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Pre-Pop Up Shop Perch Travelling Boutique

Awesome Okanagan, Marketing Night & Perch Travelling Boutique

are proud to introduce

Pre-Pop Up Shop to Not Your Mother’s Holiday Market on November 19th, 5-9pm, featuring Perch Travelling Boutique.

Perch will open up a Pre-Pop Up Shop along with Canoe Coffee Roasters for some amazing vintage shopping that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Wondering what to expect? Well you should come on down and ‘hit the breaks’ for a quick visit because Perch is not your ordinary fashion boutique.

Perch is the Okanagan’s premiere mobile fashion shop! Inside the renovated 22 foot beautiful blue bus you can find an ecclectic mix of vintage and retro clothing, accessories, and items for your home.

You’ve heard or a Food Truck before, but have you heard of a FASHION BUS?!?! Trust us, Perch has excelled and ‘reinvented the wheel’ of fashion and shopping.

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Food Truck Culture Rally: Eat, Drink & Revitalize

It’s a 3-day count down until Leon Night Market and Awesome Okanagan in association with Surf Side California present: the 1st edition of the Food Truck Culture Rally. The rally, located at 264 Leon Avenue, kicks off on October 1st from 4-10pm with shopping and food from Kelowna’s best fashion and food trucks. The trucks attending throughout the weekend include: Surf Side California, Crasian, Chick Chick Boom, Peter Ze German, Angelina’s, Mustard Tiger, Express Juice, Perch Traveling Boutique, Ogopogo Donuts and Scooters Ice Cream.

We’ve had so much positive response to our Food Truck Culture Rally that we’ve added a few enhancements! The festival has been extended for 2 more days!!! That’s right it’s a whole weekend extravaganza! The Food Truck Culture Rally will open again on Friday Oct. 2nd and Saturday Oct. 3rd from 4-10pm. If you can’t make it on Thursday, or need an excuse not to cook dinner 3 days in a row, then we’ve got you covered.

The Food Truck Culture Rally has added a beverage garden with a variety of beer, cider and spirits to pair with the food selections available over the course of the 3-day festival until 9pm.

As stated by organizer Quinn Best “The Food Truck Culture Rally is a community event designed to bring Kelowna together and celebrate local businesses while also providing an opportunity for the whole community to take part in helping to revitalize Leon Avenue”.  Awesome Okanagan and Leon Night Market have paired up with the Kelowna Gospel Mission to create a positive change to the neighborhood and we’re asking for your help. The rally is a free event, but we encourage everyone who is coming to make a minimum $2 or clothing donation. The Kelowna Gospel Mission are in need of the following items: socks, winter gloves, men’s blue jeans, razors & shaving cream, cough lozenges, Kleenex, toothbrushes & toothpaste, deodorant, men’s long johns and men’s & women’s underwear. Partial proceeds will go towards the Kelowna Gospel Mission and revitalizing Leon Avenue.

“The Food Truck Culture Rally is creating a positive movement on Leon Avenue,” says Quinn Best. “We’re inviting the community to join our three-day event to support local businesses, the Kelowna Gospel Mission and shed light on an area of Kelowna that needs some TLC”.

For more event information visit: Awesome Okanagan Facebook page


Food Truck Culture Rally

Date: October 1st – October 3rd

Location: 264 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Time: 4-10pm

Beverage Garden: 4-9pm, 19+ must have 2 pieces of valid ID

Free Event (donations encouraged)

Contact: Quinn Best 250-718-3999 or






Food Truck Culture Rally

Awesome Okanagan and The Leon Night Market present, in association from Surf Side California


The Food Truck Culture Rally is a new monthly event that will host Kelowna’s favorite food, beverage and fashion trucks in one central location. All the trucks will be parked at 264 Leon Avenue from 4-10pm on Thursday October 1st, with diverse fashions and delicious food available.

Imagine the farmer’s market but specifically with food and fashion trucks!

This is a free entry event and all ages are welcome! All you have to do is decide which food truck to try…or maybe try them all!

Food & Fashion Trucks

Surf Side California
Chick Chick Boom
Peter Ze German
Mustard Tiger
Express Juice
Stoked Embers Pizza
Rolling Stove
Perch Traveling Boutique
Routes Fashion Truck

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Street Fest to Celebrate UBCO Academic Year

UBCO has uniquely discovered how to celebrate and announce the start of 2015’s academic year. The students at the University of British Columbia Okanagan are organizing a free ‘Street Fest’ on September 12th from 3:00 – 8:00pm, located downtown in Kerry Park (next to the sails). Starting university has never been so much fun, and the best part…. everyone is welcome! If you have ever wanted to relive your university days, September 12th is the day to pull out your old college sweaters and celebrate UBCO.

“A big street fest will return to downtown Kelowna thanks to organizers at UBCO.

On Saturday, September 12th from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. the third annual Street Fest will take place in Kerry Park. Students are returning for another school year and to make things a bit more exciting for some, the party will help celebrate the new academic year.

The fest will be a chance for those, new and returning, to have some fun and explore downtown Kelowna while meeting others in the community. The street party will include a road hockey tournament, yoga and Zumba demos, food trucks, and popular local bands.

