Seriously Groovy People In Penticton!

Ya, it’s true. I totally had the best seat in the house.

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Jolene Hayter at the 2011 Penticton Community Holiday Gala

Jolene Hayter directed me to The 2011 Penticton Community Holiday Gala that took place this past weekend. She would also be performing so I totally thought this to be a sweet gig for my first Awesome Okanagan spot. It turned out to be just what I was looking for. The catered dinner, fashion-show, live-art and silent auction was presented by PEAK Entertainment & Superfly Industries of Penticton with a goal of promoting local businesses and artists as well as raising much needed cash for the South Okanagan Children’s Charity.

“We really are surrounded by great music here in Penticton, there is a lot of local talent from all different genres. We just want to expose that to the rest of the South Okanagan”, explains Jonny Five of Superfly Industries.

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R - Jonny Five of Superfly Industries. L - Joey Krom of PEAK Entertainment

Jonny Five and his partner Joey Krom of PEAK Entertainment are two young dudes with a serious passion for making cultural waves in Penticton – a seemingly sleepy little city.

The 2011 Penticton Community Holiday Gala featured live music from the uber-talented Jolene Hayter, a young woman not even out of high school who is already taking her passion, drive, and ambition to heights surprising of someone twice her age. Being crowned this past summer as the 2011 Miss Penticton Queen Valvadette the 64th was a childhood dream of hers. She’s since won a speech writing competition which landed her a trip to NYC this summer to check out the United Nations Assembly. Ya. She’s 17. She hardly has her driver’s license and she’s sitting at a table with hundreds of people from across the globe discussing issues that plague our world today.

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Artist Johann Wessels was on site painting a picture to be put up for auction. Click here to check out his website.

AND her music and performance skills will blow your mind. Ya – you’re going to the next galaxy baby. Sweet and sultry renditions of Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me” and Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares to You” came flowing from Jolene at the Holiday Gala and held the audience completely captive; bound by her vocal range, musicianship, and the ambiance of the venue – The Penticton Community Holiday Gala at the Penticton Yacht & Tennis Club was a truly perfect venue for such an amazing young lady.

“I think it’s important to live in a place where there’s always something fun going on, where the local businesses are unique and welcoming, and where a visitor can tell right away that there’s something special in the air.

We throw music events because we want to bring smiles to peoples faces. With the Gala event, we wanted to take the joy and happiness of this time of year, and extend it to families that may be suffering through hardship. With that goal in mind, we were eventually led to the South Okanagan Children’s Charity”, explains Krom.

They weren’t the only ones who thought it a fabulous idea to support the SOCC just before Christmas – the support from the Penticton business community was substantial. With silent auction items from Hands Free Therapy.

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Very cool outfit by Red Bag Clothing. Also find them downtown Penticton. Clothing with a conscience!

Yoga Studio & Spa, Church And State Winery, Bar One, Without A Doubt, Sunkissed Tanning, Willowhill Wines, Freedom Bike Shop, Last Call Liquor Store, City Centre Health & Fitness, Staples, Burger 55, Shear Expressions, and Oslund Jewellers – its obvious the supportive community of Penticton wanted to jump on this bandwagon!! There were also generous donations from Art Knapp, Fabricland, Rona, and Wal Mart for decorations and stage equipment. Holy man, Penticton rocks.

“One of our main challenges overall I think is that we would like to expose music of one demographic to another-I’m not saying it will not happen, but it will take some time. A new challenge to us may be trying to put on amazing shows that appeals to more of the community, and find specific venues that will be advantageous for our niche markets. We like to draw in the right target audience more effectively, however would like to make our social scene warming to everyone. Working around the stereotypes based on some of the music we listen to and appreciate, and wanting others to enjoy it”, states Five.

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Two beauties showing off the beautiful goods from FRUV Freedom Wear. Find them downtown Penticton. All clothing is designed and made in Canada!

In my opinion the DJ’s that were also on hand that evening had that completely under control. Bustin the groove at different points as the night pushed on, and also during the fashion show we saw DJ Parmley, DJ OhmZ, and DJ Shakes mixing tracks and creating the vibe that would ebb and flow seamlessly throughout the night.

All in all, the event kicked ass and I can’t wait to see more of what PEAK Entertainment and Superfly Industries have up their sleeves!!

Until next time, keep in mind:

“Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the world together.”

♥Jaimie Miller


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