Long-weekend live music – Friday, May 20th

I may be 6,500 kilometers away from Kelowna, but I wanted to keep you all in the loop on the live music scene for Friday Night!

Deb Stone Band – Kelowna Community Theatre
Woods of Ypres, Xul, Titans Eve and Fenrirs Thirst – Dave’s Sports Bar
Sherman Doucette – Vintner’s Poolside Grill
The Dude – Pheasant & Quail Pub
Jazz with Loni Monger – The Minstrel Cafe
Farler’s Fury and Porch Crawler – Grateful Fed
Crosstown Bus – The Blue Gator
Papa Wheely – O’Flannigans Pub
Songwriters Circle – Streaming Cafe

Watch for weekly live music coming June 3rd at Duncan’s Bistro & Bar

Saturday Night Live Music in Kelowna, May 7th

Floyd Vedan Band – O’Flannigans Pub
Donovan Sweet – Pheasant & Quail Pub
The Zamboni Brothers – The Blue Gator
James Lamb –  Streaming Cafe
Jambalaya – The Minstrel Cafe
Corey Doak With Scott Hildebrandt – Willow Park Church
Bear Mountain – The Old Bike Shop Cafe
DJ John Byrne & Natasha Ratz – Cabana Bar & Grille
Rann Berry – Vintner’s Poolside Grill
Here in the Noise – Grateful Fed
Don’t Shoot Me: I’m Only the Piano Player, an evening with David Scheel – Kelowna Community Theatre
Live on Brighton, Carpenter, Moments – Doc Willoughby’s Downtown Pub

“Artists For Japan” Disaster Relief Concert – May 2nd @ the Kelowna Community Theatre

“Artists For Japan” Disaster Relief Concert

presented by

“Kelowna-Kasugai Sister City Association”

Proceeds will go to The Red Cross.
Doors open at 5:30 pm
…Show Starts at 6:30 pm

Admission “BY DONATION AT THE DOOR”
May 2nd
@ the Kelowna Community Theatre

Featuring

“ARTISTS FOR JAPAN” Silent Auction

A live auction of donated works by three renowned local painter’s;

ROD CHARLESWORTH. CONNOR CHARLESWORTH, & ALEX FONG

PERFORMANCE DETAILS

M.C. – Former Mayor Walter Gray

Music by some of Kelowna’s most talented performers:

Yamabiko Taiko Drummers
Robert Fine
Ellen Churchill
Ryan Donn
A special song for Japan by students from Raymer Elementary.
Chloe, Kyle and Company
Jambalaya
David Klaver
Paul Byrne
Jayson Bendera
Ensemble Liberta (Performers from our Japanese sister city, Kasugai).
Neville Bowman

Japanese snacks, treats, coffee, and tea will be served

Looks like a busy month of live music events around Kelowna!

Spring is in the air and Kelowna is gearing up for a busy month of live music events around town.  Let’s hope this momentum carries into the summer with lots of great festivals & events.  Since BreakOut West in October, we’ve been seeing more local venues supporting live music, and let’s hope that continues.

Here’s a few upcoming highlights!

AwesomeOkanagan.com Launch Party at the Laurel Packinghouse April 16th!  The launch party will encompass all that Awesome Okanagan (A-OK) represents including live music, fashion shows, food and beverage vendors, art installments, local exhibitors as well as some great door prizes f…rom participating businesses

Lots of upcoming rock shows at Flashbacks and O’Flanigans – sixdecibels rocks Kelowna!

BC Interior Music Awards – Sat. April 23rd 2011 7pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre… 24 Awards… 8 Performances!!  See the regions best new music talent recognized for excellence.

Check out WHAT’S ON Podcast for music and info about local shows and touring artists passing through Kelowna in April!

Johnny Clegg, Buddy Guy and more at the Kelowna Community Theatre!

Arts and Culture Summit this weekend & a great weekend for local live music

Along with the Arts and Culture Summit this weekend, what a great weekend for local live music, from many of the top Kelowna live music venues!

Fri Apr 8

34th BC Interior Jazz Festival –  Kelowna Community Theatre
Poppa Dawg Trio – The Minstrel Cafe
SUBSTENANCE presents PROPA TINGZ + DZ – Flashbacks
Hot Tomales – Pheasant & Quail Pub
Cheeky Monkeys – O’Flanigans Pub
Blue City – Vintner’s Poolside Grill
The Vaqueros – The Blue Gator
Robbie Aylesworth – Grateful Fed
The Spring Fling TRAFFIC LIGHT PARTY ft E-Swift – Sapphire, Gotcha Nightclub
The Unknown Culprits – Doc Willoughby’s
Dual CD release and Fundraiser. Windborn & Thomas Kjorven – The House

Sat Apr 9
PECHA KUCHA Night Kelowna – Habitat
Windborn – The Old Bike Shop Cafe
Erica Mah – Streaming Cafe
The Vaqueros – The Blue Gator
34th BC Interior Jazz Festival –  Kelowna Community Theatre
Suzie Vinnick~ Sing the Blues With Suz – – Mary Irwin Theatre – Rotary Centre for the Arts
Royal Wood – The Minstrel Cafe
Hot Tomales – Pheasant & Quail Pub
Cheeky Monkeys – O’Flanigans Pub

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Live music weekend in Kelowna, starting with Newfoundland’s Great Big Sea!

