Children’s Showcase is pleased to announce the return of the “Nearly World-Famous” Dufflebag Theatre, spinning their own madcap version of Rumpelstilstkin. The Dufflebag players offer up fast-paced and hilarious improvisational theatre, and make the audience the stars of the show. Since 1992, this troupe has been traveling the world with their original adaptations of fairy tales and classic stories. Incorporating slapstick humour and sly wit, they engage and entertain all ages at more than 600 shows each year – and the audience participation makes every performance unique.  

Suitable for ages 3 and up, the performance will be Sunday, March 12, 2:00 p.m. at the CENTRE STAGE THEATRE in SUMMERLAND.


Tickets are available at Tumbleweed Gallery or at the door for $12.

The art of time and space

The art of time and space at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art

Exhibition: The Scale of Clusters v3
Artists: Alexis Bellavance
Date: March 10-April 22, 2017

Montreal artist Alexis Bellavance blends silence, noise and the vagaries of time in his latest exhibition The Scale of Clusters v3 at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art from March 10-April 22, 2017.

This is Bellavance’s first exhibition in the Okanagan, having previously shown The Scale of Clusters in Chicoutimi and Montreal, QC.

Working in multiple disciplines including photography, installation art and sound, amongst others, Bellavance uses these different foundations to create exhibitions that skewer conventional understandings of art, yet still create a concrete observation of his surroundings.

The Scale of Clusters v3 is experimental, experiential, contemplative and open to a myriad of interpretations. We invite you to add yours.

The Alternator will host an opening reception for The Scale of Clusters v3 on March 10 at 7pm. Please join us for refreshments and connect with other local artists and supporters to explore the work of this Canadian artist. The event is free and open to the public and will be on show until April 22 2017.

I am Woman – Hear me Laff 13

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff 13 on Saturday March 11 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.

Comedian Laurie Elliot headlines our 13th annual celebration of International Women’s day. Laurie Elliott has made a name for herself as one of the most versatile and entertaining comics in Canada. She is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winner for Best Female Stand-up and recently received her fourth Canadian Comedy Award-nomination for Best Female Stand-up and a Tim Sim’s Encouragement Fund Award-winner.

Elliott’s stand-up credits include the Toronto and Montreal Just For Laughs Festival (her 2009 Gala performance was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Taped Performance), the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, the Vancouver Comedy Festival, the Hubcap Comedy Festival in Moncton, the Comedy Factory in Rotterdam, Raw Comedy Club in Stockholm, and a gala run at the Cape Town International Comedy Festival in South Africa.

Television credits include a starring role in Almost Audrey, a pilot for The Comedy Network co-created by Elliott and Greg Lawrence, recurring roles on Much Music’s highly rated series Video on Trial, CBC’s The Red Green Show (for which she received a Gemini nomination for Best Ensemble Cast) and The Jon Dore Television Show (The Comedy Network/IFC) which she also story edited. Other select TV credits include panelist on George Strombo Tonight (CBC) and Match Game (The Comedy Network) and appearances on But I’m Chris Jericho! (web series), The Debaters (CBC), Single White Spenny (Showcase) and the feature films Moon Point and A.l..

A prolific screenwriter, Elliott is a writer for Eva Longoria’s animated comedy series Mother Up! (City/Hulu). She story edited My Babysitter is a Vampire (Fresh/Disney/Teletoon), Almost Heroes (E1/Showcase) and The Jon Dore Television Show (The Comedy Network/IFC). Other writing credits include: Total Drama, Camp Lakebottom, Grojband, Rocket Monkeys, Detentionaire, Skatoony, 6TEEN (Teletoon); Sidekick, Scaredy Squirrel, Almost Naked Animals (YTV); Taste Buds (TVO); Popcultured, Comedy Inc. (The Comedy Network); Video on Trial (Much Music); and The Debaters (CBC).

Elliott has lent her voice to a number of animated series including: Total Drama, Skatoony, Detentionaire, Atomic Betty, Braceface (Teletoon); Scaredy Squirrel, Bob and Margaret, Medabots, Timothy Goes to School, Jacob Two Two, Moville Mysteries (YTV); Chuck & Friends (Treehoouse); Time Warp Trio (NBC); Brave New Waves, He Said/She Said (CBC Radio) and more.

Her live two-woman show Dickwhipped, which she co-wrote and co-starred in, was Patrons’ Pick at the Toronto Fringe Festival and won a Canadian Comedy Award for Funniest Play. 

Originally from Montreal, Elliott is now based in Toronto.

Tickets for I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff 13 Featuring Headliner Laurie Elliot 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:

4th Annual “Levite Summit” Returns to Kelowna

Hundreds of musicians and artists are expected at the 4th annual Levite Summit March 3-4, 2017 in the beautiful city of Kelowna, BC. Hosted at Trinity Church, the 2-day arts and leadership conference is featuring Juno-award-winning artist Steve Bell as the keynote speaker, special guest artist Sean Feucht from Bethel Church performing LIVE in concert to open the weekend, along with more than 20 music and arts specialists brought on board to lead an inspirational and educational weekend of breakout sessions.

