Campground | Theatre Series

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents Lucas Myers’ production of Campground on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. Campground is the final show in the Society’s 2017/18 Theatre Series.

Lucas Myers of Pilot co Pilot Theatre brings to the stage his hilarious production of Campground. This one-man murder-mystery with music has audiences gathering evidence to solve the case of the missing camper. Lucas Myers’ trademark brand of humor and character work brings a campground of suspects to life in this vivid comedy.

When a young man goes missing from a provincial campground, an overzealous detective is on the case. There are four suspects, a lack of evidence (and toilet paper!), and a lot of laughs in these woods. But audiences be warned, this production makes use of flashlights, self-discovery, and didgeridoo!

Lucas Myers graduated from the National Theatre School in 1998. After working with groups such as Theatre SKAM in Victoria and the SITI Company of New York, Myers returned to the West Coast. Now residing in Nelson, BC, his energy is focused on creating annual works to be performed locally and in surrounding communities. Myers founded Pilot co Pilot with the purpose of redefining the idea of performance and breaking the fourth wall for an immersive and unconventional theatrical experience.

Audiences are invited to do some sleuthing on their own before the show, by visiting the Facebook profiles of Justin Case from Vancouver and Michael Hodgkins from Medicine Hat. Get out your deerstalker hat and magnifying glass, and see if you can find any clues!

Tickets for Campground are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $23 for students. Call the Ticket Seller Box Office at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or log on line to www.ticketseller.ca for tickets and more information.

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Thanks the following sponsors for their generous support:

South of Pine Street Fashions, The Vernon Morning Star, Okanagan Advertiser, Sandman Inn & Suites, British Columbia Arts Council, Regional District North Okanagan, Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.

I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff 14 Featuring Headliner Debra DiGiovanni

I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff 14 Featuring Headliner Debra DiGiovanni
Saturday, March 10 2018 – 8:00pm
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
Tickets are available through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469)
$35 Adults / $32 Seniors / $30 Students
Discounts available for members of the Performing Arts Centre Society

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff 14 on Saturday March 10 at 8:00pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. This special presentation is one of Vernon’s biggest stand-up comedy events of the year!

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than with the funniest female comics around! A beloved annual tradition, I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff brings a selection of professional stand-up comedians together for a night of female empowerment guaranteed to deliver side-splitting, tear-inducing laughter. Get the girls together for this annual ritual, and revel in the joys of being a woman!

Headlining our 14th annual I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff is Comedian Debra DiGiovanni. She’s been called the “Best Comedian to see after a Messy Break Up”, with a sharp edge, rapid-fire delivery, and playful air. A regular at comedy festivals and clubs across the country, DiGiovanni is a 4-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, and was Canada’s favourite female comedian for three years running.

DiGiovanni has appeared on several comedy shows including ‘Gotham Live’ in New York City, ‘Stand Up in Stilettos’ in Los Angeles, and ‘Stand and Deliver’ for NuvoTV. She’s become a household name from her frequent appearances on CBC radio’s ‘Debaters’, as well as the Much Music show ‘Video on Trial’. DiGiovanni was a finalist on the 5th season of the hit NBC show ‘Last Comic Standing’, and a favourite on Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, having attended 10 times.

You can see DiGiovanni in her independent film Unlucky, her stand up DVD “Single, Awkward Female” (which is now playing on Netflix), and as a panelist on the comedy network’s revival of Match Game. She’s even picked up a Gemini Award (a Canadian Cinema and Television award) for best-televised comedy performance in 2010. Originally from Tillsonburg, Ontario, DiGiovanni now lives in Los Angeles, California.

This evening will be Emceed by Jan Bannister, with opening acts Alison Ogilvie and Nic Enright Morin. Celebrate International Women’s Day with us and some of the funniest women in comedy!

Adult material and situations – may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Tickets for I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff 14 Featuring Headliner Debra DiGiovanni are $35 for adults, $32 for Seniors and $30 for Students. Call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or log on line to www.ticketseller.ca for tickets and more information.

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre thanks the following sponsors for their generous support:

Caulfields Engraving, Vernon Morning Star, Okanagan Advertiser, 105.7 Sun FM, Prestige Hotels & Resorts, Okanagan Spirits, Regional District of the North Okanagan, British Columbia Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, Government of Canada

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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Keyanna Burgher – Audience Development
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
3800 – 33rd Street
Vernon, British Columbia
V1T 5T6
p. 542 9355
e. keyanna@ticketseller.ca

House Mix – Dance Series

House Mix – Dance Series
Toronto Dance Theatre
Saturday, March 3 2018 – 7:30pm
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
Tickets available through Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or www.ticketseller.ca
$38 Adult – $35 Senior – $33 Student
Discounts available for members of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents Toronto Dance Theatre’s House Mix on Saturday, March 3 2018 at 7:30pm. House Mix is the fourth show in the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society’s 2017/18 Dance series.

Named Canada’s “most enduringly inventive choreographer” by the National Post, House Mix showcases the best of Christopher House’s award-winning contributions to Canadian dance. Featuring six masterworks from his career, this touring program celebrates the high caliber choreographic invention of Christopher House and the Toronto Dance Theatre.

