Susan Point: Spindle Whorl opens at Kelowna Art Gallery

A new exhibition by Musqueam artist Susan Point opens at the Kelowna Art Gallery this weekend. This marks the first solo exhibition of her work in the Okanagan.

Over the past three and a half decades, Point has received wide acclaim for her accomplished and remarkably wide-ranging compositions that forcefully assert the vitality of Coast Salish culture, both past and present.

During this time, she has produced an extensive body of prints and an expansive amount of sculptural work in a wide variety of materials that includes glass, resin, polymer, stone, bronze, concrete, steel, wood, acrylic paint, and paper. The scale of her work is also wide in scope, ranging from the intimacy of the jewelry she produced in the early 1980s to the monumental character of the public sculptures she continues to make today.

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl is a touring exhibition from the Vancouver Art Gallery that showcases 40 works, which are accompanied by a special selection of 14 works borrowed directly from the artists’ studio for the Kelowna Art Gallery.

The spindle whorl has been a persistent motif in Point’s work since the beginning of her career. Comprised of a small wooden disk with a rod inserted through its centre, this tool was traditionally used by Coast Salish women to prepare wool that would be woven into garments and ceremonial blankets. Point has drawn upon the spindle whorl to provide a formal structure for her art while combining this motif with a uniquely Salish vocabulary of circles, crescents and curved triangles, elements that distinguish the art of her people from the form line-based art of more northern peoples.

Audiences will have the opportunity to explore Point’s art practice for themselves in this striking exhibition. Susan Point: Spindle Whorlruns from May 18 to August 18, 2019.

The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art and Ian M. Thom, former Senior Curator–Historical.

A talk and tour by curator Grant Arnold will be offered at 5 pm on Friday, May 17. Following this, a reception to celebrate the exhibition’s opening will be held from 6 to 8 pm.

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 or call 250-762-2226.


Susan Point, Behind Four Winds, 2012, screenprint, 80.0 x 80.0 cm, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of the Artist, Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Susan Point, Scanned Salmon, 2008, screenprint, 28.5 x 28.5 cm, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of the Artist, Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Susan Point, Genesis, 2014, screenprint, woodblock print, 60.0 x 68.0 cm, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of the Artist, Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Vernon’s ROYAL Releases New Music Video “Vessel”

Canadian independent pop artist and Vernon-raised ROYAL is thrilled to share the release of her new music video, “Vessel”, which is now available on YouTube.

The lead single from ROYAL’s winter album release, Heart of Shadows, “Vessel” has earned over 100,000 plays on Spotify and is a haunting journey of heartbreak and emotional isolation.

In keeping with those themes, the music video follows an astronaut (Tiera Skovbye) – suddenly detached from her ship – who recalls the heartbreaking memories of a lost love (Jordan Connor) as she floats in space.

ROYAL says, “I have a very deep and personal connection with ‘Vessel’, so I felt inspired to create a visual journey that would emulate the emotional depth of the song and channel the sadness and isolation of losing someone you love.”

Skovbye and Connor – best known for their roles as Polly and Sweet Pea on The CW series “Riverdale” – found the chance to re-team for “Vessel” to be creatively and personally fulfilling. 

In sharing her thoughts about the project, Skovbye says, “The song alone provokes such powerful feelings and imagery that – when brought to life by Jordan and me – was made even more powerful. Losing someone you love almost feels like losing a part of yourself and I think you get a real sense of that in this video. It’s heart breaking to see love fall apart.” 

Connor adds, “Working with ROYAL, Tiera and the team for ‘Vessel’ was an experience full of love. Everyone was deeply invested in the project and you can see the heart in the final product.”

For ROYAL, the music video release of “Vessel” is another pinnacle moment in her musical journey, which has taken her from her Okanagan upbringing in Vernon to Toronto, Australia, and Vancouver among other stops, and seen her sound evolve from folk to dream pop.

Her debut album (2009’s Seasons) led to multiple film and TV placements, including recent inclusions for the Hallmark Channel. She later won first prize in the 2010 We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Competition, was a Top 12 finalist in 2014’s Peak Performance Project, and in 2016 released her “City Lights” collaboration with Conro which has gained over 5 million streams on Spotify. The positive response to Heart of Shadows and the release of the “Vessel” music video have only reinforced the depth of her talent and the promise of what lies ahead.

ROYAL’s “Vessel” music video was directed by Riun Garner and produced by Aidan Kahn, ROYAL, Garner, and Hannah Pederson. It is now available on YouTube. 

For more about ROYAL, please visit or visit her social media channels: 

 @IAmRoyalMusic | Instagram: @IAmRoyalMusic | Twitter: @IAmRoyalMusic

Spotify | YouTube

Online Art Auction for Gallery Fundraiser now open

Starting today you can preview and bid on the twenty-two works of art that will be available for purchase at the Kelowna Art Gallery’s annual Appetite for Art Fundraiser.

