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Intersections – Okanagan Pride 2013 at the Alternator


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.

The Okanagan Tattoo Show

The Okanagan Tattoo, Art and Culture Show is the first of its kind in the BC Interior region that unites a community of tattoo shops, artists, and clients. This inaugural year had an exciting and contemporary twist to Kelowna’s already rich and vibrant arts & culture industry. Over the weekend of July 26-28, 2013 DLD Productions and Events Rising is hosted The Okanagan Tattoo Show at the Parkinson Recreation Centre in Kelowna, BC. A convention-style weekend that hosted 23 tattoo shop booths with artists in action, 23 retail vending booths and 23 Hot Rods creating an exciting atmosphere.

There were many talented tattoo artists in Kelowna for the weekend.

Many people were there to meet tattoo artists and learn about techniques in hopes of getting a high quality tattoo. Others are there for the social aspect of enjoying the company of others and having a good experience.

Okanagan Summer Festival Report

Here in the A-OK we love summer festival season and it’s just getting started! Line ups are being announced, tickets are on sale, and with all that commotion it felt like a great time to let you know about some of our highlight festivals and events that happen in the Okanagan. This list isn’t comprehensive but if your looking for an event worth going to here’s a starter list for you.

Not only that, but there’s a bit of a Giveaway at the end of this article for some lucky winner!

Parks Alive, Music in the Park, Lake Country Open Air Performances, etc:

July and August, Parks throughout the Okanagan! For any of those new to our region you really need to know about our free live music concerts in our various communities. Almost every community in the Okanagan hosts free community concerts in one of our parks.

Every evening throughout the summer there is a free concert somewhere. So get out there and discover some great live local entertainment. Call your local Parks and Recreation office for more information on free concerts in your community.

Funtastic: June 28th-30th, Vernon

Billed as “Canada’s Greatest Slo-Pitch Tournament & Music Festival” this is Vernon’s signature Festival. Headliners this year include: Honeymoon Suite, Sweet, and Aaron Pritchett.

More information after the jump.

Celebrate Canada Day Kelowna 2013: July 1st, Waterfront Park/Jim Stuart Park/Kerry Park, Kelowna

Join over 50,000 attendees celebrating Canada’s Birthday. Over 50+ activities and performances that are multi-generational and family- friendly.

The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer: July 4-6th, Kelowna

We’d be remiss not to post one of our own festivals on here. We’re working with BC brewery Cariboo Brewing the first weekend of July to celebrate our love of local music, too-hot days and festival-ready style. Featuring 10 local, up-and-coming musicians over 3 days we are chomping at the bite to get this party started!

Tickets available with bands or you can get a $30 weekend pass online.
More information here.

Keloha: July 5-7th: Waterfront Park, Kelowna

I recently interviewed the producer of this event. The full story can be read here.

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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

“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.

Youth Means Business

This is pretty cool. Community Futures Central Okanagan just announced a new youth entrepreneurship program entitled Youth Means Business. The program is targeted at youth aged 18-29 who are not Employment Insurance (EI) eligible and have not had an EI claim for the past three years (5 years if maternity claim). I took the CFDC program a couple years ago when I was laid off of my last job and that program gave me the tools to advance my personal business, as well as help launch Awesome Okanagan.

Those accepted into the program can expect:

  • Financial support of up to $5,000 for agreed upon living supports, targeted support such as daycare or bus pass, seed business funding, training grants including a $500 completion bonus upon successful completion of the program
  • Support for completing the application to the program including participation in an entrepreneurial assessment program
  • A personal interview to review the application
  • Support in developing a participation plan
  • Ongoing one on one counseling support to assist in developing their business plan
  • Group instruction where appropriate to assist with the preliminary business examination and detailed business planning
  • Mentorship and business introductions
  • Additional specialized business training where appropriate
  • Assistance to complete their business plan and/or business examination
  • A resource centre to conduct research and development
  • Committee review of final business examination and/or business plan
  • Recommendations regarding start-up, action plan and implementation including seed funding and education grants and access to financing
  • The program is expected to take not longer than 6 months or less depending on how quickly the participant can complete their business plan

Next steps

  1. Participants register and attend an entrepreneurial assessment program (EAP)
  2. Complete Youth Means Business application based on results of the EAP
  3. Submit Youth Means Business applications and schedule an interview

If this sounds like something you’re into contact Community Futures at (250) 868-2132 to register for the next three day entrepreneur assessment program.

