Posts from Salmon Arm

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.

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Rihanna – Stay (Greg Sczebel Cover)

Salmon Arm native and musician Greg Sczebel recently covered this song by Rihanna (written by incredible Nashville artist Mikky Ekko) while working in Nashville. He hopes you enjoy!

Parkinson Superwalk

The Parkinson Society of Canada funds much of the Canadian research on this, the second largest neurodegenerative disease. $1.3 million dollars was invested last year by the society, as well as another $15 million secured from other sources, into research, funding a whopping 24 projects.

Parkinsons, for those of us that don’t know is a result of low dopamine production in the brain causing degeneration to those areas. Michael J. Fox is perhaps the most common person to come to mind in Canadian’s when they hear the name of this disease, but for those of us that watch it slowly take away a loved one we know the true outreach of its infection.

The Parkinson Superwalk is the largest fundraiser for the society in Canada, and two of these walks are set to take place in the Okanagan. Participants get sponsors, and do a walk, walking being something that parkinsons eventually takes away from it’s victims, along a specific route. This years online sponsorship to walkers and teams is already over 750 000 dollars which could lead to one of the most successful years to date.

The Okanagan walks include; Kelowna on Saturday Sept 10th at 9 AM in the Waterfront Park (at the concession Plaza), and Salmon Arm on Saturday Sept 17th at the McGuire lake Park at 9:00 AM. There is still time to sign up and raise funds, or to pledge a walker. To find out more about the Super walk check out the website.

Sturgis North – Much More Than Just a Biker Party

Sturgis North, an all make motorcycle festival held in Salmon Arm this past week, has wound down and the community is going back to its usual day to day life, with only the odd straggling motorcycle still rumbling its way through town. The festival pre-planning went through a lot of scrutiny before finally being allowed, by the Salmon Arm community, to proceed. Members of  the community feared their personal, preconceived, images of out of control outlaw motorcycle gangs, the streets being littered with trash while the otherwise quiet community was being torn apart in a noisy uproar of drunken bikers.

The festival organizers worked hard to prove their worth, and ensure the community that both the event and themselves would be both safe and profitable.Judging from what I have personally witnessed it did just that.

With two festival grounds, connected by shuttle buses ensuring safe passage to and from the venues, the organizers presented all aspects of the motorcycle culture for those that undertook the events. From high profile musical artists such as Dr. Hook, The Headpins, and many more, to a motorcycle build off showcasing some of the top custom bike builders in North America, nothing was left out.  Plenty of riders took part in poker runs and charity rides as lines of bikes would cruise through the Okanagan and Shuswap areas raising money for their selected charities from breast cancer to childrens charities. Even the threat of rain didn’t lighten the mood, some would huddle under overhangs waiting for it to pass while others would shrug it off as nothing more than refreshing water and continue with their activities.

For those that couldn’t afford the $100+ a day or, slightly cheaper, week long passes into the festival itself there was plenty of opportunities for families to get around the community and partake in the biker customs. Show and shines offered a glimpse into the passion and art involved in the bike world, from crazy customizations to elaberate paint jobs and restorations, true craftsmanship was abundant throughout the week. Canadian motorcross performer Kris Garwasiuk displayed his high jumping acts, both on the festival grounds and on the closed off streets, where hundreds of attendees of all ages where wow’d by his death defying tricks. Music wasn’t just for the paying attendees as it was offered throughout the day on the community stage, often filling empty spots by showcasing the natural musicianship that is abundant in the Salmon Arm area. Vancouvers West Coast Freestyle offered a glimpse into the world of professional stunt riding as they showed off their perfected skills in controlling their bikes while doing off the wall tricks, often with only one wheel on the pavement.  The announcer making sure to inform those watching that these took years of practice and should never be attempted in the streets.

As I wandered through the events on a day to day basis, trying to figure out just what events to cover in this story, I watched as crowds of people would gather taking in something they may have never witnessed before.  Many children, from all walks of life, gleaming with smiles, perhaps day dreaming of one day owning and riding a motorcycle themselves, parents/grandparents, guardians, aunts and uncles sharing with them in those dreams. I observed friends, neighbours, complete strangers conversing, laughing, and just plain enjoying the happenings around them. I chuckled as an aging, burly looking biker joined my one year old nephew in some puddle jumping, as his 30 something year old son proudly piped out “That’s my dad”.

Perhaps, with the success and the excitement that was abundant throughout the town, Sturgis North may have re-painted, for some, those pre-drawn images of what the biker world was about and opened the eyes, for many, on the community lifestyle and comradeship that is involved in motorcycle culture.  Maybe now the few bad apples, that are found in every culture won’t be the image that is associated with the word “Biker”. For the rest of us the week was a true success, it had its small hic-ups here and there but a success none the less, and I lift my hat to the organizers, the volunteers, and those who policed the event, on a job well done in your offering of just a glimpse at the true spirit of the motorcycle world.

