More than just pencil

More than just pencil – Drawing from Life comprises many different media

Drawing from Life
through January 22, 2016

That’s a drawing? Visitors to a new exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery may find themselves asking this question when presented with the vastly differing large works created by eight local artists. The exhibition is entitled Drawing from Life, and features newly commissioned works by artists David Alexander, Rose Braun, Jane Everett, Wanda Lock, Amy Modahl, Gary Pearson, Sage Sidley, and Johann Wessels.

All of the participating artists have a strong drawing component in their practices and so the opportunity to focus exclusively on drawing is exciting. While drawing is an ancient medium, it is so often treated as a second-class citizen in the art world. The resulting works are rich, massive in scale, and truly fill the Gallery space. Two of the works are 12 feet high and another one is 22 feet long. The focus of the works range nearly as much as the materials the artists have elected to work with. From a massive train engine that appears to be bearing down on the viewer created with oil stick on sheets of metal, to a pack of hunting coyotes moving along a 22-foot sheet of vellum, to drastically enlarged covers of 1970s and 80s Harlequin romance books that have then been drawn upon, and covered with other materials – the impact of the works is palpable.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 56-page catalogue that includes an essay by curator, Liz Wylie, along with full-page photographic portraits of the artists working on site during the installation of the exhibition.

An opening reception to celebrate this exhibition will be held on Friday, December 9, 2016, from 6 to 9 pm, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. This is a free event, open to Gallery members and guests, by invitation.

Drawing from Life is on view until January 22, 2017.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com or call 250-762-2226.

Ninety artists ‘drawn together’ for exhibition at Kelowna Art Gallery

Ninety local artists answered the call to explore the definition and concept of drawing for this year’s annual members’ exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The group show is fittingly entitled Drawn Together and submissions in a wide variety of media were welcomed, including painting, sculpture, photography, digital media, and of course, approaches to traditional drawing.

The exhibition is currently on view in the Gallery’s Front project space, which is free and open to the public, and will run until February 5, 2017.

“It is always exciting to see the wide range of works contributed for the annual members’ exhibition,” says Nataley Nagy, Executive Director at the Kelowna Art Gallery. “We are once again thrilled to be able to share these with the community as one of the many ways we give back to our valued members for their ongoing support.”

A 192-page digital publication was produced to accompany Drawn Together. Each of the works was professionally photographed and has been included as a full-page image in the catalogue. Opposite each image is information about the artists including their names, an artist’s statement, and information about their piece. The publication can be viewed on an iPad installed in the exhibition space at the Gallery, or is available online via the Kelowna Art Gallery’s website.

For more information about membership at the Kelowna Art Gallery, please call the Gallery at 250-762-2226, or visit online at www.kelownaartgallery.com.

The Kelowna Art Gallery offers four exhibition spaces that showcase changing contemporary and historical Canadian art, and is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna.

Photos: Kyle L. Poirier

A New Start – a New Year’s Eve party at the Penticton Art Gallery

The Penticton Arts Council and The Penticton Art Gallery cordially invite you to join the party! You’ll be in the best of company with many of Penticton’s most groovy, talented and creative people. The theme for this party is 1960’s lounge and kitsch – so break out your leisure suits, mini-skirts, go-go boots, mop-tops, psychadelic tie-die, rat-pack, surf-duds, hippy-trippy-threads… or whatever else floats your boat.

Live music will be provided by Yanti & Co., and DJ Tenacious T will be playing some real boss tunes as well. There will be plenty of delicious appetizers, as well as wine, beer and cocktails-a-go-go at the cash bar. At midnight, the champaign’s gonna be a-poppin’, and there may even be some fireworks over Okanagan Lake!

So get ready to dance some holes in your shoes, ya dig? Don’t be a square… just be there!

WHAT: A New Start – a New Year’s Eve party
DATE: Saturday December 31, 2016
TIME: 8:00 pm – 1:00 am
PLACE: Penticton Art Gallery, 199 Marina Way, Penticton
TICKETS: $30/$35 available at The Book Shop, Saint Germain Café Gallery and online at eventbrite.ca/d/canada—penticton/events/
DETAILS: 60s attire (optional), ticket includes live music, DJ, appetizers.

Montreal singer/songwriter Bobby Bazini claims “Summer Is Gone”

KeyNote Productions is excited to announce Canadian singer/songwriter Bobbi Bazinis’ Summer is Gone Tour is scheduled to make a stop for one night only on Sunday, March 19th 2017 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

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Born in Mont-Laurier, Quebec to a family of country musicians, Bobby Bazini was naturally encouraged during his childhood to sing and play guitar. Pushed by a radio station DJ in his hometown, Bazini’s soulful voice soon impressed major players in the music industry, landing him a record deal, invitations to perform at festivals worldwide and on the set of prestigious French music television show Taratata. His talent is self-evident to anyone who’s heard the Montreal-based performer sing, and is part of the reason his debut album Better In Time went platinum and earned him a pair of JUNO nominations for “Pop Album of the Year” and “Best New Artist”. His second album Where I Belong was also a resounding success selling upwards of 125, 000 copies in less than 12 months, making it the best-selling Canadian album of 2014.

