Monthly Archives: March 2011

Kelowna Street Style – featuring you!

Hello!  My name is Kim and I am a local photographer.  I have started a street style fashion blog for Kelowna. It features photographs of people I meet downtown who, for lack of a better word, have SWEET style. I ask them for their photograph and post it here:

Keep checking back every few days for new photographs.  You never know, maybe I’ll run into you and take your photograph!


Dress: FROCK Clothing
Boots: Aldo


Jacket: Forever 21
Sweater: Forever 21

We Are the City Makes the Grade

Tuesday night was an exceptionally brilliant night in Kelowna as hometown heroes—and winners of the PEAK Performance Project’s Summit Award of $150,000 for career development—We Are the City literally drove across the country to make it to the front doors of the Habitat in time for their own screening.

Off the heels of their debut album “In A Quiet World” they recently released the “High School EP” which has been on continuous play at CBC Radio 3 and Much Music (not to mention some very positive Tweets from Grant Lawrence). It’s always very exciting for a local band to gain such recognition, especially at such an early age, but it couldn’t have happened to nicer guys.

After David Menzel, guitarist, departed for personal reasons (all members remain on good terms) Cayne McKenzie (vocalist/keyboardist) and Andrew Huculiak (drummer) felt now was a good time to re-visit old experiences and start fresh. With the addition of latest member, guitarist Blake Enemark, what started as a side project became an entire album, and a way for the boys to deal with David’s departure.

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Knox Mountain Park Now Open

After the long winter, the Knox Mountain Park is officially open today, Tuesday March 29th.

If you have never been there before, don’t miss out on this great opportunity to see Kelowna like you’ve never seen it before.

Tons of trails and wildlife can be seen there. Nice place for the family, fun or just to take pictures.

To know more and have directions:

Kelowna Actors Studio – Sweet Charity

Many moons ago my sister and I went on an adventure! That adventure took us from the suburbs to downtown Toronto where my Mom had bought us tickets to see the matinee of “Sweet Charity!” I felt so grown up on the subway and thrilled that we found it without getting lost!

That day I fell in love with Charity and her attitude towards life.

It has been years since I have seen a production of “Sweet Charity” even though I seem to be forever humming or singing one of the songs from the show. I was thrilled when I learned that Kelowna Actors Studio had included “Sweet Charity” in the season!


Opening night I had the chance to reconnect with Charity.

It occurred to me afterward that KAS had big shoes to fill, this show was perched atop a pedestal in my mind that reflected many of the characteristics of what makes Susan Knight, Susan Knight!

Kelowna Actors Studio did not disappoint.

Tracy Ross was fabulous as Charity. When I dream of singing on a stage and performing for a crowd it is always the role of Charity that springs up first, so I was unsure of what the reaction would be in my subconscious. Outside of that brief moment of recognition that I wasn’t the one standing on the stage, I totally lost my self in the sprit of Charity, and that is what this show is all about.

It’s a celebration of life.

A celebration of the good and the bad, it’s about unhappy endings that still hold joy and about a spirit that is lost in so many but truly needs to be found. I always find it interesting when people don’t “get” Sweet Charity. Your reaction to it can say a lot about who you are and your outlook on the world.

Oscar was wonderfully portrayed by Randy Leslie! Without giving away too much the scene in the elevator still has me chuckling, it had the wonderful exasperation of a “who’s on first” skit tied together with a “been their done that” feeling that made the surreal real.

In another scene there is a moment when Oscar switches gears. It’s a moment that most of us have lived, on one side or the other. Randy handles it effortlessly and simply, allow the audience to feel for all involved.

As always the sets held wonderful surprises and transported us to Charity’s world. It’s not my favourite set I have ever seen at KAS but they set the bar so high that it still makes it heads and shoulders above what you would expect from a dinner theatre in another town.

I have to mention the dancing. Originally choreographed by Bob Fosse you know you are in for a treat (or at least you hope so) First a disclaimer: I Susan Knight no pretty much squat about dancing. OK.. On we go. WOW! Usually a KAS performance that involves dancing has one or maybe 2 people that obviously know what they are doing. This time, with what seemed to be a ton of people on stage it all came together! I had no idea KAS has so many performers that could kick that high.. and do it at the same time! You can’t help but love the identifiable Fosse style and it was a joy to see on the KAS stage. Well done to choreographer Jennifer Davies.

I would be remiss for not mentioning the direction of Nate Flavel. This was a big cast that required strong timing and movement. While I am sure it was made easier with the immense talent on stage but the show would not of reached the heights it has without solid direction which he obviously delivered.

Well done!

