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Appetite for Art Fundraiser

The idea of combining a celebration of the best in local food, art, and drinks has been a successful one for the Kelowna Art Gallery – and it’s back! On Saturday, May 2, 2015, Walker Real Estate presents the Appetite for Art Fundraiser at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Proceeds from this important evening support ongoing children’s and educational programming at the Gallery.
Upon arrival, guests will walk the red carpet with a glass of sparkling wine in hand, courtesy of beverage partner Blue Mountain Vineyards.
Works of art by thirty artists will be displayed throughout the Gallery’s largest exhibition space, including twenty unique works created specifically for Appetite for Art. Guests will be encouraged to mingle and to purchase a work that catches their eye, while they enjoy a sumptuous, roving feast prepared by Waterfront Wines, Poppadoms – Taste India!, Joy Road Catering, Krafty Kitchen, and Sandrine, paired with beverage tastings from Mission Hill Family Estate, Tree Brewing Co., and Okanagan Spirits.
Attendees can expect a captivating evening inspired by this year’s old-time carnival theme. Think stilt-walkers, side shows, and wandering magicians plying their sleight of hand while guests enjoy the lively atmosphere.


Tickets now available! For one night only - Appetite for Art takes over the entire Kelowna Art Gallery and combines a...

Posted by KelownaArtGallery on Thursday, March 12, 2015


For your live music options this weekend here is what's going at local venues:

Friday, Mar. 27th, 2015 venue
Colt 45 O’Flannigans Pub
Gordon James Cocktail Trio Turtle Bay Pub
Gunpowder Tour w/ Terravita & Bear Grillz Flashbacks
High Kicks, Gay Nineties and The Mohrs Habitat
Jimmy LeGuilloux Band The Blue Gator
John Noren Kelowna Lake City Casino
Joshua Smith Minstrel Cafe
Laura Reznek with Ursidae Streaming Café
Lefty Whiski-Jacks
Les Cowboys Fringants Laural Packinghouse - Maple Fest
Live Music Tribute Night OK Corral
My Kind of Karma Fleetwood Public House
Rolla Olak Doc Willoughby’s Pub
The Funk Hunters
Saturday, Mar. 28th, 2015
Bobby Bazini with Bellwoods Laural Packinghouse - Maple Fest
Colin James Kelowna Community Theatre
Colt 45 O’Flannigans Pub
Electric Freeway Neighbors Pub
Jimmy LeGuilloux Band The Blue Gator
John Noren Kelowna Lake City Casino
Lefty Whiski-Jacks
Mike Edel with Towers and Trees Streaming Café
Poppa Dawg Blues Band Minstrel Cafe
The Funk Hunters Sessions Tap House, Big White
The Trips Rotary Centre for the Arts - Maple Fest
Wild Son Fleetwood Public House
  Doc Willoughby’s Pub


Film Factory

Kelowna is steadily evolving into a hub of film and animation. As I noted last week part of that will be showcased at the Kelowna Fan Xpo happening this weekend (story below). 
This week I wanted to go a step further and introduce you to one of Kelowna's latest innovative hubs for creatives in Kelowna. The Film Factory has actually been around for a few years now but in the past few months much of their vision has started to become a reality. 
They currently have 10 small businesses hosted in their building including anything from graphic designers, photographers, videographers, scriptwriters, marketing etc. 

Co-owner Kelly Veltri describes it as "We wanted to create a place for us and for others in the community where people could collaborate and get inspired". To the best of his knowledge "The studio is actually the largest studio in Interior B.C. between Vancouver and Calgary. The 3 wall "cylclorama" is completely unique to the Okanagan and Interior BC. Its' not just a photo video studio but it's a place for events, meetings, workshops, screenings, etc

Beyond the studio, the screening room, along with the audio mixing environment, we have created a creative house that offers clients a one stop shop for all their digital media needs.” 

I caught up co-owners Kelly and Jeff to talk a bit about what the Film Factory is:
Here is a sampling of their video work around Kelowna:

Kelowna Cinematic Stock Footage from The Film Factory on Vimeo.

