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Author: Kim Foreman-Rhindress

Ben Klick: Kelowna’s Country Star

Talent meets drive in Ben Klick Ben Klick is an anomaly: a 21-year old award-winning country singer born into a family of non-musicians. Country could be heard among the classic rock, east coast folk and Top 40 pop streaming from speakers in the North Vancouver home where Ben spent his early years. In 1999, his family took the young Ben to a Shania Twain concert. On the drive home, the four-year-old announced to his parents that he wanted to “do that” when he grew up. They took him seriously. Within weeks he had a guitar in his hands and...

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Wearable Art: Denise Oyelese cosies up to felting

If there is one thing Denise Oyelese understands, it’s how to stay warm. Born and raised in Saskatchewan where the thermometer can descend to minus double digits, it is little surprise that this Kelowna creative has turned the idea of being “cozy” into a much sought after wearable art form. For those unfamiliar with textile arts, “felting” is the oldest known form of fabric making, with archaeological finds dating to as early as 6,500 BC. Pure wool fibres are manipulated by using the basic principles of soap, water and friction. As the wool fibres contain microscopic “scales” and “kinks”...

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