Monthly Archives: January 2012

RTOWN: Silver Star Mountain Resort

RTOWN showcases all that Silver Star Mountain Resort has to offer in the winter.

The Kelowna Museums Collection Connection – Aliens Among Us

Every day we walk around and sometimes we notice the buildings we drive by, the people we walk by, we may even take in a view of the trees, the lake or look up to the sky. Most of the time, things look typical but did you know there are Aliens Among Us!

Have you ever stopped to smell the flowers and noticed the insects flying around, what about all those animals in the forest, the fish in the lake and the birds in the sky? Where do they all come from? British Columbia has over 4,000 invasive microorganism, plant and animal species and it is not always easy to identify them.

Aliens Among Us is a travelling exhibition created by the Royal BC Museum. This exciting and informative exhibition has made its first stop here in Kelowna at the Okanagan Heritage Museum and will teach you how to identify some of these invaders. Walk around the central gallery and see if you can identify any of the different intruders which have landed in our Province. You can even visit to keep track from home. From this website, which has been funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage for the Virtual Museum of Canada, you can upload the location of an alien sighting, put images of these aliens on the site and even add field notes. But perhaps one of the best features of the website is that you can ask questions and have a Royal BC Museum Invasive Species Expert give you the answer – how cool is that!

In addition to this you can put the Aliens Among Us App on your iPhone or iPad!!! Browse interesting facts and report sightings in real time, by doing this you can help our community to keep the alien numbers from growing and completely taking over our natural species.

This exhibition will be at the Okanagan Heritage Museum only until Saturday February 4th, 2012. The Okanagan Heritage Museum is located at 470 Queensway Ave. (next to the downtown bus loop) and is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Don’t miss your chance, head to the Museum with your family and friends and get up close and personal with an Alien!

Conversations on Contemporary Art

Article Submitted by Kris Johnson / Submit Your Own Article

Local residents who are interested in abstract painting are invited to attend the next in the Kelowna Art Gallery’s lecture series, Conversations on Contemporary Art, on Monday, January 16, 2012.  This month’s guest speaker, Katherine Pickering, will deliver a talk focused on how people’s experiences with darkness (for example, our difficulty seeing at night) have influenced abstract painting.  The lecture begins at 6 pm, and is free and open to the public.

Katherine Pickering currently teaches drawing and two-dimensional studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus. Prior to this she taught painting at Concordia University in Montreal. Since completing graduate school at Concordia University in 2009, she has been attending artist-in-residence programs, in Banff, Turkey, Vermont, Newfoundland, and Montreal, and is looking forward to a residency in Iceland this summer. Pickering’s work has been shown in Quebec, in British Columbia, and in Turkey.

Conversations on Contemporary Art is an on-going lecture series organized by the Public Programming Department of the Kelowna Art Gallery. These illustrated introductory lectures feature a new topic each month, and discussions are be led by distinguished experts and artists. Through lively discussion, participants will learn about the significance of contemporary art and its connection to culture and history. During the lecture, the Gallery will be open to the public from 6 to 8 pm, with free admission.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna. For hours of operation, or more information about programs available or current exhibitions, visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at

More To Me

The second video release from BLUE, the Thomas Kjorven/Jaclyn Gee collab album. With Teaghan McGinnis once again at the helm, we see a video based around music being, well, more to them.

Taken from Teaghan’s Vimeo page:

Music takes physical form in this video and is represented by the white mask. Our concept model (Sandra) has basically made music her love and each time she begins to listen to music he shows up.

Did you miss their first video for Blue Berry Skys?
Name your price for BLUE here.

Focus Friday: Orchard Work

So much of the valley seems to be asleep this time of year, yet there is life stirring in the orchards and vineyards. I’ve always liked photos of people at work. Could there be a nicer workplace than the one this guy arrived at that morning? This looks like honest work, the same work Okanagan farmers were doing on a day like this a century ago.

Orchard Work by JeremyOK

9th Annual Wearable Art Gala: Call for Submissions

Article Submitted by Jennifer Pickering / Submit Your Own Article

Exercise your creativity and join over 70 performers in this Gala show which blends clever design, breathtaking art, vaudeville humor and sheer spectacle. This popular community fundraising event features fashion, design and art inspired presentations of all types of body adornment. This year the theme is an artistic exploration of the five senses with a twist – we are inviting proposals for designs which restrict, challenge or alter one of the senses.