“Everyone in the community is invited to join our students at Kerry Park,” said Ian Cull, Associate Vice-President of Students. “We look forward to Street Fest each September. This year it is also part of our community celebration recognizing the 10th anniversary of our UBC Okanagan campus and UBC’s centennial.”

The event is free to attend with everyone welcome to participate by the sails, just off Bernard Avenue.” – Kelownanow

As a support of UBCO, The Habitat is offering $5 tickets to all students for September 12th’s live music performance of The Royal Foundry with Mark Irving. Valid student ID must be presented.


The Search for Freedom- Kelowna Premiere

North America- the land of the free… or is it?

We all know the restricting feeling that can result from the repetitive, daily routine . Work, school, kids- repeat.

Some people take a step back and relax to free themselves from the every day bubble… and some people push the limits to feel alive!


THE SEARCH FOR FREEDOM is a globally released feature length documentary film, produced out of Nelson, BC, by a team of local filmmakers, including Kelowna’s own Laura Zeman! Follow the story of a cultural revolution fueled by the human desire to live in the moment and do what makes you feel the most alive. We discover how an electrifying new world came about through pure energy and imagination and the infinite possibilities of self-expression available to anyone willing to drop in. This documentary, written and directed by Jon Long (IMAX® Extreme), is a visceral, visual experience told through the eyes some of the brightest pioneers, legends, visionaries and champions of surfing, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, mountain biking and more.

The Search for Freedom has won several festival awards and is currently showing in festivals around the world.

Catch the screening of this mind-blowing documentary in Kelowna…


The Search for Freedom- Kelowna Premiere

Thursday, August 6th

Famous Players, Orchard Plaza 5 (160-1876 Cooper Road)



See you there!

Focus Friday: Silver Star

silverstarThe Okanagan winter is so short that many of us forget to take advantage of it. The major ski resorts offer cheap tickets and rentals on Friday nights — it’s a great way to embrace winter and have some fun. I thought Ryan’s shot from Silver Star over the holidays captured some of the energy and positive vibe of those warm nights at the hill.

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade at Silver Star by Ryan Van Veen

2013: A Retrospective

One year has gone by since I was welcomed as a contributor to the A-OK team and granted with many fantastic opportunities. In this retrospective I’d like to look back at some of my favorite events and meetings from the past year. More-so than just retreading the events this post will be dedicated to a more personal odyssey of what I’ve learned and how I’ve grown over the last year as a self-proclaimed journalist striving to immerse myself in our rich and vibrant community.   (Click on any of the headlines to be directed to my coverage of that event)

Honorable Mentions:

Keloha, Ecotone, Lille Gard.

Great festivals featuring many great artists and musicians in one place.
Lots of good friends made these fun, memorable times.
A special thanks goes out to all of the people whose hard work made them possible.

Top 5:

#5 – Okanagan Arts Awards

No other time did I get to dress so fancy, act so professional, or feel so exclusive as I did this night. After watching a motivational awards ceremony I got to socialize with with other well dressed supporters and talented achievers while drinking complimentary wine and eating hors d’oeuvres. The party continued on into the night  at Hanna’s Lounge and Grill on the waterfront…

#4 – By Divine Right interview

One of the two interviews I conducted this year with out of town musicians. It was a great experience and honor interviewing indie rock legend Jose Contreras who’s fronted the band throughout its 20 years and 10 albums and has appeared in music videos on MTV in the 90’s. He was really friendly as well, giving me a personal look into the life and times of an established and professional musician.

#3 – Center of Gravity

What I enjoyed most about this event was spending time with my new found friend and acquaintance from Sublime Photography & Design backstage at the media tent and up front in the pit. Having an experienced and professional photographer around helped boost my confidence and passion for the art, and helped me have a lot of fun as well. I also got some rad pictures of big names for my portfolio, and got to shoot my first bikini contest as well. Center of Gravity hosted a smorgasbord of sports which let me step outside my realm of concert photography and realize how fun and challenging different subjects can be.

#2 –‘ Tiger Moon’ video shoot

I’ve always had a strong interest in film, but lack the resources and funds to seriously pursue it on my own. So when I was given the opportunity to film the debut video of local band Tiger Moon’s  song ‘North Highway’ I was thrilled to bits. Along with A-OK’s editor in chief we drove out to a fancy acreage, met the wonderful Kasey Graff and Dan Tait, and shot the video in the loft of their fabulous garage using professional camera equipment. It was a fun time, and seeing the finished product instilled me with the greatest sense of accomplishment yet.

#1 – Festival in a Box

This was probably the least sanctioned of events that I attended this year, but also the funnest. A bunch of great fiends and people gathered together to engage the community and express their talents and art. It poured rain that day, but it didn’t put a damper on the experience and even helped to cement the whole experience in my memory.

This concludes my retrospective of 2013.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I hope it will be as full of friends, fond memories, and opportunities as the last.


Sincerely, your friendly neighborhood contributor, Dylan Mazur.

Happy Halloween

Goblins and Skulls, Dark Angels and Ghouls!
Photo: L.G. Photography
Makeup: SJB
Hair: AMP Hairstyling
Model: Shelby
Stylist: Lise Guyot