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OUR Coffeehouse

Last month I checked out a great new monthly event in Kelowna called OUR Coffeehouse (OUR – Organic, Unplugged, Roots/Raw). It’s held at Reid Hall (Benvoulin Church, 2279 Benvoulin Rd. in Kelowna) and doors open at 6:45, performances start around 7:15.

It’s hosted by local songwriter/mentor Jane Eamon. I’m not sure if you recall Jane Eamon but she was one of the songwriters that came together to write the Centennial song for Kelowna. She has always had a heart for supporting upcoming artists and songwriters of our community so it’s a perfect fit to have her host the night.

Arriving at Benvoulin Church it reminded me more of a house concert than any other type of concert event. There were new performers hitting the stage for the very first time, pros simply showing up to share their passion and skill, and nicely rounded out by a feature of one of our local headline acts (that week is was Cowboy Bob). The evening is truly a sampling of some of the Okanagan’s best talent.

If you’re interested in performing at the event simply sign up to take a 10 minute spot during their open mic component.

Here is the Creative Director for the newly established Association of Artists for Creative Alliance non-profit society, Andrew Smith talking about the event and the society.

The video ends with a song by a local classical guitar player, Alan Reinhart.

It was a great night of creativity and a showcase of some amazing local talent. So if you’re free next Wednesday swing by for a cozy concert at the Benvoulin Church. You can also check out their blog at kelownacoffeehouse.wordpress.com.

I also recently picked up a new camera and this was the first event I’ve used it at. It’s a Lytro camera and it allows you to focus after the fact. Experiment with it. Simply click on different parts of the picture to have them come into focus.

5 Ways to Effectively Screw Up a First Date

I’m single. I have been for just over a year now. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this, nor do I think there’s anything wrong with being in a long-term committed relationship, nor do I have anything against friends with benefits. I’m not decisively for any one specific relationship type at the moment. I often find mine defined completely by how much I care for the other party involved, so, for me at least, there’s no one-size-fits-all relationship style.

This can also make things really confusing.

Like, do I have to get my own wine, or will I date someone who can do that for me?

Like, do I have to get my own wine, or will I date someone who can do that for me?

I’m not here to condone or condemn any type of relationship either and I’m definitely not giving any advice, I’m just setting the context of how easy it is to get mixed signals and really fuck up a first date. These are some of the wonderful/terrible/hilarious mistakes I’ve made over the years. Mistakes like…

#5. Not Being Aware You’re On a Date

I like to chock this up to my innocuous lack of awareness in everyday life. I like to read into the signs that aren’t there and miss really obvious, in-your-face signals. When you’re just meeting someone, especially when it’s over the internet or text message, it can be difficult to get a sense of how they joke, or talk, or who they are. Some people are just overly flirty when they chat, I know a lot of my friends are. So keeping that in mind, I’ve stopped looking into every time I’m sent 4 ;)’s in a row. The result? Any subtle message of “I like you, let’s make out!” hidden between the lines of your sly emoticon wink will, inevitably, be lost on me.

Meeting someone for a drink and they’re thinking ‘date’ and you’re thinking ‘nachos’ really kills the mood.

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“I like that we met on this patio for a completely platonic celebration with alcohol!”

Unless I’m getting an overly emphatic up and down, I rarely notice if or when I am being flirted with. Which leads me to…

#4. Being Terrible at Flirting

Which I am. Also, I am the awkward. It doesn’t help that multiple job descriptions make a simple question like, “What do you do for work?” take 15 minutes for me to explain. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Luckily, my close friends have learned to read my body language and will help me out once in a while. In fact, my best friend Ryan can usually tell when I’m into dude about 3 seconds before I know.

Me flirting can go one of three ways:

1) I meet you, you are friends with my friends, you are smokin’. The first thing I’m going to do to let you know I like you is never make eye contact, or talk to you, or draw attention to the fact that I’ve acknowledged you in any way. Sexy, right?

