Coming together over the Canadian Border, Ellen Froese and Derek Curtis will be touring across Western Canada and playing their folk music from Saskatchewan through British Columbia. With Ellen hailing from Saskatoon and Derek from Nashville, this co-national tour will be full of songs and stories of two young minds. Both artist are coming out with their first albums this year and will be playing those songs plus ones from their other works.
The duo also plays in Salmon Arm Barley Station on Sept 21.
Hailing from a dairy farm in Saskatchewan, young hip-swinger-folk-singer Ellen Froese is not Joan Baez or a sheep, but the vibrato in her voice may tell otherwise. As both a solo folk artist and a member of the bluegrass/folk group In With The Old, there is no doubt that Ellen is a busy bee as she balances the multiple performances and projects of her two artistic endeavours.
Whether performing a traditional tune or a freshly penned original, the multi-instrumentalist does it with an air of authenticity – all empered with a healthy dose of self-deprecation.
Ellen will be releasing her second solo album in September 2017, followed by a tour of Western Canada.
Originally from the heart of New England in northeastern United States, Derek Curtis first fell in love with the folk music of Greenwich Village from the 60’s of New York City. For the past 6 years now, he has been based out of Nashville TN playing in the home of country music. As a student of american songwriting, his sound now blends the folky songwriting with the tradtional country and bluegrass styles he's come to learn.
His newly released debut album “Carpetbagger” is the retrospective of time in both the north and south and which side he now calls home.
Canadian music icon to perform in Kelowna in October
Burton Cummings, one of the most celebrated rock artists in Canadian music history, will perform at Kelowna’s Community Theatre at 7;30 p.m. on Tuesday October 17 as part of his Up Close & Alone B.C. Tour.
His vocal prowess has been rated among the finest in rock music in North America, and his extensive catalogue of songs is the envy of his contemporaries. Burton is that rare artist who has transcended time, genres and generations, with a body of work that continues to resonate with fans both old and new, and he continues at the top of his game as a performer, singer, songwriter, and recording artist second to none.
With Canada’s original rock ’n’ roll superstars The Guess Who, Burton scored an unprecedented string of international hit singles and albums including, AMERICAN WOMAN, THESE EYES, LAUGHING, NO TIME, SHARE THE LAND, ALBERT FLASHER, STAR BABY, CLAP FOR THE WOLFMAN, and many more, all written or co-written by Burton.
Purchase tickets at selectyourtickets.com or by phone at 250-762-5050 or at the Prospera Place Box office.
Downtown Kelowna Small Shop Saturday is back on October 21, 2017 to celebrate that small business is a big deal. Do some shopping. Win prizes. Meet new friends at a restaurant. And don’t forget to say hello to the nice people inside these businesses. There are over 100 shops passing the saving onto you! The City of Kelowna will sweeten the deal with FREE PARKING on the street and in the three parkades (Library, Memorial & Chapman). That's over 2,000 parking stalls so there'll be a free spot with your name written all over it.
WED NOVEMBER 1, 2017 - 9:00 PM
The Tragically Hip Tribute Night
with: Joshua Smith, Devon Coyote, Garrett Scatterty, Mitch Howanyk
279 Bernard Ave
Starting at 9:00pm after our Trivia Night session, we have several Local Bands giving their respect and tribute to Gord Downie.
A night to honour Gord Downie, featuring some of the Okanagan's brightest and best talents!
$5 cover with all proceeds going directly to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research - Sunnybrook Foundation.
Okanagan Changemakers is hosting third audience-voting pitch competition in Kelowna, ChangeUP 3: Innovating for Social Change. Headlining the event is Global Entrepreneur of the Year, Murad Al-Katib, founder of AGT Foods and Ingredients based in Saskatchewan.
Six local groups will have the opportunity to pitch live at the Kelowna Community Theatre in hopes of winning cash and in-kind services. The evening will recognize the best social impact initiatives in the Okanagan Valley with audience real-time voting.
Top prize is $5,000 and mentorship in kind from KPMG, second prize is $3,000 and third is $1,000.
AGT Foods is a global leader in lentils and other pulses, buying form local producers and selling them around the world. Started and is still headquartered in Regina, Murad has helped it grow into one of the world’s largest lentil companies, handling about a quarter of the global supply.
Come connect with local social entrepreneurs who are pushing the boundaries and leading with their hearts as they tackle the social issues of our communities through a unique business model. It truly is an inspiring night.
