Arts & Culture

Many of fame have graced these parts. Buster Keaton hopped off the train and visited Rivers way back when and really liked the place! Orchestras and bands played for many a dance in the day. The Rivers Pipe Band travelled extensively, proudly representing their heritage and community. Barry and Kent Forman put Rivers on the map for their violin and fiddling talents. Musical artists like Hugh Russell, who is internationally renowned in the opera world, was born and raised here. And so it continues.

Many residents continue to make history and shine from our fair community. Former Rivers Pipe Band members continue to keep the Scottish heritage alive with performances at various functions. The local Ukrainian Society have kept their heritage alive at the Ukrainian Hall through various functions. Local musicians and artists entertain for a variety of audiences at a variety of events! The recently formed Mayor’s Homecoming Jam showcased a host of local musicians in a festival atmosphere. Rivers shares the Rolling River Festival of the Arts with Minnedosa hosting a venue for artists of all ages and disciplines to perform. The elementary school boasts a thorough and creative music program. Many a high school student flourishes musically through the Rivers Collegiate band program. Church choirs practice and sing faithfully through their services and other events.

Fine arts flourishes in Rivers, as well, with a host of artists creating pieces either as pastime pleasure and some producing work as a career. Folk artists, quilters and crafters display and sell their wares at the annual home and craft sale. Ceramic artist Eleanor Beever refurbished the former hydro building into a clay studio for classes, a gift shop and workspace for creating. Kim Klassen of Kim Klassen deSigns has published two books for her primitive folk art that has captured the attention of international companies who are replicating her works onto wallpaper, journals, calendars, and so much more! Kim has a host of international clients seeking her works of art.

Yes, the history, arts, and culture are alive and well and gleam of promise for the future!