Yearly Archives: 2013

A-OK Mixcast Twenty-One

A-OK Mixcast 21

A-OK Mixcast 21 - Albums

Guys. I’m still coming down off the high from the We Are The City/Nuuka/Belle Game/Hannah Epperson show at the KCT on Thursday. What a beautiful night. What a beautiful temperature. What beautiful people. It was a perfect start to the long-weekend. Now, here we all are, back at work. Bummer.

I don’t know about you guys but I’m ready to live out the remainder of my life — a good 60 or 70 years if my family’s genes are to be believed — laying on a beach with a good BJ. Butler DJ. Y’know, someone to make you food, drinks and pick all the best music for you while you sit there and love life.

But you know what, I love life today because THURSDAY IS THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE HOT AND DRY CANADIAN SUMMER KICK-OFF! Do you have your tickets yet? You can grab them from bands at about $10 (I hear some have a couple left) and at the door before 10pm. $15 after 10, or get a whole weekend pass for $30 now! Some of those artists are even featured this Mixcast, including:

  1. The Sunshine, Girl (Radio Edit) by Van Damsel
  2. Fjords by Nuuka
  3. Legs Give Out by We Are the City
  4. Shadowless by Hannah Epperson
  5. Threads of Light by Oceans Apart
  6. Stolen Boat by My Kind of Karma
  7. Things Fall Apart by Windmills

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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Fashionate: Dress to Impress – Weddings 2013

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With wedding season in full swing what to wear has been a hot topic over the last few weeks. As a general rule of thumb we have a ‘no black’ and a ‘no white’ rule, but what about the rest of the ‘rules’. What is too short, too tight, too low, heels too high, sandals too casual?

The cut and style of the dress important but most of all I would say fabric choice will determine whether or not a dress is suited for the occasion. Try and stay away from a simple cotton dress unless you are planning on dressing it WAY up with accessories, or it happens to be a unique cut and pattern.  A simple chiffon maxi dress is ALWAYS a safe bet for weddings; It will easily take you from daytime ceremony to partying on the dance floor keeping you fabulous the whole way through.

Maxi is not for everybody, and if a hemline above the knees suits your style better keep it classy and keep the short short dress for the dance clubs.  Remember, this is not our day and although we want to look fabulous we have to keep it classy, no plunging neckline if you are blessed with a chest. As a curvier girl myself I like to keep it simple with a wrap dress and a knockout pair of heels or keep my heels to a simple strappy sandal with a more detailed dress.

Hair and accessories play an important role with dressing up for your loved ones special day.  Keep it simple for the laid back beach wedding; beachy, long waves for your hair, or a loose braided bun will complement the setting well. Add a splash of colour with an orange clutch for a chic statement. Add your favourite cocktail ring and you will be set.  The Okanagan can be unbearably hot during the summer, do not over load yourself with accessories only to sweat and be forced to remove them and no place to put them!

More importantly wear something you are comfortable in, this is a time to celebrate and don`t be held off my favourite place, the dance floor, due to an uncomfortable dress!

Lille Gard Music & Arts Festival

Happening this weekend at the Bottega Farm Inn is the 4th annual Lille Gard Music & Arts Festival. The festival opened tonight with Ten-Ten-Ten “Under the Stars,” a display of assorted performances by musicians, poets, dancers and artists. Tickets were ten dollars to see ten performances each ten minutes long. Thirty dollar weekend passes were also available, which would allow you into the festival for all three days.

Saturday will feature thirteen new performances and end with an Open Mic hosted by the Streaming Café. Sunday will feature a Pancake Breakfast hosted by Metro Community and six more performances. Visual Arts will also be exhibited in the gallery and on the grounds during the course of the event.

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Tonight consisted of musical performances by Singer Songwriters Norm Strauss and Brent Tyler, family east coast fiddle group Chloe, Kyle & Co., opera singer Sandra Babbel (with accompaniment by classical guitarist Alan Rinehart), and Caroline Mackay on Celtic Harp. Nygel Metcalfe performed his Spoken Word poetry, Burnet Mclean spun a nine minute story, Dylan Ranney and Liz Dumontet created a mural, Hailey Neufeld performed ballet, and Jordan McAlpine’s dance group performed an original modern dance piece.

