Smithers District Chamber of Commerce


March 16, 2018

The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce, supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia through Creative BC’s Industry Initiatives Program, has started the process of creating the first Music Strategy in BC.  The initiative was conceptualized by the release of a Music City Toolkit, developed by Music Canada and distributed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

The goals of the Smithers district music strategy are as follows:

  1. Gather information to assemble a Smithers music sector inventory that will inform a website (the website will be developed through funds secured by the Chamber through Northern Development Initiative Trust’s Marketing Community Development Fund. Northern Development provides grant funding to support development of marketing assets that will attract new investment and increase revenues to the area.
  2. Gather preliminary economic information that will create a baseline for all things music;
  3. Conduct a Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threats analysis of the music sector in Smithers;
  4. Draft focused recommendations on how to strengthen and grow the music sector in the Smithers area.

The Smithers cultural community is a hub in Northern BC, with an unparalleled variety of cultural activities reflecting its diverse population. Integrated into the cultural community, Smithers has a dynamic musical scene and a receptive and engaged audience, this place is home to established artists, organizations and businesses showcasing music year round.

“The recent trend in creative cities has anchored the arts and culture as key industries in municipal economic development, when cities foster the arts and cultural sectors they become more economically competitive with other cities and regions” says Creative City Network of Canada, an organization that has invested in making the case for culture as an economic driver. “Cultural industries create job growth, turn ordinary cities into “destination cities,” create interconnections between arts and business, revitalize urban areas, attract skilled workers, and create spin-off businesses.” (Quotes from:, 2005).

The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce recognizes that music, along with other established sectors, contributes as a driver of employment and economic growth in the community. This project will collect and organize current economic data to determine the extent and structure of the Smithers music sector over the months of March and April. Already, in the collection of data to create the inventory, 35 teachers, 20 businesses, 29 venues, 20 organizations  and  70 individual and group related artists have been identified to form the baseline for the population that will be included in this study.

The project will look to the Smithers music community to provide up to date contact information and participation in a survey to collect economic details. The contact information collected will be featured on a new website, maintained by the Chamber, that will serve as a resource for the community and visitors.

If you have any questions or want to talk about the project please feel free to contact  Liliana Dragowska, Project Coordinator at

I think the future of Smithers’ business community is bright. There’s a new generation of people starting out and taking over old businesses in the community, supplying new ideas and breathing life into this town. The people here are friendly and support each other, but I think that the best thing about our town is the diversity of people here.

-Peter Krause, Owner, McBike & Sport and Chamber Member since 1983

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