Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tarzan and Jane: Extreme Storytelling Photography

If you were in Rutland yesterday you might have seen Wendy McAlpine and her little crew; Tarzan and Jane, Zac and Kayla, a terrific lighting tech, her second photographer Jordan, and prop girl Renee. Everyone is familiar with the story of Tarzan and Jane, most recently made popular by Disney. Imagine, instead of 1885, the story is set in 2012 and instead of the deep African jungle, it is set in the woods in Mission Creek Park. Check out some of these wild shots from her shoot!

See more from this shoot here
View Wendy’s portfolio at Photography Kelowna

Keloha 2012 – Part 3: Sunday, July 8

Part 3 of 4 of a web-series about Keloha Music & Art Festival’s inaugural year. We were backstage with some of Canada (and the world’s) most-talented, emerging artists. The A-OK team literally put blood, sweat and tears into this weekend keeping up with all the activity (and shenanigans) and can’t wait to show you some of what we saw over the weekend.

Part 3 features Sunday’s biggest acts as we chat with AWOLNATION, The Sheepdogs, Dan Mangan and Hey Ocean. The lake gives the bands instant nostalgia, they love the smell of the air and the fruit in the valley. No one’s complaining about the heat!

Music by AWOLNATION, their song “Shoestrings”
and by Hey Ocean!, their song “Make a New Dance Up.”

Summer Street Social

The Summer Street Social happens this Saturday evening from 4—10:30pm downtown Kelowna in Kerry Park. Summer Street Social is an enhanced Parks Alive! event. It’s totally free and on top of Parks Alive’s! regular onstage entertainment it will feature many family activities.

Those activities include bouncy castle, climbing wall, circus yogo (presented by, park and play (presented by City of the Kelowna), limbo dancing (by ISCO) and many other interactive activities to get you and your kids moving.

Many of Festivals Kelowna’s buskers will also be in the area balancing rocks, juggling, and various other fun displays of creativity.

Band Schedule:

4:30 PM Moni Funk and the Groove Machine (Funk/ Dance)
6:00 PM Sista B and the Boyz

8:30 PM Mazacote (Salsa band from Vancouver)

Prior to Mazacote hitting the stage Latinesque will be teaching the crowd how to Salsa.

I had a chance to connect with Renata Mills from Festivals Kelowna to talk about the event and how it came together

Here is a promotional video created by Mazacote

Venue Map

View Summer Street Social in a larger map

Author’s disclosure: I am currently the Program Coordinator for Festivals Kelowna and have been working on creating this event for the past few weeks.

A Crush of Colour: A Celebration of Art and Wine

Article Submitted by Jennifer Pickering / Submit Your Own Article

Art and wine lovers are enjoying a unique blend of Okanagan entertainment this summer at picturesque Okanagan wineries.

Beginner to experienced art lovers are celebrating the colours of the Okanagan at workshops hosted by A Crush of Colour. Each workshop starts with a wine tasting after which participants provided with the materials and instruction to paint “En Plein Air” in the style of the masters.

Crush of Colour is a project by Jennifer Pickering, an artist based in Kelowna with an MFA in studio arts from UBC Vancouver. According to the artist, “The workshops are the perfect opportunity to relax on a patio with a stunning view, try your hand at painting and learn to see colour as you’ve never experienced it before.”

Crush of Colour will be coming to Kelowna at the View Winery and Tantalus Vineyards from July 17—August 9 and Sonoran Estate in Summerland August 23—28.

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ignITE Speaker Series

Article Submitted by Ashley Ramsay / Submit Your Own Article

Accelerate Okanagan is proud to announce their very own new speaker series ignITE: Inspire. Transform. Educate. as a part of the educational cornerstone in our offerings for our Members, Companies, Entrepreneurs, Businesses and the Community at large.

The ignITE Speaker Series is targeted at companies from across the Valley, with the underlying purpose of inspiring our community through thought provoking talks given by world renowned authors and visionaries. Kind of like having our own little TEDx, but more often. And if you attended TEDx Kelowna, you know the experience: incredibly inspiring topics, relevant to entrepreneurship, leadership and change.

They will kick it all off with an interactive SKYPE presentation by the very inspiring, Geoffrey Moore, the best selling author of books such as, Crossing the Chasm as well as Escape Velocity: Free Your Company’s Future from the Pull of the PastGeoffrey is also a Silicon Valley based high technology consultant and venture partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures. Geoffrey will discuss how to overcome the pull of the past and reorient your organization to meet a new era of competition. The world’s leading high-tech business strategist, Moore connects the dots between bold strategies and effective execution, with an action plan that elucidates the link between senior executives and every other branch of a company.

We will then shift focus to Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be Programmed: 10 Commands for a Digital Age. World-renowned media theorist and counterculture figure Douglas is the originator of ideas such as “viral media,” “social currency” and “screenagers.” He has been at the forefront of digital society from its beginning, correctly predicting the rise of the net, the dotcom boom and bust, as well as the current financial crisis. He is a familiar voice on NPR, face on PBS, and writer in publications from Discover Magazine to the New York Times. Douglas will raise the question: ”Do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it?” – a wide reaching thought to both those creating technologies for people and for those using them everyday.