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Lille Gard is organized by the TribeHouse Artist Collective, which is “a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the relationship between the Christian faith, Art, and Social Justice”. All profits raised by the festival will be donated to two charities, “Hands in Service”, which helps people in Kelowna with health concerns or disabilities, and the Najenga Congo Project, which helps build schools and homes in the Congo.

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Lille Gard runs on Saturday  from twelve o’clock noon until 11pm and on Sunday from 9am until 3pm. Day Passes are still available at the gate and online, so grab yours while you’re reading this and don’t miss out on the fun. Treat yourself this Saturday and Sunday to local favorites, including the likes of Andrew Judah, JoyfulDoor, Ari Neufeld and much more!  Bring friends, family, and a lawn chair (or blanket) and be prepared to have a good time.

Concert Tonight: We Are The City

We Are The City - Back in Kelowna

We Are The City are a local success story. They return home to play an exclusive show tonight (Thursday) at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Lets start today’s columnn with my interview with Andy (drummer).

First off congrats on succeeding in carving out a career in the music industry. For those of us in Kelowna that were over the moon to see a Kelowna band win the PEAK Performance Project and the $150,000 top prize can you give us an update of what you’ve been up to since the win?
Thank you very much. Still working hard at “carving out a career” but what has happened thus far has been greatly rewarding, and I’d like to think purely based on the manner of work alone. I’m really trying hard to not base my gratification in numbers, like how many people come out to a show, or how many views a video on YouTube has, or how many people buy our record. I’d be fooling myself if I said that those things don’t factor at all into my happiness, but I’m working on it. You know, trying to realize that those temporary things don’t mean anything. I’m feeling very satisfied in the things that the band has created and been involved in creating, and I’d like to leave it at that.

Since the PEAK Performance Project we’ve toured across Canada three times, toured the United States twice, made an EP called “High School,” worked in conjunction with Amazing Factory Productions to make a music video series for High School, spent two years writing and recording our sophomore full length album called “Violent” that’s now released, and we’ve also been working on a film again with Amazing Factory, but this time it’s a full length narrative movie, and it was shot in Norway. So all of those things feel good.

Did I hear correctly that you were off in Norway shooting a feature length film? Details are greatly desired? Any snippets from You Tube I can share?
Haha you did hear correctly! Well, early last year we all decided that making a movie to go hand in hand with the album was the thing that we wanted to do. So we did it. Now, a year later, we have sent away the final edit for sound mixing. Not really sure what the plans for release are yet, but we’d like to have it run in some festivals first and maybe look towards distribution with a film house. It’s a little more departed from the album than we initially thought it would be, which is actually pretty exciting, because it stands well on its own and doesn’t require the album as a crutch. The film itself is a pretty wild idea, we actually shot in Bergen, Norway and the majority of the dialogue is in Norwegian, despite none of us understanding it. I like to think of it as a pretty absurd experiment that seems to have worked. We’ll have to wait and see what people think of it.

Discover the epically visual new video they just released with a glimpse of their upcoming feature film and a sampler of their sound.

Your band is now back to the original 3 members. I recall seeing your first EP for sale at a coffee shop in Glenmore for $2 in 2009. Its been an amazing journey for you guys since then. Do you have any advice for new bands from Kelowna looking to follow in your footsteps?
What a memory you have! That must’ve been at Perc’s right? To be very honest with you, I’m not entirely sure how we found ourselves here, but I’d like to humbly suggest a large amount of discipline, spending a lot of time in front of your instrument, pushing out all material — good and bad — and being kind to everyone. That last one’s the most important one, I think, but that’s a universally good thing to practice.

You have a show on Thursday at the Kelowna Community Theatre. I think the last time you played the venue was a triple header with Said the Whale, Aidan Knight and Kingdom Cloud. It was truly magical evening. How did you select the bands to play along side you for this show?
Thank you, that night is magical in my mind too. We are very fortunate that people with such talent don’t mind being friends with us. I have so much respect for those bands. Same goes with the bands playing with us on Thursday. Hannah Epperson came with us on our entire Canadian tour and I had the pleasure of watching her blow away every audience. The Belle Game are a really cool band from Vancouver that have an excellent album out called Ritual Tradition Habit. Nuuka are good friends of ours, and I’ve actually never seen them live. I’ve heard their music and heard a lot of good things about their show so maybe having them on the bill was a selfish choice. I just want to see them play! It’s going to be very special.

