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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...

Music in the Park returns

Jul 3, 2014 / 8:30 am

Summer has arrived in the Okanagan and our free concert season has begun. In todays post I want to let you know about the free community concerts happening in West Kelowna every Friday night, Music in the Park. They are held in Memorial Park, below the Johnson Bentley Pool, and have been rapidly...

Canada Day schedule

Jun 30, 2014 / 2:54 pm

Canada Day is being celebrated in Kelowna on July 1st (yes it's on a Tuesday this year) from 11am - 11pm. For a full line up of what is going on here is a link to the schedule: See below for an interactive schedule! Here are some of the highlights happening in Kelowna on July...

Aloha Keloha

Jun 20, 2014 / 8:30 am

Kelowna's annual Hawaiian infused summer festival returns to our sun soaked city this summer, taking over Waterfront Park between July 11-13th. Themed as a tropical island oasis, Keloha is one of those festivals you go to and catch some of the best bands you've never heard. Last year they...

Summer activities for kids

Jun 12, 2014 / 8:30 am

Summer is just around the corner (maybe even sooner now with the recent strike vote) and its time to start making your summer camp, kids activity, or family plans for what is often the most loved amazing season in the Okanagan. First step: check out your the Summer Recreation Guide created by...

Local band release an EP

Jun 5, 2014 / 8:30 am

Last fall Creative Okanagan hosted a talent compitition in Kelowna to find our best new talent Honest Woods took the top place and next weekend they will release the EP that was part of the Talented Kelowna prize...

Help fund local filmmaker

May 29, 2014 / 10:30 am

Crowdfunding creative projects is something that will only increase in the coming years. While some aspects of the creative industries remain well paid and financially rewarding a majority of them are simply unsustainable. So many aspects of our world are being effected by the digital...


May 22, 2014 / 8:30 am

There has been a lot of talk about anti-bullying in the past few years but I think one of the campaigns that has resonated the most in this community is the #iamME campaign spearheaded by Loyal Wooldridge. As he will tell you its more about an empowerment campaign than anything else. Loyal is the...

BC Summer Music Festivals

May 15, 2014 / 8:30 am

Well folks most of the main summer music festivals have launched their line up so its time to start researching which summer music festivals you're going to this summer. The listing below (researched by Jason Lane, includes most of the summer music festivals in July and August in...

College Alumni Awards

May 8, 2014 / 8:30 am

This year the Okanagan College celebrates 50 years in our community. On June 12th they will be hosting their Annual Alumni Awards where Lane Shupe and Donnie Ungaro will receive the Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni respectivly. I had the honour of winning this award in 2010 and was blown...

Asian Heritage Month

May 1, 2014 / 11:36 am

May is Asian Heritage Month. It was launched in 2002 by the Government of Canada to celebrate the Asian cultures and heritage that have woven themselves into the fabric of our culturally diverse community. Did you know that over 43% of Vancouver residents have an Asian Heritage? Info Here. ...

Kevin and Sonia bid farewell

Apr 24, 2014 / 8:30 am

For the past few years the top radio rankings and morning show in town has consistently been Kevin and Sonia on Sun FM. In many of the event planning meetings I've been in, the first name thrown out as a potential emcee is Kevin Lim, and by far the most seen social media posts each day,...

Small Business Success

Apr 17, 2014 / 10:00 am

Cole Weber is a successful small business owner in Kelowna. Rather than complain about the lack of jobs and how tough it was for a new graduate to get hired around Kelowna he simply started his own business, Coles Summer Lawn Care. I met Cole about 10 years ago while I was...

About the Author

Ryan Donn, singer/songwriter who started his career around the same time that cassette tapes were losing out to CD sales. He produces events such as Global Music Fest,, and Music in the Park (West Kelowna). You can also find him in local schools teaching songwriting or sharing the stage with many of our emerging local artists. He is a passionate supporter of all things creative and his column focuses on the creative community and events throughout the Okanagan.

The postings on this site are my own and do not represent the views or opinions any of my employers (Festivals Kelowna and Creative Okanagan).


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