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Heritage Week on the Westside

Heritage Week 2015: Main Street, At the Heart of the Community
Come to the Westside and celebrate Heritage Week by attending the following events:

Tuesday, February 17th: Heritage Week “Bannock and Tea” hosted by the Sncəwips Heritage Museum
Location: Sənsísyustən House of Learning Multi-Purpose Room
1920 Quail Lane, Westbank
Time: 1:30 – 4:00pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Jordan Coble
778.755.2787
museum@wfn.ca
The Sncəwips Heritage Museum’s “Bannock and Tea” is an open to the public event focused on creating a space for all community members to interact with one another, share stories and traditional foods in order to create a better sense of an inclusive community. This event is centred in what is quickly being redeveloped as WFN’s “main street” as a site for the people to learn, grow, and interact. Besides the sharing of stories from all perspectives, the Sncəwips Heritage Museum will also be showcasing some of the videos that have been created that provide an excellent sense of history from both personal and community perspectives.

Wednesday, February 18th: That’s SWAC: Introducing the Suk’ʷtəmsqilxʷ West Kelowna Arts Council
Heritage Week Luncheon hosted by the Greater Westside Board of Trade
Location: The Cove Lakeside Resort
4205 Gellatly Road, West Kelowna
Time: 11:30am Networking
12:00–12:40pm Lunch
12:40 – 1:10pm Presentation
Cost: $20 per person
RSVP by noon February 17th: Karen Beaubier
250.768.3378
admin@gwboardoftrade.com
Here is a great opportunity for the greater public and business community to have lunch on the Westside and be introduced to our newest community Arts Council: The Suk’ʷtəmsqilxʷ West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC). Learn about SWAC and how artist and business relationships can be elevated and work together to create a truly dynamic environment for all Westside residents and visitors.

Thursday, February 19th: Heritage Week Business After Hours
Location: Westbank Museum
2376 Dobbin Road, West Kelowna
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $10 per person (free for members of the Greater Westside Board of Trade)
Contact: Poppy Angus
250.768.0110
info@westbankmuseum.com
Join us for lovely evening of networking, snacks, and opportunity! This is a fantastic time to check out the Westbank Museum, learn some history and win some amazing prizes!!

Saturday, February 21st: Heritage Week Windup Tea
Location: The Heritage Retirement Residence
3630 Brown Rd, Westbank
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Poppy Angus
250.768.0110
info@westbankmuseum.com
Interested in knowing more about historic Westbank? Come by, have a cup of tea, and join our round-table discussion and watch a presentation on the pioneer history of the area.

Five Hole For Food Kelowna 2014

Every year, Five Hole for Food travels the country playing ball hockey for local food banks. To prepare for such a long journey, you need a good warm-up, so we’re headed to Kelowna to kick things off a little early, and take advantage of that early summer that the Okanagan has to offer.

The idea is simple: to take part and play some street hockey, all you need is a hockey stick and a can of food. We’ll supply the rest. Think of it as a giant game of drop-in hockey: hang out and play for 5 minutes or the full 4 hours! All age and skill levels are welcome!

Meet us at Stuart Park Plaza between 1:00PM-5:00PM on June 7th and bring your donation for the Kelowna Community Food Bank. Let’s play hockey for food!

This event benefits the Kelowna Community Food Bank Society. In 1983, the Kelowna Community Food Bank Society set up operation in a church basement to meet emergency food needs for the community. Over the next two decades, the Kelowna Food Bank grew from serving 600 people per year to nearly 2, 500 individuals per month, with nearly a third of them children under age 16.

Enter the Third Annual Jump:Start:Challenge

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The Jump:Start:Challenge is a competition for tech start-ups and entrepreneurs that provides concentrated help in cracking one of the most persistent business challenges: raising capital.

Are you a technology start-up, entrepreneur, or company ready to go to the next level? This competition is for you!

Run by Accelerate Okanagan (AO), the Jump:Start:Challenge is a pitch competition supporting tech entrepreneurs seeking investment to finance their growth. This competition provides participants with hands-on training on how to get “investor ready”.

Through the 8 weeks of workshops, coaching, training and mentorship, the pool of candidates will be whittled down to 5 finalists who will go on to pitch to a room full of preselected BC investors. Besides offering the possibility for investment, our panel of judges will award a cash prize to the winning company.

Jeff Keen, CEO of AO said, “We’ve seen remarkable successes from previous Jump:Start:Challenge participants, and we’re excited to see what the next group of Okanagan technology companies have to offer. The top 10 companies that earn access to the program, will receive 8 weeks of coaching and mentorship that will dramatically improve their chances of raising capital.”

