted advocate for peace, he has been very active in the Kootenay Regional United Nations Association.

He lives in the West Kootenays whenever his duties as Member of Parliament and NDP Agriculture Critic do not require him to be in Ottawa.

Brewster Kneen

While a student at Union Theological Seminary in New York City from 1959 to 1951, Brewster Kneen was in involved in local peace activities as well as the founding of Students for a Democratic Society. After graduation Brewster worked for the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) as student secretary, which involved counseling conscientious objection on college campuses all over the USA, as well as being involved in organizing some of the mass peace and civil rights demonstrations in Washington.

One significant event was a weekend conference in 1964 organized by Brewster and Dimitri Rousopoulos, the Montreal editor of "Our Generation Against Nuclear War" at the Nyack, NY, headquarters of the FOR. The purpose of the conference was to internationalize the peace movement, bringing Canadian and US peace activists together, and to introduce the New Left leaders to the most respected old left leaders. Among the New Left leaders present was Tom Hayden. Among the Canadians was the young woman that soon became Brewster's wife. Since the US government was beginning, about then, to close in on tax refusers such as Brewster, Brewster and Cathleen settled in Toronto. Then the early draft dodgers began to turn up on their doorstep and the Kneens found themselves helping a diversity of draft refusers find accommodation until a reasonably formal network was established to take on the growing task of welcoming and assisting the men looking for a new life in Canada.

Since then, Brewster has pursued a vocation of critical social analysis and exploration of hope as a student of theology, public affairs broadcaster, sheep farmer, co-op organizer and author of five books, including From Land to Mouth - Understanding the Food System. Invisible Giant, Cargill and its Transnational Strategies, and most recently, Farmageddon, Food and the Culture of Biotechnology. Brewster is now the founding director of The Forum on Privatization and the Public Domain (www.forumonpublicdomain.ca). Brewster and Catheen Kneen live on an organic farm in Sorrento, B.C., and continue to publish The Ram's Horn, a monthly newsletter of food systems analysis, now in its 26th year.

Seth Klein

Seth Klein is the Director of the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a public policy research institute committed to social and economic justice.

Seth grew up in Montreal, holds a BA in international relations and a B.Ed from the University of Toronto, and an MA in political science from Simon Fraser University. He has lived in BC since 1993, and currently lives with his wife and daughter in East Vancouver.

Seth's social activism started as a high school student in the peace movement, and in the anti-racism movement while attending university. In 1986-87, at the age of 18, Seth was one of four young people who organized and undertook the SAGE Youth Nuclear Disarmament Tour. This year-long tour saw Seth and his colleagues speak to one in every 20 high school students across Canada. The SAGE Tour left in its wake dozens of youth peace groups in schools and communities across the country.

Before returning to graduate school, Seth taught high school (economics and history) in Toronto, and grade 6/7 at a First Nations school on BC's north coast. Seth is currently a founding board member of the Vancouver-based Centre for Native Policy and Research.

In late 1996, Seth was hired to open the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' BC Office. Under Seth's direction, the CCPA-BC Office has grown to nine employees, boasts approximately 3,000 members across BC, and has published regular research reports (on topics such as taxes, the minimum wage, poverty and inequality, the importance of public services, the future of BC's resource sectors, health care, public education, the WTO, the BC economy, and much more). The CCPA-BC has become an important and visible source of policy analysis, and has bought some much-needed balance to public policy debates in BC.

Seth is a frequent media commentator on public policy issues, he regularly gives talks across the province, and he has appeared on many occasions before parliamentary committees. His own research work deals primarily with welfare policy.

Abner Williamson

Abner James Williamson was born in Gainesville, Florida. Abner Williamson came up to Vancouver British Columbia in 2005, having served in the US Navy for 15 months as an electronics technician seaman. He was three days away from promotion when he decided that, as he states, "I couldn't take 800 marines to Iraq to kill women and children, so I jumped ship in San Francisco.