Choreographer Christopher House joined the Toronto Dance Theatre as a dancer in 1979, became Resident Choreographer in 1981 and finally Artistic Director in 1994. Under his direction, the company has collaborated with international artists and brought stimulating new perspectives to the scene, influencing dancers and choreographers across the country. House Mix commemorates the past, present, and future of House’s career.

The 90-minute program includes Martingales, Fjeld duet, Fjeld trio, Thirteen, Echo Dark, and the kinetic classicVena Cava. Titled after the veins that carry blood into the heart, the closing number Vena Cava features flowing, bold red costumes and stunning ensemble movements, reminiscent of the inner workings of the human body.

Come early for a pre-show performance by emerging choreographer Damarise Ste Marie, as she presents “HEARTBEATS”. Five performers meld drumming, body percussion, and movement to create an exciting fusion performance inspired by contemporary, flamenco, and Gumboot dance. The artists move as a collective, each finding their own way within the group. The dancers construct and deconstruct shapes in the space by manipulating wooden boxes, which also act as musical instruments. Audience members are invited to participate in the performance by providing pulse and rhythm; a collection of Heart-Beats. “HEARTBEATS” will start at 7pm in the Marie Flemming Hall.

In lead up to House Mix, The Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society is pleased to host the event Looking Back, Looking Forward | Artists in Conversation; a panel discussion of local artists celebrating over 30 years of successful artistic careers, hosted by Morning Star Arts Editor Parker Crook. Join us on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:00pm as Vernon’s best, including John Lent (author), Imant Raminsh (composer) and Julie Oakes (visual artist), share insights on life as working artists, and what’s to come in their future works. Celebrate Vernon’s own local artists and their contributions to our community! This event is free and open to the public.

Tickets for House Mix on Saturday, March 3 are $38 for adults, $35 for seniors and $33 for students and are on sale now through the Ticket Seller Box Office by calling 250-549-SHOW (7469) or online at www.ticketseller.ca.

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society thanks the following sponsors for their generous support:

The Vernon Morning Star, Okanagan Advertiser, Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, Regional District of the North Okanagan, British Columbia Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, Government of Canada

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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Keyanna Burgher
Audience Development
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
3800 – 33rd Street
Vernon, British Columbia
V1T 5T6
p. 250-542-9355
keyanna@ticketseller.ca

Kelowna Is Ground Zero for Fantastic Nordic Jazz Quintet

World class Scandinavian quintet Atomic will be performing in concert on February 23rd at the Black Box Theatre in downtown Kelowna. This concert is the twenty-sixth installment of the Skin And Bones Music Series. Now in its third year of production, Skin And Bones is an Okanagan Arts Award nominated concert series dedicated to the presentation of experimental music in the Okanagan, produced through the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

Since their 2002 debut album Feet Music Atomic has been navigating the globe winning audiences over with their unique style of adventurous jazz that straddles the line between open creative playing and swinging hard. Not merely an experiment in blending various styles of jazz, Atomic performs with a virtuosic enthusiasm and energy that is guaranteed to emotionally resonate with listeners. Hailing from both Norway and Sweden, Atomic is (at the subAtomic level) saxophonist Fredrik Ljungkvist, trumpet player Magnus Broo, pianist Håvard Wiik, drummer Hans Hulbækmo, and bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten who had previously played Kelowna in 2016 with action jazz trio The Thing. Atomic’s most recent studio release, 2017’s Six Easy Pieces, features the band in top form live in Japan, earning a four star rating from All About Jazz. With nods to Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, George Russell, and Archie Shepp, to name but a few, Atomic forges ahead with music that is endowed with muscular groove, moments of ethereal introspection, and freewheeling improvisations, organically flowing as “fresh concepts speeding by breathless moment after breathless moment.” (Downbeat Magazine)

Atomic performs at the Black Box Theatre as part of the Skin and Bones Music Series on February 23rd. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the concert will begin at 8:00 pm sharp. The Black Box Theatre is located at 1375 Water Street in Kelowna. Admission is $20 for the public and $15 for students and Alternator members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Milkcrate Records on Lawrence Avenue or at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art inside the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Membership discount passes for Skin And Bones can also be purchased at the Alternator or online at www.alternatorcentre.com.

Local author and professor, Carl Hare launches 24-year book project in Kelowna

Mosaic Books
Saturday, February 17, 2018
12 pm – 2 pm

Kelowna, British Columbia, February 8, 2018 – An actor, a playwright, a professor and a poet, some may describe Carl Hare as a renaissance man. After a long run and distinguished career in professional theatre, Hare has stepped out of the spotlight and into recording studios and writing nooks to pen an epic trilogy that took him on a journey lasting more than two decades.

Odysseus: Book I On The River of Time takes readers on a literary and poetic journey where gods and mortals clash. A legendary hero embarks on an extraordinary voyage that tests the human spirit in this harrowing story of survival and courage in the face of defeat, personal triumph and loss.

The adventure begins where Homer’s Odyssey leaves off. Not your typical novel, Odysseus: Book I On The River of Time is written in a poetic style reminiscent of the Homeric past.

