A Royal sampling of Wine and Songs

Tonight Royal Wood performs at the Kelowna Community Theatre.  A sommelier in training for this special show (part of the Wine Festival) he will blend two of his passions sharing his songs and sampling some wine with the attendees in the intermission.

The show starts at 8pm but as the wine sampling is included in the ticket price I would strongly recommend that you arrive closer to 7pm in order to ensure you get to sample all the various wines being offered.

Here is a neat video where Royal Wood talks about this unique show in Kelowna. His last show at the Minstrel Cafe was completely sold out so its nice to see him perform at our local theatre.

 If you haven’t heard him before here is his music video for “Do you Recall”

Get your ticket for this show here.


 For more Wine Festival events check out our story that came out earlier this week right here.

I went to check out the Public House Band at the Turtle Bay Pub in Winfield on Friday as part of their first show of a 5 week run (every Friday in October). I gotta say they were great last year but they have really cranked it up.

Lastly I wanted to share with you a new neat collective concept that is being held at Music City Studio twice a month.Its called Songwriters Stewdio and here is their description of the event:

The flavour of a stew changes depending on the ingredients included. The same can be said for a musical jam session. When you place a bunch of musicians in an informal gathering to play unrehearsed and improvise ……. MAGIC HAPPENS! Add the unknown factor of an original song and a constantly changing mix of instruments and voices and ... well, we'll see.

Time: 45 minutes (x2)

1 Songwriter
2 Songs presented
1 Song chosen
Multiple musicians and vocalists
A variety of instruments
Limited time to simmer in the song
And on cue…….. RECORD what we have created

Stir and repeat

These sessions will focus on original music, providing an outlet for local and traveling songwriters to present their work in a supportive and creative environment. A portion of the audience will include other songwriters, singers and musicians who will then have an opportunity to jam with the songwriter adding different flavors to their songs.


I caught up with Sandy McAfee, who hosts each collaboration and got some of her thoughts on the event:


Also here is a video from one of the recent sessions where they worked on one of Sandy's songs:


For more information on their gathering check out their facebook page.

If your interested in catching some live music this weekend here is a synopsis of some of your options around town this weekend.

Friday, Oct. 11th, 2013 venue
Black Mountain Outlaws Doc Willoughby’s Pub
Daniel Romano with Grey Kingdom Streaming Café
Declan O'Donavan & Ryan McNally Minstrel Cafe
Easy Fix Creekside Pub & Grill
Floyd Vedan Kelowna Lake City Casino 
John Antoniuk Fernandos Pub
Live Jazz Vintner’s Poolside Grill
Live Music Mission Tap House
Live Music Grateful Fed
Public House band Turtle Bay Pub
Wild Son O’Flannigans Pub
Zamboni Brothers

The Blue Gator

Saturday, Oct. 12th, 2013 venue
DJ Kelowna Lake City Casino 
Front Porch Roots Revue Minstrel Cafe
Kalle Mattson Streaming Café
Live Music Vintner’s Poolside Grill
Live Music Train Station Pub
Live Music Mission Tap House
Live Music Grateful Fed
Talented Kelowna Freddys Brew Pub
Wild Son O’Flannigans Pub
Zamboni Brothers The Blue Gator


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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which 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, and others.

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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