Art camps return for summer at Kelowna Art Gallery

It’s summer break from school and the kids are already getting restless. You still have work to go to… so what to do? Don’t worry, the Kelowna Art Gallery has you covered.

Registration is underway for the Gallery’s popular summer art camps for children and youth. Art Adventures camps are organized for children ages 3 to 12. Full-day camps, half-day camps, and partial-morning pre-school camps are scheduled Monday through Friday, beginning July 3 until August 23, 2019.

During the camps, children can expect to explore drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and sculpture, while being inspired by the current exhibitions on view at the Gallery. Leading the art camps and excursions to artists’ studios, Kasugai Gardens, Waterfront Park, the beach, and to see public art throughout the Cultural District this year are two local university students.

Abigail Wiens is a current student at UBC Okanagan majoring in Psychology and minoring in Visual Art. “I am so happy to be working with the Kelowna Art Gallery this summer to bring the wonder of art to kids of all ages. I look forward to developing the natural creativity of our young artists and teaching them a variety of media and techniques during the many Art Adventure Camps we will be hosting this summer.”

Haley Seven Deers is currently a student in the Bachelor of Art program at UBC Okanagan with a focus on visual anthropology and history. “I am extremely delighted to be working together with Abby as one of the Art Adventures Supervisors this summer and looking forward to sharing many fun activities and learning experiences with the young artists.”

Class sizes for all the Gallery’s camps are limited, which allows for more one-on-one instruction and enriches the experience for all participants.

“The way we approach our camps is to focus on creating a fun and interactive experience for engaging children and youth with art,” says Laura Wyllie, who heads up the Gallery’s education programs. “We know a lot of the kids will be tired of classrooms by summer, so we make sure to take the kids out on fun and exciting off-site trips to encourage their curiosity and imaginations.”

The cost for a week of Preschool Camps (daily: 9 am-11 am) is $100.00, or $90.00 for members of the Kelowna Art Gallery; a week of Half-Day Camps (9 am-12 pm) is $120.00, or $110.00 for members; and a week of Day Camps (9 am-3 pm) is $170.00, or $160.00 for members.

For more information, or to register a child or youth, please contact the Gallery at 250-762-2226. Additional camp information including weekly themes can be viewed online at

Her Body Will Remember opens at Kelowna Art Gallery

Her Body Will Remember is a contemporary art exhibition that features the works of three female indigenous artists who explore ways of remembering and reinterpreting their ancestor’s culture and practices.

It includes work by artists Mariel BelangerTsēmā Igharas, and Tiffany Shaw-Collinge. It was guest curated by Erin Sutherland.

Each of the three artists were asked to consider the practice of “making” and their body’s memories of practice and technology through this process. The works make use of innovative materials and technologies to revisit the ingenuity of Indigenous arts practices, passed along through communities, families, and kin.

Visitors will encounter a variety of work in the two exhibition spaces that comprise the show. In Tāłtān Singing Machine, Tsēmā Igharas invites visitors into a karaoke booth where they can sing along in Tāłtān. Tiffany Shaw-Collinge’s works are based on the handicrafts of her great grandmother. The mylar sculpture that is suspended in the air and black plastic 3D printed works are based on the floral (wild Alberta rose) motif pattern that her great grandmother drew and used. Mariel Belanger’s outdoor courtyard installation entitled tukʷtniɬxʷ (Moon Lodge is a tule mat lodge, constructed using locally harvested reeds that were harvested, dried and woven together.

Her Body Will Remember will be on view for visitors to explore for themselves from June 22 to September 8, 2019.

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 or call 250-762-2226.

Mariel Belanger is a Vernon based artist, dedicated to contributing in the growth of interdisciplinary performance arts as a method to engage Indigenous community, language, and culture. As artist scholar, her MFA from UBC Okanagan researched identity through the lens of sqilxw ways of knowing and being, customary law, indigenous feminism, and performance theory.

Tsēmā Igharas is an interdisciplinary artist and a member of the Tahltan First Nation. She has a bachelor’s degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2011) and graduated from the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program at OCAD.

Tiffany Shaw-Collinge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and intern architect based in Alberta. She holds a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University, a master’s in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and is currently working at Manasc Isaac Architects.

Dr. Erin Sutherland is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, independent curator and member of Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective. She is of Métis and settler decent and is from Grande Prairie Alberta, currently living in Edmonton.

Canada Day festivities at the Kelowna Art Gallery

The Kelowna Art Gallery invites you to make your Canada Day a creative one.

On Monday, July 1, from 10 am to 4 pm, the gallery will be free and open to the public for a full day of hands-on art activities and visual art exploration—both inside and outside the building.

Choose from painting at an easel en plein air, making your own canvas flag to wave proudly, contributing to a community mural, or simply exploring the four exhibitions on view. There is lots to see and do.

“Canada Day is a huge celebration in this community,” says Executive Director Nataley Nagy. “Our aim is to offer a creative way for people of all ages to celebrate what it means to live in this diverse place we call Canada.”

Canada Day at the Kelowna Art Gallery is free and open to the public, but those interested in painting their own canvas flag are encouraged to come by earlier in the day, as supplies are limited.

