Monthly Archives: June 2011

InPrint: How to spend your Canada Day

Canada DayCanada Day will be upon us tomorrow and is, as we all know, a welcome day off but also a great day to get out and celebrate this absolutely awesome country of ours.

So you have all your flags, your face paint, your patriotism, and all of your other Canadian paraphernalia but now… What do you do?

You might find yourself tomorrow morning, or today even, wondering what you’re going to do with yourself on the birthday of our true north strong and free.

Well, Kelowna has no shortage of opportunities to busy yourself on the start of your three-day weekend.

So to start things off, Kelowna style, I would suggest leaving the car at home. We’ve all sworn under our breath about never being able to find a parking spot in downtown Kelowna during busy summer weekends and tomorrow will be no exception. Plan to bike, skate, board, walk, or public transit your way down to Kelowna’s Canada Day hot spot.

Once downtown, “Celebrate Canada Day – Kelowna” will be kicking off at 10am. The celebration is an annual, free community festival held in Prospera Place and Waterfront Park produced as a community partnership between Festivals Kelowna, Folkfest, and the Kelowna Canada Day Concerts Society, bringing the community a huge number of activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Later in the evening, of course, come the fireworks. This blessed display of all things patriotic, bright, glorious (and yet generally underwhelming) over Lake Okanagan will kick off at 10:30pm. Although this is an exciting and breathtaking moment for most – for some, this is also the highest point of tension from a days worth of mass crowds, sunshine, and consumption of numerous beverages so let’s keep things cool, safe, and positive. We all love to celebrate and we want to make sure that our city is still allowed to celebrate.

After the evening’s festivities my final advice would be to head down to Doc Willougby’s, enjoy the good company, and listen to Red Eye Empire rock, reggae, pop, and ska the night away.

Happy Canada Day!

To read the full article, pick up a copy of today’s (Thursday, June 30, 2011) copy of the Kelowna Capital News.

Get Vampt

It is an Okanagan success story that right now is taking place in the United States: Vampt.  This Kelowna adult beverage business is in 10 US states with their agave infused drink that is becoming the drink of choice for club and concert goers.

Tuesday night local investors were treated to anniversary party at Nineteen at Two Eagles Golf Course. The company is  gearing up for the Canadian release of Vampt a year from now. Look for the refreshing citrus or sweetly perfect nectarine flavours to hit the Canadian club scene in the next 12 months.

For Canadian release updates visit

Two of Vampt's co-founders Roberto Rodriguez (l) and Ian Toews(r)


Canada Day, July 1st, 2011 – statutory holiday (yay!) and 144 years since Canada gained full independence from the United Kingdom.

This year there are many FREE ways to celebrate!  Head down to Waterfront Park and enjoy musical performances, activities for children of all ages, Taste of Canada food fair, Canadian arts & crafts, fireworks at 10:30pm and so much more!

Prospera Place is also open, offering birthday cake and a live orchestra.

Don’t miss it! For more information visit: Festivals Kelowna

DubFX live in Kelowna!

DubFX performs for the first time in Canada this July and he stops into Kelowna on July 14, and you can win two free tickets with our A-OK Giveaway. Just keep re-tweeting “RT2WIN! I need two free tickets to DubFX LIVE in Kelowna at Sapphire Nightclub on July 14th from @awesomeokanagan!” between now and July 12th and we’ll randomly select you!

What: Footwerk Events presents: Dub FX live w/ Flower Fairy & CAde
When: Thursday July 14, 2011
Where: Sapphire Nightclub
Ticket info: Footwerk shop

Dub FX (Benjamin Stanford) is a worldwide street performer and studio recording artist from St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. After playing and singing in a band called Twitch & N.O.N with CAde since they were 15, he struck out solo when he moved to Europe. His trademark is creating rich live music using only his own performance aided by Live looping and effect pedals combined with his voice.

Stanford travels and performs with his fiancée Flower Fairy (real name Shoshana Sadia) whom he met in Manchester UK. Flower Fairy can usually be seen selling CDs during Dub Fx’s performances and also performs alongside Stanford. She is featured singing in the songs on Everything’s A Ripple, Wandering Love, and Time Will Tell. Flower Fairy released a CD “Nursery Gryme” produced by Dub FX aimed towards children. Dub has released 2 Live CDs, 1 is an ultra rare burnt CD of random recordings from street performances the second is “Live in the Street” the Cardboard slip which is still available on

Everythinks A Ripple is Dub’s studio album released in late 2009 which has the songs Love Someone & Flow, two songs made popular through Ben Dowden, a Bristol filmmaker who captured the live performances and posted them on YouTube.

In 2010 Dub FX collaborated with Melbourne based producer Sirius and released the album titled: Dub FX and Sirius A Crossworlds. Dub Fx and Sirius came to collaborate as old friends who have a mutual love for producing Bass Orientated Music. 2011 will see the release of a new solo album, Everythanks A Ripple (Remix Album), collaborations with producers & lots of secret surprise things.

