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.


Paintings go up at airport

Julie Oakes: Awestruck, Calendar of Ecology
February 19 to August 13, 2018

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

Passengers at the Kelowna International Airport may notice something different this week as they approach the security gates in the departures area.

A series of large paintings by Vernon-based artist Julie Oakes have been installed in the forty-foot-long satellite exhibition space that the Kelowna Art Gallery curates. The installation is entitled Awestruck, Calendar of Ecology,and the four works that comprise it each depict a season of the year, with flora and fauna that are native to the Okanagan.

For example, viewers examining one of the pieces, Winter, will notice a snowy landscape strewn with familiar trees, shrubs, flowers, and animals backed by a nighttime sky lit by a full moon. What distinguishes this work from a straight-forward pastoral winter scene, can be glimpsed in the glassy-eyed stares of the animals. They are a little unsettling, which just might be what the artist intended.

Oakes is interested in exploring themes of the spirituality found in nature. The animal subjects are given the reverence of saints — fur perfect and eyes bejeweled, which also seems to reflect an ideal of nature rather than the real, messy and unpredictable “otherness” of the animal kingdom.

The detail of each of the 8-foot by 6-foot paintings encourages closer examination, which visitors are invited to see and discover for themselves. Awestruck, Calendar of Ecology is on view through August 13, 2018 at the Kelowna International Airport.

Julie Oakes received a Masters in Visual Arts, NYU, and a Masters in Social and Political Science, New School for Social Research, in New York. After living in Toronto, Oakes, with Richard Fogarty, moved back to Vernon where they designed and built Headbones Gallery and her studio.

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

Campground | Theatre Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House Mix – Dance Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kelowna Is Ground Zero for Fantastic Nordic Jazz Quintet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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