The works of art range greatly—including everything from painted Okanagan landscapes to sculptures to abstract works that make use of bold, bright colours. The artists have created these using a variety of media, including, oil, acrylic, and watercolour paints, mixed media, graphite, inks, metal, wood, and glass. They also come in all shapes and sizes, which should appeal to a wide range of budgets and wall spaces.

The art auction and works can be seen at the Appetite for Art Fundraiser page on

“We are so pleased with the fine works donated for this year’s fundraiser,” says Nataley Nagy, Executive Director at the Kelowna Art Gallery. “The generosity and support from the art community has been tremendous. We are also thrilled to give everyone the opportunity to bid on a work they like through our online auction.”

Participating artists include: Moozhan Ahmadzadegan, Doug Alcock, Evan Berg, Rose Braun, Rod Charlesworth, Connor Charlesworth, Ken Gillespie, Jessica Hedrick, Jim Kalnin, Rachel Kambeitz, Nobuo Kubota, Maureen Lisle, Charla Maarschalk, Anita McComas, Jo McKechnie, Sarah Neely, Destanne Norris, Liz Ranney, Bonny Roberts, Synnöve Seidman, Leanne Spanza, and David Wilson Sookinakin.

Proceeds raised from the auction go towards supporting children’s and educational programming at the Gallery. They also support local artists—many of the participating artists have elected to receive 50% of the proceeds from the final sale price.

The online auction, hosted by, closes on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

Guests attending the fundraiser on Saturday, May 11, 2019 will have the opportunity to place additional bids on the works of art while at the event.

A small number of tickets for the Appetite for Art Fundraiser are still available at $120 per person, or four for $420. They can be purchased directly from the Gallery by calling 250-762-2226.

The Kelowna Art Gallery would like to acknowledge the generous contributions by presenting sponsor, Johnson Legacy Wealth Management – Raymond James, and supporting sponsors, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Forstrong Global Asset Management, Mercedes-Benz Kelowna, RBC Wealth Management PH&N Investment Counsel, and Vineyard Developments. Media sponsors are Castanet Media, CBC Radio, and The Daily Courier.

For more information about the art auction, current exhibitions, or special events, visit the Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.comor call 250-762-2226.

Appetite for Art Fundraiser: A Night in Casablanca

The idea to celebrate local artistic talent and fresh fine cuisine has been a successful one for the Kelowna Art Gallery—and it’s back!

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, Johnson Legacy Wealth Management – Raymond James presents the Appetite for Art Fundraiser at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Proceeds from this important evening support children’s and educational programming at the Gallery.

“This year’s gala will sweep guests away for A Night in Casablanca,” said Joshua Desnoyers, Events Coordinator for the gallery. “Attendees can expect to experience the 1940s ambiance of Rick’s Café Américain club, inspired by the classic Hollywood film, along with other spaces that pay tribute to the colourful palette and unique architecture of Morocco.”

Upon arrival, guests will walk the red carpet with a glass of sparkling wine in hand, courtesy of beverage partner Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars.

Works by twenty artists will be on display in the Gallery’s largest exhibition space, including many unique works created specifically forAppetite for Art.

As guests mingle they are encouraged to bid on works of art that catch their eye, while they enjoy a roaming feast prepared by Waterfront Cafe & Catering, Joy Road Catering, Mission Hill Family Estate, Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate, Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery, BNA Brewing Co., Basil & Mint, Central Kitchen + Bar, NOMAD Cider, and more.

“We are so pleased to have Johnson Legacy Wealth Management join us as our presenting sponsor,” said Nataley Nagy, Executive Director at the Gallery. “We absolutely could not hold this event without the tremendous support we’ve had from artists, local businesses, Board members, attendees, and other Gallery supporters.”

Chris Walker, host of Daybreak South on CBC Radio will be returning as emcee for the evening.

Tickets for the Appetite for Art Fundraiser are $120 per person, or four for $420. They can be purchased directly from the Gallery, online at, or by calling 250-762-2226.

The Kelowna Art Gallery would like to acknowledge the generous contributions by supporting sponsors: Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Forstrong Global Asset Management, Mercedes-Benz Kelowna, RBC Wealth Management PH&N Investment Counsel, and Vineyard Developments. Media sponsors for the fundraiser are Castanet Media, CBC Radio, and The Daily Courier.

