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Hot and Dry Sessions: Van Damsel “The Sunshine, Girl”

As part of our own Throwback Thursday and keeping the #aokendlesssummer going strong, today and every Thursday for the next 10 weeks we’ll be releasing a live video by bands who performed at our Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off at Habitat on July 4-6, 2013.

First up is Kamloops band Van Damsel with their song “The Sunshine, Girl.”

Keloha Music and Arts Festival 2013

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Kealoha is a Hawaiian word which translates to “The Love”. The Keloha Music and Arts Festival is beautiful people coming together and creating magical moments under the hot Okanagan sun. This 3-day, all-ages festival is an all-weekend extravaganza of love, art, and good vibes. Over 30 talented musical acts share two stages in Waterfront Park, serenading and making dreams come true. The grassy knolls of the Island Stage provides a natural amphitheatre complete with shady trees to sit under when the heat starts to take its toll on you and The Sandbar Stage, located on the beach, is perfect for rolling out a towel and digging your feet in the hot sand. Or, you can cool off in the refreshing waters of the Okanagan Lake.

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Yukon Blonde

Between the stages there was plenty else for you to see and do. Lakeside Lounge and Paradise Beach provided a tropical get away for adults wanting to indulge themselves with an intoxicating tonic. VIP pass holders could skip the line-up and enter Paradise, an exclusive area complete with tables and private port-a-potties. Sponsors Big Surf and Palm Bay provided the perfect tropical summer brews for the sun drenched fiesta.

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The Trews

If you were a Hungry Patron you could make a trip to the Food Plaza where an assortment of vendors sold mini-donuts, hamburgers, tacos, pizza-by-the-slice, and more. Everyone’s favorite neighbourhood restaurant Kelly O’Bryan’s was even on hand to sell their famed Pachos. My favorite lunchtime item was the Bronco Burger from the Good Stuff Foods vendor with their reasonable prices.

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MUTEMATH

Those with a creative side could visit Art Avenue, a stretch of space between the Sandbar Stage and Food Plaza, which hosted drop-in yoga, paddle boarding, sandcastle building, gymnastic performances, and interactive art installations. The sidewalk was even transformed into a giant chalk canvas for the public to express themselves on. Installations included pyramids in the sand, and a volcano frothing bubbles.

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Dear Rouge

Sunset Way, the path between the Food Plaza and Island Stage, became home to a small village of vendor tents where small businesses sold clothing, accessories, and more. The tent I spent most of my time at was the Merchandise Tent where you could buy CD’s and T-Shirts from your favorite bands at the festival.

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The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer: Night 3

Saturday night was the third and final night of the Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-off at Habitat featuring: Wild Son, The Fangles, and Shreddy Krueger. Everyone on behalf of Awesome Okanagan would like to thank you for coming out and supporting local music this weekend. We hope you had a great time and look forward to future events. Coming up next Friday, July 19th is our Summer Fashion Show and Fundraiser, “High Tide“.

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The line-up for the final night of our Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off was a heavier mix catering to the rowdier concert goers. Wild Son, who also opened for the Sandbar Stage at Keloha on Sunday morning, kicked off the night and got everybody dancing right away. Wild Son, for those who don’t know, is a groovy folk rock band that has been getting a lot of attention lately.

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The Fangles played second, and were a nice transition between the other two acts. The Fangles are a whisky drinkin’, crowd surfin’ rock band with some punk flair. The capacity throughout the whole weekend seemed to peak during their performance, perhaps a testament to how accessible their music is to those on both sides of the hard rock spectrum.

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Last but not least was Shreddy Krueger, a heavy metal band with caterwauling vocals and a crashing drum kit featuring no less than seven or eight cymbals.  The pure volume of their set-up created a sound barrier between the crowd and the stage that repelled any attempt at getting close; walking within three feet was like running head-on into a brick wall that sent you staggering backwards. The face of the crowd gradually transformed as mosh pits formed, catering to the burlier tattooed types. If this sounds like your idea of a good time you should definitely check out their next show.

Have a great summer everyone, and stay tuned! My coverage from the Keloha Music and Arts Festival this weekend will be coming to you shortly!

“High Tide” Promo Video

Holy Ship! Awesome Okanagan and CREAM Salons are eager to board the high seas* (otherwise known as Habitat – 248 Leon Ave) together with some of the freshest talent the A-OK has to offer. So don your nautical clothes, it’s all hands on deck for “High Tide,” the 2013 Summer Fashion Show & Fundraiser. We had such a great time at Wild Heart with local clothing store Man + Woman we’ve decided to pair with them again. This nautical themed, sun-bleached party will be right in the heat of the summer and evoke the nostalgia of ’50s/’80s yacht culture. Don’t forget to dress up! Navy, tan and white are easy colours, red and gold are great accents, pastels are in season.

Anchoring the evening will be the one (sea)man looping act Windmills. As usual there will be a photobooth with photographers (pics or it didn’t happen!) to make sure all your friends know what they missed out on. Bring your dancing boat shoes.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds from the event will go to the Elizabeth Fry society.

Tickets include one door-prize ticket (more will be available for purchase at the event) and are available at CREAM Kelowna (#2-1771 Cooper Road), CREAM Madison (1389 Ellis Street), CREAM West Kelowna (#313-3021 Louie Drive), Man + Woman (#1365-2271 Harvey Avenue in Orchard Park Shopping Centre), Mosaic Books (411 Bernard Avenue) and Leo’s Video (2680 Pandosy Street).

