Monthly Archives: July 2010

Deli City Cafe

Last week, my sister and I were looking to try somewhere new for lunch. When asked what I was in the mood for in an effort to narrow down our search field, my response was simply “Sandwiches.” I love them. For real, given the option, I would eat savoury meat, cheese, sauce and veggies nestled between two thick, fresh, toasty pieces of bread for every meal of the day.

We ended up at Deli City Cafe, which I’ve never even heard of, but the reviews were positive. And with good reason. Though the decor is a little dated and the location not exactly prime, the sandwiches, you guys. The sandwiches. They have a great selection to choose from. I went with the Cobb, because there is nothing I love more than the combination of bacon and avocado on a sandwich. So good. And they source as often as possible from local, sustainable farms, so you’re eating deliciously and doing a solid for local farmers. Rad!

Grab a bunch of these and iced coffees, a blanket, and head down to your favourite park for some impromptu picnicking and people-watching.


In lieu of a picture, we have a song!

Deuce Scoop Roller Derby Double Header

Come down to Prospera Place on Saturday, August 14th to check out our next Roller Derby event, the Deuce Scoop Derby Double Header!

Check out your very own Okanagan Peach Tarts vs. the Reign Valley Vixens Doomsday Bunnies!

Then stick around for the second game, we have the Reign Valley Kiss Me Deadlies Vs. The Terminally Evil All Stars. The Terminally Evil All Stars consist of players from both the Vancouver league and the Edmonton league. They’ve put together this special All Star Roster for this night only, you want to miss it!

Tickets are only $15, and kids under 12 get in FREE! On sale tomorrow, July 30th @ 10am through SelectYourTickets.com.  250-762-5050… or hit up your favorite Derby Girl to purchase ;)

Support local Roller Derby!


7th Annual Wearable Art Gala & G74 Music and Media Arts Festival

What: 7th Annual Wearable Art Gala & G74 Music and Media Arts Festival
Where: Kelowna Community Theatre 1375 Water Street
When: Friday, July 30 2010. Doors 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. G74 starts at 10pm

WAG TICKETS: $39 ($25 for students) through SelectYourTickets.com
G74 Music and Media Arts Festival tickets: Free with WAG theatre ticket or $15 at the door

The Alternator’s Wearable Art Gala is on the scene once again with this wildly popular fundraiser event. Each year the audience is bigger, the show more finely choreographed and for the first time ever featuring the G74 Music and Media Arts Festival, inspired to bring you even closer to the full fantasy and thrill of WAG.

The Wearable Art Gala is an artistic exploration of all types of body adornment. This fun and funky adult theatre event is not a fashion show in the traditional sense – it’s an artistic exploration of all types of body adornment.

This year the WAG will unleash some 23 artists on stage blending burlesque sex appeal, clever design, breathtaking performance art, vaudeville humour and sheer spectacle. Past highlights include a battle dress made from 2000 chopsticks and other unusual designs using string licorice, tennis balls, pillows, computer keyboards and balloons filled with pebbles.

Following the theatre show the Kelowna Community Theatre will be transformed into a multi-stage nightclub experience including media-based visual art (audio, video, 3D, lights, performance) and musical guest DJs. Media artists Chris Bose, Tim Fehr (SpellcastProductions.com) and Arthur (DesignModeStudios.com) set the stage with audio, video and performance designed for interaction.

The G74 Music and Media Arts Festival begins as DJs literally lift audiences off their feet with electronic music perfect for mingling, art and dancing. DJ Elis Dye opens the evening with a high energy mix of styles, JGirl & Manousos (Footwerk.ca) journey through the laid-back grooves of Deep House, while guest DJ Timothy Wisdom unifies, intensifies, uplifts and penetrates the senses.

The Alternator is Kelowna’s only artist-run centre. This is our major annual fundraiser and all proceeds go to support our operations – bringing innovative exhibitions and special events to Kelowna year-round, while supporting the careers of local emerging artists.

For information about the Wearable Art Gala – including video from previous galas– visit the Alternator web site at: AlternatorGallery.com.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

Okanagan International Film Festival

Gonzo Magazine: G74 Music and Media Arts Festival
Big Rock Brewery: Big Rock Bistro
DesignMode Studios: Chill Out Lounge

George “Chicklets” Cwiklewski, Oxygen Salon & Academy, Alison Pickering Photography, Inter- Mtn Sign Co, KelownaEvents.info, NovaRae Interiors, Sonoran Estate Winery, Bella Clothing Boutique and Dandy Diva Gems and Jewels, Cannery Coffee, Kelowna Acupuncture, Dr. Hilary A. Pada, MAC Cosmetics, Health in Hand Family Chiropractic, Jo-Anne Martin, SPL Sound, Urban Harvest, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Opus Framing and Art Supplies, Rollingdale Winery, Alice Pallett, Sturgeon Hall Restaurant, Sweet Dreams Fine European Lingerie, Bikram Yoga Kelowna, Funktional, Kelowna Art Gallery, Tweaked and Yummy Vintage Apparel, BroSista clothing co., Fresh Healthy Café, Memphis Blues, Centre of Gravity, Ballet Kelowna and Glass Art by SIMS.

Mission Creek Mountain Bike Skills Park Open

Sunday saw the opening of the Mission Creek Mountain Bike Skills Park, located on a 3.4 hectare site at 1960 Hollywood Rd South, the park features a pump track and six dirt jump lanes progressing from beginner to expert. I don’t know a lot about Mountain Biking (or at all really) so what I’m recounting is based off what I heard on the CBC and what I’ve read on Castanet (if you’re interested in reporting on Mountain Biking or Skateboarding in Kelowna, contact me) but it sounds like a pretty exciting venture.

