Posts from West Kelowna

Focus Friday: The Cellar

The wine itself is the main reason to love the fact that the Okanagan’s wine industry keeps soaring. And I’m sure the valley-wide economic benefits are incredible too. But one positive that gets overlooked is the visual interest and beauty in the wineries and vineyards that keep popping up — the architecture, art and landscapes are often stunning.

Room of Barrels by Melanie Friesen

We Are The City’s “High School” Video Series Released Online

Amazing Factory Productions proudly presents We Are The City‘s High School (A Video Series). This series has a video for every song on We Are The City’s latest release High School. The videos were created in record time, and with the help of many of their close friends and family, and lots of late nights and early mornings.

They strongly feel that these videos need to be presented all together, much like you’d sit down to listen to a vinyl record, they belong as one collective piece. They sincerely hope you enjoy this collaboration.

K96.3 – Kelowna’s Classic Rock Announces the Release of K Comp Vol. 1

Jeff Pike of Winborn Shows Off His K Comp Vol. 1 CDsKelowna’s Classic Rock station K96.3 is proud to announce the release of K Comp Vol. 1 – a compilation CD made up of 12 of the Okanagan’s most up and coming artists.

The 12 artists from around the Okanagan that were chosen to appear on K Comp Vol. 1 were Precision, DSD, Matt Stanley and the Decoys, Patrick Kelly, Trinity’s Tattoo, Aspen Switzer, Ange Alero, Windborn, Thomas Kjorven, Cassidy Wethal, We Are the City, and Fields of Green.

K Comp Vol. 1 is only the first in a series of emerging artist compilations yet to come from K96.3 and Music BC.

Kelowna’s Classic Rock station K96.3 will be doing on-air and live on location giveaways to get the coveted compilation CD into the public’s hands but fans can also get a copy of K Comp Vol. 1 from any of the artists featured on the disc.

“It’s so exciting to see my name on the sleeve of the first K Comp along with 11 other great local artists. I would encourage any emerging artists to apply for this year’s K Comp because it’s such a great opportunity for development and exposure. I’ll be at Bar One this Friday handing out autographed copies so get ‘em while they’re hot!” Exclaimed Ange Alero upon receiving his batch of K Comp Vol. 1 discs.

2010 marked the beginning of an incredibly exciting long term partnership between K96.3 Kelowna’s Classic Rock and Music BC and is an ongoing part of K96.3 Kelowna’s Classic Rock’s commitment towards the development of the next generation of local artists.

Applications for K Comp Vol. 2 will open on June 4th so stay tuned to K96.3 Kelowna’s Classic Rock station for more information.

Catch up on the project, watch this video from the showcase held at Habitat on November 27th, 2010 last year!

Listen to Aspen Switzer’s “These Are the Leaves” from the compilation. For more tracks and information, visit


17th Annual Wendy’s Dreamlift 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!

2nd Annual "Trash or Treasure Auction" for Okanagan AIDS Walk 2010

Last night I was a lucky attendee of Ms. Nichole Malko’s second annual “Trash or Treasure Auction” to raise money for the 14th annual AIDS walk here in Kelowna. Nichole works at MAC cosmetics in The Bay and is probably the perfect host for such parties, her events regularily turn out as vibrant as she is, and one can’t help but respect her aggressive fund-raising tactics when she softens them with great appetizers, delicious vino, and clever opportunities to raise money (cupcakes and Foosball by $1 donation).

This year’s auction is the MAC counter’s most successful year since their 2007 fashion show with the Passeport Clothing Co. at Habitat downtown Kelowna. MAC cosmetics is a huge supporter of AIDS reflief and matches what each counters contribution is. This year saw $3,871 donated to Kelowna’s Local Resource Center, which means those funds go into the hand of the people we are surrounded by.

Along with Nichole, the night saw support from other gorgeous MAC girls, her friends, significant others and local businesses including donations from Better Then Nature in Penticton and the Westside U-BREW. Congratulations to all the regular heroes pulling together in similar situations!

Photos courtesy Brogan McCluskie.