Bazini remains true to his roots on his newest collection Summer is Gone, drawing deep soul inspiration from both timeless legends and contemporary classics. For the first time Bazini has collaborated with co-writers including Terefe, Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, One Direction), Samuel Dixon (Adele, SIA), Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, James Bay), EG White (Florence and the Machine, Adele), and country sensation Chris Stapleton to create a sonically rewarding album.

Now, inspired by the release of his third album, Bobby Bazini kicks off 2017 with a national tour featuring his brand-new album Summer is Gone, set to be released on November 11th 2016. This soul-full album is sure to wow contemporary music fans across the nation.

KeyNote Productions presents Bobby Bazini LIVE in concert at the Rotary Centre of the Arts on Sunday, March 19th 2017 at 7:30PM. Tickets are NOW on sale at http://rotarycentreforthearts.com/event/bobbybazini/, by phone 250-717-5304 or in person at the Rotary Centre for the Arts Box Office.

Heart shape repeated in new works of art at YLW

Angelika Jaeger: Wanderlust

November 7, 2016 to May 8, 2017

At the Kelowna Art Gallery’s satellite space at the Kelowna International Airport

The image of the heart – the classic Valentine shape with its pleasing symmetrical form – has become ubiquitous, although its origins are obscure. It has appealed to many artists making paintings and sculptures, as well as to illustrators designing cards or other materials. We recognize it as an emoticon: Dick heart Jane! So it is easy to see its appeal to Vernon-based artist Angelika Jaeger for her commission at the Kelowna Art Gallery’s satellite space at the Kelowna International Airport in the well-wishing area of departures wing, where people are saying goodbye to loved ones.

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To Jaeger, who has a strong background in sculpture, the heart shape provided a natural jumping off point to explore rendering its form in various materials: woven willow branches, strips of canvas, old unwound reels of film, and felt, for example. She has created seven three-dimensional hearts, joined by a thin red line to unite them against their backdrop. Visitors to the area will likely notice that although identical in shape and scale, the hearts use vastly differing materials – perhaps a metaphor for the human heart, in all its mutability and vulnerability – giving each of them a distinctive feel.

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Born in Germany, Angelika Jaeger has lived and worked as an artist in Vernon, BC since 1988. She received a BFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna in 2013.

Angelika Jaeger: Wanderlust will be on view through May 8, 2017 at the Kelowna International Airport.

For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com.

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Convergent Studio Artist Presentation: Melany

Kelowna Artist Melany Nugent will be giving an artist talk on her work ‘Invisible Threads are the Strongest Ties’ at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art on November 18 at 7pm.

Continuing an area of research developed during Nugent’s graduate studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, this presentation provides an overview of the artist’s experience participating in the inaugural Convergent Studio Residency, supported by the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and the Okanagan co-lab, in September, 2016.

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During the residency, Nugent was supported by a series of mentors in the technical development of personal beacons that measure GPS and proximity data that is translated into a sensory experience using lights that grow brighter when people are closer, and dimmer when further apart.

This 45 minute presentation will provide an overview of the development of the beacons during the residency, the nuances of bridging a project across the arts and technology sectors, and broader applications for the project that are being explored in business and community capacity-building sectors. It will also include a demonstration of the beacons and question period.

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Melany Nugent is an inter-disciplinary artist living in Kelowna, British Columbia. She has a Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, in Vancouver B.C.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre located in Kelowna, BC at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue. The Alternator is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the development of the creative community. Since 1989 the Alternator has shown the work of emerging Canadian artists and focused on innovative and non-traditional mediums engaged in social and cultural issues.

Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents Mermaid Theatre’s production of Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny on Sunday, November 27 at 3:00pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

Mermaid Theatre, known in Vernon for their recent performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, uses picture perfect puppets to bring well-known stories to life, gently introducing young children to theatre. Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny is part of the Society’s First Stages series, designed for ages two and up. Of course, children and guardians of all ages are invited to share in the magic of these beloved tales.

Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. With endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery, both stories infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security. Mermaid’s staged adaptation of Margaret Wise-Brown and Clement Hurd’s classics will bring a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations.

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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar ), Leo Lionni (Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch) and Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You). These widely-travelled productions incorporate innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading. Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny features these same elements.

Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910–1952). Brown, a former teacher, believed that very young children could be fascinated by the simple pleasures of the world around them. Few had previously attempted to write specifically for children ages two to five, and Brown created some of the most enduring and beloved children’s books of all time as well as developed the concept of the first durable board book.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) graduated from Yale University and studied painting in Paris in the 1930s with Fernand Léger and others. His engaging semi-abstract style became world-famous with the publications of The Runaway Bunny in 1942, and Goodnight Moon in 1947. These collaborations with Margaret Wise Brown became two of the 20th Century’s best-known children’s books.

