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.

The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off

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Here at A-OK it’s pretty clear we love the locals. The creatives, the community leaders, the supporters, the dreamers. Chances are, as one of our readers, you fit into one or more of these categories, so do we. And, just like you, sometimes we get way to excited supporting events, artisans, beaches(!) and musicians. It’s been awhile since we hosted music, and never like this! We’ve been bursting at the seams for the last couple weeks to be able to announce this soooo here we go!

A-OK is proud to present in collaboration with Cariboo Brewing The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off! Join us the first weekend of July to celebrate our love of local music, too-hot days and festival-ready style. Featuring performances by Shreddy Krueger, Windmills, Van Damsel, Wild Son, JoyfulDoor, My Kind of Karma, The Fangles, The Winter Provincial, Manual Scavengers & Tiger Moon!

Taking place July 4—6th at Habitat each night will be $10 before 10pm, $15 after 10pm, and we’ll be offering up $30 weekend passes soon (they will be limited!). So stay tuned to A-OK as we reveal more information about these great acts and this awesome weekend! For now, we’ll leave you with a live acoustic version of Van Damsel’s “Sun & Sand”

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#AOKENDLESSSUMMER – 5th Edition

Summer has definitely come to a close, but we knew it would, that was never the real point. This whole summer we challenged you to take part in a summer story; one where where we could all contribute to a visual diary of Endless Summer in the Awesome Okanagan. (Find out more about what we hoped to share with you!) We lovingly referred to this little project by its Twitter hashtag, the #aokendlesssummer.

We’re back with our 5th and final Edition of the photos you’ve shared and that we’ve documented. So even though we know it’s a short time before the leaves start to turn (Silver Star and Big White already had snow this year!) we can look back at the warm months and memories in sweet recollection. Look back on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Edition’s now!


trevneill captures the essence of Canadian Summers


willy_jollymore was involved with Lulu Lemon in Kelowna before he left to work for them in Australia, here’s yoga from his perspective


caseylynnf hahahah duck bum.


kimathomas makes a visit back to the Okanagan from San Fransisco and shares her adventures in a way only she can


timfeeny rounds out our summer with a perfect sunset at the El

#summer2012

It started out as a hashtag but it quickly became our mantra. A battle cry in the middle of the night, the quickest way to ward off bad vibes and hard times. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had this kind of feeling where you aren’t able to truly express exactly how you feel at a given moment, but I have that pretty often. Sometimes I get really effing excited, like so excited I think my eyes might pop out of my head, and that isn’t even hyperbole. I literally had that happen to me last weekend.

But sometimes you feel a love, or a passion, or just an amazing feeling that you want to share or explain but you feel powerless to do so. It’s frustrating. I’m not always that great at speaking or writing to express fully myself, or at least, I don’t feel what I’m saying can adequately deliver the soul of what I hope to convey. A lack of or failure to communicate.

I feel that video has become that medium for me. The mix of motion pictures, sometimes funny quotes, visually tender moments and just the right song are—what I can only assume is—the best way to spell out how I feel about something.

#summer2012 became more than just a hashtag. It was a thousand million moments, rigorously lived and completely embraced. It was challenges, and refusing to give up. It was seizing the day, and often annihilating the night. It was fake bands, road trips, swimming, live music, sunshine (and more than a few sunrises), surprises, animal costumes, pool parties, and saying “Yes.” #summer2012 wasn’t even only ours.

Early in the year my friends and I found ourselves bumping into people who felt the exact same way. “There’s something different about this year. Something in the air.” People could feel it and #summer2012 had a wonderful sound to it, almost eloquent. #summer2011 didn’t look as nice written down, and no one much cared for the sounds of #summer1992, everything just seemed to line up. Maybe it’s because we’ll all be dead by December 21st (right?!), maybe it was a fluke.

But maybe #summer2012 has been one of the best summers of our lives. And just maybe you felt the same way too.

#AOKENDLESSSUMMER – 4th Edition

We’ve challenged you to take part in a summer story; one where where we can all contribute to a visual diary of Endless Summer in the Awesome Okanagan. (Find out more about what we want to share with you!) We lovingly refer to this little project by its Twitter hashtag, the #aokendlesssummer.

We’re back with our 4th Edition of the photos you’ve shared. Catch up on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Edition’s now!


cdub5 takes a break at the beach before he hits the gym


nikkimpid gets ready for Keloha

devonlougheed (beekeeper, Hey Ocean!) makes sure his pedal board is ready for Keloha

hughjeego captures a view of Keloha most people didn’t see. Not sure if we should tell you which artist this is or watch you try and guess??

nicogroove captures his air balloon video shoot with arilovesit

Rip it Up! Wakeboard & Water Ski Okanagan Lake

Came across this video yesterday. Equal parts adorable and kick-ass, Chris Wheeler (a.k.a. 48HourTraveller) produced this short clip on Okanagan Lake.

In his words:

Summertime in the Thompson Okanagan region is unreal with tons of activities… especially water ones! Boating around wakeboarding & water skiing and enjoying cottage life or one of the many lake resorts is the way to go. Perfect for a group of friends or the family. You can just chill and swim in this gorgeous lake or, as my 2 year old niece Nya says while boating, you can also “Rip it Up!”

Read more here or follow his blog.

Keloha 2012 – Part 4: Keloha and Goodbye

The 4th and final part of a 4 part web-series about Keloha Music & Art Festival’s inaugural year. We were backstage with some of Canada (and the world’s) most-talented, emerging artists. The A-OK team literally put blood, sweat and tears into this weekend keeping up with all the activity (and shenanigans) and can’t wait to show you some of what we saw over the weekend.

For Part 4 Wet Ape, Pyper & A-OK introduce you to more of the great talent performing the festival including We Are The City, Said the Whale, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, The Pack A.D., The Boom Booms, Thomas Kjorven, Devon Coyote, Kytami (a surprise re-appearance of Hey Ocean!), Rocky Mountain Rebel Music, Jon & Roy and festival founder Scott Emslie. They wax lyrically about the event and how no one can to wait for next year.

Music by Graffiti6, their song “Stare Into the Sun”
and by Cold War Kids, their song “Audience.”

Keloha 2012 – Part 3: Sunday, July 8

Part 3 of 4 of a web-series about Keloha Music & Art Festival’s inaugural year. We were backstage with some of Canada (and the world’s) most-talented, emerging artists. The A-OK team literally put blood, sweat and tears into this weekend keeping up with all the activity (and shenanigans) and can’t wait to show you some of what we saw over the weekend.

Part 3 features Sunday’s biggest acts as we chat with AWOLNATION, The Sheepdogs, Dan Mangan and Hey Ocean. The lake gives the bands instant nostalgia, they love the smell of the air and the fruit in the valley. No one’s complaining about the heat!

Music by AWOLNATION, their song “Shoestrings”
and by Hey Ocean!, their song “Make a New Dance Up.”

Keloha 2012 – Part 2: Saturday, July 7

Part 2 of 4 of a web-series about Keloha Music & Art Festival’s inaugural year. We were backstage with some of Canada (and the world’s) most-talented, emerging artists. The A-OK team literally put blood, sweat and tears into this weekend keeping up with all the activity (and shenanigans) and can’t wait to show you some of what we saw over the weekend.

Part 2 features most of Saturday’s headliners with The Joy Formidable, The Dudes, Dirty Radio and Daniel Wesley. They dig the weather, the stage, their surroundings and, of course, let us know what’s awesome about the Okanagan.

Music by The Joy Formidable, their song “I Don’t Want to See You Like This”
and by The Dudes, their song “Girl Police.”