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Global Music & talented kids

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 Global Music Fest, for those who want to donate their time to a local charity we have timeDRIVE, and for those who have a Talented Kid who should be on a stage we have the Talented Kid Auditions.
Friday night kicks off with timeDRIVE. Its a simple premise: donate your time/talent rather than your money to a local non-profit. If that idea clicks with you dig a little deeper click here: Tickets for timeDRIVE are $30 include a ticket to Global Music Fest with Cod Gone Wild and need to be bought in advance.
At 8:30pm on Friday we then launch into Global Music Fest with the Celtic/Rock headline band, Cod Gone Wild. This event almost sold out so yes if you want to catch this band I advice buying your ticket in advance. Tickets for just this portion of the night are $15 and you can get your tickets from the Bike Shop Cafe and Leos Video or online:
Saturday morning starting at 11am (registration is at 10am) we host the annual Talented Kid Auditions. If you know a Talented Kid between 8-18 this is their chance to get into the Talented Kids program. The top ten Talented Kids get performance opportunities at Parks Alive, Canada Day, Music in the Park, and the Fat Cat Festival. Thanks again to Dorothee Birker, Noel Wentworth, and Robert Fine for helping us judge this years auditions. For more information and to sign up your Talented Kid go to  
Later that night at 7:30pm we launch our biggest night of Global Music Fest featuring Five Alarm Funk and Ezra Kwizera. Tickets for this show can be bought online here.



Here is a gif from past Global Music Fest events:

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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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