Inspired by a collection of literary works written by one of the greatest poets in the English language, the author explains his inspiration behind the project. “The chance purchase of The Collected Poems of Edmund Spenser in a second-hand bookstore in Winnipeg during a Fringe Festival tour began this epic trilogy twenty-four years ago. Reading the preface of the book, I discovered that the great Elizabethan poet Spenser had written a treatise in essence advocating genocide of the Irish by starvation at the same time as he was writing his seminal work, , designed to be a model for English courtier behaviour. After thinking about this paradox for some years, I began this epic poem to show the huge scope of the problem. The result is a work that spans 3,000 years and explores the struggles of three men from three different periods, written in the styles of their respective periods, to shed light on the sources of this persistent human problem,” explains Hare.

The trilogy examines three figures – one mythical, one historical and one fictional, Odysseus in Greece; Spencer the poet, in Ireland; and Archer, a renegade actor/director in Canada. “I’m pleased to see this lifelong project come to fruition. It’s been a journey with many bumps and adventures just like the main characters in the book,” says the long time Kelowna resident.

Hare has made Kelowna his home for the last 21 years, where much of his creative and inspirational writing manifested into a literary work that will be introduced at an author meet and greet and book signing at Mosaic Books on Saturday, February 17th at 12 pm.

About the Author:

Carl Hare serves on the Faculty of Creative & Critical Studies advisory and community relations board at UBC Okanagan. He has written poems and plays including The Eagle and the Tiger, which have been successfully produced. His children’s poems have been set to music by Canadian composer Malcolm Forsyth and was commissioned from the National Arts Centre for part of the libretto for Forsyth’s A Ballad of Canada, performed to acclaim in Ottawa and on tour in London, UK. He has a degree in English Honours and an MA from the University of Alberta, and a Diploma with Honours from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England. Among his awards are the Rutherford Gold Medal in English and the Sterling Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in Edmonton.

Annette Sidorowicz: Self Portrait in Clay Opening Reception – FEB 9 @ 6PM

Please join us on Friday, February 9 from 6-8 pm for the opening reception of Anetta Sidorowicz’s Self Portrait in Clay. Exhibiting in the Member’s Gallery until February 24, 2018.

Tours, treats, and art activities offered this Family Day at Kelowna Art Gallery

 

February 7, 2018 – Kelowna, BC: The Kelowna Art Gallery invites families of all shapes and sizes to join us this Family Day – Monday, February 12, from 10 am to 4 pm for a full day of art activities, family-friendly tours, and special programming for children and adults.

Come in out of the cold and explore the four fascinating exhibitions on view before getting creative with a hands-on art activity.

Two of the shows to see are GWAII HAANAS – Islands and Sacred Sites, which features a gigantic 18-foot-long painting installation that celebrates the ocean, forest, and marine life artist Joice M. Hall saw while being guided around Haida Gwaii; and Viral Objects created by UBC Okanagan students, which features 45 interesting sculptures of household objects, all made out of cardboard.

 

Young artists can explore the printmaking process and create a fantastic mixed media family tree. Using block printing inks, drawing materials, and vibrant papers, participants can discover new art making methods. Everything needed for the activity will be provided and the Gallery’s helpful staff will be on hand to assist with the activity.

The Gallery’s Art Lab will be open, and will offer a number of self-directed activities, as well as the chance for children and families to “paint a square” and add their creative expression to the community wall mural.

Family-friendly exhibition tours will also be offered throughout the day.

 

The cost is just $5 per participant, which includes gallery admission, access to all of the art activities, complimentary hot chocolate and treats (as available), and a free family-friendly tour of the exhibitions.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna. For hours of operation, or more information, visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com or call 250-762-2226.

Ballet Jörgen’s Anastasia

Anastasia – Dance Series
Ballet Jörgen
Tuesday, February 20 2018 – 7:30pm
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
Tickets available through Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or www.ticketseller.ca           
$45 Adult – $42 Senior – $40 Student
Discounts available for members of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society
For the third show in our 2017/2018 Dance Series, the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society is proud to present Ballet Jörgen’s Anastasia, on Tuesday, February 20 2018 at 7:30 pm.
 
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen takes us all the way back to 1918 Russia with their presentation of Anastasia. This full-length story ballet is brought to our stage, celebrating the well-known story’s 100th anniversary. Set to an original score by Russian/Canadian composer Ivan Barbotin, Anastasia features a 16-person ensemble and flawless direction from choreographer Bengt Jörgen.
 
Anastasia centers around a seventeen-year-old Grand Duchess who is born to privilege but cast out into a post-revolutionary world. Find out what will become of her as the innocent daughter of the fallen Russian Tsar faces love, loss and heartache in an unknown world. This popular tale has inspired a multitude of books, movies and musicals over the last century, making the character the subject of modern mythology.
 
Bengt Jörgen, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Jörgen, chose Anastasia based on his personal interest in Russian history and the real-life disappearance of the young girl in 1918. Having worked with composer Ivan Barbotin before on two of the company’s most popular ballets The Velveteen Rabbit and The Emperor’s New Clothes, their partnership has made the production impossible to resist.
 
