Monthly Archives: September 2012

Jeremy Jones’ Further – “The Journey is the Reward”

Award winning producers Teton Gravity Research are pleased to announce Further, the second installment in the Jeremy Jones snowboard movie trilogy, Deeper, Further, Higher, presented by O’Neill.

Further will explore some of the world’s most remote mountain terrain while continuing Jones’ mission to camp deep in the backcountry and on the summits of unridden lines to access nearly vertical spines and wide-open powder fields. Join Jeremy and his crew as they push their minds and bodies Further.

This film will be premiering at The Paramount Theatre in Kelowna on Wednesday, October 3rd with tons of great prizes like a Day of Heli-boarding from Eagle Pass Heliskiing, A Jones Hovercraft Splitboard, lift tickets to Whitewater Ski Resort and more! A portion of the proceeds donated to the Canadian Avalance Centre and the Alpine Club of Canada – Okanagan Section

Tickets available at

Where: The Paramount Theatre (261 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna)
When: Wednesday, October 3rd – 6:30 PM
How Much: $12 advance, $15 door
For: Everyone

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Fashionate: The Fashion Show 2012

On September 22 the Kelowna Community Theatre held the 2nd annual ‘Fashion Show’ hosted by the Centre for Arts and Technology events and fashion students. I had the opportunity to attend both last year and again this year to view the collections of the creative graduating fashion students. Each and every girl has a unique style that sets them apart from the rest.

Nicola Treat, Jill Setah, Andrea Witschen, and Johann Kreiger showed their collections along side local boutiques; Ashpalt Shoes, Raw 69, Bella Clothing, The Wardrobe, La Belle, and the newly relocated Dlux boutique.

Nicola’s inspiration for her collection comes from nature. Each draped dress is hand dyed and beaded by Nicola herself. She makes truly beautiful garments and you will find the perfect maxi for a stroll along your favourite beach front this winter!

Andrea’s collection had the most edge of all the collections. Her line showed off a stunning quilted leather skirt along with an edgy floor length silk gown, just to name a few! Her badass vibe paired with natural elegance is the perfect style to dress yourself up for a night out on the town.

Jill has a passion for her Native Canadian culture and she expressed that through her clothing on Saturday. She took her inspiration from her heritage and transformed it into fashion forward pieces that tell a story. Truly amazing work.

Last but not least we were presented with Johanna’s collection. Specializing in one-of-a-kind wedding gowns, each dress tells a unique and interesting story.

Not only did these 4 up and coming designers showcase their best work, Kelowna’s hottest boutiques boasted their favourite fashion’s of the season. Check out their websites and then head down to location to find the best in fall fashions!

Focus Friday: Climbing Skaha

Few people outside of the Okanagan’s climbing community know how awesome Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park really is. John’s incredible photo gave me vertigo and sent me looking to find out more about it. It sounds like Nature Conservancy Canada and The Land Conservancy teamed up with BC Parks to purchase land around the bluffs and ensure safe public access. Just this year, that initiative added over 300 hectares to the park, providing protected habitat for up to 15 species-at-risk. Check out the incredible trail network (pdf) that gets climbers to the best rock faces — mountain bikers and hikers can also explore the rugged region with beautiful views of the lake. This is a real gem!

Climbing Skaha by John Shiers

 

Season Change

Beautiful vintage clothes at Georgie Girl, a vintage boutique in Kelowna. Model: Jessica Ritchie. Photographer: Lise Guyot.

A-OK Mixcast Seventeen

I miss you.  It’s been a crazy, amazing summer and from what I can tell we were all pretty busy just being in the midst of it all so we’re definitely long overdue for another A-OK Mixcast. It was the last day of Summer the other day and it seems like only last week I was lounging by a pool. With colder evenings and Saturday night’s toasts to #sweaterweather2012 we can ignore the fact Sunday was another warm pool day sense Autumn coming. With September nearly over we see a great Fall shaping for live music all over and we can’t wait! Artists featured this Mixcast are:

  1. Boredom and Joy by Jets Overhead
  2. Mistake by Maurice
  3. You’re Mine by Joel Plaskett Emergency
  4. Go to Me by Jordan Klassen
  5. Midnight City (M83 Cover) by Benjamin Francis Leftwich
  6. A Mirror by Aidan Knight
  7. The Fire Did Go by Royal Wood
  8. Pieces by Ali Milner

Don’t forget to catch all these great shows and more from now until November!