2) I haven’t met you, you sit a few tables away in this pub/restaurant/ICBC waiting room, I dig your face. I’ll probably stare at you continuously with one eye, raising my brow and/or nodding at you every time we ‘accidentally’ lock eyes until you ask if I had a stroke 6 months prior. I’ll keep looking at you and holding your gaze far too long and eventually you’ll run to the bathroom to see if there’s some food stuck on your face. Turned on yet?

3) I have met you or we hang out sometimes, let’s make out in this hallway for a few minutes while everyone else is busy. This is probably the least embarrassing way I’ll hit on you. We’ll be pally all night, and I’ll probably be all up in your grill. While I laugh at half-heard jokes, everyone else will be rolling their eyes at my humiliating attempts to gain your attention, all while you are painfully oblivious. The night won’t be a complete waste and we’ll have had a good time, but I’ll keep thinking “that could have gone better.”

And in the end, I'd rather just go home to him anyway.

In the end, I’d rather just go home to my cat anyway.

#3. Never Making a Move

My third terrible way of flirting could be considered partially analogous with this point, I suppose. Don’t chicken out. I know I said I wasn’t giving relationship advice, but that was obviously bullshit. Take a chance, make the move. You’ll regret more the things you didn’t do over the people you did do (as long as you’re safe & responsible).

How you do this is up to you. I’m for sure not an expert on this part. I’m honestly not even sure what happens between the point I realize I want to kiss someone and when it’s actually happening. It’s usually all a blur and is often impossible to replicate the same way twice. I have no advice here other than lock it down.

Don't let the distance between everyone fool you, the sexual tension was palpable.

Don’t let the distance between everyone fool you, the sexual tension was palpable.

#2. Drinking Too Much

I know this one seems like it shouldn’t be that difficult to avoid, but I’ve had a few doozies in my day. I remember one time going out with a bunch of friends in Victoria. We were staying with a couple close friends, and some of their local crew came out for the night. I had my eye on one person specifically and had a few martinis for a little liquid courage.

"Just this one? Oh ok."

“Just this one? Oh ok.”

I hit a wonderful plateau where we were being social, I was funny and entertaining. The body language was there and I built up the confidence to accuse “I know you want to make out with me right now.” Not the smoothest line maybe, but it worked. And that would have been the perfect way to end the story or stop drinking.

"After that 8th drink, I'm starting to get worried too."

“After that 8th drink, I’m starting to get worried too.”

Naturally we went out to another bar after and a nightclub after that. There was beer and shots and all of a sudden subtle jokes and kisses turned into a sloppy sideshow on the dance floor. Eventually he disappeared (see: begged his friends to take him home) and my friends had to get me out of there because I was dancing in broken glass.

I could go on with more stories here, but you get the point and I don’t want to ruin any chances I may have with any of you in the future. Know your limit, drink within it.

#1. Taking Dating Advice From Me

This last point is almost certainly because the thought of list with only 4 items shakes me to my OCD-addled core, but it really doesn’t change the fact that maybe you shouldn’t always listen to other people’s dating advice.

You're going to take the advice of a guy who's ideal date is 'Rumours' and a pound of bacon? I would too.

You’re going to take the advice of a guy whose ideal date is ‘Rumours’ and a pound of bacon? I would too.

Of course it’s important to have a point of reference — my other best friend Rob is always there to tell me I look like a total creep constantly rubbing my date’s shoulders throughout the night (guilty!) — but at the end of the day they’re not dating that person, you are. You’ll be the one dealing with the 2nd date, and the 3rd, the 1 year or the breakup. It really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, so be yourself and be fearless.

I’ll admit my very genuine fear of rejection and that, like everyone, I have my insecurities. It’s important to gain perspective; I remind myself that if I don’t make the move I’m essentially in the same place as if I’m rejected. Taking that chance usually means things either stay the same or end up better (Though this may not be great advice if you’re constantly falling in love with close friends).