Six years ago, local musician and Vernon Alliance worship pastor, Jon Buller first had the idea for the Levite Summit. Buller was inspired to create an event that would help others grow in their gifts and talents within the arts after recognizing a need for musical and arts training in the Okanagan Valley.

“For the past twenty years, I’ve worked as a worship pastor and professional musician, and I’m always looking for ways I can help others grow in their gifts and talents. The Levite Summit is the place where that can happen!” – Jon Buller

Aimed at ‘Levites’, those who are passionate about using their gifts and talents to serve within and outside the church, the 2-day conference, has been strategically designed to encourage, equip and inspire its attendees in the areas of worship arts through keynote addresses on both Friday night and throughout Saturday, a full day of breakout sessions and new this year, a Pre-Conference Songwriting Workshop.

This year, Juno award-winning artist and storyteller Steve Bell will kick-off the conference, followed by a worship concert (open to the public) featuring special guest Sean Feucht of Bethel Music, renowned guitarist Jacob Moon with his new band The Commissionaires, and Jon Buller & Friends. Steve Bell, will be leading keynote sessions and performing on Friday night. Known for his sense of humor, superb storytelling ability, and skills in singing and songwriting, Steve Bell has been an integral part of the music industry for the past 25 years. Armed with a focussed mission to “encourage Christian faith and thoughtful living through artful word and song,” Bell will be mentoring and teaching attendees at Levite Summit this year through his keynote sessions.

Buller and his team are excited to bring the Levite Summit once again to the Valley in hopes that everyone will leave inspired with new ideas, feeling refreshed and renewed, and ultimately equipped and inspired to continue creating and leading with authenticity within their communities.

Hear the Music Ministries, a registered non-profit is proud to present the LEVITE SUMMIT a non-denominational conference at Trinity Church on March 3-4, 2017. Register online or purchase tickets to the Friday night concert online at: www.levitesummit.com


The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for live concerts. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. For the first time ever the Big Band will bring Glenn Miller’s legacy to Kelowna in a LIVE performance at the Kelowna Community Theatre on June 27th 2017.

The first Glenn Miller Orchestra did not make it at all. It was a total and absolute economic failure. But Glenn knew what he wanted, held to that dedication and relentlessly worked to succeed. He launched his second band – the one that lives on today – in March of 1938. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has been a “hit” ever since.

The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all the dance bandleaders back in the Swing era of the 1930s and ’40s. Today, the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra brings timeless classics such as In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Pennsylvania 6-5000, String of Pearls and Tuxedo Junction back to the stage. Over 20 musicians and singers bring the unforgettable Glenn Miller sound and perform those songs that everyone remembers. This show is a must see for jazz and swing fans alike or the incurable romantics who want to step back in time.

The big-band business today requires almost constant travel as a result of an arduous schedule of one-night stands. The current Glenn Miller Orchestra is “on the road” longer and more continuously than any other in the whole world, having celebrated its 60th year anniversary on June 6, 2016. They cover over a hundred thousand miles a year, performing nearly 300 playing dates for an “in person” audience that adds up to more than a half million people annually. KeyNote Productions couldn’t be happier to add Kelowna, BC to one of their world wide touring locations.

KeyNote Productions presents The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra LIVE in concert at the Kelowna Community Theatre on Tuesday, June 27th 2016. Pre-Sale tickets are available beginning Tuesday, December 6th at 10AM using the code “TROMBONE.” General tickets will be released on Friday, December 9th at 10AM via www.selectyourtickets.com.

150 Moves

Ballet Kelowna leaps into Canada’s Sesquicentennial with the presentation of 150 Moves, a collection of works designed to showcase the tremendous talent and artistry of Canadian influence in classical and contemporary dance, February 3 and 4, 2017, at the Kelowna Community Theatre. The anticipated performance will feature its own company dancers and up-and-coming artists from Vancouver’s Arts Umbrella Dance Company and Alberta Ballet II, the educational and outreach arm of Alberta Ballet.

“Ballet Kelowna’s mandate is to encourage, promote, and develop Canadian dancers and choreographers,” says Simone Orlando, Ballet Kelowna’s Artistic Director and CEO. “Our official season opening performance, 150 Moves, is a gala-style program that does just this. I think audiences will be surprised and incredibly impressed by the visual feast on stage. The performance involves more than 30 performers, and the energy and athleticism of these dancers is sure to inspire and make one proud to be Canadian.”

Named for Canada’s birthday, 150 Moves is a mixed program of four distinct works choreographed by renowned Canadian artists. Dénouement, originally commissioned by Karen Kain – Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada (NBoC), was created by Matjash Mrozewski to celebrate the talents of NBoC dancers at the prestigious Eighth International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize.