  • Joel Plaskett w/ Mo Kenney – September 25th at Habitat (248 Leon Ave, Kelowna)
  • Michael Bernard Fitzgerald w/ Ali Milner – September 27th at Streaming Cafe (596 Leon Ave, Kelowna)
  • Cuff the Duke w/ Jenn Grant – October 17th at Sapphire (238 Leon Ave, Kelowna)
  • Aidan Knight w/ Windmills – October 18th at Habitat
  • Royal Wood w/ Elisapie Isaac – October 22nd at the Minstrel Cafe and Bar (4638 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna)
  • Mike Edel & Jordan Klassen – October 25th at Habitat
  • Maurice w/ Matthew de Zoete – October 27th at Streaming Cafe
  • Benjamin Francis Leftwich – November 17th at Habitat

Here’s Joel’s redemption version of “Love This Town”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KjXoyno35A

Download the Benjamin Francis Leftwich covers from his website (but hurry, don’t know how long they’ll be available)

Remember, if you’re listening to this Mixcast in iTunes or on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad there will be a link to where you can buy these great tracks! If you dig the song it’s only $0.99 in the iTunes store! If you’re an artist hoping to be featured in a future Mixcast please contact me!

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JPOD the Beat Chef presents BlissCoast Vol 2: Folk & Frolic

Just came across this on my Facebook feed. Local DJ JPOD releases Volume 2 of the BlissCoast series, revisiting classic folk-rock tunes from the glory days of the 60s and 70s. He also says individual tracks will be available for free if you comment and favorite.

  1. Sopwith Camel – Hello Hello (JPOD remix)
  2. Cat Stevens – On the Road (JPOD remix)
  3. Peggy Zeitlin – Spin Spider Spin (JPOD remix)
  4. JPOD – In the Meantime
  5. CCR – Proud Mary (JPOD remix)
  6. The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon (JPOD remix)
  7. The Rooftop Singers – Walk Right In (JPOD remix)
  8. The Turtles – Happy Together (JPOD remix)
  9. The Lovin Spoonful – Daydream (JPOD remix)
  10. Paul Simon – Sunny Day (JPOD remix)
  11. Free Design – Love You (JPOD remix)
  12. Nick Drake – Pink Moon (JPOD remix)
  13. The Beatles – Good Day Sunshine (JPOD remix)
  14. Simon & Garfunkel – Only Living Boy In New York (JPOD remix)

We posted Volume 1: Grass and Gospel as part of our A-OK DJ Mixtape series last year.

Focus Friday: Super Summer

So here we are on the last day of a fantastic summer, with a weekend weather forecast that looks more like July than late September. In some ways, this is my favourite time of the year in the valley — cool, sparkling water, quiet beaches and surprising heat from the sun as it sinks toward the horizon. Even the evenings have even been warm this week, helping us forget that autumn is just around the corner.

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The Kelowna Museums Collection Connection: Iʔ təmxʷulaʔxʷ iʔ txət̓ncutntət

Come to the Okanagan Heritage Museum and explore aboriginal ancestral connections to the land through cultural and contemporary media.

The Kelowna Museums, in collaboration with Westbank First Nation, is proud to present Iʔ təmxʷulaʔxʷ iʔ txət̓ncutntət – The Land is Our Culture; an exhibition celebrating the syilxʷ/Okanagan people and their interminable and vital connection to the land. Indeed, as the title states, the land is their culture.

Featured in this exhibition are the provocative artworks of Barb Marchand and Janine Lott, sylixʷ artists who express their personal and ancestral connections to the land through cultural and contemporary media and techniques.

Installing Artwork

Both artists discourage stereotypes that exclude their place in the context of modern or post modern approaches to art making. As Aboriginal women, they believe in a merging of the past, present and future, defined by ancient oral teachings called chaptikʷəɬ, stories and dreams. Inherent knowledge that transcends time is a common principle associated with Aboriginal worldview. “It’s in our DNA,” is a phrase coined by WFN female Elder/teacher and fluent language speaker, Delphine Derickson, which epitomizes this concept.

Prepping the Pendleton Blanket

This collaboration between the Kelowna Museums Society and Westbank First Nation is a first for the two organizations. “Westbank First Nation has had a long and positive relationship with the Kelowna Museums, and this exhibition is a reflection of that relationship,” says Gayle Liman, Heritage Officer and Curator for the Westbank First Nation. “The visual and written stories in this exhibition represent the authentic voice of the syilxʷ people, and the Kelowna Museums Society is to be commended for encouraging a collaboration in which that voice is predominant. WFN is grateful to all the Museums staff for their hard work and encouragement.”

Putting the Artefact Displays Together

Complementing the body of work created by the artists are accompanying artefacts from the Kelowna Museums collections, these bridge the current works to their ancestral roots. This marriage of ancient and contemporary blurs the common Euro Canadian perception of past and present, offering a more circular and unending worldview of ‘oneness.’

First Nation Basketry

The public opening of the exhibit will take place at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, located at 470 Queensway Avenue, on September 22nd, 2012 at 11:00 am.           The artists will be available from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm for an informal tour of the exhibit and to speak about their work, process and inspiration.

Iʔ təmxʷulaʔxʷ iʔ txət̓ncutntət – The Land is Our Culture will be featured until April 6th, 2013.