One of the side effects of this dramatic growth in the Film Factory for Kelly is that he will be stepping down from OSIF (Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmakers) after volunteering with it for many years. This led to his recent Facebook post on the OSIF group (below) so if you want to get involved with our growing film industry in Kelowna mark your calendars for March 30th. 
Copied from:
An OSIF Town Hall has been set for March 30th - 7:00pm at The Film Factory - 1126 Richter Street.
With the complete turnover of a whole new Board of Directors coming in April, OSIF would like to hold a meeting with all it's members and followers to discuss this transition, and future of OSIF going forward.
Please come to this meetup to share your ideas and suggestions, to network with other filmmakers and to learn how you can help OSIF build the local industry.
Topics of discussion will include:
- Year in Review
- The future of OSIF
- Nominations for election of new Board of Directors
- Current Financials
- Brainstorm session of ideas and suggestions for new incoming board

Kelowna Fan Xpo

Last year as part of the promotion for a superhero play Bonnie Gratz and Joe Welton decided to do a mini comic-con type event. They expected about 30 people and ended up with over 200. Needless to say this year the Kelowna Fan Xpo is now very much the focus. 
For those just catching up to speed the Fan Xpo is modelled after Comic-Con events that happen around the world. They are a celebration of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, movies and more. 
In hindsight it makes sense that this event took off. Between Disney Interactive, Yeti Farm Creative,  and Bardel Entertainment Kelowna is becoming a hub of animation and creative industries. 
This year KFX 2015 will take place on March 21, 2015, 11am-10pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre, The Black Box Theatre, Okanagan Regional Library, and the Delta Grand. Tickets can be bought here: The cost is $20 in advance for all venues while buying at the door will cost you $30. 
The best information about the event seems to be on their Facebook page  ( and although the final schedule hasn't been released yet here is a general idea of your venue/activity options on March 21st. 
Kelowna Community Theatre stage will feature celebrity guests, panels, Q/A's, live performances. The Grand Fan Zone (at the Delta Grand) will feature various CosPlays, video game features, and special guests 

As was the case last year, Kelowna’s John Delaney, artist for graphic novels of The Simpsons as well as past artist behind Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Scooby Doo, will be one of the many prominent artists featured at this year’s festival. He will be set up alongside some animation screenings, Cosplay photo shoots, fantasy facepainting and more at the BlackBox Theatre.
The Disney Interactive Artist Alley at Okanagan Regional Library,12-6pm will feature Kids Draw, Photo booth, comic jam, anime, and more. 
Here is my interview with the dynamic duo Bonnie Gatz and Joe Welton:
Here is Bonnie Gatz to tell you a bit more details about the Kelowna Fan Xpo
Amazing array of guests coming for Kelowna Fan Xpo as described by Joe Welton

Also happening this week HCS hosts their Annual Musical Theatre production.


Spring Break Kids Camps

Regardless of whether you have children who are artistically, musically or dramatically-inclined, nature lovers or sports enthusiasts, there are spring break camps happening throughout Kelowna geared for them!

Here is a sampling of what is available around town this Spring Break.

