Posts from Kelowna

Daniel Romano

I was lucky enough to briefly chat with former indie vocalist now turned country/western singer Daniel Romano, while he was gearing up for his Canadian tour in Portland, Oregon.

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Hey Daniel, how are you?
Not too bad.

Where are you right now?

We’re in Portland, we have today and tomorrow off then we play Seattle.

So that’ll be the starting of your tour then?
Yeah exactly.

And you’re playing with Spencer from “Grey Kingdom”, how’d you two meet?
We used to be in a band together called “Attack in Black”. We met in high school, he actually grew up in Kelowna and later moved to Welland, Ontario where I’m from.

So this tour is for your new album Come Cry With Me, how’s the reception so far?
It’s been great.

Where was that album recorded?
Oh, at my house.

Who else played and recorded with you on this album?
It’s pretty much just me, Erin plays lap steel and a friend of mine named Natalie sings on it as well.

So transitioning from Attack in Black and the more indie side of Dallas Green’s work, how has it been putting out your own country albums?
It’s been great, makes more sense for me.

How was playing with Dallas Green?
It was fine, was a good job.

Any plans once this tour is over?
I’m actually currently making a new record so I’m probably going to work on that a bit.

What does the songwriting process look like for you?
Um, it varies. Usually it’s find a good line and work around it kind of thing. I haven’t found anything that works better than anything else.

I’m excited that you’re playing at St. James Hall in Vancouver before the show in Kelowna, I went there to interview Gavin from The Wooden Sky and the venue is beautiful!
Oh yeah our friend raves about that place, I’m glad to hear it’s a good venue.

I’ve read you listen to punk rock so I’d like to ask you what some of your favourite records are?
Hmm ok, let me think about that for a second here. I’m going to go with this band called The Regulations, then there’s a band from my hometown called Keep it up they were great and The Ramones “It’s alive” was the best punk record ever.

What about some of your favourite singles from some country and western singers?
Roy Acuff’s “Crash on the highway”, George Jones’s “I can still see him in your eyes” and any side that Hank Senior ever cut.

Romano’s new album titled “Come Cry With Me” was released on January 22nd and should be played on the nearest porch with a glass of your favourite alcoholic beverage. He’s playing this Friday the 11th at Streaming Cafe so get ready for beautifully crafted folk/country and stay tuned for the show review this Friday!

Focus Friday: Sunflowers

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Autumn feels like a mellow post-workout cool-down after the heat and intensity of an Okanagan summer. It’s worth checking out the beauty and bounty in the fields, orchards and vineyards these days — so much to enjoy and be thankful for. I thought that Melanie’s exuberant sunflowers conveyed that feeling of gratitude.

Teachers Sunflowers by Melanie Wolczuk

Double Opening Reception: Dylan McHugh w/ Jeff Ellom & Lucas Glenn Co.

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Please join us for the double opening reception of both Dylan McHugh’s (Vancouver) Swal-low, and Thank You for Sharing, a collaboration between Kelowna’s Jeff Ellom and Lucas Glenn Co. The event will take place at the Alternator at 7 pm on September 28.

McHugh’s Swal-low is a light and ceramic based installation exploring an intersection of myth and symbol. Consisting of a sea of delicately crafted, translucent, backlit ceramic tiles, the work intends to captivate the viewer with its dream-like qualities.

Thank You for Sharing is a collection of paper-collage collaborations between Jeff Ellom and Lucas Glenn Co. The collages, mimicking the layouts of popular websites, are made up of found images and text.

Swal-low and Thank You for Sharing form part of the Alternator’s participation in Culture Days 2013.

The Bros. Landreth – Sept. 21 at The Streaming Cafe

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Brothers Joey and David Landreth have spent the last decade supporting some of Canada’s most talented artists, developing a reputation for their exceptional musicianship. They’ve played with everyone from Doc Walker to Imaginary Cities and now they are finally taking the plunge into a project that is uniquely their own, The Bros. Landreth. The band will be releasing their debut album ‘Let it Lie’ on September 3rd and will be kicking off their Western Canadian Tour on September 5th with an Album Release Show at the West End Cultural Centre (WECC) in Winnipeg.