Tickets for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny are $18 for all seats. Call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or log on line to www.ticketseller.ca for tickets and more information. General audience recommended 2+.

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre thanks the following sponsors for their generous support: TD, the Holiday Inn Express, the Vernon Morning Star, the Okanagan Advertiser, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Government of Canada and the Regional District of the North Okanagan.

Gallery to become a 1920s-era speakeasy for upcoming event

The Kelowna Art Gallery (or should I say The Canary Club as it will be known for the night) invites guests to join them on Friday, November 18, 2016, for a fundraising event that will transform the space into a 1920s-era speakeasy.

Speakeasy is presented with the generous support of Meiklejohn Architects Inc., and is the 11th in the Gallery’s GO Party! series, which offers guests the opportunity to explore the Gallery’s current exhibitions while enjoying music, performance, and a lively party atmosphere.

The evening will feature DJ Invizible, characters and performances from Kinshira Performance Group, three bars in the midst of the prohibition-era décor and atmosphere, as well as photo ops, art activities, snacks, prizes, a silent auction, and more.

Each attendee is encouraged to add some 1920s-inspired accents to their outfit – consider a fedora, cloche hat, flapper dress, pinstripes, and don’t forget to put on their finest pair of vintage shoes.

In addition, the Gallery’s exhibitions will be open for guests to explore: Drawing from Life; Germaine Koh: Home Made Home; and The Artist’s Garden Project in the courtyard space entitled Escape Artists.

Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Gallery’s educational programming, including our School Tours program, Family Sundays, and children’s art camps.

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Tickets for the event are just $15, and include a complimentary beer or glass of wine. They are available for purchase at the Gallery, by calling 250-762-2226, or online at kelownaartgallery.com. Tickets will not be available at the door and are only available to guests aged 19 or over.

Speakeasy is presented by Meiklejohn Architects Inc. and proudly supported by Mission Hill Family Estate, Tree Brewing Co., Okanagan Spirits, New Horizon Productions, with décor provided by OK Estates Furniture & More.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com or call 250-762-2226.

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New exhibition offers take on the micro home movement

Germaine Koh: Home Made Home
October 22, 2016 to February 12, 2017

A new solo exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery seems especially timely for our rapidly growing city. Vancouver-based artist Germaine Koh’s show titled Home Made Home comprises two “social sculptures” through which she looks at the notion of the micro home.

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One piece is the façade of a small house built in the lofty alcove looking down into the Gallery’s interior hallway. It looks as though there could be someone living in it – the glow of a lamp can be seen through the single front-facing window.

The other sculpture is a wooden construction titled Core that reads as a modular living unit. One end of it holds a kitchen, the other a bedroom, with the centre section having washroom facilities. It is a prototype for a suite of recombinant furniture and fixtures. One aim of Home Made Home, her larger project, is to get people imagining other modes of living/housing.

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Germaine Koh was born in Georgetown, Malaysia. She has been a Canadian citizen since 1976. She has exhibited widely, both in Canada and internationally. Koh has a BFA from the University of Ottawa (1989) a BA in the theory and history of art (University of Ottawa) and an MFA from Hunter College, New York from 1993. In 2010 she was awarded the VIVA award from the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation in Vancouver.

Germaine Koh: Home Made Home will be on view until February 12, 2017.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com or call 250-762-2226.

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Renowned Blues Musician Jim Byrnes Coming to Creekside

When you have a birthplace of St. Louis Missouri, and you grow up regularly listening to some of the best blues musicians to walk the planet, it becomes no stretch of the imagination, that you too, fall into the blues music industry, naturally. And if your name is Jim Byrnes, this is the story of your beginnings.

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By the age of thirteen, Byrnes had already begun his love affair with singing and playing the blues guitar. As a teenager, he became ingrained in the culture, frequenting local clubs with his buddy where they were often the only Caucasian people in the place. According to Byrnes, they were part of the culture and so, never had any issues, “We never had any problems. We were too naïve, and had too much respect for the music and culture – they knew it, they could tell.”

It wasn’t until he moved to Vancouver in the mid-70’s after drifting across the states playing gigs and working odd jobs that he finally began to find his footing in the music industry later forming the Jim Byrnes Band in 1981 that served as a foundation for his career later on.

Since then, Byrnes has gone on to play with the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray and Taj Mahal, to name a few in the blues world. He still plays an average of 100 shows a year, and has won countless awards including 3 Junos in his career spanning 45 years. Byrnes has also succeeded as an actor appearing in TV’s Wiseguy, the Highlander, and in his own variety show The Jim Byrnes Show and countless others.

In recent years, Byrnes joined forces with critically acclaimed roots music producer Steve Dawson to release five albums in six years, including two-Juno award winning albums House of Refuge (2006) and Everywhere West (2011).

His latest music St. Louis Times (2014), includes highly personal tracks celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri. The album contains original compositions along with versions of old songs from his past that were recorded by St. Louis musicians. The album explores his early roots, taking an intimate journey to recall songs associated with Little Milton, Chuck Berry and other greats. His smoky, powerful vocals, and passion for the craft can be heard on all his recordings as well as during his moving live performances.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s (he’s doing) low down blues, gospel, R&B, old time, swing, country or good old rock and roll – when Jim Byrnes sings, it’s the real deal.”

