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A Night of Unique Captures

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Steve Hancock, local photographer and owner of Unique Captures Gallery on Nanaimo Avenue would like to invite everyone to our upcoming art show, “A Night of Unique Captures”, featuring Nine
Okanagan Artists.

This family friendly special event features a meet and greet with 9 talented Okanagan artists showcasing their amazing work for one just night only, and partial proceeds go to help out the South Okanagan Children’s Charity. Grab a friend and come out to A Night of Unique Captures!

Thursday, October 6th
Unique Captures Gallery (129 Nanaimo Avenue West, Penticton)

Parkinson Superwalk

The Parkinson Society of Canada funds much of the Canadian research on this, the second largest neurodegenerative disease. $1.3 million dollars was invested last year by the society, as well as another $15 million secured from other sources, into research, funding a whopping 24 projects.

Parkinsons, for those of us that don’t know is a result of low dopamine production in the brain causing degeneration to those areas. Michael J. Fox is perhaps the most common person to come to mind in Canadian’s when they hear the name of this disease, but for those of us that watch it slowly take away a loved one we know the true outreach of its infection.

The Parkinson Superwalk is the largest fundraiser for the society in Canada, and two of these walks are set to take place in the Okanagan. Participants get sponsors, and do a walk, walking being something that parkinsons eventually takes away from it’s victims, along a specific route. This years online sponsorship to walkers and teams is already over 750 000 dollars which could lead to one of the most successful years to date.

The Okanagan walks include; Kelowna on Saturday Sept 10th at 9 AM in the Waterfront Park (at the concession Plaza), and Salmon Arm on Saturday Sept 17th at the McGuire lake Park at 9:00 AM. There is still time to sign up and raise funds, or to pledge a walker. To find out more about the Super walk check out the website.

Summer Beach Party, Kelowna Community Food Bank Fundraiser

Summer Beach Parties (arguably our favorite kind of parties) often evoke feelings of nostalgia. Whether it’s Beach Blanket Bingo or a calming weekend at Camp Crystal Lake, we all have memories (real, or not) of great times celebrating warm weather. This celebration is all of that, and for a good cause!

The Okanagan Developer’s Group (OKDG) is sponsoring a fundraising show supporting the Kelowna Community Food Bank on Saturday, July 30. The event is at The Grateful Fed pub located at 509 Bernard Avenue. The Ozzy Ozmunds are a punk, reggae, rock, ska band doing remakes and covers of song remakes from artists like Duran Duran, The Kinks, Neil Diamond, Sinead O’Connor, et al while DJ Rich Taylor entertains in between sets. Using music to promote a fundraising event for the Food Bank? Sounds like using your powers for good awesome, we’re into that!

Naturally, the evening is beach party themed, so be there wearing your beach-iest beach attire to try to win a ‘best costume’ prize. Also for those poor losers there will be a door prize. Everyone WINS!

The Kelowna Community Food Bank (KCFB, while we’re sharing abbreviations) are a self supporting, non-profit organization helping those of us who temporarily cannot help themselves. Last year over 40,000 people passed through their doors, 40% children under 16 – 100% hungry. Their mission: To work in partnership towards the alleviation of chronic hunger and poverty in the Central Okanagan.

Cover is $5 plus a non-perishable food donation! See you all there!

RSVP and more details available on Facebook.

SS Rodeo Derby Girls Zipline Naked at ZipZone Adventure Park

Believe it or not this isn’t something the SS Rodeo came up with on their own!  When we heard about recently opened ZipZone Adventure Park in Peachland, BC offering the chance to zipline naked and raise money for your favorite charity we knew this was something we had to do.  So on June 23rd, 8 of us derby girls took it all off, harnessed up and rode 2 of the highest ziplines in North America!  Raising funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, we collectively pulled in $1500 for breast cancer research.


ZipZone Adventure Park opened up just last month in Peachland.  With 7 lines in total (6 cross canyon lines and 1 training line), they have the highest lines in North America, one at over 350ft in the air, and the longest at 1800ft.  They offer group discounts, full moon rides, and “Dangle in the Dark” where you can zip across all 7 lines, in the dark!

The park is beautiful and the staff are great, this is definitely something to experience in the Okanagan.

Us girls had a great day of team building, ziplining, and raising money for an important cause.  If you ever get the chance to zipline naked i’d highly recommend it, very freeing ;)

The SS Rodeo have their next Roller Derby Bout comin up this Saturday, July 9th at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, where they take on the Ridge Meadows team.  Tickets are only $12+service fees, and kids under 10 get in free!  Available at the SOEC box office or online  The event also features a nuvo-burlesque and hooping half time performance, as well as a vendor village and beer gardens.  For more details check out the event page:  SS Rodeo vs. Ridge Meadows


Aimie Laws – Rock 4 MS comes back to Kelowna

Rock 4 MSSalmon Arm’s Aimie Laws has been on the road since May 25th on her “Rock 4 MS” tour aimed at raising funds and awareness about the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. With 9 shows in 11 days, Aimie is hitting the communities of Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby, Kamloops Vancouver and Salmon Arm, armed with educational materials provided by the MS Society, and set the bar high with a goal of raising a thousand dollars before the tour even started.

