Is Kelowna the happiest place in the world? A group of locals wants to convince the world that Kelowna is just that, all smiles, all the time. To back it up they have produced this digital movie.
Lucy Lauretta, co-owner Giobean Espresso on Water St. is the mastermind behind the film, and she is out to prove to the world that Kelowna is the happiest city in Canada.
She was inspired to do the project while in Europe when she heard Pharrell Williamʼs song, Happy, from the movie Despicable Me for the first time.
Once Lauretta discovered the uplifting piece of music, her research turned up one YouTube video after another of communities around the world doing their own version of the “Happy video”.
Now, with some help from family, friends, happy dancers, yoga enthusiasts, Mark Jennings-Bates, and a production team, Kelowna's Happy digital short is ready for viewing.
“It has been a totally time consuming project” said Lauretta,
“We have met so many lovely people who have been willing to help and be a part of the video. When you travel the world now and then, you realize just what an amazing place Kelowna really is. We wanted to show it off a little”
The team brought together some dancing talent and mixed them up with a group of happy Kelowna people putting together the highlights of our area along with some fabulous smiling faces.
Other community 'happy videos' on YouTube have garnered almost half a million views in a matter of weeks so Lauretta is now hoping Kelowna's will get that same kind of traction and exposure.
Watch the video above and share it with family and friends.
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