Jim Byrnes, American-born, Canadian-resident, has become a blues legend in his own right, able to take the story and the music to the next level truly feeling the music and bringing it to life for audiences. Creekside Theatre is proud to bring Jim Byrnes to Lake Country on Friday, November 25th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 available at the door, online at www.creeksidetheatre.com or by calling 250-860-2867.

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Supreme Saxophonists Stretch Boundaries in Solo Performance

Award winning saxophonists Yves Charuest from Montreal and Kelowna’s very own Craig Thomson will be giving rare solo performances on November 15th at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in Kelowna. For the performer, solo saxophone performance may well be the definitive creative risk. For the audience, the degree musical intimacy can be arresting as the musician explores the relationships between spontaneous conceptions, composed form, the instrument, and the room.

This special concert is the fourteenth installment of the Skin And Bones Music Series. Now in its second year of production, Skin And Bones is an Okanagan Arts Award nominated concert series devoted to the presentation of experimental music in the Okanagan, produced through the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

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Hailing from Montreal, Yves Charuest has been performing freely improvised music since the 1980s. A recipient of the François-Marcaurelle prize, Charuest has toured throughout North America and Europe with many of the world’s best improvisers. Past performances and recordings include collaborations with pianist Georg Graewe, multi-reedist Roscoe Mitchell, bassist William Parker, as well as playing in the Peter Kowald Trio with the late bassist Peter Kowald and drummer Louis Moholo. Yves describes his cerebral approach to improvisation: “I’m not so much interested in music stacked up in layers, like in free jazz, but in finding ways of getting the parts to fit together like a puzzle. So it’s not a matter of how I play on top of others but more of inserting myself into the spaces that occur in the music.”

Kelowna’s very own saxophone hero, jazz educator, and BC Interior Jazz Festival coordinator Craig Thomson will also be performing. Winner of many prestigious awards including the 2013 Okanagan Arts Award for Music, Thomson is very much an in-demand musician having just released his own debut CD “Bright Beginnings” to great acclaim. Fully fluent in all aspects of jazz, including the more progressive post-bop works by Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, this concert is a rare opportunity to hear a Craig perform purely in a solo context. Says Thomson: “There’s an immense sense of satisfaction in being able to pick up my instrument and create something beautiful instantaneously or to be able to convey my emotions out of the instrument.”

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Yves Charuest and Craig Thomson perform at the Alternator as part of the Skin and Bones Music Series on November 15th. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the concert will begin at 8:00 pm. Admission is $10 for the public and $8 for Alternator members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Alternator. Non-members also have the option to purchase tickets at Milkcrate Records on Ellis Street.

 


About:

 Montreal saxophonist Yves Charuest has worked on the jazz and new music scene in the 1980-90s with many Canadian musicians such as Michel Ratté, Jean Beaudet, Lisle Ellis, Jean Derome and Pierre Cartier in many different groups and projects:  I Like Jazz, Evidence, Duo Charuest-Ratté, Trio Michel Ratté, and Wreck’s Progress among others.  Charuest was also a member of the Peter Kowald Trio (1985-1990) with German bassist Peter Kowald and South-African drummer Louis Moholo, with whom he played extensively in Europe and in the USA.  Other collaborations include performances and recordings with John Betsch, Mathias Schubert, William Parker, Agustí Fernández, Nate Wooley, Georg Graewe, Roscoe Mitchell and Mike Vlatkovich.  Yves has also presented solo concerts in Quebec and Europe, and collaborated with electroacoustic composers Jean-François Denis, Jef Chippewa and Jean Piché.  Currently Charuest is involved in many projects:  the duo CharuestCaloia, Still (with Nicolas Caloia and Peter Valsamis), Four-sided Circle (with Caloia, Lori Freedman and Josh Zubot), the Murray Street Band, the Ratchet Orchestra, and the Montreal/Toronto Art Orchestra.  He also collaborates regularly with several Montreal improvisers such as Philippe Lauzier, Scott Thomson, Sam Shalabi, Ellwood Epps, choreographer Susanna Hood and dancer Alanna Kraaijeveld.

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Video of Yves Charuest with Nicolas Caloia, Peter Valsamis, and Georg Graewe

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 Craig Thomson is an award-winning saxophonist and educator currently based in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia.  Through his dedication to the arts and music education, Thomson’s students have earned numerous national and international honours over the past decade.  Craig was inspired by his teachers at an early age to pursue a career in both music performance and music education, leading to study at Grant McEwan University in Edmonton, Capilano University in Vancouver, and the University of British Columbia.  Thomson is also the coordinator for the BC Interior Jazz Festival, an annual three-day educational event that brings together over 1500 students from across Canada and the United States for performing and workshopping with some of North America’s finest music professionals.  As well as promoting music education on a local and national level, Craig is an extremely busy and in-demand performer and session musician.  His 2012 debut CD of original compositions, entitled “Bright Beginnings,” has garnered much acclaim and is a staple on CBC radio.

