Monthly Archives: January 2013

PEAK Performance Project Winners Dear Rouge

dear-rouge_LOrez-1-791x1024Streaming Cafe is proud to present Dear Rouge2012 Winner of The PEAK Performance Project with special guest Bed of Stars on their Western Canada tour in support of their new EP release, “Kids Wanna Know”. Dear Rouge (Husband/Wife duo, Drew and Danielle McTaggart) are making a return visit to Kelowna on Thursday January 31, 2013 at Streaming Cafe, and you can take in the show for only $5 at the door.

Upon hearing their song, “You Step Out Of Nowhere,” one has to wonder if Dear Rouge is referring to themselves. With the release of their debut EP, ‘Heads Up Watch Out’ (released in April 2012), Vancouver-based duo hit the scene with an incredibly accomplished set of songs, production and presence. Now, only six months after their debut release, Dear Rouge have followed up with the five track, ‘Kids Wanna Know EP’ (released in October 2012).

If this infectious one-two combo wasn’t enough to punch their way into the hearts of alternative music fans, they’re also the 2012 Winner of The PEAK Performance Project, the biggest radio station artist development project in Canada. The PEAK Performance Project is a professional development program to help new and emerging artists create careers in the music industry, with the top prize of $102,700.00 to the winning band.

It doesn’t take long to see that Dear Rouge is a fully realized project, from conception to execution, created and crafted from a perspective only years of professional touring, performing and writing can bring.

Check out the Facebook Event here
If you can’t make it in person, catch the Livestream show here

Life Is Worth Living

Believe That Life Is Worth Living

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

William James (1842—1910)

Photo by oldchildmedia from the I Love the Okanagan flickr group.

Sarah Maloney: Collapse

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Visitors to Sarah Maloney: Collapse will likely have first impressions of loveliness and calm, and may enjoy the aesthetic qualities of the artist’s fabric patterns, textures, and the visual surprise of bronze tulips sprouting from an antique divan. Audiences may smile at the innocent, whimsical cavorting of the paired tulips featured in Maloney’s six embroideries. The pieces’ sheer beauty encourages us to let down our guard and consider the deeper implications of Maloney’s art and thought.

Halifax-based artist Sarah Maloney explores the notion of the traditional domestic sphere of women, and the Victorian pastime/skill of embroidery, as well as the female connection to flowers through this body of work. The centerpiece of the installation will be a real chaise lounge which Maloney terms a fainting couch. A cluster of bronze tulips are sprouting from the innards of this piece of furniture, their heads bowed modestly. As well, six wall pieces that are embroidered depictions of pairs of tulips will be on view.

Maloney holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and an MFA from the University of Windsor, in Ontario. She has been teaching studio classes at NSCAD since 2002.

The show is accompanied by a black-and-white catalogue with curatorial text written by Kelowna Art Gallery Curator, Liz Wylie.

An opening reception to celebrate this exhibition will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013, from 7 to 9 pm, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Sarah Maloney will be in attendance to deliver an artist’s talk at 7 pm.

Additionally, a ‘Lightning Talks’ event featuring six artists including Sarah Maloney is organized for Saturday, January 26, 2013, from 1 to 3 pm, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The topic for discussion is issues facing artists working outside of major urban centres of cultural production. This event is free to attend and open to the public.

Sarah Maloney: Collapse will be on view from January 26 to March 31, 2013 at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online.

World Snow Day 2013

The second annual World Snow Day took off worldwide this previous Sunday celebrating all things snow. The event is organized by the International Ski Federation, known in French as the Fédération Internationale de Ski — or FIS for short. The Okanagan’s very own Big White Ski Resort hosted several of its own events this year to show its appreciation of the white fluffy stuff that provides recreation to its visitors every year.

On January 20th activities were happening simultaneously all over the mountain throughout the course of the day. From 12:00pm – 1:00pm a Snowball Softball Super Skills competition was held in Happy Valley. At 3:00pm a Snowman Building and Old Man Winter Dress Up contest were held in the village center. TELUS Park hosted a Canada Snowboard Riders event which consisted of competitive training for young riders by certified coaches. At 6:00pm in the Happy Valley Day Lodge a photo contest based on the snow theme was held, followed by a screening of Sherpa Cinema’s ski film “All I Can”.