Fri Mar 11

Great Big Sea – Kelowna Community Theatre
AARON SPOHR –  The Minstrel Cafe
the Flu – Tom Collins Pub – great to see another pub with more live music from local artists!
Gary Gilbertson – Pheasant & Quail Pub
Universal Juveniles – O’Flannigans Pub
Random Act – The Blue Gator
Calum Hughes – Grateful Fed

Sat Mar 12
Aaron Gordon – The Old Bike Shop Cafe
Old Mare – Streaming Cafe
Universal Juveniles – O’Flannigans Pub
Carlos Del Junco – Mary Irwin Theatre – Rotary Centre for the Arts
POPPA DAWG – The Minstrel Cafe
Gary Gilbertson – Pheasant & Quail Pub
Malibu Knights – Doc Willoughby’s Downtown Pub
Random Act – The Blue Gator
Hip Hop Nite – Grateful Fed

Sun Mar 13
Roy Clark – Kelowna Community Theatre

We Are The City Bring “High School” Home To Kelowna

The Kelowna B.C. recording artists have released the video for Happy New Year, the first of six videos – one for every song on their upcoming sophomore release High School – that have been filmed. The remaining five videos will be released in tandem along with Happy New Year after a series of soon to be announced advance screenings take place. In the meantime the band continues the trek east in support of High School.  High School is out on March 22 and after a twenty one date tour to Halifax and back, the band will be back home in Kelowna on April 2nd.


April 3rd • Kelowna Community Theatre w/ Kingdom Cloud, Aidan Knight, Said The Whale

Happy New Year Video: http://vimeo.com/20278331
High School Video Trailer: http://vimeo.com/20731240
Happy New Year MP3 + Media Materials: http://www.killbeatmusic.com/wearethecity/
Band Website: http://www.wearethecity.ca/

Since forming in 2008, Kelowna, BC’s We Are The City has become one of the most exciting and unpredictable forces in the Canadian music scene. The band soon began earning accolades for its atmospheric progressive-pop sound with the release of their debut LP In a Quiet World in 2009. In January 2010, the band earned a whopping $150,000 by winning the PEAK Performance Project, a massive “battle of the bands” contest hosted by Vancouver’s 100.5 The PEAK.

Now, the trio of Cayne McKenzie (vocals/keyboard), Andrew Huculiak (drums) and Blake Enemark (guitar) are ready to take their most ambitious step yet. In March 2011 the band will release six songs entitled High School, the result of an experiment that began as a side project during some down time in the summer of 2010.

High School was originally envisioned as a fictional band, with the members tying shirts over their faces and adopting aliases in order to disguise their identities. Cayne was Lindsey Jone. Andrew was Matthew Curran. Blake was Bobby Reynolds. The project gave the band a chance to revisit their teenage years, laying bare some shameful memories from their past.

We Are The City found themselves venturing into new musical terrain. On the quirky “Happy New Year,” West African-inspired licks give way to garage-y rock outs and fuzzed-out Rhodes piano. “Dark/Warm Air” takes a gentler approach, bringing together delicate guitar arpeggios with baroque pop breakdowns and a dash of tropical Mellotron samples.

High School allowed We Are The City to introduce the use of drum machines and string arrangements into their already very layered sound. They are ecstatic to have worked with Tom Dobrzanski (Said the Whale, Hey Ocean!) who produced the sessions taking place in Vancouver at Vertical and Blue Wave Studios.

With the completion of High School, the band members now have their sights set on a sophomore LP. While it remains to be seen in which direction they will steer their music, one thing is certain: We Are The City will continue their attempt to push musical boundaries and hopefully stumble across something not yet heard in the process.

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Weekend live music in Kelowna, including Lil’ John

Fri Mar 4

Abra Cadabra – A Tribute to ABBA – Mary Irwin Theatre – Rotary Centre for the Arts
DAVID CELIA – The Minstrel Cafe
Donovan Sweet – Pheasant & Quail Pub
Devon Bjarnason – The Grateful Fed
The Badd Habits – Doc Willoughbys
Poppa Dawg – The Blue Gator
BARE NOIZE!!! With Guest DJ’S CHAOSPHERE & SECOND BASS – Flashbacks
LIL’ JON – Level Nightclub
SNOW BUNNY PARTY ft. Playmate/DJ Roxanne Dawn – Sapphire, formerly Gotcha Nightclub

Sat Mar 5

The Malarkeys – The Old Bike Shop Cafe
JJ Shiplett – Streaming Cafe
Cheeky Monkeys – Cabana Bar and Grille
THE ROWDYMEN – The Minstrel Cafe
Thunder and Lightening – The Grateful Fed
Donovan Sweet – Pheasant & Quail Pub
Poppa Dawg – The Blue Gator

We Are The City Release First Video From High School As They Head East (And Back) In Support Of Their Upcoming Release.