Craig Thomson is a fantastic saxophonist with a muscular, rich sound and exciting, blues-drenched ideas.  Also, he is one of Canada’s best music educators.

(Dr. Gregory Yasinitsky, Washington State University)

Craig Thomson:
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LOCAL SONGSTRESS LEILA NEVERLAND SAYS “HELLO” TO ADELE AT CREEKSIDE THEATRE

Creekside Theatre is excited to present Leila Neverland for two nights on Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th, at 7:30 pm in Lake Country for a night of original compositions and superstar Adele covers.

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Known for her creative, and absurdly brilliant performances, Leila Neverland truly never duplicates a performance. Her unique, multi-talented artistry has allowed her to pursue many arts-related endeavours, thereby honing her craft in a holistic fashion. Not only can she play the piano with impressive skill and accuracy, but also tackles the ukulele, and has worked to shape her voice to that of a versatile singing powerhouse.

Having being classically trained in music, Neverland has been performing original material for the past 15 years and has been part of the event/live music scene since she was young. Neverland describes her musical style as being “free-spirited gypsy ragtime freedom music” and sees every performance as a unique experience for both her and the audience-goers. Neverland has close to 10 albums worth of material, and has just recently put together her latest collection entitled “Ten Shades of Leila”.

The last few years, Neverland has been performing, writing, as well as producing original material, including her music theatre production Transcending Orbit, which was staged and produced in 2012. The production followed a young woman through her journey out of stagnancy through transcendence. Neverland is seeking grant funding in order to make the production bigger and better and reach a wider audience.

Neverland’s next appearances scheduled for Creekside Theatre on November 18th and 19th in Lake Country, are further testament to her versatility as a musician and multi-talented abilities as she pays tribute to superstar powerhouse songstress: Adele. Adele (Adkins), known for her powerful, vocally-charged ballads such as “Someone Like You”, “Rumor Has It” and “Rolling in the Deep”, and chart-topping albums is arguably one of the best female vocalists to date, making her music difficult to tackle. At the urging and encouragement from her contractor, Neverland was convinced to say “Hello” to Adele’s music given her own set of powerful vocal cords and has thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.

“I was asked to sing Adele because my contractor believed my lungs could manage her powerful voice. He was right. Her music is a blast!” says Neverland.

Joined by fellow musicians pianist Kodi Ackerman, drummer Jay Dallomar, string duet Nils and Julia, and long-time friend and dancer Ana-Maria Kiss, Neverland will warm up with some of her original compositions and then embrace her inner Adele as she performs some of Miss Adkins’ top hits with flair.

Adele may not be physically visiting the Okanagan, but Leila Neverland and crew will definitely give the superstar a proper tribute that should not be missed. Come hear Leila in concert on Friday, November 18th, or Saturday, November 19th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 available at the door, online at www.creeksidetheatre.com or by calling 250-860-2867.

Stormy Post-rock Improv Duo Bring Their Thunder to Kelowna

The electrifying Vancouver duo Peregrine Falls will be in concert on November 4th at Muninn’s Post in Kelowna.

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This concert is the lucky thirteenth installment of the Skin And Bones Music Series. Now in its second year of production, Skin And Bones is an Okanagan Arts Award nominated concert series devoted to the presentation of experimental music in the Okanagan, produced through the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

Consisting of guitarist Gordon Grdina and drummer Kenton Loewen, both long-standing members of the Dan Mangan + Blacksmith band, Peregrine Falls delivers a heady blend of sludgy math rock, jazz-punk, and Middle Eastern tinges. As prodigious festival favourites of the Vancouver creative music scene Gordon and Kenton exemplify the kind of virtuosic interplay one would no less expect from two master improvisers informed by the likes of the Stooges, Sonny Sharrock, Led Zeppelin, John Coltrane, and traditional Arabic music. Called “modern jazz for metalheads” by the Georgia Straight, Peregrine Falls can be heard pulling no punches with their recent album Two Fish on the Marching Line label. It is pure and raw musical expression manifested through an uncanny telepathic musical rapport.

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Appearing with Peregrine Falls will be local noise-core duo Experimental BJ joined by avant-garde saxophonist Darren Williams. Kelowna jazz wunderkinds Bjorn Kriel (guitar, effects) and Jason Martin (drums) comprise Experimental BJ, a sonic Cuisinart that blends noise, jazz, metal, and all things in between, creating a tumultuous barrage of mind pummeling sound. Darren Williams is the high priest of extended techniques on the saxophone, often using circular breathing and multiphonics (playing two or more notes simultaneously) to devastating effect.

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Peregrine Falls and Experimental BJ perform at Muninn’s Post as part of the Skin and Bones Music Series on November 4th. Doors open at 8:30 pm and the concert will begin at 9:00 pm. Muninn’s Post is located at 575 Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna. Admission is $10 for the public and $8 for Alternator members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Alternator. Non-members also have the option to purchase tickets at Milkcrate Records on Ellis Street.