Love Somebody – Close to 10,000,000 hits on YouTube

Dub FX, CAde, Pete Philly & Mr. Woodnote – Supernova Pilot

Flower Fairy & Dub FX – Sunny Daze

Don’t forget, re-tweet “RT2WIN! I need two free tickets to DubFX LIVE in Kelowna at Sapphire Nightclub on July 14th from @awesomeokanagan!” to win your pair of tickets. The winner will be announced July 12th, 2010!

It’s that time get pickin!!

Strawberries love love

Summer Has Arrived. Get Out There!

The Okanagan Valley is indeed an all-season playground, but there’s a reason we’re referred to as Summer City! I encourage all of you to get outside and try something new.  Boredom is not an option – there’s just too much to do here!

Check out our many unique hiking trails and waterfalls, visit viewpoints and snap some gorgeous photographs.  Relax on the beach and read a book, take a wine tour or dine by the lake.

Silver Star Mountain Bike Park opens today!  Grab your bicycle and head up the lift for some awesome terrain, offering everything from beginner trails to expert runs filled with burms, table tops and a ton of wooden features.

Don’t own a bike?  That’s okay – Silver Star offers affordable daily rates.  Are you from out-of-town?  Take advantage of the Mountain Biking Getaway, which includes a lift ticket and overnight accommodation as low as $75!

Starting today as well, is the DAKINE Photo Challenge: Get your lenses shined up and ready to shoot because DAKINE is back supporting this showdown for the Paparazzi.  Lots of great prizes are up for grabs from our friends at DAKINE!

For more information and details on booking, visit

The Groove Lounge has Surfaced in Kelowna at the Streaming Cafe

Article Submitted by Low Frequency Society / Submit Your Own Article

The second and fourth Fridays of the month The Groove Lounge transforms the Streaming Cafe into an art gallery slash beat shop. Featuring work by a different artist every event, The Groove Lounge is driven by the rhythmics of Everyday Hustle founder and member of the Low Frequency Society – Eating Your Lunch at Recess.

Sights and sounds will include, but will not be limited to: music you will never hear on local radio.

HISTORY: The Groove Lounge was founded in the late 1990s in Montreal by the Everyday Hustle Crew and featured regular performances by a number of Future Classic artists – A-trak, P-love, Dave-1 from Chromeo, DJ Huggs – along with many Montreal art crews – such as Heavyweight.

This week The Groove Lounge features Meghan Wise, one of our favourite art chefs.

No cover. Licensed. Deals on nosh. 6.30-9.30pm.

ALSO – we are looking for local artists who would like to exhibit at The Groove Lounge. Please contact Michelle.

In Focus: Jason St.Pierre

It’s been inspiring to see unique images emerging from Kelowna photographer Jason St. Pierre since he got into night photography a couple of winters ago. Anyone who has taken photos at night in winter in Canada knows that this has to be a labour of love — it’s not easy or comfortable.

Last spring, I dug into his stuff to kick off a gallery project in our I Love the Okanagan group on Flickr. He’s posted a few hundred photos since then, including fantastic portraits and daytime shots. I’m still most struck by his interpretation of the Okanagan at night — that’s the style and subject matter featured here. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for Awesome Okanagan this week.


How long have you been doing photography in the Okanagan?

I’ve been doing photography in the Okanagan for about 6 years.  Ever since I bought my first DSLR and became passionate about photo making, it’s been in the Okanagan.  Of course, it started with shots of my kids, and after about a year of that I realized how much I loved it and started to read, learn, and practice as much as possible.
Favourite locations or subjects in the valley?

Big sky and water!  Some of my favourite photos have been near or on the lake with big sky taking up most of the photos.  Of course, anywhere in the Okanagan is a good place to take photos if the sun has set and the dark has engulfed my camera.
Influences or artists/photographers you admire?

I don’t really have any famous people that I look to for inspiration or as role models.  I try to do my own thing when taking photos.  That being said, my style and eye have been influenced by local photographers like my partner in crime, Chris Phillips.
What is it about shooting at night that interests you, and what challenges and opportunities do you see in the dark?

The most beautiful photos of the Okanagan come from the night.  There’s something about photography at night that is both beautiful and haunting.  Snow covered mountains, beautiful smooth skies and water with stars shining brightly above.  You just can’t beat the beauty at night.
Where do you see yourself going with your photography in the next year or two?

I’ve reached the phase in my hobby where I can either invest in more and better equipment and take things more seriously, or just settle in for a life of casual snapping.  I think that I will probably lean towards shooting more people and portrait shots in the years to come with the beautiful Okanagan as the backdrop and take fewer photos of just the landscape.

More of Jason’s stuff online:

In Focus features interesting Okanagan photographers and their work each month(ish). Individual photos are also featured each week on Focus Friday. The author primarily picks stuff from the I Love the Okanagan group on Flickr — if you have suggestions or ideas for photography features, please pass them along to