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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...

Kelowna Fan Xpo

Mar 12, 2015 / 8:30 am

Last year as part of the promotion for a superhero play Bonnie Gratz and Joe Welton decided to do a mini comic-con type event. They expected about 30 people and ended up with over 200. Needless to say this year the Kelowna Fan Xpo is now very much the focus. For those just catching up to...

Spring Break Kids Camps

Mar 5, 2015 / 8:30 am

Regardless of whether you have children who are artistically, musically or dramatically-inclined, nature lovers or sports enthusiasts, there are spring break camps happening throughout Kelowna geared for them! Here is a sampling of what is available around town this Spring Break. The City of...

Devour returns

Feb 26, 2015 / 8:30 am

Devour is perhaps the most scrumdiddlyumptious event that Kelowna will host in 2015 and people are so excited for it that it is already sold out. Aimed at Kelowna foodies, it's mantra is to "Eat, Drink, and be Social". I had a chance to attend the event in year one and it...

Dine out to end Homelessness

Feb 19, 2015 / 8:30 am

Over the Winter months the local charity, Inn from the Cold, hosts a number of "Dining out to end Homelessness" events in Kelowna. They partner with local restaurants and once a month that local restaurant donates the proceeds of their sales to Inn from the Cold. Really this event...

"Good luck Gord" concert

Feb 12, 2015 / 8:30 am

We all give in our own way on a daily basis. We work hard for our family, support our friends, and lend a hand when the opportunity arises. A local musician, Gord Brush, suffered a stroke on Christmas Day and has been recovering in the hospital ever since. He's currently in rehab and is...

Global Citizen Kelowna

Feb 5, 2015 / 8:30 am

For those that haven't heard about it before, Global Citizen Kelowna, is an initiative celebrating the role of Kelowna's citizens in international humanitarian efforts. Through a series of activities organized by a group of volunteers including individuals from local businesses, non-profit...

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...

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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