Endless Summer

Let’s not call it denial, (that’s such an ugly word) let’s just say, even though winters in the Okanagan are both beautiful and great excuses to hit the mountain, we still reminisce about driving with the windows down. This is our ode to Vitamin D, the A-OK Endless Summer; articles from and inspired by golden rays and longer days.

Habitat Summer Shows!






The Okanagan heat ain’t got nothin’ on us… our events are hotter than the sun! Just kidding… it was +36° today. We’re really stoked on these upcoming shows though!

Summer is coming to an end, but we’ve got awesome shows lined up to ease the pain! We’re into day #2 of our Cariboo House Weekend! Last night with The Wooden Sky was so much fun, and it’s only going to get crazier! More music, gogo dancers, aerial performers and MORE!

Next up…

Cariboo House Weekend continues…

*TONIGHT* July 31: Wild Son w/ Deepsounds

August 1: DJ Night with Bob Smoke, DJ Mode and DJ Otis Avery

Next weekend…

August 6: KC Roberts & The Live Revolution w/ the Boom Booms

August 7: Tim Nutt

August 8: Twisted Salsa

August 22: Big Valley Battles 3

Whether you’re looking for amazing live music, sick DJs, an amazing comedy show, spicy Latin dance or a rugged rap battle, The Habitat has got you covered! Check us out at 248 Leon Ave Kelowna, and on Facebook at facebook.com/TheHabitat.

More shows coming soon!

High Tide Fashion Show

Awesome Okanagan recently paired with CREAM Salons to board the high seas* (otherwise known as Habitat) together with some of the freshest talent the A-OK has to offer. We set sail in nautical clothes for “High Tide,” the 2013 Summer Fashion Show & Fundraiser benefiting the Elizabeth Fry Society.

Clothes by Man + Woman
Live music by Windmills
Choreography by Zebra Eyes Contemporary Dance / Cosmic-co-motion
Donations by Kelowna Actors Studio / CREAM Hair and Makeup Lounge / DunnEnzies Pizza / Mosaic Books

Music by DyE, their song “Fantasy.”

“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

A-OK/CREAM Salons present “High Tide”

High Tide Poster

*Nautical themed, not actually on a boat

Windmills – Her’s Place

Windmills releases a live recording of his previously unreleased song “Her’s Place.” From the man himself:

“Her’s Place” is a nostalgic reflection on the summers of my youth spent in Northern Ontario surrounded by family on a small lake north of Timmins. It is far and away the most personal song I’ve ever written.

Lee Watkins and I talked about creating a video and I wanted to challenge us both to do something we hadn’t done before. So Lee set up his cameras, I recruited Cameron Lutz on percussion and Rob Raybould on bass (who also recorded the live audio) and we set out one hot evening in Lee’s studio with a 15 pack of Pabst to record a song with instrumentation we’d practiced the day before. This is the result.

Catch Windmills at some upcoming tour dates:

  • June 20th, Vernon BC, Talkin’ Donkey with Ghost Lights – 7pm
  • June 21st, Kelowna BC, Good Earth Coffee House – 7pm
  • June 24th, Vancouver BC, Guilt & Co. – 9pm
  • June 28th, Kelowna BC, Milkcrate Records – 7pm
  • July 4th, Kelowna BC, Diner en Blan (invite-only) – 8pm
  • July 5th, Kelowna BC, Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-off – 10pm
  • July 13th, Vernon BC, TBA
  • July 19th, Kelowna BC, High Tide – 9pm
  • July 25th, Edmonton AB, Taste of Edmonton
  • July 26th, Edmonton AB, Private-House Show
  • July 27th, Calgary AB, TBA
  • August 2nd, Kelowna Bc, The Orchard 7pm
  • August 24th, Vernon BC, Riot on the Roof

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.

Keep Reading…

Hot and Dry Canadian Summer – Official Lineup Announced!


Know the bands playing but not sure when? We just announced the days you can catch your favourite local acts for The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off!