Okanagan Indie Pop Artist ROYAL Marks Her New Sonic Era with Radio Single Release of “Wild”

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Independent pop artist ROYAL is pleased to celebrate the recent release of her new radio single “Wild” with a show in her hometown of Vernon on Friday, October 28th at Record City at 8PM.

Released to Canadian radio on September 13th, “Wild” is the first radio single release for ROYAL since her selection as a Top 12 Finalist in the coveted 2014 BC Peak Performance Project and it also serves as her debut collaboration with celebrated producer Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge).

“I want to take listeners on a journey where they can truly lose themselves in the story, sound, and emotion of what they are hearing. To create ‘Wild’, I had to lose my own sense of comfort to create a bolder and more romantic style than what I’ve done in the past. This song captures a new sound and a new beginning for me as an artist,” says ROYAL.

Inspired by an ill-fated relationship that saw her find empowerment and self-identity by breaking free, “Wild” marks a musical shift for ROYAL in an 8-year journey that has taken her from folk pop beginnings toward a new indie pop flavour fused with rich vocals, lush harmonies, and a cinematic pulse.

During her musical evolution, there have been many highlights for the Vernon-raised songstress, including multiple film and TV placements from her debut album (2009’s Seasons), first prize in the 2010 We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Competition, a Canadian HOT AC Top 40 single (2010’s “Christmas With You”), and The 2014 BC Peak Performance Project, which saw her beat out hundreds of artists to become a Top 12 finalist and participate in an industry bootcamp and a series of performance showcases, which ultimately led to ROYAL’s refined sound.

Throughout her journey, ROYAL has consistently stayed the course as a self-supporting and empowered female independent artist – determined to succeed on her own terms while creating genuine artistic connections with her growing audience.

She says, “A song can provide relief, celebration, strength, and comfort to someone who may feel alone in their pain. In those moments, I want to let them know that I’m singing their language.”

“Wild” is the first of several new songs that will form the groundwork for ROYAL’s upcoming album, which is due for release in the spring of 2017.

Tickets for ROYAL’s “Wild” release show in Vernon on October 28th at Record City at 8PM are available for $10 at the door.

For more information, please visit www.royalofficial.com

Ten Strings And a Goatskin Bring Their East Coast Trad/Folk/Fusion to the West

Creekside Theatre is thrilled to present Ten Strings And a Goatskin for one night only on Wednesday, November 9th at 7:30 pm in Lake Country.

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When the phrase “East Coast Music” is used, it typically conjures up images of toe-tapping, spoon-wielding, step dancing, fiddle-playing tunes. It is a classic Canadian picture that most have had the privilege of stepping into, while others, like the members of Ten Strings And a Goatskin, have lived, and been born into.

Ten Strings And a Goatskin is an exciting bilingual trad/folk/fusion trio made up of three budding musicians from Prince Edward Island. Drawing upon traditional musical arrangements, and the culture and history of the Irish, Acadian, and Francophone people in Eastern Canada, the trio successfully creates a blend of the old, with new, modern and world rhythms. The trio grew up listening to, and playing traditional Maritime folk music but, by the time they reached high school and formed their band, outside influences from other bands and worldly sound bites began to weave their way into the group’s style.

In the last couple years, Ten Strings And a Goatskin has been touring Europe, and North America extensively, performing to massive crowds up to 75,000 people at festivals, and intimate gatherings in smaller venues, all the while gaining new fans along the way.

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Their easy-going nature, and ability to connect with audiences has helped them succeed in noticeable ways winning the 2015 East Coast Music Award for World Music Recording of the Year, being nominated numerous times in 2013 for Canadian Folk Music Awards, East Coast Music Awards, Music PEI Awards, and just recently, having their newest album reach 12th position on the Billboard Sales charts as well as being nominated for four 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Ten Strings is thrilled to be performing music from their newest album released in June this year, Auprès du Poêle or “Around the Woodstove”. Working with producer Leonard Podolak (who produced Grammy and Juno-winning group The Duhks), Ten Strings were urged to push their music beyond the traditional expected sounds of folk music into a more rich, funky sound in hopes of enticing listeners from outside the folk realm.

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For the group, the album was “less anchored in traditional structures” and while they worked to hold onto classic melodic elements, as quipped by trio member Rowen Gallant, they were “not opposed to messing with things.” Some unique elements on the new album include clever effects, layered vocal harmonies, B3 and a pump organ. The album features 11 tracks ranging from up beat fiddle numbers to rich, layered ballads. The band is proud of the work put into the album both in their arranging and songwriting. It ultimately showcases how far the band has come since its inception.

Auprès du Poêle, as described by Rowen depicts “fighting off the doldrums of winter that’s built into the traditional home.” Returning home after long days in the studio, the trio was inspired by the music continually being played around them, and embracing the traditional culture that is only truly discovered during the winter, around the woodstove.

