Awesome Okanagan Official 4 Year Anniversary Party

Hey party go-ers, are you ready for the fourth anniversary party for Awesome Okanagan? Cause Friday 18th at 8pm The Habitat will be presenting some local talent with a spring fashion show by FROCK.  Come and get your FROCK on by viewing some specialty, one-of-a-kind clothing as well as handmade garments and accessories designed by Canadian female designers. If you want to see a full blow out come and check out the sweet updos  done by Darcy and Paige for the fashion show, and finally local artists DJ Popular Mechanix and Otiz Avery will spin  you around the dance floor all night long.

 

Awesome Okanagan is committed to bringing the Okanagan together to represent a strong community that supports local art, culture, food, fashion and music. We believe that all of these talents deserve to be recognized and unite together to make one Awesome Okanagan…now that’s a good reason to get together and celebrate one another!

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April 18th, 2014

Media Greet @ 8pm

Party @ 9pm

$10 tickets available at the door

19+ (no minors)

 


Bedouin Soundclash’s Jay Malinowski (& The Deadcoast)

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Martel will be released on February 11th through Pirates Blend / Sony. An eighteen-song album, dichotomously perched between two sides, The Pacific and The Atlantic (tracklisting below), that brings to life the perpetually curious side of Bedouin Soundclash’s front man Jay Malinowski. Using the tumultuous life of his ancestor, Charles Martel, as a springboard, this album is part family tree; part introspective. The interactive website – www.whoismartel.com – houses a treasure chest full of audio and visual pieces of Martel, including the lyric video for the first single, Patience Phipps, and a black and white video for Tall Shadow From Saint-Malo.

“I’m really looking forward to bringing Martel alive onstage, enlisting the help of Krief (The Dears) and Vancouver three-piece string trio The End Tree into our onstage crew,” describes Jay Malinowski. “This show is going to be a departure from the past. It’s moody, ominous, destructive and beautiful all at the same time. Martel is a sailor, a man confronting his world. The audience participating in the story is integral, and we all can’t wait to start that journey. Come down friends, meet us at the gate.”

Astral Swan was the first act to be signed to Dan Mangan‘s new label Madic Records.

Tickets available online here or at both Streaming Cafe and Milkcrate Records locations!

Comedy Blood Sport is back! Read a rare interview with the champion, Kyle Patan!

 

Comedy Bloodsport is back!  Everyone should be partying right now! Hope you are ready to get your brain kicked in with laughs! Reigning champion Kyle Patan defends his title against swarms of hungry sharks on February 7th. If you haven’t seen Kyle before, you have missed a local treasure! Stop doing that! I was lucky enough to snag an interview with him between his private ninja lesson and his appointment with hot babes.  Kyle was leaning on his sports car, drinking a cola. I tried not to let his coolness intimidate me while I hastily jotted down his golden replies.  Enjoy….

Q: What message do you have for the comedians who want to see you crying in defeat?

A: My message for them is that if they’re going to see me cry, it’ll be tears of joy when I win, or they’ll be at my house and we will be watching The Vow.

Q: What can audience members expect to see from you on February 7th?

A: They can expect the k-dog to do the things he always does: Tell fully jokes and refer to himself as the k-dog in the third person.

Q: What do you have to say to critics who say you sold out and went all commercial?

A: I will tell the critics to go shove it! And by it, I mean the new swiffer wet jet and its ultimate cleaning abilities (I am the new spokesperson).

Q: Do you do it for the prizes or for the glory of winning comedy bloodsport?

A: Nothing can beat the glory of winning such a prestigious event like bloodsport, nothing except delicious gift certificates!

Q: Thanks, Kyle! Good luck with your new penis enlarger.

Don’t miss Comedy Bloodsport on February 7th.

Doors at , Show starts 9:30 sharp

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Focus Friday: Silver Star

silverstarThe Okanagan winter is so short that many of us forget to take advantage of it. The major ski resorts offer cheap tickets and rentals on Friday nights — it’s a great way to embrace winter and have some fun. I thought Ryan’s shot from Silver Star over the holidays captured some of the energy and positive vibe of those warm nights at the hill.

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade at Silver Star by Ryan Van Veen


Winter is the best time of the year to Laugh out loud

The Habitat is excited to become the new destination for stand up comedy in Kelowna and 2014 is going to be a busy year. The first show, on January 25th, starts it off right with Vancouver’s John Beuhler. John began performing stand up comedy at the age of nineteen and in his first few years he starred in a national comedy special called Chill, won the Just for Laughs Home Grown Comedy Competition and shot two stand-up specials for Canadian national television. All before the age of twenty-five. John has performed in the Just for Laughs Festival Gala where he won over the crowd and was touted as saving the show.

John then went on to win the Corner Gas Comedy contest, giving him $10,000 and an appearance on Corner Gas with his mentor Brent Butt. John has opened for the likes of Dennis Miller, John Rivers, Martin Short, Zach Galifianakis and Craig Ferguson to name just a few. John’s style has been described as wickedly funny, fearless and poignant.

I have seen John perform several times in Vancouver, where he frequently headlines shows at the Comedy Mix. I was blown away, so when we needed to decide which comedians to bring into Kelowna to start off the new year, John was at the top of the list. I recently spoke with John about the show and was able to ask him a few questions.

Me: We had our first big show at the Habitat (Comedy Bloodsport) last week and it was a success. When I announced that you would be headlining on the 25th, people were excited. I think you have a good fan base out here.

John: Thanks. I am really looking forward to it.

Me: When was the last time you laughed till it hurt?

