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Slopes for Hope at Silver Star Mountain Resort

The Canadian Cancer Society brings Slopes for Hope Silver Star, on February 22nd, a family friendly ski-a-thon in which participants attempt to ski or snowboard the vertical distance of Mount Everest in one day (29,029 feet). Sign up as an individual for a personal challenge, or put in a team of four and split the distance between team members. Come up with a team name, wear costumes, and challenge your friends, family or coworkers!

There will be an après-event with entertainment and amazing prizes awarded at the end of the day, including the Sir Edmund Hillary Award for the skier or boarder who racks up the most vertical distance!

We ask that participants fundraise in advance to support the Canadian Cancer Society, with a minimum donation to participate of $25 for adults and $10 youth. All participants who raise a minimum of $50/youth and $100/adult will be eligible for a half price lift ticket the day of the event, courtesy of Silver Star Mountain Resort.

Funds raised through the event will help the Society fund vital cancer research, leading prevention initiatives, and compassionate support programs for people facing cancer today. To learn more about what the Canadian Cancer Society does in our community and the services we provide go to www.cancer.ca

We hope you can join us for this great event! Click here for more event details.

Register TODAY by going to the website link and help us take the fight against cancer to the slopes!

 

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Cream Salons 10 Year Anniversary Dance Party

Cream Salons have been the cutting edge hair and makeup lounge in Kelowna. They pride themselves on housing some of the most talented & passionate artists in the industry. Over the past decade Cream has grown their team of dedicated and expert hair and makeup stylists while expanding into three locations!

After ten years of hard work Cream is ready to celebrate. Cream Salons have announced their 10 Year Anniversary Dance Party and are extending an invitation to the entire Okanagan.

If you want to start off 2015 with the coolest fashionistas in town then come to Cream Salons 10 Year Anniversary Dance party which will include dance performances by JGirl & Manouses.

Check out the great services that Cream Salons offer and we can’t wait to see you at Cream’s awesome 10 Year Anniversary Dance Party!

Get Tickets Here

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“There is no salon in town that can outdo CREAM. I am in LOVE with what they do… they’ll change your day! What are you waiting for? Go!”

“In general the atmophere in here is great, everyone is so friendly and helpful. Not only do they make it fun but they do an amazing job. I have learned from experience that here is by far the best salon I’ve been too.”

“All of a sudden I can let my hair do what it wants and it looks good! I could probably even go motor-boating & just give a quick shake of the head before heading straight into the club… my hair would still be looking great, thanks CREAM!”

 

 

Exclusive Music Video Premiere Event Hosted By Public Records

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Public Records is rolling into Kelowna this Tuesday and bringing along tons of local talent that we all know and love! The show will be held at the Habitat on July 17th, and trust me folks, you’re going to want to clear your calendars for this one. The evening is centered around exclusive premieres of the 2014 Public Records Music Video Grant holders, and we will be getting the first look at the finished products.

Tuesdays event will feature a performance by our favorite local heart throbs Van Damsel, and then showcase brand new, hot off the press videos by Van Damsel, Icelandia, Andrew Judah, Nuuka, Young Sparrows, Paperboy, Stage, and Matt Brevner. So much excitement packed into one night, I can’t even handle it.

We will also be getting a super special visit from one of the most talented, stylish, and handsome Kelowna-ite we know, Brandon Fletcher of Faked Potatoes. Since he ventured from Kelowna to pursue his passion as videographer extraordinaire in Vancouver, Brandon has been killing it in the film world and is snagging some amazing opportunities. For example, the new video he produced for Sebell’s “Till The Sun Burns Out” was featured on the Nylon Magazine website. Yes you read that right, NYLON! Tuesday will be the grand unveiling of Brandon’s newest video with Van Damsel for their song “Begins With A Return”. The guys road-tripped down to California to shoot the video, and considering how stoked and insanely jealous I was of their Instagram teaser pictures, I can’t even imagine how mind-blowing the final product will be!

Swing by Tuesday night to support all the local talent! Doors open at 7pm and because Public Records is the best, the show is free for our viewing pleasure!

Also, to get a taste of what you’ll be seeing on Tuesday, check out the video for Sebell’s “Till The Sun Burns Out” by Brandon Fletcher, and check out his website Faked Potatoes.

“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

Happy 3 Year Anniversary A-OK!

Happy 3 Year Anniversary

Today marks three years of Awesome Okanagan being online. Thank you for all the great times, parties and reading! We’ve got an exciting event announcement for July coming this Monday and *SPOILER ALERT* it’s not for the Hot and Dry Canadian Summer but another great party we can’t wait to tell you about!