The Kelowna B.C. recording artists have released the video for Happy New Year, the first of six videos – one for every song on their upcoming sophomore release High School – that have been filmed. The remaining five videos will be released in tandem along with Happy New Year after a series of soon to be announced advance screenings take place. In the meantime the band continues the trek east in support of High School.  High School is out on March 22 and all tour dates are below.

Happy New Year Video: http://vimeo.com/20278331

Happy New Year MP3 + Media Materials: http://www.killbeatmusic.com/wearethecity/
Band Website: http://www.wearethecity.ca/

Since forming in 2008, Kelowna, BC’s We Are The City has become one of the most exciting and unpredictable forces in the Canadian music scene. The band soon began earning accolades for its atmospheric progressive-pop sound with the release of their debut LP In a Quiet World in 2009. In January 2010, the band earned a whopping $150,000 by winning the PEAK Performance Project, a massive “battle of the bands” contest hosted by Vancouver’s 100.5 The PEAK.

Now, the trio of Cayne McKenzie (vocals/keyboard), Andrew Huculiak (drums) and Blake Enemark (guitar) are ready to take their most ambitious step yet. In March 2011 the band will release six songs entitled High School, the result of an experiment that began as a side project during some down time in the summer of 2010.

High School was originally envisioned as a fictional band, with the members tying shirts over their faces and adopting aliases in order to disguise their identities. Cayne was Lindsey Jone. Andrew was Matthew Curran. Blake was Bobby Reynolds. The project gave the band a chance to revisit their teenage years, laying bare some shameful memories from their past.

We Are The City found themselves venturing into new musical terrain. On the quirky “Happy New Year,” West African-inspired licks give way to garage-y rock outs and fuzzed-out Rhodes piano. “Dark/Warm Air” takes a gentler approach, bringing together delicate guitar arpeggios with baroque pop breakdowns and a dash of tropical Mellotron samples.

High School allowed We Are The City to introduce the use of drum machines and string arrangements into their already very layered sound. They are ecstatic to have worked with Tom Dobrzanski (Said the Whale, Hey Ocean!) who produced the sessions taking place in Vancouver at Vertical and Blue Wave Studios.

With the completion of High School, the band members now have their sights set on a sophomore LP. While it remains to be seen in which direction they will steer their music, one thing is certain: We Are The City will continue their attempt to push musical boundaries and hopefully stumble across something not yet heard in the process.

We Are The City High School Tour Dates

Feb 18th • Victoria, BC • Fairfield United w/ Aidan Knight, Yes Nice, Mike Edel
Feb 19th • Port Alberni, BC • The Academy w/ Aidan Knight, Yes Nice, Kingdom Cloud
Feb 20th • Duncan, BC • The Duncan Garage Showroom w/ Aidan Knight, Yes Nice
Feb 25th • Brandon, MB • North Hill Inn
Feb 28th • Thunder Bay, ON • Crock’s w/ Yukon Blonde
March 2nd – Orangeville, ON-RANGEVILLE, ON – Aardvark Music & Culture w/ Aidan Knight & The Liptonians
March 3rd • Kingston, ON • Clark Hall Pub w/ The Liptonians
March 4th • Windsor, ON • The Phog Lounge
March 8th • Montreal, QC • Casa del Popolo w/ Rah Rah
March 9th • Quebec, QC • L’Agitee  w/ Rah Rah
March 11th – Toronto, ON – Criminal Records in-store w/ Aidan Knight
March 12th •Toronto, ON • The Garrison – CMW Showcase – 10PM
March 14th – Truro, NS – Douglas Street School w/ Aidan Knight, Leo McKay & Scott Nicks
March 15th • Halifax, NS • Paragon Gallery Pub w/ Aidan Knight
March 18th • Charlottetown, PEI • Baba’s w/ Aidan Knight
March 23rd • Winnipeg, MB • The Park Theatre w/ Aidan Knight, The Liptonians
March 24th • Regina, SK • O’Hanlon’s w/ Aidan Knight
March 25th • Edmonton, AB • BRIXX w/ Aidan Knight
March 26th • Calgary, AB • The Marquee Room w/ Aidan Knight
April 2nd • Vancouver, BC • The Red Room – West Coast Pop w/ Aidan Knight & Analog Bell Service
April 3rd • Kelowna, BC • Kelowna Community Theatre w/ Kingdom Cloud, Aidan Knight, Said The Whale