This remarkable young group is bringing their talents LIVE to Creekside Theatre on Wednesday, November 9th at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.creeksidetheatre.com by phone at 250-766-9309 or at the door.

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Erin Costelo POP UP concert October 29

DUE TO THE POPULAR DEMAND OF THIS PERFORMER, AND THE CLOSING OF DREAM CAFE, ERIN HAS CONFIRMED A BONUS SHOW ON FRIDAY OCT. 28 AT WINE AND ART!!!

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Dear Jazz Café friends – I would like to bring to your attention a singer/musician who is coming through Kelowna while in British Columbia touring. Like all musicians on tour, we’d rather work on our days off than do nothing, so I organized with Wilbur at Wine & Art to host Erin Costelo. This wonderful talent is now performing at a pop-up concert on October 29 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. She will be singing and playing the piano accompanied by her touring guitarist.

Erin is a Nova Scotia native with international appeal and was been labeled as “The voice of a soul singer, the soul of a gospel singer.

Erin has shared the stage with a number of incredible musical legends. She has opened for; Mavis Staples, Dr. John, Boz Scaggs and Bettye Lavette. She has co-written with Juno Award winner, Stephen Fearing, recorded and toured with fellow east coasters, Joel Plaskett, Amelia Curran and Rose Cousins, collaborating with each of them, either on recordings or in live performances.

There are only 45 seats available and we want to fill the room with music lovers and welcome Erin to Kelowna with a full house. Entrance fee is only $15 and to reserve your seat please email me on fabulousPR@gmail.com or call me at 250 763-6141 or cut and paste this link to purchase tickets via credit card; https://wa-kelowna.com/store/wilburs-piano-bar-events/

Wine & Art is located at 315 Lawrence Ave (on the corner of Water St.) Arrive peckish because there is a full tapas menu with delicious choices and a large wine list of local liquid love!

If you are like me and hide from the crazy spooky tricks of Halloween then enjoy this pure treat of talent, tipples and tasty tapas!

Bates Motel Murder Mystery This Saturday

“Sometimes we all go a little crazy”

This Saturday night New Vintage Theatre’s soap opera AS THE SUN BURNS presents their own version of Psycho as a fun murder mystery at The Black Box called Bates Motel.

Major movie star Janet Leaves (played by Guest Star Elana Bizovie) is in K-Town and heap of financial trouble. She wants to start a new life so she decides to rip off her agent, leaving the precarious life of a starlet behind. After driving through the pouring rain, she comes upon the shabby, mysterious Bates Motel and a beckoning, blinking vacancy sign. Throughout the night she will encounter an unusual Hallowe’en party, mother and son, detective team, her agent, sister, creepy clown and, yes, a killer.

Patrons at AS THE SUN BURNS-Bates Motel episode will be invited to guess the killer to win prizes, trick or treat with the soap stars at intermission, get their photos taken at the Haunted Photo booth and stay and dance with DJ Corney at a post-show Monster’s Ball.  AS THE SUN BURNS stars Joseph Otoo, Brock Gratz, Adam Weaver, Reid Gratz, David Gadd, Victoria Weaver, Hilary Omoe, Sharon Estephan, and Artistic Director Bonnie Gratz will all be starring in this episode.  Tickets are just $15 in advance from www.selectyourtickets.com or $25 at the door. Patrons who dress up will also have their names entered to win prizes.

The ambitious theatre company also has a host of other exciting and events planned for the Hallowe’en season.

  • Who’s Line Is It Anyway-Improv Night-Fri. October 21 @ 8pm, Studio 100, RCA; Tickets at The Door-$10
  • Adult Actors Coffeehouse-Monday, October 24 @ 7:30pm, Studio 100, RCA; Free
  • Harry Potter-The Cursed Child Part One-Play Reading-Tues. October 25@6pm, Pulp Fiction Coffeehouse; Free
  • Improv Film Night-The Blair Witch Project- Friday, October 28@ 8pm, Studio 100, RCA. Tickets-$10
  • Teen Theatre Class-The Haunting Of Hathaway House-Sat. October 29@ 12pm, Studio 100, RCA; Free
  • Popcorn Playhouse-101 Dalmations-Saturday, October 29 @3pm, Studio 100; Tickets $7-Adults/$5-Kids

These events have limited seating, so patrons are encouraged to RSVP to info@newvintage.ca to book their seats.

Local artists invited to show their work

The Kelowna Art Gallery is looking for works by local artists to include in the upcoming annual members’ exhibition, entitled Drawn Together.

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Artists interested in participating are asked to explore the concept and definition of drawing through their media of choice, so painting, sculpture, photography, and new media are encouraged. To use one example, consider that the term photograph actually stems from two Greek words, phos, meaning “light,” and graphê, meaning “drawing or writing.” Together the words literally mean “drawing with light.” So artists are encouraged to get creative with how they choose to incorporate the theme of the exhibition in their work – perhaps drawing with paint on a printmaking plate, or drawing in space when working in sculpture. All that said, traditional approaches to drawing are also welcome.

