Monthly Archives: November 2011

A-OK Welcomes RTOWN

Over the past couple months, we’ve been in talks with RTOWN Communications, Canada’s most advanced digital advertising network. We both realized we had similar goals, drawing focus to how lucky we are to live in this amazing region. We are so thrilled to announce A-OK will be working with RTOWN Okanagan to bring you more of what’s awesome in the Okanagan.

How will this work? Visitors will now see a short video ad running for A-OK on RTOWN’s 20 Digital screens in high-traffic, public locations around the Okanagan or in more than 1,800 hotel rooms in 20 top Okanagan hotels. As well as a banner keeping you up-to-date on exciting cultural events to look forward to, you can find more content that will be exclusive to RTOWN on these screens, so keep a look out!.

As well, RTOWN will be sharing videos about outdoor adventures, wineries and all sorts of great activities with us on the blog, each one of them local and invigorating. So we have lots to look forward to in 2012 and we’re eager to share it all with you! Open your hearts and hands for RTOWN and see if you can catch their screens in the region!

Hey Ocean! and The Belle Game at Habitat

Watermarked photos by Devon Regier, all else by Brandon William Fletcher.

Last night was great. Habitat was host to Hey Ocean! and opening act The Belle Game (who we’ve already featured on not one but two mixcasts and you may have caught at Pop Okanagan). This show was special for a lot of reasons.

The Belle Game and I have been flirting for the last 4 months, even though it feels like a lot longer (in a good way), but I haven’t really got to enjoy their show as much as I would like. Normally I’d be behind a camera or editing video while they were performing so this was the first time I really got to get into the set.

Another reason, I’ve never seen Hey Ocean! before. I know, I should be drawn and quartered, I’ve had friends who have been into them for years now and I guess I never fully bought in.

Naturally, this was a ridiculous oversight on my part. It took their latest single, Big Blue Wave (off of the EP of the same name) to really get my attention. Their new music is pop, there’s no doubt about it. But in the same vein as Mother Mother, it’s so unabashed and unapologetic. It’s authentic and it’s easy to ride the wave.

I had a quick moment to ask them about it and lead-singer Ashley explained they’ve tried to do a few different sounds over the years, and friends and colleagues have told them to just pick a sound and stick to it. They thought about it and they really wanted to make positive and happy pop music, and voila, their new album (which is still only available to people attending the shows until an official release comes out) was born.

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The Okanagan Film Industry’s Busy Year

To say the Okanagan’s film industry has had a busy year, would be an understatement. Did you know? We are experiencing huge growth here and its unstoppable! The Okanagan has absolutely killed it this year for films and we now have a thriving, budding animation industry. Since last writing to you, we are pleased to announce, if you didn’t hear, that one of Canada’s top animation studios, Barrel Entertainment, will be joining the ranks of our existing animation studios. Lizard Brain Animation continues to develop and line up new productions for their slate too.

Some of the film & television productions who planted themselves here for a short while included Flicka 3 and No Tell Motel. A number of productions are still scouting the area as we write this, and we’ve got a good slate lined up already for 2012.

We held an industry mixer at the Streaming Café earlier this month – we drew a record breaking crowd. It was an evening filled with drawing, showcasing work, making connections and getting up to date on all things film, digital and media here in the valley. Our digital screen-based production community is growing fast, don’t miss out on other events and announcements… make sure to hook up with us on Facebook and we look forward to speaking with you in the new year!


Unique Captures Gallery 2012 Submissions Open

Unique Captures Gallery in Penticton is currently accepting submissions for 2012 until till January 31, 2012. The first show of 2012 is scheduled for late March.

You can send your submissions via email or drop off at 129 Nanaimo Ave West Penticton BC.

For additional information and submission requirement visit their website at

2nd Annual Art Party at UBCO Fine Arts Building

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The Interdisciplinary Performance program teaches physical theatre performers to source and use material that crosses into the world of both visual arts and creative writing. This being the case, students from the Interdisciplinary Performance program at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, join forces with students from the both the Visual arts and Creative Writing departments to present the coolest party in town at the end of every November.

This year’s theme is “chance”. We want the party to have a feeling of randomness. Events will go off in different corners at different times. We hope people will have a chance encounter and meet some new people, along with artists and their work. There will be some experiments, some improvisation and probably some dice!

We are taking over the second floor of the UBC-O Fine Arts Building on November 25 from 7pm — Midnight. Entry is $5.00 at the door. There will be 30 artists participating ranging from mediums in sculpture, paintings, spoken word, video, experimental sound and performance. We also have six DJs and one live band.