If you’re awkward, be awkward. If you’re James Dean cool, rock your matchstick and rolled up sleeves. If you wear sweatpants to a night on the town… please don’t. But don’t feel you have to change key components of yourself to be the ideal mate for someone else. Love yourself, feel comfortable in your own skin. When the right person comes along, and when you’re not thinking about how long it’s taking for your nachos to get to you, things will work out if you really want them to.

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.

Festival in a Box

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Is nothing happening at your favorite venues? Do you take walks through public parks by yourself and sit down on their benches just because there’s nothing better to do? Why not make the party happen where you are by livening up those desolate parks and distinguish them from the solemn cemeteries across the street? This is exactly what local artist Corie Waugh did this Saturday at Knowles Heritage Park on the corner of Bernard and Ethel. What started out as a course project suddenly grew into something much more ambitious and involved.

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An experiment in the use of public space and community, the event involved what could be described as a portable venue. Unpacked from the back of her vehicle and set up by hand was the shell of a shelter that would soon be transformed into a vibrant hub for all kinds of creativity and talent. What was this foldable haven you may be wondering? It was a cardboard “house” complete with a door and a window. The ceiling consisted of a tarp that was set up during the short hail and rain that befell the party twice that day, and though the weather may have dampened the cardboard it did not dampen the spirits of the attendees.

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The interior walls of the structure were decorated with art pieces submitted by a dozen artists, sound equipment was set up on one side, and a piece of cardboard lying on the grass acted as the stage. When the sun was shining and the hail had ceased the rooftop was simply retracted to create that sensation of being at an open air performance while simultaneously being indoors.

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Performances were all voluntary, put on in a sort of open mic fashion. There were almost a dozen of them ranging across many varied disciplines. A performance art piece put on outside of the box (figuratively and literally) by performance artists Scott Mendonca and Kevin Jesuino (award nominee at the Okanagan Arts Awards being held March 2nd) involved them walking conspicuously around the park while having a conversation over cell phones.  At the end it was revealed to the somewhat bemused onlookers that the performance was in fact a critique on private conversations in public spaces. Acts inside the box (literally, not figuratively) involved many musical and spoken word performances.

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The parks tenebrous silence was lifted with zesty music put on by:

  • Liam Park
  • Jeff Ellum
  • Joshua Theobold
  • Sami Al-Khalili
  • Andrew Edwards
  • Colin Shand

Intoxicating spoken word performed by:

  • Nathan Hare
  • Nygel Metcalfe
  • Minka Wolanski
  • Cherie Hanson

And delicate visual morsels provided by:

  • Jeff Ellum
  • Heather Leier
  • Hanss Lujan
  • Julia Prudhomme
  • Anthony Ross
  • Jena Stillwell
  • Kristoff Steinruk
  • Dean Krawchuk
  • Abbey Cipes
  • Kelsi Barkved
  • Sylvia Miranda
  • Corie Waugh

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The line-up was all local and can be found around town being active in their pursuits at places like the Rotary Center for the Arts and events such as Inspired Word Café (which I intend to cover in the future!).

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If you’re wondering how you missed such an interesting convention it’s because it was not widely advertised except mostly through word of mouth. Hopefully this article will motivate you to get more involved in your local art community or start making some waves yourself. Next time you feel like complaining that “nothing ever happens around here”, just remember to think outside the box!

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Wild Son Interview

On the evening of Friday February 22nd, I met a great group of artists known as Wild Son. After playing a well received, energy packed show I was pulled through the crowd, through the kitchen of Fernando’s pub, and out into the cold alley to find myself with the band. Between alcohol induced speech and some disorientation, we made it to one of the members vans to discuss their music and talk about their E.P as well as plans to tour.

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The band consists of four members: Aaron Desilva (bass), Mitch Howanyk (violin), Kieran McCaffrey (guitar/vocals) and Cam Wilks (drums). These guys are really nice, it was a pleasure to talk with them about their project and hear what they had to say.

(Keep in mind I mainly spoke with Mitch, however a few other members joined in the conversation).