Interested artists will need to sign up for this exhibition by no later than Saturday, October 15, 2016. Works will not need to be dropped off until Sunday, November 6.

Participation in Drawn Together is open to all members of the Kelowna Art Gallery, including new members. More information about membership and registration can be found on the Gallery’s website at www.kelownaartgallery.com.

Drawn Together will be on view in The Front project space of the Gallery from November 15, 2016 to February 5, 2017. A reception to celebrate the exhibition and artists will be held on Friday, December 9, at 6 pm.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna. For hours of operation, or more information about current exhibitions and programs, please contact the Gallery by calling 250-762-2226, or find them online at www.kelownaartgallery.com.

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Creekside Theatre is Ready to Rock

Creekside Theatre is Ready to Rock

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This Thursday night, Creekside Theatre will ‘rock out’ to three fantastic local rock bands: //AMISTAD//, CYNK, and Windmills. All three groups have a distinct, unique rock sound that combined, will create an elaborate musical tapestry for the audience this week. The trio of young talent will showcase the different sounds of rock music ranging from punk, alternative sounds from CYNK, alternative, unique rock sounds of //AMISTAD//, and polished, lyrically driven, Indie rock of Windmills.

//AMISTAD//, a local Vernon group, began taking shape when three of the members were in elementary school. Now in high school, these young talented musicians are shaping the alternative rock music landscape at a rapid pace. The last few years have been filled with a new CD release (2015), a new EP release earlier this year (2016), competing in the CBC Music Searchlight contest, and most excitedly, winning the Telus Storyhive grant to produce their music video for Human, their second single off their EP, Talk Peace to a Wolf. For Aidan (lead vocals, keys, ukulele, guitar), Nolan (bass, trumpet, vocals), Carson (drums, percussion), Craig (piano, synth, organ, vocals), and Eli (guitar, violin, vocals), they are eager to continue in their musical journey, and continue to grow as musicians and performers.

If the last few years are any indication, the sky is the limit for the band as they set their sights on a solid long-term career in the music industry playing venues ranging in size from the Orpheum to the 02 Arena.

In addition to //AMISTAD//, Thursday’s ‘Rock the Block’ will feature CYNK, a 4-piece Lake Country band who burst onto the scene first playing Music in the Park, and IPE with their edgy, punk alternative rock style. Also formed through connecting in high school, this group of guys has been working hard to write and release their own material in a dynamic way. Not forgetting their roots, earlier this year, CYNK filmed, with the help of a friend, their first music video highlighting the Lake Country and Oyama region hoping to showcase the beauty and uniqueness of the area.  CYNK released their first album Strings this spring and is eagerly working on new material and performing local shows.

To round out the trio of young talent, Windmills will be taking the stage Thursday night as well. Since going solo in 2012, one-man band Cory Myraas has been honing his craft, creating a unique style of alternative rock using looping technology in combination with classically produced sound. As the name ‘windmills’ suggests, the evolving music and writing of Windmills is always moving.

Balancing an intricate wall of sound created by utilizing looping techniques and instrumentation, with audience interaction, Windmills’ solo act is a unique live concert experience. This past fall, Windmills released his newest 10-track album Measures, and is currently on a 17-stop tour throughout Western Canada. Humble, and passionate about his craft, Windmills continues to move.

Be sure to check out this incredible night of local, young talent on Thursday, September 30th at Creekside Theatre in Lake Country. For more info and tickets for ‘Rock the Block’ visit: www.creeksidetheatre.com or call 250-766-9309.

BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery on Thursday, November 10 2016, 7:30pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is the first performance in the Society’s 2016/17 Theatre series.

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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is a fast-paced farcical comedy starring everyone’s favorite detective. Five actors play over 40 comical characters, filling the stage with suspects, allies, and heirs in this zany whodunit based on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit.

Arts Club Theatre, who recently brought us Avenue Q, Buddy, and Boeing Boeing, is the largest theatre company in Western Canada. Each year, over a quarter of a million people experience the best in professional theatre on Arts Club’s tours throughout the province and at their three venues: the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

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This Sherlock Holmes Mystery is right at home among playwright Ken Ludwig’s acclaimed credits including Lend Me A Tenor, which won two Tony Awards of the seven it was nominated for and the Washington Post called it “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century”. Additional credits include: Crazy For You (5 years on Broadway and the West End, Tony and Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway and West End), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Broadway), Treasure Island (West End), Twentieth Century (Broadway), Leading Ladies, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Fox on the Fairway, The Three Musketeers and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

The game’s afoot in this murderously delightful thriller that’s anything but elementary! Tickets for Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery are $45 for adults, $42 for seniors and $40 for students. Call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or log on to www.ticketseller.ca for tickets and more information.

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre thanks the following sponsors for their generous support: Sladen Moore Chartered Accountants, the Sandman Inn (tour accommodation sponsor), the Vernon Morning Star, the Okanagan Advertiser, the British Columbia Arts Council, Regional District North Okanagan, and the Government of Canada.

Links:
Show Website: http://artsclub.com/shows/2016-2017/baskerville

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