Kelowna Folk Club presents Ben Sures

BEN SURES  A Livingroom Concert
Thursday Nov 23, 2017, 7:30 pm

2754 Cameron Rd, West KelownaBen Sures is a Canadian roots musician and contributor to CBC’s The Irrelevant Show and is the son of Order of Canada-winning ceramic artist Jack Sures and painter and illustrator Deborah Uman-Sures.

A mostly-self-taught musician, Sures discovered the music of Robert Johnson at age 15 and devoted himself to the study of blues and roots.

Ben spent close to a decade as an itinerant street musician and more than 20 years touring the Canadian coffee house and festival circuit both as a solo headliner and as a sideman for blues musicians such as Harp Dog Brown, Rita Chiarelli and Paul Reddick. During that time, he developed a distinctive, quirky songwriting style marked by plain-spoken lyrics that often express unique takes on unusual topics.

He won the folk category of the 2005 John Lennon Song Competition with “Any Precious Girl, a compassionate yet unpatronizing song about a young woman with bipolar disorder.

Sures music sample here…

Tickets at ABC Hobby – Kelowna, Mad Hatter Bookstore – West Kelowna (cash only please for these outlets) or online at


Dec. 2nd at Vernon Jazz Club – the music of Burt Bacharach

This Okangan Valley band explores jazz versions of the music of Burt Bacharach. If you like how Diana Krall jazzes up Bacharch’s The Look of Love, you’re going to love what Pyramid has arranged for your listening pleasure.

Featuring Danielle Evjen (vocals), Hugh Parsons (piano), Michael Perkins (trumpet), Brian McMahon (bass), and Danny Sameshima (drums).

Pyramid will be onstage at the Vernon Jazz Club (3000-31 Street) on Saturday, December 2nd at 8 PM. Doors open at 7:15 PM. CASH ONLY BAR ON SITE. Tickets $20 online at and at our sponsor, Expressions of Time (2901-30 Ave), with a $5 rebate at the gig for VJS members. 

Members receive 10% off their food purchase anytime at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill (Prestige Inn). All Vernon Jazz Club patrons may enjoy a 10% discount on food at Marten Brewpub upon presentation of their tickets for that evening’s show.

The Tragically Hip / The Arkells @ Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops, BC Jan. 20th, 2013

So many great concert experiences seeing The Tragically Hip over the past 20 years.  The show they did promoting their “Now for Plan A” album with The Arkells @ Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops, BC on my 38th birthday (Jan. 20th, 2013) was a great one.  Nancy and I bought shirts, but I grabbed the wrong bag leaving the arena.  Funny thing is we wear those “wrong” shirts more then I think we would have worn concert shirts we intended to buy.

BreakOut West Announces Kelowna, BC as the 2018 Host City

BreakOut West Announces Kelowna, BC as the 2018 Host CityOctober 13, 2017, Kelowna, BC: The Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) capped off BreakOut West 2017 in Edmonton with the announcement that next year’s event will take place in Kelowna, BC. The 16th annual conference, showcase festival and awards celebration will bring together artists, industry professionals, and the music loving community of Kelowna for a 4-day takeover of live performances, business opportunities, career development, and camaraderie from October 10-14, 2018. For more information as the event develops and for year-round opportunities supported by BreakOut West, visit

BreakOut West was last hosted in Kelowna in 2010, when Chilliwack were inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame. It was also the first year the annual WCMA event was renamed BreakOut West, and has seen much change and growth in the past seven years. The 2018 event will include a 3-night music festival of new talent from Western Canada, a 4-day career development conference and international industry program, awards programs honouring the best of Western Canada’s artists and industry, and much more.

The Kelowna host committee and Kelowna community are excited to see the event return to the Okanagan area to showcase what the city has to offer, “Our host committee, made up of an amazing individuals interested in the music sector development in our community, is very excited to be welcoming the BreakOut West suite of events to our city next year! We know the event will drive economic impact through tourism and music industry development as well as being a super fun time for all that attend, local and visitors!” says Karma Lacoff, Host Committee Chair.

The potential impact of BreakOut West is measurable on several levels, “The performance and production of music in British Columbia is both culturally and economically valuable at the local level,” said Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC. “Through support of the BC Music Fund, the city of Kelowna will host BC, Canadian and international music industry professionals at BreakOut West, creating a forum for business while providing music lovers a fantastic festival experience.”

“Tourism Kelowna is proud to support Kelowna’s successful bid for BreakOut West 2018,” said Harvey Hubball, Sport and Event Sales Manager with Tourism Kelowna. “Our city is a proven host of many concerts and events, including BreakOut West in 2010, and we’re looking forward to the event returning. The event will bring artists from across Western Canada as well as national and international delegates to our beautiful destination, all of who will have a positive economic impact on Kelowna’s tour operators, accommodations and local businesses.”