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So how did this band come together?
A few of us grew up together and went to school together. Basically, it was two best friends times two that came to know one another, and as soon as we played together we knew that this was it.

Was it more of a collaboration in the beginning?
In the beginning to be honest, no one was butting heads, but we weren’t a band like we are now. After Erin joined in, it really filled out the group and we finally found our sound and acted as a band.

How was the reception to your E.P “Franklyn Road”?
The E.P went over very well, we sold the venue out and are really happy with the reception we got. I think that’s lent a large part to where we are now. It’s been great thus far, we’ve had a lot of old fans as well as new fans coming up to us and attending our shows and seeing new faces engaged in our performance was really great too.

Why did you guys choose the cover of the E.P?
I walk across Franklyn road everyday on my way to work, so I thought that was a great place to start. We call our house the “lions den”, it’s a place where we would meet and play together. We became friends there, we ate together, and wrote music together. So we thought it was a good way to keep that in mind as we go forward.

Any plans to tour in the future?
We are currently in the midst of planning our summer 2013 tour here. We collaboratively know enough people and musicians and self-manage ourselves. So our plan is to head out to Vancouver, play a show in Kelowna and then head out West.

All the members seem to have a dynamic set of influences, how does that translate into the music?
I think through this band we’ve all had a struggle with our influences, because they’re different. But having  music backgrounds that are educational as well as self-taught is a good thing because we help each other learn and grow with what we contribute.

What’s your opinion of the music scene in Canada?
I think honestly, growing up here it’s always lacked a music scene. Lately, I’m impressed with the growth, because now it’s become so robust and there is so much music here, and we feel that it will only get better. 

Describe Wild Son in one word
You can’t say what it is in one word hence the name, but our phrase is “what it is”, or we could go with “happening”. The one thing that holds this band together are the times we share, writing music. Socially and musically that connection as friends has helped us a lot.

How was playing with Kara Funk on November 23rd?
That was a great show, we had just met her not too long before that. She performed a great duo performance, and we really liked seeing her perform.

How was the E.P release show on January 18th?
*Laughter* that was a crazy show, it was great. You can check out a music video we did with The Business Limited, that’s a culmination of a few shows and you can capture what it was in that video.

Check out Wild Son’s music here.

Wild Son & Windmills

What a hectic Friday night. After a brisk walk to buy cigarettes, amongst the glowing lights of passing cars. I arrived at the Chevron station near the highway, got hijacked by a few friends and driven towards downtown in a swerving concoction of burning rubber and smoke. Between two strange faces and my friend borrowing my phone, I was in complete ambiance. Shortly after, I arrived at a packed venue, Fernando’s pub. After finishing another smoke and getting a Tanqueray logo pushed onto my leather jacket, I allowed myself inside — having to sweet talk my way past the doorman with my plus one. Reluctantly, I got inside and witnessed the concert.

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Windmills was first, and Myraas always puts on a great start to any evening. I don’t have much more to say about this artist, except if you still haven’t heard all the buzz surrounding his name, get out of your cave and listen to his music! Some of you are probably thinking, a one man loop artist… trust me, Myraas is redefining that genre all for himself.

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After a few more drinks, laughter, some inappropriate behavior, more cigarettes and crazy dance moves, the crowd was settling in for a good evening. I was amongst great people, a lot of friends and equally pleasant strangers. The pub was packed, as well it should be and people had driven in from all over to see these guys play and who could blame them.

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Shortly after Windmills set, Wild Son came on and that’s when things got interesting. From standing on tables, leaning across lamps and peoples drinks to get photos, I was bombarded from all angles by the dancing crowd. The energy had reached a new level and seeing Wild Son perform for the first time, was a great experience.

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Their music is rhythmic, catchy and unexpected. Delivery is a mash up of high-energy reggae infused melodies, tied nicely together with beautiful violin work and slamming bass riffs, that had the walls vibrating. Yet another band I’m really glad I came out for. I highly recommend you all to go see their show. I was lucky enough to snag an interview with the band afterwards, so that’ll be a bit tricky to piece together — I’ll try my best, stay reading for that. In the meantime, check out Wild Son here.