Doppeling, created by Ballet Kelowna’s Simone Orlando for Ballet BC in 2009 and mounted again in 2011, has been described by The Georgia Straight as “a gender-bending vision of doppelganger ballerinas breaking loose.” Orlando’s cleverly constructed theatrical romp provides mesmerizing commentary on conformity and individuality that is at once playful and serene. The work has also been called “edge-of-your-seat” fun. Orlando notes, “Dancers from Arts Umbrella were part of the original Ballet BC cast, so their participation in Ballet Kelowna’s presentation of Doppeling is in keeping with how the piece was initially conceived and staged.”

A special addition to Doppeling is Guest Artist Jera Wolfe. This acclaimed dancer, who calls Kelowna home, has performed around the world with his skill across dance disciplines that include hip-hop, breakdance, jazz, and classical ballet. An alumnus of Canada’s National Ballet School and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Jera was a finalist in season three of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. He is a faculty member for the Indigenous Dance Residency at the Banff Centre, and an Associate Artist with Red Sky Performance.

The Fiddle and The Drum, a well-known poetic work born of a vision shared by Canadian musical icon Joni Mitchell and Jean Grand-Maître, Alberta Ballet’s Artistic Director, reflects Mitchell’s concerns about conflict, violence, and environmental degradation in today’s world. Excerpts from this richly nuanced contemporary ballet will be performed by Alberta Ballet II.

Created for West Australian Ballet in 1999, Don Quixote Variations treats the audience to classical ballet virtuosity and culminates in a joyous Grand Pas de Deux. This piece, also performed by Alberta Ballet II, is choreographed by Edmund Stripe, Choreographic Associate and Artist-in-Residence at Alberta Ballet.

Tickets are on sale now at balletkelowna.ca

About Ballet Kelowna (balletkelowna.ca)

Founded in 2002, Ballet Kelowna is the sole professional dance company in BC’s Interior. The organization is committed to its role as a leader in the region through encouraging, promoting, and developing Canadian dancers and choreographers. The Company performs annually for more than 10,000 audience members in Kelowna and on tour, and provides unique dance training opportunities and outreach programs. Its Artistic Director and CEO, Simone Orlando, is an award-winning choreographer and former dancer with Ballet BC and The National Ballet of Canada.

About Alberta Ballet II (schoolofalbertaballet.com)

Alberta Ballet II is an innovative program created to attract top level dancers who are on the verge of successful professional careers. Led by Director Aram Manukyan, this tuition-free program for emerging artists launched in June 2014. Members are chosen through a competitive, Canada-wide audition tour. They work with Alberta Ballet’s Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître and visiting guest artists throughout the year to learn Alberta Ballet repertoire and new works.

About Arts Umbrella Dance Company (artsumbrella.com)

Based in Vancouver, the Arts Umbrella Dance Company is a pre-professional repertory company that includes senior and apprentice ensembles who train, rehearse, and perform innovative works by some of the world’s leading choreographers. Under the direction of Artistic Director Artemis Gordon, AUDC performs work by such acclaimed choreographers as James Kudelka, Crystal Pite, Mauro Astolfi, Tom Weinberger, Cayetano Soto, Lesley Telford, and Aszure Barton.


The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents The Seven Fingers’ Cuisine & Confessions on Saturday, January 21 at 7:00pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

From The Seven Fingers Circus comes Cuisine & Confessions, a culinary and acrobatic treat that will entice the senses.

Life happens in the kitchen. In Cuisine & Confessions, the stage becomes a giant kitchen where late night confessionals over tea and a jar of Nutella quickly turn into elaborately choreographed family meals. Circus performers recreate stories while cooking actual meals and offering them up to the audience! Secrets are exchanged, lessons are learned, bonds are forged, reinforced by our most visceral of senses: taste.

Combining circus, avant-garde dance, theatre, and cooking show comedy, The Seven Fingers pays homage to the iconic comforts of the kitchen. Accompanying their usual eye-popping flight of acrobatic choreography and pulsating music are the other three senses: the touch of hands in batter, the smell of baking, and the taste of roasted oregano.

Each of the performers has their moment in the spotlight, leading us through personal stories. Directors Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila collaboratively wrote the show by mining true stories from the cast members’ lives and weaving together snippets of narratives and themes. Fellow performers are buzzing nearby; grating cheese, breaking eggs, chopping, stirring – occasionally jumping in with supporting moves.

The Seven Fingers is an off-shoot of Cirque Du Soleil operating out of Montreal, Quebec. The seven founding directors began the company in 2002 with the goal of creating what they called “circus at a human scale” – shows steeped in intimacy and familiarity, with real human beings who breathed, danced and spoke from the heart. From this, the urge to redefine the circus medium has continued to drive each of their creations to newer, more hybrid and collaborative territories.

