Monthly Archives: April 2011

MTBCo Hosts Fundraising BBQ

May 1st marks the second season opening of the Mission Creek Mountain Bike Skills Park. To kick off the season, Mountain Bikers of the Central Okanagan (MTBCo) will be hosting a fundraising BBQ. Enter the Jump Jam or play some family friendly games for chances to win free swag donated by our local bike shops.

The day begins at 10 am, and the BBQ starts at noon where an exemplary $5 donation will get you a burger, drink and snack. There will also be draw tickets on sale for chances to win additional prizes and all of the proceeds raised from this day will go towards the maintenance and development of the Bike Park for the enjoyment of our and future generations.

The newly rebuilt jump lines will once again showcase Kelowna’s many talented riders in an all-day jump jam.  The Jump Contest will be open to anyone who is an MTBco member, and we’ll be there early to sign people up.

Prizes are being donated by the following local shops:

  • Chain Line
  • Union Cycle
  • Outbound
  • Cyclepath
  • Sovereign Cycle
  • Fresh Air Experience

Located at 1960 Hollywood Road South, the park features a pump track and six dirt jump lanes progressing from beginner to expert. Ride on over or carpool if you can as parking on site is limited. Additional street parking may be available on Hollywood Rd South and Pasadena Rd. Please note however that it is not permitted on East Kelowna road, adjacent to the park. For more parking details, please visit their Facebook Page.

To prep the park for its 2011 debut, there will be a maintenance day today (Saturday April 30th). Work begins at 11am. Extra hands (and shovels!) are always appreciated, so come on down and do your community good!
Find out  more about the Mountain Bikers of the Central Okanagan (MTBCo).
Images donated by the MTBCo.

Focus Friday: Early Birds

Earlier mornings and longer evenings seem to be giving Okanagan photographers more time to find beauty in the valley. It’s a calm time of year, full of opportunity and anticipation.

Early Birds by Lisa Valancius

Bellyfit LIVE Comes to Kelowna!

Expand your fitness experience. Bellyfit Live™ is when a Bellyfit instructor teams up with a DJ and/or a live drummer to offer a ‘live’, extra long Bellyfit class. The energy created by the live mixing of tracks and live drumming adds an incredible energy to both the instructor and the participants, creating an experience that goes beyond a workout and into the realm of community celebration and unity.

Bellyfit LIVE creators Alice Bracegirdle & DJ Rowan join Kelowna’s Tamara Logan & DJ JGirl for the Kelowna launch of Bellyfit LIVE in Kelowna on Friday May 13 2011.

DJ Stickybuds Tonight at Sapphire Nightclub!

Homegrown Nu-Funk DJ Stickybuds packed his bag and hit the road this spring sharing his funk-a-fied sounds with folks in Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. With close to a dozen releases out on labels like Goodgroove Records, Bombastic Jam, and Fort Knox Recordings, Tyler’s busy touring schedule keeps him away from home quite a bit lately. He touched down in Kelowna this week for a very short stay before heading off to the UK for a month of gigs and travel.

Get your groove on tonight at Sapphire Nightclub where Tyler plays a full peak hour set from 12am to 2am. We can expect to dance to a mix of funk, hip hop, reggae, breaks, and big basslines! He also plays a set this year at Shambhala Music Festival’s Fractal Forest stage in August. Keep up to date with all of Footwerk’s upcoming spring and summer events, click like on their Facebook page.

Fashion’s Transition to Spring

It’s true! As the trees bloom and the colours brighten and change, it seems Kelowna’s fashion is changing, too.  In the past few weeks I’ve noticed pant legs being rolled up while others are already braving the shorts.  It won’t be too much longer before Kelowna’s trade mark look (men – topless, ladies – bathing suits) will be walking around ;)

Button up shirt: Penguin
Blazer: H & M
Shorts: H & M

Shirt: American Apparel
Pants: American Apparel
Belt: H & M

Jeans: Nudie from Passeport
Striped shirt: American Apparel
Shoes: Clark Desert

Check out more of Kelowna’s style at
Kelowna Street Style


InPrint: Kelowna’s The Capers mark the release of their debut album

The CapersSaturday, April 30th, Kelowna’s The Capers will celebrate the release of their debut album ‘Ring True’ with a special performance at the Habitat.

