Bill Metcalfe


Nelson, B.C.

Bill Metcalfe

Freelance writer and radio producer



Local mentors felt “lucky and honoured” to work with young Nelson performing artists

Actor Lucas Myers, singer Bessie Wapp and dancer Slava Doval talk about their unique mentoring project
Nelson Star 2015 Link to Story

Vancouver swaps parking requirement for car shares

At the proposed new mixed-use Oakridge Centre there will be up to 75 car share vehicles, purchased by the developer for the Modo car share cooperative, for use by the public. In exchange for this, for every car-share vehicle, the City of Vancouver will allow the developer to build up to five fewer underground parking spaces.
Vancouver Sun 2014 Link to Story

Slava Doval DanceFusion

Slava Doval takes her young dance students out of the studio into the middle of summer festival audiences.
ARTiculate 2014 Link to Story

The VW Van Tailgate Party at the Civic Theatre

A radio documentary about VW van culture at a 40-van cookout in Nelson.
CBC Radio 2014 Link to Story

Jumbo Ski Resort Running Out of Time

Deadline for Kootenay megaproject looms, and company still has work to do, critics say. After 24 years of planning, construction on a ski resort west of Invermere has yet to begin. With Jumbo project delayed, council needs $1 million over five years to prop up its resident-less town. Opposition continues to dog the resort town with no residents, while the coming BC election raises stakes.
The Tyee 2014 Link to Story

Simon Fraser supercomputer will plot the complex networks of crime

New criminology supercomputer lab at SFU will analyze crime data in ways never seen before in Canada.
Vancouver Sun 2014 Link to Story

Requiem for a Glacier

Radio doc about a multi-media exhibit about an orchestra and choir performing on a glacier.
CBC Radio 2014 Link to Story

Northern Gateway hearings were a path to self-discovery for many of its opponents

For much of his life, Murray Minchin, a 54-year-old postal worker in Kitimat, was so shy, and had such a stammer, that he was often afraid to answer the phone in his own house. Then came the hearings for Northern Gateway, a pipeline by Enbridge which would carry bitumen from Alberta's oil fields to his hometown.
The Vancouver Observer 2014 Link to Story

High School Jazz Cats Get a Radical Awakening

At annual Vancouver fest, top student musicians vie to play in a cutting-edge tradition. This year's crew of high school jazz stars plays the Vancouver International Jazz Fest this Sunday, June 29. Shambhala spreads its creative roots to neighbours Nelson and Salmo. Fed-up teachers say music education has hit a new low in rural BC.
The Tyee 2014 Link to Story

Nikkei Internment Memorial 20th Anniversary

Two descendants of WW2 Japanese interns walk through the memorial and reflect on its meaning, which is resilience.
CBC radio 2014 Link to Story

Credit union plugs green credentials with free electric bays

Charging stations, along with showers and bike lockers, are among the perks Vancity is offering its employees
Vancouver Sun 2014 Link to Story

"A Pure Sense of Alchemy..."

A look inside the world of making jewellery-- voices of students commenting on each other's work, talking about metal and why they love it, and some comments from their instructor, at Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College in Nelson, B.C.
CBC Radio 2014 Link to Story


Bill Metcalfe

In February, 2015, I started working full time as a reporter for the Nelson Star, so am not freelancing very much. But still, if you have something that needs attention, and you think I can provide that, let's talk.

I have worked in various aspects of the media in the West Kootenay for 15 years, both as a radio and print journalist.