The Seven Fingers’ immersive and interactive experiences perpetually blur the lines between contemporary dance, acrobatics, theatre and athleticism. They strive towards creating groundbreaking, exciting, visceral, breathtaking and touchingly human experiences. Cuisine & Confessions is no exception; this circus show will leave you touched and amazed by human stories and movement, your belly full, and your senses invigorated. Come for the circus, stay for the banana bread!

Tickets for Cuisine & Confessions are $45 for adults, $42 for Seniors and $40 for Students. Call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or visit www.ticketseller.ca for tickets and more information.

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre thanks the following sponsors for their generous support: Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery, the Vernon Lodge & Conference Centre, Black Diamond Floor Cleaning, the Vernon Morning Star, the Okanagan Advertiser, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Government of Canada and the Regional District of the North Okanagan.

Photo Credit: Alexandre Galliez
Photo Description: From The Seven Fingers Circus comes Cuisine & Confessions, a culinary and acrobatic treat that will entice the senses coming to the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, January 21 2017. Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketseller.ca or by calling 250-549-SHOW (7469).

Calgary artist Brittney Bear Hat explores family history at the Alternator.

Exhibition: Kokum

Artist: Brittney Bear Hat

Dates: January 6-February 18 2017

Calgary artist Brittney Bear Hat brings her exhibition Kokum to Kelowna’s Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art from January 6 through February 18 2017.

Kokum is inspired by Bear Hat’s on-going exploration of relationships and the value they hold through storytelling, memory and traditions. In this body of work, she presents objects passed on to her by her own Kokum (Grandmother in Cree), examining the value of house-hold items and how their meaning evolves over time.

Bear Hat is a graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Based in Calgary, her work focuses on identity and belonging. Half Blackfoot and half Cree, Bear Hat makes work about memory and how her personal history impacts her Native heritage. Using her family archives and personal items combined with text, Bear Hat retells stories and memories to reveal new value and meaning.

The exhibition will be celebrated at an opening reception on January 6 at 7pm at the Alternator. Please join us for refreshments and connect with other local artists and supporters to explore the work of this emerging Canadian artist. The event is free and open to the public. Kokum will be on show until February 18 2017.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre located in Kelowna at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue. The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the development of the creative community. Since 1989, the Alternator has shown the work of emerging Canadian artists, focused on innovative and non-traditional mediums engaged in social and cultural issues.

Registration now open for adult and youth art classes offered this winter at the Kelowna Art Gallery

It’s a new year for artists too! Start 2017 off with a commitment to your creativity – registration is now underway for winter art class offerings for adults and youth at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Don’t miss your chance to take part in these high-quality, professionally instructed classes that run from January through April of 2017. Those registering before January 8, 2017 will receive a 10% discount on fees.

You can sign up for painting in acrylics or watercolours, drawing, working with mixed media, sculpture, printmaking, or even a class that will lead participants through the process of creating their own website so that they will be able to market and sell their art online. Local professional artists Kendra Dixson, Jim Elwood, Kyle L. Poirier, Liz Ranney, April Snowe, and Rena Warren will join us to lead the classes.

Most classes run for six weeks, and cater both to absolute beginners, as well as those of intermediate skill level. Beginners will learn the basic principles of their preferred medium, while also discussing, exploring, and expressing themselves through visual art. More advanced students will build on their existing skills through creative exercises to develop their abilities. Participants in all classes will complete and take home a number of works of art. Instruction by the Gallery’s art teachers is supportive, motivating, and inspiring.

The cost for each six-week-long series of classes is $160.00 for the general public, and $130.00 for members of the Kelowna Art Gallery. A new discounted rate of $100.00 has been introduced for full-time students.

The Gallery will also be hosting a number of special weekend workshops that offer participants the opportunity to dive headlong into working with a specific medium of their choice including watercolours, acrylic, drawing, printmaking, mixed-media, and sculpture. The cost for these workshops is $105.00 for the general public, $90.00 for members, and $80.00 for full-time students.

Gift certificates for art classes are now available from the Gallery and are a wonderful holiday gift-giving idea. A full listing and description of available classes can be found on the Gallery’s website at www.kelownaartgallery.com.

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

More than just pencil

More than just pencil – Drawing from Life comprises many different media

Drawing from Life
through January 22, 2016

That’s a drawing? Visitors to a new exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery may find themselves asking this question when presented with the vastly differing large works created by eight local artists. The exhibition is entitled Drawing from Life, and features newly commissioned works by artists David Alexander, Rose Braun, Jane Everett, Wanda Lock, Amy Modahl, Gary Pearson, Sage Sidley, and Johann Wessels.

