Monthly Archives: August 2011

Parkinson Superwalk

The Parkinson Society of Canada funds much of the Canadian research on this, the second largest neurodegenerative disease. $1.3 million dollars was invested last year by the society, as well as another $15 million secured from other sources, into research, funding a whopping 24 projects.

Parkinsons, for those of us that don’t know is a result of low dopamine production in the brain causing degeneration to those areas. Michael J. Fox is perhaps the most common person to come to mind in Canadian’s when they hear the name of this disease, but for those of us that watch it slowly take away a loved one we know the true outreach of its infection.

The Parkinson Superwalk is the largest fundraiser for the society in Canada, and two of these walks are set to take place in the Okanagan. Participants get sponsors, and do a walk, walking being something that parkinsons eventually takes away from it’s victims, along a specific route. This years online sponsorship to walkers and teams is already over 750 000 dollars which could lead to one of the most successful years to date.

The Okanagan walks include; Kelowna on Saturday Sept 10th at 9 AM in the Waterfront Park (at the concession Plaza), and Salmon Arm on Saturday Sept 17th at the McGuire lake Park at 9:00 AM. There is still time to sign up and raise funds, or to pledge a walker. To find out more about the Super walk check out the website.


I’m at RockRidge Canyon Resort in Princeton, BC right now with 20 of the best musicians in British Columbia including Kelowna’s own Fields of Green for the PEAK Performance Project. We’ve been making the bands blog each day and lucky for you, FOG have been vlogging for the last three days. Catch their first three vlogs and if you want to see more, visit

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Focus Friday: Osoyoos Sunset

Just when we thought the sun was setting on our summer, another blast of heat arrived to finish off August. I think this is my favourite time of the year in the Okanagan — many of the tourists have returned home, the lake is sparkling and warm, and it all seems more precious because you know change is coming.  Gary’s sweeping vista captures some of that feeling.

Osoyoos by tenfeet_tall

A-OK Rooftop Sessions: Greg Sczebel

We’re excited to premier a new video series with our friend Greg Sczebel called Rooftop Sessions. The view in the Okanagan is incredible, the musicians are talented, why not put both of these things together? We’ll be filming acoustic, impromptu or otherwise irregular performances from Canadian musicians on the tops of boats, buildings and mountains.

A special ‘Thank Q’ to the Q103.1 for the invitation to this exclusive boat party.

Folk Thief Plays ‘Pretty Music’

I just got off the phone with Dave Hadgkiss, the brain behind Vancouver band Folk Thief who you can catch playing Parks Alive! tonight at 9:30 after locals Dan Oig, Haley K Turner with Ray Turner, and Victoria’s Double Platinum. I catch Hadgkiss right in the middle of a flat tire and trying to wrangle together his tour posters. The timing is classic me. He laments things always start off a little rocky on tours, but agrees if you’re not a little stressed out you’re probably doing something wrong.

Folk Thief launches their cross-Canada tour with tonight’s performance in Kelowna, a tour that will take Hadgkiss to Newfoundland and back over the next two months. When asked about his return to the Okanagan — Hadgkiss was born and raised in Kamloops for the first 17 years of his life — he laughs. “I’ve actually been in the Okanagan more in the last year than the 10 since I’ve lived in Vancouver.” He goes on to wax lyrically about the smell of the Okanagan, which is this authors new favorite Awesome thing about it. He explains, “I could talk about the people, but that’s derivative. It’s easy to say the people are awesome, but people are awesome everywhere in Canada, that’s one of the best parts of touring. The people that aren’t awesome don’t usually come out.” He can’t pin-point exactly what it is about the smell, Hadgkiss muses a combination of the dry, grassy hills and the breeze off the lake, but notes it’s always made him feel special. “There’s something about the smell coming through the Okanagan after tour that’s always made me feel like home.”

Citing influences, it’s always exciting to see a few Canadians on the board and Hadgkiss pays tribute to classics like Neil Young and Leonard Cohen, but doesn’t discount one new singer in Jenny Whiteley. “I opened for her at the Railway Club and she blew my mind, she’s like Canada’s best-kept secret!” He sends cudo’s to Whiteley’s husband, Joey Wright, as well. “I think he only has one solo album and we haven’t stopped listening to it in the last month. After that show we bought all Jenny and Joey’s albums.” As if to solidify his position on Whitelely, he explains how he’s hard to please musically. “If you checked my iPod you’d see older classics; Zeppelin, Dylan, Young, and Cohen. Music that’s already stood the test of time.”