Mexico’s MAJESTIC DOWNFALL & Spain’s HELEVORN – Cross Canada Tour

Just when spring begins to peak in the Great White North, Majestic Downfall (Mexico) and Helevorn (Spain) will arrive from warmer lands to plunge the country back into the cold and dreary atmosphere that Canadians are accustomed to with their individual styles of melodic and melancholic doom metal. Both bands have released impressive albums recently that have caught the attention of media around the world. Now, Canadian metalheads will have the chance to experience the live acts from these well-regarded bands when they stop in Kelowna on May 11th at Muninn’s Post.

Helevorn released “Aamamata” in January 2019 and following in the veins of Draconican and Swallow the Sun. Heavy and dreary, it has enough variation and self-expression to keep from being dull.

“Aamamata is an experience that oozes with desolation and gloom, yet still provides that slightly uplifting feeling at the end of the day. Bone-crushing riffs that reverberate with emotion join up with some more introspective moments (see “Goodbye, Hope”) to bring in the contrast that bands like Daylight Dies and Novembers Doom have done so well, yet the structuring of both gives Helevorn a little wiggle room to reach for their own sweet spot.” – Dead Rhetoric

Majestic Downfall unleashed “Waters of Fate” in December of 2018 and the six-track album is recommended for fans of My Dying Bride and old Katatonia. As their fifth studio release, they bring finesse and emotion back into the genre.

“The sound of these Mexicans improved in industrial proportions and this innovative and varied approach to their music, presents the extreme and melancholic detail that Doom/Death Metal left forgot long ago.” –

Doom and death metal fans are invited to witness these acts across the desolate North.

Majestic Downfall
For fans of Old Anathema, My Dying Bride, old Katatonia, Phlebotomized, Forgotten Tomb

Majestic Downfall started as a one-man doom journey in August of 2006. The idea was to recapture the feeling of the 90s European death/doom metal scene, while mixing it with some more modern metal overtones. In 2007, MAjestic Downfall pressed its first demo titled – “The First Abyss Demo 2007” which was later released in a split with Italian black/doom metal band Ansia.

On April 6th, 2009, Majestic Downfall released its debut full-length album, “Temple of Guilt”. This time the music contained a darker edge full of sorrow and new influences from bands like Shining and Forgotten Tomb. 2011 saw the release of “The Blood Dance” album which contained 7 sorrowful passages with an even darker edge than Temple of Guilt. The “Three” album was released in 2013 and this time the sound contained even more experimentation in the music but without staying too far away from the band’s musical roots. 2015 sees the release of “…When Dead”, an album that is not only the bands most diverse output incorporating lots of influences outside doom metal, but one that also and for the first time has an important backing label.

In 2018, “Waters of Fate”, was released in 3 different continents by 3 different labels. It is mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna (Watain, Portrait, Mayhem) at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and definitely more and more opportunities in all areas coming along the way for the band.


For fans of Draconian, Swallow The Sun, Paradise Lost

Melancholic doom outfit Helevorn started in 1999 in Palma, Spain, and has been exhibiting their elegant and gloomy music around the world ever since.

They began their journey with a demo in 2000, “Prelude” that featured female vocals and followed the gothic doom formula. They were quickly accoladed by the press and they dove into writing, gigging and recording. In 2005 the first full length “Fragments” was released.

In 2006 they were asked to contribute to the Katatonia tribute “December Songs” and released the second studio album in 2009 “Forthcoming Displeasures”. This release saw their musical style evolve into a more intense and heavy sound, more forceful and deep. “Compassion Forlorn” was released in 2014, and was accompanied by a music video for “Burden Me”.

With more and more fans craving the somber tones and dreary vocals, Helevorn brought their dramatic intensity to many European festivals including Dutch Doom Days, Gothoom Open Air, Wave Gotik Treffen, and Madrid is the Dark Fest.

The fourth studio album “Aamamata” was released on January 23, 2019.

Vinyl and CD order of “Aamamata” on HELEVORN’s online store here and Solitude Productions here.

Water Travels a Cycle at YLW

David Wilson Sookinakin: Water Travels a Cycle
March 13 to September 18, 2019

Visitors to the Kelowna International Airport will have something new to enjoy on their way towards the departure gates.

A series of six large paintings by Vernon-based artist David Wilson Sookinakin comprise a 40-foot long installation called Water Travels a Cycle.

Through a combination of linear forms and vibrant colours, Sookinakin creates circular compositions that draw from the symbols and stories of his Okanagan First Nations heritage. In this series, the social life of water—from the rain of the clouds, through snowy peaks of mountains, to rainforest hot springs—is told in images.

One of Sookinakin’s works entitled The Turtle’s Spine depicts a turtle with a shell that features snow-covered mountain peaks, clouds swirling around the top-most altitudes, and an eagle soaring high above.

Sookinakin explains, “In times past the continent of North America knew a different name. It was called Turtle Island. On the turtle’s back was a noticeable feature which was its spine—a massive rock with many mountain tops stretched over half our continent. The Turtle Spine reflects the importance of the Rocky Mountains, as told in Salish legend.”