Spanning influences from early rock n’ roll to folk and country/western, The Capers aim to fill the dance floor in performance, and lay down original songs in a true way on record.

Just like a good storyteller, there’s something about the honesty and energy behind their songs that captures listeners and doesn’t let them go even after the last note has rang out. If you’ve ever seen The Capers live then you know that their music will get even the most nonchalant worked up into a frenzy.

Joining The Capers in at the album release party will be Rumpus Room by Connor, sure to get the dance floor primed for the Capers set. Opening the show will be the always entertaining Stolen Organ Family Band, formerly of Kelowna but now residing in Vancouver, and closing the show will be DJ Grizz Lee with a set of dance music to keep the party going and the vibe high.

Tickets for The Capers CD Release Party at Habitat (248 Leon Ave.) are $10 or $20 with a CD. Advance tickets are available at Leo’s Video, Tweaked and Yummy Vintage Apparel and online at Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm. For more information visit or

To read the full article pick up today’s (April 27th, 2011) edition of the Kelowna Capital News.

Deviate Board Shop

As you may have read, in weeks leading up to our Launch Party on April 16th we had been featuring some of our local friends taking part. The lead up was a great way for everyone to find out a bit more about our local businesses and those supporting the community and if you were at the Launch, you know there were a lot! The good news is, we’re not done featuring these awesome businesses! The Launch Party is over, but the REAL party is just beginning! This week we’ll be focusing on the businesses involved in our Launch and today’s business is Deviate Board Shop.

Whether you’re a snowboarder, skateboarder, wakeboarder, or you’re just a sharp dresser, you’ll find the best at Deviate Board Shop.

Established in 1998 and originally located on Springfield across from Orchard Park mall, Deviate has always been a core, grassroots shop. Have you ever heard a Deviate ad on the radio? Have you ever seen a Deviate ad in the newspaper, or on TV? Never. “Deviating” from mainstream marketing is something the shop has stayed true to since day one; this doesn’t mean Deviate lacks community involvement though. Every year the shop holds or partakes in a plethora of events that are always a fun time. From rail jams at Big White, skateboard competitions outside the shop, to big time movie premieres, Deviate connects with you and the community directly through fun events and good times.

With a near endless list of brands, Deviate is known for carrying some of the most exclusive brands that help make the shop what it is. Altamont, Obey, Insight, Toms, Cons and Kr3w are just a few of the brands that you can find at their finest inside Deviate’s doors.

To stay informed with everything going on at Deviate, check out their website, the Deviate Facebook page, or come in and say “hello” at  2340 Hwy 97 North across from Safeway and Staples. There is going to be a lot happening this summer so you’ll wanna keep in touch..

Fall in Love with Flamenco Singing

If the romance of Latin Music has ever captured your imagination, this might be the week to satisfy some of your curiosity. The Spanish movie Camarón is being presented by the UBCO Spanish Program this Tuesday evening at Okanagan College Theatre in the Student Services Building.  This is a rare chance to see some of the best of Spanish cinema on a big screen in Kelowna.

Camarón is all about Flamenco and its most famous singer, Camarón de la Isla (Jaenada).   The role won Spanish actor Óscar Jaenada a Goya (Spanish Oscar). The movie is a love letter to a genius of Camarón’s craft and the relationships of his life.

“I believe these are exciting times for Spanish cinema,” says Francisco Peña , associate professor of Spanish in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. “Spanish cinema has always been an important art form in Spanish culture and history. Politics and history took a harsh toll on the Spanish film industry. The fact that more and more of our directors like Almodovar, Isabel Coixet, Amenabar — or actors like Javier Bardem or Penelope Cruz — are succeeding on the world stage is proof of the vitality and growth of the Spanish film industry.”

Camarón is part of a series of Spanish films the UBCO Spanish program was invited to participate in by the Spanish Embassy.

It is also a simple and inviting mid-week diversion for the cinema adventurist, cultural avatar, or lover of all things Spanish.

The public is most welcome Tuesday evening 7-9 pm at the Okanagan College Theatre – in the Student Services building.

Wondering what you might be getting into-  Youtube of Camaron is here.