Posts from West Kelowna

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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Beautiful, Fresh Spring

Every spring farms come alive with little animals. Why do they have to be so cute?

The Year of the Eagle?

Fly High

It’s a perfect Easter weekend! I’ve seen more bald eagles this spring than ever before!

Okanagan Arts Awards 2013

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Last night I attended the prestigious Okanagan Arts Awards at the Kelowna Community Theatre; the Okanagan’s version of the Hollywood red carpet event. Forget about the Oscars; the true achievements and people we should be celebrating, are right here in our community. The doors to the event opened at 6pm, giving the guests and nominees an hour to mill around the lobby mingling over complimentary wine and appetizers provided by Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Chef Michael Lyon. At 7pm everybody filed into the theatre for the awards ceremony hosted by CBC’s Gillianne Richards & Chris Walker.

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Ten large glass sculpture awards, created by Lake Country artist Bruce Taiji entitled, “Okanagan Refractured”, were given out in 10 categories. A link to the complete list of nominees can be found at the bottom of this article. There were 44 nominees in total. The winners of each category were:

David Mcilvride, from Kelowna, in Media Arts

Craig Thompson, from Kelowna, in Music

Sterling Haynes, from Westbank, in Literary Arts

Vicki View, from Kelowna, in Dance

Crystal Kay Przybille, from Kelowna, in Visual Arts

Trevor Butler, from Kelowna, in Design

Matt Brown, from Vernon, in Theatre

Robert MacDonald, from Kelowna, for Supporter of the Arts

Michelle Loughery, from Vernon, for Arts Educator

Creator’s Arts Centre, from Kelowna, for Central Okanagan Foundation Arts Association Award

Robert Dow Reid, from Kelowna, for Lifetime Achievement Award

The award presentations were interspersed with performances including dance, music, theatre, acrobatics, opera, and literary reading. The official after show after party was held at Hanna’s Lounge and Grill on the waterfront. The party was exclusive to Okanagan Arts Awards Show ticket holders and included free snack platters and live music.

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View the 2013 nominees here.

Happy New Year

beginnings are always fresh

Coming from the West Side, Fire Works on New Years Eve! New beginnings are always fresh.

Winter Love, New Year

We are so fortunate to live in a place with secret spots so close, like Bear Creek.

More Farmer’s Markets!

Some events are so much a part of our communities fabric that we take them for granted. If someone approached you and told you about an event that has over 60 vendors, 5000 attendees each week, and features family activities all summer long you would be flabbergasted.

Our farmers market is a great example of one of those events. It is one of the largest farmers markets in the BC Interior. I dropped by the market earlier this summer and interviewed Bob Callioux. Here’s the interview and a snapshot of one of our most popular local weekly events.

Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market – Kelowna
April to October
Wednesdays & Saturdays: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dilworth Dr & Springfield Rd

West Kelowna Outdoor Market
Saturdays: 8am-1pm
2466 Main Street

Penticton Farmers Market
May through October
Saturdays: 8:30 am – noon

Peachland Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market
May to September
Sundays: 10 am – 2 pm
Heritage Park, between Okanagan Lake and Beach Avenue

Osoyoos Market on Main – Osoyoos
June through August
Saturdays: 8 am – 1 pm
Town Square, Main St

Oliver Country Market A’Fair – Oliver
June to October
Saturdays: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lions Park – Hwy 97N

Armstrong Farmer’s Market – Armstrong BC
April – November
Saturdays: 8 am – noon
Location: Armstrong IPE Fairgrounds

Lake Country Farmers Market – Lake Country
June to September
Fridays: 3 pm – 7 pm
10090 Bottom Wood Lake Rd

Focus Friday: Vineyard

So begins another summer in the valley, a time when the beauty and bounty of the Okanagan is discovered and appreciated by another wave of boaters, beachers, wine lovers, and vacationers from around the world. Despite the clouds, it’s looking like a great long weekend — could be perfect for exploring vineyards like the one David captured so well in West Kelowna this week.

Vineyard by David Emond