How to Enter

Email a short description of your business concept (1 page max) to jumpstart@accelerateokanagan.com or tweet it to @accelerateok by December 13th, 2013. Successful applicants will be invited to pitch to a panel of judges in Kelowna, BC on January 10th, 2014.
For more information, click here: http://www.accelerateokanagan.com/jumpstart/

Prizes

  • The top 10 entrants will receive eight weeks of expert training, coaching and mentorship to improve their pitches and increase their chances of raising capital.
  • Five finalists will get to present their business ideas to pre-selected members of the BC investment community.
  • The winner will receive a cash prize.

Meet The Past Winners

Rob Bartlett, CEO of WTFast, won first place in the Jump:Start:Challenge in 2011. For WTFast, the Jump:Start:Challenge was the perfect platform to springboard growth. “I found the Jump:Start:Challenge invaluable – it’s like a boot camp for companies looking for investment. You will learn what investors are looking for and how to present. Along the way you will learn more about your company and ways to improve it.

Thanks to AO and this program, I have gone from never pitching before in my life to now pitching to investors in Vancouver, California and Seattle. These pitches led to $150k in investment for WTFast in 2012, which helped drive company revenues in 2013, leading to an additional $424k in debt and grant funding in 4th quarter 2013.”

Alison Yesilcimen, Co-founder and CEO of Media Cooler Innovations, won first place in 2012. She said, “The Jump:Start:Challenge greatly benefits every company that participates. The mentorship that you get is incredible, as it allows you to continuously improve how you pitch your company’s idea. As an entrepreneur, you are going to need these skills anywhere, whether it’s in a boardroom selling your product or presenting to investors and so having those skills, and always refining those skills, is very important.

Winning the Jump:Start:Challenge created a lot of great exposure for our company throughout British Columbia. I would strongly encourage any startup to join the Jump:Start:Challenge!”

For further information, contact Accelerate Okanagan at (250) 870-9028.

Tweet it up at #AOJumpStart and @accelerateok.

If Only Comedians Could Play The Hits

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Photo by Joe Moroney

Article Submitted by David Kopp

Stand up comedians have it rough now. In the 80’s and 90’s, they could travel the country with a solid hour of material they honed over the years. Everywhere they went it was new and fresh. At least to the audience.

Musicians can play their one hit song and everybody loves it, but no one wants to hear a comedian’s jokes from last week. YouTube has made this even tougher on the pro comics. With audience members posting clips of unfinished jokes online, it is becoming even harder to keep audiences in suspense.

The silver lining is that this forces comedians to write more material than ever before and, as a result, everyone is getting better. Today could be seen as the new golden age of comedy. Comedy really is everywhere. Every full time comedian has a podcast and a special and most touring comics have at least a one DVD of amazing material for sale and a few great clips online.

The other effect of there being so much comedy available is that the bar has also been raised. Almost everyone in the audience watches the newest comedy specials. This is obviously great for comedy, but it also means a new comedian is performing to a pretty savvy crowd. New comics are forced to learn the trade quite quickly or deal with perhaps the worst feeling imaginable… bombing. A crowd who talks through a set is annoying, but when they sit silently through it, there is really no one else to blame. No artist ever bombs as hard as a comedian and even if a comedian does find that special line that works every time, eventually everyone’s heard it and its no longer special. No comedian can tour like the Rolling Stones, getting by on forty year old material when the new stuff sucks.

Comedians really are in a unique position. Just imagine if at your job you were constantly compared to the best performers of all time’s very best performances. No one ever says to the best architects in town, “Yeah, that is pretty nice, but have you seen the Taj Mahal? You should make buildings like that.” However, it is common, after a set, to hear “You should do jokes like Seinfield. I saw him. All he really does is talk, but its so funny.”

Double Opening Reception: Dylan McHugh w/ Jeff Ellom & Lucas Glenn Co.

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Please join us for the double opening reception of both Dylan McHugh’s (Vancouver) Swal-low, and Thank You for Sharing, a collaboration between Kelowna’s Jeff Ellom and Lucas Glenn Co. The event will take place at the Alternator at 7 pm on September 28.

McHugh’s Swal-low is a light and ceramic based installation exploring an intersection of myth and symbol. Consisting of a sea of delicately crafted, translucent, backlit ceramic tiles, the work intends to captivate the viewer with its dream-like qualities.

Thank You for Sharing is a collection of paper-collage collaborations between Jeff Ellom and Lucas Glenn Co. The collages, mimicking the layouts of popular websites, are made up of found images and text.

Swal-low and Thank You for Sharing form part of the Alternator’s participation in Culture Days 2013.

Intersections – Okanagan Pride 2013 at the Alternator

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The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is pleased to present Intersections, an exhibition of six artists in the LGBTQ* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer and other) community. Intersections is presented in conjunction with the 2013 Okanagan Pride Festival in Kelowna, BC.