Participating Artists:

  • Dean Krawchuk
  • Andy Ruffet
  • Chris Bitcon
  • Garrett Riffal
  • Max Flynn
  • Shervin Laghaie
  • Tanatswa Pfende
  • Natalia Hautila
  • James Balehowsky
  • Kelsie Balehowsky
  • Per Wall
  • Dylan Ranney
  • Erin Banks
  • Lucas Glenn
  • Shimshon Obadia
  • Lacia Vogel
  • Kevin Jesuino
  • Cathrine Spencer
  • Cory Myraas
  • Brianne Messing
  • Sierra Barreto
  • Omer Cheema
  • Stephanie Hack
  • Parth Kelkar
  • Jamie Zechner
  • Conner Nagal
  • Beau Loomer
  • Tim Smith

Kyuss Lives! at Flashbacks Nov. 25

Pioneers of the stoner rock scene return after a 10 year hiatus for their North American tour, and with a stop in Kelowna at that!

Kyuss Lives! takes to the stage at Flashbacks Night Club, this Friday, November 25th, with local rock band Bucknife opening the show.  Doors open at 9pm.

Tickets are only $25 in advance, or $35 at the door.  Get em in advance to ensure you get in!  Check the event page for ticket outlets.

Kyuss was formed in 1990 by vocalist John Garcia, guitarist Josh Homme, bassist Nick Oliveri, and drummer Brant Bjork.  Hailing from Palm Desert, California, the group got their start throwing outdoor shows in the deserts of Southern California.   Their sound has been described as “stoner rock” or “desert rock”…..a mix of rock and metal with a psychedelic feel.  The group disbanded in 1997, with each member carrying on in various musical projects, most notably Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri going on to form Queens of the Stone Age.

Reformed as Kyuss Lives! in June 2010 featuring original members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork, with Bruno Fevery filling in for Josh Homme on guitar.  The band has been touring the world since March 2011, and plan to release a new album in 2012.

If you aren’t familiar with the awesomeness that is Kyuss….go here and listen….and love…… KYUSS LIVES!

My Wife’s Notes: 2008 Sandhill Syrah – Tomato Basil Bisque

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  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • handful fresh basil
  • 4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 heaping tsp pesto
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 loaf sourdough
  • 1 cup parmesan reggiano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix butter an olive oil in a pot on medium-low heat until butter has melted. Saute onions and garlic together until soft, ensuring that you do not burn the mixture. Add 3 cups of chick broth, tomatoes, tomato paste and most of the basil, and simmer for 20 minutes.

In a small saucepan, pour the pine nuts into heat on medium-high stirring constantly. Once the pine nuts begin to brown, pour them into a small cup and set aside. In that same saucepan, make a roux with the last cup of chicken broth and flour. Slowly add this to the simmering soup, allowing it to thicken. Take the thickened soup and blend in a blender on high until smooth. Pour back into the pot, add pesto and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.

For the crostini, slice the bread and rub one side of each piece with garlic. Top each piece with a little bit of shredded cheese and toast on a cookie sheet under the broiler until crispy.

Ladle soup into bowls topping with toasted pine nuts, shredded cheese and a whole leaf basil, and serve with several crostini.

My wife Alana is crazy about Christmas. Absolutely loves it. And when it comes to decorating the house for Christmas, she makes it a major event.

I dug the boxes out of the storage room, and got to work putting up the tree while Alana surveyed the house, deciding where the garland and lights should go, what color palette should be used, and what additional decorations need to be picked up this year. She & Him crooned reworked Christmas classics at us as the tree was festooned in red and white and green and silver.

We needed a comfort dinner, warm and easy to make, so I went with one of our favourites: Tomato Basil Bisque. I like to add a spoonful of pesto to the soup when cooking, top it with toasted pine nuts, whole leaf basil and shredded Parmesan Reggiano, and serve with toasted garlic sourdough crostini.

Tomato Basil Bisque

There’s a lot of flavour and richness in this meal, and needed a wine that could stand up to it all. I suspected a 2008 Sandhill Syrah was up to the task.

My Notes:

This wine has all kinds of fruit on the nose, rich and full…almost like a sweet blackberry jam. The first sip is very smooth and dry, the fruit and jam continuing to flourish, with black currant coming in at the back, with a moderate peppery finish. When paired with the rich garlicky soup, the wine brightens up a LOT. The pepper is still there on the back end, but the fruit and jam has almost completely disappeared. As the remnants of the soup gradually leave the palette, the complexity of the wine returns. 89 points.

My Wife’s Notes:

“Mmm, it’s peppery. And I frickin’ love pine nuts, do we have any more?”

2008 Sandhill Syrah – $21.99 at BC Liquor Stores.

Vote in the Civic Elections on Nov. 19

November 19, Vote in the Civic Elections like your future depends on it. ‘Cos it kinda does.
For more information, visit Castanet’s Civic Elections 2011 page.