Paired with breathtaking costumes, impressive sets and superb lighting, Anastasia invites audiences to discover the tragic mystery of the young Grand Duchess and explore romance and mythology in the ballrooms of St. Petersburg and beyond.
 
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society is also organizing a variety of community engagement activities with Ballet Jörgen during their stay:
 
  1. An exciting opportunity for local dancers: Ballet Jörgen is looking for 9 local student dancers to participate with the company in their performance of Anastasia. The cast will be assembled from local area students, based on a recommendation by their dance/theatre teachers. The deadline to submit a recommendation is January 28, 2018. For more information, contact local participant coordinator Clea Iveson at 416-415-5000 xt 4928 or education@balletjorgen.ca.
  2. We’ll be hosting a Ballet Masterclass for ages 14+ with a company dancer from Ballet Jörgen on Sunday, February 18 2018 – 10:00-11:45am. This workshop is $20 and includes a ticket to see Anastasia. Pre-registration is required by calling Ticket Seller at 250-549-7469.
  3. Ballet Jörgen will be holding auditions! Auditions will take place after the Masterclass from 12:00-1:15pm. Students interested in auditioning must attend the Masterclass as part of their audition process, and the second half will hold the Pointe, Repertoire, and Interview portion of the audition. This is very exciting, as usually Ballet Jorgen only auditions in Vancouver, Edmonton and on the East Coast. So, to have them auditioning in the Okanagan is a real treat! Students interested in auditioning simply need to indicate this when they register for the Masterclass.
  4. The Okanagan Regional Library will be hosting Ballet Jörgen for a “Ballet 101” workshop on Monday, February 19th. “Ballet 101” gives kids the opportunity to learn about ballet as a storytelling medium. Children learn basic ballet positions, discover their own ability to convey emotions through movement, see brief selections performed by 2 or 3 professional dancers, try out some steps and ask lots of questions. They also bring costumes and pointe shoes for the kids to investigate! This event is organized through the Vernon Public Library and the schools, and is not open to the public.
  5. Ballet Jörgen will be giving a Pointe Shoe Clinic on Monday, February 19th at 5:00pm at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre. This is a free workshop for all those interested, including dancers, teachers and parents. Please pre-register through the Ticket Seller Box Office.
 
Tickets for Anastasia are $45 for adults, $42 for seniors, $40 for students and are now on sale through the Ticket Seller Box Office by calling 250-549-SHOW (7469) or online at www.ticketseller.ca.
 
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre thanks the following sponsors for their generous support:
 
Village Green Inn, Telus, Summit Financial Planners, Vernon Morning Star, Okanagan Advertiser, Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, Regional District of the North Okanagan, British Columbia Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, Government of Canada
 
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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Keyanna Burgher
Audience Development
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
p. 542 9355

Tour Date in Kelowna – Feb 15th – Mexico’s CABRAKAAN – Western Canadian Tour

The band is hitting the road with Quebec’s Valfreya and Alberta’s Forsaken Rite for this year’s “March Of The Frozen Western Canadian Tour”. The tour will see the Mexican transplants whom now call Canada home and residing in Calgary, AB perform in three provinces during the month of February. During the tour, CABRAKAÄN will showcase new tracks from their upcoming 2018 full length “Cem Anahuac” due out in spring 2018 to follow their 2014 debut EP “Songs From Anahuac”.

Staying true to their roots, CABRAKAÄN‘s music combines elements of metal orchestrated with Mexican folklore along with a wide variety of instruments such as strings, acoustic guitars, Jarocha harp, marimba, ocarinas, Huehuetl, and Teponaztle. Their lyrics are in English, Spanish, Zapoteco, Nahuatl and other ancient Mexican languages. The band’s name is based on a character from the Mayan sacred book known as the Popol Vuh, where Cabrakan was the god of mountains and earthquakes.

“We are proud our roots and our culture and we want to share it with the world through our music. When we are on stage, we try to give our fans a great experience by creating an atmosphere from the time of the Aztecs, using costumes and make up. The purpose of our sets too is to give fans more of our culture visually and musically so they can connect with us and enjoy the performance even more.” says drummer Marko Cipaktli.

Date: Thursday, Feb 15th
Time: Door 8pm – Show 9pm
Venue: Muninn’s Post, 575 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 6N9
Cost: $15 – All Ages
Bands: Odinfist, Valfreya , Forsaken Rite, Cabrakaan,
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1990961191229679/
Tour Dates:
Feb 15 – Kelowna, BC – Muninn’s Post – info
Feb 16 – Calgary, AB – Distortion – info
Feb 17 – Edmonton, AB – The Forge On Whyte – info
Feb 18 – Regina, SK – Cloud 9 – info
 

About Cabrakaan:

Metal means so much to so many cultures and has spread throughout the world, bringing unity and happiness rather than war and hatred.

The United Nations should make 2018 the official year of metal!

When metal meets a new culture it blends with it, creating a band special and original that we have never heard before. Such a band is the Mexican Folk Metal band Cabrakaan.

