Rediscover Parks Alive!

Did you know that there are free concerts 5 or 6 nights a week in Kelowna all summer long?
It's a well known program called Parks Alive! (for which I'm the program coordinator) and we will be hosting 49 shows throughout July and August in various parks around Kelowna. 
If your looking for the full schedule of the free concerts in Kelowna check out www.parksalive.com. For today's article I've focused on five highlights happening over the next few weeks.

1) Ricardo Tesi and Banditaliana, Stuart Park, Tuesday, July 15th, 6:30-8:30, 
This show came together through a partnership with the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club. Ricardo Tesi is an Italian folk musician who specialises in the accordian. I'm thinking it would be the perfect night to pick up a geo-beans coffee and enjoy some good Italian culture at Stuart Park (bring a lawn chair though as seating is limited).

2) Pirates in the Park, various locations this summer
This one is a very unique collaboration between Bumbershoot Theatre and Festivals Kelowna with some significant financial support from the Central Okanagan Foundation. Rather than just do music for the whole show we will blend an original show "Pirates in the Park" as part of the Parks Alive! program.
Its happening three times this summer:
July 27th @ Gyro Beach, 1pm
Aug 10th @ City Park, 1pm
Aug 21st @ Gerstmar Park, 7pm
3) Compassion Gorilla at Sarsons Beach, Tuesday, July 22nd, 7pm
To catch a band of this calibre on a Tuesday night is truly a gift. They were touring through and it worked with their schedule that we could host them for one show at Sarsons Beach. Its going to be a full crowd (Sarsons always draws a full crowd). Our local world music specialist, Trevor Salloum, will be opening this show with a short set by his act Kalumba. 

A series of live clips from Compassion Gorilla's CD release for their 2013 recording, "Colibrís en Vuelo". Live video recording by Steven Reilander and Darin Steinkey, post-production and editing by Steven Reilander. The CD was recorded in April of 2013 at DubWorks Studios in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.

4) Tonight, Thursday July 10th, is Blues night at Birkdale Park in Black Mountain. Last year was our first year in Black Mountain and a few people showed up for some blues so we are doing it again. The show starts at 6pm and features Leila Neverland (my favorite underdiscovered act so far this summer), Kath and the Tomcats, and Half a Quorum. I don't have any video for you but all of these acts are worth far more than the price of admission (which is free).
Here is a link with directions on how to find the park: http://bit.ly/birkdaledirections 
5) Jessica Stuart Few, City Park, Sunday, July 13th, 1pm
I was blown away by her show last year. Its another fluke that we are able to get her trio again this summer.
Check out her cover of the Eurythmics that she shot in Japan recently:
Of course if your in the mood to discover tons of new acts then this weekend is also Keloha.
In West Kelowna on Friday we have Easy Fix and Double Click performing at Music in the Park. 



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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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