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Exclusive Music Video Premiere Event Hosted By Public Records

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Public Records is rolling into Kelowna this Tuesday and bringing along tons of local talent that we all know and love! The show will be held at the Habitat on July 17th, and trust me folks, you’re going to want to clear your calendars for this one. The evening is centered around exclusive premieres of the 2014 Public Records Music Video Grant holders, and we will be getting the first look at the finished products.

Tuesdays event will feature a performance by our favorite local heart throbs Van Damsel, and then showcase brand new, hot off the press videos by Van Damsel, Icelandia, Andrew Judah, Nuuka, Young Sparrows, Paperboy, Stage, and Matt Brevner. So much excitement packed into one night, I can’t even handle it.

We will also be getting a super special visit from one of the most talented, stylish, and handsome Kelowna-ite we know, Brandon Fletcher of Faked Potatoes. Since he ventured from Kelowna to pursue his passion as videographer extraordinaire in Vancouver, Brandon has been killing it in the film world and is snagging some amazing opportunities. For example, the new video he produced for Sebell’s “Till The Sun Burns Out” was featured on the Nylon Magazine website. Yes you read that right, NYLON! Tuesday will be the grand unveiling of Brandon’s newest video with Van Damsel for their song “Begins With A Return”. The guys road-tripped down to California to shoot the video, and considering how stoked and insanely jealous I was of their Instagram teaser pictures, I can’t even imagine how mind-blowing the final product will be!

Swing by Tuesday night to support all the local talent! Doors open at 7pm and because Public Records is the best, the show is free for our viewing pleasure!

Also, to get a taste of what you’ll be seeing on Tuesday, check out the video for Sebell’s “Till The Sun Burns Out” by Brandon Fletcher, and check out his website Faked Potatoes.

OSIF 5 Day Film Challenge 2013

The Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmaking (OSIF) is issuing a 5 Day Film Challenge. Contestants get a secret prop and line of dialogue then 5 days to write, shoot and edit their films. A special screening and awards event will be held with the best films winning over $1000 in cash and prizes!

Learn More at their website.

Ecotone – The Experience

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There was no shortage of things to see and do at this year’s Ecotone, held in the Rotary Center for the Arts, and while I can’t dream of having been able to cover it all I can give you a taste of my experience in the hopes of getting you out to the next one. This year’s Ecotone was the “6th Annual Local, Organic, and Zero-Waste, Okanagan underground creative gathering known as Conduit”. It featured a massive line-up with events happening simultaneously all throughout the centre.  General Admission was $15 at the door, which opened at 4pm. The event ran until 2am.

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The atrium was the center of the festivities and hosted several drum circles, poets, and musicians. There was everything from hip hop and beat boxing to folk and rock bands. Some performances were accompanied by artists from other disciplines, including a poet who had a melody support their words and a musician who had a visual canvas express their music. It was a great mix of mediums and skills that really displayed the bonds between the people involved in the art community.

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The Arcade room, a pitch dark room lit up by a cool projection in the center, hosted other assorted performances and provided yet another space to dance in; the Alternator Center showed a few shorts created with stop motion film techniques and clay figurines; and the main theater hosted a one-time comedy performance titled “This is Cancer” by Bruce Horak, who lost most of his vision to cancer.

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In the Exhibit Hall and upstairs you could find visual art by dozens of artists displayed on the walls. There was everything from photography to collages to paintings and more. There were also a few interactive installations. One of my favorite was the “stream of consciousness” typewriter that’s fed with a roll of paper towel. Anyone could sit down and contribute anything to the narrative that they felt like sharing.

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Ecotone 2013 – Tonight!

ecotoneWhere: Rotary Centre for the Arts (421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna)
When: Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 – 4 PM—2AM
How Much: $10 Students / $15 General / $5 Kids & Alternator Members. All proceeds towards artists making this event possible through the Okanagan Greens Society.
For: Everyone

The annual, local, underground creative gathering known as Ecotone is happening again!

