Hot and Dry Canadian Summer

A-OK was proud to present in collaboration with Cariboo Brewing The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off! Hundred’s of you joined us the first weekend of July to celebrate our love of local music, too-hot days and festival-ready style.

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.

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

Buy a Hot and Dry Weekend Pass, Get a Free Bucket o’ Boo!

Not sure if you want to risk the door at the Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-off or get a wristband? We may have something to sweeten the deal! Now every weekend pass comes with a free Bucket o’ Boo from Cariboo! That’s your choice of 2 beer and either Root Beer or Gingerale’s on the house to swill while you chill to talented local acts.

Boo for You!

This is more than 4 Boo, but you get the idea.

Don’t hesitate, get your wristband today!

A-OK Rooftop Sessions: Tiger Moon

In the latest (of what is increasingly becoming a stretch of the term) A-OK ‘Rooftop Sessions,’ we recorded a session with local band Tiger Moon in anticipation of our upcoming Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off. 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.

Tiger Moon is Kasey Graff and Dan Tait. After another location fell through, we narrowed this shoot down to the top of an 18 wheeler and the balcony of a shop/party-house behind Kasey’s house in Rutland. Since audio quality was a concern and it was windy as hell outside this day, we opted for an inside shoot. Watch the Under Rooftop Session for Tiger Moon’s song “North Highway”

Local band Tiger Moon is just one of the talented acts performing and you can catch them July 5th.

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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The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off


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”