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Okanagan Arts Awards Sculpture Design

The selection has been made!   The 2015 sculpture that will be given to each of the category recipients for the upcoming Okanagan Arts Awards will be created by Dennis Cound from Kamloops, BC.

The sculptures will each be hand carved from Gypsum or Alabaster stone. The logo for the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan will be carved onto two sides of a block of the stone, resulting in a relief surface featuring this logo. Artist Dennis Cound has altered the logo very slightly for each one of the 14 sculptures he is working on, making each sculpture distinct.

Dennis Cound has been carving for many years in his home based studio in Kamloops. He has several special approaches, including the creation of intricate images onto deer, elk and caribou antlers.

Dennis was born in Montreal, but moved to BC when he was a youngster, and was greatly impressed by nature and the native art that was to be seen in the west. Following the artistic foundation of his father and uncle, Dennis began sketching and painting, but soon chose stone and antler carving as his medium. Wildlife continues to be a favourite subject for his artworks, but Dennis will also create “moments in time”, a combination of pictures of everyday life and the beauty they posses.

As Dennis explained, “I like to think of myself as a messenger. A liaison between you and the stone or antler. I have the honour and obligation to free each piece and share it with the world.” Each year, a new Call for Artists results in new design submissions for the award sculpture. This truly nurtures the creativity of our artists, who are challenged to create a new image each year.

The 2015 Okanagan Arts Award Design emulates the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan’s Logo created in 1967 by Nelson’s Kootenay School of Art director Zeljko Kujundzic

 Okanagan Arts Awards Showcase March 28th.

 

Slopes for Hope at Silver Star Mountain Resort

The Canadian Cancer Society brings Slopes for Hope Silver Star, on February 22nd, a family friendly ski-a-thon in which participants attempt to ski or snowboard the vertical distance of Mount Everest in one day (29,029 feet). Sign up as an individual for a personal challenge, or put in a team of four and split the distance between team members. Come up with a team name, wear costumes, and challenge your friends, family or coworkers!

There will be an après-event with entertainment and amazing prizes awarded at the end of the day, including the Sir Edmund Hillary Award for the skier or boarder who racks up the most vertical distance!

We ask that participants fundraise in advance to support the Canadian Cancer Society, with a minimum donation to participate of $25 for adults and $10 youth. All participants who raise a minimum of $50/youth and $100/adult will be eligible for a half price lift ticket the day of the event, courtesy of Silver Star Mountain Resort.

Funds raised through the event will help the Society fund vital cancer research, leading prevention initiatives, and compassionate support programs for people facing cancer today. To learn more about what the Canadian Cancer Society does in our community and the services we provide go to www.cancer.ca

We hope you can join us for this great event! Click here for more event details.

Register TODAY by going to the website link and help us take the fight against cancer to the slopes!

 

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Cream Salons 10 Year Anniversary Dance Party

Cream Salons have been the cutting edge hair and makeup lounge in Kelowna. They pride themselves on housing some of the most talented & passionate artists in the industry. Over the past decade Cream has grown their team of dedicated and expert hair and makeup stylists while expanding into three locations!

After ten years of hard work Cream is ready to celebrate. Cream Salons have announced their 10 Year Anniversary Dance Party and are extending an invitation to the entire Okanagan.

If you want to start off 2015 with the coolest fashionistas in town then come to Cream Salons 10 Year Anniversary Dance party which will include dance performances by JGirl & Manouses.

Check out the great services that Cream Salons offer and we can’t wait to see you at Cream’s awesome 10 Year Anniversary Dance Party!

Get Tickets Here

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“There is no salon in town that can outdo CREAM. I am in LOVE with what they do… they’ll change your day! What are you waiting for? Go!”

“In general the atmophere in here is great, everyone is so friendly and helpful. Not only do they make it fun but they do an amazing job. I have learned from experience that here is by far the best salon I’ve been too.”

“All of a sudden I can let my hair do what it wants and it looks good! I could probably even go motor-boating & just give a quick shake of the head before heading straight into the club… my hair would still be looking great, thanks CREAM!”

 

 

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.

Comedy Blood Sport is back! Read a rare interview with the champion, Kyle Patan!

 

Comedy Bloodsport is back!  Everyone should be partying right now! Hope you are ready to get your brain kicked in with laughs! Reigning champion Kyle Patan defends his title against swarms of hungry sharks on February 7th. If you haven’t seen Kyle before, you have missed a local treasure! Stop doing that! I was lucky enough to snag an interview with him between his private ninja lesson and his appointment with hot babes.  Kyle was leaning on his sports car, drinking a cola. I tried not to let his coolness intimidate me while I hastily jotted down his golden replies.  Enjoy….

Q: What message do you have for the comedians who want to see you crying in defeat?

A: My message for them is that if they’re going to see me cry, it’ll be tears of joy when I win, or they’ll be at my house and we will be watching The Vow.

Q: What can audience members expect to see from you on February 7th?

A: They can expect the k-dog to do the things he always does: Tell fully jokes and refer to himself as the k-dog in the third person.

Q: What do you have to say to critics who say you sold out and went all commercial?

