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Last minute Christmas gifts

Ok I'll confess it's December 18th and I haven't bought a single Christmas gift yet!!
So just in case you are in the same boat as me, here is a list sampling some great cultural events happening in Kelowna early 2015.
Last minute cultural Christmas gifts. 
Bumbershoot Theatre is offering a Family pass that offers 2 adults and 2 children tickets to their 4 Mainstage shows in 2015. The pass is $199.00 
Adult pass is $69.00 and the Childrens Pass: $44.00
Family Flex Pass: $250.00 and you get 16 tickets to use how you wish for season 7 shows.
Tragically Hip, Prospera Place, Feb 7th, 
Tickets range from $49-125
Bryan Adams, Prospera Place, Jan 15th, 
Tickets $20-95 + fees
Elliot Brood, Flashbacks Nite Club, Feb 12th, 2015
Tickets are only $20
Burton Cummings, Kelowna Community Theatre, March 11th, 2015
Tickets: $95-115
Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe, Kelowna Community Theatre, Feb3rd
Tickets $33-54
Chad Brownlee, Jess Moskaluke, and Bobby Wills, Kelowna Community Theatre, March 31st, 2015
Tickets: $34-38
Ballet Kelowna has two main shows it is currently featuring on their website for the 2015 season:
The Ashley Bouder Project, March 3rd, 2015
Forward: A Mixed Repertory Programme, April 24th, 2015
If you buy a Mini-Pack from them you save 15% off their single ticket prices:
Kelowna Actors Studio are once again set up with their Christmas Special in Orchard Park Mall and if the trend continues they will be selling out even more shows in 2015


Another local arts organisation that seems to be consistantly selling out is Opera Kelowna. They have a lot of events planned for 2015 launching with their Valentines Day Fundraiser Belle Nuit D'Amour. 

Full details can be found on their site:

Band returns from Cannes

We are the City got their start in coffee shops in Glenmore. If you got their first album it would have cost you $2 then less than a year later they went on to win the Peak Performance Project along with the substantial $150,000 prize. They have the reputation of being “the nicest guys in the music business” and they also have one of the most unique career progressions. After winnning the PPP top prize they decided to head to Norway to shoot a feature film in Norwegian using their ethereal music as the sonic backdrop. 
Then in May they went to Cannes Film Festival to present Violent as an official selection in the film festival’s Perspective Canada program. 
Ponder what you just read. A small group of three local lads start a band, win the biggest prize in the BC music industry, and go on to use that funds to create a feature film (shot in Norwegian & Norway), go onto take that film to Cannes. Wild! 
So tonight, Thursday, they return home to Kelowna for a show at the Habitat with local music producer and songwriter, Andrew Judah (whose music has been featured on international ad campaigns). 
Tickets for the show are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, Doors are at 9pm and it’s a 19+ show

RD: How was Cannes and the journey that Violent has led you on?
Andrew Hootsalak (We are the City): 
 We made a film with our friends/family Amazing Factory to go along with our latest album. They are both called Violent and they share similar traits, although they are both very much their own thing. The film is a feature length, narrative film that's both shot in Norway and mostly in Norwegian and the film's gone on quite the wild ride. I don't really like bringing this stuff up because it feels like bragging, but I do understand that readers need context, so you can (if you want) mention any of these things about the film: Most recently was selected as one of Canada's Top 10 Films by TIFF, had its world premiere at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, played at San Sebastían International Film Festival, Los Cabos Film Festival, and won Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film at Vancouver International Film Festival as well as the Signis Award at the Amiens International Film Festival in France, and was shortlisted for Critic's Week at Cannes.
RD: What's next for "We are the City"?
Andrew Hootsalack:  I'd like to think that 2015 will be a big year for the band! Right now we're in the final stages of signing to a label in the States as well as another label in Europe to re-release Violent. Then we'll begin work on our next album. We've been talking about a lot of exciting concepts for the next project and we're going to try and outdo ourselves.
We haven't played in Kelowna for a year and a half and this show will most likely be the last time we play in Kelowna before we have new material.
Friends Hurt - We are the City 

