Posts by Nathan Cail

Christmas at the Hub | Featuring Windmills, Oceans Apart and Behind Sapphire

Art and music. Two things I like. The Hub in Vernon is a brand new art collective/live music venue with a funky, eclectic vibe. Its a place for artists to share and sell their work, for musicians to showcase their talent and for the public to come together to enjoy and love art. I was was able to photograph one of the first big shows to happen at this awesome new venue and I must say, it was a doozy!

First up, from Vernon, was Windmills, the brain child of Cory Myraas (ex-Poor Little Rich Girl,) a one man musical onslaught of melodic looped guitar and beautifully crafted lyrics.

Kelowna natives Oceans Apart took to the stage next and jammed out beautiful post-rock/emo in lieu of The Appleseed Cast and American Football, with crooner Chris Stickney, at the helm.

On their last leg of a Canadian tour, headliners Behind Sapphire, from Vancouver BC, hit hard with catchy, soulful lyrics, a fun loving sense of carefree whimsy, and folk pop musical styling. I found myself tapping my feet way more than shooting photos! They were amazing.

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Armstrong Open Air, A Festival of Metal!

Face melting riffage. Those 3 words really summed up the Armstrong Open Air festival for me. It was 2 days of camping, street food and loud music in the heart of downtown Armstrong! I was able to photograph the bands on the first night of the show!

Cast Into Ashes

A festival go-er regaling me with metal tales!


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2011 Go Skate Day

Yesterday, being the Summer Solstice and, hence, the longest day of the year, was the perfect day for local skateboarders to grab their decks and shred up Creekside Skate Park in Coldstream. There were hot dogs and water being served with all proceeds going to charity, prizes for the winners of the various competition groups and all kinds of swag being given out. West 49 and Fulcrum Skateboards from Vernon put on the show and provided all the prizes. I spent the evening there, photographed the competition, ate a few dogs and had a good time.

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It’s Pretty Where I Live

There is a reason I live in the Okanagan. It’s beautiful. As a photographer, making my home here makes sense. It offers plenty of tranquil, beautiful landscapes, lush foliage and flowers galore for me to capture.

Yet more reasons why the Okanagan is “Awesome”

OSRDA’s Skate for the Cure

I was fortunate enough to spend my Saturday evening at the Hassen Arena in Armstrong to photograph the OSRDA’s (Okanagan-Shuswap Roller Derby Association) Skate for the Cure. Now, if you aren’t familiar with Roller Derby, picture bad-ass scantily clad women on roller skates smashing each other around while they try to score points on the track by pushing and shoving their way through a pack of other such bad-ass women. Needless to say, its awesome. This was my first time at a Derby bout (game) and I know I will be attending more. This particular bout was a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.

First bout of the night was the rookies “White Vs. Black”

Being that it was a fundraiser, there was some head-shaving for cancer going on…

Speedy skaters speeding on skates!

I will definitely be attending many more derby bouts and I suggest that you attend one or two if you haven’t!

Check out the O.S.R.D.A.’s website

Rock 4 MS Stops in Vernon

I attended the Vernon stop on Aimie Laws’ Rock 4 MS Tour to shoot some photos and enjoy some fantastic music. The show was at Sneakers Sports Bar, always a swell spot for some live 19+ shows,  and the turn out was fantastic. Ben Stewart from Richard Rachael Promotions helped make the show a success and with the turnout as it was, raised a good chunk of coin for MS research. I managed to get there in time to see Immaculate, a fantastic Okanagan hip-hop artist, Aimie Laws, Salmon Arm rocker, and Versus the Nothing, Vancouver bangers, all put on a fantastic show.

Immaculate hip-hopping the house and getting the crowd moving.

Aimie Laws was incredible. Great songwriter and singer.

Versus the Nothing melting faces off!

A great show for a great cause, I hope that people make it out to the other stops, make a donation and rock their socks off!

Check out the bands here:
Aimie Laws
Versus the Nothing

The Perfect Trend CD Release

Flashing lights, lighting fast catchy hooks, tight jeans and swooped hair. All the sights and sounds of  a one of the best shows I’ve had the opportunity to attend in well over 5 years. That show was Victoria based band The Perfect Trend’s CD release show at the Kamloops Indian Band Gymnasium. Kamloops hometown favorites First Class Times, featuring my good friend from Vernon, Kurtis Lloyd on guitar, played a mean set of glorious poppy punk rock.

Kurtis shredding some gnarly guitar

Dana getting the crowd fired up!

Next up was Winslow from Montreal. I really enjoyed them!

Following Winslow came Prom Night In Black and White from Saskatchewan. Easily one of my favorite acts of the night. They played hard with so much energy and a passion that was refreshing!

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