Dec 12, 2013 / 12:00 pm
As you can see above we have a true gem of a venue in our community that a lot of you are still not aware of. Its called Bottega and can be found in East Kelowna:GOOGLE MAP LINK
Happening this Saturday and Sunday (Dec 14 & 15 / 11am – 4pm) is the third annual Christmas Market & Art Show. The European infused festive market will feature some of the Okanagan’s Finest artists & crafters. Live music, kids activities, specialty treats, food, drink + much more, all set in the heart of beautiful South East Kelowna at Bo.ttega Farm Inn. Come and enjoy the spirit of the season! Minimum donation $2 | children are free
All proceeds go in support of Karis Support Society; a local charity that provides safe housing, support, life skills, and training for people caught in life altering addiction and mental health.
On Sunday Bottega will also be hosting a Christmas concert featuring the West coast jazz quartet B3 Kings. That show kicks off at 8pm and tickets are $25 and can be bought online here or at the Streaming Cafe and Mosiac Books.
KELOWNA FARMERS AND CRAFTERS MARKET: held three Saturdays each month from Dec - March at the Parkinson Recreation Center this market runs from 9am-1pm.
Here is a collection of some of the best local Christmas songs our tight night community of performers and songwriters have released over the years
Tribehouse Christmas Compilation
In 2012 Nico Boesten pulled together some of the best locally produced songs he could find. Proceeds go to benefit the Kelowna Food Bank.
New Music: Rising Star Olivia Penvala
One of our newest emerging local act is 13yr old Olivia Penalva from Vernon. Here is her song “Christmas for Two”
I’m sure we will hear a lot more about Olivia in the coming years.
Funniest Christmas Song:
If you haven’t seen it Scruffy the Elf was released by Corey Doak a few years ago and is by far the funniest and most original Christmas song created by a local musician. Enjoy
Nat Jay - Green Tree’s Red Hearts
Andrew Allen - I Wanna Be Your Christmas:
Greg Sczebel - Perfect (Merry Little Christmas)
Here are two of my Christmas songs as free downloads.
Dec 5, 2013 / 8:30 am
Our business communities in Rutland and Downtown Kelowna are both planning Light Up! events for this weekend.
The 25th Annual Downtown Kelowna Light Up! happens on Saturday, Dec 7th, from 11-7pm throughout the downtown core.
The Uptown Rutland Christmas Tree Light Up happens on Sunday, Dec 8th, 4-6pm at Roxby Park.
Its great to see our credit unions support these events. Interior Savings is the title sponsor for the Downtown Light Up while Valley First is the title sponsor for the Rutland Christmas Tree Light up. As mentioned last column its tough for any event to stand the test of time so having our local credit unions support these events does help
One of the highlight events at the Downtown Kelowna Light Up! are the children’s performers Bob’s and Lolo. Ryan Watters recently interviewed them about their songs, show on Treehouse, and experiences in Kelowna. Here is the audio from that interview.
They perform at 4:15pm at Kerry Park on Saturday:
Here is the full activity listing for the Downtown Kelowna Light Up!
Ice Skating! – Bring your skates - All day in Stuart Park
Okanagan Regional Library (1380 Ellis St.)
Story Time 11:00am – 11:45am,
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides *weather permitting*, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Stop Points at: Laurel Packinghouse & Bernard Ave. at corner of St. Paul St.
Suggested $2 Donation to Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society
Laurel Packinghouse (1304 Ellis St.) Free Activities from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Photos with Santa! (Bring your camera) - Courtesy of Valley First Credit Union
Cookie Decorating - Courtesy of Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
Entertainment – Sing some songs with Trixie the Clown & Mr. Brown Knows
Complimentary Wine Tasting – Some fun for the adults, too!
BC Wine Museum & VQA Wine Shop (1304 Ellis St.)
Apple Cider & Activities (by donation) - Making History with Kelowna Museums
Complimentary Wine Tasting – Some fun for the adults, too!
Towne Centre Mall (565 Bernard Ave.)
Face Painting & Santa Letter Writing Station 11:00am – 3:30pm
Live Piano 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Balloon Twisting – Sugar the Clown - 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Okanagan Heritage Museum (470 Queensway Ave.)
Vaudeville Extravaganza – Making History with Kelowna Museums
1:00pm, By Donation
Paramount Theatre Holiday Movies (261 Bernard Ave.)