The City of Kelowna is offering a number of half and full day camps for kids. 
Acrylic, Watercolour & Drawing Art Camp – for ages 5-14 (younger kids half day)
Golf Camp – Ages 6-12 Tu-Fri Three one hour lessons with 6 students to 1 CPGA Instructor and a fun. Practice balls are included and equipment is provided if necessary.
Sportacular Camp -- Sportacular Camp is for boys and girls looking for a fun-filled week of sports and activities with our qualified instructors. Play Soccer, Hockey, Flag Football, plus other active games. Camp fee includes ice skating and sports at CNC and a swim at H2O pool. Bring a water bottle and healthy peanut/nut free snacks daily.
Day Camp through Parkinson Rec -- This popular day camp is for boys and girls the day camp includes a variety of activities including crafts, games, cooking and much more. Swimming each day from 3:30-4:45PM  (camp runs from 7:30-5:15 each day)Licensed Day Camp is through Watson Elementary & Bankhead Elementary. More info here.
March 16–27
by the Kelowna Art Gallery in partnership with Bumbershoot Theatre.
Ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 10
Cost: $65.00 ($50.00 for members)
(sign up for any four classes and get the fifth class free)
The Kelowna Art Gallery and Bumbershoot Theatre are collaborating to offer two exciting weeks of art and theatre for children over Spring Break. Participants will be inspired by short field trips to different places in the Cultural District each day, and then will create visual and performance art based on their experiences. At the gallery children will take part in fun and inspiring activities, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed media and printmaking, and at Bumbershoot they will explore theatre through a variety of games and play. Each day will be different, and on Friday of each week participants will put together a small exhibition of their art. Parents will be invited to arrive early on Friday to view the art created that week.
Rotary Centre for the Arts
SPRING BREAK ARTS BLAST camps for kids ages 5-11 and are two-day camps. M-Tu & Thurs-Fri. 2 day camps! Each camp has a different theme and allows your child to explore the power of imagination, while raising self-esteem & confidence as they take classes in Art, Music, Drama and Dance. Guided by talented and inspiring "top flight" instructors, Arts Blast gives your child the opportunity for individual learning and growth. Bring *peanut free* snacks/lunches.
Kelowna Actors Studio Spring Break Theatre Camps
Contact Email: [email protected] 7 to 15 - Modeled on Kelowna Actors Studio long running Summer Camps, our March Break Theatre Camps are a fun and focused learning environment. Five (or ten!) wonderful days are spent working with theatre professionals, making new friends, and building a show from the ground up all the while exploring their imaginations! The energetic rehearsal process culminates in a a short group performance, presented on the last Friday of each camp to an invited audience of family and friends guided by professional artist educators. Lunch will be provided by the Kelowna Actors StudioCamps Begin Monday, March 17, & Monday, March 24, 2014 9:00 AM
Rodney Hobson Karate Academy
The first week we will continue to offer our popular Karate Camps in the same format we usually do. The kids will know what to expect and it will always be a GREAT experience for everyone.The second week we will be taking a more focused approach and separating the age groups. For the students who are 10 and under we will be offering a wildly exciting NINJA Camp! For the 11 year and older students we will be offering a sport karate competition camp guaranteed to improve their skills.  Registration is required.
H20 Centre Kelowna
See the program guide here.
Spring Break 2015 is fast approaching. Make the most of your child’s time away from school by signing them up for our popular half day camps. Choose between Aquatic Camp or Y World of Sports & Games Camp in the morning and Aquatic Camp or Theme Camps in the afternoon. Limited space available. Members pay $80/week while public pays $90/week
YMCA Kelowna Activities (Call #250-491-9622 to reserve your spot)
Activities will include:EECO Centre Field TripsK–1 Group will be learning about Owls and Ecosystems in Mission Creek Park2–6 Group will be learning about Bears and The Power of HabitatHiking Out Trips1 Swimming out trip per weekSewing activitiesCraftsOutdoor/Gym GamesWeek 1 (Kindergarten–Grade 6)
March 16–20, 7:30 am–5:30 pm
Location: Quigley Elementary
Full week registration: $180
Week 2 (Kindergarten–Grade 6)
March 23–27, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Location: Quigley Elementary
Full week registration: $180
SFU Soccer Camp for Boys and Girls
Do you have a child who loves to play soccer? The City of Kelowna and the Simon Fraser University Men’s Soccer Program are pleased to announce the SFU Spring Break Children's Soccer Camp for boys and girls, aged 5-11 years. The camp will run from March 16th-20th, with a morning camp from 8:30am -11:30 am and an afternoon camp from 1:00pm 4:00pm, at the Capital News Centre indoor soccer fields. For a fee of $150.00, participants will have the opportunity to have fun, build their skills and receive coaching from one of the best university soccer programs in Canada. Children will also receive their very own soccer ball and T-shirt, and get to participate in the World Cup tournament on the final day. For registration please contact the Parkinson Rec. Centre at 250-469-8800 or online at
Dance Camp through Ballet Kelowna & Creator’s Arts –Dance Break for Beginners ages 10-18 as well as Dance Break Intensive
Ballet Kelowna is pleased to announce Dance Break, a two-streamed dance workshop and training intensive for young people aged 10 to 18.  At Dance Break, participants will explore different dance styles under the guidance and instruction of Ballet Kelowna’s professional dancers and special guest teachers.
Dance Break For Beginners is designed for youth with no previous dance training.  
Dance Break Intensive is designed for youth who are currently studying dance and wish to further their training over Spring Break.
ECCO Centre 3-half-day Spring Break Camps Ages 5-7
The 'Nature Detectives Spring Break Camps' go each spring.  The three day morning sessions are for youngsters aged five to seven.   The cost per three day session is $60 per child.  You can get more information by contacting the EECO staff at 250-469-6139 or emailing [email protected].
Energyplex Day Camps during Spring Break
Energetic day camps include a full day of activities, lunch, and snacks.

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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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