Stephen Foster: Re-Mediating Curtis: Toy Portraits

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An exhibition of new work by Kelowna-based artist Stephen Foster featuring back-lit light boxes with photographs of toy figures will have visitors donning pairs of 3-D glasses as part of their viewing experience.

Re-Mediating Curtis: Toy Portraits is part of Foster’s on-going, multi-part investigation exploring depictions of indigenous people by American photographer, Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952). The North American Indian, a multi-volume work that was published as a serial from 1907 to 1930 and contained about 2000 images, is considered to be Curtis’ magnum opus, and had a huge impact on popular images of Indianess in film and mainstream media throughout North America and Europe. As an artist of mixed European and Indigenous heritage, Stephen Foster works to deconstruct such images, and to place them in a more complex perspective. For this series of works, Re-Mediating Curtis: Toy Portraits Foster found and purchased a selection of plastic figurines that are manufactured in Germany. The toy figures have been influenced by early ethnography, such as the photographic works of Curtis. Foster has photographed them in 3-D format, linking them to popular culture, and nudging the viewer to consider the 3-D as a metaphor for seeing the “other” in a fuller context.

Stephen Foster holds an MFA from York University in Toronto and teaches at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan Campus. He works in video and new digital media and has exhibited widely.

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Picture The Ocean Back In Peach City

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A musical trio called Picture The Ocean, who happen to be three of my favourite musicians will be arriving in Penticton on Thursday (May 23rd) for another intimate performance at The Elite. Special guests this go-around will be local favourites Jack Rabbit & The Beetles.

What makes this visit by PTO extra-special is their return from international touring visiting the UK, Europe and India for the first time together. Before embarking on such a stretch of travel they did a tour across Western Canada and even up to Anchorage, Alaska… Then across the northern US with some stops in Ontario before catching their flights to the UK. I need a nap just thinking about the miles they’ve put in!

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Taking time off since setting foot on home soil has afforded some much needed R&R and family time, as well as a whole flood of new material which I can’t bloody well wait to experience! PTO can’t be put into a shoe box, categorized or labelled. They are their own unique creation of substantial musicians and performers. They are singers, songwriters, players, and storytellers. They’re the drivers and mechanics of a well oiled machine; evident in the nature of their songwriting with tales of insight and adventure on the exciting but often lonely open road. Most important to be on this road with those you love, and with that I offer another CONGRATULATIONS to Jesse & Jacquie on their engagement last summer!

I strongly urge everyone to check out PTO’s tunes on their site by clicking here… Perhaps purchase their debut album (or anything in the catalogue!) and show support for this insanely hardworking and talented band.  And then pop on down to The Elite at 340 Main Street in Penticton on Thursday, May 23rd to see your new favourite band perform LIVE!

BC Celebrates Family Day

It’s BC’s first Family Day stat holiday. What are you doing with your family? I’ve found three major events happening in the Kelowna area for Family Day.

familyday11) BC Family Day (by Creative Okanagan, Province of BC, and the City of Kelowna)
Parkinson Rec: Family Day, Feb 11th, 10-3pm. All activities are FREE.

BC Fun

  • Free swimming (in partnership with the City of Kelowna)
  • Face painting (by KBAAD)
  • Instrument petting zoo (hosted by Wentworth Music)
  • Circus Yoga (hosted by Success by Six)

BC Culture

  • Arts and Crafts station
  • Story telling area

BC Discovery

  • Gold Panning Station
  • Science World Exhibit

familyday32) Family Day Skate for Hospice (by Prospera Place and Delta Grand hotels)
In support of the Central Okanagan Hospice Association. Prospera Place, $5 donation for entry. Admission either at the door on the day of the event or pre-purchase a ticket from the Front Desk of the Delta Grand.

Bring the family and skate with Rocky Raccoon for this amazing cause! Complimentary Hot Chocolate and Cookies. Center ice goal scoring competition for prizes.

 

 

familyday23) First Annual Kelowna YMCA Family Day
YMCA, February 11 9:00am-5:00pm

Fun family activities all day long. Come and celebrate BC’s first Family Day and the launch our annual Strong Kids Campaign. All activities and admission are by donation.

  • Family Fitness classes
  • Drums Alive
  • Face painting
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Family games
  • Pool games
  • Giant inflatable toys
  • Hot dogs and lemonade (by donation)
  • Bake Sale

All proceeds from the hot dogs and bake sale go to the Strong Kids Campaign. Please consider making a donation to the Strong Kids Campaign as Melcor will be matching every donation made.