Formed in Toluca, Mexico in December 2012, Cabrakaan combine metal, orchestral elements and Mexican folkloric music, mixing such instruments as Jarocha harp, marimba and pre-Hispanic instruments like ocarinas, with lyrics in Spanish, English, Zapoteco and Nahuatl!

Cabrakaan are a truly unique band, one not just for their beloved and inspirational Mexico, but for the whole world, and the world will be hearing much more of them in the future.

As drummer and founder Marko Cipaktli says.

“We are proud of our roots and our culture and we want to share it with the world through our music.”

Inspired by Nightwish, Equilibrium, Amon Amarth, Wintersun, Eluveitie , Marko describes Cabrakaan’s music as “folk, melodic, epic, symphonic, death.”

Cabrakaan could not have a more metal name. “Cabrakaan is the name of a character in the Mayan sacred book known as Popol Vuh. He is the god of mountains and earthquakes.”

He feels that their forthcoming 2018 album “Cem Anahuac” will be an epic listening experience for fans.

“The album is inspired by the Mexican culture, its traditions and the issues we have as a society nowadays. It’s an expression of pride in our roots, our history and traditions, and our love for metal and music from our country.”

Live, Cabrakaan put on a show that is unique as their music.

“When we are on stage we try to give out fans a great experience by creating an atmosphere from the Aztecs’ time, using costumes and make-up!”

YOU’RE INVITED! Double Opening Reception JAN 19 @ 7PM

Join us for our double opening reception January 19 @ 7PM for Jim Holyoak, Patricia Leinemann and Rachel Mercer at Kettle River Brewing Co. 

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Kelowna’s award-winning Fred Skeleton Theatre Company presents a ribald, unrestrained take on the classic story about a mental hospital and its motley group of inhabitants.

Ken Kesey’s 1960 novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, left an indelible mark on literature, theatre and film — and its themes of individuality, free will, and rebellion against conformity are just as powerful today as they were in the ‘60s, when Dale Wasserman’s stage adaptation hit Broadway with actors such as Kirk Douglas and Gene Wilder.

Vital. Unforgettable. This powerful exploration of the beauty and danger of being an original taps into the very heart of storytelling, and it draws bold and brave performers. Fred Skeleton’s stage production, directed by Rob Mason-Brown, features the acting talents of Casey Easton (Randle P. McMurphy), Michelle Hussey (Nurse Ratched), Vance Potter (Dr. Spivey), Pete MacLeod (Billy Bibbit), and many more.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest contains adult themes and language. It is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

October 12 – 14, October 19 – 21

Location: Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts
Address: 421 Cawston Avenue | Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6Z1
Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets website: https://rotarycentreforthearts.com/event/one-flew-over-the-cuckoos-nest-2/2017-10-12/

Fred Skeleton Theatre Company
778-821-0079
freddy@fredskeleton.com
More FS info: https://www.fredskeleton.com/

Metalocalypstick Fest – July 1st and 2nd

Formed in 2016 and based in Valemount, BC near Jasper National Park with the beautiful backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, METALOCALYSPTICK was created to present a unique experience within the Western Canadian metal community, a gathering of similar views, aspirations and musical taste. (similar to former mainstream music festival Lilith Fair.)

The festival was founded by Kaija Kinney of Vancouver’s Anarcheon after researching a lack of female based metal festivals to apply her band to, Kinney took matters into in her own and decided to produce the event.

“This festival means the celebration of both sexes coming together and creating something amazing. People like to say women in metal aren’t a big deal anymore and that we are all the same. I feel that is untrue, this is still a male dominated world and woman are still looked as lesser. I want to showcase all these bad ass ladies and celebrate the differences of men and woman rather than pretend we are all equal. Truth is we are different why can’t we celebrate that?” says Kinney.

The 1st annual Metalocalypstick in 2016 hosted female influenced metal bands from across Canada and the world such as Brazil’s Nervosa (Napalm Records), Egypt’s Massive Scar Era, Hollywood’s The Maension, Valfreya, Scythia, Mortillery (Napalm Records), Van Halst, Dead Asylum, Juliet Ruin, Violent Betty, Omega Crom, Körperlose Stimme, Elysium Echoes, Solborn, Monarch Sky, Forsaken Rite, Anarcheon, and Suspended.

 

 

Festival organizer Kaija Kinney comments:

“This year’s lineup is yet again a wide range of metal, everything from punk to folk metal. There really is something for everyone here and a chance to broaden your taste in music. Though we scaled back on our headliners this year, we did not scale back on the level of talent. We are super excited for all the bands playing. There will be some bands that blew us away last year returning and some amazing new talent from across the globe. You think listening to music on vinyl is heavenly? Listen to music surrounded by mountains!”

