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Devour returns

Devour is perhaps the most scrumdiddlyumptious event that Kelowna will host in 2015 and people are so excited for it that it is already sold out. Aimed at Kelowna foodies, it's mantra is to "Eat, Drink, and be Social". I had a chance to attend the event in year one and it selection of great wine and tapas is mind blowing. You have 49 local leaders in the culinary field competing for your taste buds as they aim to win the Best Bite, Best Sip, and Best Pairing awards that will be chosen by those in attendance. They rise to the challenge with ease. 
The initial event in March last year sold out and although the tickets aren't cheap ($110) if you are thinking of going to one food event this spring I would highly recommend this one.  “The 2015 lineup will live up to all the expectations”, says Event Director, Holly Dober. “All of the 2014 favorites are returning together with many exciting new Presenters. The event has really caught the attention of the best of the best in the Okanagan culinary scene and they are all bringing their best to DEVOUR this year.” As an open tasting event, attendees will pay a single admission fee to indulge in this unique culinary experience. “It is a cocktail party, a fine dinner at the best local restaurant and a night on the town with friends, all rolled into one" says Dober.
The event is Saturday March 7th and will be held at the The Centre for Learning at Okanagan College. For more information and tickets please go to:
Here is a video I shot for them at their inaugural 2014 event:
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Dine out to end Homelessness

Over the Winter months the local charity, Inn from the Cold, hosts a number of "Dining out to end Homelessness" events in Kelowna. They partner with local restaurants and once a month that local restaurant donates the proceeds of their sales to Inn from the Cold. Really this event doesn't need much more of a description other than the next one is being held at the Minstrel Cafe on Feb 24th so I thought you might be interested in learning more about what Inn from the Cold is. 
Their core programs include:
A shelter, which operates from November-April, and has a capacity for 35 individuals, both men and women, couples and their animal companions. Their guests have access to a safe sleep, personal storage, meals, showers, laundry and case planning through the Outreach Program.
The Kelowna Kodiak Street Soccer Team is a social capacity-building program that focuses on social inclusion and empowerment. Through playing soccer, participants develop key life skills such as: communication, accountability, team work and confidence.
The Chandler House which provides permanent, low-cost housing to men experiencing chronic homelessness in our community. This 8 bedroom, shared accommodation home is staffed 24 hours a day and is pet friendly. The program is wellness-focused and provides opportunities for life skill development, community integration and increased independence. 
InnSpire, a social enterprise, led by the students of Enactus Okanagan College who are selling soaps to help raise money for Inn from the Cold. The students package, promote, and sell soap offering 100% of the proceeds to Inn from the Cold. In December alone they have raised over $2500 for the non-profit. They are currently looking for stores to partner with them to sell the soap so please contact IFTC if you are interested in supporting this endeavor. 
Just to keep the doors open they need to fill over 1000 volunteer shifts so if you want to help them out in any way go to for more information. 

"Good luck Gord" concert

We all give in our own way on a daily basis. We work hard for our family, support our friends, and lend a hand when the opportunity arises. A local musician, Gord Brush, suffered a stroke on Christmas Day and has been recovering in the hospital ever since. He's currently in rehab and is expected to eventually make a full recovery but it will take many months. Local musician Andrew Smith has generously taken it upon himself to organize a “Good Luck Gord” to support Gord Brush and Jane Eamon through this difficult time. For those who don’t know Jane and Gord, they are local songwriters who, for over a decade, have acted as community parents to the songwriting. They’ve hosted songwriters events, community workshop sessions, and truly led the charge in promoting and building a songwriting community in Kelowna. Jane and Gord were also the lead musicians for the Kelowna Centennial song a few years ago and Jane has won numerous songwriting awards. As you will hear in the interview below as soon as the concept was launched it had so much support offered that it is now unable to feature all of the musicians that want to lend a hand to support one of their own. 
Here is Andrew Smith talking about the “Good luck Gord” concert and his connection with Jane Eamon and Gord Brush. 
Tickets for the show, held at the Bohemian Cafe, on Friday Feb 13th can be purchased here for $20:
The full line up can be found here:
This weekend Generosity Day, Feb 14th,  also returns to Kelowna.  A number of local organizations and non-profits are challenging us all to be generous on Feb 14th. 

Whether it is donating to a local charity, buying a cup of coffee for the person behind you in line, volunteering at an event, or simply holding the door for someone, every generous gesture adds up and makes the Okanagan an even better place to be.  
Here are a few ideas from last year that were posted to a Facebook page that has been set up to support the day.




If you do decide to do something use the hashtag #okletsgive to join the conversation or maybe post an “unselfie” photo or video sharing your generous act.

Global Citizen Kelowna

For those that haven't heard about it before, Global Citizen Kelowna, is an initiative celebrating the role of Kelowna's citizens in international humanitarian efforts. Through a series of activities organized by a group of volunteers including individuals from local businesses, non-profit groups, civic organizations, and college/university students.
This video offers some highlights from past years events:
This year they have four main events this year (the last of which is only open to Grade 6 students) and all of them are by donation. 
Taste of Home
Place: New Life Auditorium – 2041 Harvey Ave.
Date: 7 February, 2015
Doors at 6:30 P.M.
Food Tickets: $1.00 each
Taste of Home consists of a cornucopia of food and entertainment featuring delicious food samples from over twenty countries. In addition, ongoing dancing, folk music and talented musicians will provide a festival-like air of international sights and sounds. Taste of Home is a great opportunity to gather with family and friends to immerse oneself in a tasty and entertaining cultural experience!
Global Music Fest 
Place: Evangel Church 3261 Gordon Dr., Kelowna
Date: 10 February
Time: Doors at 6:30 P.M
Admission by donation
Featuring:  Broken Walls
Artist Eye on the World: Inspired Word Cafe
Date: Thursday March 5th 
What: Panel Discussion and show
Place:Kelowna Heritage Museum
Panel Discussion about "women as leaders, innovators, what role men play in the quest for equality". It will be moderated by Jenica Frisque of UBCO and followed by an Inspired Word Cafe poetry and music performance. 
Also there is an Artists’ Eye on the World Art Display that uses photography, visual and spoken art to explore the current role of women in global society (Third Space Foundation, the Kelowna Heritage Museum, the Artisan House and Float Space)
Global School House
Place: Main Street Centre, 2041 Harvey Ave.Date: 11–19 February, 2015
Open to Grade 6 students in Kelowna public, private and home schools. During the Global Schoolhouse, local nongovernmental organizations engage the students through interactive presentations that stimulate senses and move emotional meters while asking thought-provoking questions.
Discover more at
Following up on last weeks column I also wanted to let you know that Heritage Week is just around the corner. This is a post from a new collaborative Facebook page all about Heritage Week in the Okanagan and all the events they have planned. 

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About the Author


Ryan Donn
(singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, Councillor at the City of Kelowna). 

I love creating and connecting. For years I spent most of my time in Kelowna creating songs. Those songs have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, etc. 

I use this column to connect some of our local creatives, events, unique local projects/non-profits, or perhaps the random column about our city. 

Originally from Scotland I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years.  My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities). In 2014 I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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