Monthly Archives: July 2011

Poet Duo Cause Ruckus in Bookstore

Live in concert, this Saturday afternoon only, meet the freshest poet duo to grace Mosaic’s aisles since… well, this will be the first poet duo I’ve ever hosted, but I’m sure their visit will go down in infamy. Your first impression of Jake and Kevin may run something like, “Look at those swell fellows! I should invite them over for a glass of scotch and game of Mahjong!”, but be warned; when your guard is down, out come razor sharp shuriken-like words that will SHRED YOUR MIND. In a good way. Both English professors at the Okanagan College, Kevin and Jake have meddled frequently with Kelowna’s budding poetry scene, their efforts seen through poetry slams, book launches and literary discussions.

For their Mosaic debut, Kevin and Jake will be discussing, signing, and juggling their recent collections of poetry. However, you should know that this book signing may actually be cover for a more insidious scheme. Jake and Kevin are assembling a community-written novel titled Death Valley, and will be soliciting scribbles from event attendees, passersby, and anyone within lasso reach. If not to witness a true bromance in action, or to hear some truly innovative minds at work, come on by and help create a work of fiction that will leave the masses exclaiming, “Hrrrrrrm?”

As there are three works up for the taking, and I don’t think Awesome Okanagan needs to be dominated by a mile long collection of book reviews, check out our site for more information on Jake and Kevin’s notorious notables.

As a final, below the belt attempt at snagging a crowd for this event, I’d like to share the last line of Kevin’s recent email communication with me regarding tomorrow: “In anticipation of the event, I’ve already sent my translucent Batman costume to the cleaners!” Lookin’ forward to it, Kevin.

Scythia Brings Canadian Folk-Metal to Kelowna

Date: August 6, 2011
Venue: Dave’s Sports bar, 155 Rutland Road South
Time: 9pm
Bands: Scythia w/ Through Tragedy, Isis Unveiled, The New Arcadia

The Canadian folk metal clan of Scythia have posted a new video teaser on their upcoming album “…Of Exile”, again produced by Shaun Thingvold who has engineered on projects with SYL, Fear Factory, Darkest Hour and is the follow up to last year’s debut release “..Of War”.

The Band will be on tour and hitting Kelowna on August 6th in promotion of their new release/to pillage Dave’s Sports Bar.

For more info please visit the following links :
Facebook Event Page
Scythia on Facebook

Here’s the sound of their first single “For The King”

You can also get this track absolutely free!

InPrint: Komasket Music Festival Celebrates 10 Years

Komasket Music FestivalAugust long weekend is here! I’m sure by now, most of you have weighed your options of how to spend you 3.5 days of weekend whether it be camping, attending one of the numerous events happening around the valley, or just plunking yourself down at the beach.

Although we all know that Center of Gravity is happening right here in Kelowna but if you missed the boat on buying tickets before it sold out (or it just isn’t your scene), there is another great festival happening just a quick drive away in Vernon.

Komasket Music Festival taking place in Komasket Park (Vernon) from July 29th – 31st and this year the festival will be celebrating their 10th and biggest year yet.

The festival weekend offers three days of bringing attendees together to celebrate joy, love, music, dance, art, culture and family on the beautiful shores of Lake Okanagan. Take the awesome scenery along with the friendly, loving atmosphere and then throw into the mix four stages, over 40 artists, camping, a Yoga Zone, a Kids Zone, vendors, art installations, swimming, kayaking and 25 free workshops ranging from drumming to poi spinning, and I think you have yourself one fabulous August long weekend.

This year’s line-up will feature Jon Anderson (Yes, the owner of a lonely heart), Buffy St. Marie, OKA, Digable Planets, Sweatshop Union, Tambura Rasa and Kytami from Delhi 2 Dublin, to name a few.

There will also be plenty of Okanagan talent present including Cod Gone Wild, Paperboy, Sound Splash and Lorelle Raindown.

Today is the last day for $95 weekend passes (camping extra) and tomorrow prices will go up to $120 and will be sold at the gate only. A great plus for those with wee ones, children 14 and under get in for free! Tickets are available at So if you’re still wondering what to do with your long weekend, take a trip down to Komasket and you probably won’t ever have to wonder what you’ll be doing on August long weekend again.

Fore more information on Komasket Music Festival, visit

To read the full article pick up a copy of today’s (Thursday, July 27, 2011) Kelowna Capital News.