‘Let it Lie’ was recorded through the dead of winter in Southern Manitoba with the guidance of friend and producer Murray Pulver (Doc Walker, Tara Oram, Crash Test Dummies). Their studio time happened to land them directly in the middle of the coldest week in January with the temperature hovering below -30C. The heat in the loaned van died on the trip out to the country and they had to borrow a heat gun to defrost a pie shaped circle in the windshield. Despite all of this, The Bros. Landreth are still fiercely proud to call Winnipeg their home.

“We’re at the epicenter of this great artistic hub, smack dab in the middle of the coldest place in the known universe,” David playfully exaggerates. “We have to write and play just to stay warm half the year. It becomes a creative incubator – a survival technique.”

With their debut album ‘Let It Lie’ The Bros. Landreth leave the esoteric behind in favor of delivering stories simply, never letting their road-proven musicality stand in the way of the songs speaking for themselves. It begins with the upbeat “Our Love”, which tells the story of a relationship at the end of it’s rope. “Runaway Train” features their musician father, Wally Landreth, sharing vocal duties and the guitar driven “Goin’ To the Country” is an opportunity to hear the band dig in. French horn sneaks in beautifully unexpected on the heartbreaking “Greenhouse” – a song tackling the fallout of a tragic suicide. “Nothing” is the truest love song of the bunch and features a lonesome cowboy harmonica solo that will raise the hackles on the back of your neck and make you check your boots for snakes.

Catch The Bros. Landreth at Streaming Cafe on September 21st!

Floridas – Another Place

Local film collective ROOM paired with local musician Floridas to complete a music video for Floridas track “Another Place” off of their recent EP, Cadboro, which was released about a month ago. It was shot in Penticton with actors from Vernon, Kelowna, Summerland, and Penticton.

Carmelis Goat Cheese Farm

Get a tour and a taste great local cheese!

So many healthy and happy goats, know where your cheese comes from.

Carmelis Goat Cheese Farm is located near Okanagan Lake, 12 Km south of downtown Kelowna next to high quality wineries such as Cedar Creek Estates Winery, St. Hubertus winery, Summer Hill Estate winery, and at the entrance to the Okanagan Mountain Park.

Intersections – Okanagan Pride 2013 at the Alternator

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The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is pleased to present Intersections, an exhibition of six artists in the LGBTQ* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer and other) community. Intersections is presented in conjunction with the 2013 Okanagan Pride Festival in Kelowna, BC.

Taking place in the Members’ Gallery at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Intersections offers a chance to share with one another the intricacies of our own personal journeys, the paths we have already taken and the experiences still to come. For artists Daniel Oledzki, Jacklyn Harris, Deneige Nadeau, Kevin Michael Witzke, Shannon Lester and Dean Krawchuk, the mileage varies. The poetic work of Deneige Nadeau, a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, engages snippets of theoretical text with photographs of her own body; while Daniel Eric Oledzki explores the areas where media, gender and capitalism overlap.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art welcomes you to visit our space between August 10th and 17th to view the exhibition. Please join us for a reception and official Okanagan Pride 2013 opening event on Saturday, August 10th at 7:00 pm at the Alternator Centre. This is a free public event. The exhibition will run for the duration of the festival, August 10th- 17th.

Hot and Dry Sessions: JoyfulDoor “I’ll Wait For You”

As part of our own Throwback Thursday and keeping the #aokendlesssummer going strong, today and every Thursday for the rest of summer we’ll be releasing a live video by bands who performed at our Hot and Dry Canadian Summer Kick-Off at Habitat on July 4-6, 2013.

Here is Kelowna’s JoyfulDoor and a their new song “I’ll Wait For You.”