All of the participating artists have a strong drawing component in their practices and so the opportunity to focus exclusively on drawing is exciting. While drawing is an ancient medium, it is so often treated as a second-class citizen in the art world. The resulting works are rich, massive in scale, and truly fill the Gallery space. Two of the works are 12 feet high and another one is 22 feet long. The focus of the works range nearly as much as the materials the artists have elected to work with. From a massive train engine that appears to be bearing down on the viewer created with oil stick on sheets of metal, to a pack of hunting coyotes moving along a 22-foot sheet of vellum, to drastically enlarged covers of 1970s and 80s Harlequin romance books that have then been drawn upon, and covered with other materials – the impact of the works is palpable.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 56-page catalogue that includes an essay by curator, Liz Wylie, along with full-page photographic portraits of the artists working on site during the installation of the exhibition.

An opening reception to celebrate this exhibition will be held on Friday, December 9, 2016, from 6 to 9 pm, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. This is a free event, open to Gallery members and guests, by invitation.

Drawing from Life is on view until January 22, 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.

Ninety artists ‘drawn together’ for exhibition at Kelowna Art Gallery

Ninety local artists answered the call to explore the definition and concept of drawing for this year’s annual members’ exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The group show is fittingly entitled Drawn Together and submissions in a wide variety of media were welcomed, including painting, sculpture, photography, digital media, and of course, approaches to traditional drawing.

The exhibition is currently on view in the Gallery’s Front project space, which is free and open to the public, and will run until February 5, 2017.

“It is always exciting to see the wide range of works contributed for the annual members’ exhibition,” says Nataley Nagy, Executive Director at the Kelowna Art Gallery. “We are once again thrilled to be able to share these with the community as one of the many ways we give back to our valued members for their ongoing support.”

A 192-page digital publication was produced to accompany Drawn Together. Each of the works was professionally photographed and has been included as a full-page image in the catalogue. Opposite each image is information about the artists including their names, an artist’s statement, and information about their piece. The publication can be viewed on an iPad installed in the exhibition space at the Gallery, or is available online via the Kelowna Art Gallery’s website.

For more information about membership at the Kelowna Art Gallery, please call the Gallery at 250-762-2226, or visit online at www.kelownaartgallery.com.

The Kelowna Art Gallery offers four exhibition spaces that showcase changing contemporary and historical Canadian art, and is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna.

Photos: Kyle L. Poirier

A New Start – a New Year’s Eve party at the Penticton Art Gallery

The Penticton Arts Council and The Penticton Art Gallery cordially invite you to join the party! You’ll be in the best of company with many of Penticton’s most groovy, talented and creative people. The theme for this party is 1960’s lounge and kitsch – so break out your leisure suits, mini-skirts, go-go boots, mop-tops, psychadelic tie-die, rat-pack, surf-duds, hippy-trippy-threads… or whatever else floats your boat.

Live music will be provided by Yanti & Co., and DJ Tenacious T will be playing some real boss tunes as well. There will be plenty of delicious appetizers, as well as wine, beer and cocktails-a-go-go at the cash bar. At midnight, the champaign’s gonna be a-poppin’, and there may even be some fireworks over Okanagan Lake!

So get ready to dance some holes in your shoes, ya dig? Don’t be a square… just be there!

WHAT: A New Start – a New Year’s Eve party
DATE: Saturday December 31, 2016
TIME: 8:00 pm – 1:00 am
PLACE: Penticton Art Gallery, 199 Marina Way, Penticton
TICKETS: $30/$35 available at The Book Shop, Saint Germain Café Gallery and online at eventbrite.ca/d/canada—penticton/events/
DETAILS: 60s attire (optional), ticket includes live music, DJ, appetizers.

Montreal singer/songwriter Bobby Bazini claims “Summer Is Gone”

KeyNote Productions is excited to announce Canadian singer/songwriter Bobbi Bazinis’ Summer is Gone Tour is scheduled to make a stop for one night only on Sunday, March 19th 2017 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.


Born in Mont-Laurier, Quebec to a family of country musicians, Bobby Bazini was naturally encouraged during his childhood to sing and play guitar. Pushed by a radio station DJ in his hometown, Bazini’s soulful voice soon impressed major players in the music industry, landing him a record deal, invitations to perform at festivals worldwide and on the set of prestigious French music television show Taratata. His talent is self-evident to anyone who’s heard the Montreal-based performer sing, and is part of the reason his debut album Better In Time went platinum and earned him a pair of JUNO nominations for “Pop Album of the Year” and “Best New Artist”. His second album Where I Belong was also a resounding success selling upwards of 125, 000 copies in less than 12 months, making it the best-selling Canadian album of 2014.

Bazini remains true to his roots on his newest collection Summer is Gone, drawing deep soul inspiration from both timeless legends and contemporary classics. For the first time Bazini has collaborated with co-writers including Terefe, Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, One Direction), Samuel Dixon (Adele, SIA), Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, James Bay), EG White (Florence and the Machine, Adele), and country sensation Chris Stapleton to create a sonically rewarding album.