To participate simply provide a quick sketch and a brief description of your proposed submission, along with an entry form, available on our website ( or at the gallery. There are no entry fees and submissions will be juried by a committee of local artists and past performers. Results will be announced in early February with the event scheduled for Saturday, March 31. The deadline for submissions is Thursday January 26, 2012.

For more info visit

Canadian Workhorse Craig Cardiff live at Streaming Cafe

Craig Cardiff plays a back-to-back pair of shows at Streaming Café on January 21, helping to kick off another year of fabulous live acoustic shows in front of the wood wall.

The Canadian Icon Gordon Lightfoot says this about Cardiff: “A songwriter who needs to be heard” – and a brief time exploring the music available from Cardiff online backs up that sweeping statement. This isn’t music that can exist unnoticed in the background sonic landscape; Craig Cardiff seems to carry that indefinable presence that draws the listener in to an experience deeper than just a casual listen.

Cardiff was born in Waterloo, Ontario in 1976. He’s part of a musical family, and his two sisters sometimes show up as backing artists on his albums. Known primarily for his soft voice and his use of loops when he performs (voice and guitar loops, not electro-pop percussion), Cardiff is also notable in the music industry for his apparent preference for a wider audience rather than a fuller wallet. He has given away music in different contexts, whether that’s the offering of free album downloads (like his 2010 EP “Songs for Lucy”) or the inclusion of a free CD, designed to be given away to others, in the packaging of his 2007 release, Goodnight (Go Home).

This attitude toward music distribution is not exclusive to Cardiff, of course, but it’s interesting and more than a little coincidental that his record label, MapleMusic Recordings, was also the Canadian home for RadioHead’s physical release of In Rainbows back in 2007. (RadioHead, you’ll recall, stood the industry up on its ear that year by releasing Rainbows completely independently, and first offered the album as a digital download from its website for whatever people wanted to pay – in other words, you could get it free if you wanted to. The industry heavy-weights said that was foolish and suicidal. But the band still went on to sell over three million copies of that album within a year, and won two Grammy awards in 2009 due to its success). Other artists who’ve released music through MapleMusic include David Usher, Colin James, Martha Wainwright, Joel Plaskett, and Spirit of the West.

Cardiff’s newest release is Floods & Fires, produced by Ben Leggett and released late in 2011. The songs have a distinct contemporary singer/songwriter feel to them, and are certainly worthy of a listen prior to Craig’s appearance in Kelowna. Interestingly, Cardiff has also released ‘books’ such as The Book Of Truths and The Book Of Songs, covering topics like lyrics (Book Of Songs) and “curious and candid anonymous sharings from audience members” (Book Of Truths).

There’s not a lot of biographical information about Cardiff floating around online. He’s definitely got a web presence, but other than a few sparse details about who he is and where he came from, most of his online sites deal (understandably) with his music. But that’s the beauty of the live shows coming up at Streaming Café: fans everywhere, both in the café and online, will be able to ask questions of Cardiff live and in-person, and his answers will be available for the whole world to hear. Check out these shows on January 21st in person (at 7pm or 9pm) or online (7pm PST only) and ask all the questions you’ve ever wanted to about everything you’ve ever needed to know about Craig Cardiff – it should be good!

Get your advanced tickets at Streaming Cafe.

Stickybuds nominated for BEST TRACK and BEST PRODUCER at the International Breaks Poll awards


Friends! Big news for Kelowna! Homegrown DJ Stickybuds is nominated in a few categories in the annual Breaks Poll awards – the 11th international Breakbeat awards.

Best Track – STICKYBUDS – Murderer – Ghetto Funk (Crowd Murder)
Best Producer –> STICKYBUDS

While you’re at it, show some love for:
Best Album –> Ghetto Funk Presents ICONS Vol 2
Best Label –> Ghetto Funk
Best Large Event –> Shambhala Music Festival
Best Website Blog –> Ghetto Funk

VOTE now –> here:

The award presentation event takes place on Feb 25 2012 at Cable in London, UK.