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Libraries ramp it up

Oct 8, 2015 / 8:30 am

Libraries are undergoing a dramatic and exciting transformation. With the shift to digital from print, libraries everywhere have been forced to look at their business models to find fresh new ways to play their role as the community hub for information and connection. Today I want to focus...

Power in Partners

Oct 1, 2015 / 8:30 am

In a world where collaboration is one of the main tools to move our community forward, it's exciting to see the Power in Partners event return to Kelowna. Founded by Fred Sarkari, the event brings together some of our community's most influential minds who will be sharing...

Things to do at Parkinson

Sep 23, 2015 / 8:30 am

Take a tour of the Parkinson Activity Centre. This top notch facility features pool tables, gymnasium, table tennis,... Posted by Ryan Donn on Monday, September 21, 2015 The Parkinson Seniors Society hosts its first craft fair this Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parkinson...

Culture Days in Kelowna

Sep 18, 2015 / 8:30 am

Culture Days returns to Kelowna Sept 25-27th. It's a celebration of culture in our community and I caught up with Rawle James to talk more about Culture Days (video above). Here are the events happening for Culture Days in Kelowna this year: Friday, Sept. 25th ...

First Nations art at RCA

Sep 11, 2015 / 8:30 am

Cori Derickson featured at RCA I caught up with Cori Derickson for my Castanet column this week. She is one of the featured First Nations artists being celebrated at the RCA Art Exhibition that runs throughout the month of September. Some beautiful pieces of art being showcased if...

Okanagan Organic Festival

Sep 3, 2015 / 8:30 am

It’s one of four hallmark events in B.C. for Organic Week and a real feather in the cap for the Canadian organic movement. The 10th Annual Okanagan Organic Festival converges on Summerhill Pyramid Winery this September 27th and it’s bringing an important message to its ever-growing band...

Student Union funds jobs

Aug 27, 2015 / 11:05 am

What's on this week is that every parent, school-aged child, college and university student is getting ready for school starting. While looking for various events to promote in this weeks column I found this amazing new initiative launching at UBCO this fall. Simply the UBCO Student...

West Kelowna Music Fest

Aug 20, 2015 / 8:30 am

Salsa Dance band Mazacote, from Vancouver, headline this years West Kelowna World Music Festival.... Posted by West Kelowna World Music Festival on Monday, August 10, 2015 The second annual West Kelowna World Music Festival arrives this Saturday. This festival features...

Answers beyond Google

Aug 13, 2015 / 8:30 am

What do you do with a problem that you can't google? If you were a company on the brink of extensive growth but lacked the skills to know the best next step to evolve or fine tune your product where would you turn? Well I think the majority of us don't know about a small but...

Salsa in Kelowna

Aug 6, 2015 / 8:30 am

During August there is ample opportunity to dance the night away to the sway of some salsa or latin dance music. 5 places to Salsa this August in Kelowna (and West Kelowna): 1) Every Tuesday night during July and August, for over 5 years, a group of friends have set up a small...

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....

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, and 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, and occasionally a 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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