You can hear these influences in his work, which isn’t to say his music is unoriginal in any way, Hadgkiss has his own sound. I ask him to describe it in three words, he delivers honest, simple and after a pause he finishes with pretty. “I have to explain pretty though,” he adds, “this one blogger wrote a review for my album and he called it pretty like 3 or 4 times throughout. I thought it was funny and maybe an odd choice of word to use but it stuck and I was like, ‘Okay, it’s pretty.'”

Folk Thief has shared with us a song he recorded while on his last tour. The song is called The Lonesome Traveler and is available for free if you become a member of the Thieves Guild (official Folk Thief fans). If you like what you hear and want it for yourself, join the fan club. Don’t forget to head out to Parks Alive! tonight on Kelowna’s Kerry Park stage for some good, honest, pretty folk music. The show starts at 6:30pm.


Shambhala 2011 pics, hugs, & a peak at all the fun

SHAMBHA-HUG by DJs JPod The Beat Chef, Stickybuds, Vancouver’s Timothy Wisdom, & Chewbacca.

We’re back! We’re now fully rested, energized, & inspired by our annual trip to Shambhala Music Festival. It is hard not to smile when surrounded by so much unreal art, beauty, friends, & incredible music.

Festival highlights include 5 non-stop sunny days, no long lineups, elaborate group costumes, burlesque, visits to the beach, dancing under the rain-free skies at six themed stages including Fractal Forest‘s “Year of The Flower” (WOW), and new Shambhala goodies like their Ambassador dome, art galleries, gardens, car-free camping zones, and an ever amazing & expanding team of beautiful people.

Performance highlights from the Kelowna-based folks including killer set by Stickybuds, JPod, Disco Dave, Paullie Wood, JGirl & Manousos w/Dani Lion, Nixie, BreO, Excision, Datsik, Downlink, & SaTurn (hoop). This is one of the biggest Kelowna representations in years.

Congratulations to Letisha & Andy who held an intimate wedding ceremony onsite on Friday August 5, 2011.

Our friends at Clear Images Photog snapped the festival. Peak at their Flickr soon for hundreds of photos.

And the countdown to next year’s magic begins again. 50 weeks until Shambhala 2012! Take a trip down memory lane by listening to:
Stickybuds’ Fractal Forest 2011 mix
JPod The Beat Chef’s Grass & Gospel mix

Photos by TDano

Focus Friday: Sunset Lightning

How can you not be in awe of the Okanagan’s beauty these days? The weather’s great, and the skies have been spectacular. Mandy Polson caught this ethereal scene with lightning zapping Peachland during an idyllic sunset — add in some sagebrush and a pink lake, and you’ve got a top-notch Okanagan moment.

2 FER by Mandy Polson


InPrint: Rococode launches new era at Habitat

RococodeAfter months and months of waiting, Habitat is now the proud bearer of a liquor primary license.

Through numerous city council meetings, re-zoning of the building, an abundance of consultations with the BC liquor board and the undying support of the community of Kelowna, the downtown venue has now transitioned from a food primary license to an event driven liquor primary license.

Owner and director of operations, Quinn Best, couldn’t be happier to see the license finally mounted at the entrance of Habitat, “We look forward to getting back on track with live music in Kelowna specifically with a larger capacity and later operating hours. This license gives us a whole new scope of events that we can host at Habitat.”

The venue located on Leon Ave. can now focus on its primary purpose: providing Kelowna with a one-of-a-kind space that caters to the arts and culture community through live music and special events.

Habitat’s first show with their new license will be with Rococode featuring local guests Fields of Green and Kingdom Cloud on Friday, August 19th. Rococode, hailing from Vancouver, are an unfamiliar band made up of familiar faces featuring Laura Smith, Andrew Braun, Shaun Huberts and Johnny Andrews. The band played their first live show ever here in Kelowna back in October during the BreakOut West Festival.

Our local boys Fields of Green will not only be joining Rococode on stage at Habitat but they also join them as part of the 2011 PEAK Performance Project Top 20 artist line-up – a great achievement for the young, eclectic rock quartet.

Finalizing the line-up for Friday night is the three-piece pop ensemble of Kingdom Cloud who also hail from Kelowna. The electronic trio made up of Laura and Evan Jeffery along with Jaeden Leimert are making waves for themselves as well as they are set to open for Handsome Furs in Victoria on September 9th.

So if you like good music and you like the fact that Habitat has its new liquor license, come on down on Friday night and let the good times roll. Tickets for Rococode with Fields of Green and Kingdom Cloud are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors are at 8pm, show at 9pm. Habitat is located at 248 Leon Ave.

To read the full article pick up a copy of today’s (Thursday, August 18, 2011) Kelowna Capital News.