Thomas Kjorven’s 24 Weeks

I’m sitting, freezing, in my office upstairs at Habitat with friend and local musician Thomas Kjorven. Thomas is wearing a toque and neither of us take our jackets off – I’ve gotten used to wearing mine throughout the work day. We only just got an HVAC installed (it’s not turned on yet) and we have no insulation. In the Winter it regularly hovers around 0º; in the Summer it can get up to the mid 30’s. It’s hard to say which is worse and I’m reminded of Robert Frost’s poem Fire & Ice. We huddle around the space heater I keep under my desk. It’s working as hard as it can to heat us up, though my office is one of three without a true ceiling so much of the heat dissipates into the building. I like to pretend we’re around a campfire; one hand is clutching Kjorven’s latest EP, 24 weeks, the other pouring us each a mug of Chai Baba‘s Candied Almond Tea.

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I’m trying to remember the last time Thomas and I chatted. We crossed paths at a concert a couple weeks ago but it’s probably been since Keloha in July since we actually discussed anything in-depth. Today’s topic is his very personal EP and the journey his family has been on since we last spoke. Incidentally it was around late-June that Thomas’ last album came out. It wasn’t uncommon for him to be constantly releasing new material so, to me at least, it feels like it’s been a lot longer since then. Sometimes it just takes that kind of inspiration you can’t ignore. Since he turned his garage into a studio, Thomas finds he’s always working on stuff, especially recently.

“My wife had our first son, extremely premature at 24 weeks,” Kjorven explains, “they say the chance of life is very slim, and some doctors won’t even ethically resuscitate a baby before then. So we were 24 and 6 days, that’s how close we were.” It only took 5 minutes from when they realized his wife Shar was going into labour before their son Ruel popped out, weighing only 1.5 lbs. For those unfamiliar with the process of birthing, I took 23 1/2 hours of labour and weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Granted I took a little longer than most babies and tried to kill both my mom and me in the process — a fact she’s keen to remind me of whenever I act like an ass — but that still gives you a point of reference.

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Thomas continues, “The BC Children’s team came down immediately from Vancouver and flew him in an incubator down to the children’s hospital. It was a really scary time, we didn’t know what was going to happen but we knew we were on a road.” Thomas’ voice begins to tremble slightly. I can see it in his eyes, how fresh all of this is still in his mind and it’s not surprising really. I followed the progress on Facebook, but hearing it in real life it’s more poignant. My eyes water throughout the interview.

“Every day was a battle. Every day you’d come into the INCU and it looks like some sorta sci-fi movie. There’s rows and rows of incubators of all these little babies, and each incubator has assigned a nurse that’s on it 24 hours. It’s incredible what they do there.” Kjorven goes on to describe all the tubes, ventilators and IVs attached to his tiny baby boy. Often days would be one step forward, two steps back. “We were just so amazed with the BC Children’s team… …the decisions they have to make on a daily basis.”

Baby Ruel is now home after 150 days in the hospital. All the while Ruel and Shar were in Vancouver, Thomas was commuting back and forth on a weekly basis. He would come home every Sunday night, work during the week, drive back to Van every Friday. It was during these week nights that Thomas was writing and recording 24 weeks, perhaps hoping to bring about a catharsis. “I would be home alone, kind of trying to work through this in my mind, waiting on the phone calls. The only way I know how to like, get my emotions out there was to write. So I’d go into the studio with my headphones on and that would be my therapy.”

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This album was a very different exploration for Kjorven who normally likes to keep his lyrics open-concept, allowing multiple interpretations to each song, making each song personal for who was listening to it. With 24 weeks, Thomas bares his heart and soul on each track, but also found new inspiration to draw parallels and paint metaphors in a way he never had before. What we get out of it is an intimate, chronological play-by-play of the Kjorven’s journey.