These People Are A-OK: James Mullan

Always striving for fun and environmentally conscience adventures, I’ve come to be a huge fan of the good ‘ol farmers market. Kelowna should be proud of such a thing as the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market is glorious. Loads of artwork, jewellery, food and of course, jolly farmers!

I’ve got to know a few of the vendors and one of which is my friend James Mullan who is the Owner/Chef at The Allergic Chef food allergy consulting services. He specializes in gluten-free and lactose-free living which I believe is extremely valuable as I am learning more and more people are relating stomach issues, etc, back to their diet. I know I have had indigestion problems for awhile but only recently have I discovered that gluten and dairy are most likely the causes. Luckily, there is James close by to help!

The man himself Mr. James Mullan at his booth at the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market.

So I encourage you all to check out the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market, every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am-1pm until October 31 then the schedule will change as it will be moved indoors. And don’t forget to visit the friendly James Mullan and have yourself a tasty cookie, slice of banana bread or get a mouthful of information about your diet and health from the Allergic Chef.

Cheers for now!

A Crush of Colour: A Celebration of Art and Wine

Article Submitted by Jennifer Pickering / Submit Your Own Article

Art and wine lovers are enjoying a unique blend of Okanagan entertainment this summer at picturesque Okanagan wineries.

Beginner to experienced art lovers are celebrating the colours of the Okanagan at workshops hosted by A Crush of Colour. Each workshop starts with a wine tasting after which participants provided with the materials and instruction to paint “En Plein Air” in the style of the masters.

Crush of Colour is a project by Jennifer Pickering, an artist based in Kelowna with an MFA in studio arts from UBC Vancouver. According to the artist, “The workshops are the perfect opportunity to relax on a patio with a stunning view, try your hand at painting and learn to see colour as you’ve never experienced it before.”

Crush of Colour will be coming to Kelowna at the View Winery and Tantalus Vineyards from July 17—August 9 and Sonoran Estate in Summerland August 23—28.

For more information visit:

RCA Presents “Live After 5” Jazz Jams

Article Submitted by Shelly Vida / Submit Your Own Article

With summer winding down, the “Live After 5” Jazz Jams at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, were to finish at the end of August. What started as a summer concept thanks to the enthusiasm and support of Craig Thomson, his students and fellow musicians, was very well received and will resume weekly on Sept 15th.

You never know who will come in to play on Jam nights, and the summer sessions proved to be a welcoming and eclectic group. The highlight may have been Aug 5th when Michael Buble’s trumpet player, Jean Caze, strolled by and decided to join in the fun just before going onto the big stage! That particular night there were at least eight other horn players, an exceptionally talented pre-teen on the piano as well as some of Kelowna’s hot jazz players like Bernie Addington and Pat MacGibbon.

The popularity of the Live After 5 JAZZ JAM has taken hold with the new permanent weekday of Thursdays throughout the year, to be held in the cabaret style atmosphere of the Atrium at the Rotary Centre for the Arts from 5-7PM. The talent is exceptional and the jazz music is hot!

The Jazz Jam is open to everyone, if you’re an artist, performer or simply interested in arts and entertainment – come and have some fun and get a chance to meet people in an approachable and relaxed environment.

The Rotary Centre for the Arts will provide all lights and sound ~ PA , mics, stands, etc. as needed. The host will be responsible to ensure a house band arrives with keyboards, drums and bass/amp. As a jammer, just bring your own instrument as well as charts for fellow jammers.

As a music appreciator, just bring yourself and enjoy the licensed atmosphere of The Rotary Centre for the Arts Bistro, complete with daily food features and artisan gelato to enhance your listening pleasure.