Conduit Collective has once again partnered with the Okanagan Greens Society in creative collaboration with the pan Okanagan creative community to showcase over 100 emerging and established artists, featuring, installation art, sculpture, performance art, activism, gardening, crafts, musical performances, poetry and spoken word.

This is the 6th festival the Conduit Collective has organized, and was created for the purpose of bringing together the gifts, ideas, and talents of established and emerging creative tribes in the Okanagan. For up to date scheduling of performance and artists roster please visit ecotonefestival.ca

“This festival helps support the local arts community, and enables innovation to occur and be recognized. The past six years have been very enlightening as to seeing the support within this community that rarely has the opportunity to gather on mass like this, and we are excited for the experience again this year.” says festival organizer, Gabe Cipes.

Music performances will include Wild Son, Killer Panda, Kinshira and Rumpus Room. There will be original art work on display all around the centre by a number of artists including Kristoff Steinruck, Jordan and David Doody, Meghan Wise, Ullus Collective and Rena Warren just to name a few. The corridors will be filled with tables featuring local crafters wares and activists including Curio Designs, Green City Acres, Green Peace, Scribbled Sun, and many, many more.

This event is designed to harness the diversity of creativity in our community and is not to be missed!

Conduit would like to recognize the support of the Okanagan Greens Society, “Working together in our community for a healthy environment, happy people and a sustainable local economy.” For more information and a full list of contributors, visit the event Facebook page.

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.

OSIF presents 4th Annual Horrorfest

Last Friday I was privy to the Okanagan Society for Independant Filmmaker‘s 4th Annual Horrorfest. They premiered 11 short, locally produced films in the horror, thriller or dark drama genre. It looks like they’ve had a chance to upload the videos to their YouTube channel as well so we thought we’d post a playlist here in case you’re looking for something scary to watch this Devil’s Night.

Canadian-Exclusive Premier of “The Good Son”

Local filmmaker Adam Scorgie and legendary boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini present the Canadian-exclusive premier of The Good Son on October 27, 2012 in Kelowna, BC. This documentary tells the story of Mancini through his own words, and centers on the historic fight between Mancini and South Korean fighter Duk Koo Kim. The film features appearances by every major character in the story, along with longtime friends Mickey Rourke, Ed O’Neill and other celebrities.

Recently featured in The New York Times and an upcoming episode of 60 Minutes, this potential Oscar contender is timed to release in conjunction with the upcoming biography of Mancini by bestselling author Mark Kriegel, also titled The Good Son. The Good Son reveals never-before-seen details and developments in the stories of both Mancini and Kim. For the very first time, Duk Koo Kim’s son Ji Wan and fiancé Young Mi are interviewed on screen. Coming up on the thirty year anniversary of Mancini’s tragic fight with Duk Koo Kim, Kelowna’s exclusive screening will without a doubt be a piece of history in the making.

A limited amount of tickets are available for this Canadian-exclusive premier. Each ticket also offers VIP privileges to a private after party at Cabana Bar and Grille, which includes a meet and greet with Ray Mancini. Director Jesse James Miller and Producer Adam Scorgie will also be in attendance.

A few sponsorship positions are still available in association with this event. More information and ticket sales details on the Facebook page.

Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was once the most famous sports figure in America, a man who captivated the public with a remarkable personal tale, and a fighter electrified anyone who saw him box through his courage in the ring. But everything changed – for Mancini, and his story – on November 13, 1982, in the 26th bout of his career, against a challenger from South Korea named Duk Koo Kim. 30 years after that fight, critically acclaimed bestselling author Mark Kriegel (Namath, Pistol) is revisiting the life of Mancini in the highly anticipated upcoming biography The Good Son. And a documentary film also entitled The Good Son, timed to the release of the book, will reveal new, never-before-seen details and developments in the stories of both Mancini and Kim.

Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini will be in attendance at Kelowna Film Screening in Kelowna, BC.

Where: Landmark 8 Cinemas (525 British Columbia 97, West Kelowna)
When: Saturday, October 27th – 7:15 PM
How Much: $35
Tickets: Call Dena at Details Design Inc. (250) 317-7096
For: Everyone

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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