Monthly Archives: June 2010

Weekend Lake Report

I'm On A Boat

Yes Kelowna, summer is finally here! Saturday was perfect by my standards: Hot and sunny (don’t let the heat fool you though, the lake is still freezing).

I was able to spend the majority of my Saturday on the lake with some friends riding some waves and catching some rays. We also ran into some kayaking friends celebrating a stag (hence the leys, butterfly wings, and shell bra). The water was decently calm and boat traffic was minimal for a hot weekend.

Although most people attribute being on a boat to getting liquored up, playing “I”m On A Boat” at full volume on repeat, and yelling at people on the beach, none of these played a factor in our summer afternoon – it was all about the good vibes, good music, and good friends.

I highly recommend that everyone put in some quality beach time this summer whether it be on a boat or on a beach because what would Kelowna be without Lake Okanagan? If you’re into water sports but you don’t have the means then check out www.lakefrontsports.com. Situated at the Delta Grand Okanagan downtown, Lakefront Sports has got you covered for all your summer water needs. From wakeboarding to waterskiing, boat and sea-doo rentals, to parasailing and (for those of you looking for something a bit more tame) a ride around the Grand lagoon in your very own Ogopogo pedal boat – they have it all.

Enjoy the summer and, as Baz Luhrmann reminds us, “Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.”

Score G Productions Inc. on Kickstarter

The Okanagan is Awesome, and a big part of that is the people who make it that way. One of the Locals guilty of awesomeness is Adam Scorgie. You may recognize him as filmmaker of the documentary “The Union: The Business behind getting High“. He is now undergoing a new project “Ice Guardians”, but he needs our help!

The obstacle facing many indie filmmakers is that most studios are only looking for movies that they think will be big box office hits, rather than movies which are thought provoking and educational.

“My true passion in addition to being creative is to focus on very compelling topics that both stimulate interest and educate people. The one quality that separates me from other filmmakers is that I am not in the industry simply to make a lot of money. The passion that drives me is to make thought provoking films that inspire the world in a positive way. ” -Adam Scorgie

Adam needs our help to raise $24,000 to start Score G Productions Inc., this will be “the production company created for the indie community by the indie community.”

In the spirit of A-OK, I raise my glass and popcorn bowl to Adam Scorgie. A true visionary and fellow Kelownian, dedicated to making Kelowna, the Okanagan, and the world, awesome.

Four Hour Lunch at the Greenroom

I was at the Greenroom this past Saturday for what was my second time. The Cultural District maintains restaurants, art galleries and performance venues and some of my favorite places are all three of these things at one time. We were lucky enough to find a patio seat in the shade (where it was still 26º out…) to enjoy a fresh lunch and a few delicious Sangria’s. During our tenure, we were treated to a live music performance by Barbara Samuels and a few good laughs, the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

The Greenroom is owned and run by Nathan Flavel (GM and co-founder of Kelowna Actors Studio), Randy Leslie (the artistic director and co-founder of Kelowna Actors Studio), Donna and Gord Brayshaw (Art Supporters) and is located at 101-1360 Ellis Street which places it as part of the Library Plaza Parkade. Check it out, sit down for a bite or a bevvy, settle down with “Intentions” by The Whitest Boy Alive for full effect.

Backyard BBQ’s

It’s that time of year when backyard BBQs abound. Kelowna summers are infamous for their dry, sunny days. July averages 300.5 hours of bright sunshine (or so Wikipedia tells me) and more than a few people live for the rays in this town. Summer is easily my favorite season and is a big reason for why I live here, part of that reason is summer nights and backyard BBQs. There is something that takes place around a group of friends having a few drinks, making a meal together. Maybe it’s the beer (lubrication for intelligent conversation?), maybe it’s the positive weather (29º of it, baby!), or more likely something primal and instinctual in all human beings, but there is definitely a connection made.

Backyard BBQ's

My friends and I love to make dinner together and BBQs take the party out of the house and into the world, which is refreshing after being cooped up inside throughout the winter. The sun beckons me every day I’m inside working in the summer, and I try to use it to my advantage. The eagerness builds to anticipation, and when I finally reward myself after a good day’s work, it makes me that much more aware of how lucky we are to live in a place like this. I feel as though we’re close to finally hitting our summer stride and you can bet you’ll see me around decks, patios, parks and streets. Probably with, like, food hanging out of my mouth.

Summer BBQs are made that much better with Lake Heartbeat’s album ‘Trust In Numbers’ or for something a little more raw, Tame Impala’s album ‘Innerspeaker’ would do nicely.

Best Sandwich in Kelowna as Voted by the Hole in my Face

After nearly two decades in Kelowna, it should be no surprise that Valoroso (1467 Sutherland Avenue) has probably the most delicious sandwich in Kelowna. In a pinch in the afternoon you can find pre-made or made-to-order authentic Italian cuisine in a refreshing atmosphere. The market carries quality Italian products including meats, cheese, wine (one of my favorite things in the world), vinegars, vegetables, waters, oils, pastas, flours, breads… the list goes on! As taken from their website, “Valoroso’s own deli and showroom is about sharing the Italian experience—not just the food but the whole culture and history of Italy,” and you feel it. If you’re not sure what to get for lunch today, surprise, now you know! Goes well with “Puzzles” by The Mary Onettes.

Carmelis Goat Cheese, Gelato?

I didn’t know if Carmelis goat cheese was a specific type of cheese (e.g. emental, provole) or a brand, and as it turns out it is a family owned boutique dairy. Since I’m a sucker for anything with boutique in the name—I dig the uniqueness, the stories, and the experience of such places—I had to search it out with some friends.

I first heard of Carmelis goat cheese when it came on a savory pizza at the Wild Apple Grill and haven’t been able to get it out my mind since. Their website is pretty solid, they offer tips and tricks, a product-line, tools to figure out when to drop by for a tour and of course a map. It was also on their website we learned they make gelato from their goats milk. Smooth, delicious gelato. If you’re a chocolate lover like I am, try the chocolate hazelnut gelato, pair it with good friends, a hot summer day and some classic Beatles or Quebec’s Cœur de pirate.

Treelines CD Release Party(s)

I ran into friend Matt Kelly, member of local band Treelines, yesterday afternoon and he let me know they have a couple upcoming shows in order to properly share their new CD with everyone! They’re playing two shows with other Kelowna talent Kingdom Cloud and Patrick Kelly (Matt’s younger brother)

  • June 29th at O’Flannigans $10 at 8:00 w/ Kingdom Cloud
  • July 2nd at Mars Hill Cafe $8 at 7:00 w/ Midnight & Patrick Kelly

Unfortunately I won’t be around for the show on the 2nd, but I’ll see you out at O’Flannigans June 29th!

Kelowna band, 2010 Polaris Music Prize nominee

Our sister site, VancouverIsAwesome.com, recently ran a piece on the Polaris Music Prize nominees and about how many artists were Vancouver-based. They go on to explain how the Prize is “a music award annually given to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label” and it’s a fantastic honour and a great way to spread the love we already have for these bands to new folks.

While the post was focused on bands that are ‘based’ in Vancouver, one of them was calling Kelowna home years before that and we want to send our congratulations to Yukon Blonde! The long list of 40 will be cut down and the short listed bands—of which only 10 will remain—will be announced on July 6th, with the grand prize winner being announced September 20th.

Our fingers are crossed for our boys!