For Immediate Release
“KELOWNA’S CANADA DAY KEEPS THE PARTY GOING FOR 22ND YEAR”
(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:
Executive Director, Festivals Kelowna
|Friday, June 7th, 2019||venue|
|Deborah Gold with Gary Smyth||Munkey’s Fist Grill and Bar|
|Moni Funk||OK Corral|
|Not Even Noon / The Pickups||Muninn’s Post|
|Poundsign||The Blue Gator|
|Swamp Honey||Sandhill Winery|
|Tanya Lipscomb||DunnEnzies Pizza – Mission|
|The Gentlemens Club||Fernandos Pub|
|The Raz band||Grateful Fed|
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.
|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|
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 METZ, Chelsea 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.
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 Mountain, Death 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.”
Come raise a pint with us in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! $5 O’Hara’s Stout and $4 Jameson, plus live music by the Malarkey’s.
|Friday, Mar. 1st, 2019||venue|
|Ancient Engines with Shut Up Patrick||Fernandos Pub|
|Jazz Jam||Marmalade Cat Cafe|
|Kytami||Doc Willoughby’s Pub|
|Live Music||Vintner’s Poolside Grill|
|Lucky Monkey||O’Flannigans Pub|
|Moontricks w/MetaphOracle & pals||Sapphire|
|Origami Army||DunnEnzies Pizza|
|Poppa Dawg||Vibrant Vine Winery|
|Rumble 100||The Blue Gator|
|Shari Ulrich||Rotary Centre for the Arts|
|The Dirt Rich band||OK Corral|
Global Music Fest takes place Saturday, February, 23, 2019 at the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country from 6:30 – 10 pm.
The event will fill Lake Country’s Creekside Theatre and foyer with inspiring projects from our community and music from artists inspired by the world around them. The main stage features Cristian De La Luna, originally from Colombia and now residing in Edmonton, playing Latin rhythms with his four piece band. The group was winner of the Edmonton Music Awards Latin Recording of the Year in 2018 and was a hit with audiences at October’s BreakOut West festival in Kelowna. He will be sharing stories of his journey and his passion to contribute as part of his set. The Okanagan’s own upbeat heavy neo-soul group Leila Neverland’s Mountain Sound will warm up the stage, who are known for their audience engagement and storytelling.
Global Music Fest is part of the month long Global Citizen Events taking place in Kelowna and Lake Country through February, the organization’s mission is to entertain, educate and inspire to action. Global Music Fest is a fun way for our community to engage, inspired by the United Nations Sustainability Goals, fostering community locally around global challenges.
The teams participating in this years Global Sustainability Challenge will be sharing their projects in the foyer from 6:30 to 8:45 pm. Local Venezuelan Vegan food vendor Be Healthy Be Happy will be selling their cuisine and musician Ferhad Jafo will be playing a set on the oud. Sustainable Development Goal Yoga creator Tamara McLellan will engage the audience in the theatre before the main act hits the stage as well. The main stage music begins at 7:15pm with Mountain Sound and Cristian De La Luna taking the stage at 8:45 pm.
To get a preview of the artists, find them online to hear their music and see video’s at:
This event is made possible from funding by the District of Lake Country and the Government of Canada. The event is produced by Creative Okanagan Artist and Event Development Society with the Global Citizen Events Society.
Tickets are $26 including all fees and taxes and can be purchased from www.kelownatickets.com/creekside and at the door, if available.