Thursday July 4th

Friday July 5th

Saturday July 6th

Tickets are available by contacting the bands, and a limited amount of Weekend Passes are available now for $30 (+$2.50 tax & service charge). Once purchased, just show up the first night of the events with your ID and you will receive a wristband to wear for the weekend.

A-OK Mixtape: The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Mixtape

The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Mixtape - Front

The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Mixtape - Back

Happy First Day of May tomorrow! You may very well remember our last summer Mixtape, The Big Wet Canadian Summer Mixtape, and if you’re anything like us you crave that perfect collection of songs to pair with a flawless summer day. We’ve made this mix 30 minutes longer and added a third side this time around, our longest mix to date! So what if it’s barely May, it’s been spring for 6 weeks. We’re all wearing shorts and sandals already even if it’s only in our minds.

This summer we’re excited to work with Cariboo to present the The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off, think of this Mixtape as a companion piece to the upcoming local showcase. After the event, we should have some great media to share with you of the local bands performing, maybe even a completely local Mixcast after-the-fact! As is the case with all our Mixtapes, the main difference from our Mixcasts is there is exactly none of my incessant pontification. All music baby! And you may notice there’s a lot of Young Galaxy on here, one original song and two remixes. Well, why not. I like them and I’m making the mix. The good news is, we aren’t using any music from their brand new album that came out a couple weeks ago, so there’s something thrilling for you to discover.

Side A: The morning is just starting. It’s maybe 11am and you’ve been awake for about an hour. The sun is shinning, maybe you work later, maybe you don’t. Either way, you’re looking to get into the right mood today and this is the mix for it.

Side A: Sun

  1. Shoreless Kid by Young Galaxy
  2. White Doves by Young Empires
  3. You’ll Improve Me (Young Galaxy Remix) by Junior Boys
  4. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It by Stars
  5. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) by Arcade Fire
  6. Call Me Your Friend (feat. Sandie Black) by The Slakadeliqs
  7. Girls by Kids & Explosions
  8. Drinking In L.A. (JPOD & The Funk Hunters Remix) by Bran Van 3000
  9. Millions by Hannah Georgas
  10. Danse Et Danse by Cœur de Pirate
  11. Be My Baby by Hey Ocean!

Side B: Turns out you have the day off, let’s hit the boat or the beach! Water not your thing? This mix works just as well for a longboard or beer on the patio. You’ve already got positive vibes, now you’ve got attitude to pair with it. You may follow up that first beer of the day with a shot of tequila or jack. This mix is rough around the edges, but aren’t we all?

Side B: Surf

  1. Concentrate On Me by ROCOCODE
  2. Youth Without Youth by Metric
  3. Younger Us by Japandroids
  4. What to Do by Dead Ghosts
  5. Rainbow Road (Little Jungles Garage Mix) by Kingdom Cloud
  6. Royalty by Dinosaur Bones
  7. White Night by Little Girls
  8. Black Hearts by Chains of Love
  9. Firecracker by Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

Side C: You’ve got to pace yourself in the heat, and this is where the third side of our mixtape comes in. We’re not talking bedtime here, just slowing the day down enough to collect yourself without losing any of the excitement we built through the day. This mix will take you past sunset and help you figure out your plans for the evening. It would never let you go home alone.

Side C: Shade

  1. Snake Charmer (Young Galaxy Remix) by CFCF
  2. Raw Spectacle by Miracle Fortress
  3. All Her Colours by Pick a Piper
  4. M4 (Part II) (The Paronomasiac Remix) by Faunts
  5. Amenamy by Purity Ring
  6. Blue Gowns by Blue Hawaii
  7. The Choke by Austra
  8. Oblivion by Grimes
  9. Even Though (feat. XXYYXX) (Teen Daze Remix) by Giraffage
  10. Maximalist by Av_
  11. Sulk (8 and a Half Remix) by TRUST
  12. Real Goths by Mode Moderne

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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