Friday January 19, 2018 - 7:30
Presented by the South Okanagan Concert Society
Committed to bringing classical music to 21st-century audiences through innovative programming and engaging presentations, Canadian classical pianist and cellist Silvie and Bryan Cheng have been making music together for the past 13 years. Named by CBC Music as one of 2015’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”, the sibling duo is formed by 18-year-old cellist Bryan Cheng, a guest soloist with numerous orchestras since his debut at age 10 in Montreal with Yuli Turovsky and a prizewinner of several national music competitions, and pianist Silvie Cheng, a recent graduate from the Manhattan School of Music in New York with a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance, and the recipient of the Roy M. Rubinstein Award for “exceptional promise in piano performance”. The Cheng² Duo's wide-ranging repertoire for the cello and piano has brought them to present recitals in notable venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
Part of the 2017-2018 Concert Series
Friday November 10, 2017 - Piano Cameleons
Friday January 19, 2018 - Cheng² Duo
Friday February 9, 2018 - Cari Burdette and Ensemble
?Friday March 9, 2018 - Joe Trio
$19 when you purchase a ticket or tickets to all 4 shows
$21 when you purchase a ticket or tickets to 2 or 3 shows
$23 when you purchase a ticket or tickets to 1 show in advance
$25 at the door
The country’s best women’s curling teams will not only be chasing a Canadian championship, they’ll also be playing under a new format at the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton, B.C.
The Canadian women’s curling championship is scheduled for Jan. 27-Feb. 4 at the South Okanagan Events Centre, and will feature, for the first time, a 16-team field.
The action off the ice will be just as hot, as the rollicking party known as the HeartStop Lounge will be right next door at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. Along with the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the athletes, the HeartStop Lounge will offer live music, dancing, drinks, and food, as well as interactive activities for the entire family.
All 14 Member Associations (10 provinces, three territories and Northern Ontario) will be represented in the main field in Penticton, as the pre-qualifying process will end at the 2017 Scotties in St. Catharines. Additionally, the defending champion Team Canada will be in the field, while the process to determine the 16th entry will be decided at a later date.
The 16 teams will be split into two pools for the first phase of round-robin play, with the top four teams from each pool then advancing to a crossover championship pool. From there, four teams will go into the familiar Page playoff round.
The winning team at the 2018 Scotties will represent Canada at the 2018 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in North Bay, Ont.
* Single-draw tickets for every round-robin draw as well as playoff games right on through to the gold-medal game are on sale now!
Additional Package Offers:
* $19.50: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday morning
* $22.50: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoon
* $24.50: Sunday (Jan. 28) all draws, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evening
* $29.50: Opening Day (Jan. 27) all draws
* Day Packages - Start at $49.00*
* Opening Weekend Package (first five draws) $89.00*
* Championship Weekend Package (final seven draws plus tiebreaker draw) $189.00*
* Preliminary Round Package (first 14 draws) $219.00*
* Championship Pool Package (final nine draws plus tiebreaker draws) $219.00*
*Additional fees apply.
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Celebrating their 25th anniversary year, Vancouver Canadian musician Tom Landa, is looking back on the legacy of his much-loved folk rock band The Paperboys. For a quarter century, The Paperboys have been touring the world and lighting up stages with their freewheeling blend of influences from Celtic and bluegrass, to Mexican son jarocho, brass bands, and Canadian roots. They have been called everything from Cajun slamgrass to worldbeat, they’ve received a Juno award (Canadian Grammy), plus two Juno nominations, two West Coast Music Awards, released nine albums, and regularly play two-night bills in the Pacific Northwest. But that’s not what matters to Landa now. “What means more to me than anything else is to receive letters, emails, or hear stories from people who tell me that our songs helped them through a tough time, or that they used one of our songs for their wedding, or that an album of ours was the soundtrack of their summer. At the end of the day, accolades are nice, but they are nothing compared to connecting with people.” Landa’s song ‘Better Than The Last’ has become somewhat of an anthem for people who have gone through hard times.
It’s a remarkably grounded perspective from a bandleader who’s been through it all (including the passing of a band member). But Landa’s an open-book kind of songwriter, a Canadian grassroots poet who loves to infuse his songs with exotic world rhythms, Celtic melodies and pop hooks. What’s remarkable about the band, is their ability to seamlessly fuse all the different styles and make it sounds like they come from the same place. Their latest CD, ‘ Score’ is full of these signature sounds: Spanishlanguage songs that reflect Landa’s Mexican heritage, explosive brass lines from their extended 8-piece ensemble, Celtic fiddle and pennywhistle blazing through an old reel, English Language rock songs with strong pop influences, and a kind of melting pot sound that reflects not only the diversity of the band’s home city, Vancouver, BC, but also a larger vision of what modern Canadian roots music should sound like.
The Paperboys were formed in 1992 when Landa first moved to Vancouver. “As a teen living in Ontario,” he explains, “I was really influenced by the music coming out of Vancouver in the late eighties/early nineties. Bands like The Grapes of Wrath, 54-40, Roots Round Up and Spirit of the West, who were by far my biggest influence. I packed my bags and came to Vancouver solely based on the music scene.”