Peace Concert Performers

The concert producer will be Gary Cristall. Cristall was co-founder and for many years director of the Vancouver Folk Festival. We are still one year out from this amazing event, but already the performers who are confirmed include:

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie has appeared all over Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia, receiving honours, medals and awards which continue to this day. Her song "Universal Soldier" became the anthem of the peace movement during the Vietnam War and continues to be an anthem of the peace movement to this day. Her song "Until It's Time for You to Go" was recorded by Elvis and Barbra and Cher. For her very first album she was voted Billboard's Best New Artist. She disappeared suddenly from the mainstream American airwaves during the Lyndon Johnson years. As part of a "blacklist" during the Vietnam War which affected Eartha Kitt, Taj Mahal and a host of other outspoken performers, her name was included on White House stationery as among those whose music "deserved to be suppressed". In Indian country and abroad, however, her fame only grew. She continued to appear at countless grassroots concerts, AIM events and other activist benefits. She made 17 albums of her music, three of her own television specials, spent five years on Sesame Street, scored movies, helped to found Canada's 'Music of Aboriginal Canada' JUNO category, raised a son, earned a Ph.D. in Fine Arts, taught Digital Music as adjunct professor at several colleges, and won an Academy Award Oscar for the song "Up Where We Belong".

Holly Near

Holly Near - is a unique combination of entertainer, teacher and activist. She was a major figure speaking out in opposition to the Vietnam War and supporting the GI Movement opposing the Vietnam War. An immense vocal talent, Near's career as a singer has been profoundly defined by an unwillingness to separate her passion for music from her passion for human dignity. She is a skilled performer and an outspoken ambassador for peace who brings to the stage an integration of world consciousness, spiritual discovery, and theatricality. Near's strength and versatility as a performer has led to creative collaborations with such artists as Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Inti-Illimani, Bonnie Raitt, Cris Williamson, and Linda Tillery. Near's portrait hangs at The Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio along with those of other social change artists including Paul Robeson, Marion Anderson, Pete Seeger, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, and Woody Guthrie.

Khac Chi

The Khac Chi - Sounds of Vietnam features two of Vietnam's premiere musicians, performing exquisite music on rare and unique instruments native to Vietnam. These virtuoso artists offer an intriguing glimpse into the rich musical tradition of Vietnam and its 4000-year history.

Famous for their musical skills innovation throughout Vietnam, the Khac Chi takes you on an adventure in sound. Extremely versatile, their concerts may include a combination of styles or feature any one style of Vietnamese traditional music, Vietnamese folk music or contemporary music to world music. They are as equally comfortable performing solo chamber concerts, as they are on folk festival stages, or as guest soloists for symphony orchestras.

Their rare talents and superb musicianship have won them numerous awards for excellence, as well as many invitations for international appearances.

Bill King

Bill King cannot attend due to illness. We will be thinking and missing you Bill.






Country Joe McDonald

"Country" Joe McDonald was the leader and lead singer of the 1960s rock & roll group Country Joe and the Fish. He started his career busking on Berkeley, California's famous Telegraph Avenue in the early 60's.

Country Joe has recorded 33 albums and has written hundreds of songs over a career spanning 40 years. He and Barry Melton co-founded Country Joe and The Fish which became a pioneer psychedelic band with their eclectic performances at The Avalon, Fillmore, Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock. Their best-known song is his "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag", a black comedy novelty song about the Vietnam War, whose familiar chorus ("One, two, three, what are we fighting for?") is well known to the Woodstock generation and Vietnam Vets of the 1960s and 1970s.

In 2004 Country Joe reformed some original members of Country Joe and The Fish as the Country Joe Band - Bruce Barthol, David Bennett Cohen, and Gary "Chicken" Hirsh. The band toured Los Angeles, Berkeley, Bolinas, Sebastopol, Grants Pass, Eugene, Portland and Seattle. They then made a 10 stop tour of the United Kingdom and played at the Isle of Wight and London. Following that came the New York tour which included a Woodstock reunion performance followed by an appearance at the New York State Museum in Albany. Returning to the West Coast the band played in Marin and Mendocino Counties, the World Peace Music Awards in San Francisco and at the Oakland Museum as part of an exhibit on the Vietnam War.

In the spring of 2005, McDonald joined a larger protest against California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts at the California state capital.

In the fall of 2005, political commentator Bill O'Reilly compared McDonald, a Navy veteran, to Cuban Communist dictator Fidel Castro, remarking on McDonald's involvement in Cindy Sheehan's protests against the Iraq War.

Nancy Argenta

Nancy Argenta took her professional name from the community of Argenta, at the North End of Kootenay Lake where she grew up. A community with Quaker roots and an important stopping place for many war resisters during the Vietnam War.

Nancy Argenta's singing is always distinguished by a clarity and directness, qualities which have contributed to her being acknowledged as one of the greatest interpreters of Baroque music, and why she is in demand as a recitalist and soloist with the world's leading orchestras, in repertoire ranging from the 17th to 20th century. She sings regularly at the great concert halls in Europe and North America. Her discography of over fifty recordings include Mozart operas, major oratorious of Handel, Bach, Haydn and Mozart, Purcell songs, Bach solo cantatas, Schubert songs and Scarlatti cantatas. In addition to performing, she frequently gives masterclasses in Europe and Canada.

