25 years ago today: Pink Floyd in Toronto

I did this blog post 5 years ago looking back on the 20th anniversary, and now its been 25 years since Pink Floyd planned Toronto on their final tour.  Three night sell out at the CNE with total attendance of 158,593!

There’s a few video and audio clips on You Tube.  Look at my ticket price: $27.50!


Armstrong MetalFest – July 12 and 13, 2019

This year’s festival being held from July 12 and 13 features another stellar line up with headliners ORIGIN who will unleash onto the masses a full-blown sensory assault of tight, taut, and technical death metal amplified by flashes of grindcore and groove in celebration of their anniversary album “Abiogenesis – A Coming Into Existence” along with Los Angeles goblin tyrants NEKROGOBLIKON plus an onslaught of over 30 bands that includes Parisian extreme metallers BETRAYING THE MARTYRSWAKEENTHEOS, Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2018 Champions CENTURIES OF DECAY and Slovenia’s WITHIN DESTRUCTION.
Full line up and full festival details can be found in the news release: Armstrong MetalFest Announces 2019 Line Up w/ Origin, Nekrogoblikon, Betraying The Martyrs, Wake & more!


For Immediate Release


(June 25th, 2019, Kelowna, BC) – “Celebrate Canada Day – Kelowna” is just under a week away and continues to be one of the biggest community celebrations in the Interior of B.C.  The Kelowna event has become an annual tradition for our city’s residents and visitors to launch their summer by joining together with over 55,000 of their friends and neighbors of all ethnicities to celebrate Canadian pride at the 22nd annual “Celebrate Canada Day – Kelowna” festival in Waterfront Park, Prospera Place, Kerry Park, Jim Stuart Park, and various locations throughout Kelowna’s Cultural District on Monday, July 1st, 2019 from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm.

“As ever, our number one goal when planning the Kelowna Canada Day party each year is to make sure the event offers something for everyone in our community, from toddler to youth to seniors,” explains Renata Mills, Executive Director of Festivals Kelowna, producers of the annual celebration. “Our guests can look forward to seeing many of their favourite activities alongside some new ones.”  Kelowna’s one day party will again include such attractions as live music on 6 outdoor stages across a wide variety of styles and genres, a return of the Central Okanagan Dog Agility Club and their furry friends showing off their obstacle course skills, more than 20 different drop-in activities and giant games in the Primera Projects Kids Zone, Canada Day SWAG courtesy of the TD bank from their booth on the Concession Plaza, the  annual “Mini-Regatta” hosted by the Kelowna Model Sailboat Association, more than 25 artisan booths at the “Made in Canada Marketplace” and 17 unique vendors in the “Canada Day Bazaar” , 20 different Community Groups sharing their story about the great work they do for our city, a return of the Coast Capital Savings Fun Zone in Jim Stuart with the “Zorbs Battle”, and the perfect summer time treat, fresh, cold watermelon courtesy of our friends at Save-On Foods.

New this year will be fun interactive stations courtesy of our event partners. Telus will be holding a drop-in skipping challenge using their “smart skipping ropes” at multiple times throughout the day leading to a “skip off” from the “Telus Street Stage” on Water Street, while Kelowna NOW, 99.9 SUN FM / 101.5 EZ Rock, Castanet, and Global Okanagan will feature games, prize wheels, and more from their booths on the Rhapsody Plaza near the Dolphins fountain. Also new this year, guests needing a quick ride home from the festivities can hail a Kelowna Cab using the new app or onsite from the booth using their new “Cab Butler”.

Continuing in their 46th year are the wonderful festivities presented by one of the longest running Canada Day celebrations in Kelowna, the annual “Folkfest”. Produced entirely by incredible volunteers from our community, people will enjoy 5 hours of live multicultural performances and ethnic food from a variety of local cultural groups from 10:00 am to 3:30pm at Prospera Place.  The official ceremonies and the ever popular giant “Happy Birthday Canada” cake courtesy of Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty will be held in Prospera Place at 12:30 pm.  A detailed schedule of multicultural performances is available in the media package and on the “Celebrate Canada Day – Kelowna” schedule of events.

As ever, music plays an important role in the day’s festivities with six outdoor stages of live performances including the “Parks Alive! Power Stage presented by Power 104 FM”, the “TD Beach Stage presented by K96.3 FM” featuring some of B.C.’s coolest acts, the “Kiwanis Kid’s Stage presented by New Country 100.7”, the “Telus Street Stage”, “The Kelowna Arts Council Stage” in Kerry Park, and the “Youth Stage presented by 99.9 Sun FM” in Jim Stuart Park. Returning for a third year is the Kelowna City Concert Band presenting a live concert in Prospera Place from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, featuring 5 special guest artists from the Okanagan.  Complete artist line-ups, stage times and locations are available in the media kit and online at http://www.FestivalsKelowna.com.

