Riot on the Roof 2012

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Things to do for August:

  • BBQ’s
  • Road trips
  • Planking on beaches
  • Avoid eye contact with September
  • Play hooky from awkward family reunion with sweaty Aunt Muriel
  • Attend Vernon Public Art Gallery’s 4th annual Riot on the Roof.

What was that last one?
If you haven’t already heard, the Vernon Public Art Gallery is gearing up for its annual summer send off party, Riot on the Roof, August 25th, colonizing the top two floors of the downtown Vernon Parkade. This amazing community event features some of the Okanagan’s finest and most talented artists, performers and musicians.


Established to fill a need in the community for some alternative art for the older youth of Vernon, Riot transforms the downtown Parkade into a threshold of unique and unconventional venue.

“We wanted to really build on our audience this year,” says Kirsten Barkved, Youth Ambassador for VPAG, and coordinator for Riot. “The more people we can bring out to this event, the better we can support our artists. The gallery really tries to drive that point home every year: that art is significant, and support for it is crucial. It plays such a huge part in everyone’s lives, in so many everyday ways, and Riot tries to showcase that.”

Everyone at the gallery has been working hard all summer at generating such an audience, and the enthusiasm for this event continues to grow. It’s easy to see why, when you look at exactly who and what will be at Riot on the Roof.

Devon Coyote, Windmills, Van Damsel, Joyful Door and Paperboy. Sharing the rooftop with these talented performers is a Calgary designer and mixed media artist, Mackenzie Jones, whose work has appeared in L.A, Vancouver Fashion Week and Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week. Her work will appear in Riot’s Wearable Art Fashion Show.

The evening also promises ‘soundcan’ performances from UBC-O’s Neil Cadger and students, film screenings from UBC-O’s Michael V. Smith and students, body art from Dawn Tyndall, mural painting from Kelowna’s Tandem Studios, installation art, appearances by Kevin McPhereson Eckhoff and Jake Kennedy, poetry and spoken word readings, dance, door prizes, and so much more!

Now, what were your plans again for August?
Tickets $5, or $10 which gets you year-long VPAG membership, not to mention it goes to support your local artists, musicians and performers.

Where: Vernon Parkade (3228 31 Avenue, Vernon)
When: Saturday, August 25th – 7:00 PM—11:00 PM
How Much: $5 / $10 for  Year-long VPAG Membership
For: Everyone

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