Describing The Turtle’s Spine Sookinakin says, “in the centre of the turtle are the snow-capped Rocky Mountains which form the turtle spine. Eagle soars among the clouds and mountain tops. Around the shell of the turtle are two snakes which symbolize coming full circle and the cyclic nature of the universe. Turtle is surrounded by a sea of salt water and the circle of the earth.”

David Wilson Sookinakin’s dynamic installation will give passengers a reason to pause on their way to their departure gate. Water Travels a Cycle is on view until September 18, 2019 at the Kelowna International Airport.

David Wilson Sookinakin was born and raised in the Vernon area and is a member of the Okanagan Indian Band. He learned Native art forms from Coastal Salish and Haida Artists in Vancouver, and eventually drew inspiration from his connection to the Okanagan Nation.

The artist will give a talk on Wednesday, April 3, from 12 to 1 pm, as part of the Lunchbox Talk series at the Kelowna Art Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

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

Understory opens at Kelowna Art Gallery


Jane Everett

March 9 to June 16, 2019

A new exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery by Kelowna-based artist Jane Everett explores the intersection of the natural and man-made worlds through a gorgeous body of work.

Entitled Understory, this immersive installation evokes the experience of standing amongst the forests of the British Columbian interior. Large-scale charcoal drawings of Lodgepole Pine, Ponderosa, Cedar, and Birch trees are rendered on drafting film, sliced into strips, and suspended, looming above the viewer. Light and sound surround and animate the space. Piano notes, bird song, and the sound of distant traffic further layer the tension between art and nature.

The drawings are detailed and complex, influenced as much by Japanese sumi-e ink painting as by the tenets of traditional drafting. Acrylic medium is used as a fixative, which also adds to the texture and movement to the drawings. The result is an invented form to articulate the language of trees.

Visitors will have the chance to stand amongst the work and draw their own interpretations during the show’s run. Understory is on view from March 9 to June 16, 2019.

Originally from Winnipeg, Jane Everett has lived in Kelowna since 1991. She completed her Fine Arts degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Regardless of subject, her practice centers around the study of light as it elucidates or obscures form. Her work has been exhibited across the country and is held in both private and public collections.

An Artist Talk with Jane Everett will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 6 to 7 pm. It is free and open to the public to attend.

A Drawing Workshop lead by the artist has been scheduled for Thursday, May 9, from 6 to 9 pm. Participants will explore the various techniques and materials that Everett has used to produce the work in her exhibition Understory. This workshop is open to all levels, no experience necessary. The cost is $40.

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 or call 250-762-2226.

Polish Jazz Extravaganza

Polish Jazz Double Bill

Saturday, April 6th 8pm 

Kelowna Forum

1317 Ethel St. 

$35 (Students/Seniors $30)

Two sets – two leaders – one rhythm section 

Kuba Więcek – sax
Michał Barański – double bass
Łukasz Żyta – drums
Piotr Wyleżoł – pianoMichał Barański – double bass
Łukasz Żyta – drums
Both trios will perform jazz standards and materials from their recent albums issued for the prestigious Polish Jazz publishing series
Michał Barański – double bass
Łukasz Żyta – drums
Both trios will perform jazz standards and materials from their recent albums issued for the prestigious Polish Jazz publishing series.

Musician will also perform as a quartet.

Art camps return just in time for spring break

The Kelowna Art Gallery has come up with a creative solution for parents who want to keep their children busy during Spring Break. Art Break offers one exciting week of camps for children ages 5 to 12, with many opportunities for them to create art, get inspired, and make new friends.

The camps run each day from 9 am to 3 pm during the week of March 18 to 22.

Young artists will be inspired by short field trips to different places in the Cultural District, as well as the exhibitions on view in the various gallery spaces. Each day, children will take part in fun and inspiring activities, such as painting, sculpting, drawing, working with mixed media, and printmaking.

“Our focus is encouraging their creativity and showing children how rewarding actively participating in the arts can be,” says Laura Wyllie, Curator of Learning & Engagement at the Kelowna Art Gallery. “In addition to creative exploration for participants, Art Break offers parents peace of mind knowing that their children will be spending spring break with their peers in a nurturing and safe environment.”

Class sizes for the camps are limited, allowing for plenty of one-on-one instruction to enrich the children’s experience. All programs highlight skill-building and self-expression, as well as the introduction of new ideas and artistic techniques.

The cost for the camps each day is $65.00, (or $50.00 for Gallery members).