Over time, The Paperboys were a key part of multiple waves of popular Canadian folk rock bands that included The Duhks, Ashley MacIsaac, Leahy, and Great Big Sea. “One big difference between Canadian Celtic artists from the east coast and Celtic bands in other parts of the world,” says Landa, “is that we don’t have the same approach to playing music, and we are not flame-keepers in preserving tradition, so we are free to mess around with it and create something different. We still have deep respect for the tradition but we are a product of where we are from and the multicultural city we call home.”
Although the Paperboys have made critically acclaimed records, they are through and through a live act. They shine most on stage. They have spent the last 25 years on the road playing all over North America and Europe, where they have developed a large following without the aid of a record labels or radio play. They have become a festival favourite, and have played at Bumbershoot, Vancouver Folk Fest, Edmonton Folk Festival, Tonder Festival, Folk Im Schloss, Trowbridge, Warwick Folk Festival, The Queen Elizabeth Theatre and The Kennedy Centre to name a few.
Tom and the band have always had a DIY approach to their career and have been very successful at it. They have formed their own label, their own management and booking agency, created their own festivals, and forged their own path. They’ve ensured that they keep a connection to their fans, and their fans have always loved and supported them through every album, every line-up change and through every adventure. Their success predates ‘internet fame’ and careers modeled after Hollywood singing contests. With that said, they have hundreds of thousands of video views, a strong social media following and a great web presence. One look at their Facebook page is indicative of the connection they have to their fan base.
Their latest CD, Score brings together all the familiar sounds of The Paperboys. There is the pro-immigration song ‘America’, which is set to a ska rhythm and mariachi horns, or the Country- Folk anthem ‘California’ which is a favourite sing-along song at their shows. The Paul Simon-esque ‘Rain On Me’ is full of infectious horns, including a blazing solo by trumpeter Miguelito Valdes (Afro Cuban All Stars). ‘White Noise Lullaby’ is a song about tinnitus (that ringing in your ears), which affects two members of the band. ‘La Primavera’ is sung in Spanish and fuses Mexican Son Huasteco rhythms with Irish jigs. The Folk Pop ballad ‘Fall Down With You’ is a duet between Tom and Kendel Carson (Alan Doyle, Chip Taylor) which currently has 142,000 views on YouTube. The Americana twang of ‘Omak Hotel’ and ‘Dilapidated Beauty’ showcases the band’s love for the genre. Bluegrass fans will love ‘Country Life’ with its banjo driven rhythms and lovely harmonies. The New Orleans tinged ‘Toenail Moon’ is a turn it up to 10 dance hit with second line horns and drums.
The current lineup of The Paperboys features: Tom Landa on vocals, guitar and jarana (Mexican guitar), original member Geoffrey Kelly on flute/whistles (Geoffrey is also a founding member of Spirit of The West), Kalissa Landa (yes, her and Tom are married) on fiddle/vocals, Brad Gillard on bass/banjo, drummer Sam Esecson, and trombonist Nick La Riviere.
For the 25th anniversary the band has released a brand new CD and will be doing a special anniversary show in Vancouver at The Imperial and other cities in the Northwest. Later this year the band will embark on a European tour before finishing the year in the US and Canada. Once again, The Paperboys are poised to bring their adventurous vision of Canadian roots music to festivals, dance halls and theatres everywhere, spreading good cheer and great music.
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents Arts Club Theatre's production of Misery on Tuesday, January 30 at 7:30pm. Misery is the third performance in the Society's 2017/18 Theatre series.
Written by William Goldman, based on Stephen King's chilling thriller of the same name, Misery follows Paul Sheldon, a successful romance novelist, as he's kidnapped by a rabid fan - Annie Wilkes. Angered that he has killed off her favourite character, Annie forces Paul to resurrect her in a new book. Captive in a secluded home, Paul finds himself writing for his freedom, and his life!
The Arts Club Theatre is the largest theatre company in Western Canada, and has brought quality productions to Vernon for many years. Lead by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd, who was awarded the Order of Canada in 1994 for his contribution to Canadian theatre, the Arts Club Theatre is based in Vancouver and tours high quality professional productions throughout British Columbia.
Stephen King's Misery was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1988 and has since inspired films and plays. This staged production expertly adapts King's unsettling story and the edge-of-your-seat performance will leave you out of breath and wanting more.
Ballet Kelowna devotes this mixed program of dance to four talented female choreographers. With world premieres by celebrated Canadian choreographers Alysa Pires and Gioconda Barbuto, plus Folie à Cinq by Heather Myers, and Glas by Gabrielle Lamb, this program promises to deliver the very best of contemporary ballet from the perspective of women.
Choreography: Gioconda Barbuto
Choreography: Alysa Pires
Folie à Cinq
Choreography: Heather Myers
Music: Michael Oesterle
Choreography: Gabrielle Lamb
Music: Andrew Byrd