Pied Pumkin

Pied Pumkin Absolutely original, slightly organic and eternally orange, Vancouver's legendary folk trio have been creating original, infectious music for over 25 years. In the mid 70's Pied Pumkin's mixture of timeless music, fearless arrangements and irreverent humour defied categorization and made the group a West Coast favourite. Since the 1970's, Pied Pumkin's many visits to perform for the communities in the West Kootenays, have made them a comfortable fixture in the lives of Kootenayites, mixing well with the organic liveliness that is the Kootenays. Their combination of dulcimer, violin, guitar and flawless harmonies created a sound completely original and enduring. They self-produced two albums which sold over 30,000 copies for their own Squash Records--one of Canada's first independent labels.

After Shari's departure to The Hometown Band in 1976, Rick and Joe continued performing and recording for eight more years as Pied Pear, then each Pumkin went on to their own successful solo career.

The 1998 Pied Pumkin retrospective CD, Plucking DeVine, made CBC's Jurgen Gothe's Top Ten Album list and was nominated as Best Folk/Roots Album in the Pacific Music Industry Awards. In March 2000 the Pumkin released Pied Alive, a live CD of 13 songs recorded in 9 different communities during on their hugely successful 33 concert tour of Western Canada in 1999.

PIED PUMKIN is happy to announce that due to the overwhelming welcome they have received in the Kootenays of British Colubmia, and across Canada they are no longer "reunioning" but have officially "returned" and will continue to play and record together on an on going basis.

Logistically this may prove a bit challenging as all three are enjoying extensive solo success and guitarist Joe Mock has been performing in Europe. Shari Ulrich has released a new solo CD entitled THE VIEW FROM HERE. Joe Mock released the "Jozu" CD from his adventures in Tokyo. And Rick Scott's new children's album MAKING FACES won Best Children's Release in the 2001 West Coast Music Awards.

D.O.A.

D.O.A. is a hardcore punk band from Vancouver, BC. Their career began in 1978, and they invented the term "hardcore punk" to describe their sound. As such they are often referred to as the "legend" or the "founders" of Hardcore by their following. Singer/guitarist Joey Keithley is the only founding member still in the band.

D.O.A. has always maintained an uncompromising populist political stance. The band is known for its outspoken political opinions and has a history of playing for many causes and benefits. Its slogan is "TALK-ACTION=0". Anti-racism, peace, anti-globalization, freedom of speech, and the environment are a few of the issues the band is known to rally around.

Yoko

Yoko's recent opening for Jan Arden marked her place as one of Nelson's most celebrated singer/songwriters. Her sultry and soulful voice illuminates her new and signature pieces. We are delighted to bring Yoko to our audience, showcasing local talent.




Alan Rinehart

Alan Rinehart has made many contributions to the guitar world as a performer, teacher, and music editor. He is a co-founder of The Vancouver Guitar Quartet which became a regular part of the Vancouver and Western Canadian music scene in the late 1980's with many concert and radio appearances including a broadcast concert on CBC's ARTS NATIONAL, and enthusiastically acclaimed performances as featured artists in the host pavilion at EXPO 86. After an hiatus of a number of years the Quartet reformed in 1996 and has recently released its debut recording "Estampas". Alan Rinehart was a faculty member of the music schools at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Community College from 1983 to 2003. He currently lives in the West Kootenays.

Bessie Wapp

Bessie Wapp is a theatre maker, musician & educator raised in the Kootenays and based in Vancouver. Since 1993 Bessie's been an Associate Artist/Artistic Director with stilt dance theatre company Mortal Coil, creating and performing original works for all ages across North America and in Europe, and directing the annual Ghost Train Halloween performances in Stanley Park. Since 1995 Bessie has been a singer/percussionist with Eastern European music ensemble Zeellia.

Bessie is in Nelson this summer premiering "Hello, I Must Be Going" at the Nelson Fine Arts Centre. Bessie created the new one-woman-show with her mother, writer/visual artist Judy Wapp, and writer/director Nicola Harwood. Through the women's voices of her Jewish ancestry, Bessie portrays 4 generations driven to flee wherever they were because of war. Bessie will perform an excerpt of "Hello, I Must Be Going" in the political theatre workshops held Saturday. & Sunday mornings at the Our Way Home Peace Event and Reunion.