Ticket are available at the door or online here on A-OK. The show is at the Kelowna Community Theatre tonight (June 27th) for $18.

I must also mention that we have another stellar show coming to Kelowna this Saturday at the Habitat:

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

I would also highly recommend checking out the show with Michael Bernard Fitzgerald at the Habitat this Saturday night. Here’s the Facebook event link.

I’m absolutely loving his new EP “Firecracker.” It’s been my playlist on the way to work for the past month.

We Are The City – Baptism

Those boys in We Are The City did it again with their sophomore release, Violent. Here is their latest video for the single ‘Baptism,’ which uses scenes from their feature-length, foreign-language film of the same name as the album (Violent) which the band — whose members don’t actually speak Norwegian — wrote, translated, and directed in Norway.

Music video created by Amazing Factory Productions.

Focus Friday: Northern Lights

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Okanaganites don’t usually think of themselves as being in The North, but we’re lucky enough to see the northern lights occasionally. Taking photos during these short nights takes serious commitment — heading out late, having the patience to wait for uncertain activity, and long exposure times that require special attention to detail. I love it that these passionate night shooters are out there, and sharing these amazing images with us.

Aurora Over the Okanagan by Caillum Smith

A-OK/CREAM Salons present “High Tide”

High Tide Poster

*Nautical themed, not actually on a boat

Trek-It Tuesday: Summer Solstice at the Little Tunnel

Little Tunnel, Naramata

Solstice 2012 – Little Tunnel, Naramata

Summer solstice is nearly here bearing days of exaggerated sunlight so why not take the opportunity to get out and explore this awesome valley of ours. The KVR’s Little Tunnel sits high on the Eastern Hillside, above the village of Naramata, overlooking the South Okanagan valley with sweeping, panoramic views of its entirety; the scattered ponderosa pine and bunchgrass give way to the neatly manicured vineyards of Naramata and then to the beaches and cityscape of Penticton as Skaha Lake disappears around the bend on the horizon. To the West lies Trout Creek and Summerland tucked neatly at the foothills of Giant’s Head with Brent Mountain prominently sat in the mountains beyond and finally to the North, where if you tilt your head just right, you may be able to peer past Okanagan Mountain Prov. Park to Peachland. Be sure to bring your camera! Especially if you decide to come between the two weeks around summer solstice (June 21) where the Sun sets so far North, it peeks through this incredible, cliff-hanging orifice engineered by Andrew McCulloch nearly 100 years ago.

Little Tunnel, Naramata

Perhaps the best thing about this scenic location is most certainly its ease of access for all ages. The KVR’s moderate grade allows for a myriad of methods to travel the 8.8km round-trip route to the tunnel with cycling, walking and driving being the most common of tactics. Be sure to share the trail.

The KVR Trail above Naramata, BC.

Cycling the KVR Trail above Naramata, BC.

If you are arriving from Penticton or Naramata, head along North Naramata road until you reach Smethurst road, a right hand turn heading up the mountainside, and follow it as it meanders up the hillside and intersects with the Kettle Valley Railway at a parking lot about 5 minutes up. Here you can park your car and walk to the tunnel (~1.5 to 2 hours round-trip) or at least read some of the informative maps and boards explaining the history of the KVR and its significance to the local areas. From the parking lot head North (left as you look uphill) and continue along until you reach the tunnel, or stop at some of the old rock ovens that were built by the railroad workers during the construction of the route. It is also possible to arrive from Kelowna along the KVR and past Chute Lake but is more of a full day trip as opposed to a quick excursion however if you do decide to do so, be sure to check out the Big “Adra” Tunnel, also referred to as “McCulloch’s Wonder” for its horseshoe bend through 490m of bed rock, which is situated en route to the Little Tunnel. Happy ventures.

Big "Adra" Tunnel, Naramata

Big “Adra” Tunnel, Naramata