For more information, or to register your child, please contact the Gallery at 250-762-2226 or online at

Major Mambo @ Soul De Cuba Cafe

Major Mambo (Patricia Dalgleish, Maggie Q-tip Cotton, Stephen Buck, Trevor Salloum) and Special Guests.
Performing the Cuban Classics 7-9pm The last Saturday of each month
#101-1180 Sunset Drive 
V1Y 9W6 
$10 Entertainment charge 
Tel: (778) 478-9529 
Reservations recommended

Private Collection shown publicly for the first time

The Rossi Collection: A Circle of Friends
November 10, 2018 to January 20, 2019

A new exhibition to open at the Kelowna Art Gallery provides visitors with the unique opportunity to look behind normally closed doors.

The Rossi Collection: A Circle of Friends presents more than sixty works, which Dr. Luigi Rossi acquired during his lifetime and through his passion for collecting Canadian art. He was an early patron of contemporary Indigenous art, collecting works by artists such as Alex Janvier, Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray, Jackson Beardy, and Daphne Odjig, among other Canadians including Jack Bush, Ted Harrison, Gershon Iskowitz, and Jack Shadbolt.

For the first time at this scale, highlights from Dr. Rossi’s large private collection are being exhibited together, shining a light on the collector, the artists, and the art he loved.

Visitors will be able to view selections from his collection of paintings, along with three beautiful Northwest Coast Bentwood boxes, and other sculptural works.

Until his passing in October 2017, most of these works could only be seen in the rooms and hallways of Dr. Rossi’s Kelowna home. His dream however, after forty years as a collector and a philanthropist, was to have his collection made available to as many viewers as possible to inspire and illuminate.

The Rossi Collection: A Circle of Friends is on view from November 10, 2018 to January 20, 2019. The exhibition is guest curated by Stew Turcotte and organized by the Kelowna Art Gallery. The exhibition is proudly supported by Pushor Mitchell LLP.

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, please visit or call 250-762-2226.


LAKE COUNTRY, BC – Creekside Theatre is thrilled to host vocal virtuoso, beatboxer, and musical storyteller: Martin O, on Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 pm.



Martin O, born Martin Ulrich, is an international acclaimed musician based out of Switzerland. His fascination and skills with manipulating sound began at a young age that his parents fostered and helped develop. Beginning with musical lessons including violin, Martin began experimenting with sound and harmony.

After a brief professional stint as a primary teacher, following graduation, he dove into his music once again, as a member of a successful acapella group “hop o’my’thumb”, wrote music for International films, served as the artistic director for the Hitzigen Appenzell Choir, and immersed himself in countless musical projects. As a member of the acapella group, he spent several years on stage at home and abroad until 2006 when the group decided to part ways over creative differences.

It was following the group’s break up that Martin was inspired to move forward with his one-man show: Martin O. With the founding of Stimmart GmbH in 2007, Martin O was born. Since 2016, the million-voice man has been on the road with his third stage program “Der MaUSIKER”. Accompanied by his symphony (aka a loop device), Martin O. is able to create and recreate musical landscapes by repeatedly recording and playing his own voice, polyphonic soundscapes and songs —including original compositions and hits of various styles and eras. He performs in German, French and English.

Close your eyes and you hear a whole choir. Open them and all you see is one man on the stage. A captivating, charismatic performer, Martin O. pushes the boundaries of sonic possibility, leaving audiences breathless with all their senses and emotions brought to life. Combined with a humorous art of storytelling and showmanship, Martin O’s act is one not to be missed.

Also featured on Saturday night, opening for Martin are two competition-level acapella groups from the local UBCO Beats music club. Focusing on A Cappella singing, bringing musical awareness to the community and uniting talents through performance, the UBCO Beats will be showcasing two of their top singing teams to kick off the night.

Treat your ears to a fascinating exploration of sound with local acapella, and unique musical stylings of Martin O this Saturday night in Lake Country. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 250-766-9309 or at the door.

Seventy local artists’ work presented at Kelowna Art Gallery

Bring Out Your Best: Annual Members’ Exhibition
November 3, 2018 to January 13, 2019


Over seventy local artists answered the call to submit a work for inclusion in this year’s annual members’ exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The group show is aptly entitled Bring Out Your Best and submissions in a wide variety of media were welcomed, including painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, photography, and digital media.

The exhibition is currently on view in The Front project space of the Gallery, which is free and open to the public, and will run until January 13, 2019.

“It is always exciting to see the wide range of works contributed for the annual members’ exhibition,” says Nataley Nagy, Executive Director at the 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 reception to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of these talented individuals will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. This free event is open to members and guests by invitation.

A digital publication will be produced to accompany the exhibition with images of each work along with information about the artist and the piece. The publication will soon be available to view on an iPad in the exhibition space as well as 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

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.

