Monthly Archives: September 2011

Top Ten Reasons to Go to Pop Okanagan

1.Downtown Kelowna is a pretty rockin’ place to begin with when you’re looking for a good night out. Imagine it overflowing with talent and awesome entertainment.
2. Bragging rights for experiencing small venue shows with up and coming artists.
3. Uhh, lets see… You might get a chance to challenge the Dudes (headlining at Habitat) to a beer shotgunning contest! I hear they’re pretty good at it though. Ha…
4. You may want to chill out and take in some acoustic vibes or maybe you’re more into the dub-step scene. There’s going to be something for every type of music lover.. except maybe Metal. Sorry guys.
5. Family friendly! Kids POP! on Saturday from 10am-3pm at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Have you ever been to an instrument petting zoo?
6. Not only are you helping out local artists, but Downton Kelowna businesses will benefit as well.
7. If you’re new to Kelowna, it’ll be a great way to meet people. Like me. (*cough* I’m new *cough*)
8. You won’t have to endure the tragic symptoms of FOMO (fear of missing out syndrome)
9. Great value. $35.00 is a steal for all the music you’ll be exposed to in 3 awesome nights!
10. Because I really want you to come.. I mean WE! Come out and enjoy good music, good times, and great people in Downtown Kelowna. :)

National Geographic Selects Local Photographer!

Ryan Donn sent this article my way. He sits down and talks with local Photographer, Shawn Talbot, a man I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside twice in the last couple years thanks to our mutual friend, Loyal Wooldridge.

This summer, Talbot’s photograph of Cormorant fisherman was selected as the editors pick by the National Geographic from a pool of over 12,000 images. Ryan recently sat down to interview Shawn at the Bean Scene coffee house to talk about the story behind his photographs. Click play on the icon below to hear Shawn talk about each picture.

Hear Shawn talk about the fish who double as accountants. Were still researching if they use the Chinese abacus.

Cormorant fishing. The fish that count by Ryan Donn

A self confessed adrenaline junkie who helps keep harness operators in business.

Hear Shawn offer his confession about him commandeering a boat.

Commandeering a boat by Ryan Donn

Each year Shawn selects a charity to support. Discover more about Paramedics for Children. The largest private fleet or ambulance planes in South America providing free medical care for those who need it.

Paramedics for Children – Interview: Shawn Talbot by Ryan Donn

Discover more about Shawn at

Here is the link to see other National Geographic winners

Deviate and Island Snow present: The Art of Flight Premiere – September 29

The Art of Flight PremiereSo with summer finally coming to an end our minds are now set on one thing: Snowboarding. Unfortunately there’s a few more months of snow we have to wait for but in the mean time just to tantalize your winter desires even more, Deviate and Island Snow are presenting the premiere of one of the most anticipated snowboarding films of all time: The Art of Flight. Snowboarder Travis Rice, along with a cast of the best riders in the world, completes a two-year quest to redefine whats possible on a snowboard. Red Bull Media House, in association with Brain Farm Digital Cinema, present a Curt Morgan film captured on state-of-the-art filmmaking equipment, much of which has been custom designed just for this project.

This Thursday, September 29th Deviate and Island Snow are bringing the Kelowna premiere of The Art of Flight to you on the big screen with the clearest and most exhilerating picture and sound at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets are $5 in advance (available at Deviate and Island Snow) or $10 at the door. There will be tons of prizing to be won and, of course, some of the greatest snowboarding to be seen. Show starts at 9pm, see you there!


The Beauty of Food When You Grow it Yourself!

Harvest from the garden

In Focus: Matthew Butterworth

We’re switching things up here a bit for this month’s In Focus. Our beloved local landscape is still featured, but with some added action and flair. Matt Butterworth‘s mountain biking videos and photos are getting noticed outside the Okanagan, and for good reason — this is top-notch work, showing off some amazing locations and riders. If the riding at Silver Star is half as fun as Matt’s videos makes it look, it must be pretty special:

Silver Star Bike Park Ep. 2 2011 from Matt Butterworth on Vimeo.

A lot people have bought DSLR cameras in the past year or two that can shoot video. Most of us won’t use it much, or use it for shaky, clunky clips of our friends. Matt’s use of his DSLR inspires us to learn to do this stuff properly, and to see how much fun it could be to make great video. Here’s another one, with a nifty, moody vibe:

Through the Fog :: Anthony Evans from Matt Butterworth on Vimeo.

Although it was his videos that caught my eye, I was also impressed by Matt’s still photos. As you can see in the videos, he’s got a great eye for composition and light, integrating the beauty of the landscape into his action shots. It’s not easy to convey intense motion when you’re freezing motion, but he’s nailing it — I love the energy in the photos below. He was also kind enough to answer a few questions about his creative pursuits.

How did you start doing photography in the Okanagan? 

I started out like most people who shoot action sports. Just out having fun with my buddies and taking photos/making videos to document the good times!

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A Night of Unique Captures

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Steve Hancock, local photographer and owner of Unique Captures Gallery on Nanaimo Avenue would like to invite everyone to our upcoming art show, “A Night of Unique Captures”, featuring Nine
Okanagan Artists.

This family friendly special event features a meet and greet with 9 talented Okanagan artists showcasing their amazing work for one just night only, and partial proceeds go to help out the South Okanagan Children’s Charity. Grab a friend and come out to A Night of Unique Captures!

Thursday, October 6th
Unique Captures Gallery (129 Nanaimo Avenue West, Penticton)

Pop Okanagan – Coming Soon!

Our latest contributor Mya takes to the streets, visiting the site and a couple venues of where, in three short weeks, we can expect to see the Pop Okanagan music festival taking place!

Music by The Capers, their song “Familiar Proportions”

Vintage Celebration: 75 Years of Kelowna Museums

A wonderful evening of dance fashion show cupcakes silent auction wine tasting at the Laurel Packing house

Congratulations to Frock & Tweaked and Yummy for a great vintage clothes fashion show

Dancing the jive