It was a warm sunny day up at Big White, a bright contrast to the foggy grey valley. Even if you don’t Ski or Snowboard it’s worth the trip up for the beauty of the resort and the plethora of other things to see and do. If you have a love for snow this was the day to be up at Big White to celebrate it. Since World Snow Day is still young there is plenty of time for growth. Next year should be even bigger. Hope to see you all up there next time.

Below is a segment from Sherpa Cinema’s “All I Can” shot here in BC.

Warehouse Gallery

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Stacey & Steve Huculiak are pleased to announce the opening of Warehouse Gallery at 1292 Ellis Street in Kelowna B.C. As Kelowna’s newest gallery, Steve & Stacey aspire to have a pivotal role in supporting emerging, mid-career, and established Okanagan artists by sharing their work with you, the viewers and collectors.

Warehouse Gallery has created a progressive business model that allows the artist’s represented in the gallery to have a greater role in how the gallery operates. The whole group and not just the owners make the decisions such as; events, marketing and which new artists join the gallery. The result is a very fluid business and moves in step with the greater arts context and community.

Warehouse Gallery will have monthly shows and openings featuring local talent. Stacey who previously owned and operated Tweaked and Yummy Vintage Apparel (at the same location) established a strong place in the local arts and cultural district of Kelowna and garnered favour through hosting memorable and varied shows. Building on that momentum, they ask you join them January 18, 2013 @ 6pm – 8pm for the next opening for artists Wendy Porter and Liz Dumontet.

Liz Dumontet was born in Penticton British Columbia and was raised in Kelowna British Columbia. She graduated from Kelowna Secondary School in 2008 with a french immersion dogwood, and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Liz Dumontet and Dylan Ranney co-own Tandem Studios, an artist studio dedicated to their collaborative art practice. It is through Tandem Studios that they paint murals in the Okanagan. From Tandem Studios, they hope to also produce animation, sculpture, books, illustration, and computer design work. From 2011-2012, Tandem Studios has produced seven large-scale murals, six of which are outdoors. From her solo body of work, Liz has worked in portrait painting, abstract painting, animation, video, installation, and illustration. In 2010-2011, Liz Dumontet worked in 3D game design, and in 2012, was teaching beginner art lessons for children and adults alike. Liz is currently working on her sixth painting series and illustrating a children’s book. With a few solo projects on the horizon and many prospective projects for Tandem Studios, she is quickly building up a repertoire of work and has a portfolio to show for it. For CV and visuals of Liz Dumontet’s work, visit her website or the Tandem Studios Website.

Wendy Porter, an established Okanagan artist, has also just joined Warehouse Gallery. Wendy has been painting for over thirty years and is known for her colourful beach and winter scenes within British Columbia. She was on the Board of Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC for seven years, has taught art classes through the Kelowna Art Gallery, and been on the Acquisition Committee for the Gallery. Wendy is a storyteller, recording “our time”, through paint on canvas. Wendy has been involved in many individual and group exhibitions within public and private galleries, and her work is part of many local and international public & private collections. She is renowned for a summer painting series for the Hotel Eldorado, a winter series for Silver Star Mountain Ski Resort, and a Swiftsure Sailing Race series in Victoria. Wendy’s work is presently exhibiting through the Whistler Arts Council’s Millenium Place Scotia Creek Gallery in Whistler, BC. This January, the Warehouse Gallery in Kelowna will feature her latest winter series inspired while Whistler was preparing to host the Winter Olympics. The work expresses our Canadian engagement with winter and all its beauty. More information on Wendy can be found on her website.

Cory Myraas of WINDMILLS

Yesterday evening in an alleyway outside of Milkcrate records, I was lucky enough to meet up with Cory Myraas of “Windmills” and we talked about his new EP as well as what he’s been up to since the last time we got together.

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What was your inspiration for your E.P?
Musically, I’ve been listening to a lot of Brian Eno’s stuff and so I wanted to take that inspiration and focus on production. Keeping things polished and as tight as possible.

How would you say your music style is changing?
In my opinion, I’ve gotten a lot smarter with how to use my equipment, so it’s not so much of a battle as it was before. Learning from that, I wanted to work more on producing a songwriters record.

