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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...

Father and Son duo

Apr 10, 2014 / 8:30 am

I truly hope that the name Andrew Smith isn't new to you but if it is please take a moment and get acquainted by his award winning tap style guitar playing in the first video here: He has been performing around Kelowna for as long as I can remember. His son, Zachari Smith...

What's On? Netflix Canada

Apr 3, 2014 / 8:30 am

Typically I talk about local entertainment and events but today I wanted to offer some other entertainment options. Its all about Netflix Canada, the most popular shows, some shows you may want to check out and an interactive movie selector. Top Ten TV shows on Netflix Canada (by popularity,...

Comedy in Kelowna

Mar 27, 2014 / 8:30 am

Comedy in Kelowna. Ok lets start this column with a little K-town comedy history. You really can't talk about comedy in Kelowna without starting with Herb Dixon. He's been doing comedy throughout the valley and North America for over 32 years and it was the Snickers Comedy Club in the...

Jann Arden at MapleFest

Mar 20, 2014 / 8:30 am

Good Mother, Unloved, Insenstive are just a few of the hit songs from Jann Arden. I'm confident you know her music and know that she is one Canada's funniest and engaging Canadian performers. The only thing you may not know is that she will be playing an intimate show at the Kelowna...

The Westbank Country Opry

Mar 13, 2014 / 12:00 pm

The show must go on they say and the Westbank Country Opry have been doing just that ever since their main concert venue was damaged when a fire hit the Westbank Lions Hall in the fall of 2013. Not to be dismayed they have moved into a temporary venue, the Emmanuel Church, and have continued...

Koyczan performs with the Symphony

Mar 6, 2014 / 9:30 am

Who is Shane Koyczan? Perhaps you recall him from the Vancouver Olympics opening ceremonies, or maybe you saw his viral video “To this Day”, or maybe you caught him as he was just starting his career performing at the Okanagan College, regardless if you’ve seen his work before you...

Charity Poker Tournament this Friday

Feb 27, 2014 / 8:30 am

Before we give you the info about the poker tournament I wanted to let you know that the timeDRIVE event last weekend was a tremendous success. I hear they have raised over 2000 volunteer hours for various non-profits. Nice work Kelowna! Okay, back to the topic at hand there is a poker...

Global Music & talented kids

Feb 20, 2014 / 10:10 am

This weekend is by far my busiest of the year. Renting a building and only using for one event has always seemed like a bit of a waste, maybe its the Scottish side of me, so this weekend there are four events happening at the Laurel Packinghouse. For those that love dancing to live music we have...

Dehli 2 Dublin performs on Valentines

Feb 13, 2014 / 8:00 am

If your still unsure how to spend your Valentines, look no further. KBAAD and Wetape productions have you covered. They are bringing back Dehli 2 Dublin to Kelowna. If my memory serves correctly its been a number of years since this act was in Kelowna and they always put on a great show. Tickets...

Family Day Activities

Feb 8, 2014 / 12:00 pm

FREE ACTIVITIES, Feb 10th, 2014 Family Day at the Capital News Centre, 1-4pm Free ice skating from 1-3:30pm Leisure Ice from 1-3:15pm (bring your skates and helmet, rentals are available) Get excited for the Olympics and come try these exciting sports (provided by Pacific Sport...

Celtic Connection: Cod Gone Wild

Feb 6, 2014 / 8:30 am

Cod Gone Wild have had a tremendous couple of years. I know that when I had them out to Music in the Park last summer in West Kelowna we had our biggest crowd ever of over 1100 folks. They told me at the time that every community in the Okanagan was showing them the same response. Its tremendous...

Kelowna Folk Club: Tamara Nile

Jan 30, 2014 / 8:00 am

Tamara Nile has been performed at some of North America’s biggest folk festivals, sold over 9000 albums, and is set to do a show for the Kelowna Folk Club on Feb 12th. When I met her about 10 years ago she was the host of a weekly showcase at the well known Railway Club. Although she no...

TimeDRIVE: Donate your time

Jan 23, 2014 / 11:00 am

TimeDRIVE is like a silent auction but instead of bidding with your money you bid with your time. Created in 2013 by Donnie Ungaro (Okanagan Young Professionals) and Heather Pesta (Gennext Kelowna) the original event raised over 1600 volunteer hours. Those hours donated by young professionals...

Splash of Color Fundraiser

Jan 16, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Kelowna will have at least two "Colour Run" type events in 2014. As you'll recall this past September a lot of money was raised for the KGH Foundation at their highly successful Run in Colour event so today I'm happy to let you know that a new run has been announced and it will...

2014 Predictions

Jan 2, 2014 / 8:30 am

I’m sure many moons ago it all started with a couple of Mayans having a laugh as they wrote down some predictions. Looking back I only wish that George Orwell’s predictions of a Big Brother surveillance orientated future had been as inaccurate as the musings about 2012 being the end...

Free Family New Year's Eve

Dec 28, 2013 / 8:00 am

On December 31st the second annual "New York New Years" arrives at Stuart Park and runs from 6-9pm. Free to attend "New York New Years" event will include skating on the outdoor ice rink, a twitter wall with a live feed (hashtag #NYEKelowna), multiple drop-in...

$3500 for the Lake Country Food Bank

Dec 21, 2013 / 6:00 am

A full house at Creekside Theatre last Saturday night (Dec 14th) raised more than $3500 for the Lake Country Food Bank. “A Swingin’ Christmas” was a joint venture between the Lake Country Big Band and Lake Country School of Dance. It showcased the talents of about 100...

Performing 170+ shows in 2013

Dec 19, 2013 / 8:30 am

Devon Coyote is by far one of our busiest local independent musicians in our community. Last year alone he did over 170 performances all over Canada and a few in the states. He has two shows coming up in Kelowna and a new cd just released so I caught up with him at Music City Studio and shot an...

Christmas Time

Dec 12, 2013 / 12:00 pm

Ok so its time to accept that the Christmas season is fully upon us. WestJet has made their annual viral video, the decorations are up on the tree, and for some they have to debate the reason for the season (is it Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas). There are tons of events happening...

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.

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