And then to top it all off, we’ll all get happy with a talk from Jonathan Wolske, Culture Evangelist at the Zappos Insights Inc..

Scaling the Startup Culture – Keeping Happiness as a focus through growth

Start-ups are known to be a little different from established brands. In many cases, the culture of a startup is one of adventure, passion and happiness, with everyone working as hard as they can to make the most out of the new opportunity. As a company grows, the pressure to crack the whip and ‘get real’ can really build up. As companies become successful, they tend to become more ‘corporate’, too. Imagine keeping the fun (and a little weird) culture of a startup going as you continue to grow! Company culture is what you make it, and you can make it THE place to work and have a passionate, dedicated and HAPPY team.

Where: Rotary Centre for the Arts, Mary Irwin Theater, Kelowna
With: Yes Bear and City of Sparks
When: Friday, July 27th – 12:30 PM—2:00 PM
How Much: Members $15 / Non-Members $20
For: Everyone (spaces limited to 250)

Details and to Register

Handsome Distraction Occupy the Okanagan

Handsome Distraction, a four-piece rock band from Victoria (BC), has taken a steady approach toward breaking into the rock music scene since the formation of the band in 2009. With an authentic and energetic stage performance to coincide – This is a band that you can’t help but pay attention to as they creatively blend sounds like Weezer, Foo Fighters, and Kings of Leon to form an eclectic set of original music.

Handsome Distraction have successfully self-recorded and self-released numerous EP’s over the years. Most notable, is their newest EP “Fight or Flight” recorded at The Noise Floor Recording Studio with producer/engineer Jordan Koop (You Say Party!, Bučan Bučan, The Mohawk Lodge). While unfolding the potential for the bands place in rock music, as well as their ever-growing online presence this release is sure to captivate the awe of their fans and industry representatives.

Devin Perfect sings with passion and power while blazing his two-step around the stage, Joey Arthur’s leads stay with you like a well placed catch phrase, while Chris Weaver dances his fingers over the bass’ fretboard, all being held up by Kyle White’s robust nerve pulsing rhythms.

After teaming up with management company, Higher Ground Productions at the start of 2012, Handsome Distraction has kick-started a very busy new year. Releasing their newest EP “Fight or Flight” in May, and a Cross-Canadian tour for August.

With tight arrangements, unique flare, and catching songs, this band has it all. Keep your eyes on these guys and your radios dialed in as Handsome Distraction makes their way to a city near you!

Where: Fernando’s Pub, Kelowna
With: Yes Bear and City of Sparks
When: Wednesday, August 1st – doors open at 8:30 PM
How Much: $8
For: 19+

Where: VooDoos, Penticton
With: Yes Bear and White Dress Star
When: Thursday, August 2nd – doors open at 5:00 PM, show starts at 8:00 PM
How Much: $7
For: 19+

Where: The Dirty Jersey, Kamloops
With: City of Sparks and The Counter Culprits
When: Friday, August 3rd – doors open at 7:00 PM
How Much: $7
For: 19+

Fashionate: Purses, Bags and Hot Summer Days

Gone are the days of our mother’s hand bags- Unless it’s a vintage leather satchel of course-. This summer we were greeted with strong structures and show stopping colours for our arm candy.

Generally a woman’s bag, or purse, is a neutral item that can go with almost any outfit and is fit to suit her lifestyle, such as; holding her cell phone, wallet and perhaps a week’s worth of lunches buried in the depths. As fashion as evolved the bag has become a staple piece of a girls wardrobe and this season was no exception.

Staying on track with the neon trend that has blown up the runways, and walkways, bright bags are a must for every girl this summer. One note to remember when choosing your neon bag choose a modest size and shape as the bag colour is already speaking volumes. Perhaps choose a clutch or small shoulder purse paired with a chain to make it look ultra chic.

A personal favourite and great for the many festivals hitting our surrounding areas this summer is the fringed bag! Whether it’s a true Vintage fringe that you picked up from Tweaked and Yummy or Frock; or a brand new leather tote from the shelves of Frakas you will find a fringe to suit your needs. This is a SUMMER STAPLE!

If you are looking to keep things simple this summer reach for the classic neutral satchel bag, they don’t have that large bulky look but have the ability to hold plenty of things, so if you are going from beach party to root top party, your stiletto’s will be waiting.







Many girls are not willing to put the investment into a designer bag because the belief is that it is always on the ground collecting germs. I am the first person to jump at a great deal and I LOVE a great find, I also like to be fabulous at all times so I was introduced to S-clothing this is your name brand headquarters. That is your gently used name brand head quarters! You might be that lucky girl to score a vintage Prada tote or a cool piece of Louis Vuitton  luggage so go often and search thoroughly!

Rock On Okanaganista’s!

Focus Friday: Imaginary Cities

Perhaps it was lost in the (well deserved) hoopla over Keloha, but the Habitat hosted a fantastic show the following Wednesday: a prairie triple bill featuring Winnipeg’s Imaginary Cities and Federal Lights as well as Rah Rah from Regina. The headliners blew me away, and both supporting bands surprised me with their grit and polish. 20 years ago, we could legitimately complain that the Okanagan rarely had any good shows, but it’s just not the case any more. I took it as a reminder to get out and see more shows — so many great bands coming through this summer!