John: If it hurts when you laugh, you should see a physician. Car trips with comics I find eventually deliver some crazy laughing fits.

Me: What is the source of your material?

John: I plagiarize Family Circus cartoon strips.

Me: What was it like writing for the Junos? Did you write anything they wouldn’t allow on television?

John: I said that a barefooted KD Lang arrived in a limo with no floor and that she stopped it like the Flintstones.

Me: What was it like meeting Lou Diamond Phillips when you were in that movie with him?

John: He made me feel like I was the only person in the world and then our conversation went straight to VHS.

Me: Where did you record your last CD and where can people get it?

John: I recorded it in Oregon and you can get it on iTunes or in my garage in the the box under the BBQ.

Don’t miss John’s show on January 25th at the Habitat. Come early as tickets are only sold at the door. Tickets are $10.

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2013: A Retrospective

One year has gone by since I was welcomed as a contributor to the A-OK team and granted with many fantastic opportunities. In this retrospective I’d like to look back at some of my favorite events and meetings from the past year. More-so than just retreading the events this post will be dedicated to a more personal odyssey of what I’ve learned and how I’ve grown over the last year as a self-proclaimed journalist striving to immerse myself in our rich and vibrant community.   (Click on any of the headlines to be directed to my coverage of that event)

Honorable Mentions:

Keloha, Ecotone, Lille Gard.

Great festivals featuring many great artists and musicians in one place.
Lots of good friends made these fun, memorable times.
A special thanks goes out to all of the people whose hard work made them possible.

Top 5:

#5 – Okanagan Arts Awards

No other time did I get to dress so fancy, act so professional, or feel so exclusive as I did this night. After watching a motivational awards ceremony I got to socialize with with other well dressed supporters and talented achievers while drinking complimentary wine and eating hors d’oeuvres. The party continued on into the night  at Hanna’s Lounge and Grill on the waterfront…

#4 – By Divine Right interview

One of the two interviews I conducted this year with out of town musicians. It was a great experience and honor interviewing indie rock legend Jose Contreras who’s fronted the band throughout its 20 years and 10 albums and has appeared in music videos on MTV in the 90′s. He was really friendly as well, giving me a personal look into the life and times of an established and professional musician.

#3 – Center of Gravity

What I enjoyed most about this event was spending time with my new found friend and acquaintance from Sublime Photography & Design backstage at the media tent and up front in the pit. Having an experienced and professional photographer around helped boost my confidence and passion for the art, and helped me have a lot of fun as well. I also got some rad pictures of big names for my portfolio, and got to shoot my first bikini contest as well. Center of Gravity hosted a smorgasbord of sports which let me step outside my realm of concert photography and realize how fun and challenging different subjects can be.

#2 -‘ Tiger Moon’ video shoot

I’ve always had a strong interest in film, but lack the resources and funds to seriously pursue it on my own. So when I was given the opportunity to film the debut video of local band Tiger Moon’s  song ‘North Highway’ I was thrilled to bits. Along with A-OK’s editor in chief we drove out to a fancy acreage, met the wonderful Kasey Graff and Dan Tait, and shot the video in the loft of their fabulous garage using professional camera equipment. It was a fun time, and seeing the finished product instilled me with the greatest sense of accomplishment yet.

#1 – Festival in a Box

This was probably the least sanctioned of events that I attended this year, but also the funnest. A bunch of great fiends and people gathered together to engage the community and express their talents and art. It poured rain that day, but it didn’t put a damper on the experience and even helped to cement the whole experience in my memory.

This concludes my retrospective of 2013.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I hope it will be as full of friends, fond memories, and opportunities as the last.

Dylan

Sincerely, your friendly neighborhood contributor, Dylan Mazur.

Bottega Christmas Market Art Show + Concert

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Bottega Farm Inn is proud to be hosting their third annual Christmas Market & Art Show on Saturday, December 14th & Sunday the 15th from 11am – 4pm. Over the two days, the festive market will feature some of the Okanagan’s Finest artists & crafters . Festive live music, kids activities, specialty treats, food, drink + much more, all set in the heart of beautiful South East Kelowna at Bo.ttega Farm Inn.

Bottega set out to bring a unique European style market to our community here in Kelowna, that would not only give families an opportunity to discover quality local arts, crafts, foods and music, but would help them to experience the warmth and excitement of this festive time of the year. All proceeds go in support of the Karis Support Society;  a local charity that provides safe housing, support, life skills, and training for people caught in life altering addiction and mental health.

$2 minimum donation/ kids are free!

To conclude Christmas Market weekend, Bo.ttega Farm Inn is presenting a special Christmas concert featuring leading west coast jazz quartet B3 KINGS.  Funky Festive Jazz at its Finest! Take a trio of leading west coast jazzmen, throw in a Hammond B3 organ — that old familiar groove of jazz, gospel and blues — circle Christmas on the calendar and call them the B3 Kings.
Sunday, December 15th at 8:00pm - Tickets are $25+tax+fees and available at Streaming Cafe , Mosaic Books (411 Bernard Avenue) or online.

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Samantha Savage Smith

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This weekend I was fortunate enough to walk into Calgary musician Samantha Savage Smith’s performance at the Streaming Café on Leon this past Saturday evening. The smooth Jazz/Blues infusion of her voice captured my attention immediately as she sang slow, rhythmic rock love songs, and answered tweets from those streaming the show online. Many of her tunes were off her 2011 debut album ‘Tough Cookie’, along with some new ones. Her album quickly became one of my favorite albums that I picked up this year as I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since.

You can watch the show in its entirety  here on Streaming Café’s website.