 

2017 Line-Up – Metalocalypstick presented by Gigfly.ca

Sovereign Council (Kingston, ON) – http://www.sovereigncouncil.com
Cabrakaan (Toluca, Mexico) – http://www.facebook.com/CABRAKAAN
Violent Betty (Saskatoon, SK) – http://www.violentbetty.com
Scythia (Calgary, AB) – http://www.scythia.ca
Atmora (Windsor, ON) – http://www.facebook.com/AtmoraOfficial
Anarcheon (Vancouver, BC) – http://www.anarcheon.com
Tessitura (Edmonton, AB) – http://www.tessiturametal.com
Massive Scar Era (Vancouver, BC / Cairo, Egypt) – http://www.massivescarera.com
Remnants (Edmonton, AB) – http://remnants2.bandcamp.com
Juliet Ruin (Edmonton, AB) – http://julietruin.com
Forsaken Rite (Edmonton, AB) – http://forsakenrite.com
Korperlose Stimme (Edmonton, AB) – http://www.youtube.com/korperlosestimme
Meteor Tree (Kelowna, BC) – http://meteortree.net/music
Kymatica (Vancouver, BC) – http://www.kymatica.ca
HEDKS (Vancouver, BC) – http://hedks.bandcamp.com
Breaking The Silent (Edmonton, AB) – http://www.facebook.com/BreakingTheSilent
Life Like Fire (Calgary, AB) – http://www.facebook.com/lifelikefireband
Sins Of Sorrow (Edmonton, AB) – https://www.facebook.com/sinsofsorrowband

Day and weekend passes plus camping available at http://metalocalypstickfest.rocks/tickets/
Ride Share – www.facebook.com/groups/metalocalypstickfestrideshare/
Event Page- www.facebook.com/events/1158984924137688/

 

See The Big Picture at the Kelowna Art Gallery

What is it about big things that fascinate us so much? For example, Duncan, BC boasts the world’s largest hockey stick and puck, Wawa, ON has bragging rights for its gigantic Canada Goose, and Sydney, NS has its Big Fiddle – drawing thousands each year who flock to see these massive monuments. Does this fascination for “going big” hold true for art as well? An exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery, entitled The Big Picture, will give visitors a chance to decide for themselves.

The Big Picture features fifteen works drawn from the Gallery’s permanent collection, all chosen for their large size. To illustrate, a pair of works created by artist Wanda Koop dominate an entire gallery wall, each piece measuring 13 feet long by 9 feet tall.

Working big has its own history – whether in drawing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture – and historically was often driven by ambition, either artistic or personal. The context in which we can view this selection of large works is the post-World War II era of the last century, when modernist painting was increasing in size, and is sometimes referred to as “heroic”.

The exhibition features works by David Alexander, Rose Braun, Pierre Coupey, Cathy Daley, Jane Everett, Wendy Hamlin, Wanda Koop, Vicky Marshall, Martin Pierce, Gary Pearson, Bryan Ryley, and Alan Wood. About half of the artists are from the Okanagan and the remainder are from other regions of Canada.

The Big Picture is on view until June 25, 2017.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna. For hours of operation, or more information about current exhibitions or programs available, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com or call 250-762-2226.

 

World Renowned Free Jazz Duo Comes to Kelowna

Legendary European free jazz saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and acclaimed pedal steel guitarist Heather Leigh bring their world renowned duo project for an electrifying concert performance in Kelowna on May 30th at Kelowna Forum.

This concert is the nineteenth installment of the Skin And Bones Music Series and marks the series’ second year anniversary. Now into its third year of production, Skin And Bones is an Okanagan Arts Award nominated concert series dedicated to the presentation of experimental music in the Okanagan, produced through the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

For over 50 years saxophonist and composer Peter Brötzmann has been a force of nature within the spheres of free jazz and improvisation. With over 150 recordings under his belt, Peter has performed throughout the world with a long history of collaborations with Han Bennink, Cecil Taylor, Bill Laswell, Ken Vandermark, Sonny Sharrock, Jim O’Rourke, and many, many others. Seventy-six years young and still unchallenged as the “loudest saxophonist in the world,” Brötzmann continues to make innovative and incendiary music with passion and lyricism that is both astounding and terrifying. Joining Peter will be electric pedal steel guitarist Heather Leigh who is a world class musician in her own right, having worked with Charalambides and Jandek, among others, as well as releasing her own solo album I Abuse Animal in 2015 to great international acclaim. Heather plays the pedal steel guitar like no one else, exploring sexual instinct, vulnerability, memory, and fantasy through distortion laden textures, plaintive wails, and jagged melodies echoing American folk traditions. Together as a duo, Heather and Peter are two fearless musicians capable of extreme dynamics and intricate subtleties – “a romantic taser blast to the heart,” (Richard Thomas, The Wire Magazine) as evidenced on their latest release Sex Tape on Trost Records.

Opening for Peter and Heather will be the Bjorn Kriel Quartet – with Bjorn on piano, Madeleine Ertel on trumpet, Alex Argatoff on bass, and Jason Martin on drums. This foursome of young firebrands represents some of the finest musical talent in the Okanagan.

Peter Brötzmann and Heather Leigh perform at Kelowna Forum as part of the Skin and Bones Music Series on May 30th. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the concert will begin at 8:00 pm sharp. Kelowna Forum is located at 1317 Ethel Street in Kelowna. Admission is $25 for the public and $20 for students and Alternator members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Milkcrate Records on Ellis Street or at the Alternator located inside the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Season Passes for the 2017 edition of Skin And Bones can also be purchased at the Alternator or online at www.alternatorcentre.com

Exhibition of art by local students celebrates thirty-first year

Visitors to the Kelowna Art Gallery will get a glimpse at just how much artistic talent resides in youth in the Okanagan through a new exhibition on view.