Prizes include:

  • Two (2) $20 gift cards to DunnEnzies Pizza
  • Two (2) tickets to any upcoming Habitat Event (value depends on event selected)
  • Haircuts from CREAM Salons (valued at $55)
  • An ORIBE shampoo/conditioner from CREAM Salons (valued at $70)
  • $25 gift card and book from Mosaic Books
  • Two (2) tickets for Dinner and any Show from the Actor’s Studio (valued at $150)

*Nautical themed, not actually on a boat

Hot and Dry Canadian Summer: Night 2

The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off continues at the Habitat! Last night featured four more great bands that you may or may not be familiar with.

Opening was a solitary member of Manual Scavengers playing electric guitar and singing. You wouldn’t expect the voice that came out of this man. He was a blazing fast talker and story spinner with an outlandish sense of humor and tremendous boldness. He was joined half-way through by their drummer and the show was transformed into an entirely new experience, taking on a pulse that got people dancing.

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After Manual Scavengers one of my favorite new local bands took the stage. Tiger Moon, founded earlier this year by Dan Tait and Kasey Graff, appeared as a complete band with two new members. We shot a live video of them performing their song “North Highway” earlier this summer for one of our Rooftop Sessions. You can check it out here.

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Third on the bill was Windmills. Cory is no stranger to A-OK. Living in Vernon, he makes occasional trips to Kelowna and Vancouver to perform. Windmills brought a mellower mood to the venue that got everyone swaying and hip holding. His interpretation of R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition’at the end of the night got everyone ramped up to party again for the final act, Van Damsel

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Van Damsel is a modern indie rock band from Kamloops. They don’t play Kelowna too often but when they do they’re always a treat to behold. High energy, groovy danceable sounds flowed forth from these four guys as they performed tunes off their EP ‘Say Hello to Your Mother’ and their two newest songs, “The Sunshine, Girl”, and “August”.

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Tonight is the final night of the Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off at the Habitat. Wild Son, The Fangles, and Shreddy Krueger will all be playing for your enjoyment. Get there by 9pm to find a table and enjoy some Cariboo beer!

Hot and Dry Canadian Summer: Night 1

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Need to cool off from the hot heat and quench your dry, dry throat? Awesome Okanagan and Cariboo Brewing have your solution. They’ve teamed up to bring you three nights of killer entertainment in a row and provide you with a cold beverage companion. All of your favorites are here, playing the stage at Habitat. The shows are even better than before with knock-out staging. Billows of cotton candy curtains engulf the stage, pillowing the performers as they seduce you with their sweet sounds. Tonight was host to three performances: The Winter Provincial, My Kind of Karma, and JoyfulDoor.

The Winter Provincial lit up the stage as soon as the sun went down and My Kind of Karma followed shortly after. This was my first time experiencing MKOK, and I was pleasantly surprised by their interesting style paying homage to groovy funk rock and reggae. Their performance was a feast of strings consisting of a Ukulele, Guitar, and Banjo. If it sounds like a strange combination they’ll surprise you!

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JoyfulDoor was last, and they were the storm that rocked the venue. The calm clouds took on an ominous presence as the vocals rose and washed over the crowd like a powerful wind. The drums thundered and smashed against your body, sending you reeling into spirals of movement. And the bass guitar trembled throughout your whole being. When the ride was over the audience was clamoring for more.

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This night couldn’t have been a success without the participation of all three of the bands. They opened for all the sweet sounds of summer and set the bar for all live shows to follow. Make sure you catch Van Damsel, Windmills, Manual Scavengers, and Tiger Moon tomorrow night (technically today) at the same place and same time. Doors at 8, show at 9.

A-OK Rooftop Sessions: JoyfulDoor

For this A-OK Rooftop Session, JoyfulDoor and Awesome Okanagan climbed a mountain at a time of day A-OK isn’t usually awake at (especially after working until 4am the night before). The view was incredible from the top of Layer Cake even if the weather wasn’t entirely co-operative. We got in a few takes of their song “Calcium” before we were rained out. Silver lining: we lucked out on the best audio take with some perfectly timed thunder.

Neat little history lesson, Layer Cake Hill is a volcanic land form composed primarily of Dacite [day-site], volcanic rock with a high silica content. It shows unique layering that has not been seen anywhere else.

Like what you hear? Catch JoyfulDoor opening our Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off on Thursday July 4th. Awesome Okanagan and Cariboo Brewing invite you to join us the first weekend of July to celebrate our love of local music, too-hot days and festival-ready style with 10 bands over 3 days.

A-OK Mixcast Twenty-One

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A-OK Mixcast 21 - Albums

Guys. I’m still coming down off the high from the We Are The City/Nuuka/Belle Game/Hannah Epperson show at the KCT on Thursday. What a beautiful night. What a beautiful temperature. What beautiful people. It was a perfect start to the long-weekend. Now, here we all are, back at work. Bummer.

I don’t know about you guys but I’m ready to live out the remainder of my life — a good 60 or 70 years if my family’s genes are to be believed — laying on a beach with a good BJ. Butler DJ. Y’know, someone to make you food, drinks and pick all the best music for you while you sit there and love life.

But you know what, I love life today because THURSDAY IS THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE HOT AND DRY CANADIAN SUMMER KICK-OFF! Do you have your tickets yet? You can grab them from bands at about $10 (I hear some have a couple left) and at the door before 10pm. $15 after 10, or get a whole weekend pass for $30 now! Some of those artists are even featured this Mixcast, including:

  1. The Sunshine, Girl (Radio Edit) by Van Damsel
  2. Fjords by Nuuka
  3. Legs Give Out by We Are the City
  4. Shadowless by Hannah Epperson
  5. Threads of Light by Oceans Apart
  6. Stolen Boat by My Kind of Karma
  7. Things Fall Apart by Windmills

Remember, if you’re listening to this Mixcast in iTunes or on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad there will be a link to where you can buy these great tracks! If you dig the song it’s only $0.99 in the iTunes store! If you’re an artist hoping to be featured in a future Mixcast please contact me!

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