New toy donation or cash donation to Kelowna Community Food Bank
2:00pm - Elf
7:00pm - How the Grinch Stole Christmas
9:00pm - National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Kerry Park, 2-7pm,
Kid’s Activities – Courtesy of the Interior Savings team & Fat Cat mascot
Street Hockey – Bring your hockey sticks and helmets, and play with Kelowna Minor Hockey
Park & Play Activities – Courtesy of City of Kelowna
Festive Food – Mini donuts, hot drinks, cotton candy & more
Re/Max Hot Air Balloon Rides (Impark Lot across from Kerry Park) *weather permitting* By donation to Children’s Miracle Network & RE/MAX REALTOR ® Charity Foundation
Loose Moose Mascot – Courtesy of Big White Ski Resort, 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Fat Cat from 2pm - 5pm
Live Entertainment in Kerry Park
2:00pm - A Christmas Carol scene – New Vintage Theatre
2:30pm - Bumbershoot Children’s Theatre
3:20pm - Vaudeville Extravaganza – Kelowna Museums
3:40pm - Winter Wonderland Dance Class – MotionWorks Fitness
4:15pm & 5:00pm - Bobs & Lolo
5:45pm - Sista B & The Boyz
Uptown Rutland Christmas Tree Light Up
Nov 29, 2013 / 8:00 am
Over the past 20 years over $300,000 has been raised through the annual Rock 4 Kids fund-raiser. Funds raised at the event have been used for anything from playgrounds in West Kelowna to supporting the KGH paediatric ward. Founded by the original Whiski Jacks owner, Bob McPherson and manager at the time (Dave), the tradition has been carried on by his two sons (Troy and Travis) since Bob passed away a couple years back. Jimmy LeGuilloux (with his band "Whose on Bass") played that first year and has stayed involved in one way or another over the past 20 years. For the past 15 he has been helping coordinate the show and book the bands.
Headlining the show is The Odds:
For any event to last a couple years is amazing but for a fund raising concept to have such longevity is one hell of an achievement. Jimmy said that they currently raise about $20,000 annually but that has been steadily increasing. "This year we have about 200 silent auction items including Canucks tickets/accommodation, Harvest Golf Package, Andre's always offers us some electronic items, and a Bud light air Hockey Table.. we are able to raise as much money as we do each year due to the support of the businesses" says Jimmy.
All the local bands donate their time, a small $5 cover is charged, and the music goes from noon - midnight.
When he was booking the bands this year Jimmy looked to connect as many of the bands that played during the first few years of the fundraiser. Folks in town know the Zamboni Brothers but one of their original formations was called "Threshold" and they played that first year along with Scotty and the Slamdogs and the Younguns.
Each year the show has been supported by Power 104 and the funds go towards their Power 104 Kids Care Campaign.
Here is the full line up for the show. I did want to make special note that its nice to see Natasha Williamson back performing around town. She has a haunting voice and I don't think I've seen her in about 8 years performing in Kelowna.
12:00-1:30 Songwriters showcase (Natasha Williamson, Melish band, Gary Turlock, Calum Hughes, Theresa Bishop, Floyd Vedan)
2:00-2:30 Zamboni bros.
6:45-7:15 The Flu
7:30-8:00 Slam dogs
9:15-10:00 Fields of green
Here is the link to the official Facebook event page.
For other live music options this week here is the weekly "What's On" listing (Thanks again to Jason Lane for compiling this list for us)
Friday, Nov. 29th, 2013
Head of the Herd
Malibu Knights with The Black Earth
Public House Band
Saturday, Nov. 30th, 2013
Samantha Savage Smith
SonReal with DJ Thistle
Nov 21, 2013 / 8:30 am
Some people in town play such an integral role that they become part of the furniture, we just get used to seeing them in a certain place. Doug Brown is one of those individuals but he’s also one of the most creative story tellers I know. The night I met my wife he was there with his camera in hand doing a story on the latest Kinship cd and of course he stuck around and danced at the event until the wee hours. He’s the man behind the camera but he is also in a lot of local plays and theatrical productions in town. For local musicians he has told the story of their songs through video (Leah West) and his independent short films have been featured and won awards at a variety of film festivals, including the growingly successful Horror Fest Film Festival.
The following is an interview I did with Doug Brown recently and I’ve placed some of his work throughout the story for those who want to take the time to see just how creative this lad is.
RD: How did you get started in the film business?
DB: The first time I ever made a movie I was about 15, my dad brought home a super 8 film camera and my brother and I made a crazy little stop motion, Monty Python-esque silent short. I guess I got hooked. Years later I attended art school - Emily Carr on Granville Island - and studied Film and Video. I did some freelance, odd job work in the film industry in Vancouver, the industry was much smaller back then, and also started working for Shaw in North Van part time.