Why did you pick the title?
It comes from a phrase from the book “Don Quixote” and in the book he charges windmills with a lance, because he thinks they’re giants. It’s referred to as “tilting at windmills”. I thought that the title would work well with the themes of the record, and how the oversimplification of things isn’t always honest and pure. Thematically it tied in with the lyrics and the way everything came together.

When can we expect a full-length album?
Probably not for awhile, I don’t want to peg myself down. Right now, I think I want to tour extensively and polish my music as I go.

So do you have plans for touring?
Yeah, as it’s going right now I’m getting opportunities from all over. I’ve been working on just touching base with people from wherever I can.

What’s been going on since last time we spoke?
Just playing shows, I’ve been working on the record a lot too. I’ve been really lucky to have a feature in Vernon and I might be  doing something for CBC radio, so yeah just been working on my material and trying to get my name out there.

If you have yet to check out WINDMILLS, I highly recommend Myraas’ music. His style blends a singer/songwriters passion into an ambient, experimental sound.

When someone can write complex lyrics and also such concise short lyrics such as “Hold me in suspense, before I lose my head. Hold me in your arms, before we kiss goodnight”, without taking away from the experience of the song, you know you’re listening to pure talent.

That’s just one example that stood out, so do yourself a favour and pick up his album “Keep Moving” and stay tuned for his EP release of “Tilting” which comes out February 9th at Streaming Cafe in Kelowna.

Hannah Georgas & The Belle Game

For what seems like weeks I haven’t posted any articles on music… on Second thought, it probably has been close to a month. But I want all you readers to know that I’m back and will be covering events of all kinds. Most recently, last Thursday night at The Habitat, I caught Hannah Georgas & The Belle Game play an awesome show.

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The Belle Game played first and was a good way to start the evening. Their music is unique because of the composition and their almost orchestral pop sound. Originating from Vancouver and formed in 2009, currently this band holds five members: Adam Nanji, Andrea Lo, Alex Andrew, Katrina Jones and Rob Chursinoff.

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After their set, the audience was left silent and in anticipation of Hannah GeorgasAlthough the night started off later than expected, the wait was well worth it. Georgas, a Vancouver based pop/rock songwriter controls the stage with an outstanding presence and vocal quality that’s a shock to hear live. Her clarity and ambiance created by the melodies of simple chord progressions, strung together with her lyrics makes for a beautiful delivery. This band is a must see live and if you don’t believe me, listen for yourself.

Overall, it was a great night and was hosted at one of Kelowna’s best downtown venues. Stay informed and up to date here.

Fashionate: Emerald Green; The Energizing Color of 2013

It’s a new year, which means new beginnings! We are about to enter one of the most beautiful and inspirational seasons of the year: Spring! It is my favourite season for finding inspiration for my fashion forecast with  bright colors coming back to life through mother nature.

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The colour of spring 2013 is emerald green. This is a very energizing lively colour that you can incorporate into any aspect of your life. Many of us feel as though we cannot ‘pull off’ certain colours. Perhaps you wear your Emerald green in the form of a fabulous new bag, or as your new mani color. Although this is a bold color for the season it represents a fresh new start. Pair this color with effortless frocks that easily fall away from your body, such as a soft silk maxi dress with a leather jacket.

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Emerald Green is paired beautifully with a muted down jade, or luminescent white. These colors will add so much freshness to your outfit. For a night out pair your favourite new green tone with a metallic silver fringe bag, or Monacoe Blue pumps. Don’t be afraid to wear multiple colors, if worn properly they will compliment each other fabulously.

Purchasing new clothing each season can become expensive, and many of us don’t have the budget to support that, although some of us shop as though we do! A great way to be a trend setter and incorporate the seasons hottest style is through your jewelry. Your LBD is never going to go out of style, so change up your arm candy and necklaces to bring your favourite dress up-to-date! Green pearls, a blinding cocktail ring, or a jeweled emerald cuff will modernize just about any outfit.

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Frakas is your ‘costume’ jewelry headquarters, with each piece priced right and hot on trend. Functional also boasts some amazing finds for the best trends of the season! Don’t let the winter blues get you down, get our and explore our beautiful boutiques to customize your own personal style!