Additional Canada Day themed activities in nearby Cultural District venues include the third year of the “Blanket Exercise” hosted by the Ki-low-na Friendship Society in the Arts Common beside the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Running from 12:30 to 3:00 pm, this is a unique interactive presentation and discussion around the colonization of Canada and its impact on First Nations people.  Next door, the Kelowna Art Gallery will again present a variety of drop-in Canadiana themed craft activities on the grounds outside the gallery on Water Street from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Wrapping up the Kelowna Canada Day celebrations are much anticipated “Century 21 Assurance Realty Canada Day Fireworks presented by Tolko and the City of Kelowna” shot over Tugboat Bay at 10:30 pm. Guests should again look for Century 21 Realtors at entrances to Waterfront Park from 7:00 to 9:00 pm as they give away free treats to ensure you enjoy the fireworks on Canada Day.

Celebrate Canada Day – Kelowna festival is free to attend, however donations are welcome and help support the costs of presenting this community celebration. Volunteers with donation buckets will be located at all entrances to Prospera Place and Waterfront Park, at the stages, and all festival information booths.  NEW this year will be the option to “TAP to DONATE” using your debit or credit cards to make a donation via SQUARE. As guests enter the park they should look for the volunteer using a SQUARE reader at each of the Info Booths to quickly and easily support this free celebration with a $2 or $5 donation.

A complete schedule of activities with times and locations can be found online at www.festivalskelowna.com by following the link to the Canada Day page, as well as onsite from any of the three Info Booths in Waterfront Park on July 1st.

Celebrate Canada Day – Kelowna is an annual, free, community festival produced in partnership by Festivals Kelowna, the FolkFest society, and the Kelowna City Band society. The festival is held in Kelowna’s Cultural District at Prospera Place, Stuart Park, Kerry Park, and Waterfront Park for residents and visitors to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

For more information:

Renata Mills

Executive Director, Festivals Kelowna

cell: 250-878-9774






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Rockin’ blues project in Penticton – Saturday, May 25

Gail and Karl, along with drummer Jay Dallamore, are bringing a rockin’ blues project to Penticton on Saturday, May 25. From classic blues favourites to new original blues songs, plus a shot of blues-inspired rock, come and check it out from 7 to 9 PM at The Nest and Nectar. If you’ve never been there, we think you’ll love the comfortable, laid back vibe and excellent food. It’s sure to be a fun evening. $10 at the door.


Kelowna Live Music around town – April 12th

Friday, Apr. 12th, 2019 venue
Anna Jacyszyn and Loni Moger Vintner’s Poolside Grill
Bush Party OK Corral
Dead Asylum, DropDeadFred Muninn’s Post
Dead Quiet Fernandos Pub
DJ Krucial K Doc Willoughby’s Pub
Double Sharp Marmalade Cat Cafe
Kentucky Eileen DunnEnzies Pizza – Mission
Leila Neverland New Arts Collective
Linus The Blue Gator
Lucky Monkey O’Flannigans Pub
Miss Williams DunnEnzies Pizza – Downtown
Phibes, thistle Munkey’s Fist Grill and Bar
Poppa Dawg Vibrant Vine Winery
Sleepy Gonzales Milkcrate Records


Chastity at Fernandos on April 11th

Thursday, April 11th at 9pm

Chastity is a world of its own from the mind of Brandon Williams. Reflecting the working class background of Whitby, Ontario, Chastity’s songs are charged with the ethos of archetypal youth on the fringe. A project more aptly characterized by its intentions than specific sound or medium, Chastity stands to confront the struggles of those existing in the unseen, often silenced periphery. It is an artifact of youth culture constantly working to form community, bridging isolation with collectivity.

It was clear from the release of Chastity’s first demos that this was not “another punk band that can operate at only one speed.” Always concerned with the trending lack of accessibility and inclusivity in public spaces for the arts, the first Chastity show was held in Williams’ own bedroom where, packed wall-to-wall, the police were quickly called. But after the project’s second show supporting DC punk bandPriests, Chastity was off to the races, sharing stages with the likes of with METZChelsea Wolfe andFucked Up. All without a full length recording out.

Visuals have also played a meaningful role in this world with Williams, who has described the band as “a multimedia project that happens to make songs,” using his penchant for crafting consistently sharp, challenging imagery to personalize the narratives running throughout all of Chastity’s work – most discernibly, a call for disruption.

WATCH: The video for Chastity’s “Children” on NPR // YouTube

Since signing with Brooklyn label Captured Tracks, Chastity has re-released those initial demos, along with 2 new singles and an EP, stoking the anticipation of Chastity’s debut full length record, Death Lust.

Releasing Friday the 13th of July, 2018 on Captured Tracks and Royal MountainDeath Lust follows the plot of suffering to survival. The album begins on a tortured note with ‘Come’ and builds toward the plummeting finale of ‘Chains’, evolving from start to finish in a crescendo of severity. Chastity explains, “Death Lust is about growing up death obsessed. It’s about the pain that it takes but the capacity that we have to overcome.”