Here is one of Doug Browns first independent projects: Fields of Glory
Warning: there is some violence and mild gore in this video
RD: How long have you been based in the Okanagan
DB: My wife Annette and I moved to the Okanagan over 20 years ago to start a family, a full time job at Shaw TV in Penticton had opened up and the freelance thing was pretty stressful.
RD: What drives you?
DB: What drives me? I'd say I'm a story teller, I've always had a very visual imagination and it excites me to try and realize those images, to try and bring them out of my head and into reality. Writing, directing, shooting editing even acting are all ways to bring the story to life. I really can't help it, it's a compulsion.
So now that we know what drives daredevil Doug here is his feature at the Penticton Speedway:
RD: How do you chose your next project?
DB: I'm not sure I can say how I choose, sometimes I'm lucky enough to be asked to act in a show. Sometimes an idea will come to me and the means to make it seem to fall into place. With Ninja King it literally started as a joke, then a dare, then the idea of how to make it came to me and we went to work. With Nocte Agente I had this idea while walking alone at night. I knew that to make it would require special effects makeup beyond my ability. Then I ran into Mark Newsome who was keen on getting into movie makeup. The timeline was really tight to pull it off, but it just seemed to be too good an opportunity to pass up. So with an incredible cast and crew we managed to pull it off. That's how it goes, if you really want to do something then what you need to do is start. Do your best to solve the problems and get around the roadblocks and you'll be surprised at what you can pull off.
Nocte Agenta recently took second place at Horror Fest 2013 and the actress Ruby Bullock-spitz received the Best Actress prize.
RD: Whats next?
DB: Next I'm acting in New Vintage Theatre's production of the holiday classic Christmas Carol at the Laurel packinghouse in December. Right after that it's The 39 Steps at Kelowna Actor's Studio (http://www.kelownaactorsstudio.com). I'm editing several music videos right now and looking at shooting a few more. Along with Michelle Deighton Hussey and Kendra Hesketh we have a Shakespeare project on the go called Bard On The Run, bringing Shakespeare's works to unusual locations. A friend and I have an idea for a feature film that I'm writing. Not to mention three days a week I get the amazing opportunity to host go! Okanagan and meet some of the great people who are doing amazing things up and down the Valley!
Buy tickets for the New Vintage Theatre’s production of Christmas Carol here.
RD: A lot of things you do are so varied tv host, actor, theatrical performer, music video director.. why do you think you have managed to fill your bag with so many unique skills?
DB: From early on I've never had much of a budget, so to get things done I needed to learn how to do them myself. My brother and I took turns running the camera, writing the scripts and teaching ourselves how to do special effects on our little super 8 mini-epics. I like to know how things work. When I first came to work at Shaw I was primarily a director, camera operator, editor and instructor for the volunteers, it was a decade later that I first stepped, somewhat reluctantly, in front of the camera and out onto the stage. I think it really helps me in each role that I have a solid technical background and an understanding of how the many different moving pieces of a TV show, play or movie have to work together. I love doing the lighting to set the mood, framing the shot to punctuate the action, and finding the real truth of the emotion in a scene. It's all telling a story, the tools change, but the heart of it is still reaching the audience with your work.
Here is one of the music video’s that he created for local singer/songwriter Leah West: Les Tournesols - Leah West et Bruno Labrie en duo
RD: Have you noticed a large change in the film business? Is that change for the better or is it making it worse?
DB: The film business is changing, new technology makes it possible for people to shoot and edit for incredibly low budgets and have it look incredible. So there are more voices being heard, not just the voices that have lots of money, which makes for a strong and diverse industry. You still need to know what you are doing, of course, but the possibilities are exciting! There is also an incredible interest right now in great story telling on TV. From The Sopranos to Mad Men to Walking Dead and Breaking Bad and so many more, the quality and depth and richness of the stories and the caliber of the acting are really remarkable. It's been referred to as a "Golden Age of Television" and I find it thrilling and it pushes me to want to make better and better stories myself.
Read more What's On articles
- Chad Brownlee: Your Town Throwdown Nov 12
- Top 3 Talented Kelowna Acts Oct 31
- Sugar Skull Strut Oct 24
- What's On: Halloween Events Oct 17
- A Royal sampling of Wine and Songs Oct 10
- Music you Missed Oct 3
- Talented Kelowna returns Sep 26
- Junkyard Percussion Playground Sep 18
- Run in Colour bursts to life Sep 12
- Food, Wine, and Film Fest Sep 5
- Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival Aug 29
- Grapes of Wrath: Free Concert Aug 27
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