Now, inspired by the release of his third album, Bobby Bazini kicks off 2017 with a national tour featuring his brand-new album Summer is Gone, set to be released on November 11th 2016. This soul-full album is sure to wow contemporary music fans across the nation.

KeyNote Productions presents Bobby Bazini LIVE in concert at the Rotary Centre of the Arts on Sunday, March 19th 2017 at 7:30PM. Tickets are NOW on sale at http://rotarycentreforthearts.com/event/bobbybazini/, by phone 250-717-5304 or in person at the Rotary Centre for the Arts Box Office.

Heart shape repeated in new works of art at YLW

Angelika Jaeger: Wanderlust

November 7, 2016 to May 8, 2017

At the Kelowna Art Gallery’s satellite space at the Kelowna International Airport

The image of the heart – the classic Valentine shape with its pleasing symmetrical form – has become ubiquitous, although its origins are obscure. It has appealed to many artists making paintings and sculptures, as well as to illustrators designing cards or other materials. We recognize it as an emoticon: Dick heart Jane! So it is easy to see its appeal to Vernon-based artist Angelika Jaeger for her commission at the Kelowna Art Gallery’s satellite space at the Kelowna International Airport in the well-wishing area of departures wing, where people are saying goodbye to loved ones.


To Jaeger, who has a strong background in sculpture, the heart shape provided a natural jumping off point to explore rendering its form in various materials: woven willow branches, strips of canvas, old unwound reels of film, and felt, for example. She has created seven three-dimensional hearts, joined by a thin red line to unite them against their backdrop. Visitors to the area will likely notice that although identical in shape and scale, the hearts use vastly differing materials – perhaps a metaphor for the human heart, in all its mutability and vulnerability – giving each of them a distinctive feel.


Born in Germany, Angelika Jaeger has lived and worked as an artist in Vernon, BC since 1988. She received a BFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna in 2013.

Angelika Jaeger: Wanderlust will be on view through May 8, 2017 at the Kelowna International Airport.

For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com.


Convergent Studio Artist Presentation: Melany

Kelowna Artist Melany Nugent will be giving an artist talk on her work ‘Invisible Threads are the Strongest Ties’ at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art on November 18 at 7pm.

Continuing an area of research developed during Nugent’s graduate studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, this presentation provides an overview of the artist’s experience participating in the inaugural Convergent Studio Residency, supported by the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and the Okanagan co-lab, in September, 2016.


During the residency, Nugent was supported by a series of mentors in the technical development of personal beacons that measure GPS and proximity data that is translated into a sensory experience using lights that grow brighter when people are closer, and dimmer when further apart.

This 45 minute presentation will provide an overview of the development of the beacons during the residency, the nuances of bridging a project across the arts and technology sectors, and broader applications for the project that are being explored in business and community capacity-building sectors. It will also include a demonstration of the beacons and question period.

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Melany Nugent is an inter-disciplinary artist living in Kelowna, British Columbia. She has a Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, in Vancouver B.C.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre located in Kelowna, BC at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue. The Alternator is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the development of the creative community. Since 1989 the Alternator has shown the work of emerging Canadian artists and focused on innovative and non-traditional mediums engaged in social and cultural issues.

Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents Mermaid Theatre’s production of Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny on Sunday, November 27 at 3:00pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

Mermaid Theatre, known in Vernon for their recent performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, uses picture perfect puppets to bring well-known stories to life, gently introducing young children to theatre. Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny is part of the Society’s First Stages series, designed for ages two and up. Of course, children and guardians of all ages are invited to share in the magic of these beloved tales.

Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. With endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery, both stories infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security. Mermaid’s staged adaptation of Margaret Wise-Brown and Clement Hurd’s classics will bring a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations.


Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar ), Leo Lionni (Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch) and Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You). These widely-travelled productions incorporate innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading. Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny features these same elements.

Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910–1952). Brown, a former teacher, believed that very young children could be fascinated by the simple pleasures of the world around them. Few had previously attempted to write specifically for children ages two to five, and Brown created some of the most enduring and beloved children’s books of all time as well as developed the concept of the first durable board book.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) graduated from Yale University and studied painting in Paris in the 1930s with Fernand Léger and others. His engaging semi-abstract style became world-famous with the publications of The Runaway Bunny in 1942, and Goodnight Moon in 1947. These collaborations with Margaret Wise Brown became two of the 20th Century’s best-known children’s books.

Tickets for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny are $18 for all seats. Call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or log on line to www.ticketseller.ca for tickets and more information. General audience recommended 2+.

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre thanks the following sponsors for their generous support: TD, the Holiday Inn Express, the Vernon Morning Star, the Okanagan Advertiser, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Government of Canada and the Regional District of the North Okanagan.

Gallery to become a 1920s-era speakeasy for upcoming event

The Kelowna Art Gallery (or should I say The Canary Club as it will be known for the night) invites guests to join them on Friday, November 18, 2016, for a fundraising event that will transform the space into a 1920s-era speakeasy.