What: Sweet Charity
Where: Kelowna Actors Studio
Run: Till April 17th

Click HERE to sample some of the wonderful sounds of Sweet Charity

Dinner, Dessert & Theatre
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Evenings
$73 Adult
$64.75 Student/Senior
$54 under 12
Sunday Evenings
$69 Adult
$60.50 Student/Senior
$50 under 12

Dessert & Theatre
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Evenings
$48 Adult
$41.75 Student/Senior
$38 under 12

Saturday Matinee & Sunday Evenings
$43.50 Adult
$37.25 Student/Seniors
$34.50 under 12

Earth Hour in the Okanagan

Earth Hour - LogoAt 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour. With Earth Hour almost upon us, our thoughts are with the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging and sad time for their country. In our support of Earth Hour, A-OK has changed the theme for today to appear as it would at night without lights on; using this darker display will equate to a small amount of energy savings. Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the WWF that encourages individuals to show their support for the fight against climate change. More than 80 communities in B.C. signed up to participate in Earth Hour 2010, this year, we’re hoping to see an increase in that number!

What does that mean for us in BC? Well, last year the province’s electricity load dropped by 1.04 per cent during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 27. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. British Columbians saved 64.6 megawatt hours of electricity – the equivalent of turning off about 1.4 million lights. If British Columbians implemented the same conservation measures just one hour every evening, the combined savings would be enough to power close to 2,200 homes for an entire year.

BC Hydro is a sponsor of the even and encourages British Columbians to join Team Power Smart to set a personal electricity conservation target. Team Power Smart provides tools, resources and incentives to help people conserve year-round. For example, washing your clothes in cold water, turning off the heated-dry function on your dishwasher and turning down the heat by one degree are all simple changes people can make everyday to conserve.

Feel free to see the Earth Hour 2010 Electricity Savings Report [PDF, 25 Kb] for a detailed breakdown of savings by community.

Go beyond the hour, find out more about Earth Hour at the Official Website.

Focus Friday: Wonderland

I can’t  believe I missed this  Mad Hatter art show a couple of weeks ago in Kelowna. 50 artists taking over an old motel before it gets demolished!  Melanie Friesen took some cool photos of a few of the installations.

Wonderland by Lemanie73

Hemp City

In the weeks leading up to our Launch Party, we’ll be featuring some of our local friends who will be taking part. This is business week, so far we’ve featured the secret software company in Mosaic Books, today I attempt, through a smokey haze, to remember visiting Hemp City (at 526A Bernard Ave) and learn that there’s a lot more to hemp than it’s smoke-able cousin.

Hemp City has been in Kelowna for 5 years now and is one of two locations nearby (including one in West Kelowna) and surprising to some may be to see the full gamut of what they carry. The focus at Hemp City is sustainability and health.  Everything from organic clothing and locally made crafts to art supplies reside in the store. Not surprisingly the boys are advocates for hemp and give me the run-down on it’s multiple applications including clothes, paper, food, oil, gas, soaps, plastics, “pretty much anything under the sun” they finally admit raising questions to this author why we’re not growing more of this product everywhere?

Questions that arise might include ‘what if farmers hide marijuana plants among the hemp?’ but marijuana is grown widely spaced to maximize leaves. Hemp is grown in tightly-spaced rows to maximize stalk and is usually harvested before it goes to seed. If hemp does pollinate any nearby marijuana, genetically, the result will always be lower-THC marijuana, not higher-THC hemp. If hemp is grown outdoors, marijuana will not be grown close by to avoid producing lower-grade marijuana.

Back to the store, we wander around some more and I started seeing all kinds of poi, hula hoops, even some professional-level LED spinning tools, a wider variety that most wouldn’t expect. That’s specifically why we at Awesome Okanagan attempt to open these doors and ask a few questions.

Some possibly unknown hemp facts to take us out (via NAIHC):

  • Industrial hemp and marijuana are both classified by taxonomists as Cannabis sativa, a species with hundreds of varieties.
  • Industrial hemp has a THC content of between 0.05 and 1%. Marijuana has a THC content of 3% to 20%. To receive a standard psychoactive dose would require a person to power-smoke 10-12 hemp cigarettes over an extremely short period of time. The large volume and high temperature of vapor, gas and smoke would be almost impossible for a person to withstand.
  • At a volume level of 81%, hemp oil is the richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (the “good” fats). It’s quite high in some essential amino acids, including gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a very rare nutrient also found in mother’s milk.
  • Hemp fibers are longer, stronger, more absorbent and more mildew-resistant than cotton.
  • Fabrics made of at least one-half hemp block the sun’s UV rays more effectively than other fabrics.
  • BMW is experimenting with hemp materials in automobiles as part of an effort to make cars more recyclable.
  • Hemp can be made into fine quality paper. The long fibers in hemp allow such paper to be recycled several times more than wood-based paper.
  • Hemp grows well in a variety of climates and soil types. It is naturally resistant to most pests, precluding the need for pesticides. It grows tightly spaced, out-competing any weeds, so herbicides are not necessary. It also leaves a weed-free field for a following crop.
  • Hemp can displace cotton which is usually grown with massive amounts of chemicals harmful to people and the environment. 50% of all the world’s pesticides are sprayed on cotton.
  • Hemp can displace wood fiber and save forests for watershed, wildlife habitat, recreation and oxygen production, carbon sequestration (reduces global warming), and other values.
  • Hemp can yield 3-8 dry tons of fiber per acre. This is four times what an average forest can yield.