Celebrate Canada Day!

Celebrate Canada Day – Kelowna” is an annual, free community festival held in Prospera Place and Waterfront Park for residents and visitors to celebrate our nation’s birthday. There are over 50+ activities and performances that are multi-generational and family-friendly, sure to entertain festival goers all day long.  Here’s Festivals Kelowna’s Facebook event page!
Parks Alive! Power Stage presented by Power 104 FM (Island Stage), 12:30 – 9:30 pm
TD Beach Stage presented by K96.3 FM (Tugboat Bay beach), 12:00 – 10:30 pm

Prospera Place will feature:

  • Official Celebrate Canada Day Opening Ceremonies , including a “Happy Birthday Canada” cake presented byColdwell Banker Horizon Realty (cake service approx 1:30 pm)
  • 39th Annual Kelowna Folkfest Celebrations – presenting Canada’s cultural mosaic through culinary experiences and live performances
  • 18th Annual “Kelowna POPS Orchestra Canada Day Spectacular” – live orchestral concert
    (note: the concert will end in time for audience to enjoy the fireworks)

Waterfront Park will feature the 15th annual “Celebrate Canada Day-Kelowna” event including:

  • Taste of Canada – a food fair featuring over 18 different vendors
  • Made in Canada Marketplace – an artisan showcase of handmade, Canadian arts and crafts
  • Canada Day Bazaar – a marketplace of unique items by local small businesses
  • Community Groups Display – information displays by local community associations
  • Musical performances:
    • Parks Alive! Power Stage presented by Power 104 FM (Island Stage), 12:30 – 9:30 pm
    • TD Beach Stage presented by K96.3 FM (Tugboat Bay beach), 12:00 – 10:30 pm
    • Tim Horton’s Kid’s Stage (Pioneer Gardens), 11:00- 4:00 pm
    • Youth Stage presented by 99.9 SUN FM (Jim Stuart Park), 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
    • Folk Fest stage (Prospera Place) 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Canada Day Spectacular (Prospera Place) 7:30-9:30 pm
  • Century 21 “Kids Zone” – a variety of drop-in activities for children of all ages, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Evening Fireworks Display – Simulcast on 99.9 Sun FM – bring your radio and tune in!10:30 pm

Keloha – Hey Ocean! readies major label debut

Catch Hey Ocean Sunday afternoon at the Keloha Music festival

By Jane Stevenson, QMI Agency
Not every new (ish) group gets courted by a major rock veteran.

But, at one point, Vancouver pop trio Hey Ocean!, whose major label debut, IS, came out last month, were seriously wooed by Gene Simmons of Kiss for Simmons Records.

“We set up this showcase and played for him and then he took us out to dinner and talked to us for six hours almost,” said singer-flute player Ashleigh Ball alongside her two Hey Ocean! bandmates, singer-guitarist David Beckingham and singer-bassist Dave Vertesi, at Toronto’s Sugar Beach recently.

“I did a series of different demos for him on this Janis Ian song called At Seventeen, and he basically wanted me to sing it really poorly, like not over-sing it. So I basically drank a bottle of wine one night at a studio in Vancouver and ended up singing … like a bad Britney Spears imitation.”

In the end, the threesome signed with Universal for IS after two previous independently released albums.

The group, who have been managed by Nettwerk since they formed in 2005, start a series of Canadian festival dates and headlining shows this weekend in Edmonton.

“(Gene) gave us some really amazing food for thought ’cause he has a really unique and interesting view of the music industry,” said Vertesi. “But, at the end of the day, it was like, ‘it just didn’t feel right.'”

Hey Ocean!, who get their band name from a storm-ridden Costa Rican surfing vacation during which Ball and Beckingham ended up screaming at the sea in anger, have a long personal history.

Unbelievably, Ball and Beckingham have known each other since Grade 5, when they attended different schools and their sisters tried to set them up.

And Ball knew of Vertesi from his early musical theatre and singing competition background, but didn’t meet him until he caught her and Beckingham performing much later as an acoustic duo.

The album title IS speaks to what Vertesi calls “an existential crisis,” recording it first in Toronto in summer 2010 with producer Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent), before later returning to Vancouver to finish the record as self-producers, with Vertesi taking the lead on creating “a cleaner and more polished sound,” with the hope of getting more radio play.

They previously had the IS song Islands played on a 2012 episode of the CW series One Tree Hill.

“It took like coming to a breaking point to figure out what the reasons were (for doing this),” said Beckingham. “It was a negative time for sure.”

Said Ball: “We were all just losing it. I was calling home every day, being like ‘I don’t even know what we’re doing out here.'”

Added Vertesi: “We know ourselves better then anyone is ever going to, so I think it was an important experience for us to go through.”

