Parades, Parties and Poetry


Wishing you and your family a fun filled Vaisakhi. Happy Vaisakhi! #kelownavaisakhi

Posted by Kelowna Sikh Temple on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
An Evening of Appreciation for Walter Gray, Andre Blanleil, Robert Hobson
I had a chance to attend the launch of "Dig your Neighbourhood Mission" hosted by UBCO professor Nancy Holmes. Students have created posters, books, poetry, and more all focused on various neighbourhoods in our community. This year was the last year of the program and they focused on Mission. 
Find out more about this project on their website (https://blogs.ubc.ca/theecoartincubator/dig-your-neighbourhood/)  but here is their description of the event. 
For the past three years, UBC Creative Writing and Visual Arts students have created a series of projects that provide a locally generated, unique vision of specific neighbourhoods in Kelowna, British Columbia. These students research the neighbourhood, engage in community consultation, and then create at least one dozen items which are published and produced by a local non-profit, Lake Publishing, and then packaged and delivered to newcomers by our business partner, the Welcome Wagon. The packages have included calendars, blank cards, meditation cards, maps, board games, books of poetry, graphic novels, CDs and all kinds of fiction and one-of-a-kind guidebooks that are completely neighbourhood-specific. In 2013 as a pilot project, we launched the North End package for a compact inner city area of town; in 2014 we launched a package for Rutland, a huge suburban neighbourhood, and this year for 2015 we are taking up the challenge of the lower Mission, a sprawling urban/ rural mix. Ultimately, the goal of DYN is to reconnect people to their place of residence, and to generate discussion around cultural, historical, and ecological issues. Personal knowledge and awareness of one’s place can lead to greater feelings of belonging, ownership, and stewardship. DYN engages emerging artists in a real-world endeavour and provides excellent experience in community-based art.
This Saturday Lake Country votes on their referendum. There is stories featuring the details about the voting info here:
If you were buying a home you would take a tour so I shot a video last weekend featuring snippets of the Okanagan Rail Corridor which proved quite popular on Facebook. For those interested I shot it with the Instgram app #hyperlapse

Okanagan Rail Corridor


Posted by Ryan Donn on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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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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