The first track, ‘Change,’ was written when Thomas and Shar first discovered she was pregnant. The song chronicles the shift in his psyche, realizing he’s about to become a father and all that comes with it. ‘Fast Forward’ is when Ruel was admitted to the hospital shortly after birth. ‘Beautiful Hell’ weaves between the day-to-day highs and lows. Daily setbacks interspersed with forward momentum created a bittersweet dichotomy for Kjorven. ‘Orange’ conveys a level of impatience with the process. Driving between Kelowna and Vancouver, Thomas watched the leaves closely. “I knew this wouldn’t be all resolved until at least Winter time. So I’d be looking in the green trees. I’d be looking for signs of fall, little bits of orange and yellow.” ‘Breathe’ is a man’s plea with machines hooked up to his only child’s lungs (Ruel spent most of his time with machines breathing for him) while ‘Look How Far You’ve Come’ is a celebration, bringing the whole family home for the first time.

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It was during this process that I learned something new about Thomas. He hated being away from his boy so he would find himself sitting next the incubator for hours at a time. It was during this that Thomas started sketching again for the first time in years, making a hobby out of little Monster-of-the-Day portraits. At the time, these scenes were merely a way to pass the time but eventually Kjorven found great reception when posting them on Facebook and is looking to transfer some to posters, canvas and tee shirts. “Me and my wife really want to give back to BC Children’s. They really saved our boy’s life and we feel so in debt to them.”

Rather than simply write a check to the hospital, Thomas wants to take his platform as an artist to raise awareness around these real-life heroes. 24 weeks is available online on Thomas’s website as choose-your-price, with full proceeds going to the BC Children’s Hospital, same goes for the hard copy of the album, and all the prints of the monsters he will be making.

You can grab a Monster-of-the-Day print and/or a hard copy of 24 Weeks on March 16th when Thomas Kjorven performs at the Jail Bird Art Show 3, a night of local art at Habitat. Along with copies of his album and Monster-of-the-Day prints, you will be able to make a donation to the BC Children’s hospital. There will also be artwork for sale by Alexandra Tremblay, Habitat’s current artist in residence. Come out to support a great cause and get to know Thomas a little bit more.

These People Are A-OK: Alexandra Tremblay

Alexandra Tremblay is a mixed media artist who has been living in Kelowna for the past 2 years.

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What drew you to start working with felts?
The thought of working with raw fibers and building a fabric that could be used for so many purposes, such as clothing, bags pillows and creations on canvasses inspired me, from the ground up.

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Did you grow up around artists?
I do come from a family of artists, my Mother is a mixed-media artist and was an art teacher for 15 years, Father a photographer, Step-Dad a wood turner/carver, Brother a graphic designer and a nice history of artists… Grandmother and others, it’s in my blood.

Which artists have inspired you or which would you say are your personal favorite?
I love a variety of artists… from Van Goh to Dali, Picasso, Alex Grey… the classics.

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Why did you move to Kelowna?
I got my diploma in fiber arts from the Kootenay School of arts in Nelson and thought that Kelowna would be more into the arts because of its size.

What’s your favorite drink?
A nice cold pint of Honey Sleeman’s sounds pretty good to me.

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You work with a variety of mediums – which are the hardest to work with and why?
Felting has sooo many steps, its quite the process… laying and building the fibers… working with boiling water; lots of physical work. It takes a lot of time and it changes a lot through the process so it can be a little surprise, the outcome.

Also it is very delicate for a long time until it becomes an actual fabric.

How does your artwork make you feel?
It drives me completely wild… like a mad woman… but it also seems to be one of the only things that keeps me balanced. I put all my fears, pains, dreams passions, visions from within my being and it transcends and explodes leaving me full, empty, ecstatic, crazed, strong. It can bring me such a joie de vivre… but it must be shared as it’s too much energy for me to keep around. I must share the beauty and the intensity with others.

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What do you want others to feel when they view your artwork?
I want to inspire others… its fantasy, to find their story within, to travel, to be in awe, to feel lost and confused maybe… to make people feel.