When Canadian director and media artist Nettie Wild visited friends in Salmon Arm in 2010, they took her to see the Adams River salmon run. The interplay of colour and light that Nettie witnessed on the riverbank that day sparked the inspiration that started UNINTERRUPTED.

The cinematic spectacle arising from that encounter, designed by Nettie and fellow creators Betsy Carson, Rae Hull and Michael Brockington, was originally projected across Vancouver’s Cambie Bridge in 2017.

Now it’s in virtual reality and set to head back this fall to the place where it all began—to the Shuswap and ancestral lands of the Secwepemc Peoples.

The 24-minute virtual reality experience follows the salmon’s return to the Adams River with underwater cinematography filmed there. It’s all set to an original soundtrack into which is woven a recording of the voice of  Secwepemc Elder and noted ethnobotanist Dr. Mary Thomas sharing a story about salmon in her Indigenous language Secwepemectsin.

You won’t want to miss this unique experience—all free to the public! The VR presentations are part of the 7 Celebrations: Reconnecting in the Shuswap, taking place with generous support from the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association.

How to See UninterruptedVR

Multiple showings of UninterruptedVR in three locations can be enjoyed by everyone ages 8 to 88+. Each showing seats 20 people, on swivel chairs with VR headsets provided.

It’s great for families, including for children ages 8+  up accompanied by an adult (The VR presentation is not recommended for younger ages).

Click on the individual links below for more information, showtimes and to book your seats – and we’ll see you in the Shuswap!

Quaaout Lodge:  October 26, 27

Red Barn, Sicamous:  October 28,29

Song Sparrow Hall, Salmon Arm:  November 3,4,5*

*For those who miss the tour showings, the Salmon Arm Art Gallery will have four individual headsets available to experience UninterruptedVR from November 6th until December 10th as part of the exhibition Sewllkwe (Secwepemctsin for water).

Our thanks and appreciation to the following supporters. They have made the tour and free showings in the Shuswap possible.