Speakeasy is presented with the generous support of Meiklejohn Architects Inc., and is the 11th in the Gallery’s GO Party! series, which offers guests the opportunity to explore the Gallery’s current exhibitions while enjoying music, performance, and a lively party atmosphere.

The evening will feature DJ Invizible, characters and performances from Kinshira Performance Group, three bars in the midst of the prohibition-era décor and atmosphere, as well as photo ops, art activities, snacks, prizes, a silent auction, and more.

Each attendee is encouraged to add some 1920s-inspired accents to their outfit – consider a fedora, cloche hat, flapper dress, pinstripes, and don’t forget to put on their finest pair of vintage shoes.

In addition, the Gallery’s exhibitions will be open for guests to explore: Drawing from Life; Germaine Koh: Home Made Home; and The Artist’s Garden Project in the courtyard space entitled Escape Artists.

Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Gallery’s educational programming, including our School Tours program, Family Sundays, and children’s art camps.


Tickets for the event are just $15, and include a complimentary beer or glass of wine. They are available for purchase at the Gallery, by calling 250-762-2226, or online at kelownaartgallery.com. Tickets will not be available at the door and are only available to guests aged 19 or over.

Speakeasy is presented by Meiklejohn Architects Inc. and proudly supported by Mission Hill Family Estate, Tree Brewing Co., Okanagan Spirits, New Horizon Productions, with décor provided by OK Estates Furniture & More.

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.


New exhibition offers take on the micro home movement

Germaine Koh: Home Made Home
October 22, 2016 to February 12, 2017

A new solo exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery seems especially timely for our rapidly growing city. Vancouver-based artist Germaine Koh’s show titled Home Made Home comprises two “social sculptures” through which she looks at the notion of the micro home.


One piece is the façade of a small house built in the lofty alcove looking down into the Gallery’s interior hallway. It looks as though there could be someone living in it – the glow of a lamp can be seen through the single front-facing window.

The other sculpture is a wooden construction titled Core that reads as a modular living unit. One end of it holds a kitchen, the other a bedroom, with the centre section having washroom facilities. It is a prototype for a suite of recombinant furniture and fixtures. One aim of Home Made Home, her larger project, is to get people imagining other modes of living/housing.


Germaine Koh was born in Georgetown, Malaysia. She has been a Canadian citizen since 1976. She has exhibited widely, both in Canada and internationally. Koh has a BFA from the University of Ottawa (1989) a BA in the theory and history of art (University of Ottawa) and an MFA from Hunter College, New York from 1993. In 2010 she was awarded the VIVA award from the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation in Vancouver.

Germaine Koh: Home Made Home will be on view until February 12, 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.


Renowned Blues Musician Jim Byrnes Coming to Creekside

When you have a birthplace of St. Louis Missouri, and you grow up regularly listening to some of the best blues musicians to walk the planet, it becomes no stretch of the imagination, that you too, fall into the blues music industry, naturally. And if your name is Jim Byrnes, this is the story of your beginnings.


By the age of thirteen, Byrnes had already begun his love affair with singing and playing the blues guitar. As a teenager, he became ingrained in the culture, frequenting local clubs with his buddy where they were often the only Caucasian people in the place. According to Byrnes, they were part of the culture and so, never had any issues, “We never had any problems. We were too naïve, and had too much respect for the music and culture – they knew it, they could tell.”

It wasn’t until he moved to Vancouver in the mid-70’s after drifting across the states playing gigs and working odd jobs that he finally began to find his footing in the music industry later forming the Jim Byrnes Band in 1981 that served as a foundation for his career later on.

Since then, Byrnes has gone on to play with the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray and Taj Mahal, to name a few in the blues world. He still plays an average of 100 shows a year, and has won countless awards including 3 Junos in his career spanning 45 years. Byrnes has also succeeded as an actor appearing in TV’s Wiseguy, the Highlander, and in his own variety show The Jim Byrnes Show and countless others.

In recent years, Byrnes joined forces with critically acclaimed roots music producer Steve Dawson to release five albums in six years, including two-Juno award winning albums House of Refuge (2006) and Everywhere West (2011).

His latest music St. Louis Times (2014), includes highly personal tracks celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri. The album contains original compositions along with versions of old songs from his past that were recorded by St. Louis musicians. The album explores his early roots, taking an intimate journey to recall songs associated with Little Milton, Chuck Berry and other greats. His smoky, powerful vocals, and passion for the craft can be heard on all his recordings as well as during his moving live performances.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s (he’s doing) low down blues, gospel, R&B, old time, swing, country or good old rock and roll – when Jim Byrnes sings, it’s the real deal.”

