Global Music Fest – Kelowna Performers!!

I’ve been posting news about the upcoming Global Music Fest in Kelowna this Saturday.  There will be great acts coming to town like Beyond Sapphire, Rococode and En Karma…  Here are our local performers who will be there.

Friday: Jeff Piattelli, Windborn, Dan Oig
Saturday: Leah West, Brent Tyler, Mark Irving

See you there. Also watch Shaw TV this Thursday at 7pm to catch them perform their songs that they wrote for local non-profits.

Global Music Fest Friday – Beyond Sapphire

Catch Beyond Sapphire opening up for Andrew Allen on Friday night for the Global Music Fest!

Even the adventurous Behind Sapphire couldn’t have imagined the things that would happen to them this year. The group spent the first three months of 2011, on the road, touring the vast Canadian continent in support of their self-titled debut album. Their music video for “Oh My, What a Fine Day,” staring actress Jodelle Ferland, hit semi-viral status on YouTube. The song was featured in hit TV series Degrassi, and the video was eventually picked up by Much Music. In May, Behind Sapphire was selected as one of BC’s Top 20 artists in the Peak Performance Project.

After taking two months off to write a new record, the boys of Behind Sapphire embarked on a Western Canadian summer tour sporting blonde-white hair and overalls. The boys, following the tour, met and sang for the infamous Ellen Degeneres, who loved the music and stated “They’re fantastic. I like ’em.” The year also marked the bands first international tour to China. One of the highlights, of the month long tour, was the bands last show where they showcased for 100 million viewers on national TV.

Fresh from a whirlwind of incredible events, Behind Sapphire is set to release the “Diamonds EP.” The EP is a collection of songs inspired by love, marriage and family. “Diamonds” is a true reflection of the bands live show; it’s full of spontaneous, bouncy rhythms and affectionately soulful melodies. The EP is precursor to the bands sophomore record, which will be released in early 2012.


Cod Gone Wild – Saturday night at Global Music Fest

Local celtic rock band Cod Gone Wild adds its world sound to Satuday night as the openers for Rococode and En Karma.

Cod Gone Wild is a rambunctious modern Celtic band, based out of the Okanagan Valley of beautiful British Columbia. The “cods” have melded veteran musicians from diverse musical backgrounds to create an edgy version of traditional, contemporary and original Celtic, Irish and Newfoundland music. Their unique arrangements, rich harmonies, driving rhythms and up-beat stage presence create a powerful genre of music that is positively infectious. People cannot help but clap, tap, and dance along to the beat. It’s like your whole body is having a party…Suddenly, without warning, you’re flippin’ and floppin’ and skippin’ and jumpin’ like a Cod Gone Wild.

Global Music Fest expands with world beats

Andrew Allen and En Karma headline the third annual Global Music Festival in Kelowna. After selling out last year, the festival is expanding to two nights this year, Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Laurel Packinghouse.

Vernon’s Andrew Allen brings his globe trotting experience and joyful pop songs to the stage as Friday night’s headliner. Andrew is joined by Vancouver’s experimental pop band, Behind Sapphire and Yukon rockers, Speed Control.

Saturday night has more of a world music bent to it with a bill topped by North America’s pre-eminent Bhangra group, En Karma. The Surrey band wowed crowds at Robson Square during the Vancouver Olympics, the 2009 Salmon Arms Roots and Blues Festival, Surrey’s Party for the Planet in 2011, and the Vancouver 125 celebrations. Warming the stage for En Karma is Radio 3 darlings, Rococode, who just released their first album. The baroque inspired indie band from Vancouver is no stranger to Kelowna, having played its debut show at BreakOut West 2010. Local celtic rock band Cod Gone Wild adds its world sound to Satuday night as the openers. The dance floor will be prepped for this energetic night of Canadian world music.

Friday’s event is all ages and Saturday’s event is 19+.

Tickets are on sale now. Advanced tickets are $15/night or $18 at the door (limited number) and available in Kelowna at Leo’s Video, 2680 Pandosy St. or here.