Check out Sturgis Norths Facebook page, or the website linked at the top of this article for more images and information.

Turn of the century hideaway turns murderous


Salmon Arm’s R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum always offers visitors a throwback to the turn of the century.  On a 40 acre chunk of property on the outskirts of Salmon Arm, located at 751 Hwy 97B, a street has been re-created lined with many of the heritage buildings from Salmon Arm’s past, with from blacksmith shops to the original radio station, an old gas station and a firehouse. This by donation destination (with the exception of special events) is ran by a society of volunteers eager to keep these pieces of  history alive.

One of the popular events that the village holds every summer is a series of dinner theatre  on an open air stage amongst the trees, just across from a hundred year old church. This years Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre production has been written and directed by Salmon Arm Resident Peter Blacklock, the play being set in  1885, at a time when the railroad was still being pushed through our province.  The city had not yet been established, and few buildings made up what is now Salmon Arm including Dutch Charlie’s Gambling House and Brewery it is here that the story takes place with a unique flair of music and drama, that is sure to entertain the entire family as they watch the events of the story “The Mystery of Dutch Charlie” unfold.

Admission to the Theatre includes home cooked dinner true to the pioneer era including all the fixings. With showings Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings until August 26th.

Reservations are a MUST and tickets are on sale for; Adults $24 Seniors $21 and Children under 13 are $14. You can make reservations by calling the museum at 25-832-5243 or visiting the website here .

Keep up to date with other events at the museum on their facebook page, whether its the upcoming Music in the Village (July 23), or antique car show (August 14) or anything in between, the village offers something for everyone.

Grim Hymn and the Horrors

I have had the opportunity to both work with and attend events with this Vernon based band on numerous occasions throughout the past year. This three piece rock-a-billy band mixes some solid ‘50’s undertones with modern punk rock giving them a sound that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Their stage presence leaves people talking about them for weeks afterwards, from guitarist Brett Horrors obvious love of what he is doing to choreographed moments such as guitar solos standing on top of Bassist/singer Julian’s Bass. Lyrics fit the name with songs like “The house on haunted hill” and their rendition of The Temptations “My Girl”, cleverly changed to “My Ghoul” they keep things in a theme of old time zombie/horror flicks. Catch them August 27th at the Haney Heritage Village Antique car show in Salmon Arm.

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Grim Hymn and the Horrors at The Cliffs Cafe Enderby

Rock 4 MS Stops in Vernon

I attended the Vernon stop on Aimie Laws’ Rock 4 MS Tour to shoot some photos and enjoy some fantastic music. The show was at Sneakers Sports Bar, always a swell spot for some live 19+ shows,  and the turn out was fantastic. Ben Stewart from Richard Rachael Promotions helped make the show a success and with the turnout as it was, raised a good chunk of coin for MS research. I managed to get there in time to see Immaculate, a fantastic Okanagan hip-hop artist, Aimie Laws, Salmon Arm rocker, and Versus the Nothing, Vancouver bangers, all put on a fantastic show.

Immaculate hip-hopping the house and getting the crowd moving.

Aimie Laws was incredible. Great songwriter and singer.

Versus the Nothing melting faces off!

A great show for a great cause, I hope that people make it out to the other stops, make a donation and rock their socks off!

Check out the bands here:
Aimie Laws
Immaculate
Versus the Nothing

17th Annual Wendy’s Dreamlift Day

ANOTHER RECORD BREAKING DAY!

Yesterday was the 17th Annual Wendy’s DreamLift Day! $109,382.45 was raised! from this one-day event!

All totalled over the last seventeen years, Wendy’s DreamLift Day has now raised an accumulative total of $995,080.64!

The total includes the gross profits, wages and salaries from all the staff, management and ownership of the nine Wendy’s Restaurants in Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna and Penticton.

The restaurants were assisted by volunteers from all walks of life. They added to the fun of the day by changing from their usual jobs in their communities to something very different: preparing burgers & salads, making fries, cleaning trays & tables and all sorts of other behind the scenes tasks that helped make the day such a great success.

A special thank you to the Orange County Sheriff’s who helped make this such a special day: Lieutenant Paul Fuzzard, Lieutenant Robert Peterson, Lieutenant Mike Toledo, Commander Dave Wilson, and Captain Linda Solorza. In addition, Marilyn MacDougall, Executive Director, from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Advisory Council attended.

Check out this video for some of the fun we had! Sonia makes Susan a Frosty!