Friends of Foes – Album Release

Canadian band Friends of Foes are proud to announce the release of their new album, State Of Mind.

Set for release on Friday, October 12th, State Of Mind is an indie-alternative record that displays a strong connection of intricate rhythms and atmospheric tones. Melancholic and moody instrumentals are complimented by warm and alluring vocal lines and harmonies allowing every song to not only be intriguing, but also highly memorable.


The album was recorded at Rainy Day Recording, mixed by S.J. Kardash (The Sheepdogs, Deep Dark Woods), and mastered by Trevor Case (Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliot) and feature artwork by Stephanie Kuse.

Tour Dates

October 12th – Saskatoon, SK – Capitol Music Club

October 18th – Red Deer, AB- The Krossing

October 19th – Edmonton, AB- Rec Room

October 20th – Calgary, AB – National Music Center

October 21st – Nelson, BC – The Royal

October 23rd – Vancouver, BC – Railway Club

October 25th – TBA

October 26th – Kelowna, BC – Milkcrate Records




Armstrong MetalFest Opens Band Submissions For 2019 Edition

Submissions for Armstrong Metal Festival are now open and all bands are welcome to submit themselves to play Western Canada’s longest running metal festival. For 10 years running, West Metal Entertainment and Armstrong Metalfest has not only fostered the talent of hundreds of local bands, but brought in well-known, international acts to the sleepy, little Canadian town of Armstrong, British Columbia. The 2019 edition of the festival will take place on July 12-13.

West Metal Entertainment promoter Jesse Valstar is getting ready for the biggest year yet commenting:

I am very excited to announce that Armstrong Metalfest 2019 is full steam ahead! We are embarking into a new decade of metal so we figure we may as well kick off this one right! Our team is expanded, refined and better than ever,! We are looking forward to putting in the time to provide the best Armstrong Metalfest possible.

This is guaranteed to be a monumental year for not only the festival, but for the underground Canadian metal community in general, so get creative and apply quickly! Submissions are now open until November 1, 2018; more information on how to submit available at the official website:

About Armstrong Metal Festival and West Metal Entertainment:

Each year up to 700 metalheads from Canada and USA descend into the picturesque Okanagan Valley and under the blistering sun they spend 3 days camping, taking in over 40 bands, participating in wrestling events and scavenger hunts and catching up with their metal family.

The festival has seen such renowned headliners as Katakysym, Cattle Decapitation, Archspire, and Beyond Creation as well as emerging artists from across North America. At the end of the revelry, the festival disappears without a trace, leaving the landscape as pristine as it has always been.

West Metal Entertainment is a non-profit society that not only puts on Armstrong Metal Festival every year in Armstrong, B.C. but gives bands opportunities to play different venues throughout the region including all ages shows, to encourage musical passion in kids as well as adults.

What the press is saying:

Kelowna Now: Armstrong Metal Festival Co-founder reflects on a decade of metal – Video Interview here.

CHBC – Global Okanagan: Metalheads celebrate a decade of gathering in Armstrong – Video Interview here.

In the past, metalheads had to travel to Germany to experience the rush a big festival, such as Wacken Open Air. But local headbangers decided to bring that feeling home with Armstrong Metalfest.” – Vernon Morning Star

Go Big or Stay at Home: Armstrong has that welcoming feeling for rock show.” – The Valley Voice

To witness such a gathering of talent is an absolute privilege, and for that fact alone, I will certainly be returning to Armstrong Metal Fest.” – Beatroute BC

This festival is now going to be my yearly must-go-to event and if you’re a metal head that hasn’t attended, or a curious metal voyeur, do yourself a favour and check it out, you will not regret it.” – Abort Mag

The Armstrong Metalfest is one such event and has grown from its initial, humble beginnings seven years ago to be a regular mainstay, with its south-central BC location making for a popular summertime destination for fans and bands alike.” – Decibel Mag

Named one of the out-of-town music festivals worth the trip by The Vancouver Sun

For metalheads, this is a great vacation where groups of all sizes can enjoy their favourite musical genre in a fun, energized environment. Not to mention, the camping!” – The Permanent Rain Press

Art Gallery seeks volunteers for school tour program

The Kelowna Art Gallery is currently recruiting volunteer docents (tour guides) for their 2018/19 School Tour program. These volunteers lead students on exhibition tours, facilitate discussions about what they see, and assist with hands-on art activities. Interested applicants should enjoy a creative atmosphere and working with students.

“Becoming a volunteer docent at the Gallery was one of the most rewarding new adventures I had last year,” says volunteer Marguerite Berry. “Not only did I learn more about art, but I got to share and experience it along with hundreds of local students. It was remarkable to hear the keen observations and see the incredible works of art these young people made.”

