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Alive with History

Jan 29, 2015 / 8:30 am

We have five museums in Kelowna. When was the last time you went into one? Maybe February is a good time to discover all they have to offer. Below is a listing of some highlight events happening at our museums. I caught up with Christina Neale to talk about Kelowna Museums, Heritage Week, and...

Unplug and Play

Jan 22, 2015 / 8:30 am

Interior Savings presents one of the most appropriately themed week of activities for any parent: Unplug and Play. We have all allowed our child to watch screens more than the recommended two hours max per day. Amanda Turner, Success by 6 Coordinator, has worked with a number of different...

How much is that road?

Jan 15, 2015 / 8:30 am

Ok so I’ll start with an obvious confession. “What’s on?” this week is all about the City of Kelowna budget. It’s not every day that someone (after countless hours of work, research, and consultation) hands you a binder and asks you to vote over 100 times on various...

2015 TV & Movies

Jan 8, 2015 / 8:30 am

I know I know, we are just wrapping up the biggest TV/Netflix watching season to hit our community in years. Between the timing of Christmas and Snowmageddon I’m pretty sure we have all watched more TV than normal these past few weeks. But if you’re planning on continuing the trend here...

New York New Years

Dec 25, 2014 / 8:30 am

The third annual Valley First New York New Years event happens once again at Jim Stuart Park (across from City Hall), Dec 31st, from 6-9:00pm and it's totally free. I know some folks ask why it's called “New York New Years” and the name comes for the...

Last minute Christmas gifts

Dec 18, 2014 / 8:30 am

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. ...

Band returns from Cannes

Dec 11, 2014 / 8:30 am

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...

Light up! and Concerts

Dec 4, 2014 / 8:30 am

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...

United Way: My Story

Sep 25, 2014 / 8:30 am

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?...

Talented Kelowna Launches

Sep 18, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Talented Kelowna is a talent compitition that aims to find the best talent we have in our community and reward the top three with cash, prizes, and performances throughout our community valued at over $8000. The auditions run every Thursday from Sept 18th to October 16th at Freddy's Brewpub and...

Walter Gray Interview

Sep 11, 2014 / 8:30 am

Pretty soon our community conversation will be taken over by talk about the upcoming civic election (which happens on November 15th this year). A lot of that conversation will focus a lot on who will become our next Mayor. Before that becomes our community conversation I wanted to do an exit...

What's on TV this fall?

Sep 4, 2014 / 3:19 pm

Well if the weather is to be believed we have jumped with both feet fully into fall. For those of us who plan on catching up on some TV I’ve compiled a highlight selection of new TV shows you may want to check out in the coming months. Gotham: Sept 22nd Scorpion, Sept 22nd The...

100 Women Who Care

Aug 28, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Some people in town simply make things happen. Rose Sexsmith is one of those people. Gifted with the ability to gather people behind a common vision you can easily see why she was the recipient of the Women of the Year at the recent City of Kelowna Civic Awards. You have all seen her name at some...

West Kelowna Music Festival

Aug 20, 2014 / 9:00 am

This Saturday from 5-10pm a new free festival launches in West Kelowna. It will celebrate multiculturalism, provide some great interactive kids activities, and offer an assortment of ethnic food vendors. Situated behind the Johnson Bentley Pool, Memorial Park will host this free and family...

Robert Finely Tuned

Aug 13, 2014 / 8:30 am

I first connected with Robert Fine about a decade ago when we were both part of a delegation from Kelowna to our sister city, Kasugai, Japan in 2005. It was a large delegation of over 70 featuring many folks who were highly involved in Kelowna's community. One of the most interesting things I...

Feast of Fields

Aug 7, 2014 / 8:30 am

The 6th Annual Okanagan Feast of Fields event happens on Aug 17th from 1-4pm at the Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm. I caught up with the producer of the event, Alison Love, via email to find out more information about this popular event that showcases over 50 restaurants and...

Okanagan Fruit Tree Project

Jul 31, 2014 / 9:33 am

Finding a win win situation is always a good idea but rarely have I seen an idea that creates a triple win. Folks today I'm going to introduce you to what is perhaps the best idea I've came across in years. Its called the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project and here is how it works Win...

Tale of Two Festivals

Jul 24, 2014 / 8:30 am

This weekend two festivals with strong grassroots foundations will fill our city with music and entertainment. They couldn't be more different. One is aimed at the sports orientated, electronic dance music, bikini loving crowd with some amazing live bands headlining while the other is a"...

Get Inked in Kelowna

Jul 17, 2014 / 8:30 am

Roughly 20% of Canadians have tattoos. Whether its due to popular reality tv shows, a reduction in the negative stigma or some other more subtle trend that percentage seems to be creeping higher. They have gone from taboo to trendy. If your interested in some tattoo stats check out this...

Rediscover Parks Alive!

Jul 10, 2014 / 8:30 am

Did you know that there are free concerts 5 or 6 nights a week in Kelowna all summer long? It's a well known program called Parks Alive! (for which I'm the program coordinator) and we will be hosting 49 shows throughout July and August in various parks around Kelowna. If your...

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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