The city worked with some of the sports top riders while developing the site. It was important for it to be relevant to everyone, having runs for the amateur and beginners but still offering something to pro bikers to continuously challenge themselves with. I see this is a great opportunity for Kelowna, kids in Kelowna, and MTB in Kelowna in general, we’re excited to see what comes of this and Kelowna Is Awesome looks forward to reporting on it in the future!

Here’s a video posted last fall/winter discussing what would become of the project (hoping to have some photos soon!)

Read more here


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Underground Sound

Remember the days of old? Heading to the record store and exploring hundreds of thousands of vinyls, in search of that perfect sound? Well, I don’t, I’m only 24, but luckily I am afforded this luxury now! Take a step back in time at Underground Music Kelowna! I had the pleasure of walking by this relatively new music store at #4–1331 Ellis St and ran into manager Angela who filled me in. Michael and Victor (formerly of Oz by Cole, near where we spotted All You Need Is Love) have traveled the world and many record stores throughout to find the perfect big city vibe to share with us. I’m not an expert, but I think it may be the largest collection of albums in the Okanagan.

The vinyl ranges from mid-century to about the ’80s/’90s and prices are comparable to a CD and in some cases even getting the album off iTunes. They have a bargain bin where prices are $4.99 for classic albums, and just because they’re cheap, doesn’t mean they’re skimping on the quality. Many of the vinyls in the bargain bin are just more copies of what they already have, the quality of the vinyl is great to mint and if you find a scratched one in your travels through the store they insist you let them know so they can remove it from the shelves.

I personally picked up a copy of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” Steve Miller Band’s “Book of Dreams,” and—of course—Eagles’ “Greatest Hits 1971-75,” all albums I very much grew up with. Underground Music also has a Warehouse hidden in West Kelowna with about 150,000 other titles they’ve collected and just haven’t had a chance to bring into the store yet. So, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, they probably have it somewhere… so don’t hesitate to ask!

Thanks Underground Music Kelowna, we hope you stick around for some time!

Spotted! View from Knox Mountain

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While not necessarily a poster or image, this was quite a sight. A friend and I hiked to the top of Knox (well, okay, we drove most of the way…) and caught a rare glimpse of the Okanagan. You can basically see from Vernon to Peachland. Awesome. I nabbed a few shots on my iPhone and stitched it together in Photoshop. Click it for a better view!

A-OK Summer Mixcast Two

Wow, back for another mixcast? Damn, who knew? A pattern is emerging in the way these are playing out, the energy in the songs, and the time of day I feel they’re most appropriate…. Summer Mixcast Two is the late afternoon/evening to Mixcast One’s Afternoon mix. I’m honored in this particular mixcast to share an exclusive Awesome Okanagan premiere of Please Come Home by The Olive Tree Orchestra, my friend Michael Morelli. While I wasn’t sure we’d ever break new ground with music here, who knows, this could end up being a great project to let the rest of Canada (and the world?) know how great our local talent is! Featured artists on this particular Mixcast are:

1) Women – Cameras
2) Makeout Videotape – I Guess the Lord Is in New York
3) Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains – American Names
4) Human Highway – The Sound
5) The Olive Tree Orchestra – Please Come Home
6) Bahamas – Whole, Wide, World
7) Korallreven – The Truest Faith (CFCF Remix)

Are you an artist hoping to be featured? Contact me, if you fit the program I’d love to play you! And remember guys, if you dig the song it’s only $0.99 on iTunes!

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These People Are A-OK: Tim Janzen

Tim Janzen is widely regarded as Kelowna’s best dressed man. From the year 1988 at the age of 18 Tim moved into one of Winnipeg’s most notorious heavy metal rock and roll bars as its live-in bartender. Paying little attention to border crossing formalities he soon moved to Seattle to be in the midst of the grunge revolution and developed a lifelong affection for American culture which led him to take up residence at the Four Queens in Vegas to marry one of the great loves of his life.

Following his Toronto bride home he traded in his plaid shirt for a white lab coat as a quality control expert for Goshen rubber corporation by day and notorious Young Street pornographer by night. Growing associations with spooks, arm dealers, assassins, and well placed Cuban political figures led him to Cuba for a career as a smuggler which he wisely aborted and fled to the relative safety of Mexico cities barrios leaving an invaluable collection of female portraiture later to be destroyed by hurricane Ivan. Later spending time in the historic meeting place city of Don Juan and Carlos Castaneda, Tim befriended Oaxaca’s transvestite prostitute community. Tim found himself well suited for the life of leisure in Mexico, incidentally all the while maintaining complete abstinence from consuming drugs or alcohol while living in the mescal capital of the world.

He moved finally to Kelowna where he was heavily headhunted as an agent to Canada’s top artists, leaving after a record breaking one day tenure. In a sideways move to show production he crew chiefed such talent as David Bowie, Cher, Blue Man group, etc.

He now mops the stages his crew once built but still maintains close personal ties and inroads to the Industry. Experiencing highs and lows of this life, while enjoying deep intimacies with the thousands of women who have flowed through his life, often necessitating eating chocolate covered almonds out of bulk food bins, he brings the full weight of his hard won experience and unparalleled expertise in the world of femininity as Canada’s foremost dating coach.


Why We Love It Here

1. Backstage at Jay Z.
2. Dang, I forgot my sunglasses?
3. Colouring with Kyla.
4. Nasim’s hat world.
5. Watching the kiddies.
6. Shelly at BCIMAs
7. Script writing at Bean Scene.
8. Terence’s ukulele world.

Why They Love It Here

What neighborhood do you live in?
Mission.

What do you do and where?
My greatest joy is raising my beautiful 17 year old daughter.

What are you working on?
In the midst of producing the Tim Janzen show, broadening it in scope and visibility.

Where can we find your work?
TimJanzenShow.com.