A-OK Mixcast Nine

It has been a while, I’ve been riding the coattails of the Big Wet Canadian Summer Mixtape since May, but I suppose it’s time to make another Mixcast. Paritally inspired by an after-party from Saturday—meeting/seeing The Joe & Doug Hoyer perform— partially inspired by guilt, this Mixcast features artists that have either just recently played the Okanagan, or that you can catch in the upcoming months! Artists featured this Mixcast:

  1. The Orchard by Ra Ra Riot
  2. Gorbachev by 41st And Home (more about them here)
  3. Lie to Me by Jen Lane
  4. Funnel of Love by The Capers (they were also featured in an InPrint article)
  5. Northern Lights by Doug Hoyer
  6. PLAYFIGHT by The Joe
  7. Empire by ROCOCODE

Also, if you hurry, The Capers album “Ring True” is only $2 right now! Here’s a neat video I found of Doug Hoyer

Catch the following upcoming shows:

July 30th, 2011
41st and Home

August 19th
ROCOCODE w/ Fields of Green and Kingdom Cloud

September 3rd, 2011
Jen Lane w/ Smokekiller

September 25th
Ra Ra Riot w/ Dinosaur Bones

Remember, if you’re listening to this Mixcast in iTunes or on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad there will be a link to where you can buy these great tracks! If you dig the song it’s only $0.99 in the iTunes store! If you’re an artist hoping to be featured in a future Mixcast please contact me!

Subscribe to A-OK Mixcasts in iTunes


“Pressed” Film Premier at the Paramount

Brandon and Quinn head to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Kelowna for the Canadian Premier of the movie “Pressed.” Filmed entirely in Kelowna, and directed by Vancouver native Justin Donnelly, “Pressed” is a the story of two joyriders, Jesse and Sam, who discover something hidden in the back seat of the car that could change their lives forever.

Brandon interviews Jeff and Tyler (who play the characters of Sam and Jesse) the Director Justin, local Film Commisioner Jon, Troy from the Q103.1 and Paramount Manager Ashley, as well as some poor unfortunate souls who make their way into the frame.

Music by Yukon Blonde, their song “1000 Years.”

Watch the trailer for the “Pressed”

Focus Friday: Thunderstorm

So far the summer has been cooler and wetter than expected; not as beachy as many of us would like. However, it’s certainly been great for biking and gardening, and if you have to work outside every day, you aren’t necessarily missing the blasting heat.  The skies have also been spectacular. What a relief to see lightning that won’t immediately trigger a dozen forest fires! Ryan’s shot from Vernon captures some of the power and beauty of our recent thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms Over the North Okanagan by Ryan and Sabina

Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Tour – 2011

Starting this July, Interior Savings will be rolling out the red carpet for the 2nd Annual Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Tour.

A few modifications for the 2011 tour such as moving the bulk of the tour to the month of August to take advantage of the earlier sunset and earlier movie start time. They are also adding 2 additional events in Kamloops and Kelowna taking place the 2nd and 3rd weeks of July

Admission is by donation with a suggested amount of $3 per person or $10 per family.

Unique outdoor movie experience for the whole family. Barbeque, Concession and Kid’s Activities starting at 7pm, Movie at 9pm

Families are invited to enjoy a unique cinema experience under the stars, as a giant inflatable movie screen is set up in Kelowna’s City Park. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets to enjoy a popular family friendly movie in the park. Vote online for your favorite movie and to see which movie will be shown at

Free family event with donations being accepted for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.


Call the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs at 250-762-3914 or

Waterfront Mexican Resto Gets New Flare

It was great to stop by DJ’s Downtown Cantina, located at 1346 Water St. at the Grand Delta, last night for their Grand Re-Opening. I made some new friends, had a quick bite, sampled some drinks and had a chance to speak with new-owner Lucia about her recent purchase of the Mexican Cantina.

No stranger to the atmosphere, Lucia worked at DJ’s in its infancy, during the first three years of being open. While she took some time away to experience other aspects of the food & beverage industry, including consulting and acting as General Manager at the Bonfire Restaurant at the Cove, it seems the call to DJ’s must have been unavoidable.

A perfect location, more-or-less on the lake; a late afternoon or Okanagan sunset seems to be the perfect way to experience this Mexican cuisine. Ready to pour heart, soul and over 50 different types of Tequila (that’s the reduced list, by the way), Lucia is looking forward to making subtle changes to the resto over time in order to introduce new locals & tourists alike to their specific brand of Mexican flare.

“We have two great patios and we’re in a great location near the water… …it seems to go hand-in-hand,” she explains, almost the practiced mantra of any Okanaganite at this point. Patios, not just one but two, both with gorgeous views. About the decor she adds, “People may not know that everything that’s inside of DJ’s originally came straight from Mexico in two containers,” adding spicy authenticity to the venue.

As true lovers of live music we’re looking forward to the musical trio, Cuban Fire, they’ll be hosting through the end of September for their Margarita Monday’s. And after a ‘long week’ who doesn’t want a margarita on a Monday? Thanks to Lucia and Chef Phil for graciously hosting us at their party, we can’t wait to go back!

In the meantime, here’s a sample of Cuban Fire