Taking place in the Members’ Gallery at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Intersections offers a chance to share with one another the intricacies of our own personal journeys, the paths we have already taken and the experiences still to come. For artists Daniel Oledzki, Jacklyn Harris, Deneige Nadeau, Kevin Michael Witzke, Shannon Lester and Dean Krawchuk, the mileage varies. The poetic work of Deneige Nadeau, a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, engages snippets of theoretical text with photographs of her own body; while Daniel Eric Oledzki explores the areas where media, gender and capitalism overlap.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art welcomes you to visit our space between August 10th and 17th to view the exhibition. Please join us for a reception and official Okanagan Pride 2013 opening event on Saturday, August 10th at 7:00 pm at the Alternator Centre. This is a free public event. The exhibition will run for the duration of the festival, August 10th- 17th.

Studio ONE11 Zine Launch Party

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The COLLABORATORS OF STUDIO ONE11 have been instrumental in the birth of Kelowna’s very own zine scene. December last year, while everyone and their mom was waiting for the world to end, the good folks over at Studio One11 were busy putting together Kelowna’s first End of the World Zine Fair. It was an exciting event with zines contributed from various countries. I stocked up on some soon-to-be bunker reading material. I was satisfied that if everything came to an end; at least it was with a bang over at Milkcrate Records.

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A few nights ago at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, on a weekday we’ve come to know as Thursday; Studio ONE11 was focused on a bang of a bigger kind. It was the launch of the Evolution Issue. The new zine is filled with everything from mammoths and smoking monkeys to anatomical drawings and lonely pathogens. There’s even a creepy Darwin in sunglasses watching over his lot of genetically modified creatures.

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What I especially noticed on the display desk that night was the separate zine projects some of the members had worked on. Lucas Glenn’s work is full of rhetorical quips which are as thought-provoking as they are playful. While Jeff Ellom’s collage images turn upside down any sense of familiarity the viewer may begin to feel. His found text and image arrangements reveal a developed understanding of the power of juxtaposition.

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Joshua Khutney and I organized everyone in the group for pictures. We used an old Polaroid camera with practically extinct film. Almost all the pictures all came out terribly underexposed. Josh left me at the Alternator Gallery to rush home to grab his Nikon. I guess this is evolution. Meanwhile Brit and I continued a conversation we were having on the alternative development of Polaroid film. She shared some enlightening methods on ways in which to mess around with the film using scratching and warm water. Despite the night’s analog setback, I felt a renewed enthusiasm to experiment later with these new techniques.

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Josh made it back just before the event was ending. We retook the group shots digitally. There was still a lot of energy and laughs even though the event was winding down. Everyone who left ended up helping take down Corie Waugh’s Cardboard Fox installation which was being shown again in the Alternator Gallery.

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Over the past months it’s been very rewarding to observe how the individual artists uniquely interpret the theme of each issue. So far Studio ONE11 has had six releases: One11, True/False, Money, Playground Politics, Heartbreak, and Evolution. Despite the different techniques each artist may explore (such as text, collage, illustration or photography); a candid style of social commentary consistently runs through. Brit, Jeff, Lucas, Corie, and the newest member, Tayelor Martin are sure to continue ONE11’s notable tongue-in-cheek approach for many issues to come.

Victoria Alt-Rockers Michael Wood Band Tour Stops in Kelowna

Michael Woods Band

Victoria’s Michael Wood Band will be performing in Kelowna January 24 & 25 as part of their tour of western Canada. The group is kicking off its circuit in Saskatoon March 18, followed by stops in several cities in Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC, and ending in Toronto during Canadian Music Week.

“It’s really great to see people responding so positively to our music.” says frontman Michael Wood. “People hear the songs and see our video for the single ‘End of the World’ and are really excited to have us out to play. It’s been really encouraging.” Michael Wood Band has an alt-rock sound described as “the Killers meets Kings of Leon with an infectious groove,” and an enthusiastic stage show which never fails to engage their audience.

The past year has been a busy one for MWB. Their first album “Occupy This” was released in May, and extensive performing ensued. The band played everything from small charity shows to large festivals, including dates at the Calgary Stampede where their high energy shows entertained the crowds. Fans have fawned over a guitar driven take on Foster the People’s hit “Pumped Up Kicks”.

The band is receiving radio play nationwide, and the original song “I Think I’ll Just Go To Bed” has won them the new artist of the month on Ontario’s CKXS 99.1 FM. Recently they were selected as finalists in the Amp Records and Fox FM Band Fight held this fall in Vancouver. Michael Wood Band will be in Kelowna January 24 at the Minstrel Cafe and at Doc’s with Toronto’s Bootleg Glory, on January 25 starting at 10pm ($10) For more tour dates please visit his website.

Where: Minstrel Cafe (4638 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna)
When: Thursday, January 24th, 2013 – 8 PM
How Much: $5

Where: Doc Willoughby’s (353 Bernard Ave, Kelowna)
When: Friday, January 25th, 2013 – 10 PM
How Much: $10
For: 19+