BreakOut West Executive Director, Robyn Stewart concludes, “Kelowna is a perfect fit for BreakOut West. We are happy to be heading West to Kelowna and are honoured with the excitement that is already growing in the Host Committee and the community. We look forward to working with community partners to combine this beautiful destination and the incredible talent coming out of Western Canada.”

BreakOut West and the Kelowna Host Committee will host a community open house at 11:15am on Wednesday, November 29th at Milkcrate Records (Lawrence Avenue, Kelowna) to share more about the event to come and to meet with Kelowna businesses interested in being part of the festivities. If you are interested in getting involved, come down to this session, or reach out to BreakOut West at

Submissions for BreakOut West Festival and Western Canadian Music Awards will open in January 2018 at Watch for workshop sessions to support Kelowna and area artists applying to showcase, coming in early 2018.

About BreakOut West:

BreakOut West is an annual gathering to celebrate, develop and support the best of western Canadian music, taking place this year in Edmonton, AB from September 13-17, 2017. Western Canadian artists are developing sustainable careers of national and international scope, and BreakOut West is an integral component of this development. Through the annual conference and festival, industry from around the world and western Canadian artists are given the opportunity to discover, educate, network and grow. The event consists of the BreakOut West Festival; showcasing the talent contained in the “left half” of Canada and delivering Western Canadian Music Awards to honoured nominees, and the Conference itself with educational panels, networking events, and so much more.

Check out: The 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards Nominees/Winners and the The 2017 Western Canadian Music Industry Awards Nominees/Winners

Use hashtag #BOW2018 when tweeting about BreakOut West and join in the conversation!

Tweet #BOW2018    Follow @BreakOutWest

More exciting announcements are coming soon, visit

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Juno Winners The Bros. Landreth @ The Forum this Thursday!

Thurs Oct 12 Doors 6:30



WHY: I am the Fool/ Made Up Mind

HOW: GEN ADMISSION  $25 Tickets Limited

Presented by Vida Promotions

~Beer~ Wine~ Baileys~ Bite Snacks~ Juice~ Pop~

Let It Lie, the JUNO winning debut release from Canadian roots-rockers the Bros. Landreth, had them touring the world, playing concerts and festivals on three continents.

In 2015 they collected a JUNO for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year and a nomination for the Americana UK International Artist of the Year.

Siblings David and Joey Landreth attended their fathers bar gigs as babies. He played with the likes of Amos Garrett and introduced them to Artists like Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Little Feat, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. Later they had a chance to meet Bonnie Raitt who says “I haven’t liked a band as much as the Bros. Landreth in a long time….they blew me away. Great singing, playing (killer slide guitar), songs and the band seriously kicks”

In the fall of 2016 the collective took a hiatus – giving Joey an opportunity to further explore his

growing reputation for being a first-rate guitar slinger with the release of a solo album, Whiskey, which he toured extensively through Canada, the US, and the UK.

The Band is back and at last, another album is in the works.   It’s an album about open highways and broken hearts, anchored by the bluesy wail of electric guitars, the swell of B3 organ, and the harmonized swoon of voices that were born to mesh. At first listen, you might call it Americana. Dig deeper, though, and you’ll hear the nuances that separate The Bros. Landreth — whose members didn’t grow up in the American south, but rather the isolated prairie city of Winnipeg, Manitoba

At AmericanaFest 2014 Rolling Stone called them “…some of the best Southern-style blues we

wolfed down all weekend. …a quiet storm of slide guitar solos, blue notes, three-part harmonies…”

Fall Kelowna Concerts

Here’s just a few of the great shows coming to Kelowna this fall!

Sun. Sept. 10th – Matthew Byrne @ L’Oven
Thurs. Sept. 14th – The Cave Singers @ Habitat
Sat. Sept. 23rd – Woodhawk @ Docs
Sat. Sept. 23rd – Roy Forbes @ Creekside Theatre
Sat. Sept. 30th – The New Pornographers and Born Ruffians @ Kelowna Community Theatre
Thurs. Oct. 5th – Wilderness of Manitoba @ Habitat
Fri. Oct. 6th – The Royal Foundry @ Docs
Thurs. Oct. 12th – Hey Ocean @ Habitat
Tues. Oct. 17th – Burton Cummings @ Kelowna Community Theatre
Wed. Oct. 18th – One Bad Son w/ Whale and the Wolf and Hired Guns @ Level Nightclub
Thurs. Oct. 26th – Gordon Lightfoot @ Kelowna Community Theatre
Sat. Oct. 28th – The Glorious Sons @ Level Nightclub
Sat. Nov. 4th – The Pack AD @ Docs
Sat. Nov. 4th – The Simon & Garfunkel Story @ Kelowna Community Theatre
Wed. Nov. 15th – Current Swell @ Sapphire
Fri. Nov. 17th – Vishten @ Creekside Theatre
Sat. Nov. 25th – Rural Alberta Advantage and Yukon Blonde @ Kelowna Community Theatre