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The City of Nelson, British Columbia (population 10,000) has been a mountain town refuge for free spirits looking to create a funky utopia for generations. As the civic election heats up, the bohemian bubble bursts when one man murders another on the main street over a panhandling spot. This prompts Bubbles the Clown to run for Mayor as she stumps for the marginalized citizens of Nelson. All the while, the former three-term conservative Mayor seeks to reclaim the mayor’s chair from the incumbent who is known for her progressive social platform. We follow a colourful group of candidates along the campaign trail as they seek to win the votes of the hyper-engaged citizens whose town is in crisis over how to move forward amidst the wave of global populism encroaching on their counter-culture haven.


Population: 10,572
Distance to Calgary, Alberta: 622km
Distance to Vancouver, British Columbia: 659km
Downtown Stoplights: 3
Practicing Artists: 1025
Massage Therapists: 121
Electric Bikes: 319
French Bakeries: 2
Illegal Backyard Chickens: 44
Town Clown: 1

"I often refer to Nelson as the bubble. It was kind of the last bastion of human kindness where things outside of commerce seemed to be at the paramount of why people lived here."

- Mike Hodsall, musician

"The one thing that all the different groups have in common is a kind of libertarian spirit. People really want to be left alone to live their own utopia."

- Anna Purcell, City Councillor

"People talk about how we, in Nelson, live in a bubble. We’re kind of safe from the rest of the world, but the rest of the world is here and all of those things are coming in on us now and we’re having to deal with them."

- Deb Kozak, Mayor of Nelson