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Cuff the Duke and Jenn Grant in Kelowna

I got the following press release from a new event producer in Kelowna. Karma Lacoff was the co-producer of Breakout West and has always played a behind the scenes role in our music community. She is well known in the industry and this will be her second show she is producing. I first saw Cuff the Duke in 2006 in Penticton. They were opening for Sloan back them but they honestly stole the show. I can highly recommend this act if your interested in discovering a uniquely Canadian alt-country act.

Cuff the Duke and Jenn Grant headline an indy double-bill at Sapphire Nightclub on Oct 17th for a 9pm show. Both were nominated for a Juno Award in this year’s Adult Alternative Album of the Year category, a contest won by Feist and her album, Metals.  Grant released her third album, The Beautiful Wild, on Sept. 25. The East Coast nightingale says her new record “follows love’s twisted, tangled path deep into the heart’s jungle.” She teams up with Cuff the Duke fresh off a North American tour opening for Kathleen Edwards.
The band is no stranger to the Okanagan. They drew a large crowd on their 2010 visit to Kelowna and put on a thrilling main stage show at this summer's Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm.
Sapphire owner, Arun Alleliua, says he wants to add to the club’s appeal beyond the premium nightclub it already is and into an “entertainment complex” catering to a wide variety of tastes. “I want it to be a dance club that can also be a home for live music. I think we can have the best of both worlds,” he says.
Cuff the Duke's new album, Union, went on sale Oct. 2. It's the second half of a two-part album project by the alt-country band that started with the release of Morning Comes late last year. “Morning Comes was more acoustic-based,” says the band's Wayne Petti. “This album is more electric-based.”

Sapphire is a great place to see music, says the show's promoter, Karma Lacoff. “When we used the space for BreakOut West,” she says, referring to the music festival that took over the nightlife in downtown Kelowna as part of the 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and are available at, Mosaic Books (uptown: Willow Park Shopping Centre, #1, 590 HWY 33 W and downtown: 411 Bernard Avenue), Milkcrate Records (1551 Ellis St)  and Leo’s Video (2680 Pandosy St).



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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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