Global Music Fest is a Global Citizen Kelowna event and kickstarts Global Citizen Week 2012. The goals for the week are to entertain, education and inspire change.

Vernon’s Andrew Allen to headline Global Music Fest in Kelowna

By Jennifer Smith – Kelowna Capital News
Published: February 01, 2012 5:00 PM

After four years on tour, it will be a nice reprieve for Vernon’s Andrew Allen to take the lead on the second annual Global Music Fest at the Laurel Packinghouse this month.

Announced as the headliner on Wednesday, Feb. 1, the active Twitter bug let the odd hint fly via social media prior to the big drum roll with a brief promo plug for the event mid-January.

Either way, the choice should have been obvious according to event founder and organizer Ryan Donn.

“Andrew has always been on the radar,” he said. “He’s the perfect person to headline it. Andrew is a person whose always had a connection with his community, but he’s also our global musician. He’s our ambassador for Canada, so we thought lets bring him back and have him play and bring in that ‘how do you want to engage with the world around you?’ element. As he walks the streets of Nashville, he’s representing Canada.”

“That’s right,” Allen chimed in during a joint interview with the pair. “I have a large Canadian flag tattoo on my body and I walk around naked.”

Characteristically lighthearted, Allen is every bit the ambassador for the event, though he’s been rubbing some pretty highfalutin shoulders of late, opening for big acts like Bruno Mars, The Script, Barenaked Ladies (at the Kentucky Derby) and OneRepublic (in Golden Gate Park).

Following on the heels of last year’s main act Shane Koyczan, Allen gives Global Music Fest some big name pizzazz and the artist himself gets a brief dalliance in the headlining limelight after several years as wingman to some of the biggest names in the business.

Now a full weekend event, Global Music Fest is all about acting locally to have an effect globally and kicks off Global Citizen week in the Okanagan. As such, it draws the non-profit sector together, using artists to attract attention for causes. And Allen appears to be the perfect prototype.

Sporting a Flex Watch, with different wristbands colour-coded to support causes, Allen said he plays a Duncan Africa guitar built in Africa to help support a village (it’s tweaked by a guitar master in the Lower Mainland for fine tuning).

In January, he stopped in Vernon and treated his hometown to a concert, allowing local high school students to get some experience by joining him on stage. He’s a huge believer in the school band program, he said, noting he came through the system himself.

Come Global Music Fest, local singer/songwriters will reap the benefits of this benevolent style. Six songwriters—Dan Oig, Brent Taylor, Leah West, Mark Irving, Jeff Piattelli and Jeff Pike—have all been selected to write a song for six local non-profit organizations. The organizations receive a little publicity and a final product they can use in future marketing initiatives and the artists get a chance to compete on their skills, write a radio-friendly song and fire a few tough questions Allen’s way.

Spins on the radio and media attention are critical in the Canadian music business, Allen said.

“Especially in the Canadian music industry, we need to have heard that somebody is qualified,” he said. “So if you have songs on radio, then all of a sudden people go: oh, okay, he’s alright. We need somebody to tell us it’s good.”

As someone who once offered himself up for living room sessions in an artist-for-hire routine, Allen has blazed the trail from small town B.C. starving artist to gigs opening for big bands like Train and says marketing, connections and, above all else, radio play will ensure a musician makes it to the top of the pile.

What one chooses to do with that success is really the wild card.

Ask Allen where he would like to go and he’s got the layout for his first major headliner show all dialed in.

“It would totally be movements. The show would start off with a big explosive bang and party section and then I love to, in the middle of a set, bring it way down and get very intimate.

“And I know for sure I would have a really cool horn section,” he added, noting he played the saxophone in high school, learned guitar from Vernon’s Neil Fraser and started piano at age five.

Andrew Allen plays Global Music Fest in Kelowna February 24, followed by En Karma, Rococode and Cod Gone Wild Feb. 25 at the Laurel Packinghouse. Tickets are $15 available at Leo’s videos or online.