Kelowna long weekend, live music – May 18th, 19th

Friday
Gorden James – Kelowna Lake City Casino
Cheeky Monkeys – The Minstrel Cafe
Colt 45 – Dakodas Sports Pub
Radio Lifeline – O’Flannigans Pub
Random Act – The Blue Gator
Murphy’s Lagh – Pheasant & Quail Pub
Tricia Dalgleish – Rotary Centre for the Arts
Devon Coyote and Malibu Knights – Doc Willoughby’s Downtown Pub
Dylan Cramer – Black Box, Kelowna Community Theatre
Leila Neverland and Marc Lovisa – Grateful Fed
Phunky Phil – Cabana Bar and Grille
TribeHouse Song Writer Circle – Streaming Cafe
Sherman Doucette Blues Duet – Vintner’s Poolside Grill
Calum Hughes Collective – Friday Headliner at Rutland Maydays, Centennial Park Mainstage, Rutland Rd
Cod Gone Wild — Irish Pub Night Tour, Kelowna Curling Club

Saturday
Jon Bryant – Streaming Cafe
Dominique Fricot and Ciseaux‘s Katie Shaan – Fernando’s Pub
Paperboy – Grateful Fed
Paperboy / Wild Son / Windmills – German Canadian Club
Sherman Doucette Blues Duet – Vintner’s Poolside Grill
Gorden James – Kelowna Lake City Casino
Cheeky Monkeys – The Minstrel Cafe
Colt 45 – Dakodas Sports Pub
Radio Lifeline – O’Flannigans Pub
Random Act – The Blue Gator
Murphy’s Lagh – Pheasant & Quail Pub

And for listings for shows in the North and South Okanagan, check out this great site –http://oook.ca/ (Facebook Page)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – check out all the listings in Kelowna!

Fri Mar 16
DEICIDE / Jungle Rot / Abigail Williams / Lecherous Nocturne/FINISHYMN – Rutland Centennial Hall
Cod Gone Wild – Creekside Theatre
Steve Todd and Dana Barnes- Pheasant & Quail Pub
Sherman Doucette –  Vintner’s Poolside Grill
Ron Hynes – East Kelowna Community Hall
Songwriters Circle – Streaming Cafe
Pocket City – Doc Willoughby’s Downtown Pub
Wheelhouse – Dakodas Sports Pub
Loni Moger – The Minstrel Cafe
Rann Berry and the Random Act – The Blue Gator
Tad & The Twins – 97 Street Pub
Wild Son – Grateful Fed
John Noren – Kelowna Lake City Casino
Papa Wheeley – O’Flannigans Pub
Tin Can Jam at Dave’s Sports Pub

Sat Mar 17
SHAKE YOUR SHAMROCK W/ D-FUNK w/ JGirl & Manousos & Dani Lion – Habitat
St. Patrick’s Day Bash with Cheeky Monkeys, Kelowna Pipe band – O’Flannigans Pub
St. Patrick’s Day with The Rowdymen – The Minstrel Cafe
Kinship – Roses Pub
John Noren – Kelowna Lake City Casino
The Drowning Whales, Rocket Dog – Fernandos
Steve Todd and Dana Barnes- Pheasant & Quail Pub
Shamrock Fest – 97 Street Pub
Trevor Caswell – The Old Bike Shop Cafe
Paper Beat Scissors – Streaming Cafe
Sambrasil – Soul de Cuba Cafe
Steven Page with opening act, The Malarkeys – Rotary Centre for the Arts
The Blue Healers –  Vintner’s Poolside Grill
Wheelhouse – Dakodas Sports Pub
Rann Berry and the Random Act – The Blue Gator
The Real Mckenzies – St. Paddy’s Party – The Well Pub, UBC
Grim Hymn and The Horrors With special guests Porch Crawler and Crowd the Joanna – Grateful Fed
Tin Can Jam at Dave’s Sports Pub
Barbara Samuel – Cabana Grill 

And for listings for shows in the North and South Okanagan, check out this great site –http://oook.ca/ (Facebook Page)

Kelowna Live Music – Feb. 24th and 25th

Fri Feb 24
Global Music Fest – The Laurel Packinghouse
Down With Webster – Kelowna Community Theatre
ANDREW AND ZACHARI SMITH – The Minstrel Cafe
Handsome Distraction & Fugitive With Means – Doc Willoughby’s Downtown Pub
Sherman Doucette – The Blue Gator
The Hip Replacements (tribute band) – 97 Street Pub
Johnny G and the Keyster – Kelowna Lake City Casino
I, Me, Myne – Dakodas Sports Pub
Dana Barnes – Vintner’s Poolside Grill

Sat Feb 25
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald – Streaming Cafe
Global Music Fest – The Laurel Packinghouse
Rompus Room Presents 90’s hip hop dance party – Grateful Fed
Sherman Doucette – The Blue Gator
Rann Berry and Random Act – The Minstrel Cafe
The Hip Replacements (tribute band) – 97 Street Pub
I, Me, Myne – Dakodas Sports Pub
Major Mambo Latin trio – Soul De Cuba Cafe
Dana Barnes – Vintner’s Poolside Grill
Johnny G and the Keyster – Kelowna Lake City Casino 

And for listings for shows in the North and South Okanagan, check out this great site –http://oook.ca/ (Facebook Page)