Jim Byrnes, American-born, Canadian-resident, has become a blues legend in his own right, able to take the story and the music to the next level truly feeling the music and bringing it to life for audiences. Creekside Theatre is proud to bring Jim Byrnes to Lake Country on Friday, November 25th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 available at the door, online at www.creeksidetheatre.com or by calling 250-860-2867.


Supreme Saxophonists Stretch Boundaries in Solo Performance

Award winning saxophonists Yves Charuest from Montreal and Kelowna’s very own Craig Thomson will be giving rare solo performances on November 15th at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in Kelowna. For the performer, solo saxophone performance may well be the definitive creative risk. For the audience, the degree musical intimacy can be arresting as the musician explores the relationships between spontaneous conceptions, composed form, the instrument, and the room.

This special concert is the fourteenth 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.


Hailing from Montreal, Yves Charuest has been performing freely improvised music since the 1980s. A recipient of the François-Marcaurelle prize, Charuest has toured throughout North America and Europe with many of the world’s best improvisers. Past performances and recordings include collaborations with pianist Georg Graewe, multi-reedist Roscoe Mitchell, bassist William Parker, as well as playing in the Peter Kowald Trio with the late bassist Peter Kowald and drummer Louis Moholo. Yves describes his cerebral approach to improvisation: “I’m not so much interested in music stacked up in layers, like in free jazz, but in finding ways of getting the parts to fit together like a puzzle. So it’s not a matter of how I play on top of others but more of inserting myself into the spaces that occur in the music.”

Kelowna’s very own saxophone hero, jazz educator, and BC Interior Jazz Festival coordinator Craig Thomson will also be performing. Winner of many prestigious awards including the 2013 Okanagan Arts Award for Music, Thomson is very much an in-demand musician having just released his own debut CD “Bright Beginnings” to great acclaim. Fully fluent in all aspects of jazz, including the more progressive post-bop works by Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, this concert is a rare opportunity to hear a Craig perform purely in a solo context. Says Thomson: “There’s an immense sense of satisfaction in being able to pick up my instrument and create something beautiful instantaneously or to be able to convey my emotions out of the instrument.”


Yves Charuest and Craig Thomson perform at the Alternator as part of the Skin and Bones Music Series on November 15th. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the concert will begin at 8:00 pm. Admission is $10 for the public and $8 for Alternator members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Alternator. Non-members also have the option to purchase tickets at Milkcrate Records on Ellis Street.



 Montreal saxophonist Yves Charuest has worked on the jazz and new music scene in the 1980-90s with many Canadian musicians such as Michel Ratté, Jean Beaudet, Lisle Ellis, Jean Derome and Pierre Cartier in many different groups and projects:  I Like Jazz, Evidence, Duo Charuest-Ratté, Trio Michel Ratté, and Wreck’s Progress among others.  Charuest was also a member of the Peter Kowald Trio (1985-1990) with German bassist Peter Kowald and South-African drummer Louis Moholo, with whom he played extensively in Europe and in the USA.  Other collaborations include performances and recordings with John Betsch, Mathias Schubert, William Parker, Agustí Fernández, Nate Wooley, Georg Graewe, Roscoe Mitchell and Mike Vlatkovich.  Yves has also presented solo concerts in Quebec and Europe, and collaborated with electroacoustic composers Jean-François Denis, Jef Chippewa and Jean Piché.  Currently Charuest is involved in many projects:  the duo CharuestCaloia, Still (with Nicolas Caloia and Peter Valsamis), Four-sided Circle (with Caloia, Lori Freedman and Josh Zubot), the Murray Street Band, the Ratchet Orchestra, and the Montreal/Toronto Art Orchestra.  He also collaborates regularly with several Montreal improvisers such as Philippe Lauzier, Scott Thomson, Sam Shalabi, Ellwood Epps, choreographer Susanna Hood and dancer Alanna Kraaijeveld.

Yves Charuest:



Video of Yves Charuest with Nicolas Caloia, Peter Valsamis, and Georg Graewe


 Craig Thomson is an award-winning saxophonist and educator currently based in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia.  Through his dedication to the arts and music education, Thomson’s students have earned numerous national and international honours over the past decade.  Craig was inspired by his teachers at an early age to pursue a career in both music performance and music education, leading to study at Grant McEwan University in Edmonton, Capilano University in Vancouver, and the University of British Columbia.  Thomson is also the coordinator for the BC Interior Jazz Festival, an annual three-day educational event that brings together over 1500 students from across Canada and the United States for performing and workshopping with some of North America’s finest music professionals.  As well as promoting music education on a local and national level, Craig is an extremely busy and in-demand performer and session musician.  His 2012 debut CD of original compositions, entitled “Bright Beginnings,” has garnered much acclaim and is a staple on CBC radio.

Craig Thomson is a fantastic saxophonist with a muscular, rich sound and exciting, blues-drenched ideas.  Also, he is one of Canada’s best music educators.

(Dr. Gregory Yasinitsky, Washington State University)

Craig Thomson: