Sugar Skull Strut returns Nov.1st at Rotary Centre for the Arts

El Día de los Muertos or ‘Day of the Dead’ is the inspiration for Sugar Skull Strut
WHEN: (SAT) Nov 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM
WHERE: Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave Kelowna
TICKETS: or 250-717-5304 $25/advance, $75/”Big Enchilada” VIP Package

Based on the overwhelmingly positive response from the community at the well-attended inaugural event in 2013, we are busy building Marigold decorated ofrendas and piñatas décor to get ready for this second annual (19+) Sugar Skull Strut to be held throughout the beautiful Rotary Centre for the Arts on Nov 1st 2014. El Día de los Muertos or ‘Day of the Dead’ is the inspiration for Sugar Skull Strut which will have live music by MAZACOTE, a hard hitting six piece latin dance band, playing horn-driven New York salsa dura and beats from Colombia, Puerto Rico and Cuba, music from Major Mambo, Salsa Dance instructors, Mexican Folklore dancers, Kinshira Performance Troupe with magical fire poi and black light lounge, Costume strut and prizes and a Cash Cantina with beer, wine, sangria, margaritas and Mexican bites. TICKETS: Reg $25 /”Big Enchilada” VIP Package $75

SUGAR SKULL STRUT is coming up soon!
Live music by MAZACOTE • Costume Strut • KINSHIRA Fire Poi & Black Light Lounge • Prizes • Photo booth • Cash Bar

(Sat) November 1, 2014 | 8:00 PM – Midnight
The most anticipated Day of the Dead party in Kelowna, Sugar Skull Strut, is a Rotary Centre for the Arts signature event. Sugar Skull Strut is inspired by El Día de los Muertos or ‘Day of the Dead’, a traditionally festive time of year in Mexico honoring past souls and loved ones.

Costumes are optional, but last year’s attendees were a wonderfully creative sight! Visit our facebook page or website for an insider’s view and some great ideas. We’ll have a red carpet photographer post your festive faces to the Sugar Skull Strut facebook page for a week of voting and prizes.

Doing your own makeup? Connect with the official Sugar Skull Strut staff at Calowna Costumes who can give ideas and 10% off makeup with your Sugar Skull ticket. General tickets are $25/ea at with 8 PM entrance to the party. To have your makeup done by the professionals, visit FACES at Orchard Park Mall. Book an appointment at (250) 869-4114.

For the ultimate Sugar Skull Strut experience, buy a “Big Enchilada” VIP ticket. For $75, you’ll get makeup application by one of our makeup artists from 6-8 PM, early entrance from 6 PM, one drink and food voucher, early strut privileges and behind-the-scenes band sound check.

Guaranteed to make you move is hard-hitting Latin dance band, MAZACOTE, playing horn-driven New York salsa dura with beats from Colombia, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Based in Vancouver, the band features Nicaraguan singer-songwriter David Lopez, latin jazz trumpeter Malcolm Aiken and a groove-heavy rhythm section featuring Chris Couto on timbales, Miguel Benavides on Congas, Aaron McKinney on bass, and pianist Niho Takase. Powerful vocals combined with driving afrocuban percussion and brassy mambos, introducing their son-inspired take on some of salsa’s hardest grooves.

This is a whole building party! OTHER COOL things to expect:
• Kinshira Performance Troupe with magical fire poi show and black light lounge
• Complimentary Photo strips from OKANAGAN PHOTOSTAR
• Marigold decorated ofrendas and piñata décor
• Cash Cantina with beer, wine, sangria, margaritas and Mexican bites

Limited “Big Enchilada” VIP: $75/each. With early entrance 6-8 PM, makeup application, one drink and food voucher, early strut privileges and behind the scenes band soundcheck.
General (19+): $25/each. Entrance at 8 PM.

** 19+ event. ID req’d at door. Costumes are optional.


6:00-8:00PM “Big Enchilada” VIP Ticketholders Entrance and Makeup Application
6:30-7:30PM Major Mambo
7:00-8:55PM Latin Dance Instructors
7:30-8:00PM DJ-Salsa/Bachata/Kizomba playlist
7:30PM Mexican Cantina Opens
7:00-10:00PM Strut Photo Contest Wall

8:00- 12:00AM Regular Ticketholders Enter
8:00-11:00PM Okanagan Photostar Photobooth
8:00-8:55PM Major Mambo
8:40-8:55PM Kinshira Glow Show
8:55-9:05PM Mexican Folklore Dance Group
9:05-10:00PM Mazacote
10:00-10:30PM Kinshira Fire Poi Show
10:30- 11:30PM Mazacote
11:30-12:00AM DJ for Salsa/Bachata/Kizomba

Get Ready for Sugar Skull Strut: Makeup & handmade Sugarskulls
Workshops at the RCA
Authentic Decorated
Mexican Sugar Skull Creation
$10 for Oct 18 & 25, 10-11 AM (Ages 6+)
Sugar Skulls are traditionally used to decorate home altars and are a festive icon to celebrate Day of the Dead. On Oct 18, press sugar into molds while learning about the tradition. On Oct 25, decorate your skull. They’ll go on display Nov 1 for Sugar Skull Strut, and will be available to go home with you after the event.

Sugar Skull Make-up Inspiration
$5 per session (ages 13+)
Flower Skulls: Oct 18, 10-11 AM
Scary Skulls: Oct 25, 10-11 AM
Thinking of dressing up for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead? Take inspiration from this class where you will see a makeup artist apply two very different looks to models. Then come to Sugar Skull Strut on November 1st after transforming yourself with a DIY makeup look.
Shelly Vida
Performing Arts & Media Coordinator
Rotary Centre for the Arts
421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna BC V1Y 6Z1
Phone: 250-717-5304 ext.105 Fax: 250-717-5314 | WAM!