Wrapping up the Most Memorable Events of 2010 list Recommend on Facebook

By Pyper Geddes
Published: December 28, 2010 6:00 PM

Christmas is subsiding and the New Year approaches.

Over the past few weeks I’ve counted down numbers 10 through four of my most memorable events and happenings of 2010. Here’s the rest, including my No. 1 most memorable event in 2010.

3. PEAK Performance Project

The PEAK Performance Project is an artist development project for emerging artists all over B.C., funded by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. In January it was announced that our local boys from We Are the City won the top spot and the grand prize of $150,000.

The money couldn’t have gone to anybody else more genuine and truly passionate about the music they make. It also goes to show that great music in B.C. doesn’t just come from Vancouver.

2. Conduit Festival

This “by the people, for the people” festival not only hosts a huge variety of arts and culture but also pairs it with local fare and a focus on the ecological involvement of the Okanagan.

Held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Conduit brought together everyone in the cultural community and I can’t wait for it to happen again in 2011.

1. BreakOut West Festival

How could this not top anyone’s cultural calendar of 2010? Formerly known as the Western Canadian Music Awards, BreakOut West came to Kelowna in late October and filled the town with music, music, and more music.

Although there were other components to BreakOut West, the festival aspect was definitely the most memorable. Seeing that many talented artists play (and fill to capacity!) all of our local venues, and even some non-venues, was the best thing to happen to Kelowna since the Ogopogo.

I know there were plenty of other amazing events that happened around town in 2010, but these are the ones that stood out the most to me.

I’ve had a great time with my spot here in the Capital News for the past year and I can’t wait to start up again next year with a new look and a brand new column (just think Awesome…).

Happy New Year to all—see you in 2011.

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