Each year the Gallery’s School Tour program welcomes over 6,000 Kindergarten to Grade 12 students from schools throughout the Central Okanagan. For many students, this visit is their first experience in a public art gallery.

“Our primary goal is for students to have a positive and meaningful experience in connection with visual art,” says Laura Wyllie, Education and Public Programming Coordinator. “The tours provide a fun, creative extension to the students’ in-class learning and are designed to help them engage their creative and critical thinking skills.”

All docents receive full instruction on the content of each exhibition and are trained to work with students in an art gallery setting. They also receive a complimentary membership to the Gallery, along with many other perks. Docents are asked to make a commitment of 2 daytime hours per week, from September to June.

New and returning volunteers are asked to submit an application form to the Kelowna Art Gallery no later than Monday, September 17. Application forms are available online or in person at the gallery. For more information please call the Gallery at 250-762-2226.

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 programs available or current exhibitions, visit online at

Register for fall art classes at the Kelowna Art Gallery

September is back to school for artists too! Registration for the Kelowna Art Gallery’s fall art classes and workshops for youth and adults is now underway. Don’t miss your chance to take part in these professionally instructed classes that run from September through December.

Sign up for painting in acrylics or watercolours, drawing, printmaking, or even a class that will lead participants through the process of creating a mandala using mixed media, acrylic paint, and gold leaf.

Local artists Lee Claremont, Brenda Dureault, Jim Elwood, Sharilyn Kuehnel, Sarah Lewke, Susan Burnham Neilson, Sarah Parsons, Kyle L. Poirier, Heidi Thompson, and Rena Warren will lead the classes and workshops.

“Our aims are to help people to access and channel their creativity, as well as show them how rewarding it can be to participate in the visual arts,” says Laura Wyllie, Education and Public Programming Coordinator at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Most classes run for six weeks, and cater 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 art. More advanced students will build on their existing skills through creative exercises to develop their abilities. 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, or $130.00 for Gallery members.

The Gallery will also be hosting special workshops throughout the fall on Saturdays, from 10 am to 3 pm. They offer participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in a particular project working alongside a skilled artist/instructor. Workshops include Finding the Abstraction in Nature, An Introduction to Life Drawing, Introduction to Screen Painting, Knit Wire Jewelry, among others.

Two new introductory classes will also be offered on Tuesdays in September and October–an after-school drop-in class for youth ages 10 to 14 entitled Let’s Create a Masterpiece; and a class entitled Inspired by the Greats, which is geared for both youth and adults.

A full listing and description of available classes, along with costs can be found on the Gallery’s website at

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 programs available or current exhibitions, visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at

Okanagan Log Pile up at airport

Okanagan Log Pile up at airport

Fern Helfand: Okanagan Log Pile
August 2018 to February 2019

at the Kelowna Art Gallery’s offsite exhibition space
at the Kelowna International Airport

August 8, 2018 – Kelowna, BC: Visitors to the Kelowna International Airport may find themselves wondering just how a giant pile of logs made its way into the airport.

Actually, the logs are part of a massive photographic installation entitled Okanagan Log Pile by Kelowna-based artist Fern Helfand. In addition to the large scale, viewers will no doubt be struck by the three-dimensional quality that the artist has achieved by strategically mounting individual photographic panels in layers.

Beyond the initial visual impact, Helfand hopes her new art installation will draw people’s attention to forestry practices in British Columbia. The piece not only represents the province’s forests as a potentially renewable resource, and the lumber industry as a major economic driver, but it also speaks to issues such as clear cutting and the loss of the forest.

Regardless of how visitors interpret the piece, this twenty-five-foot-long installation will give passengers a reason to pause on their way to the departures gate.

Okanagan Log Pile is on view until February 2019 at the Kelowna International Airport.

Fern Helfand received an MFA from the University of Florida and has since held teaching positions at University of Western Ontario, Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang and the University of British Columbia. Her photo-based work addressing environmental concerns and the medium of photography itself has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She currently resides in Kelowna.

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

Fern Helfand, Okanagan Log Pile, 2018. photo montage on Sintra board. Collection of the artist.



Canadian country group Hillside Outlaws is thrilled to announce the release of the band’s new EP, Country Jukebox, which is now available on all digital platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Google Music.

Produced by the award-winning Paul Shatto (The Higgins, Robyn & Ryleigh, Jetty Road), the band’s debut EP captures the gritty energy that the four-piece Penticton, BC-based group has perfected on stage and adds to a recent hot streak, which has included a 2017 BC Country Music Association Awards Weekend showcase, a finalist position in the Breakthrough Project 2018, and the release of “Hair of the Dog” – the group’s first Canadian radio single – in June.