A: I will tell the critics to go shove it! And by it, I mean the new swiffer wet jet and its ultimate cleaning abilities (I am the new spokesperson).

Q: Do you do it for the prizes or for the glory of winning comedy bloodsport?

A: Nothing can beat the glory of winning such a prestigious event like bloodsport, nothing except delicious gift certificates!

Q: Thanks, Kyle! Good luck with your new penis enlarger.

Don’t miss Comedy Bloodsport on February 7th.

Doors at , Show starts 9:30 sharp

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Winter is the best time of the year to Laugh out loud

The Habitat is excited to become the new destination for stand up comedy in Kelowna and 2014 is going to be a busy year. The first show, on January 25th, starts it off right with Vancouver’s John Beuhler. John began performing stand up comedy at the age of nineteen and in his first few years he starred in a national comedy special called Chill, won the Just for Laughs Home Grown Comedy Competition and shot two stand-up specials for Canadian national television. All before the age of twenty-five. John has performed in the Just for Laughs Festival Gala where he won over the crowd and was touted as saving the show.

John then went on to win the Corner Gas Comedy contest, giving him $10,000 and an appearance on Corner Gas with his mentor Brent Butt. John has opened for the likes of Dennis Miller, John Rivers, Martin Short, Zach Galifianakis and Craig Ferguson to name just a few. John’s style has been described as wickedly funny, fearless and poignant.

I have seen John perform several times in Vancouver, where he frequently headlines shows at the Comedy Mix. I was blown away, so when we needed to decide which comedians to bring into Kelowna to start off the new year, John was at the top of the list. I recently spoke with John about the show and was able to ask him a few questions.

Me: We had our first big show at the Habitat (Comedy Bloodsport) last week and it was a success. When I announced that you would be headlining on the 25th, people were excited. I think you have a good fan base out here.

John: Thanks. I am really looking forward to it.

Me: When was the last time you laughed till it hurt?

John: If it hurts when you laugh, you should see a physician. Car trips with comics I find eventually deliver some crazy laughing fits.

Me: What is the source of your material?

John: I plagiarize Family Circus cartoon strips.

Me: What was it like writing for the Junos? Did you write anything they wouldn’t allow on television?

John: I said that a barefooted KD Lang arrived in a limo with no floor and that she stopped it like the Flintstones.

Me: What was it like meeting Lou Diamond Phillips when you were in that movie with him?

John: He made me feel like I was the only person in the world and then our conversation went straight to VHS.

Me: Where did you record your last CD and where can people get it?

John: I recorded it in Oregon and you can get it on iTunes or in my garage in the the box under the BBQ.

Don’t miss John’s show on January 25th at the Habitat. Come early as tickets are only sold at the door. Tickets are $10.

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Daniel Romano – Streaming Cafe

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Another amazing concert happened last night at Streaming Cafe. . . Daniel Romano with Grey Kingdom performed and you should’ve been there. Spencer Burton (Grey Kingdom), not only has a great stage presence of humour and sarcasm, but his vocals and folk melodies will move you. . . check him out and buy his album here.
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The Streaming Cafe has great sound and the small venue makes for the perfect audience experience. You become fully absorbed while in an intimate live setting. Daniel Romano and band played amazingly well and I was surprised to see such well crafted country/western songs. Romano played all of the set electric as well which is something I’ve never seen before, so that was a nice touch. Romano’s vocals pierce the soul with a deep range that drawls on with highs that can leave you heartbroken. His songs tell stories of relationships and heartbreak that make you yearn and reflect. If you haven’t heard of Daniel Romano before, please do yourself a favour and check him out.
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After the evening of music was over, I stuck around and got to talk to Daniel for a few minutes outside and conversation ensued.

What are your opinions on alternative country, indie, folk and pop country music?

I think that those probably exist, genres like “alt country” or “americana” because there’s such a disconnect with the origin of country music and what is now considered country music. I don’t know if it helps any, but if it helps people decipher one thing from another I guess that’s a good thing.

Do you think it’s getting better or worse for country/western music?

It’s hard to tell right now, I know that the “americana” scene is flowering and that’s good I think. That’s pretty broad that category though, there’s a lot of styles of “americana” and that can be confusing.

What’s your favourite venue so far in Canada?

Oh you know what, there was this festival on Wolf Island in Kingston, Ontario. We were supposed to play on the back of this dock looking back at this bar. Minutes before our set time we moved inside because there was torrential down-pour. So we crammed inside this little bar and moved some chairs aside and did a show, it was so much fun. We had weird adrenaline from being confused and having no P.A system, that was a memorable show.

What’s your favourite show in the USA?

Actually, we just played a chili cook off in Portland that was awesome.

What’s your opinion of downloading and social media?

Uhm, whatever. It’s inevitable, it’s going to keep happening.

How has it affected your career?

There’s just no money to be made. It sucks because you can’t sell records and that’s what you want to do, but right now bands basically make their money off of merchandise.

How has it felt to transition to playing country music and changing your image?

I mean my image hasn’t really changed so much, but I would say that it’s a lot more comfortable for me.

Follow Daniel Romano on Facebook and check his website to learn about tour dates. His next show is coming up on the 13th of October, where he’s playing at Mercer Tavern in Edmonton.

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.