KCR’s T-Shirt Design Contest

If you are an artist, graphic designer, or a doodler, we want YOU to design Kootenay Co-op Radio's Next Awesome t-­shirt!


Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 6, 2018. Artwork may be emailed or delivered to the station, but must be received by 5pm to be considered. The winner will be announced Friday, April 13, 2018. 


Please clearly note "Attention: 2018 Artist T­-Shirt Committee" in the subject line of your email, or on your submission if you deliver or mail it to the station.


Snail Mail: Kootenay Co-op Radio, 308a Hall Street, Nelson, BC, V1L 1Y8


All digital artwork must be one colour and submitted as vector art. Hand-drawn art submitted directly to the station works too! 


Winning artwork becomes the property of Kootenay Co-op Radio (KCR) to be used on t-shirts, hoodies, and other merchandise, in print, and as KCR sees fit to promote the merchandise and future design contests. 


Winner takes home a t-shirt with this design and basks in the knowledge that they are helping to support independent media in the Kootenays. 

Helpful Tips:


When planning your design, consider that the final design will tell the world about KCR.


Designs that are simple, thoughtful, clever and/or easily transferred to a t­-shirt stand a better chance of being selected over those with complicated designs, obscure references, etc. The design should clearly incorporate our name "Kootenay Co-op Radio" into the artwork, but other than that, you are free to follow your muse. 


If you have questions about the submission process, please feel free to call 250.352.9600 and ask for Stephanie, or email

Kootenay Music Awards

Kootenay Co-op Radio's 6th annual Kootenay Music Awards happened on March 16 at Bloom Nightclub! 

The night included live performances from FRASE, Velle, Dirt Floor, Giant Water Bug, and DJ MorningGlory, plus an exciting award ceremony presented by Pizza Mike and Mike D – with some truly amazing prizes for winners, which promise to advance the careers of the artists who won them. The KMAs are essential for the local music industry and local music lovers alike.

Winners were chosen by an Industry panel except for the People’s Choice categories: Artist of the Year, and Best Music Video. 

Photos and more on kootenaymusicawards.ca

And the winners are…

Best Electronic Song – DEKKER from Nelson

Best Blues Song - The Burn Ins from Elkford

Best Pop Song - Emma Kade (featuring Terrance Richmond) from Creston

Best Reggae Song - The Hillties from Nelson

Best Roots Song - Ella and Talel from Nelson

Best Rock Song - Rainboard from Salmo

Best Cover Band - Heavy Airship from Nelson

Best Music Video - Sexton Blake from Rossland

Best Music Venue - Spiritbar at The Hume Hotel

Lifetime Achievement – The Pride: Mike (Hoola) Paine & Sara Spicer 

Artist of the Year - Dawson Rutledge from Cranbrook

Winners will be receiving a variety of prizes which may include recording and mixing time at Twisted Cable Studios or Becoming Sound Studio, a professional photo shoot with Louis Bockner Photography, exposure of their winning music video at the Civic Theatre and Vogue Theatre, ad time on Kootenay Co-op Radio, instrument rental from Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre, or passes to the Calgary Folk Festival.

Bad Ass Bingo

*** UPDATE*** Kootenay Co-op Radio would like to give a big high five to Nelson from Nelson & Bridget and Ryan Martin of the Hume Hotel for the making us the recipient of the last round of Bad Ass Bingo at Mike's Place Pub. Kootenay Co-op Radio received $1925 and all we had to do was play bingo. Bad Ass Bingo will continue on Tuesday nights til March 13th, which will feature a one-off Bad Ass Bingo cask-conditioned ale. Cheers to a  great crew. 

What's better than bingo? Bad Ass Bingo!
A bad ass evening of bingo, brews & rockin' rad music happens every Tuesday night at Mike's Place Pub throughout the winter with proceeds benefiting local charities. 
Bring your pals, your dauber and your lucky troll because there are some kick-ass prizes to be won. 
Great prizes from local shops, complete with some classy Nelson thrift store finds too!
Be sure to bring cash and get there early... it's always a sellout event. 

Blues, Brews & BBQ

It's been a long chilly grey winter. Time to come dancing with Kootenay Co-op Radio at the 5th annual Blues, Brews, and BBQ.

Come be entertained by David Vest, 4-time maple blues award winner for keyboard player of the year on Saturday, February 24th at Finley's Bar and Grill. This KCR fundraiser event sells out fast so get your tickets while they last.  Tickets are only $25 and available at Finley's, KCR or Otter Books.

This event is supported by the Kootenay Blues Society.


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