Here are some more live music options happening this weekend in Kelowna:


Friday, Dec. 12th, 2014 venue
Andrew Judah Milkcrate Records
Blue City Trio Minstrel Cafe
Chuck Norris Band O’Flannigans Pub
Non Prophet Society The Blue Gator
One Night Only Fleetwood Public House
Sherman Doucette Blues Duet Kelowna Lake City Casino 
Spencer Burton with Joshua Smith  Streaming Café
The Rockies Doc Willoughby’s Pub
Tiger Moon Marmalade Cat Cafe
Timeless Packinghouse Pub
Saturday, Dec. 13th, 2014 venue
Blue City Trio Minstrel Cafe
Chuck Norris Band O’Flannigans Pub
Easy Fix The Blue Gator
One Night Only Fleetwood Public House
Sam Weber Streaming Café
Sherman Doucette Blues Duet Kelowna Lake City Casino 



Light up! and Concerts

Obviously I owe a huge thank you for my new role in the community but first lets ensure you are aware of events happening this week. 
Downtown Kelowna Light up! 2014 
FREE, Saturday, Dec 6th, 10-5:30pm
Santa, Live Entertainment, Ice Skating, and stocking loads of awesome.
For a full event listing check out their website:
Uptown Rutland Christmas Light Up at Roxby Park
FREE, Sunday, Dec 7th, 4 - 6:00pm. Lots of fun for the family. Entertainment, hot chocolate, cookies, visit with Santa, play hockey with the Kelowna Chiefs. Then join them for dinner at the Rutland Community Hall.
For a full event listing please go to: 
25th Annual Innkeepers Celebration
Thursday, Dec 4th, 7pm, $200 
All proceeds from the event will support equipment and patient care in KGH's new Interior Heart & Surgical Centre opening next Fall.
Ezra Kwizera is back performing some shows in Kelowna next week.
You may have caught him at the West Kelowna World Music Festival or Parks Alive!
Dec 9th @ Heart School 
Dec 10th @ Minstrel Cafe
Norm Strauss is hosting a CD release party on Friday at the heART school $15, 7pm.
“The Color of Everything”
This show will feature a ton of great local musicians.
2014 Music for Mouths, Dec 6th 
Tiger Moon, My Kind of Karma, Floyd Meets Brown, and Paperboy and the Messengers 
100% of all the tickets and door fees are going directly to the food bank. 
The show is 19+, 8pm, $20
Christmas Music
I’ll do a full column on great local Christmas music but for now here is a Christmas music sampler compiled by Tribehouse features 12 local artists performing Christmas songs: 

United Way: My Story

Earlier this month the United Way kicked off their fund-raising campaign with breakfast events in both Penticton and Kelowna. Their goal this year is to raise $1.5 million for various great causes in our community. 
We have all heard of United Way but do we know what they do and how they do it? Their mission statement is:
"To improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action"
I sat down with Shelley Gilmore recently to get a more in-depth idea of what that means and how they make that happen: 



In other local event news did you know that October 1st is National Seniors Day? At the Okanagan Volunteer fair last weekend I discovered a local organisation, CARP Okanagan, and they are hosting an afternoon fashion show with a twist at the Sparkling Hills Resort. For full information on the event check out their site but here is my video interview with their Chapter Chair, Mary Ann Murphy telling us all about the event next Wednesday. 

Tickets can be bought here.
When I talked to them they also wanted me to make mention that they have been blown away by the generosity of Vibrant Vines who have been very supportive of the event. 
Special Note:  
Do you want to write about events, creatives or the great people and organizations of Kelowna? Over the next few weeks we want to mix things up so Rob Balsdon wanted to invite you to send him your potential columns for consideration to run on Castanet.
I'll be taking a few weeks off so simply send him your pitch at [email protected]
Look forward to sharing more stories with you later this fall. This week actually marks my 3rd year anniversary with Castanet. Appreciate the opportunity this column has given me to help create and promote arts and culture, creatives, and some good folks/organizations in the Okanagan.

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About the Author

Ryan Donn
(singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, connector)

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, or timely entertainment information. 

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). 


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