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Creating new festivals

Jul 29, 2015 / 8:30 am

10 Tips for creating successful new events/Festivals in Kelowna. Well my story was going to be on the new Arts on the Avenue that was created over the past year, with the team at the Festivals Kelowna office, but I think it's been well promoted on Castanet this week. If...

Kelowna Cemetery Tours

Jul 23, 2015 / 8:30 am

One of the most surprisingly, fascinating presentations we received on council so far this term happened on May 11th. It was at one of our Monday morning meetings, which are public, but rarely attended by anyone other than City Staff and Council. The workshop was on the Kelowna Cemetery and the new...

Okanagan Tattoo Show

Jul 17, 2015 / 8:30 am

2015 OKANAGAN TATTOO SHOW PROMO Check out this rad promo, done nicely by our friends from The Business. Music provided by Shreddy Krueger, how cool is that??Tickets are just a click away, don't miss out: Posted by Okanagan Tattoo Show on Friday, June...

Festival in the forest

Jul 9, 2015 / 8:30 am

The new Bottega Festival builds from the grass roots foundations of Lille Gard Festival into a festival in the forest that almost feels like you've found a little taste of paradise. Nestled amongst a working farm, one of our most specular event venues, and held in amongst the trees on...

Music in the Park returns

Jul 3, 2015 / 8:30 am

Posted by Music in the Park on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Summer has arrived and along with it Parks Alive!, Music in the Park (West Kelowna), Park and Play, Dancing in the Park are starting up for the season. This year’s first Music in the Park show happens on...

Lawn bowling revival

Jun 25, 2015 / 8:30 am

When you think of lawn bowling, images of prim and proper ladies and gentlemen of a certain age tend to spring to mind, not young, successful, professionals. Well, this summer an event at the Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club is seeking to change that! The local Kelowna Lawn Bowling...

Bottles for Change

Jun 18, 2015 / 8:30 am

A couple years ago I had a chance to meet Michael Lavigne. He is the founder and visionary behind the Open for Change initiative. As noted on their promotional material "Open for Change is a For-Profit Social Enterprise committed to making a meaningful impact by investing two-thirds of...

Pianos in Parks

Jun 12, 2015 / 10:45 am

Posted by Pianos in Parks on Friday, June 12, 2015 Earlier this week Pianos in the Park was launched in Kelowna. You may have already seen them but you should know that Kelowna now has 5 pianos downtown for the public to use at their leisure. It’s a program that is...

Summer camps for kids

Jun 4, 2015 / 9:37 am

In just a few short weeks, summer will officially hit the Okanagan! That means lots of sun, beach time, and, the kids are out of school! Thankfully, it also marks the start of dozens of different summer camps for kids. Outdoor, musical, church, artistic, sports, and academic-themed camps...

Special Olympics Kelowna

May 28, 2015 / 8:30 am

I'm always impressed with the options that Special Olympics BC Kelowna provides our diversabilities community. Allison... Posted by Ryan Donn on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 For those that don't know we have a very strong Special Olympics community in Kelowna....

Summer Music Festivals

May 21, 2015 / 8:30 am

I trust you all had a beautiful May Long weekend, man the weather was just fantastic. For those of us who like to plan ahead, it's time to start looking at all of the various music festivals and events happening around the area. The list below was pulled together by Jason Lane...

Volunteer your time tonight

May 14, 2015 / 8:30 am

Gennext Kelowna, a group of local young, community-focused professionals, is getting ready to host timeDrive for the 3rd consecutive year tonight, Thursday, May 14th from 5:30-8:00 PM at Laurel Packinghouse. Combining a fun, networking atmosphere with a growing community need for...

Neighbourhood Grants

May 7, 2015 / 9:33 am

Do you know the names of our neighbours. Any idea where they work, what their kids like?, when their family is coming to town? How connected are we to those who live right next door? Our "always connected" technology filled culture seems to have missed some key aspects to creating...

An Ode to Beer

Apr 30, 2015 / 9:22 am

Well folks the first ever Great Okanagan Beer Festival is only a week away. Here are some of the key events happening as part of our new spring festival: The Main Event | Waterfront Park, Kelowna, 1-5pm May 9 Nestled on the beautiful beaches of Okanagan Lake and right in the heart...

Parades, Parties and Poetry

Apr 23, 2015 / 8:30 am

Wishing you and your family a fun filled Vaisakhi. Happy Vaisakhi! #kelownavaisakhi Posted by Kelowna Sikh Temple on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 An Evening of Appreciation for Walter Gray, Andre Blanleil, Robert Hobson Posted by What's on? on...

New Petting Zoo for Kids

Apr 16, 2015 / 8:30 am

This past weekend my family had a chance to catch the opening of a new petting zoo in Kelowna. The Hoof Prints Barnyard is located behind the Kelowna International Airport in the Ellison area. Hoof Prints is a partnership between Kristen and Kyra who have spent countless...

Leadercast: The Brave Ones

Apr 9, 2015 / 8:30 am

Leadercast once again returns to Kelowna on May 8th, hosted by the Kelowna Jaycees. This year their theme is “The Brave Ones” and as they say “bravery is not attributed to everyone, but is reserved for those whose innovation in their industry cause them to stand out from...

Robert Hobson Interview

Apr 2, 2015 / 8:30 am

Walter Gray, Andre Blanleil, and Robert Hobson each spent more than 20 years making Kelowna a better place for citizens and visitors. To celebrate that achievement and to show appreciation for these three men, a committee of appreciative citizens has come together to coordinate a celebration dinner...

Appetite for Art Fundraiser

Mar 26, 2015 / 8:30 am

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...

Film Factory

Mar 19, 2015 / 9:16 am

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...

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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