Rock 4 Kids: 20th Anniversary

Over the past 20 years over $300,000 has been raised through the annual Rock 4 Kids fund-raiser. Funds raised at the event have been used for anything from playgrounds in West Kelowna to supporting the KGH paediatric ward. Founded by the original Whiski Jacks owner, Bob McPherson and manager at the time (Dave), the tradition has been carried on by his two sons (Troy and Travis) since Bob passed away a couple years back. Jimmy LeGuilloux  (with his band "Whose on Bass") played that first year and has stayed involved in one way or another over the past 20 years. For the past 15 he has been helping coordinate the show and book the bands.
Headlining the show is The Odds:

For any event to last a couple years is amazing but for a fund raising concept to have such longevity is one hell of an achievement. Jimmy said that they currently raise about $20,000 annually but that has been steadily increasing. "This year we have about 200 silent auction items including Canucks tickets/accommodation, Harvest Golf Package, Andre's always offers us some electronic items, and a Bud light air Hockey Table.. we are able to raise as much money as we do each year due to the support of the businesses" says Jimmy.
All the local bands donate their time, a small $5 cover is charged, and the music goes from noon - midnight.

When he was booking the bands this year Jimmy looked to connect as many of the bands that played during the first few years of the fundraiser. Folks in town know the Zamboni Brothers but one of their original formations was called "Threshold" and they played that first year along with Scotty and the Slamdogs and the Younguns.
Each year the show has been supported by Power 104 and the funds go towards their Power 104 Kids Care Campaign. 
Here is the full line up for the show. I did want to make special note that its nice to see Natasha Williamson back performing around town. She has a haunting voice and I don't think I've seen her in about 8 years performing in Kelowna. 
12:00-1:30 Songwriters showcase (Natasha Williamson, Melish band, Gary Turlock, Calum Hughes, Theresa Bishop, Floyd Vedan)
2:00-2:30 Zamboni bros.
3:00-3:30 3HGAM
4:00-4:30 Young'uns
5:15-5:45 JimmyLeGuillouxBand
6:45-7:15 The Flu
7:30-8:00 Slam dogs
8:15-9:00 Kinship
9:15-10:00 Fields of green
10:30-12:00 ODDS

Fields of Green from Ink & Epic on Vimeo.

Here is the link to the official Facebook event page.
For other live music options this week here is the weekly "What's On" listing (Thanks again to Jason Lane for compiling this list for us)

Friday, Nov. 29th, 2013


Piano Lounge with Tricia Dalgleish

Rotary Centre for the Arts

Colt 45

O’Flannigans Pub

Head of the Herd

Fernandos Pub

Joshua Hyslop

Milkcrate Records

Julie Masi

The Yellow House

Live Jazz

Vintner’s Poolside Grill

Malibu Knights with The Black Earth

Doc Willoughby’s Pub

Mick Cretney

Kelowna Lake City Casino 

Moni Funk

The Blue Gator

Oceans Apart

Streaming Café

Poppa Dawg

Minstrel Cafe

Public House Band

Turtle Bay Pub

Stephen Fearing

Kelowna Folk Club's House Concert


Saturday, Nov. 30th, 2013


Colt 45

O’Flannigans Pub

Live Music

Vintner’s Poolside Grill

Major Mambo

Soul De Cuba Cafe

Easy Fix

The Blue Gator

Poppa Dawg

Minstrel Cafe

Samantha Savage Smith

Streaming Café

SonReal with DJ Thistle


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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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