It’s always fun to look back at the local shows around Kelowna to come up with this Top 10 list. I must say, every year there seems to be new venues opening their doors to live music, and new bands popping up. It’s great to see the support of local live music fans.
1. Sloan – Barking Parrot, Penticton, BC, June 2nd, 2011
2. Great big sea – Kelowna community theatre, March 11, 2011
3. We are the city / Said the Whale / aidian knight / kingdom cloud – Kelowna community theatre, April 3rd, 2011
4. The Sheepdogs / Monster Truck – Barking Parrot, Penticton, BC, Dec. 19th, 2011
5. Imaginary Cities / The Coppertone – Doc Willoughbys, Nov. 26th, 2011
6. Wassabi Collective – Canada Day, Waterfront Park, July 1st, 2011
7. Unknown Culprits – Doc Willoughbys, April 4th, 2011
8. Five Alarm Funk – Pop Okanagan Festival, Oct. 13-15th
9. Rococode – Pop Okanagan Festival, Oct. 13-15th
10. Kingdom Cloud, Little Jungles, and Super Dew – Fernando’s, July 19th, 2011
A new music festival is coming to Penticton July 27-29th, and promises to have a world-class Artist lineup. I’ll be watching for the announcement, but it looks like 30day passes are already available for $200. Check it out!
The City’s Downtown Parks will be activated for the day with programming ranging from Kerry Park through Stuart Park. The site will open to upwards of 10,000 spectators made up of families, friends, residents and travelers alike who will join together Downtown to enjoy live entertainment, culture, activities and vendors from across the Okanagan Valley.
From family friendly programming, activities, and cultural pavilions in Kerry Park and Stuart Park to the “Taste of Downtown”; a self-guided tour featuring some of the best in ethnic foods around the Downtown Core, the Kelowna Fusion Festival presents an exciting look into different aspects of our diversified city as they fuse together to bring attendees a one of a kind cultural experience.
The Kelowna Fusion Festival will also provide Downtown businesses with an opportunity to showcase and enhance their products and services. The attendance that the festival will draw to Downtown Kelowna will also ensure businesses increased traffic during the festival as well as a marketing tool to promote their business during the summer months.
The Downtown Kelowna Association held a press conference on Friday, July 15th to announce the line up of performers and activities for the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival set to take place on Saturday, August 13th.
Amongst the lineup announce we musical artists including Windborn, Jeff Bryant, Junior Belzile, Watasun, Kinship, and this year’s Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival headliner’s – Tambura Rasa – a buoyant cultural cross-pollination that fuses contemporary grooves and traditional rhythms into one energetic musical brand all their own. For the full list of performers and bios visit the ‘Performers’ page.
The Festival site plan was also unveiled at the press conference and will feature a variety of programming throughout many different areas including two Kids Zones, a Downtown Marketplace featuring a variety of Downtown Businesses and local vendors, the Aboriginal Village presented by the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, the Cultural Pavilion Corridor, the Taste Around the World Food Court along with the Kerry Park Stage and the Stuart Park Main Stage.
Attendants of any age are sure to be entertained throughout the entire day as there is no shortage of programming and activities at the Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival. The festivities will kick off at 11:00am with the opening ceremonies and the Festival will continue on until 10:00pm. The event is open to the public and free to attend.
The Downtown Kelowna Association also announced the launch of the Taste of Downtown a self-guided tour of 24 of Downtown Kelowna’s great restaurants and eateries. Taste of Downtown ‘Tourists’ will get a map of the participating restaurants, and have three weeks to visit the businesses to get their ‘passport’ stamped at as many locations as possible. Prizing will be awarded for completed passports including the grand prize of one ‘Experience Downtown Kelowna Package’. Consisting of an overnight stay at the Delta Grand Hotel, 2 VIP dinner theatre tickets from the Kelowna Actors Studio, and $500 Downtown Dollars to be spent at participating Downtown Kelowna retailers. For the full list of participating restaurants and complete rules and regulations, visit the ‘Taste of Downtown’ page.