Art in Action: LOVE celebrates the creativity of over 150 middle- and high-school students from the Central Okanagan region and features a diverse selection of works of art created by them.

This year marks the 31st annual Art in Action exhibition that calls on students each year to unleash their imagination, and to create their own extraordinary visions of life through painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, and digital media.

“Art in Action showcases just how remarkable the art activities taking place in local classrooms are,” says Kelowna Art Gallery Executive Director, Nataley Nagy. “It is fascinating to see the thoughts, attitudes, and ideas of youth being expressed through visual art and also inspiring to see just how talented these young artists are.”

This year also coincides with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada, and LOVE is intended as an opportunity for youth to share their stories, thoughts, and perspectives about our nation through artistic expression.

The exhibition will be on view through June 14, 2017 in The Front project space of the Gallery, which is open to the public and free of charge.

An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com or call 250-762-2226.

 

Local Avant-Garde Musicians Expose Sounds at Naked Café

Rachel Mercer, Laim McIvor, and David Geraghty – three of the Okanagan’s most talented and experimental musicians will be performing in concert on March 30th at the Naked Café in downtown Kelowna.

This concert is the seventeenth installment of the Skin And Bones Music Series. Now in its second year of production, Skin And Bones is an Okanagan Arts Award nominated concert series devoted to the presentation of experimental music in the Okanagan, produced through the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. While presenting innovative musicians and composers from all over the world, Skin And Bones also showcases local performers that make up the vibrant artistic community of the Okanagan.

Vernon based psychedelic/fringe folk guitarist Liam McIvor has played throughout Canada and Europe in many different styles and manifestations. Currently fronting his garage psyche-country band Volunteers, Liam also uses a vintage reel to reel tape machine to create layered ambient instrumentals reminiscent of Cluster & Eno or Philip Glass. David B. Geraghty performs what he calls “abstract maximalism.” With little more than an electric guitar and a laptop Geraghty generates droning sonic tapestries that are both tranquil and haunting. Rachel Mercer is classically trained in voice, piano, and trumpet and is an accomplished visual artist. As a singer for the gothic country/doom rock band the Civil Dead, Rachel has also developed a body of spontaneously composed vocal works using loops and pedal effects evocative of Diamanda Galas and Meredith Monk. Liam, David, and Rachel will each be performing a solo set.

Liam McIvor, David Geraghty, and Rachel Mercer perform at the Naked Café as part of the Skin and Bones Music Series on March 30th. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the concert will begin at 8:00 pm sharp. The Naked Café is located at 571 Lawrence Avenue in Kelowna. Admission is $10 for the public and $8 for students and Alternator members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Milkcrate Records on Ellis Street or at the Alternator located inside the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Season Passes for the 2017 edition of Skin And Bones can also be purchased at the Alternator or online at www.alternatorcentre.com

You may be under video surveillance

Monitor
February 11 to April 9, 2017

Do you ever feel as though you’re being watched? This question may bring to mind “Big Brother” from George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, or perhaps some of the dystopian films or fiction novels of more recent years, and now, a new group video-installation project produced by UBC Okanagan BFA students offers a local perspective on this theme.

The exhibition is entitled Monitor and the artists included examine issues of surveillance, specifically when one is online. It features fourteen videos and video projections that appear on screens mounted throughout the darkened Front project space of the Kelowna Art Gallery for visitors to explore.

The exhibition’s organizer comments that “with the emergence of mass surveillance in various countries around the world, along with our own Bill C-51 here in Canada, our freedom of speech and privacy rights as citizens are at risk. Everyday internet users can take all the precautions provided to keep their data private on various social networks, but are still vulnerable to being hacked/stalked, or having their identities stolen.”

The works created by the UBCO students in the show investigate the ethics surrounding government and corporate access to personal data. The video pieces are short – all under 10 minutes in length, including one that clocks in at a brief 52-second loop. The videos range from one that captures the experience of someone venturing into the world of “The Darknet” online, to another that depicts how companies are able to target and track people’s movements online and uncover a disturbing amount of information about them.

Monitor is on view through April 9, 2017, and is free of charge and open to the public.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com or call 250-762-2226.

Immersive installations on view at Kelowna Art Gallery

Fabrications
Installation works by Gisele Amantea, Yael Brotman, Libby Hague, and Laura Vickerson
February 4 to April 16, 2017

 

A new exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery entitled Fabrications features work by four women artists who are from different regions of Canada, but all of whom work in installation. A common thread among them is the physically demanding and labour-intensive processes each artist undertakes to construct their pieces.