A portion of all Aimie’s ONLY HUMAN album sales, plus any merchandise and donations collected between the dates of May 25th – June 4th 2011 will be donated to the Mulitple Sclerosis Society.

Aimie isn’t alone on this endeavor, she is joined on some dates by some of the British Columbia’s top touring and performing artists, of multiple genre’s including, Versus The Nothing, Columbia, Grim Hymn and the Horrors, Furthermore, Immaculate, Ashley Dempster, Shannon Beth Ireland, and many more.

The MS Society of Canada is a leader in the fight to find the cure, and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. MS is something that hits close to home for Aimie so I had a quick chat with her about the Rock 4 MS tour.

Q: What inspired you to start up the Rock for MS Tour?

AL: My step father was diagnosed with MS 7 years ago and through music I have the fortune of being able to bring people together and spread a message.

Q: How has multiple sclerosis affected your life/why did you choose MS as your cause?

AL: Having someone in my family diagnosed with MS gave me a certain sense of hopelessness. All you can do is be there.

Q: As an artist you have a platform which gives you the opportunity to convey any subject to your audience – how important is it to you to raise awareness to your audiences about MS?

AL: Well British Columbia actually has the highest percentage of MS in Canada but as we’ve began this venture, starting back in January we realized that very little people even know what Multiple Sclerosis is. It’s a scary thought. To the point that there are procedures and research on ways of reversing certain symptoms and you can’t find it in Canada. Something I’ve experienced first-hand.

Q: You are currently in the works of writing a follow up album to Only Human, can you give us the inside scoop on what we can expect?

AL: I’ve really been experimenting lately. I like the sound that Im discovering. It’s something new. Its something different. And I think a lot of people will enjoy it. I am really sticking to my roots when writing but I will be touching on some subjects that are going to surprise people, especially if they know what I have written before.

Q: Is there anyone that you would like to thank for making the Rock for MS 2011 tour possible?

AL: Ben Stewart from Richard Rachael Promotions, the entire community of Salmon Arm. So many local business’ and supporters have helped with donations. K96.3 helped us out with all our promotion in Kelowna. Fellow acts, Columbia, Nicole Comis, and Vancouver hip hop artist Furthermore.

You can catch Aimie Laws at The House tomorrow night (June 3rd, 2011) at 8pm. Tickets are $10. For more information on how you can donate to the cause visit

InPrint: Kelowna Art Gallery ready to Go Party!

Gabor SzilasiThe Kelowna Art Gallery is proud to host their 5th Go Party! Fundraiser on Friday, May 13th, 2011. The evening will be based around the theme “Elegance and Eloquence” – a throwback to the elegance of 1960’s Hollywood as well as a throw to the launch of their latest exhibition by highly acclaimed photographer Gabor Szilasi titled “The Eloquence of Everyday”.

The exhibition is a remarkable selection of the artist’s images from the past five decades, taken in three locations: Hungary, rural Quebec, and Montreal. Gabor Szilasi: The Eloquence of the Everyday is organized by the Musée d’art de Joliette and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, and is accompanied by a major publication by curator David Harris.

One look at Szilasi’s work will immediately capture you and bring you into his world – even though his work is based around day-to-day life. There is something about his vivid, black and white pictures that makes them unforgettable. At once haunting, a display of a ghostly past, and at the same time full of beauty and elegance of the simple things in life that jaded eyes can sometimes miss.

Prior to the fundraiser and official launch of the exhibition, the public is invited to the Kelowna Art Gallery from 6-6:30pm for a free guided tour in the gallery and discussion of the works with the artist, Gabor Szilasi, along with guest curator David Harris. Following the free tour will be the “Elegance and Eloquence” fundraiser; a dazzling reception featuring door prizes, a silent auction, complimentary refreshments, cash bar, photo studio, and musical entertainment by local jazz singer Anna Jacyszyn.

Guests can expect a fashionable and entertaining evening, kicking off their weekend in style reminiscent of old Hollywood. Attendees are reminded to dress to impress – think Hepburn, Dunaway or Connery. All galleries will be open, with all four current exhibitions available for viewing.Gabor Szilasi

The evening is proudly sponsored by Meiklejohn Architects, and graciously supported by Tree Brewing Co. and Urban Distilleries.

Tickets for GO Party! 5: Elegance & Eloquence are $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and can be purchased at the Gallery, at Mosaic Books, online at, or by calling 250-762-2226. The free tour will run from 6:00pm – 6:30pm and will then be followed by the reception from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

To read the full article pick up a copy of today’s (May 11th, 2011) Kelowna Capital News.