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The Big Mother Folking Schistshow

Last night shortly after 7PM The Well, the pub at UBCO held an awesome concert consisting of: Great White North, My Kind of Karma, Crowd The Joanna and a solo by Jack Rabbit. These bands played great sets and brought some great vibes to a place not many would consider. Their concert was hosted by The Geography Course Union and was not something to be missed.

I did arrive a bit late so I only caught the last bit of “My Kind of Karma” and “Crowd The Joanna”. Both of these bands hold members of whom I’m friends with and they never disappoint. If you enjoy listening to reggae/bluegrass/folk/rock type music, these bands are for you and the members are all great to meet. I highly recommend both as they consist of extremely talented musicians who love what they do.

“My Kind of Karma” consists of: Garrett Scatterty, Isaac Balson, James Hockin, Sam Wilson and Taylor Gross. They hold members from Bowmanville, Ontario as well as here in Kelowna and are super friendly guys. I can’t say much more about them, besides the fact that they know how to write good music and they aren’t a band you forget about seeing live.

“Crowd The Joanna” consists of a bunch of members, some of which change on occasion. Last night there was: Max, Sky, Ross, Ty and Shawn. I’ve been seeing them for a few months now and their energy is really what you remember. Their songs are tunes you dance and shake down with. Again, know if you go see them play live you’ll never forget it and you’ll have a great experience.

For more information please check out these bands websites and Facebook’s listed below! As well, stay tuned for my interview with Isaac Balson from “My Kind of Karma”, which I will post soon.


Wild Heart Features Live Auction

Tonight at Habitat (248 Leon Avenue) we’re throwing our second official party called Wild Heart. We’ve been talking about it on Facebook and Twitter a lot and we’re very excited about the whole prospect. We’ll be raising money for a charity called H.O.P.E. Outreach and their goal is to help out homeless or sexually exploited women in Kelowna’s downtown core.

To that end we’re very lucky to have some local businesses and artists donate items for a live auction that you can bid on right after the fashion show so that we can raise a bit of extra dough over the ticket price and featured drinks (maybe even some Champagne!!) that night and try to help out a great charity doing a great thing. Some of the items that have been donated include:

  • Two Fashion Books and GC from Mosaic Books
  • A makeover package from Loyal Hair Therapy
  • Tickets to Ballet Kelowna’s first 2013 Spring Show
  • A GC to Bai Tong
  • Artwork by Matt Klasen
  • A makeup pack by a surprise donor (come to find out!)

We’re always excited to see the wonderful and supportive attitude our community and neighbors have even in tough times. We’re thrilled to be able to do something to give back to a community we care about. We’re stoked to have a great time. So grab your dancing shoes, dress up (think Mad Men! Or get edgy! Looking for inspiration tonight? Check out, bring a bit of a wallet and a great attitude and get ready to embrace your Wild Heart!

UBCO University Theatre26 Grand Opening Event

Founded in 2012, the University Theater26 is a student and faculty run venue devoted to creating and presenting quality live performances for the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus and Kelowna communities. Theatre26 is produced and affiliated as a branch of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. The theatre presents and programs touring theatrical productions from outside of Kelowna and acts as a central hub for performance work in the Interdisciplinary Performance program.

We begin with one of the Vancouver Fringe’s PICK OF THE FRINGE shows. Monster Theatre presents Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, written and directed by Ryan Gladstone, performed by Tara Travis.

The Betrayed Wife. The Scheming Wife. The Peacemaker. The Ugly German. The Slutty One. The One In Love With Someone Else. Six queens. Six love stories. Six deaths. One actress! This show is 14+ because of coarse language and sexual content. A Grand Opening reception will follow the November 3rd performance.

Where: UBCO University Theatre26 (3333 University Way, Kelowna)
When: November 3 & 4 – 7:30 PM
How Much: $20.00 Regular/ $10.00 Students
For: 14+

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

Wild Heart

We make assumptions based on what we see on the surface, will we ever know our true Wild Heart?

Awesome Okanagan is thrilled to be working with fresh, local salon Loyal Hair Therapy to present “Wild Heart,” a 2012 Fall/Winter Fashion Show with heart. Including a local clothing store like Man + Woman and supporting a local charity like H.O.P.E. Outreach is a no-brainer when showing off what the Okanagan has to offer. Come early for the Jail Bird Art Show (which will still be hanging during the event) and stick around for all the excitement when we mix a touch of 1960’s class (think Twiggy, Mad Men, Bridget Bardot) with the primal energy within us all (you like leaves, antlers and real twigs, right?).

If you missed our last party you won’t want to miss this one! Save the date, November 16, 2012.

Where: Habitat (248 Leon Avenue, Kelowna)
When: Friday, November 16th – 8:00 PM
How Much: $10
Tickets: Leo’s Video (2680 Pandosy St), Mosaic Books (411 Bernard Avenue) & Loyal Hair Therapy (102-2106 Harvey Avenue).
For: 19+

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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The Kelowna Museums Collection Connection: Iʔ təmxʷulaʔxʷ iʔ txət̓ncutntət

Come to the Okanagan Heritage Museum and explore aboriginal ancestral connections to the land through cultural and contemporary media.

The Kelowna Museums, in collaboration with Westbank First Nation, is proud to present Iʔ təmxʷulaʔxʷ iʔ txət̓ncutntət – The Land is Our Culture; an exhibition celebrating the syilxʷ/Okanagan people and their interminable and vital connection to the land. Indeed, as the title states, the land is their culture.

Featured in this exhibition are the provocative artworks of Barb Marchand and Janine Lott, sylixʷ artists who express their personal and ancestral connections to the land through cultural and contemporary media and techniques.

Installing Artwork

Both artists discourage stereotypes that exclude their place in the context of modern or post modern approaches to art making. As Aboriginal women, they believe in a merging of the past, present and future, defined by ancient oral teachings called chaptikʷəɬ, stories and dreams. Inherent knowledge that transcends time is a common principle associated with Aboriginal worldview. “It’s in our DNA,” is a phrase coined by WFN female Elder/teacher and fluent language speaker, Delphine Derickson, which epitomizes this concept.

Prepping the Pendleton Blanket

This collaboration between the Kelowna Museums Society and Westbank First Nation is a first for the two organizations. “Westbank First Nation has had a long and positive relationship with the Kelowna Museums, and this exhibition is a reflection of that relationship,” says Gayle Liman, Heritage Officer and Curator for the Westbank First Nation. “The visual and written stories in this exhibition represent the authentic voice of the syilxʷ people, and the Kelowna Museums Society is to be commended for encouraging a collaboration in which that voice is predominant. WFN is grateful to all the Museums staff for their hard work and encouragement.”

Putting the Artefact Displays Together

Complementing the body of work created by the artists are accompanying artefacts from the Kelowna Museums collections, these bridge the current works to their ancestral roots. This marriage of ancient and contemporary blurs the common Euro Canadian perception of past and present, offering a more circular and unending worldview of ‘oneness.’

First Nation Basketry

The public opening of the exhibit will take place at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, located at 470 Queensway Avenue, on September 22nd, 2012 at 11:00 am.           The artists will be available from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm for an informal tour of the exhibit and to speak about their work, process and inspiration.

Iʔ təmxʷulaʔxʷ iʔ txət̓ncutntət – The Land is Our Culture will be featured until April 6th, 2013.