Viewers will no doubt feel immersed in the enveloping quality of these installations, each one of which reflects a completely different sensibility. For example, Laura Vickerson’s installation entitled Air, invites visitors to remove their footwear and lie below a sea of cream-coloured semi-transparent articles of used clothing that have been sewn together and suspended nearly 10 feet above the Gallery’s floor. Libby Hague’s installation entitled Habitat may give viewers the impression of a wall-sized graphic novel. One portion of Hague’s installation appears to offer a glimpse at the messy lives, thoughts, and feelings of the inhabitants of an apartment complex. Gisele Amantea’s work entitled Remember the Ladies uses the medium of flocking, which results in a rich velvety surface for her enormous text piece that wraps around three 14-feet-high walls. Yael Brotman’s installation entitled Mountains dance like rams includes intriguing geometrically-shaped sculptures, some of which stand on tall spindly-looking tables that were custom made, while others are clustered together to form a mountain in one corner.

These four senior artists have created distinctive spaces for visitors to explore and discover.

A fully illustrated, 48-page catalogue, which includes an essay by curator, Liz Wylie, and a text by guest essayist, independent curator and writer Diana Sherlock, from Calgary, has been produced to coincide with the exhibition.

Fabrications is on view until April 16, 2017.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com or call 250-762-2226.

Double Vision at the Kelowna Art Gallery

Double Vision: Connor Charlesworth and Malcolm McCormick
February 18 to March 26, 2017

No, not the legendary 1978 song by Foreigner, nor the outcome of a bone-jarring hit in football, this reference to Double Vision is to two local artists, Connor Charlesworth and Malcolm McCormick, who are both in a new exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

One of the first things visitors may notice upon entering the gallery space is that the work is “hung differently.” In fact, some of it is not hung at all. One large painting by Charlesworth stands on the floor leaning against the wall, while McCormick has actually embedded his three canvasses into a new slanting wall he has constructed.

Both painters have taken up the stance and exploration of taking painting apart, as if to see what makes it work. Their unusual installation methods nudges the viewer to consider not only the work, but also its placement in the space – perhaps even causing visitors to think about the act of the viewing experience itself.

Charlesworth also has seven new watery blue works on paper in the show that relate specifically to the ocean shoreline on Vancouver Island. McCormick has a reproduction of a painting by Bruegel peeking out behind his slanted wall, thus complicating his installation even further.

Both artists recently received BFA degrees from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna. Malcolm McCormick is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Concordia University in Montreal, and Connor Charlesworth in the MFA program at the University of Victoria.

Double Vision is on view until March 26, 2017.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com or call 250-762-2226.

Meditative Movement Workshop

Meditative Movement Workshop “Compass with Chantell Foss” helps people find their way

Compass with Chantell Foss is a 5 Rhythms workshops that will be offered in Kelowna on March 17, 18 and 19th, 2017.

5Rhythms® is a transformative movement practice that includes – and transcends – dance. Free, improvised movement becomes meditation, and medicine for our experiences of life. No background in dance or meditation traditions is required. As long as you’re breathing and interested in moving any amount, there’s a place for you in this dance.

The theme of Compass is particularly apt in the current climate we live in: Where do you find yourself, in the landscape of your life? What direction is your compass pointing?

In Compass, participants will use the maps and magnetisms of 5Rhythms to track themselves down. They will consult their own bodies’ knowing to turn themselves in the direction of the next breath, the next move. Many 5Rhythms students have the experience of their discoveries on the dance floor seeping into their lives “out there”. This is good: Gabrielle Roth, 5Rhythms Founder said, “All of this dance is bullshit if we don’t take it to the street.”

A sentiment 5Rhythms® instructor Chantell Foss echos. “Gently but intently, we focus our practice to glimpse coherent, powerful views of where we presently are, and where we’re headed. Dancing together in a spirit of inquiry and personal quest, we’ll move with direction and destiny. Let’s open to the dance influencing us, and helping us find our way”, she explains.

Chantell Foss has danced 5Rhythms for 10 years, becoming a teacher in 2014. She uses 5Rhythms to turn toward life, instead of away. Drawing from her wrestling matches with life’s preciousness and torment, she holds 5Rhythms practice with the intention to be of aid in our mutual progress. As 5Rhythms teacher, accredited yoga teacher, and trained Council Facilitator, she witnesses and invests in others’ movement toward their own wakefulness, aliveness, and unique abilities to grow and serve.

This is the fourth 5Rhythms® workshop to take place in Kelowna. Previous offerings have attracted dancers from as far away as California, Calgary and Boston.

5Rhythms is truly a worldwide phenomenon and blends well with the number of weekly intuitive, free form dance experiences currently available in the area. “People want to dance and they want to do it in a safe and welcoming environment”, explains Katie Brennan, Lotus Rock Workshop Producer. “5Rhythms offers a soul satisfying journey that re-invigorates the body and feeds the soul”.

The Friday night session of Compass from 6:30pm – 9:30pm is open for drop-in and for people to check out what 5Rhythms is all about. The full workshop continues Saturday, March 18th 11am – 6pm and Sunday, March 19th from 11am – 5pm. No previous experience is necessary for this workshop. All sessions will be held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in downtown Kelowna. Friday drop-in is $35 early-bird / $45. Full workshop rate: $165 early bird / $195. Early bird pricing ends Feb 26th. To register, please visit lotusrock.ca

Presented by Lotus Rock – Tools for embodying inner wisdom in everyday modern life – lotusrock.ca

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