With Country Jukebox, we wanted to give country music fans a complete listening experience and a strong introduction to Hillside Outlaws. This EP is our modern twist on the traditional country sound that we grew up listening to and we believe it offers a rich emotional journey for everyone who hears it,” says Louis Bigras, lead singer of the group.

For Bigras, the release of Country Jukebox carries a great deal of personal significance. After playing as a solo artist at the 2016 Rockin’ River Country Music Festival, his lifelong dream of pursuing a music career found a new spark and he formed Hillside Outlaws after joining forces with fellow Penticton natives Carlos Jiménez, Erik Galata, and Langley Jackson later that year. The songs on the resulting EP were written or co-written by Bigras and they mirror his own personal experiences while also representing the band’s collective outlook on life.

Hair of the Dog” speaks to the band’s hunger for live performance and the pursuit of doing what feeds you. The summer party anthem “Girls in Trucks” spotlights women who love to drive big trucks. “Fairy Tales” slows things down to appreciate when those unlucky in love find their fortunes unexpectedly change. “City Boy” recalls small-town roots while following big city dreams. Finally, the title track “Country Jukebox” is an ode to the genre at large with a hearty mix of references to the people and songs that have made country music so enduring and endearing for generations.

The way we see it, being an outlaw is about doing things your way, even if it might be the opposite of what is expected. Each of us has pushed through our own unique circumstances to discover that playing country music is our common outlet for authentic expression. This record will connect with fans who crave some emotional honesty and pure grit to go along with their musical entertainment and it sets the tone for what’s to come from Hillside Outlaws,” concludes Bigras.

To support the EP release of Country Jukebox, Hillside Outlaws will be playing several BC shows in Kamloops (August 9th), Quesnel (August 10th), and Cloverdale (August 18th) before returning to the Okanagan for a hometown EP release party in Penticton on Saturday, August 25th at Elite Restaurant – doors at 9PM, show at 9:30PM, and free admission.

The group will then travel to Vancouver for a second release party on Sunday, August 26th.

For more information about Hillside Outlaws, please visit

Trope “Lambs” Video Out Now

Trope is an anomaly in its fusing of 90’s alt influences with progressive undertones, songs in odd time signatures dripping with groove, melody and familiarity, while remaining completely fresh.

This was apparent to both engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica) and mixer David Bottrill (Tool, Peter Gabriel), who came onboard to help make Trope’s debut album “Eleutheromania’ in the fall of 2017. The album was then mastered by Ted Jensen (Eagles, Deftones, Dave Mathews Band).

The first single “Lambs”, self released by the band in May/June 2018, has singer Diana Studenberg’s melodic voice touching on the subject of bullying in a poetic, yet narrative style. The piano-like 15/8 bass riff that propels the song towards its mid mark tempo change establishes an almost loop-like hypnotic vibe, while heavy drums and guitars tease their arrival in a thunder- ous apex. Studenberg’s guttural cry at the peak of “Lambs” is augmented by the crushing guitars of Dave Thompson, in what Soundsphere Magazine calls “a blis- tering conclusion.”

Thompson also produced the album and wrote all the guitar, bass and drum parts, while Studenberg wrote all lyrics and melodies on the album. A true collaboration of a collective masterplan.

Since the release of their first single “Lambs” in May/June 2018, Trope has garnered many reviews and the results are unanimous. Soundsphere Magazine lauds“Lambs” as “insanely good’, while Keep Walking Music in the UK calls Trope “our favourite band.” Belwood Music, also in the UK, suggests Trope “offer a masterclass in building tension” and “Lambs” is a track “that demands your full attention, and is more than worthy of it.” The Strain Magazine tease that Trope “is a progressive math band masquerading as an alternative rock band’ and “Lambs” is “a musical equivalent to a visual stereogram, re- vealing itself on repeated listens.

Trope has also recently broken ground at commercial radio, with radio play and on-air interviews on 94.9 The Rock in Toronto, doing an advance preview of the album over 10 days in June 2018, and 94.7 The Razor in Wisconsin, spinning “Lambs.”

The band formed in 2016 when guitarist/producer Dave Thompson showed vocalist Diana Studenberg the embryo of what came to be their first song, “Lambs.” The band spent the next 2 years writing and recording demos while searching for bandmates who could keep up with the constant time signature changes and feels in the music.

Pre-production on the debut Trope record, titled “Eleutheromania’ which means a manic zeal for freedom, began in April 2017, and was tracked at both Armoury Studios and Hipposonic (formerly Little Mountain Sound) in Vancouver, B.C. Aleks Amer was recently added on drums and Reggie Hache on Bass, for touring.

Trope’s music has been likened to A Perfect Circle and Tool with female vocals, their sound falling into the Alternative Rock genre. Their ‘music first’ focus pairs with the groups’ sound, which is quite progressive.