The Gallery would like to thank Benjamin Moore Kelowna for generously donating the paint for this event, and Opus Art Supplies for donating the canvas that will be used for the flags.

For more information about this event, please visit or call 250-762-2226. The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna.

Alt-Rock Group CIVILIANA – July 6th show in Kelowna

Canadian alternative rock band and Kelowna-born CIVILIANA are pleased to announce the release of the new single “Void” to all digital platforms – including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play Music.

In support of the release, the band will be returning to Okanagan for their first-ever show in Kelowna on July 6th with South Korean rock band Sonic Stones at Fernando’s.

“Void” – co-produced by Matt Di Pomponio and Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, Said The Whale, Sophia Danai) – marks the second single release for four-piece band after their debut Canadian radio single, “Carry a Light” in March.

CIVILIANA’s lead vocalist and drummer Calen Trentini explains “Void” like this:

“This song reflects on a time where I found myself vehemently seeking a relationship – partly to address my loneliness but also to handle the intense pressure to conform with those around me who had found partners quickly and effortlessly. After rushing into a new relationship, I lost my identity and direction because I hadn’t taken time to find my own meaning and purpose.”

The brooding and intense lyricism of “Void” is brought to the surface by CIVLIANA and matched by a deliberately heavy production style from Di Pomponio and Worsley that allows each guitar riff and drum hit to reverberate and resonate with listeners as they absorb the emotional impact of the song.

“Void” continues a compelling three-song narrative originated in the group’s previous single, “Carry a Light”, about the aftermath of a failed relationship, the search for a new identity, and ultimately the decision to explore new emotional and physical connections.

The release of “Void” also continues the band’s musical hot streak following the addition of “Carry a Light” to CBC Music’s Rock, Sonica, and Adult Alternative channels. The group’s next single, “Melt”, will complete this three-act journey in August.

For Trentini and bandmates Adam Wilson, Spencer Daley, and Daniel Ponich, the release offers a musical homecoming of sorts for the Kelowna natives who first met in high school and later formed CIVILIANA in Vancouver.

Says Trentini, “We have been itching at the chance to play in Kelowna. Despite growing up there, CIVILIANA has never had a chance to perform there. Now we can show our hometown the sound we’ve been developing here in Vancouver and deliver a high-energy, colossal performance.”

CIVILIANA will have the opportunity to do just that for their first-ever show in Kelowna on July 6th at Fernando’s Pub at 9PM. To encourage cultural synergy through a shared love of rock ‘n’ roll, they will be sharing the stage with South Korean rock band Sonic Stones.

Tickets are $8 online at and $10 at the door.

For more about CIVILIANA, please go to or visit them on social media: Facebook @CIVILIANAMusic  Instagram@CIVILIANAMusic Twitter @CIVILIANAMusic

Widely acclaimed artist Susan Point to host tour at Kelowna Art Gallery

The Kelowna Art Gallery will be hosting a special visitor next week in connection with a recently opened exhibition.

Widely acclaimed and accomplished Coast Salish (Musqueam) artist Susan Point will be in Kelowna for one evening to host a free tour and walk through her exhibition entitled Susan Point: Spindle Whorl. This marks the first solo exhibition of her work in the Okanagan. The tour will take place at the Kelowna Art Gallery on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 6 pm.

Susan Point (born 1952) is a self-taught artist who began making limited edition prints on her kitchen table in 1981 while working as a legal secretary. Fast-forward three and a half decades and Point is one of Canada’s most prolific public artists. She has produced more than 85 public art works, that are currently displayed across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Her works range from the massive carved cedar pieces at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) entitled Musqueam Welcome Figures(1996) and Flight (1995)—the world’s largest Coast Salish Spindle Whorl—to the humble utility covers that can be found on downtown Vancouver streets. In addition, Point has produced etched-glass sculptures, prints, and jewelry. Her works have been avidly collected by both museums and private collectors.

In the book People Among the People: The Public Art of Susan Point, the artist says, “It wasn’t until I was in my late-20’s, when I took a jewelry course at Vancouver Community College in January of 1981, that I discovered that we, as Coast Salish people, have our own unique art style. This discovery marked the beginning of my career, and for the past 37 years I have truly dedicated myself to reviving Coast Salish art.”

Point is an Officer of the Order of Canada and was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canada. She has been recognized with an Inspire Achievement Award; a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award; a BC Creative Achievement Award; appointed lifetime member to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts; and was listed as one of BC’s 100 most influential women. She holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, U.B.C., and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

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 exhibition is on view from May 18 to August 18, 2019. It 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.

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.

Art exhibition by local students celebrates community

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

Art in Action: Community celebrates the creativity of 180 middle- and high-school students from the Central Okanagan region and features a diverse selection of works of art created by them. This year marks the 33rd annual Art in Action exhibition that calls on students each year to tap into their imagination, and express themselves through painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, drawing, film, and photography.

For this year’s exhibition, students were encouraged to use artistic expression to illustrate their thoughts about what community means to them. Some chose to celebrate the diversity of cultures in the Okanagan, while others focused on the environment. There are works that explore history in the Okanagan, and also a number of pieces that illustrate a future the artists envision for our community.

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

The exhibition will be on view through September 15, 2019 in The Front project space of the Gallery, which is open to the public and free of charge.

An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.

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

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